Internet Scams Exposed

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

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Email Scam from: Mr. Akinwumi Godson Fanimokun

Mr. Akinwumi Godson Fanimokun
Group Executive, Technology & Services
First Bank of Nigerian Plc
My name is Mr. Akinwumi Godson Fanimokun,Group Executive, Technology & Services  First Bank of Nigerian Plc. based in Nigeria.  I am  writing in respect of a foreign customer of our Financial Firm with Deposit Code: XXMD-908-14-255-114 whose name is  Eng. Ahmed Mohd Elshami, an Egyptian citizen and a Federal Contractor with the Federal Governments of Nigeria and  Egypt.
My client lost his life along with his wife, daughter and several others in a tragic air accident in Abuja - Nigeria.  Since the death of this customer, I personally have watched with keen interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has come to claim his funds of US$25,500,000.00 (Twenty Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) which  has been with our branch for a very long time.
On this note, I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the Next of Kin as no one has come up as his next of kin.  In view of this I got your contact through a trade journal on my quest for a foreign business partner, who will be presented to the financial firm as the next of kin to the deceased client to enable them release the fund in your favour.
For your assistant I am willing to give you 40% of the total amount, 10% to cover all expenses and 50% for me and my family.  Upon the receipt of your response, I will send you by fax the letter of application which you will type sign and send to the First Bank of Nigerian Plc to enable us start the processing of this claim.  I will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is problem free process and shall be carried out under legitimate procedure without breaching any of the International Law, in other words, you should not entertain any fear as all modality for the smooth and easy transfer of this fund has been finalized.
Please take note my wife is the only one that I have discussed this business with and we both agreed to do it with you, I will give you more explanation on this transaction, feel free to send email to me.
When you receive this letter, kindly send me an email for more explanation, please include your private Tel/Fax numbers in your correspondence to facilitate communication.
Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Akinwumi Godson Fanimokun
Group Executive, Technology & Services
First Bank of Nigerian Plc.


Email Scam from Mr. Zhu Chi Yang

Complement of the day,

Thank you for your swift response and I must apologize for invading your privacy, I know i don’t know you but I am sorry if I am disturbing your privacy, please something in my spirit moved me to contact you to see if you will be interested. I have no option but went online to search for assistance, i did find your email on my private search on net where I came across your mail, let me introduce myself with full information about this business deal,My name is Mr. Zhu Chi Yang I work with the Hang Seng Bank. There is a sum of $19,500,000.00 in my bank Hang Seng Bank, Hong Kong. There were no beneficiaries stated concerning these funds which mean no one would ever come to claim it  .That is why I ask that we work together, I do solicit for your assistance in effecting this transaction I intend to give 30% of the total funds as compensation for your assistance

As present due to this issue on my hands now, it became necessary for me to seek an assistance, I don't really no if you can help me  execute this project, and I am quite certain about that  you should not have anything to worry about, I will do everything legally required to ensure that the process goes smoothly, it shall pass through all Laws of International Banking, and you have my word having resolved to entrust this transaction into your hands, I want to remind you that, it needs your commitment and diligent follow up. If you work seriously, the entire transaction should be over in a couple of days please also note that we will not use your direct account for this deal before i proceed with you, I will want to know precisely the type of occupation that you do your age and present locations, you should note that this project is highly capital intensive, i mean the fund in questions is a large amount, this is why I have to be very careful and also know who i am transacting with, I need your total devotion and trust to see this through, I know we have not met before, but I am very confident that we will be able to establish the necessary trust that we need to execute this project with trust from the heart because we are not going to be talking on phone until the entire funds is out of my bank, I will be the one to also introduce to you a bank where you can open account in your name only for both of us where the entire funds will be transfer to smoothly without my bank taking any notice of trace,  this is the best way I have found  protecting us from my bank. I want us to enjoy this money in peace when we conclude, i will please advice you should listen to my instructions and follow them religiously

This is a fair deal without any risk attached on your side,I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is from you refusing to work with me and alerting my bank or completing this deal half way thereby attracting the attention of some officers in my bank Also you have to know that I cannot transfer this money in my name as my bank will be aware that it is from me, this is where I need you. As result of this, you will have to open a New Offshore account in the corresponding bank i will introduce to you, I will obtain a certificate of deposit from my bank here in Hong Kong, it will be issued in your name and this will make you the bonfire owner of the funds. After this, the money will be banked online for both of us, before its can be transfer easily, I shall perfect the documentations with the assistance of my attorney to give the transaction the legal right, this is 100% risk free without trace as you follow my instructions and also show your commitment to make me feel comfortable working with you but Before I commence I would like know your Interest and you must be above 18year of age,I Really don't want to do this with any one living in my country or even related to be Chinese nationality because Chinese people talk too much  i just I want to be sure that I am transacting with the correct person with trust from the heart .

As a professional , it is my duty to ensure that the transfer is done in a quiet manner, hence you will have to follow my instructions and act accordingly to enable everything work out smoothly. I will do everything legally required to ensure that the project goes smoothly and it shall pass through all Laws of International Banking,I am prepared to share the proceeds 70/30 with you because of what i have spent so far to bring this transaction up to this level before requesting your assistance well but if my offer is of no appeal to you or you cant handle this with me please delete this message and forget I ever contacted you. Do not destroy my career because you do not approve of my proposal, i don't want to talk this on phone conversation at now but as soon as we get on i will look for a way to check on update by calling you

Contact me only through this email address. I do not want any direct link between you and me. My official lines are not secure lines as they are periodically monitored to assess our level of customer care in line with our Total Quality Management Policy.Please observe this instruction religiously. Please, again, note I am a family man; I have a wife and children. I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold.

 This is the one truth I have learned from my private banking clients. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord,

Please reply soonest.

Mr. Zhu Chi Yang.


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.
  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)