Friday, March 18, 2011

A US soldier in Iraq? I don't think so

The following spam scam came as a file attachment. Don't be fooled or reply to scams like this. Just because they link to a BBC news story doesn't mean that the scammer is legit. Anyone can link to a news story.

The message itself came from a hacked email account -- I'm not going to embarrass the owner of that account. The body of the message was

Please open your attachment for the full details of my story. I am an America soldier who base in Iraq,
Best Regards
Cpt.Blake Cole

And here was the attachment, in a Microsoft Word file called Hello.doc


My name is Cpt. Blake Cole. I am an American soldier (USF-I) Serving in the military with the 1st Armored Division in Iraq. As you know we are being attacked everyday by insurgents, car/suicide bombers in Iraq.

I am contacting you on behalf of my colleagues here in Baghdad, we are honestly seeking for your hands in this partnership to move this allocation valued at {10.4 million USD} into your custody for safekeeping.

In 2009 we managed to secure Ten Million US Dollars, these were part of the stash money found in Baghdad to have belonged to Saddam Hussein's family and associates. This money has been kept somewhere outside Baghdad for some time now but with the proposed troops withdrawal by our President to end the war and make lasting peace with Iraq militant and terrorist, I am so afraid that this money may be discovered. My contact to you is to make sure that the money is move to a safe place and in safe hands pending the completion of my assignment here.


We am ready to compensate you generously well with 30% of the money because there are no strings attached as Iraq is a war zone. We plan on using diplomatic immunity-cover to ship this money to you as military cargo. I am contacting you with confidence as all arrangements for the successful delivery has been put in place. All I need from you is to receive the cargo at your location from the delegated diplomat.

I am expecting your positive reply so as to extend more confidential details to you. I hope I can trust you.

Yours sincerely, 

Cpt. Blake Cole

US Military Ba'qubah.


Sunday, March 6, 2011

New York, New York, it is so nice they scammed it twice

This is your basic scam. What more is there to say? According to headers, the email originated at email originated at the South African server Of course, there's no way of knowing how the scammer got into that server.

The phone number listed for Mr. Saltzman, (347) 355 355l -- assuming you change the L into a 1 -- belongs to a cell phone on a Brooklyn, N.Y., exchange.

Don't reply, don't be fooled by messages like this.

Date: February 24, 2011 10:26:06 AM PST

Attention: Beneficiary.

The New York Clearing House is pleased to comment on the final payment release of your unblocked funds, through the Clearing House Interbank Payments System (CHIPS). Basically, this message is notifying you that your blocked funds, $12.5million, that has been in the coffers of the U.S Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) since April 2008, is finally unblocked and authorized for immediate wire transfer into your receiving bank account by the Clearing House in New York.

We at the Clearing House, received a certified payment instrument from OFAC in your favor containing your personal details and a new receiving account in the name and favor of your financial representative and partner, Mr. Richard Salazar. In lieu of the issued payment mandate from the OFAC, the Clearing House conveyed a payment message through CHIPS, which will effect the transfer of the funds via S.W.I.F.T MT2O2 COV into the account of Mr. Salazar in the nearest 72-hours after a confirmation to proceed from you as the original beneficiary. Please kindly confirm is the account information are correct to receive the funds,

Bank Name: U.S Bank Trust, N.A, MN;
Swift Code: USBKUS4TCOR;
Routing #: 121122676;
Account Number: 153459581457;
Account Beneficiary Name: Richard B. Salazar;
Beneficiary Address: 5021 Laguna Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95758.

The funds will be available in the U.S. Bank Trust, N.A account as above in the next 72-hours as soon as we get a permission to proceed from you, and a copy of the MT202 COV Payment Slip will be sent by fax to the receiving beneficiary bank, U.S. Bank Trust, N.A; Mr. Salazar, and also a copy of the wire slip to you for funds clearance at your receiving bank.

We hope this letter is understood, if not, kindly go over the content twice or more before responding, And If you have any questions as regards this matter, kindly reply me via ( or call the Clearing House as we would be pleased to discuss any of our comments in more detail. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Paul Saltzman, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at (347) 355 355l.

Thanks for your Co-Operation.


Miss. Miranda Jacobs
SWIFT Transfer Manager
The Clearing House Payments Company L.L.C.
450 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001
© 2011 The Clearing House Association L.L.C. All Rights Reserved.

It's a terrible situation, so ignore it

This message was sent by a clever scammer who was actually using a account,, to get this message out. However, the scam looks like it came from an AOL account.

I guess I don't feel back for this mysterious Jack, since he's actually a scammer who's going to ask you to wire him money. Don't be fooled, don't reply, to messages like this. If you receive a message like this from someone that you think you know, try contacting him/her via phone using a known number, or verify that he/she is actually out of the country. Often these come from hijacked email accounts -- so if you reply via email, the scammer will see your message.

From: Jack Stevens
Date: March 4, 2011 3:31:21 AM PST
Subject: Terrible Situation----Help!!!‏


I'm sorry for this odd request because it might get to you too urgent but it's because of the situation of things right now,I'm stuck in Cardiff wales right now,I came down here on vacation ,I was robbed, the situation seems worse as bags,cash ,credit cards and cell phone were stolen at GUN POINT, It's such a crazy experience for me, I need help flying back home, the authorities are not being 100% supportive but the good thing is that I still have my passport but don't have enough money to get my flight ticket back home, please I need you to loan me some money, I will reimburse you right as soon as I'm back home. I promise.

Jack Stevens

Ooh! Free laser hair removal and mini facelift treatments!

Don't reply, don't be fooled, by this pyramid scheme. In other words, don't forward this email to 10 of your friends.

What's clever is that they know that an email from you to your friends will bypass many spam filters. Not only that, if you follow their directions, they'll harvest your friends' addresses to use for more spam/scam mailings.

From: "Dorothy"
Subject: FW: FREE R990 makeover vouchers for laser hair removal and mini facelift treatments...B4

If you send this mail onto ten people, or call one of our clinics, we will give you a laser hair removal treatment worth R500 and R490 towards a mini non surgical face lift.

That's right. almost a complete make over, just for sending this mail onto 10 people.

The Aesthetics Express branches in Gauteng are offering new clients a laser hair removal treatment worth R500.00 and a R490 discount on a mini non surgical facelift!

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Copy us in on this mail as well at so that we can verify that you have sent it to 10 people

Or visit our South African site at aestheticsexpress

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Mr. Levenstein doesn't exist, and he's not planning to give you half of a gold mine

I'm starting to see scams come in via fax, and this message is one of them. It claims to be from a Mr. Jeff Levenstein, who is "the chief operational officer with one of the South Africans investment and private based bank."

The scammer claims that the bank had a customer, Mr. Fred Buther, who owned a gold mine -- but is now deceased. If you claim to be Mr. Buther's kin, Mr. Levenstein will split the money with you 50/50. Click the image to see the entire document.

Of course, it's a scam - don't reply, don't be fooled.

To help search engines find this scam, Mr. Levenstein claims that his email is, phone +27719666714, fax +27115075168.