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Friday, June 11, 2010

Scam Email: Donald Davis

I received this email today (along with about 5 others that are basically the same thing) and I wanted to post it to show the "old" style of scam email, before they started targeting specific populations of people and pretending to want to buy something.

Notice in this one, the goal is more to collect personal information from you (which can be used to be sold or for identity theft) and then they proceed to the classic portion of the scam which is to ask you to pay some kind of processing fee in order to get the "big" money.

Given the obvious can't-be-true language in the below email, it astounds me that ANYONE would fall for this old version of the scam anymore and that thousands of these emails are still going out on a regular basis even today. But I suppose the logic is that there really is no cost to send out these emails so it must be an attitude of kind of why not?

From: Mr.Donald Davis (d_davis247@hotmail.com)

Dear Beneficiary

This is to bring to your notice that a petition has just been filed at our office here at the South African Reserve Bank that you were involved in an advanced fee fraud with regards to a failed transaction past previous transaction. If this is correct, then you are qualified to receive a compensation payment in the amount of Fifteen Million five hundred thousand United States Dollars payable to you upon response to this email in affirmation. Do send a detailed email with the following information for verification:

(i) Your complete name
(ii) Your mailing address
(iii) Your telephone and fax numbers
(iv) A valid picture identification, i.e. driver’s license or international passport

Upon receipt of the above requested information you shall receiver further directives on how to claim your compensation in the amount of 15.5Million(USD) Please note all information received from you shall not be circulated but kept in strictest confidentiality. Do call me on +27-83-432-1161 for further directives

Best Regards,
 Mr. Donald Davis
Deputy Governor financial stability
South African Reserve Bank.




5 comments:

  1. I just received one of these great emails. They are still going out. Thanks for the post.

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  2. this is what the email looks like


    FROM MR DONALD DAVIS/INHERITANCE FUNDS CLAIM PAYMENT:
    My name is DONALD DAVIS, I am a senior partner in the Technical Advisory Board of HSBC bank of South Africa and head of global payments and cash management for India and South Africa.

    We are conducting a standard process investigation on behalf of "AIB Group”, the International Banking conglomerate.This investigation involves a client who shares the same surname with you and also the circumstances surrounding investments made by this client at "AIB Group”, the Private Banking arm of Allied Irish Bank.The client died in testate and nominated no successor in title over the investments made with the bank. Would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail private and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this mail.

    I contact you independently of our investigation and no one is informed of this communication. I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you. You share similar details to the late fellow; I am prepared to place you in a position to instruct the firm to release the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you, that is, I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you. We share the proceeds 50/50.

    I would have gone ahead to ask the funds be released to me, but that would have drawn a straight line to me and my involvement in claiming the deposit. But on the other hand, you with the same surname as the depositor's would easily pass as the beneficiary with right to claim. I assure you that I could have the deposit released to you within few working days.

    I am aware of the consequences of this proposal. I ask that if you find no interest in this project that you should discard this mail. I ask that you do not be vindictive and destructive. If my offer is of no appeal to you, delete this message and forget I ever contacted you. Do not destroy my career because you do not approve of my proposal. You may not know this but people like me who have made tidy sums out of comparable situations run the whole private banking sector.

    I am not a criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience, this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only come ones in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by, for once; I have found myself in total control of my destiny. These chances won't pass me by. I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if you will not work with me let me know and let me move on with my life but do not destroy me.

    I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide them with new opportunities.

    There is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth undertaking. I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is from you refusing to work with me. I am the only one who knows of this situation, good fortune has blessed you with a name that has planted you into the center of relevance in my life.

    Let’s share the blessing. If you find yourself able to work with me, contact me through my email account below. If you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards a conclusion without any delay. It would be appreciate you send me your contact telephone and fax numbers for easy communication.

    I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold.This is the one truth I have learned from my private banking clients. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, we should plan a meeting soon.If you are interested with my business proposal kindly give me an urgent telephone call on the receipt of this e-mail letter.
    Kind Regards,

    Mr DONALD DAVIS
    FAX:+27-86-544-6592
    Cell: +27-78-429-5225

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  3. My name is DONALD DAVIS, I am a senior partner in the Technical Advisory Board of HSBC bank of South Africa and head of global payments and cash management for India and South Africa.

    We are conducting a standard process investigation on behalf of "AIB Group”, the International Banking conglomerate.This investigation involves a client who shares the same surname with you and also the circumstances surrounding investments made by this client at "AIB Group”, the Private Banking arm of Allied Irish Bank.The client died in testate and nominated no successor in title over the investments made with the bank. Would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail private and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this mail.

    I contact you independently of our investigation and no one is informed of this communication. I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you. You share similar details to the late fellow; I am prepared to place you in a position to instruct the firm to release the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you, that is, I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you. We share the proceeds 50/50.

    I would have gone ahead to ask the funds be released to me, but that would have drawn a straight line to me and my involvement in claiming the deposit. But on the other hand, you with the same surname as the depositor's would easily pass as the beneficiary with right to claim. I assure you that I could have the deposit released to you within few working days.

    I am aware of the consequences of this proposal. I ask that if you find no interest in this project that you should discard this mail. I ask that you do not be vindictive and destructive. If my offer is of no appeal to you, delete this message and forget I ever contacted you. Do not destroy my career because you do not approve of my proposal. You may not know this but people like me who have made tidy sums out of comparable situations run the whole private banking sector.

    I am not a criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience, this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only come ones in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by, for once; I have found myself in total control of my destiny. These chances won't pass me by. I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if you will not work with me let me know and let me move on with my life but do not destroy me.

    I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide them with new opportunities.

    There is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth undertaking. I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is from you refusing to work with me. I am the only one who knows of this situation, good fortune has blessed you with a name that has planted you into the center of relevance in my life.

    Let’s share the blessing. If you find yourself able to work with me, contact me through my email account below. If you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards a conclusion without any delay. It would be appreciate you send me your contact telephone and fax numbers for easy communication.

    I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold.This is the one truth I have learned from my private banking clients. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, we should plan a meeting soon.If you are interested with my business proposal kindly give me an urgent telephone call on the receipt of this e-mail letter.
    Kind Regards,

    Mr DONALD DAVIS
    FAX:+27-86-544-6592
    Cell: +27-78-429-5225

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  4. Same me to.

    FROM MR DONALD DAVIS/INHERITANCE FUNDS CLAIM PAYMENT:

    My name is DONALD DAVIS, I am a senior partner in the Technical Advisory
    Board of HSBC bank of South Africa and head of global payments and cash
    management for India and South Africa.

    We are conducting a standard process investigation on behalf of "AIB
    Group”, the International Banking conglomerate. This investigation involves
    a client who shares the same surname with you and also the circumstances
    surrounding investments made by this client at "AIB Group”, the Private
    Banking arm of Allied Irish Bank. The client died in testate and nominated
    no successor in title over the investments made with the bank. Would
    respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail private and
    respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this
    mail.

    I contact you independently of our investigation and no one is informed of
    this communication. I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I
    believe would be of interest to you. You share similar details to the late
    fellow; I am prepared to place you in a position to instruct the firm to
    release the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation. Upon receipt
    of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you, that is, I will
    simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit
    to you. We share the proceeds 50/50.

    I would have gone ahead to ask the funds be released to me, but that would
    have drawn a straight line to me and my involvement in claiming the
    deposit. But on the other hand, you with the same surname as the
    depositor's would easily pass as the beneficiary with right to claim. I
    assure you that I could have the deposit released to you within few
    working days.

    I am aware of the consequences of this proposal. I ask that if you find no
    interest in this project that you should discard this mail. I ask that you
    do not be vindictive and destructive. If my offer is of no appeal to you,
    delete this message and forget I ever contacted you. Do not destroy my
    career because you do not approve of my proposal. You may not know this
    but people like me who have made tidy sums out of comparable situations
    run the whole private banking sector.

    I am not a criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience,
    this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry
    dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only come ones in a
    lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by, for once; I have found
    myself in total control of my destiny. These chances won't pass me by. I
    ask that you do not destroy my chance, if you will not work with me let me
    know and let me move on with my life but do not destroy me.

    I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide them with new
    opportunities.

    There is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth
    undertaking. I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is
    from you refusing to work with me. I am the only one who knows of this
    situation, good fortune has blessed you with a name that has planted you
    into the centre of relevance in my life.

    Let’s share the blessing. If you find yourself able to work with me,
    contact me through my email account below. If you give me positive
    signals, I will initiate this process towards a conclusion without any
    delay. It would be appreciate you send me your contact telephone and fax
    numbers for easy communication.

    I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the
    consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained
    and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This
    is the one truth I have learned from my private banking clients. Do not
    betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, we should plan a meeting
    soon. If you are interested with my business proposal kindly give me an
    urgent telephone call on the receipt of this e-mail letter.
    Kind Regards,

    Mr DONALD DAVIS
    FAX:+27-86-544-6592
    Cell: +27-78-429-5225

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  5. i got one to..thanks for this..

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