Ivory Coast Scam

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This message is a classic example of an African “419 scam,” claiming to come from the Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire), where a lot of scammers are based. It’s the “wealthy widow” version of the scam, but it has the same goal as all the other versions: to pick your pocket.

Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2016
From: Juliana Timothy mrsjulianatimothy@gmail.com
Reply-To: Juliana Timothy juliana_timothy@yahoo.co.jp
Subject: My Dear Beloved in Christ

My Dear Beloved in Christ

Greetings to you and your family. I am Mrs. Juliana Timothy A widow to late Mr. Johnson Timothy of Ivory Coast” I am 58 years old, my late Husband was a Director with the Construction Company here before his Sudden Death in this Country’s present political Crisis 2013, but before his death, he Deposited the Sum of¨$4 Million US dollars with one of the Bank here in Ivory Coast with my name and i am suffering from pancreatic cancer, My condition is really bad and it is quite obvious that I won’t live more than two months according to my doctors, and i have no Child who is going to take care of this Huge amount of Money, I am willing to donate the sum of $4,Million US dollars for you to help widows and the less privileged ones in the rural and urban areas and to carry out charity works in your Country and around the World on my Behalf

Waiting for your Urgent Responds.
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
Yours in Christ.
Mrs. Juliana Timothy

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FedEx Delivery Scam #00000968421

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The message below is an example of a phishing scam, one that is similar to the “abandoned shipment” scams used by advance-fee fraudsters. In this case, someone claiming to be from FedEx says they tried to deliver your package (what package?), but couldn’t, and so you should open the attached shipping label to check what went wrong. (The attachment is deleted here for safety.) Never open any attachment you receive from an unknown source — you can be almost certain that it contains a virus or some other gimmick to steal your private information.

Subject: Shipment delivery problem #00000968421
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2016
From: “FedEx Standard Overnight” jack.berg@ipd.edu.pl
Reply-To: “FedEx Standard Overnight”

Dear Customer,

Your parcel has arrived at June 28. Courier was unable to deliver the parcel to you.
Shipment Label is attached to email.

Thank you for choosing FedEx,
Jack Berg,
Operation Manager.

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Coastal Federal Credit Union (scam warning)

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The message below is an example of a dangerous kind of “phishing” scam, designed to steal your bank account information. The “login here” link (deactivated in this copy) pointed to a website in Russia, where you can be sure there are scammers ready to try to empty your bank account.

If you ever get a suspicious message of this kind from your bank or credit card company, it’s always a good idea to call for confirmation before replying.

Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016
From: “alerts@coastal24.org” coastal24@box167.rapidenet.ca
Subject: Action: Changes made in your Internet Banking Profile

Coastal Federal Credit Union
Dear customer

This is to inform that your profile data was changed by you or by someone logged in using your Coastal24 ID and password on 06.22.2016 from IP [deleted].

If you didn’t change your profile data please login here and complete the Coastal24 security measures:

Sincerely,
Coastal Federal Credit Union
Please do not reply to this e-mail, this is not a monitored e-mail address and we are unable to respond

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Ugo Verni Donation (scam warning)

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The message below is an example of a mystery-charity scam. “Ugo Verni” has a large donation for you — but who is he and what is it for? Who he is — that’s a simple question: he is a scammer. What is the “donation” for? The “donation” (which doesn’t exist) is designed to pick your pocket.

Subject: DONATION TO YOUR FAMILY AND COMMUNITY.
From: “ugo.verni”
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2016
Reply-To: ugo.verni@aol.com

My name is Ugo Verni and I have an urgent donation information for you which will benefit you and your entire family, with the less privileged in your local community. Respond back to this email immediately so as to enable me provide you with the complete information regarding this donation.

God Bless you richly.

Ugo Verni.

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Mr. Nii Okai Nunoo (scam warning)

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You don’t have to be able to read German to recognize the message below as a standard African 419 scam message, just by its format. The scammer claims to be an African bank official (a common pitch), and if you’ll just help him extract some money from his bank you can have a cut of the proceeds. It may be in a different language, but it’s the same old scam.

Reply-To: bemalex1@yahoo.co.jp
From: “Mr. Nii Okai Nunoo” no_reply@project.org
Subject: Guten Tag an Sie
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2016

Guten Tag an Sie,

Meine Namen sind Herr Nii Okai Nunoo, Bereich Head of Corporate Affairs in einer Bank hier in Ghana. Ich bin in die hohe Meinung auf eine Business At Hand kontaktieren Sie, die uns beide Privileg wird eine Chance fur Lebenszeit Gunst.

Es ist die Summe von $11,500,000.00 (11,5 Millionen Dollar) die durch eine Uberziehung von auslandischen Vertrage ungeklart war. Ich habe dieses Mittel auf mit keine Begunstigten in einem Nastro-Vastro-Konto Konto platziert. Als Detektiv und Leiter des Rechnungswesens ist es meine Pflicht, Finanzbericht an unsere regionalen Head Quarters zu senden.

Allerdings brauche ich Ihre ehrliche Unterstutzung und Zusammenarbeit, damit ich meine Position im Buro benutzen kann, diese Mittel in Ihrem Namen als Begunstigter bei Barzahlung rechtlich zu kanalisieren und Sie 50% als Entgelt fur Ihre Unterstutzung nehmen.

Bist du interessiert Kontakt mich nur an meine e-Mail mit Ihrem Namen, Adresse und Telefonnummer an: an40637@gmail.com

Danke,
Mr. Nii Okai Nunoo

Here’s a rendering into English from Google’s automatic translation service. It’s fragmentary, of course, but it shows the message for what it is:

Good day to you,

My name is Mr. Nii Okai Nunoo, Area Head of Corporate Affairs in a bank here in Ghana. I’m in the high opinion on a Business At Hand contact that is both of us privilege a chance for lifetime favor.

It is the sum of $ 11,500,000.00 (11,5 million dollars) by a berziehung By foreign DUTCH reps Ge ungekl Rt was. I have this agent placed on with no Beg nstigten In a Nastro-Vastro account account. As a detective and head of accounting, it is my duty to send a financial report to our regional headquarters.

However, I need your honest bottom Estimation and cooperation, so I Can use ro my position in B, this means channeling legally on your behalf as Nstigter in cash and 50% in exchange your bottom-take estimation.

Are you interested contact me only on my e-mail with your name, address and telephone number to: an40637@gmail.com

Thank you,
Mr. Nii Okai Nunoo

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I am Symon Petruso (scam warning)

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This is a European version of the old African “419” scam. The scammer claims he was a government official in Ukraine, and has access to a fortune in cash. You just have to help him get the cash out of his country, and you can have a cut of the proceeds. Alas, there really is no fortune — just a scammer trying to pick your pocket.

Reply-To: symon.petruso@gmail.com
From: “Mr. Symon Petruso” verkauf@svec.at
Subject: I am Symon Petruso
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2016

I am Symon Petruso, I was one of Mr Andriy Kliuyev’s aid and the most confidential and trusted of the staff. Mr Kliuyev who used to be the Head of the Presidential Administration during the reign of president Viktor Yanukovych who was president of Ukraine from 25th February 2010 until last year.

I am in custody of a huge amount of money I would like to invest in real estate or your line of business in your country. Contact me if you are capable and suitable for partnership and I will provide the funds for the investment. I personally participated in the diversion of funds on behalf of my boss for the president. Shortly before the political upheaval in Ukraine, Mr Kliuyev secretly ordered me to divert the total sum of 35mil USD for him but I smartly used my name as the depositor of the diverted 35mil USDollars before his government was toppled. The money is presently deposited with a financial institution in my name and I need your cooperation to re-profile the funds in your name to enable us invest the funds in your country. I will furnish you with further details when I hear from you. Your quick response will be appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Symon Petruso.

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Miriam Kalia (scam alert)

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The message below is a typical example of a romance/marriage/friendship scam. A woman (it’s always a woman) that you’ve never heard of before tells you she likes you and wants to make friends with you. Maybe she wants to send you pictures. In the example below, you can even see how these messages are generated from a template, because somewhere along the way the scammer forgot to enter the name of a website like Facebook or MySpace, and so the scam message has a placeholder for a “(site)” to be entered later. Poor Miriam needs to practice her scamming skills!

Date: Tue, 31 May 2016
From: miriam kalia otheunholy@yahoo.com
Reply-To: miriam kalia miriam4kalia@hotmail.com
Subject: HELLO

Hello how is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your profile at (site) I really want to have a good friendship with you. Beside i have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself in this site, since it’s a public site. Please i will like you to contact me, through my private e-mail via: (miriam4kalia@hotmail.com) So we can get to know each other better, and i will give you my pictures and also tell you more about me OK. Yours Friend, Miriam.

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Abandoned Cargo Scam

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The message below is an example of what can be called the “abandoned shipment scam.” The scammer piques your curiosity by claiming to have found an abandoned shipment with money in it — and maybe even with your name on it! Alas, there really is no abandoned package — there’s just a scammer trying to run another version of the old advance fee fraud.

Subject: You have a package!
From: wangenyong@penavicoqd.com
Date: Tue, 31 May 2016
Reply-To: lewis.hawkins@yandex.com

Good Day!

I am contacting you regarding a special cargo that has been abandoned here at our warehouse for over a period of 2 years and when scanned, it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in it. From my findings, the cargo originated from Europe and the content was not declared as money by the consignor in order to avoid diversion by the shipping agent, and also failure to pay the special cargo non-inspection fee of US$3,200. I strongly believe the box will contain about US$2.5 million or more.

In my private search for a reliable person, my proposal now is to present you as the recipient of the cargo since the shipper has abandoned it which is a possibility due to the fact it has been abandoned for a period whereby a new beneficiary can be presented to the clearance department for claim and also my position at this shipping service. I will pay for the fee and arrange for the cargo to be delivered to your address. Alternatively, I can personally bring it myself and then we share the total money in the box equally.

Regards,

Mr. Lewis Hawkins
Asst. Operations Manager
Zim American Integrated Shipping Services Co. LLC.
Chicago (IL) Agents: 9950 W.Lawrence Avenue,
Suite 215 Schiller Park, IL 60176

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Honorable Mike Paco (scam warning)

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“The Honorable Mike Paco” has a business deal for you worth millions — but don’t you know there’s no honor among scammers? The only business deal that “Mike” has in mind is picking your pocket!

From: “HONORABLE MIKE PACO” frankharry@theorioles.com
Subject: I AWAIT YOUR URGENT RESPONSES..
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2016
Reply-to: mike_paco@inbox.lv

Hello,

I am surprise that you did not get my first mail to you.

I am HON. MIKE PACO. I want to inquire from you, If you can handle a financial transaction (Investment) of $45.2M with me which I believe will benefit you and I.

Please i will like you to keep this proposal as a top secret and delete if you are not interested. Upon receipt of your reply, I will send you full details on how the Business will be executed and also note that you will have 60% of the above mentioned sum.

Acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of my mutual business endeavor by furnishing me with the following:

1. Your Full Names and Address.
2. Direct Telephone and Fax numbers
3.occupation
4.the front page of your international passport

Please get back to me ASAP.Please you can send your mail to my private mailbox- mike_paco@inbox.lv

Yours faithfully,
Hon.MIKE PACO.

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