A Collection of Amusing Short Notes

A Collection of Amusing Short Notes

Some mornings we find ourselves faced with the works of creatures who have either little ambition or little imagination. We wonder though, it is that, or have these writers convinced themselves that they are clever again by half and that they need only speak in order to entice victims to flock to them.

In either case, the problem remains the same. As we examine the specimens below, ask yourself in each case, could this be a Fraud?

From: Western Union Services <messinagaetano@fastwebnet.it>
Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2011 8:26 AM
Subject: 156th Anniversary.

You are hereby notified once again, provide the following required information for the transfer of USD 900,000.00 prizes immediately from us.

1.) Bank Name:
2.) Beneficiary:
3.) Account Number:
4.) Bank Address:
5.) Swift Code or Routing Number:
6.) Your Mobile Telephone Number:

ANNIVERSARY DAY
Thank you for using Western Union !

A clever ruse, certain to fool all but the most discerning eye. Do not bother visiting http://www.fastwebnet.it/ , it is a dead-end. While it is true that Western Union is 156 years old, that is the extent of the truth contained in the message. We were not notified previously, so we cannot be notified again. Please, simply ignore the instructions and press delete. It is the best course of action in the face of a Fraud.

Our next quick message is a follows:

From: Aaaaaaa Zzzzzzz [mailto:Aaaaaaa.Zzzzzzz@concordia.edu]
Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2011 12:10 PM
Subject: Reply Via Email untrustfund@w.cn

Your Email just won $650,500.00 US Dollars From  this year 2011 United Nations Trust Funds award contact email for claims  untrustfund@w.cn 

The United Nations appears to employ a vast army of people all around the world, whose only purpose is giving away money. However I doubt that the http://concordia.edu/ employee alleged to have sent this message has any association with the 2011 United Nations Trust Funds, which apparently operates through an email address in China.

No, we are fairly certain that this is a Fraud.

Our next correspondent clearly put two or three minutes into his elaborate plan.

From: borisphilemon@att.net [mailto:borisphilemon@att.net]
Sent: Friday, January 14, 2011 4:54 AM
Subject: Am barr boris 

Your assistance is required in a transaction that worth £4,200,000.00.Contact me if interested.

We consulted with the cat on this one. The cat agreed. This is a Fraud.

Slightly more lengthy, yet no less credible, we offer the efforts of one S.A. (Alex) Flockhart of China and parts unknown.

From: Alex Flockhart [mailto:info@w.cn]
Sent: Friday, January 14, 2011 7:51 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: S.A. Flockhart.(Your Response And Assurance) 

Good Day,
I have a Business Proposal of $24,500,000.00 for you to handle with me
please reply me for more information.Contact me on my email:
alexflockhart56@gmx.com Regards, S.A Flockhart 

We are to be fooled into thinking this is legitimate because it is a business proposal, rather than a gift. Sorry, Alex, we regretfully decline as this is a Fraud.

Next we have two solicitations from a Ms. Grace Yee, whose emergency has little effect on her rapid movements.

From: Grace Yee [mailto:binah@techunix.technion.ac.il]
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 3:16 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Emergency Email

Deal worth US45,275,000.00.Interested?

From: Grace Yee [mailto:ebrennan@peaknet.net]
Sent: Thursday, January 13, 2011 7:32 AM
Subject: Emergency Email 

Deal worth US45,275,000.00.Interested?

In less than three days, Ms. Yee’s emergency has taken her from Israel to Illinois, while still peddling her fortune. We would like to help, but we feel very strongly that this is a Fraud.

Finally, while it is a known fact that Bach had many children, I do not recall mention of his travels to the Orient.

From: PGD Bach Mai [mailto:bachmai@tinnghiabank.vn]
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 1:51 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: you have $250,000.00 Lodged  

RESPOND FOR MORE DETAILS

We do not remember lodging any funds in Vietnam. It is unlikely that we shall respond. We feel very confident in our assessment that this, too, is a Fraud.

We sometimes do not know which alarms us more, that clever thieves such as these lie in wait, or that there are individuals roaming free amongst us who would offer themselves as victims to such clever ploys. We think the latter might be the more horrifying thought.

Tomorrow’s adventures shall take us to South Africa and “The Strange Case of the African Germ Stones” here at HowToSpotAFraud.com.

That is all.

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