Current Status

This blog is not frequently updated because most case-by-case scam reports are now listed in subordinate blogs. At this point in time, most of my efforts are targeted at documenting employment scams in the Suckers Wanted blog.


Meta: I'm a slacker

The month of July, 2007, is nearly at an end, and if you look at the monthly archive for the Suckers Wanted blog, you might get the impression that it was a slow month for job scams. This isn't the case: I have a total of around sixty job scam spams that I didn't get around to processing. No doubt there was some repetition in this lot, so the total number of additional blog entries I ought to have written is somewhat less than that, but it's still a lot of work.

The reason for the slacking off has to do with my secret identity: he's been a busy boy, and this has seriously bitten into my deception spotting time. August isn't looking much more promising, either, but here's hoping for the best.


Advance Fee Fraud: 419 through

This is probably more common than I'm aware of, because my reflex action is to delete "ecard" notifications of this sort. Anyway, this is an instance of an "ecard" site being used to send 419 scam spam. I checked out the site, and there's no "report this as spam" button on the page that I can see, so shame on for leaving their system so open to abuse.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <>
Date: 07/26/2007;
Subject: A warm wish from Mr. DAVID DANLAMI

Dear Recipient,

[Mr. DAVID DANLAMI (] has sent you an egreeting from is all about saying something, expressing yourself,
and connecting . We have got ecards for all occasions to help you
celebrate all the little and big things in life. Share the joy with
people you love and care about, make them smile, by sending them an
e-wish from our collection.

Your ecard will be available on our server for the next [30] days.


To view your ecard, please click on the following link :

Alternately, you may copy and paste this link in your browser's
address box.

Your ecard number is : [ EG12505126072007783 ]

In case you have any questions or queries regarding your greeting
please mail us at [ ]

Best Wishes
Customer Care

To send someone an ecard, please visit us at


Advance Fee Fraud: Richard Dolls Foundation

I felt that this one was worth noting, because I don't recall having seen a 419 disguised as a conference invitation before. The bait here is the part that says, "Richard Dolls Foundation has set up an Access Fund to support the travel costs for all qualified participants." Depending on their modus operandi, they'll either ask for money up front (and never send you anything in return), or send you a fake cheque, get you to bank it, and then send them money based on the proceeds -- leaving you to foot the bill when the cheque bounces.

How do I know this is a scam? Easy. For starters, it's spam. For seconds, it's from a Yahoo freemail account. For thirds, "Richard Dolls Foundation?" Where do they get these names? And last, but certainly not least, the originating IP address of the spam was, which is presently delegated to a service provider in sunny Nigeria. 'Nuff said.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Richard Doll Foundation <>
Date: 19-Jul-2007 03:14
Subject: Call To Participate

Hello Delegate,

This is a Call for Participation in an INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF NGOs holding from 20th August till the 30th of  September  2007 in London, United Kingdom where as many as 200 participants from across the world including Health Practitioners, Professionals in relevant fields, Lawyers, Psychologists, Women and Youth Development Groups, Government Officials, Donor Agencies and participating NGOs will meet to discuss issues pertaining to the Welfare of NGOs...and also to meet others like yourself; to learn, teach, inspire and being inspired. This event will be exploring the potential of a practical approach that will unleash and nurture the human capacity to create, collaborate and change positively, the world at large.

What are the objectives of this meeting? The meeting will provide a medium where participating individuals and NGOs will convene to address and discuss ways of improving key Humanitarian issues and topics with much emphasis on Human Rights, Gender Equality, Peace and Security, Social and Economic Development, Youth and Children, Health Education, Ethics and Value and Environmental Protection. Participating NGOs will have direct access to grants by International Donor Agencies.

The opening Lecture will be held by Dr Mrs Artemisa Franco who is the President of the Center for Human Rights Research and Development, Maputo - Mozambique.The program will include:
* Thought-provoking plenaries
* In-depth breakout and dinner sessions for strategy-development
* Capacity and skills-building sessions; and
* Debates to stimulate discussion.

In addition to the main program, the meeting will also host book launches, artistic and cultural activities, exhibitions, plenty of space and opportunity for informal networking and alliance building.

All plenaries and selected breakout sessions will have interpretation into English, Spanish and French.

Who can participate? What happens if more than 200 participants apply? Anyone who is a member of an NGO, Professionals in related fields, Students Unions, Lecturers of Universities and Community based organizations, the Clergy as well as women and youth development groups can apply to participate.

If more than 200 people apply (as we anticipate), a global selection committee will select a representative 200 from among the applicants. This committee will ensure that the participants at the meeting are truly international and represent a diverse range of interests, issues, and regions.

The events shall commence on the 20th till the 30th of July 2007 at Abba Queens Gate Hotel London.
I can't afford the cost - Can you help? Richard Dolls Foundation has set up an Access Fund to support the travel costs for all qualified participants.

How do I apply, and when is the deadline? All Interested organizations should send an email to the Local Organizing Committee. Participants MUST be a group of 1-3 persons to qualify for registration.

Contact Person: Rev. George Solomon

Local Organizing Committee
Richard Dolls Foundation

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