Beware Suspicious Contacts

The other day I received the following e-mail:

Good Day,

I'm Richard Hall, Director of Pacific Ocean Company Ltd. We seek to co-operate with you in a profitable business arrangement that is very much within your capacity as an individual or business owner to accomplish.

Please contact me via this Email: RichardHall@pacific-ocean.com for detailed information if you are interested.

Your response is highly anticipated.
Regards
Richard Hall.

Doesn’t it smack of a suspenseful Grisham plot?

As far as spam goes, the language and spelling is not half bad, eloquent almost. The average entrepreneur might even be tempted to fall for it, but you and I are not average, are we?

A basic Google search of this “Pacific Ocean Company” did not find any matches.

I could not draw any links between a “Richard Hall” and the elusive company.

Does that mean the e-mail is a security threat? Maybe not, but then, why chance it?

If the point of contact was sincerely interested in a business transaction, why not:

  • Mention how he heard about me
  • Give a brief summary of the kind of deal he’s interested in discussing
  • Provide a phone number where he might be reached
  • Summarize what his company does and how long it’s been in operation

I offer this example as much to remind you to be careful of phishing attacks as to remind you of your own interactions with potential clients and customers. I deleted the e-mail and moved on. I probably walked away from a jackpot, never to reap the benefits of an e-mail that could have changed my life forever, but if it is as profitable as Richard says, he’ll reach out again, this time with a little more information.

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