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The Haughey 419 returns

A few months back, Blogorrah noted an amazing 419 scam, claiming to be a missive from ex-Taoiseach of Ireland Charlie Haughey‘s wife, Maureen. It’s really quite appropriate Charlie becoming the subject of a scam himself, given what he did to this country. But anyway… over the weekend, a new variant on the theme emerged:

From Mrs Maureen Haughey, ROI

My Dear Friend,

I am Maureen Haughey, widow of former Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, Charles J. Haughey and daughter of former Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland and heir to de Valera, Sean F. Lemass.The Press has written a lot about unresolved mysteries and corruption surrounding CharlesÂ’s dealings, but I tell you something,my Charlie was a good man. He was human and he did whatever he did.

People marvel why I stuck with Charlie and didn’t speak during the mess that came with the exposure of his affairs with Terry Keane (I just hate to think of her). I had to stand by him through the tribunal times…. it was to do with what I’m doing now. No one knew the details of all Charlie’s financial dealings but me. I remain the only one who knows all who got loans from Charlie and didn’t come back to pay when he was disgraced. I am the only one who knows about these monies and the other Ansbacher accounts.

I write to you, an old weary woman, sick and almost tired of living. My end is near but I will not depart until my final mission is accomplished and I also write this with an unshaken belief in the power of aspirations and dreams of a human being. The Irish government thinks it can shave and reduce me to a poor widow but I have the winning ace. A few years ago, when we werenÂ’t sure if my Charlie would be convicted, he kept some money in trust for me in a Security and Finance company. He did not open the account in our names so it will not be traced to us to enable the past remain the past. The name on the account is Cedric de Vregille. I never thought Charlie would leave me so soon and it never occurred to me to ask if this name were fictitious or not or a name of any of his friends. I have tried to find this man but to no avail. The amount he deposited in this name is 30,000,000 (Thirty Million Euros).

I want an honest person to come forward and lay claims to this amount, moreover to use the funds as instructed by me. I have all the documents needed, I just need a face for the name. I have mapped out 30% of the funds for you, as you will help us (you and I) execute this job.

As soon as I receive your acceptance for this work I shall give you necessary details of my solicitor who will facilitate the release of the funds in your name. Please reply me via my personal email: [email protected]

For my security and the sake of letting sleeping dogs lie, I strongly advice that you keep our dealings confidential. You can read more about my charlie from:

Thank You.

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It was sent via a webmail system at, from a proxy in Australia.

The writing is amazingly ornate — ‘I write to you, an old weary woman, sick and almost tired of living’, ‘the Irish government thinks it can shave and reduce me to a poor widow but I have the winning ace’, etc. Very odd stuff. Also, it looks spell-checked. And, once again, poor old cyclist Cedric de Vregille gets dragged into it, too! I wonder what he did to deserve that ;)

If you fancy scambaiting, ‘[email protected]’ is the one to go for. These guys seem to be having a good go of it‘The thought of the Irish government trying to shave an old woman has shocked and appauled me, so I will assist in anyway possible.’ ha!