|megpie71 (megpie71) wrote,|
@ 2016-03-16 07:23:00
|Entry tags:||scam alert: 419 type|
Scam - 419 Type - "Mrs Connie Dutton"
My junk mail folder is filling up with scams again. Oh darn, I shall just have to start writing about them once more.
Oh the hardship.
Today's candidate is a pretty bog-standard 419 scam.
From: MOTHER CONNIE DUTTON (BCNMVM@tntn.jp.tn)
Subject: [Bulk] Hoping to hearing from you soon
Addressed to me: Nope!
I am Mrs. Connie Dutton, I was married to Dr. Van Dutton, who worked with National Iranian South oil company (NISOC) for twenty three years before he died in the year 2006, May be you must have heard about him in the oil firm. We were married for thirty-seven years without a child. He died during one of the war in Iran. He was held hostage and slain to death by protesting youths of the region.
Before his death we were both devoted Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum USD$8,000,000.00 (Eight Million U.S. Dollars) with a bank here in California United States. Presently, this money is still with the bank and the management just wrote me as the beneficiary to come forward to receive the money or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I can not come over.
Presently, I’m with my laptop in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for cancer of the lungs. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only less than (2) two months to live.It is my last wish to see that this money is invested wisely and at the end of every year funds are distributed among charity organization. I want a reliable and honest person that will use this money to reach to the motherless and also less privileges, to reach to the Atlantic hurricane, the sick that has no body to take care of them, the poor and widows and to set up a Cancer research and also help the victims of earthquake in Asia.
If you are willing and honest enough to do my wishes, as soon as I receive your reply I shall direct you to the bank management fordocuments/details of the transaction and guide you through the process. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the new beneficiary of this fund. You are to help me invest this fund into real estate and stocks. You will be entitled to 20% of every profit you make in a year. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated therein.Please do all things possible to make my wish come through. Email:
Hoping to hearing from you soon.
Mother. Connie Dutton
Pennsylvania, United States of America
Tel:(484) 838-6231 Please text only
Okay, scam markers:
1) Long, involved sob story, written in ungrammatical English, and poorly proof-read.
2) Large sum of money (although in these days of low inflation and low investment returns, eight million is pretty small beer).
3) If this woman is such a devoted Christian, why isn't she giving the money to her church? Doesn't she trust her pastor? Why isn't she donating the money (off her own bat) to the various charities which already exist now to serve the causes she's listing? Why isn't she taking this through a professional financial planner or investment adviser, rather than a random chump on the internet?
4) Different addresses in the reply-to field of the sent email, and the body text.
The most sensible option is not to reply to these people at all. This email is basically setting up the sucker for the next move in several con games - and the most likely is the advance fee fraud, where you'll be asked to send an "administration fee" to the scammer (just so they can pass it on to their bank, to get the money to you, you understand). Of course, this first fee won't be enough, and you'll have to send more money to the scammer to cover other fees and charges; and of course, "Mrs Dutton" will probably wind up needing help with her medical costs, because she won't have planned for those; then there's the inevitable point in the whole thing where she dies, and you'll need to pay "funeral expenses" or "death duties" on the money you still won't have received...
As always, these things are designed to hook you through a combination of greed and arrogance. The way to win is not to play. So, don't reply, and pass the message about it being a scam on to all your friends.
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