Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
If you receive an email from Barr David Johnson claiming they hadn't heard from you, or owed you money, and left it at "SHALOM COURIER SERVICE COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC", and now you need to contact Dr.PAUL ERI at firstname.lastname@example.org to recover the money; well, by now you should immediately recognize it as a scam. Why would someone you don't know owe you a huge sum of money, and leave it at a "courier" or a "security company or "SHALOM COURIER SERVICE COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC" and tell you to contact Dr.PAUL ERI in order to retrieve? It simply makes no sense. You should immediately dismiss it as a scam.
However, if you really have a desire to be a victim, and are saying to yourself "but, but, but... what if I just forgot that I'm owed a huge sum of money, or maybe they got me by mistake and will still send me the money". Well, first, we'll tell you that's just pathetic.
Next ask yourself why Dr.PAUL ERI, who presumably works at "SHALOM COURIER SERVICE COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC" is having you write to him at "email@example.com, which is obviously a free Danish Yahoo email account, not a proper business domain. Shouldn't he have a real company address like "Dr.PAUL ERI@SHALOMCOURIERSERVICE.com" ?
Here are some other clues to the scam:
Pigeon English - Notice that as the scammer gets past the initial template email and must write free-form, how his grammar, spelling and basic sentence structure go straight in the toilet. Note the bizarre, almost random capitalization. The scammers don't even know how to use spell checkers. After all, this is a stupid, low-life criminal in the heart of Africa, who probably dropped out of school at age 5 to join a gang or militia. Obviously, real businesses proofread their emails; they look and read more professional.
Using free email account: The scammer is writing to you from a FREE email account (Yahoo, Hotmail, Excite, AIM, Gmail, etc.). Don't you think a real organization would use its own email, its own domain and website?
"SHALOM COURIER SERVICE COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC" - Have you ever heard of SHALOM COURIER SERVICE COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC? What is it's website? Why wasn't that in the email?
The recipient told us: "
(SAMANEGO & COUNSELORS AT LAW)
06 BP 1409 AKPAKPA DODOMEY
COTONOU REPUBLIC OF BENIN.
I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick your Bank Draft $950,000.00 but did not heard from you since that time.Then I went and deposited the Draft with SHALOM COURIER SERVICE COMPANY here in Benin Republic,
because I travelled to Iraq to see my boss and will not come back till next month end.I want You to contact the SHALOM COURIER SERVICE COMPANY to know when they will deliver your package. I have paid for the delivering charges and insurance fee.The only money you have to send to them is there security keeping fee which is $95.00 Us Dollars to received your package.
This is their Contact Address,Contact Dr.PAUL ERI Director SHALOM COURIER SERVICE COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC.
Try to contact them as soon as possible to avoid increasing the security keeping fee.Below is the information you required to send to them;
Full name ......................
I gave them your delivering address but you have to reconfirm it to them again to avoid any mistake on the delivering.I am waiting for your urgent response.You can even call the Director of SHALOM COURIER SERVICE COMPANY with this line +229-93914170 Let me know immediately you receive your Draft.
Barr David Johnson