I really have no idea what prompted this:

This is Rev.Willson and am interested in some of your Barrel. I need the Barrel in the specifications of 55 Gallon Barrel. Blue Plastic.So what will the total cost of the Barrel with the dimensions i gave and i need 100 quantities of the Barrel.So i will like you to go ahead and quote me the total charges of 100 quantities of the Barrel + tax without shipping charges included.Because i will be picking this up as soon as it is ready from your location.Please if you don't have the type of barrel that am interesting kindly email me back with the types that you have.And i will be very glad if you can also email me back with the types of credit card that you will accept for payment. Please advice. Thank You.

It's so random that it's funny.

Posted by jzawodn at December 13, 2009 07:28 PM

Reader Comments
# kpaul said:

Spam or scam... next step would be to ask for your info or persist in trying to get it. That or checking to see if the email is valid? I dunno. It does seem surreal sometimes, though.

on December 13, 2009 08:08 PM
# Chris Motes said:

I did not know you have Barrel.

on December 13, 2009 08:13 PM
# Jagath said:

Jeremy, Based on the Google ads around your post, you are likely to become the central place for trading barrels on the web :)

I hope you sent Rev. Wilson the credit card information he was asking for :)

on December 13, 2009 09:32 PM
# Phil Ringnalda said:

The best one of those I ever got was back when it was possible to use the letters R, S, and S on the web for things other than syndication, and someone wanted a quote from me for rubber, smoked sheet. Finding out wtf he was on about was some of the most interesting RSS research I ever did.

on December 13, 2009 10:32 PM
# kpaul said:

Wait ... do you have one of those barrels from The Hobbit? The cartoon ones? Can I buy?? ;p

on December 14, 2009 12:55 AM
# Ian Kennedy said:

You should ask them if they want said Barrels with our without monkeys.

I was asked once for a quotation on a large shipment of bluefin tuna by someone who obviously mixed me up with someone else.

on December 14, 2009 07:04 AM
# Rob Brewer said:

Almost sounds like someone who doesn't have a full handle on English quite yet. I'd be curious if Rev. Willson mistyped an email address for someone else.

on December 14, 2009 06:25 PM
# ZXT said:

What barrel is he talking about?

Well, its clearly a phishing email. I think they send it in bulk and by law of averages a few dozens or even hundreds will reply.

on January 10, 2010 07:32 PM
# Christian R. Conrad said:

Maybe it has something to do with your previous job, at Marathon Oil; maybe he wants to buy a hundred barrels of oil -- or a hundred empty used barrels on the cheap?

Not that I think those blue plastic barrels are used for oil (but why not, actually?), but at least the 55-gal capacity seems to be in the right ballpark for an oil drum.

Just a WAG.

on January 18, 2010 10:49 PM
# Randy Comeau - Website Development - SEO - nuMantis said:

I guess these funny emails happen to everyone. I get these African Spam emails all the time and I still hear of people falling for them all the time. I guess it happens to everyone. lol.

on May 13, 2010 04:42 PM
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