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One phisher's account

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A phisher signed up for gmail with one of my emails as their "backup email". I reset their password.

(If you want access, just IM me.)

Here's a selection of emails from their account, both sent and received.

All are exactly as written other than that I've redacted victims' contact information, omitted attachments, and omitted a few generic crappy email postcards. My occasional comments are marked in [].



Sent



Stage 1 - ?Innocuous Spam



From: flora jonson <florajonson12@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Aug 15, 2009 at 5:36 PM
Subject: hello
To: [victim stage 1 - spam]

I am Miss Flora, 24 years of age,single(never married).
I am beautiful and self assured girl with a huge sense of humor. I am sincere, honest,easy going,sensitive, passionate,romantic,faithful,
kind,caring and God fearing. I like to travel all over the world because i like to open to myself something new.
l just saw your profile www.chatix.co.uk and became interested in knowing you more, l will be happy if you contact me so that i will tell you all about me and also send my pictures to you and i hope that i can count on you.
l will like to stop here now and looking forward to hear from you soon.
Your new friend .
Miss Flora

Stage 2 - hook



From: flora jonson <florajonson12@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 8:06 AM
Subject: NICE TO MEET YOU
To: [victim stage 2 - hook]


Hello My Dear,
I feel so delighted reading back from you today. How are you doing? I do believe you're having a great day. My name is flora Jonson I am 24 years old from Liberia in Africa, 5.8ft tall, fair in complexion, single, (never married) I feel is necessary for me to share with you the pains am going through. Am presently residing in the refugee camp here in Dakar Senegal due to the civil war going on in my country (Liberia ).
My late father Dr.Williams Kizzi Jonson, was the personal advicer to the former head of state of my country before the rebels attacked my house one early morning, killing my mother and my father.
It was only me that is alive now and i managed to make our way to this nearby country Senegal where we i living now through the help of the United Nations.
I will like to know more about you. Your likes and dislikes. I enjoy swimming at the beach, reading, traveling, cooking, sports, football and basketball hanging out with friends and listening to any music that has meaning to life.
I dislike violence, dishonesty, cheaters and mind game players.
I will tell you more about myself in my next mail.
Will pause here and will send you a reachable telephone number so that you can call me in my next mail.
.....Attached here is my picture and I hope to see yours,
Have a pleasant day.
I will be expecting your reply as soon as possible.
Miss Flora

[Attached: two pictures of a moderately attractive East Asian woman]

Stage 3 - money



From: flora jonson
Date: Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 7:56 AM
Subject: THIS IS MY FULL LIFE STORY
To: [victim stage 3]

Hello Dearest,
I hope this message gets to you in perfect stage of health.
It gave me a unique joy knowing that i've found a true friend whom i
will be happy to share my life story with.
My dear, is quite a very big pains for me loosing my both parents at
this my early age, the pains of the lost is not all that easy for me
to bear. Most at times, i feel like committing suicide but since i
have given my life entirely to Christ Jesus. The joy of accepting him
deeply in my heart as my lord and personal Savior has always been my
strenght.
How are you getting on?.
I do believe that God is in full control of your undertakings.
Anyway, i wants to let you know that i am living presently in the
refugee camp here in Dakar Senegal due to the civil war going on in my
country Liberia .

In this camp we are only allowed to go out on Mondays and Fridays of
the weeks. Is just like one staying in the prison and i hope by God
grace i will come out from here soon. I don't have any relatives now
whom we can go to. All our relatives ran away in the middle of the
civil war, the only person I have now is Rev. Peter Kolleh who is the
parish priest of the (Christ The King catholic Church) here in the
camp, he has been very nice to me since i came here but i am not
living with him rather i am living in the females hostel because the
camp have two hostels one for male and the other for female. From his
office i send and receive your emails.

The Rev.father's Tel number is (00221 776-71-39-50), if you call and
tell him that you want to speak with me, he will send for me at the
female hostel. As a refugee here, i don't have any right or privilege
to anything regarding money or whatever because it is against the law
of this country and rather i don't wants to loose my fund "cause is my
life....
I will like to go back to my studies because i only attended my first
year, reading law at the university before the tragic incident that
lead to my being in this situation now took place.
Please listen to this, my only source of happiness now is that i have
my late father's statement of account and his death certificate here
with me, which i would like to send to you later, because when he was
alive, he was having a foreign bank account in a leading Bank in
Africa Senegal which he used my name as the next of kin, the amount
left in the account now, in question is $6.4M (Two Million Four
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).

So, i will need your kind advice on how to help me transfer this money
into your account and from this money is where you can send me some
money for my travelling documents and air ticket to come over to meet
with you.
I kept this secret from people in the camp here, the only person that
knows about it, is the Reverend, because he is like a father to me.
So in the light of above, i will like you to keep it to yourself and
don't tell it to anyone, for i am afraid of loosing my life and the
money if people gets to know about it.

Now permit me to ask these few questions:-
1. Can you honestly help me?
2. Can I completely have confidence in you without any breach of trust?

Remember, i am requesting for this assistance from you because of my
refugee status,and besides, i want to do away with Africa entirely. I
have a great wish to become part of you in the nearest future.

I like honest and understanding people, truthful and a man of vision
and hardworking, this is my expectations from the man of my dream.
Meanwhile, i will like you to call me, i have alot to tell you.We are
only allowed to receive calls at the Reverends office as from 9am -
1pm on week days.Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible
with your full assurance that you will not disappoint me after the
transfer so that i will give you the Bank contact information's.
Am looking forward to here from you.
Have a pleasant day as i wait to read from you soon.

Yours In Love,
Miss flora


[Note: no stage 4 or further emails were in the account - but it had only been created 12 days ago. So it's possible that "Miss flora" simply didn't get to that stage yet.

Also, there are relatively few sent mails in this, so I suspect that the spamming was happening through another account.]


Responses




From: prashant nair [email redacted]
Date: Sat, Aug 8, 2009 at 6:11 AM
Subject: hai
To: florajonson12@gmail.com

thanks for mailing me. if i want to know u, first i want to see ur beautiful photos just send me some good what can i say like modelling photos photos etc.

waiting for your reply.

Thanks and Regards

Prashant Nair
[phone number redacted]


From: frems kelvin [email redacted]
Date: Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 4:55 AM
Subject: Hii Damsel
To: florajonson12@gmail.com

Hii Damsel

Well I'm seeking a serious long term relationship and more. Someone special to capture my heart and knows how to handle it with care,one who will love me and my daughter and be willing to share life's greatest joys and sorrows and treat like her real baby . Someone who's willing to spoil, pamper and love her unconditionally, whom is kind,sincere, honest, passionate, loyal, sense of humor, loving and wants a lifetime of passion. I am looking for something leading to marriage.. One would be nice two would be
better..Hair color, eye color, nationality, etc do not matter to me.And again i have never scared of relocating to where ever i found my love residence country .....

Best Regard
frems kelvin
Love and kisses from me to you


From: frems kelvin [email redacted]
Date: Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 5:03 AM
Subject: Read me
To: florajonson12@gmail.com

Thanks for your message ... is welcome to read to you today ..

More about me 44yrs.widowed with a nice Daughter called laura.. I `m 5.6 "with an average build, mentally stable, physically fit, a lot of laughter, warm, caring, honest, good listener, God Fearing, and a positive person.I am real person easily talk to a good and listener.I as swimming, fishing, listening to music and dance any kind of music, travel due to the nature of my work, going bowling and also a good husband. I am a family oriented person ... I also greatly enjoy walking ... Being with someone special ..

I am really interested in wanting to know about what makes the special person you are today, I want to know more about their family, their background, their life experiences, past relationships, their goals and dreams, their interests, and anything else who want to tell me.

Even want to learn about the secrets that rarely share with someone!. So come to share everything with me, as I am not here to talk to you about general things, such as holidays, weather, sports, etc. I want to learn about you and what makes your heart and soul, as the friendship and good relationship with him i dont mind to move to anywhere if the right woman for me only if you have decided to do my little Son David happy to build with you, I want to be like no other you've ever shared or experience. This I want to build friendship with you is full of content, quality, spirituality and its potential.
Tell me more about yourself ..

Hoping to read before you

Best Regard
kelvin
Love and kisses from me to you



From: Cary Hajnrych [email redacted]
Date: Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 6:13 AM
Subject: KSC
To: florajonson12@gmail.com

Hi flora im cary chaj.you wanted me to contact you on email? you had something to tell me.


From: Colm Peterson [email redacted]
Date: Sat, Aug 15, 2009 at 7:08 PM
Subject: Re: hello
To: flora jonson <florajonson12@gmail.com>


Hello Flora,
Thank you for your message, I appreciate it.
I'm also 24, single, I have a great sense of humour, I think that's something very important a person should have. I'm romantic, loving, I have a lot of love to share, I'm very energetic, respectful, responsible, very fun.
I'm a bit of an animal lover, and I absolutely love children.
Well it's nice to meet you, I like meeting new people, I hope to hear from you soon also.
Take care, my dear friend,
Colm



From: inder saini [email redacted]
Date: Sat, Aug 15, 2009 at 9:22 PM
Subject: Re: hello
To: flora jonson <florajonson12@gmail.com>


hi flora
good morning
thanks for mail
i am also interstedto know more about you
can you send me your photos

--
AMANJIT LOVE MARYAM
MOBILE;[phone redacted]
STATES;LOVE FOREVER


[NOTE: Inder Saini also sent 5 friendship/love-themed "email cards", of the sort one sees on Myspace, a hi5 friend request, and a chat opening message]


From: MOHAMED FOUAD [email redacted]
Date: Sun, Aug 16, 2009 at 2:57 PM
Subject: Re: hello
To: flora jonson <florajonson12@gmail.com>


Dear Flora;

It'll be my great pleasure to know you.
Please send me anything you like to say, and your foto...may be we'll be very very near friends.

Yours.

Dr. Mohamed Fouad
Cairo, Egypt.
[phone redacted]


From: Ashley Skinner [email redacted]
Date: Sun, Aug 16, 2009 at 3:21 PM
Subject: RE: hello
To: florajonson12@gmail.com


Hey Miss Flora,

I dont remember signing up to chattix but fair enough that you decided to contact me!
I dont really know what to tell you about myself as I'm sure it says on my profile lol
So what you into?



From: Ashley Skinner [email redacted]
Date: Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 7:29 PM
Subject: RE: NICE TO MEET YOU
To: florajonson12@gmail.com



Hey Miss Flora,
I'm very good thanks; hope you're well. I'm from London, 5"10 high; typical blonde haired blue eyed boy! Single also.
I'm sorry to hear about what happened to you're parents, I'm not going to say I understand what you're going through because I clearly dont but my thoughts are with you, and the rest of you family.
I'm a major football fan, you like a certain team? :)
I don't know who you've associated with but I dont think anybody likes voilence, dishonesty, cheaters and mind game players! lol Cheaters never prosper anyway.
I'll attach a few pictures of me but they aren't very good ones as I'm camara shy!
Speak soon
x

[Attached: 2 pictures of young white male]



From: kingsley Paul [email redacted]
Date: Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 4:55 AM
Subject: Re: hello
To: flora jonson <florajonson12@gmail.com>


HI MISS FLORA,
Going through your mail,its a pleasure to me also not going too farbelow is my detail.
I AM MS KINGSLEY PAUL,25 YEARS OF AGE AND SINGLE
I AM WELL SELF CONFIDENTIAL,GENTLE,SIMPLE WITH A TRUSTFULL MIND.
STRICTLY GOING AND HARD WORKING,PASSIONATE FAITHFUL AND LOYAL.
I LIKE SOME BODY VERY STRAIGHT AND FORWARD WITH GOD FEARING HEARTH.
YOU ARE WELCOME AND FREE TO SEND ME MORE OF YOUR DETAIL TO KNOW YOU MORE BETTER THAN THIS.YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT ME WITH THIS NUMBER, [phone redacted],.I WILL BE EXPECTING YOUR EARLY REPLY
YOUR FRIEND
KINGSLEY


My inserted email



From: flora jonson <florajonson12@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 12:57 PM
Subject: You have been talking with a phisher.
To: [entire contact list]


Hello.
You have recently been corresponding with a phisher using this email account (as well as perhaps others, e.g. florajonson28@gmail.com).
I am a different person - writing just to warn you of what you are involved in.
This person's only intent is to get you to pay them money; this is known as "phishing" or a "419 scam".
Please read:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance-fee_fraud

I strongly recommend that you do not respond to any such emails in the future.
In case you don't believe me, and think "Miss Flora" is just an innocent, read the email below she sent to some people, which is very typical of a 419 scam.
Be safe,
Your friendly neighborhood hacker

Comments

( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
kerrickadrian
Aug. 19th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
They're probably all phishers phishing each other. Watch you'll get an email from one of your correspondents that reads: "DEAR MR HACKER I WOULD LIKE TO REWARD YOU FOR THE KIND SERVIS YOU AHVE DONE ME PLEAS SEND YOUR ACCOUNT DETILS AND I WILL TRASFER THE SUM OF ONE MILLION US DOLLARS AS WE DO NOT HAVE CHECKS IN WERE I LIVE."
saizai
Aug. 19th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
That would be AWESOME.
graudrakon
Aug. 19th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
I suddenly have an idea for a romantic comedy based on phishing scammers. :\
tikiwanderer
Aug. 20th, 2009 08:57 am (UTC)
I like that some of the replies sound just as phishy -laughs-
(Anonymous)
Jun. 13th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
goood
oh my God saizai you are awesome. you really did a great job. i also received mails from the same person. first i felt for her and ready to get her some help but then come across a website in which a person named miss young has warned of such scammers or you can say phishers. now see what i will with her....such a bitch..........hah disgusting
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