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20.1.13

Another Internet Scam: from sabubakar@terra.com

I don’t know from where I will start my history but I want to beg you with the powerful name of Almighty Allah that if you don’t have interest in my problem please don’t expose me or report this my message to anyone in life. I beg you with everything you have in life not to expose this secret.
My name is Salam Abubakar, Am 62year old and am a senior director under U.N. I have worked in almost 6 countries before I transferred down here, and this is my 29years service with U.N.I.C.E.F.

As am writing you know am in sadness and crying. I have a good salary in my work and am the only one who sign and approved any contract coming from America, U.K, Swiss, German and other Europe country to all Africa continent. Last 15months, there is a help from World Bank and I.M.F to all Africa Continent children to save them from Polio and Malaria parasite. This contract comes to me and as we normally do this we called on the contractors to execute this contract regionally.

That faithful day there was a SYRIA friend of mine that came to visit me because we have know each other for long. He came to my office when i am finding the Contractor Executor file and we make a chat and then he told me he have almost 1.5million US dollar he wanted to invest here in this country and that he want to marry someone here now and settle down as a family man. I tell him it’s a nice idea then I don’t know what comes over me and I tell him this contract, then he advice me that we can execute this contract with his money and later we share the profit. He have 1.5million US dollar with him and I too I worth 3.5million us dollar. So I accept this proposal and enter him as the Contractor. We start this contract but before we finish this contract the money is not enough so I hold a payment of another contractor worth 850.000usdollar and I take another loan of 150.000dollars from bank to finish this contract.

The contract finish perfectly and this contract am talking about is 19million Euro. Now its remain the payment from here to my friends account, Now my friend advice me to let us use his account in SYRIA and I accept, our agreements is when the money transfer there I will go and meet him in Damascus and collect my large percentage. He now move to SYRIA the second day he enter  Damascus  the crisis started. All my hope is that he will escape down to Jordan or Turkey or back here until I found out from the rescue team in SYRIA that identifies that he was dead by the crisis.

Now my problems start.
1. I don’t let anyone in my office to know I do this such business with this my late friend.
2. I hold someone 850.000 dollar to finish this contract and the person now has been writing a petition letter to Head office in U.S.A
3. Its not possible for me to withdraw this money because I can only approved the payment but I cant withdraw by myself. Someone must be presented as my late friend.
4. Everything I have worked for in my life have been in this contract, all my house from everywhere I used it to take loan because of this contract and also if I don’t find a solution the person I hold his money will tarnished my image and run my life for ever.

Now I don’t know what to do I think all over and I make a prayer to almighty Allah to help me to find someone who is trust worthy who will help me to claim this money as my late friend. If you accept I want to promise you three things.
Firstly I will give you 30percent out of this money. Secondly no any problem or any risk at all and no any future problem at all I guarantee you this things. Only what I need from you is your trust and confidence in me and secret.
If you have interest contact me on this my private email sabubakar@terra.com and I will tell you the details.

AnotheR Sacasm: froim,sabubakar@terra.com and I will tell you the details.

I don’t know from where I will start my history but I want to beg you with the powerful name of Almighty Allah that if you don’t have interest in my problem please don’t expose me or report this my message to anyone in life. I beg you with everything you have in life not to expose this secret.

My name is Salam Abubakar, Am 62year old and am a senior director under U.N. I have worked in almost 6 countries before I transferred down here, and this is my 29years service with U.N.I.C.E.F.

As am writing you know am in sadness and crying. I have a good salary in my work and am the only one who sign and approved any contract coming from America, U.K, Swiss, German and other Europe country to all Africa continent. Last 15months, there is a help from World Bank and I.M.F to all Africa Continent children to save them from Polio and Malaria parasite. This contract comes to me and as we normally do this we called on the contractors to execute this contract regionally.

That faithful day there was a SYRIA friend of mine that came to visit me because we have know each other for long. He came to my office when i am finding the Contractor Executor file and we make a chat and then he told me he have almost 1.5million US dollar he wanted to invest here in this country and that he want to marry someone here now and settle down as a family man. I tell him it’s a nice idea then I don’t know what comes over me and I tell him this contract, then he advice me that we can execute this contract with his money and later we share the profit. He have 1.5million US dollar with him and I too I worth 3.5million us dollar. So I accept this proposal and enter him as the Contractor. We start this contract but before we finish this contract the money is not enough so I hold a payment of another contractor worth 850.000usdollar and I take another loan of 150.000dollars from bank to finish this contract.

The contract finish perfectly and this contract am talking about is 19million Euro. Now its remain the payment from here to my friends account, Now my friend advice me to let us use his account in SYRIA and I accept, our agreements is when the money transfer there I will go and meet him in Damascus and collect my large percentage. He now move to SYRIA the second day he enter  Damascus  the crisis started. All my hope is that he will escape down to Jordan or Turkey or back here until I found out from the rescue team in SYRIA that identifies that he was dead by the crisis.

Now my problems start.
1. I don’t let anyone in my office to know I do this such business with this my late friend.
2. I hold someone 850.000 dollar to finish this contract and the person now has been writing a petition letter to Head office in U.S.A
3. Its not possible for me to withdraw this money because I can only approved the payment but I cant withdraw by myself. Someone must be presented as my late friend.
4. Everything I have worked for in my life have been in this contract, all my house from everywhere I used it to take loan because of this contract and also if I don’t find a solution the person I hold his money will tarnished my image and run my life for ever.

Now I don’t know what to do I think all over and I make a prayer to almighty Allah to help me to find someone who is trust worthy who will help me to claim this money as my late friend. If you accept I want to promise you three things.
Firstly I will give you 30percent out of this money. Secondly no any problem or any risk at all and no any future problem at all I guarantee you this things. Only what I need from you is your trust and confidence in me and secret.
If you have interest contact me on this my private email sabubakar@terra.com and I will tell you the details.

19.1.13

PayPal Scam

Notification of Limited Account Access

As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the PayPal system. We recently noticed the following issue on your account: 

Unusual account activity has made it necessary to limit sensitive account features until additional verification information can be collected.
We have been notified that a card associated with your account has been reported as lost or stolen, or that there were additional problems with your card.
Case ID Number: PP-071-362-996 
 
Click here to verify your account



Please understand that this is a security measure intended to help protect you and your account. We apologize for any inconvenience. 


If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choice but to temporary suspend your account.

Sincerely,
PayPal Account Review Department.

15.1.13

Another Internet Scam from Mr Zamany Ibrahim

When:
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 
12:00a - 1:00a (GMT+00:00) 
From:
mrzamnyibrahim213@yahoo.com
Message:
From The Desk of Mr Zamany Ibrahim.
The Auditing And Accounting Manager
African Development Bank ( A. D. B. )
Ouagadougou-Burkina Faso.
Telephone Number 00226 68 14 93 11.

Dear Sir/Madam
I sincerely ask for forgiveness for I know this may seem like a complete intrusion to your privacy but right about now this is my option of communication. 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 as a divine wish and accept it with a deep sense of humility. I am aware that this is certainly an unconventional approach to starting a relationship. I am Mr Zamany Ibrahim , the personal account officer to the great late diseased who has an account in one of our banks here in Burkina Faso .

The account was opened in 2001 and he died in 2004 without a written or oral will and since 2004 nobody has operated on this account again hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing and Government of Burkina Faso will confiscate the funds for their personal use which I personally do not want such incident to happen being that this is a great opportunity for me.My contact is for you to please assist me to transfer the fund ($10.6M) Ten Million Six Hundred Thousand United State Dollars from a Cooperate Bank here in Burkina Faso to an overseas account. First, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction. This is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential.

I am sure and have confidence of your ability and reliability to prosecute a transaction of this great magnitude. I solicit your assistance to enable us transfer the said amount into your safe account for onward investment.You can either provide us with an existing account or to set up a new Bank account immediately to receive this money, even an empty a/c can serve to receive this money, as long as you will remain honest to me till the end of this important business trusting in you and believing that you will never let me down either now or in future because this business is my life. The owner of this account is a foreigner and no other person knows about this account or anything concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and until his death he was the manager of the company.

My investigation through the National immigration department; Ministries here proved to me as well that he was single as at the time of his entry into the Republic of Burkina Faso . As a matter of fact, I have decided to transfer this fund abroad for investment and also to use my own share of the fund to take my wife to abroad for liver damage treatment. Your assistance as a foreigner is necessary because the management of the bank will welcome any foreigner who has correct information to this account which I will give to you immediately, if you are interested to do this business with me. There is no risk in this business. With my position here in the bank the money can be transferred to any account you can provide with assurance that this money will be intact pending our physical arrival in your country for sharing. Upon successful transfer without any disappointment from your side, I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money cannot be approved to a local person here, but can only be approved to any foreigner who has the correct information of the account, which I will provide for you.

So you should provide me with your correct account details where you will like the fund to be transferred to, or you can set up a new account for the transfer even an empty account is ok. At the conclusion of the transfer you will take 40%, 10% will be for any expenses both parties incurred in the process of this business and the remaining 50% will be for me. As soon as I hear from you and upon your strong assurance that you will not let me down once the fund goes into your account I will then send you the Text of application form which you will fill with your banking information and send to my bank here for immediate transfer of the fund to your account. If you are interested, please forward the following information as below:

{1} Your Name/company;s name and full address,………………………………..
{2} Bank Name:........................................................................................................
{3} Bank Address.....................................................................................................
{4} Account No:.............................................................................................................
{5} Swift Code..........................{if any}…………………………………………………………………….
{6} Account Holder;s Name: ...........................................................................................
{7} your telephone Num. both Home,………………. Office; Cell/Mobile……………. Fax Numbers........................................................................
{8} Your Occupation...........................................................................
{9} Your Valid ID…………………………………………………………………
Waiting for your urgent reply confidentially at my Private email id(mr.zamanyibrahim@yahoo.com)
Best Regards
Mr Zamany Ibrahim.

8.1.13

Apple Scam

Apple Corporate Office
Rhodes Way
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD264YW
United Kingdom
 
Congratulations!!
 
We are glad to inform you that your email address has won you an Award in the Ongoing  Apple iPhone Anniversary Awards as organized by the Apple  Inc, held on 29th December, 2012 in London, United Kingdom.
 
               The Anniversary Center of Apple  Inc randomly selected 10 email addresses through a computer ballot system to receive an award of Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds (500,000.00 GBP) each as a part of their for-profit philanthropic wing promotion. Awards MUST be claimed by the email owner ONLY, not later than 21 days from the day of notification. Award Reference code: Apple09/294/M-3 File number: G12/1. Lucky winners should bear it in mind that this awards come along with a gift of a new Apple iphone5.
 
For claims, kindly send your complete personal information with your Award Ref and File No to us to enable us process your claim. Send your full details to our email id ; appleiphone2013@careceo.com
 
1. Full Name:
2. Contact Address:
3. Country:
4. Telephone No:
5. Marital Status:
6. Occupation:
7. Sex:
8. Age:
9. Email:
10.Annual Income:
                    
           
                     Congratulation once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
 
Regards,
Dr Gideon Brown.
Tel: +448719150042
Email: appleiphone2013@careceo.com
Please do not reply if you are NOT the owner of this email address.
Apple Inc.

Another Internet Scam: from Mrs. Barbara S. Jeter

Assistance for Charity Work

Hello,

 I am Mrs. Barbara S. Jeter; I am from the United State of America but
presently staying in England London because of my health condition. I was
married to Late Mr. Richard Jeter of blessed memory who was an oil explorer
in Saudi Arabia for twelve years before he died in the year 2007. We were
married for twenty three years without a child. He died after a brief
illness that lasted for only four. When my late Husband was alive he
deposited the sum of US$8M (Eight Million United State Dollars only) with a
Bank in Madrid Spain.

 Presently this money is still with the Bank and the management just wrote
me as the beneficiary to come forward to receive the money or rather Issue a
letter of authority to somebody to receive it on my behalf. I am presently
in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for Cancer of the
lungs. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that
I have only a few months to live so I think the best thing to do is to use
the money for charity purposes. I want a person who is trustworthy that I
will make the beneficiary of my late Husband's Fund deposited with the bank
so that the person can get the money and utilize 70% of this money to fund
orphanages and widows around the world.

 As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact details of the
Bank. I will also issue you a letter of authority from the British Crown
Court that will prove you as the new beneficiary of this fund. Please assure
me that you will act accordingly as I stated here in and Keep this contact
confidential till such a time this funds get to your Custody. This is to
ensure that nothing jeopardizes my last wish on Earth.

 I await your urgent reply.

 Regards,

 Mrs. Barbara S. Jeter