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Spam Email from the Future!

Last month, during a routine e-mail check, I saw I had a message from a “Captain James T. Kirk.” Now, being a bit of a geek, I immediately thought of Star Trek, which is  the main reason I didn’t delete it immediately, to share with my husband.  We had a good laugh over my e-mail from the 23rd century.  I suppose a real life person could have the same name, but you’d think he would have been teased too much about his fictional counterpart to want to use his full name plus middle initial in this way.

Of course, the real message of the e-mail had nothing to do with Star Trek.  It turned out to be a standard spam/scam e-mail, along the lines of the old “Nigerian” prince scams, but it tried to give itself a kind of validity by  claiming to be from a US Army captain in Afghanistan, who wished to send me $10,500,000.  All he needed were my bank account details and personal phone number  😯 Now, being an Army wife, I do know a lot of servicemen who have served there, so many of the details of the sender’s “service” sounded particularly bogus.  For one thing,  the “captain” claimed he was using his “official” e-mail:  a G-mail account.  Soldiers have Army e-mail accounts that have nothing to do with Google.

Adding a final note of absurdity of the whole thing was the closing line, asking me not to respond to the official e-mail address, but to his “private” e-mail, instead — which just happened to be completely identical to his so-called official one.

Sounds to me like this particular spammer is just a little bit confused… 😉


What do those three have in common?  They’re all part of yet another spam e-mail I received the other day.

The Subject line said simply: Kotex (Have to wonder if the people who make up these e-mails know what the real company by that name sells.  Would be pretty funny if they didn’t.)

The e-mail claimed to be from Bank of America.  Didn’t realize that Bank of America used Yahoo e-mail addresses with the country suffix of .cn, which is the country code for China. 😉

According to the body of the message, I’m one of the heirs of Saddam Hussein.


That’s about as believable as the deposed African prince who desperately needs my help moving funds out of his former country.  What will these spammers think of next?

Spammer vs. Spammer

There has been another deluge of spam and phishing e-mails being sent to my work e-mail lately.  At one point, I received fifteen of them in one hour! Some of them have actually been so kind as to actually include “Spam” in their subject lines, which made it easy to delete, but the others, with vague or no subject, unfortunately have to be waded through to make sure that I don’t miss anything that is actually important — such as an e-mail from a potential customer.

One e-mail particularly caught my attention the other day.  The subject line read, in all caps, no less: Stop Contacting Those B*******! Since this is a business e-mail account, I don’t usually get anything that has even the mildest of swear words in it, so this was definitely different.  The message turned out to be:

Good day,

I am Mrs. Tasha Raymond; I am a USA citizen, 45 years Old. I reside here in WASHINGTON.

My residential address is as follows: – (Address deleted.  Don’t know if it’s real or not but I didn’t want to post it in case it’s someone’s real address) United States, i will soon relocate since I have collected my compensation money.

I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Nigeria and West Africa many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $10,000 while in the USA, trying to get my payment all to no avail.

So, I decided to travel down to Nigeria west Africa with all my compensation documents, And I was directed to meet Mr. Larry Longman, who is a member of the UN Compensation Committee, and I contacted him and he explained everything to me, He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake.

He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right now I am one of the most happiest women on earth because I have received my Compensation funds of $800,000.00 Moreover,  Mr. Larry Longman showed me the Full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your Email address as one of the beneficiaries, that is why I decided to email you to Stop dealing with anybody, they are not with your compensation money, They are only making money out of you. I will advise you to contact Mr.Larry Longman.

You have to contact him directly on this information below.

. Mr. Larry Longman
De-factor Chief Compensation Officer

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and Telling you that your funds are with them, it is not in any way with them, they are Only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.

The only money I paid after I met  Mr. Larry Longman was just $110 for the paper Works, take note of that.

Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact  Mr. Larry Longmanso that he can help you to deliver your funds instead of dealing With those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of Money to complete your transaction.

Thank you and be blessed as you contact him today.

Mrs. Tasha Raymond.


Is the world of e-mail scams so competitive now that they have to resort to bashing each other? Or is this some twisted attempt to make themselves look more “legitimate,” now that the pool of gullible victims must be dwindling?

Interesting times…

One definite downside of e-mail sometimes is the sheer amount of junk that can come in a single day.  I think the highest I’ve received so far was twelve “junk” e-mails in a single 24-hour period.  And they definitely seem to come in waves — for one month or so, the majority of the messages will be offers for online pharmacies, then it will switch off to “Lovely Russian ladies Looking for a Good American Husband,” or “hard to resist” bonus offers from some online casino.

You can tell that there has to be some kind of bot and not a real person that is sending these.  In the first scenario I mention, I’m a female, so I don’t really need cheap Viagra or Cialis or other male enhancement drugs, thank you very much, and in the second, well, I’m happily married, and I don’t live in a state where same-sex marriages are legal, anyway, so those Russian ladies are just wasting their time writing to me.  As for the casino… I’d rather go back to Vegas.

Those have tapered off, recently, however, and the latest wave has been variations of the stereotypical “Nigerian scam,” the one where they try to convince you that have inherited money from someone you have never heard of, or that some random stranger needs to your help to siphon money out of the country… that sort of thing.  Plus a few other “phishing” expeditions, hoping that I will be gullible enough to give a total stranger my most personal information over the internet.

The newest ones, at least to me, are the so-called “prizewinner” e-mails.  The first one I received claimed to be from Microsoft, with the oh-so-exciting subject line of “Final Notification!” Makes it seem really urgent, doesn’t it? Then it continues on, starting in all caps, no less:

THE SUM OF 2,729,000.00 GBP
(MR. John Evans)
ON PHONE +44-792-458-5889
Email: prize@mcstawards.com
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made today 4th Februay
2012, of winners of the MICROSOFT AWARD PROMOTIONS, as part of our
promotional draws HELD ON 6TH OF JANUARY 2012.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
2,500,000.00 email addresses of Individuals and Companies from all part
of the world as part of our Electronic Business Promotions Program.
Note that your email address qualified for the draw, as a result of
your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions
for. You/Your Company email address, attached to Ticket Number 242 67
33 38 7 43 51, with serial number 7777/06 drew the Lucky Numbers
4-43-33-38-21 POP 21 and Bonus number 3 and consequently YOU HAVE won
in the Second Category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
2,729,000.00 (Two Million,Seven Hundred and Twenty Nine Thousand Great
British Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file MAP/3123/02/11. This is
from a total cash  prize of 13,645.000.00 Thirteen Million,Six Hundred
and Forty Five Thousand Great British Pounds sterling ),
shared amongst five (5)Lucky Winners in 4th category.
To begin your claim, urgently contact your claim Department through the
above Information:
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers and other
information provided above and below in every one of your
correspondences with your Claims Department.
Congratulations” once again from all our staff and thank you for being
part of our promotions program.
Yours Truly,
Mrs. Rachael T. Ruben
Promotions Manager
Microsoft Award Promotions
153 Barlow Moor Road,
West Didsbury – M20 2YA,
United Kingdom.
© 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved
Okay, big red flags here.  First off, if this was really Microsoft, why is the origin email from “antell.com.py”? And if this is a UK prize, why does the website from which this message supposedly came from end with the Internet country code for Paraguay? Why would Microsoft be giving out a prize in pounds, rather than dollars? And last, but certainly not least, why, since this is supposedly a communication between businesses, does it start out by shouting(in the all-caps) at me?
Though the e-mail doesn’t specifically say that I need to pay a verification fee, or ask for my personal information outright,  I don’t doubt what would be asked if I had responded to this e-mail! Apparently this isn’t a new one, either.  I did an internet search which brought up complaints about this e-mail dating back to 2007.
These spammers never give up, do they? Guess I do have to give them a little credit for persistence, if nothing else.  And while we’re on the subject, why are some of these spam messages backdated? Drives me nuts to see that I have unread messages that I can’t see on the first page of my inbox.  It makes me worry that I somehow missed a potentially important e-mail, only to go back and find one of these.
Oh, and now I just received an almost identical message from Nokia.  Aren’t I lucky? Maybe I should make that next trip to Vegas soon, if I’m really on that much of a winning streak 😉