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

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31.5.12

REVITA DERM SCAM

Hello there,

I have been victim of an Internet Scam by a company Revita Derm. In Jannuary 2012 I have signed for a trial product (price £ 0.95 and £0.97 ). Using a card of an account a rarely use.

I have never received any trial product but not worried because it was only a couple of pound I lost.... yesterday i have checked my account cause i needed to book some holiday and discovered this company has been taking money out of the account since and  in various occasion and more specif as follow:

26/12 £74.95
30/12 £ 51.00
28/02 £ 51.00
30/04 £12.72
01/05  £50.66
28/05 £ 52.54 
 
As you can see it is a  lot of money. Their excuse is that I did not cancelled within a trial period. That was never mentioned and I never received anything so had no idea.

29.5.12

Another Scam: from Mrs. Fathi Ben Shatwan

Dear Beloved,

How are you doing today with your beloved family I hope you are fine? Please I want to confide in you because of the situation and difficult condition that i now find myself. That has made me to cry out because I never knew things would turn this way. My name is Mrs. Fathi Ben Shatwan, I am from Libyan Rep, seeking asylum in Burkina Faso with my sickness due to Libyan civil war. I want to tell you this because i don't have any other option than to tell you as i was touched to open up to you. I have been Waha Oil Company Libya for 16years before i became sick and very unwell to continue the work that i started with my husband...I’m married to Dr. Ben Shatwan, We were married for 34 years with a child of 15years old son. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only five days. Since his death, I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home. When I was the Waha Oil Company (WOC) in capital city of Headquarters Tripoli Libya, I deposited the sum of ($22,800,000usd) in a Bank. Presently, this money is still with the Bank. I made this money available for exportation of Oil and Gold.

Recently, My Doctor told me that I would not last for the period of next few months due to cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided to hand you over this money for the benefit and education of my son Junior Ben, you will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want you to take 40% Percent of the total money for your personal use While 60% for my son Ben Junior who will be staying under your kind custody until he is matured enough to take care of himself. Because I grew up as an Orphan and i don't have anybody as my family member, I do not wish to leave this money in the bank because bankers might misuse it and it will not be in the best interest of my son who is just 15Years and too young to handle this kind of money. Am doing this so that God will forgive my sins and accept my soul because this sickness has suffered me so much. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank and I will also instruct the bank lawyer to issue you an Application form that will prove you the present beneficiary of the fund in the bank, which is if you assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein.

Hoping to receive your very urgent response.
Mrs. Fathi Ben Shatwan

27.5.12

Another Scam: from ESPN Head Office


ESPN Head Office
Registered office:
3 Queen Caroline Street,
London, W6 9PE.
Company No: 4620511.
Tel: +447010057344
Email: claimsdep@espncrickets.com

FROM THE DESK OF MR. GRAHAM SMITH

Dear Lucky Winner

        ...This E-mail is to officially inform you that your E-mail Address have been verified and pronounced as the lucky Winner Of £1,000,000.00 GBP, in the 2012 Award By (ESPN Star Cricket Draw Promotion UK) wishes to congratulate you over your E-mail Address success in this financial bailout plan. Your E-mail Address emerged as one of the ten final recipients of a Cash Grant/Donation of (One Million Great British Pounds) to salvage your finances and to develop your community. This cash grant is a gift you will never be required to pay it back.

          ..This financial bailout plan is funded by , Microsoft Corporation/Yahoo Incorporated, United Nations Agencies, Economic Development Organizations and Regional Unions which include the African Union (AU), Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), European Union (EU), Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), North American Union (NAU), etc in an effort to reduce the impact of food and financial crisis around the world. The leaders of these organizations by (ESPN STAR CRICKET) held in London UK, and made donations for this programme. We were engaged to carry out the task of conducting the E-mail Address balloting and to subsequently pay winners.

        ....Note that all participants’ E-mail Address were selected randomly from E-mail Address companies from all over countries of the world through a random sampling and your E-mail Address is attached to file reference number 
(IL/311ONI​/06) that emerged as one of the lucky numbers that won the sum of (One Million Great British Pounds) £1,000,000.00 GBP.

        ....Our method of payment is through A Demand Bank Draft that will be Issue In your favour So that you can easily en-cash it in your country. All you have to do now is to provide us with the information below to enable the Management of our company issue you the Bank Draft in your favour, you are required to fill the Verification & Funds Release Form below.
  
        ....More over note that you are to send all claims information to this email:  claimsdep@espncrickets.com

.VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM.
1. Full Name's:
2. Sex:                
3. Country:
4. State/City:
5. Contact Address:
6. Mobile/Tel Number:
7. Marital Status:
8. Occupation:
9. Age:
10. Pin Code:
11. File Reference Number:
12. Winning E-Mail Number:
13. Amount Won:
14. Have You Won Before: Yes Or No? .........

        ..For claims of your winning funds you are advice to send us your information via email below:
Email:  claimsdep@espncrickets.com

Tel: +447010057344

        ...As a security measure, you are asked to keep your winning information confidential until you have made your claim. This is mainly to avoid putting up double claims with your Email Address which will result to the cancellation of your cash grant. On behalf of myself and all staff of ESPN STAR CRICKET ORGANIZATION, I say congratulations once again.

.Your sincerely,
Mr. Graham Smith.
(Asia - Coordinator Claim Department)
Tel:
+447010057344
.Email: claimsdep@espncrickets.com
E.SPN Star Cricket Draw Promotion UK.

22.5.12

PayPal Scam

PayPal Customer,

Your 18.31 GBP payment made on Facebook Inc. is being processed.

Because of our geographic detector recorded this payment as being made from an unknown ip we had to put the payment on hold.

If you did not authorize this payment and you want to cancel, please login and complete the form requested.

http://www.paypal.co.uk

Thank you for your understanding.

PayPal,

Another Scam: from MR. WALE JACOB

DEAR FRIEND,

IT IS MY HUMBLE PLEASURE TO WRITE YOU THIS LETTER IRRESPECTIVE OF THE FACT THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW ME. I GOT YOUR CONTACT FROM INTERNET DURING MY SEARCH FOR RELIABLE AND TRUSTWORTHY PERSON THAT CAN HANDLE SUCH A CONFIDENTIAL TRANSACTION OF THIS NATURE.


I AM MR.WALE JACOB,A PRIVATE ASSISTANT OF CHIEF.JAMES IBORI,THE FORMER GOVERNOR OF DELTA STATE THE CRUDE OIL PRODUCING STATE IN NIGERIA.THE FAMILY HAS SUFFERED A LOT OF HARASSMENT FROM THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT BECAUSE OF HIS POLITICAL DIFFERENCE WITH THE CURRENT PRESIDENT.

RECENTLY,HIS COUNTRY HOME IN DELTA STATE(SOUTHERN NIGERIA)WAS SEARCHED AND A ROOM CONTAINING CASH/MONEY(US$600 MILLION) WAS DISCOVERED.PLEASE GO THROUGH LINK:
amairi.org/ibori_loot.html OR you can Google ibori FOR MORE INFORMATION.

THERE ARE STILL LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY IN HARD CURRENCY WHICH IS IN SAFE KEEPING IN A CONFIDENTIAL SECURITY FIRM IN EUROPE TOTALING US$75MILLION.

HOWEVER,THE FAMILY IS NOW BANKRUPT FOLLOWING THE INCARCERATION OF JAMES IBORI.


THIS MONEY IS IN EUROPE AS EARLIER MENTIONED AND IT IS DEPOSITED IN DIPLOMATIC BOXES,AS ARTIFACTS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS AND KNOWN AS CONSIGNMENT BY THE SECURITY FIRM,IT IS ONLY THE BOTH OF US THAT KNOWS,THE CONSIGNMENT CONTAINS CASH/MONEY.IF YOUR CONDITION IS ACCEPTABLE WE WILL PREPARE YOU AS THE BENEFICIARY OF THE BOXES AND REASONABLE PERCENTAGE OF 25% WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU.

WE HAVE ALL THE DOCUMENTS WITH US.THE SECURITY COMPANY HAVE CALLED US TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT CLAIMING THE BOXES WHICH WE HAVE EXPLAINED TO THEM THAT WE SHALL GET IN TOUCH WITH THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. REMEMBER THAT WE ARE MAKING THIS CONTACT BECAUSE WE CANNOT TRAVEL OUT OF THE COUNTRY FOR NOW TO AVOID TRACKING THE FUND BY THE GOVERNMENT.

NOTE THERE IS NO RISK INVOLVED BECAUSE I AM ALSO INVOLVED AS CHIEF IBORI´S CONFIDANT.

THEREFORE CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY YOU RECEIVE THIS MAIL.

PLEASE IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED JUST DESTROY THIS INFORMATION,AS THIS IS A TOP SECRET.WE SHALL BE PREPARED TO DO MORE BUSINESS WITH YOU AT THE END OF THIS TRANSACTION.
THANK YOU.

I AWAIT YOUR URGENT RESPONSE.

BEST REGARDS,
MR.WALE JACOB.

21.5.12

Fake Certificates from Internet Scams

SIR THESE ARE THE FOLLOWING CERTIFICATES THEY GIVE ME SO I CONVINCED TO GIVE THEM THE MONEY OF 3,05,000 RUPEES PLEASE HELP ME. SIR PLEASE HELP ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE I LOST MY EVERYTHING TO GET THAT MONEY PLEASE HELP ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.



17.5.12

Another Scam: The Pime Foundation

The Pime Foundation.
UK Annex Office:
9 Carlton Close,
London, NW3 7UA.
United Kingdom.

Dear Recipient,

The Pime Foundation sends this notification email to you as one of the
recipients of her cash Grant for your community as well as your personal
business development. The Pime Foundation was established on the 30th May,
1992 by a Multi-Million groups and companies in Europe having its'
corporate Head Quarters in Italy. The Pime Foundation had it primary
objective based on humanitarian empowerment and community development.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary program for the year, the Pime
Foundation is giving out a cash grant donation of £1,500,000.00 (One
Million Five Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling) each to six (6) lucky
recipients worldwide. 50% of this Grant must be used by the recipient for
his/her community development. This program is a yearly activity, which is
a measure of our Universal Development Program (UDP). The notable
objective of this program is to ensure that a significant change in the
standard of living of the people awarded this Grant and their communities
are positively affected.

The Pime Foundation has been assured of the highest organizational
standard courtesy of the United Nations (UN), Who believes in the
cooperative principles of the Foundation and say "It is our belief that we
can achieve great success in the general welfare of all through this
program". That is the reason the Pime Foundation is doing everything
possible to get all her awardees notified through email and (or) Telephone
(if possible).

The Pime Foundation was formed as a cooperative and strongly believes in
the cooperative principles. In keeping with these ideas, the Pime
Foundation Board of Trustees has implemented a Community enhancement
Program as well as Personal Business Development. This is a key element of
the cooperatives vision and Strategic Plan to assist in personal business
development and also promoting community well being in our service areas.
You are required to contact the Anniversary Secretary with your
information given below:

**************************************
Name:
Address:
Tel:
Age:
Occupation:
Ref. No: PMF/0201198/01.

**************************************

All awardees are advised to keep their notification details/information
very confidential to avoid Fraudulent claims or double claiming that we
sometimes experience. Any reported case of unqualified or double claiming
leads to instant cancellation of that particular Grant. All
acknowledgement email(s) should be directed to the office below:

Name: Andy Ray.
Email: Adm-Grant@blumail.org
Phone Nos: (+44) 704 574 1453.
Anniversary Secretary.

Congratulations once again from staff and members of the Pime Foundation.

Yours Sincerely,
Preafico Roberto (PRO).
Program Coordinator.
Copyright © 1992-2012 the Pime Foundation Inc All Rights Reserved.