I found the following in an email account I had set up for a specific purpose. This account is not used for anything other than that purpose and since I wasn’t wearing my glasses when I set it up, I misspelled my name. No matter, Dr James still sent me this message.
Attn E-mail Address Owner,
Dr Kevin James <k_james90@>
Attn E-mail Address Owner,
Address: Plot 1261, Adela Hopewell Street CO/B/REP, Republic Of Benin.
( 0022966850550 )
Attention: E-mail Address Owner,
Sequel to the meeting held today with Federal Bureau of Investigation, The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is compensating all the scam victims and your name and email address was found in the scam victims list.
However, we have concluded to effect your own payment through Western UnionÂ® Money Transfer, $5,000 daily until the total sum of your compensation fund is transferred to you.
This is your first payment information:
Sender’s First Name: Richard
Sender’s Last Name:Michel
Amount Programmed: $5.000
You are advised to get back to the contact person trough the email below for more direction on how to be receiving your payment
Contact person: . . SIR. INNOCENT JOHNSON
Email address: . .
Tell phone: . . . +22966850550
Director Western Union Money Transfer,
Head Office Benin Republic.
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I’ve removed any email addresses strictly because I’ve had an account shut down by WordPress in the past when I tried to post a similar message with too many links.
Let’s take a look at it. First, it was addressed to “E-Mail Address Owner”, despite the text saying my name had come up in their investigation. Good clue it is a phishing expedition. The poor spelling and grammar are also good indicators the sender does not have you best interests at heart.
There is no mention of just how much money has been allotted for me (although I can guess it is really zero), nor exactly how I got scammed. Since I either delete this type of message or, as in this case, use it as fodder for a blog, I doubt I’ve been scammed by a Nigerian or Benin prince.
Should you choose to actually try to contact “Sir Innocent Johnson”, I’m quite certain you would find him anything but innocent.
Something else in these always acts as a warning to me and that is the fact that so many of them mention they are working with the FBI on resolving the issues. Well, I’m not an American, and could honestly not care less what the FBI does or doesn’t do. I doubt strongly they would really do anything for the benefit of someone who wasn’t an American citizen. So, as I wrote, Dr James: nice try, but no cigar.
If you receive any message of a similar nature, just delete it. The only enrichment taking place will be to the benefit of the senders of the message, not you. It could be your identity, your information, or the contents of your bank account. In any event, just say “no”.