This week’s spam message is from Major General Bert K. Mizusawa, who apparently summed up all his courage to contact me to move a big sum of money.
He found a Polish whom who used to secure the package, and that poor Polish person apparently has no clue what package he is looking after (oh dear). And if I dare to reject the wonderful offer of getting 30% of that massive amount of money, I need to destroy this message as that will endanger all the soldiers out there in Afghanistan (you can rely on me, pal!).
Right – again, let’s have a look at the typical scam email specifications:
- Lots of money on offer
- Request of your personal details (full name, address, phone number, copy of ID…)
- Email in the signature (email@example.com) and the actual sending address are so different (Japanjbkoy@themis.ocn.ne.jp)
- Major General Bert K. Mizusawa – a name found online. In real life, Bert Kameaaloha Mizusawa is a major general in the United States Army Reserve with lots of awards that include the Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and 30 other awards. I wonder if he knows that spammers are using his name to scam people?…
- Another aspect to check is encryption. This apparently so confidential email was sent not encrypted. And unencrypted mail is not secure – check for this one too, especially if you’re about to send important or confidential information.
A gentle reminder, do not share your details in replies to messages like this one, delete them, and don’t ever send copies of your ID!
As usual, one educational fact for you: humans account for less than half of global web traffic. See the infographic in our previous post here.