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If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Silly little scam email.

We all get Nigerian 419 scam emails. This one hit my email today, and banks on the recipient's greed that they will send $219 in the hopes of getting free money.

Believe it or not, I actually had someone receive some very nicely-forged travelers cheques and try to cash them before sending money, and they brought them to my PD to make a complaint. I asked whether the complainant had sent any money, and the complainant responded that they thought that it probably was a scam, and had not. I didn't even bother with a case number, typing a quick incident report instead. There's zero chance of catching these international folk. You just have to be alert, and send to money to uninvited emails.

I post this scam text in its entirety simply to document it on the search engines. Then again, people who are smart enough to check the text via a search engine are usually smart enough to know not to respond to this kind of scam.

The email title is: Alert:shipment information

"Customer Service:We have been waiting for you to contact us for your Package that is been registeredwith us for shipping to your residential location. We had thought that your sendergave you our contact details. It may interest you to know that a letter is also addedto your package. However, we cannot quote the content of your package, except that ithas a Bank Draft worth of $288,000.00 (Two Hundred and Eighty Eight Thousand USDollars). As you know, FedEx does not ship money in CASH or in CHEQUES but BANKDRAFTS are shippable.

The package is registered with us for mailing by an official of the united nationoffice in UK. We are sending you this email because your package is been registeredon a Special Order. What you have to do now, is to contact our Delivery Departmentfor immediate dispatch of your package to your residential address. Note that as soonas our Delivery Team confirms your information, it will take three (3) working days(72Hrs) for your package to arrive at your designated destination.For your information, the VAT & Shipping charges as well as Insurance fees have beenpaid by your colleague before your package was registered.Note that the payment that is made on the Insurance, Premium & ClearanceCertificates, are to certify that the Bank Draft is not a Drug Affiliated Fund DAF)neither is it funds to sponsor Terrorism in your country. This will help you avoidany form of query from the Monetary Authority of your country.However, you will have to pay a sum of £105 GBP which is equivalent to $210 USD tothe FedEx Delivery Department being full payment for the Security Keeping Fee of theFedEx Company as stated in our privacy terms & condition page. Also be informed thatyour colleague wished to pay for the Security Keeping charges, but we do not acceptsuch payments considering the fact that all items & packages that is registered withus have a time limitation and we cannot accept payment without knowing when you willbe picking up the package or even respond to us. So we cannot take the risk to haveaccepted such a payment incase of any possible demurrage. Kindly note that yourcolleague did not leave us with any further information.We hope that you respond to us as soon as possible because if you fail to responduntil the expiry date of the foremost package, we may refer the package to theBritish Commission for Welfare as the package do not have a return address. Kindlycontact the delivery department (FedEx Delivery Post) with the details given below:
Contact Person: Mr. Richard raynor
Tel: +234-7062266794
Kindly complete the below form and send it to the email address given above.. This is mandatory to reconfirm your Postal address and telephone numbers.

As soon as your details are received, our delivery team will give you the necessarypayment procedure so that you can effect the payment for the Security Keeping Fees.As soon as they confirm your payment of £105 GBP which is equivalent to $210 USD,they shall immediately dispatch your package to the designated address. It usuallytakes 72 Hours being an express delivery service.Ensure to contact the delivery department with the email address and ensure to fillthe above form as well to enable successful reconfirmation.

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs .chiara dallavalle
FedEx Online Management Team.
All rights reserved. © 1995-2009 FedEx."

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At Monday, May 25, 2009 12:56:00 AM, Blogger Jake said...

their ability to putspaces between words is occasionallylacking.

At Monday, May 25, 2009 9:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got one on my academic address purporting to be from the head of the FBI wanting my financial info so they could cross-check it against possible fraud! I admired the chudspha, if not the attempted scam.

At Monday, May 25, 2009 9:45:00 AM, Blogger Home on the Range said...

I remember my first "Trust Fund for Alms and Ammunition" letter.

Between that and the email from people wanting me to "pleasure her big wit boom boom" products it's hard to keep a straight face.

At Monday, May 25, 2009 10:50:00 AM, Blogger charlotte g said...

You are right. I can't imagine anyone responding to this, but I suppose as the distribution costs nothing, some hard-working criminal considers it worthwhile.

At Monday, May 25, 2009 7:50:00 PM, Blogger Old NFO said...

if only 1% respond, they will be rich beyond imagination in their countries... sigh...

At Tuesday, May 26, 2009 12:40:00 AM, Blogger J.R.Shirley said...

I love the ones that start out "Dearest in Christ", or "Beloved". What the hell? It's been 12 years or so since anyone seriously called me "beloved". Sheesh.


At Tuesday, May 26, 2009 3:22:00 AM, Blogger Matt G said...

On the "Beloved," I've just always assumed that it was a literal translation of a commonly-used word in a tribal language, such as the "-chan" suffix in Japanese means "loved one," and is used a lot.

Then you realize that English is the national language of Nigeria, and my theory begins to falter . . . :)

At Tuesday, May 26, 2009 11:59:00 AM, Blogger Crucis said...

I reviewed my spam file last week and had one of those caught by my spam milters.

They get dumber every year and there are STILL people who get taken by their own greed.

WV: sprell
Yes they can't sprell either.

At Thursday, May 28, 2009 6:05:00 PM, Blogger Snigglefrits said...

You haven't gotten a great Nigerian scam until you get one from Mrs. Deputy Shebangsu.


At Thursday, May 28, 2009 11:32:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Wel, now I'm looking forward to it, Snigglefrits!


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