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syntonic_comma @ 07:46 pm: mysterious "Central Bank"
From chika_ogili8@yahoo.fr Sat Sep 10 13:01:54 2011
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Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2011 11:34:53 +0100 (BST)
From: Western Union <chika_ogili8@yahoo.fr>
Reply-To: wunion251@gmail.com
Subject: Welcome to Western Union
To: undisclosed recipients: ;

Western Union®
Welcome to Western Union
Send Money Worldwide

Email address wunion251@gmail.com

Attention: ,

After the Board Meeting by bank this morning, the Bank Finalized that they will send you your first payment of $6,500 and i was given the order to send you the first payment and it will be Awaiting Authorization from the Central Bank Manager till you pay for the Legalizing fees $80 which i earlier told you that it will cost you $80. You should track the payment information below and verify what i have just told you the funds are there for you but is is awaiting Authorization from the Central Bank, simply because you have not pay for the Legalizing fees, so if you are ready to receive your funds then you send the money right now as i release the funds to you with immediate effect.
Below is your payment information, please do tract it at www.westernunion.com and confirm what i have just told you.

Mtcn==   054-833-4343
Sender' s First Name= Steven.
Sender' s Second Name= Ashcraft
Text Question= How Long?
Answer== Today
Amount sent $6,500


MR. MACK DAVIS .

Email address wunion251@gmail.com
Western Union Payments
Western Union Logo

Well, this one's different. There's the implication that I'll be receiving a series of payments. Doesn't say how many, nor how often. It's rather modest, compared to the millions of dollars so many other strangers have offered me. I have underlined some odd bits of language usage (typical of fee scams) and things that are interesting or not true. There was no earlier email. There was no attachment with the WU Logo.
The bank had a board meeting on a Saturday? And If I am due this money, why did it require a board decision? Doesn't say which "Central Bank". Doesn't say anything about where this money is coming from. I suppose that was in the non-existent earlier mail? (BST timezone @ +0100 = British Summer Time.)
If this is above board, why can't they just take the "Legalizing fees" out of my payment? Wouldn't that be simpler for all of us? If they're not in the US, why are the fees (and payments) in dollars? Why is Western Union involved?
And, of course, there's the ever popular "undisclosed recipients". You want to send me money, but you don't use my name? And the from address looks nothing like "Mack Davis" or Western Union. (Virus-infected spambot?)

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