First of all, the real FBI doesn't e-mail anyone, at least not us "peons," anyway. "John Will" wants you to believe very much that he's with the "FBI." They've been in a "series of meetings" with the "UN secretary general" and the "Nigerian President" for "seven months," and it's been "decided" that you're "owed" a "fund" of USD$850,000. Then "John" asks how would you like your "funds," by check or by ATM card? You can get either one, but if you hurry, you'll save $240, and pay "only" $135 instead! What a deal! LOL! Of course, if you send them any money at all, you'll never see anything. They even have a "24 hour guarantee." If you don't get your "funds" by then, you can call them for a refund, but of course there won't be any refund. It will be an "excuse" why you didn't get your "fund," and it will cost additional fees. This repeats over and over until you catch on, or until you're out of money. This is the classic Nigerian 419 advance fee fraud. It can be very expensive, and it's very dangerous. Don't fly over there looking for nonexistent cash, because people have been killed for this before. Click Here for more FBI scam stories. The "Robert Mueller" scams are very popular too. Click Here. Follow me on Twitter @inscamerated.
"Brian Williams" wants you to work for "Us," but he doesn't say who "us" is. He also wants you to respond to an aol.com e-mail address. Do Not Respond to "mystery shopping assignments," which is what "Brian" is suggesting. If you do, they will send you a cashiers check for anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000, maybe a little more. The first question you should ask yourself is why they don't just send you a check for $250. They want you to send back 90 percent of their check in cash through Western Union, and you keep the rest as your "pay." The check paper is good; it's got all the security features, and it will even fool your bank. The problem is that your bank won't be able to cash it, and it will bounce higher than the Moon. Neither your bank nor Western Union will take responsibility, and you'll be on the hook for the cash you sent to the scammer, who gets away scot-free. This is why the scammers love to use WU. For more of these scam samples, some articles, and some videos, Click Here. Follow me on Twitter @inscamerated.
I've been finding that the "data entry program" isn't technically a scam. It's been around for a long, long time. Personally, I object to them. Some of them are still saying that you can make $15.00 for each and every e-mail that you send out, which is a blatant lie. Who's going to pay that just to send out one single e-mail? No one. To me, "data entry" is keeping track of company inventory on their computer, or performing accounting tasks, and things like that. The websites promoting the program are full of hype, saying you'll be making thousands per month, but they never say when. "Put up a website, and they will come," is the message. No, it's never that easy. It really depends upon what your ethical standards are like. Many people who buy feel they've been cheated, demand their money back, and complain to the BBB. You have to be familiar with such things as white hat techniques, which involves getting on Google's good side. Without Google you have nothing. It involves such things as having good backlinks and link wheels. All of this takes a lot of time to setup. Simply having a website on the internet does not mean that people are just going to find it and then buy from you. For more about data entry, Click Here. Follow me on Twitter @inscamerated.
"Dr. Donald Cox" of "The United Nations" is contacting people with a free mail.com account. He wishes to "assure" us that he is not one of those "fraudulent African officials." There probably is a Dr. Donald Cox that works at the UN, but this isn't him. All you need to do is give this scammer your information, you will get a "code," and he claims you will have "your money" within 72 hours. Oh, and you need to e-mail a free gmail account, of course LOL. Click Here for more samples of these UN scams, and a bit of information about the UNCC, top of the page.
I love it when a scammer claims to be a "U.S. soldier" who has "found money" in the "Iraqi desert" or somewhere over there. I also love the ones about "high ranking officers or bureaucrats" who are "doing the will of the President." That's what this one is about. "General Obi Marshall" found "my file," and now I'm among people "approved" by "the President" to be "paid half of my USD$8 million." The "general" says he wants my information "to be sure I'm the 'rightful owner.'"
Of course, there is no "file" on anyone; the scammer doesn't know our names. So if we give up our information, they will automatically just say that yes, we're on "the list" or "the file" that doesn't really exist. And that's when the fees begin to get nothing, because there isn't any money. Don't pay them anything.
Nigerian 419 scam samples are Here, ABC Documentary Video is Here. Follow me on Twitter @inscamerated.
I replied to this guy, asking him what his little scam was. I never got a response. I wonder why LOL. Hotmail.com and gala.net are, of course, free e-mail addresses, which is about the biggest red flag there is that screams "scam." The point to the spam below is that I didn't get any details about it.
Here's an interesting financial scam, similar to "next-of-kin," but instead you are being asked to stand in as an "investor." It's in the upper left column. The scammer identifies him or herself only as "OV," with a free e-mail address to respond to. Click Here. Please follow me on Twitter @inscamerated for news about more scams as I get them.
from: William <firstname.lastname@example.org>
date: Mar 28, 2011
Good day to you my friend. I am William Cheung, a credit officer with a finance institution in Hong Kong. I am writting you because I want to ask for your partnership in a business project worth $44.5M. Please reply me back via my PRIVATE e-mail address for more information: email@example.com. When I get your reply, you will have more details from me. Best Regards, William Cheung
Wow it really looks like the "Nigerian government" is really getting "serious" this time, doesn't it? You really are going to get your "money" this time! Yay!
Um, No. The scammers are using free Chinese Microsoft Hotmail addresses ROFLMFAO. See this entry Here, top of the page on the right. Click Here for the ABC News Nigerian 419 Documentary. Follow me on Twitter @inscamerated.
"Robert Menili" is "searching" for someone with the "same last name" as his "late client." The scammers are finally realizing that we understand that they shoot out bulk BCC spam-mails, and not many are going to have the same last name. But he still wants you to stand in as "next-of-kin" to his "rich, late client's fortune," a client who has no heirs, of course. They either "never had children," or else "all other family members have passed away." Well, in any event, the money doesn't exist; it never does. For more next-of-kin scam samples, Click Here.
I'm no financial wizard, I'm better at math. I know what's going on here though. "Patrick John Grattan" of "HSBC Funds" wants you to accept "investor refunds" in your bank account, keep ten percent of it as your "pay," and then wire the rest to him by Western Union, in cash, of course. The checks and money orders appear to be good because the paper itself is good, but your bank will be unable to cash them. You will then be left on the hook for the cash you wired. For more examples of this scam, Click Here.
Do not call the number, of course. Poor "Andrew." He's "stuck at the airport," and he's "lost your address." He wants to deliver $950,000 to you out of the goodness of his heart, but it's claimed that he doesn't know he has "cash," which doesn't really exist, of course. He wants to know where you live, and which airport you live near. He doesn't say which one he's at, but I suspect if you call him and tell him, he will magically say that that's the very airport that he's currently at, even if it's out in the middle of the Alaskan bush somewhere LOL. All you need to do is come up with a small "fee," and he will come straight to your door. This one is very similar to the DHL, UPS, and FedEx delivery scams. Click Here and Here. Also see this link for a two minute story from ABC.
My name is Gary, and I live in the Midwestern United States. This site is intended to expose the frauds and scams that are so pervasive on the internet, especially today. One hundred per- cent of the e-mails you get that promise you millions are never, ever real. They'll tell you they're "dying," trying to gain your sympathy. They're not dying, they're lying. Click Here for the "Dying" scams. Don't fall for it, and never send them any money, no matter what they tell you. Oh, and good luck hacking this website. It's got a nice strong password on it.