You’re a Millionaire (Not)
March 2nd, 2015
The email we were alerted to carried the subject line “VERY URGENT ” and stated in part (in red-flaggy less-than-fluent English):
This is to inform you that your ATM Visa Card has been issued in your name and the total amount of USD$4.5 Million Dollars has been loaded into your ATM account with our Bank Uba Benin Republic to enable you withdraw ten thousand dollars per day once received from any ATM machine that has Visa Card Logo on it worldwide.
It then asked for a home address to ship the card, a mobile phone number and a name, even though the card had supposedly been issued in the recipient’s name and the person was purported to have an account with the bank.
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