SPAM of the Day – A Classic Nigerian Scam

I am continually amazed at some of the email-based social attacks that I see, sent either to me or one of my friends and family.  Some are so outrageous, it is hard to believe anybody could fall for them, but on the other hand … what if it were true that someone left me money – isn’t worth just one little check?  And therein lies the hook.  When someone is phishing, they just want a nibble.

Wondering how these scammers get their email targets?  It is not that hard – have your friends read about E-mail address harvesting and advise them to think about this the next time they consider sharing their E-mail address on a web site or in a job posting.

I thought it might be fun and interesting to share some of the unwanted emails I see periodically. 

This is a real one that was sent to my wife in mid-February.

From: “MR.LAMIDO SANUSI”<email deleted>
Date: February 13, 2010 1:12:57 AM PST
Subject: Your kind Attention: Beneficiary, Call me at +2348080754902 for more information.

My Name Is Mr. Lamido Sanusi. I Am The Governor Central Bank Of Nigeria.  This Is To Notify You That Your Over Due Inheritance Funds Has Been Gazzeted To Be Released To You Via The Foreign Remmitance Department Of Our Bank.

Meanwhile, A Woman Came To My Office Few Days Ago With A Letter, Claiming To Be Your Representative And Sent By You.  If she is not your reprsentative or sent by you, kindly respond immediately reconfirming to me the following details to avoid any mistake.
+ Full name
+ Full residential contact address
+ Direct telephone number number
+ Age and current occupation
+ Copy of your identification if available.

However, We Shall Proceed To Issue All Payments Details To The Said Mrs. Barbara Kleihans If We Do Not Hear From You Within The Next Three Working Days From Today. Await for your prompt response


Mr. Lamido Sanusi

Reply-To: <deleted – a different email!>

Note that Nigeria has recently started an aggressive campaign against “Nigerian scams” aka as 419 scams,

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Jeff Jones

Principal Cybersecurity Strategist

Jeff Jones a 27-year security industry professional that has spent the last decade at Microsoft working with enterprise CSOs and Microsoft's internal teams to drive practical and measurable security improvements into Microsoft products and services. Additionally, Jeff analyzes vulnerability trends Read more »