Here is a classic scam. There are so many of these Internet Lottery scams:
We happily announce to you the draw of the USA INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes promotion held in United States of America on Saturday 16th Jan. 2016. You have been allocated to claim a total sum of £520,731.00 (Five Hundred and Twenty Thousand, Seven Hundred and Thirty One British Pounds) with ticket number: B55607545 4152 with reference number USA/JA2C110P5 and Serial number ZA5365/3 ,Batch number XA87-2PY,drew the lucky numbers: 06 14 32 35 41 Bonus 43. Contact our Fiduciary agents immediately to commence release of your lottery prize by providing details as listed below. 1. Full Name: 2. Email Address: 3. Age/Occupation: 4. Reference Number/Ticket Number 5. Phone Number: 6. Country: 7. Date of draw To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent and provide them with your winning email and details as above. USA Lottery Fiduciary Agents: Mr. Phil Langa Foreign Service Manager E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Yours faithfully, Teresa Marie Roberts. Online coordinator USA INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
JIM OVIA & Zenith Bank
Jim Ovia is a real person and Zenith Bank is a real Nigerian bank. There is a scam flooding the Internet using Zenith to profit.
Many scammers (definitely not all) on the Internet are from third world countries. The case listed below is a scam coming from West Africa. We can assume that the use of actual banks and people from Nigeria that this scam is based in Nigeria. The following scam alludes to a real bank in Nigeria called Zenith. It also mentions Jim Ovia, a real person, who is a former CEO of Zenith bank.
I have been sending money by Western Union a very large sum of money to a Jim Ovia of Zenth Bank for help in geting 2.5 millinon dollars. Now if I have not been dealing with this man someone else has beeing using his name and title.
I have read a Biography of Jim Ovia on the internet and after learing what
a wire transfer is I feel like I have been scamed bad cause I have been sending the money through Western Union.
Always research and double check unsolicited (and solicited) claims of wealth on the Internet and in your inbox. Most things are not what they appear to be on the Internet. Your trust should be hard earned especially on the ‘Net. Some signs of the foul play will include (but will not be limited to):
Use of free email such as .gmail and .hotmail: Remember scammers do not typically have the resources to devote to setting up an email box and website that looks legit so they will use everything free that they can.
BAD ENGLISH: If they have very poor grammar, it is an indication that they probably don’t have the education to be put in a place where they would be responsible for other people’s money particularly an English client.
Check the links of the email: Some emails look like the come from the real “paypal” or the real “Zenith Bank” but it is actually what is called “phishing”. The email has all the official logos and letterhead but the links lead to fake sites. If you look “under the hood” of the email, you will find the real URLs and IP address. You may also see the use of free email. If you go into the email and “Show Original” or “Show source” you will see where email actually came from, where it is being forwarded to and where the links go to.
If it looks to good to be true, it probably is. This is an axiom that is an unfortunate truth due to human greed and selfishness.
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
TINUBU SQUARE,VICTORIA ISLAND,LAGOS-NIGERIA
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
TINUBU SQUARE VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS-NIGERIA
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
MALLAM SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI.
Dear ROGERICK SEE,
I received your mail and the information. The information is correct with the one before me on my desk. Your ATM Card shall be taking to the company in charge of delivering your ATM Card for official registration and finally dispatched for onward delivery. Note that the limit of daily withdrawal is $2,500 till you withdraw the total sum of 7.5 Million US Dollars loaded in the ATM Card, the PIN Number will be released to you immediately your card is registered. Find attached the copy of your ATM Card.
Based on the successful verification of your data, you are to pay a delivery fee of $220 upon the confirmation of reciept of payment your ATM Card will be dully registered and delivered to you within 48 hours.
Below is the payment information:
Receivers Name: John Okafor
Destination: Lagos Nigeria
Text Question: Urgent?
Expecting your quick response.
Mr. Adams Philip
ATM Account Officer
Foreign Payment Due Process Unit
+234 813 050 1106
— On Tue, 6/15/10, ATM CARD OFFICE wrote:
From: ATM CARD OFFICE
Subject: Your ATM Visa Card Is Ready For Pick Up
Date: Tuesday, 15 June, 2010, 7:22 PM
Instruction has been given by the Office of the Presidency and United Nations (UN) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to transfer Your funds through International ATM Debit Card valued at Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars ($7,500, 000.00) being compensation funds from the World Bank as detected on our data base which you can use it in near cash point,shopping mall or banking hall.
You can withdraw money from your International ATM Debit Card from any ATM MACHINE location or center of your choice nearest to you, in any part of the world. You are advise to reconfirm your address with your mobile/cell phone number included, where Diplomatic Courier service will dispatch your ATM Card to you within 48hrs.
ATM Account Officer
Foreign Payment Due Process Unit
this email was sent to me thanks
Beware of this man by the name David Mark a man of 54 he lives in San Jose, has a son by the name sean, he told me he loved me on the first email and that his wife died and was looking for a good woman. He said he was christian, self employed. A week later he tells me that he is going to nigeria with his son to design and build solar energy. three days in nigeria he tells me he has a crisis his son sean is in hospital and he needs money to pay for surgery. i already suspected something was wrong with this guy he insisted i was his soul mate and he loved me. I didn’t send him any money and he started calling me names and saying i was selfish because i didn’t help him. ladies be careful of email@example.com i met him on WAYN. this guys are ruthless and their english is bad half the time they can’t make out what you are saying.
Hi, I am a resident of Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Qld Australia.
I joined match.com only a couple weeks ago. I was ovewhelmed by the response i got from the website that I cancelled my profile and subscription within one week of signing.
I got at least 5 guys that seems geniune. I started emailing and chatting to a guy named: William Sheldon
“supposedly” a 49 yr old widower,(wife died in a car accident 3 yrs ago) a civil engineer .. and owned his own company, with an 11 yr old daughter “Nikki” and had a nanny to look after her.
He didn’t have a photo on his match.com profile and he sent it to me once we were emailing from our personal website. His photo and supposedly daughter’s photo are from http://www.focushawaii.com that my niece have research and googled for me.
He sounds so sincere, kind and of course I fall for his good looks .. of course .. the photo was from one of the models..and then it was full on and said he was falling for me after 3 days.. then said he’s going for a business trip to London and then in Africa. He called me from London and he’s got a very strong English/cockney accent and even put his daughter on to say hello to me and that she wants to meet me back in Australia when they get back.
Then 3 days later he was in Nigeria for work.. his accent has changed ..no more very strong accent .. he said that this happens as he pick up the accent of his friends.. and here’s the crunch.. he asked me for something to make me close to him and also a playstation game for his daughter who’s mad of soccer!! And of course, stupid me .. believed him, so I spend $75.00 for the CD’s and the game and $54 for courier air express .. so that it get’s there before Valentine’s day.. as he’s so romantic and wanted something of me and promised me that he’s got a surprise present for me as well and I had to give him my address here in Surfers Paradise.
Then on friday 12/2/2010.. he asked me something so out of ordinary, he said he’s lost’s a few of his credit/etpos card and was informed by his bank in London where his “supposedly” bank account is .. that someone’s trying to steal and transfer his money out.. and becuase he is in Nigeria.. his bank has put a bar on his account that he couldn’t access it from Nigeria.. again, it was very stupid of me to believe his lies.. I told him I don’t want to do it as it’s to personal and I feel very uncomfortable to do this.. but he pleaded and keep saying please help him.. so I did.. i typed the account no, the passkey and pin number.. then this “supposedly bank” NatWest Bank of UK opened up with William Sheldon’s name and current balance was 650,000 pounds!!! I told him and said that it was ok and he was relieved.. then I closed the acc immediately and I tore the paper I wrote all the acc, passkey and pin nos straight away and into the bin..
That made me really freaky.. so I’ve told most of my very close girlfriends and my nieces/my daughter.. they all saying this is really weird and sounds very fishy.. so .. I pretended that my computer had virus and block his name on MSN so he couldn’t see me online when I’m using the computer… and I just keep the communication open thru my iPhone..
I got my friend who’s IT savvy, he checked and looked for the IP address, i kept all his emails from the very start, I havent deleted any even now.. and we found out that it’s in Nigeria and one in London. Also, my nieces and daughter’s have been searching and googling the website of Nigerian scammers that I truly believed that he’s definitely one of them… I’m still
playing him along until this friday – 19/2/2010.. so please if you are going to post this .. wait until after the 20th.. when I will stop all communications from him to block all his emails and MSN for good.. and would not take any calls from him!! I’m sure Qld Police will forward my report to the proper authorities overseas and i hope they put them in jail!!
Lucky I was only scammed for a small amount .. and woke up to my senses that I was being conned/duped by such an expert conn artist!!!
By the way, I almost forgot to mentioned that he asked me via email today – 16/2/2010, some money to pay for his daughter’s hospital fees (she was sick.. got malaria) and also a airfare ticket back to Australia..as he can’t raise any funds for this expenses!! My God .. the audacity of him to think that I’ll be such a stupid fool to fall for this scam!!! No bloody way in the world he’ll get a cent from me!!! Fat chance!!!
Please, I ask women and men out there using the internet dating to be very very careful.. I’m for one will never ever try this kind of dating again ever!!!
here’s his details:-
AKA – Wellington Aghahowa
139 First East Circular Rd
Benin City, Nigeria
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Following the meeting of the Federal Executive Council(FEC) of the Federal Government of Nigeria held today for the payment of overdue and outstanding inheritance/contract funds debt owed to contractor and other foreigners of which you are one of them as your name was read out in the meeting, your funds has been approved for immediate payment. In line with the communique signed in the meeting which was witnessed by the officials of Transparency International and delegate of the World Bank and the United Nations for the payment of African debts, your payment has been nominated for immediate payment and remittance to your account designate.
It was unearthed that some impostors and fraudulent syndicates has been in communication with you impersonating the official delegates of the Nigerian government and also extorting money from you in the frame up that they are helping you. These crooks and their fraudulent ring are only working to frustrate you and make you abandon the funds so them and their cohorts will have the funds transferred to their secret fraudulent account. These crooks were the people that presented an impstor to come forward and claim the funds.
As a result of the above explanation the Federal Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the World Bank reached a Bilateral Agreement with the Central Bank of Nigeria to have all the debts owed to all foreigners and foreign contractors paid within the next 10 working days. All the relative documents and the loan granted to the Nigerian government by the United Nations for African debt relief committee has been made available to the Central Bank of Nigeria for immediate remittance of your funds.
Thus, you are advised to contact the paying bank – Central Bank of Nigeria for the immediate remittance of your funds. These step was taken in order to curb the fraudulent activities of scammers and fraudsters who parade theirselves as officials of the government and other parastatals. Be Warned that as the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the most senior officer of the banking industry in Nigeria, you are advised not to communicate with anyone who parade or present himself as an official.
The Central Bank of Nigeria can be contact by telephone number +23417767597 or you can email the Central Bank of Nigeria on firstname.lastname@example.org Furthermore, your are advised to send the Central Bank of Nigeria your confidential(mobile) telephone and fax numbers, your residential and office address, and your account designate for the receiving of the funds owed to you. Please also include the name and telephone number of your account officer in your bank, routing number/swift code, account number and account name for proper verification of your account to avoid wrongful transfer of your funds.
Your urgent and immediate response is anticipated as it will facilitate the immediate payment of your funds.
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
I have been chatting online and he calls but has to hang up. At first I received loads of sweet nothings in my ear to good to believe. It was fascinating but I figured it out when the person wanted money to pay for his goods in Nigeria before he could board the plane. He wanted $450 because they told him he couldn’t pay with a money order there. I then realized it was a scam when I told him I couldn’t help him. He immediately emailed me after I said I accused him of being a scam artist and told me to go to hell. He changed his personality fast. I still keep trying to chat with him to tell him to get honest work and stop this insanity. He kept asking for the money. I never gave it to him. He is very persistent. This ordeal may take awhile to get him to realize his dilemma he is in. I guess people don’t learn quick. He goes by honestcare02 on zoosk.com and by Henry Cole, email@example.com You are forewarned
This is in regards to a guy going by Dale Smith – email address firstname.lastname@example.org says he is from New jersey – met on BBPeople Meet Says he is electrical engineer in Nigeria doing a job worth hundreds of thousands but needs 1200.00 to rent a peice of equipment. Thuis guy over two or three days tells you he is in love with you destined to be together talks about the bible and God in ramblings ( 1st clue)
that he is not normal then tries to scam you. I let him play it out for 2 days as it was getting really funny but he will do it again. I reported to BBPeople meet and his account is not deactivated but he will resurface somewhere else. Says he is a widow with a 15 year old daughter
From what I have read he has scamed on Senior People Meet as well
My friend was involved in a nigerian romance scam. She called herself Natasha wilson, said she was from South Africa. Her email is email@example.com. She also uses the names Agnes Brew, Carolyn Hernan, and Gina Henry. She uses the pics of Samantha Gauge, a porn star. She is good, or probably a he, she took my friend for thousands.
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