Although the tone of this blog is often lighthearted, these scam emails are real.  They are often sent by organised gangs of scammers, who want nothing better than to get their hands on your money.  They are quite willing to engage you in long, detailed exchanges of emails and/or phone calls until they scam money from you.  They are heartless and ruthless.

It is easy to think that everyone must realise these emails are scam, but every day someone, somewhere falls for one.  That’s why the scammers continue.  From time to time victims and potential victims leave their stories here as comments.

As a warning to others, here are some of the comments that have been left on this blog or stories I have been sent by email.

“por favor me ajude,perdi meu emprego,perdi 60.000 reias em envio para esses caras,diziam ser do banco eu não sei o que eu faço,se possiveil estenda sua mão,tenho filho de 8 meses,estou desesperado,espero teu retorno” – this victim lives in Brazil and I put this through an online translator “Please will help me,lost my job,lost 60,000 reias in sending for these expensive,said it would be of the bank I do not know what I,if possiveil extend his hand,I son of 8 months, I am desperate,hope thy return”

Sadly there is nothing I can do to help this victim.  The victim sent me some scanned documents which the scammer used and I’ve reproduced one of them below. (18 Dec 2010)

“I have just been scammed by these people calling themselves Microsoft windows support. Exactly the same as above unfortunately I fell for it. They said there was an admin fee of £4.99 so I puy my visa card no in but as I could not see the amount I said I will not go any further until I see £4.99 they then said it was on the next page I said no I will cancel before I could do anything they authorised the payment as they were still in my computer. I immediately rang the bank only to be told they had put through an Alertpay authorisation for £199.99 I asked the bank what I could do they said nothing as I cannot prove anything. I emailed but so far have heard nothing” (left as a comment 17/11/10)

“I have been a victum  of a moneygram scam fell hook line and sinker. Im ashamed I fell for it. Money grams from Anchorage Alaska ( Speedway Moneygrams drawn on Weels Fargo Bank.I went to thr Unitied Nations Scam place and filed a report and now they tell me they want to pay me 1.5 million for this I may have been scammed once but not twice. So please make people aware of this scam. Millions of people will get hurt I for one do not know what to do. I was so stupid. Now I have put my marriage on the line.” (emailed to me 16/02/10)

“I have ecived a lot of phone calls from DR. WILFRED ANDERSON, saying that I won 2500000GBP from Tagged annual draw. After sending the courier money he came back and told me the money cannot be sent because I need a certificate from the UN money laudering and drug abuse. So after getting my money for 250GBP. i THINK YOU ALL SHOULD KNOW ALL THIS BEFORE WE SEND OUT MONEY FIRST. SO I RELIASED THAT I BEEN HAD AND SCAMMED.” (comment left on 8 /2 /10)

thanks for your response,no although im 40 years old but still i havent get engaged or married,about 3 years ago i was going to be engaged but that was the time when that scammer was working on my mind,i belive he knew many things about psycology so there are many people at risk now,during 2 years we exchanged about more than 500 emails,in first step he said i should pay 400 pound for registration so that process be legal,after that he said my funds going to be released but i have to pay 500 pound as a visa fee,then after one month he said everything was going to be right but a british chancelor named greenland janet told i should pay the tax of those funds and sent a form for me (british inland revenue)and required about 1200 pound but at last i payed about 1050 pound and he said i will complete the rest of that,after that he said because of political situation of my country chancelor is not interested in my visa so i have to pay something as a gift to make her kind about my self and then i payed 400 pound but at last he said she is requiring 10000 pound before my coming and w i told him i cant and i will never pay ,he said ok,wait after changing of chancelor maybe i can do somthing for you,in fact at first that was unbelivable for me that he is forging a lot of documents just for taking 400 pound from me but later i found thai it was the pace and technique of scammers specialy when i searched about william wilcox scams in google,i know i cant reach to my funds any more,but at least i want that my information can be used for other people who doesnt want to be scammed!!!!!” (16 sept 09. This victim has sent me some of the scammer’s emails and I have put them on a separate page on this site – A Victim’s Story – so you can see just how the scammers operate)

Please can you advise me on a possible scam.  My sister has recently hooked up with a man she met on a dating site who calls himself Michael Wigins.  He is aparantly in the USA Army serving in Iraq.  He is 47, widowed, has a six year ols daughter living in Canada.  This man is promising my sister the world he wants to marry her he is coming here in a few weeks etc, etc,.  Through this my sister who has some health issues that makes her very vunerable has sold her home in order to make funds.  I have written to this man via email asking releveant questions and he refuses to answer. I have also emailed my sister links on the website with scam stories which I may add are very similar to hers. I am at my wits end please can you offer some advice. (this was emailed to me on 14 Sept 09 – I am hoping that my reader’s sister can be prevented from losing her money)

I advertised i was seeking work in liverpool/manchester UK & i received an email asking if i would like to become a MYSTERY SHOPPER, I replied with my name & address, they then sent me 1000 euro’s in an american express traveller’s cheque & asked me to put it in my bank then to deposit money into the MONEY GRAM as a mystery shopper. I only became aware this was a SCAM when my bank advised me it was cheaper to go to the beureau de change place, so i did when i handed them in they told me these cheques were faudulant. I am now aware this was a scam luckly before it was too late, Im glad my bank didn’t take the cheque’s & advised me to go elsewhere otherwise i could of been scammed. This person is known to me as SCOTT MOSIER. (This person was prevented from becoming a victim because of the actions of his bank and local bureau de change)

I have recently been the victim of scammers. There were at least two and it was the usual stuff, one guy hooks up with me through a dating site, chats for a few weeks and then supposedly goes on a business trip with his young son to Ghana where he is robbed of his wallet, so he has no cards or cash. He does his business deal and names me as a trustee to receive some of the money so that I can send him some to come home as for some reason he can’t access his bank account (which I question on several occasions, also if he goes on business trips abroad regularly why can’t he claim on his insurance). It is at this point that the supposed bank manager takes over and there is tax to pay on the money he is sending me and a fee for this and that with me questioning all the time why can’t they take tax etc out of the money they are supposed to be sending to me. Of course this can’t be done for some reason or the other. I know now that it’s a classic scam. When I said no more money and they realised that I meant it Mr Bank Manager rings and tells me that my “friend” has been taken into hospital with a heart attack and he needs money to pay for his medical treatment. I tell him to contact the British High Commission in Accra who will help. For some reason he’s not very keen to do that, I wonder why. At this point I have already informed the British High Commission about it all anyway, informed the dating site where I first made contact, informed the Bank that they are using as a front, told my bank etc, etc.  What is strange is that I have still had contact with one of them ( the “bank manager”) and really riled him by telling him what  low-life’s him and his friends are as up until two days ago they were still using the same mobile phones! Extraordinary.
I still have the photographs that the first guy sent me and I’m wondering who it is. I suspect that they’ve got them by nefarious means as part  of an identity theft but I would love to post them all over the internet and see what happens.
By the way I’m a 57 year old disabled woman living on benefits, something that they were fully aware of, so I didn’t have much money to begin with and I don’t know how I’m going to pay back the money I borrowed on my credit card.
But as I said to “Mr Bank Manager” at least I’ve still got my self-respect and can look in the mirror without feeling shame which seemed to upset him. I think he may be in the wrong profession! (this victim sent me their story by email on 3 Sept 09)

i m winner of texco mobile lottery draw .and i have paid to elite fleet courier all charges but still now i did not got the my parcel dispache oficer mr,gleen carlton pho-+447017742771please inform me via email parcel dispatched on 17-08-09 1 :45gmt for 120 hrs. but still now over the 120 hrs i did not got my parcel tell me via email thainki you (comment left on 25 Aug 09)  I had to write to the commenter and tell him he had been the victim of a scam.  This is his reply:

PLEASE HELP ME  – I have told him to go to the Police (but I know that they will be unable to help him)

Saya juga dapat email yang sama tapi saya sudah mengirimkan apa yang diminta bagaimana solusi dari anda? memang saya semula ragu! Tapi sudah terlanjur dikirim maaf karena saya orang miskin jadi berharaplah kalau memang benar menang.
I put this through an online Indonesian translator – this is what is says in English “I also could the same email but I have sent what was asked for how the solution from you? Indeed I originally hesitant! But has been already sent sorry because I the poor person so hoped if quite true won. (22 Aug 09.  I used the same online translator to advise the commentor to ignore any further emails.)

I, too get many mails of scams , though I, been victims in past and lost almost 300+ thousands $$$,
But, now I, am careful ?? (comment left on 6 Aug 09)

Nancy Williams from Nigeria and I have been e-mailing for about a week. She wanted me to send her $90.00 dollars for a phone which I did Sat. 08/01/09.She then wanted me to be her beneficiary, her father had passed and was worth alot of money but she had to be married to get her inheritance. Last night 08/03/09 she said she had to have $800.00 dollars sent to her lawyer I then realized this had to be a scam.

I don’t know what else to say. She had me convinced that she was a really true person. I just want everyone to be aware of her so it doesn’t happen to them! (Comment left by a victim on 4 Aug 09)

Dear sir
Thank you so much for your caring and i didn’t really beleive that i was going to have a reply from united nations as i know how you all very busy in very critical problems,and i want to tell you for my very bad luck i was trapped with Niegerian person who took from me six thousands dollars and he used to send to me documents from the bank that every step is legal inorder to conveince meto send more money for the transaction and i knew that everything is over when he asked me several times to send money and i told him that iam finished from that time when i called him back a friend of him told me that he is prisoned.His full name is Alhaji Muhammad Badamasi Babangida ,his phone no 00234803383953 but ofcourse he will not answer but his friend will,i want to execuse you that iam going to forward you the email that i received from the person that said that he from the united nations to resolve the problems to the people who had spam.He called himself Mr Sam Daws  (May 2009 – this victim emailed to ask if a scam he’d received was real.  I advised him to delete the email as it was a scam.  The paragraph you’ve just read was his reply) has changed his email be aware he is a total scam artist he scammed. Do not open any emails from this freak he will send you a check for $3500 and ask you to go to the nearest Western Union and send him back $3200. i found this out the hard way. (Comment left 18 May 09 on a post about scam mystery shopping assignments)

I have received at least 50 scam phishing things from Nigeria. They have all become the same with a few twists. I have a check in my possession for $4250. It was sent by postal mail which is strange. The FBI nor the local authorities want to investigate the E=mails I printed leading up to the check. It is on Sun Trust Bank and looks official. I investigated it myself. It is an actual account number and was originally one of those keep 10%. and was sent from Mississippi. My Banker and I checked it out as it said OFFICIAL. Why do authorities not want to investigate even with hard evidence? Nigeria has become a country where scamming is actually a profession and children look up to and respect those who do it well. (Left on 29 April 09) (I share the writer’s frustration.  I tried reporting one to my local Police force last year.  It’s a loooooong story.   Cutting it short – I explained to them that I ran this blog and was submitting a particular email as it seemed it might be traceable. I received a phone call from my local Police force – who tried to explain to me what a blog is and tried to tell me that as anyone could post on a blog I had no idea where the email came from.  Try as I might I couldn’t get the person to understand that this is my blog, I had personally received the email in question and I had personally posted it to this blog.  I gave up in the end!)

“I have the same problem! I applied for this job and then what happens? £1000 is in my bank account! Then I look in the internet and see this and the same letter and name. I contacted the person that sent me the £1000 and told him that he cant take the money out as I wont send the £900 back to him, then what does he said to me? He says that I must sent the money to him or I will get a custodial sentence in jail of 4 years. I insisted with him that he can take the money as I wont touch that money of my bank account then he keeps insisting that I am a thef! I am not not thef! I seen tthis post and i acted upon it and he wont take the money out of my bank account! So what do you guys think I should do”.  I tried to reassure this reader that they would not be sent to jail, but should go to the Police and report the scammer. (19 April 09)

PLEASE HELP ME TEHY AMPTY MY BANK ACCOUNT ,NEED A HELP. (left on 28 Mar 09) I advised the commenter to contact their local Police.

after being sent an e-mail on how i am surposed to have won in a lotto the shock and the horror being told ye you have won but you got to pay us first £650.00 damn how dum do i look i never give money away,, thats like paying for my phone before i get the bill… well all i can say is .. well the shock of how i got took in on this.. i could understand a bill after getting the money but not before so because of this i will now go and investigate the irish lotto to see how this has come about.. plus cant get hold of anyone even after the so called win,, if this was a so called win never pay out before you get the money in the bank. (a comment from January 09)

I  fell for this scam and I feel sick to the stomach for it.They transfer money,as soon as it has been paid to them they recall the payment and there’s nothing you can do about it!!!Police can’t help me,my bank either.I now have to repay the bank £1000 because I was an idiot and believed something that sounded brilliant really was,when actually its a pile of rubbish.Don’t be as dull as me..delete it or report it. (a comment from February 09)

Hi there i have been back and forth with a lady Julie Hughs from Alliance and Leicester Bank out of the UK im not sure if its a scam, weve been emailing each other for over a month for a loan that i was approved for but i have to make a down payment of 700.00 western union im not sure what to do. I get scam mail everyday but this is a lot diffrent then the past (a comment from March 09.  I replied and just hope I answered in time to stop the commenter from falling prey to the scam)

My son was taken by a scam last year and it cost me
over 3000.00 dollars.
I am so sick of this happening to people, I intend to
follow this to the end to try and catch whoever is
doing this. No I won’t give them any information to
use to get money from me but I am surly going to try
to catch them if possible. (comment from mar 14 09)

dr gerrard why icalll you mailbox and mr henry jones whe my legalization wiining certificate nuril really and iam wish you contact me my phone or my email (a comment from mar 09)

guys iam receiived email 22 december 2008 same iam take myrekening bank iam waiting but iam not give 800000ueros 3 month iam waiting because iam want dream rich but is t bulll shit mrs arturo rosii world is crisis global not dreamers for peoples (a comment from Feb 09.  As I am writing this, I realise this was left by the same person that left the comment above)

this person is so cool on his stool that i even had my attorney get involved and he out rite lied to him my attorney asked him for his barister licenses number and when he came back with a number it waqs to a pearson that was retired and did not mach his name (a comment from Feb 09)

hi, I am abhijeet and i received the mail by antonio guzman on 26th jan. 09. and i reply it and i send the scan copy of the mail and ID(PAN Card). Now what did i have to do now plz tell me (comment from Jan 09.  I asked an Indian contact to advise on the correct course of action and replied to this commenter)

She almost got me she wanted me to pay 1681.71 i reserched he name on the net and found this.but now i am scared because i gave them my picture and my address if any one Knows what I should do please email me at (email address removed for privacy) this will be greatly appreiciated thank you
(comment from Jan 09)

Dear Mrs marina

I hope that you are well health, I to read well your lette well on the site in internet andI am ready really to help you of transfer this money has my country but before one needs that I present me to you and speaks with you frankly;

I am Name removed of xxxxxxxx

My age 28

I am no work now

My number phone : +xxx xxxxxxxx

Address; Removed for privacy

thus veiled all my information I am ready to help you frankly but it is necessary that to be the responsibility for all the expenses which can paid on business And I want to tell you a thing which i dont have account number for transfert the fund i dont speak englich good i speak french I am really very serious and dynamic pls sent me your copy passeport in this waiting I await your answer more quickly possible want approved all my greeting and my respect

best regard

Mr. Name Removed (this comment was left on Mar 11.  I haven’t published it as a comment and have emailed the commenter to tell them not to publish their phone number)Edit  – fortunately the commenter heeded my warning and sent me this reply:”thank you very much for this consiel that God always bless you and thank you also deleted my ad thank you very much”