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22.1.15

Scam Email from: Mr Ming Yang


Dear Friend,
   
  Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr. Ming Yang director of
  operations of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd. I have an obscured business
  suggestion for us. Before the U.S and Iraqi war, our client Gen. Aadel Akgaal
  Bastaan who was with the Iraqi forces and also businessman made a
  numbered fixed deposit for 18 calendar months, with a value of Twenty Four
  million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only in my branch.
  Upon maturity, several notices was sent to him, even during the war which
  began in 2003. Again after the war, another notification was sent and
  still no response came from him. I later find out that the General along
  with his wife and only daughter had been killed during the war in a
  bomb blast that hit their home.
   
   
   
  After further investigation it was also discovered that Gen. Aadel
  Akgaal Bastaan did not declare any next of kin in his official papers
  including the paper work of his bank deposit. He also confided in me
  the last time he was at my office that no one except me knew of his
  deposit in my bank. Twenty Four million Five Hundred Thousand United
  State Dollars is still lying in my bank and no one will know of it.
  What bothers me most is that according to the laws of my country at the
  expiration of 13years and 8 months the funds will revert to the ownership
  of the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Against this backdrop, my
  suggestion to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the
  next of kin to Gen. Aadel Akgaal Bastaan so that you will be able to
  receive his funds.
   
   
   
  WHAT IS TO BE DONE:
   
   
  I want you to know that I have had everything planned out so that we
  shall come out successful. I have an attorney that will prepare the
  necessary document that will back you up as the next of kin to Gen. Aadel
  Akgaal Bastaan, all that is required from you at this stage is for you to
  provide me with your Full Names and Address so that the attorney can
  commence his job. After you have been made the next of kin, the attorney
  will also fill in for claims on your behalf and secure the necessary
  approval and letter of probate in your favour for the move of the funds
  to an account that will be provided by you.
  There is no risk involved at all in this matter, as we are going to adopt
  a legalized method and the attorney will prepare all the necessary
  documents. Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters
  concerning this issue.
   
   
  Should you be interested please send me your full names, age, occupation, private
  phone/fax and current residential address and finally after that I shall
  provide you with more details of this operation.
  Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.
   
   
  Kind Regards,
  Mr.Ming Yang.(Director Of Operations)

15.1.15

Scam by Bill Coleman and Jerry Harris

Dear sir,

I am emailing you from Zimbabwe, on your Internet Scam Forum i saw a post by someone stating that he had scamed by Bill Coleman and Jerry harris, I have copy and paste the post below;

"Dear Sir,

Regards to above said, herewith I would to shared with you on scam issued that I had gone
through. Its about on transaction of USD7.1 million to my account . The main actors
was  2 person name as Bill Coleman ( email address :reginsplace@yahoo.com ) and
Jerry haris ( email address : actionjerry@gmail.com )

The original owner of the fund was Jerry haris and Bill Coleman was appointed by Jerry as a finance consultant. Bill job was to look for so call investor who willing to take the fund on behalf of Jerry whereby the fund will be collected by the investor from the bank. As investor,he need to pay all the transaction fee or whatever expenses needed. To get this fund , it taken place at 2 places, first transaction taken place in Malaysia which I had paid USD18,000 but the transaction fail coz they as me to pay the insurance cost USD300,000
but I refuse to do that. Second transaction taken place in Dubai which I had paid USD18,000.00 and flight ticket/accomodation USD15,000.00. It also fail the reason was
there is not certificate of clearance. They call me to go for third transaction but I rejected because I noticed its a scam case."

I am a business broker based in Zimbabwe and i have my client a construction company  need funding for US$ 44 million, so i saw an advert for this guy Jerry Harris online and i submit my clients` application to him on this email actionjerry@gmail.com on behalf of my clients and he approved the loan. 

He also said due high tax rates in UK , he moved the funds out of Uk to the financial institution in Malaysia. He said the financial institution is Noble Trust located in Uk but they do have office in Malaysia.

 He send me the contract agreement which i have attached in this email and also told me that i must sign and send it back to him after that, right now i am suppose to go to Malaysia to pay processing fee for that loan to be released.

I also noticed that this is a scam so if you need more information and you would like to trace this people i am more than willing to help because i hate scammers and time wasters. I think this guy should face charges for what he is doing. All i will do is to tell him to give me the directions of their fake offices in Malaysia and i will tell him that i want to pay the fee for my clients. And if he give me the address and other contact information i will then get back to you. You will use me to go there if you want only if you can provide is transport for me.

if you want to trace this guy i am aware to participate in this regard. 

Hoping to hear from you. Thank you very much for the work you are doing, be blessed.

Sincerely yours 


Munyaradzi Nyamurowa
First National Brokers
15501 Mabwe Road
Zengeza 5
Chitungwiza

Skype: firstnationalbrokers
phone: 00263 77 3238 270

8.11.14

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, SCAM

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY,
MG Timothy J. Lowenberg,Adjutant General and Director State
Military Department Washington Military Dept., Bldg1
Camp Murry ,Wash 98430-5000 USA

GOOD DAY TO YOU,

I HOPE THIS MAIL FINDS YOU IN GOOD SPIRIT AND IN GOOD HEALTH? BECAUSE I AM QUITE AWARE OF YOUR LOSSES IN THE PAST YEARS NOW, IT MAY SURPRISE YOU THAT I AM ALSO AWARE OF YOUR CONSIGNMENT BOXES PURSUIT IN BENIN GHANA TOGO NIGERIA SPAIN FRANCE MALAYSIA INDONESIA CHINA AND KOREA .MY NAME IS MR.JEH CHARLES JOHNSON,THE SECRETARY OF U.S DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OF AMERICA , AM IN CHARGE TO MONITORED ALL FOREIGN TRANSACTIONS IN AFRICA EUROPE AND ASIA.

I HAVE BEEN IN THE U.S DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY NOW SINCE THE GOVERNMENT OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, MONITORING THE VARIOUS TRANSACTIONS GOING ON IN AFRICA, EUROPE AND ASIA, MOST ESPECIALLY CONSIGNMENTS CASES AND BANK TRANSFER. I DO NOT INTEND TO SPOIL YOUR DAY OR TO PUT YOU UNDER DURESS.

BUT YOU CAN NOT RECEIVE ANY OF YOUR CONSIGNMENTS BOXES PURSUIT, WITHOUT A CLEARANCE FROM THE U.S DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. HOWEVER, UPON MY ARRIVAL IN BENIN REPUBLIC AFTER SERIES OF MEETINGS WITH OUR PRESIDENT BARRACKS OBAMA AND UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON, DUE TO NUMEROUS COMPLAINS FROM OTHER SECURITY AGENCIES FROM AFRICA ASIA, EUROPE, OCEANIA, ANTARCTICA,SOUTH AMERICA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA RESPECTIVELY, AGAINST THE BENIN GOVERNMENT AND NIGERIA OVER THE RATE OF SCAM/FRAUDULENT ACTIVITIES GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY AND AFRICA.

WHEN I ARRIVE IN THE BENIN PARLIAMENT IN COTONOU, I FOUND YOUR CONSIGNMENT BOX CLEARANCE FILE LYING ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIR OFFICE DESK WITHOUT ANY ATTENTION ON A THOROUGH SCRUTINY I DISCOVERED THAT YOUR CONSIGNMENT HAVE BEEN ABANDONED BY YOUR DELIVERY AGENT. MEANWHILE, I WAS MADE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY HAVE TRY TO REACH YOU, BUT NO WAY AND THEY HAVE MADE SEVERAL ATTEMPTS TO CONTACT YOUR DELIVERY AGENT BUT TO NO AVAIL.

TO MY GREATEST SURPRISE, DURING MY RECENT ROUTINE RE-CHECKING, I PERSONALLY DISCOVERED THAT YOUR CONSIGNMENT CONTENT DECLARATION DOCUMENTS STATED THAT YOUR CONSIGNMENT CONTAINS PERSONAL EFFECTS MEANWHILE, IT CONTAINS UNITED STATES DOLLAR BILLS WORTH OVER US$40 MILLION DOLLARS, WHICH MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE CONSIGNMENT TO BE DELIVERED TO YOU EARLIER BEFORE NOW.

BASED ON THIS PERSONAL DISCOVERY, I AM CONTACTING YOU NOW TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WITH MY POSITION AND POWER AS THE SECRETARY OF U.S DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, I CAN ASSIST YOU TO LEGALLY CLEAR YOUR CONSIGNMENT FUND, BUT YOU MUST AGREE WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS. BECAUSE I HAVE CALLED OUR OFFICE IN WASHINGTON,DC FROM BENIN, WHO HAS BEEN INTERCEPTING ALL YOUR TELEPHONE CALLS, WITH THE HELP OF MTN, TIGO VODAFONE AND AIRTEL NETWORK BENIN.

I ALSO RECEIVED SOME INFORMATION FROM OUR HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICE IN BENIN REPUBLIC, ABOUT YOUR EMAILS, THAT YOU HAVE BEEN DEALING AND SENDING MONEY TO PEOPLES IN BENIN GHANA SOUTH AFRICA TOGO BENIN AND NIGERIA , WHO CLAIMS TO BE THE WESTERN UNION DIRECTOR. YOU ARE ALSO DEALING WITH A BANK, AND OTHER NAMES WHICH I AM STILL WAITING TO BE FORWARDED TO ME FROM OUR OFFICE IN WASHINGTON,DC. WHO HAVE MONITORED ALL YOUR DEALINGS WITH THIS HOODLUM.

YOU ARE ADVICE TO HENCE FORT STOP FURTHER DEALINGS WITH ALL THE ABOVE MENTIONED PEOPLE, UNTIL WE COMPLETE OUR INVESTIGATION. BECAUSE YOUR DEALING WITH THEM IS TERMED AS ILLEGAL TRANSACTION.

I WISH TO INFORM THAT WE THE HOMELAND SECURITY IS ON LOOK OUT FOR ALL THE ABOVE MENTIONED NAME, MOSTLY THOSE WHO CLAIMS TO BE THE DIRECTOR OF WEST AFRICAN DEBT WESTERN UNION AND MONEY GRAM AND PROPERTY RECOVERY BENIN. ALL THIS MENTIONED PEOPLE ARE IMPOSTOR, AND WE INTEND TO APPREHEND THEM SOON.

I WANT YOU TO PLEASE STOP COMMUNICATING, AND DEALING WITH THEM UNTIL WE COMPLETE OUR INVESTIGATION. I WISH TO NOTIFY YOU ABOUT THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT CONCERNING YOUR BOX OF CONSIGNMENT THAT WAS HANDLE OVER TO ME AFTER THE MEETING HELD BETWEEN ME AND SOME OF THE TOP PARLIAMENT MEMBERS OF BENIN AND THE FOREIGN AFFAIR MINISTER IN THE BENIN CAPITAL HEADQUARTERS COTONOU, DUE TO THE DELAY FOR YOU NOT HAVE RECEIVED YOUR CONSIGNMENT BOX FOR LONG TIME NOW.

ACCORDINGLY, WE HAVE WAIVED AWAY ALL YOUR CONSIGNMENT BOX CLEARANCE FEES AND AUTHORIZED THE GOVERNMENT OF BENIN REPUBLIC TO ALLOW MY PERSONAL AGENT TO FLY WITH THIS YOUR APPROVED CONSIGNMENT BOX TO YOU WITHOUT ANY DELAY WHICH THEY HAVE AGREED. THE ONLY FEE YOU WILL PAY TO CONFIRM YOUR CONSIGNMENT BOX RECEIVED IN YOUR POSSESSION IS THE WEIGHT FEE OF YOUR CONSIGNMENT BOX WHICH IS SUM OF $250.00 ONLY.

IN ORDER WORDS YOUR BOX IS WITH WITH SECURITY COMPANY NOW AND HE SHALL BE COMING TO YOUR COUNTRY AS SOON AS I HEAR FROM YOU AND HE WILL BE COMING ALONG WITH YOUR BOX OF CONSIGNMENT,BUT REMEMBER THAT AS THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, I AM A US GOVERNMENT SECURITY AGENT AND I HAVE THE POWER TO GO THROUGH ANY AIRPORT CUSTOMS WITHOUT INSPECTING WHAT I CARRY ALONG.

AND AS SOON AS HE ARRIVE IN YOUR STATE HE WILL GIVE YOU A PHONE CALL FOR YOU TO GIVE ME DIRECTION TO YOUR HOME ADDRESS SO THAT WE CAN MEET FACE TO FACE AND HAND OVER YOUR BOX TO YOU BEFORE PROCEEDING BACK TO THE STATES. SO I WANT YOU TO RE-CONFIRM TO ME THE BELOW INFORMATION FOR PROPER UNDERSTANDING BY FILLING THE ATTACH HOMELAND SECURITY REGISTRATION FORM OKAY.

BENEFICIARY NAME:........................
ADDRESS:...................... ...........
TEL PHONE:........................ .......
OCCUPATION:................... ...........
COUNTRY:...................... ...........
SEX:.......................... ...........

AS SOON AS HE ARRIVE I SHALL CALL YOU ON YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER THEN MEET YOU IN PERSON AND HAND OVER YOUR CONSIGNMENT BOX TO YOU BEFORE HE RETURN BACK TO WASHINGTON DC.

I HAVE TAKEN THIS ASSIGNMENT UPON MYSELF BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE REALLY PAID SO MUCH ON THE COST OF DELIVERY, BUT NOTHING WAS RECEIVED BY YOU. SO BE ADVICE TO CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY YOU GET THIS EMAIL NOW BECAUSE EVERY THING HAS BEEN DONE OK. THIS IS DIRECTLY FROM OUR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA.

ONCE YOU SEND THE MONEY, TRY TO NOTIFY ME WITH THE MTCN FOR EASY PICK UP AND FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION ON THE DELIVERY OF YOUR CONSIGNMENT BOX,FOR YOU TO RECEIVE YOUR INHERITED FUNDS WITHOUT ANY FURTHER DELAY AGAIN . SINCE YOU WAS UNABLE TO RECEIVE IT SINCE .

SEND THE FEE VIA WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER.

RECEIVER'S NAME:.................JOHN OJADI CHUKWUMA
COUNTRY:.........................BENIN REPUBLIC
CITY:............................COTONOU
AMOUNT:..........................$250.00 
QUESTION:........................WHO
ANSWER:..........................GOD
MTCN:............................
SENDER'S NAME:...................
SENDER'S ADDRESS:................

AS SOON AS YOU SEND THE FEE MAKE SURE YOU SEND ME THE PAYMENT INFORMATION.ONCE YOU SEND THE MONEY, TRY TO NOTIFY ME WITH THE MTCN FOR CONFIRMATION AND FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION ON THE HANDLING OVER OF YOUR FUND TO YOU.ALSO YOU ARE TO FORWARD TO US ANY MAIL THAT YOU HAVE BEEN RECEIVING FROM PEOPLE FOR PROPER VERIFICATION AND INVESTIGATION BEFORE YOU DEAL WITH THEM OKAY.

I HAVE A VERY LIMITED TIME TO STAY HERE SO I WOULD LIKE YOU TO URGENTLY RESPOND TO THIS MESSAGE WITH THE PAYMENT , MY DEAR, THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU AND HAVE TO COMPLY AND YOUR BOX SHALL BE DELIVER TO YOUR DESIGNATED ADDRESS.

BUT REMEMBER THAT AFTER (3 DAYS) YOU DID NOT MAKE THE PAYMENT THEN I WILL DIVERT YOUR FUNDS TO US GOVERNMENT FUND OR BENIN GOVERNMENT TREASURY. PLEASE TREAT THIS AS MATTER OF URGENCY.


SINCERELY YOURS,

MR.JEH CHARLES JOHNSON
SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY