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fraudsters

July 17, 2015

There is something magical about the word “fraudster” especially when it shows up in the latest Nigerian email scams landing in my junk folder. Maybe the authors [sic] of these Nigerian email scams just love the sound of the word, or it’s all they know hearing themselves called a fraudster so often.

The word itself seems to be of recent origin; based on where you research via Google, it was coined between the years 1960 to 1975. Earlier versions were plain old fraud (1850), fraudsman (1610s) and frauditor (1550s), all according to the Online Etymology Dictionary. I personally prefer frauditor (based on some less-than-pleasant dealings with auditors, but I digress…).

Here is the complete email I received with no corrections whatsoever.

FROM: UNITED NATIONS POLICE,
REGARDING RECOVERY OF YOUR LOST MONEY.

Attn: Beneficiary

We hereby inform you that the Scotland Yard Police, Interpol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI) United States of America, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria and all the African Crime fighter leaders have come together to stop scam/internet fraud in Nigeria and all round Africa. We have recovered over US$2.6 Billion Dollars from the people we have behind bars.

Our duty is to make sure we stop internet scam and money laundering. As for today we have put a lot of fraudsters in jail. We go all over Africa to pick this internet rats,We have over 8,273 of them in our jail around Africa and we are still looking for more. We are aware that a lot of foreigners out there have been deceived and lost their hard earn money to these fraudsters after promising them percentages in their letters/e-mails for their impending help to move funds out Africa including fake lottery winning notification and at the end of the day, they will collect thousands of dollars from you without a successful end. It was agreed that to retain the good image of our country and the rest of African countries, all the victims who lost his/her hard earn money to these faceless thieves will be compensated with just US$500,000,00 (five hundred thousand Dollars).

This we assume will help you to start a new life. Please, we apologies that you take our offer as little as it is due to the fact that (victims) in our pay list are too numerous. We en-back on this pay back from the money we recovered from these fraudsters, So you are advise to contact Mr Phillip John in the United State.

let him know if you are still interested to get your Master Card to you today as he have been waiting to hear from you to help him complete this delivery to you. contact him with your personal information bellow for your Master Card clearance and delivery.

Provide your details and forward it to Mr Phillip John to is contact details below or you call his number .+2348065322902

FULL NAME…
ADDRESS….
COUNTRY….
PHONE NUMBER…
AGE….

Agent Name: Mr Phillip John
Address Email: phillipjohn@instructor.net
Cell: +2348065322902

Thank and remain Bless

Mr. Michael J. Burn.
Supervising Manage

It’s so interesting to come across an email such as this one, so┬áthoroughly peppered with misspelled words and grammatical land mines. And yet there are people out there in the world who’ll get one of these and accept it as perfectly proper English, and just enough to actually bite. After all, there must be some sort of success rate, otherwise I wouldn’t get this crap in my spam folder.

Normally I would redact details such as phone numbers and so-called legitimate email addresses, but not this time.

I give this one a fraudster ranking of ‘4’ because of the number of times the word is used in the email, plus one for the fact it was sent by a fraudster. I may come up with some more elaborate ranking in the future, but for now I think this suffices.

london calling (spam-arama)

February 21, 2015

clash_londonFTHE UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION
LONDON UNITED KINGDOM
UNITED NATIONS PAYMENT APPROVAL OFFICE
Special Duties/Logistics Department
FOREIGN CONTRACT/WINNING PAYMENT BUREAU
Our Ref: FGN /SNT/STB
==============================
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Attn: Beneficiary ,

WORLD BANK GROUP AND UNITED NATION ORGANIZATION do hereby give this irrevocable approval order with Release Code: GNC/3180/10/14 in your favor for your contract entitlement/award winning payment with the UNITED NATION to your nominated bank account.

Now you’re new Payment, United Nation Approval No: UN5380P, White House Approved No: WH44CV, Reference No.-35460121, Allocation No: 674937 Password No: 399431, Pin Code No: 55674 and your Certificate of Merit Payment No: 103, Released Code No: 0763; Immediate Citibank Telex confirmation No: -1194433; Secret Code No: XXTN013, Having received these vital payment number, therefore you are qualified now to received and confirm Your payment with the United Nation immediately within the next 72hrs.

As a matter of fact, you are required to deal and Communicate only with MR ANDY JOHNSON, DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE CITIBANK OF UNITED KINGDOM, with the help and monitory team from the CITIBANK OF NEW YORK which is our official remitting bank, Committee On Foreign Payment Matters in United Nation, has look up to make sure you receive your fund valued $8.3m.

So contact: MR ANDY JOHNSON on his contact information, Direct Citibank Tel/Fax Number: +44708 762 9852, Email: olondonunited010@gmail.com for immediate release of your contract/inheritance/Award Winning claim Be informed that you are not allowed to correspond with any person or office anymore, You are required to send bellow information for your transfer.

(1) YOUR FULL NAME:
(2) ADDRESS, CITY, STATE AND COUNTRY:
(3) PHONE, FAX AND MOBILE:
(4) COMPANY NAME (IF ANY) POSITION AND ADDRESS:
(5) BANK DETAILS: ( BANK NAME, BANK ADDRESS, ACCOUNT & ROUTING NUMBER )
(6) PROFESSION, AGE AND MARITAL STATUS:
(7) COPY OF YOUR INT L PASSPORT/DRIVERS LICENSE:

NOTE: YOUR PERSONAL CONTACT/COMMUNICATION-CODE WITH CITIBANK IS (555), YOU ARE ADVICE TO SEND YOUR FULL BANKING INFORMATION TO THE CITIBANK OF LONDON INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE DIRECTOR HEADED BY MR ANDY JOHNSON AND MAKE SURE YOU SPEAK WITH HIM, WITH YOUR NEW PAYMENT CODE FOR RELEASE OF YOUR PAYMENT AND SEND HIM ALL YOUR BANKING INFORMATION.

CONTACT CODE (555)
OFFICER: MR ANDY JOHNSON
POSITION: DIRECTOR, INT L, AND REMITTANCE CITIBANK LONDON.
MOBILE NUMBER: +44708 762 9852
EMAIL: londonciti877@gmail.com

SIR FRANK PETERSON. (CHAIRMAN COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN CONTRACT/AWARD WINING PAYMENT UNITED NATION AND USA GOVERNMENT).

my buddies at jp morgan

August 26, 2014

Got another one in the old e-waste basket today. Here is is in all its awesomeness (sarcasm), complete with spelling errors uncorrected.

From JP Morgan Chase Bank
Mr. James Dimon CEO
Address: 2469 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY 11554-1155
Email Address: james.dimon.jpmorgan@gmail.com

Attn: Beneficiary,
The United States of America Co-operation Management in Conjunction with United Nation Worldwide are pleased to inform you that you are Among the 10 Winners of our Annual Year Lotto Lottery Conducted in the United Sates of America held on 14th of January 2014.
Your Email Address was Attached to Serial Number S/N-00221 and Consequently Won in the First Lucky 10 Winner’s Lottery Category.
You are therefore been Approved to claim the Sum of Usd$6,500.000.00 only (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) only payable in wire Transfer from Jp Morgan Chase Bank New York City 2469 Hempstead Turnpike East Meadow, NY 11554-1155. Be informed that every arrangement regarding your payment through Telegraphic Wire Banking transfer has been made by our mangement.
You will have to re-confirm your full information which will be used to set up the account on your name here in the JP Morgan Chase Bank New York 2469 Hempstead Turnpike East Meadow, NY 11554-1155
Full Names:
Your Complete Address:
Scan copy of your personal identification
Direct Telephone Number:
Mobile Number:Present Occupation:
NOTE: That you are requested to claim your prize without any further delay.
Thanks for your Co-operation.
Mr. James Dimon CEO
Address: 2469 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY 11554-1155

Email: james.dimon.jpmorgan@gmail.com

From
Mr. James Dimon
Manager JP Morgan Chase Bank.

Things must be really tough at JP Morgan when the best their CEO can do is a Google e-mail address.

from my friends in nigeria

August 24, 2014

I don’t normally pay attention to what lands in my Google mail spam folder. I’ll quickly scan the folder to make sure there are no false positives, remove the occasional few, then delete everything else. But once in a good long while an unusually titled email will hit that catches my attention.

In the past, on my old blog, I wrote maybe a half-dozen posts about some of the wilder and crazier scam/spam emails that came my way. The most creative was the one I received from the alleged estate of Luciano Pavarotti in 2009. That has to be one of my all-time favorites.

This latest hit my spam folder four days ago. From one perspective it’s your typical Nigerian spam email. But the sheer chutzpah in the way the email is written was worthy of a mention, if not a good laugh. Without further ado…

US AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA
Terence P. McCulley
11 GARKI ROAD ABUJA
ABUJA, NIGERIA.

Dear

I SHALL BE COMING TO YOUR COUNTRY FOR AN OFFICIAL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY AND I WILL BE BRINGING YOUR FUNDS OF $4.5M ALONG WITH ME AS PART OF COMPENSATION FROM THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA FOR THOSE AFFECTED IN SCAMS ACTIVITIES IN NIGERIA BUT THIS TIME I WILL NOT GO THROUGH CUSTOMS BECAUSE AS AN AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA, I AM A US GOVERNMENT AGENT AND I HAVE THE VETO POWER TO GO THROUGH CUSTOMS. AS SOON AS I AM THROUGH WITH THE MEETING I SHALL THEN PROCEED TO YOUR ADDRESS. (SEND YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER AND THE ADDRESS WHERE YOU WANT ME TO BRING THE PACKAGE).

YOU HAVE REALLY PAID SO MUCH IN THIS DELIVERY THAT MAKES ME WONDER. YOU ARE A VERY LUCKY PERSON BECAUSE I SHALL BE BRINGING IT MYSELF AND THERE IS NOTHING ANYONE CAN DO ABOUT IT.

YOUR PACKAGE ($4.5M) MUST BE REGISTERED AS AN AMBASSADORIAL PACKAGE FOR ME TO DEFEAT ALL ODDS AND THE COST OF REGISTERING IT IS $90 THE FEE MUST BE PAID IN THE NEXT 50 HOURS VIA MONEY GRAM SO THAT ALL NECESSARY ARRANGEMENT CAN BE MADE BEFORE TIME WILL BE AGAINST US.SEND THE FEE VIA MONEY GRAM MONEY TRANSFER OR WESTERN UNION TO MY OFFICER

RECEIVER’S NAME: PAUL NWANZE
ADDRESS: LAGOS, NIGERIA
TEXT QUESTION: FOR WHAT
ANSWER: DELIVER
AMOUNT:$90

AS SOON AS YOU SEND THE FEE MAKE SURE YOU SEND ME THE PAYMENT THIS EMAIL INFORMATION.TO ADDRESS: terencemcculley443@yahoo.es MY FLIGHT IS WEDNESDAY AND I EXPECT YOU TO COMPLY BEFORE THEN SO THAT THE DELIVERY CAN BE COMPLETED. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLY, THEN IT WILL NOT BE MY FAULT IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR PACKAGE.

Congratulations!!!
Respectfully yours,
Terence P. McCulley
US Ambassador to Nigeria
Email: terencemcculley443@yahoo.es

You see the email in all its glory, misspellings, grammatical errors, blatantly incorrect facts and UPPER CASE TYPE unchanged by me. If you want to follow-up on this then knock yourselves out. I just wonder how many people actually fell for this and donated the “$90 fee” to this particular scammer. And there has to be enough marks to have made similar donations, because they keep coming across my spam folder, and have for almost a decade.

By the way, the top level domain .es (as in yahoo.es) is Spain. Considering the dire financial straights that many in Spain find themselves in right now it shouldn’t be a surprise to find Nigerian copy-cat scam spam coming out of Spain.