Welsh language hits the big time…

It’s finally arrived – the Welsh language Email scam!
As reported in the Western Mail:

a message that will be familiar to many repeat recipients of messages from deposed African royals, a widow of a Kuwaiti ambassador for the Ivory Coast asks for help distributing a $2.5m trust fund for the needy if the willing party can just send through their bank details.

DC John Cherry, e-Crime Wales business liaison officer, said that it was an “old-fashioned” scam that perhaps hoped to catch victims off guard by the fact it was in Welsh.

He said: “These e-mail scams are nothing new, in fact, in the fast-paced world of e-crime they’re considered old-fashioned.

“By translating the scam into Welsh, however, it makes it more believable and in some cases, names have been switched to match those of the recipients, making it a cleverer scam still. It’s best to always remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, no matter what language the e-mail is in.

Golwg (in Welsh) has the actual message….fairly obviously a Google Translate job.

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  • Rory Carr

    Bloody typical ! A Celtic language just happens to get preference even from importunate Nigerian Christians.

    In the interests of parity of esteem we should all call on our Welsh brethren to resist any such blandishments and refuse to accept any of the offered riches until such times as a similar offer is made in their native language to the many thousands whose first language is Ulster-Scots.

  • Valenciano

    Nothing new there actually. I’ve an account on a Latvian e-mail server and get mails there in Latvian, obviously machine translations with the English original attached. I replied to a couple in Latvian but my pretence of not knowing English and invites to them to meet in the Baltics were, sadly, not even met with a polite reply.

  • Scáth Shéamais

    I got a similiar spam message in Irish a year or two ago. The translation in that instance actually wasn’t bad, Google Translate must have done a decent job that day.

  • I’ve just seen the new graphic on today’s Google.

    Happy St. David’s day Dewi

  • Hywel y Bryniau

    What dreadfully bad Welsh. Almost as bad as Gerry Adams when interviewed on Welsh-language television.

  • Dewi

    “What dreadfully bad Welsh. Almost as bad as Gerry Adams when interviewed on Welsh-language television.”

    Must have missed that Hywel – when was that?