Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
Here's an intriguing scam. The scammer, using a name like "Hassan Kassim" claims that he has already contacted you, and in fact, owes you money for "previous work". So, he's ready to happily send you a check for $1.3 million dollars! Of course, it's a scam. It is an AFF (Advance Fee Fraud). The check he sends will be a counterfeit and will bounce, but by then you will have already wired him (which will not bounce) money to cover various handling fees.
Some of the other obvious signs that this is a scam are poor spelling , use of free Yahoo/Hotmail/etc email accounts, proposals that make no sense, etc.:
From : Mr Hassan Kassim < email@example.com >
Sent : Saturday, January 13, 2007 10:56 AM
Subject : Now contact the secretary.
My dear friend Joe,
I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred under the coperation of a new partner from paraguay. Presently I'm in the republic of Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile,I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.
Now contact the secretary of Ems International Courrier Service in the Republic of Benin,his name is Mr Henry Obinna Nwaoha and his email address is:
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask him to send you the total sum of( $350,000) three hundred and fifty thousand u.s dollars which I kept for you as a compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me.
I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in touched with the secretary Henry Obinna Nwaoha and instruct him where to send the amount to you.
The money were in two cashier cheques which I have signed for you before I left to Paraguay. You should use part of the funds to assist orphanage homes, after you should make use of the remaining funds as your own.
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at that time, in the moment I am very busy here because of some investment projects which me and the new partner are having at hands.
Finally, remember that I had forwarded instructions to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with Mr Henry and he will send the amount to you without any delay. Just supply to the secretary these following informations.
1.Your receiving address:.............................
2.Your private telephone number:......................