Internet Scams Exposed

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

These emails and text messages are real examples of current scams. Learn to identify them. Please forward any scams you receive to Mark Hutten: They will be posted on this site without your email address.

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Another Internet Scam: from Mr Dona Carlos

Dear Friend,

I am Mr Dona Carlos the manager and auditing accounting department in AFRICAN BANK 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.WILLIAM SMITH) 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 orrelation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidlines and laws but unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin orrelation 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 orrelation to the deceased for 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 seven 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 information’s

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,
Mr Dona Carlos


Another Scam Email: from Miss Selina Kipkalya Kones

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 Selina 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,
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 Expert rate 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 hide away my international passport and other valuable traveling documents. Luckily they 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 one bank in Burkina Faso with my name as the next of kin. I traveled 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 instruction/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 or daughther.

Although, 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 may be the true person to help me. More so, my father of blessed memory deposited the sum of (US$11.500, 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 beloved father died. It is my intention to compensate you with 30% 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 un till the bank will transfer the fund. I plead to 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.

Yours Sincerely
Miss Selina Kipkalya Kones


PayPal Scam

You sent an automatic payment of $45.99 USD.
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You sent an automatic payment to Cynthia Smith. Here are the details:
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Another Scam: from John Poors, UniAir/US visa annual lottery

From the desk of the CEO
UniAir/US visa annual lottery

Congratulations, you have been selected as one of the lucky winners of the US Visa through our internet email extracting and screening machine. 
This visa program is held annually as part of our end of year lottery promotion to give US visas to citizens of developing countries around the world to enable them travel to the US and start a new life and work. The US department of citizenship immigration released 38 visas to our airline in which we then issue to our winners, you are among the 38 lucky winners in this year program.

DetailsThis e-mail ballot visa lottery program was held on (1st Sept), This is the 2nd edition of the program and was to be held every year. No registration were being made or required, the program was being conducted through computer draw system of e-mail random extractions from world wide registered websites.

Your case number is. (WCA-10007100266NA),your visa type permits you to travel with your family. your visa duration is 10 years entry to US. It is renewable upon expiration, the visa also gives you an opportunity to apply for and acquire a US citizenship green card while residing in the USA. 

(Processing fee) The visa processing fees is (880 us dollar)


PHONE. + 66-859 776 529)

All the selected lucky winner's will get free air tickets to the US. Your air ticket will be send to you, together with your processed document through DHL courier services before you contact US Embassy in your home country.

John Poors
National Cordinator
N.B. please note and save the phone number and email addresses listed above for future correspondence at anytime with the official agent assigned to handle your visa and flight ticket document processing.