Thursday, September 25, 2014

Old Scam - New Twist

There is a new twist on an old scam.  Even though many of us feel we are too sophisticated to fall for it, there are some out there who probably will.  Those folks could be friends or relatives.  With that in mind, and I hate to say this, a common phrase used in urban legends, pass this info on.  Info has been given to local law enforcement.  Since most of these scams originate outside the U.S. they are close to impossible for our law enforcement to shut down and prosecute.

OK, here's what the email said (note the poor English, as usual):

Airport Storage and Cargo Unit
Kansas City International Airport
601 Brasilia Ave, Kansas City, MO 64153, United States

ATTENTION:Notice On Your Package reg #: JG1N8875BS

In view of your inability to receive your package reg #: JG1N8875BS originally scheduled to be delivered to you by the agency foreign payment service Seattle. This package in a metal box valued 2,316,000USD (Two Million, Three Hundred and Sixteen thousand United States dollars) arrived at Kansas City International Airport via Delta Airlines flight no.DL 9182.

The agency Foreign payment service Seattle staff came and applied for the release of this package for delivery to your address but has since not shown up.

I am writing to inform you that we have intercepted and investigated the said package and investigations proved the legitimacy and that the package was initially scheduled for delivery to you, you are therefore advised to make contact with Mr. David Beardsley, All American Courier, llc Director of Delivery to recover your package and deliver it to you. email is:

Note that this notice serves as our last recovery notice to you as the grace day given to you has expired and we shall begin to charge $20.00 for each day the package stays in our custody, you are therefore advised make move to recover your or we will be compelled to list your package as an unclaimed and maybe forfeited and moved to the United States Treasury Department for holding.

Best regards,
Brian R. Adams, Director,
Airport Storage and Cargo Unit
Kansas City International Airport.

As a side note, there is a way to track flights and flight numbers, so I checked DL9182.  Delta, from what I can tell last used that number 9 years ago on a flight from Atlanta to Pittsburgh.  The contact email address is a Philippines address and a review of the internet routing of the item indicates it may have originated in Russia.  'Nuff said.