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 "Akeen M Markons" 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 highlighted below, such as poor spelling , use of free Yahoo/Hotmail/etc email accounts, proposals that make no sense, etc.:
Hello my good friend.
So far so good, I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Hong Kong. Presently I'm in India for investment projects with my own share of the total sum.
Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how. In appreciation of your assistance I have mapped out as a compensation and wrote on your favour a check worth of Us$1.300,000.00.
So, you can now contact my secretary in Benin republic, Mr. ayead akpari. on his e-mail address ( email@example.com ) ask him to send you the total of $1.300.000.00 which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. Bear in mind that this $1.300,000.00 is in draft, not cash, so you need to send to him your full names and address as where this draft/check will be posted/delivered. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much.
So feel free to get in touched with him and furnish him with the below information to enable him send the Bank Draft to you at your own expense as I have done enough by allocating such huge amount to you. Even my current partner is not happy that i have to allocate such amount to you bearing in mind your onchalant attitude to the transaction at its crucial stage.
And make sure that you send him:
Your full name: ........
Contact and mailing address: ........
Telephone and cellphone numbers: ........
In the moment, I'm very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new partner are having at hand. Finally, bear in mind that I had forwarded instruction to Ayead on your behalf. Contact him on this...( firstname.lastname@example.org )
From Your Friend,
Akeen M Markons.
Ayead Akpali Secretary.
Compensation for your past effort