February 1st, 2006
The message of misspellings
by Barbara Wallraff
Emory Barr, of London, England, writes: “I have an important business proposition for you. On December 12th, 2001, a German contractor with the British Pertroleum co-orporation, United Kingdom ,Mr. Olaf Partetzke made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$ 17,350,000.00 (Seventeen Million Three Hundred Hundred and fifty Thousand Dollars only) in my branch.
Dear Emory: What a liar you are! I’ll bet you even lied about your name. And in the part of your (long) e-mail that I didn’t publish, you lied about your job. You’re not an accounts manager at a bank -- you’re a con artist.
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