IT was such a good cause that I couldn’t help but consider supporting it.
Prince Umtali Wanaballa had recently assumed control of the treasury in his country but was having a spot of bother completing the takeover.
He wanted to move its £8 billion pounds to a secure place in England and needed my help — and more specifically my bank account details – to do so.
Naturally I would receive £1 billion of his treasury’s cash as a consideration for my help, all the money being transferred as soon as I emailed back my account details to him.
He’s still waiting for my reply because it was an obvious email con, but I idly checked to see what else might be on my computer’s spam list.
Incredibly I found 57 dodgy emails, all of which were African cons except for two music and two travel adverts.
Everyone from Princess Alice and Mr Akim Zongo to various law firms and even the United Nations seemed to need my bank account details.
One of the best lines I found was allegedly from a senior bank official trying to interest me in using my account to filter $13.7 million belonging to a client of his bank who had recently died in a plane crash. Conveniently, the crash also seemed to have killed the rest of his immediate family and even distant relatives. That somehow left the bank needing my help.
Other central themes for spam ranged from offers of marriage to various dubious chemical substances and the almost inevitable PPI pleas. They’re all in the bin now.