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We have listed here most of the common scam emails that we identified over the past few years - to assist you in detecting the style of a scam email.  Most of the original scammers have pretty much stopped trying to fool our customers now that we have listed some of their best emails.  Still, always best to be cautious.

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We have no reason to believe that any of the following scam email messages were in fact written by the actual individual who's named in them.  It is likely that the conman simply adopted that particular name for his purpose in creating his scam.  We apologize in advance to the real people who may feel defamed by the scammer's use of their name, but we are simply reporting emails in the form in which they were received.

SCAM of the Month

Dear [name],

How are you doing? I sincerely apologize for my delay to write back to you,
kindly accept my apology. With regards to your response on interest in your
business sale AD post, I wish to inform you that if agreement is reached
between parties involved, the business will be purchased and your services
may be requested as advisory partner if you are willing.

Meanwhile, I have contacted you on behalf of the personal assistant to the
former President of Taiwan (Chen Shui-bian) on private matters. I want to
use this opportunity to open up and share with you an investment offer
which I oblige you to consider. An investment fund was put under his
management years ago by Chen Shui-bian while in office as the President of
Taiwan, and now he needs the assistance of a capable individual with ........... etc.

Thank you,
Frank Reese.       <>
                        / Mike - April 11, 2016 - This is a SCAM.

SCAM of the Month

To whom it may concern:
I, Daniel J Brown , am writing this letter to declare my interest to Buy
your Business. I am prepared to Buy with the Value for this property. I
will like to know

further the weekly/monthly/annual amount profit of this Business if
converted to another business center or proceed the business as at the
moment, I am interested in

purchasing the following:
    Business type including the benefit factor........... etc.

I propose an initial Down Payment as an act of good faith. I would like to
make the Deposit three weeks from the time of the agreement.I will also
receive an agreement
letter from Money transfer company in order to receive the funds necessary
to purchase this property. Should we reach an agreement, I will agree to
pay according to
the following schedule.

Down Payment:   Half Payment Amount
Payment Term:   Cash within the period of few weeks
I would like to visit the property between Given time in order to view the
interior and exterior to ensure that it is in good order.
If these terms are agreeable, I would like to sign for the Purchase of

                        / Mike - June 12, 2014 - This is a SCAM.

SCAM of the Month

hello,     (From: Sean Williams <>)
how are you doing?i saw your ad about your business and i am very much
interested in investing in the get to me to know if you are
still interested in the business.
have a nice day
== Next Email ==
Thanks for your mail and i think i will like to know what
is the business plan like so as to know if i would be
interested and how much i am willing to invest in the project.
Although i have my company located in USA, but i am currently i UK
on a business trip concerning a business trip..
So the deal is almost sealed, and part of the money gotten is what i
will be investing into your business. please, do not hesitate to get to me
to know what is next to so as to make a meaningful progress this week, as i
will introduce you to my attorney and my representative in USA.
thanks and God bless.
Mr. Sean W William
I will like to ask if you have askype account so that we can get to
talk better and the exact amount needed in this deal

                        / Mike - Aug 20, 2012 - This is a SCAM.

= A Possible Reply =

A possible response to a Scammer that you want to stop bothering you (and with a bit of enjoyment for yourself):
I have to go up into the mountains of Manitoba to look after my father's yeti herd and hope to be back in 6 weeks. I'll email you then when I return - unless the glaciers shift, and I'm caught in a deadly avalanche.
All the best ....

SCAM of the Month

Hi,     (From: Bolu France )
We are able and willing buyers of companies, i would like to know more details about your company before we talk possibility, bear in mind that we are interested and once we get a reply from you, we shall send you a link to our company to view our taste.
NOTE: We are interested in buying, if we share the same Procedure.
Kind Regard
Purchasing Manager
Re-Making Inc
                        / Mike - July 19, 2011 - This is a SCAM.


Hello thanks for the swifts response,I am ready to purchase it now,due to the nature of my work, phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding it,I will like to know why you want to sell this business because for you to establish this kind of business it means you have passion and ego for this business and also do you mainly want to sell out this buss or you just wish to sell it off because you are short of cash flow and for real it would be highly appreciated if you could explain how this business moves in your location as i have been into seminars and counseling on how to run this kind of business.For the record am Andilo Hope Collins am from united state America,Brad Ware | 27 San Camille | St. Charles | Missouri | 63303 and i work in Switzerland at the world bank in Zurich and its been a while that i have been working there but i wish to come back home to invest in this kind of business but to add up am still young just 35, years of age and i think quitting my job now wont just settle up my wealth accumulation so i guess it would be of great immense help if you can still run the business and allow me to fund the business so far you still don't have any business left for you to embark on,I hope and pray that you be the honest person that will bring meaning to my dream and hope and also if this work out i will like you to handle my investment Property and Assets( shares and all,I have chosen to contact you after all the seminars and counseling from business professional and i believe that you will not betray my trust, But rather take me as your own brother. Though you may wonder why I am so soon revealing myself to you without knowing you, well I will say that my mind convinced me that you may be the true person to deal with. Moreso You will also place and guide me on how the money will be spent in a more profitable business venture in your Country.It is my intention to split the profit into 50% if you decide to partner with me but if you decide to sell to me but still run the business for me i will compensate you with 20% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my capital in the establishment of any of your firm.As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest I will put things into action immediately,I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely am anticipating for your quick response.....
                  / Mike - Nov 24, 2010 - This is a SCAM - If you haven't seen it already !
I just want to inform you that i have just completed the payment and i hope you must have been notified in your email about the payment i made through bank transfer,you can check your e-mail for confirmation of payment, I have just make the payment of $680.000.00 CDN.,i have decided to add the amount of $5,000 which i paid through my bank account, So please i will like you to help me wire the sum of $5,000 to my attorney via western union so he can be able to come for the pick up and also my bank said they won't release the funds until they get the western union information from you due to the fact that i emailed them about the excess payment i made.i will need you to send the $5,000 to lawyer's Headquarters where they normally confirm any commission payment to via western union money transfer(this can be done from the post office,or online at as they usually have a western union agent there), Here is my pick up agent Headquarter info needed to get the money sent through western union money transfer
                  / Mike - Nov 24, 2010 - This is more of the same SCAM !


Dear Customer,
This e-mail was send by to notify you that we have temporanly prevented access to your account.
We have reasons to beleive that your account may have been accessed by someone else. Please run attached file and Follow instructions.
                        / Mike - June 10, 2010 - This is a VIRUS attachment.
We did not send this email to you !     DO NOT OPEN THE ATTACHMENT.


SCAM of the Month

My Name Is Mr Keith Doll Ronaldo I Want To Make An Enquiry About The ........ Company For Sale.You Want sell Including The Price,And Present Condition Of It Also We Will Like To Know May Be Is Still Available For Sale Also Send Me Your Phone Number
Mr Keith Doll     <>
We Look Forward To Receive Your Great Reply
1414 Calgary Trail SW,
Edmonton, Alberta T6W 1A1, Canada
780 835 1707
                        / Mike - June 23, 2009 - This is a SCAM.

SCAM of the Month

Dear Owner,
Its my pleasure to show interest in your advertized business for sale ,i am cheng lee a business investor in fiji island ,I am interested to purchase your business for sale and as such will like to know if you are the direct owner ?anyway i will soon be relocating canada to start up this business could please give me comprehensive details about this business .What is the last asking price for the business?
regards, cheng     <>
                        / Mike - May 20, 2009 - This is a SCAM.
.... If you respond, here's what you get: ....
Dear (name),
How are you today? I guess you are doing great. I recieved your email and well understood. Anyway, you will have to contact my lawyer in the UK as i am now in Fiji island at the moment.I shall be coming to make inspection of this business soonest when due ,but ,it may interest you at this juncture for us to lay more emphazises on the withdraw of funds for the buying of this business ,with due respect i crave your indulgence to contact my laywer in this proceeds of funds . My lawyer is based in Uk with my family. Please find below the contact of my lawyer:
Barrister William Paul Irwin (Esq.)
I have given him the power of attorney to handle the whole process. He will direct you to my FOREX ACCOUNT in Asia where i have lodged some funds ). Just go ahead and contact my lawyer(Attorney). Although, i have given him your contact to get intouch with you. I look forward to your swift response.
                        / Mike - May 20, 2009 - This is a SCAM.

SCAM of the Month

my name is Mark Griffin,and i saw ur business listed on I will like to know more about the business directly from you and discuss a possible deal of purchasing the business. The website where it is listed states that any posts on the site has not been qualified, endorsed or recommended by any Federal,Provincial or Securities agency or commission,so therefore,is not responsible for any inaccurate information.
I am an individual and not an agent or broker,and i'm acting on behalf of a superior who is the potential buyer and based on what is posted on the website, suites exactly what he has described to me he is looking for.
I suppose i'm dealing with the actual owner directly and i wish to hear from you at your earliest convinence.
Mark Griffin.     <>
                        / Mike - May 7, 2009 - This is a SCAM.

SCAM of the Month

Am interested to in your property also let me have more details about the business property, so that we can proceed further ASAP.
i will wait to read from you today.
Best Regards,
Allen Taylor     <>
                        / Mike - Dec 29, 2008 - This is a SCAM.


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*Please do not reply to this message. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.
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                        / Mike - May 29, 2008 - This is a SCAM.

Dear PayPal Member

We apologize for the problem you encountered while adding a credit card to your PayPal account. The instructions below have helped most of our customers who have encountered similar problems.

1. Go to
2. Log in to your account.
3. Go to the "Profile" subtab of the "My Account" tab and select the "Credit Card" link in the Financial Information menu.
4. Enter your credit card information.
5. Enter the address where you receive billing statements for this card.
6. Click the "Add Credit Card" button.
                        / Mike - Dec 06, 2008 - This is a SCAM.

  ( If you click on the link to 'paypal' in the email, it actually takes you to: http://nyjwtjumzu.web.aplus.nets/webscr1/ which is set up to look just like the PayPal site ! )
    == Do NOT click on that link ==

A Trojan Horse VIRUS

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The link takes you to a website which automatically downloads a file:
http://999.999.999.999/setup.exe - which installs the Trojan Horse VIRUS !
    == Do NOT click on that link ==
                        / Mike - Aug 21, 2008 - This is a VIRUS.

SCAM of the Month

Hello -name-,
Thanks for your prompt response to my mail. I just received instruction from my client to conclude the transaction on his behalf. I want to know the proceedure for the acquisation and take over of the business. I will appreciate the speedy conclusion of this transaction.
Regards, Schmidhalter Blatter.         <>
                        / Mike - Dec 06, 2008 - This is a SCAM.
  ( There is also correspondence with 'Andrew Edwards' and a forged cheque supposedly from an existing Montreal company that you're supposed to send various amounts by Western Union to various people. )

SCAM of the Month

Hello -name-,
Good to hear from you. My daughter is very excited about the deal and I am ready to make full payment so as to secure the business for her.I am presently not in town as I am in Hongkong on a business trip but I have a client in Canada who is to pay me some money, I have spoken to him about you and he his ready to send you the funds. I am to receive the sum of $48000, you are to get your money from it and send the difference to my daughter in Newyork to get some necessary equipment and also few personnel she feels will be of benefit. Get back to me with your Full name and address as well as your phone number so I have the client contact you and also send you the check immediately.
Thanks. Bernard.         ( Bernard Buxton <> )
                        / Mike - May 16, 2008 - This is a SCAM.

SCAM of the Month

Dear .... ,
I am Mr.Tong Qiang,a Japanes businessman operating in London ( UK ),Japan and Hong Kong.I want to establish my business in North America ( Canada sepcifically ).I got your contact through my search for a business for sale in Canada which i will buy,although i have a company that i was one of it owner in Canada but i want to get my own personal investment there in Canada.
Now,I want to verify if the business you advertised on is still available for sale.Please kindly get back to me as soon as possible today and inform me if it's still available for sale.Please also get back to me with full details of the business and if there will be any futher surcharges to be paid after the main price have been paid and the last asking price/amount you will offer it to me as i need those informati ons for more considerations.
I will be waiting to get your positive response as soon as possible today for us to proceed with the transaction.I expect your maximum co-operations and understanding to see this transaction through.Thanks and have a nice moment.
Yours sincerely,
Mr.Tong Qiang.         <>
                        / Mike - May 16, 2008 - This is a SCAM.

SCAM of the Month

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am interested in establishing and operating a very viable business as a means of investment abroad. I do not know too well on how this is done in your country, so I will need you to help me in this regard.
My preference is any good profit yielding businesses and I would appreciate any viable ideas you could come up with. I will also need you to help me look for properties; homes and lands for sale as I am proposing to invest large sum for this. I do not know if you can and will be of help to me.
For a brief on my personality; My name is William Osei-Kuffour, a Ghanaian based in U.K. I was into private Shipping Business. I am 41 years of age, married with a wife and 4 lovely kids. I dropped my Shipping business because it wasn't producing profitable income. I have had so much problems with the British Authority just because am a foreigner I believe.
My need for this business proposition and to acquire these properties is very urgent as I am planning to move out of this country with my family down to your country. I want you to also help in finding a good home where my family and I will live in (Mini Estate).
Please I expect your prompt reply so that we can proceed swiftly.
I will need your phone and fax numbers for easier communication with you if I am unable to access my emails. My email address is
Best Regards, William Osei-Kuffour
                        / Mike - Mar 16, 2008 - This is a SCAM.

SCAM of the Month

Subject:  Business Purchase
Dear Sir,
I want to purchase your business/property as my foreign investment and you will also assist me in running it after we have done the change of ownership. Thereafter, i might resign on my active duty post and join you over there to settle in your Country with my Family.
Best rgds
Engr. Beniah E.Ojum
                        / Mike - Jan 24, 2008 - This is a SCAM.

SCAM of the Month

I am Dr Santus Frank by name and i am from Republic Du Benin West Africa, i saw your company web site and i find out that your company have some Business for sale so if you have any good items for sale in Canada kindly mail me and let me know the price and location as soon as possible.
Thanks and best regards.
Dr Santus Frank.
+229-97-64-57-56                         / Mike - Dec 14, 2007 - This is a SCAM.

The following email Banner Ads for "Phillips88" and for "Auction747" are unethical websites and will probably lead you to a 'scam'.
    / Mike - Mar 23, 2008

I am the CEO here at Noticed your business for sale listing on one of the Internet web sites. We would like to sell your listed business at our new U.S. auction. Please visit for more details. At our auction your business will be seen by prospective buyers from all over the world; buyers who at the click of their desktop mouse will be able to submit a bid in U.S. dollars on your business. We look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Jess Phillips, Jr.



Tel: 409-454-7365

Fax: 409-838-5307

Re: Selling your business/ investment property in 60 days or less.


Good morning. Have you considered selling your business to the highest bidder?  If you answer yes, please visit our web site for more information. We would like to help you sell your business faster! I'm the CEO here at  We think that we can sell your business at auction in 60 days or less and you get to set the minimum bid that you will accept. 

Here at, your listed business or investment property will be seen by prospective buyers from all over the world, especially here in the U.S. and Canada. These are qualified buyers who with the click of their desktop mouse will be able to submit a bid on your for sale business/investment property. Please visit our web site for more info. Thank you for your time.


Jess Phillips, Jr.


Web Site


SCAM of the Month

From: Dr.Hans Baker <>
Hello, I am an independent business buying agent ,I arrange and finalize buying of business, properties and others required by my clients. I have been instructed by a client of mine to make arrangement to purchase from you ,as soon as I hear from you ,I will send to you all necessary information you will require,please,I will want you to let me have the name and address the payment will be raised and send to ,once the deal has been finalize, so that I pass this to my client.
I await your reply.
Dr.Hans Baker
42 Ebury Street
Tel: +44-7040132185
Fax: +44-7005806572                         / Mike - Jan 25, 2007 - This is a SCAM.

SCAM of the Month

From: jole cole <>
My name is jole cole i resided in the united kingdom,i have jusd read through your advert on business sell canada which i like to buy your business and am very much intrested after seeing it all though i cannot pay at once but i want to let you know that am intrested and for you to know that am serious i have contact my investor and we are ready to send deposit of 10% first then my solicitor will now contact you to let you know when we will send the payment infull all i will need from you now is your full name ,address,and your contact phone number so that we can contact you and send payment before i go on xmas break just incase you like to speak/talk with me you can reach me on +44-702-402-1189
thank you.
Jole Cole.             / Mike - Dec 09, 2006 - This is a SCAM.

SCAM of the Month

From: Moritz Lord <>
Dear Owner,
I,m very much interested in purchasing this property, and i want to know how much is it, i mean the very last price? and how soon can we conclude this transaction?.
I also want to know from you if you can get me another an investment property, i will greatly appreciates.I hope to hear from you.
Favor Marshall.             / Mike - Nov 30, 2006 - This is a SCAM.

= Disclaimer =

We have no reason to believe that the following email messages purporting to be from Murat Hakan Uzan of Telsim were in fact written by that individual.  It is likely that the conman simply adopted that name and title for his purpose in creating his scam.
We have received an email from an individual who says he is Hakan Uzan, and he says he didn't write these emails and that you shouldn't respond to anyone by that name unless you already know him.

SCAM of the Month

I saw your business listed at I am very interested in buying this business and would want you to give me more details.
I wait for your reply.
Hakan                       / Mike - Sep 22, 2006 - This is a SCAM.
Dear .....
I have received your mail and sorry for my late response. I am very interested in buying the business and also, I want to invest more in any business in your country hoping that you will be of good assistance to me in other to actualize that plan. However, I have some money which is currently deposited with a finance firm .I would wish to invest the money in your business and also in any that might interest you in country hoping that it is going to be a profitable one.
I would want you to also give me the exact amount which you intend selling the business to me in US Dollars equivalent.
I wait to receive your reply very soon.
Hakan Uzan,
Chief Executive,
Turkish 3rd Largest telecommunication mobile carrier,Telsim
                      / Mike - Sep 22, 2006 - This is more of the SCAM.

SCAM of the Month

I am the purchasing manager for YEMAS TECHNIQUE NIG LTD, we saw an advert listing your COMPANY for sale, and we are interested in buying it for our client, and we will want you to give us the quotation and the necessary documents information, and please tell us if the COMPANY is in good shape, so that we know what to do about it when we buy it, because we will be coming over there to inspect the COMPANY over there, and we shall need your urgent reply so as to know the next step of transaction with you, we shall be waiting pin and needle to hearing from you and please keep us posted.
Best Regards
Engineer Olayiwola L.
+2348026193733                         / Mike - July 10, 2006 - This is a SCAM.

SCAM of the Month

Dear Seller
My nomenclature are Mr Keen Jeffrey , I saw the advert of the place you want to offer for sale but all is well i have a client who is looking for the type of the place you want to offer for sale ok i would like to know the last selling price of it and the recent condition of it and the location of the place so that we can make the arrangement of the payment and inspection of the place ok you can send your reply to me.
Thanks And Have a Nice Day.
Best Regards,
Mr Keen                         / Mike - Mar 29, 2006 - This is a SCAM.

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