Category: Advance Fee Scam

Francis Deals with Scam Email

Francis received the following typical scam email (complete with grammatical and spelling mistakes)

From hassanmalik668@gmail.com

Dear Partner,

I have $15.7 million dollars laying in an escrow account in my head office here in Sierra Leone, the fund was over due payment for contractor 4year ago.

I am seeking your help to present you as the beneficiary to the fund,so that you can contact my Bank Head Office for up transfer of the fund into your account. You are to forward me your details, Your Full name, Your age, Your address, Id card and Telephone number.

Mr Hassan Malik.

 

Francis replied

Dear Mr. Malik,

Thanks very much. But I don’t need your money as I have 457,452,743 billion dollars in a large suitcase I found at the side of the road.

As you only have $15.7 million would you like some of mine?

Now get lost and stop wasting my time you devious and crooked half-wit

 

Well said Sir.

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Time-Wasters Update

An email supposedly from Nat West warns us that they believe there has been unauthorised access to our account and they have temporarily frozen our account till we confirm it is OK. However we don’t have such an account so it’s a scam message.

Free electricity is a very common theme for scam messages. This latest one starts with a warning “THIS IS DISTURBING. Power companies panicked when they saw this. Click to see this secret method”.  Where this strange belief in America that there are magical ways to generate electricity at no cost is very odd and not really shared elsewhere in the world.  The ways to generate electricity are all well known and involve taking energy from somewhere (e.g. sunlight, the wind, tidal movements, geothermal energy etc) and transforming it into electricity. There are no secrets and the only thing that is disturbing is that people try to steal from the vulnerable using this type of scam.    

 A message claiming to be from The Royal bank of Scotland says that there has been a mistake in calculation of our quarterly service charge and we owe £42,243.52. The point of the message is to get us to download the attached file which is loaded with malware. No thanks.

Another advance fee scam email arrives. Michael Reed says he has an investment of £50 million in bearer bonds for a client who has died and he wants to transfer them to my name. The email is actually from malexjamass @gmail.com so Michael Reed has an identity problem and doesn’t even know my name yet wants to give me £50 million. This seems less likely than Elvis being spotted doing a gig on the moon. No thanks “Michael”.

Alaa Hameed tells me his company wants to fund any company in any project / investment of any interest or choice as he is a broker with high profile clients from Asia wanting to invest. Is it possible anyone would believe this is true? His return email address is different from the senders address which is always a bad sign and that return address is an AOL address which means personal rather than business. Plus, he doesn’t even know my name. Pathetic.

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The Fake Bride Scam

Jane Joseph claims she is British and lives in London and attends University and works part-time as a dress-maker.

The email explains her unusual situation.

I lost my father in an auto accident prompting my mother’s death because of it.

My Father, Dawson Joseph, willed me a large portion of his real estate holdings and properties valued at £10,500,000 Pounds sterling.

I have yet to place a claim on it but right now things are not good and I’d like to have it. My father’s stipulation was that I was either 30 years of age or married.

(Allowing my husband to be in control). I am 26 so only my husband can make a claim on my behalf. I’d like to offer you the opportunity to stand in as my husband and will share of it for your assistance. Your interests will be properly protected.

So, by getting someone to claim to be her husband she can claim the millions and share them with the fake husband of course.

How does the scammer benefit from this email?

Not so obvious. It could be that she just wants to marry an EU citizen to gain access to living in the EU (the email is from a Turkish address).

Or it could be that on someone agreeing to be the fake husband then there would be lots of unexpected costs to be met (by the fake husband) until she’s got as much money as possible and disappears.

Or maybe there’s another answer – if you know then send me an email.

It’s a very obvious scam email and little attempt has been made to make it seem realistic.

The email is from webmail@global-bay.info rather than a personal email address

The reply email address is Turkish.

The use of phrases such as ‘auto accident’ and ‘real estate’ and ‘pounds sterling’ are clearly not ones that a British person would choose.

Don’t think I’ll get married today after all (not even for a share of £10.5 million)

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