Description


David Dixon Email


The subject line of the email states “Private Message” and the person the email is addressed to states “undisclosed-recipients: ;” The top of the email has David Dixon’s address, which tells the reader that he is in the United Kingdom. David Dixon also uses the title of Barrister. He is an attorney whose client has recently passed away. He tells us the client has the same last name as us, but never states the client’s last name in the email. He uses poor punctuation and capitalization through out the email, random words that would not normally be capitalized are. The email is actually rather long compared to other spam emails. It is also composed in paragraphs and does not get to the point right away. He emphasizes the fact that this is a matter of urgency and that is the reason he cannot use snail mail, even though the proper way to handle this kind of situation is through snail mail. Dixon also uses language like “I crave your indulgence.” Even though he is a lawyer, instead of having a business-like email address he has a googlemail account. . His purpose of the email is to get the recipient to respond to the email. He uses the want/need of larger sums of money to draw the reader in. He not only spells out the amount of money, but also numerals to show it. He also does the same when stating years and confesses that the money would be split between both the reader and himself. Dixon is interested in making the reader a co-conspirator to attaining the money of his late client.
Robert S. Mueller III Email

This email is direct when stating what they want from the reader, such as name, address, occupation, age, bank name. The email also appears to be sent by mistake, the reader should know what money they are talking about. The email was also sent by the director of the FBI instead of the Treasure Department. Even though the email is from the FBI, the contact number is an international number. Also, the person they should contact is given right away at the top of the email, and is not the same person who sent it. This person also does not appear to be someone whose first language is English. Their phrases are different such as "compliments of the day." They also have words capitalized that should not be : Delivery, Funds, Investigation. The sender does use common names we would recognize, Fed ex and ATM. Email points to use an international person (sender). The emails purpose is to get us to respond with a 110 USD payment for an ATM card we do not know the amount for. We also do not know why we are getting it. The email was sent out around tax season, more than likely a coincidence but interesting.

Analysis


David Dixon Email

This email is written very formally and Dixon gives off a very friendly appeal. He uses words such as "honesty" and "integrity" which give the impression that he himself is worried about having an honest person contact him, making him seem more appealing as well. However he never does state what his late clients last name is, so the reader does not know for sure if they share the last name. He also never states the recipients name in the email, the impression is given that he may have already said it, but he never really does. He had a lot of capitalization errors as well. The words he capitalized are words that push the reader to lean in his favor or to show he is a truthful man, such as: Certified, Acceptable, Trust, Confidentiality, Client, Beneficiary, etc. Through out the email he builds up his ethos, but the small mistakes such as not giving a last name, or such capitalization errors, bring his ethos down a bit.


Robert S Mueller III email
The email is perceived as it is coming from the FBI. The fact that the email is very direct gives it the feel of it coming from the FBI, but the one thing I found interesting was the email was for dispersing money and it came from the FBI instead of the Treasury Department. I also found it interesting that it was sent around tax season, sending it around this time makes the email seem a little more believable and people may be more willing to respond since it is from the email. However, I did not understand why the email asked for the occupation and bank name of the recipient. It is almost as if they government should know that information if they need to. A big anomaly that stuck out to me was that the person we were supposed to contact, Kelvin Williams, did not have a government issued email. The email did not create a very trusting relationship between the sender, Mueller, and the recipient.

Interpretation


From: John Cooper
Date: June 15, 2009 4:57:25 PM CT
To: undisclosed-recipients
Subject: Congrats
Reply-To:sgingrich@yahoomail.com


CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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FULL NAME
HOME ADDRESS
TELEPHONE
CELL PHONE
BANK NAME & ACCOUNT NUMBER

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Contact Info
NAME: Stacey Gingrich
EMAIL: sgingrich@yahoomail.com
TELEPHONE: 1-520-652-5986


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John Cooper
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