I mean, I’m not an internet newbie so these kinds of emails just make me laugh:
I am Mark Scott, Franchise Manager in National Westminster Bank United Kingdom. I am contacting you independently of my investigation and no one is informed of this communication. I write to you following an opportunity in my office that will be of mutual benefit to both of us. I seek your consent to present you as the next of Kin/Beneficiary to the sum of $20.5 million dollars being deposited by our customer Mr. Leuzi Cardoso who died in a plane crash.You can read more about this on visiting the below site:
For assisting me in this transaction,i am willing to give you 35% of the total funds.As soon as you respond to this message I will furnish you on how we can proceed.Your urgent response will be highly appreciated.
Now this shady email includes a link to an actual article on the Huffington Post. The scam is a tried and untrue one that’s been presented in various forms but boils down to you sending money and not getting anything in return.
This about internet scams like you would real world scams. If someone came to your door with the exact same proposition would you act on it? If yes, please leave your address in the comments below.