The Crotchet’s Corner

My perspective about all things inconsequential

Wealth, elixirs and other good things …

On a quiet, dull and boring day, I find it amusing to browse through the deluge of emails that gets dumped into my Inbox each day.


And the variety is fascinating.


There are mails that come from the extremely generous spouses and progeny of assorted African dictators promising a share of the deceased guy’s ill-gotten loot. I have read about some naïve, stupid and greedy individuals who have been suckered into parting with considerable sums of “facilitation charges” for a share of the promised stash of cash.


“Serves them right”, you want to think, as you wonder just how gullible and idiotic some people can be.


There are offers of “replica” (read fake) high-end watches (Rolex, Tag Heuer, Omega) and handbags (Louis Vuitton, Versace). Wouldn’t you love to be seen sporting one of those at a fraction of the price of the genuine article, and no one would know?


Then, there are offers for those magic potions, little blue pills and other concoctions that promise solutions to erectile dysfunction, build vigour, extend life expectancy, reduce weight, increase weight, and a host of other good-to-haves. Elixirs for semi-immortality.


I have just seen a mail from a gentleman (???) who claims he is dying and wants to donate millions of dollars to a charity of the recipient’s choice. Since he cannot carry the moolah to his after-life, he thinks it fit to help others. Most generous of him, is what one would say.


And, there are those educationally inclined souls who offer you “genuine” M.B.A,’s, Ph.D.’s and other degrees from seemingly “recognized” schools of learning.


Makes you wonder about whether there are people who actually fall for this kind of stuff.


I have tried several spam filters, but some of the products of man’s creativity still sneak through. It can be a pain in the neck when you lose important mail while doing a sweep of the mailbox, and you end up cursing technology.


But I will persist with checking my email. Hopefully, one of these days, I will receive a genuine mail that informs me that I won a million dollars in a lottery!!!


March 28, 2009 - Posted by | About this and that | ,

1 Comment »

  1. This blog’s great!! Thanks :).


    Comment by matt | March 28, 2009 | Reply

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