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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Another Scam: Chase

Dear Chase Online customer,

During our regualry scheduled accounts maintenance and verification procedures,
we have detected a slight error regarding your Chase Online Account.

This might be due to one of the following reasons:

1. A recent change in your personal information (i.e. address changing)
2. Submitting invalid information during the initial sign up process.
4. Multiple failed logins in your personal account.
3. An inabillity to accurately verify your selected option of payment due
to an internal error within our system.

Please update and verify your information by clicking the following link:

Continue To Chase Online Update Form

*If you account information is not updated within 48 hours then your ability to access your account will be restricted.

Thank you,
Chase Online , Billing Department.

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Another Scam: "I will give you every details about the bank here for the transfer to carry on to your account..."


I hope that I am not embarrssing you with this mail because you did not expect it or know me before . but kindly rest asured that I have irresistible urge to write it believe me , the mail is an indication of love for you and happiness I shall always wish you .I am Miss Odance Nkotti. 19 years old and the only Daughter of late Mr and Mrs Nkotti Osu the former president of Cote Ivoire chambers of Cocoa & Coffee Dealers Association .

My late father was very wealthy cocoa & coffee dealer my mother died ten years ago and my father was poisoned to death by his political members .before his death my father told me that he made the next of kin of a fund, he deposited the sum of $2.5million us dollars only .
In the bank here, I went to the bank and confirm that my father really make me the next kin of this money , Now I want to transfer the money into your account in your country because the people that killied my father is after my life now to make sure that our family are drastically wipped off.infact as I am writing to you now I am in hidding here .please if you can help to save my life and transfer the this fund to your account .

I am deeply intrested to offer to you 15% from the total money that is involved for transfering it into your own designeted account again i will hand this money over to you to invest it for me wisely ,as you know , this is the highest confidence and trust any person can repose on the other especially when it is considered that we did not know ourselves before then you are expected to display high degree of maturity , reposponsibility , and understanding in handling this information so that our family enemies will not know that I am arround .In getting me through your information .

I will give you every details about the bank here for the transfer to carry on to your account. after you have indicated your intrest and willingness to help me out of this problem to secure the money for a proper investmebt in your country .write to me as fast as to acknowledge this mail and thanks in anticipation . For the confidentiality of this transaction please strictly reply me
Remain Bless In The Lord.
Best Regards
Miss Odance Nkotti

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Google Adwords Scam

Google AdWords Account Suspension Alert

Google AdWords Alert

show details Aug 23 (1 day ago)

Warning: This message may not be from whom it claims to be. Beware of following any links in it or of providing the sender with any personal information. Learn more

Renew Your Account Now !

Dear Advertiser,

This is your official notification from Google AdWords that the service(s) listed below will be deactivated and deleted if not renewed immediately.

As the Primary Contact, you must renew the service(s) listed below or it will be deactivated and deleted.

Renew Now your Google Search Advertising services.

SERVICE: Google Search Advertising
EXPIRATION: August, 25 2008

Thank you for using Google AdWords service.
We appreciate your business and the opportunity to serve you.

Google AdWords Service

Please remember to input your AdWords username and password correctly NOT your email and password.

Why renew my account?
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Dear Partner,

Good day, firstly, I apologize for sending you this sensitive information via e-mail instead of a Certified mail/Post-mail. This is due to the urgency and importance of the information. This project is based on Trust,confidentiality and sincerity of purpose in order to have an acceptable meeting of the minds. I am a fifty two(52)years old established lawyer. My name is Christain Bell,a legal personal attorney to an expatriate and a consultant with an American Oil company,PENNZOIL (Now deceased) He died in the Tsunami disaster on 26th december 2004 while on vacation in Thailand.

Six years ago, My Client successfully executed a contract for the Federal Government of Nigerian {FGN} worth US$18.3 million dollars. A part payment of USD9.million dollars was paid to my client, while the balance of USD9.3 million Dollars was still unpaid before my client died in the Indian Ocean Tsunami disaster. However, all my efforts to locate the possible next of kin proved abortive. Untill his sudden demise, He was not married and was 44years old.

NOW THE CRUX OF THIS E-LETTER is that the new elected Government Of Nigerian is fully paying all foreign contractors who have successfully executed their contracts and my client is among those benefited in this first quarter payment schedule which has already been deposited in his bank. As his personal attorney/Adviser, his bank has officially notified and instructed me to forward particulars of my client's next of kin within the next 14 official working days so that he/she can be paid the outstanding USD9.3 Million dollars otherwise his payment will be diverted to the government coffers account as uncliamed bill.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating any of his relatives, I decided to contact you for a deal so that we can work together as a team to remit the money to your account as my client next of kin since I do not want to seat and watch my client hard earned entittlement to go astray,it will be easy for us to achieve because you are of the same name and country like him. Although I know that a transaction of this magnitude might make anyone apprehensive but I would like to assure you that I am proposing this project to you with the best of intensions. As a lawyer, I have the power to secure all the necessary legal documents that will be used for this claim. All I require from you is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this transaction will be executed under a Legitimate banking arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. Upon successful conclusion of this project,you will be compensated with 40% of the total fund,whi le 60% will be for me.

If you are interested to work with me in this deal then kindly reply strictly with your personal Telephone /fax number for effective communication and oral clarification on how to proceed next.

Sincerely yours,

Mr.Christain Bell

{Legal Adviser}

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Another Scam: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Dear Friend,
Compliments of the season. It is indeed my pleasure to write to you this letter, which I believe will be a surprise, as we are both complete strangers.

I am Mr. Huang Chow, the manager, credit and foreign bills, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). I am writing in respect of a foreign customer of my bank with account number is 1194-255-28004 who perished in Egyptian Air Flight with the whole passengers aboard on 31st Oct 1999 Since the demise of this our customer, I personally has 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 USD$6Million Dollars which has been with my 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 relation. And the country law here does not allow such money to stay more than Ten years, for the money will be recalled to the government treasury as unclaimed after this period. Upon the receipt of your response, I will send to you the application, bank's contact and the next step to follow.

I will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is hitch free and that you should not entertain any fear as all modalities for fund transfer can be finalized within 14 banking days, after you apply to the bank as a relation to the deceased. Immediately you receive this letter, kindly send me an e-mail signifying your decision, Including your private Tel and Fax numbers for quick communication. I will be very happy if you can treat this business with the utmost secrecy it demands because of my position in this bank.

Hoping for a very successful business relationship with you.
Respectfully submitted,
Mr. Huang Chow
Manager Credit and Foreign Bills.

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Another Scam: The Bank of Scotland

My name is Mrs. Elvra Kane and I am employed in the Bank of Scotland. My job entails dealing on behalf of clients with packaging and courier services in my department. I live in England. After going through your profile and doing a little research, I have seen that you seem like an honest and trustworthy person who can handle confidential business with me. What I am about to disclose to you is highly confidential and I trust that you will keep my confidence.

A sum of US$10 600 000.00 was supposed to be moved from my bank to a certain client through a courier services company. After doing all the processes to move the funds the package containing the money was returned to me a couple of times, reason being the recipient did not turn up to receive or claim it. I have kept this money deposited with a security Company here in England under my close monitoring for a very long time now and this issue has been bothering a lot.

The reason for contacting you is; I have decided to retire and resettle in your country and now want the money to be moved out of England to your country, where you will receive it and keep it safe for me until I come over to meet with you there. I need a business partner and friend who will advise me on proper investments in your country and how I can live comfortably. What I need is someone trustworthy to receive the money for me and I think you might fit that profile.

I have made all the arrangements and plans to enable me to move the money from England to a country of my choice without hindrance. For your assistance and help in receiving and investing the money, you will benefit a reasonable part of the total money.

Please reply this message as soon as you read it to let me know your mind on this proposition. If I am convinced that you are totally willing to cooperate with me on this assignment; I will give you my full contact details in England and I would appreciate it very much if you give me yours including your phone number where I can reach you.
Once again, I would appreciate your regard of this matter as highly confidential.

Best regards,
Elvra Kane.

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Scammers take Internet vigilantes' bait—

Scammers take Internet vigilantes' bait—

A group of Internet vigilantes make sport of turning the tables on people who make their living robbing vulnerable people with elaborate e-mail scams.

The website - devoted to "scambaiting" or scamming the scammers - gives tips on how to beat scammers at their own game.

Most scambaiters begin by posting their e-mail address on legitimate web site guest books or respond to e-mail spam.

Within hours of posting their addresses or replying to an offer they begin receiving e-mails in broken English offering to transfer millions of dollars into their accounts, or from a dying person asking for help donating cash to charity.

Scambaiters lead the scammers on, seemingly buying into their schemes in an effort to waste as much of the scammer's time and resources as possible.

They give the scammer fictitious bank account information and phoney names.

There's a forum where scambaiters share insults and threats frustrated scammers have thrown at them and they encourage each other to bait the more egregious ones.

"I've found a scamming, scum-sucking ... lad. This one exploits children and legitimate children's charities," a poster wrote.

"I am baiting this vermin ... in order to minimize his exposure to potential victims."

The site warns new scambaiters to expect to receive a lot of abuse from scammers.

"The madder we get them, then the better we are doing our job."

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Another Nigerian Scam


Good Day,

I am Mr.Alan Gumbi, a banker with First National Bank Of South Africa(FNB). I have decided to send this proposal to you after some due deliberation. kindly permit me of my desire to inform you about the fund transfer of US$18,500,000.00(Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) into your reliable bank account as the sole NEXT OF KIN to my client, Dr.George Brumley Jr, foreign deceased customer of our bank and a renowned/retired medical doctor/surgeon from Atlanta USA. He opened a fixed deposit account,under my professional guidance which he desire to fall back no all through his retirement. He was killed with his entire family in a PLANE CRASH in Nairobi Kenya on monday 21st July 2003.Click the website below and find out what happened to the Dr. George Brumley Jr and his entire family:

After further investigation, l also discovered that Dr. George Brumley did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit. l remember 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.Right now, Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars is still lying in our bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it. What bothers me most is that according to the financial policy of my country, at the expiration of a numbers of years, this funds will revert to the ownership of the South African Government as unclaimed funds 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 Dr. George Brumley so that you will be able to receive his funds. Should you be interested please send me your full names, brief description of your occupation,direct telephone and fax Numbers and I will prefer you to reply me on my personal e-mail address:( I shall provide you with more details of this transaction. Please also note that I am willing to offer you 35% of the total money for your asssitance. Your earliest response to this proposal will be appreciated.

Every plan concerning this transaction has been completed. I assure you that this transaction is 100% risk free but requires trust and confidentiality. Keep well and
God Bless.

Kind Regards,
Mr.Alan Gumbi

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