Email spam schemes

In the past day or so, someone has sent an email to some members of our board and community acting as if they are our president Felix Quachey, asking the targets to purchase gift cards.

Hi …, Thanks for your response and sorry for disturbing your busy schedule. Here is what I want you to do for me and I’ll appreciate if it can be done today, Please I need you to get me 6 pieces of Amazon Gift cards of $400 face value each, that will amount to $2400 and I shall reimburse you on or before weekend. I’m sending the cards to some diligent members as surprise gift and I want this to be kept secret until they get their cards. I’ll appreciate your help on this. I need you to get the physical card, scratch the back out and take a picture of each of the cards, attach the pictures showing the pin and email it to me. I’ll appreciate you kind gesture on this. Do let me know if you can get this done in an hour.

Be advised that Felix will never send you such a solicitation. Should you receive something like this purporting to be from Felix – or any other person at FPCA, feel free to contact them at the phone number or email address listed on our web site Contact page, so they can confirm that fact. You may also like to inform Columbus Police.

Please always be alert to any email if the topic is questionable, the “from” address is unusual, or other clues in the header look strange. The header in the above sample has Felix supposedly writing from atlas.sehal [at] gmail [dot] com. (If one digs deeper, there are even more clues. That’s why legal authorities want to see the entire header and message.)

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