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.

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Scam Email from William Cheung

From: William Cheung (
Sent:Tue 8/12/14 8:01 AM

Hello Friend,

I know it is really hard to trust someone on the internet now are days, due to the numerious things that are happening on the web. But you also have to understand that the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.

You absolutely have nothing to be afraid of as I will cover all the expenses required to process the paper work here in Hong Kong in order to make the transaction legal. Your position as my partner is to sign all the necessary document that will be forwarded to you and also open an online offshore account in any of the bank in europe that has the same telex type with my bank, so that the said funds can be transferred there once you have been made the beneficiary.

Don't be afraid to tread new ground my friend because progress always involves risks and the only risk I see here is the time you are going to spend in reading my emails, opening the offshore account and signing the documents that will in turn make you the beneficiary to my late client's deposited funds with millions in Dollar sign.

Even if I do not know to what extent you are familiar with sudden event, the fact remains that every one need some one to be successfull, I will advice you sitdown and consider my proposal carefully before turning it down because our greatest weakness lies in giving up.

Await a response from you at your earliest convenience.

Warm Regards,
William Cheung| 执行董事兼个人银行业务主管


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.

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:
Skype ID: richard.finance75


Email Scam from: Mr. Abdul Rasheed Mohammed


     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)