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Mystery Shopper Scam Email

Here is a Mystery Shopper Scam email that I found in my Spam folder.

Date:9/10/2009 6:26:15 A.M. Central Daylight Time

“We have a mystery shopping assignment in your area and we would like you to participate”Secret Shopper® is accepting applications for qualified individuals to become mystery shoppers. It’s fun and rewarding, and you choose when and where you want to shop. You are never obligated to accept an assignment. There is no charge to become a shopper and you do not need previous experience. After you sign up, you will have access to training materials via e-mail, fax or postal mail.

Secret Shopper® is the premier mystery shopping company, serving clients across America and Canada with over 500,000 shoppers available and ready to help businesses better serve their customers. Continual investment in the latest internet and communication technologies coupled with over 16 years of know-how means working with Secret Shopper® is a satisfying and rewarding experience. Secret shopping as seen on ABC NEWS, NBC NEWS, L.A.TIMES. Stores and organizations such as The Gap, Wal-Mart, Pizza Hut, and Banks. One amongst many others pay for Secret Shoppers to shop in their establishments and report their experiences. On top of being paid for shopping you are also allowed to keep purchases for free. Secret Shopper® NEVER charge fees to the shopper. Training, tips for improvement, and shopping opportunities are provided free to registered shoppers. Mystery shoppers are either paid a pre-arranged fee for a particular shop, a reimbursement for a purchase or a combination of both. Secret Shopper® has availableThe assignment will pay $75 – $200.00 per duty, depends on the amount of assignment.Kindly Fill Out the application form below and we will get back to you shortly with the assignment:
First Name……………..
Middle Name…………….
Last Name………………
Street Address………….
City, State, Zip Code……
Cell Phone Number……….
Home Phone Number……….

We await your urgent response, Thank you for your help.
We look forward to working with you.
Thomas Bode
415 830 6195
Secret Shopper®

National Consumer Expo

Join us, and other Consumer Protection Experts at the National Consumer Expo on November 21st, 2009 in Hollywood, Florida.

This event is hosted by Denise Richardson, Advocate and Founder of along with Americans For Fairness in Lending.

For details about the Expo go to

Shawn Mosch
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Lottery Scam Email

Here is a lottery scam email that I found in my spam folder


Date:9/7/2009 7:42:17 A.M. Central Daylight Time


Reply To:

West African Commission Enterprise and Industry DG Communication and Information Unit

/R4 abj 13/ 092B – 1049 Abuja (Nigeria)

 Released: 27th August, 2009.

We bring to your notice the decision by the board of trustees of The West African Union to choose you as one of the final recipients of a cash grant/donation for your own personal, educational, and business development (SME funding).

To promote growth and creating new jobs in the West African economy, We are giving out a yearly donation to 100 lucky recipients who have been selected from random websites all over the globe,as funding/aid from the West African Union,AfricanCommission, and the United Nations in accordance with enabling acts of Parliament. Your Confirmable International Certified Bank Draft of $1.200,000.00 One million Two Hundred United States Dollars Have Been Deposited with the CARDINAL SECURITY SERVICES And For your information, We have paid for the delivery Charges, Insurance premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque showing that it is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country. The only money you will send to the CARDINAL SECURITY SERVICES to deliver your Draft direct to your postal Address in yourcountry is ($175 USD) Dollars only being Security Keeping Fee of the Cardinal security Company so far for keeping the draft till date. Again, don’t be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except $175 US Dollars.

For detailed information, please contact paying office

Name: Mr. Peter Harrison


Telephone: +234 802 313 2389

 Remember to quote your identification numbers.

 Find your identificationnumbers below:



Note that these numbers fall within your location file.

Thank you and accept my congratulations once again!


Information Officer and Coordinator,

West Africa Resources Network © 2009

FBI Scam Email

This one made me laugh . . . look at the email address it was sent from! When did the FBI start using gmail as their main email account?

Subject: Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) ***ATTENTION***
Date: 9/6/2009 5:03:45 A.M. Central Daylight Time
Reply To:

This is an official advice from the FBI foreign Remittance / telegraphic department; it has come to our notice that the Central Bank of Nigeria district has released 10,500.000.00 US dollars into Bank of America in your name as the beneficiary by inheritance means.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) knowing that they do not have enough facilities to effect this payment from the United Kingdom to your account used what we know as a “Secret Diplomatic Transit Payment” (S.T.D.P) to pay this fund through wire transfer, they used this means to complete the payment.

They are still waiting for confirmation from you on the already transferred fund which was made in direct transfer so that they can do final crediting to your account. Secret Diplomatic Payments are not made unless the funds are related to terrorist activities. The question is, why must your transfer be made through Secret Transfer if your transaction is legitimate. If you are not a terrorist why did you not receive the money directly into your account? This is a “MERE-CODED” means of payment! Records which we have had with this method of payment in the past has always been related to terrorist acts, we do not want you to get into trouble as soon as these funds reflect in your account in the U.S.A. so it is our duty as a worldwide commission to correct this little problem before this fund will be credited into your personal account.

Due to the increased difficulty and necessary security by the American authorities when funds come from outside Europe and the Middle East, the F.B.I bank commission for Europe has stopped the transfer on its way to your account so to debit your reserve account and pay you through a Secured Diplomatic Transit Account (S.D.T.A). We govern and oversee funds transfer for the World Bank and the rest of the world.

We advise you to contact us immediately, as the funds have been Stopped and are being held in our custody until you can be able to provide us with a Diplomatic Immunity Seal Of Transfer (DIST) within 5 days from the world local bank that authorized the transfer to certify that this money that you are about to receive from Nigeria is for the support of any Terrorist Activity and is Drug free or we shall have cause to cross and impound the payment. We shall release the money immediately we receive this legal document from you.We have decided to contact you directly to acquire the proper verifications and proof from you to show that you are the rightful person to receive this fund because of the amount involved. We want to make sure it is clean and legal money. Be informed that your money is now in United State in your name but right now we have it placed on “HOLD” under our custody in the bank and would not be released to anybody that comes to them unless we ask them to do so because we have to carry out our investigations first before releasing the fund to you. Note that the fund is in the BANK OF AMERICA right now but we have asked them not to credit the fund to you yet because we need a solid proof and verification from you before releasing the fund.

So to this regard, you are to re-assure and proof to us that what you are about to receive is a clean money by sending to us a Diplomatic Immunity Seal of Transfer (DIST) to satisfy that the money your about to receive is legitimate and real money. You are to forward the documents to us immediately if you have it in your possession if you don’t have it let us know so that we will direct and inform you where to obtain the document from so that we will ask the bank holding the funds i.e. the Bank Of America to go ahead and credit your account.

These Document is to be issued to you from the world local bank that authorized the transfer, so get back to us immediately if you don’t have the document so that we will direct you to the particular place/office to obtain the document in Nigeria because we have come to realize that the fund was authorized by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

This condition is valid until 11th of SEPTEMBER 2009 after which we shall take actions on canceling the payment and then charge you for illegally moving funds out of Nigeria.

Guarantee: Fund(s) will be released on confirmation of the document.

NOTE: We have asked for the above documents to make available the most complete and up-to date records possible for the enhancement of public safety, welfare and security while recognizing the importance of individual privacy rights. If you fail to provide the Documents to us, we will charge you with the FBI and take our proper action against you for not proofing to us the legitimate of the fund you are about to receive.

The United States Department of Justice Order 556-73 establishes rules and regulations for the subject of an FBI Identification Record to obtain a copy of his or her own Record for review. The FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division processes these requests to check illegal activities in U.S.A.

Off-Topic: President Obama’s speech to school children

Okay . . . this is a scam blog, but I am going off topic today because there is something that is really bugging me.  Last night on the news I heard them talking about the speech that President Obama plans to give to children in school.  From what I have heard, the overall message is to stay in school, get a good education, education is important, and set goals and look at what you can do not only for yourself but for your country . . . I am summarizing here, but you get the idea.  So what I don’t understand is why everyone is so upset about President Obama giving this speech, and why some schools are talking about NOT showing it, or taping it and then decided later on if they will show it to the students.  If he was planning on talking about items that don’t relate to the children in school I could understand it, but it sounds to me that he just wants to take this chance while the kids are getting back into school after the summer break to remind them how important a good education is.

Vocabulary – Cashier’s Check

Are the terms and vocabulary used by the employees of the bank confusing to you? You are not the only one. The average American is not fully aware of what the words used in banking conversations really mean, and in the examples below I am going to show you how the definitions of these terms differ depending on the source . . . Webster’s Dictionary, Banking Glossaries and real world usage.

Let’s start with the definition of a cashier’s check.

: a check drawn by a bank on its own funds and signed by the cashier

“cashier’s check.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2009.
Merriam-Webster Online. 2 September 2009<’s check>

A bank-issued check, also called official check or treasurer’s check, signed by
a bank officer and drawn against funds of the bank itself. A cashier’s check is
generally regarded as good as cash.

“cashier’s check.” Business Dictionaries from 2009.

A check drawn on the funds of the bank, not against the funds in a depositor’s
account. However, the depositor paid for the cashier’s check with funds from
their account. The primary benefit of a cashier’s check is that the recipient of
the check is assured that the funds are available.

“cashier’s check.” Dictionary of Bank Terms and Phrases. 2009.

Knowing what we do about counterfeit cashier’s checks, the second two definitions are very misleading. One says that a cashier’s check is generally regarded as good as cash, and the other says that the recipient can be assured that the funds are available. Both of these statements would give people a false sense of security about the check, making them believe that they are valid checks. This is exactly why so many people become victims of Counterfeit Cashier’s Check Scams. In the minds of most Americans, a cashier’s check represents a valid and secure document to use, and they put their trust in that image of security.

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