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Test your scam-awareness with this “urgent message from Sudan”

Test your scam-awareness with this “urgent message from Sudan”

(Internet Safety, Scams, Identity Theft) Permanent link

Yesterday I received the following email from


My Name is KENNEDY LABIB and my sister is SA'SMA LABIB,We are from SUDAN My consignment contains $15 million United States dollars.The consignments is presently in your Country.

Please, Contact Diplomat Edward Mantey  on (916-222-8393) time and get back to me through mail.
Thanks and God bless you

Note that this came to my official Washington State Attorney General’s Office email address.  One meaning of “consignment,” says the dictionary, is “to hand over or deliver.” Wait – does that mean Kennedy is charged with delivering $15 million to some lucky American? Might that American be me? I called the “Diplomat” immediately. Alas, he was not immediately available. His message informed me that, “The Magic Jack Customer you have called is unavailable.” I was, however, allowed to leave a message. For laughs, I asked him to call me. I haven’t heard back yet.

Magic Jack, by the way, is a product – which we do not endorse nor condemn – that allows users to receive calls and voice messages without an actual phone line. Apparently the “diplomat” likes to save money by not having a secretary or even a phone line. Very frugal --- especially for someone charged with quickly unloading several million smackers.

In all seriousness, here’s my question: what is this scam and how would it play out if I actually fell for it? After reading a few of your answers I’ll post a few words of advice.

Dan Sytman


Posted by Public Affairs Unit at 08/01/2012 12:08:27 PM | 

It is wise to be on the alert for any email which mentions a large sum of money and it comes from someone outside of your personal or business contact list. I recommend adding this email to the spam filter, preventing further intrusion.

Posted by: Ben ( Email ) at 11/9/2012 1:34 PM

Sounds like a pretty standard advance fee fraud. There will be fees that need paying and the victim will be instructed to wire these fees via Western Union or MoneyGram
Posted by: George ( Email ) at 11/26/2012 5:24 PM

Im receiving sme mails similar to tht one
Posted by: Alynice ( Email ) at 4/5/2013 6:00 PM

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