Spam Report

The Spam Report: Day #235: "Notification"

Published On: Oct 24 2014 09:16:55 AM CDT
Times Square, New York City
MY DESK: MADISON -

Thanks to Joyce L. in Janesville for sending in today's Spam Report.

Apparently, the head U.N. inspector at JFK Airport in New York found a couple boxes there with her and other "undisclosed-recipients" names on it and wants to return it to her house, in person. These boxes allegedly hold $3-$4 million each.

Forget for a minute that the United Nations has no, let me repeat that, NO legal authority to inspect anything on U.S. soil. Now that a doctor in NYC has tested positive for Ebola, nothing's getting out of New York in the next 24 hours. Nothing.

Joyce plans to hit delete and I'd suggest you do the same. Thanks for sending it in. 

If you have an email you want to warn your neighbors about, please send it to me: mailto:aschrager@wisctv.com

Have a great weekend.

From:Richard D. Lenski

To:undisclosed-recipients:

Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 11:25 AM

Subject: Notification

Richard D. Lenski

INSPECTION UNIT

J.F. K International Airport New York

Hi,

I am Richard D. Lenski, Chief Inspection Agent- United Nations Inspection Unit at John F. Kennedy International airport, New York- working hand in hand with Department of Homeland Security and U.S Customs and Border Protection. During our investigation, I discovered an abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from Africa via UN office-London UK and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a metal trunk box weighing approximately 25kg each. The consignment was abandoned because the Content was not properly declared by the consignee as money rather it was declared as photographic materials and personal effect to avoid diversion by the shipping agent and also the Diplomat inability to pay for Non Inspection Fees.

On my assumption, each of the boxes will contain about $3Million to $4Million each and the consignment is still left in the airport storage facility till today. The consignment is two metal boxes with weight of about 25kg each. Apparently, the details of the consignment including your name and address are tagged on the Metal Trunk boxes.

Provide your name, phone number and full home address, to cross check if it corresponds with the name and address on the consignment including the name of nearest airport around your city and other details. You can send the requested information to me by email for onward delivery. All communication must be held extremely confidential. I can get everything concluded within 24 hours upon your acceptance and proceed to your address for delivery if you assure me of sharing the content 30%/70% with you on my arrival to your house. 

Below is my direct telephone number but send me all the requested information to my email


Richard D. Lenski

INSPECTION UNIT

J.F Kennedy International Airport, New York

Tel: 17188317166

rickylenski@diplomats.com

The Spam Report: Day #234: "Can You Handle This Project"

Published On: Oct 23 2014 10:00:44 AM CDT
OTD December 11 - A Few Good Men
MY DESK: MADISON -

Sometimes, you see something in one of the spam/scam emails that sparks a memory, hopefully a good one. Thanks to Diane H. for sending this in.

It's our typical, help me re-invest $150 million in unclaimed money that's allegedly in the Bank of China, left behind by a dead guy with no relatives. We know this to be a clear phishing for information at best, an insidious effort to take our money at worst.

However, in the list of things the sender wants, the last question is, "Can you handle this project."

First thing I thought of was this great Jack Nicholson scene from "A Few Good Men": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FnO3igOkOk

I don't think I can handle this project, as I'm just a "snotty little $%#^%&$" so I'll just hit delete. 

I'd suggest you do the same.

Unfortunately, tracking down the senders of these emails will be almost as difficult as tracking down Lt. Col. Matthew Markinson, who spent the first 17 of his 26 years in the Corps in counter intelligence.

Still, it's fun to quote the movies once in a while.

Adam

On Sunday, October 19, 2014 10:27 PM, YEONG KEUN LEE <research@destimoney.com> wrote:

Dear Friend.

Please accept my sincere apology if my email does not suit your business or personal ethics. I will first introduce myself to you.My Name is Yeong Keun Lee I am the executive Chairman Of Bank Of China There is the sum of $150,000,000.00 in my bank, there were no Beneficiaries stated concerning these funds which means no one would ever come forward to claim it and That is why I am asking that you be my partner and we work together as partners so as to have the sum transferred out of my bank into Your Account.

Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue. Once the funds have been transferred from my Bank to your Nominated Bank Account,We shall then share in the ratio of 60% for me, 40% for you. My Personal mail Address Is : [mryeongkeunlee5@gmail.com]

Please if you are interested to be my partner in this project i need you to reply me back. I cannot contact you with my official email-address because it is been monitored by my Bank's Security System.

Also you are to Fill the information below.

1, Your Full names:.............................
2, Your age:..........................
3, Your private phone number:...............
4, Your current country and residential address:........
5, Your Occupation.................................
6, Your Level Of Investment...........................
7, Can You Handle This Project...............................

Please send me your Personal Information above and reply me back urgently via my personal email address which is: [mryeongkeunlee5@gmail.com]

Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Kind Regards
Yeong Keun Lee.

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The Spam Report: Day #233: "dearest one"

Published On: Oct 22 2014 01:33:57 PM CDT
Razor, shaving
MY DESK: MADISON -

Today's example of the Spam Report is proof that I pay these spam/scam emails far more attention than they likely deserve... meaning, I actually read them through.

In perusing the email below, the story of a next-of-kin needing my help to recoup millions of dollars in an African bank is nothing new and the premise that I would become her guardian is a becoming all too common these days. 

I'm used to the grammatical and spelling mistakes that we often see and is apparent below as well. However, what made me do a double-check and actually go to the Oxford Dictionary was the following sentence: "And because of attempts by members of the family to kill me,so they can inherit all my father's properties,i snicked  out of my country with the help of a priest to the Republic of Ghana."

Frankly, I had never heard the word "snicked" and I liked it immediately. Sounds like a word I would want to use. Only, it doesn't mean what the writer alleges it to mean. Instead of writing she/he was "sneaked" out of the country which I think he/she means, he/she wrote "snicked" which, according to the dictionary references a small cut or "causing (something) to make a sharp clicking sound."

Great word. Not clear how I'd ever use it in context, but if you can come up with one, please email it to me: mailto:aschrager@wisctv.com 

And then, just hit delete.

Adam

From: Janice Amdo [mailto:missgeni.koffi1@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:55 AM
Subject: dearest one

My Dearest One,

I am Miss Janice Amdo,22 years old.My mother died very early in my life,but my father died in 2009.In a private hospital in Sierra-leon,he secretly told me many things including a sum of US$6.4million which he deposited as family valuable with a finance security firm in Accra Ghana.

He used my name as the only child for the next of kin to deposit the funds.And because of attempts by members of the family to kill me,so they can inherit all my father's properties,i snicked  out of my country with the help of a priest to the Republic of Ghana.Please, I humbly need your assistance to help to claim the money from the finance firm  as my guardian.

Please,contact me on (janiceamdo23@gmail.com) in your response to my mail.

Yours Sincerely,

Miss.Janice Amdo.

The Spam Report: Day #232: "Hello Dear"

Published On: Oct 21 2014 04:07:15 PM CDT
Crying child

Thanks to Barbara W. for sending in today's Spam Report.

Apparently, she was helpful in the past to this emailer, but missed out when her spammer/scammer hooked up with someone in Paraguay. But fret not, because these spammers/scammers are so benevolent, they're going to give her a second chance to be taken.

She just has to reach out to a pastor in Benin so they can "share the joy after all the sufferness at that time."

Somehow, I think responding to notes like this would lead to more "sufferness" down the line.

Thanks again, Barbara.

Just hit delete.

Adam

On Sunday, October 19, 2014 11:45 AM, David Ballard <paulcheah1@ymail.com> wrote:

Hello Dear ( Compensation For Your Past Effort )

I waited for your response and could not hear from you and I decided to contact another partner. I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from paraguay. Presently i'm in Paraguay for investment purposes with my new partner , meanwhile I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.
Now contact my Pastor in Benin his name is

Pastor Pacome Avocego
Phone: 00229 68 74 63 47
Email: apastorpacome@yahoo.com

ask him to send you the total of $800.000.00 which i kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. so feel free and get in touched with my Pastor Pacome Avocego and instruct him where to send the amount to you which has been converted into an ATM VISA MASTER CARD.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at that time. in the moment, finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my Pastor on your behalf to receive that ATM VISA CARD, so feel free to get in touch with Pastor Pacome Avocego, he will send the card to you without any delay via any Courier Company.

Regards,

David

 

The Spam Report: Day #231: "YOU WON US$2,800,000.00 via WESTERN UNION"

Published On: Oct 20 2014 02:41:02 PM CDT
Cash Money File 6
MY DESK: MADISON -

My 5-year-old son, like many boys his age, doesn't really want to hang out too often with girls. 

He asked me about it the other day as he'd heard me sharing the story with his older sister of being chased around the grade school playground when I was about 7 or 8 by girls. He wanted to know how to get away from the girls.

So, I began sharing with him thoughts about physical deception, the art of eluding the "cooties" that he's convinced come with kindergarten-age girls. Deception is the hallmark of spam/scam emails. 

Take for example what we have below where the United Arab Emirates, the "West Africa Commission" and Western Union have found millions of my money. Why and how those entities joined to award me my money, the idea of throwing authoritative sounding stuff is a good tool toward deception.

Plus, if you win millions, you will not have to pay a fee to cash it in. That's not the way lotteries work.

Do what I suggest my son does when the girls chase him on the playground which, I digress, but I think it happens because he has his mom's smile... jab step to the left and then, pivot back to the right.

Or, you can just hit delete.

Adam

From: Western Union Money Transfer® [mailto:western@terra.com]
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2014 5:02 AM
Subject: YOU WON US$2,800,000.00 via WESTERN UNION. 

Hello

We are here to notify you that the sum of US$2,800,000.00 was generated and awarded to you by the United Arab Emirates, West Africa commission and the Western Union Foundation as one of the customers who uses Western Union in their business transaction.

This award was been selected through the internet, where your e-mail address was indicated and notified.The Western Union Foundation and the United Arab Emirates commission collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online,among the millions of our customers who use Western Union in their business transactions. Four people are selected yearly to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners.

Therefore,be informed that we have already sent you $10,000 U.S.Dollars through Western union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your full payment total sum of US$2,800,000.00 U.S.Dollars via western union.

We tried several times to reach you through phone and give you the payment information through phone but all our effort were to no avail. Now,The first $10,000 US. Dollars has already been sent to you today. As We have concluded to effect your payment through western union.You will be picking up $10,000 daily until the $2,800.000.00 is completed.

So,contact the Western union Agent: Mr. Vincent Rex. His Tel: +226 76 15 00 24 E-mail: (westernunion.bf@yandex.com) Tell him to give you the MTCN number ,Sender name,text Question and answer to pick up your first payment of $10,000.Dollar. You will pay him $210 dollars for the processing of the payment before he will give you the information to pick up your first payment of $10,000.00.dollar.

You can also ask him to send to you a proof, the ownership certificate of the Funds. It is for you to be sure that the funds belong to you.

Make sure you send the following information to the western union office to enable them verify and be sure that you are the real beneficiary:

Your Full name:
Home Address:
City:
Country:
Phone number:
Occupation:
Age:

The only money you will pay to the Western Union office is $210 dollars and he will release the MTCN number ,Sender name,text Question and answer to you to pick up your first payment.As beneficiary will be required to pay for the Processing of the payment before the release of the full payment information.Please Bear this in mind before forwarding your information to him.

Please,contact Mr.Vincent Rex of the western Union office now so that he will issue to you the full payment information after you might have paid the $210 dollars for the processing of the payment.Again,the below is his email address (westernunion.bf@yandex.com).

Yours Faithfully,
Samie Yves
Awards Coordinator United Arab Emirate Commission/WEST AFRICA AND Western Union Foundation


The Spam Report: Day #230: "F.B.I-VERY URGENT RESPONSE NEEDED"

Published On: Oct 17 2014 11:03:29 AM CDT
MY DESK: MADISON -

I was out of town on business for a few days and come back to find this email from the "FBI" (cough, cough). 

There are a couple parts to this that I found amusing and thought I should share. First off, we've debunked this whole FBI has money for you from overseas and you're at risk if you don't give them personal information to claim it. Life doesn't work that way.

However, there are a couple lines here which amused me and you all know that I love clever word choices from my spammers/scammers and enjoy highlighting creativity. So, in their note to me, the writer states, "based on our findings, our investigative department wish to warn you against some miscreants, hoodlums and touts who go about scamming innocent people by claiming to be who they are not and thereby tarnishing the image of this wonderful country."

Are there better words for criminals than "miscreants, hoodlums and touts?" That's just good stuff. Any time you can use "tout" in context is a good time.

Also, I really got a kick out of the ccs at the end of the email to show me how serious a correspondence this is. Specifically, I'm pleased that this email was also sent to the "international organization of serious commissions (IOSCO)" because, let's be honest, the world is in need of "serious commissions," right?

One other quick note: while the sender's address is listed as this: directorfbioffice@fbi.gov. If you hit reply, it comes out as this: directorfbioffice@superposta.com.

Certainly, not as official and yet another reason this is bogus. We should contact that International Organization of Serious Commissions to investigate.

Just hit delete.

Take care,

Adam

From: FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION [mailto:directorfbioffice@fbi.gov]
Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2014 6:05 AM
Subject: F.B.I-VERY URGENT RESPONSE NEEDED

                    DO NOT PRINT /FORWARD THIS MAIL ITS AGAINST THE LAW

This e-mail, including any attachments, is covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 10 U.S.C. 2510-2521

ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONETARY CRIMES DIVISION

FBI HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS J.EDGAR HOOVER BUILDING

935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535-0001

Ref: FBI/DC/25/113/13/2014

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/executives/director

  Your attention is needed immediately.

  We have been informed through our global intelligence monitoring network that the sum of $10.500, 000.00, has been released from a bank in Africa bearing your name as the beneficiary without dist certificate to clear your name and fund from every terrorist or drug or money laundering activities

We sincerely apologize for sending you this sensitive information via e-mail instead of a certified mail, phone call or a  face-to-face conversation,We will also send you a certified email later it is due to the urgency and importance of the security information needed. To checkmate financial recklessness, illegal gambling, racketeering and considering the effect of the global financial crisis rocking the United States, our government with the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I) Washington, DC and the internet crime complaint center (ic3),alongside the CIA  signed an agreement with U.K  police for an immediate release of all overdue funds presently logged in their treasury and to ensure it is disbursed to the rightful beneficiaries in all parts of the world. If you the beneficiary would adhere to our instruction it will help you receive your payment  immediately

The bank knowing fully well that they do not have enough facilities to make this payment from any part of the world to your account directly, used what we know as a secret diplomatic transit payment (s.d.t.p) method to make the payment. direct transfers are difficult and secret diplomatic transit payment (s.d.t.p) are not  usually made unless the funds are  related to terrorist activities and we ask why must your payment be made in  a secret transfer if your transaction  is legitimate.

We do not want you to get into trouble as soon as these funds reflect in your personal account, so it is our duty as an international agency to correct these little problems before this fund reflects into your personal account.

we advise you to contact us immediately, as your funds have been stopped and are being held in our custody, until you are able to provide us with the dist certificate within 3 days from the country that authorized the transfer to certify that the funds that you are about to receive are terrorist/drug free or we shall have cause to impound the payment and subsequently prosecute you for cross border terrorist financial activites.

The Spam Report: Day #229: "I AM VERY URGENTLY WAITING YOUR RESPONSE"

Published On: Oct 13 2014 10:20:55 AM CDT
MY DESK: MADISON -

Stop the presses!!!!

Does anyone say that any more by the way, or with the troubles of newspapers, is it more, "Fade to Black?" I digress, sorry about that, but I have a medical miracle to report.

For some background, we've often featured in this space the "I'm dying" and "I need your help" emails to transfer millions of dollars. I've often recommended just Googling some of the phrases and you often find that you are not the only person presented with this spectacular offer for free money.

In the case below, we have an email from "Mrs. Anna FARAH," who apparently has only six months to live. However, in what can only be considered worthy of inclusion in a medical journal or from a stage to a pew on Sunday, "Mrs. Anna FARAH" has apparently survived far longer than previously expected.

So, in the aforementioned internet search, I found "Mrs. FARAH" sent this exact same message on July 20, 2013 to someone in Illinois. Either she's living on borrowed time or she's trying to scam/spam me.

I'm confident it's the latter.

Just hit delete.

I'll be on assignment the next few days, so The Spam Report will return on Friday.

Cheers,

Adam

From: Mrs. Anna FARAH [mailto:anna.far2@gmail.com]

Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2014 9:40 AM
Subject: I AM VERY URGENTLY WAITING FOR YOUR RESPONSE.

DEAR FRIEND:

GREETINGS FROM MY OWN SIDE; I AM MRS. ANNA FARAH, A WIDOW TO LATE DIPLOMAT DR.FARAH KABORE NDAYI.

I AM 52 YEARS OLD, SUFFERING FROM PANCREATIC CANCER. MY CONDITION IS REALLY BAD AND IT IS QUITE OBVIOUS THAT I WON’T LIVE MORE THAN SIX MONTHS ACCORDING TO MY DOCTORS.

I AM WILLING TO DONATE THE SUM OF SEVEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSEND EUROS (7.500, 000.00 EUROS) OUT THROUGH YOU IN OTHER TO HELP THE POOR WIDOWS AND THE LESS PRIVILEGED ONES IN THE RURAL AREAS AND TO CARRY OUT OTHER CHARITABLE WORKS.

I WAIT FOR YOUR URGENT REPLY TO PROCEED.          

BEST REGARDS,
MRS. ANNA FARAH.

 

The Spam Report: Day #228: "TRANSACTION"

Published On: Oct 10 2014 10:34:41 AM CDT
Bag of money, cash
MY DESK: MADISON -

Every now and again, I'm compelled to write back to folks who send me spam/scam emails. If you've turned on any television news or read any articles in the paper or online, you know about the current Ebola crisis in West Africa. 

I heard a story yesterday about a relief worker who went into a village to remove the bodies of Ebola victims and found a 4-year-old left dead with no parents or other relatives nearby. Horribly sad.

With that in mind, this is the note I wrote back to this particular spam/scam artist.

No mood for humor today, folks. Sorry about that.

"May I suggest Barrister that you keep the money in West Africa to help those countries who are battling the Ebola virus. Help your own people first.

Adam"

Just hit delete.

Adam

From: DANSO PHILIP.Q [mailto:phillipesq1@aol.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2014 2:45 AM
Subject: TRANSACTION/09/10/2014

RE: TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Sir/Madam,

My name is Danso Philip.Q, Esq. I am a Barrister, Solicitor and Financial Advocate based in the Republic of Ghana West Africa. I write to present a Private Business Deal for your consideration.

My client has privately acquired the sum of US$240,000,000.00 (Two Hundred and Forty Million USDonly) from the Government of Republic of Ghana. We are looking for someone that is able to receive this amount comfortably without hitches. If you are interested, send me your telephone numbers for discussion of this offer in full details. Your Commission is 25% of the aforementioned amount.

Yours Truly,

Danso Philip.Q

Barrister-At-Law

The Spam Report: Day #227: "My Dearest One"

Published On: Oct 09 2014 11:09:53 AM CDT
Gadhafi
MY DESK: MADISON -

In the grand scheme of outlandish emails we've featured on The Spam Report over the last 227 days, today's is right up there.

It purportedly features one of the "only daughters" of former Libyan President-for-Life Muammar Gaddafi, who many of us will remember was killed in 2011 by rebel fighters who objected to his tyrannical rule and murder of innocent civilians. Now, Alicia wants me to "take (her) as (my) own sister or daughter," and, in exchange, I can help her, as a "foreign investor/partner" get access to the $5.8 million currently sitting in a Burkina Faso bank.

She feels I am "the only one who can help (her) out of this problem" as the world has frozen her late father's bank accounts.

Also, she wants me to keep it quiet.

I will do nothing of the sort. I have three kids and don't need another. I have three sisters and don't need another.

Points for creativity here. I mean it's not often you get an email from a relative of a murderous dictator offering you part of their spoils, but I will have to decline.

Just hit delete.

Take care,

Adam

From: Alice Gaddafi [mailto:alicia.gaddafi@yandex.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2014 2:32 AM
Subject: My Dearest One, i need your help for business, 

Dearest One Greeting's,

How are you today, i hope my mail meet you in good condition of health?, Dear I have decided to contact you after much thought considering the fact that we have not meet before, but because of some circumstance oblige me, I decided to contact you due to the urgency of my present situation here in the refugee camp for your rescue and also for a business venture/project which I I need your assistant in this business establishment in your country as my foreign partner as well as my legal appointed trustee.

I am Alicia Muammar Gaddafi, the only daughters of the embattled president of Libya, Hon. Muammar Gaddafi. I am currently residing in Burkina Faso unfortunately as a refugee.  I am writing this mail with tears and sorrow from my heart asking for your urgent help. I have passed through pains and sorrowful moment since the death of my father All my family's. At the meantime, my family is the target of Western nations led by Nato who wants to destroy my father at all costs. Our investments and bank accounts in several countries are their targets to freeze.

My Father of blessed memory deposited the sum of $5.8M (Five Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars) in (Ecobank) BANK Bukina Faso which he used my name as the next of kin. I have been commissioned by the (BRS) bank to present an interested foreign investor/partner who can stand as my trustee and receive the fund in his account for a possible investment in his country due to my refugee status here in Burkina Faso.

I am in search of an honest and reliable person who will help me and stand as my trustee so that I will present him ,or her to the Bank for the transfer of the fund to his bank account overseas. I have chosen to contact you after my prayers and I believe that you will not betray my trust. But rather take me as your own sister or daughter. If this transaction interest you, you don't have to disclose it to any body because of what is going with my entire family, if the united nation happens to know this account, they will freezing it as they freeze others, so please keep this transaction only to yourself until we finalize it.

My dear, i feel you are the only one who can help me out of this problem,
hoping to hear from you okay.

Yours Sincerely
Best Regard,
P rincess Alicia Gaddafi

 

The Spam Report: Day #226: "Good morning"

Published On: Oct 08 2014 10:21:19 AM CDT
OTD September 25 - Michael Douglas

At first blush, a pleasant email from "Amuta Mimi" titled, "Good Morning," sounds innocuous enough, but then, I see the name "Michael Douglas" and I think Gordon Gekko or worse, "Fatal Attraction."

This "Michael Douglas" is a Renaissance man: a doctor, financial broker and "also intermediary." I want to be in the middle of one of his transactions about as much as I want a paper cut with lemon juice poured on it.

Hope you all had a wonderful last few days.

Just hit delete.

Adam

From: Amuta Mimi [mailto:amutamimi@aol.fr]
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2014 6:51 AM
Subject: Good Morning

Hello,

  Good to meet you, how are you doing today, i believed you are fine. I am Dr. Michael Douglas by name; I am financial broker and also intermediary.

 I will like to discuss an important issue with you, please kindly contact me with my direct email address below: 

Email address:  mich.douglas704@yahoo.com

 Once I receive an email (message) from you then I will tell you more about my self and also what I have at hand. I will be waiting for your responses.

Regards Dr. Michael  Douglas.

The Spam Report: Day #225: "Payment 88947"

Published On: Oct 02 2014 09:48:18 AM CDT
Bag of money, cash
MY DESK: MADISON -

There's pretty much always someone when you're growing up or in your workplace who uses fancy words, drops a lot of names, does what they can to appear as if they are the most knowledgeable. Truth doesn't matter for those folks. It's about appearance.

Well, appearance is crucial in the spam/scam world as well. The goal of the spammer/scammer is to hoodwink you into believing that they're real and they do this by trying to appear to be legit.

Enter today's Spam Report submission from Sue M. who apparently has money waiting for her from Heather Byers. Forget for a minute that Sue does not know any Heather Byers.

Actually, don't forget about that. You know, I was going to make a point about the appearance of a "Billing #: MKS26052917052" and a "Payment 88947," and trying to look official but really now that I think about it, I'm over-thinking this.

No one you don't know is going to send you money. Doesn't happen. Cutting through everything, it's as simple as that.

In this case, the goal was to get Sue to click on a link that would do who knows what bad things to her computer. We don't click on links from people we don't know.

We just hit delete.

Unless, of course, you want to send them to me to help warn your neighbors: mailto:aschrager@wisctv.com just like Sue did. Thanks again, Sue.

I'm off the next few days, so have a great weekend and The Spam Report will be back on Wednesday.

Adam

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 8:14 AM, "info@sintex.kr" <info@sintex.kr> wrote:

To: Sue M.
Subject: Fw: Payment 88947

Heather Byers has sent a money to you.

Billing #: MKS26052917052
Amount: 900 US Dollars

Download the receipt

Please visit the link given at the top to see more information about your order.


Regards,
UBI Banca.

 

The Spam Report: Day #224: "Hello my Dear"

Published On: Oct 01 2014 12:33:18 PM CDT
College by numbers
MY DESK: MADISON -

I have three children, ages 7, 5, and 3 1/2 and every day, I am reminded how nothing I have experienced in life is as humbling as parenting.

My flaws are exposed. My patience is tried. My attempts at humor rejected. My coaxing to eat dinner denied.

Arguably, this is the worst time for me to receive the below email from "Mark Jenet" or "JANET GRAHAM," I'm not sure which. Basically, the person who wrote me this morning sadly had their father "die" in a horrible accident and then, to make matters worse, he/she portrays their situation in a Disney-like evil stepmother and former business partner who conspired to keep his/her father's millions from he/she.

He/she is looking for a "trustee" for the money and to help them start a new life abroad as a college student.

I can't handle another kid. It'd be like learning in even more ways how flawed I am. My psyche is too fragile to handle another kid.

Just hit delete.

Adam

From: Mark Jenet [mailto:markkjanet@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 9:17 PM
Subject: Hello my Dear,

 Hello my Dear,

It is with profound respect and humble submission,I beg to state the following few lines for your kind of consideration, I hope you will spare some of your valuable minutes to read the following appeal with sympathetic mind.I must confess that it is with great hopes,trust and enthusiasm that I write you this mail which I know and believe by the faith that it must surely find you in good condition of health.

My names is JANET  GRAHAM . Age 22 years old, am a, University undergraduate. My nationality is germany  and I am the daughter of late Dr.Graham Mark Harry , my father was an international business man  the  owner of Draper Investment Company and he also own a transport company called (C.T.L) across some countries in africa . My father Dr.Graham Mark Harry, my mother Including other top Military officers and top government officials where on board when the plane crashed on Friday May 02,2008.
You can read more about the crash through the below site: plsease kindly click on the site below

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7380412.stm

My Father Dr.Graham Mark Harry was with the top government official, they  were on their way back from a political conference he was in the  conference to sign an agreement with the sudan government in other to bring in more company to the country

Some months after the burial of my father, His manager  conspired With my step mother and sold my father's properties to an Expatriate.live nothing for me On a faithful morning, I opened my father's briefcase and found out the documents proof that cover the sum worth USD$5.6 million dollars. I saw this documents in the portfolio box of my late father.The contents in the portfolio box are so many documents of my late father's properties and values. The fund USD$5.6million dollars was the one written in my name as the next of kin,and and I have travel from germany to burkinafaso to confirm it and i have  confirmed from the bank in Burkina faso.I travelled to Burkina Faso to withdraw the fund so that I can go back to germany and  start a better life and take care of myself.

But the Bank manager whom I met in person told me that my father's instruction to the bank was the money be release to me only when I present a trustee who will help me and invest the money overseas and also my refugee status is prohibited by the law of Burkina Faso to withdraw the money. He advised me to seek for a trustee who will represent me and clear the money or transfer to his/her bank account.

Right now I want an honest, trustworthy, sincere and God fearing person to help me and present himself/ herself to the Bank as my trustee so that he/she will receive the money in his/her bank account because I have determined to invest the money abroad where I have chosen to live a peaceful life.I have chosen to contact you after my prayers and I believe that you will not betray my trust. But rather take me as your own sister

My reason for this decision is because I have suffered lots of pains, sorrows and setbacks as a result of incessant family crisis since the crash that take away my Parent,
However, you will help me by recommending a nice University in your country so that I can complete my studies.It is my Intention to compensate you with 10% of the total fund for your Services and the balance shall be my capital in your Establishment.I want to invest the money under your care because I am ignorant of the business world. Please I'm in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards and your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.

I beg you to consider my situation at hand and see if you can be of my help to actualize my future dream. As soon as you confirm your acceptance to assist me with the transfer of the money into your account, then I will send you my contact details in case of you want to discuss something with me on phone and  .In the light of the above, I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness of helping me.

Yours Sincerely,
JANET GRAHAM

The Spam Report: Day #223: "Urgent Order"

Published On: Sep 30 2014 10:47:06 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 30 2014 04:27:30 PM CDT
Money in wallet
MY DESK: MADISON -

There are a lot of subjects of investigative stories I've done or am currently pursuing who I'm sure have had visions of burying me in cement.

However, I'm not sure how WISC-TV has been confused with a cement company that sells to Haiti.

Chalk this one up to the "Huh?" category.

And just hit delete.

Make sure to tune in to Live at 5 today for the latest video edition of The Spam Report starring local actor Tim Towne.

If you have an email you want to warn your neighbors about, please send it to me: mailto:aschrager@wisctv.com

Thanks for reading.

Adam

From: Richard Green [mailto:richardgreenoffice@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 5:39 AM
Subject: Urgent Order

Hello
       My name is Richard Green, i would like to order some (Cement Mixer) from your company to Haiti.Kindly get back to me with the types you have in stock and as well as the types of credit card you accept for payment.Looking forward to hear back from you soon.

Regards
Richard

The Spam Report: Day #222: "DELIVERRING OF YOUR ATM CARD"

Published On: Sep 29 2014 12:09:05 PM CDT
MY DESK: MADISON -

I am often mocked here at the station for the fact I like to write stuff down on notepads, legal pads, post-it notes, you name it, I like pens and paper. While many of my younger colleagues embrace the benefits the computer can bring, I remain a bit hesitant to use all of the technological tools at my disposal.

However, computers are wonderful instruments. They help you spell better. They help with grammar, sentence structure, in particular. They are your friend, I keep reminding myself.

Take, for example, today's Spam Report submission sent to me ostensibly by "Mrs. Jenna Goudreau." So, my computer put a red squiggly line underneath the Subject header of "her" email to me because of the spelling of the word, "Deliverring."

It feels to me as if my computer is saying, "C'mon spammer/scammer, spell your darn spam/scam correctly."

You know how I hate laziness when it comes to trying to remove me from my money and personal information. If the spammer/scammer is not going to listen to their computer, I'm not going to listen to them. By the way, they're trying to get my info for just "$3.5." I'm used to being spammed/scammed for millions, so the allure of sacrificing everything for the cost of a couple slices of pizza is not appealing.

Just hit delete.

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Adam

From: Mrs. Jenna Goudreau [mailto:info@yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, September 07, 2014 4:05 AM
Subject: DELIVERRING OF YOUR ATM CARD

Attention please!!!

I have registered your ATM CARD of $3.5 with Dhl Express Courier Company with registration code of ( DCJKT00678G). please Contact them with your delivery information such as,

Your Name:

Your Address:

ID CARD COPY:

Telephone number:

Dhl Office:

occupation:

Contact Person: Dr. Kelvin Anthony

E-mail:( kelvinanthony85@gmail.com )

I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee. The only fee you have to pay is their Security fee only. Please indicate the registration Number and ask them how much their Security fee is so that you can pay it.

And if you need to contact the dhl office you can contact him with this cellphone

+2349093190745

Best Regards,

Mrs. Jenna Goudreau

The Spam Report: Day #221: Remembering New Wave bands of the '80s

Published On: Sep 26 2014 11:27:58 AM CDT
Miami Vice WATN - intro
MY DESK: MADISON -

I'm not sure what's going on in the spam/scam community but I've been getting a bunch of these emails regarding the World Bank. Maybe they've done a focus group and decided that people trust that entity, but that's neither here nor there. 

We debunked one of these on Wednesday and we'll do the same here today.

Normally, I wouldn't pay much attention to this, but regular readers of this blog (i.e. my Mom) know I truly get annoyed when there's a lack of attention to detail in these spam/scam attempts. I reward creativity and criticize slipshod efforts to remove me from my money and personal information.

In today's Spam Report, we have an email from "Mr. Mr.Anthony Grover." Now maybe his parents appreciated his title so much, he officially carries two "Mr.s" kind of like Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the former head of the United Nations.

However, when I see "Mr. Mr.," I think, as anyone who grew up in the '80s did, of "Mr. Mister," the American band which sent "Kyrie," and "Broken Wings" to the top of the charts. I always preferred their song, "Is It Love?" which featured lyrics that I will now ask to Mr. Mr. Anthony Grover.

"Is it love? Is it love you're after...?"

Or is it my money, personal info and hair-care recommendations?

I'm guessing the latter although I'll give the last part of that advice for free... just water and a brush. No product touches the mane. None.

Just hit delete.

THE WORLD BANK FINANCE GROUP LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM.55 STREET JAMES SQUARE,LONDON SW1Y 4JS,UNITED KINGDOM.OFFICE OF:

Bill and Exchange Manager/ Secretary General.

FROM DESK OF : MR. ANTHONY GROVER

Tel:+447010023298

I am Mr. Mr.Anthony Grover, Bill and Exchange Manager/ Secretary General, Head of the World Bank Finance Group Branch, set up to fight against scam and Fraudulent activities worldwide.

This Group is responsible for investigating the legitimacy of unpaid contract, inheritance and lotto winning claims by Companies and individuals and directs the paying authorities (banks) worldwide to make immediate payment of verified claims to the beneficiaries without further Delay.

You are being legally contacted regarding the release of your long awaited fund.

After a detailed review of your file, the World Bank Group has mandated that your fund should be release immediately.

The sum of US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars) has been approved in your favor via my desk. I therefore wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter.

Please re-confirm to us the following:

(1) Your Full Name:

(2) Phone, Fax and Mobile Number:

(3) Company Name, Home Address:

(4) Profession, Age and Marital status

: Note that the above fund has been cleared from terrorist or fraud related activities.

Thanks for Your Cooperation

Spam Report:Day #220:"Some-one has ordered a back-ground check on you"

Published On: Sep 25 2014 09:08:15 AM CDT
law, justice, gavel, law books, courtroom
MY DESK: MADISON -

I've seen a few variations of the email Barbara in Madison sent in for today's Spam Report. With all of the fear regarding our personal information being stolen, the government having the ability to "spy" on its citizens, and a general angst about what people know about us, this kind of a spam/scam makes sense to the spammer/scammer.

It purports to let Barbara know that "some-one" has run a "back-ground" check on her recently. Forget the poor grammar for a moment and realize this one simple fact: If someone runs a background check on you, it's private. You'd never know.

I mean, have you ever been contacted by anyone after a prospective employer did one on you? How about if you've ever been pulled over by police? They do background checks right there and then. Have you ever received an email saying "some-one" has run a "back-ground" check on you?

You haven't because that information is private. In fact, you can do background checks on yourself or anyone by paying the state of Wisconsin $7 at this website: https://wi-recordcheck.org/index.jsp

My link is legitimate. The link Barbara got can only lead to problems. Don't click on links in emails from people you don't know.

Better to just hit delete.

Thanks for sending this in, Barbara.

Adam

From: NOTIFICATION [NOTIFICATION@result-onlinecbb.us]

Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 5:46 PM

To: Barbara in Madison

Subject: Re:Some-one has  ordered a back-ground check - on you. See results here- 137187502

 

==========================================.

DT. 09/23/14

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NFORCE ONLINE MESSAGE ALERT-SYSTEMS.

- NOTIFICATION FOR: Barbara in Madison

 

NO. 137187504  -  DT. 09/23/14

==========================================.

- - - - - - -THIS MESSAGE IS AN AUTOMATED MESSAGE- - - - - - - 

You're receiving this notification in order to notify you that as of 9/22/14 our records indicate that within the last 24 hours someone has run a background-check on you.  See details below:

Available Details:

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The Spam Report: Day #219: "YOUR PAYMENT NOTIFICATION"

Published On: Sep 24 2014 10:33:05 AM CDT
Obama Jobs - Money1
MY DESK: MADISON -

If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound?

Of course it does. Despite the philosophical nature of needing to see to believe, science and logic tell us that big objects like trees which fall down make lots of noise.

So, if you received an email from the World Bank telling you that a new "Compensation Commission" had been formed to ensure that folks like yourself were entitled to $10.5 million, wouldn't you think you would have heard about something like this on television, on line, from a friend, from a stranger, from your barber/hairdresser, from a colleague, from a politician, from the newspaper, from a unicorn... anything or anyone to let you know that this happened?

Of course you would. Because you're logical and you're not going to believe that the World Bank has millions for you and others and somehow Buzzfeed, Yahoo, Google News, Twitter, Facebook and News 3 have failed you by not alerting you to that fact.

By the way, just because you see the sender's name and email as this, "Rev Dale K. Lincoln [mailto:noreply@worldbank.org]," if you were to hit reply, as I did, this is the email address you'd get, "pay.center0001@qq.com."

That web address doesn't inspire the same amount of confidence, does it?

Just hit delete.

Take care.

Adam

From: Rev Dale K. Lincoln [mailto:noreply@worldbank.org]
Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 4:42 PM
Subject: YOUR PAYMENT NOTIFICATION

 

FROM: HEAD OF WORLD BANK COMPENSATION UNIT

WBP: WORLD BANK PAYMENT NOTIFICATION

REF: BN/DFR/2014/06785

RE: WORLD BANK PAYMENT NOTIFICATION

Attention,

My name is Rev Dale K. Lincoln, Director of the newly inaugurated World Bank Compensation Commission. My committee has a mandate to recover unpaid debts associated with NNPC contracts, Lottery fund, inheritance fund, loans and grants etc ranging from $1M-$45.5M owed to various beneficiaries and companies across the globe(Asia, Europe, USA, Africa, and Australia) and submit the list of the unpaid beneficiaries/companies to our corresponding bank for immediate payment of their compensation fund in which your name is among the lucky beneficiaries that will receive their approved fund in the amount US$10,500,000.00 either by bank-bank Wire Transfer into your designated bank Account or Cash Delivery to your doorstep via private courier service.

If you are ready to receive your approved fund, you are advised to furnish us with the listed below information to enable us verify your information we have on file to make sure we are not paying the wrong beneficiary.

1. Full Name:

2. Address:

3. Nationality:

4. Sex:

5. Age:

6. Date of Birth:

7. Occupation:

The Spam Report: Day #218: "Greetings"

Published On: Sep 23 2014 10:30:19 AM CDT
Chocolate
MY DESK: MADISON -

Thanks to Michael H. for today's Spam Report.

It has all the warnings we normally discuss (i.e. poor spelling and grammar), but I learned something in the process of doing a little research on this.

Who knew that Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana produce half of the world's cocoa? Of course, I'm taking Wikipedia's word for that and am a little pressed for time, but I always thought it was a solely South American crop.

Oh well, by the way if you or Michael want to take advantage of this fortune, please be advised that Miss. Diani Joseph wants you to serve as her guardian as well. As the father of three little kids, I thought I made enough to take care of the family, but my kids are eating me out of house and home.

So, make sure you set aside some of your newfound dollars or, do as we like to say here at The Spam Report, just hit delete.

Thanks Michael.

Take care.

Adam

-----Original Message-----

From: Diani Joseph [mailto:sakipooh824@yahoo.co.jp]

Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 2:33 AM

Subject: Greetings.

Greetings.

I know that this message might meet you In utmost surprise. However, it's just my urgent need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this way for a transaction. I'm Miss Diani Joseph 19 years the only child of late Mr/Mrs. mathew joseph. My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant and politician in Cote d'Ivoire, who was shot to death by on known people.

Before the death of my father in a private hospital here, he secretly called me on his bed side and told me he has the sum of four million,five hundred thousand United State Dollars. USD ($4.500,000) in an account of fixed/suspend in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan that he used my name as his only child for the next of Kin in depositing of the funds. He also explained that it was because of this wealth that he was kill and warmed me about his brother.

I want you to help me with the following:

(1) To provide a bank account that money will be t ransferred.

(2) To serve as guardian.

(3) To arrange for me to come to your country to continue my studies to obtain a residence permit in your country.

I will offer you 25% of the total sum as compensation for your effort after the successful transfer of this money into your nominated account. Waiting to hear from you, please reply me if you can help me sincerely.

Yours sincerely

Miss. Diani Joseph

The Spam Report: Day #217: "LOVE"

Published On: Sep 22 2014 01:06:51 PM CDT
Red roses bouquet
MY DESK: MADISON -

I like to fashion myself a bit of a romantic and a softie. I know you wouldn't believe it by looking at the crusty, curmudgeon-like nature I present on television, but I'm an emotional guy.

Think Gus, the sympathetic crier, in "Psych": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB7oSvkyNtA

All of this background is to help you understand why I was immediately drawn to an email I received from "Mrs. Mary Duplises," entitled "LOVE." All in CAPS, yes, it was.

However, what I discovered when I read this was no homage to old Barbara Streisand/Robert Redford films, but instead a solicitation to work with this "banker" to get access to the estate of a former CEO, who was murdered a few years back, allegedly in a money-laundering deal gone bad. Not sure how this has any connection to "LOVE," and I don't intend to find out.

In fact, the only possible connection to "LOVE" is the same text I read in English copied just below it, in French.

Oui, oui. That is the language of love, no? Oooh la la, let us discuss the scam/spam below to remove you from your money and personal information. I'm sure we speak the same unspoken language, fluently.

The Spam Report speaks the language of "Just hit delete." No translation needed.

Take care and it's good to be back.

Adam

-----Original Message-----
From: Mary Duplises [mailto:lmake1367@gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2014 8:17 AM
Subject: LOVE
Importance: High

Dear Friend,

I am Mary Duplises,Personal banker and account officer to the late UWE Gemballa who was murdered in South Africa, before his death he was the former CEO of the Porsche, I have a business proposal for you regarding his estate management, please kindly get back to me to enable me furnish you with more details through this Private Reply Email: infomarysucceess001@gmx.com

Cher ami,

Je suis Marie Duplises, banquier personnel et compte officier ? la fin de l'UWE Gemballa qui a ?t? assassin? en Afrique du Sud, avant sa mort, il ?tait l'ancien PDG de Porsche, J'ai une proposition d'affaires pour vous en ce qui concerne sa gestion de patrimoine, s'il vous pla?t obtenir de bien vouloir revenir ? moi pour me permettre de vous fournir plus de d?tails ? travers ce priv? R?pondre Email: infomarysucceess001@gmx.com

The Spam Report: Day #216: "Outside the Canada"

Published On: Sep 12 2014 02:46:36 PM CDT
Canada
MY DESK: MADISON -

First off, I don't know what it is about the figure of $10.5 million, but I've received no fewer than 22 emails promising me that exact figure in inheritance, investment opportunities, etc. Sometimes, it's USD $10.5 million or USD $10,500,000.00 or, as in the email below, it's the standard $10.5 million.

Any way you look at it, I should be a millionaire many times over. And I'm not. Of that, I assure you.

There's nothing particularly unique about the business proposition below except that for it to come from a Canadian banker, who should speak English, it exhibits particularly poor grammar.

I really enjoyed the idea that the spammer/scammer wanted to invest the money "outside the Canada."

That made me chuckle.

Over the next week, I will be "outside the News 3" and not producing this daily scintillating piece of journalism. I can hear your audible groans from here.

See you a week from Monday and remember to just hit delete.

Adam

From: David Mckay [mailto:david102@luukku.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2014 1:55 AM
Subject: Re: Your Mail

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am David Mckay an accountant by profession, and acts as a private consultant to some clients in Canada ranging from top business personals, serving and retired Army. Colonel, Lieutenant-Colonel and top Government functionaries whose privacy is shrouded in topmost secrecy.

As stated above I have client's mandate to seek for a reputable, and well-established individual to help channel some funds into profitable investment abroad. The proposed funds are an estimated ($10.5 million) and he his specific in investing these funds outside the Canada.

Meanwhile, I have worked out the moralities and technicalities whereby the funds can be claimed in any of our 6 Clearing Houses without any hitches. Our sharing ratio will be 50-50%. If you are interested, you should send your direct phone number so we could discuss more on phone as regard the transaction.

I hope you will treat my request with expediency as time is of great importance to my client. Write me back to my Private email: mckay_d01@superposta.com

Thanks.

Royal Bank of Canada

Mr. David Mckay

http://www.rbc.com/newsroom/down2-mckay.html

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