Spammers and scammers amaze me sometimes. They are slimy idiots and brilliant at the same time. They can draw people in like no one else. Just wow. Check out this message from (not really) General Abdul Aziz al-Shallal (using the email address email@example.com). If I was desperate enough, I might believe it and follow up.
Subject: VERY URGENT!!! (Note: You know, because all caps and multiple exclamation points mean this is real)
I apologized using this medium to reach you for a transaction/business of this magnitude, but this is due to Confidentiality and prompt access reposed on this medium. In unfolding this proposal, I want to count on you, as a respected and honest person to handle this project/transaction with sincerity, trust and confidentiality.
Let me use this opportunity to introduce myself briefly to you. I am General Abdul Aziz Jassem al-Shallal. One of the general that defected from the Syrian Army.
My office monitors and controls the affairs of sensitive institutions including some financial post in my country concerned with foreign contract payments as well..
I am the final signatory to any transfer or remittance of funds moving within banks both on the local and international levels in line to foreigncontracts settlement. I have before me, list of funds which could not be transferred to some nominated accounts as these accounts have beenidentified either as ghost accounts, unclaimed deposits or over-invoiced sum e.t.c. before I defected.
Now listen carefully please. I write to present you to the federal government that you are among the people expecting the funds to betransferred into their accounts. On this note, I wish to have a deal with you as regards to the unpaid certified contract funds.
I have every file before me and the data’s will be changed into your name to enable you receive the fund into your nominated account as thecontractor/beneficiary of the fund amount $20 Million U.S.D.
It is my duty to recommend the transfer of these surplus funds to the government treasury and reserve accounts as unclaimed deposits. I have the opportunity to write you based on the opportunity that the funds was release to my office which I have made deposit into three countries France , United States and Britain namely.
Among several others, I have decided to remit this sum following my idea that we have a deal/agreement and I am going to do this legally. (Note: Nothing about this is legal or legitimate.)
MY CONDITIONS AS FOLLOWS.
1. You will give me 70% at of the total sum as soon as you confirm the total fund in your designated account. 25% will be for you for while 5% should be set aside for any miscellaneous expenses. (Note: If nothing else raises your suspicion, this should.)
2. This transaction must be kept highly secretive as I am still in service to avoid public notice and all correspondence will be strictly by email for security purposes. We will talk on phone partially if any warrant for that.
3. There should be no third parties as most problems associated with fund release are caused by your agents or representative.
If you agree with my conditions, I will intimate you with the procedures to enable me fix your name on the payment schedule instantly to meet the mandate and vital information for you to receive the funds legally from the bank in which country funds has been safely deposited.
I hope you don’t reject this offer as this great opportunity comes but once in one’s entire life.
So many red flags in this one! Have you received it?
Until next time, peace.