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SCAM WATCH: Internet & SMS Scams - Phishing - Email Fraud

These emails and text messages are real examples of current scams. Learn to identify them. Please forward any scams you receive to Mark Hutten: They will be posted on this site without your email address.

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Email Scam from: Barrister Koffi Sagna


I am Barrister Koffi Sagna. A private lawyer to Eng. Adney (my client),from your country who was a Director of Michd Construction Company here in Republic of Benin. On the 5th Of march, 2010, My client lost his life as a result of Brain cancer, in Benin Medical Center.  In this regards I wish to inform you that the Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin of his account which will soon be confiscated. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives of my late client over four years.

Now I seek your consent to present you to the bank as the next of kin of the deceased so that the proceeds of this account, valued of US$8.5 million(Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) will be paid into your bank account.  NOTE: Upon transaction conclusion, I will request to be entitled to 50 Percent of the total sum while 50 percent will be for you.  After reading this message, Reply me so that l will tell you how we can legally proceed the claim.  All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through, and It must be kept confidential.

Your Full Name.
Private Mobile and home phone..
Occupation and position...

Best Regards,
Barrister Koffi Sagna.
Tel: +229 61 577 339.


Email Scam from: powell lucas -

From: powell lucas

Date:06/27/2016 09:44 (GMT-05:00)

Subject: Re: hey

 Hello susshine!
   how was your night i guess it went well, I am so happy for the love and care you have shown to me, I swear i love you from my heart, sorry did i not reply your email on time in was because of the problem on the high sea, now the situation here is getting worst and we have done all we could to put the brain box of i the ship in order but to no avail, And besides we just received information from the Signal house that there are sea pirates from Indonesia blocking the sea. They are about 312 KM away from us and the nearest place for this Ship to anchor is Labuan Island some where in East Malaysia
    As it is now, we are no longer safe because we fear the pirates attack because the ship is very slow now. We have called for a rescue team but we are yet to get a response from our headquarters, The captains of the Ship have announced that all passengers should offload their goods for another means of transportation as the SHIP will duck here for another 17 days until its safe to continue sailing and Brain Box fixed properly.
    My problem now is all my earn time savings and little part of the money i also took as as loan are with me here in the ship it is (295,000USD ) Two Hundred and Ninty Five Thousand dollars, Which I kept in my cabin safe box. I do not want it stolen from me in the event of any attack. My plan was to use this money to buy Metal oil in drums in Australia and supply to a company in Mexico I already had contract agreement with. And planing to start a new line and new life after i retire immediately after this sail.
    I have discussed with one of the security company here. They will proceed delivery immediately I get a confirmation from you to assist me in receiving this money because there is no bank here and i don,t want to loose the money to sea pirates because i know how i suffered for it.
    As one of the sail engineers of Operation in this Ship, it’s not possible for me to move along with the passenger because I have to take care of this ship until all GOODS/PRODUCT are completely discharged.
    Now there are so many security company stands at the sea shore and I am thinking of what to do? And at this time I need you to stand by me ..I don't know what to do now ; I want to quickly send you the money so that you can help me to secure it in your place or into your Bank account until I have the chance to make my trip and meet you soonest. I know we have not met each other but I TRUST you and give you my whole heart so that life can move straight with us and i know you will never disappoint or hurt me because we are already two in one flesh. I have learned to take life as it happens as I remember everything happens for a reason, I just can wait to get off of this issue and be with you soon.
    Honey quickly forward to me your information as follows to enable me send the money to you immediately through Diplomatic Secured Security Organization:-
    Your Full Name:
    Your Receiving Address(home address):
    your Mobile number:
    please be fast about it
    sunshine, This is very urgent. I am sitting by the sea shore now and waiting for your prompt response. Please I need your prayers more this time because we are in a state of confusion praying that nothing happens to us. I miss you so much my dear and sorry for inconviniencing you.
    in pains


Possible Scam from Mary Jamal

hi,i believe am a target of the so called internet scam.i met this girl through a dating service her name mary jamal,i was interested in her becoz her location said lusaka,my home city so i contacted her through her email only to find that she is a refugee in Dakar senegal.that should have rang alarm bells,but becoz she was so beautiful i forgot about that.Thats how we started communicating,she told me about her unfortunate situation and how it happened,she also told me that her father left her a huge sum of money($ 4,750,000) but that she couldnt access it becoz she was under age(23yrs) she could only access it when she was she needed my help as her trustee,but that for me to have the money transferred i need to pay for the processing of the high court documents cost of which is amounting to $ 1,100,how can you help me verify that this is a scam or not? Please Help