New personalised SPAM-SCAM from ‘Bentley organization’?

April 10, 2007

SPAM / Scam mails are just getting more personal. This mail wasn’t catched by my spam-filter and cought my attention, because it’s the first spam mail that mentions my correct first and last name.

From: “LINDA SMITH”
To: (email address only used for whois)
Subject: Confidential letter to Randolf Jorberg
Hi Randolf Jorberg

RE: BENTLEY28722662/726-099Randolf Jorberg

I am delighted to announce to you an award from Bentley organization.

Via a computer ballot system conducted by Bentley as part of their Easter promotions for the year 2007, your name and email address came up in a random draw for a cash award of $300,000 (Three hundred thousand United States Dollars only).

Your award winning number is: BENTLEY28722662, ticket number 726-099. You are strongly adviced to keep your winning confidential. Hense contact your claims executive immediately to begin processing your cash award winning.

Mr. Robert West

E-mail: robertwestmail@sify.com

Please email the following details to Mr. Robert West your claims executive:

Your full name ,Your telephone number including area code, your cellular phone number (most importantly including area code)

Your fax number including area code

Your recent email address and mailing address (for delivery of your certified check)

Your reference number: BENTLEY28722662/726-099Randolf Jorberg

Your claims executive shall provide you detailed information about the promotions and also advice you on how to receive your cash award. Your certified check has been issued and currently with your claims agent hence contact him for further information.

PLEASE DO NOT REPLY THIS EMAIL RATHER CONTACT ONLY YOUR CLAIMS AGENT

Congratulations on your success in this years Bently promotions award

Linda

Regional cordinator

Data (including my full name) is obviously taken from domain whois data and I wonder what this spam mails purpose might be: simple data (lead) generation or is there going to be a follow up answer with some kind of phishing attempt? Anyone got the same mails?

6 responses to New personalised SPAM-SCAM from ‘Bentley organization’?

  1. I have got the same email just today:

    Hi Maltesi Diego

    RE: BENTLEY28722662/726-099Maltesi Diego

    I am delighted to announce to you an award from Bentley organization.

    Via a computer ballot system conducted by Bentley as part of their Easter promotions for the year 2007, your name and email address came up in a random draw for a cash award of $300,000 (Three hundred thousand United States Dollars only).

    Your award winning number is: BENTLEY28722662, ticket number 726-099. You are strongly adviced to keep your winning confidential. Hense contact your claims executive immediately to begin processing your cash award winning.

    Mr. Robert West

    E-mail: robertwestmail@sify.com

    Please email the following details to Mr. Robert West your claims executive:

    Your full name ,Your telephone number including area code, your cellular phone number (most importantly including area code)

    Your fax number including area code

    Your recent email address and mailing address (for delivery of your certified check)

    Your reference number: BENTLEY28722662/726-099Maltesi Diego

    Your claims executive shall provide you detailed information about the promotions and also advice you on how to receive your cash award. Your certified check has been issued and currently with your claims agent hence contact him for further information.

    PLEASE DO NOT REPLY THIS EMAIL RATHER CONTACT ONLY YOUR CLAIMS AGENT

    Congratulations on your success in this years Bently promotions award

    Linda

    Regional cordinator

    Hi,

    RE: BENTLEY28722662/726-099

    I am delighted to announce to you an award from Bentley organization.

    Via a computer ballot system conducted by Bentley as part of their Easter promotions for the year 2007, your name and email address came up in a random draw for a cash award of $300,000 (Three hundred thousand United States Dollars only).

    Your award winning number is: BENTLEY28722662, ticket number 726-099. You are strongly adviced to keep your winning confidential. Hense contact your claims executive immediately to begin processing your cash award winning.

    Mr. Robert West

    E-mail: robertwestmail@sify.com

    Please email the following details to Mr. Robert West your claims executive:

    Your full name ,Your telephone number including area code, your cellular phone number (most importantly including area code)

    Your fax number including area code

    Your recent email address and mailing address (for delivery of your certified check)

    Your reference number: BENTLEY28722662/726-099

    Your claims executive shall provide you detailed information about the promotions and also advice you on how to receive your cash award. Your certified check has been issued and currently with your claims agent hence contact him for further information.

    PLEASE DO NOT REPLY THIS EMAIL RATHER CONTACT ONLY YOUR CLAIMS AGENT

    Congratulations on your success in this years Bently promotions award

    Linda

    Regional cordinator

  2. Hi got the same message… with my proper name and surname… have you got any Idea on HOW the had my personal details?

    Thanks,

    Emiliano

  3. also a recipient of the Linda Smith mail and 300,000 to the good because of it (not)- note that sify.com is an Indian “news portal” which no doubt flogs email addresses cheap as well. cant quite see what they are after at this stage, but presume phishing for bank details later in the exercise.

    had a similar “lottery win” at the ned of last year, but curiously they didnt respond to me trying to collect the money as I failed to dosclose bank details.

    rogern ingles

  4. Got the same email as Roger and Emiliano…has anyone actually got any money from it?…I’m apparently about to receive £10,000 cheque in the post for Inland Revenue before big winnings can be sent out!!- haven’t given any bank details or personal details (just work) and playing along to see how far this goes…wise? or stupid?

  5. I did receive a cheque for £10,500. I took it to the bank and showed them the correspondence I’d been receiving.

    Stuart from HSBC fraud team called and told me I’d been subject to the 419 scam.

    The 419 scam is named after the penal code in Nigeria for advanced fee fraud. Apparently you bank the cheque and after four days – when the cheque is cleared- you mail the money on often via Western Union (the scammers told me this 10.5k was for Inland Revenue before getting the real winnings!) In the meantime, the cheque would have actually bounced (my cheque was from a ‘lost’ book) and if I’d wired the money on (supposedly for Inland Revenue)..I’d then owe the bank £10,500! This is a scam basically to beat the clearing cycle!!

    Everyone should STAY CLEAR!!!!

  6. David Clarke May 14, 2007 at 13:52

    Thanks for taking the risk to play along Julia. Glad to hear you found out the truth before being duped.

    I have received same spam too. I’m so glad that I checked here before doing anything else.

    Best wishes to all

    David