It’s been a minute since I’ve posted, eh? The past couple of weeks have flown by in a blur, but that hasn’t stopped scammers and spammers. Things are finally quieting down in my neck of the woods, so things will go back to the normal schedule.
While I was away, Mr. Antoinette sent several urgent messages, and all made it to my spam folder. Once you read one, you’ll see why.
From: Mr. Antoinette (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Urgent Response…… (Note: The ellipsis abuse is his)
I am Mr. Antoinette of I M F Head Office.
Your email appeared among the beneficiaries, who will receive a part-payment of your contractual sum of 8. 5 Million US Dollars and has been approved already for months. You are requested to get back to
me for more direction and instruction on how to receive your fund. However, we received an email from one Mrs. Virgie Brown who told us that she is your next of kin and that you died in a car
accident last week. She has also submitted her account for us to transfer the fund to her. We want to hear from you before we can make the transfer to confirm if you are dead or not.
Please in confirmation that you are still alive, you are advised to reconfirm the below listed information to enable us facilitate an
immediate payment for you. (Note: The spacing errors are his)
1 Your f ull names
2 Your present contact a ddress.
3 Your t elephone & Fax numbers.
4 Your O ccupations/age/sex.
5 Your Private E mail Address.
Once again, I apologize to you on behalf of I M F (International Monetary Funds) for failure to pay your funds in time, which according
to records in the system had been long overdue.
This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.
I love how the message about the virus check is included; as if that’s somehow supposed to make this message legitimate. International Monetary Fund scams have been around for years. The game is the same; either you are the long lost relative of the deceased or the person contacting you wants to split ill-gotten proceeds.
See you soon.