Because of incidents like these:
Speaking to Deccan Herald, Muralikrishna said, “I received an e-mail last July by a woman called Joyce (20). She told me that her father was killed in a Civil War in Ivory Coast and she was staying at a refugee camp in Senegal. She requested me to become her partner to claim $7.5 million which her father had deposited in the Scotland Bank.”
“She told that her barrister Bedie Kalto will get in touch with me for further clarifications.”
…”Kalto told me to deposit Rs 5.5 lakh to get the clearance certificate, which I did.”
It’s only when the person was asked to deposit more money did he realise that the operation was a scam. Sigh.
Given that it’s inexpensive to send email and it’s ridiculously easy to email to many people at the same time, I can see why scam artists spam people. If one fish (person) bites, like the case above, you make a cool profit. So, moral of the story is, don’t bite. Easier said than done for some people.
Meanwhile, the rest of us have to trawl through mountains of spam. Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to check my spam filters.