CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - I receive a ton of emails about scams floating around the Internet. I thought it would be a great idea to share with you some of those emails and hopefully protect you from falling victim.
To: All WOIO Action News Tips; Dennis
Just as your news announcer was talking about scams I got a phone call from some one speaking broken English trying to tell me I had been selected by General Electric to receive some kind of electronic device at no cost. He was rather hesitant and was having trouble describing what he had to offer. I told him I was not interested and hung up. The Caller ID identified the call as coming from 352-352-0352 at 6:14 PM.
I saw your report on the FaceBook scam tonight. The same EXACT thing happened to my son about four or five months ago... same city (London), same scenario (mugged at gunpoint), same need for money to be able to get home. The scammer not only got in to his FaceBook page, and he couldn't get back in to it, but he/she also tried to attach his PayPal account. He found this out when PayPal contacted him telling him they were going to make a payment (that of course he did not authorize).
The funny thing about this was that the hacker got hold of my niece per the instant message on FB, and he asked "her" for the money in a chat. These people are really pretty comical.. I mean... yeah right... you get mugged, and the first thing you do is go on FaceBook???? ROFL
Anyway.. I wanted to thank you for reporting this.
From: Anne South [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 1:22 PM
To: Serino, Danielle
Subject: Got me too
Dear Channel 19,
My Hotmail account was stolen last Friday night apparently while I was writing an e-mail to a relative. I was looking for a picture that I wanted to attach, and when I found it and went back to attach it, the e-mail I had written was gone. I was frustrated anyhow from searching for the picture, so I just said I'd "do it tomorrow" and closed everything out. The next day when I went back to start over, I couldn't get into my account because my password had been changed, and my security question and answer had also been changed. My husband worked through all the frustrating questions and answers to find my account and give me access to it again. One of the required fields was the security question and its correct answer, which of course we didn't know because the hacker changed it. Meanwhile the phone started ringing with people asking whether I was all right after having been mugged in Wales and needing money to settle my hotel bill.
Eventually my account was found, and a temporary password gave me access. I hurriedly signed on with the intention of e-mailing a warning to everyone on my contact list, only to find out my list was gone, apparently stolen by the hacker. My inbox was also emptied, and I found it had been forwarded to another account at yahoo.com. My husband wrote them about the problem, telling them the name of the account that was now receiving my e-mail. All we have back so far are a couple of form e-mails acknowledging our complaint.
I'm left feeling guilty that perhaps someone fell for the scam, and at the very least everyone was bothered by an e-mail that supposedly came from me. Better yet, when I tried to sign on to facebook, that password had been changed as well.
I keep asking my husband what I could have done wrong. He says probably nothing. Someone found my address somewhere on a public site, and just put it through a password finder. Since my account is so old, that was probably an easy thing to crack, and it went on from there.
The only thing I can think of to do is keep all my addresses in a text file instead of on the contact list. It's harder to cut and paste instead of choose from a dropdown menu, but since this is the second time my address book has been used for a scam, it's better if there is no address list to get in the future. (The first use was unknown to me until my cousin called and asked if I had sent some message that was misspelled and made very little sense.)
Is there any agency or official to report this kind of thing to? It would seem to be a form if identity theft, leading to possible fraud.
What else can a person do besides swearing off the Internet altogether?
Shirley NOT in Wales
Subject: 2010 PROJECT
NATWEST BANK PLC,
10 Southwark Street ,
London Bridge , London - UK
Our Ref: NTB/WESTMIN/INTER-10
Your Ref: Affidavit: AFX 076GD7B24
This is to notify you that Central Bank in collaboration with Bank Of England had contracted NatWest Bank Plc for a (Commercial Restructuring) to release your immediate part payment sum of US$4,000,000.00 for this quarter of the fiscal year 2010 without further delay.
With the information on my desk, I was made to understand that you have been going through hard ways by paying a lot of charges to see to the release of your funds which has been delayed. Please, from now henceforth stop further communication with any person(s) from any part of Africa , Europe or Asia .
You are not to pay any charges to receive your payment anymore as you have meet up with the whole requirements. Your representatives will tell you to still go ahead with them but on your own risk. Please be warned!!!!
The only thing required from you is to forward your Non-Resident Clearance Certificate/Receipt to this office, so that this office can file the document with our WIRE DEPARTMENT for the urgent release of your part payment sum of US$4Million.
The Central Bank and Bank Of England had paid our bank for handling/processing your part payment for this fiscal year. As soon as we receive the above document, we shall effect your part payment wire transfer immediately without delay.
Will you follow our directives, your funds will reflect in your bank account within 24hours from the date we receive the document. Do not respond to any correspondence again from any person(s) but only to this Bank.
To facilitate the release of your part payment sum of US$4Million, you are required as a matter of urgency to forward your Non Resident Clearance Certificate as requested above through my email address as follows: email@example.com
Dr. Andrew Martins.
Natwest Bank Plc. London U.K
Subject: NEED FINANCIAL HELP? READ AND GET BACK TO ME, SPAM E-MAIL WILL NOT BE ALLOWED
If any of you got an email from me asking for money from my Gmail account, please disregard it. Turns out my Gmail account was hacked into and was sending the following message:
Just writing to let you know our trip to London, England has been a mess. I was having a great time until last night when we got mugged and lost all my cash,credit card cellphone It has been a scary experience, I was hit at the back of my neck with a club. Anyway...... I'm still alive and that's what's important. I'm financially strapped right now and need your help. I need you to loan me some $$, I'll refund it to you as soon as I arrive home.Write me back so I can tell you how to get it to me.
Obviously I'm not in London and am perfectly well. For the time being, I have deleted my Gmail account and will probably be contacting the appropriate authorities. I you to be aware.
I received this recently. Maybe others have received it to.
--- On Sat, 11/6/10, Fedex Express Courier Company <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: Fedex Express Courier Company <email@example.com>
Subject: Confirm Ownership Of This Parcel
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2010, 5:37 PM
We have been waiting for you to contact us for your Confirm able
Package that is registered with us for shipping to your residential
location.We had thought that your sender gave you our contact
details.It may interest you to know that a letter is also added to
We understand that the content of your package itself is a Bank
Draft worth of $750,000.00 USD, FedEx do not ship money in CASH or in
CHEQUES but Bank Drafts are shippable.The package is registered with
us for mailing by your colleague, and your colleague explained that he
is from the U.S.A. but he is currently in Africa for a three (3)
months Surveying Project as he works with a consultant firm in Nigeria,
We are sending you this email because your package is been registered on a
For your information,the VAT & Shipping charges as well as Insurance
fees have been paid by your colleague before your package was registered.
Note that the payment that is made on the Insurance, Premium & Clearance
Certificates, are to certify that the Bank Draft is not a Drug
Affiliated Fund (DAF) neither is it funds to sponsor Terrorism in your
country. This will help you avoid any form of query from the Monetary
Authority of your country.
However, you will have to pay a sum of $115.00 USD to the FedEx Delivery
Department being full payment for the Security Keeping Fee of the
FedEx company as stated in our privacy terms & condition page.
Send your Postal address ,telephone and your name in full
this is mandatory to reconfirm your Postal address and telephone.
Please note that packages are not shipped nor delivered on Saturday,
Sunday and on holidays. If your order has been placed on any of these days,
then it may be shipped the following business day.
Kindly complete the below form and send it to the FEDEX DELIVERY POST
with the below informations.This is mandatory to reconfirm your
Postal address and telephone numbers.
**ALL PACKAGES ARE SIGNATURE REQUIRED.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact
us between Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 9:00pm EST
Saturdays: 10:00am – 5:00pm EST
Sundays: 10:00am - 4:00pm EST
Have a great day!
Federal Express Co-operation.
FedEx Online Team Management.
All rights reserved. © 1995-2010.
Hello Danielle Serino,
Last month I received these two emails from someone using my friends email address. I have never seen this type of scam before. I identified them as being scams immediately but I was wondering how could someone duplicate your email address? Both of my friends had to delete there email address's and create a new one. Pass this one on the your viewers. Thanks,
How can I help?
I'm writing this with tears in my eyes,sorry I did not inform you about our trip.We actually made a quick trip to London and unfortunately attacked and mugged at gun point on the way to our hotel,all cash,credit card and cell phone were taken away from us but luckily we still have our passport with us.
We`ve been to the embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all and our return flight leaves anytime from now but we`re having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let us leave until we settle the bills.
Am freaked out at the moment and need help.
-- On Tue, 10/5/10,
Subject: RE: My Awful Experience
I am glad you replied back,We have nothing left on us right now but very lucky to still have our international passports with us it would have been worse if they had made away with it.Well all we need now is just $2,170, Please kindly have it wired to my name via Western Union I'll have to show my passport as ID to pick it up here and I promise to pay you back as soon as we get back home. Here's my info below
As soon as it has been done, kindly get back to me with the confirmation number. Let me know if you are heading to the Western Union outlet ASAP.Sorry for the inconveniences.
From: microsoft award
Date: 11/10/2010 10:57:52 AM
Subject: FROM MICROSOFT ONLINE PROMOTION.(CLAIM YOUR PRIZE)
FROM MICROSOFT ONLINE PROMOTION.
Please double click on the attached file and telephone your Claim Agent in
London on Tel: +447031740612 or by email:
firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize
I have been waiting for you to pick up your Cashier Check of $800,000.00 USD (EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) before I leave the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but you did not show up as I did not hear from you.
I am writing to inform you that I have deposited your cashier check with UNITED PARCEL SERVICE there in Nigeria. For your information, I'm now in Japan to resume my new job offer and will not go back to Nigeria till next year.
Please you have to contact the United Parcel Service of Nigeria to know when they will deliver your package to your resident address in your country. Note that I have paid for the security keeping fee. The only money you will have to pay is the shipping/handling fee which only cost $80.00 US Dollars to receive your check parcel as agreed with them.
Don't be deceived by any body because I have paid for the security keeping fee before they accepted the Cashier check.
Please contact the company with their Below details:
Name: Abu Richard
Thanks for your attention.
The PayPal payment team received complaint from the buyer. We are using this opportunity to notify you to send the balance of the Western Union Money Transfer to the buyers given address otherwise, legal action will be taken against you. We request for valid Western Union Money Transfer details in less than 6 hours and your funds will be made available in your account or face the consequences of legal action.
From IC3 and FBI director we give you 6 hours to send the excess funds to the shippers company and confirm details to us and you will receive a confirmation e-mail that your PayPal account has been credited.
Failure to respond to this means your Name and Address will be forward to the law enforcement Agency in your Country which may result to an Arrest, because you are practicing Scam, And your Account with PayPal will be BLOCKED, In order to free yourself from this'' send the agent fees within 6 hours and send the Mtcn Number and sender name to PayPal Customer Care Department for them to Verify. If you have any comment on this issue do not hesitate to contact us.If the information you wish to provide pertains to an emergency situation, please contact us by reply to this message. Although we check our e-mail frequently, we do not consider it to be an alternative .Feel free to contact us directly to this mail email@example.com
----- Forwarded Message ----
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Sent: Sun, November 7, 2010 6:15:25 AM
Subject: THIS ACCOUNT WILL BE CLOSE WITHIN 48 HOURS
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