Yesterday morning I took out an ad on line to sell IXL's refrigerated van. $15,950 (negotiable).
Response was quick. I know it is a rare little unit, being able to refrigertate as it goes along and has a second unit that runs on mains power so it can be used as a cool room, but the following e-mail was unexpected. So, I share it with you so you can join in the mirth and wonder that anyone would take it seriously. Some must or why would they bother!! It is educational too. Before today, I was unaware the US army had Panzer Divisions!
Here it is in its entirety.
'Capt, Matthew Crowe.
Thanks for the details and information about your vehicle history .It seems you are a sincere person. I want to inform you that i will buy your vehicle at your given price, but I have a business proposal for you.
I am Captain Matthew Crowe of United States of America Army, presently in Afghanistan as UN Intelligent and Instructor on peace mission, I served in the 1st Panzer Division in Kabul. I have been deployed to come and work in your country's military base soonest. Our mission is to help beef up terrorist targeted states, mostly the United States and Europe/Asia on the war against terrorism.
On the other hand I want to inform you that I have in my possession the sum of 9.6 million USD. Which I got from crude oil deal here in Afghanistan.I deposited this money with a Red Cross agent informing him that we are making contact for the real owner of the money. It is under my power to approve whoever comes forth for this money.
I want to invest the money in your country as soon as I am deployed into your country for a good business, you will advice me on that since I am not a business person. I cannot move this money to the United States because I will be in country for about 3years, so I need someone I could trust. If you accept, I will transfer the money to you where you will be the beneficiary because I am a uniformed person and I cannot be parading such an amount so I need to present someone as the beneficiary.
I am an American and an intelligence officer for that so I have a 100% authentic means of transferring the money through diplomatic courier service .I just need your acceptance. Please if you are interested in this transaction I will give to you the complete details you need for us to carry out this transaction successfully. I decided to find someone that is real and not imaginary and that is why I went to a secured vehicle site where I can be sure that the person is real.
I believe I can trust you. Where we are now we can only communicate through our military communication facilities which is secured so nobody can monitor our emails, then I can explain in details to you. I will only reach you through email, because our calls might be monitored, I just have to be sure whom I am dealing with.
If you are interested please send me your personal mobile number so I can call you for further enquiries when I am out of our military network. I am writing from a fresh email account so if you are not interested do not reply to this email and please delete this message, if no response after 3days I will then search for someone else.
I wait for your contact details so we can go on. In less than 7days the money should have been noted on your account and I will come over for my money. I will give to you 30% of the sum and 70% is for me. I hope I am been fair on this deal. Get back to me with your full information:
YOUR FULL NAME.........
YOUR FULL ADDRESS.....................
YOUR DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBER.........
Capt, Matthew Crowe'
(E-mail address available if it does not self-destruct in 7 days)