Phishing Scams

So, the following is a collection of scam emails that I have received… Some of them are quite comical. Enjoy!

The Alfanso –

Dear Sir

Could you please consider helping me and my little sister to relocate to your country? My name is Alfonso Williams and my Sister name Linda. We want you to assist us transfer and invest our inheritance to your country. We got your contact address through our late father’s international business directory and we decided to contact you to seek for your kind help in assisting us see to the bank’s requirement and receive the money in your safe bank account in your country. We lost our parents few years ago. Our father and his half brother were murdered by assailants during a midnight rebel shoot out in our country Sierra Leone. Our mother sustained a very severe bullet injury the same night which resulted to her untimely death four days after she was rushed down to a private hospital.

Shortly before the unfortunate incident, my father had informed me about an important business deal he had executed with some of his colleagues in the office. He told me that he diverted some money totaling $8,300.000.00 which they realized from the sale of gold and diamonds in the black market. He told me that he deposited the money in the bank here in Africa.

Now we want to finally relocate to your country with this money so that we can start a new life and further our education. We are right now in Ivory Coast and have visited the bank where our father deposited the money and identified ourselves properly and informed them about the sad fate our father had suffered. We will need your help in the following ways, to help us stand as our guardian so that we can have the money released to you and also bring us over to your country to continue our college education and then after make arrangement for a good business investment which you will invest the money on our behalf. We are willing to give you any amount which you will wish to have as percentage after receiving the money in your safe bank account. If you can help us, we will need your contact to present to the bank as our guardian so that the bank will contact you. We hope to hear from you soon. Thank you and May God bless you and your family.

Yours Sincerely
Alfonso and Linda


The Australian –

[Address was listed here.]
Ref: 475061725
Batch: 7056490902/188
Winning no: GB8701/LPRC


Dear Sir/Madam,

This is to inform you that your Email Address have emerged winner of the AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY PROGRAM .You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of $700,000. USD (Seven Hundred Thousand United state dollars)

To file for your claim. Please quote your Date of draw, Reference Number, Batch Number and Winning Number, which can be found on the top-left corner of this message. Also, you should fill the below personal form to help locate your file easily.

For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize has been released to you and also to the public. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by non-participant or unofficial personnel.

1) Scanned copy of International passport or Drivers license/Identity card:
(2) Full Name:
(3) Telephone:
(4) Occupation:
(5) Age:
(6) Sex:
(7) Full Address:
(8) country:
(9) Nationality:

Contact details:


Note: All winnings MUST be claimed before the 10th of March. 2011; otherwise all funds will be canceled.

Yours Faithfully,
Miss Carol Smith
Online coordinator for


The Powerball! –

[address was here]

Ref: PBL/2261256003/01
Batch: 12/03876/PBL

Date: 02/14/2011
Dear Prize Winner,


Europe/America private international e-games organizers and co-sponsors, POWERBALL LOTTO Group International, officially bring to your notice the final draw result of 10/23/2010 POWERBALL LOTTO -wheel E-game which was conducted at our international corporate office complex in The UNITED KINGDOM.

Below are your winning numbers and you are advised to keep it confidential
Winning date:02/14/2011 WN:(4 11 19 33 43 14 )

Most recently, this foundation set up the NEW LOTTERY SCHEME to give out prizes based on COMPUTER BALLOT SYSTEM. By doing this the foundation seek to encourage the use of Internet for academic and business pursuits.

Your e-mail ID was included among the 50,000 different e-mail addresses submitted to us by our partner international e-mail providers. We hereby wish to congratulate and inform you on the selection of your e-mail account among the 6 lucky consolation prize winners. Your e-mail ID identified with coupon No. PBL2348974321, was selected by our E-games Random Selection System (ERSS) which subsequently won you a consultation cash prize of GBP 650,000.00 (Six Hundred And Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pounds Sterling Only).

To process your winnings, please provide the below requirments and contact our Due Processing Unit Officer with the below email:

Your full name:
Phone number:

Name: Mr. Bill Anderson
(Due Processing Officer)

Contact E-mail:
Contact number +13475759893

Congratulations once again from all member of our staff.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. Cindy Charles-Thomas
Executive (Online Co-ordinator).
Copyright© 1997-2010
Power Ball Lottery Association
All Rights Reserved


Ooo… RAPs –

Dear Winner,

We are pleased to inform you that your email address has been selected for a cash prize offer as a registered member of Internet E-mail user. Your E-mail address have subsequently won you the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds [₤500,000.00GBP] from the UK National E-mail Lottery Award promotion.

Email addresses are picked and processed by a computer through a special program that is specially designed for this lottery.The program is known as Random Access Program (RAP).This software picks email addresses from the internet and through a random process, picks the winners through their email address..

Regarding the process to release your prize, kindly contact the National West-Ministers Bank of London (NAT-WEST BANK PLC) immediately with the below details…

Contact Person: Mr.Austin Paul (Natwest Bank Transfer Department)
Bank Email:
Direct Office Contact Line: + (44) 70457 31241

Kindly fill the Claims Verification Form and send it to the LOTTERY PAYING BANK for procession of prize transfer. Fill accordingly…

[FULL NAME OF WINNER]===============================

[COUNTRY/ REGION]===================================


[STATE/ PROVINCE]===================================

[DATE OF BIRTH]=====================================


[EMAIL ADDRESS]=====================================


[AMOUNT WON]========================================

[MARITAL STATUS]====================================



For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information Secret/Confidential to themselves and away from the general public until your claims are processed and your prize released and transferred to your designated account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be CAREFUL!!!

Warm Regards,
Mrs. Kate Johnson
Director, Award Distribution Center.

Microsoft © Copyright 2011 UK Microsoft Lotto International All rights reserved.


Ivan! –

Hello Dear,

I am Ivan Scotch and I work in a bank here in United Kingdom. I have been working in my present employment for 8years and I happen to be the account Officer to one of the accounts belonging to Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky is the former Head of Yukos Oil Company and the richest man in Russia before his arrest in October 2003.

I have a very confidential brief from this top (oligarch) to ask for your partnership in re-profiling funds worth US$21.3 Million. This is a legitimate transaction and the contract is to re-profile the funds in your names and particulars. A parallel VISA ATM CARD account will be created in your names that the funds will be transferred into. Once this is done, I will ensure that the VISA ATM CARD and PIN number is ready and posted to your address in just a few days after the account is created. The maximum ATM withdrawal from any SWIFT ATM MACHINES world wide is $20,000. This means that in five days, we already have $100,000 and in a few months, we will have access to all the funds available. You don’t need to appear at the bank in person, all the paper works will be well taken care of by me.

You are to take 15% of the proceeds as your commission/compensation for your active efforts and contribution to the success of this transaction. I know you may be wondering why Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky will want to do a thing like this. Well, he is in a difficult predicament with then Vladimir Putin’s Government because of his involvement in politics and the present government under Dmitry Medvedev has sworn to ruin and liquidate him because he sponsored a major party against the ruling party. It is very evident that the Russian government is doing everything possible to confiscate Mr. Mikhail’s assets.
Visit the following sites to better acquaint yourself with Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s current profile or you can watch more of CNN or BBC to get more news about my client.

Please indicate your interest by providing me with your
confidential Telephone Numbers:
Full Names:
Contact Address:

and I will furnish you with further details and instructions. Please keep this confidential as we cannot afford more political problems.

Look forward to a profitable transaction with you.
And Get back to me Urgently

Ivan Scotch


More Australians! –


Your email address has won US$500,000.00 Dollars!!!!(Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) Attached to Batch Number: Lwh 27 522 465 896 6453 with Serial number Lwh 3/772/554 drew the lucky numbers.. NO TICKETS WERE SOLD

For security reasons,your winning information is not disclosed in this notification.

CONTACT: DR JOHN IBU for detail and payment

Telephone: +2348087477719

By filling this form below and send it to him to file for your claim .
Indicating your,



Mrs.Roselin Jones

Online coordinator for AUSTRALIAN LOTTO INC.


The Yahoo –


This is to inform you that you have won prize money of ONE MILLION US DOLLARS ($1,000,000.00) for the YEAR 2010 Lottery promotion, which is
organized by YAHOO LOTTERY INC/BRITISH LOTTERY INC for the introduction of the new YAHOO BETA MAIL/WORLD CUP PROMOTION, which all internet users
are required to switch onto.


Your Payment Approval File was sent to Europe only due to the fact that London is a central world recognize city for the award .You are to contact our Location Claim Agent on or before your date of Claim.
Note: Any prize not claimed within this period (14days) will be forfeited unless where necessary.
identification numbers:

Batch number………….YBM-EBS-360AF
Ref number……………YBM-EBS-710AF
Winning number…….YBM-EBS-718AF

These numbers above fall within your agents Location file, you are
requested to contact your Agent and send your Identification Numbers
and Personal Information to him.

REV. FR. Eamon Jude Sweeney
TEL: +447754421118 or +447031988864

You are therefore advised to send the following information to him to enable him facilitate the process of transfer of your fund with the
appointed paying bank directives.

Send your Identification Numbers/Your Personal Information to him immediately:

Personal Information

1. Full name…………………………
2. Country…………………………..
3. Contact Address……………..
5. Marital Status…………………
6. Occupation………………..
7. Age…………8. Sex……………Tel…………..

Congratulations once again.
Yours in service,
Mrs. Liz Milford


Canadians! –

Canadian Lottery (Lotto lore)
[address was here]

Dear Winner,

We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer Balloting .This is a Millennium Scientific Computer Game in which email addresses were used.All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000 company and 50,000,000 individual email addresses from all over the world. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it and on that regards,the Canadian Lottery Board wishes to inform you that your email address have won the sum of $820,000.00 USD (Eight Hundred and twenty Thousand Dollars) in cash credited to file with:

WINNING NUMBER : 2 6 20 23 38 45 Bonus 24
TICKET NUMBERS : B9564 7560 4545 100

To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed claims agent below as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings with your full below details.

Name: Agent Milton Ercan.

1) Your name….
2) Your address….
3) Telephone number….
4) Gender….
5) Occupation….
6) Nationality….
7) Date of birth….

Congratulations once again from all our staff.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs.Candy Snell.
**Customer Service*


Vimeo Scams? – (This one’s new, I received it through my vimeo inbox)

“Hello Dear,
With Respect,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I know this mail may come to you as a surprise, since we have not known or written before.
After you receive this mail kindly contact me on my private Email contact below. introducing myself, I am Shamita Dahman, the Only Daughter of the late Dahman Dominic my father was a gold and cocoa merchant based in Accra, Ghana and Abidjan (Ivory Coast), he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their business trips recently.

Before his death, He called me on his bedside and told me that he has a sum of 6.500,000USD deposited in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan Cote d’ Ivoire, that he used my name for the next of kin in depositing of the fund.

I will need your assistance as follows:

1) To assist me in retrieving this money from the bank.
2) To serve as the guardian of this fund.
3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a residential permit in your country.

Moreover, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of this fund to your nominated account overseas.

Reply to my private e-mail box below: (

Anticipating to hear from you soon.

Awaiting your urgent reply.

Shamita Dahman
Note: please reply to my private e-mail box below: (”