Email Scammers Threaten to Have Me Charged with Money Laundering

image I’m use to receiving scam emails (up to 10 a day), which attempt to entice me into divulging personal information with all sorts of promises of quick money – if only I complete a particular task. A task which always involves me having to spend money.

Generally, these types of emails , while they may be designed to cheat the unwary, are helpful in the extreme; paving the way to illusive riches with a detailed list of easy to follow instructions. The type of email I like to call – “the wolf in sheep’s clothing” email.

But, in a spam scam email I received this morning, the scammers have abandoned this helpful attitude and instead, have resorted to intimidation and threats.

Here are the highlights of this threatening email:

We, office of the international police association (IPA) hereby write to inform you that we caught a diplomatic lady by the name Mrs. Vernon Wallace at (John F Kennedy International Airport ) here in New York with a consignment box filled with United States Dollars.

She said that the consignment box belongs to you and that she was sent by one Edward Luis to deliver the consignment box to your doorstep not knowing that the content of the box is money.

In this regards you are to reassure and prove to us that the money you are about to receive is legal by sending us the Award Ownership Certificate showing that the money is not illegal.

The Award Ownership Certificate must to be secured from the office of the Nigerian Senate President … this is because the fund originated from Nigeria.

Furthermore, we are giving you only but 3 working business days to forward the requested Award Ownership Certificate … if you didn’t come up with the certificate we shall confiscate the funds into World Bank account then charge you for money laundering.

I think these scammers have watched one too many movies.

I know that you won’t be deceived by this type of clumsy attempt to defraud, but you would be surprised how often reasonably intelligent people are. Believe it or not, there are some people, somewhere, who will believe this nonsense.

Be kind to your friends, relatives, and associates, particularly those who are new Internet users, and let them know that there is an epidemic of this types of scam on the Internet. In doing so, you help raise the level of protection for all of us.

As well, ask your friends, relatives, and associates to keep the following tips in mind while on the Internet:

Don’t click links in emails or social networking sites. If they come from a known source, type them on the browser’s address bar. If they come from an untrusted source, simply ignore them.

Don’t open emails that come from untrusted sources.

Don’t run files that you receive via email without making sure of their origin.Keep your computer protected.

Install a security solution and keep it up-to-date.

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16 responses to “Email Scammers Threaten to Have Me Charged with Money Laundering

  1. Bill,
    Thanks for sharing. After reading your post, particulalrly the part ” there are some people, somewhere, who will believe this nonsense” It occured to me that you’re right, these Nigerian money transfer/laundering scam mails have been around a long time; and they wouldn’t be if they weren’t generating money for the senders.
    Best,
    Paul

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Paul,

      Yes, there’s no doubt these scams are highly successful. Even minuscule percentages count, when one considers the Billions of these things that go out every day. Mucho dinero!

      Nice to see you visit.

      Best,

      Bill

  2. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    These people really are a laugh. But they are dangerous too. I don’t even use an email client anymore, all email is checked on the web. I can’t see the point in downloading potentially dangerous files, at least by doing webmail there is a little extra protection.

    Cheers

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Mal,

      I’m with you – Webmail is the way to go.

      Dangerous and funny at the same time, you called that right. What a paradox!

      Best,

      Bill

  3. Hi Bill,

    This is funny to me but may be cruel for some one else. It looks like spammer really love “Nigeria” word, may be that’s the magic keyword for them. I lately saw, most of the spammer use “Nigeria” word at least one place of their email.

    Arafat

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Arafat,

      You’re right – this type of email could be very cruel in certain parts of the world.

      Almost all of these types of email come from Nigeria so it’s not surprising to see Nigeria referenced.

      Good to hear from you.

      Bill

  4. Liam O' Moulain

    Scary stuff Bill. Especially for people who live in countries who are suspicious of the cops.

    Liam

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Liam,

      I though of that as well.

      I’m sure there are countries where this type of email could be very intimidating.

      Bill

  5. David

    Comment for Mal … You can still use an email client and still get your webmail provider (e.g. Gmail) to take out all the spam that it detects – never even makes it as far as your email client – Best regards / David.

  6. Hey Bill,
    In one of my email providers, my incoming mails just stopped one by one. I don’t open and read scaremails so I’m not really sure if this was a technical glitch or a case of hijack which isn’t likely since I don’t receive any ‘ransom’ mail message like the one you sampled.

  7. Ranjan

    No wonder if i ever get a mail claiming to be sent from president of countries… :P

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Ranjan,

      You’re an important fellow, so I can understand why Presidents send you emails. :)

      Bill

  8. Ranjan

    Lol… Actually Bill, i meant that it may happen in near future and not just me, everyone…
    Infact, you could be the first… :P

  9. The just phishing is very primitive.
    Also, I received many e-mails from Nigeria.
    Recently broken Polish language from the Chinese people … the alleged Polish bank.
    But contrary to appearances, people are giving us at faith-np.e of ensuring an attractive loan money, an ultra percent.
    And so she lost the 100 thous.zl (about 33 thousand dollars).
    Hey.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Robert,

      That is too funny! Broken Polish from China offering you $33,000. :)

      That certainly proves that spam is an international business.

      Thanks for this.

      Best,

      Bill

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