Fred Williams, ECOWAS Officer (scam alert)

This scam email uses a standard manipulation strategy: “We are sending you this message because you have failed to reply to our earlier messages.” The scammer has $7.5 million for you, you see, and is waiting to give it to you, but you just won’t answer. What is wrong with you?

But ask yourself: Why would a group of people in West Africa be trying to send money to you? (Answer: They aren’t — they are trying to steal money from you.)

Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015
From: Fred Williams
Reply-To: Fred Williams
Subject: Attn: The Owner of this E-mail ID

Attn: The Owner of this E-mail ID,

Your Name And Your Contact Details Was Given To This Office In Respect Of Your Total inherited/Compensation Sum Owed To You Which You Have Failed To Claim Because Of Either Non-Compliance Of Official Processes Or Because Of Your Unbelief Of The Reality Of Your Genuine Payment.

We Wish To Bring To You The Solution To This Problem. Right Now We Have Arranged Your Payment Through Our Swift Card Payment Centers, That Is The Latest Instruction From Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) This UBA ATM payment Center Will Send To You An ATM VISA Card Which You Will Use To Withdraw Your Money In Any ATM Machine In Any Part Of The World, So If You Like To Receive Your Fund In This Way, Please Let Us Know By Contacting Us Back on the following information:

CONTACT: Kenneth Johnson.
PHONE NUMBER: +22968674112

And Also Send The Following Information As Listed Below.

1. Full Name
2. Phone And Fax Number
3. Delivery address

We Have Been Mandated By The ECOWAS Parliament To Issue Out $7.5million USD in your favor This fiscal year. Also For Your Information, You Have To Stop Any Further Communication With Any Other Person(S) Or Office(S) To Avoid Any Hitches In Receiving Your Payment.

Note That Because Of Impostors, We Hereby Issued You Our Code Of Conduct, Which Is (ATM-202) So You Have To Indicate This Code When Contacting The Card Center By Using It As Your Subject.


Fred Williams.
ECOWAS Officer.

In truth, this is just a standard “419” advance fee scam. If you make the mistake of replying to “Fred Williams” or “Kenneth Johnson” they will string you along until they have convinced you to pay an assortment of “taxes” or “fees” in order to release your supposed payment, and then they’ll disappear, never to be heard from again.

Agent Mark A. Morgan, FBI (scam warning)

This message claims to come from the FBI, but it’s really a scam message about a scam. Remember that message you got the other day about a delivery to JFK Airport? You ignored that because you thought it was a scam, right? Well today the FBI intercepted that package and they want to talk to you. Or at least “Agent Mark A. Morgan” wants to talk to you. But why would an FBI agent have an email address at “”? Probably because he isn’t really an FBI agent, but just another advance fee scammer trying to separate you from your money.

From: “Agent Mark A. Morgan”
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 02:56:30 -0400

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Field Intelligence Unit
J. Edgar Hoover Bldg.
935 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20535,

Urgent Attention: Beneficiary,

I am special agent Mark A. Morgan from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Field Intelligence Unit. We have just intercepted and confiscated two trunks at John F Kennedy International Airport in Jamaica New York, NY 11430 coming from a foreign country.

We crosschecked the content of the boxes and found it contained a total sum of $4.1 million dollars. Also with one of the trunks were documents with your name as the receiver of the money. As we progressed in our investigations of the Diplomat which accompanied the trunks into the United States we learned that he was to deliver these funds to your residence as payment of an inheritance/winning, which was due to you.

Further checks on the consignment, we found out that the consignment paperwork lacked the PROOF OF OWNERSHIP CERTIFICATE AND LEGAL DELIVERY PERMIT CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE forms. We then confiscated both trunks and released the Diplomat. The trunks According to section 229 subsection 31 of the International ,Commerce Regulators Code Enforcement Guidelines, your consignment lacks PROOF OF OWNERSHIP CERTIFICATE AND LEGAL DELIVERY PERMIT CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE from the joint team of the Federal Bureau Of Investigation and Homeland Security and therefore you must contact us for direction on how to procure the two certificates, so that you can be relieved of the charges of evading tax which is a jailable offense under section 12 subsection 441 of the ? Tax Code. We will also be asking the IRS to launch an investigation of money laundering if you do not follow our instructions.

You are therefore required to contact me within 72 hours on this email {} at that point I will walk you through the process of clearing and claiming the money. Failure to comply may lead to your arrested, interrogation and/or you being prosecuted in the Court of Law for tax evasion and or money laundering. You are also advised not to contact any bank in Africa, Europe or banking institution.

Yours in service,

Agent Mark A. Morgan
Regional Director
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Obama Debt Repayment Scam

“Dr. Mark Duru” of the Nigerian Senate has been persuaded by Barack Obama to pay you the money you are owed. Isn’t that great? Too bad it’s a scam. Neither Obama nor the Nigerian Senate have anything to do with this, of course, and the whole story is fake. The scammer just wants to make contact with you so he can fill your head with visions of riches, and pick your pocket while doing so.

from Mr Mark Duru
date Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 4:48 PM
subject Senate Committee On Debt Reconcillation and Evaluation

From The Desk Of
Dr Mark Duru
Chairman Senate Committee
On Debt Reconcillation And Evaluation

Attn Beneficary

I am Dr Mark Duru the Chairman Senate Committee On Debt Reconcillation and Evaluation Federal Republic of Nigeria, after the meeting I held with other members of the Executive Arm of the Government, we decided with one accord to reshuffle every section of government departments with immediate effect.

We have also investigated and found out that a great deal of injustice has been shown to foreign inheritors who have spent their time and money to conclude the transfer processes with different commercial banks in this great country Especailly Africa. However, we the Executive Arm of the Government in conjunction with the presidency, officails of international communities and some allied and financial matter agencies sent by the new elected president in America BARRACK OBAMA have immediately decided and persuade us to clear some debt owned to genuine contractors, Inheritors, quota preparation to avoid the good name of our great nation being tarnished or dragged to the mud by other countries of the outside world and at the same time protect our current nascent democracy.

In fact, after our careful verification, we discovered that your Inheritance file and all these Inheritance files are ready now on my table allready Approved for immediate payment by the FINANCE HOUSE IN LONDON

Please confirm the receipt of this e-mail by responding to this office immediately so that your Inheritance file will be forwarded to the FINANCE HOUSE IN LONDON for immediate part payment of your Inheritance entitlement of US$10Million usd as Part payment without further delay.

Note; that this money for this payment by the FINANCE HOUSE is maped out from this year,s Federal government Budget and the recovered funds Loot of the Nigerian Treasury by ex governors especailly from the niger deltans.

Most importantly,your payment must be via key tested telegraphic wire transfer to your Bank account in your country .You should call me immediately you receive this e-mail and also you should reconfirm your phone Number, your contact address and any of your identification such dirver license or international passport

Yours Sincerely
Dr Mark Duru

Jürgen Krügger, Helicopter Society

Who could be suspicious of someone who belonged to the Helicopter Society? Scammers worldwide have a fascination with people who have the title “Engr.” and this message is no exception. “Engr. Jürgen Krügger,” a member of the Helicopter Society, has made you a beneficiary in his will. Never heard of him? No problem! This is legit, we promise (you sucker).

from: Read This Mail Carefully
date: Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 12:15 AM


On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late Eng. Jürgen Krügger. I once again try to notify you as my earlier letter was returned undelivered. I hereby attempt to reach you again by this same email address on the WILL. I wish to notify you that late Eng. Jürgen Krügger made you a beneficiary to his WILL. He left the sum of Thirty Million, One Hundred Thousand Dollars (USD$30, 100.000.00) to you in the Codicil and last testament to his WILL.

This may sound strange and unbelievable to you, but it is real and true. Being a widely traveled man, he must have been in contact with you in the past or simply you were nominated to him by one of his numerous friends abroad who wished you good. Eng. Jürgen Krügger until his death was a member of the Helicopter Society and the Institute of Electronic & Electrical Engineers. He was a very dedicated Christian who loved to give out. His great philanthropy earned him numerous awards during his life time. Late Engr. Jurgen Krugger died on the 13th day of December, 2004 at the age of 80 years, and his WILL is now ready for execution. According to him this money is to support your humanitarian activities and to help the poor and the needy in our society. Please if I reach you as I am hopeful, endeavor to get back to me as soon as possible to enable me conclude my job. I hope to hear from you in no distant time.Note: You are advise to contact me with my personal email address:

I await your prompt response.

Yours in Service,

PRINCIPAL PARTNERS: Barrister Aidan Walsh.Esq Markus Wolfgang,Smith Esq


Michael Jone, My Secretary

This message uses a special type of reverse scammer psychology. Figuring that “I have a million dollars for you” may not be credible, this message presents a possible threat: “Someone claiming to represent you is here asking for the million dollars. Shall I give your money to her?” While you might be skeptical of the offer of a fortune, perhaps you won’t want to take a chance that it’s real and now someone else is going to steal it from you.

from: Charles (
date: Sun, Oct 11, 2009 at 6:14 PM
subject: Re:


How are you doing. Hope you have not forgotten me, I am Charles S.E the man from Nigeria who contacted you some time ago to assist me secure the release of some money accrued from the over invoicing of a contract/inheritance that was awarded by my government some time ago during the military regime.

Though you were not able to assist me conclude the transaction, I’m happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transfered under the assistance and cooperation of a new partner from Brazil. Presently I’m in South Korea for investment projects with my own share of the total sum.

Meanwhile, i didn’t forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds, I made sure you are not left out the benefit of the transaction hence I kept aside for you sum of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollar ($2,500,000.00) draft.

Please bear with me for the making the initial contact through Email. Mean while, A woman came to MY SECRETARY OFFICE few Days Ago with a letter,Claiming to be your true Representative


4031 Villa Vista
Palo Alto, CA 94306
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 6503809008.

Please,Do reconfirm to MY SECRETARY OFFICE,as a matter of urgency if this woman is from you so that he will not be held responsible for paying into the Wrong Name. If this woman is not your Representative,You are requested to fill and send this information for verification purpose so that your VALID CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT $2,500,000.00 MILLION US DOLLARS WILL NOT BE deliver to the wrong hand please. THIS FUND IS AS A RESULT OF INHERITANCE ON YOUR BEHALF:

YOUR NAME:………………………….
YOUR ADDRESS:……………………….

I appreciated your efforts at that time very much,so feel free and get in touch with my secretary Michael Jone, l have instruct him on how to send you the Bank draft to you. Please do let me know immediately you receive the Draft so that we can share the joy together after all the sufferings at that time.

In the moment, I’m very busy here because of the investment projects which i and my partner are having at hand, finally,remember that i had left instruction to my secretary so as soon as you contact him, he will send the Draft to you,so feel free to get in touch with MY SECRETARY NOW.Below is the contact of my secretary.

Michael Jone

Best Regard
Charles S.E

Diplomat Michael Jones at JFK Airport

So who exactly is waiting for me at JFK Airport? Is it Diplomat Michael Jones or is it Diplomat Paul Tony? Or is it both? You would think scammers could display a little more originality, rather than just cutting and pasting the same story with the names changed. Couldn’t they have one Diplomat waiting at JFK and one waiting at LaGuardia? Or explain how Dr. Tony screwed up and Mr. Jones has been sent to replace him? In truth, it would be fascinating to know if these messages were originating from the same individual scammer, or if different scammers, maybe even in different countries, were plagiarizing from one another. (Is there no honor among thieves?)

from: Mr. Mike Benson
date: Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 4:13 AM
subject: Re-Release of your Inheritance Fund Value US$6.4M.ii

From Mr. Mike Benson
The Director
International reconciliation committee UK

Attn: Beneficiary,

Re-Release of your Inheritance Fund Value US$6.4M.

The U.S.A Government, World Bank And United Nations Organization Official in conjunction with the Federal Government of Nigeria Has Approved to pay you part payment of your Contract/Inheritance Fund payment Valued at US$6.4M Via Diplomatic delivery.

This decision was made last week. With this development, the diplomats left 2 night ago and has arrived the JFK International Airport, New York and has been trying to locate you with the informations he has. He is presently at JFK International Airport there in the United States of America and before he can proceed to deliver the package (funds) to you, you have to reconfirm the following information so as to ensure that he is dealing with the right person.

1. Full Name
2. Address for delivery
3. Age
4. Occupation
5. Direct Telephone Numbers
6. A Copy of Your Identification.

He is the information of the diplomat for you to send him your the required information for verification via email:

Attention: Diplomat Michael Jones
JFK International Airport
Telephone: +12127846013
E-mail :

After verification of the information with what he has on file, he will contact you so that you people can make arrangements on the exact time to make delivery of your package to your nominated address. Send the requested information so that he can proceed.


Mr. Mike Benson
The Director
International reconciliation committee UK

Dr Paul Tony, Waiting at JFK Airport

Here’s a novel approach that adds a sense of urgency. This scammer, “Diplomat Dr. Paul Tony,” claims to be at the airport right now waiting to hear from you so he can deliver your inheritance cash. You’d better hurry up! Salesmen of all kinds, legitimate and crooked, have always known that time pressure, whether real or imagined, can often close a deal. “Dr. Tony” is using that psychological leverage to try to get you to take the bait. If you do, well, you’ll discover you have to pay “customs fees” or “import taxes” before delivery can be made. And if you’re foolish enough to do that, he’ll vanish with your money, never to be heard from again.

from: Dr Paul Tony (
date: Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 11:19 PM
subject: I am a Diplomat named Dr.Paul ,,,,,

Diplomat Dr.Paul Tony
JFK International Airport,
New York

Attention: Beneficiary,

I am a Diplomat named Dr.Paul Tony ,mandated to deliver your inheritance to you in your country of residence.

The funds total US$1.5 Million and you were made the beneficiary of these funds by a benefactor whose details will be revealed to you after handing over the funds to you in accordance with the Agreement I signed with the benefactor when he enlisted my assistance in delivering the funds to you.

I am presently at JFK International Airport here in the United States of America and before I can deliver the package (funds) to you, you have to reconfirm the following information so as to ensure that I am dealing with the right person:

1. Full Name
2. Residential Address
3. Age
4. Occupation
5. Direct Telephone Numbers
6. A Copy of Your Identification

After verification of the information with what I have on file, I shall contact you so that we can make arrangements on the exact time I will be bringing your package to your residential address.

Send the requested information so that we can proceed.

Diplomat Dr.Paul Tony
JFK International Airport,
New York

BBC Heir Hunters Scam

It’s important to understand that scammers often use the names of real people and real organizations in their messages, and this doesn’t mean those real people have anything to do with the scam. The scammers are just trying to make their frauds look legitimate by stealing the name of someone who is already known and respected. An example this week from the news in Great Britain: scammers are now sending messages that purport to come from the BBC television program Heir Hunters.

In this particular variation of the scam, an email claims that the recipient is being sought by the makers of Heir Hunters, a programme that follows the work of people who help members of the public claim their inheritance.

There are several tell-tale signs that the email is the work of scammers, though.

“I am writing you from Heir Hunters Company in the United kingdom , Heir Hunters probate detectives looking for distant relatives of people who have died without making a will, here is our websitepage on BBC TWO News [sic],” the email reads.

In addition to the poor punctuation and grammar, the message includes an email address that ends in

“Why would the email address for a UK-based program be in Hong Kong?” asked Paul O Baccas of Sophos.

Daniel Onu and Your Inheritance

Who doesn’t dream of discovering that a long-lost relative has left you a fortune in his will? Scammers know that we all have this universal wish, and they put that knowledge to good use. (Good use for them, bad use for us.) Daniel Onu, an otherwise unidentified character, thinks you may be the next of kin to a dead millionaire, or if you aren’t maybe you can pretend to be. Alas, there really is no dead millionaire and no will. There’s only “Daniel” trying to enrich himself with some of your money.

from: Daniel Onu (
date: Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 3:22 PM
subject: Urgent mail


We wish to notify you again that you were listed as a beneficiary to the total sum of 10,600,000.00GBP (Ten Million Six Hundred Thousand British Pounds) in the codicil and last testament of the deceased. (Name now withheld since this is our second letter to you). We contacted you because you bear the surname identity and therefore can present you as the beneficiary to the inheritance.

We therefore reckoned that you could receive these funds as you are qualified by your name identity. All the legal papers will be processed in your acceptance. In your acceptance of this deal, we request that you kindly forward to us your letter of acceptance; your current telephone and fax numbers and a forwarding address to enable us file necessary documents at our high court probate division for the release of this sum of money.

Please call me on +447035978131 so that we can get this done immediately.

Yours faithfully
Daniel Onu