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.

Thursday, April 07, 2011


They have been trying to reach me for days... but they don't know who I am...  I have not moved in 12 years, it must be legit, as there are always Blackberry Lotteries giving away money from Korea.  Very nice of them as I have an iPhone and not a Blackberry. 

Nice touch, the status on Western Union does say picked up, so I wonder what happens if you actually call Western Union.  Not worth time to find out, but interesting.    I am also interested why on the actual western union site they misspell "recipient" and spell it receipient?

Status :    Picked up

If you completed an Overnight Home Delivery money transfer your transaction is in the process of being delivered to your receipient.To check on the delivery status call 1-888-215-6772

Regardless / Scam

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: western union Office <>
Date: Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 6:29 AM
Subject: Payment Sent!!!!

I write to inform you that we have transferred USD$300,000 dollars.
I called to give you the information through
phone but we could not reach you even this
morning.So,I decided to email you the
MTCN and sender name so that you can pick
start cashing your money in USD5000.00 daily installment with the same
MTCN and sender's name which will be valid for
20 days until you cash the full $300,000.00usd
as it automatically activates for use for 60 days
after the first reactivation.

The money is available for pick up which was deposited
for transfer to you by one MR Bernard Harry from
BLACKBERRY MOBILE LOTTERY. The money is available
for pick up by receiver(you) but when you track it, it
will display PICKED UP due to the fact that it has been
deactivated from our head office for security reason
because it has stayed too long in the air as we have been trying
to reach you on the phone for some days now but it was not reachable,
so it was blocked. therefore you can not cash it out
in any western union office due to its restriction
from our head office,which was a security measure
because the money has been in the air for three days
now and maybe in danger, hence the mtcn has to be
reactivated to enable you cash out the money
in any western union office in your area, the
reactivation of the MTCN will cost you a  token of $85,
once this is paid, our head office will release the fund on
hold to enable you cash it.To be sure of this please
log on to   and click on track to
and enter the sender's info and mtcn below.

Sender's Fist name: Perry
Sender's Last Name: Poston
MTCN: 0341153617
Question: Who Is Great
Answer: God
Amount: $5000.00USD
Total Amount To be cashed:$300,000usd

 With due respect please get back to me urgently after
tracking the money online so i can instruct you on how
to send the $85 to us for the reactivation of the MTCN.
it may interest you to know that the $85 activation
fee you are asked to pay is a refundable fee which will be
accredited to your first payment of $5000, instead of
receiving $5000 at first, you will receive $5085, the
fee is only needed to activate the MTCN, so therefore,
the fee is lost but will be refunded back to you.

Please reconfirm the following

1.Mode of identification:
2.Direct mobile number:

Call:+2348052886069 for more information

Best Regards
Mr.Phoenix Mcferrin.
phone number: +2348062601511
western union Office,
Western Union® Money Transfer

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