The Daily Spam Report 1/3: Don’t tell the IT people

(Courtesy: www2.fin.ucar.edu)

(Courtesy: www2.fin.ucar.edu)

Since we started this project a few months ago, I have always wondered what might happen if I answered these spam emails. My gut told me I’d be hit up for either money or, more likely, personal information pretty quickly.

So, I told my plan to our IT people who tried immediately to put the kibosh on it. They have legitimate concerns about the safety of our systems here at work.

However, I figured if I followed the same rules I encourage others to (i.e. don’t open up any attachments, don’t click on any links, don’t give up any personal information), I could use this as a teaching moment.

Here is my first effort at that.

I resolved also I would not lie about anything in order to get information. You’ll see I responded from my work email, with my full title as part of my signature. There should be no question as to who I am or what I do.

Yet, it appears these people are so keen on and quick to spot a potential victim that they’ve not stopped to read the responses.

I have posted the email correspondence in the order I received it, plus I have included my responses. I hope by doing this, you will see what can happen, so you won’t go through this in the future.

I’ll continue to keep you all up to speed as this progresses. By the way, I don’t have any relative named Dr. Dietrich Schrager.

Now, Mrs. Supini Thrunkul wanted me to keep this a secret. Hope she or he (not really sure who I’m emailing with) doesn’t mind me sharing this with you.

But, let’s keep it between all of us and not tell the IT people. Ok?

Adam

—–Original Message—–
From: Mrs. Supini Thrunkul [mailto:mrs.supini_thrunkul60@yahoo.com.ph]
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2013 10:46 AM
To: Adam Schrager
Subject: Re: Still waiting for your response

Hello,

I am Mrs. Supini Thrunkul from China Minsheng Bank,i need your cooperation to transfer 47.3 million dollars to any trusted account within your control. Contact me for more details.  Tel: 861056955728.

Still waiting for your response

—–Original Message—–

From: Adam Schrager
Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2014 11:36 AM
To: ‘mrs.supini_thrunkul03@yahoo.com.ph’
Subject: RE: Still waiting for your response

What can I do for you?

Adam

Adam Schrager

News 3 Investigative Producer/Reporter

WISC-TV, Madison, Wisconsin

aschrager@wisctv.com

608-277-5182 (desk)

Twitter: @aschrager

Facebook: Adam Schrager

—–Original Message—–
From: Mrs. Supini Thrunkul [mailto:mrs.supini_thrunkul53@yahoo.com.ph]
Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2014 5:53 PM
To: Adam Schrager
Subject: Re: Dear Adam Schrager.

Dear Adam Schrager,

Thanks for your email.

Let me explain once more the reason why i contacted you. I contacted you because there is an account in our bank belonging to a customer who previously operated business in china, but has been confirmed dead in china.

This account has been dormant for 7 years and we have not heard a word from anybody who knows this customer. We have investigated and confirmed he has no family, no wife and children. The money has stayed long enough with the bank and it is about to be reverted to the OWNERSHIP of the China Government, due to liquidation crisis.

Now the only way this money can go out of this account is when a fellow, who is lucky enough to share the same family name or nationality of the deceased, can be presented to the bank as the next of kin to the deceased.

This can be done and achieved effortlessly by registered lawyer in China who will secure valid documents in your names to present your file to the admin department. Once this is done, the bank have no choice but to transfer all the money to your account. After the money has been transferred to your account,you will have to pay me 20% and you take 80%. Is This Ok by you? This Transaction is legal and risk free 100%

The process of transaction can be concluded within 4-5 working days and the money will be in your account. Write back to me immediately so that i can give you a registered lawyer contact details and i will tell you what next to do.

Regards

Mrs Supini

 

—–Original Message—–
From: Adam Schrager
Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2014 9:03 PM
To: <mrs.supini_thrunkul53@yahoo.com.ph>
Subject: Re: Dear Adam Schrager.

So do I need to change my name?

This doesn’t sound legal. Is it?

Adam

Sent from my iPhone

—–Original Message—–
From: Mrs. Supini Thrunkul [mailto:mrs.supini_thrunkul53@yahoo.com.ph]
Sent: Friday, January 03, 2014 2:38 AM
To: Adam Schrager
Subject: Re: Dear Adam Schrager.

Dear Mr Adam,

Thanks for your quick response.

No you do not need to change your name. Your son name has already made the deal a success,because the dead customer name is Dr Dietrich Schrager.

You have to trust me Mr Adam and we will be good family friends in the future. Attached is my ID.

Note. Pls do not tell anyone about this deal.It must be a secret between me and you until the money gets to your account.

—–Original Message—–
From: Adam Schrager
Sent: Friday, January 03, 2014 7:43 AM
To: <mrs.supini_thrunkul53@yahoo.com.ph>
Subject: Re: Dear Adam Schrager.

I can’t open what you sent me

Can you copy and paste it in an email to me?

Why does this need to be a secret? Can’t I tell my children?

Sent from my iPhone