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  • ‘Facebook Organization Promotion Program’ Advance Fee Scam
    Facebook Message claims that your name has been selected by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the winner of $100,000 USD in the ‘Facebook Organization Promotion Program’
    Published: June 2, 2016

  • ‘Contract Killer’ Scam Email Resurfaces
    Email purporting to be from an assassin who has been hired to kill you claims that ‘someone who knows you very well wants you dead’, but offers to let you live if you send him $8000.

    Published: March 30, 2016

  • Fake Debt Collection Scam Emails
    According to this email, a warrant has been issued for your arrest because you failed to pay a debt. The email, which purports to be from a US based law firm, warns that your Social Security Number and ‘income paychecks’ are about to be put on hold and you will be blacklisted from getting any job.

    Published: February 4, 2016

  • ‘Please Reply My Previous Email’ Scammer Ruse
    Lately, I’ve been receiving brief emails that ask me to ‘please reply to my previous email’. The emails have the rather accusatory ALL CAPS subject line ‘WAITING’, which implies that the original message was perhaps something important that I should by now have attended to. But, alas, a diligent search of my email account found no trace of the original message that I supposedly missed.

    Published: January 18, 2016

  • Michelle Obama Wants to Give You 4.5 Million Dollars (Not)
    This email is the hands down winner of Hoax-Slayer’s prestigious ‘Dumbest Scam of The Week’ award.

    Published: November 15, 2015

  • Google 'Email Electronics Sweepstakes' Advance Fee Scam
    According to this 'official notification' message that claims to be from Google UK, you have won £950,000 in the 'Email Electronics Sweepstakes', a lottery organized by Google in conjunction with the 'Foundation for the Promotion of Software Products'.

    Published: June 1, 2015

  • Did a Total Stranger REALLY Leave You $17 Million in His Will?
    If you've been using the Internet for any length of time, chances are you've received emails pretty similar to the example I've discussed in this article.

    Published: April 15, 2015

  • Advance Fee Scam - 'Coca-Cola Anniversary Promo'
    Email purporting to be from Coca-Cola claims that your email address has been chosen as the winner of $1million in the 'Coca-Cola Anniversary Promo'.

    Published: January 17, 2015

  • SCAM - 'Bob Erb Email Donation Project'
    Email purporting to be from philanthropist and lottery winner Bob Erb's 'publicity secretary' claims that, via the random selection of your email address, you have been chosen as the recipient of $850,000 as part of a 'Christmas Donation Project'.

    Published: December 2, 2014

  • Scam Email Pretends to be From Lottery Winners Bill And Andrea Groner
    Email purporting to be from Canadian lottery winners Bill And Andrea Groner claims that the couple are giving you 1 million dollars as part of a charity project.

    Published: November 15, 2014

  • FBI Arrest Warning Advance Fee Scam
    Threatening email claiming to be from FBI director Robert S. Mueller and the "Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division" warns the recipient that he will be arrested and jailed if a payment is not sent via a Western Union money transfer immediately.

    Published: July 24, 2012

  • Advance Fee Scam - 'You Are on the FBI Wanted Persons List'
    Message purporting to be from FBI deputy director Timothy P. Murphy, claims that the FBI has gathered information that indicates that the recipient has been involved with many illegal and fraudulent activities and will soon be arrested if he or she does not reply to clear his or her name.

    Published: January 16, 2012

  • Jean Paul Garang Advance Fee Scam
    Email, purporting to be from Jean Paul Garang, who claims to be the son of the late Dr. John Garang, leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Army, ask the recipient for help in accessing a fifteen million dollar deposit currently held by a European finance firm.

    Published: October 11, 2010

  • Overdue Payments Advance Fee Scam
    Message claims that the recipient is owed payments of $5.5 million dollars and he or she should contact a specified "representation officer" to arrange transfer of the funds.

    Published: July 30, 2009

  • Nigerian Computer Scientist Advance Fee Scam
    Person posing as a computer scientist at a Nigerian bank claims that he can help procure the release of a large sum of money owed to the recipient that has been deliberately held up by other bank officials

    Published: May 5, 2009

  • Poverty Reduction And Eradication Advance Fee Scam
    Email claims that the United Nations Organization Compensation Department has awarded the recipient the sum of 500,000 British Pounds as part of the "Poverty Reduction And Eradication" program.

    Published: September 8, 2008

  • Package Deposited in Your Name Scam Email
    Email claims that a package deposited in your name contains a large sum of money in cash and is being held for you by a group of diplomats.

    Published: August 17, 2006

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