Re-profiling Funds (Scam Warning)

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This is a typical bank scam message — in this case claiming to come from Taiwan — and it asks for your help in “re-profiling” certain funds. Sounds like a sophisticated business maneuver. Unfortunately the message is from a scammer, not a bank, and the only thing to be “re-profiled” is your wallet, by transferring its contents into the scammer’s pocket.

From: “Mr Wong Shiu Ki.”
Subject: RE
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Wong Shiu Ki, an Account Officer with the International Bank of Taipei and I have a very sensitive and confidential brief for you from international bank of Taipei, Taiwan. I am requesting for your partnership in re-profiling funds I will give the details, but in summary, the funds are coming via Bank of Taipei Taiwan.

This is a legitimate transaction; you will be paid 30% for your Management Fees”. If you are interested, please write back and provide me with your confidential telephone and fax numbers, Country and I will provide further details and instructions. Please keep this confidential, as we can’t afford more political problems. Finally, please note that this must be concluded within two weeks. Please write back promptly to my private email: Please do not reply if you are not interested.

Please if you are not interested delete from your mailbox.
I look forward to it.
Mr Wong Shiu Ki.

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Alwash Ahmad from Lybia (scam alert)

This is a typical example of a “business investment” scam. (See more examples of business investment scam messages.) Someone who says his name is Alwash Ahmad wants to know if you can handle a multi-million dollar contract from Libya. But honestly: are you a big business person who routinely makes deals with foreign countries? No? Then why on earth would “Alwash Ahmad” be writing to you?

From: “Reedy, William”
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015
Subject: My Inquiry is from Libya.
Reply-To: “”



My Inquiry is from Libya.

Kindly advise if your company has the license or capability to execute a multi million contract supply project for the Government of Libya. kindly furnish me your response. Thank you and treat very urgent.

Looking forward to an early response.

Alwash Ahmad

In truth, “Alwash” is writing to you because he’s a scammer trying to pick your pocket. If you answer him, he’ll spin an elaborate story about how he can cut you in on a percentage of the profits from his great business deal. But the catch is, you’ll have to put some advance money up front. And then once he’s got your advance fee, he’ll disappear, never to be heard from again.

Mrs. Lineo Simmons (mystery scam)

This is an example of what I call a mystery scam. Instead of a long and elaborate story about deposed dictators and rich orphans, “Mrs. Lineo Simmons” just wants to get you on her hook.

(See more examples of mystery scams.)

Like a telemarketer who leaves a message on your phone saying, “I’ve got a deal for you, give me a call,” Mrs. Simmons figures if she can just get you to reply she’ll be able to manipulate you into doing what she wants.

From: Farrah Merchant
Subject: Can you be sincere on this?
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2015

Please I require your honesty for charity purpose and will explain more on your reply. Thanks. Mrs. Lineo Simmons

If you do make the mistake of replying, she’ll probably spin you a story about how she is a dying widow who needs to dispose of her fortune — and if you’ll just cough up an advance fee, you can have a percentage. Too bad it’s all a scam.

Tsai-Yuan Lin, Taiwan Business Bank

Tempted? If so, ask yourself why a Director of Operations at a bank in Taiwan would really be writing to someone like you. This is in fact a standard advance fee fraud message, using the name of a real bank and apparently the name of a real person. The actual Mr. Lin has nothing to do with this of course; his name has just been used by the scammers as a way to make the message look legitimate. Note that all the email addresses used are free addresses that anyone can set up — I could sign up as and send you a message saying I was President of the United States.

from: Mr. Tsai-Yuan Lin (
date: Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 7:11 PM

Attn: Friend,

This message might meet you in utmost surprise. However, it just my urgent need for a foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction. I am Mr. Tsai-Yuan Lin, Director of Operations and Head Wealth Management Division of Taiwan Business Bank (TBB) Taipei, Taiwan. I got your contact on the internet, while searching for someone that I can go into partnership with.

I have a business proposal of about $18,000,000.00 Million U.S Dollars for you. Should you be interested in working with me on this, do indicate your interest by sending me your full names, phone number and current residential address. I would prefer you reach me via my personal email address:


Once I hear from you, I immediately will provide you with further information on logistics of this proposal.

Mr. Tsai-Yuan Lin.

Barrister Morgan Freeman

The message below is a standard advance fee “419” scam, inviting you to assist in the transfer of secret funds, if only you’ll provide an advance fee to grease the transaction. But hey, you’ll be a millionaire soon, so what’s a few thousand, right? Note how the “from” and “reply-to” addresses differ — that’s a common feature of scam messages.

from: Morgan Freeman (
date: Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 11:46 AM
subject: Hello!

Good day.

Please, understand my reason for contacting you today through this medium; I am Barrister Morgan Freeman, of Morgan Chambers & Associate United Kingdom and also Attorney at law to Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra, Former Thailand Prime Minister, who went on exile for allege assassination and accusation levy against him. He gave me the mandate to contact you for partnership deal in other to move part of his funds he deposited with a security firm in Europe which can not be disclosed for now due to the nature of this transaction…, under your custody as a business partner due to the warrant arrest levy against him. See the web link for more details:

Despite the nature of things going on the internet, and due to the internet abuse many see such opportunity as illegal which is not true to this project. Also note that this transaction is not going to be done with you if you are not a good business partner.

For further details about this transaction, send response to my details or call: Tel: +44 704 571 1918

Thanks for your co-operation on this matter!

Yours Sincerely,

Barrister Morgan Freeman
Morgan Chambers & Ass.
Suite 304 Queens Drive
London, M3R J1H
United Kingdom.
Tel: +44 704 571 1918