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Yet another event to base a scam on

Filed in: Spam.

Dear Friend,
I am Mrs. SUHA ARAFAT, the wife of YASSER ARAFAT, the Palestinian leader who died in Paris. Since his death and even prior to the announcement, I have been thrown into a state of antagonism,confusion,humiliation, frustration and hopelessness by the present leadership of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the new Prime Minister. I have even been subjected to physical and psychological torture. As a widow that is so traumatized, I have lost confidence with everybody in the country at the moment You must have heard over the media reports and the Internet on the discovery of some fund in my husband secret bank account and ompanies and the allegations of some huge sums of money deposited by my husband in my name of which I have refuses to disclose or give up to the corrupt Palestine Government. In fact the total sum allegedly discovered by the Government so far is in the tune of about $6.5 Billion Dollars. And they are not relenting on their effort to make me poor for life. As you know, the Moslem community has no regards for woman, hence my desire for a foreign assistance. You can visit the BBC news broadcast below for better understanding of what I am talking about.

Snip the usual spiel about helping her transfer $6 million out of the country. You'll notice from these two news reports that the authorities are already investigating the whole issue, so actually getting involved at this point would be very silly. Also, although the initial email came from, the email later says to reply via

At the very bottom there's a sig that start out "Mrs Suha Arafat has sent you a link to a page on, the site about nonfiction narrative." and contains a link to a page on that site, indicating whoever send this used the "email this review" feature they have there.

Site owners, please make sure that if you have a feature which allows people to send emails, that it can't be misused!

Posted November 19, 2006 9:37 PM


I quite like the "allegedly discovered" phrase. "Hey, we wanted to ship out 6.5 billion, but, gosh-darn-it, wouldn't you know it was only 65 cents instead..."

(And it is billion in the post, not million as you put it...)

Posted by: Thad | November 20, 2006 11:56 AM

Yeah, the $6 million figure was listed in the bit of the email I snipped. :)

Posted by: Alden Bates | November 20, 2006 3:45 PM

So there's 6.5 billion, and she's only getting out 6 million? Bah! So, what, my cut would be a fraction of 1%? Sod that...

Posted by: Thad | November 21, 2006 6:31 AM

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