Home

Special Alert

The latest scams. Information to follow but, pay attention:

Latest Warning 

22. May 2006 - Messages from eBay, PayPal, CitiBank, Wells Fargo Bank, Barclays Bank to mention only a few. These messages tell you that your account may have been "suspended" or there was some "suspicious" activity in your account. The message requests you to log-in, follow a link. There you will be asked for personal information. It's a bad idea to give out any personal information. Here is the very latest message we received. This one is very simple. Some others have the company logo, the look and feel of a "real" eBay, PayPal etc. We have removed the link from this letter.

Dear wonst@nigerianscams.org ,

We regret to inform you that your eBay account has been suspended because it violates the site policy outlined in the User Agreement:

eBay's services are not available to members who are currently suspended.

Our records indicate that your account is associated with the following suspended account:

cwpvt10070in

eBay does not permit suspended users to register with eBay or use eBay's services under any name. eBay may extend this prohibition to accounts or user names associated with the suspended user.

Due to the suspension of this account, you are prohibited from using eBay in any way including registering a new account. Please note that any seller fees due to eBay will immediately become due and payable. eBay will charge any amounts you have not previously disputed to the billing method currently on file. This is your final notice, if you think there was a mistake please go to the eBay login page and confirm your details to unsuspend/unlock your profile:

Go to eBay login page

Regards,

Safeharbor Department,
eBay Inc
 

 

7.April 2004  REDEEMING THE IMAGE OF AFRICA  from the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) . Here is the letter:

Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) was set up by president Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria with the purpose of redeeming the image of Nigeria, West Africa and Africa continent in general. Nigeria being the giant of Africa with more than 120 million people and endowed by God with all kinds of natural resources like Crude Oil, Gas, etc, and human
resources, is indeed the richest country in Africa. But financial crime has brought bad name to Nigeria and Africa. This and many more reasons moved president Obasanjo to travel almost all over the world. He has travelled to more than 100 countries of the world during his first four years in office preaching good about Nigeria and Africa. He has vowed to redeem the image of Africa.

EFCC assume that all financial crime, scam letters, 419  schemes in Afriac originate from Nigeria. EFCC has been commission to pay all foreigners back their money who are victims of 419 scams in Africa. President Obasanjo administration is committed in making sure the foreigners are paid back their money. He also ensure that the fraudsters are jailed and assets confiscated and properties seized. This is one of the ways he is using to redeem the image of Africa.

President Obasanjo is one of the greatest leader in Africa. He play key roles in the development of Africa both in his past tenure as president and even in the present. He did play key role in the achievement of New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD).

However, I am a honourable member of the commission. The Federal Government of Nigeria has commission us to search and seek for foreigners like you who have one way or the other ignorantly fallen victim to African fraudsters. The main purpose of this commission is to redeem the image of Africa by paying back whatever money the foreigners have lost to Africans as a result of scam. You may be surprise how we got your contact, we search through all the medium of communication in the world to get foreigners like you that has really paid money wrongfully to African fraudsters. In mnay cases, if not all cases, they may collect money from foreigners in Europe, America, Asia and Africa through their offshore contacts. They also in most
cases use their fake names.

If you are willing to recover all the money you have spent each time you fall victim to African fraudsters, get back to me as soon as possible so that I can tell you what to write to our honourable commission EFCC.

It will take only 7 working days for the EFCC to transfer money to any bank account in the world after verifying you to be the original victim of the 419 scam.

You can call me on telephone 234-80 35 61 62 01.

Yours faithfully,
Domingo Paul Esq
 

26. February 2004: for E-Bay buyers and Sellers. You may receive an "official" letters from the Western Union Payment Center. The problem is that the Western Union Payment Center does not know anything about this. It comes from our Lads in Lagos. Check the senders e-mail address. Note that the website attached below to the letter is genuine. Here is a sample letter:

Subject: Western Union Auction Payments - ORDER APPROVED (20343424

Dear Larry ........,

Your 1/3 payment for $140.00 in GBP a money order for the item: Benelli Motorcycle, made: to Hurtado Victoria of Via Bergamo NR 30 in Milano Italy at the zip code of 20117 been approved.

Your money order will be sent by the close of the next business day after you receive this email. First Class mail is typically delivered within 7-10 business days.

We have also sent an Order Approved email to the seller including your name and address.

Thank you for using Western Union®  Payments. We look forward to serving your online auction payment needs in the future.

Sincerely,

Western Union Payments Center

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE VISIT http://www.auctionpayments.com/faqIndex.asp


8. August 2003:  We are antifraud figthters and an affiliate of the international police community. Here is a sample letter:

You are a victim fraud,you are adviced to adhere to the instructions given to you,so as to pay back your lost fund by the CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA,upon fully examination and approval by the ANTIFRUADCONSULTANTS,thus you are however adviced to stop any further payments to this crook,if you must recover your fund,you must also be willing to help us track down this so called crooks by giving every detailed information you may be asked to produce.

DR.TANJUMA AHMED is a fake name,it never exits,there is no such name with the minster of health here in nigeria,all the people you may have come across regarding your dealings with the listed crook,DR TANJUMA AHMED are all fake

The International Police Community is aware that there is a need to achieve major results in the struggle against the financial criminal activities related to the organized criminal groups.

During the past twenty years there have been a number of resolutions passed by the ICPO-Interpol General Assembly, which have called on member countries to concentrate their investigative resources in identifying, tracing and seizing the assets of criminal enterprises.

These resolutions have also called on member countries to increase the exchange of information in this field and encourage governments to adopt laws and regulations that would allow access, by police, to financial records of criminal organizations and the confiscation of proceeds gained by criminal activity. (Resolutions AGN/55/RES/18, 1986 - AGN/56/RES/11, 1987 - AGN/60/RES/4, 1991 -AGN/66/RES/15,17 and 18, 1997)

You have been warned. regards. MR YUSUF ADEKUNLE  SPECIALIZED OFFICER.
Federal Investigation & Intelligence Bureau, (FIIB)
ANTI FRAUD CONSULTANTS


15. May 2003:  I will buy your horse, car, guitar, motorcycle, car etc., etc., etc. The same has been posted below but nobody reads it! The gangsters will tell you that they are interested in buying whatever you have for sale. Somebody in "your" country owes them money and they will have that person/company send you the money in the form of a cashiers check. The check will be for more than your asking price for your merchandise. You are requested to return the "excess" money via Western Union. They may tell you that it takes only 24 hours for a cashiers check to clear! It does not! Being an honest citizen, you will send (return) the overpaid amount. Later, much later, you will find out that the cashiers check was fraudulent and now you owe your bank that money. Here is a complete letter from one of the gangsters, spelling errors and all (14. February 2003): from gregmarcus02@yahoo.co.uk

 hi ,
  i have just seen your Mercedes-Benz 300E car advert.and  i'm very much interested in buying it,i will also need pictures of the car.i'm based in cotonou ports fedral republic of benin,west africa.and i will be making the payment buy the use of an
american bank certified cashier's check,there is this US based collegue of mine who is  owing me some funds $13150 and he is now ready to pay me,so if you will be ready to sell the car for me,i will make it$6150 to secure the car from selling it to another
person.the check will be adressed in your name, so after the funds is cleared.you will send the excess funds to me viawetern union money tranfer. because that;s the only effective money sender effective in this area.i will personally arrange for the shipping of the car.pls kindly send  your fullname,address and phone number.so i will send the data to my friend and the check  will be adressed  in your own name and it will be sent to you via FEDEX.pls i am looking forward to hear from.thanks.
aminu


10. March 2003:  I am a Private Investigator based in Europe. A group of Government Officials from an African Country
contacted me with a Proposal. I am to Make contact with you and state their offer, if your Interest is Genuine, you will be
Contacted for your Account details to which will be transferred the sum of $33,600,000.00 USD. (20% of which is yours). Wouldn't that be nice?


14. February 2003:  Beware of "Chat Rooms" you may find something like this (actual text): "HI, I AM RAPHAEL DANJUMA ,M,MANAGER SAVANNAH BANK PLC LAGOS-NIGERIA.PLS ARE U IN A GOOD TO HANDLE AN URGENT $8M BANK DEAL ON MY BEHALF ? IF U ARE CAPABLE, U WILL RETAIN 30% OF THIS AMOUNT AS UR COMPENSATION. INTERESTED AND CAPABLE ? CALL ME IMMEDIATELY ON 234-803-4057041 [IFEOMABIALIM@YAHOO.CO.UK].I AMWAITING 4 UR URGENT RESPONSE."


14. February 2003:  I will buy your horse, car, guitar, motorcycle, car etc., etc., etc. The gangsters will tell you that they are interested in buying whatever you have for sale. Somebody in "your" country owes them money and they will have that person/company send you the money in the form of a cashiers check. The check will be for more than your asking price for your merchandise. You are requested to return the "excess" money via Western Union. They may tell you that it takes only 24 hours for a cashiers check to clear! It does not! Being an honest citizen, you will send (return) the overpaid amount. Later, much later, you will find out that the cashiers check was fraudulent and now you owe your bank that money. Here is a complete letter from one of the gangsters, spelling errors and all (14. February 2003): from gregmarcus02@yahoo.co.uk

 hi ,
  i have just seen your Mercedes-Benz 300E car advert.and  i'm very much interested in buying it,i will also need pictures of the car.i'm based in cotonou ports fedral republic of benin,west africa.and i will be making the payment buy the use of an
american bank certified cashier's check,there is this US based collegue of mine who is  owing me some funds $13150 and he is now ready to pay me,so if you will be ready to sell the car for me,i will make it$6150 to secure the car from selling it to another
person.the check will be adressed in your name, so after the funds is cleared.you will send the excess funds to me viawetern union money tranfer. because that;s the only effective money sender effective in this area.i will personally arrange for the shipping of the car.pls kindly send  your fullname,address and phone number.so i will send the data to my friend and the check  will be adressed  in your own name and it will be sent to you via FEDEX.pls i am looking forward to hear from.thanks.
aminu


2. February 2003:  We will provide you with a loan for your business. Very similar to the above scenario except that the check is probably not a cashiers check. It belongs to some company and it is for a substantially higher amount. It can be for hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you deposit the check you can be in trouble:   your bank will call the police and have you arrested for "money laundering" (court case pending in Nevada, USA) or if you draw on it (and return some of it to the gangsters) you owe your bank the difference. The check was stolen or forged.  

21. September 2002:  Your money is already in the bank! The gangsters send you a message that an account in your name has been opened and the money has been transferred. They send you a username and password. When you log in and check your balance, you will find millions in your account. The scamsters are using websites impersonating banks such as Pinnacle Investment Bankers, Prudence Trust and Finance, First Finance Ltd., to mention only a few. These sites have been established for the sole purpose of deceiving you. You are now convinced this is the real thing and you have no problem sending them a few thousand dollars to pay some fees. The problem is that you will never see the money in your account nor will you ever see the money you have sent them again. Click here First Finance Ltd. to see a real life example. The name and the account number have been altered to protect the victim.

1. August 2002:   It's recruiting time: Scamsters/Gangsters are trying to recruit Americans and perhaps others to send them names and addresses of wealthy people that can be robbed. If you think of joining them, think again. In America it will put you in jail when caught. Is it worth a promise of part of the proceeds? Honor amongst thieves? Perhaps there is but not when it comes to Nigerians. Here is one of the letter we received:

Dear xxxxxxx,
How are you today? you really got me yesterday. I am a little apprehensive about dicussing this kind of
business with you but I feel I have got nothing to loose any how.
                    

Now here is the deal, I do this as a hobby and it is really profitable if you get the right persons so what
I need from you is to help me to get potential email contacts (of the right persons) that I can send my
proposals to since you are a computer nerd, we could work in collaboration as in you supply the cows and I
milk them from here and we split the spoils 80-20. You get the 20 because I do the whole work, take the whole risk and I also get to do the whole financing with my clique. I am willing to play straight with you if I
can trust you, we could work out a system on how to work together without putting any of us in trouble. we
could use the same email so you can see and follow the whole job from there and there is no way I will betray
you because I am a man who thinks of tomorrow, things must be very consistent if we are to make a lot
of money from this business. 

The awareness of this scam is very high in the world today, poeple are hardly responding to the stories but we must keep searching until we get who will pay. I am a man of conscience, but a man has got to survive
somehow I hope you understand where I am coming from.I will furnish you with more details if you give my
proposal to you due consideration Remember goats cant use straw.

Still.....
Ahmed.

25. July 2002:   Nigerians are currently "purchasing" used vehicles and other merchandise for shipment to Africa.  They send double the amount in the form of a "cashiers check", (from a second party) , and then they want "Western Union Wired" cash back for the balance to cover expenses. - Warning: the checks are no good and it takes sometimes up to six weeks from depositing them in your account until you find out.

4. June 2002:   I am a "computer expert" who worked for a Casino in Las Vegas and wants to get money out via Israel (or some other place.....). See letter "Israel Anetor". Click here: Letters 

1. April 2002:    I was once a Moslem....(see letter Brother Jide Johnson Click here: Letters ) "It is a privileged to hear from God and it gives me joy to relate my testimony to you haven received instruction from God through divine revelation."    ....in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.....I am willing to donate the sum of $19.500,000.00 Million Us Dollars to your Church. The latest scams have a very religious overtone. See the letter Grace Eze on the letters page

Internet Dating, Chat, Trading, Advertising, or B2B sites: If you are using an Internet Dating and Chat site,  you may be approached. The scamsters want to deposit money into your account and you in turn would write checks to them and you can keep 20% (Similar to Sweetheart below). 

Please note:  The Nigerians are infiltrating any website where they can approach unsuspecting victims. It does not matter what site you are using, i.e. a Chat, Dating, Trading, Advertising, B2B or other site, please be alert that any response you get may not be genuine. There is no reason to stop using these sites. Just pay attention. If someone wants to give you a lot of money, ask yourself why me?  

Be objective - don't be blinded by the promise of a lot of money!

Sports and/Medical Scam   *   You have Inherited Money Scam
These are variations of the old, known letters but with a twist. The bottom line is that they want you to send money first.

DWE - Courier Service - Worldwide VIP Service? - It's looks an impressive site. However, the owners are criminals. Their address:  http://dwe.d8.com is a site at http://freeservers.com/  

Stone M. Chambers - Solicitors - They admitted acting for criminals. Are they naive and innocent or are they  criminals themselves?

Sweetheart - Scamsters are using an Internet Dating Service JUMPDATES.COM to trap the innocent looking for a date or a mate.

Tradezone - Scamsters are advertising on an Internet Trading platform (http://tradezone.com) to trap the innocent looking for business opportunities.

Boston Seafood Exposition - Scamsters are posing in person as genuine business men.


       

Below are some e-mails we received from "Mike" Stone:

How dare you? My FIRM?
Just try and publicize me and I will sue the living daylight out of you.
Where do you get this crazy accusation?
Are you trying to scam me, if so you just step on the wrong toe.

Mike Stone

_______________________________________________________

Gentlemen and Ladies!..........

I assure you that I am not joking! I don't think you have dealt with a law firm like mine before. I will be the first Law firm to beat you at your own games.
I will beat the US Attorney General if false accusation is on me and I am prosecuted without solid evidence. I may be in Africa but I do know my rights.

What is there to explain about the Attachment? Have you not seen a Power of Attorney Form before?
I have checked my file and that particular copy of the POA form was given to a client of mine. I would have stated the name but I am sure if it was given to you by my client but don't worry I will find out in due time.

Your accusation is unheard of and untruthful.

Mike Stone
_______________________________________________________

Top of the day to you, (whoever you are)

You may not be good but your judgment stinks, really bad.

Why am I so defensive? "HELLO" you are accusing me blindly and the first thing is to defend myself.
Correction, people that immediately go on the defensive are sure of themselves, have nothing to hide and I don't need any threats from you about the CIA to make me think otherwise.
First of all, who are you? Where are you located? Name and address. I need to have this information because I have being saving all your correspondence for the day we confront ourselves in court over your false accusation.

Kindly get you facts straight before taking this bold step.
1. I did not request for money.
2. The money requested for is my service fee which I made it clear to her that, she can pay me after she confirms the money.
3. The money is for the bank handling charges not the firm handling charges.
4. I have not collected a cent from her.

I do not also intend to drag this conversation with you and why must I satisfy you? Who do you think you are? You don't know me do you? Well time will permit us to know each other much better.

For Now still yours respectfully,
Mike Stone

_______________________________________________________
Top of the day to you,

I really don't have time for this but just for the record,
I have being hired to perform a task; I think it is only logical and proper for me to charge her. Don't you?
I was even willing to do retention services for her! Can you imagine?
Life is very funny.

Mike Stone
_______________________________________________________

From:

mariaam-1

Date:

Monday, January 21, 2002
Subject:

A CRY FOR HELP
Message:

Dear Partner, I am very much impress to write you this letter , having known you be a reliable and reputable source. Following the sudden death of my husband General Sani Abacha the late former head of state of Nigeria in August 1998, I have been thrown into a state of utter confusion, frustration and hopelessness by the present civilian administration, I have been subjected to physical and psychologicaltorture by the security agents in the country. My son is still under detention arraigned before the federal high court of Nigeria for an offernce he did not commit. As a widow that is so traumatized , I have lost confidence with anybody within the country. You must have heard over the media reports and the internet on the recovery of various huge sums of money deposited by my husband in different security firms abroad, some companies willingly give up their secrets and disclosed our money confidently lodged there and many outrightly blackmail us. In fact the total sum discovered by the Government so far is in the tune of $700.Million dollars.

Sweetheart,

I receivcd your  e-mail message to me and I am glad to respond. This
is because I have been trying to convince my children who do want us
to make mistakes that I have a strong feeling that you are God sent man
to bring us out of our present predicament.I am very flattered and happy
to know that somebody out there care this much for me.

My children are afraid because of the several betrayals that we have
received from close friends and family members who have benefited greatly
from the Government of my late husband and yet still unveil our secret
bank accounts to the Government making the Government to confiscate about
US$700illion of what my husband left behid for us,
leaving us with virtually nothing apart from these remaining
US$40.3Million.which I speak about and we cannot afford to loss this
remaining funds.

My children, would have wanted me to find out more about you before
proceeding to do this business with you but I have assured them that
I have a strong premonition that you are God sent and I am going to proceed
without any further hesitation.
The full letter can be read at letters

_______________________________________________________

TRADEZONE

And for your information there is a Ad Posted in http://tradezone.com
Soliciting such business ventures. PLUS I wasn't contacted until I posted a
Ad there So I assume they are working ( using )from that web site to contact
victims. Because they can obtain company information and contact names
there and  since the ads there are free maybe you should post a WARNING
there.
_______________________________________________________

BOSTON SEAFOOD EXPOSITION

Scamsters are now posing as genuine business people. They are attending expositions, just like the Seafood Exposition in Boston. They appear to be very educated and sincere people. They rope in their victims by first gaining the victims confidence. Once the initial meetings in person are over, they communicate by phone and e-mail and propose investments. The initial requested payments are low: $400 to $500. They slowly go up for bigger promises. Once roped in, the victim will keep paying because he/she expects a payoff any minute. The minute never comes. One gentlemen has lost over $75,000 this way.

_______________________________________________________

DWE Worldwide VIP Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home