Andrew Howell of Barclays Bank (Scam Alert)

This is a standard next-of-kin scam message, presenting itself as coming from an official at Barclays Bank in the United Kingdom, but with return email addresses in Hong Kong and Portugal. Is that where the scammer is located? It’s not always possible to tell.

Scammers operate from free email accounts, and given the worldwide nature of the web, they can set these accounts up from anywhere. The scammer could be in almost any country. You can be sure he has only one purpose, however: to extract an advance fee for this supposed cash transfer, whereupon he’ll vanish, never to be heard from again.

from: Andrew Howell (
date: Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 5:22 PM
subject: Kindly Assist: Funds Transfer

Compliments of the Day,

Dear Sir,

I am Mr. Andrew Howell, a staff with Barclays Bank Plc UK. I decided to reach you directly to solicit your assistance and Guidelines in making a business investment and transfer a huge amount of GBP 15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million British Pounds Sterling Only). The fund is legitimate and has all confirmable legal documents to back this payment in your name legitimately. Thus, I need to solicit your permission, assistance and support; I propose an offer of 40% of the total amount to you . I presently work as an Account Director and in charge with all Offshore Mortgage & Services of our overseas brokers/investors with Barclays Bank Plc, London. The account has been dormant, and last operated many years ago. Nobody has done anything as regards to the claiming of this money, because the account owner has no family member or friends that have any knowledge, as to the existence of either the account or the funds; I have decided to find a reliable partner to deal with. My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as the Next of kin and beneficiary of this late client, that the proceeds of this account valued a huge sum shall be paid to you, and then we can share the amount on a mutually agreed percentage.

As at this moment, I am constrained to issue more details about this business until your response is received. Please take out a moment of your very busy Schedule today, to respond back if you are interested. Please send your response and direct telephone numbers via my email, for further explanations on source of funds and details of funds transfer. I wish for utmost confidentiality in handling this transaction. You can write me back with my private email address ( ) OR ( ) .

I await your immediate response,
Sincerely Yours,
Mr. Andrew Howell.

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Nidec Copal Lottery (Scam Alert)

This standard example of a lottery scam email co-opts the name of one of the world’s leading manufacturers of camera parts to make it look as though it’s legitimate. The real Nidec Copal company has nothing to do with this message of course. The scammer is just trying to trick you into responding, whereupon you’ll be asked to pay “fees” or “taxes” before your supposed winnings can be released. Once the scammer has your money in his hands he’ll vanish into the ether, never to be heard from again.

Subject: Alert: You Have Won!!!
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2009 22:13:19

Attention Winner,

We at NIDEC COPAL global office likes to officially congratulate you for the draw that was just held by our company which featured you as the second place winner. Our company holds promotions each year just to promote our global publicity and reputations as we plan to exploit more corners of the world with our highly valued products line.This promotion is just one of various ways we are presently using to achieve this global vision of ours.

Your email address with MICROS ID ( PLD-29103-LF ) was luckily drawn to be this year’s winner of a cash prize of $950,000.00 United States Dollars with a Brand New BMW X6.This money and gift we believe will enable you make some impact in the society and possibly invest in our company in the near future.

You are hereby requested to contact our agent for more details on our promotion in particular before taking further actions to claim your prize.Ensure you contact Dr. Wood George who is our claims official in Europe (United Kingdom) See details of him below.

Name : Dr. Wood George
When contacting the claims agent you should include the following if you must get a response from him.
***Your Full Names
***Direct Phone Number
***Present Country

We know you must be excited and very happy about this news you have just received from us and the truth is that we are doing this to put smiles into homes and hearts of people worldwide.

Special greetings from the entire family of NIDEC COPAL Worldwide.

Mrs. Becky Jones.

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BBC Heir Hunters Scam

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It’s important to understand that scammers often use the names of real people and real organizations in their messages, and this doesn’t mean those real people have anything to do with the scam. The scammers are just trying to make their frauds look legitimate by stealing the name of someone who is already known and respected. An example this week from the news in Great Britain: scammers are now sending messages that purport to come from the BBC television program Heir Hunters. The news outlet reports:

In this particular variation of the scam, an email claims that the recipient is being sought by the makers of Heir Hunters, a programme that follows the work of people who help members of the public claim their inheritance.

There are several tell-tale signs that the email is the work of scammers, though.

“I am writing you from Heir Hunters Company in the United kingdom , Heir Hunters probate detectives looking for distant relatives of people who have died without making a will, here is our websitepage on BBC TWO News [sic],” the email reads.

In addition to the poor punctuation and grammar, the message includes an email address that ends in

“Why would the email address for a UK-based program be in Hong Kong?” asked Paul O Baccas of Sophos.

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Paul Anthony, Assistant to Mark Allen (Scam Alert)

Another deceased millionaire with no next of kin, alas. In this version of the classic advance-fee scam, “Paul Anthony” claims to be the accountant for a wealthy fellow, Mr. Mark Allen, who was killed with his whole family in a car accident. No one has come forward to claim his millions, so if you’d like to pose as his next of kin, we can split the cash.

Unfortunately there really isn’t any cash — or rather the only cash is what’s in your pocket already: the money the scammer is trying to move into his pocket.

date: Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 3:09 AM


I am Mr.Paul Anthony, the personal accountant officer to Mr Mark Allen, herein after referred to as my client, a national of America, who used to work with Benin National Oil Plc.My client and his entire family were involved in a fatal motor accident,which unfortunately claimed their lives, along the Port Novo express road sparing none of the occupants of the vehicle.

I have since made several enquiries to your Embassy, in a bid to locate any relation of my client, and these efforts of mine have not been productive. I then decided to trace his last name over the internet, and came across your name which is why I have contacted you to assist me in securing the money and property left behind by my client before they are declared as unclaimed and unserviceable by this bank where they have been lodged for safekeeping.

I am particularly interested in securing the funds lodged with the Bank,The sum of USD18.5M Dollars.This is because the said Bank has issued a notice to me, unequivocally instructing me to produce the Next of Kin /Beneficiary to the said account within the next ten official working days, or have the account confiscated.

Considering my findings for over two years now,I solicit your consent to enable me produce you as the Next of Kin to my deceased client, and The funds will be then transferred to you as the beneficiary and shared according to a proposed sharing pattern /ratio of 60:40 i.e. 60% for me and 40% for you.Meanwhile you are required to get back to me with the following information if you are intrested.


I will provide the necessary, legally obtained documents to back up any claim we make regarding this process, and will just require your understanding/ co-operation to enable us achieve success within a legitimate arrangement, eliminating any liability resulting from any breach of the prevalent laws. Your urgent response will be highly appreciated  through my private email address (

Best Regards,
Mr.Paul Anthony

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Are You Dead Or Alive?

James Amadi wants to know if your dead or alive, because if you’re still alive he has some money for you (or so he says). He’s really looking out for your interests, because he thinks Mrs. Grace Jackson may be trying to scam you. Since he’s on your side you should feel free to contact him in … is it Portugal where he has one free email address, or in Hong Kong where he has another? I guess someone who is the Director of the Inter-switch Unit probably moves around a lot.

from: From The Desktop Of Mr. James Amadi (
date: Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 6:04 AM
subject: Re: Are You Dead Or Alive

From The Desk Of Mr. James Amadi
Director Inter-switch Unit.
Direct Tel:+234-706-292-3142

Attention Beneficiary,

Based on our investigation of your payment, we want to find out if you’re still alive or did you sign any deed of assignment with (Grace Jackson) to receive your fund,reply to us with:

Your Names:
Your Home/Office Address:
Your Phone #
Your Occupation:
Your Age/Sex:

This is because $5.6 Million has been approved in your favor for payment so get the above information to us fast unfailingly today or your fund will be released to Mrs. Grace Jackson.

Best Regards,

Mr. James Amadi
Chairman, Investigation and Debt Settlement Committee

Mr Frederick W. Smith (Scam Alert)

Like many scam messages, this lottery scam email makes use of the name of a real person. Frederick W. Smith is indeed the C.E.O. of FedEx, and the message purports to come from him. In reality he has nothing to do with it of course. (And do you think his email address is actually “joyfuldaisy”?) Smith’s name has just been co-opted by the scammers to lend an air of legitimacy to their enterprise.

Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 09:53:36 (PDT)
From: Mr Frederick W.Smith

Dear Customer,

Good day to you. We have been waiting for you to contact us for Your Package that is registered with us for shipment by the Lottery commission to your residence. Be informed that we are in possession of a Parcel containing a check of $800,000.00 US D.

It is the usual practice of this commission to conduct a proper verification of all Packages that we are to deliver, to ensure that they are valid. Be rest assured that the contents in your package has been confirmed valid and we will commence delivery once you have met the necessary requirements.For your information, the Mail, VAT & Shipping fees have been paid by your colleague Board when your package was registered what you need to pay is the Security Keeping fee of $170 as stated in our privacy terms & condition page. kindly supply the below info.~

Full Name:…………………..
~Postal address:………………
~Direct telephone number:………

Await your Swift Response.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr Frederick W. Smith
C.E.O FedEx Delivery service worldwide

Customer care email:

FedEx On line Team Management 1995 – 2009 FedEx Courier Nigeria

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Robert Dewar, British High Commission (Scam Alert)

This scam message tries to hook you by employing reverse psychology and playing on your own annoyance at email scammers (call it a meta-scam). You can’t stand scammers, right? Well it’s good to see them get their comeuppance. The British High Commission and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit have confirmed that you have been the target of scammers, and would now like to reimburse you. In fact they already tried, but couldn’t get in touch with you. Would you kindly get in touch with them?

date: Fri, Feb 24, 2006 at 2:59 PM
subject: Robert Dewar(BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION)

Dangote House,
Aguyi Ironsi Street,
Maitama District, Abuja.
TEL:+234 8035148270


The BRITISH High Commission in Nigeria,Benin Republic,Ghana and Bokinafaso received a report of scam against you and other British/US citizens and Malaysia,Etc. whom the country of Nigeria/Benin,Bokinafaso And Ghana have recompensed you due to meeting held with Four countries Government and the world high commissions against fraud activities by the Four country Citizens

Your name was among those scammed as listed by the Nigeria Financial Intelligent Unit (NFIU). A re compensation has been issued out in ATM DEBIT CARD to all the affected victims and has been already in distribution to all the bearers. Your ATM CARD was among those that was reported undelivered as at last Friday and we wish to advise you to see to the instructions of the Committee to make sure you receives your ATM CARD immediately for your usage.

NFIU further told us that the use of Nigeria Couriers and the Benin was abolished due to interception activities noticed in the above mentioned courier services in Benin,Nigeria and Ghana and thereby have made a concrete arrangement with the DHL Courier Company for a safe delivery to your door-step once the beneficiary meets up the demand of the conveyance.

We advise that you do the needful to make sure the NFIU dispatches your recompense on Friday. You are assured of the safety of your ATM CARD and availability and be advised that you should stop further contacts with all the fake lawyers and security companies who in collaboration scammed you. Call me at: +234 8035148270 immediately to check if the delivery date suits you.

Your Full Name:………………….
Your Delivery Address………………..
Your phone Number………………….
Your occupation ……………………

Yours truly,
Mr. Robert S, Dewar

As is often the case, this message uses the names of real people and offices to make the scam appear authentic. There is a real Robert Dewar who is indeed a British diplomatic official in Nigeria. But he of course has nothing to do with this scam — why would he be sending official messages from a free address, and asking you to reply to another free address at And you’d think he’s have a better command of English grammar, too. Keep an eye out for clues like that and you’ll be able to avoid the scammers’ traps.

Dying Widow Scam

This is a very familiar script for anyone who studies email scams. A wealthy widow is dying of cancer and wants you to help her dispose of her money to some worthy cause. What could go wrong? Well considering that the sender isn’t really a wealthy widow, and there’s no money on deposit, and when you reply you’ll be asked to send her money to “release” the funds or to pay “bank fees” — well, a whole lot could go wrong!

Date: Friday, September 18, 2009 12:11 AM
From: Mrs Sarah Estrada (

Dear Beloved,

I seek your indulgence to solicit for your assistance concerning the content of my mail, although I am not comfortable discussing it this means due to lots of unsolicited mails on the internet presently, but I have no other medium to do so right now since the situation of my health is deteriorating.

My name is Mrs Sarah Estrada I got your information while browsing through Internet in search for a reliable/honest person who could be of help, I am a dying woman who has decided to donate what I have to you/Organization. I am 65 years old and I was diagnosed for cancer about 5years ago, immediately after the death of my husband, who had left me everything he worked for. I have been touched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my late husband to you for the good work of God than allow my relatives to use my husband hard-earned funds ungodly.Please pray that the good Lord forgive me my sins. I have asked God to forgive me and I believe he has because He is a merciful God.

I am married to Pilot David Estrada an English Pilot who is dead.When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of 15.5 Million Pounds Sterling which were derived from his vast estates and investment in capital market with a security company here in UK.Presently,this money is still with the bank.My Doctor told me that I have limited days to live due to the cancerous problems I am suffering from. I have decided to donate this fund to you and want you to use this gift which comes from my husbands effort to fund the upkeep of widows, widowers, orphans,destitute, the down-trodden, physically challenged children,barren-women and persons who prove to be genuinely handicapped financially.

NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the task is accomplished, as I don’t want anything that will jeopardize my last wish. And Also I will be contacting with you by email, as I don’t want my relation or anybody to know because they are always around me.I would prefer you contact me on my most private and confidencial email address :(

Thanks and God bless.
Mrs Sarah Estrada

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