Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
If you receive an email from Leonard Jefferson claiming they hadn't heard from you, or owed you money, and left it at "Fedex Courier Service", and now you need to contact Daniel J Cole at email@example.com 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 "Fedex Courier Service" and tell you to contact Daniel J Cole 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 Daniel J Cole, who presumably works at "Fedex Courier Service" is having you write to him at "firstname.lastname@example.org". Shouldn't he have a real company address like "Daniel.Cole@FedexCourierService.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. 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?
"Fedex Courier Service" - Have you ever heard of Fedex Courier Service? What is it's website? Why wasn't that in the email?
I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank Draftof $800,000.00 United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since that time. Then I went and deposited the Draft with FEDEX COURIER SERVICE,West Africa, I travelled out of the country for a 3 Months Course and I will not come back till end of June. What you have to do now is to contact the FEDEX COURIER SERVICE as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your package to you because of the expiring date. For your information the only money you will send to the FEDEX COURIER SERVICE to deliver your Draft direct to your postal Address in your country is ($205.00US) Dollars only being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far.
Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except $205.00US Dollars.
I would have paid that but they said no because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.
You have to contact the FEDEX COURIER SERVICE now for the delivery of your Draft with this information below;
Contact Person: Daniel J Cole
Email Address: email@example.com
Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping fee of $205.00 US Dollars for their immediate action. You should also let me know through email as soon as you receive your Draft.