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Manuel Franco: Good News For You

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Couple of weeks back, I received an email from one Mr. Manuel Franco. He introduced himself as a winner of $768.4 million in Powerball lottery on APRIL 23th, 2019.  He informed me that he was donating 12.5 Million US Dollars to me!

If I did not know better, I'd have had a heart attack by now.

Below you'll find, my communication with him. My comments are in red.

The email from Mr. Manuel Franco

From: Mr Manuel Franco <as****@ma**.jp> (Man from USA using a Japan domain name. A red herring for me)
Sent: 26 June 2022 12:48
To: undisclosed-recipients: (Another sign that it is a phishing email)
Subject: GOOD NEWS FOR YOU,

Good day lucky winner Email Owner,

I am Mr. Manuel Franco the current winner of $768.4 million in Powerball lottery on APRIL 23th, 2019 drawing, I want to inform you that I'm donating {$12.5 Millions} to 5 random individuals from any part of worldwide and if you get this email then your email was selected after a spin ball. I have spread most of my wealth over a number of charities and organizations. I have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of {$12.5 Millions} to you as one of the selected {5}, to verify my winnings please see my interview by visiting this link below.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/winner-768-million-powerball-jackpot-revealed/story?id=62571392,

(he is just trying to earn my trust by sharing a link that is publicaly available to any one)

Firstly, I must express my gratitude towards your interest to accept this donation and assist us with our charitable course, (when did I show my interest?) I was never a believer of luck until I won the lottery, the same luck that drew me to this fortune has attracted me to you. Your email address was submitted to us by the Email internet management teams (internet management teams? What that? I tried to google the term. All I got was Microsoft Teams!!) as an email User and a part of our donation list your Email ID is among those listed to receive the donation sum of US$12,500,000.00 through the help of my accountant agent Mr. Edward Manzi jr the Chairman & CEO of Fidelity Bank Headquarters. (Wow! Chairman & CEO of Fidelity Bank is your accountant agent? Man you MUST be BIG. And yes, Google search on Mr. Edward Manzi jr does show that the name of Chairman & CEO of Fidelity Bank is indeed Edward Manzi. Another ploy used by phishing email scammers – build some trust by using verifiable facts that are publically available) Be rest assured that you are not at any risk with this money.

The $12,500,000.00 donation we are offering you might not be too much for you or your business (Yes, actyually 12.5 million US DOllars is peanuts for me! Such modesty!!) but I believe it's enough to assist you in helping others to keep humanity alive even in the face of this great adversity. (Sure, I can do that to keep humanity alive) We have chosen you to be a part of these blessings because we believe that there is an expression of worship. I would like to advise you to keep this to yourself until the donations get to you.

Make sure you contact Mr. Edward Manzi jr yourself with below information to enable quick releasing the donation payment to you because bankers are always engaged with many customers activities. THIS IS YOUR WINNING NUMBER:[ FRANCO19022FUNDS ] make sure you [email] Mr. Edward Manzi jr your WINNING NUMBER [ FRANCO19022FUNDS ] and also email him your personal information if you want him to release your payment of {$12.5 Millions} to you.

Contact Person: Mr. Edward Manzi jr
Email: em****@bi***********.com
Tel: +1 (978) 440-4155—> TEXT MESSAGE ONLY AND YOU CAN TEXT HIM ONCE YOU EMAIL HIM YOUR INFO FOR URGENT NOTIFICATION

Please make sure you send Mr. Edward Manzi jr your full information listed below because he will need those information to keep records of you and also for the financial institution to assign the donation to you.

FULL NAME:.
AGE:.
GENDER:.
ADDRESS:.
COUNTRY:.
OCCUPATION:.
PERSONAL PHONE NUMBER:.
OFFICE PHONE NUMBER:.
PERSONAL WHATSAPP NUMBER:
A PICTURE OF YOUR ID OR PASSPORT:.

Mr. Edward Manzi jr also receives text messages at +1 (978) 440-4155 for bank business only. You can text him anytime about your donation payment for urgent notification.

Therefore: you hereby advise to make sure that you comply with every instruction once you contact Mr. Edward Manzi jr the Chairman & CEO of Fidelity Bank Headquarters today because the new payment of US$12.5 Million sign in your name is 100% genuine with due process of law,

HOWEVER, THIS TRANSACTION IS BEING MONITORED BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IN ORDER TO GUARD US FROM SCAM INTERNET ACTIVITIES. (Why all in capital? By mentioning this the email sender is trying to make me believe that this is not a scam internet activity)

Hope to make you and your family happy.
Congratulations & Happy Celebrations in Advance,

Best regards.
Mr. Manuel Franco

Remains blessed from Mr. Manuel Franco Funds Donation Families.

NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/JUNK folder , that is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider, I urge you to treat it genuinely and kindly move it to your inbox. (Sure, will do that Sir!)

This email from Mr. Manuel Franco is suspect

This email falls in the category of classic phishing email on the following counts:

1. Not addressed to me directly but to “undisclosed-recepients”

2. Offereing a huge amount for no reason – does not know me at all.

3. Reply to email address is not the same as the email address used to send the message.

4. Emaill address domain is Japanese where as he is from the USA

I have sent him a reply. Let's see what happens

My reply to Manuel Franco's email

Prakash Varma <**@pv.com>

To: em****@bi***********.com

Wed, 20 Jul at 1:58 pm

Dear Mr. Edward Manzi jr

I received an email from Mr. Manuel Franco saying that he is donating 12.5 million dollars to me!

Is it realy true? Why will he give me so much money when I do not even know him?

HOw do I get the money? Shall I send my bank details?

regards

Prakash Varma

I now wait for the “Chairman & CEO” of Fidelity Bank to write back to me.

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