I’ve got an email from Bill Gates the other day. It was about a $5M donation, and all I had to do was to reply to that e-mail with my name, address and phone number. Let me share you full text of his email, you will love it!

I hope this information meet you well as I know you will be curious to know why I selected you to receive a sum of $5,000,000.00 USD. The information below is 100% legitimate, please see the link below: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_%26_Melinda_Gates_Foundation

My wife and I decided to donate the sum of $5,000,000.00 USD to you as part of our charity project to improve the 10 lucky individuals all over the world from our $65 Billion USD, My Wife and I Mapped out to help people. We prayed and searched over the internet for assistance and I saw your profile on Microsoft email owners list and picked you. Melinda and I have decided to make sure this is put on the internet for the world to see. As you could see from the web page above, am not getting any younger and you can imagine having no much time to live, although am a Billionaire investor and we have helped some charity organizations from our Fund.

You see after taking care of the needs of our immediate family members before we die we decided to donate the remaining of our Billions to other individuals around the world in need, the local fire department, the red cross, Haiti, hospital in truro where Melinda underwent her cancer treatment and some other organizations in Asia and Europe that fight Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes and the bulk of the funds deposited with our pay-out bank of this charity donation. We have kept just 30% of the entire sum to our self for the remaining days because I am no longer strong, am sick and am writing you from hospital computer. And My wife and I will be traveling to Germany for Treatment.

To facilitate the payment process of the funds ($5,000,000.00 USD) which have been donated solely to you, you are to send me the follow below:

Your Full Names……………..
Your Contact Address…………….
Your Personal Telephone Number……………

Send the above details to me so that I can forward your payment information to you immediately. I am hoping that you will be able to use the money wisely and judiciously over there in your City. Please you have to do your part to also alleviate the level of poverty in your region, help as many you can help once you have this money in your personal account because that is the only objective of donating this money to you in the first place.

Thank you for accepting our offer, we are indeed grateful and you can Google my name for more information: Mr Bill Gates or Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Remain Blessed.

Regards,
Mr. Bill Gates


When I read this letter, well, I was so touched and honored.
But no Bill, I can not accept your offer =)


Trust Issues on the Internet

This is just one of the spam mails we get everyday. Thanks to spam filters and AI that mail servers are using, they all go to spam folders now. But trust on the internet is getting worse everyday. When you see a post on social websites like facebook, linkedin or twitter, you can never trust it 100%. Because by experience, you now know that anyone can send a fake email, duplicate a website, they can even use AI to replace faces on videos now!

And, with the raising numbers of websites on the internet everyday, this will become a bigger issue.

Email is older than the internet. And it is used by a wider audience than social account users. That is why, spam algorithms are really well developed now. But when it comes to a website, we still have doubts. SSL requirements for trusted websites make it a little secure. But it only solves the trust of communication between the server and client. But the content or software on the original server is not verified or certified. We know we are getting the page from the original server, but we still can’t know about the content.

Conclusion

I am not going to take this further to discuss about cyber security. But just wanted to show you a simple contract between the user and the internet. All we have to know and should pay attention on this contract is the trust. This is the reason people are asking questions to Search Engines. This is the reason people are making polls on their social profiles. This is the reason people are using the internet. And once that trust is broken, the internet will be broken.

My Reply To Bill

Dear Bill,

Thank you for your email. I was sure that your email was legitimate before you asked me to check that Wikipedia link.

I am really really sorry for your and wife’s health issues. I hope they get better soon. I’m sure that Germany will be good for you.

For that $5M donation, I must say, I am really honored. Especially, when I saw that you picked me randomly from a list of email users. I already know Mr Bill Gates or Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. I don’t need to Google that! You are doing great on that foundation, btw. I wish everyone was like you.

I’m sorry to say that I am not accepting this donation.
So, I will not write my name, phone and email to you.
I think this donation should go to the children.
They need it more than We do!

Best regards,

Metin