Advance Fee Scams Being Sent by Online Scammers

Online users, beware of advance-fee emails, where the scammers who are sending the fake emails claim you can make thousands or millions of dollars. An advance-fee scam is a form of fraud and one of the most common types of confidence trick. The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster requires in order to obtain the large sum.

Advance Fee Scams Being Sent by Online Scammers

A Sample of an Advance-fee Scam

From: S.F <>

Sent: Monday, March 11, 2019 12:01 PM



My name is Nina fatima, I am contacting you because am planning to invest some amount of money in your country. I need some guidelines from you on how I can make a good and profitable investment in your country since my country is been conflicted with wars and bombings. I will give you 20% of the total money for your assistance as my partner and advise. Get back to me via email FOR MORE DETAILS:

God bless you.



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July 30, 2020 at 7:57 PM by
Advance Fee Scams Being Sent by Online Scammers
an anonymous user from: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Here is another scam:

”My dear I'm very happy now to open up more about me and more about this money to you because I feel very relax now after reading your last mail showing your interest to help me without any bad intention, God Almighty will surely bless you for me and I promise to be loyal and allow you to direct me after this transfer. Things is very difficult for me here in the Refugee camp, there is no good health care and there is no good medical treatment here and people die like animals here because of lack of medical care, so I need you to do everything possible to finish up with this transaction with my late father, Bank to enable you bring me over to your country for a new life with you.

I'm using the Reverend father computer to check your mails, although I've explain my life situation to him but I never tell him about this transaction because I keep it secret until we secure the money in your account. Before I will cheek my mail in the office of the Reverend priest here I have to walk for like 15 Minutes from where I'm living at the female hostel to the office of the Reverend Pastor. I want you to assure me that my personality protection is guaranteed within and at the conclusion of this transaction. It is compulsory that I have to do this business with a foreigner as it is stated in my late father's will.

I wish to state my sincerity and complete trust in you and hope that you'll not disappoint or try to double cross me. Upon re-confirmation of your next email with your full support of assisting me, I shall instantly forward to you the contact of the Bank which you've to contact them as my next of kin of this project. I want you to send to me the requirement as listed below to help me use them to introduce you as my business partner and also my late father, as business associate whom I'll like the inherited money released to your account.

These are the items you've to send to me immediately:

1. Your name ...

2. Residential Address ...

3. Private Phone Number,...

4. International Passport,...

5. Your photo,...

6. Name of Your Country,...

7. Your business or company name (if any) ...

I need the above information's from you, so that I can forward it to the Bank to introduce you to them as my next of kin before you can contact them. My Dear, the most important thing I'll like you to do for me is to keep this transaction secret for security reason until when this money is released to your account. Promise me you'll not discuss this matter with anyone, it will between you and God. People are very bad they may try to double cross you if you let anyone know about this money.

Immediately I received your information, I'll instantly forward to you the contact of my late father, Bank and their location address, email and their fax number, phone number and the name of the Bank Director whom you can write to confirm this transaction with them. I'll prepare a drafted mail which you can send to the bank as the appointed beneficiary of the deposited fund $8.500.000 deposited by my late father Mr. Wilson Abumaiga. Remember that I lost my International passport in my country during the time I was escaping from those killers and I'll get a new passport when the transfer is successfully done.

After this money is transfer to your bank account, you'll help me withdraw some money from the account where the money will be deposited, then you'll help me send some money through the Reverend Father account or through western union, in order to get my traveling documents, You'll also send a letter of invitation to me so that they will give me a VISA urgently to travel and join you over.

Dear Love I'm for real and honest, please let us have mutual understanding and let trust, truthfulness, God fearing and trustworthy be our watch worlds. I have to be sincere to you that this transaction is 100 % risk free and you've nothing to doubt or fear off. God will lead us and bring us together soonest. You can call me through the Reverend father's telephone number, his name is Reverend father Geoffrey William.

I await your soonest response. I am sincerely and honest, please forward your details to enable me know you more:

Yours beloved one

Miss. Diane Wilson."


June 6, 2020 at 1:30 AM by
Advance Fee Scams Being Sent by Online Scammers

"From: Mr Wilson Jonathan <>

Date: Fri, Jun 5, 2020, 7:28 PM

Subject: Attention


This is Mr Wilson Jonathan The International Diplomatic Agent I'm writing this message to Notify you about my successful Arrival right now am at the City of Corpus Christi, Tx. 78413 USA with your Consignment Box Package worth 4.5 Million us dollars to your destination Home address and right now i want you to send email to me once you received this message and give me all about your information to avoid wrong delivering such as so that i can delivery your consignment box to you,

Your Name...

Your Address...

Your Telephone Number...

your country and state...

your email address...

TXT OR CALL... 1 410 670 0806


Mr Wilson Jonathan"

Here is another scam.


May 18, 2020 at 6:28 PM by
Advance Fee Scams Being Sent by Online Scammers

"From: Leonardo Ponzcok <>

Date: May 18, 2020 at 3:33:15 PM MST


Subject: My Letter



I am Leonardo Ponzcok the Chief Executive Officer of a renowned law and auditing firm here in Spain. I was contracted to audit the accounting section of some firms in Spain. This audit in line with government policies and account reconciliation became necessary following the current European Economic crisis which Spain happens to be one of the most pretentious countries with the Euro Zone.

During my audits, I discovered several dormant accounts due to inactivity. some of the said account has been d.ormant for over a decade as the initial owner of funds h a d passed on. Against this backdrop, I decided to contact you in order to confirm whether or not you know or are related to the deceased family? This is because from our preliminary findings, your and one of the deceased happen to bear same surname and common heritage.

Lastly, owing to the sensitivity of this situation, I urge you to keep this proposal in utmost confidentiality pending our discussion. I expect your response to enable me send you more informations.

Thanks for your time and expecting your response."

Here is another scam.


February 5, 2020 at 7:03 AM by
Advance Fee Scams Being Sent by Online Scammers


Date: February 5, 2020 at 12:47:41 AM MST

Subject: Dear Beneficially.


Dear Beneficially.

This is about your Inheritance/Entitlement Total of $25 million my name is Wally Shaw I have been working tirelessly to get your transaction processed and now i have gotten the optimistic way out by getting you a financier .I have narrow discussion already with him to sponsor your transfer charges but I want to hear from you and know how serious you are so that I can finalize with the financier to sponsor you.Email me back {}


Wally Shaw


Here is another scam.


December 23, 2019 at 8:44 AM by
Advance Fee Scams Being Sent by Online Scammers

Here is another scam

- Forwarded message -


Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2019 at 6:13 pm

Subject: You can be a millionaire in a week.


You can be a millionaire in a week.

I work for a big bank as commercial manager I discovered that there are many domant accounts that have been in that state for some many years now. I investigated some of these dormant accounts and discovered that their owners died may be without letting their next-of-kin to have knowledge of their wealth or they would have disclose this wealth later before accident occurd.

Some of these funds make some bank managers rich when they discovered that these funds are abadom as a result that no wright person comes to claim them.

There is $48,000,000 of this kind of fund availble hence I am contacting you. I have worked modality to transfer this fund to you for our mutual benefit without risk. This modality will be disclose to you if you are interested to partner with for hitch free riches.

Chamberlyn Oyibo


December 20, 2019 at 4:44 PM by
Advance Fee Scams Being Sent by Online Scammers

"From: Mr. Philip Johnson <>

Sent: Thursday, December 19, 2019 12:34 PM

To: Recipients


Attention My Dear,

Simply contact Diplomat Mrs. Cynthia Morgan with your full delivery address

And your nearest airport to land, on this information below so that

she can deliver the Package worth $3.7 Million Dollars to you; Name: Lady Mrs. Cynthia Morgan.

his contact email address (

Your Full Name

Your House Address

Your Telephone Number

Your Country

Your City

Your S*x/ Age

Your Nearest Airport

I advice you to reconfirm the following information below to her,So

that she can deliver your Box that contained your fund as soon as possible.


Mr. Philip Johnson."

Received this scam.


December 16, 2019 at 2:59 PM by
Advance Fee Scams Being Sent by Online Scammers


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From: Christopher Quinlan QC <>

Sent: 15 December 2019 00:53

Subject: Compliments


My name is Christopher Quinlan QC I am a solicitor at law / investment adviser to your late relative. Your late relative left behind Cash deposit in capital and investment security account along with properties, I will like to discuss with you regarding making this claim since he is related to you going by the lineage, surname and country of origin.

Once I receive your information and endorse same appropriately, I shall provide you with all the privileged information/legal documents relating to the deceased and also will give you guidelines on how to realize this goal without the breach of the law. I would respectfully request that you treat the content of this letter as privileged and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this correspondence. Contact me immediately for more information and to begin the legal process of redeeming your lawful entitlement before the bank is compelled by law to hand over the money to the government.

Please get back to me on my private email for further details.

To facilitate the process of this transaction, urgently forward to me

Your full names,

Telephone and fax numbers,



Marital status,


I will be expecting to hear from you.


Christopher Quinlan QC

Private email


November 8, 2019 at 10:27 PM by
Advance Fee Scams Being Sent by Online Scammers

"From: Rev Father Peter Cox <>

Date: November 3, 2019 at 6:14:40 AM EST


Reply-To: "Rev Father Peter Cox" <>

Remain bless in the Lord

My name is Rev Father Peter Cox I am 77 years old. I have been suffering in the sick bed for the past 7 years. Now I believe that my time has come to join my ancestors in heaven. I got your email address from the Internet, as the spirit of Almighty God directed me to contact you for this charity work. I have $ 25,000,000.00 deposited with the Finance Tax Force Office for security reasons which I want you to claim on my behalf for an important charitable project,

Can you honestly do this for me?

Remain bless in the Lord.

Rev Father Peter Cox"

Here is another scam.


November 1, 2019 at 1:16 PM by
Advance Fee Scams Being Sent by Online Scammers

Here is another scam:

"From: Mrs Amin El-Kara <>

Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2019 4:50 PM

Subject: Your quick response will help us a lot..

I'm Mrs Amin El-Kara, from the New York Express Courier Service. We wish to urgently confirm from you if actually you know one Mrs.Cynthia Edward who claims to be your business associate/partner. Kindly reconfirm this application put in by Mrs. Cynthia Edward - she submitted the under listed Name and Address information supposedly sent by you to receive your Parcel on your behalf.

Account Name: Cynthia Edward

Address: #1230 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

The said Mrs. Cynthia Edward has claimed to this office that you died on a motor accident and have Instructed that all relevant documentation/Information regarding your parcel, be changed to her as the beneficiary of the parcel,I need to confirm from you if it's really true that you are dead as made mention by your Associate.

You should note that, if we do not hear from you in the next 24 hours, we automatically assume that you are actually dead and the information passed to us by Mrs. Cynthia Edward is correct. Hence, you are hereby requested to reply this Email immediately for confirmation.

Your quick response will help us a lot.

Yours, Sincerely,

Mrs Amin El-Kara"


October 9, 2019 at 4:50 PM by
Advance Fee Scams Being Sent by Online Scammers

Here is another scam:

- Forwarded message -

From: Mrs Judith Compola <>

Date: Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 3:51 PM


Attention: My Dear,

I have received the cheque from bank three days a go and kept the cheque with Rev Mark Williams as we discussed. Please mail him immediately to send the cheque to you. I am in Colombia now. I kept USD900.000.00 cashier cheque and will send you the rest of money after my business trip here.I send you so many mails but all bounced back.

So mail Rev Mark Williams with below email for him to send the cheque to you:( Thanks and do let me know when you receive it.

Below is Their Contact

Contact Person: Rev Mark Williams


Call me Phone: 2269 00008 000845

Reconfirm Your Full Information To him Such as;

1. Full Name:

2. Full Address:

3. Occupation:

4. Age:

5. S*x:

6. TelephMaone Number:

7. Country :

8. City:

Hoping to hear from you.

Thanks and God bless you and your family.

Mrs Judith Compola



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Advance Fee Scams Being Sent by Online Scammers