The Spam Report: Day #63: "NOTIFICATION PAYMENT,,"
We're going to take a break today from my on-going communication with Mrs. Supini Thrunkul who has offered me a cut of the $47 million apparently left in a Chinese bank by my long-lost/never-known distant relative, Dr. Dietrich Schrager. It's taken a quite amusing turn that I'll highlight tomorrow, but for now, it's your turn.
On Tuesdays we celebrate the best of the worst, your spam emails that you want others to fear, laugh at, or just delete.
Today's comes from Barb Best and to debunk it, allow me to share a little history lesson. The International Monetary Fund was set up after World War II when countries around the world realized their economic futures held a shared responsibility and "charged with overseeing the international monetary system to ensure exchange rate stability and encouraging members to eliminate exchange restrictions that hinder trade."
Most recently, it's been known for providing loans to struggling countries as they try to emerge from the most recent recession (i.e. Greece, Ukraine, Belarus).
What the IMF does not do however is bail out scam victims as purported in the email that Ms. Best sent us. However, we here at the Spam Report, are working to ensure there are no scam victims to bail out in the future.
It took me all of five seconds to copy the first line of this email and paste it into a search engine before I came up with this: http://www.imf.org/external/scams.htm
There are just all sorts of problems with this right off the bat. It's from a gmail account and not a formal one. It involves an apparent money wire transfer. It asks for personal information. If you lived in South Florida, you'd see hurricane-size red flags coming out.
This spam is a scam. Don't fall for it.
If you have an email you want the community to be aware of, email it to me: email@example.com. I'll share it as fast as I can.. and then, just hit delete.
Take care and thanks so much Ms. Best for sharing.
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Mr.Ben Ndive <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:12 PM
Subject: NOTIFICATION PAYMENT,,
We are sorry for delaying this up till now.
The International Monetary Fund IMF is compensating all the scam victims 850, 000.00USD each,and your email address was found in the scam victim's list. This Western Union office has been mandated by the IMF to transfer your compensation to you via Western Union Transfer. we need your information as where we will be send the funds, such as.
Note that your payment files will be returned to the IMF if we did not hear from you, this was the instruction given to us by the IMF.