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: "ROHM CO., LTD. is a manufacturing company..."

Address Head Office / 21 Saiin Mizosaki-cho,
Kyoto 615-8585, Japan

Attention: Counsel,

ROHM CO., LTD. is a manufacturing company with its head office in Malaysia , and branches all over Asia continent. The management of ROHM CO., LTD. requires your legal representation for our American delinquent customers.

We are looking for a reputable attorney to represent us in America in order for us to recover monies due to our organization by overseas customers, and as well follow up with these accounts. In order to achieve these objectives a good and reputable law firm will be required to handle this service.

We understand that a proper Attorney client agreement must be
entered into by both parties. Your consideration of our request is highly anticipated, and we look forward to your prompt response.

Yours Truly,

Mr.. Ken Sato
President President & CEO


Another Scam: "My name is Rajkumar Agarwal from India..."

Dear beloved

I greet you in the name of God Almighty. I got your contact through prayers and painstaking efforts in my search for a reliable and God fearing person to help me carry out my last wish. My name is Rajkumar Agarwal from India presently; I am in London where I am receiving medical care. Prior to my ailment, I was a merchant and business owner in Malaysia and Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. I was also married with five children. My wife and five children died in a bomb blast in Iraq where they reside four years ago. Before this happened, my business and concern for making money was all I lived for. I never really cared about other values in life. But since the loss of my family, I have found a new desire to assist helpless families.

I have been helping orphans in orphanage/motherless homes. I have also donated some money for humanitarian needs in some African countries. Only recently, I saw on television the colossal loss of properties and livelihood of people in Canberra, Australia through Water flood.

I was moved with great pity and compassion that I decided to make a contribution on assisting people over there, before I became ill, I kept $20,000,000 Million in a finance company. Presently, I'm in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few weeks to live.

It is my last wish to see this money distributed to the needy and other charity organizations. Because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my illness, I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them. Please, I beg you in the name of God to help me collect the deposit from the finance company and distribute it accordingly. Use your judgment to distribute the money and keep 20% of it to yourself. If you are willing to help, please forward to me your


for easy communication and to prepare the vital documents in your
name as the soul beneficiary of the funds.

Note please reply to my private e-mail address: (

May God Bless you as you assist me in carrying out my last wish.

Rajkumar Agarwal

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Another Scam: "You may not understand why this mail came to you..."

Royaume Mossi

show details 11:02 AM (9 minutes ago)

Follow up message
Dear Beloved,

Receive from my heart,

Compliments of the day.You may not understand why this mail came to you.But if you do not remember me,you have receive an email from me in the past regarding a multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded due to you pulled out of the project prematurely.

I am proudly using this opportunity to inform you that this multi-million-dollar business has been concluded with the assistance of another partner from Spain who financed the transaction to a logical conclusion.I thank you for your great effort.

Though to your effort,sincerity and courage You showed during the course of the transaction.I want to compensate and show my gratitude to you with the sum of $550,000.00(Five Hundred And Fifty Thousand United States Dollars).The certified international bank draft is cash able everywhere in the world.

My dear friend I will like you to contact my Account Officer in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso his name is MRS NDUKA UDOKA,on his direct email address at for the collection of your certified Bank Draft.

I authorized him to release the Bank Draft to you whenever you contact him.At the moment,I'm very busy here because of the investment projects,which I and the new partner are having at hand.Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart,Also comply with MRS NDUKA UDOKA so that he will send the draft to you without any delay.


You should send him your full Name,telephone number and your correct mailing address where you want him to send the draft to you or your account information for depositing the Bank Draft if you desire it that way.Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your Draft.

Thanks and God blessed.

Yours truly,

Mrs.Royaume mossi.
Madrid Spain.

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Another Scam: "...certain commissions must be paid ..."

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--- On Mon, 15/6/09, <> wrote:

From: <>


Tracking Number:


With reference to the delivery of your package, I wish to
bring to your notice that your package has been placed on hold by the
Malaysian customs for some reasons which happened to violates the shipping

As the goods arrived at the Malaysia custom check point, the Malaysian
custom detected that currencies were included in your parcel.

Thereby, certain commissions must be paid as customs duty via us which is
for the immediate clearance of your package .For the main time reference
of tracking on the status" of your package is pending ,this is in
accordance to the mode of operations in the Cargo sector for financial
assets. delivery . We have already taken order number for this package
from the custom.

You are required to follow all instructions giving to you to facilitate the
release of your package. To do this, you are required to pay the required
charges listed below for the immediate release of your package. Upon
confirmation of payment, your package will be delivered to your designated
address above under few hours.

Outstanding Charges:

Administrative .........................$360.

Clearance................................. $550.00

TOTAL = ....................................$910.00

A total of $910.00 (Nine hundred and ten dollars) has been charge. In
acknowledgment to this email, method of payment shall be provided to you.

Thank you, as I hope I have made myself clear to you by this notice as
directed by the management.

For more enquires, Please contact us
Customer care services 00448447744755,
Our delivery Agency Malaysia +60102902586
Australia +61403591134, USA +14074139535

Present your order number when calling so that we may honor your calls. We
are glad to be of service to you


--- On Fri, 12/6/09, <> wrote:

From: <>
Subject: Honey can't wait to see you soon.
Date: Friday, 12 June, 2009, 8:42 PM

Hi Darling,
How are you, tried many times to call you but your line busy, i miss you so
much. I have sent the items to your address through Capital Xpress Cargo courier services. The Items inside are
1) One Blackberry phone
2) Three white Gold Rings and Neck lace and other jewelries i think
you might like
3) 6 Sony Laptops for your brother's cafe.
4) Inside the bag containing the laptop, you will see a letter and the
amount of 4,500 British pounds, i have to put it there due to the fact that i don’t have
your account number and time
to send through western union, we will be sailing
to Germany this night, i called to let you know of the development but could not get through. Keep in touch once you receive them.. please i will
like you to use the sum of 700 pounds to secure a very nice and safe
Hotel for me in your area, and the rest for your shopping, i want you to
look your best before i arrive to Japan.



Track the package to make sure when it gets to your destination, and please
get back to me once you receive the package. If there is anything else you need feel very free to tell me so that i get it for you when coming.
My regards to everyone around u.
I miss you so much and can't wait to see you soon.
LOVE from


n Mon, 15/6/09, <> wrote:

From: <>
Date: Monday, 15 June, 2009, 6:11 PM


You are require to made your clearance payment through (Money gram or
Western Union) For an instant confirmation and the release of your parcel.
Below we enclose payment transfer details.

NAME: Abdullah Hakeem Rahim
ADDRESS: SS4/15 Cyber jaya Kuala Lumpuer Malaysia

Immediately after payment is done, please call or send a scanned copy of
the transfer slip for official recording purposes.
Conclusion: As soon as we receive confirmation and evidence of payment of
the charges, we will dispatch your parcel immediately within few hours.
The expected time of delivery will be sent to you.

Thank you,

For more inquiry Email:
OR dial our delivery Agency Malaysia +60102902586

Present your order number when calling so that we may honor your calls.

We are glad to be of service to you

Another Scam: "My name is Richard Brown ..."

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From: Richard Brown <>
Subject: Hello.
Date: Thursday, 4 June, 2009, 12:15 PM

Hello Dear,
Thanks for your response, I really appreciate.I think its good we tell about ourselves and background so that we can appreciate each and know each other very well. This is a little about me and as time goes on, you will know more.
My name is Richard Brown , i was born on the 26th of April 1970, my parents are from UK but i was born in Malawi where my parents were working as at then, i grew up there till when i was 23 and i was sent to the US to further my education, i finished my masters in Marketing.
My dad had always wanted to be on his own so after saving some money while he was working on contract with Petronas Malaysia, he started his own business which was importation, after schooling, i came to join him. All was was moving well until we embarked on a business that brought us down, my dad went into depression and on the 20th of June 2000, my parents went out on a social gathering and on their way home,they had an accident,that day remains the worst day in my life, my dad died instantly and my mum was physically incapacitated.
Since am the only child, i took control of my mum and what is left out of the business and all has been going well..

With my mum by my side and with the help of friends,i had to continue with what is left out of the business after my dads death and moved on with my life, today, i am fine.Two years ago,i decide to move back to UK and still continued with the business, i live with my mum though she traveled to Malawi to stay with the sister a little, i equally live with my nephew though he is on a special course in US now.

Since we came to the UK, my mum has been asking me to get a wife and that its time to move on and get some one i can grow old with. I like the out door nature, love writing poems though i rarely have time for it, i love football a lot and has Chelsea Football Club as my favorite team, i like taking a walk on the beach, watching movies and many more things you will find out as time goes on.This is all i can tell about my self and family, i do hope you will tell me about your self too. Take care always till i read from you again. Here are my pictures am not photogenic and hope you will take me as i am.

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Another Scam: "We produce and sell JEWELRY and Fabrics of all Kind..."

Dear Sir,

In introduction; I am Mr. Gove Gokomatsu from Hong Kong, CEO/President KIN HING HONG textiles HongKong/Dubia. We produce and sell JEWELRY and Fabrics of all Kind. And I am looking for a trustworthy representative in USA, CANADA and EUROPE that can help as a link between me and my client over There.

I would like to know if you are interested to work from home/office for us. KIN HING HONG Textile LTD. Needs a book-keeper or representative in USA, CANADA and EUROPE so I want to know if you will like to work online from home and get paid weekly without leaving or affecting your present job. I presently run a textile company in Hong Kong and we need someone to work for the company as a representative / book keeper, receive payment and payout to our payment collection centre.

My company also produces various clothing materials, batiks, assorted fabrics and traditional costumes. We have clients all over the world we supply weekly. Also most of the customers make payments for supplies every week. So we need someone in USA, CANADA and EUROPE to work as our representative and assist us in processing the payments from our clients and I will pay him / her weekly wage, by percentage this will enable our cash to flow more quickly and therefore would not tie down our capital. We would be happy to employ you on a contract basis to be our payment representative.

Sincerely, you are not going to face any risk in rendering assistance. AND PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAN YOU ARE NOT SPENDING ANY MONEY ON THIS AND I WILL OFFER YOU 10% OF THE MONEY YOU RECEIVE.

But we have a problem that is setting us back. We have some problem transferring our payments from our clients.

The international money transfer tax for legal entities (companies) in Hong Kong is 25%, whereas for the individual, it is only 7%. There is no sense for us to work this way, while tax for international money transfer made by a private individual is 7%. That is why we need you! We need agents to receive payment for our textiles (bank wire transfers or International banker’s checks) from our client’s abroad, process and Resend the funds to us payment collection centre. This way we will save money because of tax decreasing.


1. Receive payment from Clients/Customer.
2. Deduct 10% which will be your percentage / pay on Payment
4. Forward balance to our payment collection centre worldwide.


10% from each operation! For instance: you receive $70,000USD from our customers, you will keep 10% of $70,000USD, which is $7,000USD for yourself! At the beginning your commission will equal 10%, through later it will increase up to 12%- 15%! Advantage.

You do not have to go out, as you will work as an independent contractor right from your home or office. Your job is absolutely legal. You can earn up to $7,000USD monthly depending on time you will spend for this job. You do not need any capital to start. You can do the Work easily without leaving or affecting your present Job. The employees who make efforts and work hard have a strong possibility to become managers. Anyway our employees never leave us.


(1) .18 years or older legally capable, responsible and ready to work 3-4 hours per week.
(2). You must have computer knowledge, e-mail and Internet experience (minimal).
And please know that everything is absolutely legal, that is why you have to fill a contract!
Our payments will be transfer into your account or issue out to your address. More especially you stand the chance of becoming a member of our management team after the full establishment of our company in the USA, CANADA and UK in 2009 JUNE.

Kindly fill the form below and get back to us immediately with your information immediately.


EMPLOYMENT FORM Reference No:- LSLCA/2031/ 8161/05 Batch No:- R4/A313/2-60

FULL NAME ......................................
ADDRESS ........................................
CITY .................................................
POSTAL CODE ........................................
COUNTRY ..........................................
PHONE NUMBER ..........................
AGE .............................................
MARITAL STATUS ........................
SEX ...............................................
EMAIL ADDRESS ..............................

Thanks and God Bless.

NB: Please all replies should be sent within 3 days from the day you receive our message ... Thanks and I await your quick response.

Mr Gove Gokomatsu
KIN HING HONG textiles
LTD207-129 Yu Chau Street,
Shamshuipo, Kowloon,
Hong Kong
Tel / Fax: 852-301-40145

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Another Scam: Justina Martins

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My Dearest Love,

Thanks for your mail and understanding, I will really like to have a good relationship with you. I promise you all that makes up a defined and a refined Love and I have a special reason why I decided to contact you.

I am Miss justina Martin OLDS 25 years old, a citizen of Zimbabwe, the daughter of late MR.MARTIN OLDS (A Farmer ) who was murdered in a land dispute in ZIMBABWE.
I decided to contact you because of the urgency of my miserable situation here. My late father was among the few black Zimbabwean rich farmers murdered in cold blood by the defaunt agents of the ruling government of President ROBERT MUGABE for his alleged support and sympathy for Zimbabwean opposition party.

This land problem arose when President R. MUGABE introduced a new land Act, which wholly affects the white rich farmers and some few blacks vehemently condemned the 'MODUS OPERANDI' adopted by the government.

I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment I am receiving from my step mother. She planned to take away all my late father's treasury and properties from me since the unexpected death of my beloved Father.

Meanwhile I wanted to escape to the Europe , but she hide away my international passport and other valuable travelling documents. Luckly she did not discover where I kept my fathers File which contains important documents. So I decided to run to the Refugee Camp where I am presently seeking asylum under the United Nations High Commission for the Refugee herein Dakar Republic of Senegal. I wish to contact you personally for a long term business relationship and investment assistance in your Country.

My father of blessed memory deposited the sum of Six Million Five Hundred Thousand USD (US$6,500,000.00) in Bank with my name as the next of kin. However, I shall forward you with the necessary documents on confirmation of your acceptance to assist me for the transfer and investment of the fund. As you will help me in an investment, and I will like to complete my studies, as I was in my 1st year in the university, when the crisis started.

It is my intention to compensate you with 10% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my investment capital. This is the reason why I decided to contact you. Please all communications should be through this email address only for confidential purposes.

As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest I will put things into action immediately. In the light of the above, I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely. I am staying at the female hostel.

Awaiting your urgent and positive response. Please do keep this only to your self please I begg you not to disclose it to anybody for security purposes.

I promise you my sincerity and honest over this our relationship and will always love you forever. I expect your honest and earnest affection. I let fate and coincidence rule how I live and what happens to me.

Many deep kisses and happy hugs.

Yours Sincerely,

Miss Justina Martins OLDS
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Another Scam: Appeal For Urgent Assistance

Re: From: Florence Adams,
Country: Ivory Coast,
Location: West Africa.
Appeal For Urgent Assistance
I am writting this letter with due respect and heartful of tears since we have not known or met ourselves previously. I got your contact informations through site and decided to contact you, hoping that by Almighty God grace, you will successfully assist me out from my situations after seven days of prayer and fasting over seeking for an overseas guardance. I am Miss Florence Adams ( 22 years old ). The only daughter of late Chief Jeseph Adams, who was a famous and wealthy cocoa and gold merchant base in Abidjan, the econimic capital of Ivory Coast located in West Africa.
My father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip. My mother died when i was a baby and since then, my father took me so special. Before he he died, he secrectly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of ($10,500,000.00 USD ).Ten million, five hundred thousand united state dollars, deposited in fixed / suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan, that he used my name as his only daughter for the next of kin.
I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business. I am seeking your urgent attention to help me transfer the sum into your bank account for an investment purposes, Such as real estates management and stock market business. I want you to help me invest this money in your country and help me to locate a nice school to continue my education in your country. I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as compensation for your urgent assistance to me immediately after the transfer of the fund into your bank account in your Country. Email me on ( ) for more details.
Yours sincerely,
Florence Adams.

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Another Scam: "I shall give you a Certificate of incorporation & a Letter of Claim ..."

I here below write down the explanatory details:

A. I shall give you a 'Certificate of incorporation & a Letter of Claim' which you shall send to the bank authorities here in Africa. It is with the Certificate of incorporation & claim letter can an official claim of Inheritance be put and achieved over the account holding the US$5.5M.

B. You shall provide a bank account as to where the US$5.5M will be transferred to. You can open up a new bank account or you can use a bank account that you already have. You can use your business account or your personal account for this purpose, all I beckon is for a reliable bank account from your side.

C. Throughout the process and duration of this transaction I shall be your instructor and guidiance so as to ensure the successful claim of inheritance and transfer of the subject fund to your bank account without hitch.

D. You shall aid me in the field of investment projects since I am inexperienced in commerce & investment affairs.

Please for proper commencement, send to me these personal information of yours:

1.Your name in full(First,second & last name)
2.Your house address.
3.Your direct telephone number.
4.Your marital status.
5.Your age.

This inheritance claim process and the fund transfer exercise will take only 7days to be accomplished. On a sound note of certainty, I assure you of success in this monetary transaction, I await your urgent response.

Mr.Royaume Mossi.
+226 78268321 My 24Hours Tel.

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Another Scam: "I came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased customer in a plane crash ..."

Please reply...

During my investigation and auditing in this Bank here in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso west africa, I came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased customer 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 my discovery to this development. the said amount was US$5.5m (Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)

It is therefore upon this that I now decided to make this business proposal to you so that the money could be released 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 request for a foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and as such a Burkina be cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner. i agree that 40% of this money will be for you as a foreign partner in respect to the provision of a foreign account, 60% would be for me.

There after I will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated. Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged,I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer.

As soon as you finish reading this email for more details. This is the site of the plane crash: trusting to hear from you immediately.pls reply

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Royaume Mossi

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