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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thankful for Fraud E-mails... Key = Convert to Cash

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Developers:


Yesterday, I received six emails... each telling me that I am rich!

I've got to tell you... I am skeptical.

But then again... they claim that I'll be at least $163,400,000.00 richer!

They use very persuasive wording... and appeal to my emotions.

Since I am a cautious person... I usually delete these email claims... but should I be so quick to push my delete button?

There is much to be learned from these emails... and I think I've found a way to turn them into cash.

So... I am posting portions of each of these six emails to see what you think.

Read them and let me know what you've learned from each of them.

Be the first to write your comments to this article... but if you're not the first... then be the most current to contribute your insight!

What do you think makes each of these emails effective... and profitable for the scammers who post them?

How do you think you can use their techniques to increase your business profits?

For your convenience... I'm naming them by the dollar amounts they say I'm eligible to receive:

$ 24,500,000.00 - Hong Kong - Business Proposal
$ 15,000,000.00 - Nigeria - Fraud Control
$105,000,000.00 - Canadian in England - Next of Kin
$ 10,600,000.00 - Britan - Heir
$ 8,300,000.00 - Nigeria - Inheritance
$ Undisclosed $ - Friend in Christ - has 13 year old son


Here are the sanitized excerpts from the six emails that arrived in my emailbox yesterday:

$ 24,500,000 - Hong Kong - Business Proposal

Good Day, My name is (Name Removed), I work with (Bank Name Removed), HONG KONG. I have a Business Proposal of $24,500,000.00 for you to handle with me from my bank. I will need you to assist me in executing this Business Project from Hong Kong to your country. If interested, please reply with your full Contact Details. (Name Removed)


$ 15,000,000.00 - Nigeria - Fraud Control

THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA DIRECTORATE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE FOREIGN PAYMENT INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT ANTI-FRAUD CONTROL UNITS 4TH FLOOR, MINISTRY OF JUSTICE ABUJA. NIGERIA MOTTO: WAR AGAINST FRAUD "SENATOR (Name Removed)" TEL: (Number Removed) FAX: (Number Removed) EMAIL: (Email Removed)

From The Desk of: Senator (Name Removed)!
Our Ref: (Info Removed)
Your Ref:>>>>>>>>>>>

Based on the findings in this Investigation Department, we wish to warn you against some touts. We have been informed that some touts are contacting you in respect to the collection of your fund in the total sum of US$15,000,000.00 (Fiften Million United States Dollars Only) that was long approved in your favour through the Central Bank of Nigeria Abuja. As a matter of fact and urgency we have been on this investigation assignment for some time now unknown to no one but the PRESIDENCY and some Top Government Officials who are in support of this investigation team to help stop fraudulent activities in our Great Country Nigeria. Although we have been able to come up with some good results about the people that may have extorted money from you illegally and i wish to list some of them so that you may personally indicate them by writing back because we want to make your payment to you without any delay but we must surely deal with and bring these names to book if only you will coperate with us and indicate corre

1) PROF (Name Removed)
2) CHIEF (Name Removed)
3) DR. (Name Removed)
4) BARRISTER (Name Removed)
5) JUSTICE (Name Removed)
6) BARRISTER (Name Removed)
7) MR.(Name Removed)-- Deputy Governor - Policy/Board Member
8) DR. (Name Removed)-- Deputy Governor - Financial Sector Surveillance/Board Member
9) MRS. (Name Removed)-- Deputy Governor - Corporate Services/Board Member
10) BARRISTER (Name Removed)
11) MISS (Name Removed)
12) BARRISTER (Name Removed)
13) MR. (Name Removed)
14) CHIEF (Name Removed)
15) MRS. (Name Removed)
16) DR. (Name Removed)
17) MR. (Name Removed)
18) DR. (Name Removed)
19) CHIEF (Name Removed)
20) MRS. (Name Removed)

The above listed names and others not mentioned have been traced/investigated by the Police and Security Agency and some of them have eloped the country and note that if any of them is caught and found guilty he/she will go to jail for 25 years (Twenty Five Years) as it is under Decree 47 of the Constitution Act of 1990 of the Federal Rebublic of Nigeria as amended in the Criminal Code of Conduct of 2004 Sub Section A 107. We are waiting for you to write us and inform us if any of the above names have once contacted you in respect to your fund. If yes, do not hesitate to indicate immediately. Note that the only office that has the legal right to pay or contact you in this transfer is the "CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA" which is being headed by the Managing Director, Foreign Payment Investigation and Currency Operations Abuja Nigeria. You must deal directly with him and do whatsoever you are asked to do because that is the only way you will achieve the success of this transaction and have your payment made with the recovery of all the expense you have run in the hands of those indiscriminate elements who posed themselves as Government Officials whereas they are not. We sincerely apologize on behalf of the PRESIDENCY and the citizenry of the Federal Rebuplic of Nigeria for any delay and lost this must have costed you and promise that such ugly incident will never repeat itself again. And if you are dealing with anyone of them regarding this payment, we urge you to stop immediately because you are taking a big risk and you will never find your money anywhere because your money is with the above named bank (CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA, FOREIGN PAYMENT INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT). Finally, we are expecting to hearing from you soon. Thanks for your good understanding and anticipated coperation while we wait for your urgent response to this message. Sincerely, Senator (Name Removed) TEL: (Number Removed) FAX: (Number Removed) EMAIL: (Email Address Removed)


$105,000,000.00 - Canadian in England - Next of Kin

Awaits your prompt response

Dear Friend.

I am Mr. (Name Removed) living in England but my nationality is Canadian. I was the manager bills and exchange at the foreign remittance department of a firm in Europe. The sum of $105m US dollars (One Hundred and Five Million United States dollars) is in the firm safety deposit vault that belongs to one of our foreign customer Mr. (Name Removed), who died along with his entire family on 31st July 2000 in a ghastly plane crash in western German city of Moenchengladbach.

See the link = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his consignment because the management cannot release it unless somebody comes as the next of kin to the deceased with the right documents as indicated in our firm guidelines but unfortunately I learnt that all his family died alongside with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim. Since all efforts my me to reach any of his relative has been to no avail, i decided to use the deceased surname name to check for any email it can attract from Google search and your email popped out and after several other trails your email still popped out so i am reaching you so you can come forward and collect your consignment from your late relative.

The consignment was deposited in the firm since 1999 and from the firm policy after a reasonable time frame when nobody comes for collection after the expiring date on safe keeping on the consignment; the consignment can become the property of the government/the firm. I do not want the consignment to revert into the hands of the government or in the firm but form the way proceedings are going it will revert into their hands, so i have decided to reach you so you can go forward and claim what i think is rightfully yours and since i have the documents you need to claim the consignment once you tender the documents then you can have it easily.

I have all the information of this deposit since i had a very nice official relationship with the deceased and I am willing to give to you all info as the next of kin and also i do hope once you have the consignment you will act like your late relative who was a philanthropist and a member of the (Organization Name Removed) Society and the Institute of Electronic & Electrical Engineers.

This is the third mail am sending to you and if i do not get any reply from you then i will accept the fact that you do not want to claim the consignment or you have not been able to check your mail but in anyways your time is running out in claiming the consignment. I have all the information of this deposit and i can only give them to you once we have established communication.

Please reach me through this email address: (Email Address Removed) for further corresponding on your consignment.

Have a blessed day, (Name Removed).



$ 10,600,000.00 - Britan - Heir

GREETINGS.

We wish to notify you again that you were listed as a heir to the total sum of Ten Million Six Hundred Thousand British Pounds in the codicil and last testament of the deceased. Name now withheld since this is our second letter to you. We contacted you because you bear the surname identity and therefore can present you as the heir to the inheritance.

We therefore reckoned that you could receive these funds as you are qualified by your name identity. All the legal papers will be processed in your acceptance. In your acceptance of this deal, we request that you kindly forward to us your letter of acceptance; your current telephone and fax numbers and a forwarding address to enable us file necessary documents at our high court probate division for the release of this sum of money.

Please contact me for futher details

Yours Faithfully,
(Name Removed)


$ 8,300,000.00 - Nigeria - Inheritance

OFFICE OF THE SENATE HOUSE
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN PAYMENT
(RESOLUTION PANEL ON CONTRACT/INHERITANCE PAYMENT)
IKOYI-LAGOS NIGERIA ATM CARD PAYMENT FOR FUND BENEFICIARIES
INTERNATIONAL CREDIT SETTLEMENT
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
EKOBANK OF NIGERIA.Email:(Email Address Removed) ATTENTION BENEFICIARY: THIS IS TO OFFICIALLY INFORM YOU THAT WE HAVE VERIFIED YOUR CONTRACT /INHERITANCE FILE AND FOUND OUT THAT WHY YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR PAYMENT IS BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT FULFILLED THE OBLIGATIONS GIVEN TO YOU IN RESPECT OF YOUR CONTRACT / INHERITANCE PAYMENT.

SECONDLY WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT YOU ARE STILL DEALING WITH THE NONE OFFICIALS IN THE BANK ALL YOUR ATTEMPT TO SECURE THE RELEASE OF THE FUND TO YOU. WE WISH TO ADVICE YOU THAT SUCH AN ILLEGAL ACT LIKE THIS HAVE TO STOP IF YOU WISHES TO RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT SINCE WE HAVE DECIDED TO BRING A SOLUTION TO YOUR PROBLEM.

RIGHT NOW WE HAVE ARRANGED YOUR PAYMENT THROUGH OUR SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTER ASIA PACIFIC, THAT IS THE LATEST INSTRUCTION BY THE PRESIDENT (Name Removed) WHO WAS ELECTED IN ON THE 29TH MAY 2007 (GCFR) FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.

THIS CARD CENTER WILL SEND YOU AN ATM CARD WHICH YOU WILL USE TO WITHDRAW YOUR MONEY IN ANY ATM MACHINE IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD, BUT THE MAXIMUM IS TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS PER DAY, SO IF YOU LIKE TO RECEIVE YOUR FUND THIS WAY PLEASE LET US KNOW BY CONTACTING THE CARD PAYMENT CENTER AND ALSO SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

1. YOUR FULL NAME
2. PHONE AND FAX NUMBER,
3. ADDRESS WERE YOU WANT THEM TO SEND THE ATM CARD
4. YOUR AGE AND CURRENT OCCUPATION
5. A COPY OF YOUR IDENTITY ATTACHED TO E-MAIL

CONTACT PERSON: MR (Name Removed) INTEGRATED PAYMENT DEPARTMENT EMAIL, (Email Address Removed) THE ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTER HAS BEEN MANDATED TO ISSUE OUT $8,300,000.00 AS PART PAYMENT FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR 2008. WHICH YOU ARE ADVICE TO CONTACT NOW THAT THE NEW ELECTED PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN OVER THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE RELEASE OF YOUR FUND, ALSO FOR YOUR INFORMATION YOU HAVE TO STOP ANY FURTHER COMMUNICATION WITH ANY OTHER PERSON(S) OR OFFICE(s). THIS IS TO AVOID ANY HITCHES IN FINALIZING YOUR PAYMENT. IN THIS REGARDS AND ALSO UPDATE ME ON ANY DEVELOPMENT FROM THE ABOVE MENTIONED OFFICE.

NOTE: THAT BECAUSE OF IMPOSTORS, WE HEREBY ISSUED YOU OUR CODE OF CONDUCT, WHICH IS (118) SO YOU HAVE TO INDICATE THIS CODE WHEN CONTACTING THE CARD CENTER.(MR. (Name Removed)) CHIEF AUDITOR TO THE PRESIDENT
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
ATM CARD PAYMENT FOR FUND BENEFICIARIES, Mr. (Name Removed)
International Settlement Dept.
EcoBank Nigeria


$ Undisclosed $ - Friend in Christ - has 13 year old son

You can now email me at: (Email Address Removed)

Dear Friend In Christ - St.Thomas' Hospital, Lambeth Palace Road, London (Info Removed) United-Kingdom.

Dear Friend In Christ, I believe you will treat this mail with the fear of God. It is with tears that I am writing you this mail; I dont need your pity, but love to my son. My mail may seem very painful and sorrowful, but there is more you can do in my request than to pity me, which is to show LOVE to my son. I was an orphan and do not wish my son to experience what i have been through on Earth after an automobile crash that nearly claimed my life. My name is Mr. (Name Removed), married to the late (Name Removed), who died with our two daughters in Indonesia on 26th of December 2004 during the Tsunami Disaster, after this Painful and sorrowful incident, my condition worsened and I was diagnosed of cancer, which got worst and I have been suffering from heart failure and hepatitis since. My friends ignored me due to my relationship with God on sickbed. My wife, our children and I have been in United Kingdom for a long time. We all were suppose to travel to Indonesia in December 2004, but my bad health, did not permit me to travel with them, which made me and my son stay behind while my wife and our two daughters traveled. If not, all of us would have perished in the disaster. My reason of writing you this mail is due to the sad news that came to me recently from the doctors. After my last diagnosed result, it was proved by the doctors that i may not leave for more than one month ahead, due to the damage the cancer have caused in my system unless I undergo an urgent surgical operation which my chance of survival is less than 10% according to the medical experts. As it stands, I have given to fate and have found God on sick bed. But i have a more concern problem, which is why I have contacted you. Please, this is about my son. Since it is now obvious that i will die, my son's future has been the greatest problem i have. I want you to take care of my son please. He is only 13 years and we have no person here to take care of him if I die today. My friends for knowing God deserted me. I left some money in a deposit house at United Kingdom, which i intended to use for investment in Indonesia. I want you to take this money and my son. Use the money into a big investment, that you will manage until my son grows up to take over the investment. I will like you to take my son as your own son, give him the love we the parents would have given him. Do not let him feel the pains of being an orphan, give him good education, bring him up into a responsible man. Make him have the fear of God. Please do not refuse this task. I have no one else to help me out on this issue, I am an orphan who grew up without knowing God rather focused on wealth and otherwise, living a life of fantasy and doesn't care or know who God is. Do not pity me, rather take good care of and bring him up to be God fearing. As soon as I receive your reply including your personal details, all i will do is to authorize my bank to transfer the money to your account directly and i will also draw up my will in your favor. I will give the bank all the documents that is covering the deposit with the bank, i will transfer every power and right of ownership to you stating at my Will to enable you claim the deposit from the bank. It will be also included in the Will that you are the only person my son should be released to, if i die. All i need is your acceptance and assurance that you will not treat my son badly. I am writing you this mail with great tears and i pray you will be kind & honest with fear of God concerning this mail to you today. Please reply this mail immediately if you have the love and care of God.

Thank you. (Name Removed)


There you have it... six versions of fraudulant emails that have pursuaded many people to lose their life savings to these very crafty people.

By the way... the U.S. Federal Government has several organizations that investigate and prosecute the organizations and individuals who prey on citizens who fall victim to their scams.

You can forward questionable emails to their offices so they can do what we pay them to do... protect us from those who would do us harm.

But... before you do anything else... tell me and the other Developers who read my articles... "What Have You Learned From These Email Vultures To Improve YOUR LEGAL Marketing Efforts?"

Until next time...

Girard Frank Bolton, III.
The Developers Advocate


p.s. - To report internet fraud and to make a difference towards improving the quality of life we share in our global economy... read the info at: http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Internet_Fraud.shtml then take action!!!- gfb3

p.p.s. - Your comments are appreciated and may be included in a book I plan to publish in 2009 about internet fraud. Make sure you include your name, web site, and other contact information. And... if you are in the business to protect your clients from fraud... provide your link-back info to help other Developers protect their hard earned money! - gfb3
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