When the phishers aren’t even making an effort anymore…

Sometimes, the phishers aren’t even trying and they send you a really, really short email. I decided if they weren’t going to put any effort into our potential relationship, then I’d throw in the extra difficulty of a language barrier…

Original Phishing Email


A New Tactic Emerges – let’s all speak second languages…

Sometimes, when I’m feeling particularly cheeky, I decide to respond to the emails in Japanese. Surprisingly, my phishers are not deterred. A battle of wills and confusion soon ensued…

Phishing Email – Original

Subject: I am waiting for your response

Hello My Good Friend,
 First, I’m soliciting your utmost confidentiality in this Transaction.I am Dr.Peter Sullivan,the foreign Operations Manager Standard Bank Plc.One of our customers who bears the same name with you,a national of your country,who used to work with Chevron Oil Producing Company in United Kingdom that died On the 25th of December 2003,on the single reason of visiting his in-laws.His wife{A LEBANESE} and their only daughter were involved in a Plane crash on their way home for the holidays and were among the 111 people confirmed dead….Check the cnn website here for confirmation…(http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/africa/12/25/benin.crash/index.html)
 Since then we have made several inquiries to your embassy here to locate any of his extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.
 After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track over the Internet, to locate any member of his family or relative hence I contacted you.I’m taking this advantage in order to better my life and that of my family. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating  the fund valued at US$20.7 million Left behind by our customer before it gets Confiscated or declared UN-serviceable by our bank where this huge amount was deposited.Our bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated in the next six months. For the fact that I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives since then I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you. Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the percentage that is coming to me after the money is  been credited in your chosen account and the modalities for transfer.I can assist in procuring the n
 ecessary information and legal do
 If this proposal is acceptable by you, kindly get back to me .I want you to also furnish me with your private telephone/fax or preferably your mobile numbers and I will have to apply for the release and subsequent Transfer of the fund in your favor.
 Please get in touch with me urgently.
 Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation.
 Yours Faithfully,
 Dr.Peter Sullivan
 Operations Manager
 Standard Bank London,United Kingdom
 Please upon your response include your private telephone and fax
 for further and oral communication

My Initial Response

Translation: Ooo! What does this mean?
Side note: I particularly liked the way Dr Sullivan worded his email, cramming it with a lot of details that lulled me into a false sense of security. Then, invited me for some oral communication. 
Not to be deterred a few weeks later Dr Sullivan got back in touch with me.

Second Phishing Email

Kindly re-confirm your information for us to proceed.
Your Full Name:
Your Complete Address:
Direct Phone Number:
Mobile Number:

My Second Response

Translation: I don’t understand. Your reply is in English, isn’t it? Japanese is better. 
Well, Dr Sullivan was keen for me to receive my $20m. 

Third Phishing Email

You can write in Japanese
Kind of a weird response since I had only ever written in Japanese and only to say I didn’t understand what he was saying. He must have been feeling really lonely to have kept coming back to this email conversation.

My Third Response

Translation: I don’t understand. I don’t understand English.
And Dr Sullivan was never to be heard from again… 
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