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Investigating fraudulent email and another Nigerian scam twi

by Marianna Schmudlach / June 4, 2008 2:42 PM PDT

Published: 2008-06-05,
Last Updated: 2008-06-05 04:13:12 UTC
by Lenny Zeltser

"THOSE PEOPLE YOU ARE DEALING WITH ARE FAKE." So starts the Nigerian-style scam email submitted to us by Daniel Sefton. In such schemes, the sender attempts to swindle the recipient out of money, often by convincing the victim to pay some fee to transfer a prize, an inheritance sum, or money from another unexpected source.

Contents the Fraudulent Email

The message we received offers an interesting twist on the scam by warning the recipient to be careful when receiving such messages. The email claims to come from Susan Walter, a US citizen living in Texas. "Susan" writes, "I am one of those that executed a contract in Nigeria years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $70,000 trying to get my payment all to no avail."

The message explains how "Susan" traveled to Nigeria in an attempt to collect the funds owed to her. There, she met with Barr. Mat Oto, a "member of CONTRACT AWARD COMMITTEE." He then "took me to the paying bank, which is Zenith Bank, and I am the happiest woman on this earth because I have received my contract funds of $4.2Million USD."

More: http://isc.sans.org/

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