The Daily Spam Report 10/23 “Please, reply urgently”

add_accountWe did a story here at the station a few months back about more than a thousand people who had been approached by a scammer through the state of Wisconsin’s jobs website. (

The individual trying to get bank account information from job seekers should have been forbid by the state from getting access to the site for one obvious reason: instead of using a company email, they used a Yahoo account.

The Job Center of Wisconsin policy is to follow up with a company (i.e. checking registration, making calls, etc.) if a personal email account is given instead of a corporate one. That’s what the folks running the Job Center’s site called an obvious “red flag.”

The email I’ve posted below showcases many of the problems we’ve spoken about before, but if there’s one thing you can take away from today’s Spam Report, it’s this: Bank executives do not reach out to people they don’t know with a “lucrative business proposal” from a personal email account (e.g. AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.)

Please don’t fall for this.

Have a great day.


—–Original Message—–
From: Mr. Kazuhiko Okuda []
Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2013 9:26 AM
To: Recipients
Subject: Your Response

Please, reply urgently

I am Mr. Kazuhiko Okuda (Head of Internal Audit Group, Deputy President, Executive Officer and Director of Mizuho Trust & Banking Co., Ltd), Japan.

I have a lucrative business proposal of mutual interest to share with you; it involves the transfer of a large sum of money from my bank here in Japan. I got your reference in my search for someone who suits my proposed business relationship in your country`s Internet Chamber Web. If you are interested in working with me, contact me through my private email; ( for further details.

Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Mr. Kazuhiko Okuda