|megpie71 (megpie71) wrote,|
@ 2015-07-14 06:40:00
Potential Scam: Mr Yang, Bank of China
Apparently-From: M.H. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: [Bulk] RE : Very Important Information
Addressed to Me: yes
Hello & Greetings of the day to you,
Permit my mode of initial contact with you, it is because my previous letter returned undelivered.
I am Mr Yang, Business Relationship Manager for The Bank of China in Hong Kong, investments unit .
It is essential I confirm you are still at this email address before I divulge exclusive details of the proposal I am offering.
Note: Send your response to my private email : email@example.com or just click "REPLY"
Respectfully & With Honor,
M . H . Yang
I'm listing this one as a potential scam because of the lack of details in there, and because it's appearing out of the blue. Essentially, this one is chumming the waters, fishing for email addresses where someone is "listening" and hopefully curious about the proposal being hinted at. If you reply, your email address is going to be sold on as a "valid" email address, or even better still, as an email address where this sort of thing is read, believed, and followed up on. (Congratulations! You will have just gained the reputation of being a good target for scammers.)
Me, I'm mostly curious why the Business Relationship Manager for the Bank of China in Hong Kong's investments unit would be contacting a suburban housewife in Australia via bulk email, and why the return address I'm supposed to reply to them at is a gmail throw-away address. But I can live without those particular curiosities being satisfied. I suspect the prospect involved would be one of those intriguing offers to have my bank account hoovered out, to do work laundering money for criminal interests, or have my identity stolen, and I'm not overly interested in any of those options. As always, the best tools for resisting scammers are a sense of perspective (an awareness of your place in the scheme of things - why would they be contacting me about this rather than someone else?) and a sceptical mindset.
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