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SCAM WATCH: Internet & SMS Scams - Phishing - Email Fraud

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Another Scam: Business transfer of a huge sum of money from a deceased account...


My dear I am contacting you in regards to a business transfer of a huge sum of
money from a deceased account. ThoughI know that a transaction of this magnitude
will make anyone apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be
well at the end of the day. I decided to contact you
due to the urgency of this transaction.

PROPOSITION! I discovered an abandant sum of $11.2M(Five Million Two Hundred
thousand United states Dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign
customers MR ANDREAS SCHRANNER who died along with his entire family web site :
( Since his death, none of his
next-of-kin or relations has come forward to lay claims to this money as the heir.
I cannot release the fund from his account unless someone applies for claim as the
next-of-kin to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.

Upon this discovery, I now seek your permission to have you stand as a next of kin
to the deceasedas all documentations will be carefully worked out by me for the
funds $11.2M(Five Million Two Hundred thousand United states Dollars) to be
released in your favour as the beneficiary's next of kin. It may interest you to
note that I have secured from the probate an order of madamus to locate any of
deceased beneficiaries.

Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of my mutual
business endeavour by
furnishing me with the following;
1. Your Full Names and Address.
2. Direct Telephone and Fax numbers.

These requirements will enable me file a letter of claim to the appropriate
departments for necessary approvals in your favour before the transfer can be
made. I shall be compensating you with $2.2 Million Dollars on final conclusion of
this project, while the rest $3 Million shall be for me.

Your share stays with you while the rest shall be for me for investment purposes
in your country. If this proposalis acceptable by you, do not take undue advantage
of the trust I have bestowed in you, I await your urgent email.

Mr. Garuba

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This transaction is genuine...

My name is Mr. David Coleman, credit unit officer, HSBC Paris France ,24 Rue
de champs elysee 75001 . this is to bring to your notice that this office has
received your payment coordinates from the Financial institutions within the
African sub-region and a notification from HSBC bank London, no. 8 Canada
square, London, we have thoroughly scrutinised and verified the
payment process
and found out that you have met all the statutory requirements for effective
remittance of your payment.

Quite frankly, we are amazed that despite this, your payment has remained
unclaimed, I have decided to look into this payment procedure with a view to
ascertaining the reason for the non-payment of this contract, Please
that I am doing this only in my magnanimity to assist you achieve this
protracted payment difficulty.

However, if you are not interested in claiming this money any longer, do keep
this to yourself as I would not want you to disclose this as I am still in
active service here in the bank, this explains why I am using my private email
address. This bank has resolved that the best alternative to adopt is
to upload
your payment into an ATM visa card as this has shown to be very effective and
cheaper to process, you will therefore receive this fund through this process,
at the end of the exercise, this card will be sent to your nominated address
via courier company, a tracking number will be sent to you alongside
the airway

There are scam related activities all over the place, please note that the
essence of enclosing my ID is to demonstrate that this transaction is genuine

I look forward to hearing from you.Thanks.

Mr. David Coleman
Credtit unit officer
HSBC bank Paris France ,
24 Rue de champs elysee
75001 Paris
Phone Tel: +447023011858
0033 637835319

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l discovered the sum of Twenty Two million and five hundred thousand United States Dollars (USD22.5M) belonging to a deceased customer of this bank...



Dear Friend,

I am Dr Adad Amad . the bill and exchange manager at the foreign remittance department of BANK OF AFRICA.

I got your contact from the internet ,while seaching for an honest and trust worthy person, who will assist me to implement this transfer.

l discovered the sum of Twenty Two million and five hundred thousand United States Dollars (USD22.5M) belonging to a deceased customer of this bank. The fund has been lying in a suspence account without anybody coming to put claim over the money since the account owner late Mr Salla khatif from Lebanese , who was involved in the December 25th 2003 Benin plane crash. Here is the air crash website on cnn =
The said fund is now ready for transfer to a foriegn account whose owner will be portrayed as the beneficiary and next of kin to the deceased customer of the bank.

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next if kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidlines and laws but unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.

It is therefore upon this discovery that I decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and I don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.

The banking law and guidline here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after five years, the money will be transfered into the bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occassioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner. I therefore soliciting for your assistance to come forward as the next of kin.

I have agreed that 40% of this money will be for you as the beneficiary in respect of the provision of your Account and services rendered, 55% would be for me while 5% will be for expencses incured during the cause of thIS transaction If the money is transferred to your Account from BANK OF AFRICA, I and my family in this transaction will proceed immediately to your country for our own share of the money.

I expect you to keep this business strictly confidential and secret as you may wish to know that I am Bank official and please do not forget to send the following information to me for easy contact,
Your Full name.....
Your address.......
Your phone no......
Your occupation....
Your age...........
Your Sex...........

Be rest assured that this business is 100% risk free on both side and every arrangement to transfer this money to the Account you are going to provide have been concluded provided we maintain the confidentiality and secreceirity involved. Contact me on my email address I am looking forward for your prompt response.
Yours faithfully,

Dr Adad Amad .

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Another Scam: Citibank

Citibank Online Service

show details Oct 3 (1 day ago)

Important Information Regarding Your Citibank Credit Card

Dear CitiBank Client ,

This is your official notification that the service(s) listed below
will be deactivated and deleted if not renewed immediately.
Previous notifications have been sent to the Billing Contact assigned to this account.
As the Primary Contact, you must renew the service(s) listed below.

Expiration: October 03 , 2008

To renew your Online Banking Services click on the following link:

- Go to Account Login
- Update/Verify Your Information

Note: We will be upgrading our SSL EncryptedServer to prevent fraudulent activity.
© 2008 Citigroup . All rights reserved.

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