Scams, Lies and Deception

Email Scams - don't forward
       How can someone wanting to advertise, or worste still, a criminal, get hold of your Email address? Actually, with a little know-how, the process is quite simple. An Email is sent out to a few people with a tracker code hidden within the message. The code is like a virus. When people receive the message, the code or virus sends the Email address of the reciprient back to the hacker. An important part of the scheme is the Email message. It may urge people to forward the message on to 10 of their friends. Because the message has come from a friend, little thought is given to the possibility that it may contain some unwelcome hidden code, so it is sent on to others who in turn get stung. The message often contains emotional blackmail. It will in effect say, "If you don't send this message on to help this person or cause, then you are not a decent character". The best way to deal with this type of message is to simply delete it. If you feel you must send on a message, there is a way to do so and leave the code behind - in many cases. Open up a new Email and type in the message. Don't copy and paste. If the mail contains photos, save the photos in a separate folder, then attach the photos to your new message. A more secure method is to print out the message and mail it. If 'please send on to others' type of messages are not worth the above trouble, then they are not worthy of sending on to your friends.

Keep alert
A principle Christians must live by is that they work for money to meet their daily needs. Furthermore, they should find contentment in what they have, even if it is a small amount. Those who live by that rule are not likely to fall victim to those who want to take advantage of those who are to some extent, dishonest and greedy.
I, along with thousands of others, have received a large number of offers via Email from people overseas who want to give me/us a large sum of money. My Email address was obtained by deceptive means; possibly by means outlined in the first paragraph. Over the past few months, I have been placing these very generous offers in a special folder named 'Conmen'. I have decided to share these Emails with others so that the vulnerable will not fall victim to their tactics. It should be noted that the names of good and honest individuals and organisations are often used in the web of deception.
The tactics which the scamers use on their victims are as follows:
  • Provide a bait (the large sum of money).
  • Ask the target person to provide a small sum of money to get the transaction going.
  • An excuse is provided as to why further amounts of money are needed to facilitate the transfer of money.
  • The victim, having become financially committed to obtaining the large sum of money, gives out more and more of his own money.
Many victims of the above tactics have lost tens of thousands of dollars, and some even more than one hundred thousand dollars.

WARNING: None of the offers, names of individuals or organisations mentioned below should be taken seriously.

  • Mr Samuel Morse from the UK wants to give me a cut of Fifteen Million, Seven Hundred and Forty Five Thousand British Pounds (£15,745,000.00)BP.
  • Mr Andrew McCarthy from the West Indies wants to give 35% of $3,750,000.
  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation wants to give me £1,000,000.00 (One Million Pounds).
  • This person from Europe wants to give me 820,000 (Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand United States Dollars).
  • This person/organisation wants to give me $2.5 Million USD.
  • This person, allegedly a barrister, wants to give me 45% of US$6,500,000.00 (Six Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).
  • And finally, the biggest prize of all. Mr Tim Tookey from the United Kingdom wants to give 35% of £156,000,000. 00. (That's 54.6 million pound).
The details

The Desk Of,
Mr. Samuel Morse
Fund Manager,
Fidelity International, UK .

Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal ethics. [Editors comment: Your Email certainly does not meet my personal ethics, and I do not accept your apologies] I knew that this mail will come to you as a surprise, but please do not be discouraged with my proposal; it was due to how things are moving with me.
However, this correspondence is unofficial and private, and it should be treated as such. At first I will like to assure you that this transaction is 100% risk and trouble free to both parties [ I certainly don't believe that ] My name is Mr. Samuel Morse, a Fund Manager with Fidelity Investment, UK. I handle all our Investors Capital Project Funds which enabled me to divert 1.2% of Investors Excess Return Capital Funds to our Magellan Trust Funds Account where anyone can be presented to claim the funds. Total sum of Fifteen Million, Seven Hundred and Forty Five Thousand British Pounds (15,745,000.00)BP has been diverted, representing 1.2% of Excess Return Capital Funds from the Investor Capital Project Funds for 2006/2007 fiscal year.
I need a reliable and trustworthy person with whom I can work this deal out so that we can claim the funds as mentioned above. There is no risk attached and the funds in question can never be dictated or traced [God is watching!].
Mr. Samuel Morse


This person wants to give 35% of $3,750,000.

From The Desk of
Mr. Andrew McCarthy
#12 Block D, Virgo Villa
TT, West Indies.
Dear Friend,
Kind compliments!!
It is my honour to request your assistance on this business proposition which if pursued to its conclusion will be of immense benefit to both of us. This request may seem strange but I hope you will give it attention and respond to me as soon as possible. I feel quite safe and satisfied dealing with you in this transaction of mutual benefit. Though this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, I chose to reach you via email because it  still remains the fastest and most secured medium of communication. Nevertheless, this correspondence is purely private, and it should be treated as such. l also guarantee you that this transaction is hitch free from all forms of illegitimacy and i encourage you to read it to the end so that you can understand my interest and the role for which I solicit your modest assistance.
My name is Mr. Andrew McCarthy, I am the branch manager of a reputable bank in the Caribbean. I am a man of peace; hence I try all the time to ensure that I do not indulge in frivolous activities that might see me and my family in a problematic situation. My desire is one of great benefit and I only hope we can be of immense assistance to each other.
  I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us. As the branch manager of the bank where I have been a staff for over 15 years, It is my duty to send in a financial report to my unit supervisor at the head office by the end of every fiscal year. On the course of the last two year's (2008) fiscal report, I discovered that an overdraft credited to a deceased client, which was also repaid was not recorded to the attention of the management. It stands as a bad dept and was reported as a bad debt in that year's fiscal report (This was not done intentionally). The sum of Three Million Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars [$3,750.000.00] is down in a floating account, and closely monitored by me by the day even as I work out modalities to transfer the funds to a trusted friend. A lot is at stake, plus my position and the fact that i must not be mentioned as the initiator, hence my decision to contact you because we have no bonds or prior relationships which may stall of warrant an investigation into the matter.
I have since place this fund in a safe account, however unable to transfer same to safety because I cannot conclude the transfer without the assistance of a beneficiary. As an officer of the bank I cannot be directly connected to this money, so this informed my polite decision to contact you, to enable us to work together. I will like you to assist in receiving this money in your bank account so that we can share it mutually. While 35% of the total amount will be designated for your role in the safe transfer, I will receive 40% and the rest will be used to offset the numerous clearance required in the process, including the legal aspect. Note, there are practically no risks involved, it will be a bank to bank transfer.
All I need from you is to stand claim as the original depositor of this fund who made the deposit with our branch so that the head office can order the transfer to your designated bank account. I will do the paper work and will not require you to make prior contributions if we agree to commence. I will complete an account opening form for you and have same backdated to suit the date of funds. A lawyer will also certify your request and i have all that worked out. If you accept this offer to work with me, I will appreciate it very much. As soon as I receive your kind response, I will give you details on how we can achieve it successfully.
I am open and willing to negotiate terms of engagement upon your response via my personal email address as follows: [ address deleted ]
Best Regards,
Mr. Andrew McCarthy.


This person wants to give 35% of £156,000,000. 00.

20th Century Fox
Promotion/Prize Award Dept.
Ref: 4 Queens Road, London
United Kingdom.


The Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation was founded as the result of a merger of two entities, Fox Film Corporation founded by William Fox, and Twentieth Century Pictures, founded by Darryl F. Zanuck. We are delighted to inform you of the result of the just concluded final draws of 20th Century Fox 100th Anniversary promo.
20th Century Fox 100th anniversary promo was conducted from an exclusive list of e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies. The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine from a database of over 2,500,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world. Emails were provided by the entire register domain.
After this automated online ballot, your e-mail address attached to serial number 09-34-64 drew the lucky numbers 1-23-41-65-0-72, which consequently emerged as our only winner in the United Kingdom Booklet. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay off of £1,000,000.00(One Million Pounds) in cash credited to File CFX/210/RN100.
To begin your claim, please contact our London help Service with the necessary information below: Name---- Country---- Address--- Occupation--- Lucky number--- serial number---

Help Service
Mr. Philips Anderson
Information and Payment Bureau:
United Kingdom Office
Tel: +44-703-596-0866
Tel: +44-703-597-0143
Tel: +44-702-403-5980
Fax: +44-870-974-4065
Congratulation on behalf of members and staff of this board and thanks for been part of our promotions board.
Twentieth Century-Fox
Promo Board.
Fox Film Buildings,London.
United Kingdom.


This person wants to give me 820,000 (Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand United States Dollars)

Dear Lucky Winner, Congratulations you have won our Lucky Prize!!
I am pleased to inform you that your e-mail address associated with Ticket number: UKNL/B4401 with Serial number: 00811C, drew Lucky  numbers/02-06-21-23-43-47/of bonus number 29, which was successful for the winning amount of USD 820,000 (Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand United States Dollars) in the recently held United Nations Lottery Programme.
Your winning claims fall within our European Jurisdiction,in this light you are advised to contact our European Claims Agent Dr.Williams Kalu via email ( with the following personal information,he will be the one to help in the processing,and disbursement of your prize money.
Full Name.................... Age ..................... Occupation................... Private Telephone Number............ ountry/Home Address........... Winning Ticket Number.......... Bonus Number................ Marital Status............. Fax(if any)..............
Here is the contact information of the claims agent:
Name:  Dr.Williams Kalu Email: Direct Line: (0043) 676 593 7290
Congratulations once again!!!
Mrs Marie Jones For United Nations Lottery Programme
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This person/organisation wants to give me $2.5 MILLION USD.
This is to officially inform you that(ATM Card number:2787631000360014) has been credited in your favor.Your Personal Identification Number is 8222 .
The ATM  Card Value is $2.5 MILLION USD. You are advice to contact Me with the following information:
  Full Name: Full House Address: Age/Occupation: Phone Number: Scanned Int'l passport/ideal: Attached Copy of Drivers Licence:
 Regards, Mrs.Linda Hills


This person, allegedly a barrister, wants to give me 45% of US$6,500,000.00 (Six Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).

Dear Sir/Madam
I am Barrister Joe Chang, personal attorney to Mr Francois Bonyachai, an expatriate who was resident here in Malaysia. On the 2nd of January 2005, I received a call that my client had died in the Tsunami Disaster with his wife and two kids while on vacation at Phuket Island of Thailand. Since then I have made several inquiries to locate any of my client's extended relatives. This has proved unsuccessful.
I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money left behind by my client before it gets confiscated or declared nserviceable by the bank where this deposit is lodged. Particularly, the bank where the deceased had an account valued at US$6,500,000.00 (Six Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).
The bank has issued me a notice to provide the next-of-kin or have the account confiscated as Unclaimed Dividends. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the biological relatives of my late client, I hereby seek your consent to present you to the bank as next-of-kin of the deceased since you are a foreigner, so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$6.5M can be transferred to you as inheritance and thereafter, you and me can share the money; 50% to me and 45% to you, while 5% will be donated to the Tsunami Disaster Charity Fund.
I have important legal documents that will be used to substantiate our inheritance claims. All I require is your consent and honest co-operation to enable us see the deal through. Furthermore, I guarantee that the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
If you are interested in this transaction, kindly furnish me with your info.
1.full name, 2.address, 3.cell number 5.age 6.occupation 7.telephone and fax numbers 8 Email address
To enable us commence all the legal documents immediately. Please forward your reply to this email:


From: Tim Tookey
LLoyds Bank Director
United Kingdom,
RE: TRANSFER OF £156,000,000. 00
I am quite Sure that this mail Will come to you as a surprise [ No, not really, others have made similar blatently dishonest offers ] Since I have not been having previous correspondences with you.
Actually, One of our accounts, with holding balance of £156,000,000.00(One Hundred and Fifty Six Million Pounds Sterling) has been dormant and last operated long ago. From my investigations and confirmation, the owner of the said account,died in a plane crash. Therefore, the account has no beneficiary and no other person knows about this account.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a concrete special arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch-free and you should not entertain any fears as the required arrangements have been made for the completion of this transfer.
I am in close contact with the bank manager here who is my partner and is willing to approve the transfer to any reliable and trustworthy foreigner with foreign bank account because the former owner of the a/c is a foreigner. The account has no written or oral WILL attached to it. I will provide the necessary information and documents needed in order to claim this money if you agree to receive this fund in your account pending my arrival in your country for sharing and on receipt of your Bank Account Details where the fund will be transferred.
We will start the first transfer with £56,000,000.00. At the end, 60% will be for me, 35% for you and the remaining 5% will be set aside for expenses incurred on both sides during the course of transfer into your account.
There is no risk involved as every arrangement has been well perfected. I will furnish you with further details about the transaction only if you are interested.
Your cooperation is highly needed.
You should contact me through my private email address.

The above is just a sample of some of the Emails that I and many others have received. It is clear that those who engage in this type of deceptive behaviour do not have in mind the judgment to come. "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account." (Hebrews 4:13).
The Bible says regarding some people, "... They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish." (2 Peter 2:12).
This paper uploaded on 01 February 2011.

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