This is another 419 scam i.e. the scammer promises a fortune in cash or diamonds or gold etc. and to get it you just have to follow some simple instructions. There is no fortune of course.
In this case, the scammer claims to be Janet L. Yellen of the United States Treasury. It is true that Mrs Yellen is the genuine United States secretary of the treasury, but the scammer who sent the message is not her.
“This is to inform you that your courier service delivery man carrying your consignment box containing an ATM card valued $10Million dollars is now at the Washington Dulles International Airport”
That is to get my attention, then there is a long story about something called the “West Africa corrupt Government agency” that supposedly has mishandled getting me the money I am owed.
There’s no explanation as to why anybody owes me $10 million.
Then it goes on about the delivery man is carrying a tamper proof metal consignment box that weighs 110 Kg and contains the ATM card worth $10 million for me.
I am supposed to provide instructions for how the delivery man can get from Dulles to the nearest airport to me. Does he not have a smart phone to look it up and why is he sitting at Dulles airport instead of in an office?
The point of this scam email is to get my confidential information so there’s a list of information I have to provide, starting with my name, which of course the scammer doesn’t know.
The email starts with Dear consignment owner and the sender’s email address shows as United States Department of The Treasury but is actually a Gmail address for the name Barry Dunderbolt14
Sorry Dunderbolt – your scam is pathetic as anyone would realise there are numerous safer and easier ways to give someone money than sending a delivery man with a 110Kg metal box thousands of miles.
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