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25.5.07

I will utilize 90% of this money to support churches, orphanages and widows...


Dear Beloved,

Let me first of all inform you that I got your email address from a mail Directory and decide to write you first for a permission to go ahead.

Well, I am Mrs. ROSEMARY LEMON from Sri Lanka. I am married to BARRISTER D. JOHNSON LEMON a Ghananian who worked with a construction company in Asia for twenty years before he died in the Tsunami disaster, we were married but with no issue. And since after his death, I vowed not to remarry.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $9.5M. (Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S. Dollars) with a FINANCIAL/DIPLOMATIC FIRM and presently this money is still with the firm. The management just wrote me to come forward to receive the money or I rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I cannot come over.

I am presently in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment of Cancer of the lungs. I have since then lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only but few months to live. I want a person that is trust worthy that will utilize 90% of this money to support churches, orphanages and widows around the world but in my name MOTHER ROSEMARY LEMON.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Firm. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you the new beneficiary of this fund. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein and Keep this contact confidential until the time this fund gets to your custody. This is to ensure that nothing jeopardizes my last wish on Earth.

I await your urgent reply.

REMAIN BLESSED,

ROSEMARY LEMON

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23.5.07

Don't Go Phishing




On March 28, 2007, spammers sent thousands of emails that appeared to come from US Bank. These emails were actually examples of "phishing," an attack designed to make you divulge sensitive information. This blog entry shows what telltale signs prove the email is not from US Bank and is, in fact, malicious.

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22.5.07

Yahoo Mail Congratulates You!


Messenger Yahoo! Lottery Results You won 800,000.00! Yahoo! Mail congratulates you!

Yahoo! Mail announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the ongoing Yahoo! Lottery Draw held on the 18th of April, 2007. All 10 winning email addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international emails each from Canada, Australia, United States , Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually.Consequently, you have been approved for a total pay of 800,000.00 GBP (EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND GREAT BRITISH POUNDS STERLING ).

This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base. Further more your details(e-mail address) falls within our British Representative Office in the United Kingdom , as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of 800,000.00 GBP will be released to you from this regional branch office in the UK.

Find below your identification numbers:
Batch Number.....................Lwh 09445
Lotto Number......................Lwh 09446
Winning Number.................Lwh 09447

Our Yahoo!'s Agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact her. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your prize remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.

To file for claim, fill out the information required in the verification form and establish contact via e-mail between the hours of 8.00am - 7.30pm on Monday through Saturday and contact our overseas claims unit with the information below:

OVERSEAS CLAIMS UNIT
Yahoo! Lottery Fiduciary
Contact Person: Mr George Owen
: fiduciaryagent07@myway.com
VERIFICATION FORM

1.FULL NAMES:__________________________________
2.ADDRESS:_____________________________________
_______________________________________________
3.SEX:__________

4.AGE:__________
5.MARITAL STATUS:___________________
6.OCCUPATION:_______________________
7.E-MAIL ADDRESS:_____________________________
8.TELEPHONE NUMBER:__________________________

9.LOTTO NUMBER:____________________ B. BATCH NUMBER:______________
10.WINNING NUMBER:__________________
11.AMOUNT WON:______________________
12.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL____________
___________________________________________
13. COUNTRY________________________________


CLAIMANT SIGNATORY DECLARATION
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I,......................................HEREBY DECLARE THAT I HAVE NEVER RECIEVED ANY FORM OF SETTLEMENT FROM THE Yahoo! LOTTERY NOR ANY MEMBER OF MY FAMILY. I, THEREFORE, DECLARE THAT THE Yahoo! LOTTERY ACTS ON MY BEHALF IN THE PROCESSING AND TRANSFER OF MY PRIZE AS INSTRUCTED BY ME.
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Good luck from me and members of staff of the Yahoo! LOTTERY.

Yours faithfully,
Dr. Carl Moore.
Online coordinator for Yahoo! LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.

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The Nigerian Email Scam



A brief introduction to the Nigerian email scam (also known as a 419 scam). The basic methodology of the scam is discussed, as well as the reasons why Nigeria is a focal point of the scam.

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21.5.07

BRITISH CHARITIES LOTTERY PROMOTIONS


BRITISH CHARITIES LOTTERY PROMOTIONS, UNITED KINGDOM.

We are pleased to inform you of the announcements today of Winners of the MEGA JACKPOT LOTTO WINNING PROGRAMS. Your company or personal email address, is attached to a Ticket number 123-765-90, with a serial number 42243-98-01 drew the Lucky Winning Numbers 06-14-17-28-30-41.

You have therefore been awarded the total lump sum pay out of £680,000.00 credited to File Ref No: BCLP/ 24-FB-4234243/007UK.

You must contact the claims department by e-mail:

Name: Mr. Steven Howard
E-mail: charityclaimsagent_04@yahoo.co.uk
Phone: +447045710897
+447011137131.

Congratulations once again from all our staff for being a part of our Promotions program.

Mrs. Elizabeth Grayson
Online Coordinator

The society lotteries are managed by Sisson Marketing International Limited; certified by the Gambling Commission ELM Certification 180/3/2.

© Charities Lottery 2007

British Lottery 2007 Winner

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DON'T BECOME A VICTIM OF ONLINE AUCTION FRAUD



DON'T BECOME A VICTIM OF ONLINE AUCTION FRAUD

Many consumers buy software online. However, not all consumers are getting what they pay for. According to a survey conducted by Forrester Research, one in five U.S. consumers who purchased software online over the past twelve months has experienced a problem.

The Internet is full of "online pirates" selling counterfeit software to unsuspecting consumers. Many consumers are unaware of the dangers of shopping at unknown websites or auction.

The Business Software Alliance is offering tips and an educational video on their website to help individuals avoid purchasing fraudulent software online. The video features interviews with a fraud victim and the former owner of a software piracy website sentenced to six years in prison. Consumers can also use the website to report personal incidents of Internet auction fraud. For more information, visit BSAcybersafety.com.

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19.5.07

I discovered that our client was the former president of the Federal Republic of Zaire...

Attention,

I am Sr. Travez Alves the head of Deposits of LIBERTY SEGUROS BARCELONA SPAIN. I have resolved to contact you through this medium based on business proposal that will be of mutual benefit to both of us. I want a trustworthy and established person that understands investment ethic for entering into a lifetime profitable joint partnership investment and also co-operation with confidence and trust that you will keep the contents secret and divulged to any third party.

To be explicit and straight to the point, some time early 1997, a reputable client of ours deposited a consignment in our company's vault for safe keeping, since then our client has failed to come forward to claim his consignment, which has accumulated a considerable amount of money in demurrage. Consequently as the head of deposits I decided to contact this client to redeem the demurrage, which his consignment had accumulated. I discovered that our client was the former president of the Federal Republic of Zaire, who died of illness after he was dethroned in the same year the consignment was entrusted into our care.

Since the death of our client President Mobutu Sese seko, none of his benefactors has come forward to claim the deposit, which means that none of his relatives or aids had any knowledge of this deposit. Hence out of curiosity I decided to secretly open the box that our client deposited in our vault, and to my surprise I discovered that the box that was registered as ANTIGUES WITH HIGH MONETORY VALUE by our client contained a considerable amount of money in United States Dollars.

Since this development I have been nursing plans secretly. I also found out from inquiries and the foreign media that our late client siphoned a lot of money from his country while he was in office as head of state -- you can see to this website (http://partners.nytimes.com/library/world/090897obit-mobutu.html).

It is my conviction that the consignment in our vault was part of the money that our client siphoned, and now that he is dead there is no trace to this money in our care. I am now soliciting your noble assistance to assist me in transferring this box out of Spain for immediate investment with your assistance.

Your mode of compensation will be discussed as soon as I hear from you. Upon my receipt of your reply confirming your willingness to act with me in this transaction, I will immediately arrange and transfer all the rights of ownership of this consignment to your name to facilitate your easy clearance of the box and immediately transfer the box of funds to your country, or you come for the claim here in Spain. You have nothing to worry about as I will be there to assist you in anyway necessary with all proper documentation.

This transaction is risk free. Please maintain absolute confidentiality on this matter. I await your response to enable me start the process of documentation presenting you as the beneficiary of the deposit.

Sincerely,

Sr. Travez Alves. Mandeq EY5jh

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15.5.07

Internet Fraud



I thought this would be as good a place as any to upload a little display of my take on how I perceive Internet Fraud. Arm yourself and be safe out there.

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Ways to avoid fraud when shopping for a car online...




This video was prepared by the AutoTrader.com Fraud Watch Taskforce, and shares valuable information on ways to avoid fraud when shopping for a car online. There’s no foolproof way to prevent online scams, so awareness is your best defense. Take a moment to view this video, and familiarize yourself with some basic fraud awareness tips.

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I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition...


Greetings from Dubai,

This letter must come to you as a big surprise, but I believe it is only a day that people meet and become great friends and business partners. I am Mr. Arif Shaikh, currently Chief Credit & Risk Officer with a reputable bank here in U. A. E. I write you this proposal in good faith, believing that I can trust you with the information I am about to reveal to you.

I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On November 6, 2000, an Iraqi Foreign Oil consultant/contractor with the CHEVRON PETROLEUM CORPORATION, MR MOHAMMAD AL NASSER made a (Fixed deposit) for 36 calendar months, valued at US$17,500,000.00 (Seventeen Million Five hundred Thousand Dollars only) in my bank and I happen to be his account officer before I was moved to my present position recently. Upon maturity in 2003, as his account officer and as well the bank manager, it is my duty to notify him on the maturity date so I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but the letter was returned undelivered.

After sometime, I tried sending back the letter, but it was again returned and finally I discovered from his contract employers, Chevron Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Mohammad Al Nasser died as a result of torture in the hand of Saddam Hussein (former Iraqi President) during one of his trips to his country Iraq, as he was accused of leaking information to the Americans. On further investigation, I discovered that Mr. Al Nasser's family wife and two sons died during the Gulf War in Iraq and was the reason why he did not declare any next of kin or relation in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank and did not leave any WILL. This sum of US$17,500,000.00 have been floating and placed under dormant/unserviceable account by my bank management since no one have heard from the owner since 2003. I wish to let you know that all the investigation I have made so far, my bank management is not aware of it, I am the only one that have the information.

With the recent change of government in my country and with their efforts to support the United Nations in checkmating terrorism aid in the U. A. E. By end of this year, the government will pass a new financial control law which will give the government authority to interrogate account owners of above $5,000,000.00 to explain the source of the funds, making sure it is not for terrorism support. If I do not move this money out of the country immediately, by end of the year the government will definitely confiscate the money, because my bank cannot provide the account owner to explain the source of the money.

I cannot directly transfer out this money without the help of a foreigner and that is why I am contacting you for assistance. As the Account Officer to late Al Nasser, coupled with my present position and status in the bank as Chief Credit & Risk Officer, I have the power to influence the release of the funds to any foreigner that comes up as the next of kin to the account, with the correct information concerning the account, which I shall give you. All documents to enable you claim this fund will be carefully worked out and there is practically no risk involved, the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law, beside U. A. E is porous and anything goes.

If you accept to work with me, I want you to state how you wish us to share the funds in percentage, so that both parties will be satisfied. If you are interested, contact me as soon as you receive this message so we can go over the details. Thanking you in advance and may God bless you. Please, treat with utmost confidentiality. I shall send you copy of the deposit certificate issued to Al Nasser when the deposit was made for your perusal.

I wait your urgent response.

Regards,

Mr. Arif Shaikh


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