Cal Fire warns residents about phone solicitation con

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is warning residents of the Bay Area to be wary of a telephone scam in which people are asked to donate money for firefighter training, a Cal Fire representative said.

The suspected scammer solicited one Santa Clara County resident for an undisclosed sum of money that would supposedly fund Cal Fire training, spokesman Daniel Berlant said.

In reality, the training of the state agency's firefighters is funded through their budget, Berlant said.

"We would never call anybody soliciting money," Berlant said. "That's what our taxpayer dollars go toward paying for, training our firefighters."

The resident thought the call was suspicious, Berlant said, so he did not give the caller any money and reported the scam to Cal Fire. He was unable to get the scammer's phone number or any descriptive information, Berlant said.

"Obviously, we hope there aren't other people out there who have been scammed by this suspect," Berlant said.

A similar scam was perpetrated in Mendocino County several years ago, Berlant said. As in this instance, the would-be victim felt the call was a fraud and did not give any money to the caller, Berlant said.

Though the Mendocino County scam artist was never caught, no scam calls were reported to Cal Fire after the public was alerted to the crime, Berlant said.


miiCard declares Strategic Relationship with Yodlee to distribute Digital Passports

Banking innovation and the fight against Internet fraud moves forward today with digital identity company miiCard's announcement of a strategic development and distribution relationship with Yodlee, Inc., the leading provider of online and mobile personal finance management (PFM) solutions.

miiCard, a patent pending, global, digital identity solution, is soft launching to the financial services industry in Amsterdam, at Sibos, October 28th. miiCard's aim is to eradicate the final barrier to global trade in financial service products - the often cumbersome and always time consuming need for offline proof of identity before a financial product can be purchased.

Powered by Yodlee, the miiCard Digital Passport enables consumers to prove "they are who they say they are" online, in real-time; enabling them to buy financial products completely online for the first time, in a fashion that meets Anti-Money Laundering laws, Know Your Customer regulations and the Proceeds of Crime Act standards.

Making the announcement at Sibos where miiCard was invited by SWIFT to present at the Innotribe Challenge, James Varga, miiCard's Founder explains: "Online authentication has become the holy grail for all financial institutions. Proving online identity is the final barrier to global trade in financial services products; and while consumers fall victim to fraud every day, it is critical that we as an industry address the issue and offer a solution fast, and that's what miiCard, working with Yodlee, intends to do."

New Zealanders have been targeted by Phone scammers

New Zealanders being rung from overseas are being duped into allowing access to their computers and bank accounts.

The scammer cold-calls the victim, claiming to be from an IT support help desk, plants malware in the computer through the phoneline and offers to fix it for a fee paid by credit card over the phone.

Christchurch mum Claire Kelly's computer was hacked by a man who rang up offering to fix something on it.

"They said it was quite a major problem, a new problem, and that a lot of anti-virus software people had on their computers was not detecting this virus," Kelly told ONE News.

But she said when she followed the virtual PC doctor's advice, things got weird.

"Windows just kept popping up and the mouse kept moving around and I had this absolute sick feeling in my stomach."

NetSafe believes the scammers are increasing the intensity of the scam, with six foreign calls reported in New Zealand yesterday. Australia has had a tenfold increase in the past two months.

Listen To A Phone Scammer At Work

$20 Million Fake Documented in Rarely Heard Recordings

The foreign-based scammer behind one of the most relentless telemarketing frauds in recent years have stolen more than $20 million from mostly elderly Americans by playing on their hopes and fears, as evidenced in audio recordings of their calls obtained exclusively by ABC News.

During the hours of recordings, one elderly victim repeatedly pleads with a litany of callers who falsely claim to be from a sweepstakes company in Las Vegas, from the insurance company Lloyds of London, and from such government agencies as the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Commerce, and the Federal Trade Commission. The scammer repeatedly asks her to send more money to pay taxes and fees, and promises a windfall is on its way.

"I don't have the money," she says. "I told you, I've taken it all out of my bank account."


Security debate grows over Internet voting

State efforts to let military and overseas voters cast ballots using the Internet have set off warnings from computer security experts that elections could be subject to cyberattacks.

The debate intensified after the District of Columbia tested an Internet voting system for possible use next month and invited computer scientists to try hacking into it. They did, without much trouble.

Arizona and West Virginia will allow military and overseas voters to use the Internet on Nov. 2 with systems the states claim are safe. More than 20 other states let those voters use e-mail, which some election security experts say is just as vulnerable. Congress has asked the Pentagon and the states to conduct pilot projects.


Nationwide video launched for prevention of online fraud

People who are worried about becoming victims of fraud are being helped by a new series of videos being launched by Nationwide Building Society.

Card and online banking fraud are estimated to cost over £500 million every year1 across the industry and Nationwide, which is at the forefront of initiatives to protect consumers from the risk of financial crime, has launched three online videos explaining how individuals can safeguard themselves against fraud.

The videos show how fraudsters try to get access to people's money and bank accounts and what they can do to prevent this.

There are videos and articles on:

- Card fraud with tips on protecting yourself if taking money out of a cash machine or using your card in a shop or restaurant

- Online banking fraud showing the clever sites fraudsters set up to try to trick consumers into releasing their bank account details

- Identity theft showing how fraudsters can steal someone's identity and the impact this could have.

Police nab cheque fraudster at Port Kembla

A man accused of buying items bought over the internet with fake bank cheques in Sydney and regional New South Wales is to face the Wollongong Local Court today.

The 40-year-old was arrested at Port Kembla yesterday after Police searched a unit on Wentworth Street and a house on Poplar Avenue at Albion Park Rail.

He is facing 30 fraud charges for paying for cars, jewellery and cameras with fraudulent cheques.

The offences were committed over the past six months in the Sydney metropolitan area, the Blue Mountains and Orange.

Chief Inspector Mark Lavis says Police are expecting that the number of charges will rise.

"And they would be asking anyone who suspects they might have been a victim of a similar fraud to contact the Lake Illawarra Detectives," Chied Inspector Lavis said.


Denver charged for identity-theft and child- porn

Ralph Landers, 43, of Denver was sentenced to 16½ years in federal prison this week after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography, identity theft, fraud and other charges.

Landers was ordered to repay almost $304,000 he admitted defrauding banks of and also received eight years of supervised probation upon release, according to the Justice Department.

Authorities became aware of Landers in March 2008, when he attempted to buy child pornography over the Internet using a fake credit card, according to court documents.

Investigators eventually learned Landers had tapped 114 bank and credit-card accounts using stolen identities and commercial mailboxes he had rented. He was indicted last year and pleaded guilty in February.

Landers was arrested after U.S. Postal Service inspectors arranged the delivery of an order for child pornography to a post-office box he had rented.

Developing Nigeria's '419' email scammers

Lagos, Nigeria  -- The most foolish argument I've heard from the never-ending efforts to discourage young Nigerians from cybercrime is that money isn't everything.

Well, lack isn't everything either. There's also the equally common argument about integrity being worthier than wealth, as if a dichotomy must always exist between the two.

No wonder the many 419 scammers -- for whom the specter of a destitute and unfulfilled future is a daily terror -- don't appear ready to budge from their fraudulent ways.

And so it was with a mixture of curiosity and skepticism that I attended an 'Alternatives to Cybercrime' event organized by Microsoft and Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN). What new doctrine did the anti-cybercrime brigade have to preach this time?

My 419 scams-themed novel had earned me an invitation to address the audience of university and secondary school students. Another guest speaker was Adeolu Akinyemi, a young man who runs Street Skills, an organization that rehabilitates 419 scammers. The more he spoke, the more I found myself sitting straighter in my chair with rapt attention.

No, he doesn't warn the fraudsters against the ills of materialism or notify them that money doesn't buy happiness. That grand sermon may wait until after they can afford three square meals a day.


A LADY arrested on charges of money laundering scam

A LADY in Honley is being hunted by the FBI.

It can only be a matter of time before she is arrested on charges of money laundering and terrorism, and she seems such a nice young woman, too. What goes on behind the curtains of suburbia, eh?

Mind you, I can’t see Carol losing much sleep about the threat. It’s the latest twist in one of those emails from confidence tricksters.

It used to be called the Nigerian 419 scam. A letter or email suggests the recipient has won or been left a vast sum of money. All they have to do to have it deposited into their bank account, is to provide bank details and, maybe, a few quid up front to facilitate the transfer.

This latest email purports to come from Robert Mueller, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

“This is to inform you that the sum of $10 million was transferred from the Central Bank of Nigeria to the Bank of America bearing your name as the beneficiary.”

The FBI had, says Mueller, placed the funds on hold until Carol obtains a diplomatic immunity seal of transfer certificate, to prove she is not a terrorist or involved in money laundering.

I was actually caught money laundering myself, once. It happened in America when I left a roll of dollars in my shorts pocket by mistake when Maria did the wash. We had to peg them out in the sun to dry. I wasn’t arrested, though. Probably wasn’t worth it for 50 quid.

But in Carol’s case they threaten arrest within 72 hours if she doesn’t supply the details necessary to obtain that official sounding certificate, and she can forget all about that $10 million.

Actually, she forgot about the $10 million when she passed the email onto me. You have been warned. If you get one, have a laugh. And then bin it.

Facebook Scammer’s Verdict uphold by Court of Canadian

The scammer who was ordered to pay Facebook over $800 million in damages two years ago refused to pay and let the case go to his local court in Quebec, Canada for enforcement. That court ruled yesterday that Adam Guerbuez must pay the $873 million that was awarded to the social networking site after they sued him for sending over 4 million scam messages to their users. The messages hawked male enhancement products. Facebook also accused Guerbuez of hacking into user accounts and posting explicit messages hawking the products on user’s walls. It’s not clear if this was done through malicious links sent in spam messages or by another method.
Guerbuez insists he is not a scammer and has done nothing wrong, saying if people don’t want a particular email, they should use their delete key. It doesn’t look like the court ruling will be of much help to Facebook as Guerbuez has filed for bankruptcy and listed the site as one of his creditors-a common tactic used by scammers who have had huge judgments levied against them.
His lawyer said the judgment was excessive and that his client had no choice but to file bankruptcy because there is no way he could ever pay such a huge amount, which equals $1 billion in Canadian funds.

Guerbuez says he is a highly skilled internet marketer and says the whole Facebook issue has helped him gain attention and helped his business. He also claims to have both a book deal and a movie in the works.

Dozens charged with largest Medicare scam ever

NEW YORK – A vast network of Armenian gangsters and their associates used phantom health care clinics and other means to try to cheat Medicare out of $163 million, the largest fraud by one criminal enterprise in the program's history, U.S. authorities said Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors in New York and elsewhere charged 73 people. Most of the defendants were captured during raids Wednesday morning in New York City and Los Angeles, but there also were arrests in New Mexico, Georgia and Ohio.

The scheme's scope and sophistication "puts the traditional Mafia to shame," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said at a Manhattan news conference. "They ran a veritable fraud franchise."

Unlike other cases involving crooked medical clinics bribing people to sign up for unneeded treatments, the operation was "completely notional," Janice Fedarcyk, head of the FBI's New York office, said in a statement. "The whole doctor-patient interaction was a mirage."
The operation was under the protection of an Armenian crime boss, known in the former Soviet Union as a "vor," prosecutors said. The reputed boss, Armen Kazarian, was in custody in Los Angeles.

Bharara said it was the first time a vor — "the rough equivalent of a traditional godfather" — had been charged in a U.S. racketeering case.

Kazarian, 46, of Glendale, Calif., and two alleged ringleaders — Davit Mirzoyan, 34, also of Glendale, and Robert Terdjanian, 35, of Brooklyn — were named in an indictment charging racketeering conspiracy, bank fraud, money laundering and identity theft.

The indictment accused Terdjanian and others of hatching other schemes involving stolen credit cards, untaxed cigarettes and counterfeit Viagra. It also alleges that during a meeting last year at a Brighton Beach restaurant, Terdjanian pulled a knife on someone who owed him money "and threatened to disembowel the individual if the debt was not paid."

A judge jailed Terdjanian without bail on Wednesday at a brief hearing. Afterward, his attorney said his client denies the charges.
Authorities began the New York-based investigation after information on 2,900 Medicare patients in upstate New York — including Social Security numbers and dates of birth — were reported stolen.

The defendants in the New York case also had stolen the identities of doctors and set up 118 phantom clinics in 25 states, authorities said. The names were used to submit fake bills for care that was never given, they said.

Some of the phony paperwork was a giveaway: It showed eye doctors doing bladder tests; ear, nose and throat specialists performing pregnancy ultrasounds; obstetricians testing for skin allergies; and dermatologists billing for heart exams.

In the New York portion of the case, more $100 million in fraudulent bills were submitted and Medicare paid out at least $35 million, sometimes by wiring it to the clinics' banks accounts, investigators said.

Most of the defendants "were Armenian nationals or immigrants and many maintained substantial ties to Armenia" and criminals there, the indictment said. Couriers would often carry cash proceeds from the fraud back to Armenia, it added.

Prosecutors were seeking forfeiture of real estate in Las Vegas; Palm Springs, Calif.; and elsewhere, and of a 2007 Maserati and a 2006 Jaguar.

Kristina Svechinskaya world’s sexiest computer scammer to appear in court

She recognized the ‘world’s sexiest computer hacker’, Kristina Svechinskaya was arrested in New York earlier this month, accused of being a part of an internet fraud ring alleged to have used malware and trojan viruses to steal $35 million from US bank accounts.
It is alleged that the Russian brunette, 21, used fake passports to open a series of accounts flooded with cash plundered from online bank customers.

The racket is also believed to have siphoned £6million from UK victims.

Svechinskaya was among four New York students accused of assisting the plot after investigators held 37 Eastern European suspects said to have been involved.

"Money mules" like Svechinskaya are said to have taken a ten per cent cut of the profits.

Svechinskaya faces up to 40 years behind bars for conspiracy to commit bank scam and false use of a passport and is due to reappear in court tomorrow.

Warning issued by BG Police against Phone Scam

BOWLING GREEN -- Bowling green police are warning residents of a phone scam. On Monday several residents received phone calls asking for donations to help disadvantaged children or to fund the program Shop with a Cop.

The caller said he was with the BGPD. Authorities say this is a scam and do not give them any money or your personal information.
Bowling Green police never solicits donations.

If you've been contacted by this scammer or know anything about the scam call BG police at 419 -352-2571 or Wood County CrimeStoppers at (419) 352-0077 or (800) 54-CRIME.

Scammer targets Cape Coral man by sending Lottery scam twice

It appears a common scam is making its return to Southwest Florida.

A Cape Coral man received two letters in the past week claiming he was a big winner, only he didn't fall for it.

"Never knew I was that lucky, hit it twice in four days," said Donald Stevens. "Different amounts. One's 4950, the other's 4498."

Only Stevens knew better.

"There's a lot of scams out there, and that's exactly what this is."

Two letters with Canadian postmarks and no return address, both claiming Stevens had won a sweepstakes."'Enclosed is a check which you can use to pay the applicable government service tax,'" read the instructions in one of the letters.

Each letter used the name of a real company known in the U.S., but claimed to be based out of Canada or England. Each letter asked Stevens to deposit a check and wire back the funds as *insurance* for his supposedly even bigger winnings.

"I know darn right well, the minute I cash this check, I'm going to be minus that amount of money in my account."

Stevens says he can understand how the realistic-looking checks can be tempting.
But crime prevention officers warn you're on the hook if you fall for it.

While the scam isn't new, Stevens worries others may not be as quick to catch it.

"There's some older people out there and maybe even young ones who don't realize there are these types of scams going on today, Stevens said. "I don't want to see anybody else taken advantage of."

Online Scammers recognized by the Superior Police in the Northland

Scams recognized by the Superior Police Department Monday, are very similar to those in recent months in the Northland.

Local businesses like Weichert Realtors told Eyewitness News scammers copy official listings on realty websites, and post them to Craigslist and other marketplace websites. Weichert Realtors said the scammers claim to own the properties, and put them online to be rented out.

Former Superior homeowner Bob LaBounty told us he put his home up for sale earlier this year through Weichert Realtors. He told us it wasn't long before people looking to rent out his home, came knocking on his door.

Weichert Realtor's licensed assistant Jessie Pearson said "[LaBounty] got a knock on the door and some people were there to take a look at the house. They said they saw it on Craigslist for rent and that the owner had said he wasn't going to be there, but that he would be in Africa."

Pearson told us people some potential renters were told they would get the keys for the property, if they sent a payment first.

Pearson said "[the scammer] said ignore the for sale sign in the yard. He said it was his property and said if they liked it they would just send him the money and he would send them the keys in return."

This isn't the first time online scams have been an issue in the Northland. According to the Superior Police Department, numerous complaints of online scams have popped up in recent days. Now they are offering ways internet users can protect themselves from scammers.

Authorities suggested dealing with local folks you can meet in person, and said it is wise to refrain from using money wiring services. Officials also urged internet users to keep financial information like bank numbers and social security numbers private.

Superior authorities said there are numerous legitimate postings online, but deals that appear too good to be true may very well be a scam.

Craigslist has not yet responded to a request for comment. If you have been a victim of online fraud, you can report it through the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).


21 years old scammer involved in Job scam remand

Aman who scammed several persons out of nearly US$7,000 after they registered for overseas employment on a nonexistent apple farm in Michigan in the United States, was on Friday remanded for sentencing on November 17 in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.

Kemar Harrison, the 21-year-old mastermind of the elaborate scheme which saw persons attending job registrations at different hotels across the island, pleaded guilty to three counts of obtaining money by false pretence, reduced from seven counts, when he appeared in court.

The court was told that Harrison placed an advertisement in one of the daily newspapers on August 29, stating that jobs were available at Jay’s Apple Farm. Interested persons who called to enquire were also informed about available jobs at another company, Davidson’s Construction Company.

According to the investigating officer, arrangements were made at the Altamont Court Hotel in Kingston and at other hotels for persons to attend and register.

The investigating officer also told the court that Harrison also employed a bearer and other persons to collect the money and the documents from the job seekers.

Harrison was arrested on September 7 during a sting operation at his home where he was seen collecting money that was collected from some of the complainants. Several documents relating to the fake job scam were seized along with US$1,650, and $13,000.

On Friday, Harrison’s attorney Ian Bishop asked Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey to instruct the police to turn over the money to his client for him to return it to the complainants. But the magistrate told him that the proceeds of crime could not be released to repay the complainants and has been confiscated by the State.

Bishop requested a social enquiry report on Harrison.

The attorney also begged the magistrate to offer his client bail for him to repay the complainants but the magistrate refused his request.

“Let him stay where he is. He is too clever,” she said.

One third of online card scam shrinks in UK

Online banking scam fell by more than a third in the first six months of this year, according to a leading payments industry body. This is particularly significant since it’s the first time there’s been a fall in the online fraud figure since 2007.

The UK Cards Association, which represents UK credit and debit card issuers, said that online fraud fell by 36% in the first half of 2010 to £24.9m, compared to the same time last year.

It’s thought increased customer awareness of the need to protect computers with anti-virus software and banks’ use of fraud detection software are behind this fall. But the association warns that although there has been an overall fall in this six month period, scam losses over the last five years have been volatile, so this may not be the start of a confirmed trend.

Fraud losses on UK cards

At the same time total fraud losses on UK cards fell by 20% to £186.8m, the lowest half-year total for ten years. The use of MasterCard SecureCode and Verified by Visa are among the measures credited for this success, along with work with the retail community to raise awareness of how chip and PIN equipment can be protected.

Cheque fraud 

Cheque fraud losses were also on their way down, falling by 13% to £13.5m in the first half of the year. Phone banking losses were the only area to show a rise. They came to £5.8m in total between January and June 2010. Cold calling and fake emails were mostly used to trick customers into revealing security information. The banking industry says its members will never cold call or email customers to ask for login details or passwords.

UK Cards Association

Melanie Johnson, chair of the UK Cards Association, said: “These figures are testament to the importance that the UK’s card companies place on driving down card fraud losses and reducing any inconvenience to customers. We are determined to make sure that customers feel as safe and secure as possible when they use their cards. To that end the banking industry is committed to detecting and preventing card fraud in all its guises.”

Fraud prevention group

David Cooper, chairman of fraud prevention group the Fraud Control Steering Group, said: “The fight against fraud can only be effective with a joined-up approach, so we continue to collaborate with business, consumers, the police and the government whenever and wherever possible.”

Card and banking fraud currently accounts for less than 2% of the £30bn lost to fraud in the UK every year. In addition, UK consumers are protected from payment fraud on their debit or credit card so that they should not suffer financial loss.

Our view: This news will be welcome to retailers – for while, as the UK Cards Association points out, consumers are protected from payment card fraud, it’s often the retailers who end up paying. There’ve been complaints about the sometimes unwieldy nature of internet fraud prevention devices, from 3D Secure onwards, but it will be reassuring to see that these do have a beneficial effect.

But for multichannel retailers, attention will already be on phone fraud, arguably the area now most vulnerable to fraud since all that most retailers require are the details shown on your credit or debit card.

Jewish employee held for selling secrets

(JTA) -- A Jewish employee of a Boston-area Internet company was arrested on suspicion of selling confidential information to a foreign company.

Elliot Doxer, 42, who works in the finance department of Akamai Technologies Inc., was charged Wednesday with wire fraud for providing confidential business information to an undercover FBI agent that he believed was a foreign government agent. The information included contract details, employee information and customer lists.

The country was identified in the indictment as Country X.

"I am a Jewish American who lives in Boston," Doxer reportedly wrote in an e-mail to a foreign country's consulate in Boston. "I know you are always looking for information and I am offering the little I may have."

Doxer, who had access to invoices and customer contact information, also said in a later message that his goal was "to help our homeland and our war against our enemies."

He informed the agent that his company served the U.S. Department of Defense, Airbus and several Arab companies. Doxer reportedly asked for $3,000 in compensation for his actions.

According to the complaint, Doxer provided the agent with a list of Akamai's customers, several contracts and a list of employees and their contact information. Doxer and the agent first made contact in September 2007. 

Nigerian Prince Scam is back

In the world of scams, what's old is sometimes new again

Scammers often employ new technology, like the Internet, to separate victims from their money, but other times go back to what's worked in the past.
Lately, some scammers supposedly operating out of Tanzania have been using the 1980s technology of fax communications to put a new face on that tried and true story of the deposed prince needing to transfer large sums of money out of the country.
Known as a "419 scam," named for section 419 of the Nigerian penal code, this scheme is normally implemented with an email. Though the butt of numerous jokes, it has nonetheless been enormously effective as victims want to believe that a total stranger in distress is willing to cut them in on millions of dollars.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says his office has begun receiving reports of the 419 scam hitting fax machines in the state. It consists of a message stating that the sender has a large sum of money and needs help transferring it out of a foreign country. As a reward for the consumer's help, the sender promises to pay the consumer a share of the funds.
The scam is always evolving. A sample of the most recent fax regarding Tanzania begins: 

The fax goes on to say that Mr. Taylor's father has a large sum of money - in this case $177 million in bank security vaults in the name of a friend, who has just recently died. The father has supposedly directed the son to use this money for investment purposes in our country. The fax promises funds in exchange for assistance in transferring the funds out of Tanzania. Details are to be conveyed once contact information is received.
"Don't assist these criminals in the transfer of funds, regardless of what is promised, or you will become the victim," said Hood. 

Hood also offers the following tips to help consumers avoid becoming victims of these and other common scams:
• Never reply to a fax, email, pop-up, telephone or text message that asks for personal or financial information. Legitimate companies will not ask for this information in that format.
• Always contact the organization asking for your personal information using a telephone number you know to be correct to inquire why the information is needed. Never call or text the number left in the message, and never follow an Internet link to a site.
• Never fax or email personal or financial information. Review credit card and bank statements as soon as you receive them to determine whether there are any unauthorized charges.
• Keep your anti-virus software up to date. In addition, use a firewall, which helps to make you invisible on the Internet and blocks communication from unauthorized sources.
• Be cautious about opening attachments or downloading files from emails you receive, regardless of the sender.


A Nigerian scammer to be sentenced next week

A Nigerian national will be sentenced for scam and money laundering next week after extracting over US250 thousand from a Saudi Arabian man in a "419" scam, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says.
Peter Maxson Anyanyueze was convicted in the Johannesburg Regional Court on Friday, said NPA spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga.

He was also found guilty of contravening the Immigration Act for being married to a South African woman he was not in a relationship with, for citizenship.

According to evidence presented during the trial, he snared Dr Abdulazziz Alheiraqi Nwasser, a Saudi Arabian citizen, with the customary email associated with such scams, stating that he had US10.5 million which he had realised from sales of gold dust and other precious metals.

He said the money was lodged in a security company in South Africa and that he needed someone to move it and invest it abroad for him and his family, preferably in Europe.

"Instead of transferring the amount to the complainant, he demanded that small payments be made into nominated bank accounts worldwide to cover capital flight tax and currency fluctuating margins, amongst others.
Nwasser paid US295,364 to various bank accounts furnished to him by the accused, but the accused never deposited the US10.5 million intended for an overseas investment.

Named after Section 419 of a Nigerian law that deals with advanced fee fraud, the scam deceives a victim into making advance payments to bank accounts before a transaction is concluded, through unsolicited communication. They are usually offered a generous payment for being the go-between.

The woman he was supposedly married to was living with her South African boyfriend, which whom she had a child.

Mhaga attributed the arrest and conviction of Anyanyueze to the "excellent work done by the South African Police Service and prosecutors in this two-year long trial". 

HDFC ® Bank Alert : Account Registration Error Code :- HRT-098(scam)

Dear Valued Customer , (spam email)

As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the our Online Banking System.

We recently noticed the following issue on your Account:

- A recent change in your personal information ( i.e.change of address)
- Submiting invalid information during the initial sign up process.
- An inability to accurately verify your selected option of payment due to an internal error within our processors.

Unusual account activity has made it necessary to limit sensitive account features until additional verification information can be collected.

To Resolve this, Download and Open the Account Verification Form we attached to this email . Fill it and submit it to us Online as we await your responce.

Please understand that this is a security measure intended to help protect you and your account. We apologize for any inconvenience.

HDFC Account Review Department. 

Always scammers try to get your bank information at any cost. This is also one of the ways to get your bank details. Please don’t replay or download the attachment file .

HSBC Bank : Customer Satisfaction Survey( Scam email)

HSBC Bank will add £ 50 credit to HSBC account just for taking part in our quick 5 question survey.

Always scammers try to get your bank information at any cost. This is also one of the ways to get your bank details. The above image is online survey, once you fill this online survey you will be caught by spammers and you may lose your money too. So don’t fill this survey, just ignore it and move on. This is also one of the types of Nigerianspam.

'Cyber Sopranos' an online fraud threat warns top policeman

The threat posed by online scammers is greater than ever before, Britain's top policeman has warned.
Metropolitan police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said families were increasingly being targeted by cyber gangsters.
He wrote in a Sunday newspaper: "The modern Tony Soprano-style crime lord will have a cyber expert."
Sir Paul also warned any ConDem cuts to policing that undermined specialist units tackling online crime would be "fundamentally misguided". He added: "Uniform officers alone will not keep the streets safe."
He revealed that out of 385 online officers, only 60 specialised in web fraud. The rest tackled child porn and people trafficking.