Saturday, January 17, 2009

A Very Original Spam

As annoying as spam usually is, I was somewhat tickled to have received an email from a "Mark Madoff" who was interested in obtaining my help in sheltering $45MM in an offshore account from the authorities. Full text below:

From: "Mr. Mark Madoff" <>
To: <undisclosed recipients>
<no subject>


I looked up your contact details and I am contacting you because of the urgency this situation demands.I am
Mark Madoff son of Bernie Madoff founder of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. My father is currently
involved in a $50 billion Usd swindle with investors and the U.S government has decided to confisticate my family
empire worth billions of U.S dollars.

We need your assistance to help us receive and conceal 45 million Usd ($45,000,000,00)from one of our family
offshore accounts as we are currently under pressure from the U.S government to give up all family assets. For
your efforts my family is willing to compensate you with 35% of the total funds. Note also that we have to be
careful due to the huge nature of the funds.I will update you with more details as soon as I confirm your
commitment to this deal.

Should you be interested please send me your details via email to enable us work on this together. @

1:Full Names
3:Private Phone Number:
4:Current Residential Address:

Mark Madoff
Look up the below links to understand the urgency of the issue.

'' exists as a server, but there's no website, and I tried connecting to port 25 and couldn't get a proper SMTP response (but perhaps my knowledge of how to do so is out of date...). Here's the whois data from (which appears to be a niftly little toolkit for resolving domain name and IP info:

BL Investments
P.O Box 9137
Coral Springs, FL 33075


Administrative Contact, Technical Contact:
BL Investments
P.O Box 9137
Coral Springs, FL 33075

Record expires on 29-Apr-2009.
Record created on 29-Apr-2003.
Database last updated on 17-Jan-2009 12:12:32 EST.

Domain servers in listed order:


So, it looks like there's possibly some real people in the US on the end of this particular spam. Not sure if there's an upside to following up further, but still, it was amusing.

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