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 "firstname.lastname@example.org" 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 'email@example.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.
From: Mr. Jamie Dimon [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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.
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.