Another deployed soldier scam

Once again, a “deployed soldier” has reached out for my help.  When will these crooks ever learn?


From: Capt. Kate Car Lee (

Subject: Reply Asap

I know you will be surprise to read my email  Please dont be skeptical to reply me. My name is Cpt Kate Carr Lee Carr Lee. I am a member of the US ARMY medical team deployed to Iraq because of the current ISIS problems. I discovered trunk boxes containing American dollar bills. I have deposited two of these boxes with a security company here in Iraq. Am looking for a trust worthy individual who will assist me to receive the funds in his country before l will come over and join the person. Please, I want this to be between you and me since I am still in the service. To prove my sincerity, you are not sending me any money because most of these scams are all about sending money.
For reference click the link below
Please send me the following below.
1. Full Name…
2. Address….
3. Occupation…
4. Age……….
5. Your Telephone Number.
As soon as i received these information i will get back to you.
Best Regards
Cpt Kate Carr Lee



Yes, she will get back to you to request more of your information before she steals your money.

Be safe.



Someone sent me money! Sadly,it’s just another scam.

Hi, all.  Summer vacation started today for teen boy and unbelievably I haven’t heard whines of boredom yet.  Yes, they do whine in the teen years on occasion, but it’s no like a toddler or adolescent whine.  I wonder how long that will last.  Oy.

Anyway, you know what happens in summer (and pretty much all year) – the scammers come out with seasonal scam messages.   Get money for your vacation, quick and easy job with lots of free time, get paid to receive and ship packages in your spare time, etc.   This week I’ve received a few emails along the lines of the one I’m about to share.  The difference is that this one has no themed message or job offer.  Free money?!  It would be nice if it was real.

From:  Flavio Arfanotti (

Subject:  your payment of $2.500.000

I hereby wish to inform you that we have processed your payment of $2,500,000
and your will be receiving $10,000 through money gram on daily basics. Please
write down the receiver’s real and correct name:——Address:——Telephone:
—–This money will be transferred to any name provided to this financial
institution where these funds are deposited temporarily within a short time
after the fundamental procedures must have been concluded. contact the money
gram on this email

Governor paul,


Yeah, as if I couldn’t smell the fake from a mile away.  No one gets my financial info except my legitimate employer for direct deposit, the IRS, and hubby.Be safe,people.And giggle at the lame attempts to free you of the money you have.



If your assistance is needed by a stranger, it’s not legit

Well, let me explain that statement a little more.  If you receive emails or letters from a legitimate organization, then you may be needed.  Fundraising letters and pleas for donations are totally different from the fraudulent and false cries for help from a ‘long lost relative’ or ‘soldier’ needing to move packages.

This week I was approached by a few scammers needing ‘assistance.’   By assistance I mean access to my information so they can use it to scam others or steal from me.  Mr. Cheung approached me twice.  I suppose my lack of response the first time increased the urgency.


From:  Mr. Leung Chung (

Subject:  I Need Your Assistance


I need your assistance to transfer $22,500,000.00 Dollars from Hong Kong to your country.  Please reply if you are interested for more details.


Surprisingly, the return email address and reply address are the same.  No matter; he won’t hear from me.   And neither will Ibrahim Al Zaadi.

From:  Ibrahim Al Zaadi (


Greeting from Dubai ,

I am Mr. Ibrahim Al Zaadi, Branch Manager National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) married with two children. I am writing this letter to ask for your support and co-operation to carry out this business opportunity in my department.

An American/ Foreign Oil Consultant /Contractor with the Chevron Petroleum Corporation Company , made a numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve calendar months, Valued at US$12,000,000.00 (Twelve Million Dollars) in my branch upon maturity. I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.

After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Edmund Miller, died in the plane crash On October 31, 1999, (an Egyptian Boeing 767 Flight 990) with other passengers on board as you can confirm it yourself via the website below:

I will like you to provide me with the following details:

1) Your direct mobile / fax number.
2) Your name and address of Resident country.
3) Your private e- mail box:

Then I shall furnish you with due process of concluding this transaction without any delay.


Mr.Ibrahim Al Zaadi


This one is a little different.  To help legitimize the scam, he references a real event and proves it with a link (that is really a CBS News page).   Instead of requesting personal information from the get go, the scammer waits for a victim’s response before pouncing.  It suppose ti makes the inquiry seem more legitimate.   It’s not.  No legitimate company will reach out to a civilian not affiliated with the organization in question for assistance.

You would think these creeps would try harder, but they’re not.  There’s no need when people still fall for it.  If it seems too good to be true, it is.

Be safe, be smart, be well.


Can you be trusted? Military shipping scams

Spammers and scammers sicken me.  They prey on the desperation and hearts of people.  They steal information from legitimate companies in the attempt to skew Google search results in their favor.  They scare people into giving up their information just so they can make a buck.  They make it difficult for legitimate small and home based businesses to advertise.   They’re scum, plain and simple.

They’re hitting a new low in my opinion.  They’re sending messages supposedly from deployed soldiers.  Be on the lookout for this one:


From:  Capt. James Bennett (

Subject:  Can you be trusted?

I am Capt. James Bernett an officer in the US Army,presently serving in the
Military with the US Army,395th combat sustainment support battalion
stationed here at Baghdad Iraq.
Please I have some important items to ship to you,get back to me ASAP
for more information.I will explain further when i get a response from
Please I have some difficulties in my previous email. Please if you don’t mind
you can email me here with my new email
I can’t b able to use my previous mail. Please get back to me immediately
Yours Respectfully,
Capt James Bennett
US Army
And here’s another:
From: US Army 395TH CSSB (
Subject:  Hello Friend, Please These Boxes Are In The USA Now

I am James Hall an officer in the US Army,presently serving in the Military with the US Army,395th combat sustainment support battalion stationed here at Baghdad Iraq.

I have been included among the next batch that will come back to the US before the end of this month to mark the end of our duty here in Iraq. Please I have some important items to ship to you,get back to me ASAP for more information.I will explain further when i get a response from you.

Yours Respectfully,
Capt. James Hall

US Army
Be safe, share nothing with this scum, and spread the word about scams.
Until next time, peace.

Oh the things spammers try

Afternoon, all.

I wonder sometimes what goes through a spammer’s head.  Is it all about the numbers or do they put more thought into the traps they set?  Take this gem I received yesterday –


From:  Sheila Treu (

Subject: none

You have a bank draft of $800.000.00 USD which await outstanding payment of $50 USD.You need to Contact Mr.Rudy Johnson with this Email Address:


Did “Shiela’ think I would not notice the return address used for bank correspondence?  Or did she just send the message to hundreds or thousands of inboxes, hoping just 1-2% of them respond for additional information and each send in the $50 payment?  How many people blow $50 on a night out?  How many of them will take the chance just in case this one isn’t a scam?

Anytime they ask for a deposit in order to receive funds that are supposed to be yours, it’s a scam.  And no bank or government agency uses Yahoo for business purposes.  Not even to hide their intentions because they ‘feel they have to contact you before it’s too late.’

Check this one out.  It’s along the same lines as the first, but does not mention payment for the release of funds.  My notes are italicized.


From:  Trudy Strickland ( [BTW, this domain does not exist] 

Subject:  ACH Transfer Failure Notice

This notification is mailed to you with regard to the ACH transfer (ID: 891338641038) that you or any other person recently sent from your banking account.

The current status of the referred transaction is: failed due to the technical error. Please find more information in the report below: [Do not click this link – it contains malicious code]

Sincerely yours,

Trudy Strickland

2011 NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association

13450 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 100

Herndon, VA 20171


This one might catch business owners off guard, and that’s what ‘Trudy’ intends.  NACHA is a real organization and  would not contact the business owner directly.   The organizations and its clients are dealing with the fallout from these fraudulent messages.  The organization posted a disclaimer and asks we forward these messages to them.

If there is a problem with a transaction, the bank would contact you, not the group responsible for managing the backbone of electronic payment systems.  Did ‘Trudy’ think the fear of lost funds would make readers forget to stop and think before clicking?

They really should give up.  Fewer people are falling victim to their scams by the day.  Remember to share the spam and scams – the more we all know, the less they can hurt us and the sooner they’ll go away.


IRS Notification Scam

It’s July and my taxes were filed and accepted months ago.   Apparently scammers don’t know that and think I’ll fall for this email sent to me today (full text):

From – “IRS” <>

To – (Major tip off that the message is spam.  That’s not me.)

Subject – IRS notification

Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Source

Important information about your tax return

We are unable to process your tax return

We recived your tax return. However, we are unable to process the return as field.Our records indicate that the person identifiedas the primary taxpayer or spouse on the tax return did not provided all the required documents shown on the tax form. Our records are based on information received from the Social Security Administration.

Based on this information, the tax account for the individual has been locked

What you need to doPrint out the attached notification and list of missing documents, fill it in, add the documents and send the following information to the adress shown in the attached notification.

List of required documents:

1. A copy of this letter

2. Notification letter

3. A photocopy of valid U.S. Federal or State Government issued identification.

Keep this notice for your records. If you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


I’m supposed to download a virus-infected document because the crook mentioned the scary IRS.  Not happening here.

Keep an eye out for this one and forward it to

Scammers apparently don’t take vacations

The kids may be out of school for the summer, but scammers seem to be hitting their stride.  In the past week alone I’ve received multiple emails addressed to beneficiary or offering me a job that does not exist.  The scammers are not just online and people are falling for them.   I hate that I have to share this, but locally a few people have been scammed by a version if this.  At least two people have fallen for the ‘I found a bag of money and will split it with you if you give me money in good faith’ routine.  There is no such thing as a
good faith deposit to collect found money.  If you find some and turn it in, there may be a reward for you.  That’s it.  Please don’t clear out your bank account for the chance to collect half or more of a recovered pile of cash.  All you’ll be doing is giving your cash to a crook.

And now on to the scam emails.  I’m just going to let these messages speak for themselves, without the links or spelling and grammar corrections.

Subject – RE: Career Finders

Hi, I was at work and ended up hunting on the paper’s hometown career testimonials last friday and then learned about this online based career where immigrants continue to earn up to $2000 a /wk+ and we didn’t believe some of it at first yet still i really had to do it myself and Im glad I did because I somehow made $369.73 by my 2nd day trying. its surprisingly not hard I’ve already gotten paid once straight into my bank account! it’s definently the most amazing oppurtunity thats happend to us in years.

Here is the site.. TMZ Fact Checks 2011’s Hottest Internet Based Jobs ka0
We think pretty much everyone that has access to a computer should try to attempt the work so thats why Im informing all our new friends and family. Id like you to signup and earn some money your self, also share this mail with every body you know that needs extra cash so we can all get out of this economic nightmare…

Note:  Warren Graver ( sent the same message with slightly different wording.  
From: Rev. Roy Chester (
Subject – INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF)..+234-808 266 7183 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +234-808 266 7183      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Attn: Beneficiary,

This is to intimate you of a very important information which will be of a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties you have been experiencing in getting your long over due payment due to excessive demand for money from you by both corrupt Bank officials and Courier Companies after which your fund remain unpaid to you.

I am Rev. Roy Chester a highly placed official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).It may interest you to know that reports have reached our office by so many correspondences on the uneasy way which people like you are treated by Various Banks and Courier Companies Diplomat(s) across Europe to Africa and Asia London UK, and we have decided to put a STOP to that and that is why I was appointed to handle your transaction here in Nigeria.

All Governmental and Non-Governmental prostates, NGO’s, Finance Companies, Banks, Security Companies and Diplomat(s) which have been in contact with you of late have been instructed to back up from your transaction and you have been advised NOT to respond to them anymore since the IMF is
now directly in charge of your payment. Your fund will be transferred to you directly from our source with immediate effect and we shall give you further details on how your fund will be released. You can as well call me as soon as you send the e-mail so that you will be given an immediate response

I hope this is clear. Any action contrary to this instruction is at your own risk. Respond to this e-mail on (

Rev. Roy Chester
+234-808 266 7183 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +234-808 266 7183      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Note:  Similar messages arrived from Mrs. Farida Waziri (, ZENITH INTERNATIONAL BANK PLC (, and

This is a different version of the standard Nigerian scam:

From: sarah lindsey (
Subject – FYI: Read and contact Mr. Craig.

Good day,

I am Dr. Sarah Lindsey, I am a US citizen, 48 years Old.  I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $20,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail. So I decided to travel over to Nigeria with all my compensation documents, and I was directed to meet Mr. Michael Craig, who is a member of COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake. He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment.

Right now  I have received my compensation funds of $1,500,000.00 Moreover, Mr. Michael Craig, showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email address, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with
those people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you.

I will advise you to contact Mr. Michael Craig directly through the below information.

Name: Mr. Michael Craig
Phone:  +234-708-508-8880 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +234-708-508-8880      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing. The only money I paid after I met Mr. Michael Craig was just $420 for the paper works, take note of that.

Thank You and Be Blessed.

Dr. Sara F. Lindsey, MD
Childrens Hospital Outpatnt Ctr
14 Richland Medical Parks Drive Suite 400
Columbia, SC 29203

Note:  You would think the scammer would have at least tired to match the originating email to the reply email.

Unfortunately, there will be more scams to share because scammers don’t stop.  We have to stop them.  Don’t respond to their emails;  just share with others so we can shut them down. bait and switch

If the name seems familiar, it is. is just the newer name that Careercenter is using.  I mentioned their bait-and-switch tactics last August,  and, as usual, they responded with another name change.

I first ran across these people years ago when they used Legit Jobs At Home as their company name.  They email targets with job leads, then require a paid membership in order to apply.  Whether you do or don’t apply, they continue to spam you with similar emails.

Here’s the latest one I’ve received –

Help Desk Agents Job
Agents typically will be responsible for providing exceptional customer service for a variety of customer issues that pertain to products and services from our catalog.
In addition to other duties, agents will be responsible for the following:
• Identify and handle customer inquiries
• Follow customer service policies
• Perform customer retention procedures
• Resolve customer issues and complaints
• Educate customers on products and services
Hours of Operation
• Candidates must be able to work a flexible shift
• Available to work at least one weekend day each week
• Available to work during the holiday season
Pay Rate
• Starting at $13.00/hour

Matt Mason/ hr


It sounds like a great lead, and it is.  Company practices are the issue.  Why not come out and offer their services?  Why the trickery?  And why use an addy?  If the company was on the up-and-up, none of that would be necessary.  Unethical practices like these make it more difficult for people to view telecommuters in a positive light.

Beware of these people!

Another Money Transfer Assistant Position

Niadeline Lewis (I doubt that’s her real name) has a position for me.  Supposedly she found me through Career Builder and thinks I’m the right one for the job.  Silly, silly scammer.

Here’s a summary of the red flags:
1) The position title changes within the message.  You would think the scammers would get this right by now.

2) The salary is $2,000 a month plus 5% of each payment processed for 2-3 hours of work and education and status do not matter. .

3) Job responsibilities include wiring money to them and having a checking account.

4) Most contact will be via email with occasional phone calls.  This wouldn’t be that much of a big deal except for the fact that this “company” is asking you to hand over your bank account information.

5) Direct quote: “We do not ask any personal information and we run business according to laws of the United States of America.”  Yeah, right as they ask for your banking information.

Ah, they make me giggle.  I’ve forwarded the scam to Career Builder and have included and on my list of addys to ignore.

No matter how tight things get, please do not fall for this.  They will get their money while you are left with the overdraft fees and possible legal ramifications.

Another Scammer – Lion Collection

These crooks don’t give much detail about the position in the initial email because they want you to fall for it.

$2,000-$4,000 a month part time?  Yeah, that’s legit.

Here are the email addresses and names used:

  • Arlene McCollough <>