John Marcinek, IMF (scam warning)

This is a classic example of an African “419” scam message, claiming to have a fortune ready for delivery to you. (Read more about African email scams.) Alas, there really is no fortune, no payment waiting, and no “IMF Coordinator” — there’s just a scammer trying to get you on the hook so he can eventually pick your pocket.

date: Mon, 14 Sep 15
subject: Please Pay Urgent Attention

Attention: Honorable Beneficiary,

The International Monetary Funds, IMF has authorized my Office to settle all the Foreign Debts owed by the Benin Republic Government.The IMF Foreign Policy and Currency Regulation offered loan of $23 billion to Benin Republic Government based on the Agreement $2 billion was mapped out for the Foreign Debts and your name was among those Beneficiaries to be paid through my Office.

Based on these all the money you have had spent in the course of getting this money in the past must be included as no money will be lost. Therefore, you are directed to state categorically the total amount you had spent before and forward it to my Office now before the total payment will be made on your behalf.

Your payment this time will be taken place immediately and under 72 Hours the payment of $15m was approved on your behalf and will be transferred to you immediately. You are requested to reply with your full information such as:

Your Names
Your Address
Your Phone
Your personal

Contact Phone;+2348022352997

Kindly reply now.

John Marcinek

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Diamond Bank Scam

This is a standard type of bank-card scam, announcing that a fortune (an imaginary fortune) that was supposed to be delivered to you earlier was lost, but everything is now set and your money will be on the way shortly. If you make the mistake of replying to the scammer who sent the message, you’ll discover that you have to send an advance fee of some kind, and if you make the bigger mistake of sending this “fee,” the scammer will then disappear with your money and will never be heard from again.

date: Thu, 03 Sep 15
subject: Good Day

ATM International credit Settlement.
Directorate of International Payment.


This is to officially notify you about your Fund that was suppose to be rendered to you via numerous ways i.e, Courier Companies, Western Union Money Transfers, and Banks wire transfer. Due to this lost of Funds of our’s which was suppose to be given to you but failed to.

So in this case, a beneficial meeting was held on the 20th Of February 2015 at the World Bank in Switzerland, which top officials and Central Bank Governors from different countries in the world were present at the meeting, Which they discussed on how your Fund can be given to you without any lost at this time. Be informed that you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your ATM payment. In conclusion at the meeting, The President of World Bank, Mr. Robert B. Zoellick, has strictly authorized 6 Banks in the World to deliver all individual beneficiary Funds through courier companies. Your Fund which is truly $45.5 Million USD (Forty-Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States of America Dollars) which was listed among the list of beneficiary list to be paid among all other beneficiaries in various countries in the world to be paid via ATM MASTER CARD. Below are the authorized Banks;

Daiwa Bank®/Osaka/Japan.
………………………… ……
Caja De Madrid/Madrid/Spain.
………………………… ……
Lloyds Bank®/London/England.
………………………… ………
Diamond Bank® Plc/Benin Republic.
………………………… ……..
Banco di Santo Spirito/Rome/Italy.
………………………… ……….
Bank of New York Mellon Corp/New York/USA.

Each of this Banks are to distribute 350 ATM MASTER CARDS to all beneficiaries in the World that are to receive their compensation ATM CARD. So, this Bank (DIAMOND Bank®Plc.) will send you your ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum withdrawal is $50,000 USD per day, while minimum withdrawal is $20,000 USD per day. Note that this ATM CARD of yours has been activated and a security pin code number will be issued to you from this Bank as soon as you receive your Card for a safer withdrawal. Please contact the ATM CARD payment department Manager Mr peter chris, by sending your information to HIM for an immediate response.

Contacts of Mr peter chris, are as below;

Mr peter chris,
Director of ATM payment department DIAMOND BANK Plc.
Tel: +229: 99930394


Your Full Name: ?
Country/Your Address: ?
Occupation: ?
Contact Home/Cell Phone: ?
Age/Sex: ?
A Scan Copy of your Identity: ?

Please make a Choice of delivery for the Shipping of your ATM CARD as they are as charged Below;

DHL COURIER COMPANY Shipping fee: $300.00 (1 day delivery)
FedEx COURIER COMPANY Shipping fee: $205.00 (2 day delivery)
UPS COURIER COMPANY Shipping fee: $185 (3 day delivery)

Receiver name————- TONY Tagbo
City————— COTONOU
Test Question—– Code
Test Answer——– ATM

For oral discussion, you can reach Mr peter chris, via email or phone his hot line given to you above as soon as you receive this important message for further directions and also update him on any development from the above mentioned office.

NOTE: Due to impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (ATM), so you have to indicate this code when contacting the card center by using it as your subject.

Sincerely Yours,
Chief Remittance Officer,
In Respect of The World Bank@

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ATM Card Scam

One type of email scam that is becoming more common is the ATM card scam. It is a variation on the good old advance fee fraud that has been around for years. The scammer claims to have an ATM card ready to deliver to you, and all you need to do is provide your contact information and then it will be in the mail.

If you make the mistake of replying, you’ll discover that you also have to send “transit fees” or “customs taxes” before the card can be delivered. If you make the bigger mistake of sending these supposed fees, your contact will disappear and will never be heard from again. There really is no ATM card and no funds transfer in progress. There’s only a scammer trying to con you out of your funds.

date: Fri, 28 Aug 15
from: mrs linda davis
subject: registration code of (HDA8119Z)

you have a registered visa ATM CARD of ( $4.5m) with DHL Express courier Company customer service with registration code of (HDA8119Z) Having review all the obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer of your ($4.500,000.00 USD) four Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars, We the Board of Directors (UBA BANK PLC) has ordered our Foreign Payment Remittance Unit to issue you a CORPORATE VISA CARD where your payment will be uploaded and today we got notice that your Payment has been uploaded into CORPORATE VISA CARD, only waiting you to provide the name and address that will place on the card.

MOST IMPORTANT: Please send us your current contact details and delivery address immediately you get this message.

YOUR FULL NAME:__________________
YOUR HOUSE ADDRESS:______________
YOUR HOUSE PHONE:____________
YOUR OCCUPATION:_______________

Email those information to Mrs linda davis, with this email address as stated below.

Contact Person: Mr jerry williams,
direct line:+229 99312676


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African Bank Transfer (scam alert)

This is a classic African “419” scam message, promising a fortune but designed only to pick your pocket. (Read more about African email scams.)

date: Thu, 27 Aug 15
subject: TRANSFER
from: “Alfred Nna”

Attn: Beneficiary

There is an issue involving ( $2.5 Million united state dollars ) which was called to to the knowledge of our Bank ( AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK PLC ) from the Federal Ministry OF Finance Benin concerning your outstanding payment of ( $2.5 Million United States Dollars ) The fund has been released and forwarded to our Western Union Transfer department and an instruction was passed to us directly from the Federal Ministry Of Finance new boss (Dr. Ali Urma) we were asked to start sending your fund install-mentally at the rate of $10,000 per day through our Western Union transfer. This means that you will be receiving $5,000 twice per a day in two different MTCN until your total ( $2.5 Million united state dollars ) is completely transferred to you.

Today, our bank has effected some process of your first payment of $5000 through Western Union now you have to Contact us immediately with the information requested below so that we will know where to send your first transfer to and then release your first payment MTCN to you, Right now we are only waiting for your email or call so that you will start receiving your funds with out any further delay, Here are the details required from you, send it to the below email:

Contact Person: James Mark
Tel; +229-6812-9682

Your Receiver Name………(Where you want us to send the transfer)
Private Telephone;……………………
Text Question……………….

We await your update with the above information’s so that we will start transferring your funds to you.

Yours in Service.

Alfred Nna

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Mr. Franklin David (scam alert)

Scammers depend to some extent on their messages being secret. They don’t want you to talk to anyone else about them, because that increases the chance that the scam will be exposed. (That’s why scammers don’t like what we do here at In the advance-fee fraud message below, “Franklin David” warns you not to contact other people about his offer — of course he does, because then you might find out that it’s a scam!

Date: Mon, 4 May 2015 18:43:21 +0200 (CEST)
From: “”
Subject: GOOD NEWS.


This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract file presently on my desk, and I found out that you have not received your payment due to your lack of co-operation and not fulfilling the obligations giving to you in respect to your contract payment.

Secondly, you are hereby advised to stop dealing with some non-officials in the bank as this is an illegal act and will have to stop if you so wish to receive your payment After the Board of directors’ meeting held in Cotonou, Benin Republic, we have resolved in finding a solution to your problem.

We have arranged your payment through our ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTRE in Europe, America, Africa and Asia Pacific, This is part of an instruction/mandate passed by the Senate in respect to overseas contract payment and debt re-scheduling.

We will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money via ATM MACHINE in any part of the world, and the maximum daily limit is Ten Thousand United States Dollars ($10,000.00) per day. And the total sum approved in your name is Five Million United States Dollars {$5,000,000.00}.

If you desire to receive your fund before final confiscation, kindly re-confirm your:

(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Full residential address:
(3) Phone and Fax Number:

You will find below my personal email address

Contact Person: Mr. Franklin David.
Email: (

We shall be expecting to receive your information as you have to stop any further communication with anybody or officer claiming to be in charge.

Thanks for your co-operation.

Mr. Franklin David

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Barrister Gawain G. Roos

How could I not reply to someone with the marvelous name “Gawain G. Roos”? And especially since he’s so international, with a sender’s address in the US, a reply-to address in France, and a secretary in China. He says he contacted me before about the inheritance from his late client, but the only problem is … so many barristers have contacted me about so many inheritance claims, I can’t remember which client the distinguished Barr. Gawain is working for.

date Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 4:48 AM
subject Now Contact My Secretary

I am the Barrister who contacted you long ago for an Inheritance claims, regards to my late client.

I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund ransferred under the cooperation of a new partner from the United Emirate, Presently I’m in Dubai for an investment projects.

However you should contact my secretary in Cotonou  Benin Republic, with the following information, Mr. Jerry White E-mail Address ( Ask him to send you the Cashier’s Cheque,sum of ($1500,000.00)one million five Hundred Thousand Dollars , which I kept for your compensation, however he will attend to you without delay. Furthermore you should also re-confirm the following information to my secretary, to avoid wrong delivery.

1, Your Full Name…
2, Your Address……
3,Phone Num….

Best Regards

Barr Gawain G Roos

Tom Henning, Western Union

This Western Union scam is a straightforward money transfer scam, related to the common lottery scams that circulate on the net. Just confirm your details and your payment will be sent (you’re supposed to know already what the payment is for). If you take the bait, you’ll find that a whole range of “fees” and “taxes” have to be paid up front, and once the scammer has received your money he’ll vanish into thin air.

from: Henning
date: Sat, Oct 12, 2002 at 5:45 AM
subject: Go and Pick Your Money

How are you today?

I write to inform you that we have already sent you The USD$5000.00 dollars through Western union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your full compensation payment total sum of USD$395,000.00 via western union by this government.

I look for your telephone number to contact you but I have lost my diary I decided to email you the MTCN and sender name so that you will pick up this USD$5000.00 to enable us send another USD$5000.00 today as you know we will be sending you only USD$5000.00 per day.

Please pick up this information and Proceed to western union to pick up the Fund and Write me back to send you another payment today, Here is the western union information to pick up the Fund.

MTCN : 215 678 0077
Sender’s Name:Rebecca Chim
Text Question: Will
Amount: USD$5000.00

I am waiting for your response once you pick up this fund, Please email me your direct telephone number because I need to be calling you once we send any payment ok.

Tom Henning.
western union Headquarters Benin.

Dr Smith Williams and Mr Collins Doglas

Some scammers in their messages adopt the literary strategy of beginning in medias res. “You know that money I was going to send you?” “Um, no, I don’t … but, hmm, you mean you were going to send me money? Um, yeah, I remember now….” They try to take advantage of basic psychology and hope that people will respond claiming to remember the earlier non-existent communications. People who do that are seen right away as easy targets, and the next stage of the scam can begin.

from: Smith Williams
date: Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Dear Friend

I’m happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transfered, i didn’t forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me as of that time.

Now feel free and get in touched with my secretary Mr Collins Doglas in Cotono, Benin Republic on his E-mail address ( Tel +229-98-38-10-76 ask him to send you the total of $1.500,000.00 usd, which i kept for your rewarding for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter.

presently i’m very busy here in Paraguay because of the investment projects which i and the new partner are having at hands.Send to Mr Collins Doglas the listed details below to avoid wrong delivery


Dr.Smith Wulliams


Dr. Williams Megass, DHL Express

Hurry up or you will miss your millions! “The only fees you have to pay the DHL Courier Company is ($165usd) for the creating of the Certificate of Origin in your favour before the DHL Company can deliver your consignment box to you.” A mere $165 to receive $8.5 million isn’t bad, is it? Too bad it’s all a scam: there really is no bank draft, no “Mr. Megass,” and no fortune coming your way. There’s just a scammer trying to make a quick $165 from you.

from: John Paul (
date: Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Gooday Sir/Madam,

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank Draft of $8.500.000.00 Million United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since for a couple of weeks now. Then I went to the bank to confirm if the draft has expired or getting near to expire and Dr. Eze the Director Bank of Africa told me that before the draft will get to your hand that it will expire. So I told him to cash the (Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars Only) $8.500.000.00 Million UNITED STATES DOLLARS to cash payment to avoid losing the fund.

What you have to do now is to contact dhl Courier Comapny as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your Consignment to you before the expiring date. For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charge.

The only money you will send to the DHL Courier Comapny to deliver your Consignment direct to your postal Address in your country and the only fees you have to pay them is ($165usd) for the creating of the Certificate of Origin in your favour before the DHL Company can deliver your consignmet box to you., I would have paid that but they said no because they don’t know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.

Note: You have to contact DHL Courier now for the delivery of your Consignment box with this information below:

Tel: +229 98817873

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and ask them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your package over there and know when it will get to your address.\Let me repeat again try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay to send them the charges for the creaing of Certificate of Origin in your name|favour.

Note :The DHL Courier don’t know the contents of the Box. I registered it as a BOX of Africa cloths. The DHL Courier did not know that the Box contain money. I did this for security reason and to aviod delaying with the BOX . I am waiting for your urgent response.

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. John Paul

Paul Anthony, Assistant to Mark Allen

Another deceased millionaire with no next of kin, alas. In this version of the classic advance-fee scam, “Paul Anthony” claims to be the accountant for a wealthy fellow, Mr. Mark Allen, who was killed with his whole family in a car accident. No one has come forward to claim his millions, so if you’d like to pose as his next of kin, we can split the cash. Unfortunately there really isn’t any cash — or rather the only cash is what’s in your pocket already: the money the scammer is trying to move into his pocket.

date: Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 3:09 AM


I am Mr.Paul Anthony, the personal accountant officer to Mr Mark Allen, herein after referred to as my client, a national of America, who used to work with Benin National Oil Plc.My client and his entire family were involved in a fatal motor accident,which unfortunately claimed their lives, along the Port Novo express road sparing none of the occupants of the vehicle.

I have since made several enquiries to your Embassy, in a bid to locate any relation of my client, and these efforts of mine have not been productive. I then decided to trace his last name over the internet, and came across your name which is why I have contacted you to assist me in securing the money and property left behind by my client before they are declared as unclaimed and unserviceable by this bank where they have been lodged for safekeeping.

I am particularly interested in securing the funds lodged with the Bank,The sum of USD18.5M Dollars.This is because the said Bank has issued a notice to me, unequivocally instructing me to produce the Next of Kin /Beneficiary to the said account within the next ten official working days, or have the account confiscated.

Considering my findings for over two years now,I solicit your consent to enable me produce you as the Next of Kin to my deceased client, and The funds will be then transferred to you as the beneficiary and shared according to a proposed sharing pattern /ratio of 60:40 i.e. 60% for me and 40% for you.Meanwhile you are required to get back to me with the following information if you are intrested.


I will provide the necessary, legally obtained documents to back up any claim we make regarding this process, and will just require your understanding/ co-operation to enable us achieve success within a legitimate arrangement, eliminating any liability resulting from any breach of the prevalent laws. Your urgent response will be highly appreciated  through my private email address (

Best Regards,
Mr.Paul Anthony