How very British – having correspondence from “Citibank House,” somewhere in the state of North Carolina. It’s like the address for the British Broadcasting Corp. was simply BBC, Bush House, London, for many decades. The building’s street address, 30 Aldwych, was not needed.

There are lots of other clues that this is spam besides the silly address. That the Citibank Customer Service is writing from either an email in Japan, or from an email service provider GMX, is another. And what about that FUND name? In any case, this is a scam. Nobody would contact you about an inheritance this way. Delete such messages, don’t reply to them.

From: “Ms Deborah Geist” email hidden; JavaScript is required
Subject: Greetings !!!
Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Citigroup Center
Citibank House, North Carolina,
United States Of America

Greetings ,.

We have FUND here in your name. We have been able to confirm that the money was deposited here as your Beneficiary/Inheritance Fund. The Fund was stopped for about 3 years now but it has finally been released by the Treasury for processing and payment to you. Get back to me if you are still available on this email address for release details.

Have a blessed day. I await for your reply soon.

Yours sincerely,

Deborah Geist
Citibank Customer Service
email hidden; JavaScript is required

Mr. Christopher A. Wray is confused. Otherwise, why else would he use an email address that says Eric Wilson? Why else would he say he’s head of the FBI, but uses an email domain at a supply-chain management company in Pennsylvania? Why would his return-to be to a gmail.com account?

Needless to say, this email is a scam. Take our advised: Delete such messages, don’t reply to them.

From: “Mr.Christopher A. Wray”email hidden; JavaScript is required
Subject: Official Notification
To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Attn: Sir/Madam.

We the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI Honolulu) United States Of America have discovered through our intelligent monitoring network that you have a transaction going on as either inheritance payment, Lottery or contract payment in a tone of Millions of United States Dollars which have been approved but have not been settled.

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract /inheritance file after close monitoring and found out why you have not received your payment, both on your part and on the part of your debtors.

Secondly, we have been informed that you are still dealing with the non officials in the bank who are attempting to secure the release of your fund to you. We wish to advise you that this is illegal and you should stop further communication with them forthwith because such an illegal act like this can lead to cancellation of your fund.

we have been having so many complains from people who have been scammed around the world hence, after concluding in a meeting with members of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), we came to a conclusion that every payment will be made through the SKYE BANK OF NIGERIA (SKYEBANK). We also concluded on the use of ELECTRONIC ATM PAYMENT SYSTEM as the only direct means to pay all beneficiaries.

By this method, your funds will be loaded in TWO BATCHES into an ATM card, and sent to you, from this card you can withdraw a maximum of us$5,000 per day from any ATM machine worldwide, BUT from the financial houses there is no limit.

So if you would like to receive your funds in this way please send your following information to the paying bank.

1)Your Full Name:……..
2)Your Complete Address (Physical Address with Zip Code not P.O.BOX) :……
3)Name of City of Residence:………
4)Country:…………
5)Direct Telephone Number:………
6)Mobile Number:………
7)Fax Number:…………
8)Age:……………….
9)Sex:……………….
10)Occupation:………..
11)Working Identity Card/Int’l Passport:…..,

Below are the contact details of the PAYING BANK(SKYE BANK OF NIGERIA PLC.) in the Federal Republic Of Nigeria to whom you will send your information for the processing of the ATM card as soon as possible:

Contact the Bank right now with this information below

CONTACT PERSON: Mr.Timothy Oguntayo,
HEAD OF OPERATIONS,ATM CARD PAYMENT SYSTEM
DEBT SETTLEMENT COMMISSION, SKYE BANK OF NIGERIA.
EMAIL: (  email hidden; JavaScript is required  )

The DEBT SETTLEMENT COMMISSION has been mandated to issue out your payment through SKYE Bank (Authorized Bank). For your information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) who claim that to be established agents using it to defraud innocent people worldwide. This is to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.

THANKS FOR LISTENING TO OUR ADVISED.

Faithfully Yours,

Mr.Christopher A. Wray,
FBI Director

FBI HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON D.C.,
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
J. EDGAR HOOVER BUILDING
935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535-0001
ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONITORY CRIMES DIVISION

“What type of dog are you?” “I scored 9 out of 10 on this vocabulary test! Can you beat me? Take the quiz!” “Are you a true New Yorker?”

If you use Facebook (or other social media sites) you undoubtedly see quizzes like this nearly every day. Sometimes the quizzes appear in Facebook advertisements. Sometimes they appear because one of your friends took the quiz, and the quiz appeared as a post by your friend.

Is it safe to take those quizzes? As with many security topics, the answer is a somewhat vague “yes and no.” There are two areas to think about. The first is privacy – are you giving away information that should be kept confidential? The second is, by interacting with the quiz, are you giving permission for future interactions? Let’s talk about both those aspects, and then you can make an informed decision.

Bear in mind, however, that quizzes like this were likely used by Cambridge Analytica to harvest personal details about millions of Facebook users. Those details were allegedly used to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Personal Dossier

Let’s start with content. When you take a quiz, you may not realize the extent of the personal information you are providing. Does the quiz ask you for your favorite color? For the year you graduated secondary school? For the type of car you drive? All of that information could potentially be aggregated into a profile. That’s especially true if you take multiple quizzes from the same company.

You don’t know, and you can’t realistically learn, if the organization behind the quiz is storing the information — and what it’s doing with it. Certainly, they can tag you as someone who likes quizzes, and show you more of them. However, are they using that information to profile you for their advertisements? Are they depositing cookies or other tracking mechanisms on your computer? Are they selling that information to other organizations?

A quiz about your favorite color is probably benign. A quiz about “What type of dog are you?” might indicate that you are a dog owner. It’s likely that ads for dog food might be in your future!

Be wary of quizzes that ask for any information that might be used for identity theft, like your home town or the year you were born. While you might sometimes post information like that on Facebook, that information may not be readily accessible to third parties, like the company that offers up those fun quizzes. If you provide such info to the quiz company, you are handing it to them on a silver platter.

Consider the “Is My Dog Fat Quiz,” hosted on the site GoToQuiz. It asks for your age range and your gender – which is totally unnecessary for asking about your dog’s weight and dietary habits. (You can see the lack of professionalism with misspellings like, “How much excersize does your dog get?” This quiz isn’t about you or your dog, it’s about gathering information for Internet marketers.

Permission Granted

Second, you’re giving implicit permission for future interactions. Sometimes when you click on a Facebook quiz, you take the quiz right inside Facebook. When you do so, you are interacting with the quiz giver – which means that future posts or quizzes by that quiz giver will show up on your news feed. You may be totally fine with that… it’s not particularly harmful. However, you should be aware that this is the case. (Those posts and quizzes may also show up on your friends’ news feeds as well, spreading the marketer’s reach)

What concerns me more is when clicking the quiz opens up an external website. When you are on an external website, whatever happens is outside of Facebook’s privacy protections and security protocols. You have no idea what the quiz site will do with your information.

Well, now, perhaps you do now.

Oh, no! The scammer’s letter was returned undelivered! Well, this is a nice scam, isn’t it, including using an address at lawyer.com as the faked sender. (According to my quick detective work, the email originated from a commercial Internet service in Guatemala.)

How about the reference to the Helicopter Society? That presumably means AHS International, which used to be called the Helicopter Society. In any case, referencing a real organization doesn’t make a scammer more legitimate. Same with referring to the IEEE (which I’m a member of).

Don’t reply to scam messages like this – simply delete them.

From: email hidden; JavaScript is required
Subject: Attention:
To: Recipients email hidden; JavaScript is required
Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Attention:

On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late Eng. Jurgen Krugger. I once again try to notify you as my earlier letter was returned undelivered. I hereby attempt to reach you again by this same email address on the WILL. I wish to notify you that late Eng. Jurgen Krugger made you a beneficiary to his WILL. He left the sum of Thirty Million, One Hundred Thousand Dollars (USD$30, 100.000.00) to you in the Codicil and last testament to his WILL.

This may sound strange and unbelievable to you, but it is real and true. Being a widely traveled man, he must have been in contact with you in the past or simply you were nominated to him by one of his numerous friends abroad who wished you good. Eng. Jurgen Krugger until his death was a member of the Helicopter Society and the Institute of Electronic & Electrical Engineers. He was a very dedicated Christian who loved to give out. His great philanthropy earned him numerous awards during his life time.

Late Engr. Jurgen Krugger died on the 13th day of December, 2004 at the age of 80 years, and his WILL is now ready for execution. According to him this money is to support your humanitarian activities and to help the poor and the needy in our society. Please if I reach you as I am hopeful, endeavor to get back to me as soon as possible to enable me conclude my job. I hope to hear from you in no distant time.

Note:You are advise to contact me with my personal email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

I await your prompt response.

Yours in Service,

BARRISTER TEDDY WILLAIMS ESQ.PRINCIPAL PARTNERS: Barrister Aidan Walsh.Esq Markus Wolfgang,Smith Esq

I had to clean up the formatting on this email to make it somewhat more readable. I hope you enjoy the stilted language and attempts to assure the recipient that this isn’t actually a scam.

These messages are always scams. Delete them, don’t ever reply.

From: AHMADU SAMBO email hidden; JavaScript is required
Subject: HELLO DEAR,
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

PETROLEUM PROJECT AND FINANCE DIVISION

FALOMO, NIGERIAN

Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required or email hidden; JavaScript is required

DATE: 14-03-2018

DEAR,

This letter is not intended to cause any embarrassment in whatever form, rather is compelled to contact your esteemed self, following the knowledge of your high repute and trust worthiness.

Firstly, I must solicit your confidentiality, this is by the virtue as being utterly confidential and top secret though I Know that a transaction of that magnitude will make anyone apprehensive and Worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day. A bold step taken shall not be regretted I assure you. I am ahmadu sambo, and I head a seven men tender board in charge of contract awards and payment approvals, I came to know of you in search of a reliable and reputable person to handle a very confidential business transaction which involves the transfer of a huge sum of money to foreign account re requiring maximum confidence.

My colleagues and I are top officials of the NIGERIA NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC) OUR DUTIES INCLUDING EVALUATION AND FORESEEING THE MAINTENANCE OF THE REFINERIES IN ALL THE OIL PIPELINES.

We are therefore soliciting for your assistance to enable us transfer into your account the said funds. Our country losses a lot of money everyday this is why the international community is very careful and warning their citizen to be careful but I tell you “A TRIAL WILL CONVINCE YOU”

The source of the fund is as follows, during the last regime here in Nigeria this committee awarded a contract of US$400 Million to a group of five construction companies on

behalf of the NIGERIA NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION for the construction of the oil pipeline in Kaduna, Port-Harcourt, Warri refineries, during this process my colleagues and I deliberately inflated the total contract sum to the tone of US$450 Million with the intention of sharing the inflated sum of US$50Million.

The Government has since approved the sum of US$450Million for us as the contract sum, but since the contract is only worth US$400Million, the remaining US$50Million is what we intend to transfer to reliable and safe offshore account, we are prohibited to operate foreign account in our names since we are still in Government.

This, making of impossible for us to acquire the money in our name right now, I have therefore been delegated as a matter of trust by my colleagues to look for an oversea partner into whose account we can transfer the sum of US$50Million. My colleagues and I have decided that if you / your company can be the beneficiary of this funds on our behalf, you or your company will retain 25% of the total sum of US$50Million while 70% will be for us the officials and remaining 5% will be used for offsetting all debts/ expenses incurred during this transaction.

We have decided that this transaction can only proceed under the following condition:

  1. That you treat this transaction with utmost secret and confidentiality and conviction of your transparent honesty.
  2. That upon the receipt of the funds you will release the funds as instructed by us after you have removed your share of 25% please acknowledge the receipt of this letter using the above email address.

I will bring you into the nomenclature of this transaction when I have heard from you your urgent responses through my email, will be highly appreciated as we are catching on the next payment schedule for april.

Please be assured that this transaction is 100% legal / risk free, only trust can make the reality of this transaction.

Best regards,

AHMADU SAMBO

Could anyone fall for this spam message that claims to be from American Express? Sure, it has pretty graphics, but come on. Look at all those typos. Look at sentences that don’t make any sense.

And really, we’re going to open that file? Amex would never ask you to download or click on a file. This particular file prompts you to provide personal information which could be used for identity theft – but it also could have contained ransomware or other malware.

Delete such messages immediately. Don’t click on links or open attachments, or reply to them.

 

This message came to one of my spam trap email addresses. So, this private jet company thinks that hovering addresses from websites is the best way to find customers. Maybe they’re right. In any case, it’s spam. Amusing spam, but spam nonetheless. (Plus, it is always suspect when the “from” email address is not the same as the “contact me” address in the body of the message.)

From: Thomas Panico email hidden; JavaScript is required

Subject: Returned Jet Card Hours

All,

We just had a client return hours that they purchased on a Mid-Size Jet due to them being bought out by another bank that owns aircraft already and does not allow for chartering.

These hours are available on a first-come, first served basis at $347,500.00 for the remaining 62.5 hours.

That is $50,000.00 less than our current pricing. They can be broken up amongst fliers or brokers.

First-come, first serve to all fliers and the same to all brokers.

Please contact me at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 646-896-3078 to secure any hours.​

Thomas Panico
Director Of Jet Cards

Such an obvious scam, but for some reason, I find it amusing. Is it that they don’t know how to spell out $2.6 million? Is it that they keep repeating the amount over and over again? Is it the implied legitimacy because of the FedEx link? Is it that they’re using a fake Israeli domain for sending, and a gmail domain for replies? Is it that they are asking for only $120 (don’t worry, they’ll want more later)? Is it the 100% money-back guarantee? Is it the claim of no hidden fees? (Ha ha ha)

Don’t reply to messages like this. Delete them right away.

From: “United Nations Liaison Office – Africa” email hidden; JavaScript is required
Subject: Your ATM Card is Ready for Delivery
To: email hidden; JavaScript is required
Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

United Nations/IMF Assisted Program
Directorate of International Payment
United Nations Liaison Office – Africa

Dear Scam Victim,

Beneficiary:

This is to bring to your notice that I am a delegate from the United Nations to The IMF (International Monetary Fund) West Africa Regional Payment Office to pay 521 scam victims $2,600,000.00 USD (Four Hundred Thousand Dollars only) each. You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims to be paid this amount, get back to me as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your $2,600,000.00 USD compensations funds. On this faithful recommendations, I want you to know that during the last U.N. meetings held at Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, it was alarmed so much by the world in the meetings on the lost of funds by various individual to scam artist operating in syndicates all over the world today.

In other to compensate these victims, the U.N Body is now paying 521 victims of this operators $2,600,000.00 USD each in accordance with the U.N .recommendations. Due to the corrupt and in-efficient Banking Systems in Federal Republic of Nigeria, the payments are to be paid by UN officials sitting at IMF (International Monetary Fund) West Africa Regional Payment Office as corresponding payment center under funding assistance by United Nation body. According to the number of applicants at hand, 284 Beneficiaries has been paid, half of the victims are from the United States, and we still have more 237 left to be paid the compensations of $2,600,000.00 USD each.

ATM VISA Card: We will be issuing you a custom pin based ATM card which you will use to withdraw up to $10,000 per day from any ATM machine that has the Card Logo on it. Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your local bank account. The ATM card comes with a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it. Even if you do not have a bank account.

Check: To be deposited in your bank for it to be cleared within three working days.Your payment would be sent to you via any of your preferred option and would be mailed to you via FedEx. Because we have signed a contract with FedEx which should expire by the end of February 2018 you will only need to pay $120.00 instead of $454.00 saving you $369.00! So if you pay before February 20th you save $334.00 Take note that anyone asking you for some kind of money above the usual fee is definitely a fraudsters and you will have to stop communication with every other person if you have been in contact with any. Also remember that all you will ever have to spend is $120 nothing more! Nothing less! And we guarantee the receipt of your fund to be successfully delivered to you within the next 24hrs after the receipt of payment has been confirmed.

Note: Everything has been taken care of by the Federal Government including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so all you will ever need to pay is $120. DO NOT SEND MONEY TO ANYONE UNTIL YOU READ THIS: The actual fees for shipping your ATM card is $454 but because FedEx have temporarily discontinued the C.O.D which gives you the chance to pay when package is delivered for international shipping as stated on their website:

http://fedex.com/us/international/irc/profiles/irc_ng_profile.html?gtmcc=us#C10

We had to sign contract with them for bulk shipping which makes the fees reduce from the actual fee of $454.99 to $120 nothing more and no hidden fees of any sort! To effect the release of your fund valued at $2.6million you are advised to contact our correspondent in west Africa the delivery officer Wali Ibrahim with the information below:

Name: Mr. Wali Ibrahim
E-mail: email hidden; JavaScript is required
Tel: +234 9095134207

On contacting him do provide him with the following information:

Your full Name………….
Your Address:…………..
Occupation:……………..
Home/Cell Phone:…………..
Preferred Payment Method (ATM/Cashier Check):

Upon receipt of payment the delivery officer will ensure that your package is sent within 24 working hours. Because we are so sure of everything we are giving you a 100% money back guarantee if you do not receive payment/package within the next 24hrs after you have made the payment for shipping.

Yours sincerely,

Ms. Adekunle Bola

He died in 1898, but that doesn’t stop Baron Otto von Bismark from wanting to scam you from beyond the grave. Sure, he’s calling himself Diplomat Otto Bismark, but that can’t fool me: We know he’s the First Chancellor of the German Empire, seeking his revenge.

Amusing though this email is, it is a scam. After all, why would a United Nations official be sending email from the lee.org domain, and want you to write him at a free address hosted by a German mail service? And you’d think the wily Baron would know if this was an inheritance or lottery winnings, right?

Don’t reply to messages like this – delete them.

From: “Diplomat Otto Bismark” email hidden; JavaScript is required
Subject: Attention: Dear Beneficiary,
Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Attention: Dear Beneficiary,

I am Otto Bismark a foreign Diplomat attach to the United Nations Foundation. I am instructed to deliver an International Bank Cheque value USD$11.5 Million United State Dollars to you. This money was coming from Africa/Europe to you as your Contract/Inheritance/Lotto fund that was seize some time ago. After verification, it was discovered that the money was not for any form of Terrorist sponsor. I have sent you email for the past two days but no response.

I have deposited the International Bank Cheque value USD$11.5 Million with a Clearing House .Do contact them with the information below with SUBJECT MY International Bank Cheque.

Accountant Joel Weaver
Phone: +1 510 585 9346
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Sincerely,

Diplomat Otto Bismark
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Here’s a scam attempt noteworthy only for its inadvertent humor. Needless to say, any email like this is trying to defraud you. Don’t respond to such messages; simply delete them without asking why an allegedly South African email is coming from a Russian address. Or anything like that.

From: “FROM THE DESK OF MR. AKIN MUSA” email hidden; JavaScript is required
Subject: Are you dead or Alive?
Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

FROM THE DESK OF MR. AKIN MUSA
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND AGENCY
INTERNATIONAL OPERATION DEPT
PRETORIA- SOUTH AFRICA.

RE-OUTSTANDING PAYMENT

This is to inform you of your long overdue Payment outstanding our Banking records. I saw your name in the Central Computer among 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$20.500, 000 million (Twenty million and 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 Thompson who told us that he is your next of kin and that you died in a car accident last four months back.

He has also submitted his account information to the office department for transfer of the fund to him as your inheritor. 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 confirmation if you are dead or not. Please, confirm response immediately 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.

1. Full Names……………………
2. Telephone and Fax Number……….
3. Contact Address……………….
4. 
Age………………………….
5. 
Occupation……………………
6. 
Sex………………………….
7. 
Id Card

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 (email hidden; JavaScript is required)

 Thanks,

Yours Sincerely

MR. Akin Musa
International Monetary Fund Agency
E-mail: email hidden; JavaScript is required

This just in, via Facebook Messenger, from an account called “Clemond Fernand.” It’s a scam. Don’t reply to messages like this – block the account instead.

Bonjour,

Je réponds a tous ceux qui sont dans la mélasse comme moi niveau dossier de surendettement, voilà vous allez voir des propositions allé chantes sur des prêts entre particulier a taux de 2 à 4 %, sur une période de 15 ans,entre 2000 et 1.000.000 euros.

Je vous le dit attention très grosses arnaques, bien entendue ils vous dore la pilule en disant qu’ils peuvent vous aidez a tout projet immo, projet personnel, remboursement bancaire, etc etc; j’ai pris contact avec tous ses vendeurs de rêves et tous ont une seule demande après avoir expliquer le pourquoi de votre demande, c’est de payer des frais d’assurance ou frais de dossier.

Ils vous demandent: pièce d’identité, reconnaissance de dette, bulletin de salaire, relevé d’identité bancaire.

Attention quand vous demandez un tableau d’amortissement sous forme excel, il vous disent pas la peine c’est suivant ce qui est stipulé sur la reconnaissance de dettes.

Si ils vous demandent des frais, tirez vous vite se sont tous des voleurs; car en France il y a une nomenclature qui dit : ” Aucun versement que se soit ne peut être effectué pour un ou plusieurs prêt entre particulier.”

J’ai demandé a mon banquier se que cela voulait dire pour être moins con, il m’a dit: ” que tous les frais qu’ils vous sont demandé sont directement prélevé sur la somme prêtée.”

Donc ne tombez jamais dans le panneau. email hidden; JavaScript is required

M. Clemond claims to be someone important. “Former Gouverneur de la Banque centrale européenne at Le roi Babilone, grand maître de la spirictuelité.” That means, “Former Governor of the European Central Bank at King Babilone, Grand Master of Spirituality.” Riiiight.

I think Google Translate had some trouble with the text.

Hello,

I answer to all those who are in the molasses like me level of overindebtedness, here you will see proposals gone sing on loans between particular rate of 2 to 4%, over a period of 15 years, between 2000 and 1.000. 000 euros.

I tell you very serious scams, of course you will love the pill saying that they can help you any real estate project, personal project, bank reimbursement, etc etc; I made contact with all his dream sellers and all have one request after explaining the why of your request is to pay insurance fees or fees.

They ask you: ID, debt acknowledgment, pay slip, bank statement.

Be careful when you ask for an amortization table in excel form, it do not bother you, it is according to what is stipulated on the recognition of debts.

If they charge you a fee, shoot you quickly are all thieves; because in France there is a nomenclature that says: “No payment whatsoever can be made for one or more loan between individual.”

I asked my banker what it meant to be less stupid, he told me: “that all the fees they are asked of you are directly levied on the sum lent.”

So never fall in the sign. email hidden; JavaScript is required

It’s like this scammer isn’t even trying. Dr. George is disappointed in me for setting up and missing an appointment. Fortunately he went to bat and convinced someone to pay some fees to save my $5.5 million ATM card. If I reply soon and repay the fees, the cash is mine! (I wonder why scammers like to mention that ATM cards were shipped via DHL. Does it make the scam seem more credible than, say, FedEx?)

No more credible than saying that my unknown benefactor is “a USA based in USA.” And who is Jeff Parker, aka “diplomatbobo”?

Needless to say, it’s a scam. Whether the email looks credible, or is as poorly written as this one, nobody is offering to send you an ATM card worth millions of dollars. Don’t reply to scams; just delete them.

From: Dr Jeff Parker email hidden; JavaScript is required
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: Your ATM Card Is Now In Oklahoma, USA
Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION
Metro Plaza,
275 Old Queen St,
Westminster,
London.
United Kingdom
Tel : +44 845 486 0403

Attention : Beneficiary,

I’m so disappointed at the fact that you could give this respectable office a schedule and then end up failing to meet up. Well, some other victims have paid the fee on your behalf alongside his own too so the two cards containing USD$5.500.000.00 was sent to him, he is a USA based in USA. I had no choice but to plead with him to pay on your behalf and then receive it for you because if i leave it here, the NFIU will order me to confiscate it since you have already exceeded the deadline announced by the NFIU.

Luckily for you, he accepted and paid it on your behalf so it was sent to him via DHL overnight express delivery together with his too. He confirmed that he got the cards today.

I told him that you will contact him for your card and as soon as you pay him back the money he spent on your behalf he should send the ATM CARD to you. You may as well confirm from him that his own is working perfectly. Hence, he will not hesitate to send it back to us if you do not lay claim to it in due time. Once you claim your card and start withdrawal, do not hesitate to feed me back .His name is Mr. Jay Stout Vines based in Oklahoma, USA and his e-mail: email hidden; JavaScript is required, his phone number: +1 580-302-5845, mail him to claim your card if you wish.

Yours in Service,

Dr. George Amber
CONSULAR,
BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION
Tel : +44 845 486 0403

Hello, Terry, whatever your email address is. I don’t think you really have a job offer for me. For one thing, if you really connected via LinkedIn, you’d have messaged me through the service. For another, email addresses often match names. For another… well, that’s enough.

Don’t reply to messages like this. Just delete them.

From: Terry Kaneko email hidden; JavaScript is required
Subject: Position Detail
Date: January 24, 2018 at 4:04:18 PM MST
Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Hello

How are you doing today is nice connect you on Linkedin i think you
are fit for a job offer and i will like to share with you.

Regard
Terry Kaneko.

So many women in Russia are vying for my attention… and all of them, from Alina to Veronika, are using the exact same language. Needless to say, this is a scam.

The scammers try too hard. One message might have gotten someone’s attention – but receiving so many nearly-identical versions should set off alarm bells.

All the messages in this series requested a response to a unique email address at rambler.ru. Despite appearances, the messages were sent from several different domains. For example, the one from Daria appeared to be sent from the optimaledition.es domain in Spain. No telling where it really came from, though; the headers weren’t definitive.

Don’t respond to messages like this. Delete them.

Subj: Hi

You seem like my type and I would like to know you more! Write me if you are interested, here is my email email hidden; JavaScript is required and, if you want, I will send some of my photos. Hugs, Daria

“Proudly not pay-to-play, we invite all of this years’ recipients to share their success through a complementary digital certificate and copyright to the title.” So claims the award letter.

We received this email to our corporate info@ address last week. Can you smell the scam? Interestingly, the signature block is a graphic, probably to elude spam filters. The company is AI Global Media, who did not reply when we wrote to “Chelsea” with questions. But then again, given they “spent recent months examining the achievements of thousands of business leaders and looking at the contributions they have made to their companies, as well as their accomplishments over the course of the previous year,” and picked as their sole Arizona winner a small tech consulting firm which serves about a dozen clients…. what would you expect?

From: Chelsea Dytham

Subj: Carole, you are our Female CEO of the Year 2018 – Arizona

Hello Carole,

Your hard work and innovative approach has been recognised! We are delighted to announce that you are a recipient within AI’s annual CEO of the Year Awards. You have been awarded the title of:

Female CEO of the Year 2018 – Arizona

The CEO awards were founded to identify and recognise the outstanding leadership of CEOs across all industries and jurisdictions and will be commending just one CEO from each region and each sector. We have spent recent months examining the achievements of thousands of business leaders and looking at the contributions they have made to their companies, as well as their accomplishments over the course of the previous year.

In terms of determining those most deserving of this coveted accolade, we take into consideration significant achievements from the past calendar year, other accolades won, length of service, company performance since you took position at the helm (or since day one for those who have founded their businesses), as well as client testimonials and recommendations.

Proudly not pay-to-play, we invite all of this years’ recipients to share their success through a complementary digital certificate and copyright to the title.

If, on the other hand, you would like to really capitalise on this good news and reach more than 108,500 industry peers and potential clients, we have three packages for your consideration.

The Exclusive Package – 1,595 GBP

  • Supporting image and headline on the front cover
  • A 4-page editorial inclusion and Camden Associates will be the first company profiled
  • Your inclusion replicated on the homepage of our website
  • Your inclusion in the monthly newsletter, for 3 months
  • A 6-month web banner
  • 3 bespoke crystal trophies
  • A personalised digital logo for use in your email signature/website
  • High-resolution PDF copies of the inclusion

The Principal Package – 895 GBP

  • A double-page inclusion in the first 20 pages
  • Your inclusion in the monthly newsletter, for 1 month
  • A 3-month web banner
  • 2 bespoke crystal trophies
  • A personalised digital logo for use in your email signature/website
  • High-resolution PDF copies of the inclusion

The Foundation Package – 395 GBP

  • A single-page inclusion in the magazine
  • 1 bespoke crystal trophy
  • A personalised digital logo for use in your email signature/website

Please note that P&P and (where applicable) VAT is charged in addition.

NB: The main front cover image is also currently available to purchase on a first come first served basis at a further price of 2,200 GBP. If this may be of interest please do let me know.

We have an entirely in-house editorial and design team who will assist you in putting together all items associated with your package, making the process as convenient for you as possible. Trophies and logos are available to purchase separately on request also.

If you would like to move forward, simply respond confirming your chosen package and its associated price, for example ‘Agreed, The Principal Package – 895 GBP’. Once I have received this I will forward your information over to our editorial team who will begin the creative process with you.

Should you have any questions or require more information regarding this programme, the packages, or the magazine in general, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and I will be more than happy to help.

I look forward to receiving your response, Carole.

Kind regards,

Chelsea Dytham

 

Isn’t this rich? I get these occasionally and they always elicit a chuckle, especially when they refer to “mafias.” Don’t reply to these emails. Delete them instead.

From: “Mrs. CYNDY BANKSl” email hidden; JavaScript is required

Date: December 4, 2017 at 5:57:15 AM MST

Subject: YOU ARE ADVISED TO STOP CONTACTING THEM!!!

Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Great News, YOU ARE ADVISED TO STOP CONTACTING THEM!!!

I am Mrs. CYNDY BANKS, I am a US citizen, 42 years Old. I reside here in Spring City, Pennsylvania. My residential address is as follows. 3663 Schuylkill Rd# 1, Spring City, Pennsylvania, United States, am thinking of relocating since I am now rich. I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Troy Illinois many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $52,000 while in the United States trying to get my payment all to no avail.

I decided to travel down to Troy Illinois with all my compensation documents and i was directed to meet Mr.James Richard he is among the member of the COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake because the Inheritance/Compensation Law clearly states that the beneficiary/recipient is exempt from paying any out of pocket fees or charges to receive said funds.

Mr.James Richard took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right now I am the happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds of $9,500,000.00 (nine million five hundred thousand dollars).

Moreover, Mr.James Richard showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name and email address as one of the beneficiaries that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your funds, they are only making money out of you. I will advise you to contact Mr.James Richard you have to contact him directly on this information below.

COMPENSATION AWARD HOUSE

Name: Mr.James Richard

Email:james.richard1155@gmail.com

Listed below are the name of mafias and banks behind the non release of your funds that I managed to sneak out for your kind perusal.

1) Prof. Charles soludo
2) Senator David Mark
2) Micheal Edward
3) Chief Joseph Sanusi
3) Sanusi Lamido
4) Dr. R. Rasheed
5) Mr. David Koffi
6) Barrister Awele Ugorji
7) Mr. Roland Ngwa
8) Barrister Ucheuzo Williams
9) Mr. Ernest Chukwudi Obi
10) Dr. Patrick Aziza Deputy Governor – Policy / Board Member
11) Mr. Tunde Lemo Deputy Governor – Financial Sector Surveillance/Board Member
12) Mrs. W. D. A. Mshelia Deputy Governor – Corporate Services / Board Members
13) Mrs. Okonjo Iweala
14) Mrs. Rita Ekwesili
15) Barr Jacob Onyema
16) Dr. Godwin Oboh: Director Union Bank Of Nigeria.
17) Mr. John Collins: Global Diplomat Director.
18) Foreign fund diplomatic courier
19) Barr. Becky Owens
20) Rev. Steven Jones
21) Mr. Alfred james
22) Mrs. Sherry Williams
23) Mr. Scott Larry

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing. The only money I paid after I met Mr.James Richard was just $450 for the delivery charges, take note of that.

(NOTE: TELLING YOU TO PAY FOR ANY DELIVERY OR COURIER CHARGE IS ALL NOTHING BUT LIES, I REPEAT THE ONLY MONEY YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY AND WHICH I ALSO PAID IS $450 FOR THE DELIVERY CHARGES IMPOSED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND YOUR PACKAGE CONTAINING YOUR CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT CHEQUE WILL BE REACHING YOU THROUGH THE EXPRESS COURIER SERVICE).

Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Mr.James Richard so that he can help you to deliver your funds instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction

I’ve seen a flurry of these messages recently; by a flurry, I mean 34 in the past two days. The emails come with a variety of texts on the same theme, with randomized “from” email addresses, sender names, salutations, credit-card brand references, and dollar amounts.

The common element: An email attachment. It’s a corrupted Microsoft Word document that contains nasty malware that will do bad things to your computer. (The bad things vary depending which versions of Microsoft Word you have installed.) Don’t open it!

There’s not much that can be learned from examining the email headers. They originated from all over the world. The first of the two shown here entered the Internet’s email stream in South Korea, another from the Netherlands.

If you see messages like this, delete them. Don’t respond. Never open attachments from messages if you don’t know and trust the sender… and even then, be wary.

This fake message from “Netflix” almost got me, and as you know I’m quite skeptical about these things. Unlike most scams, it’s neatly formatted and well-written. And because my family has a Netflix account, it didn’t seem completely unreasonable.

What gave it away? First, vendors don’t sent out emails demanding to “validate” information or your account will be closed or suspended. They simply don’t.

Second, looking at the email’s invisible details gave away the scam:

  • The “from” address (not shown above in the graphic capture of the message body) was from “email hidden; JavaScript is required.” Such a message wouldn’t come from the email.com domain, it would come from netflix.com.
  • Hovering my mouse over the “Click here to validate your account” link shows that it goes to http://ssl-billingeu.com/. What the heck is that? It’s surely not Netflix!

When you get emails that seem plausible, hover your mouse over the links, and see where they go. Don’t click. If the link destinations smell wrong, the message is a scam. Plain and simple. Don’t respond, don’t click on anything in such messages; simply delete them.

This scam is comically bad, yet who knows if anyone fell for it? This is exactly how the mail came through. I’m leaving in the email addresses, well, just because.

I love the question and answers below, and the attention to detail — even the FedEx address is fake. Be sure to tell her your nearest airport! Needless to say, delete messages like this, don’t reply to them.

From: ZENITH BANK ATM CARD PAYMENT email hidden; JavaScript is required
Subject: ZENITH BANK ATM CARD PAYMENT
Date: November 21, 2017 at 1:46:04 PM MST
To: Undisclosed recipients
Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

ZENITH BANK ATM CARD PAYMENT
RE: YOU’RE PAYMENT NOTIFICATION

From: Mrs.Lizzy Ben
ATM CARD Remittance Manager
Zenith Bank of Nigeria.
Email email hidden; JavaScript is required

Attention Beneficiary,

I am Mrs.Lizzy Ben, the new account audit of Zenith Bank Plc Nigeria and i am writing to notify you of a payment file containing an ATM card which has been issued out to you by the Federal Ministry of Finance injunction with the United Nation/International Monetary Fund (IMF).

I am new here in this office and i have orders from the entire government of the Federal republic of Nigeria to contact beneficiaries and make sure they receive their ATM cards if it’s still in custody of this bank. Can you kindly let us know the reason of your delay concerning the Delivery of your ATM CARD? Why do you decide to abandon your ATM CARD? Worth of  $8.5million USD with us, if you fail to contact us on or Before 48 hours or else we shall cancel the delivery of your ATM CARD and return your fund to government reserve account, your delivery Process had been done.

If you are ready to receive your ATM card then make sure to contact the courier company which is in charge of making delivery of parcel. I have made several inquiries on various delivery companies and the only fee you have to pay for the delivery is $155.00 usd which covers the delivery to your doorstep.

This is the cheapest i could find and I was made to understand it takes just 3 days to get your package to your residence. On receipt of the required payment a tracking number will be sent to you to enable you track your package till it gets to your residence.

So, contact the director of the delivery company with the following details, so contact Him and also make sure that you send them the above Mentioned fee through western Union or Money Gram For the immediate procedure of your ATM CARD delivery to avoid any delay.

RECEIVERS NAME:
LOCATION: 45 ALLEN AVE,LAGOS NIGERIA
QUESTION: YOU?
ANSWER: GOD
AMOUNT: $155.00USD
MTCN:………
Senders Full Name:……….
Home/Office Address:……..
Cell/Mobile Phone Numbers:………
Nearest Air Port:……….

Name of Delivery Company: FEDEX DELIVERY COURIER COMPANY, LAGOS BRANCH.
Director in Charge: MR.SAM BROWN
Contact Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required
Contact Cell/Mobile Number: +234-8-125-120-544
Contact the delivery company personnel as soon as possible or risk loosing the ATM.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs.Lizzy Ben.
Zenith Bank ATM MASTER CARD DPT.
E-MAIL:zenithbankplc860@gmail.com

A lot of people share files with friends or colleagues by uploading them to cloud storage and sending an access link. I do this myself, sharing folders, documents or photo collections.

Malicious scammers can do the same thing. It’s a great technique for them, because the email itself has no attachments, and thus won’t set off anti-virus or anti-malware filters. However, once you click on the link, wham. You’ve just downloaded malware, like an infected Word doc or PDF. Alternatively, you may have been directed to a website that automatically loads malware or does phishing to steal your personal info.

Here is a sample of this type of email. This email’s link doesn’t go to a document – it goes to a malware-packed website. Of course, the lousy grammar helps us see that this email is a scam, but the scammers are getting better at this sort of thing.

If you receive an email from someone you don’t know, and it asks you to click a link or open an attachment, delete the email right away. And if you receive an email like this from someone you do know, and you weren’t expecting to receive such a message, verify with them that they actually sent it before proceeding. Ask by phone, or text, or by sending a new message – not by replying to the possible scam message. Don’t be fooled!

One final note: The scam says, “This message has been scanned for viruses and dangerous content by MailScanner, and is believed to be clean.” Uh, no. Such claims mean nothing. Anyone can type those words, or insert a logo.

Here’s a classic example of a scam that cites a news story as validation that the claim is authentic, or at least credible. It’s not. Despite the scammer’s citing a famous story about an heiress bequeathing a fortune, that’s no proof that this is an heiress looking to give her millions to you. Because it ain’t.

What’s slightly unusual about this one is that there is no separate reply-to address. Usually the scammers send the email from a real person’s hijacked email address (in this case, the from address is an ordinary gmail.com account) . There is generally a separate reply-to address that’s at a questionable domain elsewhere in the world.

In this message, because there’s no separate reply-to address specified, your response goes back to the original gmail.com address. Hard to know if that address really belongs to the scammer, or if the scammer made a mistake in programming the message. The email address is a bunch of random numbers and letters. Either way… it’s a scam.

Don’t be fooled by links to legitimate news stories. They mean nothing. Delete messages like this; don’t reply or click any links.

From: Elaine Bachmann email hidden; JavaScript is required
Subject: Re: Attn Mr. Alan Zeichick
Date: October 29, 2017 at 5:27:38 AM MST

Dearest

I’m Mrs. Elaine Bachmann from Switzerland once married to Mr. Heinz Bachmann a fellow Swiss. We were married for twenty years without a child. My late husband were dealing mainly in oil in Saudi Arabia before he met his on timing death in a plane crash celebrating his business associate birth-day April 28th 2012.

After the above sad day in my life, I then suffered Oesophageal cancer disease in 2016, and now that the battle is coming to an end due to what my doctor admitted I had just few weeks to live, I’m sadden but happy for the life spent. Now that am about to end the race like this without a child and in contrast to how my family members & friends completely treated me during horrible moment in my life? I decided reaching out to a total stranger in your person to carried out humanitarian work in my memories after coming across a news of 99 years old woman whom secretly donated her fortune prior to her death, you can check below links for details.

http://www.aol.com/article/2014/10/29/standard-oil-heiress-leaves-former-school-40-million/20985809

When my husband was alive, he deposited the sum of $8 Million US Dollars (Eight Million US dollars) in a Security/Finance Company. Presently, this asset is still with the holding firm. With my health situation that i can’t do it myself, I therefore called upon you to accept this donation by using these funds assisting orphans and widows. Late Ms. Ruth Bedford’s Bequeath $40 Million donation had indeed inspired me reaching out to you as a reliable/trustworthy person i can entrust with these funds. I strongly believes God has answered my wish for the needy through you by not betraying my confidence in you. 

Please, always be prayerful all through your life by responding for more details.

Yours sister in the Lord,

Elaine Bachmann

You can call me Ray, or you can call me Jay, or you can call me Johnny or you can call me Sonny, or you can call me RayJay, or you can call me RJ… but ya doesn’t hafta call me Johnson.

That’s a great line from the comedian Bill Saluga in the 1970s… but in this case, it would be “Don’t call me Jay.” My company, Camden Associates, has never hired or given an email address to anyone named Jay Weinberg, or any Jay at all.

Not sure if you’d call this a scam, but buying a “Best of Business” award is pretty slimy. Here’s the full email:

From: Mia Broadbent email hidden; JavaScript is required

Subject: Camden Associates – 2017 Best in Business

To: Jay Weinberg

Hello Jay,

I hope that my email finds you well.

I am getting in contact with you today on behalf of Wealth & Finance INTL Magazine with regards to Camden Associates’s selection within our upcoming 2017 Best in Business Awards.

2017 has been a tumultuous year for the global market, with both economic and political factors taking their toll on the worldwide stage, causing uncertainty for businesses of all sizes and of all sectors. In light of such uncertainty, we have launched our 2017 Best in Business Awards in order to celebrate those firms, such as Camden Associates whom despite an unprecedented amount of uncertainty, have consistently demonstrated excellence and innovation throughout the year. This selection serves to recognise that you are the very best within your sector. One of an elite few.

Now that Camden Associates have been officially recognised within our 2017 Best in Business Awards, you are automatically entitled to a complimentary digital certificate along with a simple listing within the magazine.

If, however you would like to get a head start on your promotional activity prior to the upcoming new year, I have included the different levels of coverage we offer. Alternatively, if there is something specific you wish to have included with the coverage, let me know as I am able to put together a more bespoke package. Please see the options below:

Option #1: Platinum Coverage this is just 1,595 GBP and would include the following:

  • Main front cover image and headline
  • A front-end double page inclusion in the magazine (up to approx. 1800 words)
  • Inclusion of your article on our website
  • 1 personalised Best in Business crystal trophy
  • A 2017 Best in Business logo for your own marketing
  • Camden Associates’s logo in the monthly newsletter
  • Awards certificate
  • Full rights to the PDFs for you to use as you wish

Option #2: Silver Coverage this is just 795 GBP and would include the following

  • A sub front cover headline and image.
  • A double-page inclusion in the magazine (up to approx. 1800 words)
  • Inclusion of your article on our website
  • A personalised Best in Business crystal trophy crystal trophy
  • A 2017 Best in Business logo for your own marketing
  • Awards certificate
  • Full rights to the PDFs for you to use as you wish

Option #3: Bronze Coverage this is just 495 GBP and would include the following

  • A Single Page inclusion within the magazine (up to approx. 900 words)
  • A personalised Best in Business crystal trophy crystal trophy
  • A 2017 Best in Business logo for your own marketing
  • Awards certificate

(P&P is exclusive on packages with a trophy. VAT will be charged for UK and EC sales unless in receipt of a valid EC VAT number)

We will be publishing details of our Best in Business Awards within November both on our website and in our digital publication which will is distributed to our 130,000+ circulation.

We have an entirely in-house editorial and design team who will assist you in putting together all items associated with your package. Trophies and logos are available to order individually on request also.

If you would like to go ahead with one of the stated packages, simply reply to confirm the package and cost, i.e. Agreed Silver Coverage 795 GBP.

To go ahead with the free certificate only please respond confirming this.

If you have any questions regarding the award, the magazine or packages please don’t hesitate to get in touch and I will be more than happy to help.

I look forward to receiving your response,

Have a great day.

Kind regards,

 

Mia Broadbent – Media Executive
Wealth & Finance International
T: +44 (0) 203 725 6844

This is a common scam: The scammer pretends to be a famous person, and links to the bio or a story about that person. That means nothing. A person wants to share some gold with you, and links to a BBC story about a battle in Iraq or Afghanistan. That means nothing. A person claims to be one of the members of the wealthy family that owns Wal-Mart, with links to a Wikipedia page. That means nothing.

Also look at the “from” email address and the email address indicated in the message. First of all, they’re nothing alike. Second, neither address seems like it would belong to the real Alice Walton. And third… why would you be bcc’d on a message like this?

Don’t be fooled by such messages — they’re scams. Every last one of them.

From: “Alice Walton” email hidden; JavaScript is required

Subject: YOUR GIFT

To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

I, Alice Walton authenticate this email, you can read about me on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Walton  ,

I write to you because I intend to give to you a portion of my Net-worth which I have been banking. I want to cede it out as gift, hoping it would be of help to you and others too. Respond to this email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

With joy,

Alice Walton

I can’t believe my luck – Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates wants to give me $5 million. Hurray! And not only that, he’s contacting me from an email address at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. It’s also a shame to learn that he’s sick and is going to Germany for treatment.

Obviously, this is spam. Don’t be tricked by links to Wikipedia or news stories; those don’t prove the veracity of anything. If you get messages like this, go ahead and laugh – but then delete the message. Don’t reply, don’t be fooled.

From: “Mr. Bill Gates” <email hidden; JavaScript is required>

Subject: DONATION FROM BILL GATES

Date: October 15, 2017 at 3:37:37 AM MST

Greetings You have been gifted $5 MILLION USD From Mr Bill Gates. Contact me at this email for your claim: email hidden; JavaScript is required

I hope this information meet you well as I know you will be curious to know why/how I selected you to receive a sum of $5,000,000,00 USD, our information below is 100% legitimate, please see the link below: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_%26_Melinda_Gates_Foundation

I BILL GATES and my wife decided to donate the sum of $5,000,000,00 USD to you as part of our charity project to improve the 10 lucky individuals all over the world from our $65 Billion Usd I and My Wife Mapped out to help people. We prayed and searched over the internet for assistance and i saw your profile on Microsoft email owners list and picked you. Melinda my wife and i have decided to make sure this is put on the internet for the world to see. as you could see from the webpage above,am not getting any younger and you can imagine having no much time to live. although am a Billionaire investor and we have helped some charity organizations from our Fund.

You see after taken care of the needs of our immediate family members, Before we die we decided to donate the remaining of our Billions to other individuals around the world in need, the local fire department, the red cross, Haiti, hospitals in truro where Melinda underwent her cancer treatment, and some other organizations in Asia and Europe that fight cancer, alzheimer’s and diabetes and the bulk of the funds deposited with our payout bank of this charity donation. we have kept just 30% of the entire sum to our self for the remaining days because i am no longer strong am sick and am writing you from hospital computer.and me and my wife will be traveling to Germany for Treatment.

To facilitate the payment process of the funds ($5,000,000.00 USD) which have been donated solely to you, you are to send me

your full names……………..

your contact address…………….

your personal telephone number……………

SEND YOUR ABOVE DETAILS TO email hidden; JavaScript is required

so that i can forward your payment information to you immediately. I am hoping that you will be able to use the money wisely and judiciously over there in your City. please you have to do your part to also alleviate the level of poverty in your region, help as many you can help once you have this money in your personal account because that is the only objective of donating this money to you in the first place.

Thank you for accepting our offer, we are indeed grateful You Can Google my name for more information: Mr Bill Gates or Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Remain Blessed

Regards

Mr Bill Gates

To think, the U.S. Secretary of State wants to send me money! Interesting that he’s using a gmail.com address for outgoing mail, a German email address for replies, and a phone number in the African country of Benin.

Obviously, this is spam. Delete such messages; don’t reply to them.

From: “Mr. Rex W. Tillerson” email hidden; JavaScript is required

Subject: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

To: undisclosed recipients: ;

Reply-To: “Mr. Rex W. Tillerson” _____________

U.S Department of State 2201 C Street NWmWashington, DC 20520.

Dear Beneficiary

Your ATM Visa Card will be shipped through DHL to your address. I am Mr. Rex W. Tillerson, United States Secretary of State by profession. This is to inform you officially that after our investigations with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other Security Agencies in the Country for the year 2016 and 2017, we discovered that you have not yet received your over due fund.

I have made it my first point of call since taking office to settle all Outstanding Payments accrued to Individuals or Corporations with respect to local and overseas contract payment, Debt Rescheduling and Outstanding Compensation payment.

This is to make sure all Outstanding payments are settled beginning of this fiscal year 2017. On Behalf of the entire staff of the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations in collaboration with World Bank, we apologize for the delay of your contract payment, Winning or Inheritance funds from most of African Countries and all the inconveniences you encountered while pursuing this payment.

However, from the records of outstanding beneficiaries due for payment with the U.S Secretary of State, your name was discovered as next on the list of the outstanding payment who has not yet received their payments.

Note that from the record in my file, your outstanding contract payment is $5,5,000.00 USD (Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) loaded in an ATM Visa Card that allows you to make a daily maximum withdrawal limit of $5,000 Five Thousand Dollars) YOUR ATM PIN CODE (7250).

I have your file here in my office and it says that you are yet to receive your fund valued at $5,5,000.00 USD (Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). This Funds will now be delivered to your designated address or your preferred payment option.

We have perfected all modules on how to bring this fund to your house without any problem, but be aware that United Nations and the United States Government has only authorised my office to release the Sum of $5,5,000.00 USD to you as true beneficiary of the Fund.

Note that your loaded ATM Visa Card will be mailed to you through Priority Mail Express (DHL) to your designated address immediately you admit full compliance to this email. Due to my busy schedules You are advised to kindly get in contact with our correspondent Mr Brian Voge with the below details enclosed to help ensure safe mailing of your ATM Visa Card:

Your Full Name:

Your Contact House Address:

Name of City of Residence:

Country of Residence:

Direct Mobile Telephone Number:

ID Card, DL or Passport Copy:

Age and Occupation:

Contact Mr Brian Voge immediately by replying to this email or emailing the address below:

Name: Mr Brian Voge

TELEPHONE: ____________

He is obliged to treat your case with utmost urgency as soon as you contact him and fill out your correct details including all reachable phone numbers for him to get in touch with you via phone and email.

NOTE: Every documentation proof for your fund have been packaged and sealed to be mailed together with your Visa Card to your address. Therefore, the only obligation required of you by the laws of the Government of United States and the financial Monetary Policy of the Supreme Court, states that; you as a beneficiary must officially obtain the irrevocable LEGAL STAY OF PROCEED from the Supreme Court of USA, as a means to justify the legitimacy, transparency and clean bill of funds from USA so that by the time your funds gets to you, no authority will question the funds as it has been legally certified free from all financial Malpractices and facets. The LEGAL STAY OF PROCEED is valued at a cost of just ($150) please take note of that.

As soon as the above mentioned $150 is received, The LEGAL STAY OF PROCEED will be secured on your behalf immediately. I need all the compliance that I can get from you to ensure we get this project accomplished. Personally, I am very sorry for the delay you have gone through in the past years. Thanks for adhering to this instructions which are meant for your sole benefit, once again accept my congratulations in advance.

Thanks for your cooperation as your quick response to this email notice with adherence to the above instructions is highly anticipated.

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Rex W. Tillerson.

Isn’t this exciting? Here’s an email received that promises me a significant payout ($620,000) for, well, am not really sure. I’m sure the scam would require paying some up-front fee and/or handing over bank account information. If you receive messages like this, simply delete them.

Subject: Dear Talented,

Dear Talented,

I am Talent Scout For BLUE SKY FILM STUDIO, Present Blue sky Studio a Film Corporation Located in the United State, is Soliciting for the Right to use Your Photo/Face and Personality as One of the Semi -Major Role/ Character in our Upcoming ANIMATED Stereoscope 3D Movie-The Story of Anubis (Anubis 2018) The Movie is Currently Filming (In Production) Please Note That There Will Be No Auditions, Traveling or Any Special / Professional Acting Skills, Since the Production of This Movie Will Be Done with our State of Art Computer -Generating Imagery Equipment. We Are Prepared to Pay the Total Sum of $620,000.00 USD. For More Information/Understanding, Please Write us on the E-Mail Below.

CONTACT EMAIL: email hidden; JavaScript is required

All Reply to: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Note: Only the Response send to this mail will be Given a Prior Consideration.

Talent Scout
Kim Sharma

This is an amusing spam scam, if only because it’s so poorly written. Mr. Andrew McCabe, the Acting Director of the FBI, is certainly not behind this scam. Also, the FBI doesn’t send emails using Cyber Internet Services Private Ltd. in Pakistan, or refer people to Nigerian banks, or pay people via ATM card.

If you receive messages like this, don’t respond — simply delete them.

From:  Andrew McCabe email hidden; JavaScript is required
Subject: RE: Urgent, Respond
Date: July 8, 2017 at 3:52:34 PM MST
Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Attn: Sir/Madam.

We the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI Honolulu) United States Of America have discovered through our intelligent monitoring network that you have a transaction going on as either inheritance payment,Lottery or contract payment in a tone of Millions of United States Dollars which have been approved but have not been settled. 

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract /inheritance file after close monitoring and found out why you have not received your payment,both on your part and on the part of your debtors. 

Secondly, we have been informed that you are still dealing with the non officials in the bank who are attempting to secure the release of your fund to you. We wish to advise you that this is illegal and you should stop further communication with them forthwith because such an illegal act like this can lead to cancellation of your fund. 

we have been having so many complains from people who have been scammed around the world hence, after concluding in a meeting with members of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), we came to a conclusion that every payment will be made through the SKYE BANK OF NIGERIA (SKYEBANK). We also concluded on the use of ELECTRONIC ATM PAYMENT SYSTEM as the only direct means to pay all beneficiaries. 

By this method, your funds will be loaded in TWO BATCHES into an ATM card,and sent to you, from this card you can withdraw a maximum of us$5,000 per day from any ATM machine worldwide, BUT from the financial houses there is no limit. 

So if you would like to receive your funds in this way please send your following information to the paying bank. 

1)Your Full Name:……..
2)Your Complete Address (Physical Address with Zip Code not P.O.BOX) :……
3)Name of City of Residence:………
4)Country:…………
5)Direct Telephone Number:………
6)Mobile Number:………
7)Fax Number:…………
8)Age:……………….
9)Sex:……………….
10)Occupation:………..
11)Working Identity Card/Int’l Passport:…..

Below are the contact details of the PAYING BANK(SKYE BANK OF NIGERIA PLC.) in the Federal Republic Of Nigeria to whom you will send your information for the processing of the ATM card as soon as possible:

Contact the Bank right now with this information below

CONTACT PERSON: Mr.Timothy Oguntayo,
HEAD OF OPERATIONS,ATM CARD PAYMENT SYSTEM
DEBT SETTLEMENT COMMISSION, SKYE BANK OF NIGERIA.
EMAIL: email hidden; JavaScript is required

The DEBT SETTLEMENT COMMISSION has been mandated to issue out your payment through Skye Bank (Authorized Bank). For your information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) who claim that to be established agents using it to defraud innocent people worldwide.This is to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.

THANKS FOR LISTENING TO OUR ADVISED.

Faithfully Yours,

Andrew G. McCabe
FBI Director
FBI HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON D.C.,
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
J. EDGAR HOOVER BUILDING
935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535-0001
ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONITORY CRIMES DIVISION

This is a generally unremarkable spam message except for the obvious. James Comey was fired as the Director of the FBI on May 9. That makes it unlikely that Mr. Comey can deliver the promised $1.2 million. Bummer.

The missing spaces are just the way they were in the message. I do like the comment about things being in the spam folder. Let’s blame the Internet Service Provider!!

If you get messages like this, delete them – don’t reply.

From: “JAMES B.COMEY”
Subject: Urgent Reply Needed For Your Payment
Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS (F.B.I)
HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC. JAMES B.COMEY
BUILDING 935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE,
NW WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535-0001
E-Mail: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Our Ref: FBI /0N8/CONTRACT NO.856.

Motto: Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity

Greetings My Dear

This is James B.Comey,the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI), I am here in Africa as an FBI/ United States delegate that have been delegated to investigate fraudsters who are in the business of swindling Foreigners that has transactions in Africa.

Please be informed that during our investigations we found out that there is a total amount of $1.2 Million that has been assigned in your name as the beneficiary but those fraudsters are busy swindling you without any hope of receiving your fund,these are the works of the people who needed to extort money from you in the name of this transfer,We have to inform you that we have arrested some men in respect of this delayed over due fund. I have a very limited time to stay in Africa here so I advise you urgently respond to this message .

These criminals will be caught unaware and I don’t want them to know this new development to avoid jeopardizing my investigation,you need to conceal anything that has to do with this exercise to enable me get all the necessary information required.

I shall be expecting your swift response as soon as you receive this email and notify me of any message or phone call you receive from those people for me to investigate on it before you make any contact with them.

In case if found this message in spam folder, it could be due to your Internet Service Provider, ISP. So kindly move to your inbox before replying. 

Regards.

JAMES B.COMEY
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS (F.B.I)

I received this awesome tech spam message today from LaserVault. (It’s spam because it went to my company’s info@ address).

There’s only one thought: “Lordy, I hope there are backup tapes.”

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Ha ha ha ha ha. I slay me.

A little reverse psychology, eh? Don’t worry, trying to get this faux fortune will only cost you $450 from the spammers… or maybe more. Interesting that the name of the contact, Mr.James Richard, has the same spacing throughout, which is a telltale sign of either a bad copy/paste or a machine-generated form letter.

Delete messages like this; don’t reply to them.

From: “Mrs. CYNDY BANKS”

Subject: YOU ARE ADVISED TO STOP CONTACTING THEM!!!

Date: May 29, 2017 at 2:36:50 AM MST

 

Great News, YOU ARE ADVISED TO STOP CONTACTING THEM!!!

I am Mrs. CYNDY BANKS, I am a US citizen, 42 years Old. I reside here in Spring City, Pennsylvania. My residential address is as follows. 3663 Schuylkill Rd# 1, Spring City, Pennsylvania, United States, am thinking of relocating since I am now rich. I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Troy Illinois many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $52,000 while in the United States trying to get my payment all to no avail.

I decided to travel down to Troy Illinois with all my compensation documents and i was directed to meet Mr.James Richard he is among the member of the COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake because the Inheritance/Compensation Law clearly states that the beneficiary/recipient is exempt from paying any out of pocket fees or charges to receive said funds.

Mr.James Richard took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right now I am the happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds of $9,500,000.00 (nine million five hundred thousand dollars).

Moreover, Mr.James Richard showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name and email address as one of the beneficiaries that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your funds, they are only making money out of you. I will advise you to contact Mr.James Richard you have to contact him directly on this information below.

COMPENSATION AWARD HOUSE

Name: Mr.James Richard

Email:james.richard1155@gmail.com

Listed below are the name of mafias and banks behind the non release of your funds that I managed to sneak out for your kind perusal.

1) Prof. Charles soludo

2) Senator David Mark

2) Micheal Edward

3) Chief Joseph Sanusi

3) Sanusi Lamido

4) Dr. R. Rasheed

5) Mr. David Koffi

6) Barrister Awele Ugorji

7) Mr. Roland Ngwa

8) Barrister Ucheuzo Williams

9) Mr. Ernest Chukwudi Obi

10) Dr. Patrick Aziza Deputy Governor – Policy / Board Member

11) Mr. Tunde Lemo Deputy Governor – Financial Sector Surveillance/Board Member

12) Mrs. W. D. A. Mshelia Deputy Governor – Corporate Services / Board Members

13) Mrs. Okonjo Iweala

14) Mrs. Rita Ekwesili

15) Barr Jacob Onyema

16) Dr. Godwin Oboh: Director Union Bank Of Nigeria.

17) Mr. John Collins: Global Diplomat Director.

18) Foreign fund diplomatic courier

19) Barr. Becky Owens

20) Rev. Steven Jones

21) Mr. Alfred james

22) Mrs. Sherry Williams

23) Mr. Scott Larry

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing. The only money I paid after I met Mr.James Richard was just $450 for the delivery charges, take note of that.

(NOTE: TELLING YOU TO PAY FOR ANY DELIVERY OR COURIER CHARGE IS ALL NOTHING BUT LIES, I REPEAT THE ONLY MONEY YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY AND WHICH I ALSO PAID IS $450 FOR THE DELIVERY CHARGES IMPOSED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND YOUR PACKAGE CONTAINING YOUR CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT CHEQUE WILL BE REACHING YOU THROUGH THE EXPRESS COURIER SERVICE).

Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Mr.James Richard so that he can help you to deliver your funds instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.