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 Mrs. Jane Betty Blaire, FedEx Team Management

Dear Customer!

We have been waiting for you to contact us for your Confirmed Package that is registered with us for shipping to your residential location. We had thought that your sender gave you our contact details. It may interest you to know that a letter is also added to your package. However, we cannot quote its content to you via email for privacy reasons.

We understand that the content of your package itself is a Bank Draft worth of $250,000.00USD, FedEx do not ship money in CASH or in CHEQUES but Bank Drafts are Shippable. The package is registered with us for mailing by your colleague, and your colleague explained that he is from the United States but he is here in Nigeria for a three (3) months Surveying Project as he works with a consultant firm in Nigeria West Africa We are sending you this email because your package is been registered on a Special Orderand COD MODE is not operational.

What you have to do now, is to contact our Delivery Department for Immediate dispatch of your package to your residential address; you will have to pay the sum of $162USD to the FedEx Delivery Department being full payment for the Security Keeping Fee of the FedEx Company as stated in our privacy terms & condition page. Note that as soon as our Delivery Team confirm your information, it will take only one working day (24 hours) for your package to arrive it's designated destination. For your information, the VAT & Shipping charges as well as Insurance fees have been paid for by your colleague before your package was registered. Note that the payment that is made on the Insurance, Premium & Clearance Certificates are to certify that the Bank Draft is not a Drug Affiliated Fund (DAF) neither is it funds to sponsor Terrorism in your country. This will help you avoid any form of query from the Monetary Authority of your country. Kindly, note that your colleague did not leave us !
!with any further information. We hope that you respond to us as soon as possible because if you fail to respond until the Expiry date of your package, we may refer the package to the British Commission for Welfare as the package do not have a return address.

Kindly contact the delivery department (FedEx Delivery Post) with the
details given below:

FedEx Online Delivery Post
Contact Person: Young Lytle
Telephone: +234-8168636735

Kindly complete the below form and send it to the email address given
above. This is mandatory to reconfirm your Postal address and telephone


Kindly complete the above form and summit it to the delivery manager on:

As soon as your details are received, our delivery team will give you the necessary payment procedure so that you can effect the payment for the Security Keeping Fee. As soon as they confirm your payment receipt of $162USD, they will not hesitate to dispatch your package as well as the attached letter to your residence. It usually takes 24 hours being an overnight delivery service.

Note that we were not instructed to email you, but due to the high priority of your package we had to inform you as your sender did not leave us with his phone number because he stated that he just arrived Nigeria and he hasn't fixed his phone yet. We indeed personally sealed your Bank Draft and we found your email contact in the receiver?s column as the recipient of the foremost package.

Ensure to contact the delivery department with the email address given above and ensure to fill the above form as well to enable a successful

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Jane Betty Blaire.
FedEx Team Management.
All rights reserved. © 1995-2012


Another Scam: from Asia Pacific Courier

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Welcome To Asia Pacific Delivery  
Dispatch Agency  
Brews House,Jalan Ampang
60001 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

To whom it may concern,  

Attn: Nicholas Burt Edwards,
Welcome to asia pacific courier.  We just received confirmation that you have been officially cleared for payment by the Verifications Dept with SECURED DELIVERY #:  HNP/4128, at the headquarters of the Toto promo center.    
Your prize amount of Seven Hundred & fifty  thousand british pounds
 which is equivalent to $ 1,211,111.80 USD  (  One million Two hundred and eleven thousand One hundred and eleven Dollars, Eighty cents ) and Letter of Affidavit for Claims from the malaysia government, stating that the money was obtained legally through the Toto  Promotion will be sent to you via secured delivery post as soon as you meet with the below delivery terms and conditions.  

1) You are to provide us with your full residential Address for confirmation before delivery.
2) You will be required to show the delivery officer any form of valid identification such as  Driver's license, International Passport e.t.c before your parcel and related documents can be  handed over to you.
3) Due to the fact that there has to be extra safety measures taken when delivering your prize, we cannot use the normal postage. Herewith outlined below is our current  handling rates. we advise you opt for the most convenient delivery option.
PREMIUM DELIVERY(2 working days)

Mailing &n bsp;......................USD 410.15
Insurance.............................USD 140.10
Admin Charges TOTAL.............USD 550.25   

CLASSIC DELIVERY(6 working days)

Mailing &n bsp;......................USD 210.15
Insurance.............................USD 140.10
Admin Charges TOTAL.............USD 350.25   
Do select a convenient delivery option and keep us posted accordingly. Make refrence to the outlined details for payment:  
Send your payment with your correct delivery address to:
Asia Pacific Courier Service.
Mode of payment : Western Union Money Transfer 
Payment Receiver: (Accountant)     Chris Payne 
RECEIVERS ADDRESS:                     203 Brews House,Jalan Ampang,
                                                       60001 Kuala Lumpur,
Complete outlined information after payment for confirmation with our account's department before delivery today.  

(1) Mtcn Number:  
(2) Senders First Name:  
(3) Senders Last Name:  
(4) Amount Sent:
Asia Pacific Courier  
Mr. Erick Moore
Manager Of Funds
Phone: +60142390641
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Copyright © 1996-2012 Asia Pacific Delivery.  
All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guideline
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Another Scam: from Cindy N. Owens

This message is coming to you with great depression due to my state of discomfort. I came down here to Malaga, Spain with my family for a short vacation but unfortunately, we were mugged and robbed at the park of the hotel where we stayed. All cash, credit cards and cell phones were stolen off us but we still have our lives and passports.

We've been to the embassy and the police here and they have done the best they can. Our flight leaves in less than 12hrs from now but we are having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let us leave until we settle the bills which is €1,300 ($1,700). I am contacting you to ask for a short loan which I will refund immediately I get my family back home safely. Let me know if you can help.

Looking forward to positive response.

Best Regards,
Cindy N. Owens
(626) 768-9879 home (626) 345-5861


Another Scam: from Dr. Mrs Ngozi Eze, Minister of Finance

Federal Ministry of Finance
101 Aso Rock Way, Abuja

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Dr. Mrs Ngozi Eze of the Federal Ministry of Finance. I received a letter last week Thursday that your unclaimed approved payment of $10.5millionusd by this Ministry for the past one year should now be paid to Mr. John Wheeler 1101 West 18th Avenue, Emporia, Kansas 66801 U.S.A.

In the said letter which is change of beneficiary/ownership, it is said that you are dead and that he is your next of kin, it went further to say you signed a deed and an agreement with Mr. John Wheeler to become your beneficiary before your untimely death.

But because of the elaborate global scam, I decided to contact you first for confirmation and if after four  working days, no response is received from you, it will be assumed that you are dead and as such authorization and approval will be granted on behalf of Mr. John Wheeler to claim/receive your fund.

But if you are well and alive then confirm this letter and reconfirm your Information and how you want your said fund to be paid to you without further delay. Send your responses to my above email address.

I am very sorry to hear this sad news and I don’t know this are the reason your not complies for all the email I sent to you regarding your delivering of your fund total $10.5millionusd. This is my promise to you, I am going to do everything within my power to make sure that your fund delivery to him as your next of kin beneficiary, may your gentle soul rest imperfect peace and may Good God grate your internal life on the last day to come, I ‘m very sorry .
He also promise to pay for express delivery for the fund to get to his door step by this week  and he asked for the total cost. $175
I told him to hold on and let me verify  if this true or not because I am confused now about this claims’ you are advice to send your address to enable me process on your delivery if this is not true but for your information you are to pay for the processing fee of this official later of authorization which the transportation security administration demanded if this is not true that your alive.  These are the funeral pictures he submitted to me as the finally ceremony of your burial and also dead certificate reported By Mr. John Wheeler 
Your urgent responding is highly needed and remember to call me as soon as you receive this mail.  
Dr. Mrs Ngozi Eze (For Minister of Finance)
Federal Ministry of Finance.