UK Lord claims mysterious Foundation wants to give Britain £17B, no strings attached

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63 Responses to “UK Lord claims mysterious Foundation wants to give Britain £17B, no strings attached”

  1. efergus3 says:

    As Bob would say: TANSTAFL.

  2. starfish and coffee says:

    It’s funny.

    But also, as a foreigner living in the UK there are some elements that make me despair. Firstly, if a state official in any other European country spoke about consorting with some “foundation X” s/he would be in trouble, possibly even suspended and investigated until full transparency in his/her dealings had been established. The British public however are quite forgiving when it comes to a bit of hush-hush. A second point is how unembarrassed the lord is about being such a typical upperclass twit. While he firstly claims to be knowledgeable about dodgy money, it turns out that this knowledge is essentially “a set of phone numbers and references”. Such typical posh boy crap, you’re whole professional worth is who you know not what you know.

  3. Kitty says:

    My shortlist for whose name is on that check
    • Dr Evil
    • Mrs. Windsor
    • Mr. Bush (any of them)
    • Madonna
    • The reptilians

  4. kridje says:

    sounds very illuminatesque.

  5. tarynlondon says:

    What they’re not telling:
    They were contacted about this by email from Doctor Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria.
    I get offers like that all the time!

  6. ethancoop says:

    when did boingboing turn into abovetopsecret?

  7. ethancoop says:

    My shortlist for whose name is on that check:
    • /b/

  8. zikman says:

    “Foundation X was introduced to me 20 weeks ago last week…”

    awesome

  9. OldRipbeak says:

    “All I need to do is send him my bank information and the foundation will wire the funds immediately.”

  10. Anonymous says:

    It’s the Templars.

  11. ethancoop says:

    Let me try this again:

    My shortlist for whose name is on that check:
    • /b/
    • Scrooge McDuck

  12. Anonymous says:

    Gov: “We need money, FAST!”
    Treasury: “But we can’t! Our coffers are empty!”
    Gov: “Well, what about printing a few billions? It won’t hurt anyone..”
    Treasury: “Are you crazy? We cannot just pull cash out of thin air! It has to come from *somewhere*!”
    Gov: “Wait a second.. I might have an idea…”

  13. redesigned says:

    My guess is this is from the British National Alchemy Club.

    On a side note the price of lead has skyrocketed in Brittan due to a sudden mysterious shortage.

  14. Anonymous says:

    My shortlist for whose name is on that check:
    • The /b/eatles

  15. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if they’ve ever read The Count of Monte Cristo.

  16. Anonymous says:

    “Anonymous messages are held for moderation. This could take a (long) while. ”

    Anon:
    you are funny…and fast!

  17. Baldhead says:

    I agree. Nigerian gold.

  18. Phikus says:

    And they say taxes are too high in the UK for the rich…

  19. bardfinn says:

    It is, of course, Sir Paul McCartney. Man owns more than anyone in England excepting the Crown and knows he cannot possibly take it all with him.

    Rooks stay on the Tower for another generation.

    Blackbird singing in the dead of night
    Take these broken wings and learn to fly
    All your life
    You were only waiting for this moment to arise

  20. Anonymous says:

    Voldemort!

  21. Phikus says:

    Looks like Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters is moving across the pond.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Lets face it, this is not the first time a pensioner has been taken in by a 419 scheme.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Foundation X = The Vatican

  24. Anonymous says:

    It’s Apple!

    “Screw Sony, lets buy Britain.” – Steve Jobs

  25. Anonymous says:

    HRH? Mohammed Fayad? Aardvark Ratnik?

  26. Takashi Omoto says:

    Meanwhile, in a large desk on a half-lit room, Björk joins fingers and considers that everything is going according to plan.

  27. stumo says:

    Very weird. It’s a genuine speech – http://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2010-11-01a.1463.8&s=speaker%3A13880#g1536.0

    Had he had too much brandy for lunch?

    cjp, very funny. Shame we already have one.

  28. P1rat3 says:

    Someone wants to make some serious naked short-selling profits on bullion by crashing its price through the UK Government.

    It’s brilliant.

    • datura says:

      The old adage, considering who stands to gain as a clue to the possible identity and motives of an unknown actor, fits well.

      You could really move the highly leveraged and known-to-be-manipulated gold market if this identity had even a small fraction of the gold claimed.

      Or, as you say, it could be a naked short, aka a total bluff!

  29. Anonymous says:

    If both the House of Lords and sums of money are involved, it’s a massive scam.

  30. Anonymous says:

    We got tired of setting up monoliths in the American south.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Hey, uh, Toronto will take it… we need some new transit.

  32. Anonymous says:

    I’ve always wondered what happended to the trillions-gazillions that the content industries, self-reportedly, lose out on from piracy. Where is all that mad cash? As it turns out, X has been stashing it!

  33. Anonymous says:

    i think i got that email too,

    it started

    “dear sir, Im a nigerian prince and have recently inherited £17B i wish share it with you, if you would like to send me some money first to confirm the transaction then i can send you the full amount….” etc..

    its a scam! ;)

    • ChesterKatz says:

      I second the recommendation to watch the video of his speech linked by Anon@59.

      When you’re done watching Lord James speak, be sure to fast forward to 3hr 25mins to see some tongue-in-cheek reaction to his offer.

  34. Anonymous says:

    The link says that 17 billion would follow, not 17 million:
    “if the British Government would like it as well, if it will help, the foundation will be prepared to put up money for funding hospitals, schools, the building of Crossrail immediately with £17 billion transfer by Christmas”

  35. Anonymous says:

    Templar gold!

  36. ben says:

    I’d give it a 75% chance he’s off his rocker, given his choice of date measurement.

  37. Tim says:

    £5 Billion + £17 Million != £17 Billion

    Someone’s math is wrong somewhere.

  38. S.P.E.C.T.R.E. says:

    Good evening gentleman, I can assure you this is real, very real.

  39. CANTFIGHTTHEDITE says:

    When does he get to the part about how Foundation X takes the left over fractions of cents from every financial transaction on Earth?

  40. deltaverde says:

    “I have had one of the biggest experiences in the laundering of terrorist money and funny money that anyone has had in the City. I have handled billions of pounds of terrorist money… ”

    Did he just confess to laundering terrorist money? WTF?

  41. Anonymous says:

    It’s cousin Vinnie, if they refuse his offer they will get a castle that boosts land value, aura, and other great things to the surrounding area of construction. :)

  42. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like the mysteriously well-financed, ubiquitous and incomprehensible OITC conspiracy/scam/performance art piece:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_of_International_Treasury_Control

  43. Anonymous says:

    Have none of you never ever breathed the word “Anglophile”?

  44. shadowfirebird says:

    Who exactly do foundation x want to donate to? They can’t donate to the government if they are foreign – well, okay, they can, but not legally…

    ( @cjp: If only. )

  45. piecar says:

    Quick, someone start writing the Doctor Who episode. And you can’t use cybermen or daleks, not their style…

    • Boba Fett Diop says:

      Clearly it’s the Vogans- this is simply brinksmanship against the Cyber-menace. They just want to remind all the major inter-galactic and inter-temporal players that they can place tonnes of gold at the disposal of Torchwood or UNIT at a moment’s notice.

  46. Nadreck says:

    It’s the Diogenes Club. They’ve always run Britain but they’re going to do it out in the open now.

  47. DaveP says:

    Its the K Foundation, of course, and UK ought to take it or they’ll set it on fire just to watch it burn.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Nazi gold!

  49. teapot says:

    From start to finish it sounds like a 419.

    If that turns out to be the case then this guy should lose his job.

  50. franl says:

    When Brits say “billion” they mean what Americans mean when we way “trillion”. Who could have $17 trillion in gold? And how would they give it to anyone without having an army to move it?

  51. Anonymous says:

    It’s a trap!

  52. Anonymous says:

    No no.. its all legit no strings attached..
    Its just a exchange between friends..

    and as friends when we ask for a favour.
    A friend would’nt refuse! :)

  53. AudioTherapist says:

    Mad as a badgers ball-bag. Yet another reason to put this unelected bunch of in-bred yahoo’s and failed politico’s out to pasture

  54. annoyingmouse says:

    I can’t be the only person who, after reading this post and its comments, looked up wikipedia for both Lord James of Blackheath and OITC and spotted that they were both involved in supposed bids for MG Rover. Fair enough, PWC didn’t take the crazy one seriously and I’m not sure how much of the James one wasn’t just attention seeking but it does make you wonder.

  55. Maiku81 says:

    My guess is Chinese Gold farmers from the World of Warcraft

  56. nox says:

    I’m not sure why you cut out the terrorist organization piece:

    Not into my pocket. My biggest terrorist client was the IRA and I am pleased to say that I managed to write off more than £1 billion of its money. I have also had extensive connections with north African terrorists, but that was of a far nastier nature, and I do not want to talk about that because it is still a security issue. I hasten to add that it is no good getting the police in, because I shall immediately call the Bank of England as my defence witness, given that it put me in to deal with these problems.

  57. Angstrom says:

    Various people seem to think this mystery organisation is the OITC, in which case, here’s some info about their previous hilarity:

    http://archives.pireport.org/archive/2006/march/03-06-14.htm

    It’s well worth visiting their own website to see exactly how awe-inspiring a site can be when financed with so many billions.

    http://www.unoitc.org/

    Really, this is 419 scamming on a magnificent scale.

  58. Snakefarmer says:

    Pie ain’t free!

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