Month: January 2010

Hope for Haiti Telethon

Avoid the numerous Haiti scams going around the internet by donating to Haiti victims via the Hope for Haiti Telethon. MTV stated. “Major artists are set collaborate for the first time during the charitable event, from Jay-Z and Rihanna taking the stage with U2’s Bono and The Edge in London to a jam featuring Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock and Keith Urban in Los Angeles.

Joel Gallen, who is producing the massive production, said the musical acts are at the heart of the benefit. “I just think music is a very strong way to help people begin the healing process,” Gallen said. “And I think it’s a way to reflect feelings, and a lot of these artists have a lot of deep-rooted feelings that we all share. This is a way for them to express themselves through song, many of which are songs that they didn’t even write or that they never even recorded. It’s a special performance of a song that they love, that really reflects the emotion of their feeling that hopefully will be an impactful performance that will entice people, motivate people to want to help and contribute.””

Review and Respond Email Fraud

You may have gotten the Review and Respond Email but I don’t think you should respond because it is a scam.  Here is a copy of the scam email.

Rafael Emmanuel
BRANCH MANAGER
Banco Pichincha Quito Ecuador.

Hello,

My name is Rafael Emmanuel, I am the branch manager of the Banco Pichincha
Quito Ecuador. I got your information during my search on on the
Internet. I am 46years of age and married with 3 lovely kids. It may
interest you to know that I am a man of peace and I don’t want problems,
but I do not know how you will feel about this because you may have
double mind. But I am telling you that this is real and you are not
going to regret after doing this transaction with me. I only hope that
we can assist each other. But if you don’t want this business offer
kindly forget it and I will not contact you again.

I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us, as
the regional manager of Banco Pichincha Quito Ecuador; it is my duty to
send in a financial report to my head office in the capital city
(Quito Ecuador) at the end of each year. On the course of the year
2008 end of last 2 years report, I discovered that my branch in which I am
the manager made three million seven hundred and fifty thousand
dollar [$3, 750,000.00] which my head office is not aware of it and will
never be aware of. I have since place this fund on what we call suspense
account without any beneficiary.

As an official of the bank I can not be directly connected to this fund,
so this informed me of contacting you for us to work, so that you can
assist and receive this fund into your bank account for us to SHARE.
Mean While you will have 35% of the total fund, Note there are
practically no risk involved, it will be bank to bank transfer, all I
need from you is to stand claim as the original depositor of this fund
who made the deposit with our branch so that my Head office can order
the transfer to your designated bank account.

If you accept this offer to work with me, I will appreciate it very
much as soon as I receive your response I will give you details on how
we can achieve it successfully. Please contact me with this email
address: eemanuelrafael@yahoo.com.hk

Rafael Emmanuel

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending January 22, 2010

For Immediate Release
January 22, 2010
Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending January 22, 2010

  1. FBI Headquarters: Response to Inspector General’s Review of FBI’s Use of Exigent LettersThe Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released its report on the FBI’s use of exigent letters during the time period of 2002 to 2006. The report expands on the OIG’s 2007 findings regarding a limited and discontinued FBI practice wherein exigent letters, or other informal requests for telephone records, were made to obtain telephone toll billing records. Full Story
  2. FBI Headquarters: National Center for Disaster Fraud to Coordinate Haitian Fraud ComplaintsThe FBI and the National Center for Disaster Fraud established a telephone hotline to report suspected Haitian earthquake relief fraud. The number is (866) 720-5721. The phone line is staffed by a live operator 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also e-mail information directly to disaster@leo.govFull Story
  3. Washington Field: Twenty-Two Executives and Employees of Military and Law Enforcement Products Companies Charged in Foreign Bribery SchemeTwenty-two executives and employees of companies in the military and law enforcement products industry have been indicted for engaging in schemes to bribe foreign government officials to obtain and retain business. Twenty-one defendants were arrested in Las Vegas, and one defendant was arrested in Miami. The indictments stem from an FBI undercover operation that focused on allegations of foreign bribery in the military and law enforcement products industry. The case represents the largest single investigation and prosecution against individuals in the history of DOJ’s enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Full Story
  4. New York: Three New York Businessmen Charged with Laundering Money Through IranReza Safarha, Nick Mohamey, and Mohammad Soroush Mahalaty were charged with conspiring to launder money from the United States to Iran using the hawala system—a money remittance system operates outside of traditional banking channels. Full Story
  5. Milwaukee: Former Koss Corporation Executive Charged in $31 Million Dollar FraudSujata Sachdeva, the former vice president of finance, secretary, and principal accounting officer for Koss Corporation, was charged with six counts of wire fraud. The indictment alleges that Sachdeva used her position at Koss to fraudulently obtain more than $31 million from Koss, which she used to purchase personal items and pay for personal expenses. The case is one of the largest embezzlement cases ever brought in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Full Story
  6. Detroit: Former Mayoral Assistant Indicted on Bribery and Extortion ChargesA federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment against DeDan C. Milton, charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and extortion and two counts each of bribery and extortion. Milton served as an executive assistant to former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. The charges stem from the federal government’s investigation into bribes and kickbacks involving the sale of City of Detroit owned properties, including Camp Brighton in Livingston County and the Detroit Police Department’s 8th Precinct Station. Full Story
  7. Indianapolis: Eighteen Charged in Cocaine Trafficking CaseEighteen individuals from the Indianapolis area were charged with cocaine trafficking. Law enforcement officers arrested 13 of the charged individuals, two were already in state custody, and the remaining three remain at large. During the execution of 11 search warrants related to the investigation, police seized $125,000 in cash, approximately two kilograms of cocaine, seven ounces of crack, two pounds of marijuana, and 12 firearms. The indictment was the result of an investigation involving multiple agencies and directed by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force. Full Story
  8. Chicago/Indianapolis: Two Charged in Murder-for-Hire PlotTwo DuPage County, Illinois men were arrested after being charged by complaint in a murder-for-hire plot targeting an Assistant United States Attorney and a Drug Enforcement Administration agent assigned to Chicago. Frank Caira and Jack Mann were charged with solicitation to commit a crime of violence, specifically attempting assault or intimidation of a federal officer, and attempting to kill a law enforcement official. Full Story
  9. Dallas: Former Irving Police Officer Pleads Guilty in HUD Fraud CaseRamon Anthony Reyes, Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with regard to his participation in HUD’s “Good Neighbor Next Door/Officer Next Door” mortgage program. Full Story
  10. Cincinnati: Fairfield Man Pleads Guilty to Role in $7.3 Million Investment ScamKevin Miller pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and one count of obstruction of an investigation for his role in a real estate investment fraud scheme between 2005 and 2008 that defrauded approximately 80 victims out of approximately $7.3 million. Full Story

Kindly Contact My Lawyer Email

Did you get the kinldy contact my lawyer email, well it is a scam, read the email below.

Hello,

My name is Mrs. Elena Tan. I am a dying woman who had decided to donate what
I have to you. I am 59 years old and was diagnosed for cancer about 2 years
ago, immediately after the death of my husband, who had left me everything
he worked for. I have been touched by God to donate from what I have
inherited from my late husband to you for the good work of God, rather than
allowing my relatives to use my husband’s hard earned funds ungodly. I have
asked God to forgive me all my sins and i believe he has because He is a
merciful God.

I will be going in for an operation, and i pray that i survive the
operation. I have decided to WILL/donate the sum of $10,500,000.00.(Ten
million five hundred thousand dollars) to you for the good work of the lord,
and to help the motherless, less privileged and also for the assistance of
the widows. At the moment I cannot take any telephone calls, due to the fact
that my relatives are around me and i have been restricted by my doctor from
taking telephone calls because i deserve all the rest i can get.Presently,I
have informed my lawyer about my decision in WILLING this fund to you. I
wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly and please
use the funds well and always extend the good work to others.

Kindly Contact my lawyer through this email address
(barr.rlee001@yahoo.com.hk) or you can call his private Lin:
+855976826769.If you are interested in carrying out this task, so that he
can arrange the release of the funds ($10,500,000.00) to you.. My lawyer’s
name is Barrister Richard Lee . I know I have never met you but my mind
tells me to do this, and i hope you act sincerely.

NB:I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the
task is accomplish,as I don’t want anything that will Jeopardize my last
wish, due to the fact that i do not want relatives or family members
standing in the way of my last wish.

Thank you and God bless you. Mrs. Elena Tan.

Twitter Scams

Twitter is one of my favorite online past times. However, there has been an increase in spam, scams and there are also people trying to capitalize on what I like to call human reaction. Twitter has been doing a great job of combating it, but just incase here is what you need to look out for.

When someone follows you on Twitter, your first instinct is to see who is following you, thats fine, but I recommend NOT clicking on their profile link if they are are following a large number of people (usually 1999 or 2000)and only have a few followers, and very few posts because their Twitter profile was more than likely set up to get as many people to see their link in the hopes that people will click on it. These links can lead to anywhere, to porn sites, scam sites, and sites which install malware on your computer. Twitter is a great website and they react quickly to people trying to scam their users so if you have any problems let them know. They will flag the culprit and investigate. If they find abuse they will delete the user.

Windows Live Hotmail Alert Email Verification Scam

Windows Live Hotmail Alert !!!

Dear Account Owner

This Email is from Hotmail Customer Care and we are sending it to every Hotmail Email User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of Hotmail accounts so we are shutting down some Hotmail accounts and your account was among those to be deleted. We are sending this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account. If you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below.Your User name, password, date of birth and your country information would be needed to verify your account.

* Username: ………………………….
* Password: …………………………..
* Date of Birth: ……………………….
* Country Or Territory: …………….

Confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 48 hours for security reasons.

Sincerely,
The Windows Live Hotmail Team

Printing of flayer

We have gotten some reports of an email scam that is targeting printing agencies. Here is a copy of the email scam.

Hello Good Day

Am Rev Paul and i will like to know if you can print flayer with the size of 8.5″ x 11″ and a Stock: #80 Gloss book what i need on the item is ( GLORY BE TO GOD ) and the background should be in yellow and the writing black and so let me know the total cost of 60,000 copies and 80,000 copies copies and also the form of payment you accept so that i will know what to do next hope this will help . pls advise .

Rev Paul Johnson

From: rev.paul johnson [mailto:rev.pauljohnson1@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2010 9:39 AM
Subject: Re: Printing of flayer

I am Glad to read back from you i am interested in the quote and i want you to get back to me including freight charges from Wilson Shipping Co. services .

(wilsonshippingcoint@hotmail.com)

Please contact them with the information below.

1. The pick-up address
2. The delivery address
3. The total weight on this shipment

Delivery Address

Wilson Engine Co. Ltd
18 Goldman Street,
Johannesburg,
South Africa
0027 (7888)

E-mail me with the total quote unite including freight charges from Allstar Shipping Co services so i can proceed with payment . asap .

With kind regards,
Rev Paul Johnson

Craigslist House Rental Scam

Here is another example of a craigslist house rental scam.  Here is a copy of the email.

Greetings,

Thanks for your interest in my home. I will want you to know that this home is very much available and it includes all utilities.

I have really decided to rent out the House as a result of my relocation to WEST AFRICA as a construction Engineer.. You will notice that the price i am offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the  absolute care for the property. I know there is no way I can be sure that you are the right person to live in the house because we won’t be able to see physical before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space.

I am a good christian and i need someone very honest and kind to rent my home. I am willing to rent this home out because i wont be staying there anymore, so you can have the house as long as you want, then purchase if you wish to. You can go ahead and view the exterior of the house because the keys and documents to view the inside is right here with me which i am ready to ship them to your address.

Here is the Address of my House (1320 East Laird Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT)

First Month Rent:$900
Refundable Security Deposit Payment:$400

Please note that you will only be able to drive by the house for now but cannot have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you..and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $400 USD,which is the security deposit.
Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home……

Please if you are ready now to occupy the house kindly provide the information below for record purpose..

PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
Full Name__________________________________________________
Home Phone (        ) ________________________
Mobile Phone (       ) ____________________________
Work Phone (       )___________________
Date of Birth_________________________________
Current Address_______________________________Apt#________ City__________________ State______ Zip________
Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $__________
Are you married____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
How many people will be livingin the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________

Go check out the house and get back to me as soon as possible.

Feel free to call me @ +2348072664061, or 0112348072664061

Regards.
Kris.