IT was originally going to be an article on how the spam scammers offering loans at ridiculous interest rates (three percent) were sending briefer and briefer e-mails providing information in exchange for personal and banking details. But then on Friday, this classic arrived from a Dr Henriette Louise Ferreira from Portugal with considerable attention to detail. It contained the copy of the death certificate of her husband who had been killed in a car accident, but not before he had deposited R8 million into a South African bank. He was a professor and they lived here for 25 years. In addition, there are farms, tractors, houses, properties, and two running franchises — McDonalds and KFC located in Cape Town! And she sent photographs of them all. Dr Ferreira claims she expects to die soon from cancer, so would like you to take all this for charity organisations, orphanages, widows and people in need. As soon as you fall for this she will issue a letter of authorisation, deed of “lodge” and deed of agreement to the bank and her lawyer, and $50 million will be deposited into your bank account within 48 hours. Then the punch line and the problems for whoever is stupid enough to respond: Dr Ferreira requires your cell number, your passport/ID and copy thereof, bank account number and all details so the money can be transferred to you within 48 hours. This is one of the most detailed “fake” inheritance spams for quite some time. Dr Ferreira concludes with this paragraph which does not make any sense anyway! “Alternatively, this is to informed you officially as an urgent that the bank in question handling this smoothly transactions has managed to transferred you some part of the money $50,000.00 USD through Moneygram below are the transfer details you may quickly pickup this part payment now via MoneyGram outlets agent near you, tomorrow morning another payment US$50,000.00 will be transfer to you as well for easier pickup at any MoneyGam outlets agent nearby.” And the sad thing is that there are still “suckers” who fall for these scams, and instead of getting money lose the lot! Remember, just press the delete button!