Learn how the 419 and Lottery Scams works

The Internet has brought a whole host of new products and services in to our world. It has also enables us to contact people and friends almost instantly. Unfortunately all of the innovations which we like to use are also used by unscrupulous people who make a living out of cheating us out of our money. It is important that ordinary people over the world are able to recognise these messages and how the scams work. Armed with this kind of knowledge you do not fall for these stories. All of the e-mails posted here are fraudulent or scam e-mails. If you get one, delete it. Believe me, it’s not worth the trouble answering it. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

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  1. Daniela Stankovich

    Dear Michael …again….ii got this e-mail….

    IMPORTANT ALERT FROM FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

    Anti-Terrorist and International Fraud Division.
    Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
    Seattle, Washington.
    Telephone Number : (206) 973-2572

    ATTN: BENEFICIARY

    This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly completed an Investigation with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you legally won the sum of $800,000.00 USD from a Lottery Company outside the United States of America. During our investigation we discovered that your e-mail won the money from an Online Balloting System and we have authorized this winning to be paid to you via a Certified Cashier’s Check.

    Normally, it will take up to 10 business days for an International Check to be cashed by your local bank. We have successfully notified this company on your behalf that funds are to be drawn from a registered bank within the United States Of America so as to enable you cash the check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $800,000.00 USD has been deposited with Bank Of America.

    We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to receive the winning prize as we have verified the entire transaction to be Safe and 100% risk free, due to the fact that the funds have been deposited at Bank Of America you will be required to settle the following bills directly to the Lottery Agent in-charge of this transaction whom is located in Lagos, Nigeria. According to our discoveries, you were required to pay for the following –

    (1) Deposit Fee’s ( Fee’s paid by the company for the deposit into an American Bank which is – Bank Of America )
    (2) Cashier’s Check Conversion Fee ( Fee for converting the Wire Transfer payment into a Certified Cashier’s Check )
    (3) Shipping Fee’s ( This is the charge for shipping the Cashier’s Check to your home address and this fee includes Insurance )

    The total amount for everything is $500.00 (Five Hundred-US Dollars). We have tried our possible best to indicate that this $500.00 should be deducted from your winning prize but we found out that the funds have already been deposited at Bank Of America and cannot be accessed by anyone apart from you the winner, therefore you will be required to pay the required fee’s to the Agent in-charge of this transaction via Western Union Money Transfer Or Money Gram.

    In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the agent in-charge ( Mr. Benson Edward ) via e-mail. Kindly look below to find appropriate contact information:

    CONTACT AGENT NAME: MR. BENSON EDWARD

    E-MAIL ADDRESS: benson.edward@hotmail.com

    Telephone Number : +234-808-252-6229

    You will be required to e-mail him with the following information:

    FULL NAME:
    ADDRESS:
    CITY:
    STATE:
    ZIP CODE:
    DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER:

    You will also be required to request Western Union details on how to send the required $500.00 in order to immediately ship your prize of $800,000.00 USD via Certified Cashier’s Check drawn from Bank Of America, also include the following transaction code in order for him to immediately identify this transaction : EA2948-910.

    This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $500.00 ONLY to Mr. Benson Edward via information in which he shall send to you, if you do not receive your winning prize of $800,000.00 we shall be held responsible for the loss and this shall invite a penalty of $3,000 which will be made PAYABLE ONLY to you (The Winner).

    Please find below an authorized signature which has been signed by the FBI Director- Robert Mueller, also below is the FBI NSB (National Security

    FBI Director
    Robert Mueller.

    Authorized Signature

    NSB SEAL ABOVE
    NOTE: In order to ensure your check gets delivered to you ASAP, you are advised to immediately contact Mr. Benson Edward via contact information provided above and make the required payment of $500.00 to information in which he shall provide to you.

  2. Daniela Stankovich

    Dear MichaeL,i got this e-mail too,,,

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Re: You have not responded to my previous letter
    Hello,

    You have not responded to my previous letter sent two weeks ago by regular mail in which I expressed my grave concerns about an investment of a member of your family.

    As you already know, I am the Information Analyst at the SNS Bank of Netherlands and presently in London, the United Kingdom on official assignments. I am contacting you via email because you have not responded to my previous letter and I do hope you will give this matter a priority attention it truly deserved.

    I would respectfully request that you treat the contents of this mail as privileged and proprietary and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this correspondence because am contacting you independently of our investigation and no one is informed of this communication. Hence, I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you and mutually beneficial if pursued to its conclusion with the necessary speed and determination.

    The bank is at the verge to closing an investment account of high value belonging apparently to your family member who reportedly died intestate five years ago leaving behind an estate/capital with interest of a substantial amount of money in a now bonded account at the SNS Bank of Netherlands and till date nobody has come forward or put application for the claim. In line with our internal processes for account holders who have passed away, we officially 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. Hence, my official capacity dictates that I am the only party to supervise the investigation and just recently, it occurred to me that you and I could work on this matter and share the proceeds equally being that you both share the same last name which put you in the right position to be the only suitable apparent heir of the estate though you may not be biologically related to him.

    However, to maintain some level of security/confidentiality, I have intentionally left out some privileged information and urge you to contact me today and let’s discuss the modalities/logistics of realizing this goal.

    In compliance with the standard requirements and to double-check with my record and ensure that you are indeed the addressee of this mail, I need you to reconfirming your details which include but not limited to your contact information, your full names (no initial please) and your age range, (Date of Birth) as prove of maturity to handle a project of this magnitude. I will provide you with all the privileged information/legal documents relating to the deceased customer and his bonded investment account when I receive your information and double-checked same satisfactorily. I will also guide you through the entire process of the transaction and ensure that the deal is consummated without the breach of the laws.

    I am aware of the consequences of this proposal and humbly request that you discard this mail if you find no interest in this project. I ask that you should not be vindictive if you are not interested in taking this further. Please notify me and delete this message and forget I ever contacted you. Do not ruin my career by contacting the management of my bank simply because you are not interested in my proposal. You may not know this but people like me who have made tidy sums out of comparable situations run the whole private banking sector in the banking industry. I am not a criminal and neither will you be one by working with me on this deal. This may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move. Opportunities like this seldom come and therefore I am committed to realizing this goal in spite of all odds. I need your courage and commitment to actualize this transaction and together we can make it happen.

    I do expect your prompt response. Or feel free to call me anytime on this number: +44 – 70 430 20619 while I am still here in London and let’s examine the possibility of a lasting business relationship.

    Thank you for your time and attention.

    Sincerely,
    Ewald de Bever (Mr),
    Oracle Database Analyst,
    SNS Bank of Netherlands.

  3. veer

    i recieve new email from dina_ang, this is crime online ? please tell mefrom “dina_ang@yahoo.cn” hide details 9:35 pm
    to “avarave@gmail.com”
    cc

    betrave@gmail.com,
    bjcrave@gmail.com,
    bubrave@gmail.com,
    caprave@gmail.com,
    cinrave@gmail.com,
    cmorave@gmail.com
    date Dec 6, 2008 9:35 PM
    subject SHELL PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY 2008 AWARD -[Sat, 6 Dec 2008 14:35:33 +0000]

    SHELL WORLD

    Shell Petroleum Development Company Hong Kong
    Shell Tower, Kennedy Brown Avenue,
    Times Square,Hong Kong/China

    BATCH REF: SHHK/008/YY

    This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of One Million United States Dollars (US$1,000,000.00) for the 2008 International E-mail Draw which is Organized by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).

    SPDC collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo, Aol, Walla,Gmail, Russian Mail,Hotmail and few from other e-mail providers. Six people are selected yearly to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners this year by this great Oil company.

    PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM

    Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Center. Shell Award must be claimed not later than final claim day from date of Draw Notification. Any Prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.You have therefore been approved for the payment of the sum of US$1,000, 000, 00 in cash which is the winning present /amount for each winner. This is from the total prize money of US$6,000,000.00 shared among the six international winners in this category.

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    Stated below is your identification number:

    REFERENCE NUMBER: SPDC-081511

    Please be informed that your CHEQUE of the sum of US$1,000,000.00 is now with the payee center. Contact your fiduciary agent in China [CANDY SU] and give them your full detail below so that they will re-insure your winning under your full name and direct you to the bank for payment as your winning numbers fall within the China Mainland Location file

    (SHELL PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMAPANY AGENT)

    Name: DINA ANG (CLAIM AGENT)

    E-Mail: dina_ang@yahoo.cn
    Tel: +86 159174253 77
    He shall immediately commence the process that will facilitate the release of your fund to you.Fill the below form and send to your agent

    1. Full name……………………..
    2. Address ……………
    3. Country of origin…………………..
    4. Occupation………………………
    5. AGE………………………
    6. Phone number…………………..
    7. Email Address……………………..

    Congratulations!! once again.

    Yours in service,
    MISS LILY RECONE
    [Shell Publicity Secretary]

    SHELL PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMAPANY (SPDC),WE ARE TRULLY THE OIL GIANT IN THE WHOLE WORLD!!!!

  4. Lesya

    Dear Sirs actually I have already recieved all kind of these letters, and then I decided do all step by step just to know for sure what they really whant from us. I will write to you soon.

  5. Judith Eubank

    From: Oceanicbank Plc France

    Reply-To: ocbplcc@yahoo.fr

    OCEANIC BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC
    NO.7 B AVENUE COTONOU
    BENIN REPUBLIC
    TELE:+229-96-369-638
    FAX:+229-97-657-123
    EMAIL: ocbplcc@yahoo.fr

    Dear Beneficiary Judith Eubank,

    I am the Manager of the Oceanic Bank Plc, here in Benin Republic, i was assigned by Mr.Edward Benson/Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to transfer your wining fund that worth of $1.5 million Usd, into your local account with the North Central Area Credit Union, in the province of Michigan United State

    I am writing this mail to inform you, that all the necessary arrangements to transfer your fund into your account, has been made, but it is important for you to note that before we proceed to the transfer of the fund, that you are required to open a local savings account or joint account with us here, to enable us transfer your fund into your local account with the North Central Area Credit Union, because there will be no way an international transfer could be made with out opening of account here,and the cost for the opening of the account is the 0.5% of the total fund, that is the sum of $1500,

    And beign that i spoke with the director of the FBI, this morning on the issue of opening of your local account here,he promised to raise the sum of $750 ,so that you will come up with also $750, to complete the needed amount of $1500 only,because they are the one that permited this transfer,

    Now they have deciceded to open a joint account on your behalf to enable us transfer the money into your account at Michigan USA

    Note that it will take only 3 working days to transfer this money in your account, and i am waiting to hear from you to when you will be sending the remaning balance of $750,because the FBI, has promised to raise the half of the amount which is $750

    Get back to me immediately, as soon as you receive this mail, because all the documents from FBI, has been handed over to me, and to inform you that you fund of $1.5 million is here with us in the bank account, it is when that you send this fee for the opening o your account, that we will deposit it into your account and transfer it immediaitely into your account with North Central Area Credit Union

    You can send the fee with our western union agent name below

    Waiting to hear from you ASAP

    RECEIVERS NAME……..PRINCE MIKE NWOFIA

    COUNTRY……………………..BENIN REPUBLIC

    CITY…………………………………. COTONOU
    TEXT QUESTION………… IN GOD?
    ANSWER ………………WE TRUST
    ZIP CODE……………….+229

    AMOUNT………………………. $750

    Apollos Ikpobe
    Best Regard’s,
    (Chairman) Dr.Barry White
    Manager of Operations Oceanic Bank International PLC
    TEL: +229-96-369-638
    global email services

    Congratulations from the Staff & Members of the Bank Board
    Commission.

    Abraham,Vicki Savery, Aldwin
    Mrs Mercy Fraiser Mr.Nadi Souladi Mr. Danny Jordan
    Co-ordinator Oceanic Bank International officer Executive

  6. David

    Michael, please tell me if this is for real.
    thanks

    David

    —————————————————————————————————————–

    Officially Cleared For Payment : Contact The Courier Company‏
    From: Williams Hughes (agentwillhughes02@verizon.net)
    Sent: Monday, March 02, 2009 12:43:43 PM
    To: David Cerón (tre67@hotmail.com)

    The U.K. National Lottery
    12 Bridge Street,
    Staines Middlesex TW18 4TP
    United Kingdom.

    Customer Service/Claims Department

    Ref: LSUK/2031/8161/05
    Batch: R3/A312-59

    Dear David Cerón Suárez ,

    I want to inform you that your verification details have been received and have been processed. I must say that you should count yourself extremely lucky to have emerged as one of our lucky winners in the UK National Lottery Online Sweepstakes International Program.

    As you already know, all participants for the online version were selected randomly from the World Wide Web through a computer draw system and extracted from over 1,000,000 unions, associations and corporate bodies that are listed online and each email address was attatched to a ticket number. Your email address attatched to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 was selected which automatically makes you one of our lucky winners.

    Your funds have been approved for release and we will begin the process of remittance of your prize money to you immediately. We have contacted the UK National Lottery Advisory Board and The Internal Revenue Board and we have received the approval to send your prize money which is a total sum of £590,983.00 (Five Hundred and Ninety Thousand Nine Hundred and Eighty Three Great British Pounds) via a certified cheque from our official prize issuing Courier Service ( Global Max Shipping Company in United Kingdom ) in accordance with our policies.

    We have also contacted the Courier officials and have made all necessary arrangements on your behalf. All process of your delivery will be made known to you as soon as you contact the Courier Company

    Do note, that sequel to UK Lottery Acts 249(n) of 1972 ammended in July, 1996 to ensure the actual winning prize get to Winners, any fees involved in the transfer process can not be deuducted from your prize money because your winning claim is bonded by a hard cover insurance policy that gives only the winner access to the prize money.

    Hence you will be responsible for all costs incurred in the transfer of your funds.

    Please forward your Name and Ticket number to The Client Services Manager, GLOBAL MAX Shipping Company and he will get to you as soon as your winning parcel is ready for delivery.

    Mr. Clive Ferguson
    Client Services Manager.
    Global Max Delivery Associates.

    Tel: +44 703 591 3950

    Email: deliveryunit_gmx01@verizon.net
    OR
    info@globalmxc.com

    Do not hesitate to contact this office via telephone or email if the need arises.

    Congratulations once again,

    Mr. Williams Hughes
    Claims Department
    The U.K. National Lottery

    For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money 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. Please be warned !!!

    © Copyright 1994-2009 The U.K. National Lottery.

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  7. lalit agrawal

    sir i also received this email
    i also sent my adrress and contact number
    did i done anything wrong pls reply
    i hope its fake

  8. Michael Holdcroft

    Lalit,

    even if you have sent them your address and number, there is reason to worry. They need you to be willing to send them money. As you now know, that is all they are interested in. You will never get any money from tham.

    So if they call, hang up. And don’t answer their emails.

    That way they will leave you alone.

    Michael

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