Greedy and Desperate 'Philanthropists'
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:37:48 PM
For those who hope to rip where they didn't sow are the perpetrators of this new wave of crime,or could even be the victims as they await for miracles.
It is now very common to open up your email box and find an enticing email informing you that you're the proud winner of millions of dollars for a lottery that you didn't participate nor existed. Others befriend you while proclaiming you're trustworthy from the look on your profile. Unfortunately many of us fall into these traps for we have hoped for a miracle all our life and when we come across such emails or text messages we instantly believe that our prayers have been answered and the supposed 'gods of miracles' have visited. Common sense is no longer common and logic has ceased to be part of us.
These cyber criminals mainly target those with good looking and promising profiles on the internet, by looking at your profile they're able to estimate your financial status and thus entice you with such tempts so that you disclose your financial details like bank accounts which they use to hack into your account to transfer your money to their accounts.
Different approaches are used as some will propose a good investment opportunity or a business deal in different minerals like gold or gemstones.
Also it is now very common to receive text messages to your phone informing you how lucky you're as your number has been chosen after winning a certain competition. These fraudsters will ask you to send processing fee before they send you your award, once you've done so that is all, no prizes or further transactions. Their phones go off and if they had an office, they relocate to a new site and prey.
Here are some of the numerous emails and text messages I've received for competitions and lotteries that I've never participated.
Dear Gmail user
Your email emerged a w i n n e r of £ 500,000.00GBP. (C G P N):7-22-71-00-66-12,
T i c k e t n u m b er: 00869575733664, L u c k y n u m b e r s:
12-12-23-35-40-41(12). Contact Mr. B e r n a r d G r a h a m for more details:
Ms. Anna James
This is to inform you that your email address has been
emerged as the winner of (Ã‚Â£1,263,584.00 GBP) in the
British Canadian Lotto.For details of claims,Send us
your full name and home address asap.Contact
From: UNITED KINGDOM LOTTERY <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 11:01:29 -0430
Subject: DEAR LUCKY WINNER.
We are please to announce you as one of the 3 lucky winners in the UNITED KINGDOM LOTTERY draw held on 13th of June 2011. You have therefore been approved for a total pay out of £650,000.00(Six Hundred And Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds), your e-mail address emerged as one of the three winners in the category \I"D\" with the following winning information:
TICKET NO: 8603775966738
REF NO: UK 200-26937
BATCH NO: 2007MJL-01
Please note; you are hereby advice to reply to this email and send the assign Fiduciary Agent, details below for processing of your claims.
1. Full Names:
3. Marital Status:
7. Telephone Number:
9. Country of Residence:
Mr. Raymond Cole
(NOKIA MOBILE PROMOTION)
You won 415,000 Pounds
Payment No.:NK300 For Claim Send Email TO:
firstname.lastname@example.org & Tel:+447035984405
Some took their time to write as a way of making their lies presentable;
On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late Engr. Jürgen Krügger, I wish to notify you that late Engr. Jürgen Krügger made you a beneficiary to his WILL. He left the sum of Fourteen Million, Two Hundred Thousand British Pounds (£14,200.000.00) to you in the Codicil and last testament to his WILL.
This may sound strange and unbelievable to you, but it is real and true. Being a widely traveled man, he must have been in contact with you in the past or simply you were nominated to him by one of his numerous friends abroad who wished you good. Engr. Jürgen Krügger until his death was a member of the Helicopter Society and the Institute of Electronic & Electrical Engineers. According to him this money is to support your humanitarian activities and to help the poor and the needy in your society. Late Engr.Jürgen Krügger died at the age of 80 years, and his WILL is now ready for execution.
Please if I reach you this time as I am hopeful you will endeavour to get back to me as soon as possible to enable me conclude my job. I hope to hear from you in no distant time.
Note: You are advised to contact me via my personal email address: Email: email@example.com
I await your prompt response.
Yours in Service,
ZURI MCKENZIE B.SC., LL.B. - Partner
I NEED YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE
Reply me through this email firstname.lastname@example.org
How Are You? I Know That This Mail May Come To You Almost A Surprise As We Never Met Before And Please Before You Proceed Reading This mail,This Is True and not An Joke, Well I Saw Your Contact Email From Burkina Faso Chambers Of Commerce, After Much Consideration I Decided To Write You Since I Cannot Be Able To See You Face To Face For Now, At First I Strongly Believed That Any Information Received From The Chambers Of Commerce Office Is Correct And Must Be Trusted. But Never Mind, I Am From (Burkina Faso West Africa) Mr.Maswell Dagani By Name, An Auditing Debt Manager In Our Bank Here (Bank Of Africa).
I Have An Opportunity To The Sum Of Ten Millions, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$10.500, 000.00), To Transfer Into Your Nominated Bank Account (The Owner Of The Money) Is An. IRAQ. Who Died A Long With His Entire Family During The Iraq War, Upon Your Reply And Interest To Receive This Fund On My Behalf, I Will Kindly Send You More Details On The Execution Of This Transaction Will Commence, Now I Urge You To Take This Message Seriously And With An Open Mind.So Please Give It A Benefit Of Doubt,And With Good Faith And Trust Join Me And I am Assuring You Now That You Will Never Be Disappointed.Now My Questions Are:Can You Handle This Project With Me? Can I Give You This Trust? Respond Back To Me Or Delete It Off If You Are Not Interested.
You May View The Website:
If You Accept This Offer To Work With Me, And You Find This Proposal Suitable For You Do Furnish Me With The Following Information.
Your Full Name...................
Your Private Telephone...............
Your Age and Sex....................
I Will Appreciate It Very Much, If This Proposal Is Acceptable By You, Do Not Make Undue Advantage Of The Trust I Have Bestowed On You, And I Assure You We Can Achieve It Successfully.
Reply me through this email email@example.com
This Is My Private Phone Number 00226 74 71 07 53.You Can Call Me For More Explanation.
An Auditing Debt Manager Of Bank Of Africa
From Hanson Churchill
Avenue 6 Rue 64 Cocody,
Abidjan Cote d Ivoire.
Telephone Number 0022501349594
I am Mr. Hanson CHURCHILL, the only son of late Chief Joseph Alfred CHURCHILL from Sierra Leone. I got your contact from the local chamber of commerce in Abidjan Cote d Ivoire.
My source of your contact gave me the courage and confidence to rely on you.Please feel free to reply me in this e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am writing you in absolute confidence primarily to seek your assistance to transfer our cash of Thirteen million eight hundred thousand dollars ($13,800,000) now in the financial firm here in Abidjan to your private account pending our arrival to your country.
SOURCE OF THE MONEY
My late father, Chief Joseph Alfred CHURCHILL, a native of Mende District in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone, was the General Manager of Sierra Leone Mining Cooperation (S.L.M.C) Freetown. According to my father. this money was the income accrued from Mining Cooperation's over draft and minor sales.
Before the peak of the civil war between the rebels forces of Major Paul KOROMA and the combined forces of ECOMOG peace keeping operation that almost destroyed my country, following the forceful removal from power of the Civilian Elected President Ahmed Tejan KABBAH by the rebels.
My father had already made arrangement for his family, my mother, my little sister and myself to be evacuated to Abidjan, Cote d Ivoire with our personal effects and he deposited the total of sum of thirteen million,eight-hundred thousand American Dollars in a financial firm here in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire(13.800,000.00.Dollars) During the war in my country, and following the indiscriminate looting of public and Government properties by the Rebel forces, the Sierra Leone Mining Coop. Was one of the targets looted and destroyed.
My father including other top Government functionaries were attacked and killed by the Rebels in November 1999 because of his relationship with the civilian Government of Ahmed Tejan Kabbah. As a result of my father death, and with the news of my uncle's involvement in the air crash in January, dashed our hope of survival. The untimely deaths caused my mothers heart failure and other related complications of which she later died in the hospital after we must have spent a lot of money on her.
Now my 20-year-old sister and myself are alone in this strange country suffering without any care or help. Without any relation, we are now like refugees and orphans. Our only hope now is in you and the bank here in ABIDJAN COTE D IVOIRE.
To this effect, I humbly solicit your assistance in the followings ways.
1)- To transfer this money in your nominated bank account in your name.
2)- To make a good arrangement for a joint business investment on our behalf in your country and you, the caretaker.
3)- To secure a college for my little sister and my self in your country to further our education.
4)- And to make arrangement for our travel to meet with you to your country after you have transferred this fund. For your assistance, I beg to concede 20% of this money to you for your efforts and assistance.
5)Your Private telephone number and your resident address or your office address to enable me call you as soon as I receive your reply today. Please call me immediately once you send reply to me ,call this telephone number 0022501349594.
Mr Hanson Churchill
Telephone Number 0022501349594
Common sense has eluded us and now we are vulnerable to all sorts of frauds. It is simple logic that nobody goes dishing out their money for apparently no reason, there are other things to do no matter how much one has but not being charitable for no cause. Most would prefer going on holiday and living an explicitly lavish lifestyle than dish out a penny.
They only want to take the little that you have and after defrauding several people they end up with lots of cash.If people were this generous would there be poverty for sure? Beggars would only be history.....!!!!
Work and earn every penny for that's the only guarantee to have money.