Spam Report

The Spam Report: Day #223: "Urgent Order"

Published On: Sep 30 2014 10:47:06 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 30 2014 04:27:30 PM CDT
Money in wallet
MY DESK: MADISON -

There are a lot of subjects of investigative stories I've done or am currently pursuing who I'm sure have had visions of burying me in cement.

However, I'm not sure how WISC-TV has been confused with a cement company that sells to Haiti.

Chalk this one up to the "Huh?" category.

And just hit delete.

Make sure to tune in to Live at 5 today for the latest video edition of The Spam Report starring local actor Tim Towne.

If you have an email you want to warn your neighbors about, please send it to me: mailto:aschrager@wisctv.com

Thanks for reading.

Adam

From: Richard Green [mailto:richardgreenoffice@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 5:39 AM
Subject: Urgent Order

Hello
       My name is Richard Green, i would like to order some (Cement Mixer) from your company to Haiti.Kindly get back to me with the types you have in stock and as well as the types of credit card you accept for payment.Looking forward to hear back from you soon.

Regards
Richard

The Spam Report: Day #222: "DELIVERRING OF YOUR ATM CARD"

Published On: Sep 29 2014 12:09:05 PM CDT
MY DESK: MADISON -

I am often mocked here at the station for the fact I like to write stuff down on notepads, legal pads, post-it notes, you name it, I like pens and paper. While many of my younger colleagues embrace the benefits the computer can bring, I remain a bit hesitant to use all of the technological tools at my disposal.

However, computers are wonderful instruments. They help you spell better. They help with grammar, sentence structure, in particular. They are your friend, I keep reminding myself.

Take, for example, today's Spam Report submission sent to me ostensibly by "Mrs. Jenna Goudreau." So, my computer put a red squiggly line underneath the Subject header of "her" email to me because of the spelling of the word, "Deliverring."

It feels to me as if my computer is saying, "C'mon spammer/scammer, spell your darn spam/scam correctly."

You know how I hate laziness when it comes to trying to remove me from my money and personal information. If the spammer/scammer is not going to listen to their computer, I'm not going to listen to them. By the way, they're trying to get my info for just "$3.5." I'm used to being spammed/scammed for millions, so the allure of sacrificing everything for the cost of a couple slices of pizza is not appealing.

Just hit delete.

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Adam

From: Mrs. Jenna Goudreau [mailto:info@yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, September 07, 2014 4:05 AM
Subject: DELIVERRING OF YOUR ATM CARD

Attention please!!!

I have registered your ATM CARD of $3.5 with Dhl Express Courier Company with registration code of ( DCJKT00678G). please Contact them with your delivery information such as,

Your Name:

Your Address:

ID CARD COPY:

Telephone number:

Dhl Office:

occupation:

Contact Person: Dr. Kelvin Anthony

E-mail:( kelvinanthony85@gmail.com )

I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee. The only fee you have to pay is their Security fee only. Please indicate the registration Number and ask them how much their Security fee is so that you can pay it.

And if you need to contact the dhl office you can contact him with this cellphone

+2349093190745

Best Regards,

Mrs. Jenna Goudreau

The Spam Report: Day #221: Remembering New Wave bands of the '80s

Published On: Sep 26 2014 11:27:58 AM CDT
Miami Vice WATN - intro
MY DESK: MADISON -

I'm not sure what's going on in the spam/scam community but I've been getting a bunch of these emails regarding the World Bank. Maybe they've done a focus group and decided that people trust that entity, but that's neither here nor there. 

We debunked one of these on Wednesday and we'll do the same here today.

Normally, I wouldn't pay much attention to this, but regular readers of this blog (i.e. my Mom) know I truly get annoyed when there's a lack of attention to detail in these spam/scam attempts. I reward creativity and criticize slipshod efforts to remove me from my money and personal information.

In today's Spam Report, we have an email from "Mr. Mr.Anthony Grover." Now maybe his parents appreciated his title so much, he officially carries two "Mr.s" kind of like Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the former head of the United Nations.

However, when I see "Mr. Mr.," I think, as anyone who grew up in the '80s did, of "Mr. Mister," the American band which sent "Kyrie," and "Broken Wings" to the top of the charts. I always preferred their song, "Is It Love?" which featured lyrics that I will now ask to Mr. Mr. Anthony Grover.

"Is it love? Is it love you're after...?"

Or is it my money, personal info and hair-care recommendations?

I'm guessing the latter although I'll give the last part of that advice for free... just water and a brush. No product touches the mane. None.

Just hit delete.

THE WORLD BANK FINANCE GROUP LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM.55 STREET JAMES SQUARE,LONDON SW1Y 4JS,UNITED KINGDOM.OFFICE OF:

Bill and Exchange Manager/ Secretary General.

FROM DESK OF : MR. ANTHONY GROVER

Tel:+447010023298

I am Mr. Mr.Anthony Grover, Bill and Exchange Manager/ Secretary General, Head of the World Bank Finance Group Branch, set up to fight against scam and Fraudulent activities worldwide.

This Group is responsible for investigating the legitimacy of unpaid contract, inheritance and lotto winning claims by Companies and individuals and directs the paying authorities (banks) worldwide to make immediate payment of verified claims to the beneficiaries without further Delay.

You are being legally contacted regarding the release of your long awaited fund.

After a detailed review of your file, the World Bank Group has mandated that your fund should be release immediately.

The sum of US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars) has been approved in your favor via my desk. I therefore wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter.

Please re-confirm to us the following:

(1) Your Full Name:

(2) Phone, Fax and Mobile Number:

(3) Company Name, Home Address:

(4) Profession, Age and Marital status

: Note that the above fund has been cleared from terrorist or fraud related activities.

Thanks for Your Cooperation

Spam Report:Day #220:"Some-one has ordered a back-ground check on you"

Published On: Sep 25 2014 09:08:15 AM CDT
law, justice, gavel, law books, courtroom
MY DESK: MADISON -

I've seen a few variations of the email Barbara in Madison sent in for today's Spam Report. With all of the fear regarding our personal information being stolen, the government having the ability to "spy" on its citizens, and a general angst about what people know about us, this kind of a spam/scam makes sense to the spammer/scammer.

It purports to let Barbara know that "some-one" has run a "back-ground" check on her recently. Forget the poor grammar for a moment and realize this one simple fact: If someone runs a background check on you, it's private. You'd never know.

I mean, have you ever been contacted by anyone after a prospective employer did one on you? How about if you've ever been pulled over by police? They do background checks right there and then. Have you ever received an email saying "some-one" has run a "back-ground" check on you?

You haven't because that information is private. In fact, you can do background checks on yourself or anyone by paying the state of Wisconsin $7 at this website: https://wi-recordcheck.org/index.jsp

My link is legitimate. The link Barbara got can only lead to problems. Don't click on links in emails from people you don't know.

Better to just hit delete.

Thanks for sending this in, Barbara.

Adam

From: NOTIFICATION [NOTIFICATION@result-onlinecbb.us]

Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 5:46 PM

To: Barbara in Madison

Subject: Re:Some-one has  ordered a back-ground check - on you. See results here- 137187502

 

==========================================.

DT. 09/23/14

==========================================.

NFORCE ONLINE MESSAGE ALERT-SYSTEMS.

- NOTIFICATION FOR: Barbara in Madison

 

NO. 137187504  -  DT. 09/23/14

==========================================.

- - - - - - -THIS MESSAGE IS AN AUTOMATED MESSAGE- - - - - - - 

You're receiving this notification in order to notify you that as of 9/22/14 our records indicate that within the last 24 hours someone has run a background-check on you.  See details below:

Available Details:

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The Spam Report: Day #219: "YOUR PAYMENT NOTIFICATION"

Published On: Sep 24 2014 10:33:05 AM CDT
Obama Jobs - Money1
MY DESK: MADISON -

If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound?

Of course it does. Despite the philosophical nature of needing to see to believe, science and logic tell us that big objects like trees which fall down make lots of noise.

So, if you received an email from the World Bank telling you that a new "Compensation Commission" had been formed to ensure that folks like yourself were entitled to $10.5 million, wouldn't you think you would have heard about something like this on television, on line, from a friend, from a stranger, from your barber/hairdresser, from a colleague, from a politician, from the newspaper, from a unicorn... anything or anyone to let you know that this happened?

Of course you would. Because you're logical and you're not going to believe that the World Bank has millions for you and others and somehow Buzzfeed, Yahoo, Google News, Twitter, Facebook and News 3 have failed you by not alerting you to that fact.

By the way, just because you see the sender's name and email as this, "Rev Dale K. Lincoln [mailto:noreply@worldbank.org]," if you were to hit reply, as I did, this is the email address you'd get, "pay.center0001@qq.com."

That web address doesn't inspire the same amount of confidence, does it?

Just hit delete.

Take care.

Adam

From: Rev Dale K. Lincoln [mailto:noreply@worldbank.org]
Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 4:42 PM
Subject: YOUR PAYMENT NOTIFICATION

 

FROM: HEAD OF WORLD BANK COMPENSATION UNIT

WBP: WORLD BANK PAYMENT NOTIFICATION

REF: BN/DFR/2014/06785

RE: WORLD BANK PAYMENT NOTIFICATION

Attention,

My name is Rev Dale K. Lincoln, Director of the newly inaugurated World Bank Compensation Commission. My committee has a mandate to recover unpaid debts associated with NNPC contracts, Lottery fund, inheritance fund, loans and grants etc ranging from $1M-$45.5M owed to various beneficiaries and companies across the globe(Asia, Europe, USA, Africa, and Australia) and submit the list of the unpaid beneficiaries/companies to our corresponding bank for immediate payment of their compensation fund in which your name is among the lucky beneficiaries that will receive their approved fund in the amount US$10,500,000.00 either by bank-bank Wire Transfer into your designated bank Account or Cash Delivery to your doorstep via private courier service.

If you are ready to receive your approved fund, you are advised to furnish us with the listed below information to enable us verify your information we have on file to make sure we are not paying the wrong beneficiary.

1. Full Name:

2. Address:

3. Nationality:

4. Sex:

5. Age:

6. Date of Birth:

7. Occupation:

The Spam Report: Day #218: "Greetings"

Published On: Sep 23 2014 10:30:19 AM CDT
Chocolate
MY DESK: MADISON -

Thanks to Michael H. for today's Spam Report.

It has all the warnings we normally discuss (i.e. poor spelling and grammar), but I learned something in the process of doing a little research on this.

Who knew that Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana produce half of the world's cocoa? Of course, I'm taking Wikipedia's word for that and am a little pressed for time, but I always thought it was a solely South American crop.

Oh well, by the way if you or Michael want to take advantage of this fortune, please be advised that Miss. Diani Joseph wants you to serve as her guardian as well. As the father of three little kids, I thought I made enough to take care of the family, but my kids are eating me out of house and home.

So, make sure you set aside some of your newfound dollars or, do as we like to say here at The Spam Report, just hit delete.

Thanks Michael.

Take care.

Adam

-----Original Message-----

From: Diani Joseph [mailto:sakipooh824@yahoo.co.jp]

Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 2:33 AM

Subject: Greetings.

Greetings.

I know that this message might meet you In utmost surprise. However, it's just my urgent need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this way for a transaction. I'm Miss Diani Joseph 19 years the only child of late Mr/Mrs. mathew joseph. My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant and politician in Cote d'Ivoire, who was shot to death by on known people.

Before the death of my father in a private hospital here, he secretly called me on his bed side and told me he has the sum of four million,five hundred thousand United State Dollars. USD ($4.500,000) in an account of fixed/suspend in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan that he used my name as his only child for the next of Kin in depositing of the funds. He also explained that it was because of this wealth that he was kill and warmed me about his brother.

I want you to help me with the following:

(1) To provide a bank account that money will be t ransferred.

(2) To serve as guardian.

(3) To arrange for me to come to your country to continue my studies to obtain a residence permit in your country.

I will offer you 25% of the total sum as compensation for your effort after the successful transfer of this money into your nominated account. Waiting to hear from you, please reply me if you can help me sincerely.

Yours sincerely

Miss. Diani Joseph

The Spam Report: Day #217: "LOVE"

Published On: Sep 22 2014 01:06:51 PM CDT
Red roses bouquet
MY DESK: MADISON -

I like to fashion myself a bit of a romantic and a softie. I know you wouldn't believe it by looking at the crusty, curmudgeon-like nature I present on television, but I'm an emotional guy.

Think Gus, the sympathetic crier, in "Psych": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB7oSvkyNtA

All of this background is to help you understand why I was immediately drawn to an email I received from "Mrs. Mary Duplises," entitled "LOVE." All in CAPS, yes, it was.

However, what I discovered when I read this was no homage to old Barbara Streisand/Robert Redford films, but instead a solicitation to work with this "banker" to get access to the estate of a former CEO, who was murdered a few years back, allegedly in a money-laundering deal gone bad. Not sure how this has any connection to "LOVE," and I don't intend to find out.

In fact, the only possible connection to "LOVE" is the same text I read in English copied just below it, in French.

Oui, oui. That is the language of love, no? Oooh la la, let us discuss the scam/spam below to remove you from your money and personal information. I'm sure we speak the same unspoken language, fluently.

The Spam Report speaks the language of "Just hit delete." No translation needed.

Take care and it's good to be back.

Adam

-----Original Message-----
From: Mary Duplises [mailto:lmake1367@gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2014 8:17 AM
Subject: LOVE
Importance: High

Dear Friend,

I am Mary Duplises,Personal banker and account officer to the late UWE Gemballa who was murdered in South Africa, before his death he was the former CEO of the Porsche, I have a business proposal for you regarding his estate management, please kindly get back to me to enable me furnish you with more details through this Private Reply Email: infomarysucceess001@gmx.com

Cher ami,

Je suis Marie Duplises, banquier personnel et compte officier ? la fin de l'UWE Gemballa qui a ?t? assassin? en Afrique du Sud, avant sa mort, il ?tait l'ancien PDG de Porsche, J'ai une proposition d'affaires pour vous en ce qui concerne sa gestion de patrimoine, s'il vous pla?t obtenir de bien vouloir revenir ? moi pour me permettre de vous fournir plus de d?tails ? travers ce priv? R?pondre Email: infomarysucceess001@gmx.com

The Spam Report: Day #216: "Outside the Canada"

Published On: Sep 12 2014 02:46:36 PM CDT
Canada
MY DESK: MADISON -

First off, I don't know what it is about the figure of $10.5 million, but I've received no fewer than 22 emails promising me that exact figure in inheritance, investment opportunities, etc. Sometimes, it's USD $10.5 million or USD $10,500,000.00 or, as in the email below, it's the standard $10.5 million.

Any way you look at it, I should be a millionaire many times over. And I'm not. Of that, I assure you.

There's nothing particularly unique about the business proposition below except that for it to come from a Canadian banker, who should speak English, it exhibits particularly poor grammar.

I really enjoyed the idea that the spammer/scammer wanted to invest the money "outside the Canada."

That made me chuckle.

Over the next week, I will be "outside the News 3" and not producing this daily scintillating piece of journalism. I can hear your audible groans from here.

See you a week from Monday and remember to just hit delete.

Adam

From: David Mckay [mailto:david102@luukku.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2014 1:55 AM
Subject: Re: Your Mail

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am David Mckay an accountant by profession, and acts as a private consultant to some clients in Canada ranging from top business personals, serving and retired Army. Colonel, Lieutenant-Colonel and top Government functionaries whose privacy is shrouded in topmost secrecy.

As stated above I have client's mandate to seek for a reputable, and well-established individual to help channel some funds into profitable investment abroad. The proposed funds are an estimated ($10.5 million) and he his specific in investing these funds outside the Canada.

Meanwhile, I have worked out the moralities and technicalities whereby the funds can be claimed in any of our 6 Clearing Houses without any hitches. Our sharing ratio will be 50-50%. If you are interested, you should send your direct phone number so we could discuss more on phone as regard the transaction.

I hope you will treat my request with expediency as time is of great importance to my client. Write me back to my Private email: mckay_d01@superposta.com

Thanks.

Royal Bank of Canada

Mr. David Mckay

http://www.rbc.com/newsroom/down2-mckay.html

The Spam Report: Day #215: "Transaction #"

Published On: Sep 11 2014 01:53:54 PM CDT
Lake Monona water madison body
MY DESK: MADISON -

Throughout the course of asking you for help in warning your neighbors against predatory spam/scam emails, I've been lucky enough to have repeat customers, if you will. Folks who unfortunately receive lots of this kind of correspondence and have sent it my way to feature.

One of those people is Janet G. in Madison. She sent me an email this morning that she'd received and wrote me a note that stated, "Once again, I am the 'lucky recipient' of a huge sum of money! Imagine that?"

Her wording got me to thinking, just how lucky has Janet been in the time she's corresponded with me since last October. So, I went back into my email archives and found that Janet's sent me six emails in that time frame.

The subject matter of those are as follows: an official-looking security notification from a credit card she doesn't have, a promise of an easy, from-home job that could earn her $1,000/week, and a request for money from friends who allegedly were robbed in Istanbul (fact check: they never went).

Her real luck though comes from the $10.5 million she was promised by the Central Bank of Nigeria. Last November, she was told about another $10.5 million from Bank of America that was duly hers, if she could convince the FBI of her true identity by submitting all sorts of personal information.

And then, the email featured below, where Janet has discovered that the United Nations office in Malaysia, through its "poverty alleviation" program, has $1.5 million for her. There are all sorts of jokes to be had at the UN's expense if they're awarding "poverty alleviation" money to a woman who has already been awarded by my math, $21 million, but I digress.

Janet, my conclusion is that you are incredibly lucky... to have the patience and humor to realize these are spam/scam and to send them my way.

We thank you and wish you the best of luck with your fake millions in the future. Steak and lobster's on Janet, everyone.

Just hit delete.

Adam

-----Original Message-----
From: Compres, Griselda M. <gmc2133@cumc.columbia.edu>
To: Compres, Griselda M. <gmc2133@cumc.columbia.edu>
Sent: Thu, Sep 11, 2014 3:50 am
Subject: Transaction #

W.U.M.T

MALAYSIAN PAY-OUT CENTER

Transaction #: WUMT-MY9631***/2014 ( Your Security Code )

Dear Western Union Beneficiary,

Your funds transaction of 1,500,000.00 USD has been approved by UNITED NATIONS (UN) in their on going poverty alleviation program 2014 and we have been instructed to start sending you 7,600.00 USD daily using our Western Union system. To begin receiving your daily payment as stated above, we need you to provide Us with; Your Full Name, Address, and Phone Number. Upon receipt of the Requested details, your first transaction will be activated by you, before we can proceed to provide you with the Money Transfer Control others after 24 hours of Receiving each payment.For more information on your payment status; E-mail Mrs. Franca Lee: leemyw@qq.com OR call our 24 hours Helpline @ +601-648-453-21 or 00601-648-453-21 for any inquiries on the above message.

All E-mail response should be sent to leemyw@qq.com for confirmation and payment approval.

Yours truly,

Griselda M Compres

For: UN/Western Union, Malaysia.

The Spam Report: Day #214: "Hallo Meine Lieben"

Published On: Sep 10 2014 10:45:29 AM CDT
Germany-2
MY DESK: MADISON -

Today's blog might be the most obvious in more than seven months of doing this. If you get an email in your non-native language, it's more than likely spam/scam.

This intrepid reporter sent this email to a friend of mine in Denver who does speak German and he says I'm absolutely being scammed "unless you are really good friend with a person named Sonia Gilbert in Germany."

I don't know a Sonia Gilbert in this country, let alone in Germany, so my obvious conclusion is this is spam/scam.

My buddy also pointed out the worldwide impact of spam/scam email as the email I'm posting below, while written in German, was sent from a Yahoo.com email address registered in Japan (yahoo.co.jp).

So, here's to the upcoming Oktoberfest season, Sonia Gilbert... or whoever you are. Feel free to celebrate the season with me, but don't expect a response.

I'm just going to hit delete.

Adam

From: Sonia gilbert [mailto:helena_kone_04@yahoo.co.jp]
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2014 7:03 PM
Subject: Hallo Meine Lieben,

Hallo Meine Lieben,

es ist mir eine Freude, mit Ihnen Kontakt aufzunehmen um eine dringende Hilfe für die Rettung meines Lebens, von der gefährlichen politischen Bedeutung gewinnenden in meinem Land und zur Ausführung eines unmittelbaren Transfer von ( $4,5 Mio. USD) links für mich in einer Bank von meinem verstorbenen Vater vor seinem plötzlichen Tod. In details, ich bin das einzige Kind meiner verstorbenen Eltern, später Herr und Frau Edward Gilbert aus der Republik Côte d'Ivoire. Mein Vater war ein cocoa merchant Händler in Cote d'Ivoire aber leider starb aus politischen Krise vergangenen Jahren, tatsächlich er links hinter der Summe ( $4.500.000,00 US-Dollar) in eine Bank mit meinem Namen als sein einziges Kind vor seinem Tod.

Jetzt kann ich sagen, dass ich hier in einem spartanischen Guest-House Hotel, Seite der Stadt aus Sicherheitsgründen und für die Sicherheit meines Lebens da nach dem Tod von meinem Vater damit mein Leben in Gefahr ist auch von der politischen Opposition Group, ist warum ich suche eine Hilfe für die Verlegung und zur Sicherung dieser Gelder für Investitionen in ihrem Land, um
meine Zukunft verwenden. Wenn Sie Hilfe leisten kann zu mir, wird mir eine Freude sein, Ihnen 15% des gesamten Fonds (oben angezeigt).

Vielen Dank für Ihre Aufmerksamkeit, bitte melde dich bei mir in vollem Vertrauen zur weiteren Klärung/Details des Verfahrens. Ihre dringende Antwort wird sehr geschätzt, und weitere Details werden an Sie, sobald sie Antwort zu zeigen ihr Interesse für mir zu helfen.
Ich hoffe bald von Ihnen zu hören.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Sonia
gilbert

The Spam Report: Day #213: "Upgrade Your Account"

Published On: Sep 09 2014 10:11:14 AM CDT
cell phone
MY DESK: MADISON -

The premise of this entire blog is based upon email. Without it, The Spam Report doesn't exist and more importantly, a significant form of communication for many of us is taken away.

Recently, I've seen a number of scam/spam emails like the one I've posted below sent in by Bob in Fitchburg. His is allegedly from Charter, but I've seen them from Yahoo and Hotmail as well.

The premise is that you have to either click on a link to "renew" your service or provide an email or password to keep your emails from being "temporarily blocked."

In each of these cases, it's important to note that your internet provider will never ask for personal information over a medium as vulnerable as email.

Specific to Charter, since it's mentioned in the email to Bob, "Charter Communications believes in protecting the privacy of our customers. As a general policy, Charter would never request sensitive account information such as account numbers, user names or passwords via unsecured channels such as email"

Thanks for sending this in, Bob. If you want to warn your neighbors about an email, please send it to me: mailto:aschrager@wisctv.com.

And then, just hit delete.

Take care.

Adam

From: "Charter.Net" <mermck1@embarqmail.com>
Date: September 8, 2014 at 12:05:42 PM CDT
Subject:Upgrade Your Account
Reply-To:mailistructor@mail.com

Dear Charter User,

Due to the congestion in all Charter users accounts you needs to update your account with our released F-Secure Internet Security 2014.New version of a better resource spam and viruses.

If you have not upgraded your account, click reply and fill in the columns below to send it back so we can update our database account immediately.

Failure to update will process your Charter account being temporarily blocked or suspended from our network and may not be able to receive or send e-mail due to the update.

Email Address:

Password:

Service Address ZIP Code :


Charter Customer Care

Contact Date: 9-08-2014

C 2014 Charter Communications

The Spam Report: Day #212: "URGENT INVESTIGATION"

Published On: Sep 08 2014 12:03:49 PM CDT
Laptop keyboard type online internet computer

Love this one. Love it.

I will allow you to enjoy the details below without ruining it for you, but it's hysterical. Basically, it's the "everyone else has been trying to scam you, but you can trust me" email.

The "hoodlums" who have been ripping me off includes "Banks, Delivery Company ,EFCC Nigeria, IMF, FBI, Western Union, Money gram, Diplomat Agents and others imposed offices around the globe especially in West Africa region such as Nigeria, Ghana and Benin Republic and you have being their victim paying money after money for endless acquiring of fake documents ,certificates."

As my five-year-old son, Clark, would say, "Please don't fall for this."

Just hit delete.

If you have an email you want to warn your neighbors about, please send it to me: mailto:aschrager@wisctv.com and maybe, just maybe, we can all work in the future for the "Internet Scam Investigation" unit at the "Economic and Financial Crimes Commission."

Hope you had a nice weekend.

Adam

-----Original Message-----
From: Detective Emmanuel Akomaye [mailto:hlink@firstva.com]
Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2014 5:40 PM
Subject: URGENT INVESTIGATION

From the desk of

Detective Emmanuel Akomaye

Head Internet Scam Investigation

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission

Attention Beneficiary,

The first time we contacted you was on November 30th 2013 on the discovery of the below information contain in this email regarding the treat and ugly experience you might have been and still going through from scammers knowing that they send out thousands of scam email daily looking for who to rip off, however you simply ignored our notice and we are writing yet again to advice you it has been re confirmed to this Agency that some group of impostors are currently to if not already ripping you off claiming they are Banks, Delivery Company ,EFCC Nigeria, IMF, FBI, Western Union, Money gram, Diplomat Agents and others imposed offices around the globe especially in West Africa region such as Nigeria, Ghana and Benin Republic and you have being their victim paying money after money for endless acquiring of fake documents ,certificates, there is always another fees to be paid whenever you are dealing with these hoodlums another surely and it is very sad to know you

This information is reaching you from the office of the Internet Scam Investigation Group, the people you are dealing with are all internet criminals operating from different part of Africa, they only want your money and they are the same people but write you differently and that is why you received a lot of email daily and thereby confusing from know the truth since you find it very easy sending your personal information to any email claiming they have fund for you without a proper inquiry, they are not what they claim they are and I don't know if you have sent them any money at all, if yes I tell you they will keep demanding until you realize that they are impostors, it is time for you to open your eyes before you remain a victim of internet scam forever, this will serve as eye opener to you to stop further dealings at all ad follow the guideline we shall give you to find out if you truly have any REAL fund belonging to you in Africa or an! y where in the World

I ask, have you been able to find out why you receive all kinds of emails daily claiming it have funds for you? Have you asked yourself if there is any fund awarded in your name at all? Or do you believe anybody that contacts you and says they have fund for you? I really pity your situation after going through the details forwarded to our office today.

Recently, report from the headquarters of the West Africa Internet Scam Monitoring Unit revealed that 70% of internet Scam in Africa is carried out by touts and jobless men in Africa and Nigeria Benin Republic to be precise (unemployment rate in Africa) and for this reason we are on assignment to stop further scam to you and also it was revealed that these criminals has partners working for them in Benin Republic, London, USA and other European and Asian Countries so at times you are contacted from even your own Country but it is all but scam.

Anybody caught to be involved in scam will serve 12years Jail terms as abiding to Economical and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) constitution in section 42 subsections 102 of 2007Constitution.West Africa Community will not be liable for your lost fund if you continue with those impostors who have been scamming you over the years and up till now you have not received a dime, contact the Commission to make inquiry if you have fund at all here or Africa, report the names of those fake offices you are dealing with immediately.

If you want to put an end to this scam you have experienced or still experiencing and if you ever want to receive your fund from Africa if there is any, first is to INQUIRE the only truth of your fund will be found in the office of the African Ministry of State for foreign Transaction commission where you will inquire if there is any real fund in your name presenting your names for verification, below contact address belongs to the staffs Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs where this inquiry should be made by you.

Foreign Affairs Commission

Hon Patrick Ademola

E-mail: patrickademola42@gmail.com

Note you are advised to furnish Hon Patrick Ademola the details listed below for the inquire.

Your full name.

The Spam Report: Day #211: Name Dropping

Published On: Sep 05 2014 07:59:30 AM CDT
dollar bills, money
MY DESK: MADISON -

I've noticed that many of these unknown bankers who want me to become the beneficiary of a late client's estate always write, "Compliment of the season."

What season are we in right now? Kind of a hybrid, no? Still technically summer, but the kids are back in school which we usually associate with fall. Anyhow, it's one of those uniquely European sayings designed to make me feel more comfortable about the spam/scam proposal included.

In this case, I'm to believe that the 104th richest man in the world, the world, died in a plane crash and entrusted this Burkina Faso banker with $10 million that she now wants to share with me.

Not going to happen.

Just hit delete.

And oh, compliment of the season to you as well... the spam/scam-busting season that sadly never seems to end.

Adam

From: Diani Kabori [mailto:d.kabori@aol.fr]
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2014 7:55 PM
Subject: YOUR CO-OPERATION NEEDED PLEASE! 

YOUR CO-OPERATION NEEDED PLEASE!
From: Mrs Diani Kabori.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Dear Friend,

Compliment of the season to you; this message might meet you in utmost surprise. However, it's just my urgent need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction I am a banker by profession from Burkina Faso in West Africa and currently holding the post of manager auditing and accounting unit of the bank. I have a business proposal of Ten Million United States Dollars which I want you to handle with me from my bank as the  beneficiary to the fund.

This fund is the balance deposit by one of our late customer from France Mr. Paul Louis Halley, he was an importer/exporter and a shareholders in telecommunication here in Burkina Faso. Firstly, you will have to open communication with our bank by applying for the claim as the (beneficiary) to the fund, I shall be directing you on process to get this fund transfer into your account after applying. All expenses incurred by you and me in this transaction will be deducted out from 5% of the total fund before the sharing of the money in ratio of 50/50.

From banking experience it will take up to fourteen (14) working days to conclude this transfer, also this fund can be transfer to you in any form of your choice. This matter should be a confidential between you and me and please delete it if you are not interested; If you are interested, please send me your full contact information as below and thereafter I will send to you TEXT OF APPLICATION FORM to apply for the fund. I will appreciate your kind gestures towards this fortune, may the Almighty God who provide for everyone bless you.

Incident site:http://newswww.bbc.net.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/oxfordshire/4537663.stm

1. Full name:.........
2. Current Address:.........
3. Telephone N°:...........
4. Occupation:.............
5. Age:............
6. Country:........

Yours Truly
Mrs Diani Kabori
Email Address.dianikabori2@gmail.com

The Spam Report: Day #210: "Can I give you this trust?"

Published On: Sep 04 2014 10:03:31 AM CDT
Bank Fees - Money 1
MY DESK: MADISON -

The question is simple enough: Can I give you this trust???.

The three question marks followed by the period surely means this is important. So important, this is not even a "Dear John" spam/scam email, it's simply a "Dear," email.

If the sender doesn't know my name or chooses not to use it, you can safely assume they don't know you. If they don't know you, you don't know them. And we don't communicate with people we don't know on line. It's not safe.

So, I guess the answer to the question posed above, the one with the three question marks and one period, "Can I give you this trust???. is simple."

No, you cannot.

Just hit delete.

Adam

-----Original Message-----
From: adams.zaky@gmail.com [mailto:adams.zaky@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Mrs Fareeda Farad
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2014 6:32 AM
Subject: CAN I GIVE YOU THIS TRUST???.

Dear,

    It's my pleasure to have contact with you, based on the critical condition I find mine self, though, it's not financial problem, but my health, you might have know that cancer is not what to talk home about, though I don't know you, and my contact with you was not by mistake, but by divine favour of ALLAH.

I am married to Mr. Abdul karim Farad who worked with Tunisia embassy in Burkina Faso for nine years before he died in the year 2008. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for five days.

Since his death I decided not to remarry, When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of US$ 8.2m(Eight million two hundred thousand dollars)in a bank in Ouagadougou the capital city of Burkina Faso in west Africa Presently this money is still in bank. He made this money available for exportation of Gold from Burkina Faso mining.

Recently, My Doctor told me that I don't have much time to live because of the cancer problem,

Having known my condition I decided to hand you over this money to take care of the less-privileged people, you will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want you to take 30 Percent of the total money for your personal use While 70% of the money will go to charity" people and helping the orphanage.

I don't want my husband's efforts to be used by the Government. I grew up as an Orphan and I don't have anybody as my family member, just to endeavour that the name of ALLAH is maintained. Am doing this so that ALLAH will forgive my sins and accept my soul because this sickness has suffered me so much.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank in Burkina Faso and I will send authority letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of the money in the bank that is if you assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your reply.

Regards,

Mrs. Fareeda Farad

Written from Hospital.

The Spam Report: Day #209: "Your Personal Information"

Published On: Sep 03 2014 10:22:21 AM CDT
OTD June 9 - Charles Dickens
MY DESK: MADISON -

So, I've been working on this blog now for more than 200 days and I'd like to think its reach has exceeded my mother, my wife and my kids if they get on the iPad when they're not supposed to.

We all like to feel somewhat important. That's why the below spam email is so onerous as it plays to our vanities. It tells me that I've been selected to a "Who's Who" guide but in reality, this is a money-making venture from those sending it.

There is story after story on line about these. In fact, it has its own Wikipedia page detailing how if you play along here and give them your information (which you know I recommend you never do to anyone you don't know and to any entity unless you've initiated the contact), you'll eventually be charged for a copy of the vanity publication or for posting your information somewhere. 

Eventually, you're paying. If you want to market yourself, there are a world of free opportunities these days on social media. Better to go in that direction than to pursue this.

As a complete aside that makes me think this is more scam than just spam, at the bottom of the email was some random text from Dickens' "Great Expectations." My high school English teacher would be proud that I remembered the character, Pip. No idea why those lines would be there, but it made me chuckle nonetheless.

Just hit delete and remember, if you want to be recognized as a spam/scam fighter, send me any email you want to warn your neighbors about (mailto:aschrager@wisctv.com) and I'll make you famous... at least with my mom, wife and kids.

Take care,

Adam

From: Exclusive Invite [mailto:exclusive.invite@globalbussdirectory.pw]
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2014 1:30 AM
To: Adam Schrager
Subject: Your Personal Invitation

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greedy laugh. `Have another conwict off. `What does that the forge, and disappeared and adjourned, for some shadowy idea (and him through having my father, Pip, sir. `Once more, said Joe, with his standing Prancing here -- pie! The Church had this good in the days were holden -- to tumble on my hands always treated him roam and not nearly going to life, when some large-handed person in herself, and trimming and disappear. Then, she turned me wittles. He crammed what a piece of mincemeat (which accounted for him? Worth my hands in sudden bites, just enough to Godliness,

The Spam Report: Day #208: "Hi"

Published On: Sep 02 2014 01:36:30 PM CDT
MY DESK: MADISON -

So, with the stock market continuing to rage these days, there are a lot of people interested in investing some of the money they've made.

That's apparently what "Larry" wants to do in the spam/scam email that Jim in Madison sent in for The Spam Report. I could spend a while debunking each of these things, but it does not seem that "Larry" is a very discerning investor and he might want to worry about spammers/scammers coming after him in the future.

"I am nearing retirement and I could use one more big windfall from an investment to truly feel confident I can make ends meet when I stop working," Jim wrote in. "This "Larry" seems to want to invest in an idea of mine. Should I tell him I have oceanfront property in Iowa to sell him? Somehow, I'm convinced this would lead to him asking me for money. Thought you could warn folks that while it may not seem like a scam, copy and paste the words from this note into your browser and you'll see it pops up on a ton of scam sites."

Great job, Jim. Thanks for sharing.

If you have an email you want to warn your neighbors about, please send it to me: mailto:aschrager@wisctv.com and then, just hit delete.

Take care. Hope you all had a great weekend.

Adam

-----Original Message-----
From: Larry Wolfe [mailto:larrywolfe75@qq.com]
Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2014 11:57 AM
Subject: Re: Hi

Hi

I am looking to invest in Real Estate/Construction and oil industry, Banking, Stock speculation, Film Industries, Mining, Transportation and Tobacco do you have any idea?

Let me have your investment proposals.

Larry.

Email: larrywolfe75@qq.com

Ph: +44793 743 3317...

 

The Spam Report: Day #207: "the provision act of decree 114"

Published On: Aug 29 2014 03:23:42 PM CDT
Nigeria Borno state Boko Haram
MY DESK: MADISON -

It's been a really busy last couple of days here, so I apologize for the brevity of yesterday's Spam Report and the lateness of today's post.

A couple of open records requests came in leading to a couple different investigative stories and then, I worked on a piece involving how the University of Wisconsin once boycotted football games with LSU over civil rights. That's a cool story, but I digress.

Anyhow, I finally had a few moments and realized I had yet to visit the blog today. It's always a challenge to pick which emails to feature and I stumbled onto the one today, not because its premise is all that unique, but that it actually compelled me to search on line for the Nigerian Constitution.

Specifically, I searched for "the provision act of decree 114 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on Contract Matters." If you can understand what that means, you're smarter than me. However, I'm often perplexed by the language used by government types when plain English would do, so I actually called up my favorite search engine and copied that phrase.

Sadly, numerous other websites popped up, seeking to warn consumers about the bogus email all of us had received. However, I remained driven to see if the senders were simply BS'ing us or if, in fact, they'd painstakingly copied a particular provision of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999.

If it were the latter, I'd still call this a scam/spam, but at least I'd give them credit for their attention to detail. It's really a quality lost on today's youth.

Unfortunately, this link to the Nigerian Government's constitution doesn't provide the answer. 

Alas, I will go into this Labor Day Weekend unclear as to whether Mr. Paul Williams is your two-bit, lazy spammer/scammer or one whose creativity should be lauded.

Either way, as always, just hit delete.

See you back here on Tuesday.

Adam

-----Original Message-----
From: MR. PAUL WILLIAMS [mailto:constead@suddenlink.net]
Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2014 3:40 PM
Subject: RE: NOTIFICATION ON THE IRREVOCABLE AGREEMENT ORDER ON YOUR PAYMENT/FINAL NOTICE.

Attn: Beneficiary

Please bear with us for making this initial contact through email, it is due to the urgency of this notification, since we are unable to reach your phoneline. This is to officially bring to your notice that we have finally signed an irrevocable agreement order with the United Nations, at the 37th G8 summit which was held 2627 May 2011 in the commune of Deauville, in France. You can check this link to confirm the summit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/37th_G8_summit.

The agreement instruction was for us to settle all enormous outstanding debt burden on our country, in order to enhance our business relationship with the International Community. To that effect, The Federal Ministry of Finance have finally forwarded to my humble office, the names of foreigner's/contractors that have not yet received their payment for some reasons and your name happen to be on the list hence, your payment worth USD$2,000.000.00 (Two Million Dollars Only) is next on the payment schedule list, for this quarter of the year 2013

In accordance with the provision act of decree 114 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on Contract Matters, your contract payment documents have been verified, approved and arrangement is being been made to effect your payment to you within the shortest period of time in our bid to transparency.

Also, it might interest you to know that a Gentleman with name JAMES WHITE from Ohio, USA., already contacted us on your behalf. He forwarded to us his full banking information and presented some documentations evidencing your payment, claiming they were signed personally by you for the release of your payment to him. He further told us that you are seriously sick and presently on a Hospital bed of which he is not even sure, you will survive. Please find below his Banking information for your-re-confirmation:

BANK NAME: Charles Schwab Bank

ADDRESS: 1397 Vidaway Columbus, Ohio 43228 A/C NAME: JAMES WHITE

ACCOUNT#: 121202211

ROUTING#: 440014258642

TEL: Withheld for security reasons

EMAIL: Withheld for security reasons

Lastly, we also want to use this medium to pose a warning/advise to you, should in case you are already dealing with anybody or office posing to be the Central Bank of Nigeria or any fake financial office, we advise that you STOP further contact with them in your best interest and contact only the Skye Bank Plc., with our information accordingly. The reason why you have not received your payment up till now, is because you have been dealing with the wrong people and office, so be advised and note that only Skye Bank Plc have in possession, the instrument for perfecting that.

Having said all this, we urge you to get back to this office immediately in order to let us know if truly JAMES WHITE is your representative as explained above, before we proceed with the next step on releasing your payment to him accordingly. Thank you for your anticipated Co-operation in advance as we await your prompt response to this matter.

The Spam Report: Day #206: "My dying wish"

Published On: Aug 28 2014 10:00:09 AM CDT
Funeral, casket, death, mourning
MY DESK: MADISON -

I'm a bit swamped today, so I apologize for the brevity of this Spam Report.

I'll simply allow Kay L., who forwarded it to me, to sum this up: "Aren't I lucky to be looking forward to all this money? (HA)!"

HA indeed. No dying woman will introduce herself to you with the promise of millions. Isn't going to happen.

Just hit delete.

Thanks for sending this in, Kay.

Adam

From: deb.j2@outlook.com
Subject: My dying wish
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:23:41 +0100

How are you today?,

My name is Mrs Deborah Johnson. I am a dying woman who has decided to donate what I have to you. I am 59 years old and diagnosed of cancer about 2 years ago. I lost my husband and I was left alone, I have no family and I will be going for an operation shortly and I pray that I survive, but the chances are slim.

I have decided to Will/donate the sum of $1,500,000.00 (One Million, Five Hundred thousand dollars) to you for the good work of the lord. I got your contact from a random online search, as led by my spirit. I believe God has his plan as I cannot use this money for myself when I am gone; one with a good moral stand and charitable heart should use it. I believe my spirit has led me right, I wanted someone anonymous to gain this money. I have been a very lonely woman, do help me put joy in other peoples lives.

Presently, I have informed my lawyer about my decision to will this money to you. Kindly Contact my lawyer whose contact I place below, to carry out this task of charity. Please, it is my dying wish.

Brian Betts esq.
Email: barr_brianbetts1@qq.com
Tel : +447031981654

Thank you and God bless you.

Mrs Deborah Johnson

The Spam Report: Day #205: "SINCERE REQUEST"

Published On: Aug 27 2014 11:46:52 AM CDT
Brownie dessert
MY DESK: MADISON -

My youngest child, a precocious 3 1/2-year-old girl who's been trying to catch her big brother and sister from the get-go, came downstairs this morning with a big smile on her face.

"What can I get you for breakfast?" I asked.

She pointed to a ziplock bag on the counter that had what looked to the naked eye like brown-colored mini-muffins. Now, we both knew that those had been brought over by a friend and that they were, in fact, mini-brownies and not mini-muffins.

Now, I may have a sweet tooth myself and we do have a family rule that there's never a bad time for a donut, but even if I doubled her fruit servings this morning, there's no way I could rationalize giving her a brownie for breakfast.

"Please????" she said with a smile that's captivating. Then, she hugged me and told me how I was the best daddy in the world.

I may have numerous parent fails I could describe from the last week alone, but I held resolute today. It reminded me of an email sent to me yesterday by Ann in Shorewood Hills.

I call this the "pretty, pretty please with sugar on top" spam/scam.

Even if you are predisposed to immediately sensing these types of emails are bogus, Ann wrote that the "Sincere Request" is what made her laugh. As if, getting unexpected millions from a long-lost, never-known, dead individual who shared her last name is not sincere, saying they're sincere must make all the difference.

Or, you can simply suggest, as I did this morning, we'll get donuts in the next couple days, I promise, when I rejected the brownies for breakfast.

Just hit delete.

Thanks for sending this in, Ann.

Adam

From: Denis Fiogan <denisfiogan@aol.co.uk>
Date: August 25, 2014 at 9:24:01 AM CDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject:SINCERE REQUEST
Reply-To:denisfiogan@aol.co.uk

I am Denis Fiogan (LLB] of Denis Fiogan & Associates.

I am surprised not getting a response from the earlier mail I sent to you.

It is my wish to present you as my deceased client's relative who has the same family name as you. Whom I aided in making an investment deposit with a bank worth $9.5million Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars.

I informed the bank of his passing on and was instructed to present any available member of his family or close relative to be paid the funds hence my contacting you.

Please acknowledge if your email is still valid to enable me explain more. You can contact me on my private email address. denisfiogan@aol.co.uk

Yours faithfully
Denis Fiogan (Attorney At Law)

The Spam Report: Day #204: "DONATION"

Published On: Aug 26 2014 11:12:33 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 27 2014 08:38:03 AM CDT
dollar bills, money
MY DESK: MADISON -

So, we've debunked on this site multiple times the idea that you're not going to hear from a long-lost, never-known, person who has millions for you.

The kicker to the email we're sharing today from Karen in Middleton is that while it shares the profile described above, it offers to give her that money with a catch: she's supposed to donate it.

Why I picked this email to share with you is because the list of things/causes/people she's supposed to give to made me chuckle as it encompasses many of the worthy causes in the world today.

Want to give to religious institutions? Well, Karen can upkeep churches, mosques and synagogues with the money from Mrs. Honoour Rosser. Further, she can help "widows, widowers, orphans, destitute, the down-trodden, physically challenged children, barren-women and persons who prove to be genuinely handicapped financially," but only if she's to be trusted.

I think she may have failed that test by sending this to me, but I'm inclined to give her a pass and think she's a pretty good egg by wanting to keep any of her neighbors from falling for drivel spam/scam like this. Thanks Karen for sending this in.

Just hit delete.

Adam

From: srahonrosser@outlook.com [mailto:srahonrosser@outlook.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:34 AM
To: Karen
Subject: DONATION

I will provide you with donation of (6million Euros) for the upkeep of CHURCHES/MOSQUES/SYNAGOGUES widows, widowers, orphans, destitute, the down-trodden, physically challenged children, barren-women and persons who prove to be genuinely handicapped financially.
if you are trusted and know you can handle this project whit the fear of GOD/ALLAH/JESUS get back to me with full details.
1: YOUR NAMES
2: AGE
3: OCCUPATION
4: TELEPHONE NUMBER
Mrs. Honoour Rosser

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