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Just had an email informing me that Fedex have a cheque for 800,000 dollars for me, I just have to pay 210 pounds to get it....

(13 Posts)
BumptiousandBustly Sun 13-Sep-09 18:27:52

I had not heard of this variation before, is it a new one or am I just not really on the spammers lists?

Apparently my collegue in Nigeria has posted it to me! - They "have no further information"

TheBalladofGayTony Sun 13-Sep-09 18:30:35

gosh lucky you. do it doit do it.

CarGirl Sun 13-Sep-09 18:31:43

only £210 I'm surprised they haven't asked you for £2k, if you're going to fall for it.........

MaggieVirgoOn Sun 13-Sep-09 18:31:45

I'd love to reply to one of those, OK!, just send me £50 so I can reactivate my dormant account (or some such) then I will send you the £210

BumptiousandBustly Sun 13-Sep-09 18:33:26

Its much cleverer than others I have seen in that a) the spelling and grammar appear to be vaguely accurate.

b) They are claiming to be FedEx - so wouldn't have any information on the package, so could justify not explaining.

On the other hand, given that I don't have a collegue in Nigeria - bit of a flaw there I think!

BumptiousandBustly Sun 13-Sep-09 18:34:00

MaggieVirgoON, but this one stops that, as they are claiming to be FedEx!

BumptiousandBustly Sun 13-Sep-09 18:35:18

Dear customer,

You have a Package that is registered with us for shipping. However, the
content is a Bank Draft worth is $886,000 USD (Eight Hundred and Eighty Six
Thousand US Dollars).Reg .Number: P-01-402761625/Reg Date: 09/13/2009.
Your package is registered with us for mailing by your colleague who is
currently undergoing survey project with NNPC (Nigeria National Petroleum
Company). We are sending you this email because your package is registered on a
Special Order. What you have to do now, is to contact our Delivery Department
for immediate dispatch of your package to your residential address. Note: As
soon as our Delivery Team confirms your information, it will take three (3)
working days (72Hrs) for your package to arrive at your designated destination.
For your information, Shipping charges as well as Insurance fees have been paid
by your colleague.
However, the only payment you are to make is £210 GBP to the FedEx Delivery
Department being full payment for Customs Duty Certificate and Tariff. Please
Note: All registered package with us have a time limitation and you are to meet
up with this payment to facilitate immediate attention toward the delivery of
your package. Note: Your colleague did not leave us with any further
We hope that you respond to us as soon as possible because if you fail to
respond until the expiry date of the foremost package, we may refer the package
to the British Commission for Welfare as the package do not have a return
address. Contact the delivery department (FedEx Ship Manager) with the details
given below:
Contact Person: Mr. Richard Raynor
Tel: +2348066879532.
Kindly complete the below form. This is mandatory to reconfirm your Postal
address for clarification.
Zip/Postal code:
As soon as your details are received, our delivery team will give you the
necessary payment procedure for Customs Duty Certificate and Tariff. As soon as
they confirm your payment of £210 GBP USD .they shall immediately dispatch your
package to the designated address with the attach Tracking Number. It usually
takes 72 Hours being an express delivery service.
Ensure to contact the delivery department with the email address and ensure to
fill the above form as well to enable successful reconfirmation.
Yours faithfully,
Mrs. .Mary Maxwell
FedEx Management Team.
All rights reserved. © 1996-2009 FedEx.

mehdismummy Sun 13-Sep-09 18:40:44

anything with the word nigeria in it is a scam, just delete it it is some kind of mondey laundering thing, remember if it sounds too good to be true it usually is

BumptiousandBustly Sun 13-Sep-09 18:41:31

Mehdismummy - I realised grin it just amused me. Also its a new variation, I haven't seen before!

mehdismummy Sun 13-Sep-09 19:01:27

i like the the family was killed in a aeroplane crash one!! my friend was chatted up online and was going to meet the guy when the day he was due to fly back he knocked someone over in his car and was thrown in a nigerian jail! he wanted her to send him money to help him!

scottishmummy Sun 13-Sep-09 19:16:08

scam-if it sounds too good to be true it is

FabBakerGirlIsBack Sun 13-Sep-09 19:22:36

Of course it is spam and a con.

WebDude Sun 13-Sep-09 19:38:42

It is perhaps worth looking for "419" schemes to see if anyone is accepting reports - when I just checked the e-mail address it works (though it does seem rather odd that it works unless there's some contact in China who is assisting - maybe the mail spamming is coming from there, in return for a cut). The +234 number is definitely Nigeria, and one would hope that the police in the UK or Nigeria would be able to set up a 'sting' and close the bank account (unless they are using Western Union money transfer, which seems to be a common method for these scams).

A quick search found that Nigerian number on a Danish forum, Lithuanian forum and one for Japanese speakers (in Canada) but only in the last few days, so looks like this is a relatively new attempt. Not sure how often FedEx has been innocent party.

Hopefully a few people taken in by the initial information might spot some of the mistakes...

if you fail to respond until the expiry

if you fail to respond before the expiry

date of the foremost package,

date of the forementioned package,

as the package do not have a return address.

as the package does not have a return address.

and the incredibly clumsy "you are to meet up with this payment to facilitate immediate attention toward the delivery of your package."

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