Fred Williams, ECOWAS Officer (scam alert)

This scam email uses a standard manipulation strategy: “We are sending you this message because you have failed to reply to our earlier messages.” The scammer has $7.5 million for you, you see, and is waiting to give it to you, but you just won’t answer. What is wrong with you?

But ask yourself: Why would a group of people in West Africa be trying to send money to you? (Answer: They aren’t — they are trying to steal money from you.)

Sender: kc_sk66@yahoo.co.jp
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015
From: Fred Williams ekobuz@gmail.com
Reply-To: Fred Williams atmdeliveryunit@hotmail.com
Subject: Attn: The Owner of this E-mail ID

Attn: The Owner of this E-mail ID,

Your Name And Your Contact Details Was Given To This Office In Respect Of Your Total inherited/Compensation Sum Owed To You Which You Have Failed To Claim Because Of Either Non-Compliance Of Official Processes Or Because Of Your Unbelief Of The Reality Of Your Genuine Payment.

We Wish To Bring To You The Solution To This Problem. Right Now We Have Arranged Your Payment Through Our Swift Card Payment Centers, That Is The Latest Instruction From Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) This UBA ATM payment Center Will Send To You An ATM VISA Card Which You Will Use To Withdraw Your Money In Any ATM Machine In Any Part Of The World, So If You Like To Receive Your Fund In This Way, Please Let Us Know By Contacting Us Back on the following information:

CONTACT: Kenneth Johnson.
PHONE NUMBER: +22968674112

And Also Send The Following Information As Listed Below.

1. Full Name
2. Phone And Fax Number
3. Delivery address
4. ATTACH COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION/ If any available

We Have Been Mandated By The ECOWAS Parliament To Issue Out $7.5million USD in your favor This fiscal year. Also For Your Information, You Have To Stop Any Further Communication With Any Other Person(S) Or Office(S) To Avoid Any Hitches In Receiving Your Payment.

Note That Because Of Impostors, We Hereby Issued You Our Code Of Conduct, Which Is (ATM-202) So You Have To Indicate This Code When Contacting The Card Center By Using It As Your Subject.
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AS SOON AS I CONFIRM THE REQUIRED INFORMATION I WILL DIRECT YOU ON HOW TO PROCEED ON IMMEDIATE DISPATCHING OF YOUR ATM CARD PAYMENT.
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Respectfully,

Fred Williams.
ECOWAS Officer.

In truth, this is just a standard “419” advance fee scam. If you make the mistake of replying to “Fred Williams” or “Kenneth Johnson” they will string you along until they have convinced you to pay an assortment of “taxes” or “fees” in order to release your supposed payment, and then they’ll disappear, never to be heard from again.