Sometimes you get a message that looks like a scam, but the situation it describes sounds downright plausible. Hmm, could this one be real?
From: Barack OBAMA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2009 09:37:38 +0000
Subject: ACORN FOR THE CHILDREN
My dear one,
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family. I must apologize for contacting you in this manner, as we have not met personally.
I am Barack OBAMA, the President of the united States of America (USA). I got your name by searching the internet for a reliable partner who would share my dream to help the poor children of the world.
Since a child growing up in the ghetto of Chicago. I have wanted to help poor children. With the assistance of the minister of my church, we started a charitable foundation called ACORN (Assisting Children of Revolutionary Nations). My plan was to follow in the foot steps of distinguished American presidents like Bill Clinton who created the Clinton Foundation to encourage charitable work around the whole globe.
Our ACORN foundation has accumulated many millions of dollars through donations from union workers and generous American employees. We have already begun bringing poor girls from latin America to take on jobs in the US service industries. And this is just our beginning.
But my political enemies are seeking to destroy my accomplishments and i need your help. The Republican party have launched a campaign of lies and violence to recall our funds. Because of their attacks, we have had to take our ACORN money and place it in a trunk box with a private security company located in Los Angeles, California. The security company does not know the content, as it is described as expired ballot papers.
I would need you to pick up this box and keep care of it until my retirement in 2016. My associate Mr Rathke will give you the secret key and the location of the box if you will help us. I assure you this transaction is 100% hitch free and fully legal. My political rivals do not know you and you will be safe.
For your assistance I would appoint you as Eminent Second Vice President of the ACORN Foundation, with an annual salary of $250,000 (two hundred fifty thousand U.S. dollars), payable for ten years. You will be entrusted to use this money as you see fit for the social upliftment of the children of the world.
Please contact me by private email only (email@example.com). Because we both fear god I know I can depend on you to keep this between us and no one else. When I have your assurance, I will send Mr Rathke to contact you with the details.
For the children,
(Mr.) Barack OBAMA
The ACORN Foundation