Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
If you receive an email from Mr. Shawn Mark claiming they hadn't heard from you, or owed you money, and left it at "FEDEX COURIER SERVICES", and now you need to contact MR. DAN GOODMAN 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 SERVICES" and tell you to contact MR. DAN GOODMAN 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 MR. DAN GOODMAN, who presumably works at "FEDEX COURIER SERVICES" is having you write to him at "firstname.lastname@example.org". Shouldn't he have a real company address like "MR. DAN GOODMAN@FEDEX COURIER SERVICES.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 SERVICES" - Have you ever heard of FEDEX COURIER SERVICES? What is it's website? Why wasn't that in the email?
The recipient told us: "
This is the email I was sent and a cashier's check did arrive in the amount of $15000.00. I took it to my bank and they said it was a total fake. Who should I report this to?
From: Mr. Shawn Mark < email@example.com >
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 8:13:46 PM
Subject: Good day!!!
I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank
Draft of $1,500,000.00 United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you
since for a couple of weeks now. Then I went to the bank to confirm if the
draft has expired or getting near to expire and Dr.Wilson the Director
United Bank forAfrica told me that before the draft will get to your hand
that it will expire.So I told him to cash the $1,500,000.00 USD UNITED
STATES DOLLARS to cash payment to avoid losing this fund under expiration
as I will be out of the country for a 6 Months Course and I will not come
back till ending of June 2008.
What you have to do now is to contact FEDEX COURIER SERVICES as soon as
possible to know when they will deliver your Consignment to you because
of the expiring date. For your information, I have paid for the delivering
The only money you will send to the FEDEX COURIER SERVICES to deliver your
Consignment direct to your postal Address in your country is ($1,500.00
US) Eight Hundred United States 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 $1,500.00 US Dollars for the Security Keeping Fee.
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 FEDEX COURIER SERVICES now for the delivery of your
Draft with this information below:
CONTROLLER: MR. DAN GOODMAN
COMPANY?S NAME: FEDEX COURIER SERVICES
EMAIL ADDRESS: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PHONE NUMBER: +234-708-615-3546
Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct
telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and
ask them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your package
over there and know when it will get to your address. 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
$1,500.00 US Dollars for their immediate action.
Note this. The FEDEX COURIER SERVICES don't know the contents of the Box.
I registered it as a BOX of Africa cloths. They did not know the content
was money. This is to avoid them delaying with the BOX. Don?t let them
know that box contents money okay.
Thanks as you contact them today.
Mr. Shawn Mark.