With an interesting twist, this email appears to be from the “good guys”, who are working hard to provide reparations to those internet residents who have been the targets of scams in the past. On the first read, there’s enough prepositional phrases to make you think it’s all legalese, and therefore undecipherable. But if you look a bit closer, you’ll see that the writer just doesn’t understand English well enough to use it correctly. As is my custom, the really obvious parts are highlighted BOLD.
BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION
Metro Plaza, Plot 991/992
Zakari Maimalari Street
Cadastral Zone AO,
Central business district Abuja.
The BRITISH High Commission in Nigeria, Benin Republic, Ghana and Bokinafaso received a report of scam against you and other British/US citizens and Malaysia Etc.The Countries of Nigeria, Benin Republic, Ghana and Bokinafaso have recompensed you following the meeting held with the Four countries’ Government and various countries’ high commission for the fraudulent activities carried out by the Four countries’ Citizens.Your name was among those scammed as listed by the Nigeria Financial Intelligent Unit (NFIU). A compensation has been issued out to all the affected victims and has been already in endorsement to all the victims. Yours was among those that was reported unpaid as at on Friday and we wish to advise you to see to the instructions of the Committee to make sure you receive your compensation immediately.
We advise that you do the needful to make sure the NFIU endorse your payment on Monday. Contact the office of the consular for an advise on how your recompense will be effected to you.
Be advised that you should stop further contacts with all the fake lawyers and security companies who in collaboration scammed you. Call +234-807-3509305 immediately to check if the endorsement date suits you.
Yours in Service,
Mr. Bruce Aurthur J.
Notice the novel approaches this writer uses. There are two of them. The 1st is assuming the identity of a governmental organization that is going to help you. The NFIU does seem to exist, but the word used in their name is “Intelligence”, not “Intelligent”. And, with apologies to all innocent Nigerians, since they appear to be an “autonomous” arm of the Nigerian government, I would hesitate to believe anything they’d say even if they were legit.
The 2nd, and most important twist is something that’s not even there. And that’s why this email could work. Nowhere in the email does it ask you for any identifying information. Nearly 100% of these fake emails can be spotted just by looking for the request for your information. This one never asks. It just gives you a link to click, to contact the consular office. The consular office with an AOL email address.
Sometimes you just gotta use your brain a moment, and things become clearer….
I am Jon, and I am trying to use my brain, if only for a moment.