Another day, another 4.7 million

Sometimes I have to wonder if these scam artists ever check the stuff they send out. This was in my gmail spam this morning:

Mr.Jeffy Anderson <sundayo33@yahoo.cn>
    
09:22 (22 minutes ago)
        
to undisclosed recipients
ups International Benin Lot No. 23 Patte D’Oie 03 BP 2147 Cotonou, Benin Republic.
DHL Express is a well-established company offering courier and transport services 24 hours for priority delivery of letters, parcels and consignments to any destination by r
oad, air or sea.

INSTRUCTIONS TO DELIVER YOUR PARCEL.

Dear Valued Beneficiary your Agent is already in your country.

We wish to inform you that the diplomatic agent conveying your ATM MASTER CARD
valued the sum of $4.7 Million United States Dollars misplaced your address
and he is currently stranded at your international airport right now here his
phone number 917-341-9964

We required you to reconfirm the following information below so that he can
deliver your

ATM CARD to you today at your door step so that you and him can go to your
Bank and make a direct deposit of ATM CARD.

NAME: ==================
ADDRESS: ===============
MOBILE NO.:=============
NAME OF YOUR NEAREST AIRPORT:========
A COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION :===============
YOUR POST OFFICE ADDRESS;P.O BOX;===============

Please do contact the diplomatic agent with the email below with the
information required.
Contact Person : Mr.Jeffy Anderson
EMAIL (diplomatjeffyanderson.agent@yahoo.com)

For security reason read bellow:- I did not let the delivery Agent knows that your
ATM CARD contain the above mentioned amount of United States Dollars and on No
circumstances should you let him know the content is $4.7M USD(CASH). The ATM CARD

was moved from here as family treasures, so never allow him to open the box
until it get

to your base. This is for security reason.
Just supply the above requirement information, and also use the CODE as a
subject matter to him:

ATM MASTER CARD CODE:CAF/XX/05.
Regards
Thanks.
+229-983-89-517
Dr James Stalker

There is so much wrong with this I’m not sure where to start.  I guess from the top down would be good.  Note the email address this was sent from, that it ends “yahoo.cn”.  That “.cn” extension indicates China.  Since the message purports to be from Benin, why would they send an email from China?

Next, we have the standard flag “undisclosed recipients”.  Sure sign the message is either a scam or phishing expedition.  Ask yourself this: If they’re sending me this email, why wouldn’t they address it to me?  Why would they feel it necessary to use a shotgun approach?  That’s like shouting “Hey you!” in a crowd and hoping the right person answers.  No, no.  These people don’t care who answers, they just want your information and/or your money.

Then we have this little gem:  ups International Benin Lot No. 23 Patte D’Oie 03 BP 2147 Cotonou, Benin Republic.
DHL Express is a well-established company offering courier and transport services 24 hours for priority delivery of letters, parcels and consignments to any destination by r
oad, air or sea.

Do you see the problem with this?  If UPS Benin is supposedly involved in this, why are they touting the services of DHL, one of their competitors.  C’mon guys – a little proofreading might help.

What the hell is an “ATM MasterCard”?  Anyone got any ideas?

As for the agent stranded at my international airport, the telephone number they give has a New York City area code.

Note carefully the information they are asking for.  Here’s the list, broken out of the email:
NAME: ==================
ADDRESS: ===============
MOBILE NO.:=============
NAME OF YOUR NEAREST AIRPORT:========
A COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION :===============
YOUR POST OFFICE ADDRESS;P.O BOX;===============

Several problems here.  First, why would they need the name of my nearest airport?  Isn’t their agent stranded there?  Surely he must know where he is.  Next, and this one of the most blatant things I’ve ever seen in a phishing email: A copy of your identification.  One piece of advice: DON’T DO IT!!  To be blunt about it, if you follow that request, you’re a bigger idiot than they think you are.

Notice that at no point in this message do they mention how you came to be the beneficiary of this 4.7 mil.  Surely you’d like to know how you came by this windfall – was it a lottery; rich uncle; sale of property, or some other reason.  Nobody is going to give you money just out of the blue as seems indicated in this message.. Just ain’t gonna happen.

Another clue this isn’t a legitimate message is that “Jeffy Anderson” sends the original email from a China address, yet wants the information sent to a different address.  Why?  Also, I’d have my doubts about trusting a grown man who still goes by “Jeffy”, but maybe that’s just me.  And “Jeffy” needs to learn how to spell “bellow” doesn’t mean anything close to the word he wanted, which would seem to be “below” based on context.

Once again, if you get this email, just delete it.  You aren’t going to get 4.7 million USDollars no matter what you do.  All you’ll do is give them information to create yet another phoney identity for someone.

Lecture over.  Enjoy your week and remember to hug an artist – we need love too.

Cat.

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