Possibly the funniest scam email we’ve ever received…
It’s not often we receive a scam email at Scam Detectives HQ that really makes us laugh out loud but this one has to be the best yet!
How are you? I hope all is well with your family, friends and pets. I hope this urgent mail meets you in a perfect condition. We have no time to waste regarding the information I am about to tell you, it is an urgent and serious matter.
My name is Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, senior data analyst here at the CERN institute based here in Geneva (http://public.web.cern.ch/public/). CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works. You may have seen on the news that, in recent days, our Large Hadron Collider machine has been colliding high-speed beams of energy in order to explore new physics and understand how the universe began. CERN have been adamant that this is safe, however I KNOW THE TRUTH.
The truth is that this experiment that CERN are conducting is extremely dangerous, and could cause global disaster. This experiment has a 95% of causing a black hole, thus swallowing a large area of the planet. The scientists do not want you to know this as they know it will cause panic. However, I can help you.
I am arranging for a number of selected people to be evacuated to a safe location on an island in the South Pacific via aeroplane. You have been selected from random to take part in this evacuation, thus continuing the survival of the human race.
Please, if you are interested, email me back immediately with the following information:
Please send all emails to my private box: From > ***Email removed***
Regards, and God bless.
Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth
Of course this is utter nonsense, but we simply HAD to reply to find out the full extent of the scam. (NOTE: We do not advocate replying to scam emails. We use disposable email addresses that hide our location for this purpose) We quickly received a badly worded email asking for £3,000 for each flight to the island, to be sent by Western Union wire transfer to an “evacuation coordinator” in Mumbai.
I sincerely doubt that anyone would actually fall for this scam, but we had to report it “just in case”.
As with all advance fee fraud emails, the simplest advice is to Ignore and delete