This morning I received the following charming bit of spammy scammery. I reproduce it here in full so that you may bask in its sleazy glory.
From: BARCLAY’S BANK PL LONDON [firstname.lastname@example.org]
BARCLAYS BANK PLC.
CLAPHAM JUNCTION BRANCH,
7 ST JOHNS HILL,
SW 11 1 TN, LONDON
REF:- INSTRUCTION TO CREDIT YOUR ACCOUNT WITH THE SUM OF (US$28,500,000.00)
This is the second time we are notifying you about this said fund. After due vetting and evaluation of your Inheritance file which was Forwarded and contracted us to see to your immediate payment of the sum of USD28,500,00 from your Offshore Account with us.
We were meant to understand from our findings that you have been going through hard ways by paying a lot of charges to see to the release of your fund (UD$28,500,000,00) , which has been delayed. This has been the handiwork of some miscreants from Africa, We advice that you stop further communication with any correspondence from Africa.
The only thing required from you is to obtain Non-Resident Clearance Form/Receipt which we are not asking you to pay the fee to us here in United Kingdom, We will help you to see that you obtain the form so that our bank will effect immediate transfer of your Inheritance sum
(US$28,500,000,00) into your designated bank account.
Should you follow up our directives, your fund will reflect in your account within five Bank working days from the day you obtain this form. Do not go through anybody again but through this Bank if you really want your fund. Finally, you are advice to forward to this bank your receiving Account.
Where you want this fund to be remitted.
Head, Private Banking Section.
Barclays Bank Plc. London
What really gives me the giggles about this one is the fact that it’s a scam that pretends to remedy another version of the same scam. This is an email from a Russian/Ukranian/etc. regional address (yandex), pretending to be from Barclay’s in the UK, in which the author tells the reader not to bother about those “miscreants from Africa.”
“Don’t trust those crooks,” it seems to say. “Trust us! We don’t want any fees! We just want you to send us some of your personal information and your bank account number. See?”
I wonder if there is some sort of 419 email turf war going on — that would be hilarious. Should I expect next to see a message from the nice widow in Spain, telling me that she didn’t authorize Barclay’s to do this? Another email from Captain America, intimating that someone is trying to steal a march on him and misappropriate his boxes of loot? An email from a Nigerian prince/diplomat/family member of same complaining that someone is impersonating the bank, and that I should definitely only go through them directly in order to receive an amazing sum of unearned money?
Time to make the popcorn…