A Cynical Look On E-Mail Scams

It would appear that Scam E-mails have become much more prevalent recently. This can be a very dangerous thing to someone not skeptical of becoming the worlds next million or billionaire over a lottery contest they never entered. Nor is it safe to someone who believes that they will really be getting the sizable yet non-existent inheritance of a dead African doctor for only the cost of a five thousand dollar wire.

Because we are skeptical, let's take a look at one.
This was sent to me a day ago:

Skip down to the second line if you don't want to read what I guess this person calls "Writing"

[ No Subject ]
We want to acknowledge the receipt of your email in this office and also want you to know that these package(Conferable Bank Draft of $800.000.00United States Dollars) will not be deliver to you without some proper identification. I have never met you before like I said and to be able to carry out our duties effectively, We must be convinced that you are who the testament says you are.Re-confirm to us through the below via email;
Claims Requirements
1. Name in full---------------------2.Address---------------------------
3. Sex--------------------------------4.Country--------------------------
5. Marital Status------------------6. Age -------------------------------
7. Next Of Kin----------------------8. Occupation-----------------------
9. Phone/Fax-----------------------10. Annual Income
The above requested information will enable us deliver your parcel correctly without any mistake or delivering your parcel to a wrong person. Furthermore,you might be asking yourself how comes this email,check or draft, Anyway,your check was brought to this office by a Lottery Fiduciary Agent Or Claim Agent, signifying that you are a rightful winner to their Lottery Award selected randomly from 10 lucky email addresses which your email address is one of the lucky email address. FedEx courier service company mailing you as per your parcel that was brought to this company to be delivered to you by lottery groups, along the delivery process that brought a misunderstanding between you and the lottery claim agent and in regards of their request as per their insurance certificate cost and tax fee which happened to be the course of your parcel being pending for the past months/one year. Meanwhile we are hereby happy to inform you that the FedEx Company has finalized everything with the nicon insurance company of Nigeria and the internal revenue office as the company organization has also listed 24 valuable parcels to be intact in their office after the released of the parcels from the nicon insurance company and internal revenue office. We inform you once again that your parcel that contains the sum of $800.000.00 United States Dollars, is among the 24 parcels listed which is now in our office and also with your name as the receiver despise that we lost your private residential addresss, which is an indication that you can now re-send your residential address,telephone as stated above back to the FedEx company where your parcel can be delivered to you without hesitation.
Meanwhile remember that the sender of this parcel to you thats the fudiciary agent still ownes this company the sum of $500.00 before incident occurs Note this fee is not just for delivery but with the stamduty, this company has spend out of their incomes in the process by recovery back your parcel so dear customer we once again appreciate your patronage in our favour. Without hesitations you are to pay for just the balance left by your sender since we have lost his contact.so that your parcel can be delivered to your residential address before it accumulate a demurrage after one week only,as you know your parcel is not just an ordinary parcel but with a huge amount and I think you understand what I mean by accumulating a demurrage? Which you will not allow to happen to your recovery parcel that almost gone if not for the love that the good God have for you by favoring you with his favour because it was god who did it not by your power but by the spirit say the lord. We assure you that your parcel will arrive at your country in two days time and it will get to your door step the third day as soon as this company receive the balance left by you and the tracking number of your parcel will be sent to you via e-mail immediately so that you can track it yourself to see your parcel coming on the way and you will also know when it will arrive at your country because we operate in trust and loyalty in your favour.
Get back to us as soon as possible for payment detail for your delivery.

Mr. Russell E
Email: fedexdeliveryservice@w.cn
Tel: +234 805 312-02-32

The easiest way to tell if an E-mail sent to you is "a fake" is to just throw a big portion into a search engine. It will probably show up under Scam titles all over the place, like the page you are viewing now.

At a glance- Notice that the scammer did not fill out a subject, this makes it easier to get around spam filters that might normally keep it out of the main inbox. Because so many people send real e-mails without a subject line, the spam filters have little choice but to allow them. Also notice that the e-mail claims to be from Fedex, a well recognized transportation company. If the e-mail really was from Fedex, the address would be from (blank)@Fedex.com not a simple @hotmail.com account. This scammer was such a half-wit that he didn't even spoof his e-mail address.(Be careful, some do.) Apart from that, the phone number our brilliant scammer left isn't based in the US--Fedex is a US company.

Down to the fun stuff- Remember our article about chain posts on facebook? The same principal pertaining to grammar goes here. This e-mail is absolutely appalling, and though I know of some managers that should be required to pass some sort of test before they're in charge of anyone, I'm quite sure that Fedex wouldn't hire a "Managing Director" that didn't know what English was... In fact, I doubt the person who wrote this could even manage to spell "English"

Apart from the incredible amount of spelling errors that a simple spell check would have fixed, which I will put in bold, there are quite a few sentences that don't even seem to make sense.
As an example:
" Which you will not allow to happen to your recovery parcel that almost gone if not for the love that the good God have for you by favoring you with his favour because it was god who did it not by your power but by the spirit say the lord."
..... What?

The further one goes on in the E-mail, the less sense it starts to make. It's almost as if two different people wrote the e-mail.

Other Hints- The scammers give away their location when they talk about nicon,which is some sort of phony insurance company based in Nigeria. (The home of the majority of scammers) The writer also constantly refers to him or her self in the E-mail, and originally, the only purpose of the E-mail was to obtain contact information.
So, I gave them Contact information--not mine of course.

1. Name in full---------------------2.Address---------------------------
3. Sex--------------------------------4.Country--------------------------
5. Marital Status------------------6. Age -------------------------------
7. Next Of Kin----------------------8. Occupation-----------------------
9. Phone/Fax-----------------------10. Annual Income

1. Name: You're An Idiot
2. Address: Up Yours
3. Sex: Not from you
4. Country: Nicetrytopia
5. Marital Status: Maybe
6. Age: 1337
7. Next of Kin: My Uncle's Sister's Brother's Roommate's Cousin
8. Occupation: Mocking you
9. Phone: 588-2300-Empire -- Today!
10. Annual Income: -13 and 1 half Trytopia Dollars

If I get a response, I'll post it here.

Summary- Logically, we could have gotten rid of this one with just what we have at a glance. This is a scam to get $500 dollars out of you, and whatever else is in the account that you used. Also, after spending too long reading this gibberish, I have obtained a very large headache.
From this we can conclude that this particular scam e-mail causes loss of money and or headaches.


Mr. Sam said...

I have decided to start putting some of the scam e-mails I get in the comments here.

This will be helpful for people searching their scam e-mail over Google or whathaveyou.

Mr. Sam said...

This is one of those work at home scams, or so it would appear. Also, I have no Idea why they thought my name was Fred Church.

Hi Fred,

OK, I confess...

I used to be a poor student that works hard to finance my study. Now it is different even crisis i do not fear. I still travel like i never did before..hey hey you can do it too seriously! secret?

Find out here, continue reading if not..
Or sometimes I work from the most gorgeous beaches in Europe, wiggling my toes in soft white sand while I make thousands of dollars with my laptop computer.

No, I don't have any special computer education, wasn't born rich, and Paris "spoiled brat" Hilton is NOT my second cousin.

I just figured out an astounding system that makes so much money..
Fred, you can forget about the CRISIS, stop worrying about getting NEW JOB or replace your current J-O-B, or even tell your boss to take a hike. Even better, if you've been
involuntarily downsized or even canned for good, THIS is the answer to your prayers!, Live a better life, even better than before the crisis happens..

Start Making Lots Of Cash!

This is really worth a serious look from you, that is, if you'd like to join me in the six-figure-a-year club. And that's just for starters!

Let's face facts...things are tough all over. But there's one particular area of business that just keeps growing and growing, no matter what else is happening in the world, yes the Internet. Billions of people are shopping on the internet, admit it, you too.

It's easy to do, it's super fast to get started, AND Jennifer (my mentor and a stay at home mom) have made it extremely affordable too. After all, if we don't all stick together, what's life about anyway? Vacation whenever you like? new gadgets you want? and within two years, even new car or house? not impossible!

Get The Inside Scoop Here

Frankly, if this were any easier, you'd have a Brinks Truck arriving at your door while you kick back in your Lazy Boy. Can't make THAT happen, but this is almost
as good!

The only reason I've decided to share this with you is because this has made such a huge difference in my life. I mean, it's just not right to keep it all to myself. I believe what goes around comes around, so it's kind of like an insurance policy to share!

Jennifer said I can share it with you but she can't promise to do it forever either. So take a minute and see what she've got for you, OK? It just could change your life in a very GOOD way, starting today...

Get It While You Can

Please don't let this pass you by, Fred. After all, don't you deserve to have life be a little bit easier and a lot more rewarding? Yes, you do.

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Mr. Sam said...

This one comes with some sort of Virus or Tracker in an attachment-- that's cool. Don't open it.

Flag this message
Thursday, April 9, 2009 5:55 PM
"Canadain Lottery Draw" cccanada_9@msn.com
Add sender to Contacts
Message contains attachments
Please do open the attachment for your winning details.

The best part is that I'm winning American Dollars in a Canadian Lottery as opposed to Canadian Dollars. That seems likely.

Sam said...

Attn Winner.
You won 550,000.00 Euros in an Email Laboris Welfare Award, held on the
30th June2009.We write to officially notify you of this award and to
advise you to Contact your claim agent,
Mr.Jaime Halbert.
Your full Names:

Lucky Number: 10-23-44-72-80

Yours faithfully,
Mrs.Hana Moolman

Mr. Sam said...

This one is hilarious, seriously.

Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations
351 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Our Ref: UN/TH/069011

Date: 30/10/2009


How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family? You may not understand why this mail came to you. We have been having a meeting for the passed 3 months which ended yesterday with the secretary to the UNITED NATION. This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$1,000.000.00 each and you have to indicate how much you lost in the hand of scammers.

This includes every foreign contractors, Inheritance and Lottery payment that have not received their Lottery/Inheritance payment, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international Lottery payment that failed due to Government problems etc. We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed.

You are advised to contact Mr James Phillips for the delivery of your ATM CARD through our paying center in Asia as he is our representative in Thailand, contact him immediately for your ATM CARD PAYMENT of US$1,000.000.00. This funds are in ATM CARD PAYMENT SYSTEM for security purpose, so he will send it to you and you can withdraw the fund in any bank of your choice.

Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number your correct mailing address where you want him to send the ATM CARD to you. Contact Mr James Phillips immediately for the Delivery of your ATM CARD to your home address:

Person to Contact: Mr James Phillip

Email: mrjamesphillipss@yahoo.com.hk
Tel: Tel: (66)823221492

Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your ATM CARD.

United Nations, Making the world a better place.


Ban Ki-Moon