Warren Buffett Donation (Email Scam Alert!)

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The message below (shown in yellow) is an example of a charity-donation scam. It claims to be from the American billionaire Warren Buffett, who says he wants to send you part of his fortune. Alas, “Warren Buffett” here is just a scammer (notice the email originates from India). If you make the mistake of replying to the message, the scammer will try to get your credit card or bank account information, and then instead of making a promised deposit, he will empty your account of whatever is in it.

The real Warren Buffett of course has nothing to do with this message. Scammers routinely use the names of famous people to make their scam messages sound legitimate. Don’t fall for the trap!

from: proyeknpk@pim.co.id
reply-to: warren.e.buffett001@gmail.com
date: Dec 22, 2020
subject: From Warren E. Buffett

Best regards! My name is Warren E. Buffett, an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. I am the world’s most successful investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. I firmly believe that I can give in life. I had an idea that never changed: I was supposed to use my wealth to help people, and I decided to donate two million five hundred thousand US dollars to randomly selected people around the world. After receiving this email, you should consider yourself a happy person. Your e-mail address was chosen randomly during the search online. Please contact me as soon as possible so that I know that your email address is valid. Contact for compensation claims by email: warren.e.buffett001@gmail.com

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Scam Alert! Mrs. Teresa Mpume, a Wealthy Widow

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The message below (shown in yellow) is a familiar type of scam message that checks a lot of the usual boxes. A wealthy widow (check) is dying from cancer (check). She needs your help to oversee her fortune (check) because her soon-to-be-orphaned child (check) is too young to manage it.

Unfortunately, “Teresa Mpume” doesn’t really exist. She (or he) is just a scammer trying to tug at your heartstrings, and then eventually empty out your bank account.

from: mrsteream40@gmail.com
date: Dec 22, 2020
subject: From Mrs.Teresa Mpume

From Mrs.Teresa Mpume
Email: venkanna@bsnl.in

My Dearest Beloved,

First, let me start by introducing myself. My name is Mrs. Teresa Mpume, a nationality of South Africa, I was working with Build Safe South Africa. You can view the profile of Build Safe South Africa at (www.buildsafe.co.za) and read about us. I am married to late Mr.Thulani Mpume and we were married for twenty years with a child. He died after an illness that lasted for four weeks. Please know this may come to you by surprise, i know that you do not know me, but i need your assistance hence i am writing to you as my will directed me, and it is my desire to go into this business / relationship with you.

When my late husband was alive we deposited the sum of USD$15 .5M (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S.Dollars) with Finance, Though i assisted him in getting this contract for this deposit signed. I am afraid that the government of South Africa might start to investigate contracts awarded from Build Safe South Africa. This money is still with the bank. Recently my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to my cancer problem, though what disturbs me most is my stroke, Having to know my condition I want to invest this money into any profitable business of your choice, whatever interest/profit that will come out from this investment of your choice will be shared by both parties.

I have a child that will inherit this money but my son cannot carry out this work by himself, my son is just 15 year old now and growing up in Africa and handling this huge amount of money will certainly be a disaster for a fifteen year old, He is not mature yet. Hence this the reason for taking this bold decision in contacting you. I am not afraid of death as I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. I would like you to understand that my contact to you is by my own free will, and as soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Finance/bank. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you as the new beneficiary of this fund through my attorney. My happiness is that I will be living something worthy for my son whom I will be living behind. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for an individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as i stated here and i will like you to contact me immediately you receive this mail so that i will instruct the Finance/bank to! Transfer this fund into your account.

My Regards to your Family,
Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Teresa Mpume
Use my private Email: mpumemrsteresa@gmail.com

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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” mike_mosese@cantv.net
Reply-To: coy.courier@yahoo.in
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 ScamHunter.org so you can protect yourself from frauds of this kind.

Rosemary Lemmy (scam alert)

This is a classic example of the “rich dying widow scam.” The scammer claims to be a wealthy woman with a young child, and she is dying of cancer. (For some reason it always seems to be esophageal cancer with these people.) Her husband died in an accident, and she needs an honest person to look after her child and her fortune.

(See more examples of dying widow scams.)

She assures you it is not a joke — the money and the need for help are real:

Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015
From: “Ms. Rosemary Lemmy” ijnizx@agdav.edu.in
Reply-To: “Ms. Rosemary Lemmy” rosemarylemy61@hotmail.com
Subject: Please, answer emergency.

Please, answer emergency

Good day; I know that this message will look strange, surprising and probably unbelievable to you, but it is the reality. I want to make a donation in the amount of:3,500,000 (3.5 million pounds) for you. I will contact you by the will of God. My name is: Ms. Rosemary Lemmy, I am a firm British woman specialized in mining gold and diamonds in Africa. but now, I’m very sick of a cancer. My husband died in an accident two years ago with our two children, leaving me with only a son who was just 9 years old, and now I have cancer of the esophagus that damaged almost all the cells in my system/agencies and I die soon according to my doctors. My most concern now is my only remaining grandson who knows nothing about live and has no one to take care of him after I have died, because I and my husband has no family, us grew up in the orphanage and were married in

If I die my son will soon be left alone in the desert of life, and I do want to make it a subject of the orphanage where I and my husband grew up, I want my son growing up in a family. Please, if you can be reliable and sincere to accept my humble proposal; I have 3, 500 000 into a fixed deposit account; I will order the Bank to transfer the money onto your account in your country

immediately, and then you take my son in your country and raise. Please, answer as quickly as possible. THIS IS NOT A JOKE.

God bless you.

That’s true: it is not a joke, it is a criminal scam. We see messages of this type quite a bit here at ScamHunter.org. Learn to recognize them and you won’t get caught in the fraudsters’ traps.

Mrs. Cedella Kevaughn Watson (scam alert)

This is a classic (and rather primitive) example of the dying-widow cancer-patient scam. “Cedella Watson” hasn’t got very long to live, and she needs your help in disposing of her fortune (even though you’ve never heard of her). And why would the widow of a Jamaican ambassador to Africa be writing to you anyway? (And writing from a free email address in India?)

Subject: Volunteer found after missing more than 24 hours
From: cedellak@yahoo.in
Reply-To: cedellak@yahoo.in
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015


“Mrs. Watson” is a scammer of course, and once she succeeds in picking your pocket you’ll never hear from her again.

Daniel Klimowicz of ABL, London (Scam Alert)

This is an example of the trend toward shorter and shorter scam messages that do little more than pique your interest without providing any details. “Daniel Klimowicz” wants to send you a fortune, but why? Will he claim it’s an unknown inheritance that is owed to you, or money from a forgotten bank account? It doesn’t really matter, because his only real interest is in transferring your money to his account.

Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 16:28:20 +0700 (WIB)
From: “Mr.Daniel Klimowicz” sarana@unisba.ac.id
Reply-To: “Mr.Daniel Klimowicz” dklimowicz80@yahoo.com.hk
Subject: From Daniel Klimowicz

Auditor Head,

Dear Sir,

I am requesting for your help, to assist me in getting £42,000,000.00 to your account. please do indicate your interest for more information’s. dklimowicz80@yahoo.com.hk

Yours Truly,

Mr.Daniel Klimowicz,
Auditor Head,

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Col. Wafa Alhalabi Adel (Scam Alert)

I can only read a couple of words of German, but you don’t need to be fluent to recognize this as a standard advance-fee scam message. “Col. Wafa Alhalabi Adel” may be speaking German, but his message is international: get in touch with me so I can separate you from your money.

Subject: ACHTUNG
To: Recipients col.waalhalabi09@hotmail.com
From: “Col.Wafa Alhalabi Adel”

And here is a rough English translation:

I know

This letter will surprise you, as you do not know, especially me, and we met not before. My name COL. WAFA ALHALABI ADEL, I got your contact through German Chambers of Commerce and Industry during my search for a reliable and credible person who have the ability to handle the huge size and volume. I deal need to be seen by other considerations your profile and your resume, I have decided to send this proposal back to me for more thanks ….. here is my email : waalhalbi@outlook.com

I hope I am honest enough


UPDATE: Eight days later another copy of this same message was blasted out onto the Internet, but this time “Col. Wafa” sent it from an address in India instead of Germany, and he has a different hotmail reply-to address:

Reply-To: col010@hotmail.com
From: “Col. Wafa Alhalabi Adel.” kishor@pacificexpress.in
Subject: ACHTUNG
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015

That’s very characteristic of scam messages, which are typically sent from hacked or free email accounts.

Bank of India Security Alert (Scam Warning)

I haven’t come across a phishing scam claiming to come from the Bank of India before, but over time scammers will certainly end up naming most major banks around the world in their frauds. This is a standard password-phishing message, one that tries to get you to reveal your secret account information on a fraudulent website set up by the scammers. (We have deleted the scam link here, as we always do.) The scammers broadcast the message to tens or hundreds of thousands of people randomly, in the hope that some of the recipients will have an actual account and the named bank and will be fooled into responding.

from: Bank of India Boi.Starconnect@bankofindia.com
date: Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 8:47 PM
subject: Bank of India Alert: New Security Implementaion

Security Alert:
Attention! You are to immediately upgrade your Bank of India Account

To enhance the security of your Bank of India account we have upgraded our internet banking platform with a new Second Level Authentication system “2FA”. This is in our bid to reduce internet fraud.You are to immediately login your internet banking account to initiate the upgrade.

As an additional security measure, your access to Online Banking has been limited. This web security measure does not affect your phone banking or ATM banking.

Please follow the link below to resolve this problem

[scam link deleted]

Thank You.
Accounts Management As outlined in our User Agreement, Bank of India will periodically send you information about site changes and enhancements. Visit our Privacy Policy and User Agreement if you have any questions.

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Remond Nelson’s Obscured Transaction

This brief message fits the growing trend for advance fee fraudsters to send short “hooks” rather than long and detailed stories. I suppose they take less time to invent, and they may work just as well if not better, since they encourage the recipient to fill in the details from his own imagination. If you take the bait, you’ll become involved in an “obscured transaction” to be sure — one that separates you from your money.

from: NELSON (remondnelson1@yahoo.com)
reply-to: remondnelson2@indiatimes.com
date: Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 2:52 PM
subject: Bloved one,

Beloved one,

I am Remond Nelson,i have an obscured transaction (us$5.5m) deposited in finance company, for the help of less privilage and needy , reply with your full name , contact address and phone number for more details as i will give you every information regarding this transaction.

Remond Nelson.

Widow Elizabeth Williams of Angola

A wealthy widow, a family of struggling refugees — these are the things of which good scams are made. Honest Mrs. Williams has protected her family’s money from corrupt officials, and all she needs is a little more help from you to escape her war-torn country. “Note that this E-mail is not one of those internet jokes and should be treated with seriousness, utmost important and confidentiality,” she says. Alas, that part is a lie too.

From: “WILLIAMS FAMILY” elizwilliamfamily@yahoo.co.in
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2005 09:39:11 +0200

FROM: Mrs. Elizabeth Williams
101 Trungaat steet.
Luanda, Angola

Dear Friend,

With due respect, trust and humanity, I and my family send to you this letter seeking for your help and assistance although we have not meet each other before but we hope that this letter will meet you and your family in good condition of health. Firstly, I must introduce myself, I am Mrs. Elizabeth Williams from Angola. I am the wife of late Brigadier Arnold Williams. My husband was a Brigadier in charge of arms ammunitions procurement in the Angolan army. In his “Will”, he specifically drew my attention to US$11.5 Million which he deposited in a Security and finance Company in South Africa, in an investment account, fully documented in our first son’s name (Douglas Williams) as the beneficiary to the account in case of death.

IN FACT MY HUSBAND SAID AND I QUOTE: “My beloved son, I wish to draw your attention to US$11.5M (Eleven Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). I deposited this funds in a Security Finance Company in, South Africa. During the war, I was very dedicated and committed to winning the war against the rebels until when I found out that senior army officers and top government functionaries were busy helping themselves with government funds and properties and sending them to foreign countries”. Due to this when I was assigned by the President (President Eduardo Santos) to purchase arms from South Africa, I saw this as a golden opportunity and diverted the fund for personal use. In case of my absence on each as a result of death only, you should solicit for the transfer of the fund out of this shore for investment purposes.

From the above, you will understand that the lives and future of my family depends on this fund, as such I will be grateful if you can assist my son who is in South Africa for now as a refugee (asylum seekers) , and the South African Foreign exchange policy does not allow such investment from a refugee (asylum seekers) even to participate in any financial transaction, having any bank account or to own an enterprise or company of his/her own in South Africa.

It is on this note that I’m therefore seeking for your kind assistance, to assist us in transferring this funds into your account. You as a businessman, whom we have to entrust our future since both my future and of my family are in your hands, I must let you know that this transaction is risk free. Your assistance in receiving this sum of US$11. 5M and relocating my family will be highly appreciated. Also my son will let you know the benefiting conditions of your assistance in his correspondence to you. More, so where the funds is deposited will be communicated to you as soon as you state your willingness to assist us.

Do contact my son immediately through this his Email address: willyzz1@yahoo.com to first open communication with you before elaborating further on what need to be done. More so, to commence this transaction, we require you to immediately indicate by a return Email and enclose your private contact telephone and fax numbers and name, to enable him communicate further with you. Let him also know your country of origin and your proposed country of the said investment.

Note that this E-mail is not one of those internet jokes and should be treated with seriousness, utmost important and confidentiality. Your quick response will be highly appreciated. If however, you are not disposed to assist, kindly destroy this letter/mail in view of the confidentiality of the proposed transaction and for the interest of my family.

Kindly reply to my son through this his email address: willyzz1@yahoo.com

Finally, we employ your confident to this matter as well as your love, kindness and understanding.

Please treat this matter as very urgent.

Thanks and regards,

Mrs. Elizabeth Williams