New to me – child adoption spam

It’s not often that I come across a new spam or scam message, but I was a little thrown by one I received earlier this week.  I know families who adopt and how difficult and expensive the process is.  I know that there are scammers out there looking for prospective victims and am sickened by this message.

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From: Kemi Taiwo (ms.yemit@mail.bg)

Subject:  Child for Adoption

My name is Ms Kemi Taiwo from Delta State, I gave birth to triplet, 3 baby boys at once but I can;t take care of them, am orphan so I ve’ decided to give up the babies for adoption, two has been adopted by different families through the lawyer in-charge remaining one with me. Bear this in mind am not selling my baby but you will paid for adoption fee. Can you adopt and take care of him?

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If you want to adopt, please go through legal means.  Contact a lawyer or agency in your area.  Do not fall for unsolicited messages.  I know how much love you have to give and how much you want a child.  This is not the way.

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Another donation offer from the United Nations

Oy.  Once again, someone is seeking to separate people from their money by offering money.  The United Nations does not donate money to random individuals, but that does not keep spammers from sharing it.  And people still fall for it regularly.  The lure of free money in any economy trumps critical thinking at times.

The grammatical errors are straight from the email itself.

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From:  United Nations (ag_spensar@msn.com)  Note:  I didn’t realize the UN used Msn.com email addresses

Subject:  Message from United Nations

You have been selected as one the beneficiries to receive the sum of $5,000 from the United Nation. This is as part of the ongoing annual monetary donation disbursed by the United Nations to selected lucky individuals from the 36 member state of the United Nations. While some beneficiaries of this gesture receives the sum of $1,000 some are much more luckier to receive as much as $50,000 depending on which group the recipient was picked from. The United Nations each year disbursed well over $100,000,000 to different individual beneficiaries across the governing States of the United Nations. The motive of this donation is to provide financial empowerment to enable beneficiaries meet their immediate family and economic needs.It also provide an enterprises that will boost their economic and consumption activities and help reduce their vulnerability and widespread poverty. It also aimed to improve the health of their families,and/or take on new activities that will enhance their standard of living. The United Nations has successfully empowered more than 20,000 selected beneficiaries across the world since 2010. All the lucky beneficiaries were selected randomly through email balloting from over one million emails extracted from the the web. All payment has been approved to be disbursed to the different beneficiaries through a cashier cheque. To receive your check,please be advised to contact the payment processing agent,Mr Mark Adams immediately on markadams63@hotmail.com for further detailing. Sincerely, Ms.Agnes Spensar Public Relation officer United Nations Organization(UNO) New York, NY 10017, United States

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When the UN comes out and states that these types of messages are fraudulent, you’d think the scammers would try something different.  It’s shameful, pathetic, and scummy.

Be safe.

Mr. Antionette has urgent news

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.

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From:  Mr. Antoinette (imfoffice@petal.org)

Subject:  Urgent Response…… (Note:  The ellipsis abuse is his)

 Attention:

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.

Thanks,

Mr. Antoinette.

This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.
https://www.avast.com/antivirus

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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.

Avoid.  Delete.

See you soon.

This FBI investigation scam is a doozy

Scammers are wising up to the fact that many potential victims are smarter than they used to be.  They’re tweaking their messages in hopes of fooling the smarter folks.  They choose business names close to well-known business’ names, use real names of government officials, and use names and spoofed letterheads of government agencies in their approach.  One I received today made me giggle more than it annoyed me.  Let me know if you respond the same way.

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From:  info@fbi.org

Subject: Spam Federal Bureau of Investigation F B I

Anti-Terrorist And Monetary Crimes Division
FBI Headquarter, Washington, D.C.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation,Washington, D.C.
J.Edgar Hoover Building 935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
 Nw Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
www.fbi.gov

ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY

This e-mail has been issued to you in order to Officially inform you that we have completed an investigation on an International Payment in which was issued to you by an International Lottery Company. With the help of our newly developed technology (International Monitoring Network System) we discovered that your e-mail address was automatically selected by an Online Balloting System, this has legally won you the sum of $50 million United State Dollars USD from a Lottery Company outside the United States of America. During our investigation we discovered that your e-mail won the money from an Online Balloting System and we have authorized this winning to be paid to you via INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT.

Normally, it will take up to 5 business days for an INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT by your local bank. We have 
successfully notified this company on your behalf that funds are to be drawn from a registered bank within the worldwinde, so 
as to enable you cash the check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $50 million United State Dollars USD has been deposited with IMF.We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to receive the winning 
prize as we have verified the entire transaction to be Safe and 100% risk free, due to the fact that the funds have been 
deposited with IMF you will be required to settle the following bills directly to the Lottery Agent in-charge of this transaction 
whom is located in USA, UNITED STATE OF AMERICA. According to our discoveries, you were required to pay for the 
following,

(1) Deposit Fee's ( IMF INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE )
(2) Shipping Fee's ( This is the charge for shipping the Cashier's Check to your home address)

The total amount for everything is $410.00 We have tried our possible best to indicate that this $410.00 should be deducted 
from your winning prize but we found out that the funds have already been deposited IMF and cannot be accessed by anyone 
apart from you the winner, therefore you will be required to pay the required fee's to the Agent in-charge of this transaction In 
order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the agent in-charge ( Mr Alfred Dye) via e-mail. Kindly 
look below to find appropriate contact information:

CONTACT AGENT NAME: Mr Alfred Dye
E-MAIL: sales@mrcoduk.com

You will be required to e-mail him with the following information:

FULL NAME:
ADDRESS:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP CODE:
DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER:
OCCUPATION:

You will also be required to request Western Union or Money Gram details on how to send the required $410.00 in order to immediately ship your prize of $50 million USD via INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT from IMF, also include the following transaction code in order for him to immediately identify this transaction : EA2948-910.

This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $410.00 ONLY to Mr David Dye via information in which he shall send to you,

Mr.James Comey
Director Office of Public Affairs
Federal Bureau of Investigation F B I
Yours in Service,Photograph of Director
www.fbi.gov

So many names, so many lies.  And holy run-on sentences, Batman!  In this scam, the intended beneficiary is required to send money in order to receive money. The victim sends the money and that’s hopefully the end of it. This is the standard inheritance scam with a twist.

So, did it make you giggle or annoy you?  Have you received this one or another like it?

Not a good day, Mr. John David

So, here’s news of another fund that I supposedly have access to.

From:  John David (jshinc@cjw.com)

Subject:  Good Day

I am John David the personal lawyer to Christine Lagarde Managing director International monetary fund IMF in UK. I know this will come to you as a surprise but it is a blessing for life and this transaction will be beneficial to you even on your retired days and you will be grateful to me for the rest of your life. During my investigation, I discovered funds that have been seized through the past government but due to my position now, I have discovered and confirmed that it can be released to you without any hitches. You are very lucky for me contacting you now because this is the best time to accomplish this transaction. This is an opportunity that comes which I cannot afford to lose because it is painful when you do not utilize a real opportunity. The details of the fund will be disclosed to you once you reply and bear in mind that your name will be used as the true beneficiary to the fund.

Mr. John David
Personal Lawyer and chief spokesman of Managing director (IMF)
Contact me directly on the email: jdavid123121234@gmail.com

So, is John David the lawyer for the Managing Director or is he the Managing director?  He isn’t quite clear as far as his position, but it is clear that this is a scam.  Have you received this one?