Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Impertinent Criminals and their Offers

The latest internet scam offer I received purported to come from some one named MarkDavid28 and the subject of the email was: MY DEAR LET'S DO THIS BUSINESS WITH TRUST. The unmitigated gall of the sender struck me which is why I am posting the title of his 'offer' here. I could argue with almost every word in the subject of his email. I am not HIS Dear, for a start. The 'Business' to which he refers no doubt is simply a matter of fleecing a total stranger of his/her money and the idea of being able to conduct ANY interaction with this nefarious and shameless individual 'with trust' is inconceivable. I do not know if any one ever responds positively to these 'offers' at this point in time. It brings to mind a rather hilarious episode of 'Flight of the Conchords' where Murray (manager of the group) 'invested' their small profit with a Nigerian, after receiving an internet plea from the man. Of course, with the brilliance that characterised this show, the result was unexpected. The Nigerian actually WAS legitimate and came all the way to New York to return the fairly small sum of money he had 'borrowed' from Murray. I very much doubt that this ever has occurred in 'real life' which is why the episode was so amusing and clever.

In reality, I believe that most of these fraudulent pleas and offers are simply another means by which criminals phish for data. Even if the recipient never pays the money requested, by simply giving their own names and addresses, they are playing into the hands of the criminals. That is why it is best simply to ignore any of these internet email scams, even if one can be very tempted to respond with justified contempt and rage...

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Another Fraud purportedly from the FBI

How any one could believe in any of the following gobbledegook is beyond me, but in case some one should be tempted, this is nothing more than another internet scam. Purporting to have been sent by the head of the FBI, it directs you to PAY almost $300. to an unknown woman who evidently is part of the scam. The criminal who cooked up this fraudulent stew has the impertinence, moreover to declare that 'we have verified the entire transaction to be Legitimate, Safe and 100% risk free of scams and frauds of any nature'. Yes, and Chicken Little declares that the sky is falling!

What is truly bizarre here is that the email claims to guarantee any financial loss incurred IF the so-called beneficiary (never named by the way!) does not receive the 'prize' and that a penalty somehow will be levied upon the FBI for $3000, stating: 'if you do not receive your winning prize of $850,000.00 US Dollars we
shall be held responsible for the loss and this shall invite a penalty of $3,000
which will be made PAYABLE ONLY by you (The Winner).'

It is all very complex and completely illogical, even though clothed in dubious legalese.

Anti-Terrorist and International Fraud Division
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
Seattle, Washington.
Telephone/Fax Number: removed

Attn: Beneficiary

This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have
thoroughly completed an Investigation with the help of our Intelligence
Monitoring Network System that you legally won the sum of $850,000.00 US Dollars
from a Lottery Company in the United Kingdom. During our investigation we
discovered that your e-mail won the money from an Online Balloting System and we
have authorized this winning to be authentic and paid to you via a Certified
Cashier's Check. Normally, it will take up to 10 business days for an
International Check to be cashed by your local bank. We have successfully come
to an agreement this company on your behalf that funds are to be drawn from a
registered bank within the United States Of America so as to enable you cash the
check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $850,000.00
US Dollars has been deposited with Bank Of America.

We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to receive the
winning prize as we have verified the entire transaction to be Legitimate, Safe
and 100% risk free of scams and frauds of any nature, due to the fact that the
funds have been deposited at Bank Of America you will be required to settle the
following bills directly to the lottery claims agent in-charge of this
transaction whom is located at the liaison office of the Lottery Company in
Seattle-Washington. According to our discoveries, you are required to pay for
the following:

(1) Deposit Fee's (Fee's paid by the lottery company for the deposit into an
American Bank which is - Bank of America)
(2) Cashier's Check Conversion Fee (Fee for converting the Wire Transfer payment
into a Certified Cashier's Check)
(3) Shipping Fee's (This is the charge for shipping the Cashier's Check to your
nominated destination)

The total amount for everything is $299.99 (Two Hundred & Ninety Nine United
States Dollars & Ninety Nine Cents). We have tried our possible best to indicate
that this $299.99 should be deducted from your winning prize but the funds have
already been deposited at The Bank of America and cannot be accessed by anyone
apart from you the winner. Therefore you will be required to pay the needed
funds to your lotto claims Agent in-charge of this transaction via Western Union
Money Transfer Or Money Gram. The payment will NOT reflect at the Bank of
America with the given transaction code(EA2948-910) until you have covered the
processing fees needed.
In order to proceed with this transaction, Click Here (linnk removed) to contact
your claims agent Mrs. Louise Major .You will be required to call her for verbal
verification and e-mail her with the following informations:


You will also be required to request Western Union details on how to send the
required $299.99 in order to immediately ship your prize of $850,000.00 US
Dollars via Certified Cashier's Check drawn from The Bank of America, Also
include the following transaction code in order for her to immediately identify
this transaction : EA2948-910. This letter will serve as proof that the Federal
Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $299.99 ONLY to
your claims agent via the information in which she shall send to you upon your
request, if you do not receive your winning prize of $850,000.00 US Dollars we
shall be held responsible for the loss and this shall invite a penalty of $3,000
which will be made PAYABLE ONLY by you (The Winner).

Robert Mueller
Federal Bureau Of Investigation

NOTE: In order to ensure your check gets delivered to you ASAP, you are advised
to immediately contact Mrs. Louise Major via contact information provided above
and make the required payment of $299.99 to information in which she will
provide you.