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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Have you lost money due to a scam?

Email: with a description of how the scam worked (i.e., what happened exactly), and we will try to (a) locate the scam artist(s), (b) work with law enforcement to expedite prosecution, and (c) help you get some - or all - of your money back.


Another Scam: "My name is issabella Konte..."

My Dearest
I am very happy to recive your mails, in fact that it makes me feel ok every time i think of you, i beleive now that i still have someone in you who can be caring, loving and close to me. I am 24 years old and from the Republic of Liberia in west Africa . I want to tell you why i am in dakar and i am also asking for your assistance so that, i can recover this money back.

My name is issabella Konte as you have known, i am the only daugther of Dr. Gilbert Konte. My father is now late, was one of the top officials in the goverment of Charles Taylor. My late father was the interior Minister for finance during the government of formal president Charles Taylor who is now in exile after many innocent souls were killed. Since then and after the govermenet of Charles Taylor my father has had enemies who has being trying to kill or assisinate him.

On that fatefull day i was just like a person who's life has finished on this earth seing my father and pregnant mother being killed in minute by unknown people who shot my parents with gun. Darling infact, i do not like telling this story because it causes me a lot of cries all the day. It was by the help of a Rev father that i was her in the Refegee camp here in Dakar, Republic of sengal i was being helped and brought here in Dakar Senegal. On my coming to Senegal, i take the documents of my father which is in my possesion now. So my darling i am asking for your assistance in the area of my future investment and also for a help hand over some huge amount of money in my possession. This money (US7.7 Million) is deposited in a Bank in Europe some years ago by my father he made me the sole beneficiary . I am now asking you to stand on my behalf to make this claim,to stand as my husband and as my partner oversea so that we can get this money and use it together as investment as well.
As I have said , i have the documents and I will make the procedure to this issue to be well know to you,if I am given the opportunity to do so. Please, attach your direct and full information as you reply to me soonest, reply my dear.

I am taking you as my everything in life and i hope that you will help me so that we can start a better living and i come over to meet you. I will be waiting to hear from you soonest. My darling, i still love you and i mean it and that is why i tell you this so that you can help me and after i can come and join you over there.
I hope to hear from you soonest,
Yours issabella

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Another Scam: from Mr. Dan Sene


I am Mr Dan Sene, personal Assistant to the Branch Manager of Africa Development Bank (A.D.B) Ouagadougou Burkina Faso I want to inquire from you if you can handle this transaction for mutual benefits/life opportunity for you and me.

The transaction is about seeking your consent to present you as the next of kin/ beneficiary of the US$5.5 million dollars,In one of our foreign customer account, who is an investor, Gold Merchant and Federal Government contractor.(Dr. Ahmed Khan. From Iraq) who died along with his entire family during the Iraq war,in 2006.

The Fund is currently in a suspense account awaiting claim, the bank made a public notice that they are ready to release this fund to any of his relatives abroad.

In that regard, i decided to seek your consent for this prospective opportunity.
Have it at the back of your mind, that the transaction does not involve any risk and does not need much engagement from you, since i am familiar with this kind of transaction being an insider. Necessary modalities will be worked out to enable us carry out the fund claim under a legitimate arrangement.

I have resolved to offer you 50% of the total fund, we are going to shear the expenses that maybe incurred during the process of executing this transaction and 50% percent for me. I will give you more details about the transaction when I receive your return message.

I'm waiting to hear from you soon.

My Sincere regards,
Mr. Dan Sene.

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