Jan 12 2008

Globe&Post: Spam, scams and Afghanistan

Published by at 12:22 am under Uncategorized

It appears my recent involvement with the Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee has interested certain unethical parties sending me the latest version of the Nigerian bank account spam scam. I’ve copied and pasted the email below for entertainment purposes, since the proposal at least has the benefit of being an inspired piece of creative writing (albeit written all in CAPs. Bad form, really.)

NOTE: For those readers who are so messed up from a Friday night drunk-fest that the statement below appears to be a legitimate and lucrative business opportunity, I stress again that it is a scam. Do not reply to it. However, any law enforcement officials are invited to try to track down the owner of the sender’s email.

STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL, Fund Partnership in Afghanistan/Treat As Confidential. DEAR SIR, WE ARE MEMBERS OF A SPECIAL COMMITTEE FOR BUDGET AND PLANNING OF THE MINISTRY OF WORKS AND HOUSING(FMWH).THIS COMMITTEE IS PRINCIPALLY CONCERNED WITH CONTRACT AWARDS AND APPROVAL.WITH OUR POSITIONS,WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY SECURED FOR OURSELVES THE SUM OF TWO MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS (US$2.5M). THIS AMOUNT WAS CAREFULLY MANIPULATED BY OVER-INVOICING OF THE RECENT CONTRACT AWARDED TO OUR LATE AFGHANISTAN CONTRACTOR MR.MOHAMMAD AKBAR FOR HOUSING AND STADIUM DEVELOPMENT FOR THE COMING AFRICAN NATIONS CUP TO BE HELD IN GHANA COMING JANUARY 2008. BASED ON INFORMATION GATHERED ABOUT YOU, WE BELIEVE YOU WOULD BE IN A POSITION TO HELP US IN DEPOSITING THIS FUND (US$2.5M) INTO A SAFE ACCOUNT FOR INVESMENT IN AFGHANISTAN.IT HAS BEEN AGREED THAT YOU THE OWNER OF THE ACCOUNT WILL BE COMPENSATED WITH 25% OF THE FUNDS,WHILE WE KEEP 70% AS THE INITIATORS AND 5% WILL BE SET ASIDE TO OFFSET EXPENSES AND PAY THE NECESSARY TAXES.WE INTEND TO USE PART OF OUR OWN SHARE TO IMPORT GOOD FROM YOUR COUNTRY AND AS WELL AS INVESTMENT. THIS IS BECAUSE THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT OF MY COUNTRY IS EMPHASISING ON PROVIDING FOOD AND HOUSING FOR ALL ITS CITIZENS BEFORE THIS YEAR ELECTION,HENCE MACHINERY AND CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT ARE IN HIGH DEMAND OVER HERE. ALL MODALITIES OF THIS TRANSACTION HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY WORKED OUT AND ONCE STARTED WILL NOT TAKE MORE THAN THREE (3) WORKING DAYS, WITH YOUR FULL SUPPORT.THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE. IF THIS PROPOSAL SATISFIES YOU,PLEASE REACH US ONLY BY EMAIL FOR MORE INFORMATION WITH YOUR FULL ADDRESS,TELEPHONE NUMBER,FULL NAME AND BANK DETAILS FOR FUND RELEASE. I AM MAKING ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENT THROUGH A BRITISH MILITARY DIPLOMATIC OFFICER WHO CAN DELIVER THE FUND TO YOU IN SINGAPORE OR DUBAI ONCE WE GET THE INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PIN CODE IN GHANA.THIS IS TO SAFE TIME AND HIGH CHARGES IN THE TRANSFER SINCE THE FUND IS DEPOSITED UNDER SUSPENCE ACCOUNT WHICH CAN BE DESPATCHED WITHOUT CONTROL SINCE THE OFFICER HAS IMMUNITY. ADVICE URGENTLY IF WE CAN PROCEED WITH THE TRANSFER OR APPOINT THE DIPLOMATIC AGENT.I NEED YOU TO RECEIVE THIS FUND BY NEXT WEEK.PLEASE,TREAT AS URGENT AND VERY IMPORTANT AS I NEED THIS FUND TO CONTEST FOR MINISTERIAL POST THIS YEAR ELECTION.I HOPE WE CAN HAVE A GOOD INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP. I WILL ATTACH MY INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT ONCE YOU REPLY AND WILL LIKE YOU TO ATTACH ANY OF YOUR IDENTITY AS BOND OF TRUST AND GUARANTEE.PLEASE DO SEND ALL YOUR COMPANY PROFILE SO THAT I WILL SUBMIT AHEAD OF TIME FOR THE ONCOMING MARCH ROAD/HOUSING CONTRUCTION AWARD. YOURS TRULLY, BARRISTER JOHN MENSAH. PRIVATE TELEPHONE:00233 27516 6626. PRIVATE EMAIL:barristermensahchambers1@gawab.com NB:THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE NECESSARY TRANSFER DOCUMENT IS READY TO BE SENT TO YOU ONCE YOU RESPOND.

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  3. Larryon 12 Jan 2008 at 1:30 am

    Get these as often as once a month. The syntax is improving!

    The other slightly more clever scams, have seemingly legitimate bank logos asking for a response to an innocuous question dealing with your account number.

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  5. jnarveyon 12 Jan 2008 at 11:14 am

    I’ve also noticed a slight improvement in the grammar from previous versions, Larry. Spammers may have clued in that high-ranking bank and treasury officials probably don’t write like English-spouting buggy robots. Some basic paragraph splicing might also help their success rate.

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