Category Archives: scam

Unbelievable twist on an old wheeze

I brought out my editing pen for this scam–it has a headbanger plot point.

Hello,

I am very sorry for contacting you this way, I got your email address on a guest book people search. I am in contact with other 2 partners in india but this 2 partners location in india city is not good for business investment. I am Afghan central bank governor and name is Abdul Qadeer Fitrat. I am having problem with my bank and i am presently in a hiding place and i don’t want to disclose myself to anyone in my country but i need to secure my future by keeping $60,000,000.00 Million in a safe bank account. I can’t do open business with people but i need a secret partner to help and receive this funds for investment.

i will give you my personal bank officer contact details to contact secretly for the claim of $60,000.000.00 Million. You will receive these funds and use it for investment purpose.

I hope I can trust you? When i am in active duties in my bank i transfer $130,000,000.00 Million to an USA trusted partner but this USA partner ran away with my $130,000,000.00 Million and i lost all funds.

Please help me and God bless you.

Yours faithfully,
Abdul Qadeer Fitrat

I think we’ve seen a thousand of these, but I admit, this is the first one I’ve gotten claiming to be Afghani. By itself it’s not enough to lift this scam out of the ho hum, but what caught my eye was his “terrible experience” in trusting people.

Hmm, trusting random strangers worked so well with the first $130,000,000 million (isn’t that bigger than all the world economies plus the national debt? More points off!) that he’s going to try it again!

TSTL protag. Form rejection.

A personalized note for the scam

My inbox had a new variant of an old scam: send a Pandora’s Box of a file disguised as something else. This time, “DHL” is trying to tell me that my package cannot be delivered, and to claim it, I must open this file to get the form.

I hope everyone who’s ever gotten one of these knows better than to click it: all kinds of evil pops out if you do. According to Sophos Security, this file contains Mal/BredoZp-B and Mal/Zbot-FV, capable of allowing remote hackers to steal your information and take control of your Windows PC. Just what would improve your day, right? Sophos reports a huge increase in this kind of attack in the last few months, coming out of Taiwan, Singapore, and Viet Nam.

My inner editor observed the email, and thought, hmm, no spelling mistakes, has a professional look to it, a comforting looking toll free number, a plausible looking tracking number… I’m not expecting a package from anywhere, certainly not from an international carrier. I’ve seen these before in much cruder form, but for grins, I thought I’d try the tracking number, which I pasted in the tracking window at DHL (which I arrived at without clicking anything this email offered me.

*red pen time* DHL tracking numbers are 10 digits. And good luck finding that 800 number, which Pam the fact-checker wanted to compare. It might be there, and it might even be correct, but I don’t plan to grow old searching for it.

If I was indeed expecting a DHL package, I might have considered clicking, but even so, one should never click blindly, but investigate through the carrier’s website using the tracking number.

So, like an anthology submission that doesn’t quite meet the call, this one gets rejected.  Not a form rejection this time, but a nice personalized note, explaining that execution is polished but the plot is trite.