Some people will do anything to get into Gnomedex – anything. At least he didn’t claim to be from the English department… ’cause that would’ve been a dead giveaway. This even tripped Ponzi’s red flag:
MY NAME IS PROFESSOR JAMES PARK FROM CONVENTRY COLLEGE IN UK FROM COMPUTER DEPARTMENT.
MY COLLEGE WILL BE SENDING US TO ATTEND YOUR CONFERENCE.
WE ARE 5 IN NUMBERS THAT WILL BE COMING FOR THE CONFERENCES.
KINDLY SEND US THE TOTAL COST THAT WILL COST THE 5 OF US.
I WILL ALSO LIKE TO INFORM YOU THAT WE ARE WILLING TO PAY YOU AS SOON AS YOU CONFIRM THE PRICE FOR US SO THAT YOU CAN QUICKLY RESERVE SEATS FOR US.
WE WILL LIKE TO INFORM YOU THAT MY SCHOOL IS WILLING TO PAY THROUGH MONEY WIRE.
WE KINDLY URGE YOU TO SEND US THE BANK INFORMATION WE WILL USE IN MAKING THE PAYMENT THROUGH MONEY WIRE.
WE WILL BE EXPECTING YOUR URGENT REPLY
THANKS FOR YOUR COPERATION