Princess Diana Spam Scam

Princess Diana

Evidently a spam email message has started to circulate telling people they’ve been randomly selected to receive millions of pounds from Princess Diana’s Memorial Foundation.

Ummm… right.

Here’s the content of the email:

SUBJECT: You are a Beneficiary of the Diana Memorial Foundation Grant

ATTENTION: Grant Beneficiary

This is to bring to your attention that your email has been randomly selected to receive £2, 598,000.00 (Two Million and Five Hundred Ninety Eight Thousand Great Britain Pounds) and for further instructions on how you are to put claims to your grant, you are to FORWARD a copy of this notice to our International Grants Officer as well as give him a call via contact details below:

Blah, blah, blah…

Okay, it didn’t say “Blah, blah, blah…” but it might as well have.

This is a simple “West African advanced fee” a.k.a. “419” scam. You reply. They say you need to send money in order to get the millions of pounds, dollars, francs, liras or whatever. You send some money, maybe your bank account number, maybe your SSN. They take your money and ask for more. Maybe they steal your identity. Maybe they sell your information to someone else.

It’s all described in detail here.

Just use your head.

Last time I checked memorial foundations exist to collect money – not give it away to random people via email.

Author: Dave Nielsen

I started using computers in 1978 on the Apple II and was first online (using my “high-speed” 1200 baud modem) in 1989. I’ve managed web sites for several Fortune 500 companies and for internet start-ups. Working for one of those start-ups is what brought me into the world of credit. I was part of the the executive team that ran QSpace, the first company to offer credit reports over the internet.

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  1. was just checkin it out, when i thought, dam i’m must be the luckiest person in the world, i win, or am given millions of dollars a day, but nobody can be that lucky, i get an e-mail, that i won the UK lottery, at lease 5 times a day, with different names ta contact, they need ta get their story straight, if they ever expect ta scam Me, lol

  2. just received this one today. and to publicly display these scams because I cannot believe people actually fall for them, including the “I have a puppy in Nigeria” scam, I’ve been posting each and every scam received onto my message board. the thread is about 7 pages now and notice the start date of the thread (first message) and how many messages have been received just since starting the thread alone. I think I’m now the richest woman in the universe and other universes, just in case :o)

  3. Attention: Tephen Kinson Kutai

    The address you copy to me has nothing to do with the Grant Award programme, the Country Hall office of the Foundation is in charge of the Physically chanlenged people while my own office is strcitly in charge of the Grant Award programme, so you contact the address you gave in your last mail is a mistake on your side because you will not get any usefull information from them as they do not have anything to do with the Grant Award programme.

    Following the clarification above, be informed that we have received your filled grantdata onlineform and be informed that we are presently processing your cheque for the grant award, in view of this we would be very delighted to have you go over to our office zoned to your region and as such we have booked an official appointment for you to go over to our officein your region. You are due to arrive here in person on the 7th April, 2008 to make the payment of our administrative transfer charges of £ 1, 898.00 (One Thousand Eigth Hundred and Ninety Eight Great Britain Pounds Only). Upon which we shall process and transfer your grant award to you.

    Be informed that if this appointment is not convenient for you then you will be required to make the payment of the above mentioned charges from your country to our account department via Western Union International Money Transfer or via bank to bank transfer to our accrediated account agent zoned to your region. Kindly inform us of your decision so that we can proceed accordingly.

    I await your prompt response in respect to this later today.

    Sincerely,
    Mr. James McArthur,
    INTERNATIONAL GRANTS OFFICER,
    GRANT AWARD DEPARTMENT,
    THE DIANA MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
    FOUNDATION BUILDING,
    214 GREAT QUEEN STREET,
    LONDON, WC2B 5DF
    UNITED KINGDOM.
    Tel: +44 704 573 6050
    Fax: +44 871 263 9807.

  4. This is another scam:

    Subject: Dear Beloved In The Lord
    From: “Mrs Naomi Khalida Oraya”
    Date: Mon, March 3, 2008 20:12
    To: faithol@hotmail.fr
    Priority: Normal
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    From Mrs Naomi Khalida Oraya,

    Dear Beloved In The Lord,

    I am the above named person from Philippine. I am married to Mr. Rodolfo Oraya who
    worked with Philippine embassy in Kuwait for nine years before we left to Philippine
    where he was re-appointed as a navy officer before his untimely death in the year
    2005.

    We were married for eleven years without a child. He died in his home country
    Philippine after a brief illness that lasted for only four days Before his death we
    were both born again Christian. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a
    child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband
    was alive he deposited the sum of $7.3Musd (Seven Million Three Hundred Thousand
    U.S. Dollars) in cash concealed in a trunk box and deposits it with a Security
    Company in Abidjan Cote d ivoire (West Africa) which he declare and register it as
    family valuables.

    Recently, my Doctor told me that i have serious sickness which is cancer problem.
    The one that disturbs me most is the high blood pressure sickness. Having known
    my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church or individual that will
    utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a church or
    individual that will use this fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of
    God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to
    understand that Blessed is the hand that giveth I took this decision because I do
    not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not
    Christians and I do not want my husband’s efforts to be used by unbelievers. This is
    why I am taking this decision to contact you.

    I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to
    be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my case
    and I shall hold my peace. I do not need any telephone communication for security
    purpose until this mission is accomplished.

    With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply with full
    assurance of your assistance, I shall give you the legal proof of this matter and
    contact of the security company in Abidjan where he deposited the trunk box. I will
    also issue you an authority letter that will prove you the present and legal
    beneficiary of this trunk box (fund). I want you and the church to always pray for
    me because the lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy
    Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in Spirit and Truth.

    Hope to receive your reply.

    Remain blessed in the Lord.
    Yours in Christ,
    Mrs Naomi Khalida Oraya

  5. This is another scam:

    Subject: Dear Beloved In The Lord Steve
    From: “Naomi Khalida Oraya”
    Date: Mon, March 10, 2008 06:22
    To: stev@catholic.org
    Priority: Normal
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    Dear beloved in the Lord,

    Good day to you in Jesus Name, amen. Please beloved, i have been expecting to recieve your urgent response with the information i asked from you to enable me draft up the authority letter that will enable you talk with the security company for the delivery of the box to you.

    Please may it please you to reply urgently.

    Remain blessed in the Lord.
    Yours in Christ,
    Mrs Naomi Khalida Oraya

    Subject: Dear beloved in the Lord Steve
    From: “Naomi Khalida Oraya”
    Date: Mon, March 31, 2008 03:10
    To: stev@catholic.org
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    Dear beloved in the Lord Steve,

    May all adoration be unto the lord. I am very glad to receive your mail today though i have waited so long for it but in every circumstance, we must give thanks to God because No circumstance is too great for him…for he is the GREAT I AM THAT I AM.

    Thank you for your prayers and may the Lord reward you aboundantly. dear beloved, as per your question, i do hope you still have in memory what i have asked you in my first letter to you if not it surprises me now that you are asking me what is in the box which means that you less considered what i have told you and what i have asked your help to do for the glory and expansion of the good news which is God.

    Please may it not offend you but i will rather refer you back to my first letter to you so that you can refresh your memory about me and give me what i have requested so that i will be able to give you the whole information and contacts.

    May the Angel of God guide and lead you in your daily endevours to work for the edification of Gods temple. Galatians 6:10 Therefore as we have opportunity ,Let us do good to all especailly of those who are of the household of faith.
    Psalms 41: 1-3 “Happy are those who are concern for the poor; the Lord will help them when they are in trouble. The Lord will protect them and preserve their lives; He will make them happy in the land; He will not abandon them to the power of their enemies. The lord will help them when they are sick and will restore them to health.”

    Your sister in the Lord
    Naomi K Oraya

    Subject: Dear Beloved In The Lord
    From: “Mrs Naomi Khalida Oraya”
    Date: Mon, March 3, 2008 20:12
    To: faithol@hotmail.fr
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    From Mrs Naomi Khalida Oraya,

    Dear Beloved In The Lord,

    I am the above named person from Philippine. I am married to Mr. Rodolfo Oraya who
    worked with Philippine embassy in Kuwait for nine years before we left to Philippine
    where he was re-appointed as a navy officer before his untimely death in the year
    2005.

    We were married for eleven years without a child. He died in his home country
    Philippine after a brief illness that lasted for only four days Before his death we
    were both born again Christian. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a
    child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband
    was alive he deposited the sum of $7.3Musd (Seven Million Three Hundred Thousand
    U.S. Dollars) in cash concealed in a trunk box and deposits it with a Security
    Company in Abidjan Cote d ivoire (West Africa) which he declare and register it as
    family valuables.

    Recently, my Doctor told me that i have serious sickness which is cancer problem.
    The one that disturbs me most is the high blood pressure sickness. Having known
    my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church or individual that will
    utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a church or
    individual that will use this fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of
    God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to
    understand that Blessed is the hand that giveth I took this decision because I do
    not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not
    Christians and I do not want my husband’s efforts to be used by unbelievers. This is
    why I am taking this decision to contact you.

    I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to
    be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my case
    and I shall hold my peace. I do not need any telephone communication for security
    purpose until this mission is accomplished.

    With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply with full
    assurance of your assistance, I shall give you the legal proof of this matter and
    contact of the security company in Abidjan where he deposited the trunk box. I will
    also issue you an authority letter that will prove you the present and legal
    beneficiary of this trunk box (fund). I want you and the church to always pray for
    me because the lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy
    Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in Spirit and Truth.

    Hope to receive your reply.

    Remain blessed in the Lord.
    Yours in Christ,
    Mrs Naomi Khalida Oraya

  6. Naomi K O.raya is the same @ Mrs Liana Roberts @ Pamela Dube.

    Subject: Y our Assuance Needed From Mrs. Liana Robert
    From: “Pamela Dube”
    Date: Sun, March 30, 2008 13:27
    To: stev@catholic.org
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    My Dear Steve Kutai.

    Please note that I am donating this fund to you with all faith in my heart to accomplish the desire of my late husband in furthering humanitarian work in your country. Like I said before, I strongly believe that it is God who directed my steps to you and I have made up my mind to donate this money to you to utilize it in humanitarian work as stipulated in my messages.

    Please I have putting all my trust and confidence in you knowing fully that you will never betray the trust and confidence that I have in your personality to appropriate this transaction accordingly even though I did not skip through my surgery operation which is scheduled next week Friday.

    Regarding my legacy/ donation, by the help of the medical doctor here in the hospital where I am on admission (Dr. Fouad Chadli ) He will help me to visit the court of law here on Monday to submit your personal information’s to Cote d’Ivoire Ministry of Justice for procurement of a statutory declaration affidavit in your name as my approved beneficiary and assigned representative.

    Please I would like you to tell me more about yourself and to have a picture of yourself if you have any, also I will be forwarding a copy of the statutory declaration affidavit to you as soon as it is out from the court to enable you to initiate contact with the security company on my behalf for the release and transfer of the trunk box containing the fund to you in your country as my approved beneficiary .

    Please I will want to clarify you as follows to avoid any mistake when you
    shall contact the Security Company:

    My late husband concealed the fund in (ONE TRUNK BOX) and deposited it in
    a Security & Trust Company as a consignment and the content was registered
    as family valuables for security reasons since there is political crisis in (Bouake – Cote d’Ivoire) the Northern part of Cote d’Ivoire where we resides.

    This crisis here warranted the rebels to lute and destroy all the financial institutions and banks here in Bouaké, but as God may have it, my late husband got information on time before the crisis and withdraw the funds from the bank and lodged it into the security & trust company in Abidjan the economic capital city of Cote d’Ivoire for safe keeping.

    By this way the security & trust company (Mega Security & Finance Vault
    Company Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire) where the trunk box was deposited does not know the true content of the trunk box in their security custody as CASH.
    This is very imperative since this country’s ongoing crisis and political unrest.

    Please I will urge you to follow strictly every instruction from the security company management and please comply with their regulations, to enable them release/ transfer the consignment to you in your country expeditiously without further confrontations.

    I shall instruct the Doctor to forward to you the document of Deposit that the Company entered with my late husband during the transaction immediately the lawyer come up with the Affidavit of Oath from the court of law tommorow that we empower you communicate with the company for the delivery of the trunk box to you in your country.

    N/B: This is the address of the hospital that i am inn with contact information of the Doctor that is taking care of me here in the hospital, please feel free to call or write him anytime to know how i am doing if you dont hear from me soon.

    Hospital C.H.U de Treichville,
    01 BP V3H ABIDJAN 01 Côte d’Ivoire.
    Name:Dr. Fouad Chadli
    Tell (+225) 04 83 85 72.
    Email:chutreichville@voila.fr

    Please let me hard from you as soon as you receive this message.

  7. >
    > Content preview: From: Stella Sigcau, Accra-Ghana.
    > eMAIL: stelasigcau@pochta.com

    > Â Greetings, Â My name is Stella Sigcau, the elder daughter of Mr. Zac
    > Sigcau of Zimbabwe. I know this might be a surprise to you about where
    > I got your contact address. I wish to inform you that I got your esteem
    > contact and data out of desperate search for a business minded
    > personality in your country, who will honestly assist my younger brother > and I to realize our inherited funds into his/her account and as well as
    > invest it into a lucrative business.

    > Â During the recent war against the farmers in Zimbabwe from the
    > supporters
    > of our President, Robert Mugabe to claim all the white-owned farms to
    > his
    > party members and his followers, he ordered all the white farmers to
    > surrender
    > all their farms to his party members and his followers. My father being
    > one
    > of the few rich and successful black farmers in our country was also
    > victimized
    > because of his opposition to Mugabe’s policies. And because he did not
    > support
    > Mugabe’s ideas, Mugabe’s supporters invaded my father’s farm and
    > burnt
    > everything
    > in the farm, killed my father and made away with a lot of items in my
    > father’s
    > farm. This action was taken because my late father felt the growing
    > tension
    > on the farm issue, but I guess he never anticipated the tragedy that
    > brought
    > their brutal and sudden death. Â However with the benefit of
    > hindsight,
    > owing
    > to the looming but deteriorating crisis in my country, Zimbabwe, my
    > father,
    > before his unfortunate death he deposited with one of the Security
    > Company
    > in Accra Ghana the sum of [$15 million US dollars] in one sealed trunk
    > box
    > the second box contains Gold and Diamond, he told the company that >they
    > contain
    > the works of art. This he did in order to conceal the money from being
    > detected.
    > Â After the death of my father, my brother and I escaped to the
    > Republic
    > of Ghana where he had deposited the money, Gold and Diamond in the
    > Security
    > Company as a family valuable property. And we were permitted to reside
    > here
    > as Political Refugees. So because of our present and […]
    >
    > Content analysis details: (4.1 points, 4.0 required)
    >
    > pts rule name description
    > —- ———————-
    > ————————————————–
    > 2.1 SUBJ_ALL_CAPS Subject is all capitals
    > 1.3 NA_DOLLARS BODY: Talks about a million North American
    > dollars
    > -2.6 BAYES_00 BODY: Bayesian spam probability is 0 to 1%
    > [score: 0.0000]
    > 0.0 HTML_MESSAGE BODY: HTML included in message
    > 1.2 ADVANCE_FEE_2 Appears to be advance fee fraud (Nigerian 419)
    > 1.4 ADVANCE_FEE_3 Appears to be advance fee fraud (Nigerian 419)
    > 0.6 ADVANCE_FEE_4 Appears to be advance fee fraud (Nigerian 419)
    >
    > The original message was not completely plain text, and may be unsafe to
    > open with some email clients; in particular, it may contain a virus,
    > or confirm that your address can receive spam. If you wish to view
    > it, it may be safer to save it to a file and open it with an editor.
    >
    >

  8. Subject: FROM DR. FOUAD FOR MRS ROBERT. CONTACT THE SECURITY COMPANY IMMEDIATELY.
    From: chutreichville@voila.fr
    Date: Mon, March 31, 2008 04:25
    To: stev@catholic.org
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    HELLO STEVE KUTAI,

    THE ATTACHED FILE IS THE SAID DOCUMENT OF DEPOSIT WHICH THE SECURITY COMPANY ISSUED TO MRS LIANA PAMELA’S HUSBAND DURING THE TRANSACTION.

    AND SHE ADVICED THAT YOU SHOULD HANDLE THESE DOCUMENTS CAREFULLY BECAUSE THEY ARE HIGHLY CLASSIFIED DOCUMENT, THE TOP SECRET OF THE TRANSACTION.

    SHE SAID YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE SECURITY COMPANY AS HER FAMILY FRIEND AND ASK THEM THEIR REQUIRMENTS TO RETREIVE THE BOX AND THEIR MODE OF TRANSFER TO YOUR PROVIDED ADDRESS.

    THE FOLLOWING’S IS THE CONTACT OF THE SECURITY COMPANY.

    MEGA SECURITY AND FINANCE VAULT COTE D’IVOIRE
    CONTACT PERSONAL // MR.JOHNSON GRAHAM
    TEL/ 00225 02 26 25 00

    AX/ 00225 21-25-23-72
    EMAIL/ msfv.ci@deliveryman.com

    The lawyer just brought the Affidavit of Facts and Claim in your name as the beneficiary of the deposited will of Elinor Jacob from the Ministry of justice here in Cote d’ ivoire as the new beneficiary of the said deposit with them ,

    A copy of the affidavit is for your view and a copy has been sent to the security company

    BEST REGARDS

    DOCTOR FOUAD CHADLI .

    MOBILE ; +225 04 83 85 72

    Note: She said In case of any question,that you should remember that the Box was deposited by her Late husband MR. J. ROBERT from Repblic of Guinea Bissau.

    And she warned that you should not review to the Security Company that the content of the box is money, that her late husband didn’t review the contents in the box to be cash for security purpose that the box was deposited as family valuable.

    Meanwhile,I have attached her present health picture for your view .

    Please you should keep me posted or call me immediately you receive this files, so that i will sent to you the Agreement document and her late husband’s (part legacy WILL) which she instructed me forward to you,

    Please give me feed back when you receive these file and contact the safekeeping house for comfirmation.

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