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.

Friday, January 07, 2011


Wow, what a mess, email from wants you to reply to (china) and they are trying to "help you" not "rip you off",
nice try, but not very good. Why would this work? If you never sent any
money to Nigeria via Western Union then the scam fails. If you did sent
money to Nigeria by this time you know it is a scam, would you really fall
for a 2nd Nigerian Scam, I hope not.

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From: "Mark Kerry"<>
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2011 16:01:23 +0100

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Kerry []
Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2011 7:01 AM


After proper and several investigations and research at Western Union and
MoneyGram Office, we found your name in Western Union database amongst those
that have sent money through Western Union to Nigeria and this proves that
you have truly been swindled by those unscrupulous persons by sending money
to them through Western Union/MoneyGram in the course of getting one fund or
the other that is not real, right now we are working hand in hand with
Western Union to track every fraudsters down, do not respond to their
e-mails, letters and phone calls any longer as they are scammers and you
should be very careful to avoid being a victim to fraudsters any longer
because they have nothing to offer you but to rip-off what you have worked
earnestly hard to earn.

In this regard a meeting was held between the Board of Directors of The
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and as a consequence of our
investigations it was agreed that the sum of sixty thousand US Dollars
(US$60,000.00) should be transferred to you out of the funds that Federal
Government of Nigeria has set aside as a compensation to everyone who have
by one way or the other sent money to fraudsters in Nigeria.

***Please note that we will no longer be liable for any loss, cost or
expense whatsoever, suffered or incurred by You in connection with the
Be warned!
We have deposited your fund at Western Union Money Transfer agent location
EMS Post office Lagos, Nigeria.
We have submitted your details to them so that your fund can be transferred
to you. We have paid the Registration and Transfer fees and for security
reasons we have also insured your fund to avoid misappropriation.

Contact the Western Union agent office through any of the email addresses
stated below;

Yours sincerely,

Mark Kerry
Investigation Officer.

Please note that e-mails, letters and phone calls are currently been made to
unsuspecting persons by fraudsters claiming to have access to their funds.
Everyday, people throughout the world are falling victim to scams of one way
or the other. It could be an unexpected prize draw or lottery win, or a
chance to invest in an exciting new money-making or investment programme .
In the circumstance, we unreservedly advice you to dissociate yourself from
all correspondence and transactions entered into based on evidently
fraudulent and fictitious claims.

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