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From: Lisa Williams
Date: Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 9:12 PM
To: me

My Dearest,
How are you today? I am very happy for your respond to the mail I sent to you.

My name is miss Lisa . W. Omini from Darfur Region of Sudan l am 22 years and presently I am residing in the refugee camp here in Dakar Senegal as a result of the death of my family by the rebels

My father and my mother were killed by rebels in our residence house in the capital city Darfur. My late father Dr.Jonas . W. Omini , was the Chairman, Nas-Melton Oil and Gas Company a private extracting oil firm in Darfur before He was killed with my mother one early morning by the rebels as a result of the civil war that is going on until now in Sudan.

It is only me that is alive now and I managed to make my way to the West African state called Senegal where we are leaving now in a refugee camp here in Oakam North, 12 km from the capital city of Dakar Senegal, please don't be discouraged for hearing this.

However iam using the computer at the office of the reverend father who is in charge of the refugee camp to write to you. I would like to know more about you.Your likes and dislikes, your hobbies and what you are doing presently, remember that you caught my attention in that site that was why I wrote you in first place

Attached here is my picture for you,though I am not all that photogenic,I hope you wouldn't mind, Awaiting for your reply soonest.
from my heart.
Miss Lisa.


Be aware of her. She is scammer .  I got her details while scam baiting .

Identity thieves also can contact one’s medical, criminal records

Residents need to rethink the way they handle and give out personal details, a representative of the Ohio attorney general's office said during a presentation at the Kiwanis Manor Monday afternoon.

Wendi Faulkner, Identity Theft Unit manager for the notary general, provided those in attendance with details on how to protect themselves from attempts to steal their personal information.

"We are ones that have to change the way we start thinking about personal information," Faulkner said.

"Identity theft is not 100-percent preventable," he said. "We can't prevent it, like any crime, but we can take steps to protect ourselves. And we need to know what resources are out there to recover."

While the topic of financial identity theft was covered, Faulkner said there are two forms of identity theft which have been on the rise criminal and medical.

In criminal identity theft, people's personal details are used by thieves being charged with a offense. Those charges then are placed on another person's record, although they never committed any crime.

Medical identity theft is the use of a person's identity and medical insurance to get medical treatment. The victims are left with the bill without receiving any of the services.

Also, Faulkner told those in attendance to be careful with personal information they throw away, information available on the Internet and personal information which they place in their mailboxes. And, she said to check medical and credit bills to ensure all services or products billed were received.

"You need to make sure you got those products and services," she said.

Faulkner said the information presented was not to scare people, but to help them think about ways to protect themselves from becoming victims.

She added identity theft is not a victimless crime it affects people and their families.

"There are real people, real faces to it," Faulkner said.
If a person believes he or she may be a victim of identity theft, Faulkner said the person needs to file a police report. People also may contact the attorney general's office to find out how the process works or to report a possible scam or fraud.

Libra Martin, director of the Seneca County victim assistance program, said residents can contact the office at (419) 448-5070 if they have questions about identity theft or believe they may be victims.

For more information, visit the Ohio attorney general website at

How safe are internet credit-card transactions?

The answer is very little protection when using your credit card online with overseas vendors.

According to FNB (First National Bank), card holders can raise arguments relating to transactions on their cards and the bank will investigate and seek to recover funds. However, the bank warns that this process is practically not possible when interacting with non-reputable overseas vendors and when the customer has purposely released their card information. So, sadly, the responsibility is on you to make sure you are dealing with a reputable vendor.

What are the safeguards to prevent possible fraud?

The issue is that customers have no idea how secure the environment is at the vendor's offices and whether it has systems in place to protect your details.

Once a dealer has your card account number, the expiry date and the three digit code at the back of your card, it can proceed to execute a "card not present" transaction/s.

It is probably best to deal only with well-known retailers. If you are dealing with a new retailer that is not well known, originally pay with an electronic transfer until you are contented the retailer above board. It is also significant that the retailer has put in safety checks to secure your information.

Nearby, merchants would be provided with an online system through their bank so it is a more secure platform, but you may not have the same level of security when dealing with an unknown vendor abroad.

When you are transacting you need check the site for the following:

  • "http" in the recipient's web address to make sure it is not a spoof site (a site that is created to mimic a genuine site).
  • A padlock icon. Some sites also show which safety feature they use, like Thawte or Verisign.
  • Many e-commerce vendors have signed up with "Verified By Visa" or Mastercard Securecode. If they have this logo it means that they have a secure payments system. These logos typically appear on the payment page.
  • A site should never store your credit card details, so you need to input them every time you shop.

FNB says a preferable and safer method of payment to overseas sellers that may not be well known -- such as a bed-and-breakfast booking, for example -- is via a PayPal account. In this case the customer does not disclose his/her card or bank account details. You do, however, need to have an FNB account.

An interesting development is that you can no longer use your credit card to pay for online gambling with companies outside of South Africa's boarders. The banks are required by the authorities to monitor these activities and report on them.

Protect yourself from Internet scams - Tips and Use Full Infomation

The Internet is an attractive place to work, play and learn for both adults and children alike. But we should also be aware of the risks we face while being online.
Internet crime seems limitless, and it may very well be. We hear daily that there are new scams and frauds appearing in e-mails or on the web from people trying to get our money. I am hopeful that the information contained in this column will explain to you and get you the resources you may need on matters pertaining to the Internet and computer crimes.

The total loss of reported Internet scam nationally for 2009 was nearly $560 million. That’s up from $264 million for all of 2008.

The following are a few examples of types of Internet scam:

  • Sales via unwanted e-mails.
  • newsgroup postings
  • chat room discussions
  • Web sites and online classified advertisements for everything from T-shirts to toys
  • calendars and collectibles.
The merchandise was not delivered, arrived in damaged condition, was defective or was misrepresented.

Don’t buy from a company online whose status is unknown. You should use care on offers through Internet auction Web sites that are unknown where the sellers never delivered the items or misrepresented their value. They also could use what are termed as "Shills" to drive up bids and sellers have been known to raise prices after the highest bids were made.

Another frequent fraudulent scheme is the Nigerian letter or something similar. The letter states that you are named in a will or there is a large amount of money that needs to be removed from a foreign country. They ask for private financial institution information under the guise of depositing money into your account. They then use this information to access your account and withdrawal money instead.

You might also receive a check unwelcome claiming that you are a sweepstakes winner and you are asked to deposit the check. Then you are asked to send a piece of that check back and after doing so, you find out that the unique check was a fraud and you are out the money that you send to them.

Please remember the following:
If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. Just receiving one of these letters is not a crime in and of itself. Criminals send out thousands of these letters a day hoping someone responds. However, obtaining money fraudulently is a crime and should be reported.

The following are some tips to help you to possibly avoid being a victim of Internet scam.

  • Only do business with those you know and trust.
  • Be sure you know who the company or person is and where it is physically located. Understand the offer.
  • Look cautiously at the information about the products or services offered, and ask for additional information, if needed. A lawful business will be glad to provide it; a fake telemarketer won’t.
  • Be sure you know what is being sold, the total price, the delivery date, the return and cancellation policy, and the terms of any assurance.
  • Check out the company’s or individual’s track record. Call to check for complaint records with consumer agencies and the Better Business Bureau. Keep in mind that con artists can appear and disappear quickly, particularly in cyberspace, so the lack of a complaint record is no guarantee of legitimacy.
  • Don’t give your bank account numbers, credit card numbers or other personal information to anyone you don’t know or haven’t checked out. And don’t provide information that isn’t essential to make a purchase. Take your time. While there may be time limits for special offers, high-pressure sales tactics are often danger signs of fraud.
  • Never judge consistency by how nice or flashy a web site may seem. Anyone can create, register, and promote a web site; it’s comparatively easy and cheap. And just like any other forms of advertising, you can’t assume that someone has screened and approved it.
  • Know that people in cyberspace may not always be what they seem. Someone who is sharing a friendly tip about a moneymaking scheme or great bargain in a chat room or on a bulletin board may have an secret motive: to make money. Remember sometimes friendly people are crooks.
  • Finally, don’t click on an attachment from someone you don’t know or was unwanted. Harmful viruses can be triggered by clicking on an attachment without your knowledge that could wipe out your computer files or even hijack your Internet service, reconnecting you through an international phone number, resulting in enormous phone charges.
If you are a victim of Internet fraud, you can file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at, or with the National Fraud Information Center at
You can also file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau at, and you can always file a report with your local law enforcement agency.

Scam Letter : Hopping to hear from you soon

From: Vickky Fred <>
Date: Wed, Jun 21, 2010 at 12:54 PM
Subject: Hopping to hear from you soon
To: me

My Dearest Love,

I am more than happy of your reply to my mail. How is your day today? My name is Miss vickky dion. single and never been married, i am from Cote D'Ivoire in west Africa and presently residing in the dioum refugee camp here in Senegal where i am seeking political asylum due to the civil war that was fought in my country last two years. I am in surferings and pains here in this camp and i really need to have a man by my side to encourage me and give me good advice in life and help me to come out from this situation.

My late father DR DION MBAYE was chairman managing director of (MBAYE INDUSTRIAL COMPANY LTD), in ABIDJAN the economy capital of my Country, and he was also the personal adviser to the former head of state before the rebels attacked our house one early morning and killed my mother and father in a cold blood. It is only me that is alive now and i managed to make my way to a nearby country Senegal where i am living now as a rend you this email and i only enter his office when he is less busy in his office I would like toefugee. This Refugee Camp is headed by a Reverend Father, i used his office computer to s know more about you, your likes and dislikes, your hobbies and what you are doing presently. i like to meet understanding, loyal, sincere, trusthfull, kindly and friendly and more to that, a man of vision and truth. I will tell you more about myself in my next mail. Attached here is my picture, Hoping to hear from you soonest.

Yours Forever in love.
Miss vickky

Be aware of her. She is scammer .  I got her details while scam baiting .

Miss Angela Abbe - New Scammer (scam baiting )

My Dear,
Thanks for replying my request, how is everything over there in your country and the day, i believe you are having a nice moment and that the atmosphere over there in your country is very nice today? Mine is a little bit warm over here in Dakar Senegal.

My name is Miss Angela Abbe i am (24yrs) but age doesn't matter in a real relationship, so i am comfortable with your age, I am from Liberia in west Africa, i'm 5.8ft tall, chocolate in complexion, very attractive, single, (never married ) and presently living in the refugee camp here in Dakar Senegal as a result of the untimely death of my beloved parents by rebels. My hobbies are tennis, swimming, reading and homemaking.

My late father Dr. Johnson Abbe who was the chairman managing director of ABBE'S COCOA INDUSTRY LTD, in Monrovia, he was also the personal adviser to the former head of state, before the rebels attacked our house one early morning and killed my mother and my father in cold blood. It was only me that is alive now and I managed to make my way to a near by country SENEGAL where i am leaving now as a refugee under a Reverend father's care and i am using his computer to send these message to you. I will plead with the Reverend Pastor of the church to allow me recieve calls from you so that i can give you the telephone number of the church to call me so that we can talk more about ourselves.

I would like to know more about you.Your likes and dislikes, your hobbies and what you are doing presently. I will tell you more about myself in my next mail. Attached here is my pictures.
Hoping to hear from you soonest.
Your's forever,

Be aware of her. She is scammer .  I got her details while scam baiting .

Winning number:PL/09788/60 - Type of scam

I got this scam letter from  C. Martin.

to : me
date: Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 9:01 PM
subject: Winning number:PL/09788/60

Euro Lotto Promotion Company of Scotland.
Edinburgh, Scotland EH12 8LP,
United Kingdom.
Ref: XYL /26510460037/10
Batch: 24/00319/IZP
Winning number:PL/09788/60

Congratulations winner.

The Board of Directors and the International Promotion Department of Euro Million Promotion Company in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme wish to gladly inform you that your email has won a prize money of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pound Sterlings (2,500,000) in our 2010 Online Euro Million Promotion Company (NEW YEAR CRISIS SOLUTION PROGRAMME) .This program is aimed to encourage the union and also help families with the current Global crisis all over (Europe, American, Asia and Africa), hence no ticket sold.

To claim your winning prize you are to send the following information about yourself to the claims processing manager for verification & direction. Do contact the processing manager with the below contact
Claims Processing Manager:Richard Moore
E-mail :
Contact Number:+448712370552
Payment and Release order Department.
Disclosure & Disclaimer: I ...............................................
hereby declear that the above information is true and binding on me.If at any time it is discovered that I have given false information, I will forfeit my rights to my winnings.Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulent claims. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.

Congratulations once again!.
Miss Anita C. Martin
Euro Lotto Promotion Company Online Co-ordinator

.Don't Belive This ...

New Scammer- Soonest Ruth

I got the letter from Ruth.

Hello my love,

i am so happy in your mail to my mail.How was your day?,Mine is a little bit cold over here in Dakar Senegal.

My name is ruth. from Ivory Coast in West Africa,5.4ft tall, far in complexion,(never married before ) 24Yrs old and presently i am residing in the refugee camp here in Dakarcivil war that was fought in my country.My late father Dr Frederick udu was the managing director of Fredcocoa and Associates (Ltd) and he was the personal advicer to the former head of state (Late Dr Robert Guei) before the rebels attacked our house one early morning and killed my mother and my father in cold blood.It was only me that is alive now and I managed to make my way to a near by country Senegal where i am leaving now.I Iould like to know more about you.
Attached here is my picture and I will send another picture in my next mail.I will also like to see your picture.
Hoping to hear from you soonest

Be aware of her

How to reduce the quantity of spam

A user usually starts to experience problems with spam once their email address is included into spammers’ databases. The directions below will help users to avoid such a risk.

How do spammers learn your email address

Scammers use several tricks to discover the email addresses of their possible victims:

  • Scanning web sites;
  • Scanning bulletin boards, forums, chatrooms, Usenet News etc;
  • Selecting ‘easy’ addresses such as jonh@, mary@, alex@, info@, sales@, support@.
  • Or by selecting ‘short’ addresses such as aa@, an@, bb@, abc@ through a simple search.

Considering the above, it is suggested that a user undertake the following measures:

1. Maintain at least two email addresses. You should use your private address for personal mail only. The public address should be the one you use to register on public forums, in chat rooms, to subscribe to mailing lists etc.
2. Never issue your private address on publicly accessible resources.
3. Your private address should be hard to spoof. Spammers use combinations of clear names, words and numbers to build probable addresses. Your private address should not simply be your first and last name. Be creative and personalize your email address.
4. If you have to issue your private address automatically, mask it to avoid having it harvested by spammers. is easy to harvest, as is Joe.Smith at Try writing Johan-dot-Smith-at-yahoo-dot-com instead. If you need to publish your private address on a website, do this as a graphics file rather than as a link.
5. Treat your public address as a passing one. Chances are high that scammers will harvest your public address fairly speedily. Don't be frightened to change it often.

Registration on websites

Some Internet shops, conferences, forums, etc. ask you to enter your email address during registration. Sometimes your data may fall victim to spammers. This is not always as a result of hateful intent, but users are no better off for it. That is why:

  • Always use your public address to register in forums and chatrooms and to subscribe to mailing lists and promotions. You might even think using a number of public addresses in order to trace which services are selling addresses to spammers.

I receive spam in spite of all the measures taken. What can I do?

If you don’t receive big amounts of spam and you are not forced by it, you should stick to the following rules:
  • Never react to spam. Most spammers verify receipt and log responses. The more you respond, the more spam you will receive.
  • Do not click on ‘unsubscribe’ links from dubious sources. Spammers send phony unsubscribe letters in an attempt to collect active addresses. You certainly don't want to have your address tagged as ‘active’ as it will just increase the amount of spam that you receive.

If it is impractical to put up with spam any longer:

  • If your private address is exposed by spammers - change it. This can be difficult, but changing your email address does help you to avoid spam - at least for a while!

I did not give my email address to anybody but my close friends, however I receive spam all the time

Sadly your address may be stolen from your friend’s address book by an email virus (which is distributed throughout an address book). There is no way to avoid it – even if all of your friends have antivirus programs installed on their computers, their signature databases need to be updated frequently.

I need an address which can be used by anyone who wants to write to me

If you want to have a publicly-accessible email address, you must be ready to receive hundreds or even thousands of spam messages daily. If this is the case, here is a final piece of advice:
  • Make sure that your email is filtered by an antispam solution. Consider installing a personal antispam solution. Only open email accounts with providers that offer spam filtration prior to mail delivery.

Types of Burns:

A "burn" is anything that a baiter does that harms, irritates, insults or delays a scammer. Examples include:

Transfer Burn

Examples in which the baiter has tricked the scammer into traveling unnecessarily to the Money Gram office or bank to cash a non-existent money transfer.

Airport Burn

Instances in which the baiter has tricked the scammer into traveling unnecessarily to the airport to pick up a non-existent victim.

Phone Burn

Cause where a baiter has tricked a scammer into making a long-distance phone call.

Photo Burn

Instance where a baiter has tricked a scammer into taking a unique pics that the scammer has requested. For example a baiter might request a photo from a scammer of him holding a sign that says "I Love You".

Postage Burn

Instance where a baiter has tricked a spammer into spending money on postage or into paying for shipping costs.

Mama Burn

To insult a scammer's mother.

Safari Burn

(Sometimes just called "safari" or “Travelling”) - Tricking a scammer into traveling over 200 miles (round trip) or getting them to cross a border.

Goodbye Burn

When a baiter, typically after long bait, disclose to the scammer that he has been scam baiting him the whole time. This is typically done in an insulting and disparaging manner designed to humiliate the scammer. NOTE: Some baiters discourage this as it may serve to teach the scammer.

Bed Time Burn

When a baiter calls a scammer every 20 minutes while the scammer try to sleep or take rest.

Arrest Burn

When a baiter tricks a spammers into doing something that gets the scammer arrested. This is very complicated to do and is considered the "holy grail" of scam baiting.

Types of Scam Baits

All baits have the aim of wasting the scammer's time and resources. But there are many methods for doing so. Here are some of the most frequent "flavors" of baits:

Straight Bait - Where the baiter plays the part of a classic victim acting in a way that the scammer more or less expects a victim to act. The baiter never gives the scammer what he eventually wants, but trys to give him false hope for as long as possible.

Church Bait - The baiter gets the scammer to join their "church" and perform various feats of change and membership.

Phone Baits - Same as email scam baiting but verbal instead of written. Useful for adding genuineness to a bait and often the source of highly entertaining recordings.

Safari Bait - The baiter trys to trick the scammer into traveling to some far away location to recover money or something else of value. Sometimes the scammer gets stranded on their safari because they counted on the money to get them home. No money, no trip home. Many baiters only believe safari bait successful if the scammer is tricked into traveling at least 200 miles (round trip) or fooled into crossing an international border. 

Art Baits - The baiter gets the scammer to create a piece of art in hopes of getting paid for their efforts. This can generate interesting award for the baiter if successful.

Business Baits - The baiter gets the scammer to do all of the support work necessary to start a business in their country. Searching out acceptable sites, concept drawings allow process, etc...

Treasure Hunt Baits - The scammer is told that there is a treasure buried or hidden some place. This can lead to a safari depending on where the money is located.

Cash Bait - When a baiter successfully steal money away from a scammer. A reverse con. Cash Baiting is prohibited. While I personally have no ethical problem what so ever with seeing a scammer swindled out of his ill-gotten cash, technically this constitutes wire fraud, which is a crime.

Freight Bait - When the scam baiter tricks the scammer into paying the shipping charges for something valuable and then ships him a bunch of worthless items instead. An example of this would be if the scammer sends a phony check to a scam baiter in swap for a new computer, but the baiter refuses to send the computer unless the scammer pays for the shipping (usually through UPS or DHL). When the freight company comes for the item - the baiter gives them a box containing worthless junk. Here is a video about Freight Baits...

Scam baiter

  • Scambaiting in easy words is wasting the valuable time of a spammer pretending that you are interested in their schemes.
  • It is a method of entertaining the baiter and pretending as if you are prepared to perform some ridiculous tasks. Thus indirectly you are keeping the scammers from potential victims who may fall in trap with the scammers. 
  • One frequent goal of scam baiting has become the photographic trophy. The scam mail senders, sometimes known as lads, are goaded or cajoled by the Mugus, or victims, into having a picture taken by them.
  • Send the scam mail senders to a Western Union office to collect the allegedly sent money and get them to book hotels for them.
  • A few scam baiters have also succeeded in receiving cash from the fraudsters.

Nigerian scammer's sentence late

A federal judge Wednesday delayed the sentencing of a Nigerian e-mail scammer after determining she needed more information regarding the 65 typically elderly victims from whom the action claims he helped grab more than $2.5 million.

U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall delayed Okpako Mike Diamreyan's sentencing until Sept. 1. In the meantime, she ordered subordinate U.S. Attorney Edward Chang to provide more detailed information on the loss amount victims continual after their first known contact with the defendant. Additionally, she asked for proof detailing what the government determined the words "old work" and "new or fresh work" meant in e-mails Diamreyan sent to fellow scammers.

Chang, over the opposition of Jonathan Einhorn, Diamreyan's court-appointed lawyer, contends that "old work" refers to individuals who before sent money to scammers and could be victimized again. The prosecutor added that many of the people victimized are senior citizens.

Diamreyan, a native Nigerian, constitutes a rare breed. He is the only person caught and criminal in Connecticut in the past two decades for involvement in advance fee scams, known as the 419 scam. It's named after a section of the Nigerian criminal code

A federal jury convicted him earlier this year on three wire fraud charges all involving Michael Panedelos, a 78-year-old Shelton man.

A new change on Nigerian scam: Chico man's home put up for sale on craigslist

Ryan Willard's home on Christopher Alan Lane is up for sale, so he was reasonably confused when people suddenly began showing up at his door in large numbers, asking him when he was going to move.

The visitors were there to rent Willard's home, in fact after seeing it advertised on craigslist with a nice-looking rental rate of just $1,000 per month and an $800 deposit.

The ad even said dogs and cats were welcome.

Willard asked his listing agent, Ryan Vaught with Keller-Williams Realty, and was supposedly told the property had probably been listed as part of a widespread home rental fraud coming out of Nigeria.

Willard checked craigslist and found the listing on his house.

"They used my whole name as their e-mail contact and my MLS listing as the advertisement. It's very sinister and according to my agent, it's happening all the time," Willard said.

The fraud outside about three years ago in the United States as one of the latest wrinkles in the so-called Nigerian 419 scams. Willard said the scammers are likely just trying to get a deposit out of would-be renters and probably have no further contact with them.

Willard said he found out the scammers were offering to provide whoever rented his home with a key. He had no idea how they might in fact might get a key to his home, but in the past scammers wrongly renting homes have figured out ways to get into Realtor lock boxes by obtaining the code online.

New Features Enhance Spam Scanning, Virus Checking and Content Filtering Policy Enforcement for Both Inbound and Outbound Email

Barracuda Networks Inc., a leading contributor of security, storage and networking solutions, today announced new features to its flagship Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall that enhance full inbound and outbound email scanning from the same machine. The new features extend the Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall's means beyond spam and virus scanning for outbound email, which can defend an organization's email standing, and include broader content inspection based on policy for both inbound and outbound email on a single appliance. These enhancements ensure that private or sensitive information is not distributed outside the organization.
About the Spam & Virus Firewall

The Spam & Virus Firewall is available in eight models with no per user fees. A single Spam & Virus Firewall supports up to 100,000 active users, and multiple units can be clustered together for even greater capacity and ease of use. Its architecture leverages 12 defense lawyers: refutation of service and security shield, rate control, IP analysis, sender authentication, recipient verification, virus protection, policy (user-specified rules), Fingerprint Analysis, Intent Analysis, Image Analysis, Bayesian Analysis, and a Spam Rules Scoring engine. In addition, the entire Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall line features simultaneous inbound and outbound email filtering with the inclusion of complicated outbound email filtering techniques, such as rate controls, domain restrictions, user authentication (SASL), keyword and attachment blocking, triple-layer virus blocking, and remote user support for outbound email filtering. The Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall's layered approach minimizes the processing of each email, which yields the performance required to process millions of messages per day.

Details appear of new financial scam targeting medium companies

Medium  businesses have been warned of a new international financial scam which has taken a twist.

Most people are aware of the Nigerian 419 email scam which claims the son of a deceased oil baron or senior government official will contact a business or an individual with a assure of countless thousands of euro, in swap for their bank details.

Though, a more complicated scam has emerged in new days whereby the conmen have targeted people straight in writing, in fact posting the letters from within Ireland.

They are also targeting people with the same surname of an imaginary person they claim has died leaving a multi-million dollar fortune behind them.
The letter, which claims to be from a consultant in a named financial services company based in New York.

The "consultant" says he asked a friend of his travelling to Ireland to post the letter.

He proposes that the receiver of the letter enters into an arrangement with him to claim the estate of a saver who died in an accident in China, leaving an estate worth $18.5 million (€15m).

"He has no next-of-kin and the reason I am writing to you is because you bear the same name last name individuality," the letter states.

It goes on to hearten the recipient of the letter to exchange bank account details in order to become a beneficiary of the account.

"In terms of sophistication, this is certainly a step above the spam emails that we all receive from time to time," he said.

"It looks reasonably professional, so businesses and individuals have to be on their guard.

"There are some telltale signs that indicate that all is not as it seems."

The letter comes "From the desk of Ed Sullivan", but is not printed on letterhead or official note paper.

And he said a cursory Google search turns up no mention of such a person in that company.