This seems legit… Not. What made it worth sharing was the opening, “It’s my modesty obligation…” It’s that obligation that will ensure the hitch free transfer of our fund, of course. That doesn’t explain why someone at the United Nations uses a Hong Kong email address for official business, though. Or why someone at a Federal Reserve Bank (in New York City, USA) would use gmail.

Don’t reply to such emails; just ignore and delete them.

From: “Mrs. Mohini Rothad” email hidden; JavaScript is required
Subject: (UNCCP) Completion!
Date: September 22, 2018 at 12:29:06 AM MST
To: Recipients email hidden; JavaScript is required
Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Good Day!

It’s my modesty obligation to write this letter to you, I work as public relation representative for United Nations Compensation Commission Department (UNCCP) I was assigned to write this important letter to you regarding your unpaid long awaited funds. The United States Government in Conjunction with International Monetary Fund Office and United Nations Organization have come together and agreed to pay all outstanding Debts such as Unpaid Inheritance, Contracts, Lotteries and compensations funds, using the approved Foreign Exchange Allocation Order (FEAO) to clear all outstanding payment with immediate effect with the help of our banks in New York City, USA.

United Nations Compensation Department have officially authorized Federal Reserve Bank of New York City, to debit their reserve account with them to the amount of US$15,000,000 only and credit your designated bank account of your choice. All the documents for your fund is been attached to your payment file with the credited payment officer at the paying bank, authorization letter and transfer permit has been obtained from the United States Clearing House for immediate transfer of your fund as soon as you establish contact with the bank.

To ensure hitch free for the transfer of your fund, a bank guarantee letter / promissory note was acquired from the Supreme Court of New York City. The accredited payment officer Mr. Jamal Ahmad have confirmed that all the necessary requirements for the onward crediting of your fund and he verified that you are required to pay the bank logistics / handling / exchange rate fee calculated to be total sum of US$485 only. The fee was stated on the guarantee letter to be the only monetary responsibility that will be requested from you until the final remittance is made into your bank account.

Furthermore, to facilitate the remittance of your fund, you are hereby advice to contact the paying bank with your personal information such as name, phone number, home address for verifying and authenticity of the formal information for onward rectification.

The bank information to use contact the accredited payment officer is provided as follow; Bank name: Federal Reserve Bank, Contact Person: Mr. Jamal Ahmad and Email address is email hidden; JavaScript is required

Thanks, and we urge you to commence communication with the bank at your own convenience time and should you need further directives or clarifications, do not hesitate to contact the undersigned person.

Mrs. Mohini Rothad
Public Relations Representative
United Nations Compensation Commission.
Tel: (307) 309-2667

Yeah, I’m not worried, not when an email like this goes to an “info@” email address that I monitor. It’s a scam: The link goes to a site that tries to sell you background information on people. Don’t click on messages like this, don’t reply. Simply delete them and move on.

From: “Public Records Service” email hidden; JavaScript is required
Subject: Attn: A negative item may have been added to your public record. Msg #452932
Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

ATTN: 3 Negative Items posted to your public-record(s)

Bad Things From Your Past Have Been Posted Online. These are currently viewable by anybody

Your life could be ruined and it’s important you view this….

*All records: Updated when court-records are made public

*Link above is secure & will-expire in 48 hours.

I received two spams on the same day, and with the exact same subject line. The messages, however, are quite different, and are quite laughably bad. Even so, don’t reply to such messages, even if it’s tempting to correct their grammar or spelling. The best thing to do is delete the messages.

Both messages are pushing ATM cards, and urge you to forward other spam attempts to them. As the second message says, “Help stop cyber crime.”

Here’s the first message. It’s amusing how Mr. Steve Cox, the signatory of the email, refers to himself in the third person.

From: “Mr. Steve Cox”email hidden; JavaScript is required
Subject: UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Attention;

NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, it is because of the restrictions imposed by your Mail/Internet Service Provider, we urge you to treat it genuinely.

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family? You may not understand why this email came to you. In regards to the recent meeting between the United Nations, Cyber Crimes Commission (CCc), Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) and the United States Government to restore the dignity and Economy ofa Nations based on the Agreement with the World Bank Assistance Project to help and make the world a better place. We have been having meetings for the past 3 months with the Secretary General of the United Nations.

This email come to those who are yet to receive their compensation/inheritance/winnings and who have been scammed in any part of the world, this includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or Compensation payments that failed due to Government problems etc. Recently we the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) arrested internet fraudsters and Scammer with large amount of money so if you are receiving this email its means you where select to be compensated as a scam victim among 100 selected victims with part of the money recover from the internet fraudsters account, . The UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate you with the sum of $9,000.000.00 USD (NINE MILLION DOLLARS).

100 people where selected across the Globe for this MIDDLE OF THE YEAR COMPENSATION and Your email was in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team observers and this is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed, so you are advised to contact Mr. Steve Cox of the United Nations Compensation Commission, as he is our representative in United State Of America. Contact him immediately for your Compensation payment of $9,000.000.00 USD (NINE MILLION DOLLARS) which will be released directly to you in accordance with legal clearance and procedures.

It is my pleasure to inform you that your ATM Card Number; 4000128498979908 have been approved in your favor. Your Personal Identification Number is 6062. The ATM Card Value is $9,000.000.00 USD (NINE MILLION DOLLARS) You are advised that a most withdrawal value of $15,000.00 USD is permitted on withdrawal per Day and we are duly Inter Switch and you can make withdrawal in any Inter Switch site and ATM Center of your choice.

However, you should send him your

Full Name/
Telephone Number/
your Residential Address/
Gender:
Occupation:
New email address for this safety of this transaction

Contact Mr. Steve Cox immediately for your compensation payment:

Mr. Steve Cox
Director- General,
ATM Card Payment
Washington Field Office
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required
Telephone number : +1(253)271-4136

He is obliged to give you a call and 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: Under normal circumstances the collection of your ATM CARD the IMF and the Finance Ministry insisted that you pay for the DELIVERY FEE ONLY of your ATM CARD via western union money transfer, which will cost you just $220 USD only, the western union or Money Gram payment receipt of $220 USD 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. Ask Mr. Steve Cox for the instruction on how to send the delivery fee of $220 to him, Please note that the delivery fee can not be deducted from your ATM CARD due to the fact that no one has the authority to unlucky and use your ATM CARD on your behalf because you alone will be the one to first use the card for the first withdrawal with your secret code.

We also advise that you stop further communications with these imposters and forward any correspondence / proposal you receive from them to Mr. Steve Cox in other for the FBI to bring justice to them.

Good luck and kind regards,

Making the world a better place!

GOD BLESS USA.

REGARDS.

Mr.Steve Cox

And here is the second message:

From: “Mr. Samson Lucas” email hidden; JavaScript is required
Subject: UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
To: Recipients email hidden; JavaScript is required
Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Attention Beneficiary,

Records show that you are among one of the individuals and organizations who are yet to receive their overdue payment from overseas which includes those of Lottery/Gambling, Contract and Inheritance. Through our Fraud Monitory Unit we have noticed that you have been transacting with some impostors and fraudsters who have been impersonating the likes of Prof. Soludo /Mr. Lamido Sanusi of the Central Bank Of Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Aziza, Bode Williams, Frank, Anderson, none officials of Oceanic Bank, Zenith Banks, Kelvin Young of HSBC, Ben of FedEx, Ibrahim Sule, Dr. Usman Shamsuddeen and some impostors claiming to be The Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Cyber Crime Division of the FBI gathered information from the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) on how some people have lost outrageous sums of money to these impostors. As a result of this, we hereby advise you to stop communication with any one not referred to you by us. We have negotiated with the Federal Ministry of Finance that your payment totaling $5,900,000.00(Five Million Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars). will be released to you via a custom pin based ATM card with a maximum withdrawal limit of $15,000 a day which is powered by Visa Card and can be used anywhere in the world where you see a Visa Card Logo on the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM)

We guarantee receipt of your payment. This is as a result of the mandate from US Government to make sure all debts owned to citizens of American and also Asia and Europe which includes Inheritance, Contract, Gambling/Lottery etc are been cleared.

To redeem your funds, you are hereby advised to contact the ATM Card Center via email for their requirement to proceed and procure your Approval of Payment Warrant and Endorsement of your ATM Release Order on your behalf which will cost you $345 Usd only and nothing more as everything else 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 $345.00 only.

Mr.Samson Lucas(ATM Card Center Director)
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535
ATM Card Center Director
Email:agentsamsonlucas@gmail.com

Do contact of the ATM Card Center via his contact details above and furnish him with your details as listed below:

FULL NAMES: __________________________________
DELIVERY ADDRESS FOR ATM CARD: __________________
DATE OF BIRTH: __________________
OCCUPATION: __________________
TELEPHONE NUMBER: _____________________
EMAIL ADDRESS: _____________________

On contacting him with your details your file would be updated and he will be sending you the payment information in which you will use in making payment of $345.00 via Money Gram or Western Union Money Transfer for the procurement of your Approval of Payment Warrant and Endorsement of your ATM Release Order, after which the delivery of your ATM card will be effected to your designated home address without any further delay, extra fee.

Christopher A. Wray, DIRECTOR
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535

Note: Disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in posses   of the ATM card center who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your payment and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon it immediately.Help stop cyber crime.

Were they real? Were they dangerous? I’ll leave those questions to historians. However, if you believe in the Illuminati, you’re probably not going to join that secret society by responding to spam. Read, enjoy, but don’t respond to messages like this.

From: “The illuminati” email hidden; JavaScript is required

Subject: Join the illuminati

To: Recipients email hidden; JavaScript is required

Greetings, from The illuminati world elite empire. Bringing the poor, the needy and the talented to limelight of fame, riches, powers and security, get recognized in your business, political race, rise to the top in whatever you do, be protected spiritually and physically! All these you will achieve in a twinkle of an eye when you get initiated to the great Illuminati empire. Once you are initiated to the illuminati empire you will get numerous benefits and reward.

Note: that this message was created solely for the purpose of our recruitment scheme which will end next month and this offer is for unique ones only, if you are not serious on joining the illuminati empire, then you are advise not to contact us at all. This is because disloyalty is highly not tolerated here in our organization.

Do you agree to be a member of the illuminati new world order? If YES! then kindly reply us back on our direct recruitment email only at: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Please note, Kindly make sure all your response/reply are send directly to the email stated above only at: email hidden; JavaScript is required

For more instructions on our membership process.

The Illuminati.

Such a tale of woe! None of it true, of course. Sorry, you’re not going to get a share of this £17,352,110 windfall from an abandoned bank account — because it doesn’t exist. Enjoy the email, if you receive it, and then delete without responding.

From: “Dr Joseph” email hidden; JavaScript is required
Subject: Inquiry
To: Recipients email hidden; JavaScript is required
Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Good Day,

I know this email might come as a surprise to you considering the amount of junk emails we all get on a daily basis. I can assure you that I am not one of them; I would appreciate if the content of this email is kept strictly confidential and respect the integrity of the information/content of this email. I have decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction. Let me start by introducing myself, I am Mr. Douglas Joseph, an account manager here in United Kingdom. I have worked a little more than 15 years now and before I became an account manager of the Bank. I am contacting you concerning an abandoned account in the sum of over 10 million British Pounds. I was the account manager to one Engineer Philemon Juan Smith, a foreign contractor with department of works and housing who has an investment account with my bank; I encouraged him to consider various growths of funds with prime ratings. Then he invested 10million British Pound.

Based on my advice, we were able to spin the money around various opportunities and made attractive margins for the first few months of our operation. The accrued profit and interest plus capital stood at this point is over £17,352,110GBP (Seventeen million, three hundred and fifty two thousand, one hundred and ten Great Britain Pounds). In mid-2007, he instructed that the principal sum (10M British Pounds) be liquidated because he needed to make an urgent investment requiring transfer of the sum of (10M British Pounds) into his business account with my bank. We however assisted him with the transfer.

After few months; the management of my bank sent several notice to him without response, on further inquiries we found out that my client was involved in an accident in Kenya on a short visit. He has no will and no next of kin, which means he died intestate and the reason I am writing you. He died without leaving a Will and several efforts were made to find his extended family but without success. Because of the sensitive nature of private banking, most customers don’t nominate next of kin in their investment, also usually in most cases leave their WILLS in our care, in this case; the deceased client died intestate. It is quite clear now that our dear client died with no identifiable family member. According to practice, the Private banking sector will by the end of the year 2017 broadcast a request for statement of claim to my Bank, failing to receive viable claims they will probably revert the deposit to the ownership of the UK Government Treasury according to United Kingdom Banking and financial law.

I am also proposing that after a successful execution of the business deal, the funds will be shared in the ratio 50/50. You will get 50% and I will be entitled to 50%. You know that I must have done my home work already before contacting you. Although the project is CAPITAL INTENSIVE, I know I will be able to pull it through following proper banking and legal Channels with your assistance at your end. This claim will be executed without breaching any UK laws and success is guaranteed if we cooperate on this. The bank will release the account to you as the business associate to the late Mr. Philemon Juan Smith and my recommendation of you as the business associate to the deceased.

Once more, I ask that if you find no interest in this project that you should discard this mail and forget I ever contacted you, I ask that you are not being vindictive and Destructive; do not destroy my career. An opportunity like this only comes once in a lifetime. I am an orphan and I need to take care of myself and family in the future and this is an opportunity for me to give myself and my future family the best.I would want you to think about this and let me know your decision because such deal happens in the banking industry but only the outside world is not aware. If you give me a positive response, I will give you the relevant INFORMATION for the successful completion of this deal and we both enjoy it in peace. All I require from you is honesty/sincerity; I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

If you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards a conclusion. Treat this proposal with utmost confidentially and urgency for a 100% success.

You can contact me with the above email address:

Regards,

Mr. Douglas Joseph

This is either a mistake or an clever attempt to evade anti-spam filters. There is no message body. I am inclined to believe it’s the latter, guessing that filters will look at the body of the message, not the subject line. Either way, the U.S. Homeland Security department doesn’t use email addresses in Italy for official business, or ask fund recipients to confirm their nearest airport.

Delete messages like this, after getting a good chuckle.

From: Hon Kirstjen Nielsen email hidden; JavaScript is required

Subject: I’m Kirstjen Michele Nielsen, the new homeland secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland security appointed by President Donald Trump. Office Address:3801 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016, United States. I received a report that you have an unclaimed fund of US$5,000,000.00 (Five Million United State Dollar) in the West Africa. I have instructed ECOWAS and the concerned authorities to bring the consignment box containing your total fund to our Head office in Washington DC. The said fund will be here today. Therefore, you are expected to reconfirm your Full Name (as stated on your government issued photo ID), Home Address, Nearest Airport and your Direct Cell Phone # so that arrangement can be made for the delivery of the consignment to your home address.

Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Little boxes, little boxes, all the same. If this spam has anything that makes it interesting, beyond the terrible grammar, it’s that the faux shipments are so detailed: 61x156x73m, with a capacity of 680 liters.

Of course, this is spam – the extra details don’t change anything. Delete such messages, don’t respond to them.

From: David Jim Brown email hidden; JavaScript is required
Subject: ATTENTION YOUR ABANDON BOXES
Date: June 12, 2018 at 9:18:18 PM MST
Reply-To: David Jim Brown email hidden; JavaScript is required

Dear owner,

I am David Jim Brown, Head Officer-in-Charge, Administrative Service Inspection Unit United Nations Inspection Agency in Harts field-Jackson International Airport Atlanta, Georgia. During our investigation, I discovered an abandoned shipment through a Diplomat from United Kingdom which was transferred from JF Kennedy Airport to our facility here in Atlanta, and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in 2 Metal Trunk Boxes weighing approximately 130kg.

The consignment was abandoned because the Content was not properly declared by the consignee as money rather it was declared as personal effect/classified document to either avoid diversion by the Shipping Agent or confiscation by the relevant authorities. The diplomat’s inability to pay for Non Inspection fees among other things are the reason why the consignment is delayed and abandoned. By my assessment, each of the boxes contains about $4M or more. They are still left in the airport storage facility till today.

The Consignments like I said are two metal trunk boxes weighing about 65kg each (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x D73 (cm) effective capacity: 680 L) Approximately. The details of the consignment including your name and email on the official document from United Nations’ office in London where the shipment was tagged as personal effects/classified document is still available with us. As it stands now, you have to reconfirm your full name, Phone Number, full address so I can cross-check and see if it corresponds with the one on the official documents. It is now left to you to decide if you still need the consignment or allow us repatriate it back to UK (place of origin) as we were instructed.

As I did say again, the shipper abandoned it and ran away most importantly because he gave a false declaration, he could not pay for the yellow tag, he could not secure a valid non inspection document(s), etc. I am ready to assist you in any way I can for you to get back this packages provided you will also give me something out of it (financial gratification). You can either come in person, or you engage the services of a secure shipping/delivery Company/agent that will provide the necessary security that is required to deliver the package to your doorstep or the destination of your choice. I need all the guarantee that I can get from you before I can get involved in this project.

Best Regards,

David Jim Brown
Head Officer-in-Charge

If writing parts of a message in ALL CAPS lent credibility, this spam might be believable. But really? How long has it been since Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State? Look at the email addresses, look at the names, look at the typos. It’s hard to believe anyone would be fooled by this type of spam.

From: “MRS SUSSAN RICE” email hidden; JavaScript is required

Subject: UNITED NATION AND EUROPEAN UNION OFFICIAL WINNING PAYMENT VALUED $8,300,000M

Date: June 6, 2018 at 12:45:08 PM MST

Reply-To: email hidden; JavaScript is required

THE UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION
LONDON UNITED KINGDOM
UNITED NATION PAYMENT APPROVAL
OFFICE Special Duties/Logistics Department
FOREIGN CONTRACT/WINNING PAYMENT BUREAU

Our Ref: CITIBANK/LONDON/CTB

Your Ref 25321/imf/us/011/014

UNITED NATION AND EUROPEAN UNION OFFICIAL WINNING PAYMENT VALUED $8,300,000M

The Review and Decision of the UN Ad-Hoc Executive Committee on Your Grant Payment;

THE EUROPEAN UNION & UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION do hereby give this Irrevocable Payment Approval Order with Release Code No: GNC/3480/02/00 in your favor for your Inheritance/Award Winning Payment with the EU/UN to your nominated bank account. Now your new Payment Approval No; UN5685P, White House Approved No: WH44CV, Reference No.-35460021, Allocation No: 674632 Password No: 339331, Pin Code No: 55674 and your Certificate of Merit Payment No : 103, Citibank Telex confirmation No: -1114433 ; Secret Code No:XXTN013. Having received these vital payment numbers,

In reference to the meeting held by the UN Ad-Hoc Executive Committee on Grant Award Payment in collaboration with US Government, which comprises of 10 adjudicators Teams, headed by the UN Executive Secretary, Ban Ki Moon, UN President Mr. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, Federal Reserve Bank Chairman,Ben Bernanke, Representative of Office of Citizen Services and Communications, U.S. General Services Administration Director Scott D. Burford , Central Intelligence Agency CIA, represented by the Office of the Public Affairs Mark Mansfield, The representatives of Federal Bureau Investigation FBI, Amy Gutmann, The United Nation US envoy and the International Monetary Fund IMF New York officials , The Interpol President and Secretary Ronald Noble and the Nat West Bank Plc,London, United Kingdom.

In this capacity, they presided as a result of non payment of US Citizen UN allocated Grant Fund, thus the outcome of the meeting was successful as you have been advised to CALL Rev. Kenneth Brown of International Monetary Fund Office in New York today on Phone: 1-214-613-9962 for the immediate release of your fund valued at US$8,300,000.00.

As a matter of fact, you are required to Deal and Communicate only with REV. KENNETH BROWN, INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND NEW YORK, which is our official Monitoring partner. The Committee on Foreign Payment Matters in EU/UN has look up to make sure you receive your fund valued $8.3Million. So i will advice you to get contact with: REV. KENNETH BROWN on his contact information, in NEW YORK; TELEPHONE : +1-214-613-9962 Fax:+ 1-206-984-3626 Also contact MR.SCOTT PETERS OF CITIBANK LONDON FOR IMMEDIATELY TRANSFER EMAIL : email hidden; JavaScript is required TELEPHONE:+44 703 594 2488 CELL Fax: +44 844 4435285 for immediate release of your Inheritance/Award Winning claim. Be informed that you are not allowed to correspond with any person or office anymore. You are required to send the only to the bellow information.

Signatories to this Decision Are:

Susan Rice: United States Mission to the United Nations

Hillary Rodham Clinton: US Secretary of State

Timothy Geithner: US Secretary of the Treasury

Janet Napolitano: Secretary of Homeland Security

Eric Holder: Department of Justice Attorney General

Direct Citibank Telephone No :+44-704 572 8348
MOBILE TELEPHONE, +44 703 594 2488
FAX NUMBER:+44 844 4435279
Email:scottpete89658@gmail.com

for immediate release of your contract/inheritance/Award Winning claim Be informed that you are not allowed to correspond with any person or office anymore, You are required to send bellow information for your transfer.

1)YOUR FULL NAME:
2)ADDRESS,CITY,STATE AND COUNTRY.
3)PHONE,FAX AND MOBILE
4)COMPANY NAME(IF ANY) POSITION AND ADDRESS
5)BANK DETAILS,
BANK NAMES,
ACCOUNT NO,
ROUTING NO,
SWIFT CODE
BANK ADDRESS.
6) PROFESSION,AGE AND MARITAL STATUS
7) COPY OF YOUR INT’L PASSPORT/DRIVERS LICENSE

NOTE: YOUR PERSONAL CONTACT/COMMUNICATION CODE WITH CITIBANK CODE IS(511),YOU ARE ADVICE TO SEND YOU FULL BANKING INFORMATION TO THE CITIBANK OF LONDON INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE DIRECTOR HEADED BY MR SCOTT PETERS AND MAKE SURE YOU SPEAK WITH HIM, WITH YOUR NEW PAYMENT CODE FOR RELEASE OF YOUR PAYMENT AND SEND HIM ALL YOUR BANKING INFORMATION NOW. CONTACT CODE(511)

OFFICER:MR SCOTT PETERS
POSITION:DIRECTOR,INTL,REMITTANCE CITIBANK LONDON.
TELEPHONE OFFICE/BANK:+44-704 572 8348
MOBILE TELEPHONE, +44 703 594 2488
FAX NUMBER:+44 844 4435279
EMAIL: email hidden; JavaScript is required

MRS SUSSAN RICE

(CHAIRMAN COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN CONTRACT/AWARD WINING PAYMENT UNITED NATION AND USA GOVERNMENT)

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