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=====Spam Email=====

From: John Stumpf
Date: March 26, 2010 8:30 AM
To: Our Valued Customers

Attention all Wells Fargo bank members,

Wells Fargo has been rewarded by the government for offering low interest mortgages to help the economy recover, and we would like to share with you our good fortune.

Due to a limited amount funds we will be unable to share with every one of our customers, so all you have to do is e-mail me back at The first one million of our 48 million customers will receive **200 DOLLARS** deposited into their checking or savings account, whichever is indicated when you contact me.

Thank you for banking with Wells Fargo. Contact me as soon as possible to receive your **200 DOLLARS**, and just indicate if you want the money in your checking or savings account.

Thank You.
CEO-Wells Fargo:
John G. Stumpf


====David Dixon====

The e-mail is addressed form David Dixon on June 23rd 2008 at 4:47:34 pm Central time, to undisclosed recipients (plural). It has the Subject line title in bold lettering Private Message and has a reply-to address of exc is probably an abbreviation of executor or executive. Also notice that it is not a company e-mail address it is a googlemail address, which anyone can start and be called by whatever name they want. Then it has an mailing name and address line for traditional mail, which reads Barrister David Dixon, Dixon Chambers, 1-3 Brixton RD London, SW9 6DE United Kingdom. Form this address we learn that the sender is from London, and is a Barrister.

Then he goes into an introduction paragraph. This paragraph has very elaborate language in it, examples include However strange or surprising, I humbly ask, Take due consideration of its importance, apologize for the infringing on your privacy, seriousness of purpose, and acceptable meeting of the minds. For someone who speaks English as a first language, there are mistakes that shouldn’t be included in the e-mail, such as he spelt apologise with an s rather than an z, and he has punctuation errors also such as capitalizing Acceptable in the middle of a sentence. He spends the paragraph asking you to consider his proposal.

Then he moves onto the narrative where he explains what he wants form the reader and what the message is about. In the first narrative paragraph he states that he was the employer of a man who died, on may 22nd, 2005 in a car accident. He does not say the employee’s name, but just says that he had the same last name as the reader, to who the message was sent. In the next paragraph he is very vague again. He states that he has tried to contact my embassy, but does not say which one that is. He says that he is trying to locate the family of his deiced employee. He also states that he has been unsuccessful in locating any of the family members, so he has resorted to contacting people with the same last name, to “work together in repatriating my late client’s deposit.” So what he wants with you the reader is finally starting to come out. Earlier he stated that the reason for sending this letter over the internet and not over traditional mail was that it was urgent, and in the next paragraph he goes into that. He states that the deceased had a consignment valued at J5,550,000.00 and that he only has ten more days to contact a member of his family. Since he has not found any next of kin he wants the reader to agree to letting him present your name as next of kin and to split the money 50-50 with him. Then in the next paragraph he says he is the only attorney and it will be safe. Then he wants you to contact him if he agrees.

====Robert S. Mueller, III====

The e-mail is addressed from “Robert S. Mueller, III” on march 14th 2010 at 3:43:49 am Central time, to undisclosed recipients, which means that it was probably sent to many people. The subject line is in all capitals UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, but the reply-to line is addressed to, not to “Robert S. Mueller, III” who it is from.

The e-mail starts with attn: Sir, which is an address to a male. It then starts Compliments of the day, I Wish to inform you that your Payment has been released and you will need to contact the payment Officer Mr. Kelvin Williams with the informations as stated below. This has issues that indicate that English is a second language to the writer. Like the capitalized words in the middle of the sentence, examples: Wish, Payment, Officer, also the grammatical errors like informations. So far the e-mail seems to have been mistakenly sent to the reader, because it is referring to a payment being released that you should have prior knowledge of. He then goes on to give the contact information of Kevin Williams, with the same e-mail address as the reply-to line, and a telephone number that is +2348138938981. This is a foreign phone number, not you that you would expect to be getting from a payment officer from the United States Department of Justice, which in its self is unbelievable, because payments you expect would not be coming from the Department of Justice, but from the IRS.

He then tells you to contact Kevin Williams who is not at all with the DOJ, but with the ATM PAYMENT CENTER with your full name (you would expect they already have this information), Home Address, Tell, Cell, Current Occupation, Bank name, and age. His method of telling you what to do has been pretty direct this whole time. Now he says please be informed that all the documents are in place and that all you have to do is make sure that you can afford the 110 USD for the delivery of your funds, which will be sent out by ATM SWIFT CARD using FedEx International Courier Service, which has more capitalization errors in it. It is also very odd that you have to pay 110 dollars, to receive an unknown amount of money by ATM swift card by an international mail service. Then it says that they await your response so they can carry on with the investigation, and that my money awaits me (the reader). Then the tone of the sender changes and he says “Thanks and hope to read from you soon…” then the post address on the e-mail is from Robert, Director of the FBI US DOJ in Washington D.C. this e-mail is clearly a fraud and a scam. So was the first e-mail, but this one is blatantly a scam.


===Patterns of Repetition===
==David Dixon==
There are continual capitalization errors and spelling errors in this e-mail. Some examples are the miss capitalization of Network, Trust, Confidentiality, Sincerity, and Acceptable, in the first paragraph alone. These words could be purposefully capitalized by the author to try and emphasize them, but with the elaborate language that is repeated throughout the e-mail it appears that English is a second language to the author. Some examples of the elaborate language are, strange and surprising, seriousness of purpose, crave your indulgence, I humbly ask… There are also repeated spelling errors throughout the email, such as apologise.

The author uses very long drawn out sentences throughout the email. His paragraphs are one to three sentences long. As I already mentioned the language is very elaborate, which helps to build credibility of the authors ethos that he set up in the address line above. With the use of calling himself Barrister David Dixon and Living on Brixton Rd London, the reader would expect very proper and elaborate language from someone from the U.K. If the author had the sound of a slang talking gangbanger, the ethos he is trying to set up would suffer. Something that does lead the reader away from the image of a prim and proper English-speaking lawyer is the capitalization and spelling errors. English people, and lawyers, are know for being masters of the English language, so to mess up so much like the author of this letter does, makes me question the identity that the author wants me to believe.

A new ethos is developed when you look more closely at the use of words, spelling, and sentence structure. It appears that the author is trying to appear English, because people expect elaborate language from an Englishman, the author seems to speak and write English as a second language. So now the identity of the author appears to be a false hood, and that he is lying to the reader. Which builds a very un-trustable ethos.

==Robert S. Mueller 3rd==
Like the David Dixon e-mail, the author of the Robert S. Mueller e-mail has many capitalization, sentence structure, and spelling errors. Some examples are I Wish to, payment Officer, the informations as stated below. The author wants you to believe that he is an FBI agent, but the ethos he creates draws a different picture. The author fits a better profile of a non-American that speaks English as a second language.

===Patterns of Sequencing===
==David Dixon==
This e-mail seems to fit the classic model of a three part essay, with a introduction, a body set of paragraphs that include a narrative, and a conclusion paragraph. But there are a few differences, such as the from, date, time, to, subject, and the reply to line at the very top of the e-mail. Then he has even more information before the introduction paragraph, with the senders name and address. Also the e-mail is very long for an e-mail, it is more like a short essay, but it is ended like a personal letter by saying Yours Sincerely, Barr. David Dixon.

==Robert S. Mueller==
This e-mail is not a three part essay format. It also is not a formal format that you would expect form the FBI, especially how he ends it, with “Thanks and hope to read from you soon.” Another thing wrong with this, the reader is suppose to be contacting Kelvin Williams, not the sender, and he acts like you are e-mailing him back.

===Patterns of Omission===
==David Dixon==
One thing that is repeatedly omitted is what the clients name was, and what country he was from. Which is a big factor that
contributes to the authors falseness giving him an un-creditable ethos.

==Robert S. Mueller==
He omits what the payment amount is, and what it is for. He also omits what the investigation is about. Then he asks for your information, which he should already have if he is e-mailing me.

==David Dixon==
The anomalies that occur in this e-mail, I already mentioned. How he uses language as a second language, what he omits.

==Robert S. Mueller==
Has the same anomalies as David Dixon’s e-mail, and he has the anomaly that the payment is coming from the Department of Justice, not like the IRS or the Treasury Department. Also he is having the reader contact someone else not him.

===Patterns of Relationship===
==Both e-mails==
The two e-mails are related by the fact that they both seem to be scams and both authors have a foreign sounding accent in there writing.

==Robert S. Mueller==
In his e-mail the author uses long sentences, and a list of things that he wants you to e-mail back to him. He doesn’t build trust with the reader like David Dixon, but he gives the reader a sense that he can get away with it. The author does this by giving us a sense that the reader has received the e-mail by accident, and all they have to do to get the payment is to give the information and pay the fee. So he sets the reader up to be the conspirator, not a co-conspirator. It seems possible, because the author says that everything else has been taken care of. The rhetorical situation is that the author is trying to convince the reader that they can get away with stealing form the FBI.

==David Dixon==
In this e-mail the author try’s to build trust with the reader, and to get them to co-conspirator with him to steal money. The author builds trust in the first couple of paragraphs, then asks you to be a co-conspirator, and assures the reader that he will be 100% free from anything illegal. The author is trying to convince the reader that they can steal from this company, and from a dead mans family.


David Dixon

The author of this email uses specific speech to create a ethos of a well versed barrister from London. He uses words like “However strange or surprising, take due consideration, I crave your indulgence, seriousness of purpose, acceptable meeting of the mind,” all to do this. He also has made a choice to try and build trust with the reader in the first paragraph, to get the reader to do what it is that he wants them to do, contact him. He purposefully made the message longer than a normal email, but he hopes that since he is building trust with the reader that they will read the whole thing.

This email might impact people differently; on me it does nothing but make me want to delete the email, because I know it is so obviously a scam. But to someone who really needs the money it might be persuasive enough for them to at least contact him, since he spent the time to try and build trust. Also this email might be viewed as a way to stick it to the man, who will get the money if you don’t conspire to split it with David Dixon.

I think that the email being longer than most is an ok choice, but I would make it be not as long as it is, because it takes a whole page to get the actual reason for sending the message. Building trust with a stranger is a good way to start it, and also placing the blame for the time line and urgency on someone else is good, because it keeps the trust between the reader and the person sending the message.

By trying to build trust and waiting till the end to mention the actual “scam” part of the email says a little bit about the person sending it. It says that he will take the time to come up with an elaborate story, gust for you to contact him, which is kind of a desperate thing to do, but he doesn’t come across as desperate.

Robert S. Mueller 3rd

Unlike the David Dixon email, this one is not overly long, with a lot of reading to do, and it does not spend the time trying to develop trust with the reader because it does not need to. In the first email you are being asked to be a co-conspirator, but in this one, you are the one conspiring. The email is crafted to look like you received it on accident, and that you can get the money without anyone knowing that you aren’t suppose to. Another choice he makes is that he is trying to get the reader to contact someone else supposedly. He also chooses to use recognizable brand names like ATM Swift Card and the FBI.

Again to me this email does nothing, but to someone who needs money, or just someone who believes that they can pull it off and get some money it might work for them to contact the sender. It probably works on the criminally minded group of people who want to try and pull off a scam.

The use of brand names, I don’t think was that necessary, at least not the ATM Swift Card, because it feels to obvious that he is just thronging it in to try and build some credibility. The idea that you are making the reader conspire is a good one, because you don’t have to try and build trust over 100 words, to get what you want form them.

There isn’t much that indicates what the sender is like in this one email.

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