Phishing at it’s finest…

Except… I’ve never been there, and I may have fallen off the turnip truck, but it WASN’T last night…

Especially since it was sent from a fake email address that doesn’t correspond with anything to do with the Harrisburg airport, and ‘originated’ overseas (spoofed from [email protected])

Interim Assistance General Manager,
(Operations, Maintenance, Transportation)
Harrisburg International Airport Pennsylvania
One Terminal Drive, Middletown,
PA 17057, Pennsylvania USA

Hello Good Friend

                                            Your Abandoned Package For Delivery

I have very vital information to give to you, but first I must have your trust before I reveal it to you because it may cost me my job, so I need somebody that I can trust for me to be able to reveal the secret to you.

I am Mr.Charles J.Colocino JR, head of luggage/baggage storage facilities (Operations, Maintenance, and Transportation) here at the Harrisburg International Airport, Pennsylvania USA. During my recent withheld package routine check at the Airport Storage Vault, I discovered an abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from London and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately 110kg. The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was not properly declared by the consignee as “MONEY” rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid interrogation and also the inability of the diplomat to pay for the United States Non Inspection Charges which is $3,700USD. On my assumption the consignment is still left in our Storage House here at the Harrisburg International Airport Pennsylvania till date. The details of the consignment including your name, your email address and the official documents from the United Nations office in Geneva are tagged on it.

However, to enable me confirm if you are the actual recipient of this consignment as the assistant director of the Inspection Unit, I will advise you provide your current Phone Number and Full Address, to enable me cross check if it corresponds with the address on the official documents including the name of nearest Airport around your city. Please note that this consignment is supposed to have been returned to the United States Treasury Department as unclaimed delivery due to the delays in concluding the clearance processes so as a result of this, I will not be able to receive your details on my official email account. So in order words to enable me cross check your details, I will advise you send the required details to my private email address for quick processing and response. Once I confirm you as the actual recipient of the trunk box, I can get everything concluded within 48 hours upon your acceptance and proceed to your address for delivery.

Lastly, be informed that the reason I have taken it upon myself to contact you personally about this abandoned consignment is because I want us to transact this business and share the money 70% for you and 30% for me since the consignment has not yet been returned to the United States Treasury Department after being abandoned by the diplomat so immediately the confirmation is made, I will go ahead and pay for the United States Non Inspection Fee of $3,700 dollars and arrange for the box to be delivered to your doorstep Or I can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble but you have to assure me of my
30% share.

I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive and I will appreciate if we can keep this deal confidential. Please get back to me via my private Email 🙁 [email protected] ) for further directives.


Mr.Charles J.Colocino JR

Interim Assistance General Manager,
Harrisburg International Airport Pennsylvania
One Terminal Drive, Middletown.
PA 17057, Pennsylvania USA

Interestingly, the gmail addy is valid, but I couldn’t track any deeper to find the redirect…

S 250 2.1.0 OK d7si501503ybm.71 – gsmtp
C RCPT TO: <[email protected]>
S 250 2.1.5 OK d7si501503ybm.71 – gsmtp
Verified address, not sending email.

If I wasn’t in the middle of writing, I’d be tempted to screw with them… sigh…

Remember, if that email seems too good to be true, it probably is! Don’t take anything for granted, especially these days if they want ANY personal information from you!!!


Phishing at it’s finest… — 14 Comments

  1. Looks Legit!
    I got one from the Director of the FBI telling me not to worry about the Nigerian e-mails,they’re good to go!
    Well,I’m still waiting.

  2. Hey Old NFO;

    The sentence structure threw up a bunch of red flags, the writing style is of somebody who’s 2nd language is “English” literally. But I am surprise that you didn’t mess with them. Well you could pass them off to “Murphy”, I think he would love to screw with them.

  3. The only international flights that lands at the Harrisburg International Airport is some Canada geese cruising down south for the winter.

  4. In addition to the obvious non-native English language use, these things always come across as written by someone who assumes that bribery and corruption are universal standards. That is the standard in much, if not most, of the world. Those of us who grew up in the Midwest among scrupulously honest churchgoing folks are sometimes taken aback by this. I find the very idea of such proposals even more foreign than the odd use of language.

  5. I find it humorous when I get emails referencing common accounts that I have linked to a different email address – for example, Paypal and Ebay are NOT linked to my primary shopping/ online use email where most spam comes (it is also the email I use here), so I know that if I get emails from those services to that email it is spam or marketing.

  6. My dear Mr.Charles J.Colocino JR,

    I’m so glad to hear from you, I can’t begin to express myself. Just send me your valid credit card information IN FULL so that this valuable transaction continue we can.

    Hopefully yours,


  7. My middle son was looking on Craigslist for an apartment. Received an email from “an engineer in Houston wanting to sublet his apartment in Denver”, etc. Rent was about 60% of the going rate. My son used public records to track down the actual owner of the property. Of course it was bogus.

  8. You’re brave! I don’t even click on any mail I don’t recognize the sender from, never mind open it up and read the letter.

    I wouldn’t know whether to feel insulted that they would think I was so stupid to fall for this con or to be amused by the entire story.

    I see things like this frequently with my patients asking me “if I think this is for real” because of the money always involved. I always tell them some variation of “if it’s sounds too good to be true”…

    I’m a wet blanket I am.

  9. All- Thanks, I’m working off my cell, so can’t respond to everyone, but I agree…

    Posted from my iPhone.