One popular “hook” that scammers use to get you talking to them is to claim they have found an abandoned trunk full of money that has your name on it. Would you like this money delivered to you? (Who wouldn’t!) In reality, of course, there is no trunk full of money — there’s just a scammer trying to find a way to pick your pocket. The message below, which was probably sent to tens of thousands of random people this week, is a good example.
Subject: GET BACK TO ME ASAP
From: “Mike Johnson” firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2015
I am Mike Johnson Director Inspection Unit United Nations Inspection Agent in Hartsfield International Airport Atlanta Georgia. During our investigation, I discovered An abandoned shipment through a Diplomat Agent James Duru from United Kingdom which was transferred to our facility here in Atlanta and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box. Please read attached for full details and get back to me as soon as possible.
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