What can You do to Verify Urban Legends and email Scams?
I am one of the promo winners of $287,500.00 (TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS).
The first thing I did was research GT Bank Plc. It turns out that Guaranty Trust Bank plc (GTB.LG) is the third biggest bank in Nigeria based in Victoria Island.
Did your Nigerian email scams alarm go off? Mine did.
Guaranty Trust Bank plc even has it’s own website. Anyone want a MasterCard from this bank?
Guaranty Trust Bank plc corporate address:
Guaranty Trust Bank plc
Plot 1669, Oyin Jolayemi Street
Victoria-Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Tel: +234 1 448 0000, +234 803 900 3900,
+234 802 900 2900, 0700 GTCONNECT
Let’s examine the email. Take note of there being no “to” address in the email header. I didn’t remove it. This email came this way.
Subject: [spam?] Fund Release Notification.
Date: March 14, 2010 7:24:01 AM PDT
Fund Release Notification.
You are welcome to GT Bank Plc. The payment Bank for the 2010 UN Online Promo. We are pleased to be at your service. We are Regulated and Stipulated by the Financial Service Authority (FSA), the financial institutions that govern all financial activities around the World, after a proper screening and verification excises that was conducted in our Bank today in addition to receiving confirmation from the UN and The ECOWAS Online Promotional board, that you are one of the promo winners of $287,500.00 (TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ONLY).
This is to inform you that your funds have been deposited in our transit account and will be available for immediate transfer into your account which you are to set up, you are advice to open a Foreign Currency Account with us where your winnings can be transferred into.
This account will be activated after you have made the initial deposit from $90 USD and above as your account activation fee or you can open an online account in our bank and make your transfer online into any account of your choice.
With our online banking, you can enjoy the convenience of managing your finances quickly and easily at a time that suits you. You can bank safely and securely – at work, home or abroad.
Our online banking enables you to do the following.
1. Check your balance, monitor transactions and print your account statement.
2. Pay utility bills, transfer funds between your accounts and to other Beneficiaries.
Once you open an online account with us we shall send to you, your login information’s, enter your user ID and password and then click the login button then change the password to the one of your choice. Once you have successfully logged on, please remember to change your password by selecting the ‘Personal’ option from the menu. It is very important you keep your security details secret at all times to prevent unauthorized access to your account.
We’ll advise that you get back to us within the next 2 working days. Upon receipt of your email we shall send you our sign up application form to be completely filled, signed and return to us which will allow us to create your account.
Please Note that no deductions of any fees is allowed because we received your money in BOND and it’s been duly insured, based on our policies and as a result of the space of time available, you are hereby advised to act fast so we can provide you with the best of our banking services.
Please contact me with this email address only Email: email@example.com
For: GUARANTY TRUST BANK PLC
Mr Larry Walter
MGR, E-Business & Card Services
GTBank Tel: +234-703-952-2881
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What can we learn from this email?
- Did you notice the “[spam?]” in front of the subject?
- Mr Larry Walter is using an emil from gala.net
- Regulated and Stipulated by the Financial Service Authority (FSA)
- ECOWAS Online Promotional board is involved.
- I need to open an account with them so they can transfer my winnings there.
- No deductions of any fees is allowed because we received your money in BOND and it’s been duly insured.
- Please contact me with this email address only Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This should be enough to verify this to be one of the email scams in use today.
[spam?] in front of the subject. This email has some spam triggering formatting and/or content.
Mr Larry Walter is using an email from gala.net. Gala.net is a Russian website. Guaranty Trust Bank plc has their own website and their own email addresses. Why isn’t Larry Walter using one?
Regulated and Stipulated by the Financial Service Authority (FSA). The Financial Services Authority (“FSA”) is an independent non-governmental body, quasi-judicial body and a company limited by guarantee that regulates the financial services industry in the United Kingdom. Its board is appointed by the Treasury. Its main office is based in Canary Wharf, London, with another office in Edinburgh. Did you catch “regulates the financial services industry in the United Kingdom”. Guaranty Trust Bank plc is in Nigeria.
ECOWAS Online Promotional board is involved. ECOWAS has been reported as being involved in many email scams and internet scams over past years.
I need to open an account with them so they can transfer my winnings there. This sets off many of my internal alarms. How about yours? Where do I set up this account? There are no links in this email to the Guaranty Trust Bank plc.
No deductions of any fees is allowed because we received your money in BOND and it’s been duly insured. This sounds like it is a plus for me.
Please contact me with this email address only Email: email@example.com. Right don’t contact Larry through his company’s website or website address. Contact Larry Walter though his business email address supplied by a Russian website. Who does Mr Larry Walter think I am?
This definitely isn’t one of the top internet fraud scams. How greedy does one have to be to actually bite on such a fraudulent offer?
If you are asking who do you report email scams to ftc? You might want to check out another post “email Scams – I’m Going to be a Millionaire” where I cover scam email reporting and where to forward scam emails.
Well that does it for todays lesson in being able to verify urban legends and email scams.
Gary Pool SEO
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