Internet Scams Exposed
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are hereby advice to get back to us, to claim your prize.
PINKETT GRIFFIN ( Dr. )
4.Country Of Residence.
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P O Box 1010 Liverpool,
L70 1NL UNITED KINGDOM
You are a winner of the UK National lottery online program that was
held on the 27th March 2008. You have been approved to claim a sum of
£1,000,000.00 (One million Great British Pounds ) in cash credited to
file KTU/9023118308/03. TICKET No: 20511465463-7644 with REF No:
Name:Mr. Mark Galagher
Provide him with the following informations to claim your prize. Full
Name: Address: phone Number: Country of residence: Sex: Age:
Congratulations On behalf of all members of the Lottery foundation
Mrs. Johnson Rose
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We are happy to announce that you are one of our Lucky Four(4)Star
Prize Winner in this months edition of the Irish Lottery in England.This
makes you a proud winner of a cah prize of £1,350,000 To claim your
prize it is important that you acknowledge your receipt of this
Mr Clark Johnson.
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PROMOTIONS/ PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
60 Merriman Road
London SE3 8RZ
Ref. Number: BTL/491OXI/04
Batch Number: 12/25/0304
Ticket Number: 564 75600545-188
Serial Number: 5388/02
ONLINE NOTIFICATION OF WINNING
BRITISH LOTTERY officially bring to your notice the draw result of
March 2008 BRITISH LOTTERY-wheel E-game which was conducted at our
international corporate office complex in The United Kingdom.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 56475600545-188 with
serial number 5388/02 drew lucky numbers 7-14-18-31-45, which consequently
won in the 1ST category, you have therefore been approved for a lump
sum pay out of 1,000,000.00Pounds (ONE MILLION POUNDS
The selection process was carried out through random selection in our
computerized email selection system(ess) from a database of over 250,000
email addresses drawn from which your Email was selected.
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your
winning information confidential until your claims have been fully
processed and your money remitted to you.This is part of our security protocol
to avoid multiple claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by
some members of the public.
For the release of your winning, kindly contact your claims officer at
the The National Lottery Head Quarters via bellow informations:
Mr. Anthony Campbell,
Payment and Release Order Dept.
Fax : +44-870-0682-087
Furthermore, should there be any change in your address, do inform your
Claims officer as soon as possible.Complete the
form below and send it to the claims officer via email:
Date of birth:.....................................................
Lotto Batch Number:......................................
Lotto Reference Numbers:............................
Country of Residence:...................................
Select mode of collection of winning prize:
(1) ELECTRONIC BANK TRANSFER(BANK TO BANK TRANSFER)
(2) COURIER DELIVERY OF CERITIFIED BANK CHEQUE
Upon completion of the above form,you will be directed to contact the
courier company or paying bank in charge of transfer
of winning funds to winners
Congratulations once again from all members of our staff and thanks for
being part of our promotions program.
Mr. David Brant
Executive (International Sweepstakes).
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Lottery Promotion,you are hereby advice to get back to us, to claim
your prize.Contact Mr.Jefferson Donald: Email:
6.Country Of Residence.
Mrs. Rose Wood.
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I AM (SAM SOGOBA), THE HEAD OF FILE DEPARTMENT IN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB).
I HOPED THAT YOU WILL NOT EXPOSE OR BETRAY THIS TRUST AND CONFIDENT THAT I AM ABOUT TO REPOSE ON YOU FOR THE MUTUAL BENEFIT OF OUR BOTH FAMILIES.
I NEED YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE IN TRANSFERRING THE SUM OF $ 15 MILLION U.S.A DOLLARS ( FIFTEEN MILLION U.S.A DOLLARS) INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.
THE MONEY HAS BEEN DORMANT FOR YEARS IN OUR BANK HERE WITHOUT ANY BODY COMING FOR IT.
I WANT TO RELEASE THE MONEY TO YOU AS THE NEAREST PERSON TO OUR DECEASED CUSTOMER (MR THOMAS YUZURU) WHO DIED A LONG WITH HIS SUPPOSED NEXT OF KIN IN AN AIR CRASH FEW YEARS AGO IN KENYA CONCORD PLANE CRASH .
ALSO NOTE THAT YOU WILL HAVE 50% OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED SUM, IF YOU AGREE TO TRANSACT THE BUSINESS WITH ME WHILE 50% WILL BE FOR ME. I WILL NOT FAIL TO BRING TO YOUR NOTICE THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS HITCH FREE AND THAT YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE ANY ATOM OF FEAR AS ALL REQUIRED ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THE TRANSFER.
PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO REPLY WITH YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION LIKE-NAME, AGE, MARITAL STATUS, CELL PHONE NUMBER, FAX NUMBER, YOUR COUNTRY, YOUR OCCUPATION, SEX, RELIGION, PRIVATE E-MAIL AND YOUR HOUSE ADDRESS FOR FULL TRUST.
UPON THE RECEIPT OF YOUR REPLY, I WILL FORWARD TO YOU THE FULL DETAILS OF THE BUSINESS, MY PERSONAL INFORMATION AND HOW THE BUSINESS WILL BE EXECUTED.
FROM (ADB) OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA- FASO . GOD BLESSINGS, PROTECTIONS AND GUIDIANCE TO YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY.
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As a security measure your PayPal account information needs to be
updated in order to reduce the instance of unauthorized transactions on our website.
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An iraqi made a fixed deposit of 44.5m usd in my bank
branch and he dead with his entire family leaving behind
no next of kin,am ready to share 50/50 with you if you
choose to stand as my deceased client next of kin.
Pls indicate by sending the following below to show your
2.YOUR RESIDENT ADDRESS
4.YOUR PHONE NUMBER
5.DATE OF BIRTH
6.COUNTRY OF RESIDENT
Your response with the requested information should be
sent to reach me at
my personal email
Sir. peter wong.
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I can't imagine how you will feel receiving a sudden business proposal from a remote country in far away Burkina Faso west Africa and probably from some one you have not closely related with. But all the same, I believe we do not need to be of blood relatives before we can establish cordial/business relationship. Having said this, I think it is very important at this juncture to introduce myself to you. I am Mr. Frank Usman.the director in charge of auditing and accounting section of International bank of Africa (BOA) Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso West Africa. It is my pleasure to solicit your assistance in this business proposal.
I am contacting you because; I do not want to transact the business with anybody day who is known to any staff of this bank or anybody around here to avoid any possible blackmail or leakage at the end of the transaction. The proposal: During our investigation and auditing in this bank, my department came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person who died on 31st July 2000, in a plane crash and the fund has been dormant in his account with this bank without any claim of the fund in our custody either from his family or relation before our discovery to this development. The said amount was $25.700.000 usd (Twenty-five Million seven hundred United States Dollars) as it may interest you to know.
meanwhile all the whole arrangement to put claim over this fund as the bonafide next of kin to the deceased, get the required approval and transfer this money to a foreign account has been put in place and directives and needed information will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your interest and willingness to assist us and also benefit your self to this great business opportunity. In fact I could have done this deal alone but because of my position in this country as a civil servant (a banker); we are not allowed to operate a foreign account and would eventually raise an eye brow on my side during the time of transfer because I work in this bank.
This is the actual reason why it will require a second party or fellow who will forward claims as the next of kin with affidavit of trust of oath to the bank and also present a foreign account where he will need the money to be re-transferred into on his request as it may be after due verification and clarification by the correspondent branch of the bank where the whole money will be remitted from to your own designation bank account.
I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% risk free. On smooth conclusion of this transaction, you will be entitled to 40% of the total sum as gr atification, while 10% will be set aside to take care of expenses that may arise during the time of transfer and also telephone bills, while 50% will be for me and my partner. Please, you have been advised to keep "top secret and confidential" as I am still in service and intend to retire from service after we conclude this deal with you.
I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm the money in your account and ask me to come down to your country for subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentages previously indicated and further investment, either in your country or any country you advice us to invest in. All other necessary vital information will be sent to you when I hear from you. I look forward to receive your immediate response and also feel free to call me immediately via my mobile number +226-78900178 for more clarifications or you can contact me via my private details stated below.
Name............... Mr. Frank Usman
Private Email...... (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr. Frank Usman
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I know that this mail will come to you as a surprise as we have never met before, but need not to worry as I am using the only secured and confidential medium available to seek for your foreign assistance in a business.
I am contacting you independently of my investigation and no one is informed of this communication. I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of $11.3million immediately to your private account. The money has been here in our Bank lying dormant for nine good years now without anybody coming for the claim of it.
I want to release the money to you as the nearest person to our deceased customer (the account owner) who died a long with his supposed NEXT OF KIN since August 1997. The Banking ethics here does not allow such money to stay more than 11 years, because the money will be recalled to the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund.
Upon receipt of your reply, indicating your interest in this transaction, I will send you full details on how the business will be executed. Please keep this proposal as a top secret and delete if you are not interested.
Bank Of Africa,Burkina Faso-West Africa
My Private email address; email@example.com
My Private Phone Number: +226-7511-7111
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