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Jul 30 2011   2:52AM GMT

(Humor) I Couldn’t Resist Replying to This

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

I get these scams all the time and I just couldn’t resist answering this one. Here’s the exchange:

Dear Mr. Hendrik:

God bless you, sir! This grant could not have come at a better time. You see, I had a dog for many years that I truly considered my friend and I had to put her to sleep recently. This devastated me so much that I went on a bender for six weeks and woke up in the hospital missing both of my legs. I have no idea what happened, but one of the nurses said I passed out on the railroad tracks. I don’t remember, but I guess I have to believe her.

They tell me that I have been here (in hospital) for almost a month now and the bill is approaching $500,000.00, so I really need this grant and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I will be able to pay off my hospital bills and have enough left over to re-build my life, such as it has become. Perhaps with the remaining money, I will be able to afford (barely) a pair of bionic legs.

However, your letter has left me with a dilemma: I have no money to pay your processing fee. Since I am to be granted $950,000.00 USD, I can certainly afford to pay you back should you be so kind as to lend me the $560.00 processing fee. In fact, I would be happy to pay you back $1,120.00 in exchange for your generosity.

Mr. Hendrik, I truly appreciate your contacting me in my time of need and look forward to receiving your loan of the processing fee via Western Union immediately upon receipt of this email. You can well imagine how desperate I am and your benevolence at helping a fellow human being in need will certainly be rewarded in whatever afterlife you find yourself.

On 7/24/2011 3:04 PM, Mr. Franklin Hendrik wrote:

International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission
Wuse Zone 5, Garki
Your International Monetary fund (IMF) grant  of $950,000.00 USD  has been approved by the International Monetary fund (IMF) board of directors during their last meeting. The amount to be transfered to your nominated bank account is to be carried out by one of our partner banks
owing to the fact that the International Monetary fund(IMF) does not directly remit funds into the bank account of its beneficiaries .
The last hurdle you would have to scale to have your pending funds transfer transferred to your nominated bank account is the International Monetary fund (IMF) grant processing fee of $560.00 USD.
Once this fee is paid! The necessary documents the bank will require from you will be presented to you by us to enable you have access to your $950,000 USD.
This transaction can and should be concluded within 48 or at most 72 working hours after you have made payment of the International Monetary fund (IMF) grant processing fee of $560.00 USD.
Do respond swiftly, So that we can conclude this transaction as soon as possible.
Once again congratulations on your just approved grant of $950,000.00 USD.
Mr. Franklin Hendrik

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