Friday, 27 March 2009

43.More Web Scams

When I mentioned swindles on the web and complained about the absence of Viagra offers, I did not have to wait long. The following day, the following tried to tempt me:


Your EMAIL ID, Has won 1,500.000 GBP in the second category of our lottery
draws. Contact our Claims Agent: Dr.Brandon Drake mail:
with your full names, age, country, occupation, Telephone/Fax Number, For your WINNING claims procedures.

Terry Anderson

- Does Kofi Annan know about this use of UN money??

But more tempting was the following
mis-spelled notice, from Ken Myles:
''We Guuarantees bigger pen-nis''


Would you like to have a brand new penis without having to go trough a dangerous and costly surgery? New pills where discovered that will save your time, money and first of all - health. M qc ax Ge br ntl gbj em rt an has absolutely no side effects as it contains only herbal ingredients. We offer it - you try it!



CLI oan CK HE qa RE!!!

Are you convinced?

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

42.Swindlers on the web

This morning I received the following three emails:

Alliance & Leicester Confirmation Form

Dear Alliance & Leicester customer,

You have received this alerting message, as you are listed to be an Alliance & Leicester Internet banking user.

We would like to inform you that we are currently carrying out scheduled maintenance of banking software, that operates customer database for Alliance & Leicester Internet banking users. Customer database is based on a client-server protocol, so, in order to finish the update procedure, we need customer direct participation. Every Alliance & Leicester Internet banking customer (business and personal) has to complete a Alliance & Leicester Confirmation Form. In order to access the form, please use the link below. The link is unique for each account holder and expires within a certain period of time. If you don't fill in Alliance & Leicester Confirmation Form before your unique link expires, the system will automatically send you a new notification message.

Alliance & Leicester Confirmation Form

Thank you for your cooperation. We apologize for any inconvenience brought.

Alliance & Leicester plc is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
Our FSA register number is 189099.
Alliance & Leicester plc, Registered office :
Carlton Park, Narborough,
Leicester LE19 0AL.
Company No: 3263713. Registered in England.


Subject: You Have 1 New Message

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Egg Message Center

Welcome to "My Message" Service,

A New message Of deposition has just been sent to your Egg online Message Center and here is an alert to inform you that you have 1 new message from Egg Account Message Center. Egg UK customers may use this service to contact us with enquiries regarding your accounts or the products and services we offer. From time to time, we will also use 'My messages' to contact you. This may be in relation to existing products and services which you have with us or to keep you informed of enhancements to our products and services. Be sure to check 'My messages' regularly for any new messages. 'My messages' will only retain 10 messages so you may want to delete those you do not need. Click to view 'My Message" to read your new messages now.

I phoned Alliance and Leicester, who confirmed that it was a fraudulent message and I should delete it.

With EGG we do not have an account. So I deleted that too.

I also received the following third email:

From: Ms. Cynthia Chalkie
Canada Lottery/Ontario 49 Soccer World Cup 2010 Promotional Draw
1550 Princess Street
Kingston, ON, Canada, K7M 9E3
Attention: Customer AFRSA680 A
Ref: EAAL/851OYHI/08
Batch No. Ontario 49
The Canadian Government sponsors this lottery for the promotion of the 2010 Soccer World cup to be hosted in South Africa. We happily announce to you the draw of the Special Global 2010 World Cup Promotional Draw held on the WEDNESDAY MARCH 18 2009 in Essex United Kingdom and Ontario Canada. Your e-mail address attached to Ticket Number: B9564 75604545 100, with Serial Number 46563760 drew the winning numbers Wed Mar 181 2 8 14 28 48
with a bonus Number 44 for Ontario 49 Lotto under the choice of the lottery in the 2nd category of bi- weekly six. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$1,000, 000.00 (One Million United States Dollars) in cash credited to file EAAL/851OYHI/08. This is from a total cash prize of US $130,000, 000.00 Million dollars, shared amongst the first One Hundred and thirty (130) lucky winners in this category Worldwide.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Afro booklet representative office in Africa as indicated in your electronic play coupon, because this particular draw was selected to promote the 2010 World Cup to be hosted in South Africa hence your winning information must be kept to enable you participate in our subsequent draws which will see 500 participants traveling on an all expense paid trip to South Africa for the Soccer World Cup 2010. In view of this, your US$1,000,000.00 (One Million United States Dollars) will be released to you by an accredited commercial Bank in South Africa. Our African agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact our African Agent's office. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and extracted from over 10,000,000 companies and personal e-mails. For security reasons, you are
advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims, is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.

This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by unscrupulous elements. Please be warned!
To file for your claim, please contact our corresponding payment Agent in South Africa immediately you read this message for quick and urgent release of your fund, contact information is as follows:
TEL: +27-79-64444-37
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference numbers in any correspondences with our designated agents. Congratulations! Once more from all members and staff of this program that has ensured that you won this competition.
Thank you for being part of our Promotional Lottery program.
Yours Sincerely,
Ms. Cynthia Chalkier
NOTE to confirm that you have the winning number for the
Wed Mar 18 2009 draw, do confirm under Ontario 49.

As you will realize, this scam has grammatical errors.
I feel insulted and shall resist the million dollar temptation.
I deleted it.

For the last few months I no longer receive emails advertising VIAGRA. Why???

My blog post 'A Cautionary Tale' (05.09.2008) on a similar subject has received three comments:
The Redundant Girl said...

Thank you for posting this - I received one of these letters today, as part of a something I ordered. I am always wary of these types of things so didn't pay any heed to it until a friend said I should check the club out. I Googled them and came across your post which confirmed my suspicions. Thank you for taking the time to post it as I'm sure it's a warning for other people.

Su said...

I too received a letter offering a 'free' gift. I checked google and came across your comments - I will now put the letter in the bin. No-one should phone for these prizes - it's all a con - the more people know to ignore these letters, the better.

And Anonymous said...

I just received a Loyalt Awards letter in my Sky Magazine bundle. I was quite tempted thinking this might for once be genuine "I had definitely been selected", but before calling decided to google as inevitably all these letters and any chain letters received by email are ALWAYS scams. Glad I did, just saved myself £15.

So there is some benefit from publicising these scams!
Keep suspicious and be safe!