Month: September 2011

Another Nigerian e-mail

These scammers just don’t give up

BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION
NIGERIA HIGH COMMISSION, 9, NORTHUMBERLAND AVENUE,
LONDON WC2N 5BX, UNITED KINGDOM

ATTENTION:

The BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION in United Kingdom, Nigeria,Benin Republic,Ghana
and Bokinafaso received a report of scam against you and other British/US
citizens and Malaysia,Etc. whom the country of UK, Nigeria/Benin,Bokinafaso
And Ghana have recompensed you due to meeting held with Four countries
Government and the world high commissions against fraud activities by the
Four country Citizens.

Your name was among those scammed as listed by the United Kingdom Financial
Services Authority (UKFSA).A compensation has been issued out in ATM CARD to
all the affected victims and has been already in distribution to all the
bearers. Your ATM CARD REF(# TNY/478593G9/19) was among those that was
reported undelivered as at last Friday and we wish to advise you to see to
the instructions of the Committee to make sure you receives your ATM CARD
immediately for your usage.

The United Kingdom Financial Services Authority further told us that the
use of Nigeria Couriers and the Benin was abolished due to interception
activities noticed in the above mentioned courier services in Benin,Nigeria
and Ghana and thereby have made a concrete arrangement with the KENEX
COURIER SERVICES for a safe delivery to your door-step once the beneficiary
meets up the demand of the conveyance.

Due to the security, we ask that you keep all information confidential until
your claim will be processed and your money remitted to you.

THIS IS PART OF OUR SECURITY PROTOCOLS TO AVOID UNWARRANTED ABUSE OF THIS
PROGRAM BY SOME UNKNOWN PARTICIPANTS.

THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION has discovered a huge number of double claims
due to beneficiaries informing close friends relatives,
attorneys and third parties about their Awards. As a result of this, this
close friends relatives,
attorneys and third parties try to claim the prize on behalf of the real
recipients.

We advise that you do the needful to make sure the UKFSA dispatches your
recompense on Friday. You are assured of the safety of your ATM CARD and
availability and be advised that you should stop further contacts with all
the fake government officials  online who in collaboration scammed you.

Your Full Name:………………….
Your Delivery Address………………..
Your phone Number………………….
Your occupation ……………………

Yours in Service,
Agent Steve Morrise
CONSULAR/DIPLOMAT
BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION

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Visa/MasterCard scam

Visa / MasterCard FRAUD
Just a heads up for everyone regarding the latest in Visa fraud. Royal Bank received this communication about the newest scam. This is happening in the Midwest right now and moving.

This one is pretty slick since they provide YOU with all the information, except the one piece they want..

Note, the callers do not ask for your card number; they already have it.

This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA & MasterCard telephone Credit Card Scam works, you’ll be better prepared to protect yourself. One of our employees was called on Wednesday from ‘VISA’, and I was called on Thursday from ‘MasterCard’.

The scam works like this:

Person calling says – ‘This is (name), and I’m calling from the Security and Fraud Department at VISA. My Badge number is 12460, Your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I’m calling to verify. This would be on your VISA card which was issued by (name of bank). Did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for $497.99 from a marketing company based in Arizona ?’ When you say ‘No’, the caller continues with, ‘Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching and the charges range from $297 to $497, just under the $500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address), is that correct?’ You say ‘yes’.

The caller continues – ‘I will be starting a Fraud Investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the 1- 800 number listed on the back of your card (1-800-VISA) and ask for Security. You will need to refer to this Control Number. The caller then gives you a 6 digit number. ‘Do you need me to read it again?’

Here’s the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works – The caller then says, ‘I need to verify you are in possession of your card’. He’ll ask you to ‘turn your card over and look for some numbers’. There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your card number, the last 3 are the Security Numbers that verify you are the possessor of the card. These are the numbers you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. The caller will ask you to read the last 3 numbers to him. After you tell the caller the 3 numbers, he’ll say, ‘That is correct, I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that you still have your card Do you have any other questions?’

After you say no, the caller then thanks you and states, ‘Don’t hesitate to call back if you do’, and hangs up. You actually say very little, and they never ask for or tell you the card number. But after we were called on Wednesday, we called back. Within 20 minutes to ask a question. Are we were glad we did! The REAL VISA Security Department told us it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new purchase of $497.99 was charged to our card. We made a real fraud report and closed the VISA account. VISA is reissuing us a new number..  What the scammers want is the 3-digit PIN number on the back of the card. Don’t give it to them. Instead, tell them you’ll call VISA or Master Card directly for verification of their conversation..

The real VISA told us that they will never ask for anything on the card as they already know the information since they issued the card! If you give the scammers your 3 Digit PIN Number, you think you’re receiving a credit; however, by the time you get your statement you’ll see charges for purchases you didn’t make, and by then it’s almost too late and/or more difficult to actually file a fraud report.

What makes this more remarkable is that on Thursday, I got a call from a ‘Jason Richardson of MasterCard’ with a word-for-word repeat of the VISA Scam. This time I didn’t let him finish. I hung up! We filed a police report, as instructed by VISA. The police said they are taking several of these reports daily! They also urged us to tell everybody we know that this scam is happening. I dealt with a similar situation this morning, with the caller telling me that $3,097 had been charged to my account for plane tickets to Spain , and so on through the above routine..

It appears that this Is a very active scam, and evidently quite successful.

Pass this on to all your family and friends

A new twist on an old Nigerian scam

I just received this email and I just don’t trust Rev Paul William. As usual, I posted here for others to see and then deleted.

Dear Confidant,

I am Mrs. Sharon Crawford a Charity organization officer; I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. I reside here in New Braunfels Texas. My residential address is as follows. 1811 Teal Run Place Dr. Fresno, New Braunfels TX 77545, United States. I am one of those that executed Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over USD15,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment but to all no avail.
So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my compensation documents, and I was directed to meet REV.PAUL WILLIAM, who is the member of COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, and I saw him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake.
He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right now I am the happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds of USD5,500,000.00 Moreover, REV.PAUL WILLIAM, showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one of the beneficiary, and your email address, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you. I will advise you to contact REV.PAUL WILLIAM.
You have to contact him direct on this informations below.
COMPENSATION AWARD HOUSE
Name: REV. PAUL WILLIAM
Email: rev.paulwilliams190@skymail.mn
Phone number:+234-7070202543
Office Address: 13,Cole Street,Ikeja Lagos Nigeria.
You really have to stop dealing with those people that is contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.
The only money I paid was just USD215, take note of that. Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact REV.PAUL WILLIAM so that he can help you to deliver your fund instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.
Thank You and Remain Blessed.
Mrs.Sharon Crawford