April 20, 2007


This is a variation on the earlier BMW scam from a few months ago.

No, it's nothing to do with Seat, it is simply a group of criminals. No, there is no lottery and you have not won anything.

You will be asked to pay certain fees in advance of gettin your prize. Maybe taxes, or legal fees, or even trapnsport for the car. But the same thing will always happen. Any money you send will be kept by hte criminals and no prize or car will ever be sent to you.

Ignore it, it's a scam, a fake, a fraud.

Ref No: SEAT/WIN/008/05/10/ALTEA
Attn: Winner,
We wish to congratulate you over your email success in online SEAT
S computer balloting sweepstake held on 6th  April 2007.
This is a millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses
were used. It is a promotional program aimed at promoting SEAT NEW AUTO
to the world Market; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for
it. You have been approved for the following Prize in the Second Category.
1. Star Cash prize of Eur 950, 000.00 (Nine Hundred And Fifty  Thousand Euro Only) and
2. A BRAND NEW SEAT ALTEA - Model 2007 [ 20%  Purchase Discount] (Additional Prize)
This the first Promotional program for the year 2007. It is absolutely
the biggest bonanza in this year stakes.
To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact accredited the
appointed agent with the Telephone number and emails address provided below
soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:
Mr. Edward Lopez (Claim Director)
Avda. Puerto Rico, S/N
28090 Madrid.
Tel: 0034-651-047-021 
E-mail: [email protected]
Alternative E-mail: [email protected]
The below informations are attached to your winning informations
(1) Ref No: SEAT/WIN/008/05/10/ALTEA
(2) Ticket Nº: 45407
(3) Lucky Nº: 3-28-40-45
(4) Serial Nº: S-51622
(5) Batch Nº: ESP/SEAT/2007/AUTO
You must contact the appointed agent with your Full Names,Contact
Telephone Numbers (Home, Office and Mobile Number and also Fax Number) including
your winning informations stated above via email to process the immediate
payment of your prize.
The Validity period of the winnings is for 30 working days hence you
are expected to make your claims immediately.Any claim not made before this
date will be CANCELLED.
Best Regards,
Mrs. Pamela C. Sollana
Madrid, 19th  April. 2007

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April 10, 2007

Never Mind tha Car, How Much Petrol is in it?

An interesting way to make a living. Stealing cars, not for the cars, but for the petrol in them:

A serial car thief in Myanmar who stole 11 vehicles in six months was only after the fuel, which is severely rationed in the military-run former Burma, a police source said on Tuesday.

Police caught Maung Myo Win red-handed last month as he was trying to climb into a minivan in downtown Yangon, the semi-official Myanmar-language Crime Journal reported.


Under questioning, it emerged he had been involved in at least 10 other vehicle thefts in which the cars were left in another part of the capital with empty fuel tanks.


"As far as I know, he just stole the petrol," said a policeman, who requested anonymity.

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April 06, 2007

Don't Trust the Tax Man

What gets me here is the way that people trusted him:

U.S. authorities charged a former employee of the national tax-collection agency with fraud Thursday, accusing him of stealing $330,000 in goods from stores and then returning them for store credit.

Prosecutors said Robert Dooley, a former Internal Revenue Service clerk, carried out the operation at Home Depot Inc.stores in nine states from 2002 through 2005.


According to papers filed in Boston federal court, Dooley preyed upon a store policy that allowed customers to return merchandise without a receipt if they showed photo identification. He would show store clerks his IRS badge and on occasion said that as an IRS employee he was "trustworthy," prosecutors alleged.


Dooley, who would gather merchandise and go straight to the returns counter without paying, was arrested in October 2005 and has been in prison for a prior conviction since that time.

Showing me an IRS ID would make me less likely to trust someone, not more!

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March 30, 2007

The Spaghetti Harvest

Everyone ready for the Sunday newspapers?

"The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest."    

According to Boese, the BBC news show "Panorama" announced in 1957 that a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil caused Swiss farmers to enjoy a bumper spaghetti crop.

    The show displayed footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees.

The British, coming through World War II rationing and never known for their refined palate, called up wanting to know how to grow spaghetti trees.


Also on the worst hoaxes list was a 1962 report by the only television station in Sweden that viewers could convert to color TV by pulling a nylon stocking over their TV screen. Hundreds of thousands of people were taken in.


Then there was the case of Sidd Finch, the make-believe pitcher who wanted to play for the Mets, according to a famous April 1985 Sports Illustrated story by George Plimpton.    

The magazine said Finch threw a baseball faster than anyone in the game and had mastered the "art of the pitch" in a Tibetan monastery under the guidance of the "great poet-saint Lama Milaraspa."

So, the grand question for this year is, will anyone pull one good enough to get into the Museum of Hoaxes?

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January 30, 2007

Mr pierre omidyar

This is a most amusing little scam. It's the usual fraud, someone in Africa has lots of money that they want to send to you. You'll get a cut of it for helping him.

How it works is that there will be expenses along the way. Legal fees, taxes, bribes, and you'll have to send them the money to pay these. What then happens is that the criminals keep any money you send them and nothing is ever sent to you: for, of course, the original huge amount of money never existed.

This sort of fraud has been going on for 30 years at least: I received my first one as a letter back in 1988. So why do I say it's amusing?

Well, when the criminals were looking around for a name to use they chose Pierre Omidyar: that's actually the name (or a misspelling of) the man who founded e-Bay.

Ignore it, it's a fake, a scam, a fraud.

I Hope This Mail Meets You In Good Health And Spirit, I Am, Mr  pierre omidyar  from abijain. Presently, I Live As A Refugee In republic of senegal dakar , With My Younger Sister, victory .I Am A Victim Of War And The Son Of Late Chief Dr.omidyar .The Assassinated Former Assistant Director Of  coco  And Diamond Mining Corporation. My Father Was Killed With Other Government Officials During Official Hours When The Rebel Troops Stormed And Raided The Mining Corporation Office At The Heat Of The Crisis In My Country. A Few Weeks Later, The Rebels Also Invaded Our Residential Building In Which My Mother And Two Of Our Security Men Were Killed In The Compound While I Was Out For A Special Research Program And My Younger Sister Was In School. I Had A Singular Shock And Trauma, Which Compelled Us To Flee From The Country To republic of senegal dakar By The Help Of An Army Colonel, Who Is A Close Friend Of My Late Father,We Would Like To Further Our Education If Not For The Death Of My Parents. I Have Never Worked To Earn My Living Since My Late Parents Had Enough Wealth For Us. I Am Contacting You Now Because Of The Present Difficulty I Am Facing. Unfortunately My Father's Two Accounts In West Africa Have Recently Been Frozen.However This Did Not Affect The (Us$ 25,600,000), Which He deposited In a ecowas diplomatic security company On My Name As The Next Of Kin. For Now, I Am Having Every Information And Document Needed For The Clearance Of The Money In The ecowas diplomatic security company senegal daker With Me And I Want You To Act As The Beneficiary Of The Fund For Easy And Smooth Transfer To Your Account Abroad For Investment Purposes. You Will No Doubt Be Adequately Compensated With As Well As A Percentage Of The Profit From Investment Of The Fund. Also You Will See To It That My Sister And I Come Over To Your Country At The Earliest Possible Time. I Am Making This Request To You With Tears In My Eyes And I Feel That God Almighty Will Touch You With His Spirit To Listen To My Cry For Help And Answer Me Without Delay.Since Our Breadwinner Is No More And This Is The Only Hope For Life.You Positive Response Will Give Me The Greatest Joy And Relief. God Bless You For Your Kind Assistance We Have Agreed To Offer You 35% Of The Total Sum.Seriously Waiting For Your Urgent Reply Below Email:pierre1_omidyar33@yahoo.com
Best regard,
MR. pierre  omidyar

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October 21, 2006

Kayode Martin

Now this is something a little unusual. An actually clever scam that comes through the email.

Forget all the dressing up of it for a moment and look at the main point. He will send you money orders and cashier's checks, you put them through your bank account and get the money. You take 10% to keep for yourself and then send the 90% to him by wire transfer. It sounds good, doesn't it?

There's two possibilities here:

1) The money orders and cashier's checks are in fact money stolen from people in another scam. You are being used to launder this money.

2) Much more likely is that the checks themselves will be fake. But, you say, my bank won't give me the money on a fake check, will they? Surely if the money is credited to my account then the check has cleared?

Ah, no. US banks usually credit your account within 48 hours of you depositing a check. But it can take 6 or more weeks (especially with international checks) for it to actually clear.

So what happens is that you deposit the fake check, the bank credits your account, you take 90% of the money and wire it to the criminal.

6 weeks later, your bank comes to you and says that the check didn't clear. Can we have our money back please?

At that point, you're screwed, aren't you?

Ignore this fraud.

         Part time Job Offer

My name is Kayode Martin. I just came about your email address through an email listing affiliated with the US Chamber of Commerce and I would be very interested in offering you a part-time paying job in which you could earn allot without quitting your present Job or having problem with your employers.

I am a man with 4 kids all boys and the love of my life, my wife. I am a some what multitalented man and I do quite a lot of traveling and get to meet quite a lot of people.

I just resigned my job as a research scientist for ARINI (Agricultural research Institute of Northern Ireland ) but I still work as a freelance consultant for the institute which gives me very much time to do my own work which is basically being a freelance researcher who could be employed by research institutes to do research
projects anywhere in the world.

I reside in Ireland, Dublin even though I have lived most of my life in other parts of the world, I am fully residing in Ireland. Presently, I have just been granted a funding to head a research project in the tropical regions of West Africa regarding rare and vulnerable plant species and this would be commencing very soon.

However my funding were by my American counterparts who send me the bunch of payments mostly in US based money orders. Getting an accountant in the states or opening an account would have been my best choice but I have a deadline to meet and taking any of those choices would cost me time and a whole lot of other requirements. I am not ready to deal with, as I would be traveling a lot in the meantime.

So presently, assuming you would be able to deal with cash, I would be willing to employ you on contract basis to be my payment representative back in the states, this way I could issue and make payments in form of Money Orders, Cashier's Check, etc out to you, you could then cash them easily, withdraw 10% of the total amount on these payment instruments as your commission and then send the rest back to me through wire transfer.

Please, bear it in mind that we would be dealing with quite a handful of cash and you a could be making up to $5000 just working with me in a short period of time within 1-2 weeks.

I would be glad if you accept my proposal and I intend to commence on starting as soon as you are ready. If you are interested, please email me back so we could make concluding arrangements.

Thank You

Kayode Martin

Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland

Hillsborough, Ireland BT26 6DR

+44 7031910655


Name: ...................
Address: ................
City: ...................
State: ..................
Zip Code: ...............
Age: ..........
Occupation: .............
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Marital Status: .........

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January 12, 2006

Anhui Guofeng Group Co.Ltd

This is actually slightly more interesting than the normal stuff. There are possibly two things going on here:

They will send you checks that will go into your account. Then twothings might happen:

1) Your bank shows that you have money in your account so you take your 10% and send the rest on to them. But, the bank has credited you with the money but the checks haven’t really cleared. 2 months later your bank comes back and says "Ooops, those didn’t clear, can we have our money back please?"

2) They are real checks and they do clear. But, they are as a result of phishing, or selling "generic viagra" or one of the other online scams.

So now your bank account has been receiving money from these illegal activities. So, when the people come for their money back who is going to have to pay it? That’s right, you. And when the police come looking for who has been running the scams? That’s right, you’re the guy who has been collecting the money so you are the one who is guilty!


      Dear Prospective Representative,


First and foremost, I will like to introduce to you ''Anhui Guofeng Plastic
Industry ''. Anhui Guofeng Group Co.Ltd is the State Key High-tech
Enterprise and one of 18 Anhui Provincial Enterprise Groups and based in
China and this commenced operations in 1984. We are into Plastic profile,
Plastic film, Plastic pipe, power wire and non-metallic material production
which is majorly imported from Asia and sold to our numerous customers all
over the World.

Presently, we are faced with some problems most especially with our Payment
methods as most clients we have in the United States/Canada prefer to pay us
with cheque rather than cash. We find it very cumbersome in accepting such
payments due to the new monetary policy in our banking systems here in China
and this is crippling our business. We have numerous customers in the United
States/Canada and we cannot afford to loose them due to this problem.

We hereby request for your hand in partnership to act as our payment
Representatives (Anhui Guofeng Plastic Industry), to act as our clients who
shall receive payment on our behalf from our customers in the United States
and Canada. You shall be entitled to 10% of each payment you receive on our
behalf and this shall be a continuous process.

Upon receipt of this requested information, we shall provide you with the
necessary details of how to become our representative. For official purpose,
please send your response and acceptance via same email for futher

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Chang E. Smith
Sales Manager
Anhui Guofeng Plastic Industry.

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December 07, 2005

Chatting with your friends and smoking is the best way to spend your leisure time.

Clearly and obviously true.

Royal Tobacco isn’t going to do you much good though. I wouldn’t trust buying from somone who had a "Shoping Cart" on their site.

They are also selling their stock duty unpaid. Avoid these folks like the plague.

Smok1ng c@n make your day.
A cigarette is better than woman – it will never
yell at you for having another one before.


yell at y0u f0r hav1ng @nother one before.

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Heath Murray

This is actually at least a little bit clever. Still horrible, but as I say, at least some thought has gone into it.

Heath Murray <[email protected]>


Your current position has been appraised to the compulsory boards, and upon precise thought, we are able to present to you the ensuing prospect.

Based upon precise thought you are eligible to acquire a attractive benefit on your first property investment.

By completing the ensuing attached form in a timely manner we will be able to tie up our review, and we feel firm you will acquire not only a lower rate of interest, but also a cash return that will implement all your holiday needs and more!

Please go here to tie up this juncture of the contract.

Wishing you all the best over the holiday period,

Heath Murray

When you click through you’re asked if you’d like to ask for a mortgage quotation. If you look at the small print you’re being asked to take yourself off the no call list, thus giving written permission for anyone they sell the list to to contact you.

My suggestion would be that only those people who live outside the US do so. They’ll waste a fortune on phone calls and won’t be able to sell you anything anyway.

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