Has someone offered you a huge sum of money or a valuable consignment? It's a 419 or advance fee fraud - find out how they work, and what to do to be safe.
#9066 by jn5318 Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:29 pm

As part of iKobo Inc's expansion and promotional package for the fiscal year
2008, We are pleased to inform you that your parcel containing the sum of $2.8
Million US dollars which has been made available to you through an iKobo Visa
card is now on the way to the post authority in your country. Upon delivery, you

are required to proceed to your nearest post office to pick up your funds.
Being the beneficiary of this grant you are to provide a valid ID to enable the
post office release your card to you.
The details on how you are to activate your card and start withdrawals are
included in the package that would be given to you.

You can track the current status via the website: www.iship.com
Please you are to send us your delivery details which would be needed at the
pickup location:

You are also to immediately refund the delivery charges of US$120
immediately so as to avoid cancellation of the delivery.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Best Regards
Mr. Robert Parker

#9115 by Arnold Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:55 am
Thanks for that, and sorry for the delay in replying.
100% scam of course. Both the websites quoted seem genuine, i.e. set up in 1997 and 2001. Scam sites are usually set up for the minimum 12 months. Scammers often incorporate the names of genuine businesses in their scams though.
The tracking number EC932373096US also seems to be genuine though. It also shows up on the 100% genuine http://www.usps.com
Label/Receipt Number: EC93 2373 096U S
Status: Electronic Shipping Info Received

The U.S. Postal Service was electronically notified by the shipper on February 18, 2008 to expect your package for mailing. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date. Delivery status information will be provided if / when available. No further information is available for this item.

Information on this item has been restored from offline files and will be available online for 30 days from 04/05/2009.

Somehow the scammer seems to have got a tracking number for a non-existent package. Can you post the email again with the full headers? Thanks.

EDIT 44 Google hits on this tracking number used for various scams. See here.

#9116 by Holly Brown Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:01 pm
The U.S. Postal Service was electronically notified by the shipper on February 18, 2008 to expect your package for mailing.

The USPS has been waiting a long time for that package to be shipped. ;)

It looks like someone went online last year and created a tracking number through the USPS site and then never sent the item - this is typical scammer behavior: making use of a genuine site to make their "information" seem more real.

Sad to say, one must check out everything nowadays. :(

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