I was contacted yesterday by Ravi B. who happened to receive the same solicitation that I received from Dr. Nonaka Takashi which we featured back in March, on Day #105 of The Spam Report. Imagine the coincidence...
Back then, I described it as such:
"I call it the kitchen sink approach to scamming. Throw everything at your potential victim (e.g. subject from war-torn areas like Iraq/Syria, intrigue like dying with no next of kin, $30 million in oil money or guilt-free loot, addressing your fear of a scam right on by writing this is how they do business in the banking world and my personal favorite, the guilt trip."
You must accept my apology because I continued this conversation and yet, failed to update you all on where it went. Ravi asked if I had gone further as he is "dying to have a go at this 419'er. :)"
Regular readers of this blog will know the "419" reference is about the part of the Nigerian criminal code that specifies fraud.
Anyhow, I responded to his original kitchen sink pitch, by saying, and I'll apologize to my friends in the banking industry up front, "This does not seem ethical, even for the banking industry." And I, once again, clearly had my name, title of Investigative Reporter, and television station at the bottom of the email.
Below was his/her response. Ravi, have at it, if you'd like. If you get anything funnier than this, please send it along so I can share.
By the way, note the different font used for my name "Friend Adam Schrager" than from the rest of the note. Seems like it's a form letter where all he/she changes is the name of the chump (i.e. me) who responds. It's a good tip that this isn't for real... as if you needed any more.
In the meanwhile, just hit delete.
From: Nonakak Takashi [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:38 AM
To: Adam Schrager
Subject: Re: Gooday From Dr. Nonaka Takashi,
Good day Friend Adam Schrager,
Let me reassure you that I have all modalities in place for a successful execution of this transaction because I have every tool at my disposal as an executive director in the bank and also as the de facto Head of operation of the private banking division.
I wish to inform you that my official lines are periodically monitored to assess our level of customer care in line with our Total Quality Management Policy. Please contact me only through this personal email account at the moment and we will talk on phone when I am convince that you are capable of handling this business transaction with good faith.
I am very confident that we will be able to establish the trust that is needed to complete this deal and all that I need from you is your willingness and commitment so that we can end this project soonest.
What you need to understand about this transaction is that I will make sure that it passes through all international banking laws regards to this I will take care of all the expenses and the cost of retaining the service of my Attorney to give the transaction the proper documentation that is required to perfect the finishing. Your only obligation in this transaction will be to set up an offshore account that can accommodate these funds and I will give you more light later once you agree to partner with me.
Like I said before there is no risk involve as it will pass through international banking laws and all documents related to this transaction will be sent to you for your perusal and trust.
Note that I am highly handicapped with respect to the manner I conduct myself as far as this transaction is concerned here at the bank because of my position. Besides, the laws here in Japan and most part of Asia with respect to corruption are very stringent. Contravening the laws is tantamount to death penalty, so while I brave the venture, I will have to still watch my back. Therefore, we will restrict our communication to email because this is my private email and all communication from me to you will be done in most unsuspecting manner. It is very easy to track telephone conversation so please bear with me for now.
Let me know if you are proceeding with me at the earliest time.
Dr. Nonaka Takashi