This scammer follows the relatively recent trend of brief “hook” messages, in contrast to the old approach of long detailed stories. He also takes the chance of putting the background story in an attachment, which many people will be reluctant to open. Regardless of the packaging, the script is familiar: it’s the old deceased-foreigner abandoned-account scam, known all around the world.
from: cheung eric (firstname.lastname@example.org)
date: Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 7:21 AM
subject: reply asap
please find attached notead for a business proposal worth 15.5musd.contact email email@example.com
The attached text reads:
An iraqi made a fixed deposit of 15.5m usd in my bank branch (Hang Seng Bankhong kong) where i am a director and he died with his entire family in the iraq war leaving behind no next of kin, am ready to share 50/50 with you ifyou choose to stand as my deceased client next of kin.
Pls indicate yourinterest by mailing me at my private email below