The Perils of Copy & Paste

Some scammers are just plain dumb. “HRH Prince Michael Sheffield” AKA “Qur’aan El Bey” is one example, who probably has an IQ lower than that of a house brick.

This dumbass claims to arrange Financial Instruments, sell gold, oil and diamonds and trade in copper, all while being a member of the British Royal Family.

After finding himself listed on an anti-scam forum, he tried to prove his legitimacy by providing the following copy and paste off the Internet

MY GRAND MOTHER
Samantha Gwendoline Sheffield

She was born into a life of privilege in London on April 18, 1971, the daughter of Sir Reginald Adrian Berkeley Sheffield 8th Baronet, a direct descendent of King Charles II and the owner of 3,000 acres of Lincolnshire farmland, in addition to Sutton Park, at Sutton-in-the-Forest set in 1,000 acres of Yorkshire. Hidden behind imposing walls, lie the 1,000 acres
Buckingham House, the family’s London home built by John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham, now known worldwide as the Queen’s official residence, Buckingham Palace.

Thats right, this dumbass really claims that his grandmother is 45 years old. But not only that, if you Google Samantha Gwendoline Sheffield, you will see that she is now Samantha Cameron and is the wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Here’s a couple of pictures of this dreg of society.

Scammer "HRH Prince Michael Sheffield"
Scammer “HRH Prince Michael Sheffield” playing dressup with his little friends.
Scammer "HRH Prince Michael Sheffield"
Scammer “HRH Prince Michael Sheffield”

Disgusting Scammer of the Day

This pathetic low life is pretending to be a charity organisation that helps sick children. Not only is he stealing from unknowing victims that only want to help those less fortunate than themselves, but he is also denying help to the real children, by diverting funds to fund his drug addiction or laziness.

Most Cheerful Hearts Foundation
P. O. Box 065-00600 Ngara, Nairobi Kenya
+254 780 780 000
info@mostcheerfulheartsfoundation.org
www.mostcheerfulheartsfoundation.org

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are the MOST CHEERFUL HEARTS FOUNDATION, a non profit, non political
N.G.O based in the Kambi Bulle village Isiolo County Kenya.

OUR OBJECTIVES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

A. What is of paramount importance is our obligation to pay the cost of
educating the children when the parents are unable to, and fight against
HIV/AIDS in Kenya and Africa as a whole.

B. We advocate the rights of children in the line with international
conventions.

C. We protect the rights of children through a long term plan of building
their capacity.

D. We provide self reliance at adulthood through career development and
technical skill training.

E. We protect the lives of the children against S.T.D and HIV-AIDS pandemic.

E. We raise consciousness about the effects on environmental degradation
on economic development.

M.C.H.F. would really appreciate your views and thoughts of the above
mentioned objectives as M.C.H.F. believe very strongly in bringing joy
into the faces of under-privileged, deprived, refugees, able and disabled
children in Kenya and other parts of Africa.

M.C.H.F. is writing to your organization primarily to affiliate with your
honorable organization to work together to help these children to be what
God wants them to be. Please, these 231 children, made up of Kenya and
Somalia refugee’s children, lack educational logistics such as children’s
literature books, computer books, used computers, educational toys,
children’s clothing and anything that will be of a great help to these
children that none of us doesn’t know what they will be come in posterity.

Anticipating your prompt reply.

Thanks & God Bless

George Henshaw
Director M.C.H.F
Tel: +254 780 780 000
Skype: mostcheerfulheartsfoundation
info@mostcheerfulheartsfoundation.org
www.mostcheerfulheartsfoundation.org
https://www.facebook.com/mostcheerfulhe … ation.org/

Fake Conference Scam – ICCGM – 2016

Email being sent from Renewable Energy Expertsconference5151@gmail.com advertising a non-existent conference, 2nd International Conference on Climate Governance and Mitigation (ICCGM – 2016).

There is no conference, the scammer just wants to steal your money by referring you to a fake hotel website that they claim will provide your accommodation. Mail asks victims to contact Dr. Timothy Adams, Conference Secretary by email dr.tim_adams@aol.com.

Here is the email being sent

Dear Colleague,

The 2nd International Conference on Climate Governance and Mitigation (ICCGM – 2016) is finally here. Join global experts from the public, private, academia and technology sectors in storming sessions and explore the evolving opportunities in Renewable Energy systems, Climate Change Mitigation techniques, Health, Environmental and Water resource management as well as gain insightful knowledge on the looming uncertainties that evolve round our climate today.

There has been an increase in the rate of Environmental pollution worldwide both water and air pollution and displays an increasing trend both in developed and developing countries. In order to provide a steady and sustainable development, organic management systems should address climate change issues that gain increasing importance as the trade becomes more globalized.

Areas of interest:

*Climate Change Mitigation *Flood and Flood Control *Air Pollution and Public Health *Effects of air pollution on public health *Sources of air pollution *Air pollution monitoring and modeling *Air pollution prevention and control *Urban/indoor air pollution and control *Air quality measurement and management *Global Water Resources and air pollution *Renewable Energy Systems *Early warning systems for disaster management *Land and Mud Slides *Role of Science and Technology in climate mitigation *Biodiversity and Forest Management.

Other topics related to water pollution: *Water Quality and Public Health:*Purification of drinking-water supplies *Treatment, disposal and discharge of waste-water *New waste-water treatment technologies *Methods of monitoring water quality *Modeling and measuring of water pollution *New water purification technologies *Ground water pollution control *Water resources and quality assessment *Water resource protection and sustainable use *Hydro-biology and water pollution.

Proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquies are requested from interested researchers or individuals. Virtual participation is available for those who are unable to attend the conference in person but have an endorsed invitation letter for the conference. Proposal ideas that extend beyond the areas of interest must first be discussed with the conference secretary before being prepared. A few number of Access Grant Award will be granted to Participating Delegates from developing countries attending the conference to cover per diem, flight ticket and registration fees. For more information about the ideas and themes underlying this conference, online registration, accommodation, access grant scholar award and venue, please email the conference secretary: Dr.Tim_Adams@aol.com.

Organizers: Renewable Energy Experts – 11, Heddon Street, West Central, London, W1B 4BD, UK.

Important Dates to note:

15th December, 2015 Deadline for abstract submission

25th December, 2015 Notification of acceptance

15th January, 2016 Deadline for full paper submission

1st – 6th January, 2016 Conference dates

Dr. Timothy Adams,

Conference Secretary

Email: dr.tim_adams@aol.com

Renewable Energy Experts,

11, Heddon Street, West Central, London, W1B 4BD, UK.

Credit Card Scams

Being asked to charge a customer’s credit card with extra and pass it on to a shipper? #ItsAScam

Credit card details are regularly phished, stolen from hacked websites or obtained in other ways. If scammers try to buy something with the card then they will have to deal with getting the item delivered, so it is much easier to get an unsuspecting merchant to charge the card for them and send them some money.

If a customer wants to use a particular shipper (or other service provider) and needs you to charge extra to his credit card and forward the extra money to the shipper then it’s always a scam. If a customer wants to use a particular shipper and it is not one that you have a relationship with, then let them make the arrangements and pay for it directly.

Variations on this scam include booking/ordering and then having to cancel and requesting a refund by Western Union, Moneygram or bank transfer or possibly ordering high value items and having them shipped overseas.

Never agree to charge the customer’s card for more than the cost of the items/services that you are providing

Always process refunds back onto the card that you charged them from

Beware of customers who provide a different card, rather than resolving a simple problem with the one they gave you.


This article was first published at ItsAScam.email.

 

Telephone Slamming

Wikipedia1 defines Telephone Slamming as

an illegal telecommunications practice, in which a subscriber’s telephone service is changed without their consent.

Slamming can be annoying and time consuming for a consumer to sort out and may lead to higher charges and being locked into a contract that they don’t want to be in. For businesses, it can be much worse as if a company’s phone service is slammed, the scammer could change contact details so that all notifications go to him and then he is free to re-direct calls, change outgoing messages and intercept voicemails. This would allow him to intercept customers who are trying to contact the real company and either steal the business or just outright scam them. The first that the company might know about it is when they start getting complaints or bad press.

References

1. Telephone slamming – Wikipedia

You have to admire his persistence.

Nearly every day for the last 15 months, I’ve logged into one of my scam baiting email boxes and there is invariably a new email from “David Gates” or someone asking me to contact him. I’ve never replied to him or given any indication that the email address he is writing to is live, but still he continues to contact me. I can’t decide if he is a total moron or a mailing program gone mad.

Here’s a few of this dumb scammer’s emails

Attn: Please,

Regards your mail response,I am glad to tell you that your inheritance funds is real and is intact in our security vault here in Nigeria. I ma not hearing from you again.

There is time for everything in life and its come once in a life time,among many people around the globe few enjoys the benefits of there inheritance knowingly or unknowingly whilst others funds goes into Government treasure in the absence of contacting the true beneficiary for claim.

God in is infinite mercy signifies you to this inheritance and its yours,all you need to do to see the funds sent to you for real soon is to follow every instructions given to you by the officials.

You have some token fees to pay which has be given to you earlier,this will validate the authentication of your inheritance funds to be deliver to your care asap as true beneficiary of the said funds as it has been long due to be claim in our vault until we got your true contact.

GOOD NEW. YOU CAN CONTACT THE WORLD BANK TODAY.IF YOU STILL ALIVE.

Mr. David Gates, From World Bank
My direct Email: office-payment2015@yandex.com
Telephone No: +234-80-7352-6252

Always remember that World Bank of Nigeria PLC will do everything possible to make sure that you receive your fund successfully without any further delay. I am contact you at the earliest opportunity.

Thanks for Your Co-operation.

From The Payment Office World Bank.

Instruction to release your $31.500.000.00M this week

COMPENSATION FUNDS PAYMENT ORDER,

Attn: Unpaid beneficiary,

Compliment of the day to you, This is to inform you finally about your Outstanding Compensation payment.

I wish you to following my instruction giving to you. I strongly advice you to handle this with discretion and Trust to see it gets to you asap.

I am still waiting to received the western union or Money-gram payment information today. You should get back to me today with the receives name which is DANIEL EMERENINI giving to you. Hope you have Mr. DANIEL EMERENINI his working I.D card with you.

Please open your attachment now.

Here is the name blow again through Money Gram or western union money transfer, how to send the money.

Receiving Name: ………Daniel Emerenini,
Country: ……..2, Agodo Street, Agege.Lagos/Nigeria,
Text Question: ……..Color,
Answer: ……Blue,
Amount: ……$usd

Send to me the following info once you send the payment.
Senders Name:
Location like your Country Address:
MTCN / Reference #:

I will like to have the MTCN through (SMS) short message service with my private office telephone No: +234-80-7352-6252 and you should make sure that you attach the western union payment slip to my email immediately you make the payment.

The WORLD BANK to transfer / delivery to you a total sum of $31.500.000.00 Million United States Dollars to you as soon as you are following my instructions, I have told you that your should response To instruction from the World Bank to release and pay All foreign Inheritance funds to their beneficiaries, What was registered in our payment notification is $31.500.000.00 Million United States Dollars.

As a matter of fact we do not have enough time to waste since we have wasted time in contacting our respective beneficiaries, so try and comply with the essential remittance requirements to ensure the swift release of these funds to you.

The rules and regulation which was stipulated on our banking protocol of operation it is stated that before any payment should be effective the client must have to pay first the above fee that was imposed on he/her by this Bank before we commence payment accordingly. Be informed that your inheritance fund is a bounded payment that can not be touched or deducted from until it gets to the right beneficiary which is you. There is time for everything in life and its come once in a life time,

You have some token fees to pay which has be given to you earlier,this will validate the authentication of your inheritance funds to be transfer / deliver to your care asap as true beneficiary of the said funds as it has been long due to be claim in our vault until we got your true contact.

God in is infinite mercy signifies you to this inheritance and its yours,all you need to do to see the funds sent to you for real soon is to follow every instructions given to you by the officials.

The more fast you are in getting back to us with the fees determine how fast we will be in concluding with you, urgently get back to us as we are here to serve you better.

Please, Follow the instructions given to you and do get back to us as soon as possible to enable us commence immediately and complete your transfer without further delays.

NOTE: If You Receive This Message In Your Junk Or Spam Its Due To Your Internet Provider.

Thanks for your understanding/co-operation towards the conclusion of your approve fund.

(The world bank to pay all foreign beneficiaries)

Mr. David Gates, From World Bank Director Of Foreign Remittance Department.
My Direct Email: (office-payment2015@yandex.com) or (office.p@mail.com)
My Direct Hot Line : +234-80-7352-6252

Attn: Unpaid beneficiary,

Thanks for your email. You should get back to me immediately today.

The Federal Republic of Nigeria Government Head of State. The President Goodluck Jonathan Has Approved Your Payment Complete In Your Favor And Also The CBN Head of Operation Key Telex Wire Transfer Control Department.

Dr,Goodluck Elebe Jonathan (GCFR) President Federal Republic of Nigeria,and the United Nations Secretary General, has agree to settle you this week.

Thanks for your understanding/co-operation towards the conclusion of your approve fund.

From World Bank Director Of Foreign Remittance Department.
Mr. David Gates,
Call me with my direct hot line : +234-80-7352-6252

COMPENSATION FUNDS PAYMENT ORDER,

CONGRATULATIONS UNPAID BENEFICIARY
So that i will advise you on how best to confirm your fund in your account or delivery to you this week. Here is my Direct Cell Phone: +234-80-7352-6252,

Thanks for your understanding as you follow instructions while I wait to hear from you today.

Thanks for Your Co-operation.

From The Payment Office World Bank.

Mr. David Gates,

Attn: Unpaid Beneficiary,

Thanks for your email. Regards your mail response, You are a very luckly person that your name is among the unpaid beneficiary’s. I am glad to tell you that your Compensation / inheritance funds is real.

Thanks for your understanding/co-operation towards the conclusion of your approve fund.

Yours in Service.

Mr. David Gates,
From The Payment Office Director Of Foreign Remittance Department.
Call me with my Direct hotline Telephone No: +234-80-7352-6252

Attn: Unpaid Beneficiary,

This is to acknowledge the receipt of your mail which the content are
well noted.

So get back to me immediately today and make sure that your fund has
getting to you without any hitch,

Thanks for your understanding and co-operation towards the conclusion
of your fund.

Yours in Service.

Mr. David Gates,
From The Payment Office Director Of Foreign Remittance Department.
Call me with my Direct hotline Telephone No: +234-80-7352-6252

Attn: Unpaid Beneficiary,

This is to acknowledge the receipt of your mail which the content are well noted. I am waiting to hear from you. Keeping silent cannot settle the issue.

If you want the bank to go ahead and cancel your compensation payment that worth million of dollars.

Contact Mr. David Gates,
From The Payment Office Director Of Foreign Remittance Department.
Call me with my Direct hotline Telephone No: +234-80-7352-6252
Email: (office-payment2015@yandex.com)

Thanks for your maximum co-operation.

Best Regards,

Mark Ford,

At various times, he’s used the email addresses office-payment2015@yandex.com, office.p@mail.com, mrdavidgate@gmail.com, mrdavid.gates@mail.ru & office.payment2015@yandex.com and the phone number +2348073526252.

+4470 – The scammer’s friend

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If you receive any email that mentions any phone number starting with +4470, then you can be 99.99999999% certain that it is a scam of some sort.

+4470 numbers might look like a normal UK mobile phone number (which start with +447), but they aren’t – the +4470 numbers are personal redirect numbers that can be redirected anywhere in the world at no cost to the call recipient. These numbers are like all their dreams come true to scammers located outside the UK as they can now hide their true location and claim to be based in the UK and have a UK phone number to prove it. You may think that you’re talking to Barclays Bank, a UK lawyer or even a member of the UK Government, when in reality you’re actually on the phone to a low-life scumbag sitting in an Internet cafe thousands of miles away.

There really is no legitimate use for a +4470 number. No one in the UK needs them as they can easily use their own mobile and if they happen to be overseas and need to receive a call then it would probably be cheaper for them to buy a local SIM card and for their contacts to call that. The only reason to have one is to appear to be in the UK when you aren’t and there really is no legitimate reason for that.

+4470 numbers are regulated by PhonepayPlus, who regulate all of the UK’s premium rate services, but it appears that they do nothing to prevent anyone from anywhere in the world getting hold of a number. There are a number of solutions to the problem. Firstly, the UK Government could suspend the numbers all together, which is unlikely to be popular with the companies that offer these numbers as they make a nice profit each time one of them is used (not to mention the loss of taxes the UK Government would make on the reduced phone company profits). If that is a step to far then there are a number of other options.

  1.  As the calls are designed to allow people to appear to be in the UK and allow UK residents to call them at a lower cost than having to phone overseas, the numbers could be blocked to callers from outside the UK.
  2. Add an announcement to all calls before connection, stating the country that the number is being forwarded to.
  3. Block the forwarding of the numbers to certain countries that are identified as likely scam hotspots.
  4. Require proper registration of the numbers (using provable identification).

Scammers will often try to disguise the fact that they are using a redirect number by using strange arrangements of the numbers or adding parenthasis, dashes, etc so that the +4470 is not immediately recognisable, so always look at the actual digits in the number.