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[ 419 SCAM EXAMPLES ]

 

These are real examples of many various types of scams that may arrive in your inbox.

NOTE: This document is a work in progress.

 

 

 

 

Dead Dictator / Relative, Dead Foreigner, Dying Widow / Merchant, Diverted / Floating / Excess Funds, etc.

 

These types are probably the best known of all 419 scams.

In the following example, the scammer claims to be the son of the late former president of the country of Togo and needs your assistance (he doesn't explain why) in expatriating a box of cash ($15,000,000) in return for a percentage of the money.

 

 

From:     Avis Eyadema <aviseyadema04@gmail.com>
Subject:     Help
Date:     Thu, 17 Jul 2008 06:46:04 +0100 (01:46 EDT)



PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL

From:
Avis Eyadema,

Dear  Sir,

 
This proposal may come to you as a big surprise, but I believe it is only a day that people meet and become great friends and business partners.

It's my pleasure writing you this mail, I am a Togolese by Nationality. My name is AVIS EYADEMA, I am one of the numerous sons of Late GNASSINGBE EYADEMA, with so many wife and children which am one of them, former President of Togo who rule for 38 years and later was succeeded by my half brother and the first son FAURE EYADEMA. Before my father died he deposited huge amount of money in a security company here in Accra, Capital city of Ghana.

Before my father died, he instructed and confined in me as his son about his business and secrecy. As a matter of fact, my father gave me some documents bearing the name of a Security company in Accra capital city of Ghana, which he told me was the place he deposited huge amount of money, Gold and Diamond when he was assigned for special duty.

Armed with this documents that my father gave to me, I flew to Accra , Ghana where I confirmed the documents. The Company showed me two sealed trunk boxes with the inscription "FAMILY ARCHIVE" with my name being used as the next of kin in the deposit form.

However, my father had earlier informed me that he cleverly packed the Fifteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars ( $15.5 Million ) in one sealed trunk box the second box contains Gold and Diamond and told the Company that they contain the works of art. This he did in order to conceal the money from being detected.

Now with my father exit, I need a foreign partner with the image of God in him who will assist me to receive this proceeds in abroad , and who will equally not sidetrack me when this money get into his possession.

On completion of this transaction, I wish to offer you 25% of total sum for your assistance,10% for unforeseen or miscellaneous and 65% for I and my family and my family will also come over to your country for a joint investment according to your directives.

I am here in Ghana because of a treat of my life by my half brother, FAURE , the current President now, who is trying all means to confiscate the funds from me after knowing that my late father made a huge deposit with my name as his next of kin.

Contact me with the above mentioned information's if you know with can work together for more details.

Yours truly,

Avis Eyadema.

Email me at : aviseyadema35@rocketmail.com

 

 

Same idea in this next one with the scammer playing the role of the wife of the late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat.

 

 

From:     Mrs.SuhaTawil Arafat <mrs.suharafat@yahoo.com>
Reply-To:     mrs.suhang@hotmail.com
Subject:     Please expedite action
Date:     18 Jul 2008 05:06:57 -0400



Dear sir/madam,

I am Mrs. SUHA TAWIL ARAFAT, the wife of YASSER ARAFAT, the Palestinian leader who died recently in Paris. Since his death and even prior to the announcement, I have been thrown into a state ofantagonism, confusion, humiliation, frustration and hopelessness by the present leadership of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the new Prime Minister.

I have even been subjected to physical and psychological torture. As a window that is so traumatized, I have lost confidence with everybody in the country at the moment. You must have heard over the media reports and the Internet on the discovery of some fund in my husband secret bank account and companies and the allegations of some huge sums of money deposited by my husband in  my name of which I have refuses to disclose or give up to the corrupt Palestine Government.

In fact the total sum allegedly discovered by the Government so far is in the tune of about $6.5 Billion Dollars. And they are not relenting on their effort to make me poor for life. As you know, the Muslim community has no regards for woman, more importantly when the woman is from a christian background,hence my desire for a foreign assistance.

I have deposited the sum of 22.5 million dollars with a Financial firm in Europe whose name is withheld for now until we open communication. I shall be grateful if you could receive this fund into your bank account forsafe keeping and any Investment opportunity. This arrangement will be known to you and I alone and all our correspondence should be strictly on email alone  because our government has tapped all my lines and are monitoring all my moves.

In view of the above, if you are willing to assist for our mutual benefits, we will have to negotiate on your Percentage share of the $22.5,000,000 that will be kept in your position for a while and invested in your name for my trust pending when my Daughter,Zahwa,will come off age and takefull responsibility of her Family Estate/inheritance.

Please note that this is a golden opportunity that comes once in life time and more so, if you are honest, I am going to entrust more funds in your care as this is one of the legacy we keep for our children.In case you don't accept please do not let me out to the security and  international media as I am giving you this information in total trust and confidence I will greatly appreciate if you accept my proposal in good faith.

Please expedite action.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Suha Tawil Arafat.

 

 

In the previous examples, the dead relatives are well known persons, but the deceased need not be as notable or even exist in real life, as demonstrated by this next e-mail from "George" who appears to be very confused about the spelling of his family name.

 

 

From:     KOFU GEORGE <kofu.george@btinternet.com>
Reply-to:     kofu.george@yahoo.com
Subject:     From Master George Kufo
Date:     03/01/2010 04:05:37 AM (Mon, 1 Mar 2010 09:05:37 +0000 (GMT))


From Master George Kufo
 
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I got your contact from the International web site directory.
I prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to it’s esteeming nature and the recommendations given to me as a reputable and trust worthy person I can do business with and by their recommendations I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business.
 
I am George Kofu the only Son of late Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell Kufo My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast, before he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outing to discus on a business deal. When my mother died on the 21st October 1998, my father took me special because I am Motherless. Before the death of my father on 30th June 2006 in a private hospital here in Abidjan 
 
He secretly called me on his bedside and told me that he has a sum of $15.5M (Fifteen Million, five hundred thousand United States dollars) left in a suspense account with one of the Bank here in Abidjan, that he used my name as his only Son for the next of kin in deposit of the fund. My Father also explained to me that it was because of this wealth and some huge amount of money his business associates supposed to balance him from the deal they had, that was why he was poisoned to by his business associates, that I should seek for a God fearing foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose, (such as real estate management).
Dear One I am honorably seeking your assistance in the following ways.
 
1) To provide a Bank account where this money would be transferred to.
2) To serve as the guardian of this since I am a Boy of 19 years.
 
Moreover, I am willing to offer you 20% of the sum as compensation for effort input after the successful transfer of this fund to your designate account overseas. If you are interested on this deal kindly get back to me.
Thanks and God Bless.
Best regards.
Master George Kufo

 

 

By the way, judging by the e-mails I receive, it seems that thousands of wealthy cocoa merchants in Ivory Coast are poisoned to death by their business associates annually.

Of course, there is no fortune to be shared but the scammer will supply an endless number of hurdles, all which will require your financial assistance to take care of. These "obstacles" range from paying some sort of legal or demmurage costs of a few thousand dollars to the hundreds of thousands of dollars required to purchase chemicals for washing the cash.

This next example is typical of the "dead foreigner" format. In this type of scam, the scammer plays the part of the lawyer or, in this case, the banker of the deceased and asks you to stand in as the next of kin to the deceased in order to claim the inheritance.

 

 

From:     abdullahmoussa1@libero.it <abdullahmoussa1@libero.it>
Subject:     PLEASE YOUR URGENT REPLY IS NEEDED FOR MORE DETAILS.
Date:     Thu, 17 Jul 2008 07:32:59 +0200 (01:32 EDT)


Dear Friend,

I am the manager of auditing and accounting department of Bank of Africa (B.O.A) here in ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of US$20.5m Dollars ( TWENTY MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOMMARS) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer ( MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER From Munich, Germany) Who died along with his entire family in jully 2000 in a plane crash for more information about the crash you can visit this site::(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm)

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidlings and laws but unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.

It is therefore upon this discovery that I decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.

Trusting to hear from you immediately for more explainations.
Mr. Abdullah Moussa
Yours Faithfully,
MANAGER.

 

 

As always, you will be asked to pay the various "fees" that inevitably come up.

The next few examples follow popular formats. In these, the scammer plays the part of a wealthy person with no relatives worthy of receiving his or her fortune. You are asked to take the money and distribute it to various charities or churches and to put some aside for yourself.

 

 

From:     Saeed Ahmed <helpingsaeed@yahoo.com.my>
Reply-To:     helpingsaeed@yahoo.com.my
Subject:     Greetings to You
Date:     Fri, 18 Jul 2008 18:42:43 +0200 (SAST) (12:42 EDT)



Dear Friend,

As you read this, I dont want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe
everyone will die someday. My name is Saeed Ahmed a merchant in Dubai, in
the U.A.E.I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer. It has defiled all
forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months
to live, according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my
life so well, as I never really cared for anyone(not even myself) but my
business.

Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to
people and only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared
for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life
than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe
when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my
life a different way from how I have lived it.

Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property
and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few
close friends. I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I
have decided to give also to charity organizations, as I want this to be
one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money
to some charity organizations in the U.A.E, Algeria and Malaysia. Now that
my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore.

I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and
distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in
Bulgaria and Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to themselves.
Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with
what I have left for them.

The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of
twenty million dollars $20,000,000,00 that I have with a finance/Security
Company abroad. I will want you to help me collect this deposit and
dispatched it to charity organizations. I have set aside 10% for your time
and service.

Please reply me with honesty as soon as you receive this mail.

God be with you.
Saeed Ahmed.

 

 

Incidentally, esophageal cancer that has "defiled all forms of medical treatment" seems to be a common ailment afflicting millions of wealthy merchants in Dubai.

 

 

From:     Williams Gold <williams_gold@ymail.com>
Reply-To:     williamsgold@rocketmail.com
Subject:     Hello dear,
Date:     Fri, 19 Sep 2008 03:29:38 -0700 (PDT) (06:29 EDT)


I have a new email address!
You can now email me at: williams_gold@ymail.com



- Hello dear,This mail may meet you as a surprise but i have to start by introducing myself to you,My name is Mr. Williams Gold,a merchant in Dubai,Arab Emirate.I have been diagnosed with Cancer which was discovered very late,due to my laxity in careing for my health.It has defiled all forms of medicine,Right now I have only about a few months to live,according to my Medical Doctor.I have not particularly lived my life so well,as I never really cared for myself but the oil business.Though I am very rich,I was never generous,I only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for.But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world.I believe when God gives me a second chance and heal me I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it.I have sowed a seed for my healing I have willed and given most of my properties and assets to my immediate and extended family members and as well as a few close friends.I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul and so,I have decided to give arms to charity organizations and give succour and comfort to the less priviledged of the Tsunami Victims,as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth.So far,I have distributed money to some charity organizations in India and Malaysia.Now that my health has deteriorated so badly,I cannot do this my self anymore.I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts in Saudi Bank and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization and to the less priviledged in Bulgaria and Sudan Africa They cashed the money but kept it only to themselves.Hence,I do not trust them anymore,as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them already.The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of twenty two million dollars that I have in the Vault of a Financial company in europe for safe keeping.I want you to collect this deposit on my behalf and disburse it to the Tsunami EarthQuake victims in Asia and hurrican victms in America for the less priviledged.I will set aside 20% for you for your time and efforts.I need your urgent reply so that I will not have to go on sourcing for a credible person to handle this project.If you are okey with the condition,do not hesitate to send me mail(} so that i can furnish you up with all the informations needed.I wish to hear from you soon.God bless you.Williams Gold.

 

 

Here's another, slightly different example of this format featuring a woman claiming to be dying of an odd type of cancer.

 

 

From:     Mrs Paricia Solomon <pat_01solomon@yahoo.cn>
Reply-To:     patricia_solomonfamily@yahoo.com
Subject:     DONATION FROM MRS PATRICIA SOLOMON
Date:     Tue, 16 Sep 2008 03:29:32 +0800 (CST) (Mon, 15:29 EDT)


Dearest One,

 
With Due Respect And Humanity, I was compelled to write to you under a humanitarian ground.

 
My name is Patricia Solomon. My nationality is Poland, I am married to Mr.John Solomon, director J.C Industries Cote d'Ivoire West Africa.We were married for 36 years without a child. He died after a Cadiac Arteries Operation.
And Recently, My Doctor told me that I would not last for the next six months due to my cancer problem (cancer of the lever and stroke).
Before my husband died last year there is this sum $4.2 Million Dollars that he deposited with one of the Bank here In Cote D'Ivoire. Presently this money is still in the Bank.

 
Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to any good God fearing brother or sister that will utilize this fund the way I am going to instruct herein.
I want somebody that will use this fund according to the desire of my late.husband to help Lessprivilaged people, orphanages,widows and propagating the word of God.

I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this fund, And I don't want in away where this money will be used in an unGodly way.
This is why I am taking this decision to hand you over this Fund.
I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going.I want you to always remember me in your daily prayers because of my up coming Cancer Surgery.

Write back as soon as possible any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another person for this same purpose, Hoping to read from you asap.
God bless you as you listing to the voice of reasoning
 
Mrs.Patricia Solomon.

 

 

I didn't know that a woman could get cancer of the lever.

The poor astronaut in this next one seems to have a problem that's out of this world.

 

 

From:     Simon Timothy <simontimothy30@sohu.com>
Reply-To:     simontimothy@voila.fr
Subject:     PLEASE CONTACT MY ATTORNEY FOR MORE DETAILS.
Date:     Fri, 27 Jun 2008 12:20:43 GMT (08:20 EDT)


Hello

I pray that this email reaches you in the best of health. This letter may come to you as a surprise due to the fact that we have not yet met. The message could be strange but it's real and you will realise this if you pay some attention to it. I want to notify you about it at least for the sake of your integrity.

My name is Major Simon timothy, a direct and only remaining member of the wealthy Timothy's family. I am an astronaut with the Burkina Faso Air Force and on loan to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

In 2003 I left earth aboard the Mars Rover, Spirit. Seven months later I arrived on Mars. Prior to departing earth, I deposited the amount of US$ 11,600,000 (Eleven million, six hundred thousand United States dollars) in four safety galvanized boxes in a European financial institution which will be disclosed to you upon your acceptance of my proposal.

Last year, during the course of my research on Mars, I was ambushed by a group of analdwelling rebel Martians who inflicted great torturous pain upon my body with anal probes. After a few weeks of enduring the physical pain, they released me. As a direct result of this cruelty, I am now very ill with a ruptured uterus that has defiled all forms of medical treatment and which has been deemed to be inoperable by my Martian surgeons. I am writing this mail to you on a laptop from my hospital bed in the Martian capitol of Zhwrong.

I now have but a few weeks to live and I am far too ill to endure the long and arduous journey back to my Burkina Faso home. Therefore I have decided to donate the bulk of my fortune to a church or charitable organisation that will utilize this money in the manner which I shall impart to you later. In return for your assistance, I shall authorise you to keep 30% of this fund for your trouble and aggravation plus an additional 10% to cover your expenses.

You should contact my attorney in Ouagadougou immediately with your address and
Telephone number and he will give you his full contact information and guidance so that we can make arrangements as soon as possible.

CONTACT ADDRESS OF THE
ATTORNEY.HON. BARRISTER AKPARA KADIOGO.OFAKPARA
CHAMBERS.TELPHONE:  +22678235021
FAX: + (226) 50014470
E-MAIL: akparaassociatechambers2@yahoo.com

SINCERELY YOURS,
MAJOR SIMON TIMOTHY,
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
ELYSIUM VETERINARY INFIRMARY
ZHWRONG, MARS
NANO

 

 

We'll now look at some examples of scams where the scammers have money that they have apparently already found or scammed from someone else.

In this one, the scammer claims to have diverted some funding which had been allocated to the 2010 World Cup event in South Africa.

 

 

From:     Mr Graham Thebe <graham.thebe@gmail.com>
Subject:     Investments Proposal??
Date:     Fri, 18 Jul 2008 07:39:30 -0700 (10:39 EDT)


FROM MR, GRAHAM THEBE
ENERGY BUILDING COMPLEX
21, BOTHA STREET,
P. O . BOX 7100
JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA
 
My name is Mr., Graham Thebe ,I am the financial director of the bid committee that won the hosting right of the soccer world cup to be hosted by South Africa in 2010 of which Mr. Danny Jordan is now the CEO of the 2010 World Cup local organizing  committee.
 
I was in charge of all monetary affairs of the bid committee, during this period, I and the chief executive officer and the other members of the committee has earmarked usd$250 m dollars with the consent of the president (Mr.Thabo Mbeki, the sports ministry and other members of his cabinet) for a golden hand shake to the members of FIFA executive and the four CAF members from African sub region.
 
As I was fully in charge of monetary affairs and in control of the disbursement to all the members of the 24 FIFA executive. I and my assistant was able to keep USD $ 6.5m dollars aside for our selves, which no one knows. After our successful presentation and subsequent award by the FIFA president Sepp Blather to South Africa of the hosting right on the 15th may 2004. I have to submit to the SAFA executive our entire expenses book to enable them arrange for the (I.O.C.) and dissolve the board (bid committee).
 
I now seek for your humble assistance to help me transfer this fund out of South Africa into your account overseas. I have done a very good documentation regarding its transfer to your nominated account in your country.
 
This business has no risk involved, as no one knows about the fund. Kindly reply through my e-mail, if you volunteer to assist me. I shall send you my private telephone number for easy communication when I see your willingness to assist. Do keep this proposal very secret and confidential .I wait for your positive response soonest, send your reply at mrgrahamthebe@yahoo.co.in
 
Best regards,
Mr., Graham Thebe. S.A
 
N.B. KINDLY STATE CLEARLY YOUR DIRECT FAX AND TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR SWIFT EXCHANGE OF NEEDED INFORMATION.

 

 

That's not someone I'd want to do business with.

Next, we have an e-mail from someone claiming to be a banker who simply "found" $2.4 million dollars in his bank that no one knows exists.

 

 

From:     Mohammed Sule <mohd_sule2003@yahoo.co.uk>
Reply-To:     ffank1956@yahoo.com
Subject:     Re:Investment Opportuinity
Date:     Fri, 18 Jul 2008 16:22:25 +0000 (GMT) (12:22 EDT)


DEAR SIR,
MY NAME IS MOHAMMED SULE, AM THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF
INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK OF GHANA TAKORADI
BRANCH.I GOT YOUR CONTACT DURING A BANK CONFERENCE
THAT WAS HELD IN LONDON.

I AM A MAN OF PEACE, MARRIED WITH TWO LOVELY KIDS.I
NEVER WANT PROBLEMS IN MY LIFE,IT WAS BECAUSE OF MY
PRESENT FINANCIAL SITUATION THAT I HAVE PLANNED TO
UTILIZE THIS OPPORTUNITY THAT CAME MY WAY AND I ONLY
HOPE YOU CAN ASSIST ME AND NOT PERSECUTE ME.IF YOU DO
NOT WANT THIS PROPOSAL CAN YOU KINDLY FORGET THAT I
EVER CONTACTED YOU.I WILL BE GLAD YOU DID FOR THE SAKE
OF MY JOB AND FAMILY.

I HAVE PACKAGED A FINANCIAL TRANSACTION THAT WILL
BENEFIT YOU AND I.AS THE REGIONAL MANAGER OF
INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK IT IS MY DUTY TO SEND IN
A FINANCIAL REPORT TO MY HEAD OFFICE IN THE CAPITAL
CITY OF ACCRA AT TH END OF EACH BUSINESS/FINANCIAL
YEAR.ON THE COURSE OF LAST YEAR 2003 BUSINESS REPORT,I
DISCOVERED THAT MY BRANCH IN WHICH I AM THE MANAGER
MADE ($2,400,000,00)TWO MILLION FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND
UNITED STATES DOLLARS WHICH MY HEAD OFFICE IS NOT
AWARE OF AND WILL NEVER BE AWARE OF AND I HAVE PLACED
THIS FUNDS IN WHAT WE CALL ESCROW CALL ACCOUNT WITH NO
BENEFICIARY.

HOWEVER AS AN OFFICER OF THE BANK I CANNOT BE DIRECTLY
CONNECTED TO THIS MONEY,SO MY AIM OF CONTACTING YOU IS
TO ASSIST ME RECEIVE THIS MONEY IN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT
AND GET 30% OF THE TOTAL FUNDS AS COMMISSION.THERE IS
PRACTICALLY NO RISK INVOLVED AS IT WILL BE A BANK TO
BANK TRANSFER.WHAT I WANT FROM YOU IS TO STAND AS THE
ORIGINAL DEPOSITOR OF THIS FUNDS WHO MADE THE DEPOSIT
WITH MY BRANCH SO MY HEAD OFFICE CAN ORDER THE
TRANSFER TO YOUR DESIGNATED BANK ACCOUNT CO-ORDINATES.

MOREOVER IF YOU ACCEPT TO WORK WITH ME I WILL
APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH, SEND ME AN EMAIL IF YOU THINK
WE CAN WORK TOGETHER SO THAT WE CAN GO OVER THE
DETAILS AND I CAN SEND YOU THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS AS
REGARDS THIS VERY TRANSACTION.THANK YOU VERY MUCH IN
ADVANCE AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

BEST REGARDS
MOHAMMED SULE

 

 

Often, the scammer will claim to be in a position to over-invoice customers and pocket the difference, then ask you for assistance in getting this money out of the country.

 

 

From:     devon nero <d.nero207@gmail.com>
Subject:     urgent reply needed
Date:     Sat, 19 Jul 2008 11:09:43 -0700 (14:09 EDT)


Dear.
This letter may come to you as a surprise since it is
coming from someone you have not met before. However,
we decided to contact you based on a satisfactory
information we had about you.I am a Medical Doctor
currently working with the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF).
I and some of my close and trusted colleagues need
your assistance in the transfer of US$21.8 million
into any reliable Account you may nominate
overseas.This fund was generated from over-invoicing
of contracts executed by the PTF under our control and
supervision. This fund is now ready to be remitted
into any Account we put forward for that purpose. What
we want from you is a good and reliable company or
personal Account into which we shall transfer this
fund. Details should include the following:1. Name of
Company, Address?& Your Private Telephone?& Fax
Number. 2. Name of Bank & Address of Bank .3. Account
Number 4. Beneficiary Name Upon receipt of your
company?& bank particulars, an application shall be
made in your name to the Central Bank of Nigeria for
the approval of the remittance of the funds which
shall be by SWIFT (Telegraphic transfer) copies of the
approval and other relevant documents shall be faxed
to you for your perusal.please treat as strictly
confidential for obvious reasons. The fund will be
shared as follows:1. 30% for your assistance 2. 60%
for myself & my Colleagues 3. 10% for contingency
expenses We wish to assure you that your involvement
should you decide to assist us, will be well
protected, and also, this business, proposal is 100%
risk free as the remittance will be made through the
legal procedures.Note: your discussions regarding this
transaction should be limited because we are still in
government service. We intend to retire peacefully at
the end of this transaction. Let honesty and trust be
our watchword throughout this transaction and your
prompt reply will be highly appreciated.Thank you for
your anticipated cooperation while we look forward to
a mutually benefiting business relationship with you.
Best Regards.
DR CLARAVEIN.

NOTE-please you can contact me through the following
email d.nero207@yahoo.com

 

 

This next one was unique and absurd enough that I thought I'd add it. Here, a "hunter" claims to have been in the forest checking his traps when he discovered a crying girl (your daughter!) with a box of money. He's willing to give you this box of money if you first send him $200 to cover his taxi fare and the (now deceased) girl's hospital fees. Make sense???

 

 

From:     Michael Okiri <mikeokiri@gmail.com>
Reply-to:     mikeokiri@gmail.com
Subject:     YOUR DAUGHTER
Date:     03/01/2010 10:35:36 AM (Mon, 1 Mar 2010 21:35:36 +0600)


Good Day,

 Am a local hunter here in Accra, Ghana and me want to contact you because
of what happened early this morning when i was going to check animal trap
me set in bush and me hear somebody crying far inside the bush. Sorry
forget to tell you name, my name is Michael Okiri and me have a family
here in Accra.

 When i got to were the person was crying me found out it was a girl that
have being rapped by some bad people who were inside the same car with
her. I had to take a taxi and she told me she was coming from Cote
d'Ivoire to go and pick up her consignment box up in a bush inside Togo,
i took the taxi and we got there to carry the box. On our way back the
girl was unable to stand the bleeding before we reach town and when i got
to the hospital the girl died in the hospital.

 I carry the box now to a safe place and when we were going to the
hospital the girl told me about you to be her father, now I have carried
the box and hidden it somewhere safe because I know it belongs to you and
her. Please let me know how I can send the consignment box to you or if
you have somebody here in Ghana whom i can give it to please tell me to
give it to the person.

 But before I will give the consignment box to you or anyone you have to
pay me my $200 I used for the Taxi and paid in the hospital for deposit
then i give you your box because it belong to you and your daughter.
Thank You
Michael Okiri

 

 

Surely, even the most gullible of people won't fall for that wacky story. Here's another one that's more than just a bit far-fetched. In this one, "Robert" claims to be a sex slave to his wealthy dominatrix wife.

 

 

From:     ROBERT MILLER <mensahabedi@att.net>
Reply-to:     janetrob2010@hotmail.com
Subject:     FROM ROBERT
Date:     Fri, 22 Apr 2011 03:36:00 +0800 (Thu, Apr 21 2011 15:36:00)


Heya!


whats good, i don`t know how to put this email, but i will have to start somewhere, first of all my name is Robert Miller, I am 39 years old in the year 1971. born and raised in United kingdom,  WINSTON CLOSE CANTERBURY KENT CT1 1FA. if you happen to know there, or if you know someone that knowns there, can explain more about my family, i am not writing this note for you to have pity, sympathy or Empathy on me but to think about it and put yourself in my shoes and ask yourself a question if you are me what will you do. i am not looking for love, or someone to get married to or someone to love me. cos i am in a mess right now dat i did not know dat i was digging my own grave.

Now to the reason why i contacted you, will i say am in a slavery not marriage cos its just a long story, and its a mistake i regret up to today to be in this situation. but you don`t have to blame me cos i did not had any option then and if you were me, you will do the same. i married a lady cos of money, she is quiet much older than me which i did not mind cos i devoted all my heart into it. but never knew she had her own plans and she has been in this type of game, of using young guys and dump them whenever she is done with. i was practically a slave, i have rules and regulations in a house that is suppose to be mine too. i don`t just go out the way i want, non of my friends can visit me and with this i lost all my friends cos they tot i don`t know what am doing. all i do is eat, and have sex. abused, flogged by thongs etc. and as i am talking to you i think my own time is up cos i can feel and sense it. she is into human trafficing and pipings. which if i ever tot of using it against her, then i will die like a chicken cos her connection in bristol is too much.. so the best i can do is use what i have to get what i want so that tomorrow anything goes wrong. i will not just be on the street of london.

So pls my dear, i contacted you cos, it will take alot to find a trusted person to help you out mostly in my case that you don`t really know the person and can`t trust him/her with such deal.  and not just anybody but a matured and reasonable person who can understand my situation and help out and not just scold me cos this is not the time for such but actions. i have this cash i stole from one of her banks account. and the money is moved to malaysia.  and in a well known firm in malaysia. this cash was moved in exactly 30/12/2010. and it is now in full custody of them. so all i need is you to get this cash out for me and open an account on my name and bank in my share. and take yours. i don`t want to include love, Friendship or anyother tin in this, just business and everybody will part in peace and if its destiny that we will meet again or will hook up sometime, lets its will be done. Now i know your question, Why Malaysia? i happen to know about malaysia from her cos she always says that it is a place that is uncrime free and you can take and put what ever thing u want in that country. and i think she has done alot of business in malaysia too so have to use there. you don`t have to worry about how it will get to malaysia cos its already there.

So the form of getting out this cash from the firm is very easy, all you need to do is get back to me and then i will tell you all you need to know about this firm, both the name, and then person to contact there and the amount we are talking about. I would be glad to know more of you I will open a phone conversation which by then i will give out my number and have yours at due time so that we can start a phone conversation in order to make this stronger and confide on each other. Please let me know what is your opinion or views, pls feel free to ask any questions if you are confused on my story cos it is not all that i will open up in this msg to you. but i want you to know that the sooner the better cos i don`t know my faith and i want to finish this and know that no matter what i am settled for life.

Thanks alot for listern and pls try as much as you can to keep this story confidential cos who knows,( walls have hears). i hope to hear from you positively and we proceed to the next stage.

Robert.

 

 

The soldier / contract worker in Iraq format has become popular in recent years and involves Saddam's money that had been stashed in some of the most unlikely of places.

 

 

From:     Terry Grant. <sgtgaryfloyddd34@satellite-email.com>
Reply-To:     garyfloyd_d34@yahoo.com
Subject:     Hope all is well...
Date:     06/04/2010 10:19:59 PM





Hope all is well?

Greetings from the caves of war.

My name is Sgt Gary Floyd I am an American soldier, serving in the military
with the army's 3rd infantry division based in Iraq/ Baghdad (now 
redeployed to
Afghanistan).
With a very desperate need for assistance, I have summed up courage to contact
you.

I found your contact particulars in an address journal.
I am seeking your kind assistance to move the sum of ($ 12 Million U.S.
Dollars ) Twelve Million United State Dollars to United States soil, as far as
I can be assured that my share will be safe in your care until I complete my
service here.

Source Of Money:

Some money in various currencies was discovered in barrels at a farmhouse near
one of Saddam's old palaces in Tikrit-Iraq during a rescue operation, this
money has been kept somewhere outside Baghdad for some time but with the
proposed troop in increase by president Barrack Obama, to end the suicide
bombing and make peace with Iraq militant and terrorist, we are afraid 
that the
money may be discovered hence we want to move this money to you for 
safekeeping
pending the completion of our assignment here.

BELIEVE ME, IF YOU WERE IN MY BOOTS AND YOU CAME ACROSS SUCH AN OPPORTUNITY,
U'D DO THE SAME SHIT.
YOU WILL FIND THE STORY OF THIS MONEY ON THE WEB ADDRESS BELOW;
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2988455.stm

No Compensation can make up for the risk we have taken with our lives in this
hell hole.
I have to let you know that everything on earth is a risk.

I pledged when I was joining the military to defend the United States of
America and her territories even if i have to die which is exactly 
what we here
for.

Please note that this transaction is 100% real.

All I require is your honest; cooperation and Sincerity to enable us see this
deal through.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement 
that will
protect you from any breach of the law as it is a 100% risk free venture.

Kindly indicate your interest in assisting a fellow American. I will like you
to send to me your full contact details:

Your full names------------------
Address, -----------------
Contact telephone----------

For my record so that I can know how to position myself to make sure this deal
is brought to a logical conclusion with out any hitch One passionate appeal I
will make to you is not to discuss this matter with anybody, should you have
reasons to reject this offer, please and please destroy this message as any
leakage of this information will be too bad for us soldier here in Iraq.

I do not know how long we will remain in Afghanistan.

I need you to confirm to me your percentage or how much you will take for your
assistance and for the charity in your next mail to me, which should 
be as soon
as you get this mail.
I will settle for 20% - $2.4million; I?m not greedy.

I honestly want this matter to be resolved ASAP, please contact me as soon as
possible with my email: garyfloyd_d34@yahoo.com

Thanks.
Sgt.Gary Floyd

Hope all is well

 

 

It's worth mentioning that the number of soldiers in Iraq who have found Saddam's money stashed in barrels at farmhouses now rivals the number of wealthy cocoa merchants in Ivory Coast who get poisoned by their business associates and closing quickly on the number of wealthy merchants in Dubai who are suffering from esophageal cancer that has "defiled" all forms of medicine.

Industrial espionage is what's on this next scammer's mind...I think. Whatever, it's an indication that scammers are also guilty of e-mailing while under the influence.

 

 

From:     John David <johndavid7021@yahoo.com>
Subject:     hello
Date:     Mon, 21 Mar 2011 20:39:29 -0700 (PDT) (Mon, Mar 21 2011 23:39:29)


Hello My dear,
How are you today? Hope you are doing  great.I have be working with   Engineer  Alexander Bossier home city, the Engineer who enveloped him self in shooting Gas Tank in Russia last year, we went to finalize the presentation of  his  right from our company Royal Bam Group.

Oh!! yes I have to be there because I am next to him, you know he was one of the company top  On-sure Engineers and I am with him as an assistant Engineer .

But due to respect, like and love we always work together in every opinion and projects.

You can see things yourself from 2009-construction Europe forthcoming Event / construction magazines.ROYAL BAM GROUP (http://www. euroasiaconstruction.com)
From our company economic ideologies has miscalculate from Engineer Alexander Bossier field of operation. after 2008 annual records this occurred from Engineer  Alexander Bossier  field Sub-contracts L/C.

while the auditors has includes the sum to the Gross of the company.And to help those gentle men in other not to risk there job this has to be amended from Engineer Alexander Bossier DISK while the pay order been relied so this fund is in care of the bank expecting the Local contractor to come for it.Not knowing that it has been paid in as the company Gross of the year.

I will like us to share an Idea on how to get this to our self. I was in the process with Engineer Alexander Bossier before his sudden internal vacation.

I believe we can do it together especially within now I am on leave.The sum Three million, Three Hundred and Thirty thousand Euro is not small for one in position to have it free and fair to let it go.consider this and get back to soonest so that I will tell you more on how to get the fund.
I awaiting  to hear from you soon,
Eng ,John David

 

 

One more variant worth mentioning is the "Accidentally Sent E-mail". In the scammer's e-mail, he pretends to believe that he is communicating with a former associate but unwittingly sent the e-mail to you instead. He claims to want to send you a sum of money for your trouble stemming from a previous deal that had gone sour. The scammer asks you to contact his representative (lawyer, secretary, pastor, or whatever) and ask him to send you the funds. He then extricates his character from the scam, leaving you to think that you can con some money from his "representative".

 

 

From:     williams bob <williamsbob4@pravda.ru>
Subject:     GOOD NEWS
Date:     Fri, 18 Jul 2008 08:54:15 +0200 (02:54 EDT)


 GOOD NEWS
 FROM MR HENRRY MARK  MY DEAREST FRIEND,
 
 WITH GREAT GRATITUDE TO YOUR EFFORTS, I AM INFORMING YOU THAT I HAVE FINALLY SUCCEEDED IN TRANSFERRING THE FIFTEEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS TO THE BANK IN ITALY,WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF A PARAGUAY FRIEND,
 
WHOM BASED ON AGREEMENT,HE RECEIVED 25% OF THE ENTIRE MONEY FOR HIS FINANCIAL INVOLVEMENT AND EFFORTS.   PRESENTLY I HAVE RELOCATED TO SOUTH KOREA, TO ESTABLISH THE ELECTRONIC COMPANY PROJECTS WITH MY OWN SHARE AS I HAVE EARLIER PROPOSED.    NEVERTHELESS, I CANNOT  FORGET YOU,
 
 ESPECIALLY YOUR HONEST EFFORTS, THOUGH IT DID NOT YIELD POSITIVE FRUIT,BUT I STILL APPRECIATE IT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,    MEAN WHILE I HAVE A  SUPRISE PACKAGE FOR YOU, NOW CONTACT MY SECRETARY IN MY COUNTRY (BENIN REPUBLIC) HIS NAME IS         WilliamsBob PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU CONTACT HIM  DIRECT WHITH THIS  PHONE NUMBER: +229-97850566  EMAIL ADDRESS WILLIAMSBOB@HOTMAIL.FR
 
 AND ASK HIM TO SEND YOU THE TOTAL OF $800.000.00, US DOLLAR TO YOU WHICH I KEPT FOR YOUR COMPENSATION,   I HAVE INSTRUCTED HIM TO DIRECT YOU ON HOW YOU WOULD RECEIVE THE SUM OF EIGHT HUNDRED THOUNSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS IN A CASHIER CHEQUE WHICH I SET OUT FOR YOUR CPROJECTS,    SO FEEL FREE AND GET IN TOUCH WITH WilliamsBob   
I  REMAIN YOUR  BOSOM  FRIEND,
 
 OMPENSATION,   PLEASE I WANT YOU TO ACCEPT IT IN GOOD FAITH. I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL YOU DID AND I PRAY THAT WE WOULD MEET SOMEDAY,
 
 BUT RIGHT NOW, I AM VERY BUSY IN ESTABLISHING THE ELECTRONIC COMPANY  BEST REGARD,
 
 MR HENRRY MARK

 

 

Here's another one of these but in its simplest form.

 

 

From: William Adams <w.adams2@yahoo.com.ph>
Subject: Re: Very Urgent
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2011 08:05:21 +0800 (SGT)



$200.000.00
Contact Mrs. Gloria, for your $200.000.00 and she will send it to you.

Contact Mrs. Gloria
Email: g.benson@w.cn

Mr. William

 

 

Those have been examples of the best known types of 419 scams. While the various types differ from one another in premise, they all result in the scammer asking for various and escalating "fees" from the victim until the victim either discovers the truth or runs out of money.

 

 

 

 

Lottery/Grant Scam

 

While lottery/grant scams are not the first ones that come to mind when discussing 419 scams, they've become extremely popular in recent years.

Lottery scammers are after the quick money and this kind of scam is pretty straight forward. They generally don't plan on putting on an elaborate show to get huge amounts of cash. Rather, they demand fairly small amounts of money to cover various "fees", then they usually just stop communicating with you. They're content with conning just a few hundred dollars from each of a relatively high number of victims.

Lottery Scam e-mails are very often gaudy looking affairs, complete with plenty of inline images. Often, they are accompanied by an amatuerish looking copy of "your winning ticket" which, of course, you never purchased in the first place.

 

 

In this first lottery scam e-mail, the scammer claims to be a representative of a real lottery organization:

 

 

From:     EURO MILLIONS LOTTERY <eumillions@universia.pt>
Reply-To:     richardkerry04claimagent@yahoo.co.uk
Subject:     Your E-mail Address Won
Date:     Wed, 16 Jul 2008 10:22:29 +0100 (WEST) (05:22 EDT)


EURO MILLIONS INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION
    PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
   REFERENCE: EML / IPP/1555002244/05
  BATCH: ES34/044/ ILP /SL
 RE: WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE




 

Dear Lottery Winner,

We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer balloting held on 16th July 2008.This is a Millennium Scientific Computer Game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it. You have been approve for the star prize of 600,000:00 Euros. (Six Hundred Thousand  Euros Only).


Your =E-mail address attached to Serial Number 22221415366-609 with Lucky Star Numbers 03 44 04, Winning Number 04 05 23 25 28 which =consequently won in the 6th category, you have therefore been approved for a = lump sum pay out of 600,000.00 Euros. (Six Hundred Thousand Euros Only).

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
DO KEEP IT CONFIDENTIAL.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000 company and 50,000,000 individual email =addresses and names from all over the world. This lottery was promoted and =Sponsored by Sultan of Brunei, Bill Gates of Microsoft Inc,Shell Oil.Company With the support of European corporate companies and organizations to encourage the use of Internet and computers worldwide.

 To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed claim agent as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings with your VERIFICATION FORM information below:
 
MR. RICHARD KERRY
CONTACT CLAIMS AGENT ON TELEPHONE:+447035905364
Email:claimdepartmento@yahoo.com
emillionsoffice@yahoo.com

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than TWO WEEKS, after this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference Number and Batch Numbers in all correspondence.
 
Congratulations once more!! !!! !!!! !!!!!.
Congratulations once more!! !!! !!!! !!!!!. 

VWD is an accredited member of the UK's Lotteries Council and conforms to their Code of Conduct.


 
REMEMBER, YOU HAVE TO CONTACT YOUR CLAIM AGENT WITH YOUR VERIFICATION FORM BELOW TO ENABLE HIM PROCESS YOUR PRIZE MONEY IMMEDIATELY.    

VERIFICATION FORM
1.  FULL NAMES:
2.  ADDRESS:
3.  SEX:
4.  AGE:
5.  MARITAL STATUS:
6.  OCCUPATION:
7.  NATIONALITY:
8.  TELEPHONE NUMBER:
9.  COUNTRY:
10. SERIAL NUMBER:/LUCKY STAR NUMBER
11. WINNING NUMBER:
12. REF NUMBER:
13. BATCH NUMBER:
14. AMOUNT WON:
15. CATEGORY:
 
NOTE :THAT NOBODY OR EVEN THE PAYING BANK HAS THE RIGHT TO TOUCH, DEDUCT/CUT OR GET ACCESS TO YOUR PRIZE MONEY FOR ANY REASON THEY HAVE BEEN WARNED STRICTLY!.

Sincerely yours,
 Dr. Mark Willis
Lottery Coordinator.

 

 

Just as often, the scammer will simply invent a lottery:

 

 

From:     microsoft word 2008 <micro_alert12@earthlink.net>
Reply-To:     microsoft word 2008 <microsoftwordclaimsunit1@gmail.com>
Subject:     Congratulations!!!You have won the Microsoft Annual Lottery 2008
Date:     Sat, 19 Jul 2008 05:58:44 +0100 (GMT+01:00) (00:58 EDT)



 Microsoft Award Team
 20 Craven Park, Harlesden
 London NW10,United Kingdom.
 REF NO: MSW-L/200-334841
 BATCH: 2008MJL-01

            ELECTRONIC MAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION

     We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today of winners
 of the MICROSOFT WORD E-MAIL MEGA JACKPOT LOTTERY PROGRAMS held on
 1st JUNE 2008. Your company or your personal e-mail address is
 attached to winning number 5-1JUNE-2008-02 MSW, with serial
 number S/N-00179 drew the lucky numbers 887-13-865-37-10-83, and
consequently won in the first lottery category. You have therefore
 been approved for a lump sum pay of GBP 1,000,000.00POUNDS credited to

 file REF NO: MSW-L/200-334841 This is from total prize money of GBP
 7,000,000.00 POUNDS, shared among the SEVEN (7) international winners
 in this category.
 All participants were selected through our Microsoft computer
 ballot system drawn form 21,000 names, 3,000 names from each
 continent, as part of International "E-MAIL" Promotions Program, which

 is conducted once in every four years for our prominent MS WORD users
 all over the world, and for the continue use of E-mail.
 Your fund has been deposited in an escrow account with our
 affiliate bank here in UK, and insured with your REF NO:
MSW-L/200-334841 and your E-mail address, Please note that, you are to

 contact your fiduciary agent via email as we are promoting the use of
E-mail,You have the right to call the fiduciary agent, as they will
 provide you with the necessary details on how to claim your prize. You

 are to keep your ref. number and batch number from the public, until
 you have been processed and your money remitted to you.
 We hope with your prize,you will be happy to promote the use of
 E-mail and the use of MS WORD. To claim your winning prize, you must
 first contact the claims department by email for processing and
 remittance of your prize money to you. Your assigned claims officer ,please do
 reply
 to the email address below.
 contact email is:

 Mr.Joe Harrison
 Microsoft Promotion Award Team
 Head Winning Claims Dept
 E-mail Address:microsoftwordclaimsunit1@gmail.com

He is to help you in claiming your due prize. Remember, all prize
 money must be claimed as soon as possible. All funds not claimed will
 be penalized accordingly.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
 remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in all
 correspondences with your claims officer.

 Sincerely,
 Mr.Howard Douglas
 For MS WORD LOTTO UK.

 Any winner below the age of 18years is automatically disqualified
 NOTE: Do not reply this mail. You are to contact your claims officer
 immediately.

SPONSORS:
 CHIEF SPONSOR;MICROSOFT CO-OPERATIONS UK

 

 

Now, you're surely wondering how anyone could possibly fall for an e-mail claiming that a piece of software could have its own lottery that no one need enter to win and that a company like Microsoft would announce the winning using a free Earthlink e-mail account and request a reply via a free Gmail account.

Many fake lottery scammers don't seem to even try to make their mails look genuine, as shown in these next two examples.

 

 

From:     FRED SMITH <smith.fred84@gmail.com>
Subject:     Tagged promo
Date:     Mon, 2 May 2011 03:49:16 +0200 (05/01/2011 09:49:16 PM)


 Gongrate! gongrate!! gongrate!!!



Good day to you



your profile have won you 500,000USD in  the on going tagged promotion.
and your profile has been approved 500,000usd. if you recieved this message,
 it means you are one of  the five lucky winners.
your verification number is (Tag9579ged)

FOR CLAIMS, PLEASE CONTACT PROMO CO-ORDINATOR (MR SMITH FRED)
VIA    (Smith.fred84@gmail.com)

hurry now and claim your prize

 

 

 

From:     PEPSI BOTTLING COMPANY PLC <pepsicola@santel.net>
Reply-to:     pepsidraws1@live.co.uk
Subject:     RE
Date:     Mon, 2 May 2011 00:27:03 -0600 (05/02/2011 02:27:03 AM)


You have won £500,000.00Pounds,send your names,Age,occupation,phone& Address.

 

 

A close cousin to the lottery scam is the grant scam. In this one, you have been chosen (for no apparent reason) to receive a cash grant of £450,000.00 for your use to "alleviate poverty across the globe" and/or for your own personal use, if you so choose.

 

 

From:     SHELL FOUNDATION <shellgrant03@gmail.com>
Reply-To:     shellfinance.dpt@gmail.com
Subject:     NOTICE OF GRANT AWARD (Congratulations you are a winner)
Date:     Fri, 11 Jul 2008 10:24:30 +0100 (05:24 EDT)


SHELL PETROLEUM FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL
Shell Centre LONDON SE1 7NA United Kingdom
Ref: PBL/CN/6654/CP.
Coupon No.PBL2348974321
MOTTO: STRIVING TO ALLEVIATE POVERTY ACROSS THE GLOBE!
ATTN:

NOTICE OF GRANT AWARD

The Shell Petroleum Foundation United Kingdom,is glad to notify you
that you have been chosen by the board of trustees and after series of
secret deliberations selected you as one of the final recipients of a
cashGrant/Donation for your own personal, alleviate poverty across the
globe,and business development.This program has been conceived with
the objective of human growth,alleviate poverty across the
globe,educational,and community development,whichis a measure to
universal development strategy.These grants are issued every year
around the world in accordance with the objective of the
ShellPetroleum Foundation International to alleviate poverty across
the globe.Kindly note that you will only be chosen to receive the
donation once,which means that subsequent yearly donation will not get
to you again.Take
time and thought in spending the donation wisely on a project that
will stand the test of time.

You were selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum
of £450,000.00 GB Pounds ( Four undred and Fifty Thousand Great
britain Pounds Sterlings) as charity donations/Grant from the Shell
Petroleum Foundation Kingdom in accordance with the enabling act of
Parliament.

You will be required to contact our Finance Officer below for
documentation and processing of the remittance of your grant.Please
endeavor to quote your Qualification numbers (G8-222-6747,EU -900-56)
in all correspondence.
===========================================
SEND ALL YOUR CLAIMS AND INQUIRIES TO
Mr.James Garry
Financial Officer,
Shell Foundation.
Email:shellfinance.dpt@gmail.com
Tel: +44704 572 3670
+44702 402 1157
Fax:+44-8719002361
===========================================
All information is strictly confidential and will only be used for the
purpose to which it isn been equested.Finally, all funds should be
claimed by their respective beneficiaries, no later than 21 days after
notification.Failure to do so will result to outright cancellation.

Sponsor: The Shell Petroleum Foundation International,Yahoo
icoropation,Mircosoft Coropration and Emirates Airlines.On behalf of
the Board kindly,accept our warmest congratulations.

Regards.
Mr DAVID WEST

Deputy Director / Grants Co-ordinator
Shell Petroleum Foundation International
WARNING!
***********
ANY MAIL RECIEVED OF THIS SUCH WITH ANY OTHER TRADE MARK OR ADDRESS
SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THIS BOX IMMEDIATELY, THIS WILL HELP US TO
FIGHT SCAM AND LOTTERY IMPOSTERS.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED CO-OPERATION. OR SENT TO THIS FRAUD ALERT EMAIL :
***********************************************************************
Copyright 1999-2008 The Shell Petroleum Foundation
International Inc Nation Wide.All rights reserved.
Terms of Service - Guideline 77653476578.

 

 

Yes, £450,000.00 should be enough to alleviate poverty across the globe.

This next one is another twist on the lottery scam format, the U.S. work visa lottery. This one is fairly unique in that it actually details the fees that the victim will be required to pay in order to claim his/her free prize (which doesn't even exist).

 

 

From:     uniairtw@libero.it <uniairtw@libero.it>
Subject:     NOTIFICATION LOTTERY U.N AIR
Date:     Sun, 31 Aug 2008 15:30:53 +0200 (09:30 EDT)



    The Official Lottery U.N Air Program
United States Department of State, National  VISA Center
 32 Rochester Ave, Portsmouth, NH 03801-2909
 http://www.uniair.com.tw

American  Lottery 

Live and Work in USA  Congratulations From Uni Air Airline

Case Number: SfVPh700IU#
 

Dear winner,
Congratulations ! ! You have been selected as one of the lucky winners on our internet screening machine,DV-2007-2008 USA national visa lottery program.
It is our pleasure to congratulate you on your success in the America DV-2007-2008 VISA
 
LOTTERY UNIAIR which was applied and processed by our immigration service. Your visa lottery winner's identity is ID-GRN777#4200DV# case number is SfVPh700IU# . In this respect,you are implored to forward the following requirements for further correspondence:
(a) Your present contact address(for correspondent).
.
Your visa type permits you to travel with your family should you wish to. Your visa duration is 10 years multiple entry to the U.S,it is renewable upon expiration and it
permits you to work, study and own properties in the US .
 
All the selected lucky winners will need to act on their visa claims application quickly before the expiration of the visa claim deadline
10-9-2008)
 
Your visa details falls within our Asia/pacific booklet representative office as indicated in the draw system, do contact our Asia/pacific Agent for your visa form and requirements with the below contact details;
 
Soi 69 sukumvit Bangkok Thailand
Hotline +66-890538190
fax line 662-253-5643
Name   Mr peter moon
Email: petermoon@alex4all.com
Email: contact-agent@mailpanda.com
 
(c) Clearance/processing  The fee is $1019 per single or $1719 per family i.e. legally married couple or applicant traveling with a family
            Benefits.
 
Winners will get FREE Airline Ticket to the USA.
 
To participate in the Uni Air Lottery, you must satisfy General Requirements and Education/Training Requirements. Both are described below.
 
A short statement explaining how you satisfy this exception must be included on your application.
Education/Training Requirements
To enter, an applicant must have EITHER:
A high school education or its equivalent, defined in the US as successful completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education, OR
      * 2 years of work experience within the past 5 years in an occupation requiring at least 2 years of training or experience to perform.
      * 
Please retain this letter and take it with you to your visa interview centre when directed for the issuance of your visa.
Do not reply back to this notification email (busy)
 
Please read and follow all the enclosed instructions very carefully.
 
Sincerely yours,
Mrs. Dorothy Smith.
Online Co-ordinator
 
Policy
According to the united states code of conduct and constitution Vol.176/866 :Act 690SN guiding all immigration, unair permit agencies if non-response after 14days on receiving this notification, your winner's status shall reveal no interest and we would inresponse refer your lottery winning code and acknowledgement card back to the USA government/immigration service center

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job Offer Scam

 

Fake Job Offer scams have also become popular in recent years. There are two very different types of job offer scams.

The first type works in the same way that most other 419 scams do. That is, you are offered something of value in return for a fee. The "job" in these scams is typically within either the service sector or the petroleum industry. The fake job is always in another country (travel required) and is aimed at victims in poorer parts of the world, people who would consider relocating to a first world nation to be desirable.

The following is a very typical example of this scam e-mail.

 

 

From:     OMNI HOTELS CANADA <caomnihotels@yahoo.ca>
Reply-To:     caomnihotels@yahoo.ca
Subject:     2008 JOB VACANCY IN CANADA
Date:     Wed, 23 Jul 2008 08:11:31 -0700 (PDT) (11:11 EDT)




1050 Sherbrooke Street Quest
Montreal, H3A 2R6 CA
Email : caomihotels@yahoo.ca
Toll Free Reservations 1.510.OMNI
Fax: 1 (510) -225-0748

Omni Hotels Montreal Canada
 
   Celebrity Hotel Lines
 Training and  Employing For Greater Tomorrow
               Hotel  Services


                This is from the Omni hotels management board. The Omni hotel management needs workers both male and female whom are to be employed to work in our hotel in Canada and USA.
                The Hotel Management will pay for your flight ticket and provide an accommodation for you.  You shall be given 3 years  work permit sealed visa on your international passport through Canada immigration bureau Vancouver. So if you are interested to work in our hotel, kindly write back to me and send below requirement needed for work application to me as soon as possible. As soon as i receive your application and below needed requirement, Omni Hotels director shall prepare and approve your offer of appointment after due verification and confirmation of your CV and international passport.

     SEND BELOW DOCUMENT AND INFORMATION TO ME NOW VIA  
       THIS EMAIL CONTACT ONLY :
      caomihotels@yahoo.ca

1)Your CV/resume.
2)One size passport photograph recently taken
3)Your Scanned Valid international Traveling passport.
4)Your Country of residence at present

Warning:Failure to send his or her document and information needed for application to the above/below given email address only will not be selected and qualified. The earlier the better, spaces for vacancies get limited day by day.

Thanks,
Mrs Kristin Middleton
Hotel  Manager
Omni Mont Royal Hotel Canada
Email contact: caomnihotels@yahoo.ca

 

 

In a scam like the example given above, the victim would be required to pay the scammer in advance for non-existent work visas, permits, and other silly fees. As the victim would eventually figure out, there is no job, no work visa, etc.

Another example:

 

 

From:     Henry Eze <henryeze86@yahoo.co.uk>
Reply-To:     henryeze86@yahoo.co.uk
Subject:     Sea Petroleum and Gas Group of Companies Ltd
Date:     Thu, 17 Jul 2008 05:16:25 +0000 (GMT) (01:16 EDT)


 Hello,

SEA PETROLEUM GROUP OF COMPANIES LTD
INFORMATION OF VACANCY
We are writing to inquire if you are qualify to work in the field of oil refinery (located in different part of the world) in the following areas:
Petrochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical/Electronics Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Industrial Physics, accountant, business management, securities and other  related course
SEA PETROLEUM GROUP OF COMPANIES LTD,
 is looking for chargeable and determined personels with the above qualification to apply if interested for the various positions. It is available for qualified person in any part of the world.
In other to apply for the various positions candidate should respond back.
Other information will be given to you later.
Thanks

 

 

Okay. On to the second type of job scam.

This type of job scam is much more dangerous than other typical 419 scams. Many people have been financially ruined in a very short amount of time with this scam as the scammer can easily convince the victim to send large sums of money that he or she does not actually have.

Let's look at a typical example of this type of scam.

 

 

From:     bright <brightmacos@aol.com>
Reply-To:     brightmacos@aol.com
Subject:     :- JOB OFFER WORK AT HOME EARN $2000 PER WEEK :-
Date:     Sat, 19 Jul 2008 05:31:35 +0900 (Fri, 16:31 EDT)


Dear Sir/ Ma

I'm the C.E.O of B & M Textiles. We'd like to offer you additional earnings $2000 - $8000 per month. It's easy and will not take a lot of time. No costs, No Investments, Work Part Time or Full Time. Up to $2000 Part Time and $8000 Full Time. Work from Home with a Business Opportunity that no job could ever offer. Use your own computer to make money and make a CAREER as your own boss. I would like to know if you are interested. Work will consist of receiving of the payments from our clients in USA and Canada. All you would be doing is receiving these payments that would come to you via the mail system in your country, have
 them cashed and remit the rest to me. I would be willing to pay you 10% of whatever payment you process. These payments would come indifferent forms.

We are always facing serious difficulties when it comes to selling our products to Americans; they are always offering to pay with Different Modes, which are difficult for me to cash here in the UK. Because of a hold of almost three weeks that would be placed on them before they clears the banks here in the UK.

Unfortunately we can't open the bank accounts in all the countries we work with and because of that we seek for a representative/bookkeeper in USA and Canada.Respond only if you will like to work from home part-time/full time and get paid weekly without leaving or it affecting your present job. (PAY IS GOOD)If interested please reply with the information below to
 Email:brightmacos@aol.com
            
            EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION FORM
FULL NAME...............
ADDRESS (P.O Box Not Accepted)...........
CITY.....STATE....ZIP CODE....
PHONE ....... CELL PHONE...........
EMAIL ADDRESS........
AGE...................
SEX.............
BANK NAME ..............
BRIEF WORK EXPERIENCE ...............
PRESENT OCCUPATION ................
DO YOU HAVE EQUITY LINE OF CREDIT ACCOUNT? YES OR NO....
ART HOME ARTS AND CRAFTS
21-23 NICOLE STREET
SHOREDITCH
LONDON
WG2B 6TD
Tel: +44031962604

 

 

This job looks like an easy way to earn money. You simply collect checks and money orders from your employer that land in your mailbox, cash them at your bank, skim 10% of the value of the checks off the top for yourself, and wire the remaining money back to your employer.

As we can see, this scam is targeted at victims in the U.S. and Canada. There's a reason for this. Bank customers in these two countries (there are a few others as well) are usually able to access the funds from checks long before the checks have actually cleared.

The problem is that the checks and/or money orders that are sent to the victim are worthless. They are documents that are either stolen and altered or forged outright.

It's quite normal for two weeks or more to pass from the time a check is deposited or cashed to the time it actually clears. This type of scammer takes advantage of that lag time by demanding that the victim wire back the money immediately. By the time the first checks begin to bounce, the victim of this scam has likely already cashed many of these worthless checks, possibly as much as $100,000 in bad checks, and has wired most of the money back to the scammer.

The bank, which has advanced the money to cover these checks eventually receives word that the checks are fraudulent and goes after the victim to cover these amounts. In addition, the victim may be looking at criminal fraud charges (for cashing fraudulent checks and/or money orders), particularly if he or she is unable to cover the amount of money at issue.

Now you can see why the counterfeit check scheme is so dangerous. It can cost you not only money that you have, it can cost you money that you don't have as well, not to mention your freedom. And while a moderately successful 419 scammer in Lagos can take a year or more to scam a six figure sum the old-fashioned way, a counterfeit check scammer can accomplish that same feat in a matter of days with just a single victim.

There are other kinds of scams that employ counterfeit check fraud as well. I'll cover some of those later but first, let's look at another example of this type of fake job scam. This one appears to be functionally similar to the previous but there's a significant twist. Can you spot the difference?

 

 

From:     UK Dell Store <dellsmallstores@yahoo.co.uk>
Reply-To:     dellsmallstores@yahoo.co.uk
Subject:     Become A Dell Agent And Earn More!!!
Date:     Wed, 16 Jul 2008 22:05:13 -0400 (EDT)


    Employment Offer

Dear Sir/Madam,

Would you like to work online from home and get paid weekly?

Yes! You can work online from home and get paid weekly.
Dell Small Business Store. is committed to global citizenship by operating in a responsible and sustainable manner around the globe. As part of our Multi Level Marketing scheme, we need capable hands to act as representative/book keeper in the United States and Canada on the companys behalf.

Dell Small Business Store. United Kingdom needs a representative in the United States and Canada. We are into supplies of Printers & Ink, PDA, Monitors, Software, and Major exporters e.t.c. These we supply weekly to our clients all over Canada and USA.

This Job proposal can be taken as a part time job as it has no negative effect to your present job status.

Note: The average monthly income is about $10,000, and this job takes only 3-7 hours per week.


WHAT YOU NEED TO DO FOR US:

The international money transfer tax for legal entities (companies) in United Kingdom is 25%, whereas for the individual it is only 7%. It yields the company lesser profit if we are to work that way, while tax for international money transfer made by a Private individual is 7%.Hence our Multi Level Marketing Scheme!

We need agents to receive payment for our supplies in bank wire transfers and to resend the money to us via Western Union Money Transfer in UK while the tax shall be 7% instead of 25% which will absolutely favor our company.


JOB DESCRIPTION:

1. Receive payment from Clients by wire transfer
2. Deduct 10% which will be your commission on each payment processed.
3. Forward the balance after deducting of 10% commission to offices which shall be provided by you as soon as the fund becomes available.

HOW MUCH WILL YOU EARN:

10% from each operation! For instance: you receive $5000 via wire transfer on our behalf. You will cash the money and keep $500 (10% from $5000) for yourself! At the beginning your commission will equal 10%. After creditable performance, your commission may be reviewed for increment.

This job is very challenging and you should understand it. We are looking only for the Honest and Open Hearted Individual who satisfies our requirements and glad to offer this job position to you. If our proposals interest you, do get back to us with your under listed detailed information;

Names:
Address:
Age:
City:
Zip Code:
State:
Home Phone:
Cell Phone:
Gender:

I AWAIT YOUR URGENT RESPONSE.

Warmest Regards,




`Mr. John Claman
 UK Dell Small Business Store.
Romily Court, Landridge Road, London
SW6 4LL Tel: +447011128285 Fax:+447043019046

 

 

This example seems to be very similar to the previous one. Both are looking for representatives to receive payments, both obviously target victims in the U.S. and Canada and both offer a 10% "commission". But there is a key difference, indicated in line 1 under the job description heading which reads, "Receive payment from Clients by wire transfer." This scammer is offering to wire (actually, transfer from another bank account to yours) money rather than send you counterfeit checks.

This means that money actually is transferred to your account. The catch is that it's stolen money so it's only very temporary.

If you've ever wondered how those phishing scammers armed with stolen online banking passwords can get money out of someone's bank or credit card account and into their possession without being caught, this is how it's done. They transfer the stolen funds into your bank account.

If they were to transfer these stolen funds into their own accounts, they would soon be identified as the thieves. So, what they do here is transfer those funds to your account. Your job as their "company representative" would be to immediately wire the money overseas to them via Western Union or some similar service. You become an intermediary in their theft rather than their company rep. Only you and your bank account can be directly tied to the theft. The scammers get the money (minus your paltry 10% commission) and make a clean getaway, leaving you to take the blame for the theft and stuck with the bill.

This next example is slightly different. Here you are asked "run errands" for your employer. Specifically, he wants you to accept mail for him and courier it on to him.

 

 

From:     john brooks <johnbrooks101@gmail.com>
Subject:     hello
Date:     Wed, 16 Jul 2008 00:20:03 +0100 (Tue, 19:20 EDT)


Are you looking for a part time job other than babysitting? I am looking for someone who can handle my personal and business errands at his/her spare time. Someone who can offer me these services:
Mail services: Receive my mails and drop them off  at Fed ex(nothing illegal).
Shop for Gifts Sit for delivery( at your home) or pick items up at nearby post office at your convenience.
 
Let me know if you will be able to offer me any of these services.   
Mr John

 

 

This one should raise red flags with anyone which is why it is rarely seen in this form (as a stand-alone scam). If you do accept a job like this you will be serving as the postal drop for all sorts of goods purchased with stolen credit card numbers, breached PayPal accounts, etc. and you will ultimately be on the hook to either return the items or pay for them. You will also surely face criminal charges for your actions.

This particular type of scam is most often used in conjunction with the Internet Romance Scam.

 

 

 

 

Gold/Diamonds for sale

 

Here, the seller claims to have gold or diamonds for sale.

 

 

From:     samuelopoku Gazeta.pl <samuelopoku@gazeta.pl>
Subject:     Sales Of Alluvial Gold Dust And Crude oil
Date:     Mon, 14 Jul 2008 03:59:19 +0100 (Sun, 22:59 EDT)


To whom it may concern.

 

Sir/madam,

May I use this medium to inform you that we have for sales at a very attractive rate 500kgs of 22karat plus gold in stock and ready for monthly supply of between 50 and 100kgs.  We currently wish to sell at $20,500. Per kg. and might reconsider according to the quantity.

 

Brief introduction, our company is a licensed gold mining/sales company in Ghana West Africa and we have been in business for over seven years. We have always sold our product in small quantities locally but today we wish to expand by purchasing mining equipments that will help increase our annual turnover.

 

We are searching for reliable and huge purchasers or investor world wide. We are also in search of brokers in any part of the world as commissions shall be agreed upon.

 

We are looking forward to hear from you soon.

Best regards,

 

Mr Samuel Opoku.

(Company P. R. O.)

 

 

Of course, the scammers aren't quite stupid enough to think that you'd advance the full payment to them for 50 KG of gold (not that they'd turn it down). Rather, they would go for the idea of sending you a free sample if you would kindly wire just the cost of shipping and insurance fees to them (maybe a couple of thousand dollars). Obviously, since the scammers possess no gold or, in this case, no crude oil, you'll get no sample. If they actually did possess gold and crude oil, you'd still get no sample.

Now, a smart buyer would actually want to travel and meet with the seller to make a purchase like this. The scammers would be fully prepared for this also. In fact, this is what the scammers really want you to do. Planning on making a small sample purchase? Don't forget to bring enough cash to pay the "export fees" of $2000/KG. After all, you'll be told that you don't want to get caught smuggling 5 KG of gold out of Ghana in your suitcase. There will be fees to be paid, bribes as well. Better bring at least $150,000. Cash, of course. Those crooked "government officials" don't accept checks. You will also be encouraged to bring gifts for your hosts. It will be suggested that laptop computers, GSM mobile phones, and Rolex watches make great gifts.

Upon your arrival in Ghana, you would be graciously be picked up at the airport and taken to a location where you would be relieved of your cash, gifts, luggage, clothing, and anything else that you may have of value. After all, you won't be needing any of those things where you're going.

Another example:

 

 

From:     goldsarls@centrum.cz
Subject:     we have gold dust
Date:     Fri, 20 Mar 2009 22:22:01 +0100 (17:22 EDT)



                                                             Hello,

Good day and i want to use this to introduce my company we are  GOLD DUST supliers in West Africa SUB REGION.  I am a  head of a Company of Transit and Consignment based in Cotonou-Benin & Ghana West Africa. Our Company represents  helps a group of village Gold mining washers to sell their natural noble metals; mainly A/U Gold.

We are sourcing agent for a strong and reliable buyer of Gold dust 450Kg which we have here in Cotonou-Benin.   We have at present for export 675Kilogrammes of Gold dust whose characteristics are as follows: * Origin: Burkina-Faso in  West Africa  *  Quality: 22 Karats + * Nature: Gold Dust * Rate of purity: 93%* Impurity composition: 7% (primarily iron Oxide) These Gold mining  washers can provide  80 -100  Kilogrammes of Gold monthly.  We want to choose you as our partner in your country so that you can buy and sell to make profit, we also sell below internaional market price . If our proposal to you meets you in a  favourable considerations, then revert back to us with all your telephone / fax number including your residential or postal addresses  immediately for us to progress.

Be informed that upon your arrival, you will be take to mining site in Ghana or Burkina-Faso to view the site in person.You feel free to ask all questions you may want to ask us. Further information about our price will be given to you upon indication of interest.

                                  

Regards,
Mr. Baradji Boukary.
Gold Trading Sarl.
Carre 19 Cocotomey-Benin
Tel: +229 96261454
 Fax: +229 21 33 8080
E-mail;realgoldtrading@yahoo.fr

 

 

Here's one suggesting that a buyer might get a little more than just gold:

 

 

From:     martha.annkuhns@libero.it <martha.annkuhns@libero.it>
Reply-to:     "martha.annkuhns@libero.it" <martha.annkuhns@libero.it>
Subject:     Marth Ann kuhns (mixed race America/Ghana)
Date:     Sun, 12 Apr 2009 08:38:47 +0200 (CEST) (02:38 EDT)


(Note.This offer is real and free risk) I am from the mixed race my mother is
from  United States of America but my  father is from Ghana and apart from my
fathers position as a king, i also work  in gold mining company with Mante 
Gold mining Company as we move forward i will forward to you an id of myself as
to assure you security in this offer.
 
I hereby draft this mail to you in order to contact you for assistance into a
gold business  for the  future benefits of both of us.
 
 However,before i move forward i am Marth Ann the daughter of Kuhns of Accra
Ghana,as the position of my father in our country Ghana,my father is
controlling a big gold mining land and as a result of this there are a lot of
golds here for sale but due to here in Africa there is no big buyers , for this
reason i therefore decided to seek for a trusted foreign business  partner  who
can assist us over there so that this gold can be sold there in abroad.
    
    Note:As soon as we built a business relationship with you and see that
you are trusted we will go ahead  to establish a gold company with you in your
country which you will be the director.
    
    We can send to you 65kg of 21-24 karat through Airway bill  while i come
over to meet you or if you wish to come to Ghana to see things for yourself and
hereafter both of us will travel to your country with as many golds we can
carry through Air way cargo for sales.
    
    I hereby look forward to hear from you for a go ahead.
    
   Marth Ann Kuhns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loan Scams

 

Another straight forward advance fee scam is the fake loan scam. Basically, you are offered a loan with very attractive terms.

 

 

From:     Standard Loan Firm <Standardloan_firm@gmail.com>
Subject:     DO YOU NEED A LOAN? { APPLY NOW }
Date:     Fri, 18 Jul 2008 05:50:19 +0100 (00:50 EDT)


ATTENTION: DO YOU NEED A LOAN? { APPLY NOW }

Are you a business man or woman ? Are you in any financial mess or do you
need funds to start up your own business? Do you need loan to settle your
debt or pay off your bills or start a nice business?

Do you have a low credit score and you are finding it hard to obtain
capital loan from local banks other financial institutes? Do you need a
loan or funding for any reason such as :

a) Personal Loan,Business Expansion,
b) Business Start-up ,Education,
c) Debt Consolidation,
d) Hard Money Loans

We offer loan at low interest rate and with no credit check, we offer
Personal loans, debt consolidation loans, venture capital,business loans,
education loans, home loans or "loans for any reason!".

However, Our method, offers you the chance to state the amount of loan
needed and also the duration you can afford. This gives you a real chance
to get the funds you need! Any interested Applicants should get back to me
via email:

Name: Mr Mike Buckler

Email:standardtrustfunds@gmail.com

Thanks for your understanding as we await your contact.

Mr Mike Buckler

 

 

This scam is targeted toward individuals who might not qualify for a loan from conventional lenders. In fact, everyone qualifies for a loan from a loan scammer.

Of course, these phony lenders have no money to lend you but you'll be expected to pay "administrative charges" in advance, just for the promise of receiving money from the lender.

Like the lottery scam, the fake loan scammer is counting on reaping relatively small sums of money (usually under $1000) from each of many victims.

 

 

 

 

 

Charity scams

 

The charity scam can be especially insidious in that it plays on your compassion rather than your natural desire to profit. You are offered absolutely nothing in return for sending money to the scammer. It is said that the most successful scam is the one where the victim never realizes that he or she has been ripped-off and with this type of scam, you may never figure out that you've been taken for a ride.

These scams often land in your e-mail box in the wake of a major natural disaster, most recently, during the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Japan. Usually, they are just scammers posing as charities or churches looking for funds.

 

 

From:     The Co-operative Bank plc <Helpcenter@cooperative.com>
Reply-to:     <cooperativehelpcenter@mail.com>
Subject:     Join us at The Co-operative Bank plc to Help Victims of the Japan Earthquake & Tsunami
Date:     Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:03:37 +0530 (Thu, Mar 17 2011 00:33:37)


Join us at The Co-operative Bank plc to Help Victims of the Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

To help the survivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan on March 11, The Co-operative Bank plc Foundation announced a $50,000 contribution to the international nonprofit organization Mercy Corps in support of Peace Winds Japan, their local partner.

On March 14, Peace Winds Japan flew in 30 family-sized tents for homeless survivors in Kesennuma, and materials to construct a 100-person balloon shelter. Peace Winds is also working to deliver other essential items that are in short supply, including food, water, blankets and medicine.

Please you can help the poor in Tokyo,Japan. You can help too! Donate no amount is too small you can send any amount to our account officer through Western Union or MoneyGram for Quick Collect® service.

Receiver Name: Rosemary Braham
Bank Address: 1 Balloon Street,
Manchester, M60 4EP.
United Kingdom.
MTCN #:
Sender's name and address:

Please contact us through our Email address: cooperativehelpcenter@mail.com with the payment information, God bless you as you help the needy in Tokyo,Japan.

Regards,

David Anderson
CEO and Director
The Co-operative Bank plc

 

 

Another, more authentic-sounding faux earthquake victim appeal, this one from a scammer claiming to represent The Salvation Army.

 

 

From:     Salvation Army National Corp. <donate-to-japan.earthquake@salvationarmy.co.uk>
Reply-to:     <japan.earthquake@dnsau.org.uk>
Subject:     Japan earthquake and Tsunami: How to help/Salvation Army?
Date:     Tue, 15 Mar 2011 16:56:36 +0100 (Tue, Mar 15 2011 11:56:36)


Salvation Army National Corp.
Alton, Hampshire, GU34
United Kingdom
japan.earthquake@dnsau.org.uk
 
 
 
 
Mission and Programs
 
 
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
 
 
Programs
 
A 127-year old, faith-based charity, The Salvation Army helps people with all kinds of needs in virtually every community across America. Some of these activities include operating Adult Rehabilitation Centers, running programs for children and seniors and providing emergency disaster services support.
Additional Comments from the Organization
 
According to management expert Peter Drucker, The Salvation Army is "by far the most effective organization in the U.S." A responsible steward of the generosity of the American people, at least 83 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army goes directly to assist those in need.
 
 
Donate
 
We humbly want to bring to your notice and call for your immense support to massive 8.9/9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan at around 2:46pm on March 11 (JST) causing damage with blackouts, fire and tsunami.
Salvation Army National Corp have been working hard to see how to raise help to these pandemics situation.
 
 
We humbly hope for your support and strongly believe you can save a life.
 
Add to Japan earthquake and Tsunami
I want to contribute: E.g 'Amount' 'USD'
You must enter donation amount.
You must enter a valid dollar amount.
You must enter a minimum $100 amount.
($100 USD minimum)
 
1. FIRST NAME:
2. LAST NAME:
3. AGE:
4. ADDRESS:
5. CITY:
6. STATE:
7. ZIP CODE:
8. COUNTRY:
9. PHONE NUMBER:
10 GENDERS:
11.AMOUNT.
 
 
Designation (Optional)
To designate your donation for a specific fund or purpose, please enter a description of how you'd like your donation to be used.
 
 
Dedication or Gift (Optional)
To make a donation on behalf of or in memory of another person, please enter the person's name. You will have a chance to send an eCard to this person at the end of making a donation.
 
 
 
REMMITANCE OPTION
 
* To donate:  Contact us by email using:  japan.earthquake@salvationarmy.zzn.com
 
Salvation Army National Corp.
Alton, Hampshire, GU34
United Kingdom
www.salvationarmy.org
Tel: (44) 07035947651
Fax: (44) 07024048271
 
 
 
       
       
Questions?
Frequently asked questions about the Network for Good donation process.
 
Privacy and Security
Your donation is safe and secure.

 

 

Next, we have an example of a scammer trying to scam money for a small child, apparently a female child with prostate cancer (?!?) in addition to esophageal cancer which, as we have now come to expect, has defiled all forms of medicine. Attached to the e-mail was a photograph (not shown here), which was obviously of a young boy.

 

 

From:     Lilian Boba <lilianboba10@yahoo.com>
Reply-to:     lilianboba15@yahoo.com
Subject:     SAVE.......
Date:     Tue, 18 Nov 2008 14:40:10 -0800 (PST) (17:40 EST)


                  SAVE A   SOUL  TODAY          
                    (SAVE BABY LILIAN  LIFE)
 
This is Baby Lilian Boba 3 years old from Dakar,Senegal.she have been diagnosed with prostate and  esophageal Cancer that was discovered  very late  due to her mother's laxity in caring for Baby Lilian Boba health. It has  defiled  all form of medicine and right now, she have only about Four weeks to live  according to medical  experts.
 
Please there is urgent need to fly her out to United State of America for Surgery and this will cost $25,000usd.These is the cost travelling and hospital bills for the surgery.So we the family and friends of Baby Lilian Boba are reaching out to the whole world for help.PLEASE KNOW THAT NOTHING IS TOO SMALL TO SAVE THIS BABY'S LIFE.YOUR PENY IS HIGHLY APPRECIATED.PLEASE WE NEED YOUR DONATION
 
PLEASE SEND YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE CO-ORDINATOR SAVE BABY LILIAN BOBA'S LIFE,MR JULIUS CHIKELUO(through western union,money gram)SO THAT THINGS WILL BE DONE FAST BEFORE THIS BABY DIES,THANKS.
 
JULIUS CHIKELUO,
 (co-ordinator)

 

 

Sometimes, the scammer is a little less in-your-face as to his intentions. The purpose of their initial e-mail is often simply to capture your interest.

 

 

From:     Pastor Dorababu <destineyatcross@yahoo.com>
Reply-To:     destineyatcross@yahoo.com
Subject:     Introducing my self and my ministry
Date:     Sun, 13 Jul 2008 11:33:43 -0700 (PDT) (14:33 EDT)


Dear Brethren,

Greetings to you in the most precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I would like to introduce my self to you; my name is G .Dorababu, working for the Lord as a Pastor among Hindu villagers. Our aim is to win the souls and prepare for the coming of the Lord.

In our Church there are many needy groups , like children, old aged mothers and fathers, leprosy patients, young sisters ,  God is helping me to teach them and He  is also helping me to provide  them , like slates, pencils, table’s book, note books and boxes and food for  leprosy brethren and old aged people , free sewing education for poor young sisters. We have also Pastors fellowship, encouraging them with a little financial support and with spiritual support.

I visited gust book which you signed already, through that I came to know that you stood for Christ and His commandment, so that it is my wish to let you know about us and ask you to pray for my ministry.

I studied at Church on the rock theological seminary for B.th.  For 7 years I am in God’s ministry.

God blessed us with film ministry; we take Jesus film in Telugu language at different village, it is our wish to cause of some perishing souls salvation, in the Lord Jesus Christ.  If you are interested I want to send some of our ministry pictures.

May God bless you abundantly.

Yours in His service.

Pastor: G. Dorababu.

 

 MY ADDRESS:

Pastor: G: Dora Babu,

Door no: 4-1-33

Gullavaripeta

Ramachandrapuram

Pin-533255

E.G. Dt , Andra Pradesh. 

South India

destineyatcross@yahoo.com

 

 

In the example above, the scammer takes on the identity of an actual person, Bishop Gootla Dorababu. I've been told by two near-victims of this scammer that "donations" were to be directed to a bank account in China.

Occasionally, the scammer will actually claim that he wants your money for himself, as seen in this next charity scam example, a rather lengthy and plausible yarn about a pregnant girlfriend and her pissed-off father.

 

 

From:     kingsley chekwube <helpkingsleyandchioma@gmail.com>
Subject:     please help my baby........
Date:     Sun, 2 Aug 2009 06:41:38 -0700 (09:41 EDT)


Dear friend.
 
Good day, my name is derek from nigeria ,please have mercy
on me and listen to what i have to say,i made a mistake i shouldnt
have made,but that will not make me to sin again, my girlfriend got
pregnant for me and i cannot deny being responsible for the
pregnancy,i am a poor youngman but she came from a rich family,we both
love each other and i want to give the child the chance to live and
see life, but her father wants the baby to be aborted by all means,the
pregnancy is upto one month plus and her life will be at stake on
aborting the baby, the father never considered all these things
,simply because he wanted her to marry his business partner,he has
ordered his guards to beat me up and yet he is not ready to give up.

sir/madam, please i know i do not know you before but since friends
and family have left me alone to suffer for my mistake,i decided to
ask for help anywhere,i would have gone to look for a job but her
father has sent his boys on a look out for me and god help me if they
find me,my good friend james whom am leaving with at the moment gave
me his internet laptop computer  and access, he suggested i seak help
through the internet,he said that that is the best he could do for
me,please i ask for your favour to help me financialy,nomatter how
little ,just to give this child a chance to live again,i have ran away
with chioma my girlfriend,and i intend to stay away till she puts to
bed so that the safety of our baby will be gauranteed,but now,we find
it very difficult to feed properly,not to talk of taking her to
hospital for medical check-ups.

please i realy need your help for i am very broke and confused.

please if you have any financial support for us,let me know, the
child will live with your help,success,favour and blessings will never
depart from you nor your household as your hear the cry of the poor
and come to my  rescue, please advice me.

thanks you and remain blessed for your understanding as i await your reply.

regards,

derek

 

 

The body of this next one arrived as an image. Scammers occasionally do this to beat agressive spam filters as well as to make them difficult to convert to text. I've done the conversion and posted the original image below (with the innocent little girl's photo slightly obfuscated).

 

 

From: Laura Stancu <laurastancu@ymail.com>
Subject: Hello and sorry to disturb you!
To:
Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2009, 3:09 AM



Hello dear sir or lady,

Before deleting this email please give me a chance to explain why this isn't just a junk mail that consumes your time and money.
My name is Laura, I'm 13 years old and all i want is to be heard!
That's all i ask and that is also my bet with life.
I was born with a hearing impairment that condemned me to a life with no sounds, but God also made me with a winner atitude and a paradoxal passion: the violin.
A deaf young girl, from a poor eastern-european family, playing the violin?
Yes, and I want to show everyone that i will fulfill my dream and even graduate the conservatory some day.
I play the violin for 10 years now and I'm able to do so thanks to the only two people that believed in me: grandma and grandpa ( I never new my father and mom died when i was 2 years old ).
When i was 3 i saw a violin in a boutique window and although i didn't knew what is it for, i somehow knew that is the object which will make the world HEAR the music inside a deaf soul.
Grandpa told me that for 6 months i did nothing else but hundreds of childish drawings of violins.
I guess you can imagine how they felt seeing that my dream was an object build to please people with sounds.
But grandpa believed in me, in life, in extraordinary things and did inimagineable: He had bought a violin and with the help of a microphone and an old magnetophon he made the impossible become possible.
He made a special little chair and put the speaker underneath ( face up ) enabling me to feel every vibration just by sitting down on it.
An old neighbour with was a music teacher had tough me for the first 2 years and after that my grandparents had managed to someone until i went to the school and which i still study. Yes it's a music school and yes everybody in the exam commission laugh when they noticed i am deaf.
The laughter didn't last long.
I had made it 4th on the list of more than 1500 children.
I couldn't hear laughter and i couldn't hear applause's ...but i can remember their faces!
Long story short, i recently found out that some doctors can make me hear for the first time. They can give me back one fifth of the life i otherwise will lose. They can make me hear the vibrations i now know only through my bottom when i seat on the chair while playing.
The operations cost around 6000 dollars and by now i managed to raise around 1200 dollars by playing at a few private parties and from a couple of friends who appreciate classical music.
I don't expect to gather all the money over night but every single cent means a little step close to the world of sounds.
Please donate whatever your heart lets you and be one of those who will help the first deaf person into conservatory.
No matter if you donate or not i still thank you so much for reading this all the way: EVEN THOUGH I CAN'T HEAR YOU I'VE MADE MYSELF HEARD

Best wishes,
Laura Stancu

 

george.lupascupp@gmail.com

help.stancufamily@gmail.com

laurastancu@ymail.com

 

Scam e-mail image - Laura Stancu scam

 

 

That one demonstrates just how low some of these scammers will go.

 

 

 

 

 

Internet Romance Scams

 

Internet Romance Scammers usually target victims who are registered on dating or other social networking sites but they often send out mass e-mails as well like the crude example below.

 

 

From:     jasmine awa <jasmine1awa@gmail.com>
Subject:     HELLO
Date:     Sun, 14 Sep 2008 16:48:39 +0000 (12:48 EDT)



Hello Dear,
My name is jasmine,honest and nice looking girl .i am 24yrs old 165cm tall,chocolate skinned,with brown sexy eye balls looking for a man who can be a true friend and a close confidant,so i checked the site of acquaintance and found your profile very interesting and i would love for us to have communication.so please mail me on my email add (jasmine.awa@gmail.com) and lets know each other better. have a lovely,beautiful,love filled week ahead as i expect your mail remember age and distance should not be a barrier to finding true friendship,it should not limit us from discovering the beauty that lies in between us ok,and i will send you my photo and tell you more about myself as soon as i get a mail from you thanks.
jasmine

 

 

Basically, the Internet Romance Scammer attempts to get you into an online romantic relationship with them. They are usually located either in Africa or countries of the former Soviet Union though they could be from anywhere. These scammers are very patient, often cultivating a relationship for many months without making any odd requests. They fabricate absolutely every detail about themselves. Often this even includes their gender. Any photos or identification documents they may send you always belong to other people, sometimes previous victims of the scammer. Communication is usually conducted via instant messenger and sometimes e-mail.

When the scammer feels that he/she has your trust, you will begin receiving odd requests, Sometimes they make a blatant request for money, claiming to be stuck at an airport somewhere. Often the scammer will claim to need emergency funds for a sick child. Sometimes they'll request that you send them a laptop or some other expensive item, offering to pay you for it later. Sometimes the scammer will claim to have been paid for a job with checks that he/she can't cash and ask if you could cash them and wire back the money (see the counterfeit check-cashing job scam described above). Occasionally you will be asked to become a postal drop for goods obtained fraudulently (also mentioned above).

A victim who has been particularly generous and has demonstrated that he or she is financially comfortable may be asked to visit the scammer. This can be a particularly dangerous move. Victims who have gone to meet their new loved one will, at the very least be releived of any wealth they may have. Scammers who have been able to lure the victim onto their own turf often engage in kidnapping, forcing the victim to drain his or her bank accounts. Sometimes they will hold the victim for ransom, demanding money from the victim's family members in return for release. The most ruthless ones will just dispose of the victim in a rather grizzly fashion when they feel that he or she is no longer of use to them.

 

 

 

 

 

Pet Adoption Scams

 

Pet adoption scam e-mails are not particularly popular but judging by the number of e-mails I receive from victims of this scam, they seem to have a very high success rate.

By far, the most popular animal used in these scams is the Yorkshire Puppy but the kind of pet featured could be just about anything. Baby monkeys are also popular.

In this type of scam, the victim will be asked to adopt one or more of the scammer's pets. The scammer will claim that he or she is unable to keep the pet for one reason or another. Once the victim shows some interest this proposition, the scammer will send photos, fake documentation, etc. to get the victim hooked on the non-existent animal, then invent all sorts of fees that must be paid (by the victim, of course) before the animal(s) can be shipped.

Here's an example of the Pet Adoption Scam:

 

 

From:     Ileana Douff <ileanadouff@gmail.com>
Reply-To:     ileanadouff@gmail.com
Subject:     YORKIE PUPPIES FOR ADOPTION
Date:     Fri, 29 Aug 2008 11:04:39 -0500 (12:04 EDT)




Hi, I saw your email as a possible pet lover. i would love to send you my
two Yorkie puppies for

adoption, since I am travelling out of the country in two weeks time, i
would need a pet lover

with a good heart that would be able to afford vet-visits and dedications.
their names are Patti

& Philly (female & male) both weighs---1.7lbs and 1.6lbs each, and are
currently 12 weeks old.

AKC registered, with complete papers. up to date on all shots/worming.
already potty trained with

excellent temperaments. also very good with children and other animals. If
interested,Please

contact me for pictures. Best regards' Ileana Douff. ileanadouff@gmail.com

 

 

...and another...

 

 

From:     Ono Layor <meryonoappt115@gmail.com>
Subject:     adorable puppies for adoption
Date:     Sun, 27 Jul 2008 05:29:34 -0800 (09:29 EDT)


Dear family in the Lord

My name in Marry Onobell i and my husband came to west Africa on a
missionary trip and we came along with our 3 different puppies,1 male
Yorkshire and 2 female American bulldog puppies so after some while
period of time we discover the wealthier here is not good for their
health so we are looking for a better family who can adopt them from
us and also promise us to care for them as we do because they are very
much mean to your and we are very in love with them as well so please
we need your kindly help if you can.looking forward to your fast
response

 

 

...and one with a photo attached.

 

 

From:     Anita Sides <anitacsides2@googlemail.com>
Subject:     pup needs new home
Date:     Mon, 1 Sep 2008 03:56:10 -0700 (06:56 EDT)


Hi there, pleasure sending you this email. I know this will come as a surprise. I have a Chihuahua puppy that I am willing to give away, I just got married and cant take puppies along.. gave out the others but this is the only one left. If you are a good pet-loving person and would like to have her, please email me on sides_anita1@yahoo.com . Thank you .

--
Anita C. Sides
Co-founder
American Disabled Movement,
653 N. Little Rock Road,
Little Rock,
Arkansas, 72206.

 

Molly, the scammer's fake pet

 

 

This next one doesn't really fall under the Pet Adoption category but is very similar, only far more disgusting.

 

 

From:     Benin Orphanage Home <beninorphanagehome3@yahoo.it>
Reply-To:     beninorphanagehome@yahoo.es
Subject:     Did you want to adopt a child?
Date:     Mon, 22 Sep 2008 21:42:55 +0000 (GMT) (17:42 EDT)


Please i will like to know if you want to adopt a child?

Thanks

Mr Raymond +229 93 60 81 81

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stranded Relative / Friend

 

Although not an entirely new scam, the Stranded Relative / Friend scam is rarely sent via mass mail.

 

 

From:     Jean-Philippe, Sharon <jeanphil@utk.edu>
Subject:    
Date:     Fri, 28 Aug 2009 21:33:56 -0400


     I  am really sorry to bother you with my problem,this has to come in a hurry. I had traveled to United Kingdom on an International business trip, Unfortunately for me all my luggage (which included my cash, diary and credit cards) were stolen at the hotel where I lodged, I am so confused right now, I don't know what to do or where to go.  I did not bring my phone here and the hotel's telephone line was disconnected during the robbery incident, Please can you send me £ 500 (pounds sterling)so I can return home, As soon as I get home I would refund it immediately GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU HELP ME. Please contact my E-mail: thanksforgettingbacktome@googlemail.com

Regards
Dinah ,

 

 

This type of scam works well when the scammer has intimate knowledge of his victim as well as the person he or she is impersonating. When mass-mailed such as the above example had been, I can't see how it would work on anyone who doesn't have a close friend, family member, or associate who goes by the name that the scammer chooses to use and who also just happens to be unreachable.

 

 

 

 

 

The "Throwing Good Money After Bad" Scam

 

The "Throwing Good Money After Bad" Scam (for lack of a better name) is one used by scammers to target previous victims of scams. Sometimes the scammer uses this type as a fresh approach to one of his current or previous victims. Usually however, these scam e-mails are just sent out randomly in the hope that they'll get the attention of another scammer's mark.

In this type of scam, the scammer claims to be an official of some government, the United Nations, or an anti-scam organization. Often he will insist that in order for the victim to collect the money that he or she had previously been promised, they must now deal with him. Sometimes the scammer will instead offer some sort of financial package to reimburse the victims for their financial loss. The premise may vary slightly.

A popular letter is the one ostensibly from the director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and here, we have one of the more comical attempts at impersonating FBI director, Robert S. Mueller.

 

 

From:     ROBERT S. MUELLER <admin@5i9d.com>
Reply-to:     <robert01@washingtondc.usa.com>
Subject:     SPECIAL ALERT FROM FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION.06/05/2010
Date:     06/05/2010 01:36:26 PM


THIS IS THE (F.B.I)
http://www.fbi.gov
ROBERT S. MUELLER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBI
Direct Line: 206-888-4277
Email:-  robert01@washingtondc.usa.com

Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington,
D.C. 20535-0001, USA


                                 FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION SEEKING TO WIRETAP THE INTERNET  

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I) write to you in correspondence to the meeting we recently Tuesday 1st of  June 2010 at the Bank Auditorium Center, the whole conflict of SCAMS was revealed to us by the Board of Trustee of Federal Republic of Nigeria mostly by the three arms of Government.

               The Judiciary, the Legislature and the Executive). with the Federal republic of Nigeria Government on the ERADICATION of SCAMS on the internet. Federal bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington, DC in conjunction with some other relevant Investigation Agencies like Internal Revenue Service here in the United states of America have recently been informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network that you presently have a transaction with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as regards to your over-due contract payment which was fully endorsed in your favor accordingly. After the meeting held on Mon

These three arms of Government has made Us realize that the ramped of SCAMS over floating around the United State of America and some other part of the world was been set up by the root of some CBN Ex-Workers that have been suspended for sometimes due to their dubious characters of initiating people to impersonate the Government Workers to receive peoples hard earn money from them, mostly with the Executive Governor identity.

For these reasons, the New Central Bank Executive Governor was invited to this office to defend the allegation against Him.  While he made complain that his office was not in charge of foreign transfer of funds, that the accredited office was Federal Ministry of Finance Department (FEDMINAP) in person of EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR: MR. LAMIDO AMINU SANUSI as the New appointed Accountant General in charge of all foreign transfer Payment files.


They also told us that the only problem they are facing right now is that some unscrupulous element are using this project as an avenue to scam innocent people off their hard earned money by impersonating the Executive Governor that is why the Federal Government has appoint EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR: MR. LAMIDO AMINU SANUSI as the Payment Director of the Central Bank office.

The Federal government of Nigeria has approved that all overdue outstanding payments must be paid on or before June 27th, 2010, before the upcoming Local Government Electorates which might leads to recalling of funds back to the Bank Treasury.  Meanwhile, we are also informed that a Man with an America passport number (3028882234) came to the Central Bank affiliated bank office in U.K few days ago with a letter, claiming to be your true representative.

Here are the man information below:

Name: Denis Marion
Bank Name: City Bank
Bank Address: Arizona, USA
Account Number: 6503809008.

             INSTRUCTION/WARNING FROM ROBERT S. MUELLER III.

NB: You are urgently advised to please reconfirm the below following information to the Office of the New Accountant General, as a matter of urgency if this Man is from you so that this office will not issue your fund and be held responsible, If this man isn't of your true representative, you are requested to contact for your inheritance claim valued of US$10,000,000.00M (Ten Million United State Dollars) only will be remitted into your nominated bank account or any other way you which to receive it.

1) Your full name.
2) Home, fax and mobile #.
3) Residential address.
4) Company name,
5)Company address.
6)Office position and
5) Age and marital status.
6) Working I'd / Int'l passport.

And should incase you are already dealing with anybody or office claiming to be From the Central Bank of Nigeria, you are further advised to STOP further Contact with in person from Africa in your best interest and as you already know that prof Soludo is no more the acting Gov of the (CBN) and then contact the real office of the New (GOV) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) only with the Below information's accordingly:


EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR: MR. LAMIDO AMINU SANUSI

OFFICE ADDRESS: Central Bank of Nigeria,
                Central Business District,
                Cadastral Zone,
                Abuja, Federal Capital Territory,
                Nigeria.
Direct Line: + 234 708 529 0508

Email:- cbn_govdrlamido.sanusi@africamail.com

                                 IMPORTANT NOTICE.

Note: we are on investigation and security watch over any message with Central Bank, to benefit the satisfaction of all the United States Citizen by seeking to Wiretap scams on the internet with the help of Nigeria Government and also with The assistance of all United states Citizen, by listening to the instructions we give out to avoid falling for SCAMS on INTERNET.

All modalities has already been worked out even before you were contacted and note that we will be monitoring all your dealings with them as you proceed so You don't have anything to worry about.

All we require from you henceforth is an update so as to enable us be on track with you and the Central Bank of Nigeria. Without wasting much time, will want you to contact them immediately with the above email address so as to enable them attend to your case accordingly without any further delay as there is limit of validity on this transaction and further delay might make you lose this transaction as the rightful Beneficiary.

Should in case you need any more information's in regards to this Notification, be free to get back to us so that we can brief you more as we are here to guide you during and after this project has been completely perfected And you have received your contract fund as stated.

Thank you very much for your co-operation in advance as we earnestly await your urgent response to this matter.

Regards,

Robert S. Mueller,
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington,
D.C. 20535-0001, USA
Cell :- 206-666-2275

 

 

Here's one employing the same M.O.

 

 

From:     kellyrorick@wt.net
Reply-to:     <metrofraudalert@mail2police.com>
Subject:     United Kingdom Fraud Alert: Contact Metropolitan Police Immediately
Date:     Fri, 21 Aug 2009 03:12:46 -0700 (06:12 EDT)




________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Attention:
 
   This email notice is from the Metropolitan Police, United Kingdom, and this notice is being sent at random, alerting and creating awareness of Nigerian/United Kingdom Fraud and Scam. Are you a victim to any form of Nigerian/United Kingdom Fraud or Scam? We receive over a thousand reports about United Kingdom fraud/scams each day, in which the crimes are committed by Nigerian living in the United Kingdom and the Diaspora, and this as been a major problem for our economy.


Now, the Metropolitan Police, and the proper authorities in Nigeria such as the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Nigerian Police Force, and the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are in a joint mission to stop and apprehend any defaulter involved in any form of fraud/scam. We urge you to send us an email if you are a victim to any form of Nigerian fraud or scam below:

Typical form of Nigerian/United Kingdom Scams:

 
 
 
1. Online Dating/Relationships
2. Online classifieds/ Marketplaces (eg. Craiglist.org, eBay.com, eBid.net, Amazon.com, Kijiji.com, adpost.com.au e.t.c)
3. Online Lottery (U.K Lotto, Coca -cola Lottery e.t.c)
4. Nigerian Oil and Gas (e.g NNPC, Shell, Mobil e.t.c)
5. Next of Kin/ beneficiary (CBN, Mariam Abacha, Prof Charles Soludo e.t.c)
6. Online Theft (Bank accounts, Credit Cards, Paypal.com, Alertpay.com, Nochex e.t.c)
7. False Pet sales, Accommodation rentals including false House sales (e.g Craigslist, Houseforrent, Kijiji e.t.c)
8. Email account theft (Yahoo, Hotmail/Msn, GMail e.t.c)
9. Checks/Cheque Money Order & A.T.M Fraud

Note that there are other forms in which Nigerian Fraud and scams can occur. Most fraudsters now have accomplice(s) in most western countries to help them carry out their fraud such has countries like United Kingdom, United States of America and Canada. They use this countries to make their fraud convincing since most people are aware of the fraud rate in Nigeria.

Help us fight against Nigerian Fraud/scam by contacting us about your case or that of any relative you have or know that have is a victim to Nigerian fraud. Send comments to metrofraudalert@mail2police.com. Your present transaction, could be a Nigerian Scam, Beware! Let us investigate your transaction to avoid scam.

Thank you!





The Commissioner
Metropolitan Police
London, United Kingdom.

 

 

This scammer lists many of the different types of e-mail scams but neglects to include his own.

If the victim falls for this, he or she will get the same runaround as before, fees and bribes to be paid, etc.

This next one appears to be from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of Nigeria, offering $1 million dollars in compensation to previous victims of 419 scams.

 

 

From:     Mrs.Farida Waziri. <mrswzrfarida956@gmail.com>
Reply-To:     dr.patrickaziza18@yahoo.fr
Subject:     Dear Beneficiary
Date:     Thu, 17 Jul 2008 00:18:17 -0700 (03:18 EDT)


Dear Beneficiary


I am Mrs.Farida Waziri the acting chairman of ECONOMICAL FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION (EFCC).


EFCC in alliance with economic community of West African states (ECOWAS) with head Office here in Nigeria .
We have been working towards the eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Western part of Africa . 


With the help of United States Government and the United Nations We have been able to track down so many of this scam artist in various parts of west African countries which includes (NIGERIA, REPUBLIC OF BENIN, TOGO, GHANA CAMEROUN AND SENEGAL LONDON) and they are all in our custody here in Lagos Nigeria.


We have been able to recover so much money from these scam artists.
The United Nation Anti-crime commission and the United State Government have Order the money recovered from the Scammers to be shared among 100 Lucky people around the globe.


This mail is been directed to you because your email address was found in one of the scam Artists file and computer hard disk in our custody here in Nigeria. You are therefore be Compensated with $1.Million Dollars.


Who claims that they are barristers/bank officials Lottery Agents who has money for transfer or want you to be the next of kin of such funds which do not exist.

 

Since your name appeared among the beneficiaries who will receive a compensation of $1.million we have arranged your payment through our swift card payment center, Feel free to contact Dr. Patrick Aziza the swift card has been specially prepared it enable you withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is Five Thousand Dollars Only per day.


So you are advice to contact email; dr.patrickaziza18@yahoo.fr
Attn:Dr. Patrick Aziza
Provide the information bellow to allow him prepare your card including your Pin.


1. YOUR FULL NAME
2. PHONE AND FAX NUMBER,
3. ADDRESS / D.O.B ( Date Of Birth)
4. YOUR AGE AND CURRENT OCCUPATION
5. A COPY OF YOUR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT


Best Regard


Mrs.Farida Waziri.
(Acting Chairman EFCC)

 

 

Now, we have a young computer scientist who can't seem to figure out his name, offering to get you your funds. All he has to do is purchase two special hard drives, destroy one, "punch the computer" and run away to be with you.

 

 

From:     JAMES DAVID <jd@yahoo.com>
Reply-to:     <francejamesdavid1@yahoo.co.jp>
Subject:     GOOD NEWS
Date:     Mon, 6 Sep 2010 17:44:38 +0300 (Mon, Sep 06 2010 10:44:38)


                                        
 
FROM: DR. JAMES DAVID
COMPUTER SCIENTIST.CBN.
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
TELE-+234-8038341815
 

 
ATTN: BENEFICIARY OF USD$10.5MILLION U.S.D
 
I am Mr: Mike Uba, a computer scientist with Central Bank of Nigeria. I am 30 years old, just started work with Central Bank Of Nigeria (C.B.N). I came across your file which is marked X and your released Disk painted RED I took time to study it and found out that you have PAID VIRTUALLY all fees and Certificates but the fund has not been Release to you. The most Annoying thing is that they cannot tell you the Truth that on no Account will they ever release the fund to you, instead they let you spend money unnecessarily. I do not intend to work here all the days of my life, I can release this fund to you if you can certify me of my Security, And how I can run away from this Country. After i will Release the Funds to you,  if I do this, because if I don't I will be seriously in trouble My life will be in Danger.
 
Please this is like a Mafia setting in Nigeria, you may not understand it because you are not a Nigerian. The only thing I will need to release this fund is a Special HARD DISK we call it HB2/LT. I will buy two of it, Recopy your information, Destroy the previous one, and punch the computer to reflect in your Bank within 24 Banking hours. I will clean up the Tracer and destroy your file, after which I will run away from Nigeria to meet with you. If you are interested, do get in touch with me immediately.
 
I hereby Assure you that the favour of God have located your Payment Approved File and you shall NO MORE fall into the evil net of Fradulent people Anymore. I wonder why people should be used by SATAN to defraud innocent Gentlemen and confuse/ divert their contract Payments

You should send to me your convenient Telephone Numbers for easy communications and also Re-confirm your Details, so that there won't be any mistake During the Transfer of the Funds to Your Account.
 
I Expect Immediate Compliance.
 
Your Faithfully,
 
Dr. James David
Computer Scientist.: Central Bank Of Nigeria

 

 

Next, this rather humorous e-mail apparently from Anti-Scam Association. This organization claims to have a strange device in the sky for catching scammers. They also offer "compassesion" (compensation) to previous scam victims.

 

 

From:     Worldorganization Antiscammer <worldorganization_antiscammer@rocketmail.com>
Reply-To:     worldorganization_antiscammer@rocketmail.com
Subject:     DEAR RECEIVER,
Date:     Fri, 1 Aug 2008 20:53:00 -0700 (PDT) (23:53 EDT)


DEAR RECEIVER,

We the entire board of directors of ANTI-SCAM ASSOCIATION WORLD WIDE, the association declared out by the World Technology Organisation  (W.T.O) after our meeting we decided to use this medium of transmission to inform all those who has been scammed by fraudsters over the compassesion which we have for them. But before any procession of your compassesion we will like to have your full details and profile .Never mind we are out for the fraudsters. Our association has provided the world with a modern Satellite technology device, this device are mounted on the sky for tressing and flooding out the scam emails sent by and an individual fraudster. The Satellite device also provides the I.P address of the computer used in defrauding people by the scammers.

                  Moreover we the entire members of ANTI-SCAM ASSOCIATION WORLD WIDE are out for the fraudsters our agents are mounted in the various countries and continent of the world in other to bring all this fraudsters to justice, so this is why we are bringing this notice to the NATION and PUBLIC today, once you receive this notice reply immediately for verification and clarification of your compassesion there must be an evidence of proof before you be compasset. We promise to bring all the Fraudsters and Scammers to justice.

Thanks

Best Regard

ANTI-SCAM ASSOCIATION

 

 

Finally, this next example is aimed that those relatively few victims who are sooooooo deep into a scam that they've actually reached the "WASH-WASH" phase.

 

 

From:     WL Clean Company <wlcleancompany@live.com>
Reply-to:     <wlcleancompany1@gmail.com>
Subject:     SSD AUTOMATIC SOLUTION FOR CLEANING BLACK MONEY
Date:     05/15/2010 03:21:46 AM


WE ARE MANUFACTURER AND SELLER OF ALL SORT OF CHEMICALS WHICH INCLUDES S.S.D SOLUTION, SUPER AUTOMATIC SOLUTION, VECTROL PASTE ANDTEBI-MANETIC SOLUTION, WE HAVE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHEMICALS THAT CAN PERFECTLY CLEAN OUT YOUR DEFACE/BLACK/STACKED AND DIRTY CURRENCY OR BANK NOTES.

IF YOU HAVE MADE A KIND OF CURRENCY MAKING BUSINESS THAT YOUR MONEY IS STACKED WE CAN HELP YOU CLEAN THE MONEY, WE HAVE HELPED ALOTS OF PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD IN THIS MATTER.

IF YOU REALLY WANT US TO HELP YOU IN THIS MATTER YOU MUST UNDERSTAND THE RULES AND GET BACK TO US. WE PROVIDE CHEMICALS FOR ANTI-BREEZE BANK NOTES CURRENCIES SUCH AS (USD DOLLAR, GBP POUND, EURO) AND MANY LOCAL CURRENCY.

PLEASE CONTACT US TO DISCUSS HOW WE MIGHT HELP YOU.


MR. WILFRED LIASON
MOBILE PHONE: +44-795-078-7416, +44-702-306-9751
EMAIL: wlcleancompany1@gmail.com
LONDON-UNITEDKINGDOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment Scams

 

There are all kinds of investment scams in this world but here we'll take a look at some of the nuttiest advance fee fraud e-mails that I've ever seen - the investment scam e-mails from overseas.

These aren't Ponzi schemes. No one could possibly mistake any of these scammers for Bernie Madoff. Rather, we have scammers trying to get you to "invest" in some really off-the-wall products. This type of scam e-mail isn't particularly popular and it's easy to see why.

In this first example, your new "partner" claims to be able to purchase "cow medicines" inexpensively and sell it for a large profit.

 

 

From:     nicholas_komoh52@yahoo.co.jp
Subject:     BUSINESS PROPOSAL FROM MR. NICHOLAS KOMOH!!
Date:     Fri, 12 Sep 2008 04:05:16 +0900 (JST) (Thu, 15:05 EDT)


FROM MR. NICHOLAS KOMOH.
EMAIL:nicholas_komoh52@yahoo.co.jp


Dear Partner,

I am writting this letter out of a genuine desperation to find a reliable partner in an unfolding transaction.I have been unjustly treated by my partner in an earlier transaction, so I seek your help, attention and genuine co-operation to our mutual benefit and I believe that you will not let down the trust and confidence I am about to repose on you.For the past ten years,I have been working for a public relations firm that pays me about two hundred dollars each month, plus little bonus based on my work input. On the 30th of June last year, our company made a very big financial breakthrough when we made contact with Alhaji Mabolo Dongo and began to supply him his cow medicines.

Alhaji Mabolo Dongo is the president of MABOLO DONGO FARMS, and is a millionaire farmer with animal farms at Chad, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana, Benin and Togo with main offices in Cote d'Ivoire, and a new one located at Zimbabwe.Moreover,heis the greatest supplier of cattle beef and other dairy products to the whole of West Africa.

He had informed us about the huge amount of money he spends on the purchase of a particular but very important cattle medicine. Precisely, he buys US$5,000 per carton. He asked if our organisation can source for a cheaper supplier.We did market research and discovered that we can buy these medicine in Europe for US$2,000 per carton. We moved a proposal to Alhaji Dongo, to supply him at US$4,800 per carton which they accepted.

As these supplies progressed and our company was doing fine, I requested my boss to increase my salary. He was so upset that he sacked me without benefits after ten years of dedicated service. Though I was later called back when another kind-hearted senior staff protested against his action. During my moments of being sacked, which lasted for close to two months, I was so desperate that I went to the Dongo Farms and infomed Alhaji Mabolo Dongo that I have a foriegn contact that will be willing to supply him this same products at US$4,000 per carton.

He was very happy with this news, and in turn confided to me that he was about to place order for one thousand cartons following a suspected outbreak of disease in his farms. I assured him that my foriegn contact will be in the position to manufacture and supply to him; infact I convinced him that my former boss usually buys from my foriegn contact and that is why he sales to him at a higher price.

HOWEVER, I INFORMED ALHAJI DONGO THAT HE WILL HAVE TO PAY CASH IN ADVANCE BEFORE MY FORIEGN CONTACT WILL SUPPLY TO HIM.

For the moment he has stopped all contact with my boss.Please consider on how to handle this profitable project and kindly contact me immediately for details and negotiations as regards my commission. However,I will insist that my commission will be 20% of the total profit.You can use this email address:Note: We will buy one thousand carton at US$2,000,000.We sell to them at US$4,000,000. Our client pays cash before lifting of the goods. They must not know our purchase point in Europe.

Thanks and God bless you.

Sincerely,
 
Nicholas Komoh.
Email:nicholas_komoh52@yahoo.co.jp

 

 

Since your partner has the business connections, you'll be expected to supply the cash. Of course, there's no cow medicine in this scenario, only bullshit.

Here's another, better written version describing the same product by its brand name, Adequan.

 

 

From:     barr john smith <barrsmithbarrsmith@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject:     urgent attention
Date:     Sat, 30 Aug 2008 19:27:51 +0000 (GMT) (15:27 EDT)


Hello Dear,

 
My name is Charlotte Mary. I'm working with
Medivet Veterinary Group 4 Mowat Industrial Estate Sandown Road Watford Hertfordshire WD24 7UY= UNITED KINGDOM.
 
I am looking for a  dependable individual that I can trust, someone
who will be wiling and honest enough to carry out this transaction
with deligent to the best of his/her ability.
The bord of directors normally send me to Malaysia,
to purchase Adequan.The Adequan  is a product and is
used to treat animals,such as cattle ,horses and etc.

The product is very cheap in Malaysia compare in U.S and Europe,in
u.s and Europe, per carton of the product is cost $5500 to $6000
while in Malaysia i only buy for 6500 Malaysia money.

When i purchase the product RM6500 per carton,when i get back to my Company i will tell my director that i purchase the product for
RM11500,i have been coming to Malaysia alone all this time but right
now Because of my condition,i cant go to Malaysia for now,i have a car accident and my Company want to send somebody to represent me and i don't want the person they will be sending to know the cost price i have been purchasing the product in Malaysia.

if you can handle this business for me until i stand back on my feet
this is what i want you to do,i will introduce you to a Malaysian
lady,she is the seller of this product,i want you to go and purchase
the product from her at RM6500 so when my Company arrive to
Malaysia i will introduce you to my Company and tell them that you
are the main supplier of the product and you will sell the product
to them at rate of RM11500 Per carton.

They need about 30 to 50 cartons .I want you to know that
my percentage from the profit you will make from the transaction is
40% out the profit. you will take 60%
please If this business proposition offends your moral and ethic
values, do accept my sincere apology. Please contact me at once if  you  are interested so that i can inform you on what
to do next, and ignore it if you are not.

Regards,
Charlotte .

 

 

Adequan is by far the most popular product used in these scams. I have no idea why this is but if you don't think that cow medicine is such a wonderful investment, you might want to consider some plant roots.

 

 

From:     Office Ukcontact <officeukcontact@yahoo.com.co>
Reply-To:     ericsmithoffice@yahoo.co.uk
Subject:     BASIL HERBAL SEED  IS HIGHLY NEEDED IN UNITED KINGDOM LONDON
Date:     Thu, 1 Jan 2009 03:11:03 -0800 (PST) (06:11 EST)



- FROM ERIC SMITH 26 NEWTON LANE, LONDON, W8 5DL, ENGLAND. DEAR SIR, I AM MR ERIC SMITH TUNISIAN BY ORIGIN BUT WORKING WITH NEO PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY IN LONDON-UK, WE ARE ALSO LOCATED IN SOUTH AFRICA. I AM THE PERSONAL SECRETARY TO THE DIRECTOR.,I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A LONG TIME FOR SOME ONE WHOM I CAN TRANSACT THIS BUSINESS WITH TRUST....WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE HERBAL PRODUCT MONO HERBAL ROOTS(ONUGBORRO ) FROM INDONESIA AND INDIA. THIS PRODUCT OUR COMPANY IS BUYING FROM KENYA AT PRESENT. THIS PRODUCT CAN BE FOUND ONLY IN INDONESIA AND INDIA. AND THE KENYA PEOPLE HAS BEEN BUYING IT FROM INDONESIA AND INDIA.. BUT RECENTLY I GOT THE CONTACT OF SELLER IN INDONESIA AND INDIA. AND I CAME TO KNOW THAT THIS PRODUCT CAN BE PURCHASED AT $ 70 US DOLLAR FROM INDONESIA AND INDIA AND SUPPLIED TO THE COMPANY AT $150 US DOLLAR AND I HAVE THE CONTACT OF PRODUCERS FROM INDONESIA AND INDIA OF WHICH I DON'T WANT TO REALSE THIS CONTACT TO MY DIRECTOR. SIR, MY REQUEST IS IF YOU CAN INVEST IN BUYING FROM THESE PEOPLE FROM INDONESIA AND INDIA AT $70 US DOLLAR AND WE WILL SELL THIS PRODUCT TO MY COMPANY AT LEAST $150 US DOLLAR. THEN WE CAN SHARE THE PROFIT.. AND THE COST OF THIS ROOTS WILL COME LIKE FIVE GRAMES COST $ 70 US DOLLAR. I CAN'T EASILY RELEASE THIS CONTACT BECAUSE IF MY COMPANY KNOWS ABOUT IT, THEY WILL CONSULT LEGAL PETITION AGAINST ME, AND I CAN'T GO TO INDONESIA OR INDIA TO BUY THIS PRODUCT NOW BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE THE MONEY AND OUR COMPANY ALWAYS BUY 1500 OR 2000 SACHETS (EACH SACHET CONTAINS 5 GRAMES). IF YOU CAN INVEST MONEY TO BUY THIS PRODUCT FROM INDONESIA OR INDIA, I WILL FORWARD YOU THE CONTACT SELLER WITH HIS DETAILS AFTER THIS. AS AN INDONESIA OR INDIAN YOU WILL GET THIS HERBALS IN LESS PRICE.WITH YOUR CONTACT THE COMPANY WILL SEND THE PROCUREMENT AND LOGISTIC MANAGER TO YOU INDONESIA OR INDIAN WITH THE COMPANY STANDARD SAMPLE AND THE CASH TO PAY ON DELIVERY.... THANKS AND I LOOKING FORWARD TO HEAR FROM YOU DR ERIC SMITH

 

 

What's next? Magic beans? I think that if they actually begin to suggest some sane investments, these types of scams might just get dangerous.

How about this next fellow who claims to have a cure for AIDS?

 

 

From:     Jazim Amin <helmut.granig@utanet.at>
Reply-to:     jazimamin@gmail.com
Subject:     HIVAIDS CURE
Date:     Tue, 12 Apr 2011 20:14:35 +0200 (CEST) (Tue, Apr 12 2011 14:14:35)




--
Good day,
I take liberty anchored on strong desire to solicit for your assistance on
this HIV/AIDS Cure. To be precise I am a herb farmer and also a good
native doctor I cure people with natural herbs plant roots, barks, leaves,
stems. I cure different diseases like malaria fever, rheumatism,
infertility, impotency, diabetes, stroke etc.
Early this year I discovered the cure for HIV/AIDS viruses cure. This cure
is real it works in less than five days; it is a combination of a
particular plant root and leafs. The root and leafs are dried and grinned
to powder and taken three times daily with lime juice.  I have been curing
people with this cure and it’s ok. I kept the medicine to my self. I want
to make money from this because I am very poor
I contacted you because I need your support, you can advise me because I
known many people are dying. The government and the people are ready to
pay money for the cure. If I realize money we are going to share it
together. I will send you some cures  so you can try it with people with
the virus if its ok then we starts business. I will wait for your reply.
Yours faithfully
Jazim Amin

 

 

Yeah, right!

This next one promises an insane rate of return on your 'investment'.

 

 

From:     Nasdaq Invest LTD <nasdaqltd@live.com>
Reply-to:     <nasdaqltd@live.com>
Subject:     Secure & Stable Invest Program, 21-27% daily for 5 days !
Date:     Sun, 28 Jun 2009 12:24:30 -0400


We are a group of private individuals, most of our teammates are professional bankers and traders, and some of them have good years of business and financial related experience. Our group is made up of American, Australian, Asian and European people, thus we are able to watch and trade on the different markets almost 24 hours a day.
We offer following investment plans to our clients:

1) 21% daily for 5 days
Min: $20     Max: $1000

2) 23% daily for 5 days
Min: $1001     Max: $5000

3) 25% daily for 5 days
Min: $5001     Max: $9999

4) 27% daily for 5 days
Min: $10000     Max: $50000

We accept Liberty Reserve and have fully automated payouts.
Our web resource: http://nasdaqinvest-ltd.hostrator.com/
Mail to: nasdaqltd@live.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hitman / Extortion Scam

 

This next type of scam e-mail is extremely rare which is a good thing. Receiving one of these can truly be frightening to many. Out of the tens of thousands of scam e-mails I receive each year, perhaps fewer than a half dozen or so are of this kind.

As with any type of 419 e-mail scam, these extortion threats are simply another ploy to get you to willingly send money to the scammers and can be safely ignored and deleted.

These kind of e-mail scams require no explanation. In all of the following examples the scammers' method of operation and intent is very clear.

 

 

From:     KILL/ASSASSINATE YOU!! <assassain.killbill@zapak.com>
Subject:     How are you today?
Date:     05/04/2010 06:59:45 AM


How are you? Am very sorry for you my friend, is a pity that this is how your life is going to end as soon as you don't comply. As you can see there is no need of introducing myself to you because I don't have any business with you, my duty as I am mailing you now is just to KILL/ASSASSINATE you and I have to do it as I have already been paid for that. Someone you call a friend wants you Dead by all means, and the person have spent a lot of money on this, the person also came to us and told me that he want you dead and he provided us with your name ,picture and other necessary information's we needed about you. So I sent my boys to track you down and they have carried out the necessary investigation needed for the operation on you, and they have done that but I told them not to kill you that I will like to contact you and see if your life is Important to you or not since their findings shows that you are innocent. I called my client back and ask him of you email address which I didn't tell him what I wanted to do with it and he gave it to me and I am using it to contact you now. As I am writing to you now my men are monitoring you and they are telling me everything about you. Now do you want to LIVE OR DIE? As someone has paid us to kill you. Get back to me now if you are ready to pay some fees to spare your life, If you are not ready for my help, then I will carry on with my job straight-up. WARNING: DO NOT THINK OF CONTACTING THE POLICE OR EVEN TELL ANYONE BECAUSE I WILL KNOW. REMEMBER, SOMEONE WHO KNOWS YOU VERY WELL WANTS YOU DEAD! I WILL EXTEND IT TO YOUR FAMILY, IN CASE I NOTICE SOMETHING FUNNY. DO NOT COME OUT ONCE IT IS 7:30PM UNTIL I MAKE OUT TIME TO SEE YOU AND GIVE YOU THE TAPE OF MY DISCUSSION WITH THE PERSON WHO WANT YOU DEAD AFTER YOU HAVE COMPLIED WITH MY DEMANDS, AND THEN YOU CAN USE IT TO TAKE ANY LEGAL ACTION. GOOD LUCK AS I AWAIT YOUR URGENT RESPONSE!!

 

 

 

 

From:     ali morgan <oosavey@gmail.com>
Subject:     ITS URGENT
Date:     Sat, 4 Apr 2009 01:15:06 -0800 (05:15 EDT)


ATTN.

        LISTEN VERY CAREFULLY ,THIS IS THE  ONLY WAY I CAN CONTACT
YOU, my TEAM HAS BEEN PAID TO  ASSASINATE YOU, I HAVE EVERY REASON TO
CARRY OUT THE CONTRACT,BUT I DECIDED TO GIVE YOU A CHANCE AND SAVE YOUR FAMILY THIS PAIN,THIS YOUR ALTERNATIVE,I WISH TO HELP YOU UNLESS YOU
DONT WANT TO HELP YOUR SELF,I WILL SEND YOU ENOUGH EVIDENCE YOU NEED ON A VIDEO TAPE RECORD
TO NAIL MY EMPLOYER DOWN WITH THE LAW.

BEFORE THAT YOUR REQUIRED TO MAKE AVAILABLE THE SUM OF $70,000. USD,
AFTER WHICH I WILL DIRECT YOU ON WHAT TO DO NEXT TO SAVE YOUR SELF AND
YOUR FAMILY FROM THIS PAIN THAT WOULD HAVE BEFALLED YOU FROM MY
EMPLOYER,THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO SETTLE THE TEAM MEN INVOLVED TO GO
BACK TO THERE DESTINATIONS AND YOU BETTER KEEP THIS INFORMATION TO
YOUR SELF BECAUSE YOU DONT KNOW WHO IS WHO WHERE YOU ARE NOW,IF HE
FINDS OUT I HAVE BETRAYED HIM TRYING TO HELP YOU,YOU WILL HAVE YOUR
SELF TO BLAME, I HAVE ORDERED MY MEN TO SATY AWAY FROM YOU.

DO WE HAVE A DEAL OR NOT ?

NOTE: YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS HERE, (1)YOU HAVE TO GET HIM ARRESTED WITH
THE INFORMATION I WILL GIVE YOU AFTER THE PAYMENT OR ( 2)YOU HAVE HIM
KILLED TO SAVE YOUR SELF.

I WILL VISIT YOUR HOUSE AGAIN BUT NOT NOW,MY BOYS EYES ARE ON YOU SO
GET BACK TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

 

 

 

 

From:     Waziri Mohammed <team.k@att.net>
Subject:     RE:URGENT RESPONSE FOR YOUR SAFETY...
Date:     Wed, 1 Sep 2010 17:14:39 -0700 (PDT) (Wed, Sep 01, 2010 20:14:39)


LOOK. I WANT YOU TO READ THIS MESSAGE VERY CAREFULLY AGAIN AND KEEP THIS SECRET WITH YOU TILL FURTHER NOTICE. YOU HAVE NO NEED OF KNOWING WHO I AM AND WHERE AM FROMTILL I MAKE OUT SPACE FOR US TO SEE IF NEEDED. SOMEONE CLOSED TO YOU PAID US A FEE OF $200,000 { TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS} TO HAVE YOU TERMINATED BY ALL MEANS WITH SOME REASON LISTED TO ME BY MY EMPLOYERS. THREE OF MY BOYZ HAVE FOLLOWED YOU CLOSELY FOR 67 DAYS NOW AND HAVE SEEN THAT YOU ARE VERY INNOCENT OF THIS LISTED ACCUSATION. DO NOT CONTACT THE POLICE OR F.B.I OR TRY TO SEND A COPY OF THIS TO THEM .
    NOW LISTEN I WILL ARRANGE FOR US TO SEE ONE ON ONE . BUT BEFORE THAT YOU HAVE NOTHING TO BE AFRAID OF. DO NOT SET ANY CAMERA TO COVER US OR SET UP A TAPE TO RECORD OUR CONVERSATION. MY EMPLOYER IS IN CONTROL NOW . YOU WILL NEED TO NEGOTIATE WITH ME AND I WILL PROVIDE YOU ALL DETAILS , PROOF AND EVIDENCE. THERE IS A CD TAPE WITH ME THAT CONTAINS LOTS OF INFORMATION IN IT WHICH YOU WILL NEED TO COVER YOUR SELF UP.


MY CLIENT HAS HIRED ANOTHER TEAM ON YOU. I HAVE HARD EVIDENCE THAT THIS MAN MY CLIENT HIRED ALSO TO GET YOU KILLED HAS WORKED WITH ME
BEFORE.HE HAS TRAINED UNDER MY FIELD. NOW MY CLIENT WANT HIM TO GET YOU TERMINATED ALSO IS THE MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR LOTS OF ASSASSINATION AS I DO ALSO BUT HAS NO PITY. WE BELIEVE HIS NAME IS ABAR GURAJIMAM. WE KNOW THIS MAN DEALS IN DRUG TRAFFICKING FROM AFGHANISTAN TO MOST OF EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AND ASIA AS WELL.. AND WE BELIEVED HE IS ALSO INVOLVED IN THE TRAFFICKING OF YOUNG FEMALES.
    I HAVE NO MORE DEAL TO OFFER YOU THAN TO PASS YOUR FILE CASE TO MR ABAR  WHO WILL BE WITH MY BOYZ VERY SOON AS AM ON ANOTHER CONTRACT

.LEFT TO YOU TO DECIDE IF YOU WANT TO

1}LIVE
2}DEAD

ANSWER AND GET BACK TO ME FAST

MOHAMMED.....

 

 

 

 

This concludes this document (for now) but I'll be adding to it in the future.

 

 

 

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