Monday, March 22, 2010

No... I don't think so...

This came with an attachment. I don't open attachments from unsolicited, unknown sources ~ do you?

Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010
From: MRS. Mthembu Hlengiwe
Subject: MRS. Mthembu Hlengiwe

Dear Sir/Madam,

It is my desire to investment some funds ( Money ) in your country.Attached to this
email is my Investment Proposition. I would like you to go through it and respond
back if you are interested.

Yours Sincerely,

MRS. Mthembu Hlengiwe


Tel: +1 206-203-1778

And yet another deader...

They're dropping like flies leaving anxious widows distributing gadzillions of dollars for whatever....

Lucky us.

From: Mrs.Anna Kouakou
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010


May God bless you

Attn: Please ,

I am the above named person from Angola. I am married to Mr. Lobi Kouakou who worked with Angola embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year 2008. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born agai n Christian. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against.

I have Eigtheen million US Dollars(US$18,000,000.00) with one security company.My husband is dead. I want to donate this fund to you for charitable work.Reply me so that I can give you details. my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Eight months due to cancer problem.

Urgent Send.

1 Your Full Name
2 Your Nationality
3 Your Age
4 Your Telephone Number


Mrs.Anna Kouakou.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

I will await your thoughts

I hope she's very patient waiting for my thoughts because even to me they're pretty unthinkable. There has to be a polite way to say what I'm thinking. :)

Subject: From Helen White
From: Helen White
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010

My name is 2nd LT. Helen White, a member of the U.S. army Medical Team, which was deployed to Iraq at the beginning of the war in Iraq. I would like to share some highly personal classified information about my personal experience and role which I played in the pursuit of my career serving under the U.S 1st Armored which was at the fore-front of the war in Iraq.

I would hold back certain information for security reasons for now until you have found the time to visit the BBC website stated below to enable you have an insight into what I intend sharing with you, believing that it would be of your desired interest one-way or the other. (I've saved you the trouble of looking up the article ~ it's below. Look at the date on the article, folks.)

Get back to me having visited the above website to enable us discuss in a more clarifying manner to the best of your understanding. I will be vivid and coherent in my next message in this regards, meanwhile, could you send me an email confirming that you have visited the site and that you have understood my intentions? I will await your thoughts via my personal email.


Best Regards

2nd Lt.Helen White

Header Analysis
The following IP addresses were extracted from your headers:

IP Address Probable Country Additional Info Ecuador (Quito)* Spain (Málaga)*
 The last IP listed is usually the originating IP address

Wednesday, 30 April, 2003

Stash of money found in Baghdad

Foreign currency worth nearly $200m has been found in a Baghdad neighbourhood, the US military say.

Troops found $100m and 90m euros in 31 containers, US Central Command said.

The money has been flown out of the country to a "secure location" for counting purposes and will eventually be returned to Iraq to help rebuild the country, the US said.

Last week, US troops found more than $650m in the same area of Baghdad.

Soldiers questioned

The latest banknotes were discovered between 23 and 26 April in an area of Baghdad secured by members of the US 3rd Infantry Division, according to a US statement.
The funds will eventually be returned to the Iraqis to help rebuild their nation
US Central Command

It did not specify exactly where the money was found, although the funds were said to have been kept in containers.

The statement said the containers were flown from Baghdad International Airport on Sunday under an escort of police officers, criminal investigators and financial experts.

"The money arrived at a secure location for counting purposes at approximately 1030 that morning," the statement said.

"Soldiers of the unit in charge of the counting took approximately five hours to finish this count.

"Funds will remain secure until a stable government is established in Iraq and will ultimately be returned to the Iraqis to assist in the re-building of their nation."

The funds which were found last week are also being held at an undisclosed location.

The money had been hidden behind the false wall of a house searched by US troops. It is thought the stash could have been left by fleeing regime leaders.

Five US soldiers are currently being questioned by military officials after some of that money was allegedly stolen following its discovery.
Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2003/04/30 12:28:41 GMT

Friday, March 19, 2010

Just say the word and the money is yours...

Honest to gawd, anyone who succumbs to this illiterate tripe is in more dire need of education than the twerp who wrote this:

Subject: Western Union Payments
From: Western Union
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010


Dear Friend,

How are you today, I write to inform you that we have already sent you USD5000.00 dollars through Western union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your full compensation payment we are undarstand your filling that why we sent you the payment now we help you to pai the harf of the transfer charge which is $140 so the only money you can pay to us to realise you fund from onhold is $140


Sender Name : John Onyi
MTCN : MTCN: 010-2694-066
Question--------------- how much
Test Answer--------------- $5000


Bellow is the payment advice!!

Receiver Name: Prince U. Onwuka
Country; Benin Republic
City: Cotonou
Text Question; To Whom
Text Answer: Prince
Amount Necessary: $140. SUD
MTCN ..................?

My working ID is attached in the e-mail.
Yours In Service
Mr. Anthony Robert.
Western Union Payments

Header Analysis
The following IP addresses were extracted from your headers:
IP Address Probable Country Additional Info United States (Sunnyvale)* United States (Sunnyvale)* United States (Sunnyvale)* Benin*
* The last IP listed is usually the originating IP address

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

There's something phishy here...

Subject: RE: REPLY ASAP!
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010
From: grafemas1

Dear friend I am Mr. Cheung Eric of Hang Seng Bank Hong Kong I have a business transaction of my late client to share with you, If interested contact me for more details via my personal email

Header Analysis
The following IP addresses were extracted from your headers:

IP Address Probable Country Italy (Rome)*
* The last IP listed is usually the originating IP address


Subject: Hello!!!

Date: Sat, 3 Apr

I am ARIF AHMED, Attorney at law. A deceased client of mine, that shares the same last name as yours,who died as the result of a heart-related condition in March 12th 2005.

I have contacted you to assist in distributing the money left behind by my client(US$18 Million Dollars) is lodged in the bank.

Reply to for more information.



On account that there is no account...

Yes, I have accounts with a financial institution but the scammail I receive has nothing to do with any account that I hold or the institution I do my banking with either.

The scammails come with links, downloadable forms and requests for personal information that banks don't ask you. Any time you have any doubt as to whether your account needs tending to, go directly to their site through a separate window you open in your browser or go really low tech and phone them.

Subject: Western Union- You have 1 new ALERT message.
From: Western Union

We are sorry to inform you that your Western Union Online Account has been suspended. A high number of failed login attempts have been recorded on your online account. As a security measure we had to temporarily suspend your account.

To restore your account we have attached a form to this email. Please download the form and follow the instructions on your screen.

NOTE: The form needs to be opened in a modern, javascript enabled, browser (ex: Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3, Safari 3, Opera 9).

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Sincerely, the Western Union security team.

Nope - no account here either:

New Security Upgrade‏
From: TD Canada Trust
Sent: June 4, 2010 8:11:22 AM

TD Canada Trust is hereby announcing the New Security Upgrade. We've upgraded our new SSL servers to serve our customers for a better and secure banking service against any fraudulent activities.

Our new security system will help you to avoid unauthorized access to your account
and keep you safe. Due to technical maintenance we need you to confirm your account.
Login to

TD Canada Trust is committed to ensure the safeguard of each customer's personal information, making sure only authorised individuals have access to their accounts. It is all about your security.

Accounts Management As outlined in our User Agreement, TD Canada Trust will
periodically send you information about site changes and enhancements.

Baby, you can drive my car... (Part 2)

From: "2010 PROMOTION"
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010



You are to be noted that the online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 29,031 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy.

The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine (TOPAZ) from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world.

Therefore we are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws held on 18th Dec 2009 by SUZUKI Motor Company your email was among the 20 Lucky winners who won $500, 000.00(Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) attached to ticket number (7PWYZ2009) and ballot number (BT:12052009/20) In other to claim your award which is $500,000.00 prize winning,which has been deposited in a designated bank.

However,you will have to fill the form below and send it to the promotion manager of THE SUZUKI MOTOR COMPANY for verification and then you will be directed to the bank where a cheque of $500, 000.00 has already been deposited in your favour.

ADDRESS:(RESIDENT ADDRESS ONLY)................................

Please you are advised to complete the form and send it immediately to our Promotion manager through email for prompt collection of your fund


You are to keep all the lotto information away from the general public especially your ticket number and ballot number.(this is important as a case of double claiming will not be entertained)

*Staff of SUZUKI Motor Company and the Japanese International Lottery Company are not to partake in this Lottery.

lucky winning number falls within our Asia booklet representative office in THE PEOPLE REPUBLIC OF CHINA as showed in the coupon.For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize

Accept my hearty congratulations once again!

Yours faithfully
Mr lucky wang


Header Analysis
The following IP addresses were extracted from your headers:

IP Address Probable Country China (Shanghai)* China (Guangzhou)*
* The last IP listed is usually the originating IP address

Friday, March 12, 2010

Spam, spam, spam, spam....

I guess you might have to be a Monty Python fan for that header. :) Anyway, I get enough spam mail for penis enhancers, cheap medications, yada yada, that don't have content or just have a link to click (like I'm going to ~ not!) so I thought I would just throw their emails here. I'll try to sort them out into categories as I go along...

Some of them might be legit but if you're spam mail, I don't care ~ spammers are just as unwelcome as scammers and decidedly suspect in my books.

I'll try to see where they come from through their IP addresses but, remember folks, they do everything from hide behind satellite systems to hijacking people's account. It may say they are mailing from France but it could be Outer Patagonia for all we know.

Bank – Royal Bank/RBC

Bank - TD

Bargain shopping

Subject: Stop Paying Retail Prices
From: DirectBuy Welcome Center
Reply-To: DirectBuy Welcome Center

Careers - courses

Subject: Find a great job with a Pharmacy Technician degree
From: Career Jumpstart
Reply-To: Career Jumpstart

Credit – illegal access alert (US – Nashua) (US – Nashua)


Subject: Someone likes you at SinglesNet - REF: Sxy4u2day
From: Secret Admirer

Foreign language/'symbol salad' headers:

Health - misc.

Subject: Regain your mobility with a power wheelchair
From: Hoveround

Subject: Lasik Special starting at $299 - Act Now!!
From: The LASIK Vision Institute
Reply-To: The LASIK Vision Institute
(Also read:


Job Offers - Monster (US –Nashua) (US – Nashua)

Job Offers – Walmart

Job Offers – Yahoo (US) (US)

Penis enhancers (Netherlands)

Western Union

Subject: Western Union- You have 1 new ALERT message.
From: Western Union

Win – Computer (Switzerland) (Switzerland)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Get out the violins...

Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2010 01:22:11 -0800 (PST)
From: anakay sandra
Subject: Dearest one

I guess the receiving of this mail will not be a surprise to you. I am Anakay sandra 23 years old girl, and am from liberia in Africa. l am the only daughter of Late Dr Chima anakay, a registered gold and diamond minners. But was assasinated during the charles taylor crises in my country,

l managed to escape to dubai where my late father has an invetment, before my father died he told me that he deposited the Sum of (8,000.000.00) Eight million united states Dollars in one of the bank here in Dubai, were I am residine now,

I want you to help me for us to retrieve this fund from the bank and transfer it to your account in your country or any safer place as you will be the beneficiary and recipient of the fund. The reason why i want to relocate from dubai is that my late father relatives who is working for my father here in dubai is trying to kill me so that they will inherit my fathers fund.

I have plans to do investment in your country, like real estate and industrial production. And i have made up my mind to offer you 20% out of the total fund for your effort/compensation in assisting me.

This is my reason for writing to you. Please if you are willing to assist me ,indicate your interest in replying soonest. Please contact me with my private email address at..(

Thanks and best regards.

Miss.anakay sandra

Monday, March 8, 2010

Fekkin' Big Idiots...

From: "Federal Bureau Of Investigation
Subject: Mail From The Fbi
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2010

Anti-Terrorist and International Fraud Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
Seattle, Washington.
Telephone Number : (206) 973-2572


This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly completed an Investigation with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you legally won the sum of $800,000.00 USD from a Lottery Company outside the United States of America. During our investigation we discovered that your e-mail won the money from an Online Balloting System and we have authorized this winning to be paid to you via a Certified Cashier's Check.

Normally, it will take up to 10 business days for an International Check to be cashed by your local bank. We have successfully notified this company on your behalf that funds are to be drawn from a registered bank within the United States Of America so as to enable you cash the check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $800,000.00 USD has been deposited with Bank Of America.

We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to receive the winning prize as we have verified the entire transaction to be Safe and 100% risk free, due to the fact that the funds have been deposited at Bank Of America you will be required to settle the following bills directly to the Lottery Agent in-charge of this transaction whom is located in Lagos, Nigeria. According to our discoveries, you were required to pay for the following -

(1) Deposit Fee's ( Fee's paid by the company for the deposit into an American Bank which is - Bank Of America )
(2) Cashier's Check Conversion Fee ( Fee for converting the Wire Transfer payment into a Certified Cashier's Check )
(3) Shipping Fee's ( This is the charge for shipping the Cashier's Check to your home address )

The total amount for everything is $500.00 (Five Hundred-US Dollars). We have tried our possible best to indicate that this $500.00 should be deducted from your winning prize but we found out that the funds have already been deposited at Bank Of America and cannot be accessed by anyone apart from you the winner, therefore you will be required to pay the required fee's to the Agent in-charge of this transaction via Western Union Money Transfer Or Money Gram.

In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the agent in-charge ( Mr. Benson Edward ) via e-mail. Kindly look below to find appropriate contact information:



TELEPHONE NUMBER : +234-703-586-0779 (Nigerian phone number)

You will be required to e-mail him with the following information:


You will also be required to request Western Union details on how to send the required $500.00 in order to immediately ship your prize of $800,000.00 USD via Certified Cashier's Check drawn from Bank Of America, also include the following transaction code in order for him to immediately identify this transaction : EA2948-910.

This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $500.00 ONLY to Mr. Benson Edward via information in which he shall send to you, if you do not receive your winning prize of $800,000.00 we shall be held responsible for the loss and this shall invite a penalty of $3,000 which will be made PAYABLE ONLY to you (The Winner).

Please find below an authorized signature which has been signed by the FBI Director- Robert Mueller, also below is the FBI NSB (National Security

FBI Director
Robert Mueller.

Same email with different header received that day as well:

FBI Important Alert‏
From: Federal Bureau Of Investigation
Sent: March 5, 2010

Header Analysis
The following IP addresses were extracted from your headers:
IP Address Probable Country Australia (Ryde)* Australia (Sydney)*

 The last IP listed is usually the originating IP address

And from the next day, the headers for the exact same contents were:

From: Federal Bureau Of Investigation (
Sent: March 6, 2010

Header Analysis
The following IP addresses were extracted from your headers:

IP Address Probable Country United States (Augusta)* United States (Yankton)*

* The last IP listed is usually the originating IP address

When I googled the phone number, I found this version:


Date: March 8, 2010 12:00 pm

From: “Federal Bureau Of Investigation
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2010 19:22:28 +1100
To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Anti-Terrorist and Monitory Crimes Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
J. Edgar. Hoover Building, Washington D.C


This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly completed an Investigated with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you are having an illegal transaction with Impostors claiming to be Prof. Charles C. Soludo of the Central Bank Of Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Aziza, Mr Frank Nweke,Sanusi Bello none officials of Oceanic Bank, none officials of Zenith Bank and some impostors claiming to be theFederal Bureau Of Investigation agents. During our Investigation, it came to our notice that the reason why you have not received your payment is because you have not fulfilled your Financial Obligation given to you in respect of your Contract/Inheritance Payment.

So therefore, we have contacted the Federal Ministry Of Finance on your behalf and they have brought a solution to your problem by coordinating your payment in the total amount of $800,000.00 USD which will be deposited into anATM CARD which you will use to withdraw funds anywhere of the world. You now have the lawful right to claim your funds which have been deposited into theATM CARD.

Since the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been involved in this transaction, you are now to be rest assured that this transaction is legitimate and completely risk-free as it is our duty to Protect and Serve citizens of the United States Of America. All you have to do is immediately contact the ATM CARD CENTER via E-mail for instructions on how to procure your Approval Slip which contains details on how to receive and activate yourATM CARD for immediate use to withdraw funds being paid to you. We have confirmed that the amount required to procure the Approval Slip will cost you a total of $200 USD which will be paid directly to theATM CARD CENTER agent via Western Union Money Transfer / MoneyGram Money Transfer. Below, you shall find contact details of the Agent whom will process your transaction:




TELEPHONE NUMBER : +234-703-586-0779

Immediately contact Mr. Paul Smith of the ATM Card Centre with the following information:
Full Name:
Zip Code:
Direct Phone Number:
Current Occupation:
Annual Income:

Once you have sent the required information to Mr. Paul Smith he will contact you with instructions on how to make the payment of $200 USD for the Approval Slip after which he will proceed towards delivery of theATM CARD without any further delay. You have hereby been authorized/guaranteed by the Federal Bureau Of Investigation to commence towards completing this transaction, as there shall be NO delay once payment for the Approval Slip has been made to the authorized agent.

Once you have completed payment of $200 to the agent in charge of this transaction, immediately contact me back so as to ensure your ATM CARD gets to you rapidly.

FBI Director

Robert Mueller.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

It's a golden opportunity... (Not!)

From: "Dennis Richardson"
If you are interested please reply to this email:

Hello my dear,

Please pay attention and understand the reason of contacting you today, pardon me if I have offend you by contacting you for such a big transaction through an ordinary letter which makes it suspicious considering the type of fraud proposals moving around the world today via the internet But i want you to know that this is far from such. However, I was advised to explain this transaction to you on a face to face meeting but i could not do this because of the situation in the world today not being sure of your reaction. My name is Mr. Dennis Richardson. I am from Egypt I was involved in Terrorist attack on 21st of january 2008, when i was heading to san Francisco and seattle from puerto vallarta, Mexico, for my business trip. I was in comer for 8 mounths. I will send you my photo for you to see my condition in hospital.

I contact you because I was a highly reputable business magnet-(a gold merchant) who operated in the capital of Ivory Coast during my days. Because of the condition of my health today i cant move out of the hospital here in Egypt, So because of what my doctor told me about my life I am confused that is why I searching for a reliable and trusted person that i could present,as my next of kin, because i have about 50kilos of gold with one security company called GROUPAMA SECURITY COMPANY in spain, for save keeping, so since i can not move out from the hospital, i needed some one who can help me to get the gold or the company or the pay you with corent prize of gold now, but you have to work with my lowyer in spain because i belive with the lowyer there is no risk, If you are interested I will send you the full details, i just need a good partner that i can trust and assist me. Can I trust you?

When you receive this letter, kindly send me an e-mail with signifying your interest including your confidential telephone number. And i agree to pay you 20% of any amount we get from the gold. Thanks and God bless you.

My sincere regards,

Mr. Dennis Richardson.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

This is as good a place as any....

How I helped nail the 'manhood' spammer

Two years ago Radio 4 reporter Simon Cox wrote in the Magazine about how he had traced the mastermind of an e-mail spamming scam. It signalled the start of a legal case which has just seen the spammer ordered to pay a huge fine.

It all started with a bottle of pills. They were the colour of bluebottles and as big as beetles. In December 2007 I ordered the "Manster" pills from the Elite Herbal Website - advertised in an e-mail for their penis enlargement qualities.

I paid $70 for the promise of "new exciting horizons of sensual pleasure". I wanted to find the spammers who plague our inboxes with unwanted e-mails and Elite Herbal was the ideal place to start.

As well as Manster the site sold everything from diet pills to herbal Viagra and was part of the world's biggest spamming operation. Finding the men who ran it wasn't going to be easy.

I decided to follow the money trail. After various dead ends I managed to track a computer monitoring Elite Herbal orders to an IP address [a unique code ascribed to each computer on the internet] in Christchurch in New Zealand.

It belonged to Shane Atkinson.

When I called him he denied sending any spam e-mails: "It wasn't me mate, we closed all that down years ago. I'm not controlling any computers, mate."

Shane and his brother Lance were well known spammers who ran a global operation with another man, Jody Smith, in the US. For years they had exploited the lack of anti-spamming legislation in New Zealand but the country had recently brought in new laws and the authorities were determined to shut down Elite Herbal.

Planned raid

E-mails subsequently shown to me by law enforcement sources showed that shortly after my phone call Shane Atkinson had contacted his suppliers in India asking what was going on.

I had already been in touch with them and they also wanted to know why a BBC journalist was asking awkward questions.

New Zealand's Department of Internal Affairs had been planning to raid Atkinson's house in early 2008 but following my phone call they were forced to act.

They raided Shane's house in December and took away his computers. It meant officers working over the holiday. As one later told me I wasn't their favourite journalist.

To make matters worse, the case led to headlines in New Zealand asking why a British reporter had got to Atkinson before the police.

One memorable interview with a radio station in Auckland began with the question "Why are the police here so crap?"

You don't get that kind of question from John Humphrys, so I fudged a reply and wrapped it up as quickly as I could.

It wasn't long before New Zealand's Department of Internal Affairs got in touch. In early 2008 I received an e-mail asking if I could provide any material for the investigation into Shane Atkinson and the Elite Herbal spamming operation?

An affidavit followed asking for as much information as possible. Not surprisingly BBC producer Richard Vadon and I declined to hand over anything that would reveal any sources but after lengthy conversations with lawyers and the BBC's policy advisers, we did give them some material which had already been in the programme.

£150,000 a month

For several months everything went quiet. I assumed my spam adventure was over. Apart that is from the scores of spam e-mails I was still getting every day.

Then in the autumn of 2008 two officers from New Zealand's anti-spam unit flew over to visit me.

Atkinson was refusing to plead guilty and they wanted to know if I would testify should the case come to court. I agreed, in principle uneasy at the prospect of appearing in the witness box. All of this for a civil case, which at the most would mean Atkinson getting a fine.

In June, my police contact told me to put a date aside in my diary for late 2009 to fly to New Zealand as Shane was still intending to go to court.

Luckily I didn't have to make the trip. Shane fell on his sword and agreed to pay a fine to settle his case. It cost him NZ$100,000 (approx £60,000). It was the same amount his brother Lance agreed to earlier in the year.

Not much when you consider one law enforcement official told me it was estimated the gang was making about £150,000 a month.

The Federal Trade Commission in America was also on the case. They were targeting Lance and the man running the US end of the operation, Jody Smith. Earlier this week the FTC announced Smith would turn over nearly all his assets.

They also imposed a $15m fine on Lance Atkinson. It sounded impressive but Lance had already been given a $2.2m fine by the FTC in 2005. As he was living in Australia the US authorities couldn't force him to pay. Unless he is planning a trip to Disneyland the fine will remain a largely symbolic gesture.

The Elite Herbal website is no more. It has been replaced by another. Are Shane and Lance Atkinson still running spam e-mail operations? The authorities don't think so, as they are keeping an eye on them. Filters are getting better at blocking out spam but with 120 billion sent each day you only need a tiny percentage of buyers to make some serious money.

And what of the Manster pills. I was tempted to try one, for research purposes obviously. My producer, Richard, wanted me to but he was over-ruled by a far greater power - my wife.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2009/12/02 15:04:36 GMT


Friday, March 5, 2010

There ain't no accounting for some people...

From:  gerald alberto
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2010

Good day Dear Partner,

Firstly,I apologize for sending you this sensitive information via e-mail instead of
a Certified mail/Post-mail. This is due to the urgency and importance of the
information. This project is based on Trust, confidentiality and sincerity of purpose
inn order to have an acceptable meeting of the minds. I am fifty two (52) years old
established lawyer. My name is Mr.Gerald Luis Alberto, a legal personal attorney to
an expatriate and a consultant with a France oil company, NOCOZOIL (Now deceased) He
died in the Tsunami disaster on 26th December 2004 while on vacation in Thailand.

Six years ago, My Client successfully executed a contract for the Spanish government
worth US$8.5 million dollars. A part payment of USD4.million dollars was paid to my
client, while the balance of USD4.5 million Dollars was still unpaid before my client
died in the Indian Ocean Tsunami disaster. However, all my efforts to locate the
possible next of kin proved abortive. Untill his sudden demise, He was not married
and was 44years old.

NOW THE CRUX OF THIS E-LETTER is that the government of Spain is fully paying all
foreign contractors who have successfully executed their contracts and my client is
among those Benefited in this first quarter payment schedule, which has already been
deposited in his bank. As his personal attorney/Adviser, his bank has officially
notified and instructed me to forward particulars of my client's next of kin within
the next 14 official working days so that he/she can be paid the outstanding USD4.5
Million dollars otherwise his payment will be diverted to the government coffers
account as unclaimed bill.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating any of his relatives, I decided to contact
you for a deal so that we can work together as a team to remit the money to your
account as my client next of kin since I do not want to seat and watch my client hard
earned entittlement to go astray,i would like to assure you that I am proposing this
project to you with the best of intensions. As a lawyer, I have the power to secure
all the necessary legal documents that will be used for this claim.

All I require from you is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal
through. I guarantee that this transaction will be executed under a Legitimate
banking arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law.Upon successful
conclusion of this project, you will be compensated with 40% of the total fund, while
60% will be for me.

If you are interested to work with me in this deal, kindly reply strictly to my
personel Email: with your personal Telephone /fax
number for effective communication and oral clarification on how to proceed next.

Sincerely yours,

Mr.Gerald Luis Alberto
{Legal Adviser}

Header Analysis
The following IP addresses were extracted from your headers:

IP Address Probable Country Ireland (Dublin)* Spain (Valencia)*
* The last IP listed is usually the originating IP address

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Be careful what they vish for...

Most people at some time are going to get phone calls from strange phone numbers that, when answered, have nobody there. Or, if you're like me, you don't answer calls you don't recognize.

I got a call like that at 6:13 this morning and, unless it's a dire emergency associated with someone I know and hold dear, it's not likely I'll answer. When I did get up, I took the number (1-800-931-1026) to one of my favourite sites, where I could look it up. If you're curious, you can go look up the results yourself but someone's post held very salient information so I thought I would pick it out and feature it here as well.

And so today's topic is:

Vishing or Voice Phishing

What is Vishing?

"Vishing" or "Voice Phishing” is the act of leveraging a new technology called Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in using the telephone system to falsely claim to be a legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam users into disclosing personal information. Government, financial institutions, as well as online auctions and their payment services, can be targets of Voice Phishing.

Methods of transmission:

* typically an incoming recorded telephone message uses a spoofed (fraudulent) caller ID
matching the identity of a misrepresented organization
* the message uses an urgent pretext to direct unsuspecting users to another telephone
* the victim is invited to punch their personal information on their telephone keypad
* criminals capture the key tones and convert them back to numerical format

Different variations of the scam:

* the potential victim is contacted by a phishing e-mail and directed to a VoIP-based telephone
* the potential victim receives a telephone call from another individual with a spoofed caller ID
* the potential victim receives a recorded incoming call with a spoofed caller ID directing them
to a phishing site


The content of the incoming message is designed to trigger an impulsive reaction from you. It can use:

* upsetting or exciting information
* demand an urgent response
* use a false pretense
* is not normally personalized

Information at risk:

Any numerical personal information:

* payment card information (numbers, expiry dates and the last three digits printed on the
signature panel)
* PIN (Personal Identification Number)
* social insurance number
* date of birth
* bank account numbers
* passport number

Potential uses of your information:

* control of victim's financial accounts
* open new bank accounts
* transfer bank balances
* apply for loans
* credit cards and other goods/services
* luxury purchases
* hide criminal activities
* receive government benefits or
* obtain a passport.

How to prevent:

* As a general rule, be suspicious when receiving any unsolicited incoming communication.
* Never provide personal information in these circumstances.
* Never rely solely on your telephone caller ID function.

If you’re suspicious:

* Consumers have a role to play in stopping vishing scams. You are encouraged to Recognize it,
Report it and Stop it.
* Do not react immediately without thinking.
* If this concerns you, investigate by using telephone numbers known to be valid. In the case of
credit cards for example, use the telephone number printed on the back of the card.
* Never provide personal or financial information to non-validated sources.

Are you a victim?: If you have provided personal information:

Step 1. Contact all compromised card issuers.
Step 2. Contact your credit bureau.
Step 3. Report the incident online at or by contacting PhoneBusters at 1-888-495-8501. (For Canadians)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Weepers and wailers line up on the right....

I'm having a little trouble coming up with
the appropriate tears for this sad, sad, sad
and extremely pathetic pile of horse manure.
Pardon me while I force myself to squeeze out at
least one onion-flavoured drop.


From: Mrs Tatyana
Subject: HEAR MY CRY

Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2010

My dear friend....As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday. this Razumovsky Tatyana, the 79 years old Russian widow based in New Mexico presently in Instanbul,Turkey on medical treatment. I have been diagnosed with Swine Flu which was discovered very late, due to my laxity in carrying for my health, before then i was disabled due to cancer of the ear making me unable to hear and speak. It has defiled all forms of medicine, and right now I have only about a few weeks to live, according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone not even myself but my business.

Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focus on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. Now that God ! has called me, I have willed and given most of my properties and assets to my immediate and extended family members and as well as a few close friends. I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul and so, I have decided to give arms to charity organizations and give succor and comfort to the less privileged in our societies, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations in the USA, ASIA,MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA,EUROPE.

Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this my self anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization and to the less privileged in USA, ASIA,MIDDLE EAST,AFRICA,EUROPE but they refused and kept the money to themselves.
Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them. The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of 2,500.000.00 GBP (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Pounds ) I will want you to help me collect this deposit and disburse it to some charity organization and to the less privileged.

I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and properties.Send me a mail to indicate if you will assist me in this disbursement. I have set aside 30% for you for your time and patience while 5% for my medical bills and 65% for charity organizations and to the less privileged.I will forward you
further information you need to proceed and receive deposited fund in an escrow coded in Halifax Bank here in London United Kingdom. While I await to hear from you.

Please send your information as follows:

May God be with you and your entire family.
Remain blessed.

Mrs Tatyana

Header Analysis
The following IP addresses were extracted from your headers:

IP Address Probable Country United States (Bellingham)* Turkey (Kibris)*

* The last IP listed is usually the originating IP address

I got this one in today's mail (March 4/10) and, after I finished laughing at it, the most intelligent thing I could think of was, 'Oh, fuck off you silly buggers.' Not exactly Shakespeare but still more effort than it deserved.

Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010
Subject: Hello Dear
From: mrs karen miller

Hello Dear

My warm greetings to you. Do take this email as real and contribution to humanity
development. This is not an easy task due to my health condition and that is the main
reason why I contacted you. Not actually that you are the best with my intellectual
grading but I was driven to contact you from the innermost being. And that was my
main reason for getting to you. Please do not be offended and I will understand
completely if you cannot be of assistance to me.My name is Mrs.Karen Miller
Bernardus; I am a dying woman who has decided to donate what I have to you for
humanity services.

I am 51 years old (Netherlands Citizen) and I was diagnosed for cancer for about 2
years ago immediately after the death of my husband who has left me everything he
worked for and because the doctors told me I will not live longer than some weeks
because of my health. I decided to WILL/donate the sum of $2,500 000 (two million,
five hundred thousand dollars)to you for the good work of humanity and also to help
the motherless and less privilege and also for the assistance of the widows.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.I will be waiting your urgent respond
as soon as you receive this mail

Mrs Karen Miller

Header Analysis

The following IP addresses were extracted from your headers:

IP Address Probable Country Guatemala (Guatemala City)* Cote D'Ivoire (Abidjan)*

* The last IP listed is usually the originating IP address

O lucky me...

Congratulations!!! Lucky number:(F9800/587/20KK)‏
From: ATM Inc.

ATM Inc.
Avda Baron De Carcer 45
This email will come to you as a surprise.Congratultions! your email have brought you an unexpected luck.You have won a free LIFE TIME INTERNATIONAL ATM MASTER CARD valued (800,000.00 Euro).Eight Hundred Thousand Euro Only,proudly sponorsed by AUTOMATED TELLER MACHINE (ATM).Most recently this foundation set up the NEW HOPE LOTTERY to give out prizes.
No tickets were sold out to enter this promo.Your email/ATM card series is one of the lucky emails/ATM card series,selected RANDOMLY via E-wheel Computer Ballot System drawn from over 200,000 companies and 300,000 individual email/ATM card users,from all over the world during the ATM Online EMAIL selection Draw attached to your Lucky number:(F9800/587/20KK),as one of the 20 lucky winners,in the on going ATM lottery promotion.
The AUTOMATED TELLER MACHINE (ATM).So much money is generated all over the World for using the ATM card,Without your patronage, this would not have been possible.To encourage the use of ATM cards globally,The ATM INC.SETUP THE NEW HOPE LOTTERY to give out prize via random email ballot selection.
To process and secured the release of your ATM card you must call and email the assigned agent below.
Mr.Richard Cox of the ATM inc.(General Secretary of the Organising Committee)
Tel: +44 750 915 5189
+34 672 836 962
You must email the following details to the assigned agent.
1.Your fully names,mobile,telephone and fax number,Address,occupation,ticket number and country.
2.You must obtain an approved notarization release order document in your names here in Spain,which will be used to process/issue your ATM card.Call the assigned agent for guidelines.
Best of luck as you spend your good fortune and congratulations in advance.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs Wanab jang

Header Analysis
The following IP addresses were extracted from your headers:

IP Address Probable Country Australia (Adelaide)* Spain (Madrid)*

* The last IP listed is usually the originating IP address

Subject: Winnings 2010 !
From: "UK National Lottery"

The National Lottery
PO Box 1010
Liverpool L70 1NL

Dear Lucky Winner

The National Lottery Day wishes to inform you that you have won the sum of £ 900.000.00(Nine Hundred Thousand pound Only).

The National Lottery Day. draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 13 lucky emails of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search. No tickets were sold

Ticket Nr: TNL 8217482148972 97427.
Batch Nr: TNL 017635197437-ZQG/2010.
Security File Nr:17050797737.
Ref Nr: TNL 3870209289/ES 977.


The National Lottery day and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 2009 National Lottery day celebration hereby Agrees, That the winning information written above are the orignal winning information as it was selected by the computer on 5th day of March 2010, And that the winner who these winning information has been sent to,will be paid the winning sum of £ 900.000.00 pound without fail.

To file for your claims and due remittance of funds contact Mr Mark Peterson on the information below.

Claims Officer
Mr Mark Peterson
Remittance Department Personnel

You are required to claim your winnings by March 12th, 2010 otherwise it rolls over to the next draw.

N.B: Procedures to claiming your prize:
1. Please quote your Reference number in all correspondence with the claims officer.
2. Indicate your Full Name, Address, Country, Telephone, Mobile, Fax Number, Occupation and Age.

Furthermore, should there be any change of address do Inform the CLAIM AGENT as soon as possible.

Congratulations once more from our members of staff.
Once again on behalf of all our staff CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified...

For a smooth and safe collection, you are required to keep your Reference Number confidential.


Miss Rowan Sullivan
Winnings Coordinator

The information in this email message is confidential and exclusive intended for the addressed. The information in this message is confidential and is possible legally protected. The information sent is exclusive intended with this e-mail message for the addressed. Use of this information through others then the addressed is bans. Publication, vermenigvuldiging,spread and/or verse twich of this information at harmed not has been allowed. Not in for the right and complete transfer of the content of a sent e-mail, neither for timely reception of that. This footnote gives also at that this e-mail gescand is through a current virus scanner on the presence of computer virussdn. With kind greeting

Yup, I'm dead - delete my email from your list.

Maybe if I lie here very, very quiet they will go away....

Subject: Your Notification Advise

Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010

There is counter claim on your fund with the total sum of USD7.5M part payment, presently by one MR.DAVID JOHNSON,who is trying to make us believe that you are dead and even explained that you had an agreement with him,Reconfirm the above information to avoid making payment to a wrong person.


Mrs. Farida Waziri
Chairman Efcc Investigation Office Nigeria.

Header Analysis
The following IP addresses were extracted from your headers:

IP Address Probable Country Italy (Rome)* Sri Lanka (Colombo)*

* The last IP listed is usually the originating IP address

So How Come?

My photo
I have two blogs at the moment - Here Be Dragons which is devoted to rental scams primarily sourced through Craigslist although the proliferation of free ad sites has widened the hunting grounds. Many additions come from other sources (ie: blogs/anti-scam sites/online community ad sites) or are provided by people who want to share their experiences. There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch is for copies of scammail that I find in my mailboxes ~ sometimes I can't resist the odd acerbic comment but for the most part I post 'em because the more that people do, the fewer fools they get to gull. Dunno what to say about me that would be very interesting ~ I'm a granny who reads, gardens and crafts as the mood strikes me. :) I don't particularly care for the social predators on this planet and this blog is part of my way of saying so.