Does anyone really fall for this phishing crap?

OK, this has to rate as one of the best phishing emails I’ve received. It’s up there with the one on behalf of Ethiopia’s first astronaut who needed my help getting back to Earth:

Our ref: ATM/13470/IDR
Your ref:…Date: 21/09/2012


I am The Rt Hon David Cameron MP,Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury
and Minister for the Civil Service British Government. This letter is to
officially inform you that (ATM Card Number 5454 7168 0041 0640) has been
accredited with your favor. Your Personal Identification Number is 1090.The
VISA Card Value is 2,000,000.00(Two Million, Great British Pounds Sterling).

This office will send to you an Visa Card/ATM CARD that you will use to
withdraw your funds in any ATM MACHINE CENTER or Visa card outlet in the
world with a maximum of ?5000 GBP daily.Further more,You will be required to
re-confirm the following information to enable;The Rt Hon William Hague MP
First Secretary of State for British Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs. begin
in processing of your ATM Card.

(1)Full names: (2)Address: (3)Country: (4)Nationality: (5)Phone #: (6)Age:
(7)Occupation: (8) Post Codes

Rt Hon William Hague MP.
First Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Tel: +447035907446

TAKE NOTICE: That you are warned to stop further communications with any
other person(s) or office(s) different from the staff of the State for Foreign
and Commonwealth Affairs to avoid hitches in receiving your payment.
Rt Hon David Cameron MP

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Looks legit. What could go wrong?

If you’re savvy enough to even consider the possibility of a scam, or to do a Google search, they want to weed you out in the first round, rather than spend any time on you: there are better, lower-hanging fruit. This is why obvious scam is obvious.

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