Today’s Scam Attempt

My winnings - huge!
My winnings – huge!

I received an SMS today. That’s it, over there on the right. Yep, seems that my number came up in the KIA Motors Promo draw. Wow! £550,000 pounds  That’s about SG $1,045,000. Wow again. I could buy a small condominium here AND a car. I’m sure I could get a condo for about SG $800,000 somewhere … maybe Woodlands ((are there any condos in Woodlands?)).

The sum is about AU $810,000 – not to be sneezed at I guess.

The only problem is that it is a scam. Yep. My number could not have come up as it never went in. Also, the notification of the winnings in UK pounds (I’m guessing they are UK Pounds) is being sent to my Singapore phone number.

Come on guys, if you are going to scam me, at least put in some effort!

Other issues? Well, for a start the SMS came from a Nigerian phone number (+234 is the Nigerian country code). Also, I can’t see the KIA Motors Claims Department using a Microsoft Live email address.

Really, poor effort. I’d score this one about 3/10. Better luck scamming next time!

Seriously, this is a new scam doing the circuit. Beware.

Another Scam – Saddam Hussein’s Fortune!

I received an email today on the office email account from abdulhaleemhenana@….com; on behalf of; Martins Byrnes ((I should note here that there are a number of Martin Byrnes on the Internet, none of them appear to be this one)) martinsbyrnes@….com

Dear Would be Partner
It is my pleasure to write you through this medium, My name is Martin Robert Byrnes; I am an American, 50 years old and a retired Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) in U.S. Central Command’s Headquarter in Iraq. I was a Special Forces Warrant Officer (CMF 18 MOS) as an Intelligence Analyst under the led Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) under the leadership of McChrystal from 2003 to 2008 in Iraq that captured Saddam Hussein in 2003. In 2006 I was part of the McChrystal’s Zarqawi unit (Task Force 6-26) that was responsible for the death of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

I gave a brief description of myself to you so that you know what I am about to discuss with you must be kept confidential. I want you to assist me in receiving funds which I got while serving as Financial Management Technician.

I have these funds 19.430 million us dollars deposited with the United Nations somewhere in the Middle East (country name withheld) which I want you to receive on my behalf from the United Nations. I have not been able to claim it because I have be band for 10 year not to leave the shores of America. I am under parole so I am still being watched on everything I do.

I am contacting you to assist me in receiving the funds and I am willing to offer you 25% of the total sum for your assistance while the balance will be transferred to my bank which I will give you the name. Instructions on how the funds can be transferred to my account will be made known to you by my bank.
I will explain more to you on how we can achieve this once you indicate interest.

Let me know if we can work together on this transaction.

I await your swift reply.
Martin Robert Byrnes

So, a good one. No longer do I need to worry about the widow of Prince UngleBungle having bazillions of dollars that she needs my help to get out of Nigeria or somewhere similar, now it is a Special Forces operative who was involved in the capture of Saddam Hussein and, in fact, managed to capture pretty much all of his money … or at least a good chunk of it.

Just for the record:

  • Hussein was captured in 13 December 2003
  • CMF 18 MOS is US Special Forces
  • McChrystal is, I guess, Stanley A. McChrystal who was indeed the head of the Special Forces in Iraq
  • Task Force 6-26 was indeed real and set up to capture or eliminate high value targets such as Zarqawi
  • Even CW5 OD is correct – it is the term used by the US Armed Forces for their warrant officers who are appointed by either Congress or the President.

So, must be genuine right?

Well, apart from 10 minutes research to get the terms right, the English collapses well below the level expected from a Warrant Officer (remember these are the technical experts and really almost officers).

Also, the United Nations does not have a bank. It works with the World Bank but the World Bank isn’t a normal bank. The only financial institution that is run by the UN is the United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU).

So, a nice variation on an old scam but a scam never-the-less.

Delete the email if it turns up in your inbox.