Dear Mr. Ingham 

About two weeks ago Mr. Wright Ingham from Yorkshire in England wrote me and email, asking to have private sessions for him and his colleagues for when they arrive here in “my part of Denmark” for holiday. 

Mr. Ingham is the first potential private client that I have, so understandably, I was excited.

Being a sweet English gentleman that he is, Mr ingham’ writing is, to say the least, a little off. Nevermind that, I thought to myself, perhaps he’s a little overly formal and slightly weird choice of phrases but maybe it’s a age thing, maybe it’s because he’s sending a mail to a stranger. Mr. Ingham was very specific about how long they were going to stay, how many men and women in the group, and requested a price estimation. So a price estimation he asked for, estimation I delivered. 

And so a couple days later Mr. ingham replied and would like to confirm. He specifically mentioned about their trips sponsor and asked for information for the transfer. The strange part though, is the mail came in a even more formal, even slightly robotic writing, it is almost as if it’s written by a certainly non English man with the help of google translate. The part that made me really suspicious about it though? The information they asked for was my name, address, phone number and no bank information at all. 

And the mail asked for, and expects me to receive extra sums of money and help paying for the logistic company as well. And the best part is, the mail ends with “i hope our stay will be made comfortable”. Now maybe some of you who are far smarter than I am, would have already suspected that Mr. Ingham is in fact, another Nigerian prince who needs to send you his money. Being gullible as I am, it wasn’t until that point did I realise this is smelling a little off. So I went onto LinkedIn, went onto google maps for the address, went onto wider search for his name and the address he gave in the email signature. 

But the truth is, there ain’t no Mr. Ingham from South Yorkshire. So I replied and asked to be sent a company website before I give out any information, predictably, never got a reply. 

The kicker is, just a bare week after, during one of the conversations I have with my dear friend and yoga colleague, Mr. Ingham popped up. Out of the blue, my lovely friend brought up this spam email she gets every spring about some foreigners coming here to Denmark and want to receive yoga classes. The only difference? My friend did gave out her information under their persisting request. And so we drew the dot to the fact that there’s been multiple hackings in her bank accounts. And that Mr. Ingham is all about identity thefts. 

So my dear friends, there’s no moral in this story, this is a mere warning. It is not even that related to yoga but please, be vigilant, be careful. Because the scams are getting intricate, it is getting elaborate. It doesn’t come in a form of Nigerian prince needing to send you some money out of the blue anymore. They bring in context, they did some degree of research, and they bother to waste the time to have some seemling realistic email coversations. 

And to Mr. Ingham and the Nigerian prince, I sincerely do hope they have a good reason to do this, and that maybe, somebody’s careless mistakes will feed their otherwise poor, starving family. 

– Sandy

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