Here’s one for you that I just got today. It’s an email from some sheila from Barclays Bank PLC claiming “Wrong transfer of your US$1,200,000.00 funds to Australia.” Shit, that the first time I’ve even heard that I had  over a million dollars and if I did have it why would I transfer it to Australia when I’m already living here?

There is so much wrong with this email, grammar included, that one has to wonder if anyone would actually fall for what is so obviously a scam.

Here, read it for yourself.

Barclays Bank PLC
2 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf
London, E14 5RB -United Kingdom

Ref No: BC/AUD-05IC

Dear Sir,

RE: Wrong transfer of your US$1,200,000.00 funds to Australia.

We wish to us this medium to inform you that following the ongoing review
of all unclaimed and delayed funds, your payment file was forwarded to
this bank for immediate payment of our long delayed funds starting with a
first installment transfer of US$1,200,000.00 to your bank account.

The Audit report shows that you have been going through hard times by
paying a lot of money to some dubious officials for the release of your
We therefore advice that you stop further communication with any
correspondence outside this office since you have satisfied all funds
transfer requirements and do not have to pay any fee or charges for the
release of your funds.

However, we are surprised to receive another application this morning from
your representative, MR.ROBERT MUELLER.

Could you please reconfirm immediately, your relationship with MR.ROBERT
MUELLER with two others, who claim to be your partners.

Please confirm if he is your business partner; and that the Account
Number:034582004,BSB: 083337;National Australia Bank, is your new bank
account information to receive your US$1,200,000.00 and that you were
recently involved in an auto accident and cannot walk right now.

It has become necessary to verify directly from you, the original
beneficiary, if you authorized such changes in your beneficiary bank
information before granting their request to avoid wrong transfer of your

Kindly get in touch with us ASAP by email with your TELEPHONE NUMBER, so
that we can proceed with the transfer of your US$1,200,000.00 to your
correct bank account as scheduled.

To protect the confidentiality of your information, send your TELEPHONE
NUMBER directly to my personal e-mail: edited out!

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Sandra R. Penfold
Barclays Bank UK.

Do you see what I mean. It’s pure unadulterated bullshit. The only way anyone would actually believe this was if there actually was a transfer of a large amount of money and if they actually knew someone called ROBERT MUELLER who was acting on their behalf. Man this stuff is so far off the mark. Still, there may be someone out there who thinks they may get hold of some money dishonestly, and if that’s the case you deserve everything you get.

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