This message is an example of the “dying widow scam.” “Muna Hariri” doesn’t have long to live and needs your help to give away her fortune. Who wouldn’t want to help a dying widow? Unfortunately, “Mrs. Muna” is really just a scammer, probably working out of a cheap Internet cafe somewhere in Africa, who really has just one goal: to pick your pocket.
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2015
Reply-To: Muna Hariri firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: From Mrs Muna Hariri.
From Mrs Muna Hariri. I married to Late Mr.Ali, We are from France, but living in Republic Benin, my husband worked with our France Embassy here in Benin Republic for many years before he died in the year 2012. We were married for years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted two weeks. Before his death .
Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of ($1.500,000 000.00) in a Bank here , I have serious sickness which is cancer problem i am in this hospital for more than 8 months now having known my condition I decided to the fund donate these funds to you or any one that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.
Hoping to receive your Urgent and Positive response to enable me give you more details
Your Sister Mrs Muna Hariri
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This is a classic example of a Nigerian email scam — a so-called “4-1-9” scam. (Read more about Nigerian 4-1-9 email scams.) The scammer says there is a bank card ready to be delivered to you, and it will have a fortune charged up on it! Unfortunately, if you make the mistake of replying, you’ll find you have to send “transit fees” or “bank taxes” before your card can be released, and then if you make the bigger mistake of paying, the scammer will disappear with your money, never to be heard from again.
From: “Mr. Godwin Emefiele.”email@example.com
Subject: SUBJECT: Immediate Release of Your FUND Via ATM CARD
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2015
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Zaria Street, Off Samuel Akintola Street,
Garki 11, Garki-Abuja.
Our Ref: FGN/CBN/NIG/06/2015.
From The Desk Of
Mr. Godwin Emefiele.
Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
SUBJECT: Immediate Release of Your FUND Via ATM CARD
I wish to use this medium to inform you that your CONTRACT/INHERITANCE Payment of USD$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars) from CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA have been RELEASED and APPROVED for onward transfer to you via an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw all the USD$10,000,000.00 in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum you can withdraw in a day is USD$10,000.00 Only
We have mandated IBTC CHARTERED BANK PLC, to send you the ATM CARD and PIN NUMBER which you will use to withdraw all your USD$10 Million Dollars in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum you can withdraw in a day is USD$10,000.00 Only.
You are therefore advice to contact the Head of ATM CARD Department of IBTC CHARTERED BANK PLC;
Contact Person: Mr. Joseph Obi,
Office email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell Mr. Joseph Obi, that you received a message from the CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA. Instructing him to send you the ATM CARD and PIN NUMBER which you will use to withdraw your USD$10 Million Dollars in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world, also send him your direct phone number and contact address where you want him to send the ATM CARD and PIN NUMBER to you.
We are very sorry for the plight you have gone through in the past years. Thanks for adhering to this instruction and once again accept our congratulations.
Mr. Godwin Emefiele.
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
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This is a standard type of scam message called a “next-of-kin scam.” The scammer claims to be an attorney representing the estate of a deceased foreigner, and he will set you up to receive a share of this estate — or so he says. In reality, he’s setting you up to pick your pocket, because he’s not an attorney, and there is no deceased foreigner. There’s just a scammer trying to hook a victim and reel him in.
Subject: Confidential text for public records search
From: “Mr. Abdon Deguenon” email@example.com
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2015
Attn: This is a legal confidential text for public records search. My name is Abdon Deguenon,a personal attorney to a deceased who may relate to you (name withheld for security reason) who died with no Will or Next of Kin.My firm is seeking for the next of kin.He died with his family in an auto crash. Since you both bear the same surname,kindly get back to us for more clarification.
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This is a “mystery scam” message that claims to have an urgent proposal for you. Unfortunately, “Leung Wing Lok” is really a scammer, and the only proposal he has in mind is picking your pocket:
Subject: Are You interested?
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2015
I have an urgent proposal to discuss with you please reply for details.Email id (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Leung Wing Lok
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The message below, which was probably sent randomly to thousands of people this week, is a standard type of advance fee fraud that claims to have a business proposal for you. In reality it comes from a scammer trying to pick your pocket.
Subject: PLEASE CONTACT ME URGENTLY FOR MORE DETAILS.
From: “Manuel Gonzalo” email@example.com
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2015
I am Manuel A. Gonzalo, I work with Repsol Petroleum Corporation here in Madrid – Spain. I have an intriquing and a very viable business proposal to share with you. Trust me you will appreciate this!
Please contact me URGENTLY for more details if you are interested.
Manuel A. Gonzalo.
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In fact, “Mrs. Rita” is just a scammer trying to pick your pocket. “She” (if the message actually came from a she) isn’t a dying widow and there is no fortune deposited in an African bank. Please share this scam warning with your friends and family today so they won’t get scammed by “Mrs. Rita.”
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2015
From: RITA DOMINIC firstname.lastname@example.org
Reply-To: RITA DOMINIC email@example.com
Subject: Urgent From Mrs. Rita Dominic
From Mrs. Rita Dominic
I’m Mrs. Rita Dominic from Canada. I am married to Mr. Shing Dominic , who worked with Canada embassy here in Cote d ‘Ivoire for nine years before he died 2014. We were married for ten years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born again Christian.
Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of (5.5 million USD) Five million Five hundred thousand United States dollars deposited in one bank here in Cote D ‘Ivoire. Presently, this money still with the Bank here in Capital of Cote D’ Ivoire Yamoussoukro.
Recently, after my illness, my doctor told me I would not last for the next one months due to cancer problem, I said that in the next one months will not be spreading this type of bone cancer and I do not live again. But what bothers me most is my stroke sickness.
Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church, organization or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a church, organization or individual that will use this fund for orphanages, widows like me, the poor and needy, and also propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained.
The Bible made us understand that “Blessed is the hand that gives.” I took this decision because I have no child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christain and I do not want my husband efforts to be used by unbelievers. I do not want a situation where this money will be used in ungodly way. This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where to go.
I know I will be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace . I do not need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health and therefore, the presence of my husband’s relatives around me always . I do not want my husband’s relatives to know about this development. With God all things are possible.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank where the funds deposited by my late husband for you to contact them directly. I also send you an authorization letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of this fund. I want you and the church to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian.
Whoever wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and truth. Please always be prayerful throughout your life. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another person for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. Hoping to get a response from you.
Thanks and Remain blessed.
yours sister in Christ.
Mrs. Rita Dominic.
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Several versions of this scam have been making the rounds of the Internet lately. The person sending the message claims to be a lottery winner, and wants to generously share the winnings with you. What could be better? Alas, it’s really just a scammer trying to get you on the hook so he can find a way to pick your pocket.
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR (800,000.00 euro) DONATIONS!!
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2015
I & my husband Angela & Maxwell has donated the sum of Eight hundred thousand euro (800,000.00 euro) to you from part of our lucky life-changing Jackpot of 53 Million from Euro-millions Lottery.please see by visiting the web page below:
This is a very familiar type of lottery scam message, send to thousands of random people around the world. (Read more about how lottery scams work.) If you make the mistake of replying to “Daniel Tremblay” you will find you have to pay “taxes” or “transfer fees” before your (non-existent) fortune can be delivered. If you make the bigger mistake of paying, the scammer will disappear with your money, never to be heard from again.
Subject: you won
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2015
UK National Lottery announce you today as the Lucky winner of the 3rd international draw of the year 2015.
Emails were picked up randomly based on the world list directory of Names and email addresses of individuals from all the countries in the world.
Your email drew as the winning email for the Category “A” draw, with Ref. Number: PF23-711W-9, Batch No: 46-184-WAN and serial NO:215-18. Amount Won on Category “A” Draw: US$1.0Million.
You are advised to come forward for immediate claim by contacting the Verification officer Daniel Tremblay (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) with Your Age, Full names, Physical Address,Telephone number and copy of this notification.
Notification Officer National Lottery UK
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Scammers often pose as bank officials who need your help in transferring money out of their home country. The example below, sent to thousands of random people around the world, claims to be from an official at the Hang Seng bank in Hong Kong. In reality, it’s from a scammer who is just trying to make contact with you so he can eventually pick your pocket.
From: Leung Wing Lok
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2015
Complement of the day,
I am Mr. Leung Wing Lok director of operations, Hang Seng Bank, Hong Kong. I have urgent and confidential business proposition involving transfer of $19,500,000.00 USD that will be of great benefit for both of us. I will give you more details as regards this transaction as soon as you notify me of your interest.
Please reply to my private email: Lwing622@outlook.com
Mr. Leung Wing Lok.
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This is a dangerous phishing scam message that looks like it is coming from the online payment service PayPal. If you ever get a message with an attachment that you are not expecting, don’t open the attachment. (It has been removed and deactivated here.) Scammers use messages like this one to either steal your private account information or infect your computer with a virus:
From: PayPal email@example.com
Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2015
Dear Valued Recipient,
An intrusion from an un-authorized user have triggered our Secure Login Feature (Auto-geolocation analysis shows that it wasn’t you). Currently, your account is limited.
When PayPal limits your account, it means that you won’t be able to do certain things with your account; you might not be able to send or withdraw money (temporarily).
PayPal may limit your account as a security measure to protect you and your account. Access limitation is taken as a pre-caution.
An attachment is given to you through this notification. Please download and open it in your browser to verify your account.
* PayPal will restore your access back to normal after your form is checked and your account is verified.
Thank you for your attention to this matter, and we hope that this issue will be resolved as soon as possible.
[ATTACHMENT: verification.html 38K REMOVED AND DEACTIVATED]
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Please be aware that scammers often use the names of real people and legitimate businesses in their fraudulent messages. Why? To lend an air of legitimacy to their criminal enterprise. Just because the name of a real person or a real bank or a real government agency appears in a scam message that doesn't mean the person or organization in question is involved in the scam in any way. The scammers are just stealing these names in order to make themselves look legitimate.