I was looking through my spam folder today and found a phishing email with the subject line "and has a subject line of "FW: Contact Bank of England : Stop Contacting Scammers.." that took me by surprise. This email pretends to be from the United States Department of Treasury and states that $6.5 million USD is being held for you at the Bank of England and that you should contact them in order to transfer the money to your bank account.
As I was reading it, though, a section caught my eye that I have personally not seen in a phishing email before. This section of the email contains a list of names that are associated with other phishing scams that the recipient should avoid. So basically, the sender of this phishing email is making sure not to share you with any other scammers!
You can read this part of the email below:
Your information is with the Bank Of England as we have forwarded all your data to them in regards to releasing your funds, all your information has been sent to us from the National Security Agency ( N.S.A) in support from Washington. So for this, your security is ensured that you are in safe hands. Please for your own good and safety you are advised to stop all pending and previous transactions with a third party. If you are in any way, in contact with receiving your Funds from ( Lagos _ Nigeria ) or Benin, we believe that whatever you are doing with them is a fraudulent attempt to rip you off your money. There is proof that you really have to stop contacting any other office, below is the listed names of scammers and their fake identity. So if you are in contact with any of them, we advise you to stop any transaction because all names listed below have been blacklisted as scammers. Scam Names Listed below to stop contacting; 1) Prof. Charles soludo 2) Senator David Mark 3) Micheal Edward 4) Chief Joseph Sanusi 5) Sanusi Lamido 6) Dr. R. Rasheed [names continue]
There really is no honor among thieves.
As always, never respond to any email stating that they have money for you in a bank account and need you to contact them in order to transfer it. If you are expecting an email regarding a bank transfer, be sure to call the bank directly instead of contacting them via email.
You can see the full phishing email below.