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Re: 419 Scam of the Day

one would actually need a BUSINESS to get scammed here...Im guessing the scammers hit rate is pretty low
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Re: 419 Scam of the Day

I received this today on Facebook:

" Herzlichen Glückwunsch!
Wir freuen uns sehr, Ihnen mitzuteilen, dass Ihr Name auf der facebook helfen Förderung erscheinen und wir sind geben Sie die Summe von $50.000 USD (fünfzigtausend US-Dollar).

Ihr Name wurde von Herrn Mark Zuckerberg der CEO von Facebook (ausgewählte Gründer & Chief Executive Officer) Die Förderung wurde für alle Facebook-Nutzer profitieren von der Verstärkung des Unternehmens
gemacht zu machen Facebook ist eine der ersten und immer größten Mittel zur Erfüllung der alten und neuen Freund.

Es wird empfohlen, die Zahlung Abteilung mit Ihrem vollen Namen und Adresse bei (gmail address) so dass sie sich vor und geben Ihnen das Geld in echtes Geld.

Facebook © 2011 "

Translation:

" Congratulations!

We are pleased to inform you that your name appear on the facebook to help promote and we are give you the sum of $ $ 50,000 (fifty thousand U.S. dollars).

Her name was Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook (Founder & Chief selected Executive Officer) The promotion was benefit for all Facebook users by reinforcing the company's made to make Facebook is one of the first and biggest ever resources to fulfill the old and new friends.

It is recommended that the payment department with your full name and address with contact (gmail address) so that they are and give you the money to real money.

Facebook © 2011 "

I was immediately suspicious due to errors in the text and got a couple of second opinions. The Facebook member who sent it has no details on their profile. Presumably, after the first reply, there would be a follow up to obtain personal details.

Does anyone know the procedure to report this to Facebook? I can block their profile but this would not highlight the message.
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Does anyone know the procedure to report this to Facebook? I can block their profile but this would not highlight the message.
According to Facebook help:

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Messages » How do I report a message as spam?

How do I report a message as spam?
To report a message as spam:
  1. Go to the conversation.
  2. Open the Actions menu.
  3. Select "Report Spam.

To view messages that have been marked as spam, go to your Other folder and click the "Junk" link at the bottom of the page.
/help/?faq=121128704635070
Hope that helps.

p.s. I haven't posted the link as I'm not technically savy enough to know if that would link to my Facebook page... but I found that by clicking on "Account", "Help Centre" and typing in "spam".

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According to Facebook help: .....
Thanks for that. I had seen it but the only problem is that you cannot add a comment as to why it is Spam. I don't know if Facebook review these.

In other areas it is possible to add a reason for reporting a post etc.
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Good day,


Greetings to you and your family, I am a staff of Private Banking Services at the Bank of China (BOC). I am contacting you concerning our customer and, an investment placed under our banks management 3 years ago.


I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this mail. I contacted you independently of our investigation and no one is informed of this communication. I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you.


In 2008, the subject matter; ref: bb/boc/bank/0012 came to our bank to engage in business discussions with our Private Banking Services Department. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of 8.375 million United States Dollars, which he wished to have us turn over (invest) on his behalf.
I was the officer assigned to his case; I made numerous suggestions in line with my duties as the de-facto chief operations officer of the Private Banking Services Department, especially given the volume of funds he wished to put into our bank. We met on numerous occasions prior to any investments being placed. I encouraged him to consider various growth funds with prime ratings. The favored route in my advice to customers is to start by assessing data on 6000 traditional stocks and bond managers and 2000 managers of alternative investments. Based on my advice, we spun the money around various opportunities and made attractive margins for our first months of operation, the accrued profit and interest stood at this point at over 10 million United States Dollars,this margin was not the full potential of the fund but he desired low risk guaranteed returns on investments.
In mid 2008, he asked that the money be liquidated because he needed to make an urgent investment requiring cash payments in Europe. He directed that I liquidate the funds and had it deposited with a firm. I informed him that the bank would have to make special arrangements to have this done and in order not to circumvent due process, the bank would have to make a 9.5 % deduction from the funds to cater for banking and statutory charges. He complained about the charges but later came around when I explained to him the complexities of the task he was asking of us. Cash movement across borders has become especially strict since the incident of 9/11. I contacted my affiliate in and had the funds available.
I undertook all the processes and made sure I followed his precise instructions to the letter and had the funds deposited in a security consultancy firm, the firm is a specialist private firm that accepts deposits from high net worth individuals and blue chip corporations that handle valuable products or undertake transactions that need immediate access to cash. This small and highly private organization is familiar especially to the highly placed and well-connected organizations. In line with instructions, the money was deposited. He told me he wanted the money there in anticipation of his arrival from Norway later that week. This was the last communication we had, this transpired around 9th October 2009.


In January this year, we got a call from the security firm informing us that the inactivity of that particular portfolio. This was an astounding position as far as I was concerned, given the fact that I managed the private banking sector I was the only one who knew about the deposit , and I could not understand why he had not come forward to claim his deposit. I made futile efforts to locate him I immediately passed the task of locating him to the internal investigations department of the bank of china. Four days later, information started to trickle in, apparently he was dead. A person who suited his description was declared dead of a heart attack in Canne, South of France. We were soon enough able to identify the body and cause of death was confirmed.
The bank immediately launched an investigation into possible surviving next of kin to alert about the situation and also to come forward to claim his estate. If you are familiar with private banking affairs, those who patronize our services usually prefer anonymity, but also some levels of detachment from conventional processes. In his bio-data form, he listed no next of kin. In the field of private banking, opening an account with us means no one will know of its existence, accounts are rarely held under a name; depositors use numbers and codes to make the accounts anonymous. This bank also gives the choice to depositors of having their mail sent to them or held at the bank itself, ensuring that there are no traces of the account and as I said, rarely do they nominate next of kin. Private banking clients apart from not nominating next of kin also usually in most cases leave wills in our care, in this case; he died intestate.


In line with our internal processes for account holders who have passed away, we instituted our own investigations in good faith to determine who should have right to claim the estate. This investigation has for the past months been unfruitful. We have scanned every continent and used our private investigation affiliate companies to get to the root of the problem. The investigation did not ever yield any result My official capacity dictates that I am the only party to supervise the investigation and the only party to receive the results of the investigation.


This leaves me as the only person with the full picture of what the prevailing situation is in relation to the deposit and the late beneficiary of the deposit. According to practice, the firm will by the end of this financial year broadcast a request for statements of claim to BOC, failing to receive viable claims they will most probably revert the deposit back to BOC. This will result in the money entering the BOC accounting system and the portfolio will be out of my hands and out of the Private Banking Services Department. This will not happen if I have my way.


What I wish to relate to you will smack of unethical practice but I want you to understand something. It is only an outsider to the banking world who finds the internal politics of the banking world aberrational. The world of private banking especially is fraught with huge rewards for those who occupy certain offices and oversee certain portfolios. You should have begun by now to put together the general direction of what I propose. There is US$ 8,375,000.00 deposited, I alone have the deposit details and they will release the deposit to no one unless I instruct them to do so. I alone know of the existence of this deposit for as far as BOC is concerned, the transaction with our deceased customer concluded when I sent the funds to the firm, all outstanding interactions in relation to the file are just customer services and due process.


They are simply awaiting instructions to release the deposit to any party that comes forward. This is the situation. This bank has spent great amounts of money trying to track this man's family; they have investigated for months and have found no family. The investigation has come to an end.
My proposal; I am prepared to place you in a position to give instruction for the release of the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you in half. That is: I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you. We share the proceeds 50/50. I would have gone ahead to ask the funds be released to me, but that would have drawn a straight line to me and my involvement in claiming the deposit. I assure you that I could have the deposit released to you within a few days. I will simply inform the bank of the final closing of the file relating to the customer I will then officially communicate with the firm and instruct them to release the deposit to you. With these two things: all is done. The alternative would be for us to have the firm direct the funds to another bank with you as account holder. This way there will be no need for you to think of receiving the money from the firm. We can fine-tune
I am aware of the consequences of this proposal. I ask that if you find no interest in this project that you should discard this mail. I ask that you do not be vindictive and destructive. If my offer is of no appeal to you, delete this message and forget I ever contacted you. Do not destroy my career because you do not approve of my proposal. You may not know this but people like myself who have made tidy sums out of comparable situations run the whole private banking sector. I am not a criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience, this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move.


Such opportunities only come ones' way once in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by, for once I find myself in total control of my destiny. These chances won't pass me by. I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if you will not work with me let me know and let me move on with my life but do not destroy me. I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide them with new opportunities. There is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth undertaking. I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is from you refusing to work with me and alerting my bank. I am the only one who knows of this situation, good fortune has blessed you with a name that has planted you into the center of relevance in my life. Let's share the blessing.
If you find yourself able to work with me, contact me through this same email account. If you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards a conclusion. I wish to inform you that should you contact me via official channels; I will deny knowing you and about this project. I repeat, I do not want you contacting me through my official phone lines nor do I want you contacting me through my official email account. Contact me only through this email address. I do not want any direct link between you and me. My official lines are not secure lines as they are periodically monitored to assess our level of customer care in line with our Total Quality Management Policy.


Please observe this instruction religiously. Please, again, note I am a family man; I have a wife and children. I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This is the one truth I have learned from my private banking clients. Do not betray my confidence.

Best regards,

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Re: 419 Scam of the Day

Just got this offer for a 'wonderful' business opportunity out of the blue ... imagine that

"Hello from Hong Kong

Good day to you my friend. I am Daniel Tsai,

I work in a Bank here in Hong Kong.I am writting

you because I want you to be my partner in a business project worth $44.5M.

Please reply me back via my PRIVATE e-mail

address for more information

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When I get your reply, you will have more details

from me. Best Regards, Daniel Tsai"

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Re: 419 Scam of the Day

This is actually very smart, it's called Spear Phishing, where as they send out an email destined to a very small niche market. They have a lower hit rate but a higher conversion rate. Look at comments here, if you're a business owner you may easily fall for it.
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Re: 419 Scam of the Day

This is a new one LOL


Hello,

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract file presently on my desk, and I found out that you have not received your payment due to your lack of co-operation and not fulfilling the obligations giving to you in respect to your contract payment.

However, you are hereby advised to stop dealing with some non-officials in the bank as this is an illegal act and will have to stop if you so wish to receive your payment after the Board of directors' meeting held in Abuja. We have resolved in finding a permanent solution to your problem, hence we have arranged your payment through our ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTRE in Europe, America,Africa and Asia Pacific.This is part of an instruction/mandate passed by the Senate in respect to overseas contract payment and debt re-scheduling.

We will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money via ATM MACHINE in any part of the world,and the maximum daily limit is Ten Thousand United States Dollars($10,000.00) valued sum at Five Million United States Dollars {$5,000,000.00}.

If you desire to receive your fund this way, kindly re-confirm your:

(1) Your Full Name
(2) Full residential address.
(3) Phone And Fax Number

Please do stop any further communication with anybody or officer.

Thanks for your co-operation.

Best Regards,


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Re: 419 Scam of the Day

Question for the non-native English speakers here - how obvious is it that this is not written by anyone in a position of responsibility who would have a reasonable grasp of business English? I mean, I'd expect any native speaker to laugh at the contrived wording and usage, but is it obvious to everyone?
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Re: 419 Scam of the Day

So tempted to create a new email to actually reply to this people. But i cant be bothered :P
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Question for the non-native English speakers here - how obvious is it that this is not written by anyone in a position of responsibility who would have a reasonable grasp of business English? I mean, I'd expect any native speaker to laugh at the contrived wording and usage, but is it obvious to everyone?
I was reading somewhere the style might be deliberate, that and why so often these scams still mention nigeria, they reasoned it's because they're not looking for people who would take the time to check the story too thoroughly, but are instead looking for the gullible who take it at face value.
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Re: 419 Scam of the Day

Here is another Scam to watch out for. People may be drawn into it as it refers to the genuine Swiss Lotto.

This is the email I received today:

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SWISS LOTTO LONDON UK
AFFILIATED OFFICE U.K,
82 VICTORIA STREET
VICTORIA LONDON SW1 U.K
http://www.swisslotto.ch


CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU HAVE WON?750,000 Pounds You have been awarded?750,000 Pounds in the SWISS-LOTTO Satellite Software email Lottery in which e-mail addresses are picked randomly by Software powered by the Internet through the worldwide website, your email address was amongst those Chosen this year for the SWISS-LOTTO Satellite lottery. And this promotional program is proudly sponsored by the SWISS-LOTTO organization.

Your email address attached to Ref number 3, 6, 10, 16, 24, 25 with Serial 3, and consequently won the lottery in the "A" Category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of?750,000 Pounds. Number XXXXX drew the lucky Numbers XXXXX drew the lucky Numbers please note that you are lucky winning number falls within our UK Booklet representative. In View of this, your winning prize will be released to you by our fiduciary agent located In our AFFILIATED OFFICE U.K .Our UK agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your winning funds as soon as you Contact them.This promotion takes place annually. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning details confidential till your claims is processed and your Winning funds remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to Claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous element!

To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:

Mr. David Barnet Bradley

Email: [removed]

Tel: [removed]

Provide him with the informations as stated below:
(1) Name:
(2) Address:
(3) Marital:
(4) Age:
(5) Sex:
(6) Nationality:
(7) Country of Residence:
(8) Occupation:
(9) Telephone Number:
(10)Fax Number:
(11)Draw Number above:


These details facilitate the due process and the release of winnings to avoid
Unnecessary delays and complications in the processing of your Winnings.
Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program.
Sincerely,
Mr. Kenneth Gram
Online Games Director
SWISS LOTTO LONDON UK...
http://www.swisslotto.ch
Needless to say, I haven't sent any details, especially as I have never played the Swiss lotto

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Re: 419 Scam of the Day

It's fine to copy/paste the text of a scam, but please remove any sketchy URLs, and all email addresses/phone numbers. Let's not give them even more publicity.
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It's fine to copy/paste the text of a scam, but please remove any sketchy URLs, and all email addresses/phone numbers. Let's not give them even more publicity.
Fair enough. I nearly did do that myself. I took out the ref. numbers from the text
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Automated Unclaimed Tax Refund (KMM871398V76165L0KM)

Normally when I get this kind of e-mail I just delete it.
But today being a Sunday I decided to check it out.
Too much free time :-))
when I clicked the link it is shown as:
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I was asked to select my bank..
So I did..
And then I thought about clogging up their database with a false entry..
Mmmmm 1 false entry is not much use...
And then I thought...hey, I am sure I could write a script for this to
generate thousands of false entries.
And then I thought.. But wait !!
Surely that's the banks job???
Maybe they will pay me millions to write scripts for them ????
:-)))
Or at least £268.50

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Tax Refund Notification

After the just concluded calculation of fiscal activity, we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 268.50 GBP. Please submit the tax refund request and have your tax refund sent to your bank account in due time

Please Click "Get Started" reference below to have your tax refund credit to your bank account in due time. Take your time to go through the bank we have on our list.

Get Started

Note : For Security reason we will record (IP Address, Time and Date) Delibrate Wrong input or flooding with be criminally pursued

Best Regards

HM Revenue & Customs

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Yet another Spanish scam letter

This morning I received a letter, supposedly from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP of Madrid, regarding a long lost inheritance ($9.9 mil US) from a distant relative (so distant I've never heard of him).

Google checks reveal that

a) Julian Wardwell isn't listed as a lawyer in any of Davis Polk & Wardwell's offices worldwide.
b) Madrid office address, telephone number and e-mail does not match google's details.
c) Very unlikely that my distant relative would have been German - the English surname is quite rare in the UK. Plus a lot of research has been done on the family history and the first name doesn't exist for any known relative.
d) I don't know what the statue of limitations is for claiming an estate inheritance in Spain, but said relative was supposed to have died in 2004!
f) the guy wants to split the proceeds 40% to him and 50% to me!

Just one question - is it worth sending the letter off to the genuine Davis Polk & Wardwell or not? They're a worldwide firm so might not be too happy with people scamming in their name.
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Re: Yet another Spanish scam letter

If I receive scam letters claiming to be from named companies, I usually forward them to the companies concerned. It can help them track down the scammers and get them stopped
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Seriously, does anyone, ever, fall for that??
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Re: 419 Scam of the Day [Email Scams, Phishing, etc.]

Most don't I guess, but some must do - otherwise they wouldn't bother to keep sending them out.
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f) the guy wants to split the proceeds 40% to him and 50% to me!
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No problem, just send me the remaining 10%.
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