Free ATM Card Scam
I got this email in my inbox this week. It's telling me that the government wants to give me an ATM card worth over 6 MILLION dollars. Yeah, right. Since when does the government just go around handing out that much money to people like me? In the "From" line, this email says "Office of the Senate". Good thing I don't believe them. Anyway, here is what the email said, including my reply and any replies that I may have received back. My sarcastic comments for your entertainment are in red, and my replies to this guy are in blue.
But first - A Disclaimer! I have not and will not give this person any of my personal information. I will not send him/her any money or receive any money from him/her, fake or otherwise. I do not have any interest in actually conducting business with this person, this conversation is for the sole purpose of warning people against this scam and/or for your entertainment. Thank you.
From: OFFICE OF THE SENATE (info@***.com)
Sent: Sat 1/24/09 11:59 AM
This is to officially inform you that (ATM Card Number(5438400123456789) has been accredited in your favor.Your Personal Identification Number is 2900. The ATM Card Value is 6.8MILLION USD. You are advice to contact our affiliate courier company with the information below.
Note:The only fees you have to pay to the courier company is the delivery fee of US100.00,contact them as soon as possible to make arrangement on how to deliver your ATM CARD.
Contact Person:Barr James Walter
Senator David Mark.
Wow, can you imagine, if they suckered one person into this scam every day, 5 days a week, they'd make $26,000 per year. Obviously, when someone falls for this scam, they pay $100 to a "courier" and never hear back or receive any "ATM Card".
My Reply: This is so exciting! Is the government giving out these ATM cards to a lot of people? I can hardly wait to get mine. Can you give me the address to send the $100 courier fee? Sarah
He wrote back to me!
FROM THE DESK OF .MR. JEFFREY SIMPSON
FIRST FLIGHT COURIER INTERNATIONAL
DISPATCH DEPARTMENT, www.firstflighter.com
Due to the problem beneficiaries are having with the cost of delivery your ATM CARD worth $6.8 Million Dollars, Senator David Mark and other members of the Senate House have met with the Firstflight Express Courier Company , Europe Express and they have reduced the cost of delivery fees to ($100.00) USD. Note: that you are to proceed with the payment as soon as you get this mail using Western Union Money Transfer Or Money Gram. After confirmation of your payment your ATM CARD worth 6.8 Million Dollars will be delivery to you in the next 24 hrs "One Working Days".
Note: that the $100.00 USD needs to be sent ahead and cannot be deducted from the prize money, which is according to bank policies. You can effect the payment by transfer through WESTERN UNION OR MONEY GRAM which ever is convenient to the courier companies officer whose details are below:
All verifications has been made and you are the sole beneficiary of the funds.
http://www.firstflighter.com/ FIRSTFLIGHTER COMPANY(24 Hours Delivery Service) Mailing $40.00
Vat (5%) $20.00
Receiver First Name :THEOPHILUS EFE
Receiver Last Name : OSUEDI
RECEIVER ADDRESS/COUNTRY : NO 67 MARINE ROAD WASE,ABUJA
RECEIVER COUNTRY : NIGERIA.
TEST QUESTION : Colour
AMOUNT SENT:$100.00 USD
Please provide us with the following after sending the funds. Senders Name : ??????????
Address : ??????????
MTCN ( 10 Digit ): ??????????
Send the MTCN # (10 Digit ) to me via email once you have made the payment. Be informed that delivery will be made to your address in 24 hours after our confirmation of this payment for delivery, as you know that the delivery fee receipt will be used to attach on your payment delivery documents to avoid being delayed by customs.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR ATM CARD WILL GET TO YOUR LOCATION AFTER THE PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE AND CONFIRMED BY FIRST FLIGHT COURIER COMPANY,DO GET BACK TO ME FOR YOUR TRACKING NUMBER AS SOON AS YOU HAVE EFFECTED THE PAYMENT.
Treat very urgently as we also remind you that your ATM Card is ready.
Telephone : + 2348026176532
Yoohoo!!! Police!!! Here's a nice name and address of a scammer. Please go arrest him!
My reply: I don't have a Western Union or MoneyGram office nearby. Can't I just mail you a check? Sarah
He wrote back!
Hello Sarah, How are you today? Hope fine please just look for any western union agent around you for my company dose not accept cheque.You can make payment in any chopping mall that has western union or Gas Plant or Walmart shop around you and make the payment.I await your urgent response and also send you phone contact along.CODE:SARAH ATM-CARD(2900)FFCC12 Best Regard, Mr Jeffery Simpson.
Now, how did I know that was coming? They really want me to send money via Western Union because then I can't get it back! Muaahahahahah! *Ahem* Excuse me.
Mr Simpson, I really don't have a Western Union office near me at all. I can't believe you don't accept checks. What about a money order? Perhaps I could just mail you cash? And what is a Gas Plant? I don't know what you mean by that. Thanks, Sarah
He wrote back!
Hello Sarah, How are you today?Hope fine.the only form of payment that is accepted in our office is the payment via western union.Gas plant are western union outlet(agents that receive payment and send to other countries).Below is a table showing all western union locations in Etobicoke and towns around you. You live in 14 auburndale court apt#128 etobicoke , Ontario , Canada m9w - 3t9 and there is a western union CASH STORE #210 2141 KIPLING AVE UNIT #7Etobicoke, ON M9W 4K8 416-741-6078.The table below show you the addresses,and time you can make payment. Please make the payment first thing tomorrow morning and get back to me with the payment details.
What?? I don't live in Ontario. I don't even live in Canada. He must have the wrong person. I should have known that U.S. Senators in Nigeria wouldn't give money to a U.S. Citizen ... they want to give it to a Canadian! Ha!
I am so sorry, but you must have the wrong person. I don't live in Canada, I live in the United Kingdom (not true either). Do you do business with establishments there? Sarah
I never heard back! I think he figured out that I'm not stupid.