Coca Cola Lottery Scam

The other day I posted that I got a Lottery Scam email that said I had won a contest through Pepsi . . . well, today I got one from Coca Cola!

Date: 9/27/2009 8:38:19 A.M. Central Daylight Time
Reply To:

Name: GREG SMITH Phone # +44 703 174 5628 :+44 703 195 3669 Email:

Accept my hearty congratulations once again!

Yours faithfully,
Mrs.Kate Hudson

Pepsi Lottery Scam


Subj: (no subject)


Dear Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual
final draws held on the 25th September 2009 by Pepsi Bottling Company in
conjunction with the British American Tobacco Worldwide Promotion,  your
email  was amongst the 10 Lucky winners who won £ 2,500,000.00 GBP each on
the Pepsi Bottling Company promotion award.

For Claims, Contact:
Mr. Gordon Moore.
Tell: +44 704 576 6733
Fax: +44-871-900-7833

Full Names: Address: Age: Sex:
Marital Status: Occupation: Country:  Nationality:
Telephone/Fax number:

Accept my hearty congratulations once again!

Yours faithfully,

I did find some information at about this scam.
While this is a great warning, it is very hard to find . . . and I was looking for something . . . imagine the person that does not know to look and dig for this information.  They could think that this is real.  I would encourage Pepsi to place this warning in a more noticeable location, or to even do a press release on this topic so that the media would pick it up and get the word out to even more people  It would be a great way for Pepsi to show that they are looking out for the good of the American public

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

Secret Shopper Scams

Many news reports are referring to this as the “newest” scam variation, but we have been seeing reports of these scams on our message board since 2005. The job description can be Secret Shopper, Mystery Shopper or Customer Service Evaluator, but it is all the same scam.The scammer will either place an ad in a legitimate classified listing, online or in print, or they will collect their victim’s names and email addresses off of resumes posted online. Some of them are even making “copy cat” websites of legitimate Secret Shopper companies to use in their scam to help convince the victim that this is all legitimate. For a listing of legitimate Secret Shopper companies, go to

The victim will be told that they have been hired as a Secret Shopper and will be sent a cashier’s check or money order to cash and use on their assignments. One of the assignments is to review the service at a Western Union or Money Gram location. They are given a name and address to wire money to, from the check that was sent to them, and told to fill out an evaluation form on the service received and email or fax that back to the company they are working for. Everything seems fine, and some victims may even complete a few “assignments” before the check is discovered to be counterfeit. On average, it takes about 10 business days for the bank to realize that the check is counterfeit, but we have seen some cases where it has taken over 6 months. Once the bank dose find that the check is counterfeit, they will contact you demanding the return of the money and deduct the full amount of the check from your bank account. This sometimes leaves the victims with negative bank accounts.For more information on the check clearing process and the banking terms, please read

Shawn Mosch
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Consumer Alert – Housing Scam

In this consumer alert by the FBI, they look at what we refer to as Roommate or Renter Scams.  We have been reporting stories of Roommate/Renter Scams since 2005.  Many victims are sent cashier’s checks as a deposit on a room/space they are renting, and it will either be for more than the agreed upon amount, or the renter will later back out of the deal completely and ask for the money to be wired back to them.
Remember, it takes an average of 7 to 10 business days for the bank to find out that the check is counterfeit, and in some cases we have seen it take months.  No matter how long it takes, once it comes back as counterfeit the bank will hold you liable for the entire amount of the check, even if they had already told you that it was “clear” or “verified”.  Never wire money to someone that sent you a cashier’s check or money order.  That is a clear sign of a scam.
Shawn Mosch
Co-Founder of
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Books on scams

I have made a list of great books on the topic of scams.  You can check out the list here.

Shawn Mosch
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