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31.1.12

Another Scam: "Ref: Information about Your late Relation/Family member"

Hello,

Ref: Information about Your late Relation/Family member

This is my second but final attempt to reach you in view of this subject matter.

I am James Brad, there is an account belonging to your Late Family Member I will like to discuss with you; He is related to you going by the lineage, surname and country of origin.

Once I receive your information and endorse same appropriately, I shall provide you with all the privileged information/legal documents relating to the deceased and also will give you guidelines on how to realize this goal without the breach of the law. I would respectfully request that you treat the content of this letter as privileged and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this correspondence. Contact me immediately for more information and to begin the legal process of redeeming your lawful entitlement before the bank is compelled by law to hand over the money to the government.

Kind Regards,
James Brad

30.1.12

Another Scam: from Mr. Wesley Benjamin, Mobile Promotional Draws

Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2012 18:27:27 +0100
Subject: Read Carefully ‎‎‎‎‎‎(Verification Requirements and Terms & Conditions)‎‎‎‎‏‏


1 Hanover Street London 
W1S 1YZ, United Kingdom.


Dear Esteemed Claims Applicant,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Mobile Promotional Draws. All Mobile Number entered for this promotional draws were randomly inputted from all mobile telecommunication network resource database using the Synchronized Random Selection System (SRSS).

The payout of your cash prize to you will be subject to the final validations and satisfactory report that you are the authentic owner of the winning Mobile Number that received the SMS/TEXT Message.

In line with the statutory procedure governing the claims of won prizes, you are required to send the particulars below via email to the verification office (wesleybenjamin@appleiphoneinc.co.uk) or fax: +44 (0)704 307 3860
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VERIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
1. PASSPORT NUMBER OR NATIONAL ID NUMBER OR DRIVER'S LICENSE NUMBER:
2. FULL NAMES:
3. GENDER:
4. MARITAL STATUS:
5. OCCUPATION:
6. NATIONALITY:
7. MOBILE NUMBER (Mobile number that received the sms):
8. ALTERNATE MOBILE/PHONE NUMBER:
9: ALTERNATE EMAIL:

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF CLAIM
1. You must be aged 18 years or over to be eligible for this prize. Underage entries will be void.

2. Send the above verification requirements to the verification office (wesleybenjamin@appleiphoneinc.co.uk).

3. None of the employees, nor any family members of employees, of Apple Inc. and its affiliate companies, their agents or those of their respective group of companies may take part in (1) prize draw promotions or (2) competitions that involve any element of judgment by or on behalf of Apple Inc.

4. The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 shall not apply to these terms and no rights or benefits expressly implied by it shall be enforceable under that Act against the parties to it by any other person.

5. For claim, only one entry may be made per person. For promotions, they are only available once to any person. Apple Inc. may determine at its sole discretion whether it believes different entries or accounts are connected to the same person, using whatever methods it deems appropriate. Where multiple entries/accounts have been used Apple Inc. reserves the right to cancel these entries and withhold prize.

6. Fraudulent, multiple or incorrect verification entries will not be accepted, neither will entries made in breach or non-compliance with these terms and conditions. No liability is accepted for entries that are not received for any reason by Apple Inc.

7. By providing the verification requirements, you accept and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions any specific terms and conditions relating to the prize claim, and any applicable instructions.

8. For further clarification, call +44 (0)703 199 2473


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Thank you for being part of our commemorative Annual Anniversary Draws.
.

Yours faithfully
Mr. Wesley Benjamin


©Copyright 2012 Apple Inc. All rights reserved.

Another Scam: from Joy Kamara

From: Joy Kamara <joykamara1@yahoo.com>
Subject: HONEY CONTACT THE BANK FOR MORE DETAILS.

My dear,

I thank you once again for your kindness towards me. How are you today, Remember i trust you  that is why i am giving you all this information's. My love is for you and you alone, i will like to hear your voice every time. I do not have a private telephone number, but you can call me with the rev father's number as i have told you before ( + 221  77 49  59  662  ) when you call, you tell him that you want to speak with me, he will send for me at the female hostel of this camp. Meanwhile,I have informed the bank about my plans to claim this money and the only thing they told me is to look for a foreign partner who will stand on my behalf due to my refugee status and the laws of this country.
Honey, I will like you to contact the bank immediately with this information,tell them that you are my foreign partner and that you want to know the possibilities of assisting me transfer my $7.9 million dollars deposited by my late father of which i am the next of kin. The contact information of the bank are as follows,

Royal Bank Of Scotland PLC
Email address -----  rbscotlandroyalbank@yahoo.co.uk
Email address ------------------------   rbsrscotlandbank@gmail.com
Name of official transfers--------( Sir Harry Davids )
The phone number----------------   +44  703 598 3169
office fax number-------------------  +44  703 5982 439    

Account Number - RB343I08701364/QB/71/SB.
Swifcode; STB001BUK;
Account Holder: LATE MR JUSTIN KAMARA YAK
Next of Inheritance:  MISS JOY KAMARA  YAK.
Contact them now on how to transfer the $7.9 million dollars deposited by my late father of which i am the next of kin. My dear i am glad that God has brought you to help me out from this execrable situation and i promise to be kind and will equally need you in every area of my life,including investing this money in any lucrative business of your choice. Honey,like i told you before that this camp is just like a prison and my prayers is to move out from here as soon as possible
to meet with you. Please make sure that you contact the bank for more information Ok. l am waiting to hear from you soonest!. Try to call me today honey. i want to hear your sweet voice.
Yours forever in love,
Miss Joy  


Another Scam: from Happiness Avor

Dearest one,
Firstly I thank you for your reaction to me and your reply towards my mail to you.
How was your night over there in your country,i believe you had a wonderful night and that the atmosphere over there in your country is very nice today? Mine is a little bit warm over here in Dakar Senegal.
My name is Happiness Avor, I was born in 1987 but age doesn't matter in a real relationship, so i am comfortable with your age, I am from Ivory Coastin West Africa, 5.3ft tall, fair in complexion single,(never married ) and presently i am residing here in Dakar as a result of the civil war that was fought  in my country some years ago.
My late father (Dr Avor Eleh) was the managing director of (Danqua and Associates LTD) and he was the personal advicer to the former head of state (Late Dr Robert Guei) before the rebels attacked our house one early morning and killed my mother and my father in cold blood, It was only me that is alive.
It was only me that is alive now and I managed to make my way to a near by country Senegal where i am leaving now as a refugee under a Reverend Pastor's care and i am using his computer to send these message to you.
I would like to know more about you. Your likes and dislikes.
Please do not be offended for  this message that comes from me please, fair which to me obliged to put simple trust on you due to my situation here as a refugee and I shall demand most your conscientiousness after yours to know about me, i shall really grow fond we to have good inspire attitudes therefore i have this as a trust which i believe that you can not betray me at the  end. I have communicated you because of  my difficult situation here in this refugee camp, Its just like one staying in the prison and i hope by Gods grace I will come out here soon with your help.
 
I don't have any relatives now whom i can go to, all my relatives ran away in the middle of the war the only person i have now is Rev Livinus Mathew, who is the pastor of the (Christ the Saviour Mission) here in the camp he has been very nice to me since i came here but i am not living with him rather i am leaving in the women's hostel because the camp have two hostels, one for men the other for women.
 
this is The Pastors Telephone number is (+221-763838417)if you call and tell him that you want to speak with me he will send for me in the hostel. As a refugee here i don't have any right or privilege to any thing even money or whatever because it is against the law of this country. My love I want to go back to my studies because i only attended my first year before the tragic incident that lead to my being in this situation now took place.
 
Please listen to this(please it's a secret,even no one knows about it except the Reverend that knows about it),i have my late father's Deposit certificate and death certificate here with me which i will send to you later, because when he was alive he deposited some amount of money in a leading Foreign bank in United Kingdom which he used my name as the next of kin, the amount in question is $5.3M (Five million three hundred thousand dollars).
So i will like you to help me transfer this money to your account and from it you can send some money for me to get my traveling documents and air ticket to come over to meet with you. I kept this secret to people in the camp here, the only person that knows about it is the Reverend because he is like a father to me. So in the light of above i will like you to keep it to yourself and don't tell it to anyone for i am afraid of loosing my life and the money if people gets to know about it.
 
Remember i am giving you all this information due to the trust i deposed on you. I like honest and understanding people, truthful and a man of vision,hardworking and GOD fearing people.
My favorite language is English but our language is French but i speak English very fluently. Meanwhile i will like you to call me like i said i have a lot to tell you. It will be my Great desire to be with you where ever you are but you can see that i am living in refugee camp, i cannot finance my traveling unless i recover this money from the Bank. Attached here is my picture. I will send you more in my next mail. Have a nice day and think about me .
Awaiting to hear from you soonest.        ((((I LOVE YOU))))
Yours Happiness.



 

Another Scam: from The DOVE Foundation

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

Dear Recipient,

RE:Grant Notification.

Cash Donation of 1,200,000.00 (One Million and Two Hundred Thousand British
Pounds) each to 8 lucky recipients.Please Contact PAYOUT CENTRE.Name: Name:Sir Phillip Hicks
Email:dovefoundationgrant2012@w.cn

You are to contact the 17th Anniversary Secretary with your information given below:

**********************************
Name:
Address:
Tel:
Email:
Ref. No: DF0/024/991146612.
**********************************

On behalf of the DOVE Foundation Board accept our congratulations.

Sincerely Yours,
Katherine Walker.
Publicity Secretary.

Another Scam: from Happiness Avor

From: Happiness Avor <happiness_avor@yahoo.com>
Subject: Darling i am happy and proud of you,contact the bank immediately.

Dearest love,
I thank you ones again this day. I will also like to see you face to face and will use this opportunity to let you know that GOD has chosen you to help me amongst other men on earth; its now left for you and God who directed you to me to help me out from this predicament i found myself. I know you are the man i am going to depend and trust in my life. I am not going to give your love to any other man because i know you will satisfy me, so needless of looking for another man.I promise to be your own forever.
 
Please i have not told anyone except you and the rev about the existence of this  money and i will like you to please keep it secret to other people because since it is (MONEY) all eyes will be on it. Remember i trust you that is why i am giving you all this information's!. My love is for you and you alone, I have informed the bank about my plans to claim this money and the only thing they told me is to look for a foreign partner who will stand on my behalf due to my refugee status and the laws of this country.
 
In this regard i will like you to contact the bank immediately with this information, tell them that you are my foreign partner and that you want to know the possibilities of assisting me in transferring the ($5.3 Million US Dollars) deposited by my late father of which i am the next of  kin to your account in your country.
The contact information of the bank is as follows,
 
Standard Chartered Bank PLC UK.
sctbplcuk@aim.com
rolandwoods@london.com

 
The name of the transfer officer is Mr Roland Wood.
Telephone number:   0044-702-408-01-65
fax number               0044-700-5931-149
Information about the deposit code are as follows.
Name of depositor: Dr Avor Eleh.
Nationality:         Ivory coast
Next of kin : Miss .Happiness Avor
Amount deposited:$5.3 million.
Account Number: SCBUK874560245037/ZK/87/E
 
Happiness is the name my parents called me when they were alive and Cynthia is the name that people and friends know me with .Contact the bank now on how to transfer the $5.3 million Dollars deposited by my late father of which i am the next of kin.I have mapped out 15 percent for any person that was going to assist me assuming you have not come into my life and 5% for any expenses that might come up in this transfer. My dear i am glad that God has brought you to see me out from this situation and i promise to be kind and will equally need you in every area of my life plus investing this money since i am still too young to manage this amount of money.
 
As i told you before, this camp is just like a prison and my prayers is to move out from here as soon as possible. Please make sure that you contact the bank so that after the transfer you can send some money from that money for me to prepare my traveling documents to meet with you in your country.
Awaiting to hear from you soonest!.
Yours forever in love,
Happiness,
kisses




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