A wag of my finger goes to the people notifying me and others about thousands of dollars in unclaimed funds just waiting for me. The week before Christmas I received three in my main inbox. And my newsletter and junk mailboxes were full – three fake money notifications for every one legit message. It’s pretty bad.
Be on the lookout for these. My comments are italicized; other formatting and grammar or spelling issues come directly from the message.
From: Office of Special Notices (firstname.lastname@example.org) An identical message came from email@example.com with the same subject line.
Subject: (name or in my case, email address), Please respond for possible unclaimed funds by 11:59 pm
Attention Local Resident,
We are pleased to inform you that our funds matching department has identified you to be a potential candidateTO RECEIVE UNCLAIMED FUNDING. This is not a permanent status, if this notice goes unresolved our finds matching department will have no choice but to reevaluate your status. At that time any pending unresolved funds may be relegated to other candidates or may be expired entirely.
Your immediate response is required to resolve your status and determine any and all unclaimed funds currently available to you.
Important: You must complete this brief questionnaire to determine funding currently available to you
Before distributing any of the unclaimed funding, we must establish a Claimant File. As a recipient of this Notice, your name could be the name which we end up filing as a local financing recipient.
Respond now! A prompt response could bring unclaimed funding right to your doorstep!
Finally Funded Notification Dept.
You may qualify regardless of credit history!
If these are unclaimed finds, why would my credit history matter?
The urgent response requirement and promise of possible funding are supposed to make me jump for the chance, especially during the holiday season. Nah, I’ll pass.
I received this one as well:
Subject: Second Attempt: Please Respond for Possible Unclaimed Funds
The only text in this message body was a URL that pointed to a domain that was not found. I am not going to post the full URL here because I don’t want to be responsible for anyone contracting a virus. I will, however, share the WHOIS info for the domain:
Domain name: demoremation.com
Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
Whois Agent ()
PMB 368, 14150 NE 20th St – F1
Bellevue, WA 98007
Creation date: 26 May 2011 18:02:48
Expiration date: 26 May 2012 18:02:00
As always, be safe, be smart. Peace.