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29.9.12

Another Scam: from REV HUBERT JIMMY

UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA BENIN
AGBOKOU STREET, COTONOU
P.M.B. 0127, AGBOKOU, COTONOU

ATTN DEAR BENEFICIARY,

THIS IS REV HUBERT JIMMY, DIRECTOR CASH PROCESSING UNIT,UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA[UBA] THE ONLY BANK APPOINTED BY THE O.A.U MEMBERS LED BY PRESIDENT JOHN KUFFOR. BECAUSE OF THE FRAUD GOING ON IN WEST AFRICA COUNTRIES WHERE SOME INNOCENT BENEFICIARIES WERE ASK TO PAY IN ADVANCE BEFORE RECEIVE THE MONEY OWED TO THEM. THE ABOVE AFRICA UNION HELD MEETING IN BENIN REPUBLIC AND RESOLVE TO PAY ALL BENEFICIARIES IN CASH THROUGH MEANS OF DIPLOMATIC COURIER SERVICE.

WE RECEIVED YOUR FILES FROM INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (I.M.F) AS ONE OF THE BENEFICIARIES. TAKE NOTE; TEN THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS (US$10,000) HAVE BEEN MAPPED OUT FOR ALL EXPENSES IN SENDING THE MONEY TO YOU THROUGH GENUINE DIPLOMATIC COURIER SERVICE AND HOW IT WAS SPENT WILL BE DETAILS TO YOU. THEREFORE, I WANT YOU TO BEAR IT IN MIND THAT YOUR TOTAL FUND WILL BE NO MORE ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS ($1,500,000.00) BUT ONE MILLION FOUR HUNDRED AND NINETY THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS

IF ANY BODY TELLS YOU THAT HE IS PAYING YOU IN BANK DRAFT OR TELE-GRAPHIC MONEY TRANSFER BOTH WESTERN UNION OR MONEY GRAM, DO NOT LISTEN TO HIM OR HER BECAUSE DUE TO THIS FRAUD NO INTERNATIONAL BANK HON OURS OUR REMITTANCE INSTRUCTION ANY MORE. THAT IS WHY WE SETTLED TO PAY IN CASH THROUGH COURIER
.
WE ALSO RECEIVED A SECURITY REPORT THAT YOU PAID THE FRAUDSTERS WHO HAVE BEEN DECEIVING YOU, TELLING YOU THAT THEY ARE GOING TO SEND THIS MONEY TOYOU.DEAR, AS A SENIOR BANKER, CONTROLLING THIS CASH PAYMENT NOW, I ADVISE YOU NOT TO WASTE YOUR MONEY BY PAYING ANY BODY IN ADVANCE AGAIN, AND IF YOU JUST FOLLOW MY INSTRUCTION, YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR MONEY IN THREE DAYS TIME.

YOUR FUND WILL NOW PACKAGE IN BOX AND TAKE TO THE DIPLOMATIC COURIER SERVICE FOR IMMEDIATE SHIPMENT, I WILL ALSO SEND THE PICTURE OF THE BOX BY ATTACHMENT TO YOU TO SEE HOW THE MONEY IS PACKED, I WILL SEND YOU MORE MAILS TO GIVE YOU MORE INFORMATION WITH MY INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT FOR YOU TO KNOW THE GENUINE OF THIS TRANSACTION. THEREFORE, DO FORWARD YOUR HOME ADDRESS AND DIRECT PHONE NUMBER TO ME FOR QUICK DELIVERY BECAUSE TIME IS NOT IN OUR SIDE. ALL THE DOCUMENTS WILL BE SENT TO YOU IF I AM ASSURED THAT YOU HAVE STOPPED SENDING MONEY TO THAT FRAUDSTER. BUT GOD WILL SURELY JUDGE ALL OF THEM WHO LIVE BY CHEATING. MY BIBLE SAYS WHAT IT PROFITS A MAN IF YOU GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD BUT LOOSE YOUR SOUL, WHICH IS NOTHING.

REV HUBERT JIMMY
DIRECTOR CASH PROCESSING UNIT
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA
Email:::::: ( revhubertjimmy1@r7.com)
Customer Care Service Call +229-9861 2414

28.9.12

Another Scam: from Madina Karim

Hello my beloved !
      
How was your night over there in your country and the day,i believe you had a nice night and that the atmosphere over there in your country is very nice today? Mine was a little bit warm over here in Dakar Senegal. My name is Madina Karim i am (25yrs) but age doesn't matter in a real relationship,so i am comfortable with your age,I am from Rwanda in East Africa,5ft.4 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.DOMINIC.KARIM was the managing director of KARIM COCOA INDUSTRIES (Ltd) in KIGALI (the capital city of RWANDA,my country) 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 now and I managed to make my way to this country, SENEGAL where i am leaving now as a refugee under a Reverend father'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,your hobbies and what you are doing presently.I will tell you more about myself Attached here is my picture
In this camp we are only allowed to go out from the camp only on Mondays and Fridays of the weeks.It's just like one staying in the prison and i hope by Gods grace i will come out here soon.

I don't have any relatives now whom i can go to because all my relatives ran away in the middle of the war, the only person i have now is ( REV.Martin David) who is the pastor of the (Christ The King Church) 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 living in the women's hostel because the camp has two hostels, one for men the other for women.

The Pastors Tel number is (+221 770 489 679) 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 privileged to any thing be it money or whatever because it is against the law of this country.I want to go back to my studies but not in Senegal or Rwanda 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,(it's a secret,even the Reverend don't know about it),i have my late father's FUND DEPOSIT CERTIFICATE and his DEATH CERTIFICATE here with me which shall be used to claim the money from the bank,because when he was alive he deposited some amount of money in one of the leading bank in EUROPE which he used my name as the next of kin,the amount in question is $5.7 (Five Million,Seven Hundred Thousand US Dollars).

So i will like you to help me transfer this money to your account and from it you will send some money for me to get my traveling documents and air ticket to come over there to meet with you.I kept this secret to people in the camp here but the only person that knows about it is the Reverend because he is like a father to me,but he does not know that i have the FUND DEPOSIT CERTIFICATE and MY LATE FATHER'S DEATH CERTIFICATE here with 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 and when i will be there with you.

Remember i am giving you all this information due to the trust i deposed on you.I like honest and understanding people,trustful and a man of vision,optimistic and hardworking.My favorite language is English because it is my country's general language.Meanwhile i will like you to call me like i said i have a lot to tell you.Have a nice day and think about me.
Awaiting to hear you soonest .

Thanks yours
cheers from Madina.

27.9.12

Another Scam: from Mr. Edward Kong

Mr. Edward Kong
Vice President/Manager
The Bank of East Asia (USA) NA
Flushing Branch 
39-02 Main Street,
Flushing, NY 11354, USA

Greetings friend,

I am Mr. Edward Kong, the Vice President and Branch Manager of The Bank of
East Asia (USA), Flushing Branch Flushing New York, USA. I write to seek your
consent to carry out a transaction that would be highly beneficial to you and
me. I know you may be wondering why I am contacting you for this despite all
the friends and relations that I have but I decided to do this with an unknown
person to avoid any form of blackmail in the future. Mr. Alvin Peter
Kappelmann Jr was an account holder with my bank. I have been his account
officer for 11 years before his death. He died during the World Trade Centre
bombing in September 11 2001. Please confirm from this site: 
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/memorial/people/2632.html

Since his death, the management of my bank has made series of efforts to
locate his family but all efforts were proved abortive. I also carried out
series of research to find his family but it was confirmed that the mother who
was the only surviving member of the family died at the hearing of the son’s
death. He was already divorced before his death and due to this fact; no one
was able to claim the fund he deposited in my bank legally because there was
no will to it. He had a secret dollar account with my bank worth the sum of
$58,200,000.00 (Fifty Eight Million, Two Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars) with an interest agreement of 6.7%, which have been for the past 9 years.


My purpose of contacting you now is this: My bank during the last executive
meeting resolved that if by the end of this year and there is no to the said
account, the account will be confiscated and the fund sent to the bank
treasury and this is where I am interested in and wants you to come in: I want
you to come in as the Next of /Beneficiary to this account. I have all the
titled documents to back your claim and as the Vice President and Manager of
this branch, it is in my power to carry out any form of verification on the
beneficiary of the said fund and process the fund wire without any problem. I
want you to know that this is legal, 100% risk free as all the titled
documents would be changed to your name, and the fund wired to any bank
account you wish to have it wired to.

Please note that I am willing to let you have 40% of the total sum while you
give me 60% when the fund finally gets to your nominated bank account. Also,
note that I am willing to go extra mile to make this a success because if
anything goes wrong, then I stand the risk of losing my job and even go to
jail for trying to carry out such transaction. This is why I am contacting you
so that we can put heads together and take care of this transaction within now
and the next 9 days.

Kindly get back to me immediately at (edwardkong1992@yahoo.com.ph) so that I
will advice you on how this would be carried out.

Sincerely,

Mr. Edward Kong
Vice President/Manager
edwardkong1992@yahoo.com.ph

22.9.12

Another Scam: from Marry


Greetings my dear, 
How are you doing today. i hope everything is ok with you. i wish you the best of this year, thanks so much for your response.. I know that this mail will not come to you as a surprise since we have not had a previous correspondence, please bear with me. i will really like to have a good relationship with you, and i have a special reason why i decided to contact you.
 
I decided to contact you because of the urgency of my situation here, and after looking  your profile. I am Miss Marry 24 years old girl from  Liberia , the only daughter of Late Major General Paul Larry my father was  the former deputy minister of national security under the leadership of president Charles Taylor who is now in exile after many innocent soul were killed in my country Liberia, My father was killed by government of Charles Taylor, He accused my father of coup attempt.
 
I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment i am receiving from my step mother. She planned to take away all my late father's treasury and properties from me since the unexpected death of my beloved Father.
 
Meanwhile I wanted to escape to the Europe but she hide away my international passport and other valuable traveling documents. Luckily she did not discover where I kept my late fathers which contains important documents.
 
So I decided to ran away to the refugee camp where I am presently seeking asylum under the United Nations High Commission for the Refugees here in Dakar Republic of Senegal, I wish to contact you personally for a long term business relationship and investment assistance in your Country.
 
My late father of blessed memory deposited the sum of (US$ 2,7m) in one of the leading bank in Europe with my names as the next of kin. But meanwhile you should not allow any other person to know about this money since my late father did not disclose it with any body rather do they know about the valuable documents .
 
I have informed the bank about my plans of transferring the money to me here in African to start a new life but i don't know that my late father have an agreement with the bank.that i should be up to 30 years of age before i will have direct access to the money.if not then i should provide my partner to stand for me as my trustee to the bank so the bank will make the transfer into my partners account.
 
However, I shall forward you with the necessary documents on confirmation of your acceptance to assist me for the transfer of the money to your account, and I will like you to help me invest the money in your country, and i will also like to complete my studies, as i was in my 1st year in the university when the crisis started,It is my intention to compensate you with 20% 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 save and confidential purposes.
 
As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest I will put 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 not call me on phone because i have no phone here in the refugee camp,but there is a church here in the camp. where i can receive yours calls. if you care to call me, it is the Reverend priest phone Number here in the camp, Please when you call , tell him that you want to speak with Miss marry the Liberian girl in female hostel room 101.then he will send for me to answer your call,
 
This is the Rev priest phone number +221771-297-496
. Please I am waiting for your urgent and positive response. Please do keep this only to yourself, please i beg you not to disclose it to anyone until i come over to join you immediately the fund is transferred into your account.
 
Thanks hoping to hear from you soon,

Yours faithfully Marry





21.9.12

Another SCAM: from Miss Abi

My Dearest One   

I am so glad you accepted my friendship proposals by providing me with your personal Email contact, You just have no idea of how much I want to be by your side, i was touched to write you Please don't be offended, I felt i could make a good friend with you I will bee so glad if you accepted my friendship proposals First and foremost and brief self introduction, My Name is Abi Ahmed, Am from Muslim Family  ( AM 21 years ) old and the only Child of my late Father Dr. Ahmed Aahil My father was a highly reputable business magnate-(a cocoa merchant) who operated in the capital of LIBERIA during his days be he was poisoned to by his business associates in one of their outings on a business trip,  my mother died when am baby and since then was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by his relatives who was so jealous of his wealth and progress, But God knows the truth, i managed to make my way to a West African country Senegal  where i am living now as a refugee. Am a Liberian but i live in Senegal Refugee Camp, I would like to know more about you, Your likes and dislikes, your hobbies and what you are doing presently Your happiness would always be my good priority as i hope to see you make me happy

I will tell you more about myself in my next mail with the intent of making you my guardians in all that legally applies in my life attached here are some of my pictures and i hope that you will appreciate my kind gesture and the straight forwardness in waiting to honestly meet with you, We can both arrange my coming to meet and stay with you in your country with proper understanding and feelings into one an-others heart ,i shall borrow the word 'LOVE 'and request that you permit me to use it as i told you i don't have any parson to help me here in the camp even to eat food here is very big problem to me i hope by Gods grace i will be free someday, i don't have any relative now whom i can go to, i thank God who bring you in to my life i pray and also have the Faith that you will make me happy in life, i promise to love you with all my heart, Honey i will want you to know that you are my happiness now,

The only person i have now is  Rev Father Michael Joseph  who is the General overseer of United Methodist Church Mission in Senegal, 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 woman's hostel because the camp have two hostels one for men the other for women.

Please listen to this secret,i have my late father's (statement of account Deposit ) and (Death Certificate ) / (personal will) which he made me his next of King, here with me which i will send to you latter, because when he was alive he deposited some Amount of money in one the leading banks in which he used my name as the next of kin, the Amount in question is $5.7 million US DOLLARS (Five million Seven Hundred Thousand USD)The bank has only requested me to seek the services of an expatriate person who could supposedly invest this money genuinely for me. the bank has also insisted that i do not have the principle knowledge to invest this money and that was why i have contacted you the money was deposit by my late father and he made me the next of kin because am the only Child of my late Father.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 from people in the camp here the only person that knows about it is the Rev Father because he is like a father to me,

Am going to give you The Rev Father Tel Number in my next mail. But i will plead with him today to permit me give out his number to you as contact so that if you call and tell him that you want to speak with me he will sent  for me in the camp.I will love to hear your voice, 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.

So in the light of above i will like you to keep it to your self 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. Am Royal and Trustworthy Lady My dear, I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.
Now permit me to ask these few questions:-

1. Can you honestly help me as your daughter or friend OR Your Sister or Wife?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount will be good for you after the money is in your position?

Please tell me if you  are welling to help me in transferring  this money  to your account try and reply me very fast  and also send me all your contact information for communication, because the bank is waiting to hear from you,  please send me your information because i will bee sending email to the bank with your information, i will also send you the documents with me so that you will contact with  the bank because the bank is waiting to hear from you.

FULL NAME...............
AGE..............................
COUNTRY AND CITY.................
PHONE NUMBER................
PHOTO'S...........................
OCCUPATION....................

Remember i am giving you all this information due to the trust and love i deposed on you, Please, Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible, i want you to reply me urgent so that i will give you the contact of the bank where this money was deposited.I am looking forward to hear from you, please do not turn me down because you are the Gods sent that can help me out.Thank you so much.
Your lovely One Miss Abi






Another Scam: from Harrison


Sir, until now i still received massages from him. Here I attached his latest massage asking me to send some money:
Honey sorry for my late response and how are you today?i guess you are fine?I have not been feeling fine because of this problem but i believe it will soon come to an end.You are always in my mind and i think of you so much.To be sincere with you I can't wait to see you..Sorry for all the stress you have pass through because of me and thank you so much for your care,love and prayers and like what i will always say,you are the best woman in the world with good heart and i will always stand by your side anytime any day.You are the love of my life and i give glory to Allah for bringing you to me.

Honey,i have contacted my son teacher to borrow me some money and he told me he can only give me 1,000 pounds which is equivalent to 5,000 Malaysia currency and he will send it by tomorrow to the security company.I have already contacted the security company to notify them..Honey please contact Susan Gibbs so that you can pay the 5,000 to them.I have already told them that you will be contacting them.She said she has not can her number..This is her number +60163822325.

Honey please I do not want any police problem and please do not even think about it until we get our shipment first.We are going to pay everybody you have borrow money from as soon as possible.I love you from the bottom of my heart and thank you so much for all your help.

Lots of love
Harrison

18.9.12

Scam: from Mrs. Susanne Gibbs


Hello, i know this guy from face book. I knew in with guy in 21st May 2012.  He asked me for help. The story is the same only his name is different. I helped  him because i think he really need help.Mrs Susanne asked me to pay to  GLOBAL INTER HANDLERS about RM83800, but I only pay RM52,800. I always contact by email and message with Malaysian Chief Security Officer Mrs Susanne Gibbs about this. Last time  her phone number is +60163822325 and it is written on the address but this month her phone number is change but I still can contact her by sending short message using this number. Her new phone number is +60321784729. Please investigate her if she involve with this SCAM by using the company.

This is the story how I involved with SCAM.


 My Dearest .......,

Thanks for your prayers. What ever situation I found my self I always give Glory to God.

The situation here is getting worst and we've done all we could to put the brain box of the ship in order but to no avail, and beside we just received information from the Signal house that there are sea pirates from Indonesia blocking the sea. They are about 312 KM away from us and the nearest place for this Ship to anchor is Labuan Island somewhere in South Malaysia.

As it is now, we are no longer safe because we fear the pirates attack because the ship is very slow now. We have called for a rescue team but we are yet to get a response from our headquarters

The captains of the Ship have announced that all passengers should offload their goods for another means of transportation as the SHIP will duck here for another 20 days until its safe to continue sailing.

Honey my problem now is, my money ( 250,000 ) Great British pounds which I kept in my cabin safe box. I do not want it stolen from me in the event of any attack.My plan was to use this money to buy Metal oil in drums from Australia and supply to a company in Mexico I already had contract agreement with as I told you before.

Honey, as the Director of Operation in this Ship, it’s not possible for me to move along with the passenger because I have to take care of this ship until all GOODS/PRODUCT are completely discharged.

Now there are so many security company stands at the sea shore and I am thinking of what to do?and at this time I need you to stand by me .. I don't know what to do now ; I want to quickly send you the money so that you can help me to secure it in your place until I have the chance to make my trip and meet you soonest.I know we have not met each other but I TRUST you and give you my whole heart so that life can move straight with us and i know you will never disappoint or halt me because we are already two in one flesh .I have learned to take life as it happens as I remember everything happens for a reason.

I will discussed with one of the security company here.They will proceed delivery immediately I get a confirmation from you to assist me in receiving this money because there is no bank here and I dont want to loose the money to sea pirates because I know how I suffered for it.I will need your help now.Now is dark here i can't call you will have to hide inside ship.Thanks 
Harrison.


This is an email from Mrs Susan Gibbs. I got many more email from her.

Urgent Attention Kiah Binti Uda Arus,

We write to inform you that this company is not happy with the development of matters as regards the delivery of your shipment.You had wanted to put this company and yourself into a serious problem if not because of the quick intervention of the company director and beside you would have lost your shipment.This company does not transfer money,we only deliver goods and services.You would have told us the content of your shipment is money otherwise we know how to bit the customs and immigrations.We have done it for our customers when they declare the content to us and the company will declare it as company fund for investment

Our delivery officers were highly embarrassed at the Kuching lnternational Airport. A scanning was carried out by the customs on your shipment and it was  discovered that what you have in your shipment is a lot of money.

I have a personal relationship with you and we have been talking on phone and beside I am a mother and at least you would have put me in confidence otherwise you had wanted to put yourself in serious problem, they would charge you for money laundry and other related offenses like sponsoring terrorism and you know fully well what is happening all over the world now.

However,after much negotiations with the top custom officials and the company management,they told us that before they could release your shipment to us that we should give them your personal information, but we refuse because we know the implication and given them your information means you will be in serious problem and our customers are always our first priority.

After much deliberations, they told us we must produce or uptain International monetary transfer certificate, Anti-Drug / terrorist certificate before they could release the shipment to us for delivery to you.

We have contacted the British office here in Malaysia to issue us the certificates because we do not want any further problem and publicity and was told it will cost you 10,200 U.S dollars which is eqivalent to  31,000 malaysia Ringitt for the documents

The company director is still there now and please get back to us as soon as possible.

Yours at your service
Mrs Susan Gibbs (c.s.o)
For:Inter Global Handlers
+60163822325

I got another email from  her that she said I have to pay for clearance and late dumarage that is RM40,000.