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

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10.6.14

Scam Email from Mr Min Richard

Dear Sir,

We have direct providers of Fresh Cut BG, SBLC and MTN which are specifically for lease. Our bank instrument can be engaged in PPP Trading, Discounting, Signature Project(s) such as Aviation, Agriculture, Petroleum, Telecommunication, Construction of Dams, Bridges, Real Estate and all kind of projects. We do not have any broker chain in our offer neither do we get involved in chauffer driven offers. We deliver with time and precision as set forth in our agreement. Our terms and Conditions are reasonable, below is our instrument description.

DESCRIPTION OF INSTRUMENTS:
1. Instrument: Bank Guarantee (BG/SBLC)
2. Total Face Value: Min of 1M Euro/USD (One Million Euro/USD) to Max of 5B Euro/USD (Five Billion Euro/USD).
3. Issuing Bank: HSBC, London or Deutsche Bank Frankfurt or
4. Age: One Year, One Day
5. Leasing Price: 5.0% of Face Value plus (0.5+X)% commission fees to brokers.
6. Delivery: Bank to Bank SWIFT.
7. Payment: MT-103.
8. Hard Copy: Bonded Courier within 7 banking days.

All relevant business information will be provided upon request.
Thank you.
Mr Min Richard
For further inquiries:
Contact: Richard.finance75@gmail.com
Skype ID: richard.finance75

9.6.14

Email Scam from: Mr. Abdul Rasheed Mohammed

Greetings!!!
    

     I am Mr. Abdul Rasheed Mohammed, a chartered chief auditor with the BANK OF AFRICA,  Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, West Africa. I got your contact address from your country through online directory. Your impressive and managerial records made me to solicit your partnership in this regard. You are the only person that I have contacted for this business and with the trust that you will not let me down.

     After going through some old files in the records during the audit for the year in my department which I am currently heading, I discovered that there was an  account opened in this bank since 2000 and nobody has operated on this very same account since then.

     The owner of this account as I discovered from the bank record secretly , is Late Mr. Jerome N. Snaga, a foreigner and a miner at the Anglo Gold Platinum Mining Company in Mafikeng Burkina Faso. A geologist by profession who died in 2001. Since his death till now, no body knows about this account or anything concerning this money.  No name of person or group of persons was documented as the beneficiary of this money because according to my investigation which I  made last few months ago, his family died along with him in a plane crash during their holiday trip ;  and his company knows nothing about this account . Two years after his death,  the company ran into bankruptcy.

     The amount involved in this discovered account is Fifteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand American Dollars (US$ 15.5.Million ) and I want to secretely transfer the total fund to a safe bank account overseas before my resignation from my bank. Meanwhile I contact you as a trusted partner who will stand as the beneficiary of the fund and next of kin/beneficiary to Late Jerome N. Snaga to claim this fund in your name. I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this fund can not be approved to a citizen of this nation or local bank here.

     So I only need your full co-operation in order to achieve the success of this project and be informed that our management is ready to approve this payment to whosoever person that has the correct information to this very account of which I will relate to you later if i am fully convinced of your capability to handle this fund in strict confidence and  trust  according to my instruction and advice for our mutual benefits because this opportunity may never come again in my life. I need your strong assurance, honesty ,trust, and reliability because I know that with good co-operation, we shall have good success.
        
     With my full position now in my department,  I am assuring you that this money can be transferred to a reliable foreign bank account which you will provide with the assurance that the money will be kept intact pending my physical arrival in your country for the sharing of the money.

     Be assured that you stand no risk of any kind as the fund belongs to us now. Therefore, after the eventual stage of the transfer of this fund to the account you shall be providing, I will offer you a reasonable amount to the sum of 40% from the total fund.  We shall remove 10% from the  fund to offset every expenses we might have incurred during the course of this project and 50%  will be for me.
   
     Do indicate your private information as listed below in your response for easier communication on this project.

Your Full Name:..............
Your Country:...................
Your Direct Phone N°........
Your Fax N°.......................if available.
Your Age:..........................
Your Sex..........................
     
     Once again, i need to be assured of your trust and reliability.   Looking forward to your urgent response.  
   
    Thanks for your co-operation.

Best Regards,
Mr. Abdul Rasheed Mohammed
(Chartered Auditor)

8.6.14

Email Scam from BABU JOSE MADATHIL

 DEAR DR.HUTTEN,

I AM FROM KOCHI, KERALA, INDIA. SOUTHERN MOST PART OF INDIA, TO BE EXACT SOUTH WEST OF INDIA - A COASTAL AREA. KOCHI IS A PORT CITY, COMMERCIAL CAPITAL OF KERALA STATE. KERALA IS ONE OF THE 29 STATES IN INDIA. A VERY BEAUTIFUL PLACE FOR TOURISTS AS WELL AS RESIDENTS.

MY SON IS 25 YEARS OF AGE. HE HAS COMPLETED GRADUATION IN COMMERCE. HAVE ALSO DONE A FEW MORE COMMERCE RELATED COURSES. HE TRIED TO GET A JOB BUT EMPLOYERS FIND HIM UNSUITABLE! I DONT KNOW WHETHER HE IS AUTISTIC OR ASPERGERS, ADHD OR ANYTHING ELSE. HAVE SENT HIM FOR COUSELLING WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE. THEY FIND HIM GENERALLY ALRIGHT. SOME OF THEM BLAME ME FOR BAD PARENTING AS THE CAUSE OF HIS LOW SELF ESTEEM. I WONDER WHY?!!

CAN YOU HELP ME TO MAKE HIM USEFUL TO HIMSELF, HIS FAMILY, AND SOCIETY FINALLY. PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE MY REQUEST. 

 I AM NOT A WEALTHY PERSON. I AM A DISABLED AND UNEMPLOYED PERSON. I FEEL DEPRESSED BOTH BECAUSE OF HIM AND MY DISABILITY. I MAY NOT BE IN A POSITION TO BEAR HUGE COSTS FOR HELPING HIM. PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR THINKING IN THIS MATTER ASAP.

THANKS AND BEST REGARDS
BABU  JOSE MADATHIL
VII/146, 'ANUGRAHAM',
Madathil House, 
Chaithanya Nagar Road,
Pallilamkara,
HMT Colony P.O.,
KALAMASSERY, 
KOCHI -  683503
MOBILE NOs.-
91-95445 71986
91-82899 50986
91-81295 53700
Landline -

91-484-2555986 
E-mail: babu_josemadathil@yahoo.co.in

Scam by Fred Benson through OKCupid

Hi Mr. Hutten,

I had been scammed for US$950.00, only it was not through an email, I've been texting with a man by the name of Fred Benson I met through OKCupid (a social media).  We've been texting through Yahoo Messenger.  As stated on Google, I was asked to provide my bank information for the bank to transfer US$6,000,000.00.  First I needed to send US$650 as a deposit needed so it will not raise a red flag, after I did they said the transaction did not go through because I needed to deposit US$15,350.  The amount of money I am to have transferred to my account is also money earned through a contract with the government in Lome,Togo.  Should you need further information please email me back and I will reply as prompt as possible.  Thank you.

Sincerely,
Haydee