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.
Monday, March 30, 2009
So many things wrong with the email not counting the typo FRAUDLENT which is silly on it's own as this email is to help you resolve fraudulent activities. The fact they are attaching the Microsoft name to the project, the fact numerous emails are all over the world and free accounts, plus AOL?
This whole thing is a mess!
In bid to implement the first phase of the agreement reached between Organization Of African Unity (AOU),and west African Community (ECOWAS) .
The Presidents of the countries in West Africa in collaborations with Organization Of African Unity (AOU) and the International bodies have mapped out the sum of (NINE BILLION DOLLARS) to the ECOWAS COMMUNITY as an aid to compensate victims of West African fraud scandal between 1989 to present date, due to the petitions received,about Ghana as the third country in Africa regarding to the fraudulent activities going on in the Africa sub-region.
The new Government of President John Atta Mills and the Bodies have without prejudice authorized The Barclay's Bank, London in UK., to identify, arrange for your compensation made payable to you in CASH / CERTIFIED DRAFT / WIRE TRANSFER at your request after the approval of your information valid. Payment center have been zoned in USA ,EUROPE AND MIDDLE EAST.
All data have been retrieved through the help of MICROSOFT CORPORATION MANAGEMENT which your name has been included as a victim of SCAM/FRAUDLENT situation, we are happy to notify you that your own compensation is only US$750,000.00 (Seven Hundred and Fifty thousand US Dollars only). This amount is absolutely Tax free.
Do send to us immediately via email the below information's:
1) Your full name.
2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
3) Residential address
4) Company name, Office position and Company address.
5) Profession, Age and marital status.
6) Working I'd / Int'l passport.
You are therefore requested to forward this information to the Barclays Bank, London UK quoting this Reference Number: ASKJ/598/14/HJ-09. This will help Identify your file easily as this reference number is already with Barclays Bank, London .
ALL FURTHER CORRESPONDENCE SHOULD BE FORWARDED through the particulars of the undersigned.
Mr.Doust John Michel
Barclay's Bank London
Therefore I strongly recommend that you promptly and humbly respond to this notification letter immediately
Thank you and have a great day.
For: (OAU) Welfare Unit
Accra Regional Office
- Someone you don't know, never heard of, lives overseas leaves you millions of dollars for no reason.
- Email sent to "Undisclosed Recipients"
- Sender said they tried to contact you via direct mail, but they don't know your name, address, phone or any info.
- Email comes from Michael Pinder, but wants you to reply to James Gavin
- Huge attorney firm wants you to reply to a hotmail account "firstname.lastname@example.org" and not the company's actual email.
- Email actually comes from email@example.com
JAMES GAVIN & ASSOCIATES
Fax: +44 70059 77386
Tel: +44 70457 38280
+44 70457 3828
Address:33 Bedford Row
London WC1R 4JH, England
JAMES GAVIN & ASSOCIATES
LONDON - UK.
On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late Engr.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 Jurge Krugger made you a beneficiary in 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 travelled man, he said he met you sometime in the past or simply you were nominated to him by one of his numerous friends abroad who wished you good, I am not too sure again.Jurgen Krugger until his death was a member of the Helicopter Society and the Institute of Electronic & Electrical Engineers and a German property magnate. He was a very dedicated christian who loved to give out alms to the poor,hungry and needy. His great philanthropy earned him numerous awards during his life time. Late Jurgen Krugger died on the 13th day of December, 2004 at the age of 80 years, and his WILL is now ready for execution after 3 years and thorough investigations. According to him,this money is to support your humanitarian/medical activities and to help thepoor and the needy in our society. Please if I reach you as I am hopeful,endeavor get back to me as soon as possible to enable me conclude my job. I hope to hear from you in no distant time.
I await your prompt response and please keep this very discrete and to yourself until the transfer of the funds to you is finalised.
Yours in Service,
BARRISTER JAMES GAVIN ESQ.
PARTNERS: Barrister Aidan Walsh.Esq, Markus Wolfgang, Mr. John Marvey
Esq,Mr.Jerry Smith Esq
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
My name is Dr.Robert Ado from Togo, presently in Ivory coast,i have some
funds i want you to assist me and move to your country,
I will give you details as soon as i hear from you.
Anticipating to read from you.
Dr Robert Ado
Monday, March 23, 2009
This email (see image above) of course did not come from eBay, it was not formatted well at all, really a terrible job at a scam... the host company where the email was sent is firstname.lastname@example.org and redirect emails to AccountsAppleyUp2009@bay.com (bay.com?)
Dear Customer, You have one new message at eBay, INBOX From: Customer Service Date: 3/24/2009 Subject: Official service renewal notification. In order to read the message Click Here (link removed) to login at eBay. and access your MAIL section.
This site provides information about and access to financial services offered by the Ebay. family of companies, including eBay., N.A., members FDIC. ©2009 eBay. eBay. is a federally registered service mark. All rights reserved. Blank Check® is a registered trademark of eBay.
The victim (you) must fill out an employment application that asks for Social Security number and date of birth. Then the victim is told he got the job.
Packages arrive at the victim's home. He is told to repackage the items and ship them overseas, using his own money which will be repaid. Unbeknown to the victim, the packages he's receiving were paid for with fraudulent credit cards.
At stage two of the scam, the victim is told he will be paid by cashier's check. But there's a catch. The check will be written for more than the amount the victim is owed. The victim is told to deposit the check and forward the difference to his employer's overseas bank account. Eventually, the victim's bank informs him that the cashier's check bounced -- and he owes the bank the amount of the check.
At stage three, the victim realizes it's a scam and thinks the ordeal is over -- but it's not. The fraudulent employer has the victim's birth date and SSN. He has applied for several credit cards in the victim's name and has been using them to buy merchandise that is being shipped to other unknowing victims of the scam.
COMPANY: Bogo International Company
JOB TITLE: Shipment Inspector
TYPE OF WORK: Tele-commute (availability of work from your residence) EMPLOYEE TYPE: Full-Time/Part-Time
JOB TYPE: Sales
EFFECTIVE DATE: ASAP
REQUIRED EDUCATION: Not specified
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: At least 1 year
REQUIRED TRAVEL: Not specified
REQUIRED RELOCATION: Not specified
SALARY: Negotiable, depends of your personal skills (more detailed in further communication)
CONTACT: Personnel manager Mileva
We are a supplier to Sellers, meaning that we scour the internet for close-outs that can be bought low and sold high. Our contacts include manufacturers with close out items and distributor overstock. The Sellers purchase products using our service then sell them for a sizeable profit.
What we need are people to act as Shipment Inspectors. You would receive the merchandise, check for quality of packing and make sure the product is in good condition. Then you would reseal the package and send to the seller.
- No overheads
- No hidden fees, upfront payments or Investments
- Free start for employees
- High School diploma or equivalent
- Relative experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (1 or more years)
- Basic Math, English language skills
- Geographical locations
- Additional languages may be preferred
- Basic computer skills
Ability to operate and maintain equipment including handhelds, computers. Develop, maintain and monitor relationships with store level accounts. Effective oral and written communications, problem-solving skills to reflect level of responsibilities. Able to maintain sensitive and confidential information. Past experience on E-Bay, drop-ship and resellers networks is a plus.
- Basic knowledge of computer and internet
- Sending and Receiving emails
- Fax machine or scanner and printer
- Contact phone (preferably Mobile)
Feel free to email back ONLY at: email@example.com (manager Mileva) for further communication.
Dear Account User,
This Email is from the Customer Care service of your webmail provider and we are sending it to all our webmail Account User for safety. We are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of webmail accounts; so we are shutting down some webmail accounts and your account was among those to be deleted. We are sending you this email so that you verify and let us know if you still want to use this account and if you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below.
Re-state your details so that we can confirm and upgrade your account as soon as possible.
Your Username, password, date of birth and your country information would be needed to verify your account.
* Date of Birth:
* Country or Territory:
Contact: John Cater
All you have to do is Click Reply and supply the information above and your account shall not be interrupted and will continue to function normally.
Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her webmail account permanently.
Thanks for your attention to this request and we apologize for any inconveniences.
The pressure put upon him to get the check cashed and the monies from it shipped off within two days works to keep him from discovering that the check he was given was counterfeit. Once this information comes to light (as it eventually does), our hapless "mystery shopper" is left on the hook with the bank for the value of the rubber check. As to how a cashier's check can bounce, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) requires banks to make money from cashier's, certified, or teller's checks available in one to five days. Consequently, funds from checks that might not be good are often released into payees' accounts or handed to them in cash long before the checks have been honored by their issuing banks. High quality forgeries can be bounced back and forth between banks for weeks before anyone catches on to their being worthless, by which time victims have long since turned over the monies the bank gave them to the con artists who have just taken them for a ride.
In a common version of this scam, the unsuspecting dupe is supplied with a money order bearing a face value of between $2,800 and $3,300 and told to use it at a Wal-Mart to purchase a MoneyGram for the amount of the check less the cost of the wire transfer and the $100 or $200 the mystery shopper is to keep as payment for his services. The wired amount is to be sent to a person in Canada that the sender is to claim is his relative.
A more potent form of the con game is an updated version of the "reshipper" scam. As in the original, the pigeon receives a worthless check from the scam artist, cashes it with a financial institution (in this instance, a money transfer company akin to Western Union), keeps a small portion for himself, and sends the remainder to the crossroader running the con. And as in the original, once the certified or cashier's check bounces, the person cashing it becomes liable for the amount the bank or check-cashing agency is out. The differences lies in the backstory presented to the victim: In the original he is led to believe he has been hired by an overseas firm to facilitate the processing of payments from its U.S. customers, but in the "secret shopper" version he is told he has been hired as a "mystery shopper" and that his first assignment is to test the MoneyGram system to determine how well it performs and how courteously its customers are treated. Although the set-up is different, the underlying scam is the same.
Thank you for your interest in the Mystery Shopper position.
Our company conducts surveys and evaluates other companies in order to help them achieve their performance goals.
We offer an integrated suite of business solutions that enables corporations to achieve tangible results in the marketplace.
We get hired by other companies and act like customers to find out how they are handling their services in relation to their customers.
Mystery Shopping is the most accurate and reliable tool a business can use to gather information regarding their actual customer service performance at the moment of truth. This moment of truth is not when the staff is on their best behavior because the boss is around - it is when they interact with customers during their normal daily routines.
This is where you, the Mystery Shopper, come in. You pose as an ordinary customer and provide feedback of both factual observations (ex...the floor was free of debris) and your own opinions (ex...I felt that the temperature in the establishment was too cold).
Mystery Shoppers must remain anonymous. You must act as a regular customer and be careful not to do anything that would reveal you as a shopper. An inexperienced shopper could tip off the staff to his/her identity by asking for the manager's name for no clear or appropriate reason. If you are going to be bringing someone with you on the shop, make sure you educate them about the process as well. Beware that even whispers can be overheard by employees. If anyone notices you are a shopper, you can bet that word will quickly spread around the establishment and you will get some of the best customer service in town.
No company can afford to have a gap between the promise of quality and its actual delivery, that's why leading corporations look to us, the nation's premiere mystery shopping and customer experience measurement company.
In order for a business to effectively compete in today's economy, they must be prepared to meet the challenge of increasing sales by:
* Retaining existing customers
* Acquiring new customers
* Creating word-of-mouth advocacy
* Improving customer loyalty
Once we have a contract to do so, you would be directed to the company or outlet, and you would be given the funds you need to do the job(either purchase merchandise or require services), after which you would write a detailed report of your experience.
Examples of details you would forward to us are:
1) How long does it take to get served.
2) Politeness of the attendant.
3) Customer service professionalism.
4) Sometimes you might be required to upset the attendant, to see how they deal with difficult clients.
Then we turn the information over to the company executives and they will carry out their own duties in improving their services.
Most companies employ our assistance when people complain about their services, or when they feel there is a need for them to improve upon their customer service.
Our company partners with you to implement proven mystery shop auditing and surveying strategies that provide critical information about customer experiences.
You will be paid a commission of $100 for every duty you carry out, and bonus on your transportation allowance.
Your task will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety of restaurants, retail stores, casinos, shopping malls, banks and hotels in your area.
Qualities of a good Mystery Shopper:
* Is 21 years of age or older
* Loves to go shopping
* Is fair and objective
* Is ON TIME
* Is very observant and able to focus on details
* Is fairly intelligent
* Has patience
* Is detail oriented
* Is practical
* Types well
* Is trustworthy
* Explains well in writing
* Is discreet
* Loves to learn
* Handles deadlines
* Has full internet access (at home or at work) Mystery Shopping is fun and exciting but also must be approached very seriously and is definitely not for everyone.
If you are interested in applying for consideration as a Mystery Shopper do send in your information: firstname.lastname@example.org Full Name:
As soon as we receive your information we will add you to our database and we will look for locations in your area that needs to be evaluated.
410 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Same junk, different day... Finance Directory can't spell Forty Five, and works for in London for a large company, but wants you to email him at a free MSN account email@example.com.
From Mr. Harry Johnson.
P O Box 10720
London WC2R 1AP
Re: My Request.
My heart warm greetings to you. I am Mr. Harry Johnson. I have a very important request that make me to contact you; I decided to confide in you directly and solicit for your assistance and Guidelines in making a business investment and wire transfer the sum of £45.5M GBP(Fourth Five Million Five Hundred thousand British Pounds Sterling only) into your country within the Next few days. All conformable legal documents to back this payment in your name genuinely will be made available prior to your acceptance to this proposal.
I presently work as a Finance Director, and am in charge with all Offshore Mortgage &
Services of our overseas brokers/investors with Royal Bank of Scotland Plc, London. But at this moment, I am constrained to issue more details about this profitable Business investment until I get your positive response by reply email. Meanwhile, I have worked out the modalities and technicalities whereby the funds can be claimed in any of our 6 Clearing House and Finance Center without any hitches. Our sharing ratio will be 50% For me and 50% For you equally. If you are interested, send your email response and your direct mobile telephone number through my email so we could discuss more on phone as regards to the transaction for further details. I wish for your utmost confidentiality in handling this transaction.
Awaiting your kind reply soon.
Mr. Harry Johnson
Finance Director, RBS
Oh, and way does someone from Isreal / Israel want us to email her back to Japan or should it be Jepan? firstname.lastname@example.org
From Mrs Hanan Solomon
Dearest In The Lord
I am Mrs Hanan Solomon from Isreal but now undergoing medical treatment in the capital city of London here. am married to late Dr Jackson Solomon , who worked with Isreal Embassy in London here for Eleven years before he died in the year 2004,after a brief illness that lasted for only Two month.
We were married for Eighteen years without any child. After the death of my husband i vowed to use our wealth for the down trodden and the less privileged in our society. Recently, My Doctor told me that I may not last for the next seven months due to cancer problem, though what disturbs me most is my stroke. Haven known my condition i decided to Serve God with our wealth.
When my late husband was alive we kept the sum of (2.800.000.00 Million)Two million eight hundred thousand pounds Having known my condition I decided to Give out this fund to an individual or better still a God fearing person who will utilize this fund the way I am going to instruct here in. I want an individual that will use this fund to provide succor to the poor and indigent persons, orphanages, widows around him and Schools etc.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact where the money was deposited also issue you the documents that will prove you the present beneficiary of this fund. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for an individual for this same purpose, always be prayerful all through your life. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hope to receive your reply soon.
Thank you and may the Almighty God bless you.
Mrs Hanan Solomon .
They do say that we have a "similar last name' so we know the scammer is trying use us to help him scam others, to get the $$$ out, but still a scam. At least there are not as many typos in this one.
Ahmad R. Ismail & Co.
Lot 5-8, Tingkats 5,
18000 Kuala Lumpur
Dear Craig Solomon,
I am Barrister Ahmad Rasyid Ismail an attorney at law. A deceased client of mine, by name, Mr. Martin Solomon, who here in after shall be referred to as my client, died as the result of a heart-related condition on the 11th November, 2006. His heart condition was due to the death of all the members of his family in the Gulf Air Flight Crashes in Persian Gulf Near Bahrain Aired August 23, 2000 - 2:50 p.m. I have contacted you to assist in distributing the money left behind by my client before it is confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this deposit valued at 9.5million US dollars is lodged. This bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin, or the account will be confiscated.
My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as the next-of-kin and beneficiary of my named client, since you have the same last name, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you. Then we can share the amount on a mutually agreed-upon percentage. All legal documents to back up your claim as my client's next-of-kin will be provided. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through.
This will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from many breach of the law. If this business proposition offends your moral values, do accept my apology.. I must use this opportunity to implore you to exercise the utmost indulgence to keep this matter extraordinary confidential, whatever your decision, while I await your prompt response. Please contact me at once to indicate your interest. I will like you to acknowledge the receipt of this e-mail as soon as possible via email this transaction will be treated private with absolute confidentiality and sincerity.I look forward to your quick reply.
Barrister Ahmad R. Ismail
Barrister Ahmad rasyid Ismail [email@example.com]
Overall it could have been a good scam if he did not forget his own name and also link back to a very obvious real site and try to send you to an email not associated with that site Neil Millar [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Neil Millar & Company Solicitors
Second Floor Barlow House
Minshull St Manchester
M1 3DZ.United Kingdom
Dear Craig Solomon,
This is a personal email directed to you and I request that it be treated as such. I am Neil Miller, attorney/sole executor to the late Mr Randolf Solomon, hereinafter referred to as my client who worked as an independent oil magnate in my country and who died in a car crash with his immediate family on the 4th of Oct,1998.
Since the death of my client in Oct, 1998, I have tried to locate any of his extended relatives whom shall be claimants/beneficiaries of his abandoned personal estate and all such efforts have been to no avail.
More so, I have received official letters in the last few weeks suggesting a likely proceeding for confiscation of his abandoned personal assets in line with existing laws by the bank in which my client deposited the sum of 3.8 million British Pounds Sterling.
On this note I decided to search for a credible person and finding that you bear a similar last name, I was urged to contact you, that I may, with your consent, present you to the "trustee" bank as my late client's surviving family member so as to enable you put up a claim to the bank in that capacity as a next of kin of my client.
I find this possible for the fuller reasons that you bear a similar last name with my client making it a lot easier for you to put up a claim in that capacity.
I propose that 35% of the net sum will accrue to me at the conclusion of this deal in so far as I do not incur further expenses.
Therefore, to facilitate the immediate re profiling of this fund, you need, first to contact me via this email signifying your interest and as soon as I obtain your confidence, I will immediately appraise you with the complete details as well as fax you the documents, with which you are to proceed and i shall direct on how to put up an application to the bank.
HOWEVER, you will have to accent to an express agreement which I will forward to you in order to bind us in this transaction.
Upon the receipt of your reply,I will send you by fax or E-mail the next step to take. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this proposal is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any fears as the required arrangements have been made for the completion of this transfer.
Like I said, I require only a solemn confidentiality on this.
Neil Millar & Company Solicitors
Neil Millar [email@example.com]
From Miss Sandra Alex
Avenue 16 Rue 13
I am pleased to write you this mail,I am Miss Sandra Alex, 22 years old and the only daugther of my late parents of Mr and Mrs Alex williams. My late father was a highly reputable business merchant in a cocoa who operated in the capital of Ivory Coast during his days.
Unfortunately I loosed him mysteriously,He died in France during one of his business trips abroad last year octomber 2006. though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle , who travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth.
My mother died when I was just 4 years old, and since then my late father took me so special. Before his death on Octomber 9th/2006 he called the secretary who accompanied him in hospital and told him to call me,on my arrival to the hospital my father told me that he deposited the sum of six million US Dollars. (6 000,000 USD) left in suspense account in one of the leading bank in Africa.
He further told me that he deposited the money in his name,and I as the next of kin and finally issued a written instruction to his lawyer whom he said is in possession of all the necessary legal document to all his properties.
I am just 22 years old and a University undergraduate and really dont know what to do. Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this funds.
This is because I have suffered a lot of set back as a result of family enemity and incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast.
Please, I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.
Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.
Now permit me to ask these few question:
1.Can you honestly help me as your new family?
2.Can I completely trust you?
3.what percentage of the total amount in question
will be good for you after the money is in your account?
Please, am waiting for your reply
Thank you so much.
Miss Sandra Alex