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: From "Dr. FUNG Victor Kwok King"

Dr. FUNG Victor Kwok King

Director Bank of China

International Remittance Department

Hong Kong.{ Asia }


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 Bank of China
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 Dr. FUNG Victor Kwok King I am 63 years old and happily married with grown-up children,
and i am an Independent Non-executive Director and a member of the Audit Committee and Nomination
and Remuneration Committee of the Company and Director of Bank of China Hong Kong in charge of the
International Remittance department. I will need you to assist me in executing a business project from
our bank worth US$30.5 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:-

The deceased account has been declared dormant 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 endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue, as i hope that you are
a sincere, honest and 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 associates in the bank and the reminder 5% to take care of contingencies.

I will prefer you reach me on my private email address below :{ 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, which 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

Your earliest response to this letter will be highly appreciated.

Kind regards,

Dr. FUNG Victor Kwok King

Director Bank of China

International Remittance Department

Hong Kong.{ Asia }



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Another Scam: From "Mr. ALIDOU BALARE"



I am Mr. ALIDOU BALARE, Manager Audit Accounting Department BANK OF AFRICA ( B.O.A ) Now i have the intent to contact you over this financial transaction worth the sum of Twelve Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($12.8m)for our mutual benefit.
this is an abandoned fund that belonged to one of our foriegn customers who died along with his entire family through plane crash disaster since few years ago.

meanwhile i was very fortunate to come across the deceased file when i was arranging the old and abandoned customers file inoder to sign and submit to the entire bank management for an official re-documentation and audit of the year against 2010. be informed clearly that it was stated in our banking rules and regulations which was signed lawfully that if such fund remains unclaimed till the period of some yaers starting from the date of death of the customer,the money will be transfered into the bank treasury as an unclaimed fund.

As an honour and advantage bestowed to our foriegn customers base on the rules guiding our bank, it was stated obviously that if you are not a citizen of Burkina-Faso,you have the absolute authority to claim the fund hence you are a foriegner despite your differences from country oforigin of the deceased.

on the transfer of this fund into your account,(40%) will be your share in respect of the account provision and your assistance rendered during the transfer of the fund into your bank account,(50%)will be my share being the coorfdinator and pillar of the transaction while the rest (10%)will be shared to the respectable charity homes which has been my second dream to be of help to humanity.

Now,if you are really sure of your trustworthy,accountability and
confidentiality on this transaction without dissapointment, reply with the assurance, come up with the information showed below and call me +226 787 62 077 .

1)YOUR FULL NAME............................
2)YOUR AGE...........................
3)MARITAL STATUS...........................
4)YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER............................
5)YOUR FAX NUMBER............................
6)YOUR COUNTRY...........................
7)YOUR OCCUPATION............................
9)YOUR RELIGION................
10)YOUR PRIVATE E-MAIL.....................

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Another Scam: From "Mr. Umaru Duru"


Thank you for your reply. I appreciate your readiness to assist me in this transaction. I need a firm assurance that you will follow up this transaction and will not betray me when finally this fund is transferred into your designated account.

Meanwhile, be properly informed that I was the account officer to the deceased customer and I stand to guide and give you detailed information’s that may be requested from you by the bank and be rest assured that this transaction will benefit both of us and you have no cause to entertain any fear of illegality . In this transaction, we shall require the services of a legal practitioner here in Burkina Faso to represent you and also get necessary documents from the appropriate ministries to back this claim.

Note that if you follow my advice and guide in this transaction, this transfer process will be completed in less than 14 days.

Please send me the following information’s bellow urgently and call me. This data’s will be used to fill an application form of claim and submit to the bank for processing, approval and transfer of this fund into your designated account.

The amount involved is $4 Million USA Dollars deposited in Bank of Africa where i am presently working. On successful completion of this transaction, you will have 30% of the total sum as your share after all expenses made has been deducted.

I will from time to time guide you from any questions that may arise.

1 Your full name

2. Contact address

3. Occupation

4. Age

5. Telephone.

Waiting for your information’s and reply urgently.


Mr. Umaru Duru

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Another Scam: "I will like you to help me transfer this money into your account..."

Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 03:53:36 -0700

Dearest darling
I am glad to write to you with the given opportunity that i have now in the camp to read my mail. Hope you are fine?Mine is boring here.

I thank God for you.Your message was a bit relief to me. May God protect you for me.I am so happy and glad to receive your mail today as i had the little opportunity to read my mail, and really appreciate your open mindedness with the ability you have to tell me more about you.I know that this might come as a surprise to you, i am writing this with agony and tears in my heart because of my present condition never wanted to disclose this to anybody but considering my present condition i do not have any other choice than to express my feelings to you which i am pleading you with all my heart to keep it secret and help me and also i really cares for your sincerity and heart of love. Honey,I was really touched by my spirit after reading your mail which you send to me,i came to believe that both of us are made for each other.With all my heart of love.

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 Father in charge of our every morning devotion here in the camp as i told you earlier( CHRIST DE SAVIOR MISSION).He has been very nice to me since in my suffering condition here and i take him as my father.The Reverend Father's Tel number is (+221-773 740 533)I will like you to call me with his number and when you call tell him that you want to speak with Jene wanga the Sudan girl he will send for me in the hostel to come and answer your call so that we will discuss more on phone,i am the only Sudan girl in this camp.

When my father 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 $5.3(Five Million three Hundred Thousand US Dollars).and like i told you earlier i am the only serving one in my family after the miserable incidence occurred,i only made away with my late father's statement of account covering the money in the bank and death certificate which is here with me which I will send to you latter if the bank requested for it from us,

So I will like you to help me transfer this money into your account over there so that after the money is transferre you will send me some money to prepare my traveling documents in joining you over there in my dream country to live a better life. I kept this secret to people in the camp here,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.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.

Remember I am giving you all these information due to the trust I have in 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 blesses
Yours in love Jene.

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Another Scam: From Mr. Edward Tan

From: Mr. Edward Tan
Date: 02/06/2010

Good day and may the blessings of this day rest on you, hope you are in good health? Please do not take this unserious, i plead your pardon for my approach, ok. My name is Mr. Edward Tan. I trained and work as an external auditor for the Development Bank of Singapore (DBS). I had taken pains to find your contact through personal endeavors.

A foreigner with thesame last name as yours, died here in Singapore, twelve years ago leaving behind an estate/capital (US$31.8M with interest) here in DBS where I work, till date nobody has come forward or put application for the claim.

I can confirm with certainty that the said investor died intestate, no next-of-kin to his estate and no body came forward all these years. I am of the settled conviction that using my insider leverage, I, working with you can secure the funds in the account for us instead of allowing it pass as unclaimed funds into the coffers of the Government of Singapore. This is especially possible as you bear the same LAST NAME to the said investor, of course you shall be handsomely rewarded for your part in this transaction as me and my colleague are prepared to allocate a 20% of the total funds for your efforts.

Affirm your willingness and cooperation please,by replying me stating your FULL NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, TELEPHONE NUMBER, FAX NUMBER, AND CONTACT ADDRESS.

I do expect you prompt response.

Thank you,
Mr. E. Tan.

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