Found another one . . . or rather, this one found me. Goes by Jannike Nordin, and claims to be from Sweden. This one uses the email "email@example.com. This one starts with an unobtrusive email as follows (after you respond) out of the "clear blue sky":
Good Day from my part of the world...
I must confess to you that hearing from you again was a surprise to me.. I don't even know what to say to you now... Just know that I'm happy you responded despite the fact that I contacted you out of the blue...... Just so you know that I've never done this before so I urge you to be patient with me and in time to come I can answer all your questions and clear every bit of doubts you might have.... I'll try and send you my pictures, and from time to time disclose one or two things about each other, that way we can learn about each other..Oh my God, I don't even know how to respond properly to this email..Thanks you once more for taking your time to write me back.. I can only tell you one thing.. I'm harmless and not here to play games..Words are not enough right now, but with time I can prove myself to you... Stay safe and hope that this short note finds you well...hoping to hear from you again..Regards,Jannike
This one will tell you all kinds of things that "sort of" check out. I sent "her" something in Swedish (gotta love translator programs), and "she" didn't respond to it (great trick, by the way . . .). We wrote back and forth for a few months, and "she" said she would be coming here to visit me. "She" said she would be sending me a package, and what "she" said it would contain . . . some cash, as well as personal items. the following is how that went down:
It's Monday Noon here.. How are you doing today? This will be a quick note because I have a couple of more things to go through before finally departing this evening. Just include us in your prayers for safe flight..
Like I told you that I got some personal belongings that I'll be using while there with you I thought it right to send it to you... So I'll give you the details OK... In the Parcel are pictures of me and copy of the writings I've been doing at work. Also in the parcel is a Silver Ring, Silver neck-lace, a rose flower, Apple laptop, iPhone 6 unlock and a small cash sealed in the same box, The cash I intend for us to use when I get there, as presently I do not know your financial state and would not like to bore you much with my needs, I'm sure there are plenty of places we'll go when we get together...
I'm not sure yet my exact date of arrival in your place, If things work for me as planned it will be in the next four weeks.. So you update me once the parcel gets to you.. The money enclosed is all I have now.. Because I am taking care of other bills too.. The shipping cost went high more than I expected. I hope when you get it you will see some pictures of me and a personal message of me to you in video enclosed in the iPhone... it's just for you alone personal..
The Parcel should arrive your house no later than next week and you are required to present an ID to the dispatchers to know it is you and the details of the shipment also to them to be sure it is you that will be receiving the package when it get to you in your home.
Below are the identification information you are to furnish them with once they get to your home for delivery of the package to you in your place.
PIN CODE: TFG/147/77/04/PPS-DLV.
BATCH NO: 44/Z/2016/INMH-VIA OR USA.
LABEL NUMBER: PS6420139767
I registered the parcel as family treasury, valuables and goods sample. Just a quick note from me.. I'll be sending you the tracking info shortly... I'll be thinking of you and I'll make sure we remain in contact while there OK...
Then, I got an email from the "courier company with this message:
Transcontinental Delivery And Logistics Center. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From Transcontinental Delivery And Logistics Center Customer Services Department.
A1 Blok: Baglar Mh,
Yalçin Kores Cd No:20, 34540
Attn: Mr. xxx
TRACKING NUMBER: CED52904761SE
I am Mrs Rabia Elanur from Transcontinental Delivery and Logistics Services (Turkey Branch). I write to inform you that your parcel Which was sent by Ms. Jannike Nordin has been placed on HOLD at the dispatching Unit Turkish Customs; in Istanbul International Airport. This was due to some reasons which happens to violate the shipping policies.
When your package arrived Istanbul International Airport at the customs check point, the custom scanned the parcel and detected that currency (Money) were included in your parcel. Therefore, certain commissions must be paid as customs duty fine via us which is for the immediate clearance and release of your package from the customs to us.
You are required to follow all instructions giving to you to facilitate the release of your package from the customs. To do this, you are required to pay the charges listed below for the immediate release of your package.
Clearance fee: $1440.00
TOTAL : $2,290.00
Upon confirmation of payment, your package will be released from customs for onward delivery to your designated address.
Immediately the payment of the fine is made, a Custom Clearance Certificate (CCC) will be issued and attach to your parcel. This is in accordance to the mode of operations in the Courier Sector For Financial Delivery. We have already taken order number for this package from the custom.
Update us as soon as you receive this information to furnish you with the necessary info you'll need to make payment for onward delivery of your package.
Thank you for using our service, we are glad to be of service to you.
Mrs. Rabia Elanur.
Customer Propositions, (Customer Services Department, Turkey Branch.)
I tracked the IP addresses with Arul's, found out they were using mirror sites, and chatted with some friends I made when I was in law enforcement. They were the ones who confirmed this was a scam, as I suspected. I even went so far as to check with the Turkish Consulate with regard to the "package." You can guess what I learned (they were VERY nice about it).
This is to inform you all that, just because someone SAYS they're from a country that isn't known for scamming, doesn't make them innocent. . .
This just REproves that if it is unexpected, sounds GREAT, and believable, it ISN'T always REAL. I did my homework, and hope you all do as well whenever something doesn't sound "just quite right."
This is a reminder to ALL of you to NEVER, EVER, under ANY circumstances even THINK about sending money to ANYONE you haven't met IN PERSON, and have spent some time with, one on one.