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I recently received the following email:

Good day my dear friend, I am contacting you to help get the deposit (£8.5 million pounds), my late client Engineer Alexander left in his Bank before his sudden death with his wife and their only daughter to avoid confiscation. For more information about this transaction to continue with me on our E-mail: [scammer's email redacted] or you can provide your private E-mail address, so that I can write to you with details. I find it very difficult to send this items to you because of your differences domain / IP. I suggest you create a yahoo.com, Hotmail.com or gmail.com and reply me through it easily our correspondence. With kind regards and best wishes, Barrister Dr.Simon peter Esq....

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Sadly, I can't help out Barrister Dr. Simon Peter Esq as I tend to get a terrible rash in the presence of large sums of money. However, this part of the email caught my eye:

I find it very difficult to send this items to you because of your differences domain / IP. I suggest you create a yahoo.com, Hotmail.com or gmail.com and reply me through it easily our correspondence.

This seems to match up as I got this email in a zoho.eu inbox using a custom domain.

Why would they ask for creation of a new account on a popular mail site?

  • Are the yahoo.com... links legit? Could be a phishing link. – Martin Fürholz Feb 17 at 22:19
  • Everything was plaintext, there were no links. – lanterlog Feb 18 at 0:53
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Well, where did you receive this e-mail? If it was a corporate/business domain, then they're probably trying to set up a side channel so they can lure you outside the "protection"/oversight of your infosec team.

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    or they have mapped out the protection mechanisms of yahoo/hotmail/gmail and know how to get around them – schroeder Feb 17 at 21:33

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