With credit to Darkbill's Jan 17, 2010 posting, an update given latest developments in Egypt.
The family of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has expressed surprise at the lack of interest from the numerous people they have emailed offering a share of the former leader's millions.
The Mubarak family has apparently sent ‘dozens’ of emails to suitable ‘good and responsible’ people across Europe and North America offering them a share of the fortune, in return for a mere $5,000. But as of yet, there has been no response.
The Mubaraks are now concerned that people suspect the offer is too good to be true.
‘It is very strange, maybe people are unaware of what has happened in Egypt, since so little of the news has been squeezed in between major Western outlets' celebrity coverage,' noted a Mubarak family spokesperson. 'It is very difficult to compete for headlines with Lindsay Lohan in the US or Prince William and Kate Middleton in the UK.'
The Mubarak family is now in hiding, but had managed to withdraw over US$ 300 million from bank accounts before the president was ousted in a popular uprising against some 30 years of repression of the Egyptian people.
Noting failure of her husband's effort to part the Red Sea, ‘I really cannot stress how important it is that we receive the money we need to flee Egypt,’ begs Mrs. Mubarak in her email, ‘where we will be so happy to reward our savior with half the money to say thank you for assistance. However, for now we remain trapped in a safehouse in southern Egypt, with my husband’s vast fortune hidden in many large pillowcases.’
The lack of respondents has been blamed on a new cynicism surrounding the veracity of the internet, and echoes the case of Dr Augustus Shenckelmann who has personally emailed thousands of people to promote a new cream proven to tackle erectile dysfunction. ‘It’s incredible,’ sighs Dr Shenckelmann, ‘it’s almost as if people are not really interested in the latest developments in penile technology.’