I just received this message in my mailbox:
Hello, I am Steven, a respectable business man from Canada. I am indeed interested in your horse posted for sale. I want to buy the horse as a surprise birthday gift for my daughter. I will like to know if the horse is still available for sale and will also like to know your final asking price. I have a shipper who will come over there to pick the horse as soon as the payment is completely received by you. Please let me know your asking price if the horse is still available for sale, the reason for selling and recent picture if available so we can proceed from there. I will be looking forward to hear from you. Regards Steven
Now the only credit I can give this spammer is that his message did get through my rather extensive set of spam filters. Everything else about it just made me laugh.
First off, I don’t have a horse, so that would rule out me having a horse for sale. Seems a weird scam to pull off, as statistically, your average American does not have a horse for sale.
As the rest of the message provides enough clues to the contrary, Steven is not a respectable businessman from Canada. A check of the IP address from where it was sent comes up with the startling news that he’s from Nigeria.
I sure hope his daughter isn’t disappointed that she’s not getting a pony for her birthday.