Scambusters, Preventing Internet Scams & Phishing Attempts

This blog is dedicated to help preventing internet fraud and internet scams. Scambusters was a radio show I started in Albany Oregon, but due to defaulted payment by the radio station we took the show offline. Regardless of this issue we still wish to help prevent internet fraud and save people from internet loss. I have been interviewed and featured in various publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times & Daily News, The London Times & AARP Newsletters. Please watch this blog for latest tips and tricks and scams to avoid.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Job Payment Scam > FW: WELL-PAID JOB!

No different than the Green Tree scam below, (btw got 43 green tree scam
emails in 24 hours, thank goodness for spam filters). Scam is basic, they
send you checks from companies that look real, you deposit the checks, wire
the money less your commission, 7-10 days later, check bounces, you owe the
back 100% of the money plus fees and odds are your account is way overdrawn.

Do not reply to these scams.

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 1:14 AM
Subject: Re: WELL-PAID JOB!

Hello, info.

Business Days, Inc currently has an opening for Customer Relationship
Manager in the U.S.A and EU.

Prompt processing of incoming money transfers in real-time mode.

Education and Experience:
- Bachelor's degree (optional)
- MBA/MS preferred
- Program and Project Management experience preferred
- Strong communication and influence skills
- PMP certification a plus
- 1-3 years financial services preferred

Knowledge and Skills:
- Strong project manager skills with a proven history of estimating and
delivering projects on time, on budget, with high quality.
- Ability to establish, maintain, and monitor full project lifecycle plans
for mid-scale to complex projects
- Ability to participate in identification of and planning for future
resource needs.
- Demonstrated ability to balance priorities and simultaneous projects.
- Knowledgeable in technology, either gained hands on or through exposure to
working with technology groups.
- Ability to work well independently and also be a strong team player.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both analysis and
technical subjects.
- Strong negotiation and influence skills, particularly within customer
- Strong judgment, issues management and problem analysis techniques in
order to work across the firm with both technical and business organizations
to resolve conflicts and deliver functionality.

- US/EU Citizenship
- Valid TAX ID/TIN
- Registered Company (must register upon request)
- Computer with Internet access
- MS Office (MS Word, MS Excel)
- Valid DL or any other ID with photo
- Home phone and mobile phone


Best regards,

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Online Job Scam Warning - Green Tree LTD - Warehousing

This is a common scam from or Careerbuilder or Hotjobs etc.. They seem very legit and even create a website that looks real. They find us by scanning resumes out on these job sites. I personally have a resume out there looking for a new job, so I was easy to contact.

The scam is simple, they take you through a ton of paperwork to make things seem legit and then you start receiving payments, the first few may be real, smaller amounts to get you started, a couple hundred here and there. You deposit the money and wire the balance less your commission to the scammer. Next you get a bunch of high ticket checks, many hundreds or thousands of dollars, you deposit the funds and then wire the amounts less your commission, however now in about 7-10 days the checks or money orders all bounce, they are 100% fake you are owe your bank back thousands of dollars!

Can you say bankruptcy?

---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: Green Tree (Warehousing) Ltd. <>

Date: Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Subject: Great job opportunity - all hours available (part time evenings / full time / job shares etc).

Dear Sir/Madam,

Your resume has been furnished to our company by web-site as one of the best-qualified job-seekers for a position offered.

Our company - Green Tree (Warehousing) Ltd., as a Third Party Logistics provider (3PL), works closely with major Blue Chip Companies & SME’s, providing mainstream warehousing and materials handling operations, innovative Supply Chain Solutions, Contract Packing and Distribution. We work closely with ou customers to deliver a flexible package that meets their requirements, and place emphasis on value-adding services of proven quality. Business expertise and a high level of diversity gained over 45 years combine to make "Green Tree" an attractive outsourced solution and versatile business partner.

We are currently looking to recruit a Regional Financial Coordinator to manage payments from the customers based within the limits of his country. You will be our financial intermediary in your local area and will be responsible to remit customer payments for the ordered warehousing or shipping to facilitate and fasten payment receipt at the headquarters of the company. This is a brand new part-time position and has been created to improve supply chain performance for the company as we move into a period of substantial expansion where we will double our current turnover.

The role includes dealing with 2-3 customer payments a week; reviewing the balance of the bank account, where the payment is supposed to be debited to; ensuring precise settlements regarding each payment; transmitting the payments to the Headquarters and subsidiaries of the company by means of instant Western Union payment system and providing regular feedback and reports to the Headquarters Office Manager and Supervisor.

It is essential that the candidate promotes positive/can do attitude and discharges his duties urgently, has literate communicational and PC-user skills to interact with other team members and make external contacts related to the job nature.

Successful applicants will need to have a bank account to be used for the customer payments to be debited to, be energetic, enthusiastic and naturally ambitious. This is very much seen as a career progression role that could lead to a management position, so if you are willing to work 1-2 hours a day and be paid on an interest basis (net 10% out of each customer payment you have dealt with) you are welcome to apply now.

So if you are looking for a “career of your life” and would like to find out more about the job specification please visit our web-site at

Yours faithfully, Gilbert Blair



Monday, April 28, 2008

Nigerian Scam : AWaiting To Hear From You.

Scam Scam Go Away... don't come again any-day! What a bad try at a scam,
can someone really fall for this mess? Email return comes from France, the
scam says from the Benin Republic, and asking yout email them through Yahoo
Mexico. Odds are it is Romainian Scam or Nigerian Scam. Regardless it is a
scam, so avoid this and other scams. "AWating huh?"

-----Original Message-----
From: ahmed []
Sent: Monday, April 28, 2008 5:08 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: AWaiting To Hear From You.

Dear Friend,
I am the chairman of the contract award committee of the Natural
resources ministry here in BENIN REPUBLIC , and I represent a group
that is interested in engaging your services as Manager for investment
purpose, of a large volume of funds from over-invoiced contracts
already executed and paid for.
If this proposal is acceptable to you, please get back to me
through above email []

Sincerely Yours
Engr.Bashary Ahmed.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Nigerian Scam with Japan Address > FW: Future Partner,

Tears well up from this sad story.. (not really) but still another scam,
that of course we never responded to, even though they said "Thanks for my
prompt response"

Not sure about the Yahoo Japan reroute on the email address, but regardless
on of the most common scams and easy to avoid, just delete it if you get

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Friday, April 25, 2008 10:45 AM
Subject: Future Partner,

My dear Future Partner,
Many thanks for your prompt response to my message, I appreciate your kind
gesture to find time to give reponse to my message to you.

It is my pleasure to send you this details of my life for a sincere
relationship and for the fact that i am in need of your commit zeal to help
me on this important matter. I hope you will honour my mail and reply with
your kindness, may almighty be with you Amen!.

I will bigin by introducing myself to you, My name is miss Stella Dennis,
and my father's name is Dr.Rosen Dennis. I studiaded Medicine but was a fact
that my father died it became a drop out. I am here today in Ivory Coast
because of the problem i explained bellow;

My father died and left me and mother with inheritance worth $7,000.000.00
Us dollars (SEVEEN MILLION DOLLARS)and this eastate is deposited with the
Security Company here in Ivory Coast before my late father was called to his
glory of almighty God with untimely death.

Though i have not meet with you before this introduction neither you know
me, but i believe that; In this, one has to risk confiding in suceed
sometimes in life.
The death of my late father gave my mother seriouse intentive Illness and
she died in few months after my late father's death. I live in the house of
our great grand Mother in Sierra Leone our home country before i decided to
come over to Ivory Coast to seek the release of my deposit inheritance in
the Security Company Custody. But my problem is that I need the assistance
of a reliable and reponsible person in your country to assist me retrive
this consignment fund safely to invest the money in your country under a
mutual agreement without the concept of my father's relative or any third

I wanted to do this clearance outside the concept of my uncle because 1st i
am warned me not to trust him or any of the family members because the death
of my late father lays on his fortune and it is Masterminded to them and
they may also kill me according to the warning my mother gave before she
gave up in life.

I have the great pleasure in confing this matter to you for the help if you
can honour my mail as i honour you and give me your Sincere Love and
Kindness to me regarding my request and myself.

I can send you the Proves of this Consignment if you promise to help me
Sincerely in Your Heart and that you will take good care of me whenever i
get married to you or not. But my Comming to your country will be after the
Transfer of our Consignment Fund to your country is successfully or anyhow
you decided to assist me on that. Please help me because my heart feel good
with you and i want to be your Future Partner, for better.

Yours Faithfully,
Miss. Stella Dennis.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Nigerian Scam Warning >: Please Confirm This Message Asap

Not sure what the SCAM is on this email, however we got 18 of them today.
Of course anytime an obvious scam wishes to engage in communication like
this you can be 100% sure it is is not going to end well for you if you get

-----Original Message-----
From: Mrs.Suha Tawil Arafat []
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 5:54 AM
Subject: Please Confirm This Message Asap
Importance: High

Dear Intending partner, I am still expecting to hear from you in respect of
my last mail and confirm your willingness over this partnership. Are you
ready to handle it or not? Yours faithfully Mrs. Suha Tawil Arafat

Sunday, April 20, 2008

PHISH: Oregon Community Credit Union - Account Limitation Notification

Typical phish, remember a phish can also be a link to viruses and malware,
so they can serve dual danger. If you did or do have an account at Oregon
Community Credit and you received something like this, then you just go to
your bank website directly, never click on a link. Log in at the bank
website and if there is a problem they would let you know right there.
Avoid phishing!

Oh and by the way, this is a lousy attempt at a phish, bad quality email,
could you even imaging a bank sending out such garbage.

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2008 4:44 PM
Subject: Oregon Community Credit Union - Account Limitation Notification
Importance: High

Dear Oregon Community Credit Union account holder,

Oregon Community Credit Union is constantly working to ensure
security by regularly screening the accounts in our system.
We have recently screened your account and encountered a problem. Until we
can collect secure information, your
access to sensitive account features will be limited. We would like to
restore your access as soon as
possible, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Why is my account access limited?

Your account access has been limited for the following reason(s):

Billing failure and security issue.Because of an unusual number of invalid
login attempts on your account, we believe that your account might have been
frauded or compromised. We understand that having limited access can be an
inconvenience, but protecting your account is our primary concern.

To securely update your personal information please follow the link bellow:

<link removed to prevent fraud>

Note: If you received this message in you spam/bulk folder, that is because
of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider. We are
sorry for that inconvenience.

C2008 Oregon Community Credit Union

Friday, April 18, 2008

Phishing Threat > FW: Comerica Bank - Your money can be in danger.

Typical phish, remember a phish can also be a link to viruses and malware, so they can serve dual danger.  If you did or do have an account at Comerica Bank (whomever they may be) and you received something like this, then you just go to your bank website directly, never click on a link.  Log in at the bank website and if there is a problem they would let you know right there.  Avoid phishing!


Oh and by the way, this is a lousy attempt at a phish, bad quality email, could you even imaging a bank sending out such garbage.




From: Security department []
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2008 6:53 AM
Subject: Comerica Bank - Your money can be in danger.


Client authentication using digital certificates in COMERICA BANK®

Dear Customer, site has requested that you identify yourself with a certificate.
The next step in the transformation of Comerica Online is Digital Certificate (DC) access.
This DC will allow you to access Comerica Bank and other online services through a single sign-on.

All users will be notified and transitioned to the new URL between April 2008 and October 2008.

Please register your DC account and use our services safely.

Continue>> (link removed for safety)

2008 Comerica Bank. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

International Scam - Italy >>: From:Mr.colin creek /

"As at this moment,I am constrained to issue you more details about this
business until your response is received."

Oooh... a secret scam!

Avoid at all cost!

-----Original Message-----
From: richardl2 []
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 3:42 PM
Cc: recipient list not shown:
Subject: From:Mr.colin creek

From:Mr.colin creek,
Manchester M27 5FX,
United Kingdom.

Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal ethics

although. I am presently in London working as an investment consultant with
the above bank at their London office. And I am poised to work this deal out

if we can do business. Be so kindto contact me at your earliest convenient
for a possible business deal involving money transfer of about £25,000,000
(Twenty-Five Million British Pounds).

In one of our periodic auditing, I discorved a dormant accounts with holding

balance of 25,000,000 (Twenty-Five Million British Pounds) which has not
been operated for the past three years. From my investigations and
confirmations, the owner of this account is a foreigner, and he died without


As at this moment,I am constrained to issue you more details about this
business until your response is received. And I would love to furnish you
with a little bit of my biography as we progress with the business. As we
have not meet before.

So send me your nominate account information as states below where you like
the money to be transfer so that I will write and apply an application for
the release of the fund immediately into your account.

Beneficiary Name.......
Bank Name..............
Bank Address...........
Account Number.........
Swift Code.............
Routing Number.........
State & Country........
Your Tel/Fax Number....For easy communication.

This is extremely urgent. Awaiting your positive feed back as soon as

Warmest regards,

Mr.colin creek.

Saturday, April 12, 2008


International Lottery Scam: Most work this way... Congrats you won, send us
your information. Great, now lets get the paperwork out of the way... Ok,
since this is international we need to get taxes paid, we can do this one of
two ways.. 1. You can wire us the money for the taxes and then we will send
you the rest of the money 2. We will send you a cashiers check, you deposit
the check and wire us the funds back, when we get the wire you will get the
rest of your money.

Problem is once you wire them the money the scam is done. Regardless of the
method they use for the scam #1 or #2(cashiers check is fake) you are out,
they win, you lose.

Do not fall for this scam. 

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2008 5:27 AM
Cc: recipient list not shown:

De Lotto (Electronic Lotterij)
Postbus 2054,1260GB Gravestein
Amsterdam, Netherlands

REF Number:NL3/9437/07
BATCH Number:8/163/NL

This is to inform you that your email- Address attached to a
Ticket-Number5221892 501,Serial Number 8422420,Draw Lucky Number
5-7-26-47-88-79 have won you a consulation cash prize of Euros
1,000.000.00 (One Million Euros Only).

For due processing of your winning claim, please contact our claims
coordinator with your Name,Telephone /Fax numbers,Occupation, Age and

Tel:0031 626 565 670
Fax:0031 847 274 916

Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for
being part of our promotional program.

Note: Anybody under the age of Eighteen is automatically disqualified.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs.Ruth Morgan,
For Management.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

VIRUS / MALWARE: You've received A Hallmark E-Card!

Common Virus / Malware > the Hallmark Card virus, the link (removed) will
install a program or script on your computer allowing others to take over
your computer, capture keystrokes or destroy your computer. The malware
varies, but they are all dangerous.

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2008 1:34 AM
Subject: You've received A Hallmark E-Card!

You have recieved a Hallmark E-Card.

To see it, click here <REMOVED VIRUS / MALWARE> ,

There's something special about that E-Card feeling. We invite you to make a
friend's day and send one
2001|-102001|ecards|unEcardandMore|E-Cards?lid=unEcardandMore> .

Hope to see you soon,
Your friends at Hallmark

Your privacy is our priority. Click the "Privacy and Security" link at the
bottom of this E-mail to view our policy. <> | Privacy & Security
markSite/LegalInformation/FOOTER_PRIVLEGL|> | Customer Service
< Page> | Store Locator
< Page>

PHISH / ID Theft: Comerica Bank - Very important information for our clients.

A classic Identity Theft Phish for details and information to steal your ID, your Credit Card, your SS#, your Pin Codes or whatever else you have to offer.  Remember no valid company will every ask you to click / follow a link from an email. If for some ODD reason you believe an email to be real, you go to your browser and navigate directly to the site, you log in from there and if there is an issue you will see it at that time.  Never follow untrusted links.


From: Bank client center []
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2008 10:34 AM
Subject: Comerica Bank - Very important information for our clients.


Client authentication using digital certificates in COMERICA BANK®

Dear Customer, site has requested that you identify yourself with a certificate.
The next step in the transformation of Comerica Online is Digital Certificate (DC) access.
This DC will allow you to access Comerica Bank and other online services through a single sign-on.

All users will be notified and transitioned to the new URL between April 2008 and October 2008.

Please register your DC account and use our services safely.

Continue>> (link removed to prevent fraud)

¿ 2008 Comerica Bank. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Nigerian Scam for $14.5 Million >> Reply Soon

Nigerian Scam, very common, of course all Attorney's overseas have Yahoo
email addresses.

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2008 11:22 AM
Subject: Reply Soon
Importance: High

Jose Pinman &Associates
(Solicitors andAdvocate)

I am a Solicitor and a Business Consultant here in the UK. It is indeed my
pleasure to write you this letter which I know is absolutely going to be of
a great doubt and distrust in your heart as so many individuals have taken
possession of the internet to facilitate their selfish interest, thereby
making it extremely difficult for genuine and legitimate business class
persons to get attention and recognition.

I discovered that a late client of mine who died along with his wife and two
children in a car accident on the 11th of January 2006 has no one to stand
for claim on a deposit he made with HSBC BANK PLC (US$14,689,000.00)Fourteen
Million, Six Hundred and Eighty Nine Thousand Dollars. He wanted to set up a
Gas Plant project in Asia with this fund as record showed.

Since his death, I have been unable to locate any of his relation or next of
kin and the Bank has given me Four weeks to provide his next of kin or else
they will confiscate this fund and I can not claim this fund except someone
else is presented as the next of kin. I seek your permission to have you
stand as the next of kin to the deceased as all documents will be provided
by me. I would like to have this money transferred into your account as an
Investment fund.

The investment areas are not limited and may include new businesses or
injection of funds into an existing firm that, of course, is profit
oriented. Bearing in mind that you are not authorised to invest in public
companies or government agencies. You can incorporate a firm fully owned by
you based on the laws of your country or invest the money in a private
company as a shareholder or private account. Trading with this fund in
stocks should be granted under a special agreement between you and I. I will
present all adequate documents that will be required during the course of
this project.

You can decide if we would have the fund moved to your account while we have
a meeting on how we can invest it. All ideas are welcome as your suggestion
and opinion will be helpful to us. I will offer you 35% of this fund for
your contribution / assistance.

All these are without any liability to you as this is no risk. All you need
is to give surety and ascertain your credibility, resourcefulness and
guarantee that fund will be safe with you. You will be required to meet with
me to finalise arrangements on how to move the agreed funds into your
account and sign related documents that will authorise you to manage this
fund on my behalf. A draft agreement will be forwarded to you to enable us
modify all incompatible areas and ensure a smooth take off.
If you are interested in working with me, kindly call me on +447707677666 or
email me at: for more information.

I look forward to your response.


Jose Pinman

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


Of course this is pure Phish for information to then add to possible scams.
Asking for a copy of ID in an email is outrageous and hopefully no one would
ever fall for such a clear scam.

Please keep an eye on the blog for other scams to avoid. As they come in we
will update the blog with new and potentially dangerous scams.

-----Original Message-----
From: CARD []
Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2008 3:14 PM

External Review Committee on
Debt Statistics And fund audit
Balance Debt IMF-World Bank
Collaboration with
oceanic bank Ghana Plc


We wish to inform you that your over due payment has be scheduled
to pay toyou through certified ATM Card which you will be only required
to proceed to any ATM Cash Point to withdraw $20,000 perday till your
complete payment fund are completed.This development was as result
of new payment policy revolution of 2007 carry out by the World Financial
Body in collaboration with World Bank Audit unit and United Nations
Policy maker unit under world bank new year payment constitution.
This effort is to help the international monetary fund restrict and
monitor every international tra nsaction to avoid money laundering
activities and will help usto fight against fraudulent activities from
scam experts.

Furthermore you are advice to reconfirm you billing address including
(2)Contact:Home or Office-Address..
(3)Phone...And Fax#..
(4)Your age and current occupation...
(5)Attach Copy of your Identification
to the Euro Finance Investment Bank affilated to Oceanic Bank Ghana plc.
For the issuance certified ATM Credit Card,the contact information is as

NAME:MR George Ahmed

NB note that you can only withdraw just $20,000.00 per day till your
fund is completed.Please do not reply to this E-mail contact the Bank
immediately with the necess ary information required from you so that
they commence on proceeding.Once again,I apologize to you on behalf
Of IMF(International Monetary Fund)failure to pay your funds in time,
which according to records in the system had been long overdue.

Treat very urgently as we also remind you that your ATM Card is ready.


Yours Sincerely,
Mr.George Ahmed.
Oceanic Bank Ghana Plc.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Brisbane man jailed over 'gold' eBay scam by Christine Kellett

A Brisbane man who ripped off three people using internet auction site eBay has been sentenced to jail.

Rory James Kleidon pleaded guilty in the District Court this morning to a single fraud charge after holding a dud auction for a gold nugget on the site in June last year.

The court heard the 24 year-old mechanic's assistant used his girlfriend's account to post an ad for the precious metal, which attracted a $4025 bid on June 13.

The money was paid into Kleidon's girlfriend's bank account but he failed to hand over the nugget as promised.

After realizing he'd been stung, his victim, a Sydney man, posted negative feedback against Kleidon - a system used to warn other bidders of shonky eBay users - but not before another man, this time from Western Australia, paid $1800 for the gold.

The following day, a third victim was lured, depositing $2000 into Kleidon's online account from his home in Bowen, in Queensland's north.

The scam was up, however, when one of the men complained to police who easily traced Kleidon through his girlfriend's eBay registration details.

He was arrested at his Bracken Ridge home soon after.

The court heard he had blown the money - $8025 - on a car.

Crown prosecutors sought jail for Kleidon, who they argued had breached eBay's trust-based trading system.

However, Kleidon's defense barrister James Godbolt, described the dummy sale as an act of "rank stupidity" by his client, who was never going to pull it off.

"Clearly the use of the internet means the people engaging are vulnerable," Mr Godbolt said.

"But that being said, there's no real sophistication to this scam.

"His detection was inevitable."

So was prison, according to Judge Helen O'Sullivan, who sentenced Kleidon to six months behind bars.

However, she agreed to wholly suspend the term after it was revealed the young high school drop-out had been in financial trouble at the time and was suffering from depression.

Kleidon will be forced to repay each of his victims as a condition of his punishment.



Saturday, April 05, 2008

PHISH: Bank of America Online Banking Account locked!

Bank of America PHISH


Dear Valuable customer.

4/5/2008 Due to the number of incorrect login attempts, your Bank of America
Online Banking Account has been locked for your security on 4/5/2008. You
must reset your Passcode before you can enter Online Banking.

You can reset your Passcode by Click Here <<<removed for safety>>> and
Update Your Account information. Once you have updated your account records
your Bank of America account service will not be interrupted and will
continue as normal.

Thank you for your patience as we work together to protect your account.


Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Worst Spelling EVER >> SCAM > secured business loan

Sorry, just had to post this, never seen anything spelled this bad ever in
my whole life.

-----Original Message-----
From: Liz Reaves []
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 2:35 PM
Subject: secured business loan

We are SmbaIl Buusiness |_oan Specoblists.
A~ply For A Luan Onlwine Today.
Get The Gash You Neeed Ringht Awayy! Low Rates. Fast & Easy Apprqval

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

SCAM / FRAUD > : small business loan for you

I am glad they can help findd (sic) a businkss (sic) onllne (sic)loan for
us, however there are loan fees payable up front. Sadly a local friend fell
for this scam last year, lost about $1,000.00 Please do not fall for these
loan scams. They promise 10's of thousands of dollars in loans with an up
front fee, however there are no loans, just the fee.

-----Original Message-----
From: Tamara Milton []
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 2:13 AM
Subject: small business loan for you

Find the right fynding for our business
Quick and easy to arrange loan facility
We have helped thousaqds of businesses findd the right type of businkss
Read our guides, get onllne quotes

Pump & Dump Stock Scam > SuperNova Stocks = GSML Symbol

Received about 5 of this same symbol today, the classic pump/dump scam. Of
course no one should ever buy any of the stocks emailed to them. I wonder
if Summit Hotels knows someone is spoofing their address for a stock scam?

-----Original Message-----
From: Claudia Milton []
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 12:17 PM

Subject: SuperNova Stocks

Gold and Silver prices have been skyrocketing

The recent fall has given you the perfect time to get in and ride gold to $2
for the past week as the undiscovered gem of Gold Production

Now is the time to get in
Symbol : GSML

The move has started and this stock is definately dollar plus bound

This is not a fly by night, Its a real copmpany with real operations in the
metals that are everyone's backup plans for the econimic worries

Dont miss out, Get in GSML and make the smart safe profits


Busy day for fraud, 3 in a row for me... I like this one, the person even
uses the sir name of "Mercy"... how poetic.

-----Original Message-----
From: Metina Cole []
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 7:00 AM

From Metina Cole

Hello my dear friend,

How are you doing? Compliment of the day and to your family. I didn't forgot
your past effort by trying to help me, I want to inform you that I have
succeeded in getting those funds transferred under the co-operation of a new
partner from Australia.

I want to use this opportunity to thank you for your great effort to our
unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one reason or the other
best known to you.

But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out
of my bank to someone else account who was capable of assisting me in this
great venture through the help of the diplomat I told you about.

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed to the
course of the transaction I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to
you with the sum of $200.000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand united States

I have authorized the finance house where I deposited my money to issue you
international certified bank draft cashable at your bank. My dear friend I
will like you to contact the finance house for the collection of this
international certified bank draft. The name and contact of the Person with
your Cheque is as follows.


At the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment project that my
new partner and I are having at hand. Finally, remember that I have
forwarded instruction to the finance house on your behalf to send the bank
draft to you as soon as you contact them without delay.

Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from
the bottom of my heart.

Thanks and God bless you and your family, hope to hear from you soon.

Yours Faithfully,

Metina Cole.

Email Wire Scam / FedEx Scam > You Have A Package With FedEx

I love this one, they want people to think FedEx can't use their own email
account and must use a free hotmail account to get emails out to people >

What a moron!

They ask you to send them $395.00 (wire transfer) so they can send you
$800,000.00. I sincerely hope no one would fall for such a blatant scam!

-----Original Message-----
From: []

Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 10:57 PM
Subject: You Have A Package With FedEx


I am Mr.Wellington.I have been waiting for you to contact me for your
Confirmable Bank Draft of $800.000.00 United States Dollars, but I did not
hear from you since that time. Then I went and deposited the Draft with
FedEx Delivery, West Africa, I traveled out of the country for a 3 Months
Course and I will not come back till end of June.

What you have to do now is to contact the FedEx Delivery as soon as
possible to know when they will deliver your package to you because of the
expiring date. For your information, I have paid for the delivery charges,
Insurance premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Check showing that
it is not drug money or meant to sponsor terrorist attack in your Country.

The only money you will send to the FedEx Delivery to deliver your Draft
direct to your postal Address in your country is ($395.00 USD) only being
Security Keeping Fee of the Delivery Company so far. Again, don't be
deceived by anybody to pay any other money except $395.00US Dollars. I
would have paid that but they said no because they don't know when you
will contact them and in case of demurrage but now I am on a course in
which they will not be able to contact me for the payment. You have to
contact the FedEx Delivery now for the delivery of your Draft with this
information below;

Contact Person: Mr. Mark Collins
Telephone: +234-8074007861

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address() and Direct
telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and
ask them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your package
over there and know when it will get to your address.Let me repeat again,
try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further
delay and remember to pay them their security keeping fee of $395.00 US
Dollars for their immediate action.Note that it is when you must have pay
the $395 for the security fee that the package will be released and the
tracking number would be given to you.

My E-mail is But if you mail me I will be
on vacation and I will not be able to reply your mail.

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Wellington.

Nigerian Scam > BE Sincerely To Me, Mrs Vivian Johnson


-----Original Message-----
From: Vivian Johnson []
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 4:46 AM
Subject: BE Sincerely To Me,

From Mrs Vivian Johnson,

Hello Friend BE Sincerely To Me,

I decided to donate what I have to charity through you. You may be wondering
why I chose you, but the almighty lord chosen you.

I am 68 years old and was diagnosed for cancer about 4 years ago,
immediately after the death of my husband I have been touched by the lord to
donate from what I have inherited from my late husband to charity through
you for the good work of humanity.

Presently, I have informed my representative about my decision in WILLING
this fund to charity through you. If you are interested in carrying out this
task, I will inform my Lawyer so that he can arrange the release of the
funds to you.

I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly, and
please use the funds well and always extend the good work to others.

NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the
task is accomplished, as I don't want anything that will jeopardize my last
wish, due to the fact that I do not want relatives or family members
standing in the way of my last wish.

I know I have never met you but my mind tells me to do this, and I hope you
act sincerely. I will compensate you with 10% of this money if you will
assist me because I am now too weak and fragile to do things myself because
of my cancer.

Yours Sincerely

Mrs Vivian Johnson

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

PayPal PHISH >> FW: New Message

Really BAD PayPal PHISH - Do not click on URL / PHISH

-----Original Message-----
From: PayPal []
Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 6:04 PM
Subject: New Message
Importance: High

As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the
PayPal system. During a recent screening, we noticed an issue regarding
your account.

Case ID Number: PP 739 853 720

For your protection, we have limited access to your account until
additional security measures can be completed. We apologize for any
inconvenience this may cause.

To review your account and some or all of the information that PayPal
used to make its decision to limit your account access, please visit the
Resolution Center.

------------------------------ --------------------------

Resolution Center: Your account access has been limited.
Click here to resolve the problem <>
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PayPal Email ID PP 834

PayPal Phishing Attack

US-CERT Current Activity

PayPal Phishing Attack

Original release date: April 1, 2008 at 10:22 am Last revised: April 1, 2008 at 10:22 am

US-CERT has seen reports of a phishing attack that targets PayPal users. The attack arrives via an unsolicited email message containing an HTML attachment. The message indicates that the attachment is a verification form intended to offer the user protection from fraudulent activity. Users who open the attachment are instructed to enter their email address and PayPal password. This information is then sent to an attacker.

US-CERT encourages users to do the following to help mitigate the


* Install anti-virus software and keep virus signatures up to date.

* Do not open unsolicited email messages.

* Refer to the Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams document for

more information on avoiding email scams.

* Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks

document for more information on social engineering attacks.

Relevant Url(s):

SCAM > Dear/Sir Madam, Mr Jim koffi

Bad Nigerian Scam / Avoid!

-----Original Message-----
From: Mr Jim koffi []
Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 9:09 AM
Subject: Dear/Sir Madam,

Dear/Sir Madam, Warmest greetings to you,I know this letter will definitely
comes to you as a suprise.I am Mr Jim koffi the Auditor General in African
Development Bank Republic Du Benin. During the course of our auditing I
discovered a floating funds in an account opened in the bank in 1999 and
since 2004 nobody has operated on this account again.After going through
some old files in the records, I discovered that the owner of the account
died without a [heir] So I am soliciting for your assitance to present you
as the next of kin to the decease hence he does not have some one as his
next of kin to inherit the funds, Therefore if you are interested to work
with me, urgently get back to me so that I will give you more informations
and how the funds shall be successfuly transfer to you by the bank. I look
forward to your reply soonest, Sincerely. Mr Jim koffi