Internet Scams Exposed

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

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31.1.18

Email Scam from Barr Chil Soma

From: Barr Chil Soma <barrchilsomalawchambers@hotmail.com>
Sent: Friday, 21 August 2015, 12:12:53 SAST
Subject: THESE ARE NEEDED FOR THE PREPARATION OF THE DOCUME

Attention Mr Zolile Gwavu
Sequel to your mail to my noble law-firm on how to prepare a power of attorney in your name and swear an affidavit of oath from the Federal high court here for you and your partner Miss Rita Yak.
Authorization letter and affidavit of oath that will enable you to stand on her behalf to transfer her money from ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND,to your account in your country or elsewhere.
Prior to my inquiries from the federal high court here in Dakar Senegal ,
I was made to understand that there are four documents required by the bank before the transfer of the money into your account.
1.A copy of Death certificate of her late father.
2.A copy of His Statement of account.
It's now remaining the power of attorney and the affidavit of oath which will enable the Bank to deal with you on behalf of your partner.
In view of above and from my inquiries, it will cost the sum of $ 380 Dollars for authentication of the power of attorney,
$ 250 Dollars for swearing of the affidavit of oath at the federal high court here before it becomes valid,
$ 120 Dollars for notary stamping at the notary office (before the bank can accept it).
and my legal processing fee of $ 120 Dollars.
TOTAL OF ($ 870 Dollars only) which is 11,259 Rand to get everything done.

You are to send the money today with my name and address below through Western Union or Money Gram

name      Chil Soma
address   RUE ACHIMIYOU RECCESS DAKAR SENEGAL
code    00221

MAKE SURE YOU INFORM ME IMMEDIATELY YOU SEND THE MONEY TODAY WITH THE INFORMATION YOU USED TO SEND THE MONEY SO THAT MY NOBLE LAW FIRM CAN START THE PREPARATION OF THE DOCUMENTS (WHICH WILL BE READY BY THE NEXT TWO WORKING DAYS).
NOTE:(WE RECEIVE PAYMENT BEFORE RENDERING SERVICES)
MY PRIORITY IS TO RENDER THE BEST SERVICES TO MY CLIENTS.

YOURS IN SINCERELY SERVICE,

BAR CHIL SOMA, (ESQ)

PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY.
ADDRESS   RUE ACHIMIYOU RECCESS DAKAR SENEGAL
OFFICE TEL: +221779739528
Email:  barrchilsomalawchambers@hotmail.com

11.12.17

Scammed recently on gmail: familybostonshome@gmail.com

Scammed recently on gmail. familybostonshome@gmail.com claiming to have Boston Terrier puppies for sale. Wanted me to money express $575 c/o a private party, which I did stupidly, but all I could think about was the gorgeous little male puppy they claimed they had. Then their shipper of choice wanted another $995 for an air conditioned pet carrier to ship him from Norfolk, VA. to my home. And then the shipper wanted another $1840 for insurance for the dog. I quit there and notified Google of a scam. They apparently ran scared from my threats and never picked up the $995 and Money Gram refunded the $995 to us. Now I see Google has taken down their ad, but it has re-surfaced by yet another name with the exact same line up of puppies for sale. I did not copy the new ad but I can get it at your request. It closely resembles the first.

13.2.17

Scam Email from Sir Ka-shing Li

-----Original Message-----
From: admin
To: Recipients
Sent: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 6:02 pm
Subject: ON RECEIPT OF THIS EMAIL, YOU SHOULD COUNT YOURSELF AS THE LUCKY INDIVIDUAL

Hi,

My name is Li Ka-shing, a philanthropist and the founder of Cheung Kong Holdings and Li Ka Shing Foundation, I am the Chairman of the Board of Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL) and Cheung Kong Holdings, the world's largest operator of container terminals and the world's largest health and beauty retailer. We offer support to children through innovative education initiatives. Our core focus is to encourage enterprise through education, training and building the right skills today so our young people can become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. I believed strongly in '. giving while living' I had one idea that never changed in my mind - that you should use your wealth to help people and I have decided to give USD $ 1,200.000.00 (One Million Two Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) to randomly selected individuals worldwide. On receipt of this email, you should count yourself as the lucky individual. Your email address was chosen online while searching at random.

Kindly get back to me at your earliest convenience, so I know your email address is valid.

Click reply to e-mail me back on kashing.worldwide@gmail.com

Visit: My Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Ka-shing
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Ka_Shing_Foundation

Regards, Sir Ka-shing Li,
GBM, KBE, Founder Cheung Kong Holdings