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. FAYSAL Aziz

Dear Friend,

This mail might come to you as a surprise and the temptation to ignore it
as unserious could come into your mind but please consider it a divine
wish and accept it with a deep sense of humility.

I am Mr.FAYSAL Aziz the officer in charge of Auditing department of Bank Of
Africa (BOA) Ouagadougou Burkina Faso in West Africa, with due respect and
Regard, I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will
be very beneficial to both of us at the end of the transaction.
  During our investigation and auditing in this Bank, I came across a very
huge sum of money belonging to one of our deceased customer who died on
Tuesday 10th June 2008 on a plane crash and the fund has been dormant in
his account with this bank without any claim of the fund in our Custody
either from his family or relation before my discovery to this
development. As you can read more from the website bellow:

Although personally, I kept this information secret to enable the whole
plans and idea be Profitable and successful during the time of execution,
the said amount is Twelve million Two Hundred Thousand United States
dollars (US$12.2m), as it may interest you to know, I got your impressive
information on my search for a reliable partner, I contacted you to be my
partner and person to be reliable and capable to champion a business of
such magnitude without any problem.

Meanwhile all the arrangement to put claim over this fund as the next of
kin to the deceased, get the required approval and transfer this money to
a foreign account has been put in Place and directives and needed
information will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your interest
and willingness to assist me and also benefit your self to this great
business opportunity, In fact I could have done this deal alone but
because of my position in this country as a civil servant and we are not
allowed to operate a foreign account and would eventually raise eye brow
on my side
during the time of transfer because I work in this bank.

This is the actual reason why it will require a second party or fellow who
will forward claims as the next of kin with affidavit of trust of oath to
the bank and also present a foreign account where he will need the money
to be re-transferred into on his request as it may be after due
verification and clarification by the correspondent branch of the bank
where the whole money will be remitted from to your own designation bank

I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% risk free, on
smooth conclusion of this transaction, you will be entitled to 40% of the
total sum as gratification, while 10% will be set aside to take care of
expenses that may arise during the time of transfer, while 50% will be for
me, please you have been advised to keep "Top Secret" as I am still in
service and intend to retire from service after I conclude this deal with

I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you
confirm the money in your account, and I will come down to your country
for subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentages previously
indicated and further Investment.

I suggest you get back to me As soon as possible and also include your
personal phone/mobile and fax numbers for easy communication.

Yours faithfully,
The officer in charge of
Auditing department of
Bank of Africa (BOA)

Another Internet Scam: from Marcos Brut

Subject: Certificate of Award attached *** Contact the Wilson and co Chambers to hire their services for the procurement of the Affidavit of Claims‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏

England Office: 1 St James's Square London 
United Kingdom 
Desk Of: Marcos Brut
Tel: +44-703-592-0914


Dear Fund Beneficiary,

Honestly i thank you for your understanding and effort towards this claim process, Sequel to the bank's e-mail which you have forwarded to me for my kind perusal, I wish to provide further guidelines which will lead to the procurement of the bank Transfer Document.

Firstly, the bank demands from you, your certificate of award issued to you by the British Petroleum Company. Which is your proof of winning and we are done with the preparation of your Certificate Award and has attached it to this email below.

Secondly, the bank requires that you obtain a Sworn affidavit of claim from Her Royal Majesty Crown Court here in London. This document shall give your claim a legal backing based on the British government rule on claim. You are required to come down to London to Swear the Oath of Affidavit or hire the services of the Wilson and co Chambers here in UK so that they can assist you in swearing on your behalf at the court. See their e-mail below;

Barrister Wilson Burrows(ESQ)
Wilson and Co Law Chambers

You are to contact them and request them to assist you swear an Affidavit of Claim, which will enable you claim your prize from the Provincial Bank of London. As soon as you contact them They will reply you with the formalities for standing on your behalf at the court and you are required to follow their instructions for a hitch free issuance of the sworn affidavit of claim.Thank you and God bless you.

Keep me posted.

Kind Regards,
Dr, Marcos Brut
Prize Claims Agent


Another Internet Scam: from Central Bank of Burkina Faso

Call the Audit unit Payment Center for urgent attention 00226:76 070 459.



Central bank governor

Attentio: Beneficiar:

i am Agence Principale, the executive governor central bank of burkina faso (cbbf), am delighted to inform you that the contract panel, which just concluded it’s seating in Ouagadougou just released your name amongst inheritance funds, Payment of USD$450,000.00  (Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars). from central bank of burkina faso,  BCEAOOuagadougou, have been RELEASED and APPROVED for onward transfer to you via an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw all the USD$450,000.00 in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world.

We have mandated Mr.Cole Sify, to send you the ATM CARD and PIN NUMBER which you will use to withdraw all your $450,000.00  in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world.You are therefore advice to contact the Head of ATM CARD Department of Ouagadougou , Burkina Faso :
Contact Person: Mr.Cole Sify
E-mail address:
Tell: 00226:76/07/0/4/59.

Tell Mr.Cole Sify that you received a message from the office of the Presidency,instructing him to send you the ATM CARD and PIN NUMBER which you will use to withdraw your due fund in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world, also send him your direct phone number and contact address where you want him to send the ATM CARD and PIN NUMBER to you.

We are very sorry for the plight you have gone through in the past months. Thanks for adhering to this instruction and once again accept our congratulations.
Best Regards.
Agence Principale
central bank of burkina faso (cbbf).


Another Internet Scam: from Mrs. Paulina Goss

Dear Beneficiary:

This is to bring to your notice that because of the impossibility of your fund transfer through the Western Union network, we have credited your total of 1.5milion  valid fund into an ATM MASTER CARD and I have paid the re-activation  fee and the delivery of the ATM Card To you, I paid it because the ATM Card worth of 1.5milion which I have registered it delivery yesterday has less than Seven days to expire in the custody of the UPS Company and when it expires, the money will  go into Federal Government treasury account.

With that we decided to help you pay off the money so that the ATM Card will not expire, because I trust that when you receive your ATM Card definitely you must pay me back my money and even compensate me for helping you.

Now I want you to contact UPS Express at Email:( with your physical address you desire the delivery to be made so that they can deliver your ATM Card to your designated address without any delay.
Like I stated earlier, the crediting re-activation, delivery and the company registration charges has been paid by me, but we did not pay their official keeping fees since they refused, they refused and the reason is that they do not know when you are going to contact them and the demur- rage might have increased by then, They told me that their keeping fees is 35dollar per day only, and I deposited it yesterday , June 18th, 2012,Time 1:11 PM

Below is the Contact Information of the UPS, Express Customer Service Director Mr. Erick Innocent, Email Address ( Tel: +229 9886 2012 Contact them today and also send them the security official keeping charge to avoid increase of their fees and let me know once you receive your ATM card, Important Notice, your ATM CARD package was registered as a gift so that the diplomatic Agent will not know the content of your package okay.

Below is the Registration Information's of your ATM CARD SHIPMENT,


You’re faithfully
Mrs. Paulina Goss