The Spam Report: Day #254: “Attention please”
MY DESK: MADISON — At my kids’ school, they discuss the concept of being a “community helper.” Police officers, doctors, nurses, teachers, they all fit into that description, but as I’ve told my children, there’s nothing stopping any of us from being a community helper.
You don’t need a badge or an advanced degree to help your neighborhood, your friends, your siblings (please), your parents (pretty, pretty please).
I think I’m going to create a segment called “Neighbors helping Neighbors” or “People helping People,” to describe what I’ve witnessed the last 254 days of posting this blog. So many people have sent in emails as a warning to others.
It’s frankly been incredibly reassuring and provided me with a lot of good feelings. So, thank you.
Today’s submission comes from Ann Wallace, who is the Executive Director of the UW-Madison Retirement Association.
“Here’s one I haven’t seen before,” she wrote me. “Interestingly, it came to the email box of the UW-Madison Retirement Association, not a private individual.”
Unfortunately spam/scam emails don’t play favorites. Everyone’s a possible victim.
Thanks Ann for your help.
If you get this email, please just hit delete.
Take care and have a great weekend.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 11:25 AM
Interim Assistance General Manager,
(Operations, Maintenance, Transportation) Harrisburg International Airport Pennsylvania One Terminal Drive, Middle-town, PA 17057, Pennsylvania USA
Your Abandoned Package For Delivery
I have very vital information to give to you, but first I must have your trust before I review it to you because it may cause me my job, so I need somebody that I can trust for me to be able to review the secret to you.
I am Mr. Kelvin Bryner, head of luggage/baggage storage facilities (Operations, Maintenance,Transportation) here at the Harrisburg International Airport, Pennsylvania USA. During my recent withheld package routine check at the Airport Storage Vault, I discovered an abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from London and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately 110kg. The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was not properly declared by the consignee as “MONEY” rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid interrogation and also the inability of the diplomat to pay for the United States Non Inspection Charges which is $3,700USD. On my assumption the consignment is still left in our Storage House here at the Harrisburg International Airport Pennsylvania till date. The details of the consignment including your name, your email address and the official documents from the United Nations office in Geneva are tagged on the Trunk box.
However, to enable me confirm if you are the actual recipient of this consignment as the assistant director of the Inspection Unit, I will advise you provide your current Phone Number and Full Address, to enable me cross check if it corresponds with the address on the official documents including the name of nearest Airport around your city. Please note that this consignment is supposed to have been returned to the United States Treasury Department as unclaimed delivery due to the delays in concluding the clearance processes so as a result of this, I will not be able to receive your details on my official email account.
So in order words to enable me cross check your details, I will advise you send the required details to my private email address for quick processing and response. Once I confirm you as the actual recipient of the trunk box, I can get everything concluded within 48hours upon your acceptance and proceed to your address for delivery. Lastly, be informed that the reason I have taken it upon myself to contact you personally about this abandoned consignment is because I want us to transact this business and share the money 70% for you and 30% for me since the consignment has not yet been returned to the United States Treasury Department after being abandoned by the diplomat so immediately the confirmation is made, I will go ahead and pay for the United States Non Inspection Fee of $3,700 dollars and arrange for the box to be delivered to your doorstep Or I can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble but you have to assure me of my 30% share.
I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive and I will appreciate if we can keep this deal confidential. Please get back to me via my private Email:(email@example.com ) for further directives
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