From: fernando derossi email@example.comThe email links to a website at www.ahrrpc.8k.com which set off all sorts of alarms on my virus scanner, but I think it is just an ad-laden free web hosting site, and purports to be from the African Human Right and Refugees Protection Council (AHRRPC).
Date: 1 February 2014 13:22
Subject: URGENT FOOD STUFF SUPPLY NEED FOR REFUGEES
Signed by: gmail.com
My company has been mandated to look for a company capable of
supplying food stuffs product listed bellow by the AFRICAN HUMAN
RIGHT AND REFUGEES PROTECTION COUNCIL (AHRRPC) for assisting of the
refugee within the war affected countries IN middle east and Africa
like MALI,SYRIA, SOMALIA, CENTRAL AFRICA, and SOUTH SUDAN, which after
going through your company's profile, have decided to know if your
company is interested.
Below are the list of food Stuffs and the targeted value
needed by (AHRRPC)
3. Milk powder
5. Vegetable Oil
6. Used Cloths
7. Wheat Flour
8. White corn meal
9. Corn Cooking oil
10. Cumin seed oil
11. Ground nut
12. Sage Oil
13. Soya bean oil
14. Palm oil
15. Fresh Vegetables
16. Fresh fruits
17. Cocoa powder.
We will be happy to work with you company only as representing agent
to secure an allocation for your company while in return your company
will give us comission as soon as your receive your contract value. We
will give you more details about the contract when we recieve your
Bamako-Mali in West Africa.
Of course, there is no such organisation as this and probably the main thrust of the scam is that there will be an "arrangement fee" payable in order to sell these goods.. and once the fee is paid the scammers will disappear.
Google+ profile.. so is it a case the the Google account has been hijacked? Well, a simple way to find out is to take the image and upload it to Google Images (by clicking the little camera icon). That gives several positive matches for the photo which has been stolen from a French model and actor called Jean-Georges Brunet. In fact, poor Monsieur Brunet has had his picture stolen before for other types of scam.
Give any approaches from the so-called African Human Right and Refugees Protection Council (AHRRPC) a very wide berth. And remember, if you want to verify who a photo actually belongs to then Google Images is an excellent resource.