Advance Fee Fraud

Advance fee fraud is a confidence trick in which the target is persuaded to advance relatively small sums of money in the hope of realizing a much larger gain.

Is it Polish? No – it’s a Czech Scam!

I would say that 99% of all the scams I see are in English. A smattering of French, Russian and German, even occasionally Italian and Spanish. I have no way of identifying character-based languages (Japanese, Chinese) but I try. This is a new one for me – I first assumed it was Polish, but Google Translate tells me that it is in fact Czech!
Nothing in the email explains why this is so and the bank references is a British bank and the email address is also British.
Still, interesting to see!

From: Mail [mailto:ewen-ss@gmx.co.uk]
Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2016 12:07 AM
Subject: Od pana Ewen Stevenson (Obchodní návrh)

Z: p Ewen Stevenson
Výbor pro audit Group
Royal Bank of Scotland – Anglie
Obor: 48 Haymarket,
LONDÝN SW1Y 4SE
SPOJENÉ KRÁLOVSTVÍ

Komplimenty na vás,

Prosím, můžete věřit? Jsem pan Ewen Stevenson, pracuji tady v Royal Bank of Scotland – Anglie. DůvÄ›ryhodný poradce pro více než 20 let a v současné dobÄ› místopÅ™edseda výboru pro audit Group / finanční Å™editel; Royal Bank of Scotland – Anglie. Rozhodl jsem se hledat důvÄ›rné spolupráce s vámi pÅ™i provádÄ›ní dohodu tady pod popsáno, že bude mít ohromný přínos pro nás oba i tÄ›ch ménÄ› privilegovaných bude mít rovněž prospÄ›ch, a doufám, že si udrží to jako vrchol tajné vzhledem k povaze transakce.

V průběhu našeho Bank ročního auditu, jsem zjistil, nevyžádaný / opuštěné fondů, celkový součet £ 21.500,000.00 britských librách (dvacet jeden milion pět set tisíc britská libra) v účtu, který patří k jednomu z našich zahraničních zákazníků (Late pan . Moises Saba Masri), který byl židovský (syrského extrakt) mexický podnikatel bohužel dne 10. ledna 2010, Saba přišel o život poté, co jeho vrtulník havaroval v Cuajimalpa spolu s manželkou, synem a manželkou svého syna.

Volba Vás kontaktovat vzbudil z geografické povahy, kde žijete, obzvláště vzhledem k citlivosti na transakce a důvěrnost zde. Nyní náš bankovní bylo čekání na některý z příbuzných přijde-až k tvrzení o dědické fondu, ale bohužel všechny snahy se, že neplatné. Osobně jsem byl neúspěšný při rozmisťování ani příbuzné ani žádný nejbližší příbuzný k (pan Saba) po dobu 5 let. Na této týče, teď mám usilovat o váš souhlas k vám jako další příbuzný / Bude příjemce, aby zemřelého tak, že výtěžek z tohoto účtu oceněn na 21,5 liber milion britských librách šterlinků může být vyplacena na vás. To bude vyplacena, nebo sdílená v těchto procent, 50% pro mě a 50% na vás. Slibuji, že poskytnou vám všechny nezbytné a právní informace je, že mohou být použity k zálohování toto tvrzení jsme o tom s bankou.

Všechno, co potřebujete, je nahrát své osobní údaje, jak je uvedeno níže je uvedeno v naší databázi bankovního systému, aby vám ukáží jako oprávněný příjemce by měla být v případě bankovních šeků. K dispozici bude právní dokumentace, která musí být dosaženo v souladu s Brity zákony, aby se předešlo problémům. Všechny Žádám nyní je vaše nejvíce upřímná Co-operation a absolutní důvěra není pochyb o tom, aby nám umožnila vidět tuto transakci prostřednictvím. Možná, zaručuji vám 100% úspěšnost, která bude legalizován v takové vzdálenosti, že tato transakce bude provedena za legitimní uspořádání a působnosti zákona, který bude chránit vás z jakéhokoli porušení smlouvy, a to jak ve své zemi, a tady v Londýně.

To je velmi naléhavé. Prosím, mi poskytnout tyto informace je, jak máme 5 pracovních dní spustíme ji projít:

-Vaše celé jméno,
-Vaše Kontaktní adresa &
-Vaše Přímá čísla mobilního telefonu.
-Číslo faxu.
-Tvůj věk
-Vaše profese :

S proÅ¡la metodický vyhledávání, rozhodl jsem se Vás kontaktovat doufat, že vás najdou tento návrh zajímavé. Prosím o vaÅ¡i pozornost této zprávy indikující váš zájem, poskytnout výše uvedené informace potÅ™ebné k tomu, aby mi nahrát vaÅ¡e data do Royal Bank of Scotland – Anglie databázi tak, aby odrážely v naší síti systému banky. PravdÄ›podobnÄ› bude banka být pÅ™esvÄ›dčeni, že jste ve vztahu k rodinÄ›, ani jmenoval nejbližším příbuzným / bude příjemcem (pozdní pan Saba). Já vás bude vedení o tom, jak otevřít komunikaci s bankou a dÄ›lat nároky na další pÅ™edávání fondu na váš bankovní účet.

Váš upřímný souhlas na tento e-mail a obchodní návrh bude vysoce ocenil. Zavolej mi na obdržení tohoto e-mailu pro více diskusí.

Poděkoval vám v očekávání pro vaši rychlou odpověď.

S úctou Váš,
Pan Ewen Stevenson.

100 Days of Scams – Mystery Consignment Box

So, you’ve been contacted by a senior officer at JFK about an abandoned diplomatic consignment box, containing (approx) $12.5 M, which for some unknown reason has your name on it.

Unlikely as that seems, they want to send the box on to you, but there’s a couple of trifling details – a ‘clearance’ fee of $6,250. Pay this amount and (half) the $12 million will be yours!!!

Dear Value Beneficiary,

I am Brent Paul. Douglas, a senior officer at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) New York. I have contacted you regarding an abandoned diplomatic consignment box and the x-ray scan report box revealed some US dollar bill in it which could be approximately 12.5Million dollars and the official paper of the box indicates your contact details. To confirm you as the authentic beneficiary and also for security Purpose, do send me your full information for crossed checking of your details with the information stated in the office.

YOUR FULL NAME, YOUR HOME ADDRESS, OCCUPATION, GENDER, YOUR HOME/MOBILE TEL NUMBER AND NEAREST AIRPORT CLOSE TO YOU.

For your information, the box was abandoned by the diplomat who was on transit to your city because he was not able to pay the (JFK) clearance fee of 6,250 dollars. I have taken it upon myself to contact you personally about this abandoned box so that we can transact this as a deal and share the total money 70% for you and 30% for me. As soon as I get the requested detail from you for verification. I will pay the clearance fee and make arrangement for the box to be delivered to you which can be concluded within 4-6 hours after confirmation is made and upon your acceptance and willingness to co-operate. All communication must be held extremely confidential to ensure a successful delivery. Kindly click reply and get your correct and valid details to me as soon as you get this email.

I will give you a call after my confirmation.Reply Email: infoswiftcard@yahoo.com

Sincerely
Brent P. Douglas

Five Reasons Why Nigeria is the Scamsters’ Safe Haven

You’d think that by now, everybody would know better than to fall for any of the infamous “Nigerian scams,” such as the 419 scams. (The “419” designation comes from the section of the Nigerian Criminal Code that addresses fraud.) Yet Nigerian scams are alive and well.

The 419 scams come in several variations, with a common ploy being a spelling- and grammar-challenged email in which the scammer claims to need the potential victim’s assistance to transfer millions of dollars in currency. There’s often a dramatic story involving a Doonesbury Cartoon - Nigerian Scammers
member of royalty, a powerful political figure, or at the very least, an extravagantly wealthy deceased relative. In return for assisting with the transfer, the victim is promised a generous percentage of the total. He or she is also asked to pay fees, charges, or taxes to expedite the international transfer; the fees often start out as modest amounts, but once paid, the scammer will continue to invent new fees that must be paid before the victim can claim the “reward.” What happens all too often, of course, is that once access to the account is granted the scammer ends up sucking the account dry, and the victim never sees a penny of the sum promised.
Over the years these crimes have been committed in person by con artists approaching unsuspecting strangers, as well as by traditional mail and, beginning in the 1980s, by fax. Naturally, the Internet made the scams cheaper and more scaleable. And although warnings about the scams are all over the Web and other media, people are still falling for them.

Contrary to the stereotypes, it’s not just Nigeria.
Before we go any further, it’s crucial to point out that the term “Nigerian scam” has gained traction in recent years as a generic term for this type of fraud. The truth is that Nigeria is far from the only country perpetrating the 419 and related scams. Other nations with a high incidence of originating this fraud are the United Kingdom, United States, Pakistan, India, the Netherlands, Spain, Russia, and several other African nations besides Nigeria, including South Africa.

Yet Nigeria remains the most visible offender, partly because the modern version of the 419 scam is often said to have originated in that country, and perhaps in part because some of the most notorious – and ludicrous – emails have concerned so-called Nigerian royalty. Who in their right mind would believe such tall tales? Apparently many do, to the point that many scammers claim to be from Nigeria even when they’re not. Fraud watchers have concluded that they do it because it is an excellent screening method. The reasoning is that anyone who responds positively to an email that all but screams, “Look! I’m a fraud” is more gullible and more likely to fall for the scam. (The article linked to above references a 2012 report by Microsoft researcher Cormac Herley.)

This isn’t to deny the role that Nigeria has played and continues to play in the 419 and related scams. So just what is it about Nigeria that makes it a haven – real or virtual – for scammers? There are five main factors.

Nigeria’s rich breeding ground for crime

  1. Complicit banks. The 419 scams and other types of confidence tricks are practiced not only by individuals but also by crime syndicates. They require a complicit Nigerian bank, which is still all too easy to find in light of the country’s lax banking laws. Although the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was created in 2003 to combat this type of fraud, it hasn’t made a significant dent.
  2. Political corruption. Nigeria has been plagued by political corruption for many decades. Some analysts blame the pervasive corruption on colonialism, but in any case, Nigeria was ranked 144 out of 177 countries in Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index (the most recent year for which data are available). According to a 2007 Time Magazine article, Nigeria’s leaders stole more than $400 billion between 1960 and 1999. Many Nigerians accept corruption, bribery, kickbacks and graft as unavoidable facts of life.
  3. Organized crime. There is a significant network of organized crime in Nigeria, with an emphasis on drug trafficking – mostly heroin and cocaine. Organized crime syndicates are associated with political and military figures, helping to keep the grim cycle of corruption – and political violence – alive.
  4. Widespread poverty. The disparity between the very wealthy and everyone else is particularly stark in Nigeria. Although the country is one of the world’s largest oil suppliers, the vast majority of Nigerians do not benefit from the wealth generated by that industry. Most Nigerians live in a state of appalling poverty, making fraud and other criminal activities tempting for many.
  5. The prevalence of English. Since Nigeria was once a British colony, most Nigerians are able to communicate in English, even if their grammar and spelling leave something to be desired. English is the language of most 419 victims.
  6. Some people go so far as to claim that Nigeria’s national character is one of corruption and dishonesty – a controversial position to take. In any case, as noted above, the problem of 419 fraud is not confined to Nigeria. Those who fight scams and fraud continue to remind people that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

    Author Bio:
    This is a guest post by Sarah Brooks from Freepeoplesearch.org. She is a Houston based freelance writer and blogger. Questions and comments can be sent to brooks.sarah23 @ gmail.com.

“Nigerian Scam” is still working – Police Reports show.

I occasionally think to myself; Surely everyone’s heard of the Nigerian Scam (aka Advance Fee Fraud or 419 Scam, after the relevant section of the Nigerian Criminal Code). But, alas, people still continue to fall for these simple scams.

The deal is often identical, only the names and places have changed . These places are mainly third world countries that have, up until recently, had a corrupt dictator (is there any other kind?).

The scam has been running for many years and offers huge riches for a relatively small outlay – a $100 million haul for a measly $2000 ? it’s chump change/petty cash, right?

The targets are often the elderly who are more trusting, can be easily confused and are often ashamed to admit that they have made a mistake and become convinced that if they can send just one more payment, their fortune will be made.

Here’s a police report from West Sacramento:

MAR 12 @ 8:15 A.M.

UNKOWN ADDRESS, WEST SACRAMENTO
DATE& TIME OCCURRED: 12/31/2013

VICTIM FELL IN LOVE ON FACEBOOK WITH S WHO CLAIMED TO BE KING OF GUYANA. GUYANA AUTHORIES TOLD VICTIM THAT KING WAS INVOLVED IN DRUG TRAFFING. VICTIM SENT MONEY TO S VIA WESTERN UNION.

STATUS: ACTIVE

This one has the additional payload of a Dating Scam which makes it all the sadder.

The one factor which makes my blood boil is the continued use of Western Union “The Scammer’s Friend” as the best way to part people from their money. That company should be shut down for the crimes it has helped commit.

Violet and Allen Large – Lottery Windfall Scam

I’ve seen hundreds of spam emails, for a year or more, that reference the Canadian couple, Violet and Allen Large.

The Story
The elderly couple, who lived in Nova Scotia, won $11.2 million in a Lotto 6/49 jackpot in July 2010. They decided, due to the fact hat they were retired and had plenty of savings to continue to live comfortably, to give away the bulk of their winnings to family, local churches and various charities.

The Scam
Almost immediately, the scammers started sending out emails containing details of this true story. Typically, the pitch goes like this:

My wife Violet and I Allen Large won $11.3 million in a lottery 6-49 in July, 2010 and we have decided to donate the sum of $2,000,000.00 USD to you. Contact us via our personal email for more details (violetlargealln@rogers.com). You can verify our story by visiting the web page below. http://www.ctvnews.ca/n-s-couple-gives-away-11m-in-lottery-winnings-1.570916

The link, which is usually to a worldwide news website article about the story, gives the scam bona fides. The amount ‘won’ is generally $2,000,000.
Violet and Allen Large

How it works
The scam is the typical ‘Advance Fee Fraud’ (aka Nigerian or 419), where a large sum of money can only be released by submitting a relatively smaller amount. This takes the form of taxes, bribes, customs, shipping, security, courier, lawyers and any other fees the scammer can think of. A check may arrive in the post, but it’ll be fake or stolen so don’t order your new Porsche just yet.

The amazing thing about these scams, which more usually are about Deposed Dictators’ fortunes, is how long they last. Scamdex has emails and Scam Tip submissions going back years and yet the scam must still have legs, judging by the continuing flow. Scamdex continues to collect, index, and publish information on these scams but …

Scammers have always relied on and profited from P.T Barnum’s famous maxim, “There’s a sucker born every minute”.

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/two-years-after-big-lottery-win-n-s-man-still-plagued-by-scam-artists-1.1194035#ixzz2SXBjhATt
http://419.bittenus.com/11/11/allenandvioletlarge.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1326473/Canadian-couple-Allen-Violet-Large-away-entire-11-2m-lottery-win.html

‘You knew it would happen’ Dept. – Ghadaffi 419 Scam Email Arrives

It was only a matter of time – three days it took for me to see this, perhaps there were earlier versions….

Anyway, this one follows the standard set my the poor widow, Mariam Abacha, of the infamous General Sani Abacha.

Well, they want to move a considerable sum , USD 16 million out of Thailand and into ‘Your Country’ (presumably so long as your country is not either Thailand or Libya).

The header appears to show the origination to be Bangkok, Thailand, which is the only reason I could see to connect the two countries.

A good first attempt and I’m sure there will be many more in the coming years, I reproduce the email for your delictation:

Dear managing director,

Before i proceed, may i introduce myself to your goodself. My name is Mrs. Safiah M. Abdulhafiz, an Libyan. My late husband was one of the personal aid on Armed Forces Commander to the late former president of Libya, Leader Moamer Gaddafi, who is killed, my husband was killed by the NATO forces at Bani Walid on 7th October 2011.
Prior to the killing, we inherited the sum of (usd16 million) This funds were originally gotten from my husband proceeds. My late husband was able to safe guard the fund with a very good diplomatic contact from my Country and deposited it in Thailand. I have decided to contact you because i am interested in investing in your country which is investment friendly. Please guide and assist me in making the right investment. I am also interested in buying a residential property as i will be moving with my only son Khaled in over there as soon as everything regarding technical and logistics details is worked out and ascertained to our respective satisfaction.
In view of your participation, i am ready to give you a good negotiable percentage for your assistance or better still commit it into viable joint venture projects with you. As soon as I get your consent, i will quickly move this fund to your country for investment. Please contact me with my private e-mail safiahmabdul00000@yahoo.com more information.
I strongly believe that associating with you to embark on this and other business ventures will derive a huge success here after, please keep this confidential and include your private contact telephone number for regular contact.

Yours Sincerely.
Mrs. Safiah Masoud Abdulhafiz

Enjoy!

‘Stop Art Scams’ blog

A California artist, Katie Moe, who describes herself as an ‘Artist and Anti-Scam Samurai’ has a blog devoted to informing fellow artists and other people about a common emailtype scam, the ‘Art Scam’.

A spam email will ask to buy something from your website or for you to source and provide products (usually high value items or a large number of items that add up to a high value. Payment is a (stolen) credit card or a (counterfeit) check and in most cases, there is a requirement to ‘forward’ an overpayment to a third party, usually a shipping or customs agent. The overpayment is always demanded by Western Union and is always overseas. Often this is the payload. Everything else is just window dressing. If you are stupid enough to send the products you will probably lose them.

The joy at getting a lucrative, large order can blind people to the sometimes obvious red flags. This is when the scammers win big!

Read her blog, she specializes in this type of scam and has seen them all!

http://stopartscams.blogspot.com/

Secret Shopper Scam Described

The Consumerist“, a website that highlights the persistent, shameless gaffes of modern consumerism – and the latest scams, rip-offs, hot deals and freebies, encourages their readers to tell them about their everyday experiences with absurdities of consumer culture – and suggest ways for them to fight back.

They explain in detail how the ‘Secret Shopper’ scam works and the comments are interesting too, especially the one from a persone who actually did the job for real.

There are legit Mystery Shopper jobs. A friend did it for years.

A Legit company, has a physical office,
Pays Unemployment insurance.
Offers Insurance and maybe a 401k
Supplies you with a company credit card to offset employee purchases required to do the job.
Handles corporate accounts for big names such as Pepsico, or Marriott.
Reimburses all employee costs and pays mileage.
You DO NOT get to keep your purchases required to do your job unless its staying in a hotel you are “shopping”
Food is tested for temp, drinks for proper mixture.
You will be observing cleanliness and going to the bathrooms.
You may eat your meal but your probably shopping 20 places that day so most of it must be disposed of, it cannot be given away.
You WILL be traveling the country, sometimes 1000 miles a day in all types of weather.
You WILL be away from home 2-3 weeks a month.
You WILL NOT be payed in advance.
You will get a salary on top of compensation for your purchases.
You WILL spend many a night sleeping in your car.

Anything that does not meet these criteria is most likely a SCAM.

So, it’s not as exciting or lucrative as it sounds! 🙁