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24 July 2007 Blog Home : July 2007 : Permalink

419 Consistency and Accuracy

God knows that I don't want to teach scamsters to be more convincing but sometimes you get efforts which are so bad you just have to point out the problems. For example this one:

From: Micheal Roland <[email protected]>

Dear Friend,

My name is Mr.  Micheal Roland, 45 years old from Bromley Kent , London. Head Financial Control & Planning department, Harrogate Bank Plc.I am divorced, have 3 kids living  with me at home. I'm 5'11 tall. black. I love animals. I have 2 dogs and 3 cats. I love to travel. I love the outdoors, swimming, riding, skeet shooting, etc..I have a healthy and active social life.


Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Joel.

Let me pick out the errors.
  1. Notice anything odd about the name at the bottom? Like how it isn't Michael Roland?
  2. Email address "[email protected]" seems an odd address for someone in London since Bell South is a Telecom operator in the USA and London is in the UK
  3. Home address: Bromley Kent, London. OK I'll be charitable, maybe Mr Roland/Joel forgot to type in the "near"
  4. Works at: Harrogate Bank Plc. Pity Mr Google can't find such any such bank
  5. Skeet shooting. I welcome correction from those who may know better (e.g. Mr Englishman) but I've always heard it called "clay pigeon shooting" this side of the pond (unless you are being really technical and dividing between the various disciplines of skeet, trap etc.)
If I were a teacher I'd be sending this back covered in red ink with a "must try harder Mr 419er" and a mark of 0/10.