White Zimbabwe Farmer Scam

This is a familiar script to those who follow African advance fee frauds. The writer claims to be a white Zimbabwean farmer who has been expelled from his land by the corrupt regime of Robert Mugabe. He has managed to place most of his money in a secret deposit, and now needs your help to get it out of the country. As usual, the scam is built around real people and real events, and just enough detail is given to make it almost seem plausible.

from: Mark Smith (marksm_1ca@netmail.net)
reply-to: marksm_1ca@yahoo.co.jp
date: Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 11:19 AM
subject: I need your help.

From: Mark Smith.
Marondera Province,
Zimbabwe.

My Dear Friend,

I am Mark Smith, a white Zimbabwean Farmer. I am presently contacting you on a very urgent issue. My younger brother, David Smith was brutally assassinated by hoodlums loyal to the government of President Robert Mugabe.  He was murdered barely one week after a farm situated on a landmass of 10,000 hectares was taken away from us by the Government. After the brutal murder of my brother David, I had to move members of our family out of Zimbabwe to Uganda to give me time to relocate and resettle. The death of my brother was also reported on CNN and BBC. You can read more about this through the link below:

http://livingzimbabwe.com/2009/03/white-farmers-you-are-not-welcome-in-zimbabwe.html

Before David’s assassination, having in mind that the fight against the white farmers by the black loyalist to Mugabe’s government who where forcefully taking white farmers land and property from them. The fight became so fierce that we had to sell off most to the tractors and farm machineries we had, withdrew all our savings from the bank in preparation to flee the country. We deposited all our money in a security company. The security company had the money defaced to look like plane white papers just to make sure they bit security operatives at the airport during shipment via cargo. It was at the point of conclusion with immigration requirements for our departure from Zimbabwe that the unfortunate incident of David’s murder took place.

I am appealing to you in trust to lay claims to our money, which is all we have left as a family to survive on. The money deposited with the security company is $9.7 Million Dollars. The security company moved it to a safe location. I will disclose this location to you after I get your positive response to help us. For your assistance and acceptance to help us, you will get 30% of the total sum and keep the balance for us while we make arrangement to meet with you in your country if your country’s government policies would allow us room to start up our farming business.

If you are ready to help my family, the security company would need from you, the following information to contact you:

1. Your Full names.
2. Personal Phone number.
3. Personal Fax number.
4. Occupation.
5. Sex.
6. Age.
7. Nationality.
8. City and Country of residence

As soon as I have this information, I will pass it on to the security company before you contact them as our family trustee to lay claims to the funds. God bless you as you help us.

Regards,

Mark Smith.

Euro-Millions Lottery Scam

No legitimate lottery awards prizes to random people who haven’t bought tickets. If you didn’t enter, you haven’t won. That’s the simple rule to remember when you receive a “you have won the jackpot” message from a potential scammer. There is a real Euro Millions lottery, and they sell tickets online. But unless you buy one you can’t win, and even if you were to win after buying a legitimate ticket, it’s up to you to contact them; they won’t email you.

from: Euro Millions Lottery (masconsultant@terra.es)
reply-to: euromillionlottorg@gmail.com
date: Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 10:37 PM
subject: EURO MILLIONS LOTTERY WINNER !!!!!!!!!!

EURO MILLIONS LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
www.euro-millions.com

FROM: GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED LICENSED LOTTERY.

Dear Winner,

We are pleased to notify you that your email address attached to winning ticket number: 01828763KNS has won the sum of 1,000,000.00 Euro from our weekly Euro Millions Promotion held on 15Th September 2009,and results was released today 20Th September 2009, You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of EUR 1,000.00.00 (ONE MILLION EUROS).

All beneficiaries email addresses were selected randomly from over 100,000 internet websites, mini mart shops cash invoice around the world. Be Informed that no ticket were sold,

To file in for the processing and release of your winning sum of Ђ 1,000,000.00 (One Million Euros) you are advised to immediately contact our accredited claims agent with the information stated below:

***************************************
1.Agent Name: Mr. John Raymer
2.Agent Email: claimsoffices@aol.nl
3.Agent Tel/Fax: +31 84 755 2015
***************************************

Claims Requirements:

1.full name:
2.Home Address:
3.Age:
4.Sex:
5.Tel:
6.Occupation:
7.Country Of Residence:
8.Nationality:
9.Amount Won:

***************************************
All winnings must be claimed not later than 14 days;

Congratulations once again from all staff and board members of EURO MILLION LOTTERY COMPANY. Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality,and press anonymity until the end of proceedings,and beyond where they so desire.Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality  until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulent claims.This is a part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Sincerely,

Dr.(Mrs.) Rose Johnson
Online Co-ordinator
www.euro-millions.com

From the Desk of Mr Ahmed Muda

This is a standard “abandoned account” scam featuring yet another bank customer who died in a plane crash. Does it really come from Burkina Faso? Perhaps. But that makes a good story, no? There’s one thing you can be sure of: “Mr Ahmed Muda” is after your money.

from: Mr Ahmed Muda (ahmedmuda01@walla.com)
date: Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 6:13 AM
subject: FROM THE DESK OF :MR AHMED MUDA

FROM THE DESK OF :MR AHMED MUDA
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING SECTION
BANK OF AFRICAN ( B.O.A )
OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA-FASO,
WEST AFRICA.

Attention Please,

This message might meet you in utmost surprise, however,it’s just my urgent need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction. I am a banker by profession from Burkina faso in west Africa and currently holding the post of Director Auditing and Accounting unit of the bank.

I have the opportunity of transfering the left over funds ($15.6million) of one of my bank clients who died along with his entire family on 21 july 2003 in a plane crash.You can confirm the genuiness of the deceased death by clicking on this web site

http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/africa/07/20/kenya.crash/index.html

Hence,i am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be shared between us in the ratio of 60/30 while 10% will be mapped out for expenses.If you agree to my business proposal.further details of the transfer will be forwarded to you as soon as i receive your return mail,have a great day.

Make sure you keep this transaction as your top secret and make it confidential till we receives the fund into the account that you will provide to the bank. Do not disclose it to any body, because the secrecy of this transaction is as well as the success of it. REPLY TO ahmed_muda123@yahoo.fr

Yours faithfully,
Mr Ahmed Muda.

Frau Alo Benito Congratulates You

I can only read a few words of German, but I hardly even need that to recognize that this is a lottery scam email. You have won 410,000 euros! Or maybe you haven’t. But if you send the personal information requested to “infoeurolott@aol.com” you can be sure they’ll try to string you along until you’ve handed a few euros over to them.

from: mail (iplott54@terra.es)
reply-to: infoeurolott@aol.com
date: Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 2:38 PM
subject: Gewinn

Sie haben €410 .000.00 Ihr Ticket ist 321368547 (Vier Hundert Und zehntausende Euros) in der Internationalen Lotterienbeförderung gehalten auf gewonnen 22: 08: 2009. Bitte kontaktieren Sie Ihren Agenten für Ihre Zahlung über E-Mail: infoeurolott@aol.com AXA FINANZIELL WARTET MADRID ESPANA. HERR. REICH JOSE). Sie sind, ihm die fellowing Informationen zu versorgen:

(1) Vollständiger Name :
(2)-Adresse :
(3) mobile Telefonnummer :
(4) Alter :
(5) Beruf:

Ihres aufrichtig
Frau Alo Benito
Lotterie Büro Madrid Spanien.

I am Mr. Chen

Some scammers spin long elaborate stories about dying widows, lonely orphans, and millionaires killed in plane crashes. Other scammers take the simple route. All they have to do with their first message is get you on the hook. Then they’ll depend on their own manipulative skills to keep you on the hook until they can extract some cash from you. What is “Mr. Chen” up to? The mystery is part of the hook. It almost makes you want to reply, just to find out. And that’s what he’s counting on.

from: Chen Guangyuan (cheng5@fuse.net)
reply-to: guangyaun.cn@w.cn
date: Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 8:42 PM
subject: RE

I am Mr.Chen,I got a Deal for you.Get back for details

Fredrick Ola, Atlantic Oil & Gas

This is a standard next-of-kin scam, placed in the classic “419” location: Nigeria. A foreigner has died in a plane crash, and no one has come forward to claim his bank account. If you would stand in as a representative of his family, we can split the cash. Too bad it’s all a web of lies spun by a scammer.

from: FREDRICK OLA (fredrickola@info.com)
reply-to: ffredrickola@aol.com
date: Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 4:47 AM
subject: WAITING FOR YOUR RESPONSE.

RESPOND VIA: ffredrickola@aol.com

Dear Friend,

I am Fredrick Ola, the Human Resources Executive of Atlantic Oil & Gas Corporation. On the 15th of May 2003, Philips lob, an expatriate, who was a consultant/contractor with the Corporation, was found to have died in a plane crash along the Lekki Peninsula while on inspection tour of offshore oil facilities belonging to the Corporation.As the Welfare Director of the corporation, I contacted Philips bankers and briefed them of this development. The bankers informed me that since their client is dead, it is only the next of kin to the deceased with the proper legal documents that can compel them to pay his fixed deposit as an inherited estate. With the position of the financial outfit, I mandated the legal department of our firm to search for a relative of the deceased so that he can be presented as the next of kin to the bank.

But the only relative of the deceased, one Mr. Sam Leonard who was also the next of kin to the deceased according to his bank documents and who was last known to have lived in Latvia Eastern Europe, died as cancer patient some two months before his death. All efforts to trace other relatives of the deceased proved abortive, as all available links were exhusted. Three years after his death, with no news from any relative living anywhere and no one coming forward, we decided to seek a foreigner so that the fund can be transferred out of its present account to yours.

The account deposit contains US$12 million United States Dollars and it is important that a probable next of kin claims this fund within the next fourteen official working days. If no one comes for the claim before the stipulated time frame, the account would be closed as inactive and dormant and funds sent to the coffers of the government. This is in consonance with the stipulations of the enabling laws governing foreign inherited estates. I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased.This would facilitate the payment of the proceeds of the said account to you. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect all the parties involved from any breach of the law.

Please let me know what you intend to have as your commission if you agree to embark on this venture.

Please reply me via my private email address ffredrickola@aol.com

Best Regards,

Fredrick Ola.

Australian Tax Refund Agency

This is a conventional password phishing scam, but with a twist. Instead of pretending to come from a bank or credit card company, this one claims to be from the Australian government and it promises you a tax refund. (Hmm, maybe the fact that you don’t live in Australia should make you suspicious.) If you click the link, which we have deactivated here, you will be asked to fill in personal information, such as passwords and account numbers, which the scammers will then use to pick your pocket.

from: ATO (service@ato.gov.au)
date: Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 6:33 PM
subject: Australian Tax Refund Agency

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $210.75 AUD . Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 6-9 days in order to process it.

A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.

To access the form for your tax refund, please click here [link deactivated]

Regards,
Australian Taxation Office
© Copyright 2009, Australian Taxation Office AU

Britney Rowley, Lloyds Banking Group

This is a straightforward money transfer scam, without all the usual embellishments of plane crashes, orphans, and dying widows. “Britney Rowley” wants your help transferring some unclaimed cash from England to “your country” (don’t want to be too specific; these scam messages are blasted all over the world). You’ll get a cut, she promises. Or you might, if “Britney” wasn’t just a scammer trying to pick your pocket.

from: Britney Rowley (britneyrowley73@superposta.com)
date: Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 2:54 PM
subject: From Britney Rowley (Ms)

Hello Friend,

My name is Britney Rowley (Ms) and I am employed by Lloyds Banking Group Plc in London. My job entails dealing on behalf of clients with packaging and courier services in my department. After going through your profile and doing a little research, I have seen that you seem like an honest and trustworthy person who can handle confidential business with me.

A sum of US$6,500,000.00 was supposed to be moved from my bank to a certain client through a courier services company. After doing all the process to move these funds, the package containing the money was returned back to me a couple of times over the years. Reason being that the recipient did not turn up to receive or claim it. I then decided to offset all the charges and serviced the account and later moved this money into a security firm, where I securely deposited it into a vault as valuable documents to this day. I have kept this money deposited with a security company under my close monitoring for a very long time until now I feel confident enough to move this money and make use of it.

My reason for writing you like this is I have decided to retire and resettle in your country and now want the money to be moved out to your country, where you will receive it and keep it safe for me until I come over to meet with you there. I need a trustworthy business partner and friend who will advise me on proper investments in your country and how I can live comfortably. I have obtained and secured all back up documents to support whoever I chose as beneficiary to this money. For your assistance and help in receiving and investing the money, you will benefit a reasonable part of the total money. I will give you my full contact details in England and I would appreciate it very much if you give me yours including your phone number where I can reach you. Please send your reply through my e-mail britneyrowley73@superposta.com

Best regards,
Britney Rowley (Ms)