Have you received a text message that goes like this:
I need to talk to you on something urgent and important. Contact me for details on this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I got this from number +639179597864
Never replied to it via text. But I searched it online and searches do reveal this is a scam text. So be wary.
Don't give important personal information over the phone. Do not email these people. They are not your friends.
So what happens if you do email email@example.com?
Well a man from Thailand named Mr. Tanapon Manasirikul will email you a heartfelt letter asking for your personal data and the promise of millions of dollars in cash. This is not even creative, but a blatant knock-off of that infamous Nigerian Prince scam email. For now, let's all have a laugh at this ridiculous attempt to scam strangers for money via mobile and email.
Here's the complete email. A complete waste of your time.
I appreciate your getting back to me, thanks so much. Please, I want our communication to be through the email in order to maintain the needed confidentiality throughout the process of this transaction which I am about to tell you. My name is Mr. Tanapon Manasirikul and I ask for your help in getting the money left behind by late Mr. Constancio Enrique Pablo who was a citizen of your country. If this will endanger your position and reputation, I would not have contacted you, this is safe and beneficial to both of us financially. I am presently the operations manager of my bank branch here in Chonburi, Thailand and please do keep these information to yourself. I will give you more details of myself, our bank and the transaction itself once you accept to do this with me.
Late Mr. Constancio Enrique Pablo lived and worked in Thailand as a real estate businessman and he deposited in our bank the sum of six million, twenty thousand US dollars (US$6,020,000) as fixed deposit for a period two years in 2004 and this deposit has not been claimed until this moment. It is the routine of our bank to transfer all deposits whose owners are not in touch with the bank for a period exceeding ten years. One thing with this particular account that attracted my interest is that the depositor did not put any beneficiary at the time he made the deposit and therefore did not leave anyone for our bank to contact where he is not available. The deposited money is about to be taken over by the government and this has made me undertaken an independent investigation to know his whereabouts since there is no one else to contact and I realized that he died in early 2005 as a result of heart related illness. He was such a nice man that gives money freely whenever he came to our bank, my heart cried heavily on knowing he is dead. However, our bank does not know of his death even as I write you this email.
I have gone to his last known address and everyone that knew him confirmed he was dead and I also inquired from the registrar of deaths, his death was registered and there is no known relative of him. I have gone to the Philippines embassy in Bangkok, Thailand and they said he was not from the Philippines as they could not trace his identity back home. All these things made it impossible for me to locate any of his relatives. Since this is the issue, I want to put your name as his beneficiary in the records of our bank so you can apply and make the claim as the beneficiary of the money. I know there are lots of Filipinos living here in Thailand but because of the way our bank works, it is only someone outside of Thailand that can successfully make the claim. It does not matter if you knew him or not, it does not matter if you had any kind of relationship with him or not, I will guide you all the way until the claim is made. It is not a matter of being greedy, we are not hurting anyone by making this claim and it is not the best to leave the money to eventually end up in the hands of few corrupt government officials while we have the opportunity to live better with the money when claimed. The claim is not a thing I can make alone, I need someone like you to do this with me. I assure you that this transaction is a risk free one and as the operations manager of our bank, the final approval of your application will be done by me. Once I approve it, you will have the right to claim the money.
We will share the money into two equal parts (50:50) when the claim is made and I will come over to your country for my own share of the money. Everything will be done successfully as I am in a position to influence things in our favor, have no fear about this. Right now, I have all the copies of documents relating to the deposit he made that you will file to back up this claim. All I require is your sincerity and honest cooperation to enable us make this claim successfully and we have to do this within the shortest time possible because the money will be reverted to the government's account if not claimed now. If you are willing to do this with me, write back and reconfirm the below information of yours to enable me put them up in our bank records as his beneficiary:
1. Full Names:
2. Residential Address:
3. Telephone Number.
Please, make sure that the name you will give me is exactly what you have in your official identity to avoid discrepancy of any kind when the money is eventually transferred to your bank account. Once I receive the above information, I will put them in our bank records and once done, I shall inform you on what next to do to make sure you receive the money. I am waiting for your consent and details in order to move to the next step towards getting the money. Please, this is really a serious transaction and I want you to take it seriously too. Thank you.
Mr. Tanapon Manasirikul