From a recent email I received….
I Donald and my sister Jenny may wish to know if we can entrust in you in helping us to receive the $35mUSD (Thirty Five Million United States Dollars) our parents had with a Financial Institution here before their untimely death by the assassins.”
And so forth. This is of course the famous “419” advance fee fraud that apparently nets Nigerian scammers around $200 million per year. It’s hard to believe people get sucked into this kind of thing, but it seems to me that the scammers would have a lot better luck if they didn’t write in such weird stilted language. I mean phrases like “wish to know if we can entrust” and “untimely death by assasins” sounds like something from a bad Victorian novel.