Google Lottery Draw (scam alert)

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Every successful enterprise attracts parasites. That’s a law of nature. Google is a successful and well respected business, and so it’s not surprising that scammers try to play off Google’s good name in order to con people out of their money. The message below supposedly announces that you have won the Google lottery — except there is no such thing as the Google lottery. (And even if there were, why would the message be sent from a .ir email address in Iran?) Sadly for its recipients, this is just one more example of a standard lottery scam message, and Google has nothing to do with it.

Date: Tue, 19 May 2015
From: Google Corporation
Reply-To: “”
Subject: Powered by Google

Google Corporation
123 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1W 9SH
United Kingdom

Good day Sir/Madam.

You have successfully been picked as one of our 12 Lucky Winners in this months Lottery Draw, Please see attached file for more details.

Best regards
MD. Matt Brittin
Chairman of Board and Managing Director
Google United Kingdom.

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Randall Rush (scam alert)

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This is an example of what I call a mystery scam message: a million pounds has been donated to you — wow! But why? By whom? To find out you’ll have to contact “Mr. Randall Rush.” And once you do, who knows what story he will spin about dying widows, rich orphans, or plane crash victims whose fortunes could now be yours (after he picks your pocket).

From: Therese McCleary Thompson
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 08:51:28 -0500
Subject: Offer

The sum of £1M GBP has been donated to you, contact Mr Randall Rush for further info ( )

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Abdul Qadeer Fitrat (Scam Alert)

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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.

Date: Sat, 16 May 2015
Subject: God bless.
From: Abdul Qadeer Fitrat

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.

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

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Faith Weilinski, Millionaire Orphan (Scam Alert)

Stories about wealthy widows and orphans are the bread and butter of scammers. In this example, now circulating around the world, “Faith Weilinski,” a sixteen year old girl, wants your help in getting the $2,500,000 in insurance money her late father Antoni has left her. What is standing in the way? An evil stepmother, of course! (Scam messages have a lot in common with fairy tales.) In fact, “Faith” is just another scammer, and like all advance fee fraudsters, if you get in touch with her she’ll string you along until she can find some way of getting your money into her pocket.

Date: Mon, 16 May 2015
Subject: Dear
From: Faith

I got your contact details from a family friend who assured me that I can confide in you. My name is Faith from NY. I am 16 years old. I lost my Dad some year back. Since then I have been living with my step mom who has forcefully collected my inheritances because as a minor I cant claim these funds on my own. Now she wants me to give her the document of my Dads Insurance worth 2.5 million u.s.d which i have denied knowledge of because of this she has decided to punish me by maltreating me and refusing to let me go to school and so i have dropped out of High school. My late dad Antoni Weilinski before his death warned me not to disclose this to her.

After reporting this with my Dads attorney, he advised to me look for a relative that i can trust. Problem, is that the only relative I know died a long time ago with my mom in road accident. Hence I am contacting you, to stand in as my relative so the insurance firm will release this money to you on my behalf. I am willing to give you part of this money as long as you can assure that the fund will be safe in your care. Your phone number will be appreciated.
Yours truly,

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Mrs. Olivia Abel (scam alert)

This is a classic “wealthy woman dying of cancer” scam. “Olivia Abel” wants your help to distribute her fortune, because she doesn’t trust her family. But she trusts you! (She trusts that she will be able to pick your pocket.)

Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 14:03:54 -0400
Subject: From Mrs. Olivia Abel My Dear in Christ…..
From: “Mrs. Olivia Abel”

My Dear in Christ

I don’t want you to feel sorry for me, because, I Believe Everyone will die someday. My name is Mrs. Olivia Abel I have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, 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 Oman, Algeria and Malaysia. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot 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 Bulgaria and Pakistan, 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 united state dollars $72,000,000 that I have with a finance/Security Company. I will want you to dispatch it to charity organizations if only you will be sincere. God be with you.

Mrs. Olivia Abel

NB Please do not share my email address with anyone as I have received some emails from some unscrupulous people claiming to be charity organizations and other weird stories.

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Mr. Pedro has $2 Million for You (Scam Alert)

This is about as short as a scam message can get! Some scammers spin long and detailed stories about dying widows, plane crash victims, and abandoned bank accounts, but others send what I call “mystery scam messages.” They hope to just hook you into replying, and then once they’ve got you on the hook they figure they’ll be able to find some way to reel you in.

Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 22:35:34 +0200

$2 million has been donated to you by Mr:Pedro contact him for claim

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USAA Bank Phishing Scam

Scammers try to gain access to your bank account by “phishing” for passwords. They send messages like the one below, which look like they are official messages from your bank. But the return address and the link in the message are fake, and point to the scammer’s website. If you fall for the trap, you end up entering your private information on the scammer’s website, and then he can empty your bank account.

From: “USAA”
Subject: Action Needed: New Message from USAA Bank
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015

USAA Account Update

Your account has been restricted due to suspicious account activities.

-Abuse & Terms of use issues

There are series of issues about misuse and theft of account information. To regain full access to your account, you are to download the attached secured USAA file in this email and fill in the required columns in order to restore access to your account. Further proof of identity may be required before online access is restored. This reduces the risk of others accessing your information from your unattended computer.

-USAA Account Update [scam link deactivated here]

Safeguarding your information is a priority for USAA. That’s why we offer our members different levels of security that gives you the most peace of mind.

We value your business and the opportunity to serve all your financial needs.

Thank you,

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Faculty Staff Email Scam

Phishing scams work by tricking you into giving private information to the scammer — your passwords or account numbers — which the scammer then uses for malicious purposes. This phishing message, probably blasted to thousands of people, tries to get you to enter your account information on a phony website (deactivated here for safety). If you fall into the trap, the scammer will gain access to your account.

From: “Lynch, Regina”
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015

Faculty/Staff/ Survey

With the strengthening off our security system and improving your mailing experience, Help Desk requires all faculty and staff, to Complete this survey by filling out the requirements correctly; to participate on survey click
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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

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