:snicker: Has anyone noticed how desperate the scammers are getting? They are including all kinds of disclaimers in hopes of easing our concerns and convincing us their message is the only legit one of its kind. Check this one:
Please note that e-mails, letters and phone calls are currently been made to unsuspecting persons by fraudsters claiming to have access to their funds. Everyday, people throughout the world are falling victim to scams of one way or the other. It could be an unexpected prize draw or lottery win, or a chance to invest in an exciting new money-making or investment programme . In the circumstance, we unreservedly advice you to dissociate yourself from all correspondence and transactions entered into based on evidently fraudulent and fictitious claims.
I laughed out loud when I read that. Sorry, Banki Moon and Williams Carl, I won’t be falling for it. Here’s the rest of the message:
From: Williams Carl (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER (note: Because a subject line in all caps will get my attention)
After proper and several investigations and research at Western Union and MoneyGram Office, we found your name in Western Union database amongst those that have sent money through Western Union to Nigeria and this proves that you have truly been swindled by those unscrupulous persons by sending money to them through Western Union/MoneyGram in the course of getting one fund or the other that is not real, right now we are working hand in hand with Western Union to track every fraudsters down, do not respond to their e-mails, letters and phone calls any longer as they are scammers and you should be very careful to avoid being a victim to fraudsters any longer because they have nothing to offer you but to rip-off what you have worked earnestly hard to earn.
In this regard a meeting was held between the Board of Directors of The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside with the Ministry of Finance – Nigeria and as a consequence of our investigations it was agreed that the sum of hundred thousand US Dollars (US$100,000.00) should be transferred to you out of the funds that Federal Government of Nigeria has set aside as a compensation to everyone who have by one way or the other sent money to fraudsters in Nigeria.
***Please note that we will no longer be liable for any loss, cost or expense whatsoever, suffered or incurred by You in connection with the fraudsters. (note: But here you are, offering me money anyway.)
We have deposited your fund at Western Union Money Transfer agent location EMS Post office Lagos, Nigeria.
We have submitted your details to them so that your fund can be transferred to you. We have paid the Registration and Transfer fees and for security reasons we have also insured your fund to avoid misappropriation.
Contact the Western Union agent office through any of the email addresses stated below;
Contact Person: Williams Carl
Contact Email : email@example.com
Contact Phone : +234-815-666-2177
Hope you enjoyed the giggle.