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.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Would you not know if you were dealing with someone for a long long time? How could this work, do they assume you just “forgot” or think they made a mistake and now you are the lucky one to get all the money. Not a good try for a scam, not even good logic. Plus I really don’t know what a “scrambler” is, I would guess it is the cook behind the counter at Denny’s making all those eggs?

Why are government officials in Nigeria of all places using an email from China ? Also who is that woman at the bottom of the page (hoping the photo comes through)… what kind of pose is that? Not an official government ID pose, but more of, “I can’t believe they got my order wrong again!” pose.

Just sad from the start. My new years resolution is for more interesting scams, these old ones are just too sad and repetitive. Looking for some creativity.

From: Mrs. Farida Waziri []
Sent: Sunday, December 19, 2010 5:24 AM





How are you and the family, we got your email notification about your dealings with some kind of scramblers which you are not suppose to deal with at all regarding your transfer, you have been dealing with this people for a long time while they are not in position to pay you your fund, this people have extracted a lot of money from you and at the end you get nothing

I am being appointed to this post by my Fellow Nigerians, just to fetch out all this criminals that are deceiving foreigners about their existing funds to obtain money from them with genuine reasons about their transfer of funds.

However, it may interest you to know that the people you have been dealing with are not even in the banking system, but because they are aware of your existing amount, they are now using It to deal with you, I advise that you stop every further contact if you are still receiving any email or telephone calls from them, because dealing with them will not help this office to investigate or transfer your funds to you by the appropriate office, you should stop every further contact with this people because you won't get anything in return because they are pretenders so for your own good you are adviced to stop and concentrate to the office that we are going to initiate for the payment of your fund as it is ready to be wired, and for your own interest I advise that you respond to this email as soon as you get it so that we can proceed immediately without any further delay.

Furthermore, I also want you to understand that you have not been dealing with the right office as they will only deceive you because they can't pay you anything, and the statement you made saying you won't spend money is amateurish because a transaction of this magnitude will take some little expenditure which you are responsible as the rightful beneficiary,

So in that case I want you to know that you will spend but it will not inconvenient you at all immediately you reply to this message I shall quickly go to the FMF (Federal Ministry Of Finance) to obtain your BENEFICIARY CERTIFICATE which you are responsible to pay for as the rightful beneficiary of your funds, before we proceed in contacting the paying bank to complete the transfer of your funds which will not take more than 72 hours.

In view of the above you are advised to provide the information below to enable us begin the process of transfering your funds.

1) Your Full Name………………………………………………

2) Phone, Fax and Mobile ………………………………………

3) Company's Name, Position and Address…………………..

4) Profession, Age and Marital Status………………………….

5). Amount Due for Payment………

Awaiting your earliest response,

Mrs. Farida Waziri

(Assist)Dr Gabriel Zyggy

Efcc Chairperson

EFCC Executive Chairman, Chief Mrs. Farida Mzamber Waziri (AIG rtd.)

1 comment:

George Yong said...

It really is a picture of the Chairperson of the Nigerian EFCC, and a much better one than on their official website (

Why the scammer would think to attach her picture is beyond me, though.