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.


Scam from Mrs. Promise Marcus

Hello Dear,

I am Mrs. Promise Marcus and i am currently sending you this message from my sick bed in the hospital undergoing a medical treatment which has has defiled all forms of medication and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts diagnosis. I hope you are not too embarrassed by this mail to you because i know that my message will come to you as a surprise. But don't worry. All i hope is that you will not expose or betray the trust and confident that I am about to repose on you. I have to thank God this moment for his direction as regards this mission. God want me to complete this mission hence, I got your contact. I know you maybe wondering how I got your contact email.

When I heard from the doctor that my condition has become so critical, I had to reach out to a Christian sister, who assisted me in searching for your contact in order to help me utilize this wealth the way I am going to instruct herein, and even the sister that helped me in this regard doesn't know the purpose for which I intend to use it, I have prayed about it and it has been revealed to me that you can make judicious use of the resources for its intended purpose.

My husband earned these funds, Ten Million Eight Hundred Thousands United State Dollars ($10,800,000.00 USD) but he died in a plane crash and left everything behind for me and I will join him soon due to my ill health. Due to my infertility resulting from medical problems I became barren. God has a reason for everything. I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul and so, I have decided to give help to charity organizations,as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth before my death. It is for this reasons I am seeking for your assistance to stand as the beneficiary to the fund and retrieve it on my behalf and dispatched it to charity organizations.

I would want you to contact my lawyer; he will inform you on what to do. Contact him with the below details:

Barrister Mike Richard

Email: (
Telephone: +447031946481

Ensure to use a greater portion of the funds for its purpose in fulfillment of my last wish. Furthermore you will never have any problem with the law as far as my lawyer is in concern. The most major part you will use to bless God's Children all over the world.

You are blessed
Mrs. Promise Marcus


Scam Report: "Ride2Freedom"

I was scammed by a so called christian organazation out of Louisana with a so called office in floridia. I cant seem to get any help from anyone, I have reported it to the federal authorities and the news stations in both both states as well as the attorney general in both states. The organazation is called ride2freedom. It s run by a church out of Hammond, La with a office in Florida. Here is my story:

This company is a total ripoff. They take a application fee of $41 upfront and promises to help put low income people into cars. I paid a 233.00 so call contiact fee to this company and never received a car. I am now in the process of trying to get my money back after so many false promises. After googleing the vin number of the vehicle that I was suppose to receive, I came upon information that the truck was a salvaged vehicle. I got email form a so called finance dept promising delivery of a vehicle with no contact info other than a email. I took company officials 4 days to contact me concerning non-delivery of the vehicle. Now Chris Malachi is saying that it will take up to 14 days for my money to be put back on my card. I use to work at a bank and I know that once a refund is processed by the company, the refund is usually back in the bank within 3-5 days.They cant give any references to verify a delivery of a vehicle, the have a so called finance company with no contact info other than a email. Chris Malachi is a liar because she told me that they were using a finance company from Illinois but an inside source verified that was not true and also told me that no one has actually received a car form this company. they have changed the application fee four times from $25 to $100. I have emailed the paster roie or rosa Duncan and I have not received a reply concerning my refund. According to Chris Malachi (which i believe is a alias) the founder of the program my refund was processed on 05//31/2013. She has given me the run around.
Here is a similar story I found on a complaint board: Review all Ride2Freedom, Louisiana complaints


Royal Bank of Scotland - Scam

Dear Mr. Hutton:

I got the following  info from the Web site of the Royal Bank of Scotland (how to deal with scam).
Describe how the scam worked (what happened exactly) and we will try :
a. To locate the scam artists.
b. Work with law enforcement to expedite prosecution.
c. Help you get some or all of your money back.

Here is how it happened.
1. Sometime in September 2012, I received an email from the Group Secretary of RBS that I could possibly be the only
    surviving nearest of kin of my cousin Engr. Dennis Barraca Oleg who died intestate leaving a deposit of 7.5 million GBR.
    She required me to submit several papers to file my claim which I submitted. I was informed later that my claim was
    in order,and that RBS approved of me as the beneficiary(please read all the attachments to this email).

2. The RBS then required me  to pay the activation fee as well as the Cost of Money Transfer(COT).After paying these, the
    RBS sent three remittances to my designated banks,each with a value of 2.5 million GBR.I did not receive these
    remittances because the TAX Dept stopped it for failure to pay for the tax clearance which was 7,500 GBR. At this time
    I was frank to ask them whether they were scamming me.They assured me that I was not being scammed by sending
    a scanned copy of the PROOF OF FUNDS (see attachments).

3. Up to this time, I could not pay the tax clearance because I don't have  the amount and that I was still doubting that I was
    being scammed.

    Perhaps the best way is for me to go to London, have the money transferred to my name,and then pay the tax clearance.
    They did not object to my plan, so perhaps, the INHERITANCE MONEY IS REAL. Nevertheless, please examine the
    documents. If it is not real, I will not be wasting my money by going to London.If it is real, then it is worth the effort to go
    personally to RBS,London to claim this money.   

PLEASE HELP ME SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. There are 8 scanned documents but I can send only one at at time.