Spam Report

The Spam Report: Day #187: "Hello dear customer,"

Published On: Jul 24 2014 11:27:35 AM CDT
Nigeria Flag
MY DESK: MADISON -

We have stipulated from the beginning that the large majority of readers to this blog (i.e. Mom and maybe Janet from Portage, who I featured yesterday, at least for the next couple days until I bore her), know and realize the ridiculous nature of the spam/scam emails regularly presented in the space below.

Janet and I had a conversation off line the other day about whether we should feature the truly sensational or ludicrous as the general populace sees through it like lace in the sunshine. My contention has always been that maybe there's someone out there who resides on the border of naive and sophisticated and it's my job to bring them to my neighborhood of reality . If they do an internet search and stumble onto this, we've done our job.

So, below, we see another preposterous email claiming to be from a Western Union executive, who says that thanks to the Nigerian president, $5 million will be uploaded onto an ATM card and sent to me. In the course of looking up the history of why Nigeria is used so often, I came across a research paper from Microsoft that speaks to a possible reason behind making a solicitation like this that's so out-there, if you will.

The article is lengthy, so I've linked it here if you want to read more. However, the premise is that the cost of sending the original email is negligible and the real work only begins once someone responds. I found the following conclusion to be fascinating:

"Since gullibility is unobservable, the best strategy is to get those who possess (the) quality to self-identify."

So, we are in a battle to reach those who "self-identify," who may wonder about accuracy, who may want to believe there really could be $5 million from the Nigerian government waiting for them.

Without passing any judgment on those folks at all, I simply state today, and every day in this blog, if you get an email like this, just hit delete.

It's not real.

Take care.

I'm out of the office the next few days, so we'll be back next Thursday.

Adam

-----Original Message-----
From: Mr. Shegun Akintomi [mailto:skyebankplcng@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 6:20 AM
Subject: Hello dear customer,

Hello dear customer,

On behalf of the management of entire Western Union Office here, I write to inform you that after the general meeting held on the first of June, we concluded with the federal authority that your funds will no longer be transferred through western union means of sending money worldwide. This issue was investigated and addressed by the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Governing Board of CBN because of the unnecessary delay of your payment. It was further noticed that your funds has been unnecessarily delayed by corrupt agents of some banks and other government officials as well as some Western Union agents in this country. Currently your payment has been recommended and approved by the federal authority that your should choose either to send you an official ATM card or get the funds transferred to you without anymore delays.

It was further noted that it will take much time to transfer such huge amount by western union. This led to the agreement that you will be sent an ATM card with the value of five million United States Dollars

($5,000,000.00USD) or wires the funds directly into your bank account.

This will also put a stop on the hopeless situation created by those officials who claimed to be in charge for your payment.

The federal authority in their view to making this transaction successful, appointed Skye bank director Mr. Shegun Akintomi to take charge. He is the only director in charge for your payment now. You are advised now to stop any further communication with other offices including western union because we are no longer in charge of your funds. If in anyway you received mail stating that you should contact western union, kindly know that it's a fake and it will be treated as such.

Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) ordered federal securities to secretly monitor the director until so as to maintain the instruction as given by the office of presidency. They will monitor him until you receive your funds. Contact Mr. Shegun Akintomi now at skyebankplcng@yahoo.com, office line: +234 902 168 8548. Call immediately you emailed him for urgent instruction on what to do next.

Signed,

Management of Western Union

 

The Spam Report: Day #186: Dead relatives and Viking ships

Published On: Jul 23 2014 01:16:56 PM CDT
OTD March 28 - Viking Siege of Paris
MY DESK: MADISON -

During the course of reporting this blog, I've had the pleasure to engage with some civic-minded people who sincerely want to help protect their neighbors. Their sharing makes dealing with some of the charlatans worth it.

It certainly helps to have a sense of humor about all of this as well. Yet, for all the times we read some of these and laugh, we are haunted by the prospect of someone receiving one of these and not viewing as funny, but as the fortune that's eluded them for a lifetime. To quote the last lines of "The Great Gatsby," my favorite book, "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

Ok, that's far too deep for me on a Wednesday afternoon. The headline of this post promised humor and that's what Janet Van Epps of Portage delivers.

She got the typical long-lost, never-known relative died a multi-millionaire and she's entitled to some of the loot. We've seen this and debunked it several times over. Why I'm posting this today though is because she's funny and I like funny.

When I snarkily congratulated her on her good fortune, I mean it's not often you come into roughly $30 million, she was quick to point out a couple key points.

"He actually put me in his will for thirty million two hundred thousand dollars," she wrote. "Not thirty million one hundred thousand. His ancestors hitched a ride with my Viking ancestors on their huge Viking ships when they discovered America!"

That made me laugh. When I shared with her, I planned to highlight her answer, she replied, she'd share that information with the "80,000 people" she knows. That might blow up the metrics on this blog as the only people who regularly read this are my wife and mother.

In all seriousness, Janet followed up with this advice. "People need to use some common sense and families with older folks really need to be watchful to help our senior citizens avoid trusting everyone... I am not criticizing anyone just encouraging them to check things out."

Amen to that.

Thanks Janet for sharing and remember, just hit delete.

Take care,

Adam

On Saturday, July 12, 2014 4:16 PM, "mpokhriyal@jetair.co.in" <mpokhriyal@jetair.co.in> wrote:

I  wish to notify you that Late Engineer Jurgen Krugger made you a
beneficiary to his funds. He left the deposit of (30,100,000 USD) for
you. You are advise to send reply to this email: morganbrysonchamber2001@gmail.com

Yours in service
Barr Morgan Bryson Esq.

The Spam Report: Day #185: "Darling, Celebrate With Me"

Published On: Jul 22 2014 12:34:51 PM CDT
Sugar in a bowl
MY DESK: MADISON -

The one summer I lived in Richmond, Virginia covering prep sports for the city's afternoon newspaper, I became fond of Southern sayings I'd never heard as a lifetime northerner.

"Go hog wild," "Don't go half hog," "Holler like a pig," were new to me and left me wondering about the region's affinity with swine. 

The food references were great as well. For example, when I heard that someone "dills my pickle," I thought it was a good thing having spent a fair amount of time at a deli, but I was wrong. It means that they were irritating.

I needed no translating though when the mom of a kid I profiled for the sports section told me, I was "sweeter than sugar." That phrase had made its way over the Mason-Dixon line and was used in my household on seemingly rare occasions when my older sisters would treat me well. It was always my grandmother who said it as the behavior did not present itself inside the confines of our own home, but I digress.

Below is an email submitted by Terry H. and it's of the "scamming/spamming them with kindness" ilk. There is such over-the-top compliments here that you want to forget the butchered grammar and the fact that she/he mixes up the names of the "Reverend" who is helping her/him in the refugee camp.

However, we cannot forget that stuff. In the meanwhile, I think of this as a spammers/scammers version of Equal or Splenda or Sweet'N Low. It's a nice substitute to the real deal, but it's not the real deal.

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

And then, just hit delete.

Take care,

Adam

From: Cynthia Colly <cynthiacoll@hotmail.com>

Subject: DARLING, CELEBRATE WITH ME?????????????

Date: July 19, 2014 at 1:38:26 AM CDT

Hello my sweet and lovely darling, how are you doing? i know that God is taking good care of you.   My darling,   i know that you have forgotten every thing about me, and i know maybe it could be one problem or the other, but i swear i must appreciate you

Darling, i want you to celebrate with me, i am happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred under the help of a new partner from United Kingdom, who was among the representative of United Nation who visited the camp..

Presently I'm in United Kingdom with him for investing with part of the money, while i deposited some in the bank.  Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring the funds, despite that it failed us some how, even your love, struggle, and advice, and i swear i still care about you.

Now you will need to contact the  Reverend in the refugee camp, ( Reverend Michael Tawawa ) in his direct email address is :

fr.michealtawawa@gmail.com ).   number   (00221-765435906) or  (+221-765435906)

Ask him to kindly send you a certified bank check of $100,000 ( Hundred Thousand dollars), which I prepared and kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter which later failed.

I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. so feel free and get in touch with  (Reverend Frank Sambaya ) and direct him where to post you the bank check. Please do let me know immediately you receive it, so that we can share the joy after all the sufferings at that time.

In the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects which myself and my new partner are planning at hand. Remember that I had forwarded this instruction to him on your behalf, therefore establish contacts with him for the delivery of the bank check to you without delay . This was my previous email address, when i was in contact with you ( collycynthia3@yahoo.com )

Take care and remain blessed my dearest love.

Yours, lovely Cynthia Colly

The Spam Report: Day #184: "Attn Sir/Ma"

Published On: Jul 21 2014 10:50:56 AM CDT
dollar bills, money
MY DESK: MADISON -

I should have spent my weekend in prison rather than hiking Gov. Dodge State Park with the family. You see, I did not respond to the note posted below that stated if I didn't reply to it in 48 hours, the author would "assume that you are terrorist and we shall track you down."

Apparently, I have two consignment boxes (Label No: 00445 And 00484) but I don't know where they are, only that "This arrangement was made during the last UN conference in New York."

The last time the United Nations General Assembly was meeting in New York was Sept. 24, 2013. I wasn't in New York then. Haven't been in New York in a while, sadly.

Maybe they realized this wasn't really me and that's why I haven't been arrested yet. Or likely, it's just a scam/spam that no one should fall for. I'm planning another remote hike later today just in case.

Just hit delete.

Have a great week.

Adam 

-----Original Message-----
From: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY [mailto:alejandrox@eresmas.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2014 9:57 AM
Subject: Re: DELIVERY OF YOUR 2 CONSIGNMENT BOXES (Label No: 00445 And 00484

Department of Homeland Security - DHS

Office of International Affairs

The motto of HS is "Integrity, Courage, and Excellence

             In conjunction with

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency

              (NDLEA)

PHONE: 401 227 5858

Attn Sir/Ma

Consignments Label No:  00445 And 00484.

Consignments Serial No: 5678001 And  5679334.

This is to remind you that if you fail to reply this email within 48hours we assume that you are terrorist and we shall track you down and your consignments would be confiscated. The United Nations (UN) in conjunction with International Monetary Funds (IMF) has instructed the Homeland Security (HS) to release your consignment boxes that has been in our custody from diplomatic agent your rightful inheritance  This arrangement was made during the last UN conference in New York.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the United States from terrorist attacks and other disasters.

Please note that the consignments are currently with us at our Office. To enable  confirm and verify the content of the parcel as yours, kindly reconfirm to us your full name, your contact address, telephone/fax number. Inform us if you where processing to receive any fund? If yes, what is the amount of Fund/cashier check/bank draft/ ATM CARD/ Consignment or money order you were processing to receive?

As soon as we hear from you, if the name and details on the consignment corresponds with your name and details as you will give us, we will contact you again for the verification and release of the parcel to you otherwise if the name and details you give us does not in any way correspond with the name on the parcel, we will not contact you again.

Failure to follow instruction will result confiscation of your consignments and you will be charged as Terrorist. A person convicted under this section will be subject to a fine of $20,000, or imprisonment of not more than five years .

Good luck and thanks for your cooperation.

Officer monica Clerk

Department of Homeland Security

The Spam Report: Day #183: Update from Dr. Nonaka Takashi

Published On: Jul 18 2014 08:38:40 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 18 2014 08:43:03 AM CDT
Broken piggy bank, bills, money, debt

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.

Take care,

Adam

From: Nonakak Takashi [mailto:nonakakt@aol.jp]
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.

Sincerely,

Dr. Nonaka Takashi

The Spam Report: Day #182: Too long a title to quote

Published On: Jul 17 2014 10:26:04 AM CDT
Sherlock Holmes Watson
MY DESK: MADISON -

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKnZ8etir6E

Enjoy and just hit delete.

Adam

-----Original Message-----
From: FBI.WASHINGTON D.C DEPARTMENT <fbi_fbi1@programmer.in.th>
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


JAMES B. COMEY

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:

Receivers Name:ANTHONY ANAETU

Country: Benin Republic

City : Cotonou

Text Question: Urgent

Answer:  Urgent

Amount: $65

The Spam Report: Day #181: "Code of Conduct Bureau"

Published On: Jul 16 2014 09:00:05 AM CDT
OTD May 12 - Yogi Berra
MY DESK: MADISON -

Normally, I would not insult your intelligence by submitting for your perusal such a clear and ridiculous spam/scam email. One that comes from the "Code of Conduct Bureau" in Nigeria and asks for personal information like a bank account number in an effort to get $3.5 million.

The only reason I'm posting this is because sometimes notes like this make me chuckle.

For example, this email starts out by stating, "You are advised to read this Letter very carefully because every paragraph explains what you need to know about the Release and Transfer of your due Funds."

So, there I was preparing to read carefully and the very next sentence is the exact same as the one before it with the same odd capitalization of words.

Apparently, the author of this scam/spam didn't take their own advice before sending it out.

As the famous Yogi Berra once said, "It's deja vu, all over again."

Just hit delete.

Adam

From: Federal Ministry OF Finance [mailto:h@yh.com]

Sent: Monday, July 14, 2014 4:08 PM
Subject: The Federal Executive Council,(F.E.C), Code of Conduct Bureau

 

                                     FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE.

                                     Office of the Minister of Finance

                                     12 LEKKI PENNINSULA, LAGOS-NIGERIA.

                                     TEL: (01-1)+234-808-515-9809 (Hot-Line)

                                     Ref:   FMF/SGH/101/231

    Date:9th July 2014.

    ATTN: Beneficiary.

    PAYMENT FILE NUMBER: A

    Release/Transfer Notice for your due Funds (US$3,500,000:00).

    Payment File No: A.

    24Hrs Service

    It is very important that the recipient of this Letter should call

    this office in order to confirm it to us that this very Letter was

    received by you, the true beneficiary. You are advised to read this

The Spam Report: Day #180: "Get Paid"

Published On: Jul 15 2014 09:08:29 AM CDT
woman Christmas shopping for toys
MY DESK: MADISON -

Good morning,

Today's submission comes from Carol in Clinton who wanted to let you all know about this "new" version of an old scam that she just got the other day. 

"I am used to getting scam emails with similar content, such as some foreign person needing you to do this or that to help them, with the promise of getting a large sum of money.  Of course I just hit the delete button," she wrote me. "Today though I received a 'new' version, at least for me, and thought I'd pass it onto you just for your interest, in case you weren't aware of it yet."

The email is from a group called "Shopper's Guide." It's basically a rip-off of the Secret Shopper brand which pays people for their feedback about certain businesses. In fact, Secret Shopper has posted a scam alert about notes like the one below: https://www.secretshopper.com/info/shoppers/scamalert.asp

Any "secret evaluation" that entails you fronting money, only to get paid back later, is bad news. The reason I'm posting this is because it's kind of clever and I was worried someone may actually fall for it. This is not the banana in the tailpipe obvious fraud, so it helps to keep people alert.

If you have an email you want to warn your neighbors about, please send it to me: aschrager@wisctv.com. and then, just hit delete.

Thanks so much, Carol.

Take care,

Adam

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

From: "Alan McCoy" <andrei.iancu@familyfilm.ro>

Sent: Saturday, July 12, 2014 6:19 PM

Subject: [Norton AntiSpam]Get Paid

Hello,

Shopper's Guide wants you to run a survey on two prominent companies in your area.

The 1st is a Western Union Location

The 2nd is a Walmart Store

There has been reports about lack of good services and bad Management of their employees,the complaints were based on reports which their customers forwarded anonymously and Phone calls which were also made to the head office.The Western union location was reported for evaluation, Negligence for the following reasons:

I)  Customers have reported their money missing

II)  Slow services

III) Unbalanced transfer charges

The 2nd company was reported to be rendering

(I)  Poor services

(II) Rudeness to customers

(IV) Excess charge

The Spam Report: Day #179: FBI is back with $4.1 million

Published On: Jul 11 2014 10:20:58 AM CDT
Dried fruit
MY DESK: MADISON -

Happy Friday everyone. As my former colleague in Denver, Gary Shapiro, likes to say, "You made it through the week."

Today, we're featuring an email regular readers of this may remember from a few months ago, but with a twist. Marie from Wilton sends this note from "Erick Bolt" at the FBI.

I published a similar email from the aforementioned FBI executive in March (and clearly I have not been prosecuted), but what amused me about Marie's (and I should point out I amuse pretty easily) was the acronym he uses to describe his unit that found the $4.1 million in cash in a consignment box at JFK Airport which apparently is for her from the Nigerian government and if she doesn't claim it in 72 hours, she'll be prosecuted for "money laundering."

He/she wrote that Bolt belonged to the Field Intelligence Groups of the FBI or "FIGs." Not sure why the plural "s" is in lower-case, but it cracked me up nonetheless.

The world's healthiest fruit is now responsible for making Marie and I financially healthy. They're high in fiber and vitamin B6 and help you lower your blood pressure.

Pretty clear we're talking about the same figs.

Just hit delete.

Have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for sending this in, Marie.

Adam

From: erickbolt@ic.fbi.gov
To: erickbolt@ic.fbi.gov
Subject: RE: FROM THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI)
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 18:41:00 +0100

                                         Federal Bureau of Investigation

                                  Field Intelligence Groups J. Edgar Hoover Building

                                    935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.

Attention: Beneficiary,

I am Special Agent Erick Bolt from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Field Intelligence Groups (FIGs). We intercepted two consignment boxes at JFK Airport, New York. The boxes were scanned but found out that it contained large sum of money ($4.1 million) and also some backup documents which bears your name as the Beneficiary/Receiver of the money. Investigation was carried out on the diplomat that accompanied the boxes into the United States. Said that he was to deliver the fund to your residence as overdue payment owed to you by the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the security company in United Kingdom.

We cross check all legal documents in the boxes but we found out that your consignment was lacking an important document and we cannot release the boxes to the diplomat until the document is found, we have no other option than to confiscate your consignment.

According to Internal Revenue Code (IRC) in Title 26 also contain reporting requirement on a Form 8300, Report of Cash Payment Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business, money laundering activity may violate 18 USC §1956, 18 USC 1957, 18 USC 1960, and provision of Title 31, and 26 USC 6050I of the United States Code (USC), this section will discuss only those money laundering and currency violation under the jurisdiction of IRS, your consignment lacks proof of ownership certificate from the joint team of IRS and IRC, therefore you need to reply back immediately for direction on how to procure this certificate to enable us relieved the charge of evading the law on you, which is a punishable offense in the United States.

You are required to reply back within 72hours or you will be prosecuted in a court of law for money laundering, also you are instructed to desist from further contact with any bank(s) or person(s) in Nigeria or the United Kingdom or any part of the world regarding your payment because your consignment has been confiscated by the Federal Bureau here in the United States.

Yours In Service,

Agent Erick Bolt

Regional Deputy Director

Field Intelligence Groups (FIGs)

The Spam Report: Day #178: Fake Toll Road Bill

Published On: Jul 10 2014 09:09:13 AM CDT
 Illinois
MY DESK: MADISON -

Good morning all,

Just received this email from my friend, Barb, and her husband Michael. They have an I-Pass as do many Wisconsinites who drive to or through our southern neighbor.

They received the email below just the other day. They're not alone. The Illinois Tollway Authority posted a consumer alert this week warning drivers about this email scam/spam: http://www.illinoistollway.com/fraudulent-electronic-communication

There are some grammar issues in the note below. The sender's email address (evokepotential.com) is not an official looking one. If there's ever a question about something like this, find the actual website of the entity which is allegedly sending you a bill and then, call them.

I know that's old-school, but the best way to protect yourself is to initiate any contact yourself. Ask questions without clicking on links.

Thanks Barb and Michael for sending this in.

If you get something similar, just hit delete.

Adam

From: E-ZPass Collection Agency [manager@evokepotential.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2014 7:08 PM
To: Michael
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The Spam Report: Day #177: "Dear Friend"

Published On: Jul 09 2014 11:20:47 AM CDT
OTD December 2 - The Naked Gun
MY DESK: MADISON -

Bringing back one of my favorite scenes from the "Naked Gun" films here today.

The premise of today's submission is that I should not be surprised by the fact I've never heard from "Mr. Ibrahim Mantu" before nor should I be surprised that he wants me to pretend to be the long-lost, never-known and completely-fabricated "NEXT OF KIN" to one of his dead former customers, so I can help him get $11.3 million.

As Frank Drebben would say, "Nothing to see here. Please disperse."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSjK2Oqrgic

And then, just hit delete.

Adam

From: ibrahimm335@gmail.com [mailto:ibrahimm335@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Mr Ibrahim Mantu
Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 6:27 AM
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,

I know that this mail will come to you as a surprise as we have never met before, but need not to worry as I am contacting you independently of my investigation and no one is informed of this communication. I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of $11.3million immediately to your private account.The money has been here in our Bank lying dormant for years now without anybody coming for the claim of it.

I want to release the money to you as the relative to our deceased customer (the account owner) who died a long with her supposed NEXT OF KIN since 31 January 2000. The Banking laws here does not allow such money to stay more than 13 years,because the money will be recalled to the Bank treasury account as unclaimed fund.

By indicating your interest I will send you the full details on how the business will be executed.

Please respond urgently and delete if you are not interested

TELEPHONE NUMBER +22679229089
Regards,
Mr.Ibrahim Mantu.

The Spam Report: Day #176: "Varied Role!"

Published On: Jul 08 2014 11:33:42 AM CDT
Jobs listings classifieds
MY DESK: MADISON -

So, while the stock market rages on this summer, there are still a number of folks worried about their jobs and the overall economy. It's because of that uncertainty out there that emails like the one submitted by Nancy W. are so dangerous.

They play on people's vulnerabilities and promise the world in the process. I mean, there are a lot of people who would like a job that promises a salary of $762,800-$80,200 with "company paid life insurance and short-term disability benefits; Flexible Spending Accounts; Wellness Programs available; 8 Paid holidays (after 6 months of service); Paid vacation; Associate discounts (on vehicles, computers, cell phone service, etc."

All you have to do in this position is "carry out rules and practices to guarantee the most cheap movement of merchandise through the supply chain." 

Huh?

So, at our house, the couch is the gathering spot for "The Tickle Monster" (i.e. me) and my three kids always try to get on while avoiding the tickling. They've devised a strategy now to try to divert my attention away from the couch, so they can get on without being tickled. It's been quite clever albeit a bit devious.

"Mom needs you," said my 7-year-old.

"There's a cow riding a bicycle outside the window," said my soon-to-be 5-year-old.

"There's a dinosaur in the backyard," said my 3-year-old.

That's what's going on in this email sent by Nancy. The sender's goal is to take your attention away from the obvious red flags (e.g. the request for your credit score and the job requirement that states you should be able to "accidentally lift or move up to 45 pounds.")

When my kids do this, I find it quaint, but I'm starting to wonder whether I need to encourage them to tell the truth while trying to get me off the couch. Encouraging children to be creative and truthful is one thing. Trying to spam/scam adults is another.

If you get one of these, I'd just hit delete.

Before you do though, if you want to warn your neighbors about it, please forward them to me: mailto:aschrager@wisctv.com

Cheers,

Adam

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

Subject:

Varied Role!

Date:

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:14:50 +0200

From:

Job manager <YywagerMasergeutry@outlook.com>

To:

Nancy W.

 

To whom it may concern.
 
A new constant opportunity is obtainable!
 
Employment Status: Full & Part Time
Position Title: Procurement Support Manager
Salary Rage: $62,800.00 - $80,200.00 per year. Salary depends on experience and skills.
Benefits package available :   Company paid life insurance and short-term disability benefits; Flexible Spending Accounts; Wellness Programs available;  8 Paid holidays (after 6 months of service);  Paid vacation; Associate discounts (on vehicles, computers, cell phone service, etc.) 

The Spam Report: Day #175: "B" as in $Billion

Published On: Jul 07 2014 10:55:00 AM CDT
Generic money - Millionaires
MY DESK: MADISON -

Happy Monday all,

I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. I have spent mine figuring out a way to spend my newly discovered millions or billions, depending on where you believe the commas and/or periods should go in today's Spam Report submission.

Try to follow along at home if you can, but apparently the FBI which has been "seeking to wiretap the internet," out of its Seattle, Washington field office, has discovered that my fund being held in Nigeria is, in fact, legal. So, I have "the legitimate right to complete your transaction to claim your fund sum of US$60.700,000,000.00(sixty  Million Seven Hundred Thousands United States Dollars)."

Now, I read that as $60 billion-plus even though the FBI apparently does not understand that if you've got three sets of three zeroes, that means billions, but I digress. It's been uploaded onto an ATM card for me and all I have to pay is a few hundred dollars to get that sent to me.

What could possibly be the problem here? Oh, I forgot, they want "two original back up documents" as well. We're not going to do that. It's a scam spam.

Whenever you get something like this, take a few minutes to type out a summary and you'll quickly realize it's something that you should either send to Hollywood after you get a literary agent or just hit delete.

Take care,

Adam

From: FBI ALERT DEPT [mailto:alert@fbi.gov]
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2014 5:07 AM
Subject: FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONETARY CRIMES DIVISION SEATTLE WA. USA.

OFFICIAL LETTER FROM FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FBI ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONETARY CRIMES DIVISION FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS

1110 3RD AVENUE SEATTLE WASHINGTON

FBI SEEKING TO WIRETAP INTERNET

USA., WA 98101-2904

https://www.fbi.gov

YOUR ATTENTION IS REQUESTED NOW.

FROM: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBI FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION SEATTLE WASHINGTON. FBI SEEKING TO WIRETAP INTERNET.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)through our intelligence monitoring network has discovered that the transaction that the bank contacted you previously was legal.Recently the fund has been legally approved to be paid via Central Bank of Nigeria. So, we the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Washington Dc, in conjunction with the United Nations (UN) financial department have investigated through our monitoring network noting that your transaction with the Central Bank of Nigeria is legal.

You have the legitimate right to complete your transaction to claim your fund sum of US$60.700,000,000.00 (sixty  Million Seven Hundred Thousands United States Dollars) Because of so much scam going on in Nigeria.We the Federal Bureau of Investigation decided to contact the FedEx Courier Service Company in Nigeria for them to give you procedures on how to send this money to you without any further complain or delay. We just got updates from the Central Bank of Nigeria that they have loaded your $60.700,000,000.00 USD in ATM CARD and submit to the FedEx courier service company for immediate delivery to your doorstep.

You are required to choose one option, which is most convenient for you, for quick delivery of your parcel containing your ATM CARD and other two original back up documents.

Service Type | Delivery Duration | Charges/Fees

------------------------------ ------------------------------ --------------- Premium Express (24hrs Delivery) Mailing $200.00 00.00 Insurance $150.00 00.00 Vat $100.00 00.00 TOTAL $450.00 $450(Four Hundred and fifty US Dollars Only).

................................................................

Special Express (2 Days)

Mailing $180.00 00.00

Insurance $70.00 00.00

The Spam Report: Day #174: "International Transfer"

Published On: Jul 03 2014 09:20:18 AM CDT
JP Morgan Chase
MY DESK: MADISON -

As nice as it would be to enter the holiday weekend as a newly minted millionaire, can we stipulate that neither you nor I are going to be contacted out of the blue by the CEO of the nation's largest bank to tell us that another bank, the "the Halifax Bank UK," has ordered the first bank to release our long-lost, never-known fund of $10.5 million and all we have to do to get it is to give all sorts of personal information, including our bank account and passport or driver's license?

If you don't stipulate to that, you might as well stop reading.

If you do, then there are a couple things I want to point out here that could be illustrative for you in the future. I've written in the past about technology that allows an email sender to make it seem as if it's coming from one entity when in reality, it's not.

So, in the note below, it looks official enough with an "alert@chasebank.com" email address. However, that's not Chase Bank's website (See that entity's Security Center here: https://www.chase.com/resources/report-fraud).

Besides that inconvenient truth, if you were to hit reply on this email (DO NOT HIT SEND), but if you were to simply hit the reply button, the email address that pops up is 'jamieedimon2010@gmail.com.' Now, if you're the CEO of the nation's largest bank, I think you're going to be able to get a better email address than one which spells your name incorrectly although Google might be happy with the use of its products.

Anyhow, I'd suggest simply hitting delete.

Have a great weekend. The Spam Report will be back on Monday morning.

Take care,

Adam

-----Original Message-----
From: Mr. Jamie Dimon [mailto:alert@chasebank.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 11:18 AM
Subject: International Transfer Telex Department,JP Morgan Chase Bank New York USA.

From The Desk OF: Jamie Dimon C.E.O

270 Park Avenue, 39th Floor New York, 10017 JP Morgan Chase Bank New York.

Website: www.jpmorgan.com/wss

https://chaseonline.chase.com/

www.chase.com

Email: jamiedimon89@gmail.com

REF: PAYMENT NOTIFICATION OF US$10.500,000.00

YOUR ATTENTION IS HIGHLY NEEDED,

I am Jamie Dimon,Chief Executive Officer, President and Member of Operating Committee, JP Morgan Chase & Co, 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 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 Halifax Bank UK has mandated the JP MORGAN CHASE BANK to release your fund immediately. The sum of US USD10.5Million has been approved in your favor via my desk. This payment will be effected through Swift Telegraphic Transfer.

You are advised to Include the following information. Your Full Name?

Your Address? Your Private Cell Phone Number? Your Account Name? Your Bank Name / Address? Your Account Numbers? Your Routing Numbers? Your Age/ Marital Status? Your Occupation/ Position? Copy of your International Passport or Valuable Drivers License? for reconciliation with Information forwarded to the bank by this office.

You are advised to reconfirm your full details and Bank Coordinates as this whole process should not be more than 72 Banking hours.

Your Prompt Co-operation is highly imperative.

The Spam Report: Day #173: 'Dearest beloved'

Published On: Jul 02 2014 02:42:19 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 02 2014 08:54:07 PM CDT
Wedding, engagement rings
MY DESK: MADISON -

Because I care, today's Spam Report is directed to the spammers/scammers out there who may have a Google Alert on their work.

If you wish to scam/spam someone and you want to play the "I'm a widow of a dead African minister who perished in a horrible plane crash and you need my help rescuing his money from his evil relatives" card, you might want to ensure that you know the sex of the dead African minister.

Yes, you read that last sentence correctly. In this email, ostensibly from Mrs. Blender Lorna Laboso, her husband, Lorna Laboso, is often referred to as a man (i.e. "his" and "him"). However, the African minister Lorna Laboso who died in the plane crash referred to in the spam/scam email, is a woman.

See here for details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorna_Laboso

I know you'll try again. You can thank me later for the advice.

Just hit delete.

Adam

From: Mrs Blender Lorna Laboso [mailto:mrsblenderlornalaboso@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 5:46 AM
Subject: Dearest beloved,

Dearest beloved,

 

I am writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart.With due respect trust and humanity, i appeal to you to exercise a little patience and read through my letter i feel quite safe dealing with you in this important business having gone through your remarkable profile, honestly i am writing this email to you with pains, tears and sorrow from my heart, i will really like to have a good relationship with you and i have a special reason why i decided to contact you, i decided to contact you due to the urgency of my situation,My name is Mrs. Lorna Laboso , 45yrs old female and I held from Kenya  Africa. My Husband was the former Assistant Minister of Home Affairs Lorna Laboso had been on board the Cessna 210, which was headed to Kericho and crashed in a remote area called Kajong'a, in western Kenya. The plane crashed on the Tuesday 10th, June,2008. You can read more about the crash through the below

 

site:http:// edition.cnn. com/2008/ WORLD/africa/ 06/10/kenya. crash/index. html

 

After the burial of my Husband, my husband family and uncles conspired and sold my husband property to an Italian Expert rate which they shared the money among themselves and live nothing for me. One faithful morning, I opened my husband briefcase and found out the documents which he have deposited huge amount of money in one bank in Burkina Faso with my name as the next of kin. I traveled to Burkina Faso to withdraw the money for a better life so that I can take care of myself and start a new life, on my arrival, the Bank Director whom I met in person told me that my husband instructions to the bank is that the money would only be release to me after his death or i present a trustee who will help me and invest the money overseas. 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 to the Bank for transfer of the money 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 wife.

 

Though you may wonder why I am so soon revealing myself to you without knowing you, well I will say that my mind convinced me that you may be the true person to help me. More so, I will like to disclose much to you if you can help me to relocate to your country because my husband family have threaten to assassinate me. The amount is( $10.5 USD)Million United State Dollars, and I have confirmed from the bank in Burkina Faso on my arrival, You will also help me to place the money in a more profitable business venture in your Country. However, you will help by recommending a nice business in your country so that I can complete my life their. It is my intention to compensate you with 30% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my capital in your establishment.

 

As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest I will put things into action immediately. In the light of the above, I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely. Awaiting your urgent and positive response. Please do keep this only to your self for now until the bank will transfer the fund. I beg you not to disclose it till i come over because I am afraid of my weaked husband family who has threatened to kill me and have the money alone ,I thank God Today that am out from my country (KENYA) but now In (Burkina Faso) where my husband deposited these money with my name as the next of Kin.I have the documents for the claims.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. Lorna Laboso

The Spam Report: Day #172: Scamorama

Published On: Jul 01 2014 01:32:39 PM CDT
MY DESK: MADISON -

Today's viewer submission from Scott and Theresa T. is like one we've seen before. It features the dead bank customer who "shares" their last name and they're invited by a barrister to their namesake's fortune. 

There is poor grammar, awkward sentences and a distant location we've not seen before in these parts: the west African nation of Togo. It's bordered by Burkina Faso to the north which we featured in these parts just the other day.

The reason I'm highlighting this email today is because in the process of searching the name of "Barrister John Aka" on line, I found two interesting points. The first is that someone by the same name was sending scam/spam emails claiming to be a barrister in Nigeria a few years ago.

However, an even cooler discovery came when I found the website, "Scam o Rama," which on this page I've linked, features a collection of emails that feature, I kid you not, "Dead Bank Customers." It's awesome. They have columns detailing the "bank official," the "bank name dropped," the "dead customer" and my personal favorite, the "cause of death."

Before you go thinking I'm too warped, it's fake. It's not real. The "assassination" of "Alfredo Jimenez..." didn't happen. The "tube explosion" that took the life of "Mr. Adams..." it's fiction. The "ghastly motor accident" which apparently killed "Mr. Seaman Baughmann" isn't real.

If you've ever wanted to write a mystery novel and you're stumped on a plot line, check out that website. Funny stuff.

Thanks to Scott and Theresa for sharing. If you have an email you want to warn your neighbors about, please send it to me: mailto:aschrager@wisctv.com.

Then, just hit delete.

Take care,

Adam

From: John Aka <barristerjohnaka1@gmail.com>

Date: June 26, 2014 at 12:42:08 PM CDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject:My name is Barrister John Aka

My name is Barrister John Aka a solicitor at law I have an important  message for you concerning the death of my late client Mr Paul Dame T. who was a native of  your country, that bear the same last name with you, and his fund valued at  US$7.5million, dollars was left behind in one of the bank here in my  country (Togo) as a result of accident that took his life and his family. Get back to me for full details and how to  proceed.I awaits your urgent  response. CONTACT ME VIA THIS EMAIL (@) or  forward your own contact email  address and telephone number

Sincerely Barrister

John Aka

The Spam Report: Day #171: Money or Nuts from Burkina Faso

Published On: Jun 30 2014 11:08:58 AM CDT
s50y, flickr
MY DESK: MADISON -

Good morning all,

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I spent the last few days in San Francisco, at the annual conference of the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization. 1500 journalists from the world of broadcast, online, newspaper and magazines were learning, sharing, refining their craft.

There are a lot of folks out there doing wonderful work to help their communities. 

Anyhow, helping our community has been the inspiration behind The Spam Report.

I don't think I had ever thought more of the African nation of Burkina Faso than I have since I started this. Today, I was queried about whether I wanted to pretend to be the long-last relative of a Frenchman (oui, oui) who has a huge dormant account in a Burkina Faso bank or if I wanted to go into business with a Burkina Faso nut salesman (think sesame and cashews).

Pretty sure neither one of these are on the up and up, so I've put them both here as a warning. That said, I do love nuts.

However, one has to wonder how a Burkina Faso nut salesman finds a Wisconsin reporter, don't you? And this sentence doesn't exactly inspire confidence, "I am not telling you to send me money but to come down and see the market  you want to buy."

Just hit delete.

Take care,

Adam

From: michaelsalomon07@gmail.com [mailto:michaelsalomon07@gmail.com] On Behalf Of michael salomon
Sent: Monday, June 30, 2014 4:00 AM
Subject: NEED A BUYER.

Dear Friend,

My name is Mr DARANGO MICHEL SALOMON ,i am living in Burkina-faso.If you are in need of  SESAME,CASHEW NUTS you can get it here in Burkina-faso.

They are two quality here of sesame:

1-Pure white.
2-Dirty white.

You can get those SESAME from the best region who use to produce that means direct from the farmers.I can also help you in those things:

1-Help you rent a store.
2-Help you get an forwarding agent.
3-Trucks.

After you are in the possession on your sesames ,cashew the  truck can help you to the port of your own choice.We have three nearest ports like:

1-TEMA PORT ( Ghana).

2-COTONOU PORT ( Benin ).

3.LOME PORT ( Togo )

I am not telling you to send me money but to come down and see the market  you want to buy. You can also contact me with my number ( Tel:+226 76-18-95-40  - +226 79-19-02-52 )

NB/ For my side after satisfation you have to pay me my commission :

1-For showing you all place you can get those sesames  cashew .
2-According to the quantity of the sesames, cashew you buy.
3-If you want my commission  can be per tonnes of what you buy.

Infact we can discuss that one face to face and i believe that you will be very satisfy.

Here is my alternative email address"  michaelsalomon07@yahoo.com " or " darango.michel@laposte.net "

Thanks.
Mr DARANGO.

-----Original Message-----
From: Diani Kabori [mailto:d.kabori@live.fr]
Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2014 6:56 PM
Subject: YOUR CO-OPERATION NEEDED PLEASE!

YOUR CO-OPERATION NEEDED PLEASE!

From: Mrs Diani Kabori.

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Dear Friend,

Compliment of the season to you; 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 transaction I am a banker by profession from Burkina Faso in West Africa and currently holding the post of manager auditing and accounting unit of the bank. I have a business proposal of Ten Million United States Dollars which I want you to handle with me from my bank as the  beneficiary to the fund.

This fund is the balance deposit by one of our late customer from France Mr. Paul Louis Halley, he was an importer/exporter and a shareholders in telecommunication here in Burkina Faso. Firstly, you will have to open communication with our bank by applying for the claim as the (beneficiary) to the fund, I shall be directing you on process to get this fund transfer into your account after applying. All expenses incurred by you and me in this transaction will be deducted out from 5% of the total fund before the sharing of the money in ratio of 50/50.

 From banking experience it will take up to fourteen (14) working days to conclude this transfer, also this fund can be transfer to you in any form of your choice. This matter should be a confidential between you and me and please delete it if you are not interested; If you are interested, please send me your full contact information as below and thereafter I will send to you TEXT OF APPLICATION FORM to apply for the fund. I will appreciate your kind gestures towards this fortune, may the Almighty God who provide for everyone bless you.

1. Full name:.........

2. Current Address:.........

3. Telephone N°:...........

4. Occupation:.............

The Spam Report: Day #170: "FROM FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI)

Published On: Jun 24 2014 02:33:51 PM CDT
MY DESK: MADISON -

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a website. It's www.fbi.gov.

In fact, if you ever get an email claiming to be from a government official and it's from a personal account (i.e. Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail or in today's case, hortas.com.ar), you can likely surmise it is NOT, I repeat, NOT, from a government official.

Thanks to Gordy and Joann for today's submission. They were allegedly reached out to by an "FBI agent" because he allegedly found $4.3 million at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport that had "some backup documents which bears your name as the Beneficiary/Receiver of the money."

It's hard to get past the tortured English here which you would hope would be a condition of graduating from the FBI Academy, but to believe this is real, you'd have to believe the Nigerian government had sent you money through a United Kingdom security company because... 

Hear that??? (Crickets)

There is no plausible way this is true. Thanks to Gordy and Joann for sharing.

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

And then, do as Gordy and Joann suggest, "you can trash it."

I'm out of the office the rest of the week, so the Spam Report will be back on Monday, June 30.

Take care,

Adam

From: Agent Donald W. Freese [mailto:pilar@hortas.com.ar]
Sent: Sunday, June 08, 2014 11:08 PM
Subject: FROM FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI)

 

                                        Federal Bureau of Investigation

                                    Intelligence Field Unit Dallas Fortworth

                                            International Airport, Texas.

I am Special Agent Donald W. Freese from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Intelligence Field Unit, we Intercepted two consignment boxes at Dallas Fortworth International Airport, Texas, the boxes were scanned but found out that it contained large sum of money ($4.3 million) and also some backup documents which bears your name as the Beneficiary/Receiver of the money, Investigation carried out on the diplomat that accompanied the boxes into the United States, said that he was to deliver the fund to your residence as overdue payment owed to you by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the security company in the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, we cross check all legal documents in the boxes but we found out that your consignment was lacking an important document and we cannot release the boxes to the diplomat until the document is found, right now we have no other choice than to confiscated your consignment.

According to Internal Revenue Code (IRC) in Title 26 also contain reporting requirement on a Form 8300, Report of Cash Payment Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business, money laundering activity may violate 18 USC 1956, 18 USC 1957, 18 USC 1960, and provision of Title 31, and 26 USC 6050I of the United States Code (USC), this section will discuss only those money laundering and currency violation under the jurisdiction of IRS, your consignment lacks proof of ownership certificate from the joint team of IRS and IRC, therefore you need to reply back immediately for direction on how to procure this certificate to enable us relieved the charge of evading the law on you, which is a punishable offense in the United States.

You are required to reply back within 72hours for normalization and release of your consignment boxes for onward delivery to your address, also you are instructed to desist from further contact with any bank(s) or person(s) in Nigeria or the United kingdom or any part of the world regarding your payment because your consignment has been confiscated by the Federal Bureau here in the United States.

Yours In Service,

Agent Donald W. Freese

Regional Deputy Director

Intelligence Field Unit

The Spam Report: Day #169: "Hello Beneficiary"

Published On: Jun 23 2014 10:38:13 AM CDT
World Cup numbers - intro slide
MY DESK: MADISON -

Since everyone seems to be enjoying World Cup fever these days, I thought I'd post this spam/scam email I received over the weekend.

I'm firmly on the bandwagon of the U.S. team and from what I've heard and seen, I'm not alone. It's why an email like this is being sent and can be dangerous. 

It states that I've won "One Million U.S. Dollar" and "a free ticket to go watch the World Cup final live in Brazil, held on the 19 of June 2014, in Doha, Qatar."

So, initially I'm confused. Am I going to watch the World Cup final in Brazil or in Doha, Qatar? Qatar is hosting the 2022 World Cup while the current one is in Brazil.

But the bigger problem comes in the fact that I received this email on June 21 and I'm being told my ticket is for a final on June 19. I may be in television which means I like people to speak in monosyllabic words, but even I can't envision a world where I can time travel back two days to see something that wasn't even held.

In case you're willing to simply claim this is a typo and the author actually meant to write July 19, well, you should know that the actual World Cup final is being held on July 13. So, I guess you'd have to excuse their two typos then.

One side note here that amused me is the last line of the email which reads, "IMPORTANT: If you receive this message in your spam or junk, it is due to your ISP. Reply back for claims."

I think if you've received this message in your spam or junk file, as I did, it is due to your ISP, which is getting it right. This is bogus.

Just hit delete.

Oh, and go USA.

Adam

-----Original Message-----
From: Qatar Foundation [mailto:info@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, June 21, 2014 12:03 AM
Subject: Hello Beneficiary

Hello Beneficiary,

You have been selected for this award donation sum of the "One Million U.S. Dollar" received as charity donations / aid from the Qatar Foundation and a free ticket to go watch the World Cup final live in Brazil, held on the 19 of June 2014, in Doha, Qatar. Reply back claims by e-mail: Qatarcompensationunit@asia.com

Sincerely,

Sheikh Saad Al Muhannadi.

President of Qatar Foundation.

Reply to: Qatarcompensationunit@asia.com

 

IMPORTANT: If you receive this message in your spam or junk, it is due to your ISP. Reply back for claims.

The Spam Report: Day #168: "Reply Urgently"

Published On: Jun 20 2014 02:51:46 PM CDT
Couple finds gold coins
MY DESK: MADISON -

So, when I got the email I'm posting below, my first reaction was to speculate (pun intended) on why a gold prospecting company would reach out to a guy in Wisconsin. Then, I went to the internet and actually found there actually are some gold deposits in this state. Click here for more on that: http://wisconsingeologicalsurvey.org/mineral%20index/Minerals/gold.htm

Still, I think it's safe to say that if you get an unsolicited email from a "Ghanaian registered gold mining company" and you are not a mineralogist, there's something weird going on, especially if it comes from a Mr. Morise. That's strange.

Feels like a precursor to a spam/scam email to me. Either way, I'm just going to hit delete and I'd recommend you do the same.

UPDATE: You may remember earlier this week, we shared an email that promised the recipient a package in the mail. They simply had to download the shipping label. By doing so, they invited malware (translated: really bad stuff) on to their computer. The United States Postal Service has since issued a formal spam/crime alert about this.

Be careful if you get something like this. Here's more from the USPS: https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/radDocs/consumer/SpamAlert.pdf

Have a safe weekend.

Adam

From: kofitogy [mailto:kofitogy@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2014 9:55 AM
Subject: Reply urgently through this Email ( moriseozee@outlook.com)

Attention: Sir,


We are an Accra-Ghana based gold mining, prospecting and trading company.

We have available for immediate sale 200kg of 24+ Carat gold,
PRICE  35.000 USD Per Kg

Your organization could also act as a commissioned agent/broker
whereby you could solicit buyers for an attractive and handsome
commission.

We will be looking forward to hear from you.

1. Where are your office located( that must show all full company' details)?

2. What quantity of gold can your organization be able to purchase
from us on monthly basis?

3. Are you an agent to or direct buyers agent's/representative?

4.How long has your establishment into operation?

Please kindly provide  these answers, reasons are very confidential so
to allow us trade freely with you or/ your buyers.

We are a Ghanaian registered gold mining company situated in the heart
of Accra with several mines both active and virgin sites, we seriously
need a reputable buyers that we deem to sell our gold to in form of
Bar or dust of hallmark standard, we can only deal with any buyer that
can fly down to Accra for the purpose of review a proper business
transaction or pay in as we may accept trading on FOB or CIF as long
as the buyer can prove their true business registration to us which
shall also be verified via their own consular in Accra or we can send
our attorney  to visit buyers location/refinery to inspect their
facilities.

In order word we can issue assay report here in Osu Accra at PMMC
before we can proceed further from here. We are indeed seeking you to
trade with us as we are fully ready and able to offer our FCO and
procedures as soon as we have a convincing evidence that we are about
to do a transaction that is clean and fair at all ends.

Thank you and best regards,

Mr Morise

Fax : +233574328831

Email,moriseozee@outlook.com

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