One of my pet theories is that things that don’t work don’t last. I am reassessing it. Some things that should not work seem to.
My test case is the email offer of vast wealth with some legal or other twist, always from obscure sources and with just a small upfront cost to me. I am sure we have all seen the request from a deposed dictator to help him move money for a share of the proceeds. Usually millions of course. Just a small fee to handle the wire transfer. Until lately I had no idea how common they were because my SPAM filters were removing them from my notice.
So I checked the SPAM. Over the past 60 days, I have 52 offers of riches in exchange for help of one kind of another. A few were just outright gifts because someone won a lottery or felt I deserved money. That generosity is outside my experience, but judging by the four offers, it must be more common than I thought.
What is surprising is that these email solicitations must work. Someone sends these people money. If they did not, no one would pursue the solicitation. I am unable to understand why they work, but perhaps the something for nothing lust is strong in us.
I assume it is a business, so while wearing my consultant hat, I would suggest some changes to their method.
If you are someone who is legitimate and in the business of sending money to strangers, there is one absolute guaranteed way to get both my attention and my action.
Send a bank draft for the US$12,500,000 you are holding for me. One of them mentioned that sum. If you call the number below, I will give you my snail mail address. I know it will take much longer to go this route than would a wire transfer, but I am willing to wait. Once the draft clears, I will be happy to send you a release, a thank you and reimburse you for any reasonable costs you may have incurred. Alternatively, you may deduct the cost of the stamps and phone call from the $12,500,000.
Don Shaughnessy arranges life insurance for people who understand the value of a life insured estate. He can be reached at The Protectors Group, a large insurance, employee benefits, and investment agency in Peterborough, Ontario. In previous careers, he has been a partner in a large international public accounting firm, CEO of a software start-up, a partner in an energy management system importer, and briefly in the restaurant business.
Please be in touch if I can help you. firstname.lastname@example.org 866-285-7772