John Marcinek, IMF (scam warning)

This is a classic example of an African “419” scam message, claiming to have a fortune ready for delivery to you. (Read more about African email scams.) Alas, there really is no fortune, no payment waiting, and no “IMF Coordinator” — there’s just a scammer trying to get you on the hook so he can eventually pick your pocket.

date: Mon, 14 Sep 15
subject: Please Pay Urgent Attention

Attention: Honorable Beneficiary,

The International Monetary Funds, IMF has authorized my Office to settle all the Foreign Debts owed by the Benin Republic Government.The IMF Foreign Policy and Currency Regulation offered loan of $23 billion to Benin Republic Government based on the Agreement $2 billion was mapped out for the Foreign Debts and your name was among those Beneficiaries to be paid through my Office.

Based on these all the money you have had spent in the course of getting this money in the past must be included as no money will be lost. Therefore, you are directed to state categorically the total amount you had spent before and forward it to my Office now before the total payment will be made on your behalf.

Your payment this time will be taken place immediately and under 72 Hours the payment of $15m was approved on your behalf and will be transferred to you immediately. You are requested to reply with your full information such as:

Your Names
Your Address
Your Phone
Your personal

Contact Phone;+2348022352997

Kindly reply now.

John Marcinek

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Diamond Bank Scam

This is a standard type of bank-card scam, announcing that a fortune (an imaginary fortune) that was supposed to be delivered to you earlier was lost, but everything is now set and your money will be on the way shortly. If you make the mistake of replying to the scammer who sent the message, you’ll discover that you have to send an advance fee of some kind, and if you make the bigger mistake of sending this “fee,” the scammer will then disappear with your money and will never be heard from again.

date: Thu, 03 Sep 15
subject: Good Day

ATM International credit Settlement.
Directorate of International Payment.


This is to officially notify you about your Fund that was suppose to be rendered to you via numerous ways i.e, Courier Companies, Western Union Money Transfers, and Banks wire transfer. Due to this lost of Funds of our’s which was suppose to be given to you but failed to.

So in this case, a beneficial meeting was held on the 20th Of February 2015 at the World Bank in Switzerland, which top officials and Central Bank Governors from different countries in the world were present at the meeting, Which they discussed on how your Fund can be given to you without any lost at this time. Be informed that you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your ATM payment. In conclusion at the meeting, The President of World Bank, Mr. Robert B. Zoellick, has strictly authorized 6 Banks in the World to deliver all individual beneficiary Funds through courier companies. Your Fund which is truly $45.5 Million USD (Forty-Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States of America Dollars) which was listed among the list of beneficiary list to be paid among all other beneficiaries in various countries in the world to be paid via ATM MASTER CARD. Below are the authorized Banks;

Daiwa Bank®/Osaka/Japan.
………………………… ……
Caja De Madrid/Madrid/Spain.
………………………… ……
Lloyds Bank®/London/England.
………………………… ………
Diamond Bank® Plc/Benin Republic.
………………………… ……..
Banco di Santo Spirito/Rome/Italy.
………………………… ……….
Bank of New York Mellon Corp/New York/USA.

Each of this Banks are to distribute 350 ATM MASTER CARDS to all beneficiaries in the World that are to receive their compensation ATM CARD. So, this Bank (DIAMOND Bank®Plc.) will send you your ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum withdrawal is $50,000 USD per day, while minimum withdrawal is $20,000 USD per day. Note that this ATM CARD of yours has been activated and a security pin code number will be issued to you from this Bank as soon as you receive your Card for a safer withdrawal. Please contact the ATM CARD payment department Manager Mr peter chris, by sending your information to HIM for an immediate response.

Contacts of Mr peter chris, are as below;

Mr peter chris,
Director of ATM payment department DIAMOND BANK Plc.
Tel: +229: 99930394


Your Full Name: ?
Country/Your Address: ?
Occupation: ?
Contact Home/Cell Phone: ?
Age/Sex: ?
A Scan Copy of your Identity: ?

Please make a Choice of delivery for the Shipping of your ATM CARD as they are as charged Below;

DHL COURIER COMPANY Shipping fee: $300.00 (1 day delivery)
FedEx COURIER COMPANY Shipping fee: $205.00 (2 day delivery)
UPS COURIER COMPANY Shipping fee: $185 (3 day delivery)

Receiver name————- TONY Tagbo
City————— COTONOU
Test Question—– Code
Test Answer——– ATM

For oral discussion, you can reach Mr peter chris, via email or phone his hot line given to you above as soon as you receive this important message for further directions and also update him on any development from the above mentioned office.

NOTE: Due to impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (ATM), so you have to indicate this code when contacting the card center by using it as your subject.

Sincerely Yours,
Chief Remittance Officer,
In Respect of The World Bank@

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ATM Card Scam

One type of email scam that is becoming more common is the ATM card scam. It is a variation on the good old advance fee fraud that has been around for years. The scammer claims to have an ATM card ready to deliver to you, and all you need to do is provide your contact information and then it will be in the mail.

If you make the mistake of replying, you’ll discover that you also have to send “transit fees” or “customs taxes” before the card can be delivered. If you make the bigger mistake of sending these supposed fees, your contact will disappear and will never be heard from again. There really is no ATM card and no funds transfer in progress. There’s only a scammer trying to con you out of your funds.

date: Fri, 28 Aug 15
from: mrs linda davis
subject: registration code of (HDA8119Z)

you have a registered visa ATM CARD of ( $4.5m) with DHL Express courier Company customer service with registration code of (HDA8119Z) Having review all the obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer of your ($4.500,000.00 USD) four Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars, We the Board of Directors (UBA BANK PLC) has ordered our Foreign Payment Remittance Unit to issue you a CORPORATE VISA CARD where your payment will be uploaded and today we got notice that your Payment has been uploaded into CORPORATE VISA CARD, only waiting you to provide the name and address that will place on the card.

MOST IMPORTANT: Please send us your current contact details and delivery address immediately you get this message.

YOUR FULL NAME:__________________
YOUR HOUSE ADDRESS:______________
YOUR HOUSE PHONE:____________
YOUR OCCUPATION:_______________

Email those information to Mrs linda davis, with this email address as stated below.

Contact Person: Mr jerry williams,
direct line:+229 99312676


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African Bank Transfer (scam alert)

This is a classic African “419” scam message, promising a fortune but designed only to pick your pocket. (Read more about African email scams.)

date: Thu, 27 Aug 15
subject: TRANSFER
from: “Alfred Nna”

Attn: Beneficiary

There is an issue involving ( $2.5 Million united state dollars ) which was called to to the knowledge of our Bank ( AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK PLC ) from the Federal Ministry OF Finance Benin concerning your outstanding payment of ( $2.5 Million United States Dollars ) The fund has been released and forwarded to our Western Union Transfer department and an instruction was passed to us directly from the Federal Ministry Of Finance new boss (Dr. Ali Urma) we were asked to start sending your fund install-mentally at the rate of $10,000 per day through our Western Union transfer. This means that you will be receiving $5,000 twice per a day in two different MTCN until your total ( $2.5 Million united state dollars ) is completely transferred to you.

Today, our bank has effected some process of your first payment of $5000 through Western Union now you have to Contact us immediately with the information requested below so that we will know where to send your first transfer to and then release your first payment MTCN to you, Right now we are only waiting for your email or call so that you will start receiving your funds with out any further delay, Here are the details required from you, send it to the below email:

Contact Person: James Mark
Tel; +229-6812-9682

Your Receiver Name………(Where you want us to send the transfer)
Private Telephone;……………………
Text Question……………….

We await your update with the above information’s so that we will start transferring your funds to you.

Yours in Service.

Alfred Nna

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Mohammed Bello Adoke (scam alert)

This is a classic example of a Nigerian “419” scam. (Read more about 419 advance fee scams.) In this case, “Mohammed Bello Adoke” says your money is waiting for you in the bank of Nigeria, and you just need to contact him to get it transferred. He assures you it won’t cost anything (of course), and he’s just trying to help you and clean up the corruption in the system.

Sound too good to be true? You can be sure it is!

date: Mon, 24 Aug 15
subject: “From the Desk of Mohammed Bello Adoke.”

From the Desk of Mohammed Bello Adoke.
Attorney General of the Federation
& Minister of Justice (Barrister)
PHONE: +234-7084-235374

Dear Fund Beneficiary

This is to inform you that in the course of my investigation as director of payment verification / implementation committee I came across your name as unpaid fund beneficiary in the record of the central bank and other banks that are suppose to get your funds released to you. My committee was set up by the payment reconciliation committee to verify and scrutinize all outstanding debts owed to our foreign beneficiaries in accordance to the information received from the United States government and other countries over unpaid huge debts owed to Foreigners. Please open the attached documents and view my ID and International Passport.

Having seen your file and my further questioning to the officials of the central bank and ministry of finance as to why your payment is still pending reveals the rot and corruption in the system. The bank officials told me that the reason why you haven’t received your payment is due to your inability to pay for the required charges for transfer of funds to your account. When I asked them why they didn’t deduct the said charges from your principal sum, I was given the flimsy excuse that you never authorized them to do so. When I put the question across to them if they ever advised you that such charges could be deducted from your principal fund, the answer I got was no. Now, if you do not tell this beneficiary that such charges could be deducted from his or her principal fund, how will he or she know that such options are available for such beneficiaries.

You are advised to re-confirm to us the below information or call me immediately for more details.

Your Name:
Your Address:
Your Phone:
Your Mobile:
Your Email:
Your Occupation
Your Sex
Your Age.

From my investigation I discovered that these bank officials deliberately refused to let the charges be deducted from your principal fund because they want your fund to remain trapped in the bank, while they continue to extort money from beneficiaries under some flimsy excuse. You do not need to pay any money to any official, all you are required to do is swear to an affidavit at the federal high court of Nigeria, authorizing the bank to deduct all charges from your principal fund and transfer the balance of funds after deduction to your bank account. If you have spent any money in the past in your quest for payment, kindly let me know so that I can follow this up. You can reach me on my phone or email for directive on how you can get the deduction done as soon as possible and get your payment also.

Yours sincerely,

Mohammed Bello Adoke.
Attorney General of the Federation & Minister of Justice (Barrister)

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Mrs. Linda Agogo (scam alert)

This is the latest version of the good old “dying widow scam.” In this example, “Mrs. Linda Agogo” has no children and wants you to help dispose of her fortune for charitable purposes. (See more examples of dying widow scams.) Alas, there really is no fortune and no dying widow; there’s only a scammer trying to separate you from your money:

date: Thu, 20 Aug 15
subj: Letter of Intent

Greetings Dear One,

I am Mrs Linda Agogo, A widow to the Late Mr. James Agogo, I am 63years old, and I am now a new Christian convert, suffering from long time,cancer of the ear. From all indications my condition is really deteriorating and it’s quite obvious that I won’t live long according to my doctors.

This is because my cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. My late husband was killed during the U.S raid, against terrorism in Afghanistan when he traveled to Afghanistan to monitor a Hospital/a Humanitarian Found at (HHF) he was setting up for the benefit of the Afghan masses as of then; whose majority and 99 percent of them are Muslims/Islamic scholars and loyalists. During the period of our marriage we couldn’t produce any child. My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his businesses and wealth, and when I noticed that my condition is not improving rather it gets worsen by the day I decided to divide part of this wealth, to contribute to Charity and the development of the churches in Africa, America, Asia and Europe. I selected you after visiting the internet and I prayed over it. I am willing to donate the sum of $3.2 Million to you for charity, Evangelical work, the less privileged, churches, orphanages and widows, Propagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained.

I took this decision upon myself because I don’t have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don’t want my husband’s hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers. Because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition without Christ is vanity upon vanity. Please I want you to note that this fund is deposited with A Christian Security Firm For safety purpose. And upon my instruction, you will file in an application for the Change of Ownership of the fund in your name with the Christian Security firm. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you and your family.

I Await Your Urgent Reply to this email,

Yours in Christ

Mrs Linda Agogo

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Central Bank of Nigeria ATM Card

This isn’t just a simple Nigerian advance-fee scam, it’s a Nigerian advance-fee scam about Nigerian advance-fee scams (a meta-scam). You’ve been scammed in the past, says “Dr. Kingsley Moghalu,” and now we are prepared to pay you compensation for your losses. People receiving this message should remember the old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”

date: Sat, 02 May 15 21:21:26 +0000

From: Dr.Kingsley Moghalu
Deputy Governor
Central Bank of Nigeria
Marina- Lagos
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Ref: CBN/FPD/0101373/14

Attn: Florin Moineagu

This is a reminder message regarding your ATM Master card for your compensation fund in the sum of US$570,000.00 (Five hundred and Seven thousand US dollars only) approved by the Ministry of Finance. The Foreign Payment Department of CBN has been mandated by the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to handle the payment of your compensation fund of the above amount by ATM card. Your email contact is amongst the listed beneficiaries in the data for the sum of US$570,000.00. And I have been assigned by the management of CBN to carry out delivery of the ATM card package to you.

This compensation is in compliance with IMF and World bank directives to pacify victims of internet scam. On this note, I am pleased to inform you that ATM card Number 8539 7578 0114 3023 for the sum of US$570,000.00 has been credited in your favor and ready for immediate delivery to you. You are hereby required to re-confirm your full names, telephone number and present address where you want the ATM card to be delivered to you.

Upon receipt of the above requirements from you I shall have your ATM card package dispatched to you by courier service who will deliver to your designated home address. With the ATM card, you can make withdrawals from any part of the world at ATM center near to you. The pin number and all necessary user guides will be attached on delivery (intact in the ATM card package doc.) which will be delivered to you by the courier service, for your easy use.

Further instruction/directive will be sent to you on receipt of your acknowledgment to this message.

Best Regards
Dr. Kingsley Moghalu
Office of the Deputy Governor
CBN, Nigeria

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Ken & Serena Quattara

The genuine and tragic wars that are taking place at many locations around the world provide scammers with plausible backstories upon which they can construct their frauds. This scam message follows a familiar template: secret money has been deposited with a “security company” and it needs to be spirited out of a war-torn country, with your help of course. Alas, there’s really no secret money and no security company. There’s only a scammer trying to pick your pocket.

from: Quattara
date: Sep 14, 2009 at 3:55 PM
subject: Thank you for your help

I am Ken Quattara and my sister Serena Quattara residing in Abidjan-Cote d·Ivoire with my sister, my father was one of the top officer with the rebel in the Northern part of the country, and he was killed during the war.

Since after the political problem is over, we are maintaining a low profile until we are issued with a Government attestation and passport, for now we are not permitted to travel out of our zone or operate an  account or engage in any form of gainful employment until we received our attestation.

It is with much pleasure that we are contacting you  because of the confidentiality involved in this transaction, our father deposited a sealed box in a Security Company containing US$9,000,000 US dollars but declared as antiquity and personal effect to the management of Security & finance company, now we are asking for your assistance to help us in claiming the sealed box from the company by fronting you as the co-beneficiary of this sealed box.

We are ready to give 30% of the total fund to you for your assistance.

We will be most pleased if you will get back to us soonest with this email, so that we will provide in Confidence and all transparency with all details.

God bless you and have a nice day.

Ken & Serena Quattara.

Charles Pedersen Begs You (Scam Alert)

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Begging in the name of God is probably an effective scam strategy in some cases. Poor and honest Charles Pedersen opposed Fidel Castro, and for that reason he has been driven into poverty. But thankfully his late father left him a large sum of money, which you can share, if you just help transfer it from Europe. The scammer tries to make the story sound plausible by citing an actual airline crash in which his wealthy father was supposedly killed. But alas, like all such messages, it’s a fraud.

Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2005 09:16:57 -0000 (GMT)



My Name is Charles Pedersen, a Cuban

I was adopted in in 1960 by an American Multi-Millionaire of Fair Bank Alaska of USA who died in a plane crash in January 31, 2000 together with his wife Thelma and only daughter Sheryl. They had boarded the Alaska Airline Flight 261 heading to San Francisco and Seattle From Puerto Varlarta, Mexico but crashed into the Pacific Ocean, not far from Los Angeles.

Few months ago I received a letter from a finance security company in Europe asking that I come down to claim a consignment containing the sum of Ten MIllion United States Dollars [$10,Million] which my late father had deposited for me. According to the finance company, the deposit is BONDED.

Now that I have been asked to come to Europe, I cannot do that because I do not have a travel document but only a drivers licence. It is worsened by the fact that I have been declared wated by the Communist Government of Fidel Castro for my Democratic stance. Presently, my life is in danger. Please, I beg you to assist me contact the finance company in europe and claim the money on my behalf. This is a confidential business lest the government of Castro hears it again.

Please , I promise to give you 20% of this amount. I am very poor now and an ordinary Mechanic with three kids.

If God touches your heart to assist me, contact me only through my secure email address at

Do not forget to send me your full names,private telephone numbers to enable me contact the finance company that you will assist me.


charles pedersen