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: mbhutten@yahoo.com. They will be posted on this site without your email address.

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30.12.08

Another Scam: "I have my late father's statement of account and death certificate..."

Dearest One,

I am glad to write given the opportunity now. Hope you are fine. Mine is boring here.
Sorry for delaying my reply.I thank God for you.Your message was a bit relief for me. May God protect you for me.

In this camp we are only allowed to go out from the camp only on Mondays and Fridays of the weeks.Its just like one staying in the prison and I hope by Gods grace I and with your help will come out here soon.I don't have any relatives now whom I can go to all our relatives ran away in the middle of the war.

The only person I have now is Rev. Steven Adams who is the Reverend Minister in charge of the church in this camp ( CHRIST DE SAVIOR MISSION).The pastors e-mail address is (revstevenadams1@yahoo.com)

He has been very nice to me since I came here but I am not living with him rather I am living in the women's hostel because the camp have two hostels one for men the other for women.The Pastors Tel number is (00221-777339829) Feel free to call me through his number. If you call, tell him that you want to speak with me, he will send for me in the hostel.

As a refugee here I don't have any right or privilege to any thing be it money or whatever because it is against the law of this country.I want to go back to my studies because I only attended my first year before the tragic incident that lead to my being in this situation now took place.

Please listen to this,I have my late father's statement of account and death certificate here with me which I will send to you latter,because when he was alive he deposited some amount of money in a leading bank in London which he used my name as the next of kin,the amount in question is $5.3m(Five Million three Hundred Thousand US Dollars).

So I will like you to help me transfer this money to your account and from it I can travel to meet you and live there with you. I kept this secret to people in the camp here the only person that knows about it is the Reverend because he is like a father to me.

So in the light of above I will like you to keep it to yourself and don't tell it to anyone for I am afraid of loosing my life and the money if people gets to know about it. Remember I am giving you all these information due to the trust I deposed on you.I like honest, understanding and God fearing people,truthful and a man of vision, and hardworking.

My favorite language is English. Meanwhile I will like you to call me like I said I have a lot to tell you.

Have a nice day and think about me.

Awaiting to hear from you soonest

Thanks and remain blessed

Yours in love,

Safiu

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Another Scam: Chase Bank

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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29.12.08

Another Scam: "I am Miss SAFIU WANGA..."


My dear

How are you today? i am very happy for your response to the email i sent to you in your address at the site.I am Miss SAFIU WANGA Age 22 ft 5/6 wt 59.I am the only daughter of Late Dr WAZIRI WANGA from Sudan in Africa,who died as a result of the war in my country .My father was the Parliament Leader of the parliament. he is the owner of Wanga minerals (LTD) before he was assassinated alongside with my mother on a cold blood one morning.

But i managed to escape for my dear life and ran into a neighboring country,(Dakar) the capital of (Senegal) with the help of the United Nations peace keeping force and I am residing here now as a refugee.

Meanwhile,I am writing to you now in a Reverend computer and will like to know you the more before we move forward from here!.

I will like to know what you do for a living,remember that you caught my attention in that site that was why i wrote you at the first time.Here is one of my pictures i came here with,i will show you more of me when i know and see yours.Awaiting for your reply soonest!

from my heart .

Safiu

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6.12.08

Another Scam: "Urgent Business Proposal"

Greetings!

Hang-Seng-URGENT BUSINESS PROPOSAL......

It is understandable that you might be a little bit apprehensive because
you do not know me, Please forgive this unusual manner to contact you, but
this particular letter/email is of exceptional and very private nature,as by
virtue of my vantage position in Hang Seng Bank Ltd -Hong Kong i have a
lucrative business proposal of mutual interest to share with you.There is no
way for me to know whether I will be properly understood, but it is my duty
to write and reach out to you,TRUSTING that you will give this proposal a
positive consideration.

I am Mr.P. Lee a South Korean,54 years old and happily married with
children, and i am a Director of Hang Seng Bank Ltd,in charge of the
International Remittance department.I will need you to assist me in
executing a business project from our bank worth US$25.5 Million.These funds
were deposited with our bank by a customer of our bank who is a
national{citizen} of your country,who unfortunately died in the December
2004 Asia Tsunami disaster .

For more on this natural disaster click on these links:-

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4530000/newsid_4537600/4537601.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4381395.stm

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/30/international/worldspecial4/30quake.html?
_r=1&scp=10&sq=2004%20tsunami&st=cse&oref=slogin

http://www.globalsecurity.org/eye/andaman-us.htm

The deceased account has been declared dormants since 2006 and these funds
will be confiscated/declared unserviceable and turned over to the Hong Kong
government if the deceased business associates or next-of-kin did not claim
this money;since all efforts to trace any living relative of the deceased
proved abortive,i have decided that i will have you claim this money as the
deceased business associate/or next-of-kin,since you are from the same
country and perhaps have some similarities in certain areas.Everything
concerning this transaction shall be LEGALLY done without hitch,as i was
the deceased account Officer and all the relevant documents of this deposit
were kept under my care.

Please endeavour to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning
this issue,as i hope that you are a sincere,honest,matured person and above
all TRUSTWORTHY.Once the funds have been successfully transferred into your
account, we shall share it in a ratio of 30% for you,65% for me and my
assocaites in the bank and the reminder 5% to take care of contingencies.

I will prefer you reach me on my private email address
below:{ptchunglee@aim.com) and finally after that I shall furnish you with
more information about this operation.I am counting on your anticipated
co-operation for a successful and hitch free business transaction between
us,that will be mutually beneficial,for a start oblige me these
information:-

1.Your Full name{s}:-

2.Current contact address:-

3.Your present Occupation:-

4.Your age:-

5.Contact phone numbers{Office and Mobile{cell}:-

Please if you are not interested delete this email and do not hurt me
because I am putting my career and the life of my family at stake with this
venture.Although nothing ventured is nothing gained,as it is said,the taste
of the pudding is in the eating,do give this proposal SERIOUS AND POSITIVE
CONSIDERATION.

Your earliest response to this letter will be highly appreciated.

Kind regards,

Mr.Pt. Lee
Hang Seng Bank Limited
Hong Kong.{Asia}
www.hangseng.com
Tel/Fax:-852-3017 6607

Email:-ptchunglee@aim.com ////// ptchunglee@aim.com

PS:---PLEASE SEND YOUR REPLY TO US STRICTLY THROUGH THIS EMAIL ADDRESS FOR
SECURITY/PRIVACY REASONS:---ptchunglee@aim.com

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