This scam message tries to hook you by employing reverse psychology and playing on your own annoyance at email scammers (call it a meta-scam). You can’t stand scammers, right? Well it’s good to see them get their comeuppance. The British High Commission and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit have confirmed that you have been the target of scammers, and would now like to reimburse you. In fact they already tried, but couldn’t get in touch with you. Would you kindly get in touch with them?
from: ROBERT DEWAR (firstname.lastname@example.org)
date: Fri, Feb 24, 2006 at 2:59 PM
subject: Robert Dewar(BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION)
BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION
Aguyi Ironsi Street,
Maitama District, Abuja.
The BRITISH High Commission in Nigeria,Benin Republic,Ghana and Bokinafaso received a report of scam against you and other British/US citizens and Malaysia,Etc. whom the country of Nigeria/Benin,Bokinafaso And Ghana have recompensed you due to meeting held with Four countries Government and the world high commissions against fraud activities by the Four country Citizens
Your name was among those scammed as listed by the Nigeria Financial Intelligent Unit (NFIU). A re compensation has been issued out in ATM DEBIT CARD to all the affected victims and has been already in distribution to all the bearers. Your ATM CARD was among those that was reported undelivered as at last Friday and we wish to advise you to see to the instructions of the Committee to make sure you receives your ATM CARD immediately for your usage.
NFIU further told us that the use of Nigeria Couriers and the Benin was abolished due to interception activities noticed in the above mentioned courier services in Benin,Nigeria and Ghana and thereby have made a concrete arrangement with the DHL Courier Company for a safe delivery to your door-step once the beneficiary meets up the demand of the conveyance.
We advise that you do the needful to make sure the NFIU dispatches your recompense on Friday. You are assured of the safety of your ATM CARD and availability and be advised that you should stop further contacts with all the fake lawyers and security companies who in collaboration scammed you. Call me at: +234 8035148270 immediately to check if the delivery date suits you.
Your Full Name:………………….
Your Delivery Address………………..
Your phone Number………………….
Your occupation ……………………
Mr. Robert S, Dewar
BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONS
As is often the case, this message uses the names of real people and offices to make the scam appear authentic. There is a real Robert Dewar who is indeed a British diplomatic official in Nigeria. But he of course has nothing to do with this scam — why would he be sending official messages from a free sify.com address, and asking you to reply to another free address at yahoo.com.hk? And you’d think he’s have a better command of English grammar, too. Keep an eye out for clues like that and you’ll be able to avoid the scammers’ traps.