Internet Scams Exposed

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.

What To Do If You Have Been Scammed

Have you lost money due to a scam?

Email: with a description of how the scam worked (i.e., what happened exactly), and we will try to (a) locate the scam artist(s), (b) work with law enforcement to expedite prosecution, and (c) help you get some - or all - of your money back.


Scammed recently on gmail:

Scammed recently on gmail. 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.


Scam Email from Sir Ka-shing Li

-----Original Message-----
From: admin
To: Recipients
Sent: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 6:02 pm


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

Visit: My Wikipedia

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


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.