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: from Sister Gloria

Dear friend in christ ,

                  Calvary greeting to you with the name of the
almighty lord.  My dear friend,i am not contacting you to involve you
in any problem or risk for what i am proposing to you is 100% risk
free and real for i promise you of that for this said fund legally
belongs to me and i inherited it from my late husband and my health
situation has made me to seek for a Godfearing person to help me use
this fund for the glory of God been i don't have any children and my
late husband brothers are all  unbeliver whom has made life mesirable
for me after the death of my husband and they took me as outcast in
their mist.i will want you to handle this personally or give me their

A man fined joy in given an apt reply.l quite understood your content
of mail and l wish to informed you that money is the root of all evil
and if money could have heal my sickness l could have be okay for
long,my life lies the bossom of the lord.

Well I will like you to know that before you were born,God know the
number of hair in your head.Well I will like you to know that you were
choosen through the inspiration of almighty God.Hence you do not need
to worry.But believe you are choosen the way Mary was choosen to give
birth to Jesus.

I am candidly sincere and willing to donate the money for His kingdom,
which is hoping will please the lord in His throne of grace. For this
purpose, please refer to the scriptures of 1 Kings 3 verses 9. The
flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.
Such gift does not come every dynasty.  However, I will want you to
promise me that this sum will be utilized exclusively for the benefit
of these program, Your written confirmation is enough. These funds are
not to be diverted for private purposes. You must take time to fast
and pray over this matter to seek His will. You should be in fervent
prayer in this matter and can e-mail me further as the Lord leads,
guides and directs you.
I  did not contact you to donate the total sum to your church  or your
personally use but for you inperson to help me set an orphange home
for the less previlage ones and war ravish countries in Expecially in
africa  and asia for there are people that need helps and my sickness
has made me to know and come closer to God.

I want you to understand that based on the fact that some unforseen
expenses might come up i have decided to give you 20% of the total
money for your assitance in carry out this course and the rest should
go for the charity work.

please i want your sincere acceptance and assurance for there is no
risk in this for i assure you 100% risk free and i am ready to
instruct you on how to follow up and forward to you all legal details
covering the deposited fund including my identity and photo,but i must
know much about you physically and spiritually. how old are you? are
you a truly born again person? are you ready to work for God's glory?

God bless you,
Sister Gloria.

Another Scam: from Mr. Tapsoba Pascal Ali

Dear friend,

Please read carefully 
I am Mr. Tapsoba Pascal Ali. Staff of Africa Development Bank (A.D.B) Burkina Faso, in West Africa. I would like you to indicate your interest to receive the transfer of (USD$5.3 Million Dollars) I will like you to stand as the rightful Beneficiary to the deceased whose account is presently dormant for claims. Please once you are interested kindly send me the following details information of yours below.

1. Your Full Name:
2. Direct Mobile Number:
3. Resident Address:
4. Sex / Age:
5. Occupation / Position:
6. Nationality:

Upon receipt of your reply, I will give you full details on how the business will be executed and therefore you will apply to the bank with your reliable bank account details and a scan copy of your Identification Card (ID CARD) where our bank will transfer the fund into and immediately the fund is transferred into your account,i will share the fund according to the percentage indicated below.SIXTY PERCENT (60%) of the total fund will be for me.THIRTY PERCENT( 30%) for you in provision of the Bank account.FIVE PERCENT(5%) will be for unexpected expenses which may occur during the transfer.FIVE PERCENT(5%) will be preserved for helping the helpless people, like charity organization and motherless babies. 

Thereafter you will help me to visit your country for sharing the money according to the percentage indicated above.

I am expecting your urgent response as soon as you receive my message.


Mr. Tapsoba Pascal Ali


Another Scam: from John Nicholson, Speechly Bircham LLP

Please read carefully as I am going to explain in detail why I mailed you. I have since carried out a search on his actual extended family ties and which efforts have been to no avail and hence my contacting you.

I had contacted you to solicit your honest assistance in profiling funds belonging to my late client. I want you to consider the details so you could understand the fuller reasons I need your co-operation.

My mail to you was written as a matter of last resort because of the circumstances surrounding this claim right now. Mark McBride was an oil merchant and he had oil dealings around Europe and Africa. He died at 54 alongside his wife, Maria, 46, and their only daughter, Katharine, 11.They were Christians.

He lived most of his years here in the U.K but traveled often. I served as his private attorney for the last eleven years preceding his death, just after the birth of Katharine. Mark migrated into England a long time ago as an orphan.

I know you may not be anyway related to my client but you need to understand the main reason I contacted you. I contacted you because after the death of my late client, I was informed by the finance company to search for any member of his extended family to put up a claim, or who could be so represented as managers or trustees for his deposited funds with them which stands due to the fact that he died with his immediate family members.

After preliminary efforts of search that came to no avail, I was given an ultimatum to look for someone to come for the claim or have the funds liquidated and made unserviceable in accordance with existing laws because it will be assumed that no member of his family is alive.

However, it might interest you to know that, after a thorough investigation in the finance company, I found out that some members of the company are currently planning to divert this fund in their selfish interest and only want to use the excuse that since I am not able to look for someone to make the claim, the money should be made unserviceable and that means reverting the fund to the Government while the company retains a percentage of it.

After unraveling their plans and professional consideration on my part, I decided to look for someone credible, with the same last name with my late client, to apply for this claim due to the fact that I have at my possession some legal documents which are very important and which might be requested by them and which, can only be provided by my chambers since they have since been with me.

I feel and know that you will be able to make this claim SUCCESSFULLY because of your last name which is the same as that of my late client's and as a result of this I do not want the company to be aware that I contacted you first in order to prevent them from going into much investigations on whom you actually are and that can put the success of this transaction on the line. I want you to be rest assured that this is legal with no risk involved, since all the legal documents that give you the right to make the claim is available.

This is a deal I am offering you and I want you to know that it requires only a mature mind to understand all I am saying and I believe you are mature enough which is the reason I am going further.

I am taking my time to explain all these to you now because I want you to see the reasons why my name should never be mentioned any time you are discussing with the members of the company and why this transaction has to be kept really confidential in order for us to be able to achieve our goals neatly.

Note that there is a legal reason for the confidentiality of this transaction because of the nature of the transactions and the circumstances surrounding it. I stand a better part of the risk because if at any point, and for any reason, this Finance House becomes aware of my prior contact with you, then I could be held for being in breach of a standard code of conduct which borders on a breach of lawyer/client fiduciary relationship among others and for this reason, I will appreciate if you are very sure you can assist with this and execute this with the required diligence.

NOTE that if they request to know how you came to know that your family member had such an amount of funds with them and who contacted you, which I am not sure they will ask, but in order to be on the safer side, if you are asked, be confident to tell them that the extended family discovered some documents in his archives showing that Mr. Mark lodged such funds with them and that is why you have been sent by the paternal family to contact the bank. Anyway, further deliberations will be held on this as we proceed.

I want you to know that I have these documents to show to you as proof but I cannot release them for your perusal now for security reasons until I have attained your confidence. I will provide you with any information you need as we proceed. I want you to be rest assured as this is going to be done in line with the law avoiding anything illegal. I would be protecting you 100% all the way through this transaction.

Please bear in mind that you have to be really sure if you are going ahead or not for I do not want to jeopardize the success of this transaction which means so much to me at the moment. I will wait for your response and please do not forget about the discreet nature of this transaction. I will advise you give me a call on +44-703-592-5594 my private and confidential numbers. Do send to me your direct phone lines so we can discuss this further.

Take note of the mode of sharing after a second thought, 30% for me 60% for you and 10% for expenses that might be incurred during the course of the transaction. If you have gone through this mail and you feel it is well understood, please get back to me telling me if you are willing to go ahead or not so that I can give you the contact of this finance company where this fund is lodged and then inform you too of how to proceed.

John Nicholson.
Speechly Bircham LLP
6 New Street Square
London EC4A 3LX
Tel: +44 70-359-25594
Cell:+44 70-2403-3969
Fax: +44 7005-931-278
DX 54 Chancery Lane.
N.B When calling you dial your country calling code which I think is 011+my number (+44-70-359-25594). That is (011-44-70-359-25594). You can also confirm the
code from your service provider.


Internet Scams: News for 3/19/12

News9 new results for internet scams
Scams Promise Fake Tax Refunds
MarketWatch (press release)
Unfortunately for many, tax season is also scams season. Warning signs of tax scams include: Unfamiliar companies that sell refunds or credits to members of local churches. Internet ads or emails with toll-free numbers. When people call, they are asked ...
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Turning up the heat on scammers
The New Zealand Bankers' Association is urging bank customers to take commonsense steps to combat online banking fraud as Fraud Awareness Week kicks off. The association and some of its member banks have attempted in the past to transfer more of the ...
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Tips to combat online bank fraud
The New Zealand Bankers' Association has issued a seven point list to combat online bankingfraud as Fraud Awareness Week 2012 kicks off. "Public vigilance is crucial in the fight against financial cyber crime. Customers have an important role to play ...
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Scam reports nearly double in 2011, ACCC reveals – five lessons you need to know
The number of scam reports provided to the competition watchdog doubled during 2011, with onlineauctions now one of the biggest target sites. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has warned businesses to do due diligence on a potential ...
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Phishing expeditions help clients
Charleston Post Courier
By Brendan Kearney John LaCour's work email inbox is all spam and scams -- on purpose. He deals with them so you don't have to. "Most people don't want spam," LaCour said last week. "We actually vacuum up as much as we can.
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Online Dating Tips To Prevent Scams And Broken Hearts
Unfortunately, the Internet has yet to fix the awkwardness of first dates. Regardless, online dating does contain its own pitfalls that come along with the digital era. Namely people attempting to scamyou under the guise of being a hot, young blonde ...
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Scams con Aussies out of $85 million: ACCC
The Australian
The figures were published on Monday - the start of National Consumer Fraud Week - in the ACCC's annual report on scam activity. The research suggests con artists are increasingly using the telephone and internet-based telephone services to target ...
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Scams reported to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission almost double ...
The Daily Telegraph
THE number of scams reported to the consumer watchdog almost doubled last year with Australians duped by con artists into losing $85.6 million. And bucking the online trend of recent yearsscammers are also going old school, using the telephone to ...
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Honolulu FBI warns against work-from-home scams
Saipan Tribune
Robert Allan Jones, acting special agent-in-charge of the Honolulu Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, warned the public about “work-from-home” scams advertised on the Internet that ultimately seek to defraud money from job-seekers and their ...
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Blogs1 new result for internet scams
Internet Banking Fraud | How To Spot Scams |
By Tom Pullar-Strecker
The New Zealand Bankers' Association is urging bank customers to take commonsense steps to combat online banking fraud as Fraud Awareness Week kicks off. - Business

Web1 new result for internet scams
How to avoid virus, phishing, worm and internet scams?
People also face many other internet threats such as phishing, worm and internet scams. A virus attacks your computer when you visit certain malicious websites ...

News4 new results for text scams
West Australians lose millions in scams
Sydney Morning Herald
The department has warned people not to respond to suspicious emails, letters, personal approaches, phone calls or text messages. Photo: Louie Douvis Hundreds of West Australians have been conned out of $4.1 million in phone and email scams in the past ...
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Sydney Morning Herald
Canadians concerned about online fraud, identity theft
Montreal Gazette
A poll conducted for TD Canada Trust for Fraud Prevention Month found 84 per cent of respondents worry about becoming victims of online fraud, 77 per cent are concerned about malicious social media apps and 72 per cent fret about phishing.
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Retailers and web firms warned as $85 million is lost to fraud
The ACCC report reveals phone scams were the most popular scam delivery method in 2011, up from 14144 in 2010 to a whopping 42977, while email is also an increasing common method. Internetscams have declined, but the numbers of scams via text and mail ...
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Chinese bank scam warning
Channel Television
They warn; you should never give out personal details via email, letter, phone or text, to an unknown sender, as this is just another version of 'cold calling' by scammers. A Police spokesman said: "It is important that people are not taken in by this ...
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Web1 new result for text scams
BBB: Free Walmart Gift Card Text Is a Smishing Scam - BBB News ...
Media contact: Janet C. Hart, APR, CFEE (704) 927-8617 office. Text Messages Offer 'Free' Walmart Gift Card. CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Have you received a text ...

Web1 new result for "internet predators"
Internet predators - YouTube
Internet predators. iengageatbcs. Subscribe Subscribed Unsubscribe. Loading... 296 videos ...

News2 new results for SMS scams
Beware of scammers, tax commissioner warns
Scammers are using a wide range of methods to catch people off-guard - phone calls, letters, SMSmessages, emails, bogus websites and even fake job ...
No proof telcos leaked consumer information to content providers
Malaysia Star
"Many people assume that content providers who send business SMS ... through SMS and what was the punishment if there was proof of scams in such business.

Web1 new result for SMS scams
Fake CAPTCHAs Spread the Facebook Scam 'PHOTO! Girl ...
It seems to be rather old news in knowing how Facebook can be attacked from one end of the spectrum to the other. In the latest rash of Facebook.


Another Scam: from Binta Azizi

Subject: My dear here is all about me and my photo.

Hello my Dearest one,

How are you, i was touched after going through your mail today, I think is know longer necessary for me to hide myself from you again, i decided to contact you because of my motive to have a relationship with you, i am a lady who love to have fun and share with my beloved one. My hobbies is cooking, reading, tennis, and music.

My Name is miss Binta Azizi, 24 years old female from Cote D Ivory(Abidjan)in west Africa,
the daughter of Late Dr & Mrs Frank Azizi, the chairman managing director of (Franco Industrial company Ltd) in my country. I am constrained to contact you in order to have a long term relationship with you, and also because of the maltreatment I am receiving from my uncle.

He planned to take away all my late father's treasury and properties from me since the unexpected death of my beloved Father in this recent political crises that happened in my country. Luckily he did not discover where I kept my father’s 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 Dakar, Republic of Senegal. I wish to contact you personally for a long term relationship and investment assistance in your Country.

My late father of blessed memory deposited the sum of US$4.5 million in a bank in London great Britain with my name as the next of kin. However, I shall be willing to forward you the necessary documents on confirmation of your acceptance to assist me for the transfer and investment of the fund.

As you will help me in an investment, and i will like to complete my studies, as i was in my 2ND year in the university, when the crisis started. It is my intention to compensate you with 5% of the total money for your assistance and the balance shall be my investment capital. This is the reason why I decided to contact you.

Please all communications should be through this email address only for confidential purposes. As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest, I will put every 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.

You can reach me on phone through the office number of the camp director, his name is Reverend Daniel Anthony and his phone number is (00221 768545380), if you will like to speak to me on phone. When you call tell him you want to talk to miss Binta Azizi, he will then send his receptionist to call me, i am staying at the female hostel block 104A. attach here is my pictures.

Awaiting your urgent and positive response.

Yours in love,
miss Binta.


Report from "Identity Theft" Victim

I got scammed.
Stole my identity but no money just yet.
After they got my details, this is what they wanted me to do but I haven’t done yet.
What do I do???
They said:
In line with the policies of the Apple Inc. Promotional Sweepstakes and the remittance procedures, you have two options to complete your prize money redemption.

OPTION (A): You are officially requested to visit our office in West London, United Kingdom within 4 days for physical identification and signing of the original copies of the Prize Release Authorization forms for immediate release of your prize money to you. You are advised to come with the following requirements: -

a) Valid proof of identification, ID or driving license.
b) Copy of your recent phone billing receipt.

Upon arrival you will be required to procure an affidavit of claim from a UK High Court or a notary. This must be duly signed and thumb printed by you. This goes to legalize your winnings. Please be informed that your trip to the UK and other expenses is solely your responsibility.

OPTION (B): This is for winners who are unable to make a trip to our office. Such winners are presented with the option of contacting our accredited attorney here in the UK who will take you through the legalization process on your behalf and his retainer fee can be negotiated.

The Apple Inc. Promotional Sweepstakes put in place this procedure for all international winners because we are almost certain physical presence at our office will be an issue. The attorney - Mr. Darlington Bismarck of  Scott Humphery Solicitors / Law Firm will be contacting you shortly with the legalization process. After the legalization process, the paying financial institution will be remitting your prize money to you.

Please find the attorney's information below:

Principal Partner:    Mr. Darlington Bismarck
Attorney:                Scott Humphery Solicitors
Address:                Plot 521 Station Parade
                              HP23 3PW
Telephone (UK):     +44 702 404 6345

Please always remember to state your reference and batch numbers in all correspondence to us or our accredited Lawyers- Mr. Darlington Bismarck.

Again, your reference and batch numbers are

Reference Number:  IPQ2/11/09/34
Batch Number: 0054/B/2040.


Once again, congratulations on your winnings.


Allen Richardson
Promotional Director
Apple Inc. Mobile Promotions.
124B High Street Kensington.
London ,
W8 65H,
United Kingdom



An Affiliate of BMW UK.
We are pleased to inform you of the release, of the long awaited results of the BMW CAR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM held on the 15th of February, 2012. You were entered as dependent clients with: Ticket number: 2752246896 and Secret pin code x7pwyz2009. You have been approved for a payment of ?450,000.00 (four hundred and fifty thousand Great British Pounds) in cash credited to file reference number:BMW:2551256003/23 And a brand new BMW 5 Series Car. You are to contact our-accredited agent for your claim now.
Mrs. Elizabeth Cooper
You are also advised to provide her with the under listed information:
1.Name in full.
2.Address in full.
3.Nationality & Present Country.
5.Phone /Fax /Sex.
6.Email address.
Once again congratulations.
Program Co-ordinator


Another Scam: from Apple Inc. Mobile Award

From: Apple Inc. Mobile Award <>
Subject: 2012 Apple iPhone Award Declaration

Apple Inc. Mobile Promotions.
124B High Street Kensington.
London ,
W8 65H,
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 Pounds.

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 Australian 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.

To process and remit your prize money, we request that you furnish us with the following information:


  First Name:
  Middle Name:
  Last Name:
  Date of Birth (yyyy-mm-dd):

"Section B"

  Winning Mobile Number:
  Mobile Network:
  Claims Code:
  Prize Won:
  Alternate Mobile Number:

Section C

  Contact email address(s):

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.
124B High Street Kensington.
London ,
W8 65H,
United Kingdom

Direct Line: +44 702 406 2518

Copyright © 2012 Apple Inc. All rights reserved.