A new email scam floating around the Internet includes a picture of what appears to be a genuine passport in the name of the sender. The sample we have appears to be a real Algerian passport in the name of Morsli Boubakeur, which is who our email – coming from email@example.com – is allegedly from.
The email says only “answer me in smal time” (sic), but it contains three files – one is the picture of the passport, one an official-looking bank document with the bank’s name and address, and one is a small text file which reads, in full:
Transfer my money at euroand put in
Account Name:Morsli Boubakeur â€¨
Bank Name:Bank B.E A OF ALGERIAâ€¨
Bank Address:25 av cheikh larbi tebessi sidi belabbess
â€¨Swift code: SWIFT : bexadzal065 â€¨
Account no:IBAN : 00200065065310063867 â€¨
Name:Morsli Boubakeur â€¨
Address: 02 cite 25 l.s.p sidi ali benyoub â€¨
Age:: 18/081979 in sidi belabbess â€¨
Contry : Algeria
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Most email programs these days will instantly render and display the image of the passport and the bank document, so that is almost the very first thing that the target sees. Seeing a passport in the name of the “sender” – complete with a photo of the “sender’, and the bank document, lends a fiendish credibility, providing a sense that this really could be the real thing. Maybe there really is a Morsli Boubakeur. Maybe he really needs help.
Don’t be taken in. This is a very clever variation of the old 419 scam (also known as the Nigerian scam). But it’s still a scam.
Here is the version that we have – anybody else seen one with a different name or passport?
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