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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 Mr.Harji Kabore

From : Mr.Harji Kabore
Senior Auditor Foreign Remittance Unit .
Bank Of Africa.(BOA) Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso.
West Africa.

Dear Sir/Madam,
Confidential Business Proposal!!

I am Mr.Harji Kabore, the senior Auditor In charge of ForeignRemittance Unit of our bank and I decided to contact you for thisfinancial transaction worth Eigth million Three hundrend thounsandDollars ($8.3Million USD) for our present and future success.
This is an abandoned fund that belongs to one of our bank foreigncustomers who died along with his entire family through plane crash indecember 2007.You can see the website link below.
Meanwhile I was very fortunate to come across the deceased file when Iwas arranging the old and abandoned customers files in other to signand submit to the entire bank management an official re-documentationand to the law imposed by the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown saidin World Press Confrerence on Tuesday 6 december 2005 at 12:18 GMT Formore information about the prime Minister decision on dormant accountsvisit:

audit of the year against 2006.informed clearly that it was stated inour foreign banking rules and regulations which was signed lawfullythat if such fund remains unclaimed till the period of 3 years startedfrom the date when the beneficiary died, the money will be transferredinto the Goverment treasury as an unclaimed fund. However,it is not authorized by the rules guiding our bank for a citizen ofBurkina Faso to make the claim of the fund unless you are a foreigner,no matter the country you come from. So the request of you as a foreigner is necessary to apply for theclaim and transfer of the fund
 smoothly into your reliable bank accountas the next of kin to the deceased.

After the end of the business,

We shall agree that { 40% } FourtyPercent will be for you in respect of all your assistance for thistransaction and { 5% } Will be for the incurred expenses that will bemade, then { 55% } Fifty- Five Percent will be for me being the pioneerof the business . If you are really sure of your Trust worthiness, Accountability andconfidentiality on this transaction, contact me and accept not tochange your mind to cheat, or disappoint me when the deposited funds isreleased to you by our bank. So reply for the assurance with thisnecessary informations to facilitate an easy communication through myprivate email address :..(

1.Full Name:............................................
2.Full Address:..........................................
3.Telephone number :..................................

4.Country :....................................................
7.send your picture................................................

As soon as you reply, you notify me so that I will let you know thenext steps and procedures to follow in order to finalize thistransaction immediately.
I expect your urgent communication.

Yours sincerely,
Mr.Harji Kabore.
Senior Auditor Foreign Remittance Unit .
Bank Of Africa.(BOA)

Another Scam: From mercy jamal


show details 10:28 AM (22 hours ago)

My Dear,
Warm greetings from me,

I apologise for intruding into your privacy, since we don’t know each other, but pay attention and understand my reason of contacting you Please don't be angry with me my Dear if you see this message in Spam of your mailbox, it will be because I sent it with low internet connection.

i am happy to get in contact with you after my prayer to god for a direction to find a nice  trusted and sincere reliable friend I was motivated to write to you after seen your contact
,I know that this email will meet you in a good health and also surprised but God have his own way of bringing people together my dear. i am hear to seek your advice of which i know that it will helps me to overcome my situation,

i am presently single above all God fearing girl,My dearest,In your usual time, may it please you to write me back in my email address. So that i will explain more about myself,my details,my pictures and purpose of writing to you.Please do not neglect a humble and lonely heart that seeks your love.A good friendship is the foundation build on other relative things to come. May God bless you as i wait impatiently to hear from you.Thanks and remain blessed
Yours mercy jamal.

Another Scam: From Yusuf Amodu

Yusuf Amodu

show details 3:05 PM (18 hours ago)



I work with a bank In West Africa, Burkina Faso .I have a business transaction for you.

In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $10.5 Million US Dollars .In an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entire family in car bomb in Iraq.

Since his supposed next of kin died along side with him at the Bomb blast, there is nobody to claim the left over balance in the account. It is therefore upon this discovery that I and other officials in my department decided to seek your assistance and present you to the bank as his Next of kin.

If you accept I would give you the guide lines of how we can achieve this transfer of the balance (10.5Million Dollars) to your account. And we will shear the money 50-50%.

I expect that you will give me your telephone and fax numbers for easy communication with you and for more details.

Best Regards
Mr Yusuf Amodu

Another Scam: Microsoft Corporation

© 2010 Microsoft AOL Corporation

show details 11:32 PM (9 hours ago)

Dear Beneficiary,

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725,989,087 for the yearly Anniversary Draws, which participants for the
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Your email address have been selected in the AOL/MICROSOFT 2010 lottery
promotion, you have a winning prize of £ 900,000 ( Nine Hundred Thousand
British Pounds) as one of the jackpot winner in this draw.

Please be informed by this winning notification to file your claims
immediately. Contact your referred agent with your verification
information as required on the form below:

Address:  26 High Street Starbeck Harrogate North Yorkshire, England HG2 7HY
Referred Agent : Mr . Paul Chadwick
Tel: +44-702 409 4558

Name: ..................................
Country of Origin.......................
Place of Residence......................
Winning Email ID........................

You have Two (2) weeks from the date of this publication to claim your
prize or you may forfeit your winnings. Thank you for being part of our
commemorative Anniversary Draws.


Mrs. Susan Alex
Public Relations Officer
© 2010 Microsoft Corporation

Another Scam: From MR GAMMA MARTINS

MOBIL NUMBER +226 78791749
I am MR GAMMA MARTINS. the manager Audit & Accounts dept. in the African Development Banke Du Burkina  Faso  (ADB). I am writing to request your assistance to transfer the sum of $15.5, million, dollars) into your accounts. 
The above sum belongs to our deceased customer late Mr  Jose Galays  Sau from  Peru  who died along with his entire family in the Benin plane crash 2004 and since then the fund has been in a suspenseaccount. 
After my further investigation, I discovered that Mr  Jose Galays  Sau died with his next of kin and according to the laws and constitution guiding this banking institution stated that after the expiration of (7)  seaven years, if no body or person comes for the claim as the next of kin, the fund will be channel into national treasury as unclaimed fund. Because of the static of this transaction I want you to stand as the next of kin so that our bank will accord you therecognition and have the fund transfer to your account.  
The total sum will be shared as follows: 60% for me, 40% for you and expenses incidental occur during the transfer will be incur by both of us. The transfer is risk free on both sides hence you are going to follow my instruction till the fund transfer to your account.  
More details information with the text of application form will be forwarded to you to breakdown explaining Comprehensively what Require of you.  
(1) Your Full Name............................ 
(2) Your Sex................................. 
(3) Your Age................................. 
(4) Your Country.............................. 
(5) Passport / driving license.......  
(6) Marital Status...................... 
(7) Your Occupation.......................... 
(8) Your Personal Mobile Number.................... 
(9) Your Personal Fax Number...................... 
MR GAMMA MARTINS. Audits & Accounts Manager 
 +226 78791749   +226 78791749


Another Scam: From Mr. Kuna


show details 7:35 PM (14 hours ago)

Hi, Your compensation

I'm sorry but happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from paraguay though i tried my best to involve you in the businnes but God decided the whole situations. Presently i'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile,i didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.

Now contact my Pastor my secretary in Burkina faso his name is Pastor
kevin Bow, his e-mail address below (
Ask him to send you the total of $900.000.00 which i kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. so feel free and get in touched with my secretary Pastor kevin Bow and instruct him where to send the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at that time. in the moment, I'm very busy here because of the investment projects which I and the new partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with pastor kevin Bow . He will send the amount to you without any delay.
Your's Brother.

Mr Kuna

Another Scam: From Mr.Bona Frank


show details 8:07 PM (13 hours ago)

Warning: This message may not be from whom it claims to be. Beware of following any links in it or of providing the sender with any personal information.  Learn more


I am Mr.Bona Frank , business consultant based and doing business here in West Africa. Presently, I have some interested Government official here in West Africa that is seeking for investment partnership with your organization. As a matter of trust they need someone to guide them explore other available investment opportunities in your country and they also need  your business knowledge and connection to successfully explore this venture. Can you be of any assistance to them?

I obtained your contact via personal internet search because of confidentiality we need for this money related business.I regret any form of perceived intrusion into your privacy.I represent the interest of a top government official here in West African country.  He is currently working for the government but hope to retire in two to three years from now.  I am  confidentially engaged by him and entrusted with the responsibility of locating a capable overseas partner with whom we can work to discretely move a large sum of money.

The said money was earned through private commission from government contracts, royalties from mining and exploration rights. Our goal is to transfer the money out of West Africa as soon as possible, in view of adverse political/economic situation here, then work with our overseas partner for setting up business or investing the money there in your country.We have concluded arrangements to move the funds through special transfer operation via a private security/finance company account.
Your role will be to provide the necessary assistance/logistics for transferring the (US$11,5 million) money to your  country. You are also expected to protect our interest over the money transferred and further assist with locating and  putting the money into profitable areas of investments on our behalf in your country.I have to remark that this is a serious  undertaking; despite the manner I contacted you for it, because we need confidentiality.
We are ready to pay you 20% as commission for the business after conclusion of the transfer successfully with your kind assistance.

I am looking for a mature and serious business person with the necessary capability and connections in his  country to work with on this proposal. If you can handle what I have explained above, I appreciate it, and please contact me  with your confirmation.
So reply for the assurance with this necessary information's to facilitate an easy communication.


1.FULL NAME..........
3.YOUR AGE......
4.YOUR SEX.........
8.MARITAL STATUS............

I await your confirmation of my message while praying that this will be the beginning of a long life partnership between us.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Yours faithfully,
Mr.Bona Frank.
Business Consultant



Avoid This Scam: From JOSE MORA

jose mora

show details 3:52 PM (17 hours ago)

Please my good friend,
 I am the General Audit Manager, Accounts Department in our bank. I have the opportunity of transferring the sum of(20million USD). This fund originally belonged to one of our bank
Customer who died in the year 2002.

My request for foreigner to stand as next of kin in this business is because the fact that the customer is a foreigner. Based on the fact that this is a deal, I propose that 50% of this fund for you and 50% for me. I will give more detail of the transfer process as soon as you show your interest in this transaction. Email: 


Avoid This Scam: From "mercy jamal"


show details 4:00 PM (17 hours ago)

My Dear,
Warm greetings from me,

I apologise for intruding into your privacy, since we don’t know each other, but pay attention and understand my reason of contacting you Please don't be angry with me my Dear if you see this message in Spam of your mailbox, it will be because I sent it with low internet connection.

i am happy to get in contact with you after my prayer to god for a direction to find a nice trusted and sincere reliable friend I was motivated to write to you after seen your contact,I know that this email will meet you in a good health and also surprised but God have his own way of bringing people together my dear. i am hear to seek your advice of which i know that it will helps me to overcome my situation,

i am presently single above all God fearing girl,My dearest,In your usual time, may it please you to write me back in my email address. So that i will explain more about myself,my details,my pictures and purpose of writing to you.Please do not neglect a humble and lonely heart that seeks your love.A good friendship is the foundation build on other relative things to come. May God bless you as i wait impatiently to hear from you.Thanks and remain blessed
Yours mercy jamal.

Avoid This Scam: From Mr Alpha Campoare

Alpha Campoare

show details 9:43 PM (11 hours ago)

Dear Friend,

This message might meet you in utmost surprise, however, it’s just my urgent need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction. I am a banker by profession from Burkina Faso in West Africa and currently holding the post of Director Auditing and Accounting unit of the bank.

I have the opportunity of transferring the left over funds ($12.5million) of one of my bank clients who died along with his entire family on 31 July 2000 in a plane crash. You can confirm the geniuses of the deceased death by clicking on this web site

+ 226 76 64 40 00.
Your Faithfully
Mr Alpha Campoare
Age :57 years.

Home Address:10-12/avenue.Kanazoe.
B:P 1508
Ouaga. Burkina-faso
+ 226 76 64 40 00.

Hence, I am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be shared between us in the ratio of 60/40. send your private phone number to call you, If you agree to my business proposal. Further details of the transfer will be forwarded to you as soon as I receive your return mail. Have a great day.


Another Scam: From Mr.J.Chan


 to me
show details 8:39 PM (13 hours ago)


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.J. Chan a South Korean and one of the Director of Hang Seng Bank
Limited here in Hong-Kong. 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/region, 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 relations or business associates 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/region 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.

I will in the course of this transaction sends to you all of my legal and
valid Identities {I.D}, and also our bank web site, where you can see my
pictures and resumes for your reference.

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
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, that will be mutually beneficial, for a start oblige me these

1. Your Full name{s}:-

2. Current contact address:-

3. Your present Occupation:-

4. Your age:-

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

6. Your PRIVATE/CONFIDENTIAL e-mail address,if it is different.

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

Your earliest response to this letter will be highly appreciated.
Kind regards,
Hang Seng Bank Limited
Hong Kong.{Asia}
Private ////

SECURITY/PRIVACY NOT send an e-mail to my
official e-mail,as it is blocked.Reply
 only to  my PRIVATE e-mail address:

Another Scam: From Dina Kipkalya Kones

Hello' This Message Is Respectfully Yours!,I am writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart. With due respect , trust and humanity, i appeal to you to exercise a little patience and read through my letter, I wish to contact you personally for a long term business relationship and investment assistance in your Country so i feel quite safe dealing with you in this important business having gone through your remarkable profile, honestly i am writing this email to you with pains, tears and sorrow from my heart, i will really like to have a good relationship with you and i have a special reason why i decided to contact you, i decided to contact you due to the urgency of my situation, My name is Miss Dina Kipkalya Kones, 23yrs old female and I held from Kenya in East Africa. My father was the former Kenyan road Minister. He and Assistant Minister of Home Affairs Lorna Laboso had been on board the Cessna 210, which was headed to Kericho and crashed in a remote area called Kajong'a, in western Kenya. The plane crashed on the Tuesday 10th, June,2008.

You can read more about the crash through the below site:

After the burial of my father, my stepmother and uncle conspired and sold my father's property to an Italian Expertrate which the shared the money among themselves and live nothing for me.I am constrained to contact you because of the abuse I am receiving from my wicked stepmother and uncle. they 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 USA but they hides away my international passport and other valuable travelling documents.Luckly hey 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 here in Ouagadougou , Republic of Burkina Faso.

One faithful morning, I opened my father's briefcase and found out the documents which he has deposited huge amount of money in bank in Burkina Faso with my name as the next of kin. I travelled to Burkina Faso to withdraw the money for a better life so that I can take care of myself and start a new life, on my arrival, the Bank Director whom I met in person told me that my father's instuction/will to the bank is that the money would only be release to me when I am married or present a trustee who will help me and invest the money overseas. I am in search of an honest and reliable person who will help me and stand as my trustee so that I will present him to the Bank for transfer of the money to his bank account overseas. I have chosen to contact you after my prayers and I believe that you will not betray my trust. But rather take me as your own sister.

Although, you may wonder why I am so soon revealing myself to you without knowing you, well I will say that my mind convinc ed me that you may be the true person to help me. Moreso, My father of blessed memory deposited the sum of (US$5.800,000) Dollars 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 statement of the fund in your country. As you will help me in an investment, and i will like to complete my studies, as i was in my 1year in the university when my belove father died. It is my intention to compensate you with 20% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my capital in your establishment. 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.

AWAITING YOUR URGENT AND POSITIVE RESPONSE . Please do keep this only to your self for now untill the bank will transfer the fund. I beg you not to disclose it till i come over because I am afraid of my wicked stepmother who has threatened to kill me and have the money alone ,I thank God Today that am out from my country (KENYA) but now In (Burkina Faso) where my father deposited these money with my name as the next of Kin. I have the documents for the claims.Waiting for your reply through my mail box id :

Yours Sincerely
Dina Kipkalya Kones.


Another Scam: from Jonathan Gray

Jonathan Gray

show details 7:36 AM (34 minutes ago)

Pardon my invading your privacy.

I am Barr. Jonathan Gray(Managing Partner) Barrister, advocate, Solicitor and
owner of Jonathan Gray & Associates Law Firm located in Scotland. Born January
2, 1960; admitted, 1984. Education: LL.B, Phd. 1979 University of
Reading Practice Areas: Business Law Company; Commercial; Employment; Family
Law; Intellectual Property; Real Estate; Wills, Trusts and Tax.I have a
legitimate contract job offer for you, i want to know if you will like to
help my client invest in your country and get rewarded financially without
leaving or affecting your present job?

I represent Mrs. Chung Hee- Ja, wife of Mr. Kim Woo Choong the founder and
former chairman of the Daewoo Motors Group in South Korea here in after
shall be referred to as my client and it is on her instruction that i am
doing all that i am doing now. She is looking for a foreign individual or a
corporate body that can profitably invest $150,000,000.00 (One Hundred and
Fifty Million US Dollars) on real estates outside Hong Kong.
Most importantly, you will be required to invest these funds on real estates
preferably in your country of residence outside of Hong Kong.Mrs. Chung Hee-
Ja Kim Choong is willing to reward you with 10% for your partnership role.

Trust me; this is once in a life time opportunity i bet you can't afford to
miss.If you prefer to be re-contacted for more express information, Write
back promptly i look forward to it. I expect your correspondence as my
response with more information on this profiting offer will be swift.


Barr. Jonathan Gray.

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Another Scam: From Pastor Gyan Albert

Dear Sir/Madam.
My name is Pastor Gyan Albert, the General overseer of Redeemed Mission Church of Christ (R.M.C.C) and also a practicing property attorney by profession. I got your contact from your local directory during my intensive search for a respectable and God fearing person to assist me claim a Deposit worth US$5.7 Million(Five Million Seven Hundred Thousand United State Dollars Only)belonging to late Apostle Brandon my deceased Client.

My late client was a 73 years Old American Catholic priest posted to Ghana in the 1970's on a Missionary assignment; He lived his remaining life here in Ghana and owned an NGO (Non Governmental Organization) that receives Financial Aid (Grant) from the United Nations. I met the catholic priest during one of my evangelical campaign, knowing my profession and stand in God's field, he offered me a hand of lasting friendship and obliged me the task of being his personal and property attorney (lawyer) since 1996

Unfortunately he died of Asthmatic Attack in 2007 and no one ever came forward to claim his funds and properties. The landed properties have since been donated to charity as he mandated me to do so for the continuity of his contributions in God's vineyard. He also deposited in a Bank here the sum of US$5.7 Million which he intend to donate to Charity homes as he has been doing while alive.

The Directors of the Bank have issued me a notice as his Personal Attorney that my late clients proceeds is over due for claim and they require his next of kin to release the fund to. I have tried searching on the Internet to locate any of his relatives abroad on whose account this fund can be paid into without success, except you. Brethren I wish to present you as the beneficiary/next of kin to my deceased client, I want to assure you that this does not involve any risk, since I his Attorney is presenting you as his next of kin, all legal documents will be duly procured for safe fund claim. If I do not come up with a next of kin as demanded by the bank, the said fund would be confiscated and directed to the Federal Reserve account which will be used selfishly and ungodly.

Here is the sharing ratio; you will get 40% as your share, while I get 50% to establish an orphanage home as my client wished while the balance 10% would be set aside for any expenses that we may incur while processing this transaction.
If you can help me, please contact me immediately with the required information listed below:

Your full names:
Date of birth/age:
Contact Address:
Mobile Phone/fax Number :( for quick and easy communication)

Please keep this information highly CONFIDENTIAL. Send your reply to:
Thanks and God bless in anticipation of your quick response.

Yours truly,

Pastor Gyan Albert
FSB Law Consult
Spintex road,

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