Case Study: Advance Fee Scams Tuesday, July 12, 2011 Contributed By: Mark Baldwin Advance fee fraud, sometimes called the Nigerian bank scam, is one of the most common scams on the Internet. I am sure you all have received an email purportedly from a wealthy person located in Africa or Europe who needs your help transferring money into a bank account. The reasons vary for requiring your assistance, but they always promise a large sum of money in return for your help. Recently I received the following email that was an attempt at advance fee fraud: From: “Sherer, Renslow [BSD] – MED” To: “Sherer, Renslow [BSD] – MED” RE: Beneficiary of £7,500,000.00 Dear Beloved, It is by the grace of God that I write you,I am Mrs. Julie Meno,i have a project worth 7.5 Million Pounds.contact me [email protected] The original email came from [email protected], but with a reply-to of [email protected] This is probably a compromised email account that is being used by scammers. I decided to reply to the email and find out exactly how this particular scam worked. I sent a short reply indicating my willingness to help and I quickly received the below email: Dear Beloved, I am Mrs. Julie Meno, the wife of Mr. Mohammed Saha Meno, both citizens of the United Arab Emirates. My husband worked with the Chevron/Texaco in Russia for twenty years before he died in the year 2003.Since his death, I decided not to re-marry. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of 7.5 Million Pounds (Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Pounds)in a Financial House in Europe.The management just wrote me as the beneficiary that the account is DORMANT and if I, the beneficiary of the funds, do not re-activate the account;the funds will be CONFISCATED or I rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf, since I cannot come over. Blessings to you beloved. The words in your response have given me great joy. This is a good work of charity project I have placed in your hands. My dear I will only say to you with reason of my throat cancer I am unable to speak but all I want is that the money is first safe in your account before I meet the Lord so that it can be used for the intended purpose. i have told you in confidence that I want the project to be kept very secret and details of my contact with you should not be disclosed to anybody and this is because my husband’s family might want to do everything to gain possession of this money for their own selfish interest. My dear the financial house in possession of the money is in Europe, the money can be transferred to your account electronically once you activate the DORMANT ACCOUNT and I need the following
details below to send LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION to the financial house in Europe that you are now the sole beneficiary see below: NAME IN FULL: CONTACT ADDRESS: DATE OF BIRTH COUNTRY: TEL:FAX: OCCUPATION: I want you to know now that if the project does not take place it will be your fault as I have done all in my power to see that everything works in the manner that we have discussed.
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