The "Mrs. Winona Metz" Advance Fee Scams Being Sent by Online Scammers

The fake "Mrs. Winona Metz" email below is a scam. Recipients are asked to delete it and should not follow the instructions in it. The fake email is being sent by scammers who are impersonating the real person and who are attempting to trick their potential victims into sending them money or personal information. 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.

The Mrs. Winona Metz Advance Fee Scams Being Sent by Online Scammers

A "Mrs. Winona Metz" Advance-Fee Scam

From: Winona Metz <>

Sent: Monday, May 27, 2019 12:23:00 PM

Subject: Re: RTT Claims


I believe you receive our email notification regarding the approval of of $2 Million USD from Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO.

I’m Mrs. Winona Metz From the Information Department of Jeff Bezos the Amazon's CEO on special matters. Your Email address was automatically selected by the use of Digital Marketing | Lead Generation with B2B Ads |‎ and and you eventually became the approved winner. To our knowledge you might feel skeptical about this but it's a clear fact this donation belongs to your email. We do believe you became a winner by receiving or purchasing merchandise from as an active member of our services. A check will be issued out immediately to you once you provide the necessary information requested to confirm approval of your email address that won this donation.

Without wasting much time i will personally advise you act with confirm instructions i provide you to be able to receive this Donation amount.

I appreciate your cooperation, so i commend you send the following as soon as possible.

(1)Your Full Name

(2)Your Contact Address

(3)Your Tel



With the above details, the certified bank draft and documents will be updated to carry your information before dispatch of your prize.

So i advise provide complete and accurate information.Congratulation from the Staffs & Members of Amazon World Wide.


Mrs. Winona Metz

Information Department.


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August 10, 2019 at 8:49 PM by
The "Mrs. Winona Metz" Advance Fee Scams Being Sent by Online Scammers
an anonymous user from: Freetown, Western Area, Sierra Leone

Here is another scam:

"Special Greetings,

I’m Mr. Jeffrey Shaw the special secretary to Mr. Jeff Bezos on International Affair Matters. Mr. Jeff Bezos has made an e-mail random donation to lucky individuals around the globe. If you get this mail, then your email your@email.address was selected by Online Digital Marketing | Lead Generation with B2B Ads by the help of and Your email has been approved winner under your continent. The total sum of $2 Million USD has been of voluntarily donate to. To verify & receive your donation please provide in detail the following.

(1) Full Name

(2) Complete Address

(3) Direct Mobile

(4) Country of Resident

THIS IS YOUR DONATION CODE: [SEQ0180] Hope to make you and your family happy.


Mr. Jeffrey Shaw



June 20, 2019 at 10:29 AM by
The "Mrs. Winona Metz" Advance Fee Scams Being Sent by Online Scammers

"From: Klingensmith, Carmen <>

Sent: Thursday, June 20, 2019 12:36 AM


Subject: hello


I’m Winona Metz the administrative secretary of Mr. Jeff Bezos the Amazon's CEO on special matters, my boss Jeff Bezos has made a random donation to 3 Lucky individuals around the globe, tagged as giving back to the world for their constant service to Amazon. If you get this New Mail then your email your@email.address was selected after a Digital Marketing | Lead Generation with B2B Ads | and picked your email as the donation winner under your continent. His instructions states he voluntarily donate the sum of $2 Million USD to you as one of the selected 3.

To claim your donation, please provide the following details below;

(1) Full Name:

(2) Complete Address:

(3) Direct Mobile:

(4) Country of Resident


Hope to make you and your family happy as we walk into the 2nd Quarter of the year 2019.


Mrs. Winona Metz


Here is another scam.


June 15, 2019 at 9:53 PM by
The "Mrs. Winona Metz" Advance Fee Scams Being Sent by Online Scammers
an anonymous user from: Seattle, Washington, United States

I received something like this, but the spelling and grammar was pretty bad and really caught my attention, on a letter that claimed to be an official certificate and was legal tender to be drawn only with a certified draft from Hang Seng Bank...and then there is the seal of the home depot of the foreigner's branch of the West Bengal bank! It seems like completely ridiculous scam...put on by people who cannot spell, speak or write in English. However, I'd hate to be wrong and miss out on moolah!


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