One of the many unsolicited e-mails I get, one of the few I open:
My name is Ms. Mabel Franklin, female, working with Global Symposium of Peaceful Nations (GSPN). EUROPEAN UNION Greece, We are organizing a global World Conference, Global Peace Index (GPI). Taking place from 2nd August to 15 August 2010 at Athens, . A 7-days summer tour to Historic tourist attraction cities around and Rome in from 16th – 22nd August 2010. In our request to invit people from various countries around the world, I went in search of your e-mails on the web site as a means of contacting people and organizations As a result, I picked your email from an N.G.O`s website. If you are interested to participate or want to represent your country, and/or office you may contact the secretariat of the organizing committee for details and information’s. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
you should also inform them that you were invited to participate by friend of yours (Ms. Mabel Franklin) who is a member of the European Union All Nation for Peace and a staff of Global Symposium of Peaceful Nations. The benevolent donors from across the global and the Organizing Committee is responsible for the arrangements of all traveling documents and European Union traveling visa, Registered participants are only responsible for their own Hotel accommodation.
You may get back to me with my email address below.
Sincerely, Ms Mabel Franklin
Look, Mabel, I know you mean well, but I just can’t count you as a friend. And frankly, I don’t recall putting any of my e-mails on an NGO site.