I don't know why I keep busting my hump looking for a new job when it appears to be totally unnecessary.
Nearly every day I receive an email from someone, somewhere, who claims to have hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars to give me just for the asking. Think I'm joking? Here's a snapshot of emails I've received over just the last 2 weeks.
I know what you're thinking. "Oh, that Jeff... he's so naive. There's no 'millions' waiting for him, the poor sap." But come on, they can't all be fake. I mean just take a look at a few of these...
Microword Corporations customer service people took the time themselves to tell me that, "Your email address won a cash award of Four hundred and eighty eight thousand six hundred and twenty euro (Ђ488,620.00) Contact Our Foreign Transfer Manager for claims." I hardly doubt they would have gone through all that trouble if it wasn't true.
Or how about the fact that the late Engr.Juriaan Kugger has left me $30 million in his will. You can't just make that kind of thing up. There's laws against that you know. It's even signed by a Barrister for pete's sake. (My condolences to the widow Kugger)
And this one FOR SURE has to be real. It's from Microsoft and says it is sponsored by Bill Gates himself!
"We are pleased to inform you of the release of the long awaited results of Sweepstakes promotion organized by Microsoft, in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software products, (F.P.S.) held this October 2009, in Spain. Where in your email address emerged as one of the online Winning emails in the 1st category and therefore attracted a cash award of 250,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euros) and a Dell laptop."
Plus, you know if they're including a Dell laptop it has to be legitimate. Dell is a highly respected company and would never be part of a scam.
But thank God my email spam protection is up to date and smart enough to provide me this helpful heads up. It says right on it, "Warning: This may not be from whom it claims to be. Beware of following any links in it or providing the sender with any personal information."
And because I have safeguards like this to tell me that this email is bogus, I can be confident that the other 13 notifications are real. I did some quick math and determined that if I reply to all of those, I will soon be rolling in it to the tune of over $67 million!
So don't feel sorry for me that I can't seem to find stable employment these days. After replying to all of these emails I'll be doing just fine. But I'll also be busy as well. It looks like I have at least 5 funerals to attend in Africa.
It's the least I can do after they so kindly included me in their wills.