Thursday, July 22, 2010

What does 'diver-stated' mean?

This is a confusing message, but one part of it is crystal clear: This is a scam. It wasn't sent by a U.S. soldier named David Cox or Daviid Cox or David Dean, but by someone trying to con you. When you reply, the "confidential" message will an invitation to help launder money, or something like that. Links to news stories on the BBC prove absolutely nothing about the authenticity of a message. Delete messages like this. Don't reply to them.

From: David
Date: July 21, 2010 4:27:42 AM PDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: Yours sincerely,

Dear friend ,

I am MSgt. David a Master Sergeant in the U.S Army. Kindly View the BBC news article Listed below. My experience and challenges serving under the U.S Army in Iraq, makes me feel Diver-stated, but I am very optimistic that I will not die in the battle, by the special grace of God.

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Your prayer and friendship will be highly appreciated at this point in time of my life. To crown it all, I have some thing confidential I would like to disclose to you, but you will have to assure me that no other ear will hear it.

Waiting for your favorable response.

Yours Sincerely,

MSgt. David.

The FBI is not working with the IMF

If you believe that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation uses a Yahoo account to tell you to pick up an ATM card from someone in Nigeria, and you should reply to an account in China, you might fall for this. It's a scam, though an amusing one. Coca-Cola?

Delete the message, don't reply, don't be fooled.

From: "FBI"
Date: July 19, 2010 1:35:27 AM PDT
Subject: ATM Card


Attn: Beneficiary,

I am Mr. Ron Mills, the personal secretary to the FBI Director; Robert S.Mueller III. After proper investigations, we discovered that your impending payment that have been withheld by imposters, claiming to be Mr. Mr. Lamido Sanusi (The New Governor of the Central bank of Nigeria), Mr. Patrick Aziza, Mr. Frank Nweke, None existing officials of the Oceanic Bank of Nigeria and Zenith Bank, UK winning Lottery, Andy Lear of Hsbc bank, Coca-Cola winning lottery and among a list of others is now under our custody with the help of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Local Police Force.

Investigations revealed that you have spent a lot on your personal earned money just to conclude the successful transfer of your funds to your nominated bank account by obtaining transfer documents as requested by the imposters, costing you a lot of money but all to no avail. The FBI had to send some financial crime investigators from our head quarters in Washington DC to Africa in other to carry out proper investigation, after receiving series of other reports similar to yours as you are not the only person awaiting the legal transfer of funds from Africa. The FBI has giving authority to the International Monetary Funds (IMF) to assist the Federal Ministry of Finance and all the organization involved; such as the Central Bank, Zenith Bank, and Legit lottery organizations to immediately commence with the compensation of all the beneficiaries awaiting the successful transfer of their funds. With the help of some of the best Internet investi gators attached to the FBI.

I am pleased to inform you that a meeting was held as regards the best way to carry out with the compensation exercise for transparency and most especially to avoid reoccurrence of the delay in transferring your funds and the high cost of procuring transfer documents and came to a final conclusion as all head of organizations involved was duly represented. It was approved to be issued to you as a valid international ATM card cashable at any ATM machine designation in the world. The ATM account has already being credited with two million, five hundred thousand United States dollars. ($2.5, 000, 000.00USD), with a daily Limit of withdrawal of Ten thousand United States Dollars. ($10.000, 00USD).The ATM card has already being packaged and approved to be delivered to your door step via express courier delivery service.

Contact Mr. Richard Williams {Our FBI ATM Rep.} at the ATM PAYMENT CENTER and reconfirm your delivery information as stated below and your security code with five digit (24006) number has to be submitted alongside with your delivery information for security reasons.

NAME: Mr. Richard Williams
PHONE: +234-802-524-3188

NOTE: Under normal circumstances you are suppose to come and collect your ATM CARD in person and sign some documents as proof of the collection of your ATM CARD but the IMF and the Finance Ministry insisted that you pay for the delivery charges of your ATM CARD via western union money transfer, which will cost you only $180.00USD to cut down travel expenses in other for the western union payment receipt and the receipt of payment of $180 .00USD to the nominated courier company that will carry out with the delivery to your door step to be documented in your file as proof your collection. We hope that is very clear. A receipt to this effect will be sent to you and a copy kept in your file for future documentation.

We also advise that you stop further communications with these imposters and forward any correspondence / proposal you receive from them to Mr. Richard Williams in other for the FBI to bring justice to does still at large.

Mr. Ron Mills.
For: Mr. Robert S.Mueller III

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The IRS is using Polish email addresses to save money - not

Ooh, a letter from the Tax Credits Office! Sorry, this is scam. No, they don't send email from Poland. No, the U.S. Government doesn't use "" to distribute IRS forms. Don't reply, don't be fooled, by any email that you receive that claims that you're owned money from the government. It's always a scam.

From: Tax Credits Office Agent
Date: June 29, 2010 10:02:15 AM PDT
Subject: Re: Tax Notification

We are pleased to inform you that upon review of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $246.30 under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 3-6 days in order to process it.

To get your refund, please access the IRS e-file form.

IRS e-file form (

Note: For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and time. Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicted.

Note: Because this letter could help resolve any questions regarding your exempt status, you should keep it in your permanent records.

David Morgan
Director, Tax Refunds Department

The faux sergeant is a scammer, not a soldier

This is a fairly transparent scam, even without the amusing "from" email address and bad grammar. Don't respond, don't be fooled, by messages like this.

Date: July 6, 2010 9:52:33 PM PDT
Subject: Hello /From Dr. Craig A. Franklin


Would you mind if we got correspond? I am contacting you on behalf of MAJOR GENERAL CRAIG A. FRANKLIN; My name is Ms. Liliana R. Tavera (Sgt) office coordinator of the 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron {Joint Base Balad, Iraq}.

I was directed to contact you after a closer look on your profile and personality, MAJOR GENERAL CRAIG A. FRANKLIN will be honoured to secure a mutual financial business with you or any trustful person/s that you can recommend outside our United States military and the North Atlantic TreatyOrganization (NATO) surveillance.

Please kindly contact me immediately with your response including
(1.) Your Full Names& Address
(2.) Tel & Fax numbers
(3.) Your most confidential email address; and I'll get back to you with our proposal.

In waiting of your response...
Sgt. Liliana Tavera {Ms}
Baghdad, Iraq

Domain scam spammers continue

Your brand is not in danger -- and if you're worried that it is, go to a domain registry and register it yourself. Don't reply to scammers like this, who are trying to sell you over-priced and unnecessary services to protect your business assets.

From: "Mike Yan"
Date: July 5, 2010 7:10:50 PM PDT
To: "info" my email address
Subject: Notice:Brand name " domain " dispute in ASIA

(If you are not in charge of this please transfer this email to appropriate dept, thanks.)

Dear President,

We are the department of Asian Domain registration service in china. we have something need to confirm with you. we formally received an application on July 5, 2010. one company which called "Boices Group Inc." are applying to register "domain" as Brand name and the following Domain Names:

After our initial examination, we found that the Domain Names applied for registration are as same as your company's name and trademark. these days we are dealing with it, hope to get the affirmation from your company. if your company has not authorized the aforesaid company to register these, please contact us as soon as possible.

In addition, we hereby affirm that our time limit is 7 workdays. if your company files no reply within the time limit, we will unconditionally approve the application submitted by "Boices Group Inc.".

Best Regards,

Mike Yan
Senior Consultant
Register and Audit dept.
Address:Room515-516, No.885 Green Ark Building, East Huancheng Road,Fengxian District, Shanghai