Today’s Scam of the day comes from a regular Scamicide reader and is another version of the Nigerian email scam that continues to plague the online community. Although it may seem that the Nigerian email scam began in the era of the Internet, the origin of the scam actually goes back to 1588 when it was known as the Spanish Prisoner Scam.  In those days, a letter was sent to the victim purportedly from someone on behalf of a wealthy aristocrat who was imprisoned in Spain under a false name.  The identity of the nobleman was not revealed for security reasons, but the victim was asked to provide money to obtain the release of the aristocrat, who, it was promised, would reward the money-contributing scam victim with a vast reward that included, in some circumstances, the Spanish prisoner’s beautiful daughter in marriage.

In the most common versions of this scam circulating on the Internet today, you are promised great sums of money if you assist a Nigerian or someone elsewhere in his effort to transfer money out of his country.  While we refer to this type of scam as the Nigerian Email Scam, as indicated in the email below, not all versions of this scam have a connection to Nigeria.  Common variations of the scam include the movement of embezzled funds by corrupt officials, a dying man who wants to make charitable gifts, or a minor bank official trying to move the money of deceased foreigners out of his bank without the government taking it.  The example below of the email  received by a Scamicide reader is an incredibly confusing and inconsistent missive that doesn’t really do a very good job of indicating the basis for the more than 10 million dollar payment described in the email.   In most variations of this scam, although you are told initially that you do not need to contribute anything financially to the endeavor, you soon learn that it is necessary for you to contribute increasingly large amounts of money for various reasons, such as fees, bribes, insurance or taxes before you can get anything.  Of course, the victim ends up paying money to the scammer, but never receives anything in return.

Here is a copy of the email presently circulating:

From: “James Jay Dreibelbis” <chiklowuchiklowu123456@gmail.com>
To:
Sent: Sat, Oct 9, 2021 at 11:43 AM
Subject: Attention: Please!!!,
Attention: Please
We got information from Mr. David that you are dead as he claim to be
your next of Kin. he send a request to transfer your fund to him, he
claim that you got yourself in car accident and die on the way to
hospital
Here is her account information where she instructed us to transfer
your fund, $10,500,000.00 USD as your next of Kin.
Account Info
Account Name: David George
Bank name: Bank of America
Account number:6540988760
Check Account.
But we want to confirm that you are dead before we proceed to transfer
the money to him. Please if you are not dead try to reply immediately,
So that we should cancel every communication with Ms. Linda Wells and
arrest her for trying to claim your fund.
Please try to reconfirm your information below
Full Name==
Address===
Phone number===
Please reply now if you are still alive.
Thanks and God bless.
Yours sincerely.
Phone: +1 (917) 725-2316
James Jay Dreibelbis
President CEO at Woodforest National Bank

TIPS

This is a simple scam to avoid.  It preys upon people whose greed overcomes their good sense.  If you receive such an email, the first thing you should ask yourself is how does this possibly relate to you and why would you be singled out to be so lucky to be asked to participate in this arrangement.  Since there is no good answer to either question, you should merely hit delete and be happy that you avoided a scam.     Often as with this email, the emails are sent from an email address that has no relation to the purported sender which is an indication that the email is being sent through a botnet of hacked computers. The email address of the sender of this email has absolutely no relation to the purported sender of the email. In addition, it is important to note that nowhere in this particular version of the scam email is your name mentioned.   The scam email is obviously being sent out as a mass mailing.
The grammar in this email is quite poor which often is an indication of the email coming from a country where English is not the primary language.  It is also should be noted that although the real Woodforest National Bank is located in Texas, the phone number provided in the email has a New York City area code.
Finally, it is interesting to note that in some instances, the scammers sending these emails intentionally make them completely outrageous such as this one is in order to weed out people who are not the most gullible and greedy so they can focus their attention on those people who  are more likely to respond and fall victim to such obviously ridiculous emails.

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