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This is a typical business-investment/loan-offer scam message. (Read more about how advance-fee scams of this kind work.) If you make the mistake of replying, the scammer will string you along until you send him an “advance fee” to start the (imaginary) loan going, and then he’ll disappear with your money, never to be heard from again.
Subject: Re: Business Proposal
From: “Richard Metcalf Cohen MBA, PhD.” email@example.com
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2015
Attn: Dear sir/Madam,
We are offering you a business opportunity and providing investment funding in any lucrative business you possess the competence to manage.
We are an angel investment company based in London, United Kingdom and we offer funding in a form of a direct loan at a low interest rate at 5% per annum. We are also open to Joint Venture at 30% Return On Investment (R.O.I) for a period of 5 years with an option for re-investment once both parties involved are satisfied with the profit accrued from the project.
Feel free to send your business plan, executive summary and financial projection for review prior to funding. We are willing to sign a Non Disclosure agreement with you upon request for your protection.
We look forward to doing business with you.
Richard Metcalf Cohen MBA, PhD.
CEO NEWGEN CAPITAL LTD
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A story this week from New Zealand reports on a man who was hooked by a regular email scammer, and after a very long period of contact, during which the man kept giving money to the scammer and still didn’t catch on, he was tricked by the scammer into smuggling a large quantity of illegal drugs into New Zealand.
The relationship between the scammer and this victim started in the usual way. “A ‘Daniel Tucker’ sent an email claiming to work for the United Nations in Nigeria. He told Mr Miranda that the UN had set aside US$8.5 million to repay the $100,000 and use the remaining balance to build an orphanage in New Zealand. The money never arrived.”
Eventually, the victim “was lured to Papua New Guinea on the promise of picking up US$8.5 million in cash. He returned empty-handed — except for some extra luggage, which a man who called himself ‘Daniel Tucker’ asked him to take.” When customs officials X-rayed the luggage they found “1.5kg of methamphetamine hidden in secret compartments in the padding.”
Fortunately in this case, the victim was able to cooperate with authorities and set up the real drug smugglers, who were eventually captured.
Poor Miss Linda Smith! She and her daughter Aishat need your help recovering a fortune in gold dust left to her by a wealthy gold and cocoa merchant who was poisoned by his partners. Such drama! It almost makes you want to reply, just to find out how the story will be spun.
from: Personal Link firstname.lastname@example.org
date: Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 5:26 PM
subject: FROM: Miss Linda Smith,
FROM: Miss Linda Smith,
Dear Friend ,
Greetings.I am Miss Linda Smith , 24, Sierra-leonean , presently based in Cote d’ivoire and was mistress to Mr W.Coulibaly who was a wealthy Gold/Cocoa Merchant.He died on the 8rd October, 2008 and suspected to have been poisoned by his partners in one of his business trips abroad.Upon his death , his extended family drove me and my only daughter,out of the family residence and claimed he had a legally wedded indegineous wife with two children .I am not disputing this and explained that my daughter, Aishat should be allowed to stay but this fell on deaf ears saying my child is an illegimate child because of their greed.I have lost my parents and contact with my extended family who were againt my relationship with Mr W.Coulibaly .Before his death,on the 14th,July,2006,which is the birthday of Aishat,he had given me secretly a certificate of deposit of a financial institution where he had deposited some magnaniuous funds with 96KG of Gold dust and explained all these were deposited as family valuables and none of his family member is aware of this.I am now seeking assistance in order to get this funds/Gold and also seek your advice for any profitable business that I can invest in your country of abode.For your assistance,support and co-operation ,I am ready to offer 25% of the total funds and immediately I read from you will send more information and proofs. I thank you in anticipation.
This is another example of the relatively recent trend toward two-part scam messages. The basic brief email text tries to hook you into reading the long attachment which contains complex details.
It’s a bit surprising that these messages work, since many people have learned not to open unfamiliar attachments. In this case it’s not that the attachment is unsafe in the usual sense (contains a computer virus, for example). The attachment is just a longer explanation of the scam: another abandoned account left behind by a plane crash victim (the ubiquitous Andreas Schranner).
from: Dr.MIKE Tanta email@example.com
date: Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 9:21 AM
subject: ABSA BANK TRANSFER NEXT OF KIN TO THE FAMILY
ATTN: SIR/ MADAM
PLEASE FIND THE MESSAGE IN ATTACH FILE
THANKS WHILE I WAIT TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON
IT IS 100% RISK FREE
GOD BLESS YOU
DR. MIKE TANTA
Address: #18 Commissioner Street.
Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.
Phone:+ 27 837-704-945
I am DR. MIKE TANTA, I’m requesting for a reliable and trusted partner for a highly important and lucrative venture investment, I came across your contact as a reliable partner for this venture. I DR. MIKE TANTA, In charge of Credit and Foreign bills of my Bank, AMALGAMATED BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA (ABSA).
I am writing in respect of a foreign customer of my bank whose name is Mr. Andreas Schranner a citizen of Germany who perished in a plane crash [Concorde Air Flight AF4590] with the whole passengers aboard on 31 July2000. And for your perusal you can view this web site:
Since the demise of this our customer, I personally has watched with keen interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has come to claim his funds of US$25.5M (Twenty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which has been with my branch for a very long time. On this note, I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the Next of Kin as no one has come up to be the next of kin. And the banking ethics here does not allow such money to stay more than nine years, because the money will be recalled to the bank treasury as unclaimed after this period.
In view of this, I got your contact through a trade journal. And I have agreed to give you 30% of the total if you can handle this transaction in ultimate sincerity and secrecy. Upon the receipt of your response, I will send you by fax or e-mail the application, bank’s fax number and the next step to take. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is risk free and that you should not entertain any fear as all modalities for fund transfer can be finalized within five working days, after you apply to the bank as a relation to the deceased. Please reply me true this my private mail for security reason: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please treat this business with utmost confidentiality and send me the Following:
(1) Full names:
(2) Private phone number:
(3) Current residential address:
(5) Age and Sex:
I look forward to your earliest response
Regards and thanks,
DR. . MIKE TANTA Private Mobile+27 837-704-945
Some scammers in their messages adopt the literary strategy of beginning in medias res. “You know that money I was going to send you?” “Um, no, I don’t … but, hmm, you mean you were going to send me money? Um, yeah, I remember now….” They try to take advantage of basic psychology and hope that people will respond claiming to remember the earlier non-existent communications. People who do that are seen right away as easy targets, and the next stage of the scam can begin.
from: Smith Williams email@example.com
date: Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 3:07 PM
subject: I DID NOT FORGET YOUR PAST EFORT THANKS.
I’m happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transfered, i didn’t forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me as of that time.
Now feel free and get in touched with my secretary Mr Collins Doglas in Cotono, Benin Republic on his E-mail address ( firstname.lastname@example.org) Tel +229-98-38-10-76 ask him to send you the total of $1.500,000.00 usd, which i kept for your rewarding for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter.
presently i’m very busy here in Paraguay because of the investment projects which i and the new partner are having at hands.Send to Mr Collins Doglas the listed details below to avoid wrong delivery
1.YOUR FULL NAME
2.YOUR HOUSE OR OFFICE ADDRESS
3.YOUR HOME PHONE NUMBER
4.YOUR MOBILE NUMBER
7.A COPY OF YOU PICTURE TO AVOID WRONG DELIVERY
Hurry up or you will miss your millions! “The only fees you have to pay the DHL Courier Company is ($165usd) for the creating of the Certificate of Origin in your favour before the DHL Company can deliver your consignment box to you.” A mere $165 to receive $8.5 million isn’t bad, is it? Too bad it’s all a scam: there really is no bank draft, no “Mr. Megass,” and no fortune coming your way. There’s just a scammer trying to make a quick $165 from you.
from: John Paul (email@example.com)
date: Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 8:22 PM
subject: CONTACT D.H.L COURIER COMPANY FOR YOUR PACKAGE
I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank Draft of $8.500.000.00 Million United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since for a couple of weeks now. Then I went to the bank to confirm if the draft has expired or getting near to expire and Dr. Eze the Director Bank of Africa told me that before the draft will get to your hand that it will expire. So I told him to cash the (Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars Only) $8.500.000.00 Million UNITED STATES DOLLARS to cash payment to avoid losing the fund.
What you have to do now is to contact dhl Courier Comapny as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your Consignment to you before the expiring date. For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charge.
The only money you will send to the DHL Courier Comapny to deliver your Consignment direct to your postal Address in your country and the only fees you have to pay them is ($165usd) for the creating of the Certificate of Origin in your favour before the DHL Company can deliver your consignmet box to you., I would have paid that but they said no because they don’t know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.
Note: You have to contact DHL Courier now for the delivery of your Consignment box with this information below:
Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and ask them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your package over there and know when it will get to your address.\Let me repeat again try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay to send them the charges for the creaing of Certificate of Origin in your name|favour.
Note :The DHL Courier don’t know the contents of the Box. I registered it as a BOX of Africa cloths. The DHL Courier did not know that the Box contain money. I did this for security reason and to aviod delaying with the BOX . I am waiting for your urgent response.
Please be aware that scammers often use the names of real people and legitimate businesses in their fraudulent messages. Why? To lend an air of legitimacy to their criminal enterprise. Just because the name of a real person or a real bank or a real government agency appears in a scam message that doesn't mean the person or organization in question is involved in the scam in any way. The scammers are just stealing these names in order to make themselves look legitimate.