Antonio Vinal (scam warning)

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This is a typical example of a “mystery scam” message. “Antonio Vinal” has an important matter to discuss with you. But what is it? A business opportunity? An abandoned bank account? A secret consignment of gold bullion? Whatever it it, you can be sure it’s a scam!

From: “Antonio Vinal”
Subject: Please respond!
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2016

Please respond!!!
Hello friend!

I would like to contact you personally for an important proposal that could of interest to you.

I send this email only to know if this email address is functional.

I have something very important to discuss with you. Contact me for details by:
Email: with your direct contacts.

Kind regards.
Antonio Vinal.

Golfclub Fleesensee
Fleesensee Sportanlagen GmbH
Tannenweg 1, D-17213 Goehren – Lebbin

Fleesensee Sportanlagen GmbH
Geschaftsfuhrer: Jorg Steffan, Wolfgang Hilleke, Bjorn Volz
Amtsgericht Neubrandenburg HRB 20208

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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.

From: Alexander Dryano
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2016

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:

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.



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Marco Ivan Juarez Ortiz, FBI (scam alert)

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This is an example of an increasingly common type of scam message: a “meta-scam.” Scammers realize that most people are alert for online frauds, so they play on that awareness to try to trick people. You’ve gotten scam messages before, they say, and we are here to compensate you for your previous losses. It’s a clever trick, but that’s all it is: just another way to pick your pocket.

Reply-To: Marco Ivan Juarez Ortiz/MxSur
Subject: Important Message.
Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2016 03:53:55 -0800

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
J.Edgar.Hoover Building Washington Dc
Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday
Office Hours Monday To Saturday:

Dear Beneficiary,

Series of meetings have been held over the past 7 months with the secretary general of the United Nations Organization. This ended 3 days ago. It is obvious that you have not received your fund which is to the tune of $16.5million due to past corrupt Governmental Officials who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund which has led to so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the receipt of your fund.for more information do get back to us.

The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations and Federal Bureau of Investigation have successfully passed a mandate to the current Prime Minister of Cambodia Excellency Hun Sen to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to you and other individuals and organizations who have been found not to have receive their Contract Sum, Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance and the likes. Now how would you like to receive your payment? because we have two method of payment which is by Check or by ATM card?

ATM Card: We will be issuing you a custom pin based ATM card which you will use to withdraw up to $5,000 per day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it and the card have to be renewed in 4 years time which is 2020. Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your local bank account. The ATM card comes with a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it. Even if you do not have a bank account.

Check: To be deposited in your bank for it to be cleared within three working days. Your payment would be sent to you via any of your preferred option and would be mailed to you via FedEx. Because we have signed a contract with FedEx which should expire 20th of Fabruary 2016 you will only need to pay $180 instead of $420 saving you $240 so if you Pay before the one week you save $240 note that any one asking you for some kind of money above the usual fee is definitely a fraudsters and you will have to stop communication with every other person if you have been in contact with any. Also remember that all you will ever have to spend is $180.00 nothing more! Nothing less! And we guarantee the receipt of your fund to be successfully delivered to you within the next 24hrs after the receipt of payment has been confirmed.

Note: Everything has been taken care of by the Government of Cambodia,The United Nation and also the FBI and including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so all you will ever need to pay is $180.

DO NOT SEND MONEY TO ANYONE UNTIL YOU READ THIS: The actual fees for shipping your ATM card is $420 but because FedEx have temporarily discontinued the C.O.D which gives you the chance to pay when package is delivered for international shipping We had to sign contract with them for bulk shipping which makes the fees reduce from the actual fee of $420 to $180 nothing more and no hidden fees of any sort!To effect the release of your fund valued at $16.5million you are advised to contact our correspondent in Asia the delivery officer Miss.Chi Liko with the information below,

You are adviced to contact her with the informations as stated below:
Your full Name..
Your Address:…………..
Home/Cell Phone:…………..
Preferred Payment Method ( ATM / Cashier Check )

Upon receipt of payment the delivery officer will ensure that your package is sent within 24 working hours. Because we are so sure of everything we are giving you a 100% money back guarantee if you do not receive payment/package within the next 24hrs after you have made the payment for shipping.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Donna Story

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“The information contained in this message is protected by professional privilege, is confidential and private, and is intended only for the use of the individual (s) addressed in the content of the data message. Any unauthorized disclosure, spread, distribution, edition, print or copy of this communication is strictly prohibited. If by error, you have received this communication, or its copy, please delete it or destroy it immediately and contact the sender, or call (52) (55) 51332500 and request to speak with the sender. The unauthorized use or spread of this confidential information will be sanctioned according to the applicable law. This data message does not create obligations for the sender or the person for which he or she collaborates, and is not an instrument to agree on contracts of any kind. Thank you”

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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!

Alfonso Camacho (oil scam)

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This is an example of a business contract scam with a shady angle. If you’ll just help “Alfonso Camacho” with his crude oil deal, then you can have a cut of the proceeds. But as with all advance fee frauds, there really is no oil deal and “Alfonso” is just a scammer who is probably working from an internet cafe somewhere in Africa.

Subject: Please treat as urgent.
From: “Mr. Alfonso Camacho”
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016

Attn: Dear Friend,

After my official enquiry from the foreign trade office and the chamber of commerce and industry, decided to contact you, my name is Alfonso Amantius Camacho a staff in the National petroleum agency of Sao Tome and Principe (NPA-STP), I am contacting you for a partnership project as I secured a crude oil lifting license from the National Petroleum Agency (STP-NPA) where I work but cannot make use of it alone owing to the fact that I am a staff in the NPA, so it is on this ground that I am contacting you so we can be partners in this field.

The license was for 5years at 24 million Barrels/12months. i.e., the license has an operating duration of five (5) years.

I will package you as the new allocation license beneficiary since my position in the agency doesn’t permit me to handle it alone.

Due to my position in the Petroleum Agency, I cannot handle this project alone; you have all the qualities needed for this project.

All we need do to are these:

1. We have to officially register a company with the Sao Tome and Principe Petroleum Agency, which shall serve as our lifting company as to enable us make use of this lifting license.

2. I will ensure that all lifting procedures are in place and buyers readily available.

3. You stand in as the license operator for all the lifting and sales transactions.

If accepted we can start working on this project, I know oil business may not be your line of business but I will handle and manage this project and also make sure that I guide you on what to do at any given time.

Don’t forget to furnish me with your private phone and fax numbers for easier communication amongst us.

I await your response.

Alfonso Amantius Camacho.

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Accrued Interest Scam Alert

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You don’t have to be able to read German to recognize the message below as a standard type of bank scam. Whether in English or German, you can be sure the scammer is telling you that there’s a large sum of money ready to be delivered to you if you’ll just supply the needed information. And you can be sure that the person behind it is just one more scammer trying to pick your pocket.

Subject: Die aufgelaufenen Zinsen (Accrued interest)
From: Dr David Moore
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016

42, 122 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10168, USA
Die aufgelaufenen Zinsen Zahlungseinheit / INTELLIGENT DEPARTMENT
Telefon + 1-7169022295 = Fax + -1 -7162427998
Unsere Referenz: WBA / AGF / IPIX / 16
Achtung: Esteem Begünstigte

THEMA: Die aufgelaufenen Zinsen Zahlungsmitteilung

Wir, die Weltbank Wirtschaftsprüfer finden es notwendig, dass Sie heute darüber informieren, dass eine Zahlungsdatei in Ihrem Namen unter den (378) bonefied Gläubiger bei unserem Besuch hier in New York Amerika, über die allgemeine Finanzabschlussprüfung Verschuldung / Transaktion Versöhnung für das Jahr gefunden wurde, 2014/2015. Die aufgelaufenen Zinsen tritt als Folge der Zeitunterschied von Cashflows Transaktion sowohl der Vergangenheit und Gegenwart; es entstand aus Massenweltbank unterstützt Projekt.

Während die Ursache der anhaltenden allgemeinen jährlichen Revision, entdeckten wir eine Überlauf Fonds in unserer Finanzcomputerdatenbanksystem, bei dem nach viel sorgfältiger Prüfung auf die Überlaufmittel, bestätigten wir einen aufgelaufenen Zinsen Summe USD 2,182 $ 000,00 ergab durch Vertrag lange Zeit / Lotterie / ATM-Karte und Vererbung Zahlungen im Rahmen der Weltbank Tochtergesellschaften im Laufe der Jahre, nachdem dumpf Überlegung auf die Zinsfonds von der Bank Bord, schlossen wir die Zins Mittel an die Begünstigten auszahlen.

Basierend auf diesem Sinne, werden Sie aufgefordert, Ihre vollständige Informationen wie Ihre Adresse und Telefon-Nummer und auch Möglichkeit, Ihre Zahlung zu unterbreiten, wie Sie es vorziehen, Ihre Zinszahlung zu erhalten und uns den Betrag USD 2,182 $ 000,00 fällig Ihren Namen verarbeiten, damit auf der Eingang der oben genannten Anforderung werden wir Ihre aufgelaufenen Zinsen Gelder so schnell wie möglich bearbeiten.

Hinweis: Ihre aufgelaufenen Zinsen Zahlungsfreigabe Verarbeitung rechtlich von Betrug / Täuschung Unterdrückung mit Ausgabe von Anti-Scam-Zertifikat geschützt ist; Sie Kopie des Anti-Betrug durch die zuständige Behörde erhalten, Ihre aufgelaufenen entstand aus Massenweltbank unterstützt Projektmittel prüfte sorgfältig. Es besteht aus der durchgeführten Transaktionen ab und der Vergangenheit, die das Interesse nicht beansprucht in Ihrem Namen zu lesen ist.
Nehmen Sie unsere Glückwünsche während freuen uns auf Ihre loyalen maximale Reaktion zu haben,

Freundliche Grüße

Dr. David Moore
Direktor der Weltbank aufgelaufenen Zins amerikanischen Büro.

And here is an automated translation into English that shows the message for what it is:

42, 122 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10168, USA
Accrued interest payment unit / INTELLIGENT DEPARTMENT
Phone + 1-7169022295 = Fax + -1 -7162427998
Our reference: WBA / AGF / IPIX / 16
Warning: Esteem beneficiary

TOPIC: Accrued interest payment notice

We, the World Bank auditors found it necessary to inform you today that a payment file on your behalf at the (378) bonefied creditors during our visit here in New York America, about the general financial audit debt / transaction was found reconciliation for the year , 2014/2015. Accrued interest occurs as a result of the time difference of cash flow transaction, both the past and present; it originated from mass World Bank supported project.

While the cause of the prolonged general annual audit, we discovered an overflow funds in our financial computer database system, in which, after much careful consideration to the overflow means, we confirmed an accrued interest amount USD 2,182 $ 000.00 returned by contract long time / lottery / ATM map and inheritance payments under the world Bank subsidiaries over the years, after a dull reflection on the interest fund of the bank board, we closed the interest funds to beneficiaries pay.

Based on this spirit, you will be prompted to enter your full details such as your address and telephone number and also possibility to submit your payment how you prefer to receive your interest payment and us the amount USD 2,182 $ 000.00 due your name process, so that on receipt of the above request, we will process your interest accrued funds as quickly as possible.

Note: Your accrued interest payment approval processing is legally protected against fraud / deception suppression with the issue of anti-scam certificate; You will receive a copy of the anti-fraud by the competent authority, your accrued originated from mass World Bank supported project means carefully reviewed. It is starting from the transactions carried out and the past, the unclaimed interest is to read on your behalf.

Take our congratulations during pleased to welcome to your sincere maximum response,

Dr. David Moore
World Bank Director accrued interest American office.

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Barr. George White (scam warning)

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Welcome to my chamber, said the scammer to the victim. “Barrister George White” has an ATM card for you that is worth a fortune. What could be better? Too bad “Barr. White” is just another African scammer trying to pick your pocket.

Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016
From: “Barr. George White”
Reply-To: “Barr. George White”
Subject: US$6,800,000.00 package released

HELLO AND WELCOME TO MY CHAMBER, My name is Barr. George White

I am here to inform you that your ATM Visa Card package requested long ago has finally been released for your claim. My meeting with the government officials at the Annual Meeting held early January 2016 revealed that your name was among those whose packages were seized by the government authority.

The president has issued a statement to the general public most especially, government representatives and barrister’s to take charge of these seized packages for delivery to their respective owners and beneficiary’s. Otherwise the present of the beneficiary will be needed to lay claims on their package without representative. So if you can come, I will send the message across on your arrival but if note I will be on ground to represent you get this package released at once.

It is with joy and gladness in my heart to inform you that i will be your barrister presenting you at the government quarters to help lay claims on this ATM VISA CARD package which was proof to be valid with the sum of US$6,800,000.00 cash programmed inside the ATM VISA CARD by the African Bank Worldwide as endorsed by the president.

We have successfully obtained your file from the government quarters and a document issued by the president has also been obtained which I will send to you along with your ATM Visa card.

We have contacted a reliable Courier Delivery Service who will convey the package safely to your personal home. Note that your complete delivery information will be needed by the courier service to enable them deliver the package to you without delay

Preferred delivery address:…
Phone number:…
Full name:….
Passport id card for identification:….

Having provided this information, you will be contacted further by the courier delivery agent to process the delivery of your ATM visa card.

Please on no account should you reveal the amount of money installed in the card to the delivery company to avoid seizing action or delay in getting the package across to you.

i wait for your humble reply for more directives

Thank you and have a wonderful please i wait on your reply


Barr. George White

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Japheth Emekam and Udegba Ekeokwu (scam alert)

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This is a typical example of an African “419” scam, complete with broken English and millions in cash ready to be delivered to you. If you make the mistake of replying you’ll find that you have to pay “transfer fees” or “customs taxes” before your (imaginary) fortune can be delivered, and if you make the bigger mistake of paying, the scammers will disappear with your money, never to be heard from again.

Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016

I want to inform you that we have already sent you $5000.00 US Dollars through Western union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your full over due payment total sum of $1.m USD, via western union by the Ministry of Finance. I tried reaching you on phone to give you all the information on phone but I couldn’t get through yesterday,

So I decided to email you the MTCN and sender name so that you can pick up the $5000.00 to enable us send another $5000.00 today as you know we will be sending you $5000.00 only per day. And it was agreed that you will pay the transfer clearance certificate which sum of $85 before the release of the payment to you.

Please pick up this information and locate any western union around to pick up the $5000.00 and call the Operation Manager Mr.David Mark, because he is the person in-charge of your payment, and he can send you another payment today once you contact him, phone line Call +229-99446795 E-mail( )
contact him once you picked up the $5000.00 today.

Below is the western union information to pick up the $5000.00; which you will be receiving daily after you sent them their transfer clearance certificate of $85 and it will serve as re-confirmation of your payment file in their office.

Here is the Senders Information;
Money Transfer Control Number (M.T.C.N):1959827786
Senders First Name: Joseph
Senders Last Name: Holy

They will be waiting to hear from you with the transfer clearance certificate payment of $85 today;And you can use this below information to send the transfer charges today.

Receiver Name——Japheth Emekam
Country——Benin Republic
Amount———$85.00 usd
Text Question—-When
Sender’s Name—-

Be advice that $85 transfer clearance certificate is compulsory as they told me that is the only money you will pay until you receive your payment completely. Endeavor to E-mail your direct telephone number because you will call once the payment information is sent to you.


Udegba Ekeokwu

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CitiBank Scam Alert

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This is an example of a “meta-scam” that promises to protect you from other scams. “Brian Williams” has your payment ready but you haven’t responded. Don’t believe those other scammers, he says — he will take care of you for sure. (Yes he will — by picking your pocket!)

Subject: Your Payment File Has Been Approved For Payment
From: “Citibank Group”
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016


This is to bring to your notice that approval have been granted by the United Nations to the Citi Bank group to serve as a regional payment office to pay individuals globally who has been affected by internet fraud services part payment of $850,000.00 (Eight Hundred and fifty Thousand United States Dollars) for the first quarter this fiscal year 2016.

According to the number of applicants at hand, 9682 Beneficiaries have been paid. As at now, 70% of the scammed victims have successfully received their compensation. while the we still have about 30% left to be paid their due compensation.

As of this date, we have been unsuccessful in our attempts to contact you regarding this development but my mail has always been returned undelivered, You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the beneficiaries to be paid, Get back to me as soon as possible for detailed email and the immediate release of your compensation payment

You are also advised to send your communication particulars which includes the following;

Full names
Residential Address details
Telephone Fax numbers
valid E-mail Address

You are also requested to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitch in receiving your payment as Scheduled

Yours faithfully,

Brian Williams
Head of Operations,
Citibank Banking Center (CBC)

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