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.