Ambiguous Ambassadors

Ambiguous Ambassadors 

We were visited again by representatives of the Department of Redundancy Department. This time they dressed up as a pair of American Ambassadors both named Thomas Foley.

We present the message below with common elements in basic black, version one’s text in a brilliant blue and version two’s text in a ravishing red. Look closely as the differences are subtle.

Subject: UNITED STATE OF AMERICA AMBASSADOR
From: AMBASSADOR thomas foley [madeleinesheila.2011@rediffmail.com]
From: AMBASSADOR thomas foley.
To: undisclosed recipients:

UNITED STATE OF AMERICA AMBASSADOR
FROM US AMBASSADOR Thomas C, Foley.
US AMBASSADOR TO BENIN
11 GARKI ROAD COTONOU
COTONOU, BENIN

ATTN:
I SHALL BE COMING TO YOUR COUNTRY FOR AN OFFICIAL MEETING ON THURSDAY AND I WILL BE BRINGING WITH YOUR FUNDS OF $10M ALONG WITH ME BUT THIS TIME I WILL NOT GO THROUGH CUSTOMS BECAUSE AS AN AMBASSADOR TO BENIN, I AM A US GOVERNMENT AGENT AND I HAVE THE VETO POWER TO GO THROUGH CUSTOMS. AS SOON AS I AM THROUGH WITH THE MEETING I SHALL THEN PROCEED TO YOUR ADDRESS. (SEND YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER AND THE ADDRESS WHERE YOU WANT ME TO BRING THE PACKAGE).

YOU HAVE REALLY PAID SO MUCH IN THIS DELIVERY THAT MAKES ME WONDER. YOU ARE A VERY LUCKY PERSON BECAUSE I SHALL BE BRINGING IT MYSELF AND THERE IS NOTHING ANYONE CAN DO ABOUT IT.

YOUR PACKAGE($10M) MUST BE REGISTERED AS AN AMBASSADORIAL PACKAGE FOR ME TO DEFEAT ALL ODDS AND THE COST OF REGISTERING IT IS $87 / $95 .THE FEE MUST BE PAID IN THE NEXT 12 HOURS VIA WESTERN UNION SO THAT ALL NECCESSARY ARRANGEMENT CAN BE MADE BEFORE TIME WILL BE AGAINST US.

SEND THE FEE VIA WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER
RECEIVER’S NAME:===========OBUNSO BENJAMINE
ADDRESS:================= BENIN REPUBLIC
TEXT QUESTION:=============== IN GOD?
ANSWER: =================WE TRUST
AMOUNT =============$87 / $95

AS SOON AS YOU SEND THE FEE MAKE SURE YOU SEND ME THE PAYMENT INFORMATION. MY FLIGHT IS THURSDAY AND I EXPECT YOU TO COMPLY BEFORE THEN SO THAT THE DELIVERY CAN BE COMPLETED. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLY, THEN IT WILL NOT BE MY FAULT IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR PACKAGE.

MY EMAIL(unttedstateofamericaambassador@yahoo.es)
AMBASSADOR thomas foley

Well, what are we to make of this. Should we rush out to send our $87 or $95 to OBUNSO BENJAMINE of Benin or should we investigate further.

Just to be safe, why don’t we investigate. This could very easily be a Fraud.

Subject: UNITED STATE OF AMERICA AMBASSADOR
From: AMBASSADOR thomas foley [madeleinesheila.2011@rediffmail.com]
From: AMBASSADOR thomas foley.
To: undisclosed recipients:

Ambassador Foley seems to have hired two ghostwriters to pen his tome; or has something else taken place. Could there be two Ambassador Thomas Foleys?

Surprisingly, the answer is yes, although we doubt that either of them are aware of these emails. Please meet Ambassador Thomas Foley, former Ambassador to Japan and Ambassador Thomas Foley, former Ambassador to Ireland. When last we consulted our map, Benin was not in Japan. Neither was it in Ireland.

UNITED STATE OF AMERICA AMBASSADOR
FROM US AMBASSADOR Thomas C, Foley.
US AMBASSADOR TO BENIN
11 GARKI ROAD COTONOU
COTONOU, BENIN

While there is a city of Cotonou in Benin, Garki Road is nowhere to be found.

ATTN:
I SHALL BE COMING TO YOUR COUNTRY FOR AN OFFICIAL MEETING ON THURSDAY AND I WILL BE BRINGING WITH YOUR FUNDS OF $10M ALONG WITH ME BUT THIS TIME I WILL NOT GO THROUGH CUSTOMS BECAUSE AS AN AMBASSADOR TO BENIN, I AM A US GOVERNMENT AGENT AND I HAVE THE VETO POWER TO GO THROUGH CUSTOMS. AS SOON AS I AM THROUGH WITH THE MEETING I SHALL THEN PROCEED TO YOUR ADDRESS. (SEND YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER AND THE ADDRESS WHERE YOU WANT ME TO BRING THE PACKAGE).

Ambassador Foley seems to have disowned us or perhaps misplaced us. Perhaps he’s angry at the United States. We cannot think of any reason to state that he’s coming to our country as if it’s somehow our fault.

YOU HAVE REALLY PAID SO MUCH IN THIS DELIVERY THAT MAKES ME WONDER. YOU ARE A VERY LUCKY PERSON BECAUSE I SHALL BE BRINGING IT MYSELF AND THERE IS NOTHING ANYONE CAN DO ABOUT IT.

We have no idea what he’s talking about here but suspect that he may have hired a child to ghostwrite for him.

YOUR PACKAGE($10M) MUST BE REGISTERED AS AN AMBASSADORIAL PACKAGE FOR ME TO DEFEAT ALL ODDS AND THE COST OF REGISTERING IT IS $87 / $95 .THE FEE MUST BE PAID IN THE NEXT 12 HOURS VIA WESTERN UNION SO THAT ALL NECCESSARY ARRANGEMENT CAN BE MADE BEFORE TIME WILL BE AGAINST US.

We are a bit confused by the price increase. Is inflation running rampant in Benin this season? We are also confused as to why a United States Ambassador has to pay an African organization to register a package and why he would choose Western Union as his payment agent. Surly he must have access to other means as an Ambassador, even if he’s only the alleged Ambassador to Benin, although the Ambassador to Benin at the moment is James Knight.

SEND THE FEE VIA WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER
RECEIVER’S NAME:===========OBUNSO BENJAMINE
ADDRESS:================= BENIN REPUBLIC
TEXT QUESTION:=============== IN GOD?
ANSWER: =================WE TRUST
AMOUNT =============$87 / $95

One might think that a person powerful enough to extort $87 or $95 from an American Ambassador would surface during a Google search, but he doesn’t.

AS SOON AS YOU SEND THE FEE MAKE SURE YOU SEND ME THE PAYMENT INFORMATION. MY FLIGHT IS THURSDAY AND I EXPECT YOU TO COMPLY BEFORE THEN SO THAT THE DELIVERY CAN BE COMPLETED. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLY, THEN IT WILL NOT BE MY FAULT IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR PACKAGE.

Oh right, blame us if it all falls apart, as if there’s nothing else that could go wrong.

MY EMAIL(unttedstateofamericaambassador@yahoo.es)
AMBASSADOR thomas foley

Surprisingly both of the incoming emails used the same contact address, which comes from Yahoo in Spain.

Sorry Ambassador Foley, we’re busy on Thursday and must respectfully decline your offer. We are having the cat bronzed and expect to be busy as the cat has expressed a severe disinterest in the procedure.

When Ambassador Foley contacts you, tell him to go away. Better still, tell him nothing. Just delete the message. Once again, this is a Fraud.

Come back again for “The Scrounged Jewels of London” here at HowToSpotAFraud.com.

That is all.

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