Friday, September 4, 2009

SOTW: Classic Email Scam With a Twist

Tags: email scams, spam

Today marks the beginning of a new feature here on Net Morality... the Spam of the Week. These posts will contain actual spam I have received as email, contact form submissions, and blog comments from the various websites I operate. This week's spam is an ironic one considering it is an email scam that tries to convince you that you are being rewarded money for being a victim of email scams. Of course, the email is wrought with various grammar and spelling mistakes that quickly let the air out of the "officialness" the scammer is trying to go for.

Economic Community Of West African States.
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FRAUD VICTIMS/$1,250,000
OUR REF: 10667FV
YOUR REF: 890

Good Day

I write to bring to your notice as a delegate from the Economic Community Of West African States Reimbursement committee under the strict supervision of the World Bank, the IMF under the supervision of the United Nation has compelled Economic Community Of West African States to compensate the victims of their financial scam before the region will be enlisted for grant from the fund set aside by the United Nations to cushion the effect of the world global melt down on the third world countries after the meeting of the G8 at London this year.

You are however listed as one of the beneficiaries for these payments. You are expected to get back to us for your immediate reimbursement as one of the Ten Thousand African 419 scam victims, the sum of $1,250,000 USD (ONE MILLION Two
Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars Only) has been approved for each.

As a result of this laudable recommendations, you are hereby informed that during the last U.N. meeting the World Bank through the Ecowas Office is expected to fast track an initial $2 billion of the $5 billion made available for scam victims, it was alarmed so much by the rest of the world on the lose of funds by various foreigners British/USA citizens and Malaysia,Etc to the scam artists operating in syndicates all over the world today.

In other to redeem the good image of our African region, the Council of former Head Of states has ordered the immediate payment of $1,250,000 USD each to the affected victims in accordance with the U.N. recommendations. Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in Africa, these payments are to be made by BARCLAYS BANK PLC, UK.

Presently, Two Thousand Five Hundred Beneficiaries have been paid, more than 50% of the Victims are from the United States, while about 40% are from other parts of the world.

Your particulars were among those mentioned by some of the Syndicates that was apprehended in Lagos Nigeria as one of the victims of the operations, you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to anybody for any reason whatsoever as the U.S. secret service in conjunction with The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has swage into action to track this criminals down. Once again, you are expected to keep it secret until these criminals are all apprehended.

As regards these on going developmental strive; we have over 200 suspects at hand, 135 in kirikri prisons. While many are awaiting trial, we are still in search of others, who think they are wise, and hope that you will assist by giving any vital information that could lead to the apprehension of these hoodlums.

Confirm through this Email Attention Mr. Nuhu James if you are the true possessor of this email, and provide us with your details & how much you lost.

NAME IN FULL......................
YOUR CELL NUMBER.NA.....................
CONTACT ADDRESS..................NOT P.O BOX

Note your early response to this development will be appreciated.

Yours truly,
Mr Nuhu James
Secretary to the Ecowas.