Here is a typical phishing example letter. Phishing is one of the things that have blighted the internet over the past few years, with thousands of people across the globe losing out to cyber criminals. In any case, I received this phishing example letter in my inbox and thought I would show it here for the benefit of those who may not know what the phenomenon is. In the interest of knowledge, I shall resist the urge to tell Mrs Fung to go Fung herself. I will, in fact, lead her along with a string of lies of my own to see where she goes. So, stay tuned….
What is Phishing?
Phishing can be described as an attempt to fraudulently obtain personal information from unsuspecting individuals. It comes disguised as a worthy cause and can be used to steal credit cards, banking details and other personal information. The phishing example below is only the start of the process….
I know that this letter may be a very big surprise to you, I came across your email contact from my personal search and I instructed the doctor here in this hospital to help me email you and i believe that you will be honest to fulfill my final wish before I will die.
I am Mrs. Biyu Fung Chi, I am 66 years old, From China, and I am suffering from a long time cancer of the breast. From all indication my condition is really deteriorating, and my doctors have courageously advised me that I may not live beyond 3 month; this is because the cancer has reached a critical stage.
I was married to late Dr Chi Thai, gold & diamond exportation in Burkina Faso, West Africa, where we live all our Lives for Thirty-two years before he died in the year2004. But is quite unfortunately, He died after a Cardiac Arteries Operation that lasted only for four days.
Since his death I decided not to re-marry, I deposited all the sum of $5.5million dollars with a Bank in Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso, where we spend our life together in Burkina Faso.
Presently, this money is still in their custody, and the management just wrote me as the Legitimate beneficiary to come forward to receive the money after keeping it for so long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I cannot come over as a result of my illness, or they get it confiscated.
Presently, I’m with my laptop in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment, I have since lost my ability to do anything myself and my doctors have told me that I have only 3 month to live.
Now that I am about to end the race like this without any family members and no child, It is my last wish to see that this money is invested, but you will assure me that you will take 50% of the money and give 50% to the orphanages home in your country for my heart to rest.
I want your good humanitarian, to also use this money to fund churches, orphanages and widows around. I must let you know that this was a very hard decision, but I had to take a bold step towards this issue because I have no further option. I hope you will help see my last wishes come true.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank. I will also issue you a letter of authority which will prove that you are the new beneficiary of my funds, and the documents concerning the deposit. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. Hope to hear from you soonest. I am waiting your response.through this my Private Email address. firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE REPLY ME AGAIN WITH THE ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS
BELOW FOR MY CONFIRMATION:
5.Country of Residence:
7.Your marital status;
9.Sand to me your picture;
10.You have to assured me that you will act has I have instructed you if the fund get to your account.
Yours Sick Sister in Christ,
Mrs. Biyu Fung Chi.
Hope the above phishing example will help you identify the menace when you encounter it. You can also share your own examples of phishing in the comments section below. Most of them are actually hilarious! If you are interested in knowing more, read our article on some of the threats that lurk across the internet and how to identify them.