"Nigerian Scam"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Mar 14 18:47:35 UTC 2012

On Mar 14, 2012, at 2:21 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:

> I got a lovely email today purporting to be from an anti-cyberscam
> authority. I clicked it straight into the junk folder, but then thought
> I should take a closer look. It's a classic, but with a new twist. It's
> worth reading through just to catch all the clues as to why it's a
> phishing scam.
> Here it is in full.
>    VS-)

I think it's nice that they point out that "your present transaction could be a Nigerian Scam".  Can't say they didn't warn us!

> Date:     Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:00:14 +0000 (GMT)
> From:     CYBERCRIME JOINT TASK FORCE <cybercrimetaskforce at yahoo.com>
> Reply-To:     jointtaskforce at london.com
> To:     undisclosed-recipients:;
> Attention:
> This email notice is from the Metropolitan Police, United Kingdom,in
> alliance with the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI),United States of
> America.
> This notice is being sent at random, alerting and creating awareness of
> Nigerian Fraud and Scams. Are you a victim to any form of Nigerian Fraud
> or Scam? We receive over a thousand reports about fraud/scams each day, in
> which the crimes are committed by Nigerian living in the United Kingdom,
> United States and the Diaspora, and this as been a major problem for the
> global economy.
> Now, the Metropolitan Police,Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the
> proper authorities in Nigeria such as the Independent Corrupt Practices
> Commission (ICPC), Nigerian Police Force, and the Economic&  Financial
> Crimes Commission (EFCC) are in a joint mission to stop and apprehend any
> defaulter involved in any form of fraud/scam. We urge you to send us an
> email if you are a victim to any form of Nigerian fraud or scam below:
> Typical form of Fraud/Scams:
> 1. Online Dating/Relationships
> 2. Online classifieds/ Marketplaces (eg. Craiglist.org, eBay.com,
> eBid.net, Amazon.com, Kijiji.com, adpost.com.au e.t.c)
> 3. Online Lottery (U.K Lotto, Coca -cola Lottery e.t.c)
> 4. Nigerian Oil and Gas (e.g NNPC, Shell, Mobil e.t.c)
> 5. Next of Kin/ beneficiary (CBN, Mariam Abacha, Prof Charles Soludo e.t.c)
> 6. Online Theft (Bank accounts, Credit Cards, Paypal.com, Alertpay.com,
> Nochex e.t.c)
> 7. False Pet sales, Accommodation rentals including false House sales (e.g
> Craigslist, Houseforrent, Kijiji e.t.c)
> 8. Email account theft (Yahoo, Hotmail/Msn, GMail e.t.c)
> 9. Checks/Cheque Money Order&  A.T.M Fraud
> Note that there are other forms in which Nigerian Fraud and scams can
> occur. Most fraudsters now have accomplice(s) in most western countries to
> help them carry out their fraud such has countries like United Kingdom,
> United States of America and Canada. They use this countries to make their
> fraud convincing since most people are aware of the fraud rate in Nigeria.
> Help us fight against Nigerian Fraud/scam by contacting us about your case
> or that of any relative you have or know that have is a victim to Nigerian
> fraud. Send comments tojointtaskforce at london.com. Your present
> transaction, could be a Nigerian Scam, Beware! Let us investigate your
> transaction to avoid scam.
> Thank you!
> ------------------------------------------------------------
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