Identity Theft : Internet Frauds and Scams

Identity Theft is quite common over the internet as number scam emails are sent on daily basis to trap and to defraud innocent internet users. Some on these scam emails are designed to steal your personal information. Always keep track of your credit history as this can also help you to find out if someone is using your identity. Never share your personal details with senders of suspicious emails. These email might include inheritance funds transfer, Bank transfer emails, lottery emails. In all these emails the sender will pretend that your email was randomly picked in a lucky draw or you can claim for inheritance. Do not send any funds to these scammers. Always remember when you have a doubt about the sender always search on Internet to find out if other people have received same kind of email. Someone might have posted on internet about this same email.

All scam emails mentioned here are exactly the way it were received.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Re: Your First Payment MTCN: 9366290561 (Available for pick up by receiver)

If you have received email from Mr. Serge Zabo , beware of the sender as this is a scam email intended to defraud innocent internet users. For awareness purpose the scam email is pasted below.
from: Western Union <>
date: Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM
subject: Re: Your First Payment MTCN: 9366290561 (Available for pick up by receiver)
Payment officer: Mr. Serge Zabo
Tel/Fax: +234-1-2207784


Attn: Beneficiary,

We write to inform you officially that the Board of Director of the Debt Reconciliation Center,Inconjuction with the Federal Republic of Nigeria,Federal Ministry of Finance Nigeria, Western union Agent Akpakpa with the UK LOTTERY ORGANIZATION has approved the payment sum of US$500,000,00(FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS) as a DEPT RECONCILIATION PAYMENT, for your Winning funds with Compensation Head office, deposited by the Uk Lottery Organization for payment to you as the Winning owner/Beneficiary of the amount US$500,000.00.

After the Law Enforcement judgement between the UK LOTTERY ORGANIZATION Agent Mr. Goldman Smith and Compensation finance head office, The meeting held on the 29th of April, 2013,with the aforementioned office and banks, the Concluded arrangement has appointed our office (Western Union Money Transfer) to pay your unpaid Winning fund through western union electronic system for your easy pickup and to avoid further unforeseen delay that could make your fund not to get to you in a timely manner.

The Management of the UK LOTTERY ORGANIZATION HEAD BRANCH here in West Africa have submitted your name, city and country information??s to our office for endorsement & daily activation of your payment which has been programmed to be transferred under installment at rate of $5,500.00 daily as Western Union laws here does not allow transferring funds above $5.500.00 at once from this country to another, but will be sending under installment of $5,500.00 daily till the amount is completely paid. In other words. We have today transferred your first installment payment available for your pickup at any western union office nearest to you, but still on hold due to the unpaid endorsement & daily activation file fee amount of $150.00 you supposed to pay before you can pickup your first installment today.

You will pickup the bellow instalment at any western union office nearest to you with bellow information's as soon as you send the $150 endorsement & daily activation file fee. Immediately the Activation is made, You can pickup your first instalment payment online at OR Call Western Union tracking number 1-800-325-6000  for available fund verification purpose.

Payment information

Sender's First Name: Alfred
Sender's Last Name: Djames
MTCN: 9366290561 (Track the mtcn by dialing 1-800-325-6000 or
Text Question: Sport?
Answer: Golf
Amount Programmed: $5,500.00


To Avoid any atom of mistake, you are hereby required to reconfirm your payment receiver's name and address to avoid any mistake of payment activation during activation process of your payment as soon as the daily endorsement charges is paid.

Reconfirm the information as given to you below.

Receiver's Name:
Receiver's address:
Receiver's Tel. Number :

Please note that the receiver's information is very vital to us as the activation of your daily installment will be directing to your receiver's name and address.

The endorsement & daily activation file fee of $150 will be sending to our office here in care to ............ through any western union nearest to you:

Cashier/Receiver's Name: Fidelis Azike
City & Country: Lagos,Nigeria
Amount: $150
Text Question: Good ?
Answer: God.

As soon as you send the fee, send us the transfer Mtcn to help us proceed with immediate transfer release of your installment payment.

Once your payment is confirmed, we shall proceed with the activation of your payment for available pickup in your Name/country/Address.

Notice: This payment was approved by the federal ministry of finances Abuja, Nigeria to beneficiary only.

We anticipate your kind co-operation.

Thanks For Using Western Union Office

Sincerely Regards,

Mr. Serge Zabo.
Payment Department
Western Union Office Inconjuction with Federal Ministry of Finance

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