Sunday, 30 November 2008

Important Message Alert on Your Account, Halifax Bank plc

At least this scammer is a little more friendly than the one that wrote the Lloyds TSB scam, in the last entry on this blog. S/he starts by telling me I am a valued customer. I'm not, of course, as I don't have an account with the Halifax. The scammer is concerned that my account might have been accessed by a third party. Obviously the scammer needs to check this, as they'd hate to have been beaten to my riches by another scammer. They want it all for themselves. They'd weep into their breakfast cereal if they knew how little I keep in my current account!

Just delete the email. Your account hasn't been accessed - but it will be if you give the scammers the infor they ask for.

Dear Valued Customer,We recently reviewed your account, and suspected that your account have been accessed by an unauthorized third party.Due to this, you are requested to follow the provided steps and confirm your Online Banking details for the safety of your Accounts.Verify Your AccountHowever, Failure to do so may result in temporary account suspension.
Please update your records on or before 48 hours, a failure to update your records will result in a temporal hold on your funds.

Message alert on your online account

This Lloyds scammer sounds as if he is writing in the 1920s. I am "strictly advised to match your security details rightly". Or else?? What cher goin to do about it then - eh?

I'm not a Lloyds customer, but somehow I imagine they are nicer to their customers than that, otherwise I can't imagine they would have many customers.

Does anyone fall for these bank scams anymore? I get so many each day that I don't even bother to reproduce them on this blog.

Just delete it, even if you are a Lloyds TSB customer - or should I say, especially if you are a Lloyds TSB Customer.

Dear Lloyds TSB Customer,
Our Technical Service department has recently updated our online banking services, and due to this upgrade;
we sincerely call your attention to follow below link and reconfirm your online account details.
Please Click Here To Start
Failure to confirm the online banking details will suspend you from accessing your account online.
You are strictly advised to match your Security details rightly to avoid service denial.
Technical Support.


First this morning is an email telling me that FedEx have a bank draft for me. All I have to do is pay the scammers $286 for its release. This email virtually says "this is a Nigerian 419 scam" as it says my colleague who sent it is in Nigeria for three months. It even gives me a Nigerian phone number. But wait. What's that email I'm supposed to reply to? - Hong Kong. And where did the email come from? Brazil. Truly international scamming. Do you suppose I should forward this one to Interpol to give them something to get their teeth into?

Back to reality - it's a scam. Pure and simple. Delete the email and don't reply.

CONFIRM OWNERSHIP(PARCEL)Dear Customer!We have been waiting for you to contact u for your Confirmable Package that is registered with us for shipping to your residential location. We had thought that your sender gave you our contact details. It may interest you to note that a letter is also added to your package. However, we cannot quote its content to you via email for Privacy reasons we understand that the content of your package itself is a Bank Draft worth of $800,000.00 USD. As you know, FedEx do not ship money in CASH or in CHEQUES but Bank Drafts are shippable.The package is registered with us for mailing by your colleague, and your colleague explained that he is from the United States but he is here in Nigeria for a three (3) months Surveying Project as he works with a construction firm in the Nigeria West Africa region, We are sending you this email because your package is been registered on a Special Order.What you have to do now, is to contact our Delivery Department for immediate dispatch of your package to your residential address. Note that as soon as our Delivery Team confirms your information's will take only one working day (24 hours) for your package to arrive its designated address. For your information, the VAT & Shipping charges as well as Insurance fees have been paid by your colleague before your package was registered. Note that the payment that is made on the Insurance, Premium & Clearance Certificates, you are to certify that the Bank Draft is not a Drug Affiliated Fund (DAF) neither is it funds to sponsor Terrorism in your country. This will help you avoid any form of query from the Monetary Authority of your country. However, you will have to pay a sum of $286.00 USD to the FedEx Delivery Department being full payment for the Security Keeping Fee of the FedEx Company as stated in our privacy terms & condition page. Also be informed that your colleague wished to pay having known not when you will be picking up the package or even responding to us. So we cannot take the risk to have accepted such payment incase of any possible demurrage.Kindly note that your colleague did not leave us with any further information we hope that you respond to us as soon as possible because if you fail to respond until the expiry date of this package, we may refer the package to the British Commission for Welfare as the package do not have a return address. Kindly contact the delivery department (FedEx Delivery Post) with the details given below: FedEx Delivery Post Contact Person:Mr. Mark AdersonEmail: +2348079062474Kindly complete the below form and send it to the email address given above. This is mandatory to reconfirm your Postal address and telephone numbers.FULL NAMES:...TELEPHONE:..POSTAL ADDRESS:..CITY:..STATE:..COUNTRY:..OCCUPATION:..Kindly complete the above form and summit it to the delivery manager As soon as your details are received, our delivery team will give you the necessary payment procedure so that you can effect the payment for the Security Keeping Fees. As soon as they confirm your payment of $286.00 US, they will not hesitate to dispatch your package as well as the attached letter to your residence. It usually takes 24 hours being an over night delivery service. Note that we were not instructed to email you, but due to the high priority of your package we had to inform you as your sender did not leave us with his phone number because he stated that he just arrived Nigeria and he hasn't got any phone yet. We indeed personally sealed your Bank Draft and we found your email contact in the attached letter as the recipient of the foremost package. Ensure to contact the delivery department with the email address given above and ensure to fill the above form as well to enable a successful reconfirmation.Yours Faithfully,Mrs. Margaret Blaire.FedEx Online Team Management

Saturday, 29 November 2008

HSBC Bank Personal and Premier Online - Security Maintenance

It's the HSBC again. The scammer has realised that not all his/her potential victims are HSBC customers, so includes the helpful advise that if you're not a customer of HSBC you should ignore the email.

I get the feeling that this email is sent to potential scammers with instructions for them to "personalise" it. A bit like writing that essay you need for school. Find one you like, and change it so teacher doesn't realise you just copied it!

Dear HSBC Bank Personal and Premier Online Banking customer!
Our Support Department is performing an arranged On-line Banking Service update
By clicking on the link below you will open the webform of the customer's login authorization:
These directions are to be mailed and followed by all Personal and Premier customers
HSBC Bank does apologize for the inconveniences caused, and is very appreciative for your help.
If you are not customer of HSBC please disregard this email!
-- This is robot generated email, please do not reply --
(C) '08 HSBC Bank UK. All Rights Reserved.

Right after they've finished the online banking service update:

Dear HSBC Bank Premier and Personal Banking On-line client!
Our Technical Department is carrying out a planned Online software update
By following the link below please launch the form of the customer's login update:
These directions are to be sent and followed by all Personal and Premier clients
HSBC Bank does apologize for any troubles caused, and is very thankful for your collaboration.
If you are not client of HSBC please ignore this e-mail!
-- This is robot generated e-mail, please do not respond --

Friday, 28 November 2008


This evening someone has written to me from the Netherlands to tell me there are concerns for the safety and integrity of "the" HSBC account. All I have to do is give the scammer my account details and those concerns will turn to reality.

If you'd prefer to have a laugh at the expense of the bank phishers, grab yourself a copy of "I'm Banking on it".

Dear valued HSBC® member:
Due to concerns, for the safety and integrity of the HSBCaccount we have issued this warning message.
However, failure to update your records will result in account suspension. Please update your records on or before December 20th, 2008.
Once you have updated your account records your HSBC accountservice will not be interrupted and will continue as normal.
To update your HSBC® records click on the following link:

Freida Bonhoff.

Freida Bonhoff writes from Chile to tell me she is a personal assistant at the World Bank. She wants me to keep her little transaction confidential to avoid political problems. Presumably the sort of problems that would get her arrested as a fraudster. I can understand that might cause her some embarrassment.

Of course Freida doesn't have $14.8m and she has no intention of sending money to me - or you. She wants nothing better than to get her hands on your cash. Ignore her. Delete the email.

Hello,Greetings to you and your household, with due respect, I apologise forintrusion into your privacy as I wish this does not constitute any sort ofembarrassment to you.I am Ms. Freida Bonhoff, a personal assistance to an executive of TheWorld Bank.We are seeking your assistance in a legitimate business transaction runninginto $14.8 million USD. For further details as to the work ability of thistransaction.Please provide me with your:Name:Address:Telephone and fax numbersAge & Occupation.And I will provide further details and instructions. Please keep thisconfidential; as we can't afford any political problems arising during thecourse of execution of this transaction. I shall however leave out the finaldetails of this transaction until I receive an affirmation of your desire toparticipate. Please do not overlook this email.Sincerely,Ms. Freida Bonhoff.

Mr Jiang Jianmin

Mr Jiang Jainmin writes to me from the USA to tell me he works for the China Trust Commercial Bank and has a "business proposal". He doesn't say what that proposal is. Let me guess - he has a vast amount of money that he needs my help to move and I can start sending him my hard earned cash to pay for a variety of "fees". On yer bike mate.

Dear Friend,I am Mr Jiang Jianmin, Principal Assurance Manager for the China TrustCommercial Bank in China.I have a secured business proposal and i needyour assistance to execute this business.Please contact me using the emailaddress below, only if interested so i can furnish you with more detailson this you for your time and i look forward to working with you.Sincerely,Mr.Jiang Jianmin.


The United Nation and World Bank want to tell me that they are aware of how many scam email senders are depriving their victims of their fake lottery wins and fake inheritances. Ok - they didn't put it quite like that, but that sums up what they are saying.

So their solution to this problem is to set up a fake bank to be sure I get my fake winnings - are you following me???

It's all rubbish of course. Just delete it.

This body is aware of the rate in which contractors, Lottery Winners, Next of Kins claimant are been deprived of their right to claim their funds from various bank and some financial institutions globally.Be well informed this body has set up this committee to foresee and enforce all such payments to all observed and confirmed claimant hence we contact you as approved.You are hereby advised to immediately after receiving this message, reconfirm to us, your Full Namecontact Address Telephone numbersFor easy contact as to enable us conclude and direct and enforce your payment to be released to you. Also state the amount you are to claim the reasons of the delays for the claims as to enhance our enforcement as we have observed your funds in the Total of usd$12.5 (Twelve million Five Hundred Thousand United States dollars)Once we get this information complete, we will make sure the payment will be enforced to be released to you to avoid more delays hence this committee is working 24hrs to achieve this notable objectives for we have observed that almost all the financial institutions globally is giving claimants stressful conditions before their funds is been released to them.You are hereby advised to immediately reply with the said info for the releases of your payment as advised as we will make sure your payment is made to you based on your detail information.We advice you to stop henceforth communicating with the offices involve and give us the information as advised to enhance for the releases of your total payment. Into your nominated bank account now we have taking over the payment.KEEP THIS PROCESS WITHIN YOURSELF AND COMPLY AS ADVICED AND SEND TO US YOUR CONTACT INFO INCLUDING THE DETAIL INFO AS WE WOULD WANT TO TAKE THEM BY SURPRISE FOR YOUR OWN INTEREST. MIKE WATTSHEAD OPERATIONS DEBT RECOVERY.UNITED NATIONS & WORLD BANK GROUP

Olga Ovcharenko

First this morning, the very "English" sounding Olga Ovcharenko writes from the Czech Republic to tell me I've won the Range Rover Promotion. She couldn't even be bothered to hide her email address. Oh well - I guess some scammers are smarter than others!

There was no draw of course, so just delete the email.

RANGE ROVER AUTOMOBILES PROMOTION 5 The Slopes,Lower Henley Road, Reading,Berkshire,RG4 5LE FROM: Mr Shaun Donald Lottery Manager. Secret Pin No: RRA00111234 Reference Number RRA:12058006/08 This Email is to inform you that your email address just won you £500,000.00 and new 2008 Model Range Rover car in the ongoing Range Rover anniversary promotion draws held today.Contact the fiduciary agent with contact information stated below: Name in full.===== Address.===== Occupation.===== Present Country===== Tel/fax===== Marital Status/Age===== Mr David Correlas, Contact Claims Agent Range Rover Annual Promotion

Thursday, 27 November 2008

United Bank of Aston Villa

Goodness - I know some of our football clubs are rich - usually because they have megarich owners. But a football club bank? I don't think so? If they've got money to loan out, they're definitely charging their fans too much.

There is, of course, no such thing as the Bank of Aston Villa - Aston Villa is a football team, even I know that!!

Dear CustomerWelcome to the United Bank Of Aston Villa loan Department, the best loan offer opportunity to people of all Nations. We offer all kinds of loans ranging from BusinessLoan, House Loan, Personal Loan, Educational Loan, Project/Contract Loan.Please contact Mr Gaba MusaMr Gaba Musa

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Secure your account - Online banking security update

It's the Halifax again - not! No - I didn't update my information, and neither did you. Just delete it.

Dear Halifax customer , You recently updated your information with halifax but the details you supplied does not match what we have on your profile.
We urgently request that you should take few minute from your online experience to upgrade the new security.Click here to continue: Thank YouHalifax Bank Secure Katie Birch Senior Manager, Online Banking

Secure Message from Alliance & Liecester

It's the Alliance and Leicester again. I wonder if the A&L, Abbey or Lloyds TSB ever dare to send real messages to their online banking customers? If they do, does anybody read them? I use ANOther bank and I have my account set so that they don't send me email. That way I know that all messages, even if they come from my bank, must be scams.

Dear Valued Customer,
You have a new message waiting in your Inbox Folder.
Click here to read.Best Regards.Alliance & Leicester Security Department Team.
* Please do not reply to this email as your reply will not be received.
Alliance & Leicester is part of the Santander Group, one of the world's largest banking groups. More information on Banco Santander can be found at

Tuesday, 25 November 2008


Only £40k? I expect at least half a million quid these days. Not that I'm greedy you understand. "Mr Alan John" writes from Malaysia to give me this news. Odd that he claims an address in London, don't you think? What am I saying, he's a scammer, he doesn't think!!

Just delete it. You haven't won anything.

The real Jackpotjoy is a legitimate bingo and games site. You can see their site here.

Gamesys LtdJackpotjoy Prize54-62 Regent StreetLondonW1B 5REDear Lucky Winner,RE: BONUS JACKPOTJOY PRIZE DRAWS WINNING NOTIFICATION 2008:The result of our computer draw (#978) selected your name and email address attached to e-ticket number: 56475600545188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 4-8-17-18-20-23 (27 bonus ball), which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e. match 5 plus bonus.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of Ј 40,000( Forty Thousand Great Britain Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file Please endeavor to quote your Ref: JC8829210PW) in all correspondence.Contact Our Oversea claims Unit to file your claims with the details below.Contact Person: Mr Alan JohnEmail: jackpotjoyprize@live.comTell: +447031819897 +448715035961Full Names:Full Address:Ref Number:Phone Number:Country:All information is strictly confidential and will only be used for the purpose to which it is been requested. Regards.Jackpotjoy Prize DrawsOnline Co-ordinator.

Copyright infringement. Your landing page

Is this a scam? Have you received this email? If you have, please leave a comment below. A colleague received this regarding a site he's owned for 10 years. The site it claims he copied has been up for a year.

"Regarding your landing page located at: This letter is to notify you that you are in direct violation ofInternational Copyright laws.Our website, http://XXXXXX, designed this layout, and you havecopied it almost verbatim, therefore you have infringed on our IP(Intellectual Property) as defined in the electronic copyright laws.We ask that you contact immediately to avoid legal action.Sincerely,P.S. - Due to the autoresponder you have set up we are under theimpression you use it as a tactic to avoid having to respond to yourEmails, therefore, you have 48 hours to respond to rhis message otherwiseLegal Action WILL be taken!"

My colleague replied, asking for contact details. This is the reply he received. The sender has refused to give his name or contact details.

Okay, you can visit Alexa here: Alexa Web Search - Results for XXXX and take a look at the thumbnail, or take a look at the documents I have attached. One is of your landing page, and one is of the landing page. I'm sure you'll remember where you got this "idea" from as soon as you look at the attachment, or thumbnail on Alexa.And YES, you did copy the website, the similarities are way to similar, and I will add, well within copyright infringement laws. The landing page is not in use by XXXX at present, but we do alternate different pages, THAT WE CREATED, while doing different beta/split testing for conversion purposes. - We wouldn't want these two pages to get mixed up or construed as one in the same now would we!?Let us please come to an amicable solution to this issue a.s.a.p. - should you wish to discuss this matter over the telephone, simply supply us with a number and we will have our attorney contact you directly.We would also like to take the time to add that this is only necessary to be done in order for the both of us maintain our individual identities, we are not trying to offend, or be rude to you and your team in any way. Seeing how the design was done by our team, we are simply asking that it be removed immediately."

Vincent Cheng Hoi Chuen

Inflation is clearly catching up with the dear departed. These days I won't even get out of bed for less thatn $10m. Just as well the late Brigadier Amer Ali Nayef was filthy rich then, otherwise I might have had to stay in bed all day.

Brigadier Nayef, naturally, died an untimely death. Ok, it wasn't natural, he was shot along with his son. The scammer forget to arrange an untimely death for his wife - how careless. Sorry - this story just won't stand up as a Booker prize entry!

Did this come from HSBC? Do I need to ask? Of course not, it came from an educational institution in Hsinchu in Taiwan. Yet another college who fail to keep their students fully occupied!

Good Day,I am Mr. Vincent Cheng Hoi Chuen, GBS, JP Chairman of the Hong Kong andShanghai Banking Corporation Limited.BRIGADIER AMER ALI NAYEF, a businessman and also who was with the Iraqi forces,made a fixed deposit, of Twenty Two million Five Hundred Thousand United StateDollars only in my branch, a number of notices was sent to him, before the warwhich began in 2003 and also after the war but, no response came from him. Welater found out that Brigadier Amer Ali Nayef was shot dead along with his son,Khalid Amer also in the force as they left the family home for work in thesouth of the city.After more inquiry it was also discovered that the late Brigadier, did notdeclare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of hisbank deposit. What bothers me most is according to the laws of my country atthe expiration of 6 years the funds will be reverted to the ownership of theHong Kong Government if nobody comes for the funds, Against this scenery, Ihave all the information needed to claim these funds and I want you to act asthe beneficiary of the deposit, there is no risk involved in this matter, as weare going to adopt a legitimate method and the attorney will prepare all thenecessary documents.All I require is your honest co-operation and I guarantee that this will beexecuted under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breachof the law. Please accept my apologies, keep my confidence and disregard thisemail if you do not appreciate this proposition I have offered you.All confirmable documents to back up the claims will be made available to youprior to your acceptance and as soon as I receive your return mail Via my emailaddress ( I will let you know what is required of you.Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.Best Regards,Mr. Vincent Cheng

Monday, 24 November 2008

Customer Service Message : Confirm your Lloyds Bank account information.

You have 1 new Alert Message !
Resolution Center: Your account is limited!
Click to Resolve
Thank you for using Lloyds TSB.

No beating about the bush here. The message is short and sweet - and look at the subject line:
Customer Service Message : Confirm your Lloyds Bank account information.

Only one thing the scammers missed out. They forgot to say "please" at the end of the subject line. Sorry - no "magic word", no can do.

Delete this, as ever it's a scam.

Google Security Announcement

Yawn. Another fake Google Adwords email. This time, allegedly, they are closing down my account for being inactive. Why? Because accounts are being hacked and used with fake credit cards. To avoid the indignity of having to use a stolen card all the scammers need me to do is give them my AdWords log in details and then they can use my credit card instead! Just give me a moment or three to think about it.

If you are an Adwords user, beware of that link. It looks legit, but the site it takes you to is and not the real google site. If ever you think there is a problem with your AdWords account, type the real address directly into your browser. DON'T click on a link in an email.

Google AdWords News BulletinDear advertiser! We are once again monitoring quarterly account activation and deleting the accounts of users who have been inactive for more than four months and have no funds in their accounts This measure is due to the fact that there have recently been more frequent cases of Google AdWords accounts being hacked and funds added from stolen credit cards We hereby notify you that your account has been inactive for more than four months and is liable to be deleted according to our activation programme. In order to activate your account, you just have to log in using your registration data. Please click on the link below: By clicking on the link you will proceed directly to the registration data entry page. If the link does not work, copy the whole URL into the address box of your browser and then press "Enter". If you do not activate your account by 1 December 2008, it will be blocked, after which it will be deleted in six months. However, you will be able to unblock your account during this period by simply logging in, but it will only be possible to add funds after contacting Google AdWords support service. Thank you, Google AdWords Programme Team

Job., Emilio Ramos

Ladies and Gentlemen - we have a winner. No, not the longest email, or the most remote country of origin, or the least believable scam. This award is for the best originating email address. (which I think is a legitimate wedding site.)

The wedding site is, of course, the only legitimate thing here. There is no job and no-one whohasn't interviewed you and doesn't know you is going to pay you up to £25k for accessing the internet twice a day!!!

Just delete it. If you are desperate for extra cash, better to approach your local supermarket or factory to see if they have any casual work available.

Dear Job Seeker,Our corporation is expanding and we are looking for new employees in the UK. Job Benefits: * Overall annual wages of gbp10000-gbp25000; * Flexible working schedule; * Advanced bonus system;Main requirements and skills: * UK residents over 18 years of age; * Access to the Internet at least twice a day; * Understanding of basic computer operations; * Excellent self-organization and communication skills; * The ability to work independently with little supervision * Experience of other software packages including Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office etc.Actually we do not require any work experience. This job is perfect for students, moms and those who is looking for a good part-time/online job.Don`t waste your time, start your career right now.For more information or to schedule an interview please contact only at e-mail:

$25 milion business proposal if you are interested reply call me 00226 75314883

For some reason Allahji Azura Kabelo thinks it "will come to you as a surprise" to hear that he works for a bank and needs my help to get his sticky mits on a stack of cash left in his bank by a rich client who tragically died in a plane crash. Try something a bit more original mate.

If the late Andreas Schranner existed (and I'm beginning to think he did as he's been mentioned before) his family must be heartbroken by all these scams that are being written using his name.

Rest assured that Allahji Azura Kabelo doesn't exist - at least not as a manager with a bank in Burkina Faso. He's a scammer and wants nothing more than for you to send him your hard earned cash. And despite claiming to be in Africa, he sent this email from France. Delete the email and don't reply.

Vous êtes invité :: $25 milion business proposal if you are interested reply call me 00226 75314883
Par votre hôte: Allahji Azura Kabelo

Date: lundi 24 novembre 2008
Heure: 12h 00 - 13h 00 (GMT+00:00)
Rue: Dear Friend,Compliments, Salam Alaykum! I know that this message will come to you as a surprise. I am the Auditing and Accounting section manager with Bank Of Africa Ouagadougou Burkina faso. I Hope that you will not expose or betray this trust and confident which I am respose on you for the mutual benefit for families. I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of($ to your account within 10 or 14 banking days. This money has been dormant for years in our Bank without claim.I want the bank to release the money to you as the nearest person to our deceased customer,besides I don't want the money to go into government treasury as an abandoned fund. So this is the reason why I am contacting you so that the bank can release the money to you as the next of kin to the deceased customer.Please I would like you to keep this proposal as a top secret between me and you. Upon receipt of your reply, I will give you full details on how th e business will be executed and also note that you will have 40% of the above mentioned sum while 50% will be for me, and the other 10% will be for the expences occure in this transaction, if you agree to handle this business with me reply immediately.Also you can visit the website below for more information about the palan crash and he tragic death of deceased and his entire family, Late : Mr Andreas Schranner from Munich Germany Website: I am expecting your urgent responses here is my private email address reply to this email address:( Faithfully,Allahji Azura KabeloAccountant Depatment Bank of Africa [B.O.A] Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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Important Service Message Alert

Goodness me - tis the Abbey again. They do have difficulties, you know! They've updated their services so all the scammer needs me to do is log in and give him/her all my bank account details. Now that's a novel idea, isn't it!!!

Just delete the email and don't reply.

Dear Valued Customer,
Our Technical Service department has recently updated our online banking
services, and due to this upgrade we sincerely call your attention to follow
below link and reconfirm your online account details. Failure to
confirm the online banking details may leads to online banking
We use the latest security measures to ensure that your online banking
experience is safe and secure. The administration asks you to accept our
apologies for the inconvenience caused and expresses gratitude for your
Security Advisor
Abbey Financial Group

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Overdue Warning - Please pay your OZtion fees today

I guess this is the Australian equivalent of fake Ebay emails. This scammer thinks I need to pay him/her some money in the form of fees for an auction website. I'd never heard of Oztion before, so this was an obvious scam. If you are an Oztion user don't be fooled. As with Paypal and Ebay emails, NEVER click on a link in the email, even if you think it might be genuine. Open your browser and type the real Oztion address. If you do owe fees, a message will appear in your account area.

On the other hand, if you click on a link in this message you will simply find your heard earned cash disappearing into the hands of the scammers, regardless of whether or not you owe Oztion any money! Don't be fooled.

This is an automated email sent from the OZtion system. Please do not reply. ****
Account Overdue - Please pay your OZtion fees today.

An examination of our records reveals that your account is now overdue.. Please note that our trading terms are strictly 7 days. If you have any questions please contact us.
Your account will be placed on hold if payment is not received in full within 7 days of this email.
To view your account details and pay your fees, please follow the link below.
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This morning the very "English" sounding Terry Green writes to me from Poland claiming to represent a Chinese company. I don't think so sunshine.

He also feels he has to ramble on at great length, even including some photos of the company's fabrics. These could be photos of his own pyjamas or they could be taken from the website of the real company. I don't imagine the company will be too impressed when they find out a scammer is at work in their name.

He does, of course, want all the usual information - including next of kin.

If you are in any doubt about this - just stop and think. What are they asking you to do? Take orders? Keep track of order? Liaise with customers? Visit customers with samples? No. They want you to process their payments. Rubbish - they can set up a bank account - at least they could if it was the real company, taking real payments.

Delete this and don't reply. Or get spam bully and "fight back" - which is what I've just done. Download my FREE report on spam bully.

Dear Sir/Madam,My name is Terry Green currently working as a consultant with Shaoxing Jinxin Dyeing & Weaving Co. Ltd. , Manufacturers of Linen,ramie,cotton fabrics,knitted fabric.Summary details of products:Composition: 55%linen 45%cottonConstruction: 21x14 54x52Width: 52/53"Main Markets:North AmericaEastern EuropeEastern AsiaWestern EuropeTotal Annual Sales Volume: US$10 Million - US$50 MillionExport Percentage: 91% - 100%Trade Shows: Hong Kong Interstoff Autum (Oct 3-6); Hong Kong; Booth No.: D22Factory Information:Factory Size (Sq.meters): 3,000-5,000 square metersFactory Location: Paojiang Industrial Zone, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province. ChinaQA/QC: In HouseNumber of Production Lines: 5Number of R&D Staff: 21 - 30 PeopleNumber of QC Staff: 5 - 10 PeopleManagement Certification: ISO 14000/14001Contract Manufacturing: OEM Service OfferedShaoxing Jinxin Dyeing & Weaving Co., Ltd. combines manufacture and trade together. Located in the biggest textile base of Asia, Shaoxing, our company enjoys very convenient traffic.We are specialized in high quality linen, ramie, hemp and cotton fabric. There are a variety of series and specifications available in our company, including 100% linen series (4.5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 17, 21 counts), 100% ramie series (4.5, 6, 8, 14, 21, 28, 36, 42 counts), linen/cotton interweaving (and blending) series, ramie/cotton interweaving (and blending) series, linen/rayon interweaving (and blending) series, ramie/rayon series, ramie/linen series, 100% cotton series and cotton spandex series. 100% of goods are shipped to Europe, America, South Korea and Japan.Our principle is "Survival by Good Quality, Developing by Good Reputation". All traders old or new, are welcome to visit us. If you are interested in any of our products, please feel free to contact us for more information.***YOUR TASK IS TO CO-ORDINATE PAYMENTS FROM CUSTOMERS AND HELP US WITH THE PAYMENT PROCESSING***We will be glad to offer you a job position in our company, Interface Fabrics Limited.We need someone to work for the company as a representative in all parts of the world. This is in view of us not having an office presently in other Countries. You do not need to have an Office and this certainly wont disturb any form of work you have going on at the moment.BENEFIT IS AS FOLLOWS:-* The average monthly income is about 2000pounds....* No form of investments from you....* This job takes only 1-3 hours per day....* You do not pay any form of taxes....REQUIREMENTS:* Name..................* Address...............* City..................* State.................* Postal Code...........* Phone.................* Email.................* Age...................* Occupation............* Next Of Kin Details...If you are interested in being our representative out there, please get back to this email with the informations asked above to start receiving payments via Money Order, Drafts, Bank Wire Transfer from our customers and start cashing right away.Example: Get a Money Order,Bank transfer, Draft or a Treasury Bill of 2000 GBP and get 10% off which is 200 GBP as your wage immediately. Reply me as soon as possible if you are interested, for more details contact me via email with the email below and i will be glad to get back to you within 24hr.e-mail :- tgreen_512@consultant.comWeb site: - :-Paojiang Industrial Zone, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province, 312000 China.***Best Regards***Terry Green.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Reservation Request

Another offering from the hotel world. They always seem to involve four couples and they always want to stay for 10 days. You'd think they could think of something more original!

The last hotel phisher wanted me to send $4000 for air fares. I wonder what this one wants? (Update - my cyberfriend Annie Cheater replied and I've posted the scammers answer at the bottom. What do they want? They want me to send £6k to their car hire firm!!!!!!)

Whatever he wants, it isn't to stay at your hotel/b&b so just delete the email.

Greetings, I enquire for reservations for 4 couples coming for their honey moon at your property,I would like you to get back to me with the following. 1. The availability of the dates 2. The Daily cost for the required dates 3. The total cost for the lenght of their stay. 4. Do you accept credit card payment. The arrival date for the couples will be 7th Feb and they will depart on 17th Feb 2009 ,Their stay will last for 10 days.Do get back to me with the requirements as stated above.Kindest Regards,Mr WilliamTel: +44 70457 90678 +44 70457 90689

His reply to my cyberfriend Annie Cheater (aka Annie C or A Cheater)

I am glad to tell you that we have concluded payment with the couples.
However we are going to send you the credit card details that will cover the cost of our accomodation,and the necessary arrangment for the
Moreover, we have also made arrangements with a Logistic car hiring firm who will supply the couples with cars they will use during their stay.
So once you are in receipt of it,confirm the amount of {8,000 pounds) in your account then deduct the cost of your services 2,000 pounds as part payment and send 6,000 pounds via Bank account Transfer,to the Logistics travelling/car hiring rental agent whose information will be forwarded to you once this is confirmed.
So confirm this and provide me with your details as stated below..
(3) PHONE NUMBERS: for office records.
so that we can forward the visa card to you.Also the names of the couples are listed below,
Mr. and mrs Shaw Birk
Mr. and Mrs Billy Gale
Mr. and mrs al Butro
mr. and mrs blake woods

I also hope the stay of the couples will be made comfortable.

Mr William

Annie was a bit confused about that. She wrote to say there must be some confusion and all she required was for Mr William to pay her £4k. His completely garbled, logicless reply is below. Annie's given up and gone for a cup of tea and a lie down.

Hello ,Thanks for your utmost reply as we have concluded arrangements with the car Logistic agent.I must say that the reason we cant let the car rentals have our card details is that he runs a private rentals firm and its not ideal to let both parties have the same credit card account of the agency.also the logistic agent do not have the credit card facility ok,and the couples have budgeted the total amount of in there visa card and cannot change itWilliam

Secure your online banking

Now it's the turn of the Abbey National Bank plc. A bit slow on the uptake this phisher. The Abbey National renamed itself to just Abbey a while ago. Not sure when as I don't have an account with them.

Just delete it.

Dear Customer,Due to the number of incorrect login attempts, your Account has been locked for your security.
This has been done to secure your accounts and to protect your private information in case the login attempts were not done by you.. At Abbey National Bank we care about your security so, for your protection we are proactively notifying you of this activity. If you did not trigger this lockout, follow this link to Log on to your Online Account :
Click here to unlock your account
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
Please do not reply to this e-mail. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered

One Security Message Reminder

This morning I find the news that Lloyds TSB have been receiving complaints about unauthorised use of online accounts. So all I have to do is give the phishers my account details so they too can make unauthorised use of online accounts. OK - they didn't say the second part, but that's what they mean, isn't it? With so many of these phishing emails doing the rounds, I find it hard to believe that anyone does fall for these scams. But I guess they are believable if you receive one for the first time.

Dear Customer,
Lloyds TSB has been receiving complaints from our customers for unauthorised use of the Lloyds TSB Online accounts. As a result we are making an extra security check on all of our Customers account in order to protect their information from theft and fraud.Due to this, you are requested to follow the provided steps and confirm your Online Banking details for the safety of your Accounts.
Please Click Here To Start . However, Failure to do so may result in temporary account suspension. Please understand that this is a security measure intended to help protect you and your account. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Thanks for your co-operation.
Fraud Prevention UnitLegal AdvisorLloyds TSB.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

RFOM Dr william mensah

Dr William Mensah tells me he is "married with three kids". I'm not quite sure why he thinks I want to know that. He is a chief security officer and, would you believe it, had a wealthy client. Very unusually (not) his client and his entire family died in tragic circumstances. Nothing new there, then. Mr Mensah, of course, being an honest, upright citizen needs to get his hands on the dosh with my help.

Oh yer bike mate. Mr Mensah is a fraudster whose only aim is to get his hands on YOUR money. Delete the email and don't reply.

RFOM Dr william mensah

- From:Dr william mensah.Chief security officer,Crystal Trust Financial Company.First Light Kaneshie Accra Ghana ,Dear Sir, I got your contact on Site, during my search for a reliable, trust worthy and honest person to introduce this transfer Investment project with. My name is Dr william mensah (Jnr). On November 2005, One Mr Hussien Omar from Iraq National,an gold dealer.who runs gold business in Ghana to Asia, whom i was accounting officer made a numbered time Deposit a truck box, valued at USD$11,600,000.00 (Eleven Million, Six Hundred Thousand United States dollars) for twelve calendar months in our company.I am the Chief Security officer crystal Trust financial company, First Light Kaneshie Accra Ghana. I am a Ghanaian married with three kids I am glad to hear you are from such good country thanks .Upon Maturity, we sent a routine notification to his forwarding,address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered that Mr. Hussien Omar from Iraq , his wife and two children and wife's parents was died with his family in a bomb blast in Iraq,My investigation proved that he died with his supposed next- of- kins in the bomb blast. The truck box total sum, USD$11,600,000.00 is still in our company and the demurage is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it. Consequently, I shall present you to stand in as the next- of- kin to the late Mr. Hussien Omar.Consequently, upon acceptance of this proposal, I will give you detailed information on how this deal would be carried out.The money will be shared in the ratio: (65%) for me, (30%) for you, the remaining (5%) will be kept to recover any expenses made during the process of the transfer into your account which include both our telephone bills. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law as I will use my position as the chief security of OPERATIONS' officer to secure approvals and guarantee the successful execution of this transaction.I want you to handle everything for me.I have the trust in you and i know that you will not disappoint me, i don't need to know you for many years to trust you.If you have an idea of what should be done to being the money out of Africa, please tell me i need your your seriously and i have the impression that you are a nice gentle person.Please be informed that your utmos t confidentiality is required.On your reply include your,(1)Private telephone online number................,(2)Your full address......,(3)Your full names.....,(4)Your E-mail........,YOU CAN SEE THE ATTACHED OF THE BOX AND YOU CAN GO THROUGH,Awaiting your urgent reply through my private ,Best regards,Dr william mensah

One Security Message

This morning comes the news that my (non existant)Lloyds TSB account may have been "accessed by a third party". It is hasn't been but it soon will be if the scammers get their way - all I have to do is log in to the fake website, give the scammers all my account information and - hey presto - they will be able to access my account. Their "primary concern" is not protecting the security of my count but (surprise) breaching it!!

Just delete it.

Security Alert

As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the Lloyds TSB system. We recently contacted you after noticing an issue on your account.We requested information from you for the following reason:

We have reason to believe that your account was accessed by a third party. Because protecting the security of your account is our primary concern, we have limited access to sensitive Lloyds TSB account features. We understand that this may be an inconvenience but please understand that this temporary limitation is for your protection. Case ID Number:253-029-076.

In accordance with Lloyds TSB's User Agreement, your account access will remain limited until the issue has been resolved. Unfortunately, if access to your account remains limited for an extended period of time, it may result in further limitations or eventual account closure. We encourage you to log in to your Lloyds TSB account as soon as possible to help avoid this.

Please follow the link below and fill in the necessary requirements to ensure account safety.

Yours Sincerely

Anita Hockin

Anita Hockin
Head Of Internet

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Thomas Williams, Staff of International Private Banking at HSBC

There seems to be a competition taking place for the longest spam email. Very soon I'll declare a winner. The sender will, of course, have to pay me a shipping, handling and insurance fee before I will release the winning cheque to them.

Surprise. Thomas Williams of the HSBC has been lead to me because my name has "planted" me at the center of relevance" of his life. Really.

He does, of course, have a deceased client who has no relatives and several millions dollars which our friendly bank official wants to get his sticky hands on, with my help. Yeah, right.

I understand his request to keep the content of the email confidential since he sent it from - Tainan City Government in Taiwan. Guess the taxpayers of Tainan won't be too thrilled to know they are paying some idiot in their government offices to send out phishing emails.

Delete it. It's all rubbish, as usual. Mr Williams doesn't work for the HSBC in London.

Dear Friend,

Good fortune has blessed you with a name that has planted you into the
center of relevance in my life. I would respectfully request that you keep
the content of this mail confidential because of its nature and respect the
integrity of this information. First of all I'll like to introduce myself and
status,I am Thomas Williams, Staff of International Private Banking at HSBC
Bank London.

I am contacting you concerning a deceased customer and a financial portfolio
of $8.5m United state dollars,which he placed under HSBC Bank managements two
years ago for turn over on his behalf.As the Chief Operations Officer of the
private banking sector, I encouraged the deceased on his arrival to our bank
on various growth of fund with prime ratings.

The favored route in my advice to him was accessing data's on 6000
traditional stocks and bond managements.Based on myadvise, attractive
margins,acquired profit and interest stood at over $10m United state
dollars,this margin was not the full potential of the fund but he desired low
risk guaranteed returns on investment.

Early 2004 my client asked that the money be liquidated because of an urgent
investment requiring cash payments here in United Kingdom, and that the
liquidated fund be deposited in CORPORATE SECURITIES CO, a security
consulting firm based in London who are specialist private firm that accepts
deposits from high net worth individuals and blue chip corporations that
handle valuable products and undertake transactions that need immediate
access to cash. This order was given to
me in anticipation of his a rival from Norway later that week, this was the
last communication we had.

Sometimes this year I got a call from CORPORATE SECURITIES CO.informing me of
the inactivity of the portfolio, since I was the only one who knew about the
deposit, I immediately passed the task of locating my client to the Internal
Investigation Department of HSBC, which now revealed that the person who
suited his description was declared
dead of aHeart attack in Cane, South of France.

And in line with banking internal processes for account holders who have
passed away,an investigation was meant to be launched to contact a possible
surviving NEXT OF KIN to come forward as beneficiary of the fund but
unfortunately when my client came patronizing our services, in his bio-data
form, no next of kin was listed neither was there a
TESTATE.My client only used numbers and codes to make the account he opened
with us anonymous.

At this juncture, I'll like to unravel the true position of this
transaction,CORPORATE SECURITIES CO,has request for statements of claim from
me, and I alone knows of the existence of the deposit, for as far as HSBC
Bank is concerned the transaction with our late client concluded when I sent
the fund to the security firm, all outstanding interactions in relation to
the file are just customer service and due process.

The security firm has no single idea of what the history or nature of the
deposit is, they await instructions to release the deposit to any party that
I nominate as the beneficiary of the fund. I am prepared to place you in a
position to instruct Corporate Securities release the deposit to you as
the NEXT OF KIN. Kindly let me know your true interest in this pending
transaction so as to ascertain the proceeds,and I assure you that I couldhave
the deposit released to you within few days.I implore you to discard this
mail if you find no interest in this transaction, and if my offer is of no
appeal to you, please dint be vindictive and destructive just delete this
message and forget I ever contacted you.

Finally, I am sending you this mail without a measure of fear as to what the
consequences are, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing
gained and that success and riches never comes in a platter of gold. This is
the one truth I have learned from my private banking clients. Do not betray
my confidence, if we can be of one accord, we should plan a meeting soon.

I await your response.
Thomas Williams.

Spybot 2009 - protect your privacy with spybot

This is a nasty piece of spyware. This has NOTHING TO DO with the real Spybot, which is a well respected antispyware program. Don't click on any of the links in this email. If your computer becomes infected it will become unusable, with lots of pop-ups warning you of infections on your computer. 

The Best privacy protection on the Net. Get immediate access and protect yourself with Spybot 2009.Detect, remove and block spyware from your PC.Download Spybot 2009 HereAward winning software for the past 5 years.Steven PatricksSpybot Protection

How do I know it has nothing to do with spybot? Look what I saw when I pointed my mouse at one of the links in the email. At the bottom left of my screen I could see this link:

This is NOT the download link for the real spybot. If you want the real Spybot, visit this link

If your computer does become infected I recommend you download and use malwarebytes.  This is the most effective piece of malware removal software that I know and I have used it successfully on many clients' computers.

There are two versions of malwarebytes.  

A paid for one: This version provides realtime protection.  It will remove even the most pernicious malware and actively protect your computer in the future.  This is an excellent piece of software for use on a family computer - or any computer whose user(s) may be less than 100% vigilant or confident about which links they are clicking on!

A free one: The free version is not pro-active and doesn't provide real time protection.  You will have to tell it to update and scan your computer..

Tuesday, 18 November 2008


This piece of garbled rubbish can't even decide whether I've been left an inheritance, be granted a contract or won an award!!! It's got more numbers in it than most telephone directories. All of them meaningless of course.

Just delete it. DON'T send him your bank details, as he advices and don't send him your passport or driving license. You won't get $8m you'll get your bank account emptied and your identity stolen.


Your Ref:
WORLD BANK GROUP AND UNITED NATION ORGANIZATION do hereby give this irrevocable approval order with Release Code: GNC/3480/02/00 in your favor for your contract entitlement/award winning payment with the UNITED NATION to your nominated bank account. Now your new Payment,United nation Approval No;UN5685P,White House Approved No:WH44CV, Reference No.-35460021, Allocation No: 674632 Password No: 339331 , Pin Code No: 55674 and your Certificate of Merit Payment No : 103 , Released Code No: 0763; Immediate Citibank Telex confirmation No: -1114433 ; Secret Code No: XXTN013, Having received these vital payment number ,therefore You are qualified now to received and confirm Your payment with the United Nation immediately within the next 72hrs.

As a matter of fact, you are required to Deal and Communicate only with MR ANDREW WOLLEY, DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL REMMITTANCE CITIBANK OF UNITED KINGDOM, with the help and monitory team from the CITIBANK OF NEW YORK which is our official remitting bank, Committee On Foreign Payment Matters in United Nation, has look up to make sure you receive your fund valued $8.3m. So contact: MR ANDREW WOLLEY on his contact information,Direct Telephone Number: +44-7045 728 348 Fax Number:+44 870 288 7323, Email: for immediate release of your contract/inheritance/Award Winning claim Be informed that you are not allowed to correspond with any person or office anymore, You are required to send bellow information for your transfer.



Direct Telephone Number: +44-7045 728 348
FAX NUMBER:+44 870 288 7323


IMPORTANT - Update Your Online Banking

Alliance and Leicester. It had to happen I guess. All those bank takeovers were bound to lead to an outbreak of phishing attempts. And here is one. The Alliance and Leicester have been taken over by Santander. For some reason the A&L couldn't tell Santander my account details - oh no, they need me to tell them. Not b****y likely.

NEVER confirm/reconfirm/update or otherwise give your account details via any link in any email, even if you think the email might have come from your bank. Get to know the true address of your bank website and enter it directly in your browser.

November 2008Dear Customer,On Friday, 24th October, we formally completed the acquisition of Alliance & Leicester. It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Santander Group.You are now part of one of the world's most successful banks. Santander is first bank in the Eurozone by market capitalization, and fifth in the world by profits, with over 70 million customers in 40 countries.You are kindly advised to follow the instructions below to register your account to allow easy merger. Please Click Here To Start The addition of Alliance & Leicester will further strengthen our UK presence. A&L has strengths in areas where Abbey intended to grow and both banks have built reputations as challengers to the big banks with attractive offers such as high-interest current accounts, strong savings rates and good mortgage and credit card deals.By becoming part of the Santander Group, Alliance & Leicester has acquired strong backing, which is crucial in these difficult financial times.I am convinced that Abbey, Alliance & Leicester and Bradford & Bingley, as part of the Santander Group, will be a leading UK bank focused on giving you great service and value-for-money products.Yours sincerely, Chairman, Emilio Botin

From Rich Orgaranya

Mr Rich Orgaranya is - well - rich. At least he would be if only I'd help him get his hands on the untold riches left by his late father. His father, naturally, died an untimely death. Poisoned. Altogether now - aaaahhhh.

Mr Orgaranya is also a teller of big fat porkie pies. There is no money. Just delete the email, and don't reply

From Mr Rich OrgaranyaAbidjan Republic of Cote D‘Ivoire,West AfricaDear ,Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you, I got your contact from your country directory, please i need a trust-worthy person that will help me to transfer this money.I am Rich Orgaranya, the only Son of late Mr and Mrs Bawam Orgaranya. My father was a very wealthy Gold Merchant in Monrovia the Gold Capital, republic of Liberia all in west Africa. my father was poisoned by his business associates while my mother died when i was little and my father took me so special because I am his only son. Before the death of my father on 14th September 2006 in a hospital here in Cote D‘Ivoire, he secretly called me and told me that he has the sum of (USD $15 MILLION FIFTEEN MILLION U.S DOLLARS ) which he deposited in a bank here in Cote D‘Ivoire.He also made me understand that it was because of this money he was poisoned by his business associates while on a business trip with them and he instructed me to look for a foreign partner who will help me transfer this money out of this Cote D‘Ivoire and invest it for me, my purpose of contacting you is for you to help transfer this money to your country before this people who kill my father will kill me too, I‘m now hiding in a local place here for my safety.I will compensate you with 20% of this money if you help me to transfer the money to your account l hope you will not betray the trust i have on you because this money is my only hope in this life and you will also help me to come over to your country to continue my education while you will invest my own share of the money for me.I can assure you there is No Risk involved, this money is an inheritance from my late father.I am waiting to hear from you.Rich Orgaranya

Monday, 17 November 2008

Job Position, Raul Delgado

Job offers. I receive a lot of emails offering me jobs. You know the sort of thing. Receive a few phone calls and earn thousands of dollars. Yeah, right. Today I've received an offer of a job with Lotus Corp. Or is it? Talk about mixed messages. Take a look at this, and it's analysis underneath.

Unfortunately World financial crisis has affected almost every sphere of human activity. The unstable situation in the world financial market has led to strong growth of unemployment and reduce wageswages reduction. Everyone is trying to find a perquisite to secure themselves and their families. We will not offer you an empyreal salary, we will not lie to you to the fact that the work is simple and you do not need to do anything, but we definitely tell you that we have a job that may interest you. We want to offer you additional income.
You will need to devote several hours a day, you must be sociable, you must have an easy approach to the computer and the Internet, you must be responsible about the work, you (have tomust) be adults, you should be allowed to work, you must be clean before the law and you should be able to use MS Word, Acrobat Reader, to be confident PC/Mac user. We will not offer you a MLM, financial pyramids and other illegal jobs. We will offer you a real option that allows you to find a good additional income and certainly we will never ask you to buy anything that would get a job, we'll pay you. You absolutely have nothing to lose.
We have a few vacancies that we can offer you. All that you need to do is to send us your resume for consideration. During next 24/48 hours you will receive a reply with vacancy details. The number of seats is limited.
For more information or to schedule an interview please contact:
Raul Delgado
Recruiting Consultant

Ok, here we go.
Raul Delgado's email claims he is called Jordan Connell
Curiously his email address is It appears Mr Delgado/Mr Jordan/Mr Rajan is having an identity crisis.

At the end of the email is yet another link, telling me to send this job to a friend. This link brings up a new mail addressed to

Abacus capital's website tells me it is an investment company with offices in Singapore and Indonesia. Do you suppose they've gone into the recruitment business? Seems unlikely. I think my cyberfriend Annie might have to send in her CV.

Merry Christmas - hoax virus

Another old friend in hoax virus warning land. All the usual warning signs. It will burn your hard disc. Forward it to all your contacts. It's better to receive this 25 times, etc, etc, etc.

It's all rubbish. It's just designed to turn you into a spammer and make you frighten people. Delete it.

You should be alert during the next days:Do not open any message with an attached file called "Merry Christmas" regardless of who sent it, It is a virus that opens as an Open Log Fire and will burn the whole hard disc in your computer.This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list, that is why you should send this e-mail to all your contacts. It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.If you receive a mail called "Merry Christmas", though sent by a friend, do not open it and shut down your computer immediately. This is the worst virus announced, it has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever.This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept.

Brian Molloy

I have no idea whether Brian Molloy is/was a member of the Strathclyde Police. He might well be. If he is, I'm sure he has better things to do with his time than sit down and email warnings! That's one of the giveaways with this hoax. Does anyone really think the police are interested in sending email warnings to them about petty crimes when they've got their work cut out keeping up with the criminals in their area.

As usual it's a hoax, in a way. Nothing to do with computers this. Just designed to scare you.

Just make sure you take the usual, sensible precautions when you park your car.

Be aware of new car-jacking scheme. You walk across the car park, unlock your car and get inside. Then you lock all your doors, start the engine and shift or put into reverse. You look into the rear-view mirror to back out of your parking space and You notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window.So, you shift the gear stick back into park or neutral, unlock your doors and jump out of your car to remove that paper or whatever it is that is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car that is when the car-jackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off!! Your engine was running, you would have left your purse in the car and they practically mow you down as they speed off in your car.BE AWARE OF THIS NEW SCHEME THAT IS NOW BEING USED IN GLASGOW AND MANCHESTERAND IS MAKING ITS WAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY!!!!!!!!Just drive away and remove the paper later! It is stuck to your Window and be thankful that you read this email. I hope you will forward this to friends and family especially to women! A purse contains all identification, and you certainly do NOT want someone getting your home address. They already HAVE your keys!!! I have been sent this warning and asked that it be distributed widely to alert everyone -JUST BE AWARE AND TAKE CARE IT WILL PROBABLY SOON ARRIVE IN YOUR AREABrian MolloyDetective ConstableForce Intelligence BureauStrathclyde Police

Life Owner. Life is no longer beautiful

A few days ago I added an "old friend" - a hoax virus warning that has been doing the rounds for years. Within days it became the most visited page on this blog. Clearly it's still doing the rounds - you'd think it would be dizzy by now.

I've decided to add a few more old friends. How do I know they are fakes? The language is the give away. Shock, horror. Do not open. Worst virus ever. It will erase your C drive. Pass it on to everyone you know. Etc, etc, etc.

Plus. Just stop and think about it? What's the worst virus doing the round today? I'd say the fake AVG/Spybot one is a good contender. Did anyone send you a warning? No, of course not, you had to come here to find out it was a fraud, didn't you?

First up is our old friend Life Owner.

Subject: FW: E-MAIL VERY IMPORTANT WARNINGPlease Be Extremely Careful especially if using internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on. This information arrived this morning direct from both Microsoft and Norton.Please send it to everybody you know who has access to the Internet.You may receive an apparently harmless email with a Power Point presentation"Life is beautiful."If you receive it DO NOT OPEN THE FILE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, and deleteit immediately. If you open this file, a message will appear on your screen saying: "It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful."Subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC and the person who sent itto you will gain access to your name, e-mail and password.This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon. AOLhas already confirmed the severity, and the antivirus software's are not capable of destroying it. The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself "life owner."PLEASE SEND A COPY OF THIS EMAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS and ask them to PASS IT ON IMMEDIATELY.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Am Waiting For Your Reply Asap !!!!!!!!!!!

Geoffrey DeWitt Bell was led to me by divine providence. Would you believe it - his wealthy client only went and perished, along with his entire family, in a plane crash. (I've noticed that some of the more sick amongst the scammers are using real disasters to add an air of reality to their scams. Which, despite the lighthearted nature of this blog, I find offensive and extremely sad.)

Mr Bell, of course, needs my help to get his hands on his client's dosh, to which end he proposes that I assume the identity of a long lost relative of the deceased.

Mr Bell has no intention of giving me 30% for my effort. He does have every intention of relieving me of as much money as he can get his dirty little hands on. Forget it mate.

Delete the email. Don't be in any doubt about how persistent these scammers can be if you fall for them. They will keep asking you for money as advance fees until they have literally taken all your money. If you don't believe me, take a look at this story on the Times newspaper website. Don't give them the chance.

GEOFFREY DEWITT BELLLondon, United Kingdom(Solicitors & Finance Consultant)E-mail: geoffbelldewitt@aol.comDATE: 11/08/2008 Greeting to you, the inspiration to contact you is simply divine providence, I am making this proposition because I have to seek the partnership of a resourceful person to help me realize this project. I am Geoffrey Bell a solicitor and investment consultant based in London, United Kingdom. I was attending a business lunche on in Berlin, Germany and I got introduced to the renowned German businessman and property mogul, Mr. Andreas Schranner (of blessed memory).
He engaged my services as attorney and investment consultant and my primary assignment was to spear head his investment forays in the United Kingdom. Three months later I invited him to London and under my professional guidance and based on my advice he made a fixed deposit of 15, 000, 000, 00 Million Great Britain Pounds sterling at a financial institution.
This deposit was for 12 months and upon maturity I made effort to contact my client, I could not reach him or any member of his family. I was forced to travel to Germany and there I got the tragic news that on July 25 2000, my client Mr. Andreas Schranner, his wife Maria, their daughter Eich and husband Christian and two children perished in the air France Concorde New York bound flight; please click here I have made efforts to locate any member of his family with strong biological links to my late client without success. The search to find a close relation is one that has consumed time and resources. The institution is asking me to either present a next of kin to late Andreas Schranner.His foriegn business partner based on the Memurandom of understanding(M.O.U) signed during the deposition of the fundor forfeit the deposit. My proposal is to package, present you as next of kin or foriegn business partner to late Andreas Schranner and process the fixed deposit and transfer custody to you for our mutual benefit. My capacity as solicitor/investment consultant to my late client gives me the discretion to package and transfer the deposit to you.
I will give you 30% for your effort, 60% for me and 10% for Charity and Hurricane Katrina Victims. It will amount to injustice if I do not take this decisive step to secure this deposit, and invest it. The late Schranner was also a friend in addition to our business relationship. I will wait for your reaction and response and then together we can jumpstart this project and nurture it to reality.
Yours Sincerely,
Geoffrey DeWitt Bell
Hawkins & Associates Limited
Tel: +44 750 846 7348

Saturday, 15 November 2008


Jacobs Marks is a member of a chamber of barristers in Ellesmere Port. Someone must have told him about my impressive record of handling large amounts of money with total discression, because he has a proposal for me.

If you receive this email too, please don't reply. I can't believe he's got enough money for two of us and I would invest it so much more wisely than you could.

BARRISTER JACOBS MARKS.Jacobs & Co76 Whitby RoadEllesmere Port CH65 0AA.United Kingdom.Dear Friend,My name is Mr.Jacob Marks,an attorney with the above LEGAL CHAMBERS.I have a Business Proposalof £12,000,000.00 MILLION POUNDS for you to handle so we could invest it in your country.If you willbe able to handle this with me I will explain to you in detail.If interested please send me your Full Names,Private Phone and Country: Email: markjacob47@live.comKindest Regards,BARR JACOBS MARKS

Don't follow my lead and reply. It is, of course, a scam. Just delete the email. He doesn't want to give you money, he wants to take it from you.

Reservation Enquiry - continued

My cyberfriend, Annie Cheater, has replied to Pastor Lewis. She's quoted him $4000 dollars for the whole package. This is clearly acceptable as Pastor Lewis lost no time in replying to her. He has a spot of bother with credit card payments you see, so he just wants me to send him $4000 dollars for their flights.

Dear Annie C,
For the New booking.The payment is ready but before then, I will like to know if you can render us a favour.

Our clients(DAVID PAUL) have just informed us that we would be responsible for making their flight arrangements to your country.MR DAVID PAUL has given me his credit cards to charge for the full payment of their flight tickets and the hotel booking. But unfortunately, I dont have a credit card machine to do this. I have not gotten a Credit card POS terminal yet. I will have it by ending Dec. So I would appreciate it if you could charge an extra 4,000 Dollars for us via your credit card machine & you can then send it to us via western union money transfer in west africa as usual. For this assistance, I will be giving your company my own commission 0f 500 Dollars. For better understanding,the total charges we will be paying you are below;

HOTEL BOOKING;$4000.COMMISSION FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE; 300 Dollars.AND WITH RESARVATION FEES Kindly calculate all the amount together asap. So prepare the new Invoice and send me a copy by email attachment and fax to MR DAVID by fax +444871503985 OR by email.ThanksPASTOR LEWISREMAIN BLESS

Your email won this promotion

Hola, hola, hola - what's all this then? I've won the international program from Spain this time. I'm going to get a "limp sum". Goodness - it looks quite beefy to me. It's 985,950 Euros. And noone has the right to touch it, but me.

If you think this is real you really haven't been paying attention, have you? You need to head off to the right of this post and grab yourself a copy of Gone Phishing asap.

INTERNATIONAL LOTTO COMMISSION World Loteria, Calle Don Jaime 1 no 1120. 28014, Madrid - Spain. Tel 0034-654-382-220 Fax: 011 34--911 012 081 FROM THE DESK OF THE DIRECTORCLAIM FILE /REF NO: IED/010022566/ST 15TH day of Nov 2008 BATCH NUMBER: ES/ 11334587/207 ATTENTION: STAKE WINNER! RE: WINNING NOTIFICATION /FINAL NOTICEWe are pleased to inform you today, 15TH day of Nov, 2008 about the result of ONCE EL-COMBO COMBOTE SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY/INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM held on the 24th day of Oct, 2008.due to missed up of names and numbers the result was released on the 13th of Nov 2008 Your name attached to the ticket number 0361150 drew the lucky numbers 25-35-46-22-31-51 which consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category. You have therefore been approved for a limp Sum Pay of Ђ985,950, NINE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY FIVE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY EUROS This Is From A Total Cash Prize of Ђ2,957.850 (FOUR MILLION NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY SEVEN THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND FIFTY EUROS Shared among beneficiaries. CONGRATULATIONS!Your fund is deposited with a bank insured in your name. Therefore, no individual or group of persons has rights whatsoever to make deductions of your winning funds. Please note that your claim and batch numbers are the keys to your winning fund, you are to keep this confidential until your claim has been processed and your money remitted into your Bank Account as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking of an advantage of this program by participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 225,000 names from Europe, America and Asia. We hope you will participate in our next high stake Ђ1BILLION INTERNATIONAL. LOTTERY... To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent MR. RIO COBOS, the Foreign Service manager of RELIANCE SECURITY & DELIVERY SERVICES S. A. On TEL: 00-34 645-336-069, FAX: 00-34-911 012 111. EMAIL: For processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated Bank Account of your choice. Remember all prize money must be claimed not later than 20th day of December 2008. After this date, all funds will be returned to the Ministerio De economia y Hacienda as unclaimed. NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every of your correspondence with us or your agent, furthermore, should there be any change of address, Do notify your claims agent as soon as possible. Also, for your information, 5% of your prize money belongs to your claim agent as a part of their commission. This 5% commission will be paid to only after you have received your fund in your designated account.Congratulations again from all members of our staff and thank you for being a part of our promotion program. Sincerely, ANTONIO ALONSO LEON MANAGING DIRECTOR.

Reservation Enquiry

If you are in the hotel business you have your own world of spam and phish. This one was forwarded to me by some friends. It's comforting to know that the sender craves "your sense of honesty and sincerity with respect to this enquiry" because, obviously, you would usually tell big fat porkie pies about your availability. Guests. Who needs them. Bah humbug.

Being the sad person that I am, I used an online email account giving made up details in the name of Annie Cheater, to reply. I've posted his reply above. He just needs me to pay for the air fares!

Rest assured this is a scam. Pastor Mark Lewis doesn't exist and neither do his church team.

Dear Sir/Ma,> We write to introduce our Ministry "Mark Lewis"Our main importance of > sending this mail is to crave your sense of honesty and sincerity with > respect to this enquiry. We want to enquire from you if you can book an > accommodation for the Church team who will be arriving Evangelical > Program. We would be most appreciative if you would be willing to do so.>> Number of Guest:08> Date of Arrival: 10th Dec 2008> Date of Departure:20th Dec 2008> Type of Room: Double Bed> Persons Per Room: 2> Number of Rooms: 4> For prompt action, we would be very grateful, if you can send with the > total cost for of the accommodation to effect the prepayment and the > following details:>> 1. TOTAL COST FOR THE ACCOMMODATION (In $USD Currency)> 2. FULL MAILING/POSTAL ADDRESS OF HOTEL> 3. CONTACT NAME> 4. TELEPHONE NUMBER.> We would be expecting your prompt response so that we can forward our > Credit> Card Details for prepayment.>> Thank you and God Bless,> Regard> Mark Lewis

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