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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Complements of the day.
I write to inform you that your email address has been selected by this company to receive the sum of $100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Dollars) via WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER as a compensation payment. You will be sent the sum of $2,000.00 (Two Thousand Dollars) daily through WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER.

I am to contact you via email in other to pass you this information as internet hackers are many. So, I decided to email you so that you can pick up the first daily $2,000.00 as we will be sending you only $2,000.00 daily until the awarded $100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Dollars) has been completely received by you.

Please get back to me for details on the transfer process.

Telephone: +44 70 3591 6114

Another Scam: From Raheem Mubarak Ali

Dear Friend,

 I hope and pray that I have the right person who will help me. I have interest of investing in your country as such I am making contact with you for assistance.

Before the war in my country (Iraq) I deposited some funds with a Bank for safe keeping which I am looking for a partner that will help me retrieve the funds from the Bank as I cannot travel out at the moment because of my present predicaments /conditions which I will explain to you as we progress. My name is Raheem Mubarak Ali from Iraq. Late Saddam Hussein totally brought destruction / Hell and political instability to our great country and everything is practically difficult now. Please if you accept this offer of assistance you are required to give me your Name, age, occupation, country and address.

I will send to you detailed information of this business if you indicate your seriousness to do the business, and also enclosing your telephone fax numbers. I promise you that this deal is valid, real and risk free. What I now need from you are as follows:

1. You should make contact with the Bank to secure the funds as I will be entrusting the business into your care.

2. You will be entitled to 30% of the total sum involved for your assistance.

3. As soon as you have the funds in your custody, we will enter a new arrangement on which sector you will invest my share of the funds in on my behalf to generate enough money for the up keep of my family in your country.

4. This project is 100% risk free, but you must keep it very secret and confidential with strong assurance that you will never let me down at all.

Please note that my aim to transfer the funds to you for investment is because I want my wife and 4 kids to join you and stay under your care, hope my family will find comfort, peace and happiness once again in your country.

I want to clear you about this, the funds is not from drug deal, its not from arms deals, its not government money and its not for any terrorist or illegal activity, why I am emphasizing on the confidentiality is because I don't want you to be bordered over above issues. Can you help me? Are you trustworthy? Are you capable of handling this money? Can we partner? If yes, please contact me immediately so that I will give you more details about the funds. All you need to do is to claim this money from the Company for our mutual benefits. For your assistance, you will be entitled to 30% of the total sum. You are also obliged to help/advise on the proper and most convenient way of investing this money in your country, hopefully, You will consider this request and respond positively.

I expect your prompt reply and let our communication be by email as it is the safest means of communication for now because I suspect telephone lines in Iraq been connected to the US Telecommunication Network for monitoring.


Raheem Mubarak Ali.


Another Scam: From Barrister Dennis Park

From the desk of Dennis Park Chambers
Asociate of chembers,383/2 M12 Sukhumvit road
Jomtien Chonburi Thailand.

Good day to You,

I write you this message under strict recommendation and in good faith. I am sorry at the perceived confussion you may have by receieving this letter from me since we have not previously met. To be Straight, I am a solicitor at law and the personal Attorney to the late Engineer Mathew , who used to work with SIAMRAK Company Limited in Bangkok Thailand.

On the 21th of April, 2007 it was reported to Me that my Client, his wife and their only daughter were involved in a Local Plane Crash at Phuket enroute to Bangkok (The Capital City) of Thailand, all occupants in the Plane lost their lives,unfortunately on this same flight were other dignitarieslike the Sports Minister and a host of others,Since then I have made several enquires to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this unfortunately has proved unsuccessful.

Hence I seized this opportunity and decided to contact you for your help, I am contacting you to assist in repatriating the money and Property left behind by my client before they get Confiscated or declared unserviceable by Siam City Bank where the fund are deposits, valued at USD$9 million Dollars has just recently issued me a notice to provide the next of kin of The deceased or have the account confiscated within the shortest Period of time. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for Close to (3)years now.

I seek your consent to present you as the Next of kin of the deceased on your immediate approval and acceptance to assist me in this matter, so that the proceeds of this Account valued at USD$9million United States Dollars can be paid to you afterwhich you and I can share the money.40% of the total fund would be for you while 40% for me, %10 for the expencess that will come out of the transaction and the other 10% will go to the charity and the motherless homes.

I have the necessary logistics that would be used to back up your claim at the Bank where these funds are deposited temporarily, all I require is your honest cooperation to enable this deal through and your willingness to carry out this project with me till it's fruitful end.I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate Arrangement that will protect both of us from any breach of the Law to cover up your reputable name.

Please get in touch with me if you willingly accept this offer, So that I could forward immediately to you the necessary details on how we are to carry out this project to a fruitful end.

Barrister Dennis Park (ESQ)

Another Scam: Yahoo Account Verification Alert !!!

Yahoo Account Verification Alert !!! (KMM69467VL055834KM)
yahoo Security  

Dear User,

We are sorry to inform you that we are currently working on securing our
server, during this process account which is not manually verified by us
will be deleted, Please confirm and submit your information for manual
verification by one of our customer care.
Information which is to be provided is below:
User Name:
User Id:
Date Of Birth:
Country (At Sign up):
Upon confirmation of information from you, we will manually verify your
Yahoo! Account and reserve it not to be deleted, We are sorry for any
inconveniences this might have cause providing  your information over the
Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two
weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account
Copyright © 2009 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright/IP
Policy |
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NOTICE: We collect personal information on this site.
To learn more about how we use your information, see our Privacy

Internet Scams: News for 4/28/11

News9 new results for internet scams
How to deal with Internet scammers and thieves
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Scam warning
Daily Examiner
Clarence Valley residents are being warned to be alert for telephone and internet scams currently operating. The scams request credit card information, bank account details, drivers licence numbers and dates of birth. The scammer's claim the details ...
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Scam Alert: Do your homework to find a reputable roofer
In 2010, 328481 people called the BBB, visited the office or pointed an Internet browser to Most people turn to the BBB to check out a business. Since March 15, more than 1000 people in southern Idaho have contacted the BBB as they were ...
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Watch Out For Scammers in Amazon's Kindle eBook Store
Daemon's Books
Crooks always seem to find new ways to use technology to their advantage and scam people out of their money. Unfortunately for us ebook readers, Internet scammers' latest trick is to embed hyperlinks in ebooks that direct readers to malicious websites. ...
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Daemon's Books
85% of web users worry that retailers are not doing enough to combat online fraud
In a survey of 607 regular Internet users, 85% said they worry about becoming a victim of fraud; that is up from 80% who reported similar concerns in the team's previous study. The study defines online fraud as consumer credit card scams, ...
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Tiny Tokelau is the giant of cyber crime havens
Sydney Morning Herald
A new report by an international group tackling internet scams has confirmed that Tokelau, a New Zealand territory, has more malicious registrations under its .tk domain name than any other domain except .com. These fraudulent web addresses are used ...
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Southport residents warned to beware of phishing scam
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FBI warns of China-related wire transfer fraud
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County issues warnings about home repair scams
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Another Scam: From Mr. Chew Yin Keen, Barrister-at-Law


I apologize for any inconvenience, but please read and objectively consider if we can work together, do not think this is one of those junk mails you do received in your email box/fax machine of which I, myself do receive also. After proper consideration I suppose, I feel quite safe dealing with you in this mutual beneficial transaction. Though, this medium (internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach you through it because it still remains the fastest, surest and most secured medium of communication. However, this correspondence is purely private, and it should be treated as such with due respect.

I am Mr. Chew Yin Keen, an attorney at law. A client, of mine died as a result of heart-related condition on the 13th March, 2006. His heart condition was due to the death of all the members of his family in Helios Airways, Boeing 737, en route from Cyprus to Athens in August, 14 2005.

I contacted you to assist me in distributing this fund left behind by my client or the account will be confiscated by the bank where this deposit valued at US$12.5 million is lodged.

The bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin, or the account will be confiscated. Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my Client’s extended relatives but this proved unsuccessful. I contacted you because I cannot present my good self as the next of kin to the deceased, hence all the documents shows that I am his lawyer.

This will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please contact me trough (
) to indicate your interest.

Yours truly
Mr. Chew Yin Keen.

Another Scam: From Mr. Jim Wise - Brinks Security

From Mr. Jim Wise
Store Manager
Brinks Security Co SA. London.

Attention please,

My name is Mr.Jim Wise the Store Manager of Brinks Security Company London based in England I am writing in respect of a foreign customer of our Financial Firm with deposit code: XXMD-908-14-255-114 whose name is Eng. Ahmed Mohd Elshami, an Iraq citizen and civil engineer who worked with the Mining and Smelting Company (Austrian de Zinc S.A.) in Spain for Eight years. In May 2007, my client lost his life along with his wife, daughter and seven others in a tragic road accident in Alicante, Spain.

Since the death of this customer, I personally have watched with keen interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has come to claim his funds of 8,500,000.00.(Eight million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) which has been with our branch for a very long time. On this note, I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the Next of Kin as no one has come up as his next of kin.

In view of this I got your contact through a trade journal on my quest for a foreign business partner, who will be presented to the financial firm as the next of kin to the deceased client to enable them release the fund in your favour. For your assistant I am willing to give you 40% of the total amount, 10% to cover all expenses and 50% for me and my family.

Upon the receipt of your response, I will send you by  the letter of application which you will type sign and send to the security company to enable us start the processing of this claim.

I will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is RISK free process and shall be carried out under legitimate procedure without breaching any of the international law, in other words, you should not entertain any fear as all modality for the smooth and easy transfer of this fund has been finalized.

Please take note my wife is the only one that I have discussed this business with and we both agreed to do it with you, I will give you more explanation on this transaction, feel free to send email to me.

When you receive this letter, kindly send me an email for more explanation, please include your private Telephone in your correspondence to facilitate this transaction.

Yours Sincerely,

Mr.Jim Wise.

Store Manager

Brinks Security Co SA. London

Another Scam: Blackberry Asia Payment Centre

Fwd: Claims Options (Prize Authorization Letter)

Begin forwarded message:

From: Blackberry Asia payment centre <>
Date: April 27, 2011 10:12:12 PM GMT+03:00
Subject: Claims Options (Prize Authorization Letter)
Reply-To: Blackberry Asia payment centre <>

Jalan 5, Taman Connaught 32000,
Kuala Lumpur, 

Date: 27th April 2011

Ref: MY21087


Mr. Taris Collerkulambu Muhamed Ismail
Your details has been verified and found valid. Your cheque of $1,015,000.00 (One Million Fifteen Thousand United States Dollars) has been issued in your name and ready for pickup.

In line with the statutory procedure to validate the final remittance of your won prize, you will be required to procure your Prize Authorization Letter (PAL) from the Malaysia Ministry of Finance on your visit.
 In this regard, we require from you a five (5) working days notice before your arrival to Malaysia so we can make preparation for reservation and accommodation upon arrival. Your arrival to Kuala Lumpur should not exceed the PROMO DEADLINE (20th May 2011)The Prize Authorization Letter (PAL) application fee is $520.00 (Five Hundred and Twenty US Dollars) payable by you and should be made available on your visit to Malaysia.

If you are unable to travel down to Malaysia considering the 
distance or your job commitment, your cheque can be Transferred via Online Bank Transfer service or Couriered (Carrier) to your address as soon as your Prize Authorization Letter (PAL) is obtained on your behalf from Malaysia Ministry of Finance.
Note: The Prize Authorization Letter (PAL) Application Fee, Courier Charges or Bank Commission cannot be deducted from your prize (Cheque)

Option 1
Courier Delivery
Your cheque and other documents can be delivered to your office or home address within three (3) working days by any of the below carriers. Note that you will be responsible for the delivery and Insurance cost for the delivery. 

Delivery Duration: Three (3) Working Days
Delivery Charges:----------------------------------$200.00 USD
Prize Authorization Letter Application Fee:-----------$520.00 USD
Total:---------------------------------------------$720.00 USD

Delivery Duration: Three (3) Working Days
Delivery Charges:----------------------------------$220.00 USD
Prize Authorization Letter Application Fee:-----------$520.00 USD
Total:---------------------------------------------$740.00 USD

Delivery Duration: Three (3) Working Days
Delivery Charges:----------------------------------$190.00 USD
Prize Authorization Letter Application Fee:-----------$520.00 USD
Total:---------------------------------------------$710.00 USD

Courier Delivery Requirements
Courier Option (Dhl, FedEx, Ups)
Delivery Address (Where you want your cheque to be delivered)
Who will sign as the receiver upon delivery
Contact Number
Scan copy of Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram Receipt
Note: The Prize Authorization Letter (PAL) Application Fee and Delivery Charges cannot be deducted from your prize (Cheque).

Option 2
Bank Transfer
Your prize can be transfered using Wire Transfer from a Malaysian Bank to your Bank Account anywhere in the world. Bank transfer is very fast and reliable with transfer duration of less that 24hrs immediately the Bank commission and 
Prize Authorization Letter Application fee is acknowledged.
Bank Commission:----------------------------------$1,600.00 USD
Prize Authorization Letter Application Fee:-----------$520.00 USD
Total:---------------------------------------------$2,120.00 USD
Bank Transfer Requirements
Name of Bank
Account Number
Account Name
Account Type (Savings, Current, Domiciliary)
Swift Code (Optional)
Scan copy of Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram Receipt
Note: The Prize Authorization Letter (PAL) Application Fee and  Bank Commission cannot be deducted from your prize (Cheque).

Payment for your selected option to receive your prize should be sent via Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram at any outlet closest to you to my below details for quick acknowledgment.

Dr. Mohammad Razali Hussain
Address: Jalan 5, Taman Connaught 32000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +60-102 35 7162

A scan copy of the money transfer receipt confirming money sent should be provided as proof.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr. Mohammad Razali Hussain
Tel: +60-102 35 7162


Another Scam: From Philippe El-Chami - Hawaiian Electric Company

Part Time Opportunity

Philippe El-Chami


Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc
125 Goshawks Rd
Chesterton, Essex CO2 9JT, UK
Registered in Scotland No.117110
Cell:  +44 7587462382
VAT No-Go 5532 7696 03

Work from home/office position and you are not required to pay any registration fee or pay for any application form before you get employed.Our Company seeks the service of a payment processor who would act as a medium of reaching our customers. If you choose to work with us, you do not need to quit your present job, or have problems with your employers as this is on a part time basis

1. Get/receive payment from clients/Customers.
2. Process Payments at your Bank.
3. Deduct 15% which is your commission/Payment on check cashed.
4. Forward the remaining 85% to the information that will be provided later on.

Kindly provide us with your basic personal info such as:

       Full Name: 
       Contact Full Address:   
       Cell Number:

Fill the above application so as to qualify you for the position.

Thank You,
Philippe El-Chami

Another Scam: Oversea Chinese Banking Corporation

Oversea Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd (OCBC Bank)
65 Chulia Street 29-02/04 OCBC Centre
Singapore 049513

I am very please to notify you again, that you were listed

as a beneficiary to the total sum of $ 12.500, 000.00

(Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States

dollars) of a deceased who may relate to you (perhaps) in

Singapore died five years ago in Tsunami tragedy in

Indonesia (name withheld for security reason) who died

intestate with no Will or Next of Kin. To maintain the level

of security required I have intentionally left out the final


I contacted you because you bear the same LAST NAME identity

and therefore can present you as the (Next of Kin) to the

inheritance claim. I therefore reckoned that you can receive

these funds as you are qualified by your last name identity.

I urge you to come forward since I can provide you with the

details needed for you to claim the estate / capital so that

I can be gratify by you, in this way 50% of the claim will

be for you and 50% will be for me and my colleagues that

will do all the crucial part in the bank to have the claim

release to you promptly.
To affirm your willingness and cooperation, please do so by

replying me with your FULL NAME, OCCUPATION, DATE OF BIRTH,


I do expect your prompt response.

Mark Cheong.


Another Scam: From Takashi Oyamada

Dear Friend, 
Thank you very much for your response, and your interest in this transaction. 
I assure you that this transaction is 100% legitimate transaction and that you will not be exposed to any form of risk for partnering with me in securing this noble effort. As a professional banker it is my duty to ensure that the transfer is done in a quiet manner, hence you will have to follow my instruction and act according to enable everything work out smoothly. I will do everything legally required to ensure that the project goes smoothly, it shall pass through all Laws of International Banking
Having resolved to entrust this transaction into your hands, I want to remind you that, it needs your commitment and diligent follow up. If you work seriously, the entire transaction should be over in a couple of days. I need your total devotion and trust to see this through. I know we have not met before, but I am very confident that we will be able to establish the necessary trust that we need to execute this project.

You dont have any thing to worry about, I have made all my laid down plans to see success in this transaction all you have to do is to follow my instructions and do not disclose our dealing with any third party, because immediately the bank grant the Approval Notification of the funds, you will be contacting the bank attorney with it, so he can commerce with the Endorsement at the High Court of Japan, he will be signing all documents on your behalf and also meeting with my bank Board of Directors for them to grant the final funds release to the beneficiary to Late Mr. Robert Gandesbery, which you stand to be. We will be using the help of the bank accredited attorney for Endorsement. Now because of the current events in the world, the fight against terrorist and anti-drug including money laundering is more serious in Asia than any other part of the world presently, base on these, I have an options which we will use to move our Funds.
I will have to search for an OFFSHORE ONLINE BANK in Europe, which has the same or similar BANK CODE IDENTIFIER with my BANK. You will need to open a temporary account with this EUROPEAN BANK so that when the Applications for claims and transfer of our funds are approved by my Bank (Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank) here in Japan, we will transfer our funds (US$40m) to your account with the EUROPEAN BANK and the transfer transaction will be seen as an in-house transfer thereby by passing all eyebrows and questions from the monetary authorities in Asia and Europe. So as soon as our funds are credited in your EUROPE BANK account, you will now proceed immediately and transfer everything to your offshore or home accounts in bits which ever finds suitable.
The inherited fund is worth forty million dollars, interest inclusive. And the funds will be shared (60% to me, 40% to you  ).  I must implore you to be most honest and fair with me when you have received the funds in your account. On my confirmation from you that you have received the funds in your bank account, I shall travel to your country to secure my own share of the money for investment in your country as I cannot bring my share back to my country for obvious reasons. The funds are in US dollars.
For now, I advice that you do not inform nor supply your bank or anybody with any information about the project until such a time as I advise Our code of Operation is "Partnership protection first", Live a low key lifestyle, and remember, "Loose Lips Sink Ships". You and I have the capability to accomplish this project and you must rely on this, this is a sensitive project for which I will be spending so much money and making so much commitments. I therefore insist on strict confidentiality and believe that you can be trusted with same, the need for confidentiality in all matters relating to this transaction is of great importance, as a loose lip is the element of foreseeable failure.

Before I commence, I will need you to send me a copy of any form your identification (International passport or Driver's Licence), this is just to build TRUST between us. I hope you will understand why I need all these. The money in question is big and I want to ensure that I know you well before I proceed to giving you all the details to commence the project. 
Attached to this email is a scanned copy of my working I.D as proof of my identity. Please keep it confidential. 
Send me an email in acknowledgement of the receipt of this email as I wait in earnest anticipation of your response. 
Takashi Oyamada

Internet Scams: News for 4/26/11

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iYogi Alerts: Watch out for the Domain Name Scam
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Experts warn about royal scams
"So here you've just innocently done a web search for Princess Kate Middleton," said Norton internet safety expert Marian Merritt. That search will likely be repeated a lot between now and this Friday's royal wedding. "My search came upon 'Princess ...
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Novel New Scam: Cybercrooks Target Kindle e-Books
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Blacknight Solutions Warn of Domain Renewal Scams
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Tips to Avoid Online Scams
Canada Free Press
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