Technology in Society

How Technology is used in society and how it affects it

Email Scam: Ramadan Zakat for poor orphans and widows


This is another form of scam, asking for charity (Zakat in Arabic) for the month of Ramadan (fasting in the Muslim calendar).

Nothing like the prospect of helping orphans and widows to milk people for money.

Subject: Ramadan zakat for poor ophan & widows women
From: Dr. Mrs. Shireen Mujtaba <>
Date: Aug 2, 2007

Salam Alai Kum Wa Rahmat Ullah Wa Bara Katu Hu

Email scam: funds available for charity


Here is another variant of the advanced fee fraud. An alleged rich person wants to distribute a large amount of money via a charity, and looking for a trusted person.

Note the new twist of "only having a laptop as a means of communication" in order to allay fears about no phone number/physical address provided.

From: "Mrs.Kate Nuhanvaye" <> Add to Address BookAdd to Address Book
Subject: From; Mrs.Kate Nuhanvaye ( Charity Project )
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 11:30:10 +0200

My Dear,

Email scam: Heineken Promotion winning


Another scam claiming to be a promotion from Heineken, the beer company.

Note how they say that no tickets were sold in order to remove concerns over "how would I win a lottery if I did not buy any tickets?" 

To         undisclosed-recipients <>     
Date        Aug 16, 2007 9:01 PM     
Subject        HEINEKEN     

Email Scam: BMW 5 Series car and lottery winning

Another scam claiming that I won a BMW 5 series car and a cash prize of 1 millon pound! 

From: BMW Automobile <>
To         undisclosed-recipients <>     
Date        Aug 14, 2007 6:47 PM     
Subject        Reference Number BMW:2551256003/23

22 Garden Close, Stamford,
Lincs, PE9 2YP, London
United Kingdom
Dear Winner,


Email scam: Winning the Japan Email lottery

Another variant, claiming to be the Japan email lottery, although the address provided is in Beijing, China. 

Also note that recent scam has a note for keeping the winning confidential. This is used as an escape route for the scammers when someone gets suspicious or contacts the police, they say that you have breeched the confidentiality clause, and hence are not eligible anymore for the award amount. 


Email scam: Winning the Australian lottery jack pot


Yet another variant of the scam, winning a lottery, this time claimed to be from Australia. 

Date:   Tue, 7 Aug 2007 01:16:14 +0200 (MEST)
From:  "" <>

                            Visions of Australia logo

Email scam: Platinum Lottery International, South African Lottery, FIFA


This is yet another variant of the winning a lottery scam. 

From:  "henry don" <>  Add to Address BookAdd to Address Book
Subject:   YOU HAVE WON $2,950,000.00
Date:   Mon, 6 Aug 2007 12:10:14 +0200
   henry don


Email scam: Rich person dying wants help collecting assets from abroad


Another scam, about an alleged rich person dying, and wants to give money to charity. He has large sums of money abroad, and wants you to collect the money on his behalf.

In this case, it is a Bahrian citzen, dying from cancer.

From : tscabo <>
Date: Aug 7, 2007 2:38 PM
Subject: Hello,

I am khalid mahmoud, A Bahrain national I have been diagnosed with Oesophageal cancer.

It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live.


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