419 scams

I recently gave a presentation at a local high school, and when I was going over a list of different scams and said that 419 scams are the ones that most people think of when they hear the word “scam” the students looked at me and most of them did not know what I was talking about. I guess since I have gotten so deep into the world of scams I just assume that everyone knows about 419 scams. I guess that this is just more proof that we need Scam Education and Awareness Programs in our schools and communities to teach people about these scams.

What is a 419 Scam?

To break it down to the basics. these are the letters and email that claim to be from a Prince or Dignatary from another country who has a large amount of money that they need to get out of the country, and if you would be kind enough to help them they will share a portion of the money with you.  Another variation of the 419 scam claims that you have a relative that died and left you a large amount of money.  In either case, they will ask you to send them some money for “legal fees” to transfer the money.

The scammer may even tell you that they are dying or that there is some other urgent reason that they need to complete this transaction.  These are all just lies to pull at your heart and cause you to make rushed choices.

Here is an example of a 419 Scam email



Reply email to my private email:mommylinda@live.com or mrslindakunte01@gmail.com

Dearly Beloved,

ln my quest to locate a genuine God fearing person, a good friend and a partner to bring my dreams to a reality, l have decided to take the bold step to contact you via this medium, l would not like you to pick offence, that l am bothering you, since you do not have the slightest knowledge about me neither have we ever met.

I am MRS. LINDA KUNTE from Kuwait . I was married to DR HARRY KUNTE who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years, before he died in the year 2002. we were both married for thirty two years and we were blessed with an adopted male child, who is twenty five years old now.. My husband died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.

Before his death we were both involved in charity services. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which is against my principle. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $11.8 million eleven million eight hundred thousand u.s.dollars with a bank in Europe . Presently, this money is still with the bank in Europe for safekeeping.

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 sickness. Having known my condition of health I have decided to donate this fund to charity, orphanage home or an individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.

I want an individual that will use these funds to fund charity, orphanages and widows and to ensure that these set of people are well maintained. The bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that griveth. I took this decision because out of the vision God almighty gave to me and for my love for humanity and the less privilege people in the society, our only adopted son and my husband’s relatives are well off and I don’t want my husband’s hard earned money to be misused by them.

As I do not want a situation whereby this money will be used in an ungodly manner. Hence the reasons for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death because l have lived a fulfilled life. As it is right now, I don’t need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health and also due to the presence of my husband’s relatives around me always. I don’t want them to know about this development. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank in the Europe .

I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the original-beneficiary of this funds. I want you to see to the need of the less privileged. My happiness is that I lived a fulfilled life and l don�t have any regrets in life . Please note that any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for another individual as I stated herein.

For now I don�t want any calls from you because of the presence of my husband’s relatives who are always around me and I don�t want them to know my plans. Do get in touch with me on my private email address mommylinda@live.com or mrslindakunte01@gmail.com for more details to proceed.

Hoping to hear from you soonest and do notify your interest to help me assist charity.May the peace and blessing of God be upon you and May God bless you as you respond to my plea.

Remain blessed.

Best Regards,

Mrs. Bernie Madoff

Well guess who I got an email from today . . . Mrs. Bernie Madoff! Okay, it was from a scammer pretending to be Mrs. Bernie Madoff. Does anyone else see the irony in the fact that someone who runs a scam fighting website got an email from a scammer pretending to be someone that operated the largest and most talked about Ponzi Scheme to date?

 Subject: My Great Compliments /Can I Trust You?

From: mrsruthmadoff03@googlemail.com

Reply To: mrsruthmadoff@hotmail.co.uk

Mrs. Ruth Madoff West, Liverpool, London. My Great Compliments, I’m Mrs. Ruth Madoff, 67, wife to Mr. Bernard L. Madoff, of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, who pleaded guilty to operating a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, is worth up to $826 million, according to a document filed with a federal court on Friday 13th March 2009.

Just last 2Month my husband pleading stealing billions from investment from his clients and he was ordered to jail Thursday 12th March 2009, after pleading guilty to all 11 criminal counts in one of Wall Street’s biggest swindles.

Now the Federal investigators in the USA are working around the clock to freeze all my assets, fearing that I’m trying to flee the country which I have done shortly after my husband was sentenced, I have $93 million in my name beyond their reach.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is working with federal prosecutors in Manhattan to prepare a filing asking a judge to formally freeze all of my assets as soon as possible.

My husband deposited the sum of (USD$ Million) in a Finance Firm in Europe some years ago in my name, I need you to collect this funds and distribute it to both of us since the Federal investigators are working around the clock to freeze all my assets. Meanwhile all documents related to transfer of this fund to your account is with the bank

Presently, I’m in a hard out here in UK as the Federal investigators as well the Securities and Exchange Commission is looking for me to freeze my entire asset as well prosecute me like my husband.

Please reply back to me on this e-mail as I will like if you contact my bank directly so that he will direct you on the way forward. Please due send to me all your contact details as I will like to speak with you before we commence on the transaction. Please Keep this transaction secret and confidentail for now. You can read my story on this website: http://www.nypost.com/seven/03152009/news/regionalnews/ruth_in_crosshair_159631.htm

God bless you.

Best Regards,

Mrs. Ruth Madoff

Inheritance Scam

Here is an email that got past my spam filters.

Subject: I have been touched
From: schooluniforms@dickies.com

My name is Mrs Bernadette finchley,I have decided to donate what I have to you.
I was diagnosed of cancer for about Few years ago,immediately after the death of my husband.

I have been touched to donate from what I have inherited from my late husband to you for the good work of charity organisation,I decided to WILL/donate the sum of $12.8 million united states dollars to you to carry out my last wish on earth.

Contact my Physican Dr Steve Elliott with this specified email–

I know i dont know you but I have been directed to do this.Thanks and God bless.

Mrs Bernadette finchley.

More scam emails

Don’t you love it when Banks use gmail accounts

From: makanabenson5@gmail.com
Reply To: makanabenson55@gmail.com

I am Mr. Makana Benson A manager with one of the major
banks in South Africa.

I am in a position to Move a chunk of money  out of the vault
of my bank although legally. The money was owned by a
customer who died long ago and we couldn’t get
trace of anyone to claim his money, despite desperate
search for a next of kin.

The rules and ethics of our banking regulations demands
that, after 8yrs of unclaimed funds (money) the
money would be forfeited to the Bank and declared surplus
and paid into the states accounts.

Since I am the manager who is in charge of
this unclaimed money, I have perfected legaly  means of
making you stand as the next of kin to the late fellow
as a foreigner.

This is risk free as all legal backings are present and
would be detailed to you once I have gained your
trust and certainty that we can be friends and trust in
you. You would be handsomely rewarded with 30% of the
total sum.

I will disclose some vital information about the late owner
  0f the funds and how he died and the name
of my bank once I have gained your trust.  I expect your
utmost response to this email.

Please in your reply let me have your contact telephone
numbers so I can call you and explain more to you.

Makana Benson

Barclays bank London UK

I wish I had a dollar for every one of these emails I get . . .

Subject: RE: US$800,000.00 INTEREST PAYMENT:
From: joeythebag@sbcglobal.net
Reply To: infodesk.bbplc@sify.com

Barclays Bank Plc.
26th Floor 1 Churchill Place,
London, E14 5HP Reg. No: 1026167.
United Kingdom
From: The Desk of Mr.Chris Lucas
Barclays bank London UK

Dear Esteeemed Client,

I am Mr. Chris Lucas Head of Financial Services and Global Head of Banking and Capital Markets. Payment Director, Corporate Services Division and Head of Swift Transfer Unit of Barclays bank London UK.

Sometime ago, in our bank your fund was brought to our bank from National Lotto Group here in England and after some period, the money was taken back to their treasury. But for the period of time this money was in our bank, it generated an interest of US$800,000.00 which we are about to pay you Via International Bank wire transfer through one of our corresponding bank in US.

For your information and advice, you need to hasten up to pick this Fund because from time to time the National Lotto Group auditors do come to our bank to cross-check our files and our financial update, the earlier you comply with the demands of the transfer of the fund, the faster the action, because when the auditors arrive and find out that his interest fund is still in our bank they will call back the accrued interest to the lotto treasury account.

What we need from you now is any form of your identification for example;your International passport or your driver license,your telephone and fax numbers for easy communication to you with your receiving bank details and address,or if you wish to have this fund paid to you through any other means that you find more suitable kindly indicate meanwhile, forward your banking detaisl to us.As a matter of fact we dont have enough time to waste since we have wasted time in trying the best way to reach you since we do not have your contact phone number, so try and comply with the entire necessary requirement for the transaction to be completed by contacting the gentlement below for the payment.

Contact : Mr. Terry Jones (Customer Adviser Case Officer)
Email: infodesk.bbplc@sify.com
Phone No: +447035973996
Fax Line: +448704795431

Note all effort to reach you failed and I had to send you a mail on this email address, which I guessed belongs to you.

Expecting your immediately response.
Yours Sincerely,
Mr.Chris Lucas
Barclays bank London UK.

Barclays Bank Plc London
This transmission may contain confidential information protected by state or federal law. The information is intended only for use consistent with the state business discussed in this transmission.If you are not the intended ecipient,you are hereby notified that any isclosure,copying, distribution,or the taking of any action based on the contents is strictly rohibited.If you have received this transmission in error, please delete this email and notify the sender immediately.Your cooperation is appreciated

Scam using Obama Foundation name

Here is an email that I found in my spam folder.

Mrs Joy Terry

OBAMA’S FOUNDATION info@foundation.com

Greetings to you,On behalf of the Obama’s Foundation, we wish to notify you as abeneficiary of $99,000.00 USD in compensation of scam victims.Do contactLloyds TSB Bank plc; London’s Branch for verification and release of your$99,000.00 USD that we have depositedThe account log on will be presented to you by the bank in order to accessthe funds before releasing into your nominated bank account. You willtransfer the funds into your nominated account on-line as the Lloyds TSBBank plc will provide the necessary information to you. Please if you arewilling to acceptthe funds, do contact us Via: obamafoundation.49@9.cn

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs Joy Terry

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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

From: info@comp.org

Reply To: mrpeterharrison@inMail24.com

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

E-mail: mrpeterharrison@inMail24.com

Telephone: +234 802 313 2389

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