A Scam Email with the Subject "Scam Submission" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Fri, 17 Feb 2006 02:22:47 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was "David Crowter" <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
I received an email from a Mrs Setia who said she wanted to give $1.8 million to support a charity I run and asked me to contact her lawyer, Barr. Mougor on 2332465773. email:firstname.lastname@example.org . I emailed him and he confirmed the money was to be transferred to our account and requested that I contacted the International Commercial Bank at Accra, Ghana. on email: email@example.com
This I did, giving the details of the names of the people who requested me to make contact.
I then received a fax on the I C Banks letterhead which read as follows:
Date 16th February 2006
Att. Mr David Crowter.
Urgent Required Information Needed.
We thank you for your mail to our bank.
This is to inform you that Barrister Mougor, the attorney has briefed us of the donation of one million and eight hundred thousand United States dollars to you by Mrs. Magret Setia. The said amount is deposited in our Bank under an escrow account arrangement.
To enable commence the action on the transfer the money to you, could you please send without delay the following:
1. The account information where you want the money to be transferred to and your form of identification.
As soon as we receive the above, the remittance process will commence.
Be informed that when all remittance formalities are concluded, it will take only two business days for the money to reflect in your account.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
For: International Commercial Bank Limited,
Dr Mike Walters
Director - International Remittance. ICB.
The phone/fax numbers on the letterhead are:
I sent an email in reply giving the details requested but an account number which is dormant.
Being suspicious, I checked the details of the ICB on the web and found the contact details, including tel. numbers were different. Consequently, I called the Bank and asked for Dr. Mike Walters. They replied that they did not employ any person with that name.
Obviously the people involved are using the Banks name for fraudulent purposes and should be immediately informed. Please advise me if you do this and also what action you can take to deal with the people concerned.
I look forward to hearing from you.