The Follow-Up E-mail Scam
Date: 14 June 2006
From: "Trent Moses" <TrentMoses@0733.com>
Subject: Better Future, well-met
We sent you an email a while ago, because you qualified for a
much lower rate based on our records from a national database.
Why is this? Because currently it is a buyers market with the
lowest rates in years.
You can now get $325,000 for as little as $709 a month at as low as 3.75%!
We realize many homeowners struggle and that makes it difficult
to maintain good credit. But we specialize in poor credit cases- helping you
to refinance even with bad credt, helping you lower your monthly
burden and build back your credt.
You will receive the lowest rate possible in your special circumstance
You can fill out this quick form and be approved within 24 hours:
The sender of this e-mail bargains on only one thing, that the e-mail will land in the inbox of someone who recently inquired about a home loan. The basic test for the recipient would be to determine if the e-mail came from the same organisation from which he/she made the original enquiry. This e-mail does not mention where it comes from, which is kind of strange, because we live in an age of name branding, companies will never miss out on a chance to build their brand, so they will always conclude their e-mails their company name as well as the name of the representative or employee who compiled the e-mail. 0733.com seems to be some kind of Chinese e-mail service provider. Professional financial institutions will have their own domain and will not send e-mail from a separate e-mail service provider.
The e-mail is not addressed to a specific person, it does not even start with a proper introduction like Dear Sir/Madam. If you provide your name to an organisation when you enquire about something, then they will use your name in their reply, not even Dear Sir/Madam, so it is clear the sender of this e-mail had no idea who the recipient would be.
The poor spelling, the strange text at the bottom (hash buster text) and the absence of the details discussed above, make it perfectly clear that this e-mail is a scam.