Microsoft Lottery Headquarters

This is a version of one of the common lottery scams, claiming to come from Microsoft Corporation. It’s tricked out with the usual reference numbers, fiduciary agents, and the like — all common features of lottery scam messages. Do you remember buying a ticket for such a lottery? If not, you haven’t won.

from: MICROSOFT INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY ONLINE info@microsoftlottery.co.uk
reply-to: brianedward2009@yahoo.com.hk
date: Sun, Oct 11, 2009 at 8:17 PM
subject: Congratulation You Have Won!!!!

MICROSOFT INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS:
61-70 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury,
LONDON, United Kingdom, WC1B 4AR.
REF NO: MSW-L/200-26937
BATCH: 2005MJL-01

ELECTRONIC MAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION

FINAL NOTIFICATIONS!!!!!

!!!CONGRATULATIONS!! !!TO!! !!YOU!!!!!!

Dear Winner,
We happily announce to you the draw (Draw #1202) of the MSW LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International Program held on recently in the UK. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of GBP5,500,000.00 POUNDS in cash which is approximately $11,000,000.00 USDOLLARS credited to file REF NO:MSW-L/200-26937.

This is from total prize money of GBP27,500,000.00 POUNDS, shared among the Twenty (5)international winners in this category.

To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent via email.

NAME OF CLAIMS OFFICER: Mr. Brian Edward

E-m@il: brianedward2009@yahoo.com.hk

Provide him with the following information to claim your prize.
Name:
Address:
Occupation :
Sex:Age:
Nationality:
Country of residence:
Telephone number:
BATCH NUMBER:
REFERENCE NO:

Yours Truly,
MRS.PATRICIA LAWRENCE
LOTTERY CO-ORDINATOR/ANNOUNCER.

Congratulations to you…Reply to brianedward2009@yahoo.com.hk

SPONSORS:-CHIEF SPONSOR; MICROSOFT CO-OPERATIONS UK; MICROSOFT CO OPERATIONS ASIA; MICROSOFT CO-OPERATIONS USA

Roland Goam, Dying of Cancer

This is the male counterpart of the familiar dying widow scam. Roland Goam is a wealthy businessman dying of cancer, and he has no family left. He wants to give his money away to make up for a lifetime of selfishness. Won’t you help? You can have a reward if you do (sucker).

from: Roland Goam rolandgoam1@yahoo.com.hk
reply-to: rolandgoam@yahoo.com.hk
date: Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 10:48 AM
subject: FROM ROLAND GOAM

My name is Roland Goam I am from Greece Please take this serious, I am taking this liberty anchored on strong desire to ask for your assistance for help. Your consent and urgent attention will greatly be needed, devoid of apprehensions. I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer. It has defied all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts.

I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone (not even myself) but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for.

But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. Now that i have been diagnosed with this deadly disease I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as few close friends, i lost my wife and son in a fatal accident a few  years ago I have decided to give alms to charity organizations,as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth.

So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations in the U.A.E, Somalia and Malaysia. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I can not do this myself anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the money, which I have there to charity organization in Bulgeria and Haiti, they refused and kept the money to themselves.

Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them. The last of my money, which no one knows of, is the huge cash deposit of Ten Million United States Dollars($10,000,000) that I have with a Finance Vaulting Unit in Europe.I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatch it to charity organizations.I,am willing to offer you a reward If you are willing to help.

please when replying indicate Your full name email, cell phone number so that My personal confidant will call you and give you details on how the funds will be transfered to you.

Regards,

Roland Goam

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 hetom35@yahoo.com.hk
reply-to: HenTom@ir.ae
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
Answer:Fine
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.

Thanks,
Tom Henning.
western union Headquarters Benin.
tomwesternunionbenin@yahoo.com.hk
Tel:+22996761354

ECOWAS Contract Scam

It’s the old over-invoiced account scam again. A corrupt official has been skimming money from a variety of sources, and now wants your help getting the proceeds to safety. The script may be new, but the principle is the same: after you agree to help you’ll discover that “bribes” or “fees” have to be paid to grease the transaction, and once you’ve fronted that advance fee, the scammer will disappear, never to be heard from again.

from: Mr Dvis Benjamin ecowasbenjamin@yahoo.com.hk
reply-to: ecowastg100@live.com
date: Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 3:46 PM
subject: Ecowas Contract Awarded To You Please Answer Me.

Ecowas Contract Awarded To You Please Answer Me.

OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN
CONTRACT AWARDING COMMITTE
ECOWAS HEADQUARTERS.

Attn.ACCOUNT PROVISION FOR USD10M.

I am Mr. Benjamin Davis, The Chairman, Contract Awarding Committee of the ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES (ECOWAS) We wish to transfer the sum of USD10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars only.)Into your personal or company bank account. This fund was a residue of the over invoiced contract bills awarded by us for the suppl y of ammunitions, hard/soft wares,phamaceauticals/medical items, light and heavy duty vehicles, apparels and other administrative logistics etc for the ECOMOG in Sierria-Leone and Liberia during the Peace Keeping Projects. The original contractors have been duly paid by the Guarantee Trust Bank . This balance is suspended in the escrow accounts awaiting claims by any foreign company of our choice. We intend to pay out this fund NOW as the organization is winding up its activities since the aim of returning PEACE to the Countries and the coasts have been achieved. Based on the laws and ethics of employment, we as civil servants working under this organization, are not allowed to operate a foreign account. This is the more reason why we needed your assistance to provide an account that can sustain this fund for safe keeping and our future investment with your comprehensive advice, assistance and partnership in your country. I will give you more details and procedures regards t o this deal as soon as I hear from you. Upon the receipt of my massage please get back to me through my private email address: office_ecowas@yahoo.com.hk Thanks Mr. Benjamin Davis.

Mr. Song Lile, Hang Seng Bank (scam alert)

For some reason the Hang Seng Bank, a real and legitimate bank in Hong Kong, seems to be named in more Asia-based scam messages than any other such institution. It’s the Asian counterpart to the Nigerian Ministry of Petroleum, or some such thing. In this standard advance fee fraud email, a supposed staff member of that bank wants your help in liberating an abandoned fortune. Alas, all that would get liberated if you were to follow up would be some of your own cash: straight into the scammer’s pocket.

from: Mr. Song spam@prodinsa.cl
reply-to: “Mr. Song Lile” mr.songlile34@googlemail.com
date: Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 5:18 AM
subject: See Enclosed Business Proposal.

Complement of the day,

Although you might be apprehensive about my email as we have not melt before, my name is Mr. Song Lile I work with the Hang Seng Bank. There is the sum of 19,500,000.00 USD in my bank Hang Seng Bank”, Hong Kong.

There were no Beneficiaries stated concerning these funds which means no one would ever come forward to claim it. That is why I ask that we work together so as to have the sum transferred out of my bank into your account.

Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue. Once the funds have been transferred to your nominated bank account we shall then share in the ratio of 70% for me, 30% for you.

Please Answer the Below Question for Reference Purpose.

CAN YOU HANDLE A TRANSACTION ENTITY OF LARGE SUM?
CAN YOU TRAVEL WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD?
WHAT IS YOUR LEVEL OF INVESTMENT?

Should you be interested please send me your,

1, Full names,
2, private phone number,
3, current residential address,

My Contact Number Is: +852-367-86701
Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.
Please do not contact back if not interested.

Kind Regards
Mr Song Lile

From the Desk of Sansui Lamido Sansui

John Tsai is trying to steal your money! Or that’s what this scammer would have you believe. Purporting to originate from the locus classicus of 419 advance fee scams, the Central Bank of Nigeria, this message wants you to confirm that the money that was supposed to go to you should in fact go to someone else. It’s clever reverse psychology, something most scammers know how to practice very well.

from: SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI (lamido23@sify.com)
reply-to: lamido233@sify.com
date: Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 7:04 AM
subject: The final payment approval order on his behalf

elegram: CENBANK
From The Desk of:SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI
WebSite: www.cenbank.org

RE: CHANGE OF ACCOUNT PARTICULARS ON YOUR CONTRACT/INHERITANCE PAYMENT FILE.

Attn: Honorable Beneficiary,

I hereby send to you the information submitted by Mr. John Tsai of Indo-China group Ltd, with an application to receive the contract/Inheritance payment on your behalf. Please as a matter of urgency, you are required to verify the following information and inform us if you are aware or know anything about this.

1. Did you instruct one Mr. John Tsai of Indo-China group Ltd. Hong-Kong, whose information’s is below, to claim and receive the payment on your behalf ?

2. Did you sign any “Deed of Assignment” in his favor thereby making him the current beneficiary with the following account details: Account Name: Indo-China Group Ltd, A/C #USD114-1025567-8, Bank Name: Standard Chattered Bank, Hong Kong, Swift Code: SCBL 11K111.

Finally, you are hereby advised to indicate to this honorable office with immediate effect, if you are the person that instructed Mr. John Tsai to come for the claim of these funds, to enable me endorse for the final payment approval order on his behalf.

Yours Faithfully,
SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI
Executive Governor Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN)

William(s) Cheng, ICBC Ltd.

William(s) Cheng doesn’t seem sure how to spell his own name, but he’s got a big deal for you if you just reply to this “hook” message. Is it money from a foreigner who died in a plane crash? From a deposed dictator? From an over-invoiced account? More likely it’s your money, and he’s looking for a way to get it into his pockets.

from: Mr.William Cheng (cheng_williams00@yahoo.com.hk)
reply-to: cheng_williams06@yahoo.com.hk
date: Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 7:58 AM
subject: Hello “””

Goodday,

I am Williams Cheng, Retail Commercial Banking Group manager for Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd. (ICBC) .

I wish to intimate you on a fund transfer of great magnitude that will be beneficial to both parties

I shall eleborate further on the receipt of your mail indicating your interest, Contact me via my private and confidential email/phone number below.

Sincerly,
William Cheng
Tel: +852-30508847
Email: cheng_williams06@yahoo.com.hk

NB:This e-mail (including any attachments) is intended only for the recipient(s) named above. It may contain confidential or privileged information and should not be read, copied or otherwise used by any other person

Bestoon Ibrahim Hamarahim of Iraq

This scam message leaves enough to the imagination to make the content seem plausible. A whiff of plausibility is often the key to a successful scam. Everyone knows Iraq is a dangerous war zone, and we can sympathize with someone who may want to get his family out of the country. But the message still shows many hallmarks that are the giveaways of a scam: it comes out of the blue from someone you don’t know; the from-address is different from the reply-to address; and the reply-to address is a free email account in a third country (yahoo.com.hk). In addition, the supposed originating address, bestoonibrahim.org, doesn’t exist.

from: Mr. Bestoon Ibrahim (info@bestoonibrahim.org)
reply-to: mr.bestoonibrahim@yahoo.com.hk
date: Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Good Day,

I am Mr. Bestoon Ibrahim Hamarahim a member of a strategic committee in a major industry in Iraq, I seek your partnership because of an urgent need to move my family out of Iraq due to the deteriorating security situation and the strong prospect of a civil war if the U.S. finally pulls out their troops. To indicate your interest or request more details, please contact me by e-mail: mr.bestoonibrahim@yahoo.com.hk

Thank you,
Bestoon Ibrahim Hamarahim