13 September 2009

I have a package waiting!

Those wacky Nigerian e-mail scammers are always dreaming up crafty new ways to swindle innocent Interneters. Like this message I got this morning on my personal email account:


DATE: 13 Sept 2009.

Dear customer,

You have a Package that is registered with us for shipping. However, the
content is a Bank Draft worth is $886,000 USD (Eight Hundred and Eighty Six
Thousand US Dollars).Reg .Number: P-01-402761625/Reg Date: 09/13/2009.
Your package is registered with us for mailing by your colleague who is
currently undergoing survey project with NNPC (Nigeria National Petroleum
Company). We are sending you this email because your package is registered on a
Special Order. What you have to do now, is to contact our Delivery Department
for immediate dispatch of your package to your residential address. Note: As
soon as our Delivery Team confirms your information, it will take three (3)
working days (72Hrs) for your package to arrive at your designated destination.
For your information, Shipping charges as well as Insurance fees have been paid
by your colleague.
However, the only payment you are to make is £210 GBP to the FedEx Delivery
Department being full payment for Customs Duty Certificate and Tariff. Please
Note: All registered package with us have a time limitation and you are to meet
up with this payment to facilitate immediate attention toward the delivery of
your package. Note: Your colleague did not leave us with any further
We hope that you respond to us as soon as possible because if you fail to
respond until the expiry date of the foremost package, we may refer the package
to the British Commission for Welfare as the package do not have a return
address. Contact the delivery department (FedEx Ship Manager) with the details
given below:
Contact Person: Mr. Richard Raynor
Email: fedex.express_nig@w.cn
Tel: +2348066879532.
Kindly complete the below form. This is mandatory to reconfirm your Postal
address for clarification.
Zip/Postal code:
As soon as your details are received, our delivery team will give you the
necessary payment procedure for Customs Duty Certificate and Tariff. As soon as
they confirm your payment of £210 GBP USD .they shall immediately dispatch your
package to the designated address with the attach Tracking Number. It usually
takes 72 Hours being an express delivery service.
Ensure to contact the delivery department with the email address and ensure to
fill the above form as well to enable successful reconfirmation.
Yours faithfully,
Mrs. .Mary Maxwell
FedEx Management Team.
All rights reserved. © 1996-2009 FedEx.

This message was sent using IMP, the Internet Messaging Program.

Pretty clever, right? The FedEx connection, the copyright at the bottom, the signature of a respectable-sounding matron of management...it's easy to see why some people fall for these scams.

Unfortunately, you have to get up pretty early to fool me, even when you're getting out of bed 8 or 9 hours earlier than I normally would, since you're in Nigeria.


Quel said...

Congrats Dan B for describing this evil scam without using the word "nefarious." I know it was tempting.

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Reminds me of apartment hunting on CL recently.

Dreya said...

Sketch. Who do these Nigerians think they are anyway?

suddenlyshida said...

Am i weird? That "scam alert" graphic makes me so happy.

Quel said...

such a fox affiliate news graphic