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How To Recognise a Scam

by Forest Ang

.......Rule No 1.Don't be greedy......

I believe you have been getting a lot of scam emails on every alternate day. Me too. There were several people who emailed me for help on how to recognize a scam.

Before I begin, I want to spell out the rules on these scam emails.
Rule No 1. Don't be greedy.
Rule No 2. If not sure refer to Rule 1.
Rule No 3. If you are asked to cough out some money, refer to Rule 1.

Well, I would like to show you an example of a scam email I received just a few days ago. This is the email.

From: samuel robertson

To :
Date: Apr 19, 2006 3:59 AM
Subject: ABOUT LATE MR. ROY.J. Ang

I have a new email address!
You can now email me at:

Dear Ang,

Compliment of the day

I do not know you personally but I am writing you this email base on trust and sincerity of my heart and Absolute confidence that you will not let me down or make me feel that you are not reliable to take up this transaction in good faith and God fearing heart.

Please I plead that you should not be disappointed with this email coming to you as an unsolictated mail but to see the proven reason why I have directed this email to you alone without any third party so that the confidentiality of this matter can be really observed as there is one life opportunity that God blesses a man with which in my heart I see this as not just an opportunity but a divine arrangement for enlistment and change in status.

So do not feel bad receiving my message dated 18th Tuesday April: 2006 to you My name is Mr. Samuel Robertson I am a good friend to Late Mr.Roy.j Ang, a national of Korea South who was born In Seoul, Korea South on the 7th day of Jan, 1946, who until his death has no wife nor son or daughter to Claim his assets hence he was buried here. He is a Contractor and has spent most of his life in my Country England.

Mr. Roy J.Ang were involved in the recent terrorist Bomb blast in London on July 7,2005 and unfortunately he lost his life on the 8th day of July, 2005 at St. George Hospital, London AtlantiHighland, Since then I have made several enquiries to the, Korea South Embassy to locate any of my friends extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful hence: he Has no next-of-kin at the time of his death.

After these several unsuccessful attempts to trace any Member of his immediate

Family hence I contact you. I am contacting you to assist in repatriating the assets and Capital valued at US$5.5million left behind by my friend before it gets confiscated by the bank where these huge deposits are.

The said Bank in London has issued me a notice to provide the next of Kin or have the Treasury bill confiscated since I was the only known and close associate they know. Since I have been unsuccessful in my efforts locating any of my friend's Relatives for over one Month now, I seek your consent to present you As the Next of kin to the deceased since you have a similar name, so that the proceeds of this treasury Bill can be paid to you rather than been confiscated by the Bank as the maturity of payment of this fixed amount have come and gone living the money in the custody of the Bank without any direction of use this have caused the Bank to have an eyebrow since they found out the my late friend is among the victim of the bomb blast that lost his life ,I having been living under anxiety and pressure as I know this fund can turn my life around if I can find a sincere partner to team with and have our mind focused in this cause so that have this fund secured and transferred out to your account fast to avoid confiscation by the Bank or declaring the money dormant and unserviceable.

I am not begging for your assistance over this issue as I cannot and never beg you to enter into partnership with me with a transaction of high magnitude and proven like this where a person with good understanding will have a good thought over this as a life opportunity that does Not require to slip out of our hand and a life changing and a divine financial turn around.

Therefore, on receipt of your positive response and full indication vividly to work with me to actualize this issue, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for claim.

I have all the necessary information as what to do in this regards for proper commencement of this claim.

All I require from you is your honest cooperation to stand firmly and proper confidentiality of this issue to you only to avoid security lapses which can be very anti to this very issue, maturity of the mind is what Matters in this case to take your decision like a man whether to embark or not in this than consultation of parties into this issue is not welcomed as I explained thank you. I guarantee and vow that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and I from any breach of the law.

This is my full contact details you can call me immediately for more clarifications I am a British citizen with a proven interest in this matter as a man with a blue blood we are known for honesty and truth worthy as our way of life so let us team and see the best in this matter sincerely thank.

I wait to hear from you soon.

Best regards,

Mr. Samuel Robertson.
Phone: +44-703-191-1892

- samuel Robertson

You can see how sweet "thief" can be. Even the bird on the tree can be sweet talked into coming down. This is my reply to him.

Forest Ang to samuel
From: Forest Ang
To: samuel robertson
Date: Apr 19, 2006 2:28 PM
Subject: Re: ABOUT LATE MR. ROY.J. Ang

Can I hv a look at the notice issued by the Bank in London

I received a reply within a few hours.

samuel robertson to me
More options 4:18 am (5 hours ago)

Dear Forest Ang,

You can contact the Bank in london and make your investigation,

please this the Bank weg page and all their contact details have them contacted so that we can proceed

Yours Sincerely,

Mr.Samuel Robertson

He thought I was interested and he could not wait to send another reply. You can see how nice scammer will try to convince you - in whatever way he will do it. The bottom line, don't be greedy!


samuel robertson to me 4:19 am (5 hours ago)
From: samuel robertson
To: Forest Ang
Date: Apr 20, 2006 4:19 AM

Dearest Forest Ang,

I thank you for your response to my mail and how is your family and all that wishes well greetings to them all from the London , united kingdom. I have read your email with all concern and I am really happy that god have sent you Indeed as my partner.

I am a man with a proven integrity I hate lying and does not delight in it as it matters most and equally due to my religious belief and my county England which is noted as the most honest people in the world .

This is the fact I contacted you alone without any third party this letter was sent to you alone without any body else as this matter requires the best of secret to succeed in it so I want you to know that I consulting you is not by chance but a divine arrangement so I will love if we can make up our mind and proceed in this matter without any delay. So please you should know that my consultation was based on the fact that you have the last surname with my friend and since I am the sole person the mandate is giving, I belief if you can come together with me and proceed we shall have the best of this matter at all times hence you can assure me that you will not cheat if this fund is transferred into your account .

I will need you to know all truth that concerns this matter in this mail because I am a man of imperativeness and loves to be very pragmatic in my dealings, this matter will cost us some money to proceed this is the truth but this should be the fund needed to engage the services of an attorney who will work in this matter by establishing you as the legally beneficiary of the fund in all the offices this claim needed to be registered so that you and I can remain the legal owner of the fund legally. I cannot do whatever that is not legal because I have a name to protect that is why I want all that concerns this matter to be made legal to avoid any breach to the law.

My partner what is done good is good indeed so base on this I will love to hear from you on this decision so that I can know if you are willing to assist or not as I can guarantee you that hence followed properly we are sure to make it is my word.

Once again let me re-introduce my self, I am Mr. Samuel Robertson, I am 58 years old and have known the late Mr. Roy j Ang since the past years, I meet him in Oxford University and I was the architect of his stay in England after his studies as an Engineer retired from the British airways and he was our major contractor and my best friend. I am very glad to inform you that I am very willing to proceed with you and see the best of this matter.

I am married to my lovely wife Edna, and blessed with a Daughter Jane; I am residing in Bypass 54 Regent Street, London and I work as an account officer in a consultant firm after being retired from active service as a pilot with the British airways but depends greatly on my monthly pensions.

I contacted you based on three things 1) that possibly you may be related to my late friend.2) Because you have the same last name with my late friend Roy.3) Because I need a foreigner who has the same last name with my late friend and who will assist me And otherwise so that the proceeds of Roy.j Ang funds valued at $5.5 million of dollars to be paid to you then we can share this fund among ourselves than to leave this money to be confiscated by the bank as my late friend does not have any known next of kin at the time Of his death on the 8th day of July 2005 at the St. Georges hospital London.

I understand that you are not really related to him .I thank you very much for your sincerity and your honesty as such I feel more relaxed to involve you in this humble transaction that can turn our lives and That of our families around.

I am assuring you that this transaction will be over in the shortest time as soon as we have the services of a reputable attorney who will solicit on our behalf by establishing you as the beneficiary of the fund legally in all the concerned offices in the United Kingdom where this claim should be registered. So, that all legitimate arrangement will be made to protect us from any Breach of the law.

Please I require utmost confidentiality of this humble transaction at all times, as this will guarantee the success of this transaction. If you need my indentification I will include in my next mail for you to know me and work with your whole heart if you have let me have it too so that i can know you for better is what doing okay.

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Samuel Robertson

He even tried to help you by asking you to "stay safe and secure online"....

samuel robertson to me 4:18 am (5 hours ago)
From: samuel robertson
To: Forest Ang
Date: Apr 20, 2006 4:18 AM

To help you stay safe and secure online, we've developed the all new Yahoo! Security Centre.

This was my reply to his mail.

Forest Ang to samuel 9:57 am (0 minutes ago)
From: Forest Ang Mailed-By:
To: samuel robertson
Date: Apr 20, 2006 9:57 AM

Dear Samuel,

Yes, lets proceed. Could you bank in $5000 into my account so that I can make arrangement to meet you in London?


I checked in the net on FirstHouseBank.Com and here were the results. The server was from Czech Republic! It was registered in 2006! How can someone who die in July 2005 can deposit his money in a bank that was non existence before February 2006?

This was the result from the search.

Whois Server:
Referral URL:
Name Server: NS.PIPNI.CZ
Name Server: NS2.PIPNI.CZ
Updated Date: 02-feb-2006
Creation Date: 02-feb-2006
Expiration Date: 02-feb-2007

I am still waiting for his answer. Well, as you can see, this guy will not answer me. I am now asking money from him instead!!....the scam was exposed!!Today 24 April 2006. 11.53pm Malaysian Time. I am still waiting for his reply.
So the next time if you come across such scam, ask money from them!
Take care! Don't be greedy.
Forest Ang


Posted on 2006-05-13 17:00:03 by Helen

Yes, Forest, I received the same e-mail from the Mr.Samuel Robertson on 9th May. This game is not new for everyone, the bottom rule is do not be too greedy.


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