Internet Scams Exposed

SCAM WATCH: Internet & SMS Scams - Phishing - Email Fraud

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Internet Scams: News for 6/30/11

News8 new results for internet scams
Gloucestershire woman stung by Husky puppy internet scam
Police are now warning people not to fall for a scam involving the sale of pets and exotic animals via online adverts. The warning comes after a Quedgeley woman reported that she had been defrauded out of £165 after agreeing to buy two husky pups over ...
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Seniors warned of rise in "grandparents scam"
Louisville Courier-Journal (blog)
In the "grandparent's scam," senior citizens are targeted by focusing on their generosity and desire to help family members. With access to personal information available on the Internet and social networking sites, predators can often provides ...
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Johnson County Sheriff: Beware of Recent Phone Scam
Its recommended that residents should NOT share Personal Information or Credit Card information with unsolicited callers on the phone or through the Internet. Other scamming incidents continue to occur. Including callers pretending to be bank examiners ...
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Fake anti-virus scam
1 thing causing people grief on the internet.” Colburn is talking about a fake anti-virus that looks like it's scanning your computer. “It was on Microsoft format,” Rusty Fried told us. “It looks totally legitimate!” Fried is online all the time ...
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Havasuvians thwart phone scam
Today's News-Herald
We encourage people to search for themselves (on the Internet) just to see how easy it is to find information. It's all out there now.” But the Carrs weren't fooled, even when the person on the other end claimed to be offering a new Medicare card. ...
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Fall in online child pornography detections
The report also found that surprisingly few financial scams were reported despite the level of phishing and other e-mail scams on the internet. A man in California was jailed for six years after an investigation prompted by a report to the hotline in ...
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OUR VIEW: Don't fall prey to scams
Gadsden Times
The website is for the Internet Crime Complaint Center and it's the place to report online and telephone scams. • Real lotteries don't track down winners. They won't call at all, much less repeatedly. • Real lotteries don't ask you for money. ...
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E-mail scams get personal, ask for help and cash
The Triton
By Dorie Cox Traveling yacht crew depend on Internet communications through e-mail, social media and other online profiles. But, occasionally a message from a friend, friend of a friend, or a familiar name, are from impostors. ...
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Another Internet Scam: From Nokia Uk Promo

From: Nokia Uk Promo []
Sent: Monday, April 04, 2011 6:31 PM
Subject: Nokia Uk Award

Dear Nokia winner,

We have contacted you in the past regarding your won prize, which your number was
emerged as one of the few lucky winning numbers after a random search. We sent you a
notification via sms in the past, and also sent you email, and we did not heard from
you. We have already issued out a bank draft worth £750,000.00 Pounds deposited with the
AIR WAY CARGO COURIER SERVICE. and we have paid for all insurance and vat charges
including delivery charges for the delivery, and already with the courier company since
2 months ago, we have been sending you sms and have not been getting response form you,
Therefore, we decided to contact you this last time and forward you the details of the
courier agent that will do the delivery, before forwarding the prize to government
treasury as unclaim prize. You are advise to contact the delivery officer Mr. Paul Smith
for you to know when they will be doing the delivery. Do contact the agent with the
below details once again.


Do send the  details to the courier company agent Mr. Paul Smith, for them to proceed
with the delivery, and the only commitment, you are to settle with them, is the security
keeping fee of your parcel which will not cost much as it has not been too long the
parcel have been with them,but i believe it will not be more than £250 pounds.

contact the officer Via email below and tell them to direct you on how to pay the
security keeping fee, for them to be able to do the delivery, once they confirm the
payment for the security keeping fee.

Name: Mr. Paul Smith

Have a wonderful day and congratulations once more.
Mr Tom Blues

Another Internet Scam: From Glitec Finance Plc

From: Glitec Finance Plc []
Sent: Saturday, April 02, 2011 9:08 PM

We are a Legitimate Reputable Money Lender. Getting a legitimate loan has
always been a huge problem to clients who have
financially in needs.Glitec Finance Plc has been accredited by the
lender's council to give out loans at 3% to local and international
clients. We have been given the privilege to meet your financial needs.The
issue of credit shouldn't stop you from getting the
loan that you need and have made that difference in the lending industry.
We give out loan ranging from US$5, 000.00 to maximum
US$5,000, 000.00 to individuals in need of financial assistance, that have
a bad credit or in need of money to pay
bills, to invest on business etc.

Services Rendered include:

*Home Improvement
**Investment Loan
*Debt Consolidation
*Business Loans
*Personal Loans
*International Loans.

Upon Response, below is Loan application form


1. Full Name
2. Address
3. Country
4. State
5. Occupation
6. Telephone Number
7. Age
8. Purpose of loan
9. Marital Status
10. Sex
11. Amount Needed
12. Loan Duration

In acknowledgment to these details, I will send you a well calculated
Terms and Condition for the amount you require.

Mr Tim Williams

Another Internet Scam: From Rt Hon David Cameron MP - British Prime Minister

From: Rt Hon David Cameron MP []
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2011 1:24 AM
Subject: Your ref:...Date: 31/03/2011


Our ref: ATM MasterCard/5404/BG
Your ref:...Date: 31/03/2011


I am The Rt Hon David Cameron MP,Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury
and Minister for the Civil Service British Government. This letter is to
officially inform you that (MasterCard Number 5404 5000 0041 0640) has been
accredited with your favour. Your Personal Identification Number is 4724.The
MasterCard Value is £2,000,000.00 GBP (Two Million, Great British Pounds Sterling).

This office will send to you an MasterCard that you will use to withdraw
your funds in any ATM MACHINE CENTER or MasterCard outlet in the world with a
maximum of £5000 GBP daily.Further more,You will be required to re-confirm
the following information to enable;The Rt Hon William Hague MP First
Secretary of State for British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). begin in
processing of your MasterCard.

(1)Full names: (2)Address: (3)Country: (4)Nationality: (5)Phone #: (6)Age:
(7)Occupation: (8) Post Codes

Rt Hon William Hague MP.Secretary of British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
Tel: Tel: +44 740 525 5451

TAKE NOTICE: That you are warned to stop further communications with any
other person(s) or office(s) different from the staff of the State for
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to avoid hitches in receiving your payment.


Rt Hon David Cameron MP
British Prime Minister

Another Internet Scam: From Ray Decena

From: Ray Decena []
Sent: Monday, March 14, 2011 1:28 PM
Subject: Emergency
Hope you get this on time, Sorry I didn't inform you about my trip to  Spain for a program, and am having some difficulties here because i misplaced my wallet on my way to the hotel where my money, credit card and cell were kept. Presently my passport and my things are been held down by the hotel management pending when i make payment.
I need you to help me with a loan of 1,950 Euros to pay my hotel bills and to get myself back home. I've been to the embassy and Police, but they are not responding to the matter effectively, I will appreciate whatever you can afford to assist me with, I will return the money back to you as soon as i return, let me know if you can be of any help? ASAP. I don't have a phone where i can be reached. I am so confused right now. please let me know immediately. Thanks 

Another Internet Scam: From Mrs Sue Binti Wahab

From: Sue Binti Wahab []
Sent: Sunday, March 13, 2011 5:57 PM
Subject: hey


I'm Malaysian and my name is Sue Binti Wahab,am in the hospital due to my cancer and my doctor told me that i will die in less three months time so as the treatments is going on am looking of a friend who can take up my charity project that I have be wanting to start but at this moment I cannot do it since I have a severe case of Esophagus cancer.I would like to leave my life savings for a humanitarian organization or an individual who s' willing to come up with a charity orgaization to cater for the less fortuned kids and orphans who have lost their parents due to natural causes and the person will take 30% of my funds and 70% will be used for the project.I grew up as an orphan and i don,t have family member or friend to trust to take care of this project. I will provide you with detailed information once you indicate your willinness. Please if you are not serious minded and cannot handle a project forget about contacting me,I want a responsible fellow to do this job for me

Mrs Sue Binti Wahab

Another Internet Scam: From CHONG MEI FONG

Sent: Friday, March 11, 2011 6:19 AM
You have a confidential message from the United Nations, you have been awarded a grant sum of $500,000.00USD. Please contact the Executive secretary on  E-mail or call +447024097994 for more information. <<
This message and any attachment are intended solely for the addressee and may contain confidential information. If you have received this message in error, please send it back to me, and immediately delete it. Please do not use, copy or disclose the information contained in this message or in any attachment. Any views or opinions expressed by the author of this email do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Nottingham.

This message has been checked for viruses but the contents of an attachment may still contain software viruses which could damage your computer system: you are advised to perform your own checks. Email communications with the University of Nottingham may be monitored as permitted by UK & Malaysia legislation.

Another Internet Scam: From Vincent & Jane Ramsey

From: Vincent Ramsey []
Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 3:48 AM
Subject: From Vincent Ramsey(Help US)

Good Day,

First and fore most I want to introduce myself to you. My Name is Vincent
Ramsey Son to Late Dr. Mathew Ramsey. I am 18 yrs old Boy and my Sister
is 16 yrs. Our Father was killed during rebel crisis and we are now in A
refugee camp here is Asia India .My consignment contains
Thirty five million United States dollars. The consignment gets abroad
through the help of A U.N diplomat James Scott. The fact is that
Mr. James Scott is supposed to have delivered this consignment to
Miss Cynthia William.

The week Mr. James Scott was suppose to deliver the consignment to
her,when he got to the airport after clearing the consignment ,he called
Miss Cynthia William to tell him the description to her house for the
delivery, but her House maid answered the call and told Mr. James Scott
that Miss Cynthia William had A fatal car accident which lead to
her death,that was why Mr. James Scott has to deposit the
consignment with A warehouse over there and called us to informed us
about what is happening.

Please my sister and I seek for you to stand as our Beneficiary / God
Loving Parent to get in contact with the Diplomat so that he can be able
to deliver the Consignment to you. You can get back to us.Please, Contact
Mr. James Scott on time and get back to us through mail.

Thanks and God bless you

Vincent & Jane Ramsey

Another Internet Scam: From CNN United Nations Award Dept

From: CNN United Nations Award Dept []
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 2:30 PM
Subject: Payment Notification From United Nations 2011

We The People Of United Nations...
United For a Better World
Attention: Prize Winner


We are pleased to inform you that, you have been selected for the United Nations International Donation after a Draw held on 31st January for the end of the year donations 2011, Your email address attached to ticket number 27522465896-532 with serial number 652-662 drew lucky number 7-14-18-23-31-45 which consequently won a Donation Award of NINE Hundred And Fifty Thousand,Two Hundred And Fifteen (US$950.215.00).

ALL participants in this lottery program have been selected randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 companies and 30,000,000 individual email addresses from all search engines and websites. This promotional program takes place every end of the year, and it is promoted and sponsored by the United Nations Organization and eminent personalities like the sultan of Brunei, Williams Bill Gates Of Microsoft Inc, Multi Choice CNN and other corporate organizations.This is organized by theUnited Nations to help the Poor and other Charity organizations around the World as a means of Alleviating Poverty.For that reason We are not giving you this donation only for your welfare but also to help Charity Organizations and poor people in your Country as a means of Alleviating Poverty .

For security purpose and clarity, we advise that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Finally, should there be any change of addresses do inform our agent as soon as possible.

to claim your prize.

Contact our claims agent for validation:
Mr. Mel George.
Address: # 1 United Nations Avenue London,
United Kingdom

Tel :+( 44) 703-1804-713

Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Sincerely yours,
Dr Mrs. Joan Cole (UN Secretary General)

Copyright (c) 1995 Cable News Network, Inc.
External sites are not necesarily endorsed by CNN Interactive.

Another Internet Scam: From Mrs. Carolina Lennon - National Geographic Corporation

From:        "National Geographic International" <>
Date:        06/30/2011 05:59 AM
Subject:        Email Ref No: NGS/699/33/2011


(Customer Services)
Winning No: NGS/877/798/2011
Email Ref No: NGS/699/33/2011
Notification Date:30/06/2011
AMOUNT WON:Ј500,000.00GBP {Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds})
This email has brought you an unexpected luck,Your e-mail address was selected and confirmed by National Geographic International, through their latest internet software. You are therefore been
approved the sum of  Ј500,000.00GBP {Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds}.WINDOWS LIVE & MICROSOFT WINDOWS, collects all the email addresses of people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to HOTMAIL,YAHOO,GMAIL,MSN AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL DOMAIN we only randomly select ten lucky people every year as our winners through electronic balloting System without the winners applying or buying a ticket online,we congratulate you for being one of the people selected.
PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM You are advised to contact the processing office immediately upon receipt of this message for more information concerning the processing and eventual payment of the above prize to you with the  following details to avoid unnecessary delay and complications,These are your identification numbers:

Winning No: NGS/877/798/2011
Email Ref No: NGS/699/33/2011
To begin your claim please contact our licensed and accredited agent assigned to you.
Name: Mr. Dennis Orton
Email :
Phone :    +44  756 193 1695
Do email the above Claims Administrator, at once with all the claims requirements below.To avoid unnecessary delay.They are needed to proceed.
Claims Requirements.
Fill the below:
1. Full Name:_____________________
2. Address:_____________________
3. Nationality:___________Sex:________
4. Age:________Date of Birth:___________
5. Occupation:_____________________
6. Cell Phone:___________Fax:___________
7. State of Origin:_________Country:_______

Choose from payment options and Contact the Claims Administrator with all your claims requirements.
(i).Bank Transfer.
(ii).Delivery of cheque Valued Ј500,000.00GBP by a registered Courier Company.

National Geographic Lottery Prize must be claimed not later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in which Prize has won. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.

Congratulations!! once again.
Mrs.Carolina lennon(Secretary).
National Geographic Corporation.All rights reserved

Another Internet Scam: From The DOVE Foundation

From: The DOVE Foundation
Subject: Grant Award Ref. No: DF0/024/991146612.
Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 8:11 PM

The DOVE Foundation.
69 Chapel Street,
London W1B 4DA.
United Kingdom
Dear Recipient,

RE: Grant Notification.

This is to inform you that you have been granted the sum of 1,200,000.00
(One Million and Two Hundred Thousand British Pounds) by the dove
foundation in united kingdom. Grant Award Validation form will be sent to
you to fill and returned as soon as you've acknowledged this notification
email with your interest in receiving the Grant. You are to contact the
17th Anniversary Secretary with your information given below:
Ref. No: DF0/024/991146612.
NOTE: All Notification email with your interest should be sent to:
Name: Sir Peter Hankinson.

On behalf of the DOVE Foundation Board accept our congratulations.

Sincerely Yours,
Mary Dean Campbell.
Publicity Secretary.

Another Internet Scam: From Mr. Manu Kala

I NEED YOUR URGENT RESPOND (+226 79 21 81 60)
FROM Mr.Manu Kala.
The Head of File and Auditing Department,
Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso (West Africa)
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 ($20.5 million) of one of my bank clients who died Along with his entire family in a plane crash.
All expenses incurred by you and me in this transaction will be deducted out from the 10% of the total fund before the sharing of the fund according to the percentages agreed. I will come over to your country as soon as the transfer is over to receive my own share of the fund for further investments by your advice. Please I want you to understand that a stitch in time saves nine so write back and tell me if you really want to carry out this transaction with me.
From banking experience it will take up to fourteen(14) working days to conclude this transfer. I sincerely need your help because this might be my first and last opportunity of hitting big money. I also would want you to treat this affair as both urgent, top secret and confidential. I want you to also know that this transaction will involve some expenses which will be shared among both of us.
This payment will be effected through Swift Telegraphic Transfer.
Your Urgent response is needed for immediate transfer of this fund in to your receiving bank account.
Your name in full.......................... ........
Your country....................... ..................
Your age...............................................
Your cell phone....................................
Your occupation.................... ...............
Your sex...............................................
Your International passport..................
Your marital status................................
Your bank name.......................... ..........
Best Regards,
Mr.Manu Kala.

Another Internet Scam: From Princess Anita

Dearest One,

I am writing this mail to you With due respect trust and humanity, i appeal to you to exercise a little patience and read through my letter 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 Princess Anita, 23yrs old female and I from Sudan in  Africa. My father was the former Minister for SPLA Affairs and Special Adviser to President Salva Kiir of South Sudan for Decentralization. My father Dr.Justin Yak, and my mother including other top Military officers and top government officials had been on board when the plane crashed on Friday May 02, 2008. 

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. Though you may wonder why I am so soon revealing myself to you without knowing you, well,  I will say that my mind convinced me that you are the true person to help me.

More so, I will like to disclose much to you if you can help me to relocate to your country because my uncle have threaten to assassinate me. The amount is $7.5 Million and I have confirmed from the bank in Burkina Faso. You will also help me to place the money in a more profitable business venture in your Country.

However, you will help by recommending a nice University in your country so that I can complete my studies.  It is my intention to compensate you with 10% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my capital in your establishment. As soon as I receive your interest in helping me, 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. Please do keep this only to your self. I beg you not to disclose it till i come over because I am affraid of my wicked uncle who has threatened to kill me.

Sincerely  yours,
Princess Anita

Another Internet Scam: From Mr. Kasimy Ricky

Your Urgent Respond Needed

Dear Friend,

Good Day Please Read,

I am (Mr.Kasimy Ricky) The Director incharge of Auditing section of Africa Development Bank (ADB)in Ouagadougou,Burkina Faso.I know that this message will come as a surprise to you, since we don’t know each other, but pay attention and understand my reason of contacting you through this via email,for the purpose of introduction,

I need your urgent assistance in transferring an abandoned sum of ($5.5 Million)dollars left by a deceased customer of my bank immediately to your account. we shall share in ratio of 40% for you and 60% for me.Finally, should you be interested to operate this project with me,reply urgently and i will give you the full details for us to move forward and The secret is bound between me and you.

Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated and also Your Full Name And Phone Number is needed for Easy communication.+226-740 33 615.

Yours faithfully,

Mr.Kasimy Ricky

Internet Scams: News for 6/29/11

News4 new results for internet scams
BHSEO Scammers Exploiting Apple's Debut to Cloud Market
SPAMfighter News
According to Trend Micro the security company, its researchers have found that with Apple joining the cloud market, Internet fraudsters have started unleashing scareware scams to exploit the situation. The crooks, according to Fraud Analyst Paul ...
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In the limelight - 7-10 Split
My West Texas
Hopeless trailer-park dreamers, bowling mythology, apple cops and internet scams come together in the latest Maverick Players show, "7-10 Split," a new play by Michael G. Wilmot playing at MCT. Last Saturday night the theater was about half full, ...
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Hawaii Police Warn Of 'Modeling' Scams
KITV Honolulu
The second woman was flown back to the Big Island. Honolulu police are investigating the case. They have not made any arrests. Big Island police want the public to be aware of such potential hazards associated with Internet solicitations.
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PUBLISHER'S NOTEBOOK: Nigerian prince schemes not entirely new
Spring Grove Herald
These scams aren't new, though. In fact, there is evidence of similar scams in America at the turn of the 20th century. Of course, the Internet wasn't involved and the money was slow to transfer, but the scam appeared to be successful for one person in ...
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Web1 new result for internet scams
Internet Marketing Scams
This certainly holds true when it comes to internet businesses. There are thousands of scams out there, so beware. Oftentimes, they are presented as an ...



Dear Sir,

We got your contact as we search for buyer of AU Gold, We are miner
and seller here in Ghana, we want business investor to come down to
Ghana and assay 800 kilos of AU Gold bar and dust we have available,
we want us with them to take it to Ghana Geological assay dept for the
assay on quantity you need, buyer pay $10 cash down which include
Documentation, Taxes and Shipment to buyer's destination.

Our Lawyer and Representative shall follow the shipment with you to
buyer's destination to witness the final assay and confirm the buyer
bank wire the remaining %90 remaining payment with in 72hours, before
our representative will move back to Ghana.

Secondly , we can as well ship on C.I.F once we receive a copy of LC
PAYMENT or BANKING INSTRUMENT MT760 from buyer bank to our finance
bank, this as show prove of funds and we wil work with you since your
bank has involve, but our 2 representative will as well follow you to
monitor and witness the assay and confirm that their bank release
funds to our account once buyer has satisfy the assay for the goods.



Another Internet Scam: From Mr Hado Konkobo

From Mr Hado Konkobo
Please read carefully, 
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 got your contact from yahoo tourist search while I was searching for a foreign partner. I am assured of your capability and reliability to champion this business opportunity when I prayed about you. 

I am a banker by profession in Burkina-Faso, West Africa and currently holding the post of manager in account and auditing department in our bank. I have the opportunity of transferring the left over funds ($ 9.2Million Dollars) belonging to our deceased customer who died along with his entire family in a bomb attack. 

Hence; I am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be shared between us in the ratio of 60/40 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 as soon as you receive this letter. 

Please indicate your willingness by sending the below information for more clarification and easy communication. 
Please Contact me with the following informationsfor more details. 

(1) YOUR FULL NAME.......................... ..... 
(2) YOUR AGE AND SEX........................... . 
(3) YOUR CONTACT ADDRESS.................. 
(4) YOUR PRIVATE PHONE N0.......... 
(5) FAX NUMBER.............. 
(6) YOUR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.................. 
(7) YOUR OCCUPATION.................... ..... 

Trusting to hear from you immediately. 
Thanks & Best Regards, 
Mr Hado Konkobo, 
Phone number : 00226 78 43 83 64

Another Internet Scam: From Mrs. Helen Cole


I have to thank God this moment for his direction as regards this mission. God want me to complete this mission hence, I got your contact.I know you maybe wondering how I got your contact email.

Actually when I heard from the doctor that my condition has become so critical, I had to reach out to a Christian sister, who assisted me in searching for your contact in order to help me utilize this wealth the way I am going to instruct herein, and even the sister that helped me in this regard doesn't know the purpose for which I intend to contact you. I have prayed about it and it has been revealed to me that you can make judicious use of the resources for its intended purpose.

I am currently sending you this mail from my sick bed in the hospital.My husband earned these funds (10,800,000.00 USD) but he died in a plane crash and left everything behind for me and I will join him soon due to my ill health. Due to my infertility resulting from medical problems I became barren. God has a reason for everything. I would want you to contact my lawyer; he will inform you on what to do.Contact him with the below details:

Barrister Morgan Owen
Telephone: +44-703-5912-909

Ensure to use a greater portion of the funds for its purpose in fulfillment of my last wish. and the most major part you will use to bless God's Children all over the world.

You are Blessed.

Mrs. Helen Cole

Another Internet Scam: From Dr. Raha Ousman

Dear Friend,

My Name is Dr. Raha Ousman .I am a banker by profession.I hail from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa.My reason for contacting you is to transfer an abandoned $10, 300, 000.00 (Ten Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars) to your account.

The owner of this fund died since 2001 with his Next Of Kin. I want to present you to the bank as the Next of Kin/beneficiary of this fund.

Further details of the transaction shall be forwarded to you as soon as I receive your return mail indicating your interest.
Best regards,

Dr. Raha Ousman.

Another Internet Scam: From Mr. Williams Nana

From Mr. Williams Nana,

Attention: 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 got your contact from internet search while I was searching for a foreign partner. I am Mr. Williams Nana. A banker by profession in Burkina-Faso, West Africa and currently holding the post of secretary to foreign remittance director in our bank. I need your urgent assistance in transferring the left over funds of ($4.5Million Dollars) belong to our late customer who died along with his entire family during the Iraq crisis on October 2006.

The deceased customer used his wife as the next of kin but unfortunately the wife died along side with him leaving nobody for the claim. According to our banking policy if the fund remains unclaimed for the period of 6years then the fund will be transfer into the reserve bank as unclaimed bill. I don’t want the fund to go into the bank treasury and as such, let’s claim the fund now. You can see the news on BBC and CNN regarding their death.

Hence; I am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be shared between us in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you if you agree to handle this business with me. Further details of the transfer will be forwarded to you as soon as I receive your return mail. Trusting to hear from you immediately.

Thanks & Best Regards,
Mr. Williams Nana.

Another Internet Scam: From Mr Zuma Hazan

I am Mr Zuma Hazan.The Director incharge of Auditing section of Bank of Africa (BOA) in Ouagadougou,Burkina Faso. I need your urgent business assistance in transferring an abandoned sum of ($19.3 Million) dollars left by a deceased customer of my bank immediately to your account.

If you are interested and ready to partake in this great business opportunity,kindly send your profiles to me including your Name,your private telephone number for easy communication.

I will send you full details on how the business will be executed and also note that you will receive 40% of the above mentioned amount if you agree to help me execute this business.

May the almighty God be with you at all times so Please contact me  back FOR THE FULL DETAILS OF THIS PROPOSAL,WITH THE

YOUR FULL NAME..........................

YOUR PHONE NUMBER............................


Telephone: +226 79 16 12 81.

Another Internet Scam: From MR. RUFAI SANUSI


Dear Friend,

I am Mr Rufai Sanusi, the Head of Foreign Operation, holding the post of foreign and local inheritance funds in BANK OF AFRICA. Ouagadougou Burkina Faso. I discovered existing dormant account for 5years. When I discovered that there had been neither continuation nor withdrawals from this account for this long period and our banking laws stipulates that any unserviceable account for more than 5years will go into the bank revenue as an unclaimed fund.

I have made personal inquiries about the depositor and his next of kin but sadly, the depositor and his next of kin died on their way to business trip, and he left no body behind for this claim, I only made this investigation just to be double sure of this fact and since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives information concerning this fund, I seek your concern for further assistance to stand as the real next of kin to the deceased person so that our bank will release the fund on your behalf.

Amount to claim ($9.MILLION US DOLLARS.)
Now my questions are:-

1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can I give you this trust?
If yes, call me and send to me your personal information as below:

Your name :..........
Your address:........
Your country:........
Your occupation:.....
Your age:............
Telephone number.....
This information is necessary,

Upon the receipt of your reply, I will give you the full details on how the business will be executed and also note that you will have 40% of the above mentioned sum as your own share while 50% will be for me,the remaining 10% will be for you to pay back for any expenses you made during the transaction. I am expecting your urgent response to enable me inform you on how the business will be executed. Please keep this proposal as a top secret or delete if you are not interested,

Yours Faithfully
Mr Rufai.
+226 7824 0628

Another Internet Scam: From MR RIFAAT MUHAMMAD










Now my questions are:-

1 Can you handle this project? .……………..

2.Can I give you this trust? …………………...



Another Internet Scam: From Dr. Muhammad Juma


I am the manager of auditing and accounting department of BANK OF AFRICA (B.O.A) here in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $17.3 MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer (MR. RICHARD BURSON.) from Florida, U.S.A who died along with his entire family in a plane crash. Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we can not release it unless some body applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidlines and laws but unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this business proposal to you, so that the money can be release to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased fo
safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody will come for it and we don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed dormant fund

The banking law and guidline here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after eight years the money will be transferred into the bank treasury as unclaimed dormant fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe like me can not stand as next of kin to a foreigner, I agreed that 30% of this money will be for you as a respect to the provision of a foreign account ,10% will be set aside for expenses incurred during the business and 60% would be for me. Thereafter, I will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentage indicated Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you arranged, you must apply first to the bank as relation or next of kin to the deceased customer with a text of application that i will send to you, but before i send to you the text of application form, I will like you to send me the following

1.NAME IN FULL:......................... ....
2.ADDRESS:.................... ...............
3.NATIONALITY:................ ..............
4.AGE:........................ ..................
5.Sex......................... ..................
6.OCCUPATION:................. .............
7.MARITAL STATUS:....................... .
8.PRIAVTE PHONE NO.....................
9.PRIVATE FAX NO:..........................

So i will like you to send to me those information’s for easy and effective communication.

Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of the application form. 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. You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this letter, if only you are interested and ready to help.

Trusting to hear from you.
Yours Faithfully,
Dr.Muhammad Juma
PHONE NO:  +226 78 26 13 48

Another Internet Scam: From Mr Dahk Nicolas


                       From: Mr Dahk Nicolas
                African Development Bank,(ADB)
                     Burkina Faso Ouagadougou

My Dear Friend,

Please I want you to read this letter very carefully and I must apologize for barging this message into your mail box without any formal introduction due to the urgency and confidential of this issue and I know that this message will come to you as a surprise. Please this is not a joke and I will not like you to joke with it.

I am Mr Dahk Nicolas,a Manager in African Development Bank, (ADB) Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. I Hoped that you will not expose or betray this trust and confident that I am about to establish with you for the mutual benefit of you and I. This fund was deposited in our bank by Mr. Kattan Azmal from Jordan who died in a plane crash in 2000 Tbm 700 aircraft on 31st July with his wife and the whole crew on board.
I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of ($10.5) million USD into your account within 7 working banking days. This money has been dormant for years in our Bank without claim due to the owner of this fund died along with his entire family and supposed next of kin in an air crash since July 31st 2000.

I want our bank to release this fund to you as the nearest person to our deceased customer while i come over to your country to share this fund with you as soon as you confirm this fund into your account and ask me to come over. I don't want the money to go into our Bank treasure as an abandoned fund. So this is the reason why i contacted you so that our bank will release this money to you as the next of kin to the deceased customer. Please I would like you to keep this proposal as a top secret and delete it if you are not interesting.

As the director of the department, this discovery was brought to my office so as to decide what is to be done. i decided to seek ways through which ttransfer this money out of the bank and out of the country too. The total initial amount deposited in this account was thirty six million, five hundred thousand dollars (usd 36,500,000.00) but with subsequent withdrawals from the account by the depositor before his death, the account was audited by my department and we discovered that the remaining balance in the bank account is ten million, five hundred thousand dollars (usd 10, 500.000.00 and with my position as the accounts and audit department director of this bank.

Upon the receipt of your reply and indication of your capability, i will give you full details on how the business will be executed and also note that you will have 50% of the above mentioned sum if you agree to handle this business with me while 50% be for me, Because i don't want anyone here in our bank to know my involvement until you confirm this fund into your account and ask me to come over for the sharing as I indicated.
I am looking forward to hear from you immediately for further information do not hesitate to call me on this number +226 74653535


1. FULL NAME..............
3. YOUR AGE......

4. YOUR SEX.........

7. YOUR HOME ADDRESS..........
8. MARITAL STATUS............

Thanks with my best regards

Form Mr Dahk Nicolas
+226 74 65 35 35

Another Internet Scam: From Mr. Raymond Cole - UNITED KINGDOM LOTTERY


We are please to announce you as one of the 3 lucky winners in the UNITED
draw held on 13th of June 2011. You have therefore been approved for a total
pay out of
£650,000.00(Six Hundred And Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds), your e-mail
address emerged
as one of the three winners in the category \I"D\" with the following winning

TICKET NO: 8603775966738
REF NO: UK 200-26937
BATCH NO: 2007MJL-01

Please note; you are hereby advice to reply to this email and  send the assign
Fiduciary Agent,
details below for processing of your claims.
Mr.James Richard

1. Full Names:
2. Address:
3. Marital Status:
4. Occupation:
5. Age:
6. Sex:
7. Telephone Number:
8. Nationality:
9. Country of Residence:

Mr. Raymond Cole

Another Internet Scam: From Mrs Graciela Noriega


                               For your kind attention

Could you please consider helping me to relocate this sum of Ten Million five hundred thousand dollars (us$10.5m) to your Country for establishing an industry in your country.

This fund was deposited in our bank by Mr. Paul Louis Halley from France who died in a plane crash in 2003 TBM 700 aircraft on 6 December with his wife and the whole crew on board.

Without a (heir) hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing and the big guns at the herms of administration at the bank will share this fund amongst themselves as it has been done if no trace of heir to such fund is found.
We have tried to contact his family to come forward for claims but could not succeed.

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I will give you all vital information concerning the France citizen and the $10.5m in our custody so that you will contact my bank for them to release the money to you as the next of kin to the deceased person.

You will have to establish contact with the bank while i will guide you on the steps to follow till the transfer of this fund reaches to you and your account.
As one of the bank directors, I will play a role to make sure that the fund is released to you.

This is a legitimate transaction and you will be compensated with 40% for your assistance for presenting yourself as the next of kin and account to receive this fund in your country. If you are interested please write back for more clarifications.

I will know that actually you are ready to be my partner and then I will have to send to you a draft application form which you are to fill and apply for the release of the fund to your account in your desired country.

Mrs Graciela.Noriega
Private email:(

Another Internet Scam: From John Mitchel


My name is John Mitchel Overseas Fund Officer for Libya Oil and Gas (London) United Kingdom Liaison Office.
I am currently looking for a reliable person or Company to handle the investment of $14,200,000.00.
The fiscal year 2009/2010 for Libya Oil & Gas UK ended with a Budget-Surplus of $14,200,000.00 which I intend to invest in your Country.
I decided to contact you privately because I believe you can handle this kind of transaction.
All I want from you is to help in transferring the money out of United Kingdom to your Country, and also assist in assigning a profitable Investment for me in your Country.
Your commission to handle this transaction is 30%.
Please specify by replying to state if you are interested.

Kindly provide the following;

Looking forward to hearing from you.

John Mitchel.
Libya Oil & Gas UK.
Tel: +447780266599

Internet Scams: A Victim's Story

So four months ago I recieve a note from an older widow with a ten year old daughter.An only child he is no relatives. He states he is a project manager travells a lot. Looking to relocate to my area.

About a month ago he tells me he has won a contract in Nigeria. Off he goes. Maintains contact through yahoo. Of course guy runs out of money. He explains the company he works for told him not to take his credit cards. I am the only one who knows he's there. His poor daughter.

List of events:
  • paid his hotel bill
  • his contractors bill
  • his flight to Lagos
  • immigration tax
  • some medical bills after an accident
  • blah blah blah. 

I’m the only one who knows he’s there. $60,000 later he then says his daughters been kidnapped. Huh? Okay wait a minute this has become ridiculous. TV news talks about internet dating scams from Africa. Oh my God. I a very educated woman. He said everything right. I could not leave him out there with a child.

Is there anyone dumber than me out there? We kind people are the broke ones.


Another Internet Scam: Yahoo Account Alert

Account Alert

Dear Valued Member,

Due to the congestion in all Yahoo Accounts There will be removal of all unused Accounts,Yahoo would be shutting down all unused Accounts,You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Info below after clicking the reply button, or your account may be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.

User Name: ...................................
Password: ..........................
Date of Birth: ................................
Country Or Territory:......................

After following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account before two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

Warning code:.................VX2G99AAJ

Internet Scams: News for 6/28/11

News6 new results for internet scams
Shaw Capital Management for Small Business Financing with Factoring
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Learn from experts, refrain from internet offer scams and fraud. Online PR News – 28-June-2011 –Financing a small business has always been challenging. Read this article to find out if factoring financing is the right solution for your small business. ...
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Office of Fair Trading asks Google to remove 93000 dodgy adverts
By Lawrence Latif THE UK OFFICE OF FAIR TRADING (OFT) has kept Google busy by asking it to remove 93360 fraudulent adverts during the second half of 2010 that it claimed were linked to scams. Google updated its transparency report, which shows a ...
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Are We Ready for the Era of .Anything?
MIT Technology Review
But, while they could open new commercial opportunities and have some security benefits, the domains could also confuse some users, creating new opportunities for fraud artists. For decades, the Internet has operated with just 21 top-level domains—the ...
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Precautions should be taken when using Internet
Biddeford Journal Tribune
Earlier last week I sat down with a sergeant and detective from the Saco Police Department to discuss Internet safety. They mentioned a few scams that are going around websites, like eBay and Craigslist, that appear legitimate at first. ...
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SIPC Warns Public About Elaborate Phishing Investment Scam
Top Secret Writers
The group is comprised of law enforcement agencies, financial institutions, security vendors and others to help weed out and stop Internet crooks. The trick to avoid becoming a victim is to stay wary and maintain a healthy skepticism when it comes to ...
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Why The Internet Is A Great Case For The Free Market
As we begin to hear distant rumblings from the political class for the need to regulate the Internet in order to protect us from pornography, jihadism, or attempted fraud, we must resist their calls for more control. Governments are not competent to ...
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Another Internet Scam: From Mr Usman Kamal

Compliments of the season,

i am mr usman kamal from Burkina Faso, west Africa, here in Ouagadougou . i work with bank of africa, (b.o.a) i am writing following an opportunity in my office that will be of an immense benefit to both of us. in my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $25 million usa dollars (twenty five million us dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers late mr.

morris thompson an american who unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of alaska airlines flight 261 which crashed on january 31 2000, including his wife and only daughter. you shall read more about the crash on visiting this site.

the choice of contacting you is aroused from the geographical nature of where you live, particularly due to the sensitivity of the transaction and the confidentiality herein.
now our bank has been waiting for any of the relatives to come-up for the claim but nobody has done that. i personally have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for 2 years now, i seek your consent to present you as the next of kin / will beneficiary to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at 25 million dollars can be paid to you. this will be disbursed or shared in these percentages, 60% to me and 40% to you. you cab reach me through my private email id

all i require now is your honest co-operation; confidentiality and trust to enable us see this transaction through. i guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will proteact you from any breach of the law. please, provide me the following: as we have seven (7) days to run it through. this is very urgent please. kindly send the details below:

1. full name
2. your telephone number
3. your contact address.
4. your photo

your urgent response will be highly anticipated and appreciated.

best regards,
mr usman kamal

Another Internet Scam: From Mrs Igala Alice

Dearest One,  

   I am Madam Aidata Alice Igala I am a widow being that I lost my husband,my husband Late Mr  Igala Idu  was a serving director of the Cocoa exporting board until his death.

   He was assassinated by the rebels following the political uprising, before his death he made a deposit of Six Million Five Hundred Dollars ($6,500,000.00USD) here in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso in one of the Security Company,he intended to buy a Cocoa processing Machine with the fund.

  I want you to help me for us to retreive this fund and transfer it to your account in your country or any safer place as you will be the beneficiary and recipient of the fund which we will use for joint investment in your country.

  I have plans to do investment in your country, like real estate and industrial production.This is my reason for writing to you.Please if you are willing to assist me and my daughter .Indicate your interest by replying urgently.

 I am waiting for your urgent response!!!
Thanks and remain blessed.
Mrs Igala Alice.

Another Internet Scam: From KAREN POLAK & CO

Hi...I did a little checking and found you. Here you go. I figured it was a scam and was glad to run across your information...

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Karen Polak <>
Sent: Mon, June 27, 2011 6:35:26 AM
Subject: Unclaim Funds

Am Schanzengraben 25, Zurich 8047, Switzerland.
Hello Diane,
Your response to my email was received. On behalf of the Trustees and Executors of the Estate of our late client. We wish to notify you again that, You were listed as a beneficiary to a sum of funds in the codicil and last testament of the deceased.  I have notified the bank about the claim of the inheritance funds, However, once I am through with the legal paperwork that will name you as the beneficiary to my late client (Derrick Boddy), then you shall contact the bank for the release of funds to you.

The process will involve the swearing of an affidavit at the court here in Switzerland to support the claim that you are the beneficiary of the bequest in question as instructed by the deceased.
Thereafter I will send to the Probate registry of the court an application along with the sworn affidavit to enable them approve you and confirm you as the beneficiary of the estate. A probate letter of administration will then be issued in your favour. Thereafter an application will be sent to the bank for the claim of the fund attaching the probate letter. Necessarily, upon receipt of the application the Bank will do their verification and if they are satisfied, which will be the case; the inherited fund will be released to you. Once that is done you can decide to transfer the estate out of the Bank to the Bank in your country of residence. Note that the bank as a matter of procedure will contact you to request personal information from you in a bid to double check if you are the person whose information they already have so that there will be no error of payment to a wrong beneficiary.
At this point I will emphasize on the importance of trust, sincerity and making sure we are discreet the way we handle the transaction. We are the only ones that know the nitty-gritty of this transaction. It therefore should be kept that way. You take instructions from only me because for us to succeed and achieve without having problems, then we need each other’s trust and confidence.
Note that the success we crave for may not come cheaply; I will invest a lot of money to secure this feat. Stamp duties will be paid on the affidavit, aside that a percentage amount of money will be paid at the Probate registry and these expenses will be my responsibility. Therefore I propose the sharing ratio to be 30% for me 70% for you. I guess this is an acceptable deal. Take note that I am committed to this project.

Before I forget, let me introduce myself properly. My name is Karen Polak, I am a lawyer based in Switzerland. My address is Am Schanzengraben 25, Zürich 8047, Switzerland. Please make it as a matter of importance to call me. The information I requested you reconfirm above are important because it represents a confirmation of your acceptance. If there is anything you wish to know feel free to bring it up.
 Yours Truly,

Karen Polak & Co
Legal Trustees,
Zurich Switzerland.
: +414-3508-1051E-mail : 

Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2011 14:09:02 -0700
Subject: Re: Kindly Get Back.

Please inform me; who is this late client and how did my name come up?

From: Karen Polak & Co <>
Sent: Sun, June 26, 2011 11:06:41 AM
Subject: Kindly Get Back.

Am Schanzengraben 25, Zurich 8047, Switzerland.


On behalf of the Trustees and Executors of the Estate of our late client, I wish to notify you, that it is been recorded that you are the beneficiary/next of kin to our late client as you are qualify with your name identity to receive the said estate.

Please you are advice to immediately get back for processing of release of bequest to you.

Karen Polak.