FOREIGN CONTRACTOR PAYMENT OFFICE

Great I won $5000 again! and all I have to do to get it is send them $75 and my bank info and well I think we know where this is going. Email scams are on the rise again. As many as 294 billion email are sent each and every day, so 294 billion messages per day means more than 2.8 million emails are sent every second and some 90 trillion emails are sent per year. Around 90% of these millions and trillions of message are but spam and viruses, yes I said TRILLIONS.

Below is what the email looks like

 

WESTERN UNION HEAD OFFICE DEPARTMENT BENIN REPUBLIC.
FOREIGN CONTRACTOR PAYMENT OFFICE
TELEPHONE +229-98270441

Hello ,

Regarding your mail, which was well understood. Your e-mail was lucky to be among the emails that are selected randomly. The western union is using this medium to appreciate their valued customer with a new year compensatory fund of $500,000.00 US Dollars, so this notification is only meant for people that have use western union in receiving and sending money.

But before you can pick up the first $5,000USD, you must make payment of $75USD for us to Regenerate and Re-activate your name as the receiver and your new MTCN number because your funds has stay long on our database, That is the reason why we picked up the $5000,00 back, After making the payment, you must provide complete information we will use in Re-activating your payment to you.

Use the bellow following information for the payment for your Re-activating fee so that immediate action can be taken.

Receiver Name : SUNDAY OSAGIE
Country: Benin Republic
City : Cotonou
Test Question: When
Answer: Now
Amount: $75USD

As soon as we have a confirmation of your Re-activating fee, your $5,000USD MTCN will be re-activated and sent back to you within an hour of which the Re-activating fee is confirmed.

I Await your prompt response.

SINCERELY,
Mr.Thomas Raphael
YOURS IN SERVICE
Western Union Head Office Department
Western Union®

The reply-to in this email is western.union1011@w.cn  w.cn is a free windows live email system just like gmail.com is. This type of scam is done by  criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa.

Remember victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.