Often, phishing emails are tricky because they contain an offer that many people would find tempting. This one I received over the weekend does not have that problem:
From: Dr Lawrence Burns <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: YOUR BANK DRAFT
It is my pleasure to let you know about my success in getting those fund transferred under the cooperation of a new Partner from Greece. I didn’t forget your past efforts to assist me in transferring those funds.
Now contact my secretary Mr. Goodluck Okeke his email is (email@example.com) ask him to send you the total $3.2 certified bank draft which I raised for your compensation so feel free and get in touched with him and give him your Address such as Full name Home address direct phone number where to send the draft.
Let me know immediately you receive it for us to share the joy. I am very busy here with investment projects which I am having at hand, finally, I left instruction to the secretary on your behalf, so feel free to get in touch with him.
Dr Lawrence Burns
$3.2? As in three dollars and twenty cents?
I don’t want to come off as some kinda spoiled, complacent jerkface here, Doctor Larry, but that seems like an awful lot of work for $3.20.
Obviously, they left out the word “million” and I’m just being snarky here, but there are some interesting things. We’ve got the usual email-address-salad going on here, with the mysterious “mir-grp.com” domain, the China-based “w.cn,” and someone at yahoo.com. We’ve also got a mention of someone named “Goodluck,” which is apparently a popular first name in (wait for it…) Nigeria.
In other words, all the evidence of a Nigerian 419 scam is present and accounted for.