More money I won’t get

Found the following in my gmail spam a short while ago:

Charater Bank of London officefile487@yahoo.cn
    
10:55 (2 hours ago)
        
to undisclosed recipients
OFFICE OF THE MONEY GRAM TRANSFER.
UNITED KINGDOM ENGLAND IN CONJUCTION WITH CHARACTER BANK OF LONDON

Welcome to Wordben London United Kingdom – Republic Of England.
Address: Wales, 71 Queen Victoria Street, London UK
email frankmoore816@yahoo.co.uk

Attention: Beneficiary,

I am Dr Owen Doughlass, the Managing Director of the Standard Charater Bank of London United Kingdom England In conjuction with Money gram headquatter United Kingdom.

After the swearing in of our new Prime Minister, Mr,David Cameroon, held A meeting on the 30th Day of June 2012 at the capital City of England (London). The Purpose of the meeting was to address the spoiled image of our country, the United Nation was so concern about foreigners complaining about their contract /inheritance payment and also some Scam Victims, The government of Royal kingdom of England has sign to fixed the sum of (£1,000,000.00) {One Million British Pounds Only into ATM VISA CARD to pay 100 victims the sum of (£1,000,000.00) {One Million British Pounds each.

Secondly, on the meeting held with all banks including the Standard Charater Bank of London Governor. On the 31th Day of July 2012, your name was listed and approved for this payment as one of the victims and our bank Standard Charater Bank of London was among the listed bank to pay the 100 of you the sum of (£1,000,000.00) {One Million British Pounds each.

We have resolved in finding a solution to your problem, and as you may know, we have arranged your payment of (£1,000,000.00)One Million British Pounds) through our ATM CARD (AUTOMATIC TELLER MACHINE) which shall be deliver to your door step, this is the instruction given by our New Prime Minister (David Cameroon) Royal Kingdom of Enland.

This Bank will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money in an ATM MACHINE in any part of the world. But the maximum is (£15,000) Fifteen Thousand pounds in three transactions per day. However, every other thing has been put in place for safe delivery of the ATM CARD to your Door step.You are hereby advised to stop fast your dealing with any one regards to the issue of inheritance payment, Lottery Payment,Contract Payment/investment of any sort and even some Non-officials in the bank as this is an illegal act now and will have to stop if you wish to receive your payment compensation immediately Via ATM card payment you are advice to get back to this office with the following information’s below so that we can get back to you quickly with full details on how to receive your card.

(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Address where you want the payment center to send your ATM CARD:
(3) Phone and Fax Number:
(4)Occupation
(5)sex/ Age

We shall be expecting to receive your information’s as you are advised to stop any further communication with anybody or office.Find below is the contact person who will handle the shipment of your ATM CARD.

Lastly, in receipt of your email and the required information’s above, I shall forward your file to our International Remittance Department for immediate processing and dispatch of your ATM Card to your nominated address without any further delay.

Best Regards,

Dr. Owen Doughlass,
the Managing Director of the
Standard Charater Bank of London
United Kingdom England.

Registered 2008 – 2009 Money Gram Money Transfer. All Right Reserved This email is intended for the named recipient only and may contain privilage and confidential information. If you have received this email in error, please notify us immediately. Please do not disclose the contents to anyone or copy it to

The first two telltales this is a scam or phishing expedition are that although they claim to be an English bank, the email was sent with a “.cn” extension, which is China and it was sent to “undisclosed recipients”.

Another sign is the atrocious spelling and grammar.  Come on now.  If you are the managing director of a bank, not just in England, but anywhere in the English speaking world, you know how to spell and create a cohesive sentence.  And one more minor point:  If, as claimed, this email is from an English bank, then “center” would have been spelled “centre”, which is the proper English (and Canadian) spelling.  One more good indicator this is not legitimate is they consistently refer to Prime Minister David Cameron as “David Cameroon”.  Further, at least once in this, they refer to the “Republic of England”.  When did England turf the monarchy?  By the way, I removed the name and email of the contact since WordPress seems to object to too many links in a posting (see my posting “WordsupPressed”)

How can they expect to be taken seriously when their message contains so many spelling, grammar and factual errors?

The information they ask for would be sufficient for them to set up an identity using your name and details, which I suspect is the reason behind this message: identity theft.

Why do I say I’m not going to get any money?  Well first of all, I’m not foolish enough to send them any information, or even acknowledge the email; and I’m ignoring their final request “please do not disclose the contents to anyone or copy it to” because I’ve just told all my readers about it.   Oh well, it would have put me in a higher tax bracket anyway.

Enjoy your day and if you get this message, just delete it.

Remember to hug an artist – we need love too.

Cat.

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