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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: Bank of Africa Ouagadougou Burkina-faso

FROM: DR.Zombre Immanuel
Telephone 00226 7048-0622

Dear friend,
I am Dr.Zombre Immanuel ,the director in charge of auditing and accounting section Bank of Africa Ouagadougou Burkina-faso in West Africa with due respect and regard. I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us at the end of the transaction.

At the bank's last accounts/auditing evaluations, my staff came across an old account which was being maintained by a foreign client who we learnt was among the deceased passengers of a motor accident on November,2003 and the deceased has been unable to run his account since his death. The account has remained dormant without the knowledge of his family since it was put in a safe deposit account in the bank for future investment by the beneficiary.

Although personally,I keep this information secret within myself and partners to enable the whole plans and idea be Profitable and successful during the time of execution. The said amount was U.S $19.3M (ninetheen million three hundred United States dollars). As it may interest you to know, I got your impressive information through the Bukinab chamber of commerce on foreign business relations here in Ouaga. Burkina-faso.

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 have decided the sharing as follows: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 {39%}being (US$7,527,000.00)will be your share in respect of the account provision and your assistance rendered during the transfer of the fund into your bank account,{ 52% } being (US$10,036,000.00) will be my share being the codinator and the pillar of the transaction while the rest { 9% } being (US$1,737,000.00) will be shared to the respectable Organisations Centers such as Charity Organisation, Motherless Babies homes, and helpless disabled people in the World.

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.

And i want you to assure me solemnly that you are a trsutwothy,reliable,honest and capable to avoid cheating me in this business.If you are really sure of your integerity, Reply through my private email
( ) immediatelly you receive this mail for more detailed information on how to process the transfer of the fund into your account will be.Am looking forward hearing from you.
I look forward to receive your phone number and email so that I get back to you.
Yours faithfully,
Dr.Zombre Immanuel

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The floating sum of US$15,000,000...



Good day and compliment of the season.I deem it vital to contact you for a
business proposal based on my position as the accountant General of the bank of
Africa Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso .

favouring a foreign customer , the floating sum of US$15,000,000 (fifteen million
Us dollars).

During my investigations on the abandoned sum, I discovered the owner as a GERMAN
citizen named Mr.ANDREAS SCHRANNER who died in a plane crash with his entire
family and subsequently there is no next of kin to his account .Visit the web-
site as posted dated .

Based on these factual statements, plus the available facts and figures in the
bank archive ,we stand on a vantage point to putting up a claim on the fund.
This providential mission is hinged on the fact that, it is only a foreigner that
can successfully claim this fund since the late depositor was a foreigner

What you are required to do implicitly is to put up an application to the bank as
his nominated next of kin by his extended family in GERMANY which is a workable
approach because you will stand by the power of such nomination as his cousin
resident in where you are today to claim this fund into your account for both of

Any question, information that may Be required by the bank during the process of
the reclamation will be forwarded to you on demand as to ensure that this venture
is successful. It is highly confidential and risk free by virtue of my position as
an insider in the bank.

Finally, I shall give you 30% in respect of your assistance to get transferred
this fund into your account oversea.I will release to you a detailed information
covering the abandoned fund on your urgent reply.


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I have a lucrative business proposal...

FROM: MR. Patrick K. W. Chan
(Executive Director & Chief financial Officer)
Hang Seng Bank Limited
83 Des Voeux Road, Central
Hong Kong SAR


It is understandable that you might be a little bit apprehensive because
you do not know me but I have a lucrative business proposal of mutual
interest to share with you. I got your reference in my search for someone
who suits my proposed business relationship.

I am Mr. Patrick K. W. Chan Executive Director & Chief financial Officer of
Hang Seng Bank Ltd. I have an obscured business suggestion for you. I will
need you to assist me in executing a business project from Hong Kong to your
country. It involves the transfer of a large sum of money. Everything
concerning this transaction shall be legally done without hitch. Please
endeavour to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue.

Once the funds have been successfully transferred into your account, we
shall share in the ratio to be agreed by both of us

I will prefer you reach me on my private email address below
( or and finally after
that I shall furnish you with more information's about this operation.

Please if you are not interested delete this email and do not hunt me
because I am putting my career and the life of my family at stake with this
venture. Although nothing ventured is nothing gained.

Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Mr. Patrick K. W.Chan

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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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Your help will be appreciated with 20% of the total sum (US$6,400,000)...

From the desk of Roy Smith

Client Service Manager Capital Trust Bank Lagos

Nigeria desk.

Dear Partner,

I will like to solicit your help in a business proposition, which is by nature very confidential and a Top Secret. I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one worried and apprehensive but I am assuring you not to worry, as all will be well at the end of this endeavor.

I am Mr. Roy Smith, Client Service Manager of Capital Trust Bank Plc Lagos Nigeria, My partners and I have decided to seek your help in transfer of some amount of money requiring maximum confidence from my bank. A foreigner, Late Dr. Edward who was an oil merchant and contractor with the Federal Government of Nigeria until his death onboard the ill fated Kenyan Airways bus {A310300} was our customer here at Capital Trust Bank and had a balance of US$32 million which the bank now expects his next of kin to claim as the beneficiary.

So far, valuable efforts has been made to get to his people but to no avail, as he had no known relatives more because he left his next of kin column in his account opening forms blank and he has no known relatives. Due to this development our management and the board of directors are making arrangements for the funds to be declared unclaimed, and subsequently paid into the federal government purse. Usually, funds of this nature end up in the greedy pockets of some politicians due to our corrupt society.

To avert this negative development my colleagues and I have decided to look for a reputable person to act as the next of kin to late Dr. Edward so that the funds could be processed and released into his account, which is where you come in. We shall make arrangement with a qualified and reliable attorney that will represent you in liaising with my bank for inconveniency of you coming to my country.

All legal documents to aid your claim for this fund and to prove your relationship with the deceased will be provided by us. Your help will be appreciated with 20% of the total sum (US$6,400,000). Please accept my apologies, keep my confidence and disregard this letter if you do not appreciate this proposition I have offered you. Thank you very much for your time.

I wait anxiously for your response.

Yours faithfully

Roy Smith

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Your email address have emerged winner of €615,810.00 Euros in SPANISH INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL AWARD PROMOTION PROGRAM 2008.

Plaza Romano N°19 Planta 5,

Dear Lucky Winner,

We are happy to inform you that your email address have emerged winner of 615,810.00 Euros in SPANISH INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL AWARD PROMOTION PROGRAM 2008.
The online cyber draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 500,000 email addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer selection from the web. Your email address is attached to Ref No: ESE/WIN/008/02/10/MA & Batch No:EULO/1007/444/606/08; Serial No: 6594; and PROMOTION DATE: 28th August ,2008.

Bear in mind that prizes will strictly be remitted to winners that officially file in for their claim within the given time frame. To begin your claim, you are to forward this message to your accredited claim agent including your full names , telephone numbers and fax.

Contact Person: Mr. Jonathan Ferdnando Gomez ( foreign operationmanager)
TEL: 003-462-279-8894 .
FAX: 003-491-101-3793

Your prize award has been insured with your email address and will be transferred to you upon meeting the requirement
of the gaming board authority which includes your statutory obligations.
Best Regards,
Mrs. Patricia Douet (Lottery co-ordinator).
Madrid, 29th August, 2008

Note: All Won Prize must Be claimed/Cleared not later than 12th of September 2008.After this date, all other winnings will considered as UNCLAIMED and returned to ministerio de Economia Y Hacienda

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