Tuesday, November 2, 2010

It's a horrible spam from a hacked mailbox

This message came in today from a cousin's email address — and freaked out some members of my extended family. However, it's a total scam. Someone hacked in my cousin's email address (either by guessing her password or by phishing for it) and sent out these messages. One family member actually went to the bank to get cash to send to London!

Needless to say, my cousin is safe at home — and was initially somewhat confused because she couldn't get into her email. One of the first things the scammers did was change her password. And then the phone started ringing….

If you see messages like this, don't respond, don't be fooled. Do not try to get back to the family member by email, but use other means. Remember, the scammer has access to the email account, and can answer. Being bcc'd on a message (which I was) is one sign that it's not legit. (But if you're not bcc'd, that's not proof that the message is legitimate.)

Here's an account of someone who received a very similar message earlier this year — it's possibly from the same scammers, as it's nearly word-for-word identical. Don't be fooled!

Subj: Horrible Trip


This message may be coming to you as a surprise but I need your help.Few days back my family and I made an unannounced vacation trip to London,UK.Everything was going fine until last night when we were mugged on our way back to the hotel.They Stole all our cash,credit cards and cellphone but thank God we still have our lives and passport.Another shocking thing is that the hotel manager has been unhelpful to us for reasons i don't know. I'm writing you from a local library cybercafe..I've reported to the police and after writing down some statements that's the last i had from them.i contacted the consulate and all i keep hearing is they will get back to me. Our return flight leaves soon...I need you to help me out with a loan to settle our bills here so we can get back home . I'll refund the money as soon as we get back. All i need is $1,850 USD..Let me know if you can get me the money then I will let you know how to get it to me.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

What does 'diver-stated' mean?

This is a confusing message, but one part of it is crystal clear: This is a scam. It wasn't sent by a U.S. soldier named David Cox or Daviid Cox or David Dean, but by someone trying to con you. When you reply, the "confidential" message will an invitation to help launder money, or something like that. Links to news stories on the BBC prove absolutely nothing about the authenticity of a message. Delete messages like this. Don't reply to them.

From: David mgstdaviidcox@yahoo.com.hk
Date: July 21, 2010 4:27:42 AM PDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: Yours sincerely,
Reply-To: daviddean1967@hotmail.com

Dear friend ,

I am MSgt. David a Master Sergeant in the U.S Army. Kindly View the BBC news article Listed below. My experience and challenges serving under the U.S Army in Iraq, makes me feel Diver-stated, but I am very optimistic that I will not die in the battle, by the special grace of God.

http: //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2988455.stm

Your prayer and friendship will be highly appreciated at this point in time of my life. To crown it all, I have some thing confidential I would like to disclose to you, but you will have to assure me that no other ear will hear it.

Waiting for your favorable response.

Yours Sincerely,

MSgt. David.

The FBI is not working with the IMF

If you believe that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation uses a Yahoo account to tell you to pick up an ATM card from someone in Nigeria, and you should reply to an account in China, you might fall for this. It's a scam, though an amusing one. Coca-Cola?

Delete the message, don't reply, don't be fooled.

From: "FBI" ron@yahoo.com
Date: July 19, 2010 1:35:27 AM PDT
Subject: ATM Card
Reply-To: despatchunit_rwilliams@w.cn


Attn: Beneficiary,

I am Mr. Ron Mills, the personal secretary to the FBI Director; Robert S.Mueller III. After proper investigations, we discovered that your impending payment that have been withheld by imposters, claiming to be Mr. Mr. Lamido Sanusi (The New Governor of the Central bank of Nigeria), Mr. Patrick Aziza, Mr. Frank Nweke, None existing officials of the Oceanic Bank of Nigeria and Zenith Bank, UK winning Lottery, Andy Lear of Hsbc bank, Coca-Cola winning lottery and among a list of others is now under our custody with the help of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Local Police Force.

Investigations revealed that you have spent a lot on your personal earned money just to conclude the successful transfer of your funds to your nominated bank account by obtaining transfer documents as requested by the imposters, costing you a lot of money but all to no avail. The FBI had to send some financial crime investigators from our head quarters in Washington DC to Africa in other to carry out proper investigation, after receiving series of other reports similar to yours as you are not the only person awaiting the legal transfer of funds from Africa. The FBI has giving authority to the International Monetary Funds (IMF) to assist the Federal Ministry of Finance and all the organization involved; such as the Central Bank, Zenith Bank, and Legit lottery organizations to immediately commence with the compensation of all the beneficiaries awaiting the successful transfer of their funds. With the help of some of the best Internet investi gators attached to the FBI.

I am pleased to inform you that a meeting was held as regards the best way to carry out with the compensation exercise for transparency and most especially to avoid reoccurrence of the delay in transferring your funds and the high cost of procuring transfer documents and came to a final conclusion as all head of organizations involved was duly represented. It was approved to be issued to you as a valid international ATM card cashable at any ATM machine designation in the world. The ATM account has already being credited with two million, five hundred thousand United States dollars. ($2.5, 000, 000.00USD), with a daily Limit of withdrawal of Ten thousand United States Dollars. ($10.000, 00USD).The ATM card has already being packaged and approved to be delivered to your door step via express courier delivery service.

Contact Mr. Richard Williams {Our FBI ATM Rep.} at the ATM PAYMENT CENTER and reconfirm your delivery information as stated below and your security code with five digit (24006) number has to be submitted alongside with your delivery information for security reasons.

NAME: Mr. Richard Williams
EMAIL: dispatchdirector_rwilliams@w.cn
PHONE: +234-802-524-3188

NOTE: Under normal circumstances you are suppose to come and collect your ATM CARD in person and sign some documents as proof of the collection of your ATM CARD but the IMF and the Finance Ministry insisted that you pay for the delivery charges of your ATM CARD via western union money transfer, which will cost you only $180.00USD to cut down travel expenses in other for the western union payment receipt and the receipt of payment of $180 .00USD to the nominated courier company that will carry out with the delivery to your door step to be documented in your file as proof your collection. We hope that is very clear. A receipt to this effect will be sent to you and a copy kept in your file for future documentation.

We also advise that you stop further communications with these imposters and forward any correspondence / proposal you receive from them to Mr. Richard Williams in other for the FBI to bring justice to does still at large.

Mr. Ron Mills.
For: Mr. Robert S.Mueller III

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The IRS is using Polish email addresses to save money - not

Ooh, a letter from the Tax Credits Office! Sorry, this is scam. No, they don't send email from Poland. No, the U.S. Government doesn't use "www.unclefed.com" to distribute IRS forms. Don't reply, don't be fooled, by any email that you receive that claims that you're owned money from the government. It's always a scam.

From: Tax Credits Office Agent david.morgan@przemysl.pttk.pl
Date: June 29, 2010 10:02:15 AM PDT
To: alan@domain.com
Subject: Re: Tax Notification

We are pleased to inform you that upon review of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $246.30 under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 3-6 days in order to process it.

To get your refund, please access the IRS e-file form.

IRS e-file form (http://www.unclefed.com/IRS-Forms/2009/09indvlforms.html)

Note: For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and time. Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicted.

Note: Because this letter could help resolve any questions regarding your exempt status, you should keep it in your permanent records.

David Morgan
Director, Tax Refunds Department

The faux sergeant is a scammer, not a soldier

This is a fairly transparent scam, even without the amusing "from" email address and bad grammar. Don't respond, don't be fooled, by messages like this.

From: "US AIR FORCE" us.af.mil.b52@gmail.com
Date: July 6, 2010 9:52:33 PM PDT
To: sgtlilianat@msn.com
Subject: Hello /From Dr. Craig A. Franklin


Would you mind if we got correspond? I am contacting you on behalf of MAJOR GENERAL CRAIG A. FRANKLIN; My name is Ms. Liliana R. Tavera (Sgt) office coordinator of the 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron {Joint Base Balad, Iraq}.

I was directed to contact you after a closer look on your profile and personality, MAJOR GENERAL CRAIG A. FRANKLIN will be honoured to secure a mutual financial business with you or any trustful person/s that you can recommend outside our United States military and the North Atlantic TreatyOrganization (NATO) surveillance.

Please kindly contact me immediately with your response including
(1.) Your Full Names& Address
(2.) Tel & Fax numbers
(3.) Your most confidential email address; and I'll get back to you with our proposal.

In waiting of your response...
Sgt. Liliana Tavera {Ms}
Baghdad, Iraq

Domain scam spammers continue

Your brand is not in danger -- and if you're worried that it is, go to a domain registry and register it yourself. Don't reply to scammers like this, who are trying to sell you over-priced and unnecessary services to protect your business assets.

From: "Mike Yan" mike.yan@tldschina.org
Date: July 5, 2010 7:10:50 PM PDT
To: "info" my email address
Subject: Notice:Brand name " domain " dispute in ASIA
Reply-To: mike.yan@tldschina.org

(If you are not in charge of this please transfer this email to appropriate dept, thanks.)

Dear President,

We are the department of Asian Domain registration service in china. we have something need to confirm with you. we formally received an application on July 5, 2010. one company which called "Boices Group Inc." are applying to register "domain" as Brand name and the following Domain Names:


After our initial examination, we found that the Domain Names applied for registration are as same as your company's name and trademark. these days we are dealing with it, hope to get the affirmation from your company. if your company has not authorized the aforesaid company to register these, please contact us as soon as possible.

In addition, we hereby affirm that our time limit is 7 workdays. if your company files no reply within the time limit, we will unconditionally approve the application submitted by "Boices Group Inc.".

Best Regards,

Mike Yan
Senior Consultant
Register and Audit dept.
Address:Room515-516, No.885 Green Ark Building, East Huancheng Road,Fengxian District, Shanghai

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Danish woman owned two businesses in Dubai - and wants to give money to you? No.

Oh, I don't think so. Don't be fooled or respond by messages like this, just delete them, after laughing that they apparently don't know how to clean up their copy/paste into a hijacked email account.

From: Bente Meklendorg bentemeklendorg@hotmail.com
Date: June 10, 2010 11:43:06 AM EDT

This is HTML source of message you composed. Do not modify here. To modify this message press HTML Messages Editor button.

This e-mail message and all attachments transmitted with it may contain legally privileged and/or confidential information intended solely for the use of the addressee(s). If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any reading, dissemination, distribution, copying, forwarding or other use of this message or its attachments is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete this message and allcopies and backups thereof. Thank you.
My name is BENTE MEKLENDORG a DANE i am a 54 years middle aged woman,married to a British business man had two children but the two children and my husband died same day died in a fatal ghastly motor accident ,not long i was diagnosed of cancer of the breast but before this incident i was a successful business merchant and owned two businesses in Dubai before i fell sick of cancer.
Presently now i am sick but need you to help me to carry out my very last wish on earth before i die. Please get back to me for more details as i have vital information for you,and hopefully you will assist in helping the needy in your society by retrieving $5m which i deposited for the use of humanity which i want you to use it for humanity.
Bente Meklendorg.

Domain scammers care about the environment

I received identical copies of this message over a couple of days at several totally unrelated email addresses hovered from various websites that I operate. This is the usual protection racket: If you contact them, they will charge you hefty fees to "protect" your domains. However, your domains are perfectly safe without their protection. Don't be fooled - ignore messages like this. Even if they do claim to care about saving trees.

From: "dave_lee@yeah.net" dave_lee@yeah.net
Date: June 10, 2010 6:54:19 AM EDT
Subject: Notification of IPR and ISP to info@bzmedia.com
Reply-To: "dave.lee@hkit-os.com" dave.lee@hkit-os.com

To whom it may concern,
Sorry to trouble you, I got your email address from my colleague, We are a professional ISP organization in Asia, Recently we have received an application from one of our customer Debbie Werbeloff(debbie.werbeloff@tucowsinc.net) from Tucows Group, they want to register some domain and Network Brands Currently, this application is right in the progress, however, when we were about to finalize the process, we double-checked these domain names and Network Brands, the keyword is very similar with your company's trademark. Therefore we need to confirm with you (as follows):

1. whether your company consigned Tucows Group, to register the Network Brands and other domain on the behalf of your company. If it is true, please let
us konw, as we will help them complete the registration.

2. if your company did not consign Tucows Group to register the Network Brands and other domain, please reply to confirm immediately.
If you have any question, please let me know and your cooperation is highly appreciated.
Best Regards,
Dave lee
Office Manager of Service
Asia Pacific Internet Management Co.Ltd
Tel: 00852-3071 7712 | Fax: 00852 - 3072 3949 Dave.Lee@hkit-os.com | Web:


PLEASE CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENT BEFORE YOU PRINT THIS E-MAILThis email (and attachments) contains information from HongKong Net Center Limited, which may be CONFIDENTIAL or PRIVILEGED. If you are not the intended recipient, you must not disclose, copy, distribute or use the contents of this information. If you have received this email in error, please notify sender immediately and delete all copies. This email may also be subject to COPYRIGHT. No part of it may be reproduced, adapted or transmitted without the written consent of the copyright owner.

He's not a missionary, he's a scammer

This isn't a sick missionary. You're dealing with a healthy, greedy scammer. Don't be fooled, don't reply to messages like this.

From: "Jean Preval" jpreval70@yahoo.com
Date: June 10, 2010 2:12:07 PM EDT
Subject: Donation


My name is Reverend Father Jean Paul Preval a missionary who lives in Northern Ireland UK

I am diagnosed of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) and recently, my Doctor told me that I may not last for the next Three Months due to the damage this cancer has done to my body.

Being led by the Holy Spirit to entrust my estate to a total stranger as I have gone against my vow by acquiring such wealth

I have decided to entrust my entire estate worth 8M (Eight Million British Pounds Only) deposited with a Finance Firm In London to you, you are to use 10% of the above sum for your personal purpose and 90% will be used to set up a foundation to fund the needy.

Please make sure that you use this fund to the glory of God, as this is a divine call to humanity.

Please do reply to the email address state above to enable me request my lawyer to put your name as a beneficiary in my will

God bless you
Rev Father Jean Paul Preval

If you're still alive, they want your money

Such delightful scam - with a subject line that implies that you might be dead, but if not, contact them to get fleeced. Needless to say, this isn't a legitimate communication from the "International Monetary Fund Agency," whatever that is. Delete messages like this, don't reply to them.

From: "INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND AGENCY" reddy61599@bellsouth.net
Date: June 5, 2010 2:14:16 PM EDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Reply-To: davidwilliams33@secretarias.com

E-MAIL: davidwilliams36@secretarias.com
PHONE: +234-8025843816

Hello Dear,

This is to inform you of your long overdue Payment outstanding with our Banking records. This is to inform you that your name came first from our Central Computer among the list of unpaid Inheritance claims individuals and have to update your information through this email contact for immediate confirmation. Your name appeared among the beneficiaries who will receive a part-payment of US$2,500,000 million (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) and it has been approved already for payment months ago.
However, we received an email from one Mr. Morris Lint, who told us That you are dead and he is your next of kin and that you died in a car Accident four months back. To our findings we discover that this Morris Lint is a liar and imposer that is why we contact you before any release of funds can be paid to him. He has also submitted his Account information to the Accounting office department of our Bank for Immediate transfer of the fund to him as your inheritor.

Regarding our investigation from the Bank & the Nigerian Police Force (N.P.F) in conjunction with the Economic Financial Crime Commission (E.F.C.C) we are now verifying by contacting your email address as we have in our Bank records before we can Make the transfer into his account and for us to conclude with confirmation if you are dead or not.

Please, confirm response immediately through the e-mail as below with Proof, before our action release of the outstanding payment against your name listed out. Upon this, i request you send your full personal information as soon as possible to enable this department finalize The transfer of the fund release to your nominated foreign Bank Account.

This department needs the following information From you urgently to enable us verify with the Information we have in the Central computer of the Bank.

1. Full Names
2. Telephone
3. Contact Address.
4. Age..........
5. Occupation..........
6. Sex..........

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This E-Mail is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from Disclosure under applicable law.

Once again, I apologize to you on behalf of International Monetary fund Agency towards this contact and proper confirmation required urgently from you if alive.Make sure you reply to my alternative mail address ( davidwilliams36@secretarias.com)

Yours Sincerely
International Monetary Fund Agency
Phone: +234-8025843816

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Want some free money for overbilled monax axial plants?

I don't even know what all this stuff is -- axial plans and supper polypore. Or even super polypore. Whatever: Despite the real-sounding details, this is a scam, like all "help me recover some money" ploys. Whether it's a bank account belonging to a dead client or over-invoiced funds…. it doesn't actually exist. The only money that could be transferred is the money that's currently in your own bank account -- transferred to the scammer. Don't be fooled, don't reply to messages like this.

From: "Alhaji Mohammed Sanusi Lamido "usgroupie@bwmail.us
Date: April 25, 2010 2:34:55 PM PDT
Subject: Urgent Matter .. Please Respond
Reply-To: alhajimohammedsanusi@live.com

Tel No: +234-813-741-6430
Attn: The President / CEO
Dear Sir,
Urgent Telegraphic / Swift Transfer of: USD$125,000,000.00 (One Hundred and Twenty-Five Million United States Dollars Only)

I am Alhaji. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, Group Managing Director (GMD) / Chairman Debt Reconciliation Committee Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC); I got your contact from January, 2009 worldwide database and yellow pages encyclopedia after due consideration believing you are a highly respected personality. Although, I do not know to what extent you are familiar with events, hence I contact you.

Firstly, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and “TOP SECRET” with great magnitude involving a pending transaction requiring maximum confidence, I am sure and have confidence of your ability and reliability to prosecute this magnificent transaction. The new civilian government has principally mandated me to review and offset all contractors’ outstanding overdue payments on contracts awarded since May 1976 to, June 2009, under the regimes of the Former Heads of State.

Respectively, In May 2001, a contract worth USD$375,000,000.00 ( Three Hundred and Seventy-Five Million United States Dollars Only) was awarded to a foreign company by Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) for supply, erection and system optimization of supper polypore 200,000-BPSD, system optimization of 280,000-monax axial plants and the computerization of conveyor belt for Kaduna Refinery. I deliberately over-invoiced the contract with USD$125,000,000.00 (One Hundred and Twenty-Five Million United States Dollars). Actually the company that executed the contracts has been fully paid and the projects were officially commissioned.

Therefore, due to epigrammatic decision to redefine the outstanding payment I am presenting you as the beneficiary who will present original invoice to re-apply and to substitute the foreign company which upon its presentation to Central Bank of Nigeria CBN your designated Bank Account will be credited unconditionally. On receipt of your immediate response, we shall discuss the compulsory modalities. I have all necessary documents / approvals to secure the transfer in your favour.

Note as a mandatory, I wish to make the clarifications as follows: That you will be entitled to share 25% of the total funds. The officials 70% while 5% will be set aside to incure any local and foreign incidental expenses. I consequently request your maximum assistance and approvals to facilitate the transfer of the above funds from Central Bank of Nigeria CBN, where these funds are deposited. Upon confirmation of your readiness to execute this magnificent transaction with me and understanding that this deal being a partnership business, you the second partner, will participate partially in the expenses that might incure. you will be urgently required to furnish your Companies Letter Headed Paper Signed & Stamped, Private Telephone & Fax Numbers, Bank Name and Address, your Corporate Bank Account Number. In conclusion, I guarantee that this operation will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect us from any breach of law.

Best Regards,

Alhaji. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo
NNPC Group Managing Director (GMD) &
Director Debt Reconciliation Committee Chairman
E-mail: alhajimohammedsanusi@live.com

Another dead client left behind money

Oh, look. An attorney found money belonging to a dead client. Do you want it? It could cost you dearly to find out that it doesn't actually exist. Don't be fooled, don't respond to scam messages like this. (PS: My last name is surprisingly dissimilar to that of the fictitious late Mr. Thomas.)

From: felix.brown@seznam.cz
Date: April 21, 2010 8:04:19 AM PDT
Subject: Mutual Benefit
Reply-To: w.horton2011@gmail.com

Mutual Benefit
Mr. Whitney Horton's Partner
103 Jeance place centurion
pretoria 0002 South Africa
E-mail: w.horton2011@gmail.com

Direct Cell : +27 769-694-873
Office Fax: +27 86 539 7406

Good Day,

This is a personal email directed to you and I request that it be treated as such.I am Barrister Whitney Horton' ,a solicitor at law.I am the personal attorney/sole executor to the late Mr Thomas (withheld), hereinafter eferred to as 'my client' who worked as an independent oil magnate in my country and who died in a car crash with his immediate family on the 4th of Oct,1998.

Since the death of my client in Oct,1998, I have written several letters to the embassy with an intent to locate any of his extended relatives whom shall be claimants/beneficiaries of his abandoned personal estate and all such efforts have been to no avail.

More so,I have received official letters in the last few weeks suggesting a likely proceeding for confiscation of his abandoned personal assets in line with existing laws by the bank in which my client deposited the sum of 50,000,000.00 million pounds.

On this note i decided to search for a credible person and finding that you bear a similar last name, I was urged to contact you, that I may,with your consent,present you to the "trustee" bank as my late client's surviving family member so as to enable you put up a claim to the bank in that capacity as a next of kin of my client.

I find this possible for the fuller reasons that you bear a similar last name with my client making it a lot easier for you to put up a claim in that capacity.I propose that 50% of the net sum will accrue to you at the conclusion of this deal in so far as I do not incur further expenses.

Therefore, to facilitate the immediate transfer of this fund, you need, first to contact me via email signifying your interest and as soon as I obtain your confidence,I will immediately appraise you with the complete details as well as fax you the documents,with which you are to proceed and i shall direct on how to put up an application to the bank.

HOWEVER, you will have to accent to an express agreement which I will forward to you in order to bind us in this transaction.

Upon the receipt of your reply,I will send you by fax or E-mail the next step to take.I will not fail to bring to your notice that this proposal is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any fears as the required arrangements have been made for the completion of this transfer. Like I said, I require only a solemn confidentiality on this,You can contact me back on w.horton2011@gmail.com
Best regards,

Barrister Whitney Horton'

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Scammer tries to be friendly while pretending to be from PayPal

This scam message simply wasn't very convincing. Why would PayPal want to send me to a .tk website? .tk means Tokelau, a part of New Zealand. Also, why would PayPal include me as a bcc? It doesn't matter. The whole email doesn't make any sense. Don't respond to scams like this, don't click the links, don't be fooled. The best response is to delete the message immediately.

From: PaypalSuport paypalsuport@services.com
To: PaypalSuport paypalsuport@services.com
Subject: Hello

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-A new paragraph in its configuration options called Dash Payment, which is an easiest way to make payments to common facilities and common form, as well, the bills.

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is the newsletter.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The latest variation of the domain scam

Wow, someone wants to register your "wireless keyword." Ahem. No, nobody wants to register your domains. This scammer — whether his name is Mickeon, McKeon or otherwise — is sending out emails hoping that you'll be scared enough to buy overpriced services… which won't actually protect anything. It's a racket, it's a scam. Don't respond, don't be fooled by messages like this. Just delete them, and your Internet domains will be just fine.

From: "dave.mckeon" dave.mckeon@sohu.com
Date: March 27, 2010 5:43:12 AM PDT
Subject: FW: Notification of IPR and ISP
Reply-To: "dave.mickeon@hknetos.com" dave.mickeon@hknetos.com

Dear CEO/Principal,

We are an internet service provider and maintenance organization in Asia, responsible for the global domain name registration and protection of IPR(intellectual property right). Right here we have a very important issue related to your company's intellectual property, your confirmation is highly appreciated.

On March 10 2010, we received an application from one company named Lwoquen investment Company Limited, they want to register some domain name and trademark keyword. Currently, this application is right in the progress, however, when we were about to finalize the process, we double-checked these domain names and wireless keyword, the keyword is very similar with your company's trademark. Therefore we need to confirm with you (as follows):

1. whether your company consigned Lwoquen investment Company Limited to register the wireless keyword and domain names on the behalf of your company. If it is true, please let us konw, as we will help them complete the registration.

2. if your company did not consign Lwoquen investment Company Limited to register the wireless keyword and domain names, please reply to confirm immediately.

If you have any question, please let me know and your cooperation is highly appreciated.

Best Regards,

Dave Mckeon

Auditing Department Director
HongKong Net Cimpany Ltd

Tel: 00852-3060 6608 | Fax: 00852 - 3072 3949 dave.mckeon@hknetos.com | Web: http://www.hknet.com

Today's once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be scammed

This scam is unusual only in that it says that 20% of the ill-gotten gains will be given to charity. It's still a scam. The only person who will make any money is the scammer. Don't respond, don't be fooled by messages like this.

From: Deng Xiyang hgareth73@yahoo.com.hk
Date: Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 1:14 PM

From the Desk of Deng Xi Yang
Nanyang Commercial Bank
Hong Kong
Tel/Fax: +852-3014-1829

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Deng XiYang, Principal Assurance Manager for the Nanyang Commercial Bank in Hong Kong. I am getting in touch with you regarding the estate of our Late client and an investment placed under our Banks management.I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this mail. I contact you independently and no one is informed of this communication. In 2000, the subject matter, Our Late client came to our bank to engage in business discussions with our private banking division. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of Eighteen Million, Five Hundred United States dollars only (US$18.5M), which he wished to have us invest on his behalf.

Based on my advice, we spun the money around various opportunities and made attractive margins in our first months of operation, the accrued profit and interest stood at this point at over US$10M. In mid 2006, he instructed that the principal sum (US$18.5M) be liquidated because he needed to make an urgent investment requiring cash payments in Hong Kong. We got in touch with a specialist bank in Hong Kong the Guangdong Development Bank (GDB) who agreed to receive this money for a fee and make cash available to our Late Client. However Guangdong Development Bank got in touch with us last year that this money has not been claimed. On further enquiries we found out that he was involved in an accident, which means he died intestate. He has no next of kin and the reason I am writing you is because you bear the same Last name with Our Late Client.

What I propose is that since I have exclusive access to his file, you will be made the beneficiary of these funds. After making you the next of kin of this fund first in the Nanyang Commercial Bank.On verifications, which will be subject to details I make available to my bank, my Bank will release the funds to you after all necessary verification/application has been processed in accordance to Hong Kong Inheritance Laws.

I know this might be a bit heavy for you but please trust me on this. For all your troubles I propose that we split the money in these ratios which I think should be acceptable by you; 40% for me, 40% for you while the balance 20% would be shared among various charity Organizations around the world. What bothers me most is that according to the laws of my country at the expiration four years the funds will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of Kin to our late client so that you will be able to receive his funds.

I want you to know that this is a lifetime opportunity for us because as the saying goes "Opportunity comes but once in a life time" hence we have to make use of it. I hold the KEY to these funds, and as a Chinese National we see so much funds been re-assigned/labeled un-claimed daily. I will make further details available to you when I hear back from you.

Please do not betray my CONFIDENCE. If we can be of one accord, we should act swiftly on this. Do pardon my writing mistakes and kindly get back to me if you are interested via my private Email an Fax: +852-3014-1829 respectively.

I await your response.

Mr. Deng Xiyang

Friday, March 19, 2010

Robert Mueller 111 wants to send you some FBI money… not

Did you know that the Federal Bureau of Investigation sends messages from an Australian public email provider, and threatens to jail people who don't respond to its Nigerian office within 24 hours? I didn't either.

There's so much that's hysterically wrong with this message that I don't need to explain why it's a scam, do I? Don't respond, don't be fooled, by messages like this.

From: "FBI HEADQUARTERS" fbi@ozemail.com.au
Date: March 2, 2010 5:48:37 AM PST
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Reply-To: fecdept@gmail.com



You are to contact the ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION (EFCC)Lagos, Nigeria to obtain the Clearance Documents, find below their contact information's:

Contact Person: Rev. Andrew Kelly
Rev Andrew Email: fecdept@gmail.com
Lagos Office Address 15A Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos Nigeria

Ensure you contact them(EFCC) with your Full Name,Address and phone number/cell number.

Contact the EFCC via Email with the information above immediately, once you contact them i will get back to you or else i will have an agent come visit you at home for questioning.

Furthermore, be adviced that according to the United State Law together with the FBI rules and regulations, you are to obtain the document from the EFCC OF Lagos Nigeria where the fund was transfered from. Also Note that you are to take care of the cost of the Document, which will be issued in your name. due to the content of the document and how important and secured the document is, you as the beneficiary will send to the EFCC OF NIGERIA the sum of Usd250 Dollars only for the issuing of the document right away and your Usd 18 million will be released to you, That is the lay down rules for EFCC OF NIGERIA to release such sensitive document, EFCC will issue you the authentic and original copy of the documents with seal on it for verification and approval.

You are hereby adviced to Contact them through the email address above to make an enquiry concerning how you will send the official fee to them. Note that you are to observe this immediately, if you really want your funds to be credited to your personal bank account and to avoid any legal battle with the security operatives over this matter... We have already informed the EFCC OF NIGERIA about the present situation, go ahead and contact them immediately. Your fund is under our custody and will not be release to you unless the required document is confirmed, after that the fund will be release to you immediately without any delay.

NOTE: We have asked for the above document to make available the most complete and up-to date records possible for no criminal justice purposes. The documents will clarify the intensity of this fund; exonerate it from money laundry, scam and terrorism.

WARNING: failure to provide the above requirement in the next 24 hours, legal action will be taken immediately by arresting and detaining you as soon as international court of justice issues a warrant of arrest, if you are found guilty, you will be jailed........ As terrorism, drug trafficking and money laundering is a serious problem in our community today and the world at large. The F.B.I will not stop at any length in tracking down and prosecuting any criminal who indulges in this criminal act. FORWARD THE DOCUMENT TO US VIA EMAIL ATTACHEMENT AS SOON AS YOU OBTAIN IT. No body is above the law and the law is not a respecter of anybody. We presumed you are law abiding citizen whom would not want have scuffles with the authority, in and outside America.

We are charged with the responsibility of implementing legal norms and our authority is irrevocable so dont dare dispute our instruction, just act as instructed. The person you know will not help you in this matter rather abide by this instruction. The funds in question was deposited by those people that contacted you.

Note: You are to contact the (EFCC) with your full names, phone number/cell number and full address via their email which i stated above immediately for the processing of your Clearance Documents within the next 48 hours.

Faithfully Your's,
Robert S.Mueller 111.
FBI Director.

Note contact the EFCC office: fecdept@gmail.com
You have less than 24 hours to contact them.

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What's up, Jack -- or is it Donald?

When you see "Dear Beneficiary," you should stop and hit the delete key right there. I don't think that the Nigerian president is really interested in giving you ten million dollars -- even if you can only withdraw $21,000 per day.

This an attempt to get personal information; at some point, they'll ask for either fees or for your bank account information to set up a wire transfer. With the personal identity information they have, they could then take over your account and withdraw all your money. Don't respond, don't be fooled, by scam messages like this.

From: "DR.DONALD JOHNSON" jack@w6062gr7d.homepage.t-online.de
Date: March 3, 2010 10:39:05 AM PST
Subject: ATM Card Payment Notification
Reply-To: drdonaldjohnson01@gmail.com

ATM Card Payment Notification
Office of the Director of Operations
International Credit Settlement Zenith Bank Plc

Attn: Beneficiary,

This is officially to inform you that we have verified your contract /inheritance file and found out that why you have not received your payment is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your contract / inheritance payment.

Secondly we have been informed that you are still dealing with the none officials in the bank, all your attempt to secure the release of the fund to you. We wish to advice you that such an illegal act like this, have to stop if you wishes to receive your payment since we have decided to bring a solution to your problem.

Right now we have arranged your payment through our swift card payment center,that is the latest instruction by the president and commander in chief of armed forces (Malam Urmaru Musa Yar'dua) (GCFR) federal republic of Nigeria . This card center will send you an atm card which you will use to withdraw your money in any atm machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is twenty one thousand dollars per day, so if you like to receive your fund this way please let us know by contacting the card payment center and also send the following information as stated.

1. Your full name
2. Your direct phone
3. Address were you want to receive your atm card
4. Your age and current occupation:
5. Choose either by account or by atm card.
6. Your international passport or your drivers license

The atm card payment center has been mandated to issue Out {us$10.3million us dollars} as part payment for this fiscal year 2010. Also for your information you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s).this is to avoid any hitches in finalizing your payment. Email back as soon as you receive this important message for further direction in this regards. and also update me on any development from the above mentioned office. Note: that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (007) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the card center .



Director of Operations foreign remittance
Phone number:+2348120242366

A short, sweet, urgent scam

The scammers don't waste any time in this one — they simply instruct you to send your personal details to someone at Citibank. Hmm, does Citibank really send messages from "london.com"? And do they want replies sent to a Yahoo address in Japan?

No matter, even if the addresses looked legitimate, this message wouldn't be. No bank would contact you about something like this via email. If you did respond, the next message would ask for your bank account details for a wire transfer. Using all this information, however, the money transfer would be out of your account, not into it. Don't respond, don't be fooled, by messages like this.

From: "CITIBANK LONDON" citibank@london.com
Date: March 8, 2010 7:48:59 AM PST
Subject: This is urgent
Reply-To: philipdavid2010@yahoo.co.jp

Attention; Be inform that your beneficiary fund has finally been release today, you are advice to get back to us with your personal contact details to enable us start making preparations on how to get your fund transferred to you $12.500.000usd.

1, Full name……………………….
2, House address………………………………
3, Occupation……………………….
4, House number …………………………….
5, Age ………………………………
6, Cell phone ……………………………….
7, Marital Status ……………………..
8, Country …………………………………..

Best Regard
Citibank London

Don't write to Hong Kong about your bogus Canadian lottery winnings

If you received a message like the one below, no, you didn't win the British Canadian lottery. You didn't win any lottery at all. But you would be a loser if you replied, because undoubtedly there will be upfront fees that you'll have to pay to claim your "winnings," which sadly will never materialize. The plethora of numbers in the message below are intended to make it appear more authentic, as is the link to a real Canadian lottery site. However, it's still a scam. Don't respond, don't be fooled, by messages like this.

Interestingly, I received nearly the same message — complete with all the same lottery code numbers — at a different email address. However, that message was from info@lotto.com and had a reply-to address of bclotto99@yahoo.com. The bogus "contact person" was Mr. David Telehany, and the message was signed by Mark Andrew, who is also the Lottery Controller General. I guess they job-share.

From: "BRITISH CANADIAN LOTTERY BC-49," b_canadianlottery@emailclick.com
Date: March 11, 2010 7:13:34 PM PST
Reply-To: britishcanadianlottery_ww@yahoo.com.hk

70 Foster Drive, Suite 800, Sault Ste.
Marie, Ontario, P6A 6V2, Canada.
Winning No: 16,
Bonus No: 42
Confirm Winning: http://www.canada.com/life/lotteries/lottery_results.html


The Canadian Government in collaboration with the British Government and the World Gaming Board are the sponsors of this online email lottery for compensation and grant for both past lottery winners and the entire world public for purpose of Infrastructural development as an online compensation for all internet users.

We happily announce to you the draw of the Special Global 2009/ 2010 Promotional Draw held on the 24Friday January, 2010 in Manchester in the United Kingdom, Thailand, India, United Arab Emirate, Singapore, Malaysia, Austin Texas in USA and Ontario Canada. Your e-mail address attached to REF No; IMP/73253CA/2009, with Batch No: 642376/CA/2009 drew the Winning No: 16, Bonus No: 42 for BC-49 Lotto under the choice of the lottery in the 1st category of bi-weekly six.

All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site(s) Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, Concast, sbcglobal. AOL , emailclick.com and other well known official sites. through computer draws system and extracted from over 10,000,000 companies and personal e-mails. So your email is your online automatic ticket that qualified you for this draw.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 520,000.00 GBP (FiveHundred and Twenty Thousand Pounds Sterling)

In view of this, your 520,000.00 GBP (Five Hundred and Twenty Thousand PoundsSterling) would be released to you by following the directives of the B-C ONLINE LOTTERY REMMITANCE UNIT The B-C UNIT will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact the office. So you are required to forward the following details to our trusted courier company to help facilitate the processing of your claims:

You are to contact the B-C ONLINE LOTTERY REMT UNIT for payment with details below::

Contact Person: Rev.James Brooks
BC ONLINE REMIT Email: britishcanadianlottery_ww@yahoo.com.hk
British Canadian online Remit Unit Email: britishcanadianlottery_ww@yahoo.com.hk
Tel: +44 704-5769-845

(3) AGE/SEX:

*Winners are advised to keep their winning details/information from the public to avoid fraudulent claim (IMPORTANT) pending the prize claim by Winner.

Note: Mail to (B-C ONLINE GAME REMIT UNIT) email immediately for the processing of your winning prize. You can also confirm your winning number and bonus numbers on our web http://www.canada.com/life/lotteries/lottery_results.html


Rev.James Brooks
Lottery Controller General
BC-49 Lottery.

This message was sent using IMP, the Internet Messaging Program.

The Lucky Day Office isn't offering you a lucky day

Do you think that an international lottery would tell you to retrieve your winnings by contacting a foreign AOL email account? I don't think so, and neither should you. If you didn't enter the lottery, you didn't win the lottery, even if they did use "an advanced automated random computer search from the Internet." Just delete messages like this; don't respond, don't be fooled, and you won't be scammed.

From: jha.simons@hetnet.nl
Date: March 15, 2010 12:19:30 AM PDT
Subject: IMPORTANT MESSAGE (Lucky Day Lotto Nl)


Stichting de Nationale Sporttotalisator
Lucky Day Lotto Nl.
Laan van Hoornwijck 55,
2289 DG Rijswijk-The Netherlands
KVK 41151075

Dear Sir/Madam,

This message confirms your bonus entitlements of Seventy-Five Thousand Euro Including free ticket travel to three countries, Canada, Spain, and Monaco. This program is carried out by cargo airline group ACN.NL To activate your free travel ticket and the claim of 75,000.000 Euro contact Registration activation office Via EMAIL: acngroep@aol.nl . The Verified number 12X-GH-OOO1AV
We write to inform you that the results of the Netherlands LUCKY DAY LOTTO Promotion new year anniversary, held on 4th day of January, 2010 have been released. Your email was attached to a ticket that won the lotto in the second category. Therefore, a prize amount of One Million Dollars (75,000.000) shall be your total payout after the official verification of your identity.

The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 25,000.000.00 email addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the Internet. The sum has been awarded to your email address in our online randomly selected email. Hence you did not have to apply in any way or form for this participation,as it is strictly for email users around the world.

At this juncture, your payment will be made by our appointed claim agent, for the details of this notification, kindly send your complete Names, Address,Age, Occupation, Telephone Number and your country of origin to the accredited claim agent Director ACN, via this email address: (acngroep@aol.nl) for the processing of your prize.

Yours Faithfully,
Lucky day office

I'm in perfect condition, and you're a scammer

This scammer is certainly friendly and polite, but don't let it fool you… this person (whatever his/her real name is) only has one interest — in scamming you. Don't respond, don't be fooled, by any message which promises to send you large sums of money.

From: "INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUNDS" security_dpt8@live.com
Date: March 8, 2010 4:16:43 AM PST
Subject: Good Day...
Reply-To: taylorajames55@live.com


How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this mail meets you in a perfect condition.

I am happy to inform you about my success in getting your winning funds under the co-operation of a new partner from ASIA .

Presently I'm in ASIA CHINA for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to get your winnings despite that it failed somehow. This was selected randomly and your email address was picked among the lucky 8 (eight)that were being given this funds.

Now contact my secretary in ABUJA his name is Mr. Taylor A. James Find below his contact information.


CONTACT AGENT:Mr. Taylor A. James
Email: taylorajames5000@gmail.com or taylorajames55@live.com

Ask him to send you the total of $950.000.00 (NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND US DOLLARS) certified bank Cheque, which I raised in your favor for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempt in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much.

So get in touch with my secretary and give him your address where to send the bank draft to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive the Cheque to enable us share the joy with you.

At the moment,I'm very busy here because of the investment projects, which the new partner and me are having at hand,finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my personal secretary on your behalf to Receive that money. So feelfree to get in touch with him (Mr. Taylor A. James )without any delay.

Thanks and God bless you and your family.

Best regards,

Yours faithfully,
Mrs.Amanda Rose

If you're highly respected, respond with the 'delete' key

This scam wants you to pretend to be next of kin in order to claim an inheritance -- that is, commit fraud. However, it doesn't make any difference what this alleged barrister says, because this is scam. There is no "Mr. Steve," no car accident in 2004, no $35 million bank deposits, nothing. All you know is that this person apparently has three different email addresses. It's a pure scam. Don't respond, don't be fooled, by messages like this.

From: "From The Desk of Barrister Dennis Park" law@chambers.org
Date: March 15, 2010 12:01:50 PM PDT
Reply-To: dennis.park0001@yahoo.com.hk

From The Desk of Barrister Dennis Park

Email: dennispark20@hotmail.com


Dear Sir/Madam,

Please kindly accept my apology for sending unsolicited mail to you I believe you are a highly respected personality considering the fact that I sourced your profile from a human resource profile database on your country. Though, I do not know to what extent you are familiar with events.

Well, I am Barrister Dennis Park, a Solicitor. I am the Personal Attorney to Mr. Steve, who used to work with SIAMRAK Company Limited in Bangkok , Thailand . On the 21st of April 2004, his wife and their three children were involved in a car accident along Sukhumvit Express Road..

Unfortunately, they all lost their lives in the event of the accident. Since then I have made several enquiries to your Embassy to locate any of my client's relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet to locate any member of his family but to no avail, hence, I contacted you to assist in repatriating the money left behind by my client in a Finance Company.Particularly, the Finance House where the deceased deposited the US$35 Million (Thirty five million United States Dollars only).

Consequently, this Finance House issued me a notice to provide the Next of Kin to claim the US$35 Million (Thirty five Million United States Dollars only) in their custody within the next ten official working days. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased to claim the fund as the Next of Kin to him so that the fund will be transferred to your account by the Finance House.

Upon receipt of the fund, I will come over to your country to meet with you for the disbursement of the fund and then you and I will share the money in this order: 60% will be for me, 40% will be for you. I have all the necessary legal documents that can back our claim we will make with the Finance House.

All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Kindly provide this below informations

1) Full name:
2) Address:
3) Telephone number:
4) Occupation:
5) Gender:
6) Age:

Upon receipt of this requested information's, I will file an Application of claim on your name to the Bank presenting you as the next of kin to the deceased and as such the beneficiary of the fund.

Private email: dennispark20@hotmail.com

You are needed as a next of kin to inherit your brother left fund

Best regards.
Barrister Dennis Park (Esq.)

Friend Oscar thinks you're a sucker, but don't be

Any email message telling you that you're the beneficiary of an unclaimed bank deposit -- or which invite you to pretend to be a beneficiary -- is a guaranteed scam. It's not true, even if the scammer says that it's 100% risk free. Don't be embarrassed by hitting the delete key. Don't respond, don't be fooled, by messages like this.

From: "Oscar Stephen" info20@mcom.com
Date: March 14, 2010 10:58:55 AM PDT
Reply-To: oscarsteves@aol.fr

Dear Friend,

I apologize to you for any inconveniences caused if this mail does not meet your demands, though I do not intend to embarrass you by the contents of this very mail. I am Mr Oscar Stephen. I was the account manager to Late Engr Paul, Who was a citizen of your Country but lived and did his business here with his family. He was the CEO of Shan Properties before his sudden death along with his family. This mail is written to solicit your assistance to present you as next of kin to my Late Client. Before his sudden death, he made a fixed Deposit valued at USD7.5,million (Seven Million five hundred thousand United States Dollars Only) with my bank.

Unfortunately he lost his life aboard Egypt Air Flight 990, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on October31, 1999. He left no clear beneficiary as Next of Kin. The Bank here has searched for the relative’s abroad for more than four years without any success and after 10 years, no claims have been made by any of the deceased next of kin, and the money will be sent to unclaimed accounts and embezzled by the corrupt bank or government officials. It is during this bank drop that the bank did contact me as the late depositor's financial adviser to contact and present to them my late Client's next of kin so that the deposit can be paid to him or her.

This is why I have contacted you. Anybody I present to the bank as the next of kin will be accepted .Upon your acceptance, I shall give you other details for the successful claim of the fund. I have secured from the probate registry, an order of Mandamus to locate any of the deceased beneficiaries, and more so I am assuring you that this business is 100% risk free. If this proposal is acceptable by you, please endeavour to reply me with this E-mail (oscarsteves@aol.fr) immediately, if not please disregard this information.

Thank you very much for your anticipated acceptance while I expect your prompt response.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Oscar Stephen