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.

What To Do If You Have Been Scammed

Have you lost money due to a scam?

Email: with a description of how the scam worked (i.e., what happened exactly), and we will try to (a) locate the scam artist(s), (b) work with law enforcement to expedite prosecution, and (c) help you get some - or all - of your money back.


Another Scam: Mr. Rafiq Jombo, Auditing Debt Manager Of Bank Of Africa

Reply me through this email
Dear Friend,
How Are You? I Know That This Mail May Come To You Almost A Surprise As We Never Met Before And Please Before You Proceed Reading This mail,This Is True and not An Joke, Well I Saw Your Contact Email From Burkina Faso Chambers Of Commerce, After Much Consideration I Decided To Write You Since I Cannot Be Able To See You Face To Face For Now, At First I Strongly Believed That Any Information Received From The Chambers Of Commerce Office Is Correct And Must Be Trusted. But Never Mind, I Am From (Burkina Faso West Africa) Mr. Rafiq Jombo By Name, An Auditing Debt Manager In Our Bank Here (Bank Of Africa).
I Have An Opportunity To The Sum Of Ten Millions, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$10.500, 000.00), To Transfer Into Your Nominated Bank Account (The Owner Of The Money) Is An. IRAQ. Who Died A Long With His Entire Family During The Iraq War, Upon Your Reply And Interest To Receive This Fund On My Behalf, I Will Kindly Send You More Details On The Execution Of This Transaction Will Commence, Now I Urge You To Take This Message Seriously And With An Open Mind.So Please Give It A Benefit Of Doubt,And With Good Faith And Trust Join Me And I am Assuring You Now That You Will Never Be Disappointed.Now My Questions Are:Can You Handle This Project With Me? Can I Give You This Trust? Respond Back To Me Or Delete It Off If You Are Not Interested.
You May View The Website:
If You Accept This Offer To Work With Me, And You Find This Proposal Suitable For You Do Furnish Me With The Following Information.
Your Full Name...................
Your Country................
Your Private Telephone...............
Your Age and Sex....................
Your Occupation...............
I Will Appreciate It Very Much, If This Proposal Is Acceptable By You, Do Not Make Undue Advantage Of The Trust I Have Bestowed On You, And I Assure You We Can Achieve It Successfully.
Reply me through this email
This Is My Private Phone Number 00226 74 71 07 53.You Can Call Me For More Explanation.
Mr. Rafiq Jombo,
An Auditing Debt Manager Of Bank Of Africa


Internet Scams: News for 2/27/12

News5 new results for internet scams
Telephone and internet credit card scams net €14m in year
Irish Independent
By Tom Brady Security Editor INTERNET and phone scams netted a massive €14m from unsuspecting credit card customers and retailers in a year, according to the latest official figures. They now account for almost three quarters of all credit card frauds.
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Credit card scams rack up €14million a year from victims
Internet scams, phone scams and ATM scams have grabbed a massive €14million from unsuspecting customers and retailers in the space of the year, according to the latest official figures that have been released. Both internet and phone scams account for ...
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Bad Drivers And Insurance Scams Uncovered Online
Blogger News Network (blog)
The Internet is making it much easier for fraud investigators to learn everything they need to know about their subjects. Teenagers and street racers regularly publish accounts and videos of their exploits on Facebook, attracting attention from viewers ...
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Action Line: Beware door-to-door scams
San Jose Mercury News
Meanwhile, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an "intelligence note" regarding a new variation on telephone collection scams to delinquent payday loans. The IC3 is a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime ...
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Monday Newspaper Review - Irish Business News and International Stories ...
FinFacts Ireland
By Finfacts Team The Irish Independent reports that Internet and phone scams netted a massive €14m from unsuspecting credit card customers and retailers in a year, according to the latest official figures. They now account for almost three quarters of ...
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FinFacts Ireland

Web1 new result for internet scams
Thompson's office reports email scams - Sonoma News - News ...
Proving that no one is immune from Internet scams, bogus emails from someone claiming to be a U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, utilized a 2010 e-newsletter from ...

News1 new result for text scams
Beware of e-mail, texting tax scams, IRS warns
The Augusta Chronicle
“The scams have been more creative this year, and there's been more of them. One of the things I've never seen before is they're texting individuals now,” IRS spokesman Mark Green said. “The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by e-mail, text ...
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News1 new result for "internet predators"
Already ways to catch child porn pervs
Lac du Bonnet Leader
November 18, 2010 - Photo illustration for internet predators made in relation to the hacking of deceased Daron Richardson Thursday, November 18, 2010. (Darren Brown/Ottawa Sun) Perhaps Vic Toews should follow the advice in your headline.
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Another Scam: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

After much attempts to reach you on phone, I deemed it necessary and urgent to contact you via your e-mail and to notify you finally about your outstanding compensation payment.
During our last annual calculation of your banking activities we have realized that you are eligible to receive a compensation payment of $2,811,041.00 USD.
This compensation is being made to all of you who have suffered loss as a result of fraud, accident or illness.
For more info, contact the assigned UPS agent Robinson David for the delivery of your cashier check Send Name, Address, City, State, Zip Code, Country and telephone number.
(United Parcel Service (UPS)
Contact Name: Robinson David
Tel: +2348138900697
Please take note that you will pay a shipping/handling fee of $97.00 USD to UPS.
Thanks for your patience.
 Robinson Joe
Programme Manager
 United Nations Human Settlements Programme


Another Scam: "Your GTBank Online Account and Atm Card has been temporarily limited..."

Dear Customer,

We regret to inform you that access to your GTBank Online Account and Atm Card has been temporarily limited. This has been done due to several failed log-in attempts. To restore your account please log in correctly by Clicking the link below and Filling the Customer Security Update form attached to this message.
click this Link to restore your account: 


Security Advisor
Guaranty Trust Bank © 2012.
Thank you for choosing Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.



Dear Western Union Customer,

You have been awarded with the sum of $100,000 USD
by our office, as one of our customers who use Western
Union in their daily business transaction.

This award has been selected through the internet, where
your e-mail address was indicated and notified. Please
provide Mr. Gary Epps with the following details
listed below so that your fund will be remited to you
through Western Union.

1. Name:______
2. Address________
3. Country:_______
4. Phone Number____
5. Occupation:________
6. Sex:_________________
7. Age___________________

Mr. Gary Epps
Tel: +234 813 024 3132

As soon as these details are received and verified,
your fund will be transferred to you. Thank you, for
using western union.


Address: No. 5 Western Avenue,
West Africa, Nigeria 

Tel: +234 703 459 6626

Dear: Zakaria,

You have been awarded with the sum of $100,000 USD by our office, as one of our customers who use Western Union in their daily business transaction. This award was been selected through the internet, where your e-mail address was indicated and notified.

Your details have been received and verified, your fund will be transferred to you. as a way to thank you for using western union.

If you are  ready to pick up this $20,000.00. We have concluded to effect your payment through western union $20,000.00 daily until the $100,000.00 USD is completely transferred.

You are going to be paying $250 daily to get the first  M.T.C.N Numbers of $20,000Usd for the transfer of your funds remitted to you daily until we complete transfer of your funds worth $100,000.00USD. 
Here is the information of the first daily payment of $250 via Western Union Money Transfer. You have to send the sum of $250 usd here to transfer the first sum of $20,000 USD.
Recievers Name:  Roland Owen
Recievers Address: 5 Western Avenue, Nigeria
TextQuestion:Realationship Answer:Friend 
Upon receipt of the payment we shall call or email you the first M.T.C.N numbers of the first $20,000 Usd remitted. Remember that, as soon as the payment is made send down to us your payment receipt or the M.T.C.N numbers to our email for verification. 

Note: You have to keep this confidential to avoid double claim of M.T.C.N numbers.
Mr. Gary Epps  (Transfer Manager)

Thanks for your mail as your payment has been received by us and note that as soon as possible we will be transfering your funds to you.

Thanks for your understanding and anticipated co-operation.

Mr Gary Epps.

Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2012 13:46:35 +0800


a copy slip transactions and this is MTCN for $250 : 4617425110,

test question : REALATIONSHIP
answer: FRIEND
may be useful.

best regrades,.


Address: No. 5 Western Avenue,
West Africa, Nigeria

Tel: +234 703 459 6626

Dear: Zakaria,
I am writing to acknowledge the receipt of your email with the payment informations and we are sorry for the delay.
The transfer of your funds have been processed already, and a new policy was put in place this afternoon that all transfers have to be done at once.
In this regards, the full and total amount of 100,000 dollars have to be transferred in full, hence you have to pay the transfer fees of the final part of 80,000 dollars, which is 1000 dollars.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have cost you.
You have to send the sum of 600 dollars  immediately via western union to the name of 

Receivers Name:  Roland Owen
Receivers Address: 5 Western Avenue, Nigeria
Text Question:Relationship Answer:Friend 

I will await your email to send the needed informations used by you to make the payment. so that we can effect the transfer of the entire 50,000 dollars at once.


Mr. Gary Epps  (Transfer Manager)


Internet Scams: News for 2/22/12

News9 new results for internet scams
FBI warns of new variation on telephone collection scam related to delinquent ...
Your Houston News
The FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) continues to receive complaints from victims of payday loan telephone collection scams. The typical payday loan scam involves a caller who claims the victim is delinquent on a payday loan and must make ...
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CRIBE NOTES: Cats and scams in a wired world
Herald Zeitung
I've warned my kids about these Internet and email scams, about people pretending to be someone they are not. Unlike some folks, I don't blame technology. That would be like blaming telephones for telemarketers or the post office for mud-slinging ...
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Ticketmaster's TicketWeb attacked in phishing scam
Ticket News
Once more information becomes available, TicketWeb will inform their UK customers via email. Phishing scams are an unfortunate by-product of internet commerce. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), phishing scams are fairly common and ...
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Sky Valley Chronicle
(NATIONAL) -- The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) continues to receive complaints from victims of payday loan telephone collection scams, according to bulletin released this week by the FBI. First reported in December 2010, the typical payday ...
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Authorities: Debt-Collector Scam Bilked Millions
ABC News
A phone scam in which callers in India posed as debt collectors bilked millions of dollars out of more than 10000 US residents by using threats of arrest or the loss of their jobs, US authorities said Tuesday in what they described as a ...
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Expert Offers Six Vital Steps To Avoid Gold Coin Fraud, Scams and Hustlers ...
PR Web (press release)
Smith believes the rise of the Internet has been both a blessing and a curse for inexperienced coin shoppers. Searching for a reputable gold dealer can be very confusing as consumers wade through a mixture of hard-to-understand information, ...
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PR Web (press release)
Group headed by Jim Couri and Scams Inc acquires all rights, trademarks, and ...
WebWire (press release)
BEVERLY HILLS, California (February 20, 2012) - A group headed by Jim Couri, Scams Inc and Karl Sanford has acquired all publishing rights, trademarks, and internet domains of the highly acclaimed Beverly Hills 213 Magazine. For more than twenty-five ...
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Regulators warn of 'phantom debt' collectors
Los Angeles Times
By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times Federal regulators warned of a new scam in which so-called phantom debt collectors harass people into paying bills they don't even owe, typically preying on Americans already burdened with financial problems.
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Idaho AG warns of reported mortgage settlement scams
Internet ads or scam telemarketers may also offer, for a fee, to help borrowers obtain loan modifications through the national settlement. Charging consumers for loan modification services is unlawful under the Idaho Consumer Protection Act. Similarly, ...
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Web1 new result for internet scams
Is this email a scam?
Discussion about Is this email a scam?. Speak your mind about Work at Home Scams and be heard here at


Another Scam: from Apple Inc. Mobile Award

White Horse Business Complex,
33 Cavendish Square,
W1G OPW, London,
United Kingdom

Dear Winner,

The first batch of results in the ongoing Apple Inc. Mobile Promotional Sweepstakes is out. Congratulations! Your mobile phone number came out as one of the lucky winning numbers for the promotional Award. This entitles you to instant prize money of 750,000.00 GBP.

No play coupons or promotional tickets were sold. Mobile phone numbers were taken from databases of major telecommunication companies worldwide and entered in for the draws. The draws for international mobile phone users under the European geographical region are grouped under category "B”.

This promotion is being sponsored by Apple Computers, Inc. to celebrate the life and legacies of the late Apple Founder/C.E.O - Steve Jobs. The promotion is geared towards promoting the Apple brand and saying a big thank you to all users of the brand worldwide. This promotion is approved by the British Gaming Board and also licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This promotion is the first of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public. To begin the verification process of your won prize, you are required to fill and send the verification form below along with an attached copy of a valid identification card so we can make a proper verification and and confirm that you are one of our lucky winners.

To this effect, you are to find below the Prize declaration form, Please complete the Form for verification.


Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully.


*You MUST be 18 years of age or above and you are required to send a scan copy of your passport or drivers license along with the Verification form.
*To avoid double claim, impersonation and disqualification, all wining information should be kept strictly confidential until you received your prize.
*Ensures you write your correct information in the Section A and B requested in the form below.
*All information concerning your Prize as well as your claim Process MUST be kept confidential until your prize is delivered to you in person.
*Friend and relatives cannot redeem your won prize on your behalf because your Prize is covered by an IRREVOCABLE GUARANTEE BOND (IGB).

Section A


Section B


A claim file will immediately be opened for you after the receipt of your information. Thereafter, your claims will be processed, verified, legalized and funds approved for payout by the Sweepstakes Corporation Payment Service (S.C.P.S). Your winnings fall under the United Kingdom processing center. As an international winner, an accredited attorney will be handling the legalization and processing of your winnings on your behalf. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our efforts to curb double claiming and impersonating.

We look forward to hearing from you and once again, Congratulations!


Allen Richardson
Promotional Director
Apple Inc. Mobile Promotions.
Apple Computers Inc.
Direct Line: +447024036121

Internet Scams: News for 2/15/12

News7 new results for internet scams
Internet: USA's FBI warns of dating website scams
The internet is a haven for spammers and scammers and they prey on the innocent, greedy, stupid - and vulnerable. All over the world dating websites provide fertile ground for scammers and the latest warning comes from the USA's FBI.
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Mansfield and Ashfield internet users warned against scams
Mansfield Chad
Police have asked computer users in Nottinghamshire to be on their guard after a number of suspected internet frauds were reported to the force. Nottinghamshire Police have received a number of calls in relation to an internet scam where members of the ...
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Vacaville police warn of scams
In another popular scam, women from different countries contact men through the Internet and attempt to develop a relationship with them. After the relationship is established, the women ask for money to come to the United States, but once the money is ...
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Online scammers target lonely hearts on Valentine's Day
Internet dating sites and chat rooms are becoming more popular with many singles finding it an easy way to meet new people. Unfortunately, scammers are using these sites to break the hearts and bank balances of online users,” Mr Phair, the director of ...
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Puppy scammers using emotion to get your cash
KTNV Las Vegas
Ask for several photos of what you're buying to make sure it's not just a stock photo off the Internet. Google it. A quick Google search in Rich's case would have turned up stories on similar scamsaround the country. Never wire money to any source you ...
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Top 10 scams of 2011 (KNXV-TV)
You may remember many of them from previous years, but while the scam remains the same, the “sell” or story is ever-changing. NCL findings show that most scams start through the internet, target people 46-55 years old and require payment in the form of ...
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Mortgage Relief Scammers Banned From Doing Business Permanently
Statesboro Business News
The FTC alleged that the defendants used direct mail, the Internet, and telemarketing to target homeowners – even those whose lenders had denied them modifications or who had been sent foreclosure notices. The defendants typically asked for half of the ...
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Web1 new result for internet scams
Adan victim of internet scam » Local News » - Ada ...
Sweeney said internet scams are a common occurrence. “Unfortunately, I've never seen anyone collect,” he said. “Once the money's gone, it's too hard to track it ...

Another Scam: from Sister Patricia

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ

GREETINGS IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, I am Mrs Patricia Aka From Ivory Coast. I and husband were into, Real Estate Business and a Government Contractor before my husband’s death on May 25 2010. We were married for 15 years without a child due my fibroid problem. Since my husband death I have been diagnosed with oesophageal cancer that I hardly move around. Recently,my Doctor told me that I would not last for next 6 weeks because the cancer has gotten to a very bad stage. When my husband was alive he made a deposit of $2.500.000.00 USD. Knowing my condition I have decided to donate this money out for charity purposes. Beloved one, I want to transfer this money to you, I want you to use atleast 85% of this money to visit the orphanages homes, help the poor, sick ones in the hospital and woman with cancer then take the remaining amount to take care of your home because every worker deserve his wages. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money, my relatives are not christains they are selfish, they frustrated my christain and marriage life, because of my condition they turned their back on me thinking nothing good will come out from me since I am SICK AND CHILDLESS moreover I and my late husband vowed to use our last wealth to help the less privileged since we have no child. Please I don't need telephone communication because of my health condition.

My dear, Reply me for me to give you other details. Proverbs 19:17 He who is gives to the poor lends to the lord and the lord will reward him for what he has done.

Thanks and be Blessed.
Sister Patricia


Another Scam: from Dr Bright Edward



We are happy to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws held on the (3rd 
Dec, 2011) by Coca-Cola Bottling Company in conjunction with the British American Tobacco Worldwide 
Promotion, your email was among the 10 Lucky winners who won ($1. 5 Million USD) each on THE COCA 

However the results were released on the { 8th of January, 2012} and your email was attached to 
ticket number (7PWYZ2006) and ballot number (BT:12052006/20) The online draws was conducted by a 
random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 29,031 E-mail addresses of individuals 
and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet.

However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for 
representation and privacy. The selection process was carried out through random selection in our 
computerized email selection machine(TOPAZ) from a database of over 10 email addresses drawn from all 
the continents of the world.

In other to claim your ($1. 5 Million USD prize winning, which has been deposited with a registered 
Bank Of Africa. However, you will have to fill the form below and send it to the Paying officer in 
our Affliated Bank for verification and transfer of your fund via Western Union Money Transfer.

Please you are advised to fill the information as listed below and forward it to the Western Union 
Office of Bank Of Africa for the transfer of your fund.

* Full Name:
* Current Address:
* Country:
* Direct Telephone No.:
* Age:
* Sex:
* Occupation

Contact Person: Mr. John Thomas

You are to keep all your winning information away from the general public especially your ticket 
number and ballot number. (This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained).

Staff of Coca-Cola and the British American Tobacco Company are not to partake in this Promotion.

Accept our hearty congratulations once again!

Yours faithfully,
Dr Bright Edward