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Microsoft Award Promotion

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Dear winner,

Please open attached letter of your winning notification and get Back to us for more information.

Thank you for being part of our Promotional Lottery program.

Yours Sincerely,
Dr. Green Smith (Director)
Uk Custody Client Services

They also attached this pdf file, microsoft_award_notification.pdf.


Mark Hughes

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I am Mark Hughes, i work with one of the banks here in England, UK.My apologies if you find my mail intruding, i do not intend to offend you but only wish to use this medium to propose a business transaction to you which i believe would be of financial benefits to both of us if you agree to work with me.

First,i would like you to know that i would understand if you take this proposal to be some scam or hoax as i would probably think the same in your place. I also receive a lot of spam mails all the time which to be honest with you is how i got the idea of contacting you through this medium from.I want to assure you this is a real and genuine business.

I am sorry,i can only give you a few details of the transaction at this moment as i am not sure of your position yet and would not want to risk destroying everything i have worked hard for so far by being carefree and disclosing vital information’s at this point that could get me into trouble,i have to be sure you are willing to work with me before i can give you the full details including my personal information’s.
The total amount involved is around (SEVEN AND HALF MILLION POUNDS)and all i need from you is to help me get the funds over to you safely, i have everything all worked out and there would be no risk or danger in this transaction.

If you are willing to co-operate with me on this deal feel free to give me a call or write me ASAP indicating your sincere interest and for further information’s and any questions you might wish to ask me. Thanks for your time and i look forward to a positive response from you soon.


Mark Hughes


Buzzle E-Card

Here is a phishing scam attempt

You’ve been buzzed!

Someone special has sent you a Buzzle e-card. To pick up your
card, click:

If your email program does not allow you to go directly to the link,
please paste the address into your browser’s address window.

Send your own free Buzzle e-card today by visiting

Disclaimer: is not responsible for the content of this e-card.

The scam site is
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PayPal Inphonic

Another PayPal scam

This email confirms that you have paid INPHONIC ( $239.95 USD using PayPal.

This credit card transaction will appear on your bill as “PAYPAL INPHONIC*”.

PayPal Shopping Cart Contents
Quantity: 1
Total: $219.95 USD

Cart Subtotal: $219.95 USD
Shipping Charge: $20.00 USD
Cart Total: $239.95 USD

Shipping Information

Shipping Info:

Richard McElroy
202 N Magnolia Dr.
Saco, ME 04072
United States

Address Status:

If you haven’t authorized this charge, click the link below to cancel the payment and get a full refund.
Dispute Transaction

Thank you for using PayPal!
The PayPal Team

Please do not reply to this e-mail. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered. For assistance, log in to your PayPal account and choose the “Help” link in the footer of any page.
PayPal Email ID PP120

Here is the fake PayPal site


CO-OP Financial Services

Another fake website, this time they faked CO-OP Financial Services website

Dear CO-OP Network Customer,


You have been chosen by our online department to take part in our quick and easy online departament. In return we will credit $100 to your account – Just for your time! Helping us better understand how our customers feel benefits everyone. 

With the information collected we can decide to direct a number of changes to improve and expand our online service.

We kindly ask you to spare two minutes of your time in taking part with this unique offer!

SERVICE: CO-OP Network $100 Reward Survey
EXPIRATION: May -  1 – 2007

Confirm Now your $100 Reward Survey with CO-OP Network . Reward services.

The information you provide us is all non-sensitive and anonymous. No part of it is handed down to any third party groups. It will be stored in our secure database for maximum of 3 days while we process the results of this nationwide survey.

Please do not reply to this message. For any inquiries, contact Customer Service.

Document Reference: (87051203).

Copyright 2001 – 2007, CO-OP Network,N.A. 

The scam website is

The real website is


Mid America Bank

Mid America Bank clients be warned, there is a scam email spreading across the Internet. Here is the message:

Security Notice

Mid America Bank knows that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we appreciate your trust that we will do so carefully and sensibly. However we recently noticed that your account was accessed from several foregin IP addresess. Because information about our customers is an important part of our business we treated this matter as a possible fraudulent attempt to obtain your personal (sensitive) information. This has resulted in the suspension of your account untill your personal information can be verified . To begin the verification process please access your account immediately by following the secure link below:

If the verification process is successful your account will be restored in aproximatly 24 hours.

* Please Note: If your account information is not verified within the next 72 hours, we will assume this account has been compromised and will be permanently suspended. We apologize for this inconvenience, but the purpose of this verification is to ensure that your account has not been fraudulently used and to combat fraud.

The scam website is


CitiBank eAlert

Watch out for this one

Greetings Customer : We recently reviewed your account, and suspect that your CitiBank Internet Banking account has been accessed by an unauthorized third party. Protecting the security of your account and of the CitiBank network is our primary concern. Therefore, as a preventative measure, your profile has been locked due to inactivity or because of too many failed login attempts.

To restore your account access, please take the following steps to ensure that your account has not been compromised:

1. Update your CitiBank account.

2.Review your personal information on file with our bank and your recent account history for any unauthorized withdrawals or deposits. If any unauthorized activity has taken place on your account, report to CitiBank staff immediately.

To get started, please click the link below:



For phone number and e-mail information, please
visit the Contact Us section of

Privacy and Security
To access the CitiBank privacy policy go to

Please note that you are unable to respond directly to this message. If you have any questions about your account or if you need further assistance, please contact CitiBank Customer Service.

CitiBank, Inc. and its subsidiaries are not responsible for and do not endorse any information, advice, opinions and services from third-party news information or service providers.
Copyright © 2007 Citigroup Inc.

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Microsoft Corporation World Lottery

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Reference No:MSW-L/327015002/07
BATCH NO: 2007MAR#414


Dear Winner,

Microsoft  Co-operation Management Worldwide are pleased to inform you today 28th of March 2007  that you are a winner of our annual MS-WORD LOTTO LOTTERY  conducted in Africa being the host of the event for this present year MEGA JACKPOT LOTTO WINNING PROGRAM held on the 18th of March 2007.

Your email address was attached to ticket number 214-056-278  with serial number s/n-01025 and drew the lucky numbers 724-595-62-07-45 and consequently won in the 3rd category.

As a result of this , you have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of US$1,000,000:00 (One million united states dollars) payable in cash credited to file Reference No:MSW-L/327015002/06 . This is from  total prize money of US$50,000,000 (Fifty million united states dollars) shared among Fifty lucky international winners in this category.

All participants were selected through our Microsoft computer ballot system drawn from a collation of frequent internet users  all over the world from America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia,  as part of International Email Promotions Program, which is conducted annually to encourage the use of internet and computers worldwide.

Your fund (Cashier’s cheque) has been insured with your Reference No:  MSW-L/327015002/06 and will be ready for delivery but in order for your cheque to be issued and insured in your name and for you to begin your claim you are urgently required to provide the following information through email to Mr.Victor Lustig, Foreign Service Manager, London United Kingdom, {}

1) Your full names
2)Your full home / office address
4)Direct Land/Mobilephone/fax numbers
5) Occupation / Age
6) Sex
7) Next of kin
8) Amount won
9) Lottery date

Please note that above detailed information will be absolutely neccessary for the processing of your payment cheques,drafts or wire transfers.

Also this winning is valid for Two WEEKS and failure to issue claims after this period will automatically void your payment.

Remember to quote your ticket number, serial number and lucky number in your future correspondence and most importantly as part of our security protocol you are to quote this security code MSW/JUN/SS06 to the Foreign Service Manager, this is to prevent scam.

Congratulations once again from the entire management and staff of Microsoft Corporation to all our lucky winners this year and thank you for being part of this Promotional lottery Program. Our special thanks and gratitude goes to Bill Gates of Microsoft and all his associates for alleviating poverty around the world through this promotion.

Mrs.Olivia Malik

Past winners.

[Many thanks to Annabel Hazama for forwarding this scam email]


GEO HON Enterprises CO, Ltd

This is from ( is an online portal with free services including free email)

Dear Gentlemen:   

Taiwan GEO HON Enterprises CO, Ltd. has made the Food Machines with scientifically and good quality. We can provide the best reasonable price and detailed quotation to every customer to satisfy the needs of manufacturers so when customer decides to buy the machines; they can consider Geo Hon as their first priority. Our management team, from preparing the quotation, receiving an order, designing, manufacturing and assembling have good procedures and for sure the using of our machines to the clients. In the past 40 years, we have sold many machines in Taiwan, China, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Japan, America, Panama, etc. Especially in Japan, America and Spain which increases many orders in the present. W have such a growth is based on our company’s management method, (1) continuous management (2) good quality and improve continuously. Even though in the face of the low price competition in Mainland China, we hope that GEO HON can be the famous supplier around the worldAnd we also invite those who are willing to join us and become our agents.

Products List

ContactJohn Chen

Mobile:  + 886-935-435-587

If you go to the company website the content of this message from product list to the contact info is an exact copy of the contents on the left sidebar. Try contacting to verify if this is not a scam and please let us know.


Bank of China United Kingdom

This is from with reply to

Good day,

I am  Mr. Michael Leyden,a staff of Private Banking Services at the Bank of China (BOC) United Kingdom. I am contacting you concerning our customer and, an investment placed under our banks management 4 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 2002, the subject matter; ref: bb/boc/bank/0012   came to our bank t engage in business discussions with our Private Banking Services Department. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of 8.35 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 2004, 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 incidents 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, 2004.

In January last 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$ 8,370,000.00 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  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 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 this based on our interactions.

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  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. If we can be of one accord, send me your response on this email: to enable us commence this line of discussion.

I await your response.

Michael Leyden.

The name Michael Leyden also appears on a previous post.