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Archive for March 5th, 2008

Prince Fayad Bolkiah: "I look forward to your prompt response" (Email Spam)

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

I'm rising so fast in this world. My bank account is bursting with credits thanks to all these opportunities I keep hearing about via email, and now I'm dealing with royalty! If they could see me now…

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Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2008 05:56:41 -0800
From: "Prince Fayad Bolkiah"
Subject: I look forward to your prompt response

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Dear Friend,

I got your reliable contact from a business diary and further explicit
investment information about your country. I am Prince Fayad S.
Bolkiah, the eldest son of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, former Finance Minister of
Brunei, the tiny oil-rich sultanate on the Gulf Island. I will save your
time by not amplifying my extended royal family history, which has
already been disseminated by the international media during the
controversial dispute that erupted between my Father and his step brother, the
sultan of Brunei Sheik Muda Hassanal Bolkiah.

As you may know from the international media, the sultan had accused my
father of financial mismanagement and impropriety of US$14.8 Billion
dollars. This was as a result of the Asian financial crisis that made my
father's company Amedeo Development Company and government owned
Brunei Investment Company to be declared bankrupt during his tenure in
office. However my father was kept under house arrest, his bank accounts and
private Properties including a crude oil export refinery were later
confiscated by the sultanate.

Furthermore during this unfortunate period, I was advised to evacuate
my immediate family outside the sultanate to avoid further prosecution
from the sultan and his security operatives, but before I could do that
I was placed under house arrest by the Sultan and have no access to a
phone but I have a Palm hand-held computer from which I am sending you
this mail. Some of the guard here are still loyal to me, so they would
be my contact with you if there is any document I need to send to you to
enable you collect the boxes of money on my behalf.

Before my incarceration, I went ahead to dispatch the sum of Five
Hundred Million United States Dollars (US$500,000,000.00) in cash under
special arrangement into the custody of different private security and
Trustee companies for safe keeping abroad. Just like an unspecified amount
of money Sadam Husseine took out of Iraq in cash .
The money were splited and kept in the following countries in this
proportion: US$200 Million is in Spain, US$150 Million is in United Arab
Emirate and US$150 Million is in UK.
Hence I seek your good assistance to invest these funds into profitable
investment in your country to facilitate future survival for my family
abroad. After due deliberation with my aids we have decided to offer
20% of these funds to you as compensation for your strong cooperation
while 5% have been mapped out for both local and international expenses
that may be incurred during this transaction.

Please I count on your absolute confidentiality, transparency and trust
while looking forward to your prompt reply towards a swift conclusion
of this business transaction. You may contact me so that i will let
you know the next thing to do.
Many Thanks and may Allah's blessing remain with you.

Best Regards
Prince Fayad S. Bolkiah.

You can visit the websites below for a better understanding of the

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Oh gee whiz, if this message has links to real-life stories, it must be true! Just like how someone proclaiming "Armageddon is tomorrow" is going to be 100% correct, as long as they are holding a Bible. (To be clear, what I mean is this: Verifying a situation in general [citing an external source that vaguely alludes to what is being said] does not verify specifics [i.e., the stuff in the email].) And yet I've gotten a few different messages like that. "Look, you're rich! See this random news story? That proves it!!"

But at least the email is very clear in what it expects of me. "Please I count on your absolute confidentiality, transparency and trust…" Ok, so I'll keep this matter confidential… And if anyone asks I'll be completely transparent and tell them everything… Hey waaaiiitt…! Hmm, that's a conundrum. Oh well, I'll just wait for the next "chance of a lifetime" message to reach me. Thanks, fate!

And just as a side note, I wonder what will happen to all the oil-rich nations when today's biggest oil customers achieve energy-independence? I'm thinking some form of — turmoil. And end to the Term of Oil.