I have been recently reminded of my love of Sherlock Holmes and have started re-reading many of the old Arthur Conan Doyle books. Something I saw in one of his most famous works, "The Hound of Baskervilles," reminded me of what we are trying to accomplish here.

In the course of his work, Holmes says, "The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes."

The goal of The Spam Report has been to highlight what's obvious to us that maybe hasn't seemed so obvious to you. It can be easy to get into the weeds and find all sorts of small details that clearly show the email below submitted by Nancy V. to be a scam/spam, but let's just look at one of the most obvious.

We've seen these fake FBI emails before, but in this case, besides the tortured English, it states that the "Director in Charge" and the "Head Office" is located in New York.

It's not. It's in Washington. There are any number of ways to detect fraudulent emails, but sometimes the most obvious, as Sherlock Holmes would say, is right there in front of you, if you're willing to observe it.

As an aside, I did like the detailed description here of the "TRUNK BOX." Credit to the sender for their creativity on that.

Here's a link to a movie version of The Hound of the Baskervilles:

Enjoy and just hit delete.


-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tue, Jul 15, 2014 2:12 pm
Subject: We the Federal bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington, DC., believe you received the previous message we sent to you,

Director in Charge


Federal Bureau of Investigation United States Department Of Justice Fbi New York 26 Federal Plaza 23rd Floor New. York 10278-0004


Attention: Fund Beneficiary/Consignment Owner,

This will be the first and last we the entire FBI Head Office NYC will remind you about this issue, because it has been long and I believe by now you have got this below message at least more than 10 times still you haven't respond; Note that the grace given to you as a legal Beneficiary has expired therefore you should entitle of 6 Years Jail Sentence which will be taking care by Police Interpol of your Country. So this is our last warning to you because there is no way you should abandon your TRUNK BOX at JFK because of Custom requirement fee $130.00, which they later allow you to pay half of it as of now while the remaining half will be pay by you after confirming your BOX. You can't  reject the box without good reason; else you will be arrested and believe me that the paper attached to the box has all your full personal details that will lead to your immediate arrested any were you are. BELOW is the same message.

We the Federal bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington, DC., believe you received the previous message we sent to you, prior  you are  dealings with the U.S Custom Authority at (JFK) John F. Kennedy International Airport New York as regards to your over-due contract payment consignment trunk box worth  $2.700.000.00 USD (Two million Seven hundred thousand dollars only), which was endorsed in your favor and like we stated earlier, we have dully screened through this project as stipulated on our protocols of operation and have finally confirmed that your contract payment is 100% genuine and hitch free from all facet and of which you have the lawful right to claim your fund without any further delay.

This is  to bring to your notice that we have just been informed through secrete source that the U.S Custom Authority at (JFK) John F. Kennedy International Airport New York are making arrangement to have your contract fund wired into the Bank account of Mrs. Jane Frederick, the lady that contacted them, earlier and presented some documentations evidencing your claim purported to have being signed personally by you for the release of your contract fund to her, since you have chose to ignore their messages and refuse to pay the required $130 for Custom Clearance Certificate charges as imposed, despite the advise we gave to you. I want to personally assure you once again that you will have every course to smile and be happy upon conclusion of this project, as we will continue monitoring all your services with them at all level as well as your correspondence, until you have received your Metal Trunk Box accordingly. As a LEGAL OWNER, we are here to protect your interest and that is the reason why we are doing all we can to make sure all goes well, this is a huge amount of money which we don't wish for you to lose.

We understand that the imposed fee might be too much for you to pay so to further make things easier for you, we have discussed with the U.S Custom Authority at (JFK) John F. Kennedy International Airport New York pleaded on your behalf for them to give you the grace of sending half of the charges $65 for now after which the Diplomatic Agent delivery your consignment trunk boxes to you then once you receive your fund, you can then pay the balance $65, All we want you to do right now is to send the half of the money with  the name listed below so we can forward it to Benin Republic Customs authority to help us bobtail the Custom Clearance Certificate and the diplomat will make the delivery to your home address tomorrow morning.

Receiver's Data / information:


Country: Benin Republic

City : Cotonou

Text Question: Urgent

Answer:  Urgent

Amount: $65