I keep getting this SMS every few weeks/months from some place called ‘Hamptons’
Miss Eppie Taylor, it is important that we speak to you today. Call Hamptons on 01133086113 quoting ref 97551270
It also occasionally comes from some place called ‘Lowell’ with a phone number of 01133086108, or a place called ‘Red’ with a number of 01133086119. They all have the same message with the same ‘ref’ number.
I also once got an automated voice call to my mobile from one of these, but the message was so garbled and fuzzy I couldn’t work out what was being said.
Just got this bizarre email…
Am ordering from Japan . I want to place an order from you. I know the difficulties encountered when shipping internationally, But that will not
be a problem because i am registered with a shipping company whom i have used severally without any delay nor problems with my goods. Before i place
this order, i want you to notify me if i am able to place the order and most important: If i can make payment with my credit cards Visa/Mc (Issued
in the United States) because that is the only way we are set for payment now without no delay. I don’t place online orders ,can i e-mail my ORDER
needed then you can give me a quote here and make charges to my cards manually on your end ? Pls Clarify. Looking forward to your swift response
then we can proceed further as soon as possible.
Sure weirdo, you can send me your VISA details and I’ll happily charge your card manually.
Is even weirder than usual in that if you read it, it doesn’t ask you to do anything, it just explains some account is about to receive an immense sum of money. The account isn’t mine, and it’s not a “lost” account that I need to give my details to transfer money out of… If you’re going to scam me, at least tell me what to do so I can get scammed. 2/10 – try harder.
It came as a PDF and won’t let me copy the text out of it, so here’s an image of the page to look at. Click for bigger image.
And here’s a link to the PDF itself
And for those of you who like mail headers, here they are
Delivered-To: email@example.com Received: by 10.216.221.94 with SMTP id q72cs21192wep; Wed, 8 Dec 2010 05:09:45 -0800 (PST) Received: by 10.151.148.21 with SMTP id a21mr4173841ybo.93.1291813778966; Wed, 08 Dec 2010 05:09:38 -0800 (PST) Return-Path:
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I thought I’d go through my spam folder, Google is so efficient at stripping the spam that I never get to see it. Amongst the mess of V1/gra p1llz and associated rubbish I came across this email. Not only does it read like a badly produced 1980s VCR manual, but it’s full of random legalese words too.
I am Attorney Loo Tan Leng (Esq),the managing attorney for Leng & Co Associates (Malaysia).
It is explicable for you to grow apprehensive reading from me since there was no previous exchange between us. However, I implore your attention on the subject matter here contained.
A deceased client of mine, who died in 2002, had left large sum of money in his bank account totaling USD Six Million approximately. Documents of the account are in possession.
Upon maturity legal responsibilities, the bank has requested that I present the beneficiary of the Estate. This reason underscores my contacting you since you share the same family name with the deceased.
I am disposed to present you to the bank as the beneficiary of the Estate after procurement of necessary documentations applicable for inheritance.
Please be assured that there is no ramification (legal or otherwise) in the means of consummating this transaction hence the process and procedure will be conducted in accordance with legal applicable requirements.
Please, revert accordingly to indicate your interest to be part of the aforementioned transaction.
Barrister Loo Tan Leng Esq
So if you’d like to receive this vast sum of cash, or if you’re a patrolling spambot looking for email addresses… email@example.com
And here is an excellent variation on the traditional Nigerian scam mail
United Parcel Service of America
IN REGARD TO YOUR PACKAGE FROM (UPS) UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA.
YOUR PACKAGE WILL BE RETURNED BACK TO THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT IF THE CHARGE FEE TO ENABLE SHIPMENT IS NOT PAID WHICH IS $100 ONLY.
Note that we were instructed to email you, due to the high priority of your package And everything will be taken good care by me.
I have been awaiting for you to contact me for the delivery of your MASTERCARD WHICH WORTH TWENTY MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLAR ($20,000,000).
I want you to know that your package which worth TWENTY MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLAR ($20,000,000) has been with us for the pass few weeks now and we are waiting for your confirmation of message so that we can deliver the ATM CARD to you.
Due to the distance between your residential address and our office here in Nigeria there are only two ways your MASTERCARD package can get to you and this include all back up document to secure it during shipment.
Below are the TWO OPTION needed for you to get your package.
OPTION ONE: YOU NEED TO TRAVEL TO NIGERIA AND GET THE PACKAGE IN OUR OFFICE
OPTION TWO: THE PACKAGE WILL BE SHIPPED TO YOU THROUGH UPS SECURE SERVICE AND YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SHIPPING CHARGE FEE.
My advice to you now is to choice the shipping option to prevent you for wasting your time and money.
The charge fee required to enable a secure shipment to you is $100 only and this include the security keeping charge fee.
If you preferred the shipping service get back to me and i will send to you the payment details you will need to send the charge fee $100 via western union so shipment can commence once the charge fee is received.
AWAIT YOUR REPLY.
UPS INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY DEPARTMENT
12 DENLOT STREET.
MR DANIEL A. MARIO
They really didn’t think that through very well… I can either pay $100 to claim my Mastercard worth $20,000,000. Or I can fly to Nigeria to collect it in person. Hmm… flights to Nigeria are quite expensive, but hey… once I’ve got my Mastercard I can pay it easily.
Whoo, let’s go on holiday!
From Victorine Omah.Avenue 5 Lot 172 Cocody
Â Quarters Abidjan Cote d’ Ivoire
Â West Africa.
Â Â I am writing this letter with due respect and heartful of tears since we have not known or met ourselves previously.
I amÂ Â Victorine Omah and I have inherited fund from my late father ChiefÂ Koffi OmahÂ who died in recent crisis in Cote d’Ivoire.Â I wish to request for your assistance in investing this sum in lucrative venture or manufacturing and real estate management in your country. I haveÂ Six million,Five hundred thousand United State Dollars. USD($6.500,000) to invest and I will require your assistance in receiving the fund into your account.Â I will be glad to give you some reasonable percent from the total sum for your assistance.Before the death of my father on September 14/9/2005, he gave me all the necessary legal documentation concerning the deposit of the fund in the bank, I am 21 years old and a university undergraduate and really don’t know what to do. Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this funds and after the transaction I will come and reside permanently in your country till such a time that it will be convinient for me to return back home if I so desire. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. I also want to invest the fund under your care because I am ignorant of business world.I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Now permit me to ask these few questions:
1. Can you honestly help me from your heart?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total money will be appreciateableÂ by you?Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible. Immedaitely I confirm your willingness, I will send to you my picture and also give you more details about myself and the bank where my late father deposited the fund, so that you can reach the bank and confirm the existence of the fund as well, because seeing is believing.
IÂ am waiting for your immediate response.(firstname.lastname@example.org)ÂBest Regards
What happens when you combine the Nigerian 419 scam and Monty Python? Something very very funny, that’s what. Just click the link 🙂