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Gone Phishing in Nigeria

I wish I knew how my email address became so popular!  I get so many emails from people and companies I’ve never had contact with before.  I must be real special.  Fortunately, some are very important, like this one: (the “div id=message>” was part of the email)

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Bank of America Higher Standards

Online Banking Alert

Need additional up to the minute account
information? Sign
in

Your Online Banking is Blocked

Because of unusual number of invalid login attempts on you account, we had to believe that, their might be some security problem on you account. So we have decided to put an extra verification process to ensure your identity and your account security. Please click on sign in to Online Banking to continue to the verification process and ensure your account security. It is all about your security. Thank you. and visit the customer service section.


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Bank of Amer ica , N.A. Member FDIC.
Equal Housing Lender
© 2008 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved

 

I am shocked to hear that my online banking is blocked.  That’s weird because I don’t have online banking and Bank of America is not my bank.  And if they were, they would probably spellcheck any emails they send.  Sadly, I bet some people fall for this.

The next email is one of many like it that I receive every day:

FROM: Mr. Alexander A Flockhart
Email:
alexander_flockhart21@yahoo.com.hk
Dear Friend,
I am Mr. Alexander A Flockhart Assistance Executive Director and Chief
Financial Officer of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd.I have a Secured business
suggestion for you.
Before the U.S and Iraqi war our client Col. Hosam Hassan who was with the
Iraqi forces and also business man made a numbered fixed deposit for 18
calendar months, with a value of Thirty million United State Dollars
($30,000,000.00) only in my branch. Upon maturity several notices was sent
to him, even during the war early this year. Again after the war another
notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later find
out that Col. Hosam Hassan along with his wife and only daughter had been
killed during the war in a bomb blast that hit their home.
After further investigation it was also discovered that Col. Hosam Hassan
did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the Paper
work of his bank deposit. And he also confided in me the last time he was
at my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my Bank. So,
Thirty million United State Dollars ($30,000,000.00) is still lying in my
bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it. What bothers me most
is that according to the laws of my country at the expiration 6 years the
funds will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody
applies to claim the funds.
Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a
foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Col. Hosam Hassan so that you
will be able to receive his funds. Once the funds have been transferred to
your nominated bank account we shall share in the ratio of 60% for me, 40%
for you, Should you be interested please send me information’s
below,
1. Full names and Age
2. Private phone number
3. Current residential address.
I will prefer you reach me on my private Email address  below;
E-mail:
alexander_flockhart21@yahoo.com.hk
And finally after that I shall provide you with more details on this
transaction. Your earliest response to this letter will be highly
appreciated.
Kind Regards,
Mr. Alexander A Flockhart.

 

I guess you don’t have to be a good speller to be the “Assistance Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd.” 

 

If someone can tell me how these people get your email I’d appreciate it. 

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November 8, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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