Naoyuki Shinohara, Managing Director (scam alert)

Online scammers, like sleazy used car salesmen, know that bullying is often an effective strategy to get people to part with their money. In this message, sent probably to thousands of random people, “Naoyuki Shinohara” insists that you contact him about the money you owe. Comply!

From: “Deputy Managing Director.(I.M.F)”
Subject: Re: Read and Comply…07/28/2015
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015

Dear Friend.

Get back upon the receipt of this message for more clarification towards your over due funds.


Mr. Naoyuki Shinohara
Deputy Managing Director.(I.M.F)

Deputy Managing Director of what? “I.M.F.”? (The International Monetary Fund? Really?) In truth, “Naoyuki Shinohara” is just another online fraudster using bullying tactics to try to steal your money — he may be using someone else’s real name, but the person actually sending the message is nothing but a scammer. Study the resources we have here at, and share them with your friends, and you’ll be able to avoid scams like these.

Cosiston Rurbi (scam alert)

This is a classic example of a “mystery scam” message. (See more examples of mystery scams.) Someone with the unlikely name of Cosiston Rurbi claims to have a big business deal for you. But what is it? And why has he contacted you — are you a big business person? It’s a mystery:

From: “Cosiston Rurbi”
Subject: We Have To Start Now
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015

I am Mr. Cosiston Rurbi and I have a business offer for you worth £600,000.00 Great British Pounds.

Get back to me if you are interested for more details.

Cosiston Rurbi

The success of this scam depends upon you taking the bait and replying. If you do, “Cosiston” will spin a web of elaborate lies to try to get you to part with some of your money, and if you do, he’ll disappear and will never be heard from again.

Study the resources we have available here at and you can learn to avoid scams like this one.

Swift Payment Updates from Mrs. Rodgers (scam alert)

Who wouldn’t be interested in a scheme filled with international intrigue? It seems (according to “Mrs. Rodgers”) that millions of dollars that belong to you are being siphoned off by corrupt shadowy officials from the International Monetary Fund.

Alas, it’s all a scam — not because they’re siphoning your account, but because there’s no account in the first place. (Read more about how advance fee frauds like this operate.)

Reply-To: rodgersjancarolpaymentoffice@
From: “Mrs. Rodgers. (IMF)”
Subject: Re: Swift payment updates !
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015

Attn: Fund owner,

This is to officially notify you that, we have apprehended the officials behind the delay in releasing your contract/inheritance payment of US$3.5M for several years. The sum of US$3.5M will be processed and released to you these second quarters of 2015.

Some group of corrupt official working with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) here in US, Canada and in the United Kingdom conspired to siphon your US$3.5M to their private account overseas.

Processing and release of your payment will be made either by wire transfer or certified ATM card. Without further delay, we need you to make a choice of payment and also reconfirm your address, names, occupation, telephone numbers and a valid ID in order to update your file with the legal processing/payment office.

For security reason, stop all communications with whom ever you are dealing with at this point immediately.


Rodgers Carol
International Monetary Fund USA.

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TPHX Stock Spam

Sure enough, there seems to be a little shower of penny stock spam spreading over the Internet this week. Just yesterday we saw spam for BWPC, and today we have spam for something called Tanaris Power (TPHX). “Pump and dump” schemes like this are an old game, and the only people (if any) who make money from them are the people doing the spamming.

Subject: This is going to fly!
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015

Tanaris Power Inc (TPHX) will improve 1.3 billions of androids. TPHX should be the next Lenovo! They got announced the ultimate reliable batteries. Big news Friday: Tanaris acquires 9 lithium properties in Canada!!! Buy TPHX Jul, 20 before it turns into Lenovo!

A few years ago these penny stock spam messages used to circulate by the thousands, but over time their volume sharply declined. Perhaps these recent messages herald a new wave that will clog up the global email system once again.

Stephen Clifford, Bank of Nigeria (scam alert)

This is a classic example of a Nigerian 419 scam, and at the same time something of a meta-scam. (Read more about how 419 scams work.) “Stephen Clifford” and the whole government of Nigeria are very sorry the money promised to you has not yet been delivered. They have taken care of all the problems now, and everything is all set. You money will be on its way shortly, they promise:

Subject: From Mr.Stephen Clifford
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015

I Am Mr. Stephen Clifford, Director, Foreign Remittance Department- Central Bank of Nigeria {CBN}. I am contacting based on a recent meeting held with the Office of the Presidency, Federal Republic of Nigeria in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Finance and Senate committee Budget Planning Unite, National House of Assembly-Federal Republic of Nigeria. After the meeting, it was agreed that you will receive a “Part Payment” of Five Million United States Dollars Only {US$5,000,000.00} out of your long complicated outstanding payment.

Why we did this, is because according to information gathered from the banks computer, you have been waiting for a long time to receive your money without success, as I found out that you have almost met all the statutory requirements of the CBN in respect of your contract payment, your problem is that of interest groups.

I am willing to help you get your money but please for security reasons do not tell anybody that you have your money until you receive cash at your doorstep.

This is something we want to avoid because the boxes were padded with machine. We told the courier service that the boxes contains photographic and film materials and when opened will loose its efficacy. We did not declare money because courier service does not carry money.

In your subsequence response I shall send you the details of the courier company which will be in charge of the delivery to your location, we have concluded that you must compensate us with $500,000 United States dollars as soon as you receive your money. To this effect, you will send us a promissory note for $500,000 United States dollars along with your address for sending the boxes by courier. Please maintain topmost secrecy as it may cause a lot of problems if found out that we are using this way to help you, do not ever tell anybody about this until you have your money.

You are required to re-confirm the under listed details as soon as possible for onward shipment of your over due contract fund:

Your full name:
Private telephone number:
Choice of address {where you wish the consignment delivered}:

God is with us as we wait for your reply.

Yours faithfully,
Mr.Stephen Clifford

If you fall into the trap, you’ll discover that they still need a “transfer fee” or “transit tax” or some such thing before they can make delivery, and then once they have your “fee” in their pocket, they’ll disappear and you’ll never hear from them again. There is no money waiting for you, there never was, and “Stephen Clifford” doesn’t exist.

BWPC Stock Spam

Penny stock spam used to be much more common than it is today, but stock spam messages do still appear from time to time. (Read more about how penny stock schemes work.) This example, circulating around the Internet right now, pumps up a stock called Blue Water Petroleum (BWPC):

Subject: New Update on
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015

Get ready for my recent play that can soar 305%! This is the ultimate play for Blue Water Petroleum (BWPC) because these short trades now have to be closed! Recent headlines: Blue Water amplifies its microwave implementation!!! Buy Analysis screams B_W_P C is undervalued, this can have a huge spike on Monday!!! Continue adding Monday!

The spammers try to hook people into buying the stock so it will rise just a small amount, and then they dump their own holdings and leave their victims in the lurch as the price drops back close to zero. These schemes have nothing to do with business, and everything to do with market manipulation.

Matt Kennedy, UBA Bank (scam alert)

This is a standard bank-card scam message, and you can find many other similar scam messages documented here at Like most such scams, it’s a version of the old advance fee fraud:

Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015


(UBA BANK)has finalize all the necessary arrangement and your fund
is inside ATM CARD this moment your ATM CARD is in EMS OFFICE waiting
for you Address were to deliver it. INFO: (

Your name_
Your country_
Your address_
Direct phone number


Advance fee frauds work by promising you a lot of money, with just one catch: you have to pay an “advance fee” up front before the money can be delivered to you. (Read more about how advance fee frauds work.) has helped people all over the world learn to recognize these scammers’ tricks.

Ross Yoder, E-ZPass Support

One of the oldest tricks in the scamming playbook is to send people bills for things they never bought, hoping that maybe a few people will pay up anyway. This is the latest version of that old scam: a message that claims you haven’t paid your highway tolls and should do so immediately.

Subject: Indebted for driving on toll road
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015
From: “E-ZPass Manager”

Notice to Appear,

You have a unpaid bill for using toll road.
You are kindly asked to pay your debt as soon as possible.

The invoice is attached to this email.

Kind regards,
Ross Yoder,
E-ZPass Support.

How do I know it’s a scam? Well, for one thing, I never drive on toll roads and don’t use E-ZPass. But even if I did, the return address, which doesn’t point to the named company, would tell me what I need to know: this isn’t an authentic message.

Study the resources we have here at and you’ll learn how to protect yourself from many different kinds of online scams and frauds.

Bangkok Bank Funds Transfer

Wouldn’t it be nice to receive ten million dollars? Scammers know it would, so they figure if they can convince you that there’s money waiting for you, that will make it easier for them to pick your pocket.

This is a standard advance fee fraud message that promises you a fortune, if only you’ll agree to the terms of the transfer. (Read more about how advance fee frauds work.) In fact, if you reply to the scammer, you’ll discover that you have to send a “transfer fee” or “bank tax,” and then the scammer will disappear and your non-existent fortune will vanish.

Reply-To: Bangkok Bank
From: Bangkok Bank
Subject: Transfer Notification …
Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2015

Dear Beneficiary,

kindly get back to us now for the Transfer of your funds $10,000,000.00 Via Swift Electronic wire transfer directly into your account in your Country as instructed by the Central Bank of Thailand.

We have been instructed to ensure you receive your Funds Payment transfer directly into your account within Five working Days.

Reply Fast for more details on your funds swift electronic wire transfer arrangement with the Bangkok Bank Thailand.

Yours faithfully.
Bangkok Bank. Head Office.
Address: 333 Silom Rd, Silom, Bang Rak.
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand

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Mr. Dudu Musa and Rev. Anthony Kelvin

This is an example of a type of scam message that’s becoming more common. The scammer claims to have a debit card or charged-up credit card ready for delivery to you, if only you’ll provide the necessary information:

Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2015
From: “Rev. Anthony Kelvin”
Subject: Attention please!!!

Attention please!!!

I have registered your ATM CARD of $3.5 with Fedex Express Courier Company with registration code of (DCJKT00678G). please Contact them with your delivery information such as,

Your Name,
Your Address
ID CARD COPY and Your Telephone Number:

FeDEx Office:
Contact Person: Dr. Anthony Kelvin
PHONE +229-64851254

I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee. The only fee you have to pay is their Security fee only. Please indicate the registration Number and ask them how much their Security fee is so that you can pay it.

Best Regards,
Mr. Dudu Musa

In reality, there is no ATM card waiting for you, and if you make the mistake of paying the “security fee,” then “Dr. Kelvin” (or is it Rev. Kelvin, or Mr. Musa?) will disappear and you’ll never hear from them again. Study the resources we have here at so you can protect yourself from frauds of this kind.