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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Alexander Dryano (scam warning)

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This is a Russian version of the good old business investment scam. A Russian millionaire’s assistant wants your help to invest millions of dollars in your country. And of course you will get a percentage. If it were true, it might be nice, but of course the person sending the message isn’t a millionaire’s assistant — he’s just a scammer trying to pick your pocket.

Subject: Re: BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
From: Alexander Dryano j54@uszimth.me
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2016
Reply-To: alexander.dryano@yahoo.ie

Dear Sir,

Good morning and good day to you.

I am looking to work with a reputable individual/firm to engage in a profit oriented ventures in your country and perhaps with your assistance, we could get lowered tax rates.

I am Alex Dryano a staff/member of the inner circle of Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky who was imprisoned on false charges of tax evasion by Vladimir V. Putin, who is now president.

For more details, please follow this links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikhail_Khodorkovsky

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/20/mikhail-khodorkovsky-russia-richest-man

Before the arrest of Mr. Mikhail Khodorovsky, we were in the process to complete the documents for the transfer of a contract payment US$500Million. The contract was successfully executed under Yukos Oil Corp which led to the issuance of a Contract Completion Certification, a copy of the Certificate would be sent to you as we proceed.

While I was working on the approval documents to conclude the transfer of the US$500Million payment, Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky was arrested and the payment process was subsequently suspended.

Fortunately, Mr. Khodorkovsky has being released and is reuniting with family in Europe. Hence, the time is right for the transfer of US$500Million into a beneficiary account.

I ask for your help so you can stand as the recipient of the said funding that would be used for investment in your country. Upon receipt of your positive reply, we will re-profile the entire approval documents with your details to conclude the transfer of funds to your receiving account designate.

Note that you will be entitled to 20% of the entire fund as compensation.

In conclusion, I guaranty that this transaction would be carried out under a legitimate arrangement without breach of the laws. Please keep this transaction to yourself and note that this transaction must be concluded within 10 working days.

Finally, if you choose to handle smaller amount, Mr. Khodorkovsky has cash fund of US$25Million in a storage facility in Europe and this cash fund would be released to you in person upon authorization by Mr. Khodorkovsky.

I wait your reply.

Sincerely,

Alexander.
Email: alexander.dryano@yahoo.ie

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Nigerian Astronaut Scam

We haven’t gotten a copy of this scam message yet ourselves, but news reports say that there’s a new type of African 419 scam in circulation: the Nigerian Astronaut Scam! (What will they think of next?)

The story is that a Nigerian astronaut is trapped in an old Soviet space capsule orbiting the earth, and if you’ll just help the scammer to bribe the Russians so he can come back home, you can have a percentage of the astronaut’s back pay, which is now in the millions!

It’s just another version of the old advance fee fraud, but still, it’s a clever one!

Abdul Qadeer Fitrat

Scammers often use the names of real people in the news to give their scams a sense of authenticity. The real people named have nothing to do with the scam — they’re just being used by the scammers to try to snag more victims. This message is a typical advance fee scam that claims to come from a bank official in Afghanistan.

Reply-To: qadeer@krovatka.su
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015
Subject: God bless.
From: Abdul Qadeer Fitrat abdulqadeerfitrat378@gmail.com

Assalamu alaikum!

Dear friend.,

My names are Abdul Qadeer Fitrat former Afghan central bank governor; I am in search of a reputable company or honest individual that can assist me this deal without exposing me or runaway with the money upon receipt of the money in his custody. I believe this world is a free place to do business with anyone with my experience. I got your email address from a business guest book and I have asked my personal assistance to contact you since two weeks again now, I therefore decided to write you myself to confirm if actually your received the email and for your willing to handle this transaction.

Please consider this and read about me online news as I am in a secret place. I was Afghan central bank governor and name is Abdul Qadeer Fitrat.

http://online.wsj.com
http://www.bbc.co.uk
http://www.theindependentbd.com

I have refunded back part of the funds but I need to secure my future by keeping $750,000,000.00 Million in a safe secured Bank account in Europe. I can’t travel or do open business with people because the present scandal after my retirement but I need a secret partner to help and receive this funds for investment.

I will give you the name were the fund is deposited, to enable you to confirm this report.

You will receive these funds and use it for investment purpose. I hope I can trust you.

God bless.
Yours faithfully,
Abdul Qadeer Fitrat

UN Diplomat Robert Newman

This message is an example of the old diplomatic-courier scam. “Robert Newman” is a diplomat, so he can smuggle things through customs without them being inspected. And amazingly he has a big box of cash that is just for you! In reality there is no “Robert Newman” and no big box of cash: there is just a scammer conducting a classic advance fee fraud, and you’re his target.

Reply-To: robnewman86@yahoo.com
From: “SCHNEIDER” sales@oootps.ru
Subject: ALERT NOTICE FROM UNITED NATIONS AND WORLD BANK
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015
MIME-Version: 1.0

URGENT NOTICE,

This is to alert all FORE., we are trying all possible best to make sure all unpaid beneficiary receive their unpaid funds. As a result of the on going compensation scheme, various means to reach you have proved abortive, and a box of money worth $10.5 million dollars have been given to the (UN) diplomat ROBERT NEWMAN, apparently I Let him know the box contain some film material that he is to deliver it to your home address and he should deliver it to my client, I don’t want him to know its huge sum because of trust and security purpose.

Contact him now with the following information (Full Names:, Home Address:, Age:, Mobile /telephone no:, State:, Occupation: Nationality:, Code: ) to deliver the boxes to your home address. I want you to know that you have 24hours to call him now with this line (509)-214-2875 or email him: robdiplomat@yahoo.com, then further direct him on the nearest airport to your house address OR your house address.

Note that you must contact me via email-(imf44_monetaryfund@yahoo.com) as soon as you receive this email for more clarification and better understanding. You are advised not to waste his time at the airport, so that he would not be stranded in any way because he will return if he finds out that you are not doing anything to get him over to your house.

Name: ROBERT NEWMAN
Email: robdiplomat@yahoo.com

Note: you are to provide him with this code BDV/232TS when getting back to him via email, the code is specified for security reason and should not be disclose to any one except the diplomat.

Best Regards
Mark Schneider

Arlene Boni, Bank of America

It’s hard to believe that semi-literate messages like this actually fool people, but sometimes they must, otherwise the scammers would have given up long ago. If you’re tempted to reply, ask yourself why a real bank would be using a free yahoo email address for its official correspondence, and why one of the contact addresses given would be in Russia.

Subj: CONTACT BANK OF AMERICA IMMEDIATELY
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 6:46 AM
From: “Arlene Boni” (boniarlene@yahoo.com)

Attention: Dear,

I have been waiting for you to contact the BANK OF AMERICA for your fund of ($3.5Million) which was transferred to their bank in the USA. Please don,t forget to forward your full details to them, I mean your bank information to them to enable them transfer the money into your account without any delay,This is the details they need from you to wire your fund into your account contact email: (bamerica105070@bk.ru)

YOUR FULL NAME===============
HOME ADDRESS=================
SWIFT CODE====================
ACCOUNT NUMBER===============
NAME OF COUNTRY===============
ROUTING NUMBER===============
NAME OF BANK =================
PHONE NUMBERS=================
A COPY OF YOUR PICTURE=======

Please do not forget to explain your self to them to avoid any problem tell them that Mr Arlene Boni , is the one who sent you to contact them for your fund, tell them that you are the one who tell us to transfer your fund to their bank, and as soon as you received your money don,t forget to inform me when you received your money so that we can share the joy together after our pass efort, contact BANK OF AMERICA. Immediately do not forget to explain your self to them once again. Thank you and remain bless.

Your’s Sincerely.
Mr. Arlene Boni

Capt. Gill, an American Soldier

This is a typical example of the soldier-in-a-war-zone scam. He has discovered some cash that belonged to the deposed government, and wants help getting it back home. Strictly speaking, this is against military regulations, but we know the dictator is dead and it’s not as though we are stealing from anyone, right? You’ll help a soldier, won’t you? If you do, of course, you’ll discover there really is no soldier and no cash: there’s just a scammer trying to extract “bribes” or “courier fees” from you, and once he has your money you’ll never hear from him again.

from: capt.gill (capt.gill@mx2.rmt.ru)
reply-to: googleservice@terra.es
date: Mon, Sep 7, 2009 at 8:31 PM
subject: ATTN:MY GOOD FRIEND

Attn: My Good Friend,

My name is Capt. gill, an American soldier. I was serving in the military of the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq. I am in Iraq at the moment. I and my partner moved one of the boxes containing funds which we believe belonging to Late Saddam Hussein in March 2007, the total fund in this box is $15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million US Dollars).And this fund had been moved via a safe Diplomatic Courier Service to a secured security company.

Please click on this link view:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2988455.stm

Basically since we are working for the American government we cannot keep these funds, we are 3 that are involved. This means that you will take 30 percent, I will take 30 percent, and my partner will take 30 percent, 10 percent will be kept aside for expenses. This business is confidential, and we plead that it should not be discussed with anyone.

There is no risk involved as we left this fund in the Security Company without declaring its contents for this period of time to make sure that the fund will be safe for transfer and investment.

If you are interested I will send you the full details, my job is to find a good partner that we can trust and will assist us.

Kindly send me an e-mail signifying your interest including your telephone/fax numbers for quick communication and also your contact details. I assure you that this transaction is risk free and its success is 100% guaranteed,

Please help us to help you. And get in touch with me through this my private email: capt.gill@terra.es

Treasurer to Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Millionaires caught in political conflicts often appear in advance fee fraud messages, and this is a familiar example. A Russian millionaire has had his cash impounded by a corrupt government, and if you will just help to get it out of the country you can have a big cut. Too bad it’s all a web of lies spun by a scammer trying to enrich himself with some of your cash.

Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2005 08:26:27 +0900
From: ALEXEI BORIS alexboriss@walla.com
Reply-To: alexboris@walla.com
Subject: Alexei Boris

I am Mr. Alexei Boris a personal treasurer to Mikhail Khodorkovsky the Richest man in Russia and owner of the following companies: Chairman CEO: YUKOS OIL (Russian Largest Oil Company) Chairman CEO: Menatep SBP Bank (A well reputable financial institution with its Branches all over the world)

SOURCE OF FUNDS: I have a profiling amount in an excess of US$100M, which I seek your Partnership in accommodating for me. You will be rewarded with 2% of The total sum for your partnership. Can you be my partner on this?

INTRODUCTION OF MYSELF: As a treasurer to him, authority was handed over to me in transferring of money of an American oil merchant for his last oil deal with my boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Already the funds have left the shore of Russia to an European private Bank where the final crediting is expected to be carried out. While I was on the process, My Boss got arrested for his involvement in politics by financing the leading and opposing political parties (the Union of Right Forces,Led by Boris Nemtsov, and Yabloko, a liberal/social democratic party Led by Gregor Yavlinsky) which poses treat to President Vladimir Putin Second Tenure as Russian president.

You can catch more of the story on this Websites:

http://newsfromrussia.com/main/2003/11/13/51215.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4459395.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4482203.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4595289.stm

YOUR ROLE: All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the Above quoted Sum and I will re-profile the funds with your name, which will enable The European bank transfer the sum to you. I have decided to use this Sum to relocate to American continent and never to be connected to any Of Mikhail Khodorkovsky conglomerates. As soon as I confirm your readiness to conclude the transaction with me, I Will provide you with the details.

PLEASE SEND ME YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR EASY AND EFFICIENT COMMUNICATION

Regards,

Mr. Alexei Boris

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