Has someone offered you a huge sum of money or a valuable consignment? It's a 419 or advance fee fraud - find out how they work, and what to do to be safe.
#488 by dlcooper Tue Jul 24, 2007 6:55 am
The following spam, and attempt at Advance Fee Fraud, gives the impression that this is a follow-up email ... but it isn't. The IP (62.169.169.50, in Slovakia) is blacklisted at zen.spamhaus.org

Received: from home.sinet.sk ([62.169.169.50])
From: Mr.Watson John <[email protected]>
Reply-To: [email protected]
Subject: Contact the delivery company immediately.
Return-Path: [email protected]


Attention,dear belove,

I write to inform you the fee for your Cheque Draft has been Paid last week monday 16/07/2007 2:30 Pm afternoon by I Secretary Watson John as was directed by my boss Barrister Emmanuel Blessing,because the manager of Eko Bank Benin told me that before the check will get to you it will expire,so I told him to cash the $700,000.00,all the necessary arrangement of delivering of the money in cash was made with UN SERVICE COURIER COMPANY WORLD WIDE BENIN.

Here is the contact of the Un Service Courier Company World Wide bellow.

ATTN: Dr.Morris A Isreal
TEl: 00229-93-808-491
Fax: 00229-97-550-338
EMAIL: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

Please send them your contacts information to enable them locate you immediately they arrived in your country with your BOX.This the information they need from in order to delivery your package to your address.

*1.YOUR FULL NAME.......
*2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS ....
*3 YOUR CURRENT HOME TELEPHONE NUMBER.....
*4.YOUR CURRENT OFFICE TELEPHONE.......
*5.A COPY OF YOUR PICTURE.........
*6.COMPANY REGISTRATION NO EG58945
*7.CODE NMBER ........0140479

Please make sure you send this needed information to the director general Un Service Courier Company world wild in Benin Dr.Morris A Isreal with the address given to you.Note,that Global Un Service Benin Dr.Morris A Isreal don't know the contains of the Box. I registered it as a dameges of jeans returning to the retaler. They don't know it contains money to avoid them delaying with the Box.

Once again, the only fee you have to pay them is $185 USD they will use to obtain the coverage certificate and claims of affadvite that will prove
the parcel that contains total sum of $700,000.00 belong to you be rest assure that all other fees have been paid by me.

I am waiting for your urgent response. You can even call the Director Dr.Morris A.Isreal with this line 00229-938-08491 once you contact them.

Thanks
Mr.Watson John
Last edited by dlcooper on Thu Jul 26, 2007 2:45 am, edited 1 time in total.
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#597 by dlcooper Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:56 am
Here's another example of someone sending an email that attempts to give the false impression that it is a follow up. Marcia Oliveira seems to be using a hybrid of the "compensate you for your effort" and "Lottery" ploys. One of the IP addresses in the full headers corresponds to Lagos, Nigeria.

Received: from 41.205.169.27 ([41.205.169.27]) by tambaba.pbservers.com
From: "Mrs. Marcia Oliveira" <[email protected]>
Reply-to: [email protected]
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: Bank Draft Of $500,000.00 Usd®
Return-Path: [email protected]


Dear Friend,

How are you today? I Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this
mail meets you in a perfect condition.

I am using this opportunity to thank you for your great effort to our
unfinished transaction and transfer of your international bank draft cheque to
you from the bank, I am sorry for

presenting and using someone else in your name to get this transaction
successful.

Due to logistic reasons and your inconsistence to the other best known to you.
right now, I want to inform you that I have successfully cleared the
bank draft
check fund to someone else

account who was capable of assisting me in this great venture that have been
over and successful.

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed at the
course of the transaction I want to compensate you and show my
gratitude to you
with the sum of

$500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS).

I have authorized Mr. Scott Williams where I deposited the money with to issue
you international certified bank draft, cashable cheque at your bank or
anywhere as choice felt.
My dear friend I will like you to contact Mr. Scott Williams for the
collection of this international certified bank draft.

His name and contact address is as follows:

CITY EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL BANK PLC
Contact Agent: Scott Williams
TEL DIAL: 0092348039304730
Fax: 1-501-647-039
Email: [email protected]

Contact Mr. Scott Williams At the moment, I'm very busy here in the united
kingdom because of the investment projects which myself and my new partner are
having at hand In

London Finally remember that I have forwarded instructions to Mr. Scott
Williams on your behalf to send the bank draft cheque of $500,000.00 (FIVE
HUNDRED THOUSAND

UNITED STATE DOLLARS) to you as soon as you contact him without delay.

Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is
from the
bottom of my heart.

Thanks God bless you and your family.

Hope to hear from you soon as soon as you've gotting my compensation
and please
do not get angry because that is what i have for now.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Marcia Oliveira
Presidential Library & Museum Former Director
International Online Lottery Co-ordinator.
© 2007
WORLD INTERNET PROGRAMS®
Last edited by dlcooper on Thu Jul 26, 2007 2:46 am, edited 1 time in total.

Never trust a smiling duck.

#598 by dlcooper Wed Jul 25, 2007 4:02 am
So, what's in a name? "Marcia Oliveira" can also be "Rachael Miller" if he/she thinks that it sounds more convincing. A slightly unusual feature of both of these emails is the last symbol of the "Subject" line.

Received: from 41.205.165.78 ([41.205.165.78])
(SquirrelMail authenticated user feltroni)
by tambaba.pbservers.com with HTTP
From: "Mrs. Rachael Miller" <[email protected]>
Reply-To: [email protected]
Subject: CITY EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL BANK PLC®
Return-Path: [email protected]


Dear Friend,

How are you today? I Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope
this mail meets you in a perfect condition.

I am using this opportunity to thank you for your great effort to our
unfinished transaction and transfer of your international bank draft
cheque to you from the bank, I am sorry for presenting and using someone
else in your name to get this transaction successfull.

Due to logistic reasons and your inconsistence to the other best known to
you.


Right now, I want to inform you that I have successfully cleared the bank
draft check fund to someone else account who was capable of assisting me
in this great venture that have been over and successful.


Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed at
the course of the transaction I want to compensate you and show my
gratitude to you with the sum of $500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED
STATE DOLLARS).


I have authorized Mr. Scott Williams where I deposited the money with to
issue you international certified bank draft, cashable cheque at your bank
or
anywhere as choice felt.


My dear friend I will like you to contact Mr. Scott Williams for the
collection of this international certified bank draft.

His name and contact address is as follows:

CITY EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL BANK PLC
Contact Agent;Mr.Scott Williams
TEL: +23480-3350 6992
Fax: 1-501-647-039
Email: [email protected]


Contact Mr. Scott Williams At the moment, I'm very busy here in the united
kingdom because of the investment projects which myself and my new partner
are having at hand In London Finally remember that I have forwarded
instructions to Mr. Scott Williams on your behalf to send the bank draft
cheque of $500,000.00(FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS) to you
as soon as you contact him without delay.

Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is
from the bottom of my heart. Thanks God bless you and your family.

Hope to hear from you soon as soon as you've got my compensation and
please donot get angry because that is what I have for now.


Sincerely


Mrs. Rachael Miller
Presidential Library & Museum Former Director
International Online Lottery Co-coordinator.
© 2007 WORLD INTERNET PROGRAMS®

Never trust a smiling duck.

#734 by dlcooper Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:09 am
Here's yet another example of correspondence that pretends to be a continuation of previous communications.

General advice on receiving such an email:
  • Delete it, without further thought;
  • OR, if you're interested in past history, put a key phrase from the correspondence into a search engine ... smile at the total lack of originality of the sender ... and then delete the email.
Received: from 41.223.251.68
(SquirrelMail authenticated user [email protected])
Subject: CONTACT THE SECRETARY PETER IJEM
From: "Office mail" <[email protected]>
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Return-Path: [email protected]

Dearest friend,

Season Greeting from Barrister GABRIEL EZE who contacted you long ago,
I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund
Now, I want you to contact my secretary on the information below:

NAME: peter ijem
EMAIL: [email protected]

Ask him to send you the total sum of (850,000.00) Eight Hundred and Fifty
Thousand United State Dollars CASHIER'S CHEQUE, which I kept for
your compensation CONTACT THE SECRETARY ON this :

NAME: peter ijem
EMAIL: [email protected]

Regards,
Barrister GABRIEL EZE

An IP address in the headers links this email to South Africa.

A search on "Season Greeting from Barrister" finds many matches, including: http://forum.419eater.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=112983

Never trust a smiling duck.

#1142 by dlcooper Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:41 am
Here's yet another example of correspondence that pretends to be a continuation of previous contacts.
Received: from new.st.interia.pl (new.st.interia.pl [217.74.66.42])
by system.wewnetrzny (Postfix) with ESMTP
From: markwildman1 <[email protected]>
X-ORIGINATE-IP:81.199.190.164
Organization: INTERIA.PL S.A.
Subject: FROM, DEUTSCHE BANK(private and confidential)
Return-Path: [email protected]


Dear Friend,

I introduce myself as Mark Wildman, Global Head of Offshore Banking at Deutsche Bank. A contracted staff of Perez and Hamilton contacted you earlier concerning Mr. Moser Arington and an investment placed under our banks management 9 years ago. I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this mail. I contact you independently of our investigation and emphasise the reason of this communication. I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you.

In 1996, the subject matter; Moser came to our bank to engage in business discussions with our private banking division. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of Nineteen million United States dollars, which he wished to have us turn over (invest) on his behalf.I was the officer assigned to his case, I made numerous suggestions in line with my duties as the de-facto global head of the Offshore banking sector, especially given the volume of funds he wished to put into our bank. We met on numerous occasions prior to any investments being placed. I encouraged him to consider various growth funds with prime ratings. The favoured route in my advise to customers is to start by assessing data on 6000 traditional stocks and bond managers and 2000 managers of alternative investments popularly known as hedge Funds based on my advice, We spun the money around various opportunities and made attractive margins for our first months of operation, the accrued profit and interest stood at this point at over 19.37 million United States Dollars, this margin was not the full potential of the fund but he desired low risk guaranteed returns on investments.

In mid 1997, he asked that the money be liquidated
because he needed to make an urgent investment requiring cash payments in Antwerp. He directed that I liquidate the funds and had it deposited with a firm in Spain. I informed him that Deutsche Bank would have to make special arrangements to have this done and in order not to circumvent due process, the bank would have to make a 2.5 % deduction from the funds to cater for banking and statutory charges. He complained about the charges but later came around when I explained to him the complexities of the task he was asking of us,he was more worried about the heavy taxation the European union might impose and also to avoid dual taxation from European member countries. Cash movement across borders has become especially strict since the incidents of 9/11.

I contacted my affiliate in spain and had the funds available in mainland Europe. I undertook all the processes and made sure I followed his precise instructions to the letter and had the funds deposited at the madride based security consultancy firm, Imperial Asset Management Company . Imperial Asset Management Company is a private firm that accepts deposits from high net worth individuals and blue chip corporations that handle valuable products or undertake transactions that need immediate access to cash. This small and highly private organisation is familiar especially to the highly placed and well-connected organisations.

In Line with instructions, the money was deposited with Imperial Asset Management Company. Moser told me he wanted the money there in anticipation of his arrival from Norway later that week. This was the last communication we had, this transpired around 27th September 1997. In June last year, we got a call from Imperial Asset Management Company informing us of the inactivity of that particular portfolio. This was an astounding position as far as I was concerned, given the fact that I was still in the Offshore banking sector I'm the only one other than Tony Dupan who himself is on a year's leave of absence and is now a visiting lecturer at the London School Of Economics still works for the bank as we both served on the sub-committee on Mr.Moser's portfolio initially who knew about the deposit at Imperial Asset Management Company, and I could not understand why Moser had not come forward to claim his deposit.

We made futile efforts to locate Moser. I immediately passed the task of locating him to the internal investigations department of Deutsche Bank. Four days later, information started to trickle in, apparently Moser was dead. A person who suited his description was declared dead of a heart attack in Canne, South of France. We were soon enough able to identify the body and cause of death was confirmed. The bank immediately launched an investigation into possible surviving next of kin to alert about the situation and also to come forward to claim his estate. If you are familiar with Offshore banking affairs, those who patronise our services usually prefer anonymity, but also some levels of detachment from conventional processes. In his bio-data form, he listed no next of kin.

In the field of Offshore banking, opening an account with us means no one will know of its existence, accounts are rarely held under a name; depositors use numbers and codes to make the accounts anonymous. This bank also gives the choice to depositors of having their mail sent to them or held at the bank itself, ensuring that there are no traces of the account and as I said, rarely do they nominate next of kin. Offshore Banking clients apart from not nominating next of kin also usually in most cases leave wills in our care, in this case; Moser died interstate. In line with our internal processes for account holders who have passed away, we instituted ourown investigations in good faith to determine who should have right to claim the estate.
This investigation has for the past months been unfruitful. We have scanned every continent and used our private investigation affiliate companies to get to the root of the problem. It is this investigation that resulted in my being furnished with your details as a possible relative of the deceased. My official capacity dictates that my department supervises the eventual outcome of the investigation.You had unfortunately declared that you are in no way affiliated with this individual. What this means, you being the last batch of names we had considered, is that our dear late fellow died with no known or identifiable family member. This leaves you as the only person with the full picture of what the prevailing situation is in relation to the deposit and the late beneficiary of the deposit. According to practise, Imperial Asset Management Company will by the end of this year broadcast a request for statements of claim to Deutsche Bank, failing to receive viable claims they will most probably revert the deposit back to Deutsche Bank. This will result in the money entering the Deutsche Bank accounting system and the portfolio will be out of my hands and out of the Offshore banking division. This will not happen if I have my way. What I wish to relate to you will smack of unethical practise but I want you to understand something. It is only an outsider to the banking world who finds the internal politics of the banking world aberrational. The world of Offshore banking especially is fraught with huge rewards for those who occupy certain offices and oversee certain portfolios. You should have begun by now to put together the general direction of what I propose. There is US$ 19,370,000.00 deposited in madride, I have the deposit
details and they will release the deposit to no one unless under directives from my office,as far as Deutsche Bank is concerned, the transaction with Moser concluded when the funds were sent to Spain,
all outstanding interactions in relation to the file are just routine and due process. Imperial Asset Management Company has no single idea of what's the history or nature of the deposit. They are simply awaiting instructions to release the deposit to any party that comes forward as the beneficiary This is the situation. This bank has spent great amounts of money trying to track this manâ??s family; they have investigated for years and have found no family. The investigation had been concluded and closed a while back not until our recent search. My proposal; you share similar details to the late fellow; I am prepared to place you in a position to instruct Imperial Asset Management Company to release the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you as the beneficiary That is: I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you. You will get 30% of $19.37 million while I take 70%. I would have gone ahead to ask the funds be released to me, but that would have drawn a straight line to me and my involvement in claiming the deposit. But on the other hand, you with the same name as the original depositor would easily pass as the beneficiary with right to claim. I assure you that I could have the deposit released to you within a few days no later than 10 business days. I will simply inform the bank of the final closing of the file relating to Moser. I will then officially communicate with Imperial Asset Management Company and instruct them to release the deposit to you. With these two things: all is done. The alternative would be for us to have Imperial Asset Management Company send the funds to another bank with you as account holder. This way there will be no need for you to think of receiving the money from Imperial Asset Management Company. We can fine-tune this based on our interactions. I am aware of the consequences of this proposal. I ask that if you find no interest in this project that you should reconsider your position. I ask that you do not be too hasty to draw up conclusions as I have put in a lot of effort into this and your role will be only that of a benefactor. You may not know this but people like myself who have made tidy sums out of comparable situations run the whole Offshore sector and in my profession this is not an uncommon practise as one might think I do not find against good conscience, this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move.

Such opportunities only come ones way once in a lifetime. We should not let this chance pass us by, for once I find myself in total control of my destiny. I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide them with new opportunities. There is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth undertaking. I have evaluated the risks and the risks on your side is barely minimal because hundreds of claims are filed everyday at the claims and deposits departments so it's not an unusual practise that may raise eye-brows I am the only one who knows of this situation, good fortune has blessed you with a name that has planted you into the center of relevance in my life. Lets share the blessing. If you find yourself able to work with me, contact me through this same email account. I do not particularly know you so I would wait on your response to judge your level of transparency and honesty need not you disappear after the money gets into your coffers with a level of understanding between us I will start the initiation of this process towards a conclusion.I do not want you contacting me through my official phone lines nor do I want you contacting me through my official email account as this transaction will not be done under the clock of my employer. Contact will be through my personal numbers and also through this email address, same could apply to you if you wish. My official lines are not secure lines as they are periodically monitored to assess our level of customer care in line with our Total Quality Management Policy. A very dear friend of mine and university classmate Mr.Michael Soden of Bank Of Ireland had to quit his job in May when unethical material was found on his office computer during a routine maintenance of his machine and the results of the internal investigation were leaked to the local press seriously denting his career after all the service, good work and sacrifice he had given the industry.

Please observe this instruction religiously. Please,
again, note I am a family man, I have wife and children. I send you this mail not without a measure of doubt as to what the consequences, but I know within me that nothingventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This is the one truth I have learnt 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. Please kindly get to me true my
private contact
+44 702 406 9752
[email protected]

Mark.

81.199.190.164 tracks to Israel.

Never trust a smiling duck.

#1206 by dlcooper Thu Aug 02, 2007 7:27 pm
And yet another example of someone pretending to have had previous contact.

The phrase "especially during this festive season" appears in many 419 emails ... even in August.

Received: by hera67.plusserver.de (Postfix, from userid 30)
Subject: CONTACT MY SECRETARY IN BENIN REPUBLIC.
From: Dr.Goodluck Paul <[email protected]>
Reply-To: [email protected]
Return-Path: [email protected]

Good day,

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the funds transferred to a Swiss Account with the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay who is an international business man. Presently I'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the total sum.Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.

Now contact my secretary in, His contact is: Name: Mr.Pumex Obodo Email Address:
[email protected] Ask him to send you the total sum of $800.000.00 (Eight Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) that I kept for your compensation for all your past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter.

Also do use part of the money for philanthropist purposes for use in helping the less privileged in your area. Especially at this festive season. Put a smile on somebody face and let the world be better for it. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in touch with my secretary Mr.Pumex Obodo and instruct him where to send the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy together after all the suffering at that time. In the moment, I am very busy here in Paraguay because of the investment projects which me and the new partner is having at hand.

Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with Mr.Pumex Obodo and he will send the amount to you without any delay.

I beg you in the name of the most high God who created heaven and earth to use at least 50% of the money to put smile on the faces of the less privileged especially during this
festive season.

This is my utmost wish for this donation.

With best regards

Dr.Goodluck Paul

I like the idea of a first name of "Goodluck".
#1266 by dlcooper Fri Aug 03, 2007 3:12 pm
dlcooper wrote:A slightly unusual feature of both of these emails is the last symbol of the "Subject" line.

And here's yet another such example, again from Nigeria.

Received: from 196.3.61.4 ([196.3.61.4]) by 74.53.72.18 (Horde MIME
library) with HTTP
From: "Mrs.Katherine Grant" <[email protected]>
Reply-to: [email protected]
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: MICROSOFT AND INTERNET USER'S ARROUND THEWORLD®
Return-Path: [email protected]



MICROSOFT AND INTERNET USER'S ARROUND THE WORLD®

Transfer of Your Fund,

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope This mail
meets you in a perfect condition.

Due to your effort, using internet programs indoor and in your office, we want
to compensate you and show our gratitude to you with the sum of $650,000.00
Thousand United States of America Dollars we have authorized Mr. Dino Isnardi
to assist you in getting your compensation check Across to you.

The name and contact address of the Mr. Dino Isnardi is as follows;

CONTACT AGENT: Mr.Dino Isnardi
Email: [email protected]
Phone Number: 009-234- 802-9095-995

Finally remember that I have forwarded instruction to Mr.Dino Isnardi On your
behalf to send the cash prize of (Six hundred thousand United State Of America
Dollars) to you as soon as you contact him without Delay.

Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is
From the
bottom of my heart. Have a wonderful time.

Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hope to hear from you soon.

Your's Faithfully,
Mrs.Katherine Grant.
Presidential Library & Museum Former Director©

Never trust a smiling duck.

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