I expect you've all probably already seen this, but I just ran across it…
This chain letter is doing the rounds. It is a hoot.
I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude, caused by unfortunate circumstance of me.
I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. You may not know but my country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion dollars US. If you will assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you personally.
I am working with Mr. Phil Gram, esteemed lobbyist for UBS, who is guaranteed will be my replacement as Ministry of Treasury in January. As a Senator, you may have heard of him as the well-known leader of American banking unregulation movement in the 1990s. This transactin is 100% safe.
This is a matter of great urgency which is why we contact you direct. We need a blank check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred at once to the rightful owners.
Please reply with all of your bank account, 401k, IRA and college fund account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to email@example.com so that we may transfer you your commission in this for guaranteed transaction. After I receive that information, I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds and your earned commission of this perfectly safe transaction.
Yours Faithfully Minister of Treasury Paulson