Solicitor John Branson Dubai Will Email Phishing Scam

Subway John Branson
Solicitor John Branson

Received from:

An Email Phishing Scam from SOLICITOR JOHN BRANSON


Dear Sir,

I have picked up the trust and courage to write you this letter with divine confidence that you are a reliable and honest person who will be capable for this important and confidential transaction which I have for you, believing also that you will never let me down either now or in the future. I was in Dubai on a seminar and I got your information from a trade consultant here in Dubai, though I did not disclose the purpose of my seeking for a foreign partner to him.

Unfortunately, I had to leave Dubai due to urgent appointment back home; this was the reason why I decided to write you this letter immediately I arrived home to my country. My name is John Branson Solicitor at Law and the personal Attorney/Sole Executor to the late Mr. Randolph Marriott, hereinafter referred to as my client; an industrialist, who worked as an Oil and Gas Merchant in my
country and passed away. There is an account opened in one of the banks in the United Kingdom by my client in 2010 and no family member knows about this account or anything concerning it.

In 2013, Mr. Randolph Marriott summoned me to his office to commence his WILL process, that was when his health condition became worse. He eventually died few months ago, leaving the WILL uncompleted. The family does not know about his personal deposit of GBP19.7 Million (Nineteen Million Seven Hundred Thousand pound Sterling) as it is not listed on the WILL, and all the family focus, is in his Oil/Gas business and other banks where he made some deposit. I want to present you as his trustee/business partner who according to him, should for further  inherit/investment the sum of  GBP19.7 Million (Ninteen Million Seven Hundred Thousand Pound Sterling) which he secretly deposited in one of the banks in the United Kingdom so that both of us can share the fund once transferred into your account. I want us to do this before presenting the WILL to his family. You shall be entitled to 40% of the total sum, while I will take 50% while 10% is for expenses  . All necessary precautions have been taken to ensure 100% risk free situation on the side of both parties.

I will secure the vital documents that will make you the beneficiary of the fund to enable us claim it from the bank where the fund is deposited. The WILL is with me and no member of his family has not seen the WILL yet and the bank where the fund is deposited is not known to them.

The question is, can we work together?

Kindly get back to me via my Email me (Solicitor John Branson):  for further
discussion on this if you are interested.

Respectfully Yours,
Solicitor John Branson
Attorney at Law

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Peter Alexandra Exxon Mobil Oil Scam

Gas station sign Exxon
Exxon Gas Station Sign


Subject line: Business Proposal

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am  Mr. Peter Alexandra, representing the operation and corporate affairs in contract related matters of Exxon Mobil in London (  Exxon Mobil is one of the World Largest oil producing and Management Company with over 1.2 Trillion pounds Capital contract Investment.

As a senior operational and corporate affairs representative of Exxon Mobil that handle contract related matters, I successfully over invoiced a contract few years back which is not known by anybody and, I need your full cooperation and partnership to re-profile this contract funds amounting to US $2.5 M to your name as the contractor that executed this contract in Asia few years.

The oil fund will be paid to you through a Finance Company where it is presently deposited as soon as the filing and documentation process is concluded in your name because the contract was executed by Exxon Mobil United Kingdom.

Most importantly, you will be required to fill your data stated below to enable me arrange legal documents that will proof you as a sole contractor with EXXON MOBIL:
(1). Stand as the beneficiary / contractor with Exxon Mobil to receive the funds as I will present you before the firm with legal documents.
(2). Receive the funds into a business/personal bank account in your country.
(3). At the completion of this transaction, the sharing rates shall be
60% for me, 40% for you.
(4) Full Names;
(5) Contact Address:
(6) Direct Telephone No:
(7) Occupation:
(8) Age and Marital Status:
(9) Means of Identification:

Note from Peter Alexandra: Do not Contact Exxon Mobil (because this is a scam)

Note from Peter Alexandra: Do not contact my office number or company email for security reasons. Get back to me as soon as possible For more details about the oil funds.

Best Regards,

Mr. Peter Alexandra
Operation and Corporate Affairs Officer

Exxon Mobil London
Note from Editor: You can tell something is fishy when the guy sending the message says, "Please do not contact my company" because he is obviously misrepresenting the Exxon Mobil company with his phishing scam.  

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David Abbey $15 Million Dollars Email Phishing Scam

One Million dollar bill

David Abbey $15 Million Dollars Email Phishing Scam

Subject Line: Can I Trust You in this Deal?

Dear Friend,  

Compliment of the day to you and your entire family. My name is Mr David Abbey. I am the Chairman of the Contract Award Committee, Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources Nigeria, I (David Abbey) wish to seek for your honest assistance to help me receive the sum of (US$15 MILLION) FIFTEEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS. This money came from some of the Contract we awarded to some foreign companies which have been duly executed and paid.

I will like to use my good position here to present you as the beneficiary of these US $15 Million dollars so that the Bank will process and transfer it to any country of your choice.

Your assistance will be required in the following ways:

(1) Assist to receive the said sum into your bank account.
(2) Advise on lucrative areas for investment.
(3) Assist to manage the investments.

If you accepts to assist me in this proposed deal, I will share these $15 million dollars equal with you. (50% for you and 50% for me).

To enable us proceed with this arrangement, I will need the following information from you to process the transfer of these money to you as the beneficiary.

1.Your Full Names.
2.Your Contact Address.
3.Your Personal Telephone Number.

Please get back to me soonest to let me know if you are willing to help me.


Mr. David Abbey

What is Yahoo! Confidential? Is Y! Confidential Toolbar Malware?

Yahoo! Confidential software
Yahoo! Confidential

What is Y! Confidential Toolbar?

Yahoo! users are reportedly seeing a suspicious Y! Confidential toolbar pop up in the right hand corner of their screen. Is Y! Confidential related to the Operating System you are using?

Many people that use Yahoo! want to know what is this suspicious looking toolbar that keeps popping up in the bottom right hand corner of their screen when on various Yahoo! webpages. It could be malware or a virus that was downloaded onto your computer pretending to be associated with Yahoo!

Example: If you are in you will notice the Y! Confidential toolbar.
Y! Confidential toolbar

This is what we do know about the Y! Confidential toolbar:

  1. The links on this toolbar do not work, which supports the theory that it is still in beta testing.
  2. It is suspicious looking, especially with the virus or malware type of bug on the toolbar
  3. If the toolbar did take you to another website, it may be considered dangerous. It seems harmless at this point.

Is Yahoo! Confidential Toolbar is a Coding Experiment?

One person on Yahoo! Answers says that is a place where only Yahoo! employees have access to, and that Y! Confidential toolbar is a coding experiment that is in some kind of testing phase.

Yahoo! has not publicly acknowledged or stated what this toolbar is, or even if it is an experiment.

What is Yahoo! Confidential? Is Yahoo! Confidential Malware? 

More importantly, people are wondering if the Yahoo! Confidential toolbar is malware or even worse - a virus. When you hover your mouse over the Y! Confidential part, it appears to be a link that takes you to:

However, when you click on it, it takes you to a webpage that says: "Page Not Found" in IE or "This webpage is not available" (in Chrome). Since the links don't actually take you to another site, we can rule it out as a phishing scam. That would require the actual collection of your personal data. Yahoo! Confidential appears to be a coding experiment that is not yet live, or has not been properly removed from Yahoo! webpages.

The answer is: No. Yahoo! Confidential toolbar is not a virus. It is not malware, either. It is the intranet for Yahoo! employees, and the public is not supposed to be able to see it when visiting Yahoo! sites. It is a glitch if you can see it. (see the Yahoo! Answers explanation at the bottom of this post).

If you have any more information on the suspicious looking Yahoo! toolbar, please share in the comments section below.

How do I get rid of Yahoo! Confidential toolbar?

How do I get rid of Yahoo! Confidential toolbar?

The Disappearance of Yahoo! Games

The Latest controversy with Yahoo! is the sudden disappearance of Yahoo! Games. Games on Yahoo! were formerly found at: - If you happen to go there now, it is missing. If you are on the Yahoo! homepage, and click on the left sidebar under "more" there is "games" under the letter G. If you try and click on games, it will take you back to the Yahoo! homepage.

Does anyone else find this to be strange that Yahoo! Games has quietly disappeared while no one was paying attention?

Update: As of 12/18/16, "Games" is no longer listed under Yahoo's Products and Services.

Yahoo! Products and Services screenshot 12-18-16

Jimmy John's Protested for not Giving Employees Sick Days

Jimmy John's tainted sandwich made by sick worker
Something really sick has been made public by Minnesota Jimmy John's employees. They started a campaign to make a point that Jimmy John's employees are not given sick days. So they made the poster above to illustrate the point that it is unfair as well as unhealthy for the public to eat a sandwich made by a sick Jimmy John's employee. Moreover, former employees share stories of how they were punished for calling out sick, and unreasonable forced by the manager to find a replacement for their shift, or be punished.

The viral poster above points out that you would not be able to tell if a sandwich was made by a sick employee of the company, and that Jimmy John's should do something about it.

Should Jimmy John's Employees Protest their Employer over Sick Days?

If you are going to work for a company, when you agree to their terms of pay and other compensation, you agree to the terms. You don't start working for them, and then make a campaign against the company as an employee. That is grounds for termination, and is damaging to the company's reputation.

The employees involved were fired from Jimmy John's, which then filed a lawsuit against the company in 2012. The National Labor Board Review Board reviewed this case and sided with the fired employees, and has ordered Jimmy John's to give the "whistleblower" employees their jobs back.

According to an Inquisitr article, Jimmy John's was also identified in a news story about food-borne sickness in the state of Washington due to raw clover sprouts with E. coli.

Below is a video of former Jimmy John's employees that were fired from the company, and they want people to be educated on Jimmy John's practices.

For more information on the Jimmy John's campaign to get employees sick days, visit:

Miss Asia Pacific World Loses $100,000 Crown and International Title for Dishonesty

Miss Asia Pacific World refuses to give up crown

Miss Asia Pacific World, May Myat Noe has been accused of "stealing" the crown given to her as winner of the international title. The official website has now blacked out her picture, saying that she has been dethroned as Miss Asia Pacific World. She lost her $100,000 crown, and title for being dishonest and rude. She offended the organizers of the pageant, with some saying she never showed them the proper respect. From the moment she arrived, the South-Korean organizers acknowledged that they paid for her to have breast implants so she could look "more beautiful" for the pageant. They paid £6,000 pounds for breast enhancements. 

The now ex-queen, May Myat Noe, is from Yangon, Myanmar. They accuse her of stealing the crown, because they rescinded her title of Miss Asia Pacific World, and she refused to give back the $100,000 crown.

May Myat Noe, Miss Asia Pacific World

Ultimately, May Myat Noe was accused of lying to her pageant managers, and now stealing the crown, which led to her downfall as Miss Asia Pacific World. Hia Nu Tun was acting as her manager unofficially, and was involved in a discussion with pageant organizer over who should oversee her career as Miss Asia Pacific World. May's mother also was wanting to be her manager.

Burma started sending women to the pageant in 2012. May Myat Noe won the title in May 2014, opening a door of opportunity for Burmese women to have opportunity with international success.

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Mrs. Linda Cole Email Phishing Scam

Japan Mountain View

From Mrs. Linda Cole

Hello Dear!!!
I Am Mrs.Linda Cole, secretary to Dr. Timothy Hanson, Director. I'm writing to let you know about your $13.5 Million USA Dollars that my boss issued on your name before he travel out for his business purpose. Before he traveled out he instructed me to send you the total money through Money Gram because it will be less expensive and reliable for you to be receiving your daily $10,000 dollar until you receive your total money completely.
Meanwhile, the manager stated yesterday that, the director administrator trust funds have already signed and approved your payment, which you will be receiving your payment $10,000.00 Us Dollars immediately you sent them their Activation charge of $85 and it will serve as reconfirmation of your file Payment from the office in charge. So you are to contact them on below information,
Vital Finance Bank Money Gram Department.
Director: Mr Fredrick Musa
Address; Plot 1261, Adeola Hopewell Street CO/B/REP,
Be advise that the $85 is a compulsory as they told me that is only money you will pay until you receive your payment completely .So reconfirm your details to avoid any hitches in receiving your full payments.
Your Full Name......
Direct Telephone number.....
Also do let me know immediately they have started sending you your money, but try to comply with them to enable them serve you better.
Mrs. Linda Cole

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This scam from Linda Cole just simply doesn't make sense. No one's boss is gonna just issue millions of dollars in anyone's name for no reason. This is one of the weakest phishing emails I have seen in a while. The phisher doesn't even bother to say what Dr. Timothy Hanson is the Director of. Also, most phishing emails don't say "Million USA Dollars" - it is more commonly seen as million USD.
Let's track the IP address of this scammer. Using the email headers, this email scam originates from Japan, with the IP address of Don't fall victim to this scam.

Xavier Carvalho Crude Oil Lifting License Phishing Scam

Xavier Carvalho
Crude Oil Tanker

Confidential offer from Xavier Carvalho

Crude oil Lifting License No: C-STP/602754

Reply Email:

This is a confidential business offer from the crude oil rich Sao Tome and Principe.

Please ensure that you reply this email strictly at

I make this introduction based on my regard for your credibility. My name is Eng. Xavier Carvalho. I work with the Sao Tome and Principe national petroleum agency.

To be precise, I oversee the issuance of oil allocation license for our oil company. My position in the agency entitles me to recommend oil allocation bidders and actualize oil lifting and exploration allocation licenses to my candidates based on my interest. I also oversea and approve the issuance of the license for crude oil allocation in our company and also monitor the lifting procedures in our company.

In June 2007, I facilitated and actualized the license of a candidate. A business man from Korea (Comprehensive details to be provided subsequently).The license was for 1 year at 24 million BBLS/12 months. Incidentally the candidate was no more. The license has been valid till date (as I always ensure that I keep to my side of the bargain), I have decided to begin using the license from AUGUST 2014. I am in need of a partner from your country whom I can trust. I will package this partner as the allocation license beneficiary and assign the license to this partner. Due to my position in the petroleum agency, I cannot handle this position. Your profile fits into the criteria of a partner I need. This is why I am contacting you. With the trend of events in Sao Tome and Principe, we shall be able to lift a minimum of 300,000 barrels of BLCO per month. This will fetch us an average of US$28 million per month. And we have from AUGUST 2014 up until AUGUST 2015 to lift crude oil which will fetch us approximately (12) x (28) Million dollars. Which is approximately 336 Million dollars for the rest of the time of the license allocation?  I have ready buyers who are waiting and would 
be ready to  scramble for any number of barrels we lift. Also I will oversee all lifting procedures with the available mercenary around.

This is what I propose:
1. Your company profile shall be used in place of the initial license Operator. This I shall handle with my capacity in the company.
2. I will ensure that your company's profile is recognized as the current license operator and that we have a mandate for at least min of 300,000 barrels per month, a maximum of 500,000 barrels per month. Starting from AUGUST
3. I will ensure that all lifting procedures are in place and buyers readily available to purchase the product.
4. You shall stand in as the license operator for all lifting and sales transactions; we shall open an account for the receipt of the oil sale proceeds in which both of us shall be signatories to the account or you can provide your personal or company bank account to receive the payments on our behalf.
5. We shall split the oil sale proceeds in the ratio of 60:40 equity shares. I, Xavier Carvalho, shall be entitled to 60% share while your company shall be entitled to 40% share.

Please note: no third party arrangement shall be allowed. I believe 
you are a man of wisdom and intelligence.

This offer I make to you is based on utmost good faith. I could be Jeopardizing my position in the agency if a word of this goes out.Therefore without mincing words, I rely on you for utmost confidentiality on every bit of detail relating to this transaction.

Please reply this email strictly at
I am in London on official duties at the moment waiting for your response. Upon your positive response, I will be willing to forward to you proof of my proposition and my personal identity. Also I shall fly back to Sao Tome and Principe and from there we shall commence operations. I shall also provide you details of the former license operator and a copy of the license issued to him for the lifting of crude oil in our company which I personally approved and endorsed. Also procedures for license Reassignment and actualizing the rest of the project shall be provided to you.

Please in response to this email, quote the reference number: Crude oil Lifting License No: C-STP/602754 I look forward to a prospective business relationship between us.


Eng. Xavier Carvalho
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 Let's track the IP address of this scammer. Using the email headers, this email scam originates from South Africa, with IP address Don't fall victim to this scam.

Victoria's Secret: Woman Attempts to Smuggle $40,000 Cash Abroad in her Underwear

Victoria Faren hidden money in girdle
Bra and Girdle with $40,000 cash

A 78 year-old woman from Florida was recently caught trying to smuggle cash abroad in her bra and girdle. She was caught at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on its way to the Philippines. Her name is Victoria Faren, and she lost $40,000 in cash to customs because she was caught trying to smuggle her money through customs.

Why was this an issue?

This was an issue because all commercial airline passengers must declare the amount of money they are taking abroad, and the maximum amount is limited to $10,000 USD. The total amount of cash that Victoria Faren tried to smuggle on board was $40,000 USD. She only declared having $200 USD on her, which was $38,800 short of the real amount concealed on her.

Victoria's Secret was Hidden Cash in her Girdle

Victoria had a secret. She had $8,000 in her carry-on luggage, $3,000 inside her blouse, with $2,000 of that cash was sewn into her bra strap. Customs agents then noticed that there were bulges in her girdle. They patted her down, and found $21,000 USD stuffed inside her girdle.

The Source of Her Money

Victoria Faren recently sold her house for $120,000 USD, and wanted to bring $40,000 of that to the Phillipinnes, because she believed that it would be "safer" there. She hid the money on herself because she knew that it was illegal to smuggle that much money out of the country.

Victoria Faren was ultimately not charged with a crime. She has to go before a judge in order to persuade the judge that she should be able to get her $40,000 cash that was confiscated by customs.

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Nicole Marois Email Phishing Scam

Nicole Marois
Nicole Marois

Mrs Nicole Marois
Burkina Faso, Africa

Subject: Dear Beloved One

Dear Beloved one,
I am Mrs Nicole Marois, and I have been suffering from ovarian cancer disease and the doctor says that i have just two days to leave.I am from (Paris) France but based in Burkina Faso, Africa since eight years ago as a business woman dealing with gold exportation.
Now that I am about to end the race like this,without any family members and no child, I have $3 Million US DOLLARS in Africa Development Bank (ADB) Burkina Faso which I instructed the bank to give (St Andrews Missionary Home) in Burkina Faso, But my mind is not at rest because i am writing this letter now through the help of my computer beside my sick bed.

Millions in a Bank in Burkina Faso

I also have $4.5 Million US Dollars at (ECO BANK PLC) here in Burkina Faso and I instructed the bank to transfer the money to the first foreigner that will apply to the bank after i have gone that they should release the fund to him/her,but you will assure me that you will take 50% of the money and give 50% to the orphanages home in your country for my heart to rest with GOD.
Return back to me immediately if you can handle this transfer project on my behalf before death cross my way so that I will send to you a copy my international passport which you will show to the bank to make the bank know that I instructed you to contact them for the transfer of my fund with them to you, and also give to you the bank contact information so that you will apply for the transfer of the fund and fulfill my dream of building orphanage home in your country, waiting to hear from you through  my private email address, (
Yours fairly friend,
Mrs Nicole Marois
Burkina Faso, Africa
My Hospital Room Telephone Number (+226 ) 66343546.
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 Let's track the IP address of this scammer. Using the email headers, this email scam originates from Kansas. The sender is not actually Nicole Marois from Burkina Faso, Africa. Don't fall victim to this scam.
IP Address 'Nicole Marois' phishing scam

Man and Pitbull Steal Garbage Truck in Boulder, CO

stolen garbage truck in Boulder, CO
Stolen Western Disposal Garbage truck (Boulder, CO)
A man in Boulder, CO stole a garbage truck and thought he would get away with it. But not before politely asking a police officer if he could borrow his car.

26 year-old Daniel Morkert, became nervous on Wednesday, August 30, 2014, when police were performing an investigation in his neighborhood in Boulder, CO. Daniel came outside of his apartment building with his pitbull and thanked the officer for his service. Daniel Morkert then asked the officer if he could borrow his police car.

Daniel Morkert Steals Garbage Truck

The police officer said no, so Daniel opted for something bigger -- a garbage truck. The garbage truck driver got out of the vehicle to move a dumpster, and that's when Daniel Morkert hopped in the driver's seat and drove off. Daniel Morkert then said, "I'm taking your truck!" The truck driver pleaded for Morkert to not take the truck, but it was too late. Not to mention that Morkert also had his pitbull in the garbage truck with him.

Boulder police then followed Daniel Morkert in a low speed chase down U.S. 36. Police put down spikes on the road near McCaslin Blvd. to flatten the tires. One tire blew on the spikes, but Daniel Morkert continued to drive eastbound on U.S. 36. After the tire blew, the police cars chased the garbage truck at 30 m.p.h.

The stolen garbage truck finally exited U.S. 36 at Wadsworth Blvd heading north. Shortly after, Daniel Morkert crashed the garbage truck into a median, south of Midway Blvd., in Broomfield. Morkert was apprehended by Broomfield police, then given over to Boulder CO police.

A neighbor of Daniel Morkert told police that she believes he is schizophrenic, and was initially freaked out by police in their neighborhood.

Daniel Morkert has been charged with reckless driving, auto theft, and eluding a police officer.

Scam Alert: Wire Fraud on Debit Card with Forced Sale Transactions

Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr.

Wire fraud is a growing type of scam. This type of scam takes advantage of the "forced code" or "forced sale" ability at any merchant retail store to override their debit card swipers.

Wire Fraud Defined

What is wire fraud?

According to Wikipedia, wire fraud is: "any fraudulent scheme to intentionally deprive another of property or honest services via mail or wire communication. It has been a federal crime in the United States since 1872."

Wire Fraud Scams

Recently, 24 year-old Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. was arrested after mastering the wire fraud scam. He scammed Apple out of $309,768.00 worth of Apple products in their retail stores. Sharron Lavern Parrish Jr. would go into an Apple store and attempt to buy products on 1 of 4 personal debit cards. The cards were actually no longer working, but that didn't matter. 

Sharron then pretended to call his financial institution, after insisting that the code was valid. He would then give the Apple Representative a fake authorization code, which he claimed to be from his bank. The code was actually made up. Sharron knew how many digits the authorization code needed to be, and he could just make up any code, as long as it was the correct number of digits.

The merchant enters the override code into their system, and then can process a transaction on a debit card that is no longer working for that banking institution.

Sharron continued to do this wire fraud until he was caught. He scammed Apple at least 42 different times.

Another scammer also caught on to this wire fraud scam. Her name is Temeshia McDonald. She was caught and sentenced to three years in jail. She performed this debit card scam at Victoria's Secret and Banana Republic, among other stores.

Temeshia scammed $557,690.00 worth of goods from various retail stores until she was caught.

The Secret Service investigates reported cases of wire fraud.

Notice of Proposed Settlement of Class Action Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster

Superior Court of California


If you purchased tickets from you may be entitled to benefits from a class action settlement.

This is a court ordered notice from the Superior Court of the State of California. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer.

For each ticket order (up to 17 orders) you made from between October 21, 1999 and February 27, 2013, a settlement will provide a credit of $2.25 for use on future ticket orders. You will receive an additional $5 credit towards UPS delivery of future orders, for each order where you purchased the UPS delivery option (up to 17 purchases).

If less than $42 million in discounts are used by Class Members, Ticketmaster will make free tickets available to Class Members, on a first-come, first-served basis, in an amount sufficient to reach $42 million when combined with the discounts that are used.

Court appointed lawyers for the Class will ask the court for up to $15 million in fees and up to $1.5 million in expense reimbursement. The court will determine the amount of any fees, and that amount will be paid by Ticketmaster. The fees will not reduce any benefits to the Class. Over the past 11 years, the lawyers for the Class have invested over $7.5 million in time, and $1.25 million in expenses in pursuing this case for the Class.

The Settlement also provides a $3 million contribution to the University of California Irvine School of Law to fund a permanent consumer law clinic.

The Plaintiffs in this case claim that certain fees on were deceptive or excessive and improper. The two sides disagree on whether the Class would have won if the case went to trial, and how much money the Class could have recovered even if they won. This settlement is a compromise of both sides' rights.


You do not need to do anything to obtain the benefits of this settlement. If you do nothing and the Class Action Settlement is approved by the Court, you will automatically receive the codes for discounts on future purchases, and the codes for free tickets if they are made available. The codes will be sent by email and will be available on your "my account" page of Ticketmaster's website


You will not obtain any benefits from this case.


If you do not think the Settlement is fair, you may file an objection with the Court explaining your position. You may hire an attorney to represent you, but are not required to do so.

• These rights and options - and the deadlines and requirements to exercise them - are explained in this notice. The Court in charge of this case still has to decide whether to approve the Settlement. Benefits will be distributed if the Court approves the Settlement and the appeals process is completed. Please be patient.

Questions? Please visit or call Plaintiffs' counsel.
Please do not call the court if you have questions about this case.


1. Why did I get this Notice?

After several mediation sessions before impartial mediators, the parties have reached the proposed Settlement for this case, which must be approved by the Court. If you have received this notice by email, it is because Ticketmaster's records reflect that you are a member of the Class. You may also be a member of the UPS Subclass. The purpose of this notice is to inform you of the terms of the Settlement, the benefits available to you under it, how this lawsuit and the Settlement may affect your legal rights, important upcoming deadlines relating to the Settlement, and the steps you must take if you want to object to or opt out of the Settlement.

2. What is the name of the case and where is it filed?

The case is Schlesinger, et. al. v. Ticketmaster, Case No. BC304565. It is pending in the Superior Court of the State of California - Los Angeles, Central Civil West Courthouse- Department 310.

3. What is this case about?

Plaintiffs claim that some of Ticketmaster's fees are deceptive and misleading. They claim that Ticketmaster's description of its fees is deceptive and suggests that the fee for UPS delivery of tickets is a pass-through of the amount that UPS charged Ticketmaster for that delivery. Plaintiffs also claim that Ticketmaster's description of its fees caused customers to believe its Order Processing Fee was based on or related to Ticketmaster's costs in processing orders, but was not based on those costs and was actually a profit generator which Ticketmaster required customers to pay.

4. What does Ticketmaster say about the case?

Ticketmaster denied all of Plaintiffs' claims, and has defended this litigation for more than ten years. In addition to denying the merits of Plaintiffs' claims, Ticketmaster opposed Plaintiffs' request that the Court certify this case as a class action. If the Settlement is not approved, Ticketmaster will continue to fight the case and the only way that you and the other Class Members will recover anything is if Plaintiffs ultimately win the case at trial or if the parties subsequently reach another settlement that is approved by court.

5. Why is this case a class action and who is included?

After reviewing extensive evidence and legal arguments, the Court determined that the case should proceed as a class action. Plaintiffs asked the Court to certify the case as a class action. Ticketmaster vigorously opposed the case being certified as a class action. On February 5, 2010, the Court certified the case as a class action only on behalf of California residents who purchased tickets from, including a subclass of consumers who also purchased UPS delivery for those tickets. Plaintiffs appealed that decision, to the extent the Court did not include consumers residing outside of California. In September 2010, the Appellate Court ordered that the case be certified as a nationwide class action. The trial court then issued an Order certifying a nationwide class covering purchases made from the Website from October 21, 1999 through May 31, 2010. For purposes of this settlement, Ticketmaster has agreed to expand the Class to include customers who purchased tickets through February 27, 2013. Specifically, the Class includes all consumers who (1) purchased tickets on Ticketmaster's website from October 21, 1999 through February 27, 2013, (2) paid money to Ticketmaster for an OPF that was not fully refunded, (3) did not and do not opt-out of the Class, and (4) were residents of one of the fifty United States at the time of their purchase, including persons who placed, and then cancelled, a ticket order without obtaining a full refund of the OPF. Certain people are excluded from the Class. They are (a) Ticketmaster, (b) any entities in which Ticketmaster has a controlling interest or which have a controlling interest in Ticketmaster, (c) the officers, directors, employees, affiliates, and attorneys of Ticketmaster, or (d) any employee or officer of the Court or their immediate family members. If you also purchased UPS delivery for your tickets, then you are also a member of the "UPS Subclass."

6. Who can I contact regarding the Settlement, and who represents the parties?

Class Counsel: The Class Members are represented by Lead Class Counsel, who have been litigating the case on behalf of the Class since it was filed in 2003. The Court has evaluated the qualifications and efficacy of these attorneys and certified them to represent the Class. They are:

Robert J. Stein III, Esq.


1 MacArthur Place, Suite 200

Santa Ana, CA 92707

Tel: (714) 852-6837

Fax: (714) 852-6899


Steven P. Blonder, Esq.


191 North Wacker Dr., Suite 1800

Chicago, IL 60606

Tel: (312) 521-2402

Fax: (312) 521-2100


Ticketmaster is represented by:

Jeff E. Scott, Esq.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

1840 Century Park East, Suite 1900

Los Angeles, CA 90067-2121

Tel: (310) 586-7700

Fax: (310) 586-7800


The Claims Administrator:

The court appointed Claims Administrator in this matter is The Garden City Group, Inc ("GCG"). You may reach the Claims Administrator by e-mail, fax, mail or telephone using the following contact information:

Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster

c/o GCG

P.O. Box 9731

Dublin, OH 43017-5631


Toll-free telephone number: (877) 317-9139

Fax number: (206) 876-5201

Ticketmaster Settlement Terms

1. If the Court approves the Settlement, and I stay in the Class, what do I get?

(a) All Class Members receive discounts for future ticket purchases.

You will receive Discount Codes via email, and the Discount Codes will also be available through an active link on your "my account" webpage on the Website. These codes will give you a discount of $2.25 each when applied toward subsequent purchases of primary tickets on the Website for events in the United States (except for events at AEG owned or operated venues). You will receive one Discount Code for each purchase transaction you made over the Website during the Class Period, up to a maximum of 17 Discount Codes. You can use two Discount Codes at the same time, for a $4.50 discount. Discount Codes are not transferable and may only be used by you, and each code can only be used once.

(b) UPS Subclass Members receive additional discounts on future UPS ticket deliveries.

If you are a member of the UPS Subclass, in addition to the $2.25 Discount Codes that all Class Members receive, you will also receive UPS Discount Codes (sent via email and available on you "my account" webpage), for a $5.00 credit against your next UPS charge (or some other overnight delivery service that Ticketmaster may offer in the future) when ordering tickets over the Website. You will receive one UPS Discount Code for each purchase you made over the Website during the Class Period where you paid Ticketmaster to arrange to have your tickets shipped via UPS (again, up to a maximum of 17 UPS Discount Codes). You can use two UPS Discount Codes at the same time (for a $10 discount) and the UPS Discount can be used in connection with the $2.25 (OPF) Discount Codes that you will also receive. UPS Discount Codes are not transferable and may only be used only by you, and each code can only be used once.

2. What happens if not many Class Members use the Discount Codes?

If the Settlement is approved, Ticketmaster will issue approximately $386 million in Discount Codes, including the UPS Discount Codes, which are good for four years. If the Class Members do not use at least $42 million worth of codes, Ticketmaster has agreed to make free tickets for certain events available to Class Members on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticketmaster will make enough of the free tickets available to make up for the difference between the amount of discounts that are redeemed and $42 million. You will not have to wait four years to determine if any free tickets will be issued. Beginning a year after the Discount Codes are first issued, the parties will evaluate their redemption rates, and if less than $10.5 million a year in discounts have been redeemed, Ticketmaster will make free tickets available.

The process for getting free tickets is as follows: Along with the Discount Codes, you will automatically receive, via email and an active link on your "my account" webpage, a separate set of codes (one per transaction over the Class Period, with a cap of 17 codes) that you may redeem for a pair of free concert tickets at certain Live Nation owned or operated venues ("Ticket Codes"). If less than $10.5 million in Discount Codes are redeemed per year, Ticketmaster will make a sufficient number of tickets available to be claimed via the Ticket Codes to equal or exceed the value of the shortfall in the redemption of the Discount Codes, subject to certain limitations set forth in the Settlement Agreement. You may redeem each Ticket Code for two free tickets, with a maximum of two Ticket Codes (four tickets) per event. The tickets will be for general admission seating at designated concert events at certain Live Nation owned or operated venues. You can only use each Ticket Code once. Although you cannot transfer the Ticket Codes, you may freely transfer any tickets that you obtain using the codes. Any free tickets will be made available at the same time the tickets go on sale to the general public. There will be a limited number of free tickets, and they will be issued on a first-served basis as described in the Settlement Agreement.

3. What if I lose my Discount Codes or change my email address?

All of the Discount Codes will be accessible to you on your "my account" webpage on Ticketmaster's website. The codes are associated with your email address on file. If you change your email address, and the Discount Codes are no longer reflected, there will be a link on the Claims Administrator's website,, where you can update your information so that you can use your Discount Codes.

4. What if I think I did not get all the Discount Codes that I should have?

If there is a dispute regarding your settlement amount, or any other aspect of your participation in the Settlement (other than objections as set forth above), the dispute shall be decided by the Honorable John Wagner (Ret.).

5. Are there any other benefits under the Settlement?

Yes, there are several additional benefits.

(a) Ticketmaster will pay $3 million to the University of California, Irvine School of Law to be used for the benefit of consumers like yourself.

In addition to the benefits set forth above, Ticketmaster will also make a $3 million cy pres cash payment to the University of California, Irvine School of Law's Consumer Law Clinic. The money will establish the Consumer Law Clinic as a permanent clinic, and will be used to: (i) provide direct legal representations for clients with consumer law claims, (ii) advocate for consumers through policy work, and (iii) provide free educational tools (including online tutorials) to help consumers understand their rights, responsibilities and remedies for online purchases.

(b) Changes to Ticketmaster's Website.

Ticketmaster has changed its Website and FAQs to add disclosures clarifying that Ticketmaster's OPF may include a profit and is not limited to its order processing costs, and that its Delivery Price for expedited delivery via UPS may include a profit to Ticketmaster and is not the same as what UPS charges Ticketmaster. Although the specific language may be modified in Ticketmaster's discretion, the same basic message must continue to be conveyed with respect to any ticket sales for which Ticketmaster charges a separate order processing fee and/or Delivery Price.

6. Who pays for the attorneys' fees and other costs associated with the case?

Under the Settlement, Ticketmaster will pay all of the attorneys' fees and out-of-pocket expenses for the attorneys that have been certified to represent the Class and for the costs of administering the Settlement. You will not be required to pay any attorneys' fees or costs from your share of the Settlement. Lead Class Counsel will file with the Court an application (the "Fee Motion") asking for an award of up to $14,960,000 in attorneys' fees, which, if awarded by the Court, would represent a "multiplier" of less than 1.9 times Lead Class Counsel's "lodestar" as of March 31, 2012. The lodestar is the amount of time the lawyers for the Class have spent working on this case over the past ten years, multiplied by their hourly rates. Lead Class Counsel will also seek to recover the costs and expenses they have spent pursuing this case, not to exceed $1.5 million. The Court will decide the amount of any fees and expenses to be paid to Lead Class Counsel. Ticketmaster will pay attorneys' fees, costs and expenses to Lead Class Counsel in the amounts determined by the Court, provided such amounts do not exceed the aforementioned limitations. These amounts are in addition to any other recoveries provided for in the Settlement. They do not come out of, and will not affect, the recoveries available to you and other Class Members. If the Court awards less than $14,960,000 in attorneys' fees and/or $1.5 million in costs and expenses, you and the other members of the Class will not receive, or have any claim to the money representing the difference between the agreed upon limits and the amounts awarded.

7. Do the people who brought this case get anything extra?

Plaintiffs will ask the Court to make incentive awards not to exceed a total of $40,000 for the Individual Plaintiffs who have pursued the case for the Class. The Court will decide what amounts, if any, to award to each Plaintiff. Ticketmaster has agreed to pay any incentive awards approved by the Court up to a total limit of $40,000. This amount is in addition to any other recoveries provided for in the Settlement. It does not come out of, and will not affect, the recoveries available to you or other Class Members. If the Court awards less than $40,000 in incentive awards, neither you nor other members of the Class will have any claim to the money representing the difference between the agreed upon limits and the amounts awarded.

8. What am I giving up under the Settlement?

You are releasing certain claims that you may have against Ticketmaster. The complete release is contained in the Settlement Agreement. In summary, if the Court grants final approval of the Settlement, you will be deemed to have fully and finally released and discharged Ticketmaster and its related entities from any and all claims relating in any manner to the allegations made in connection with the claims alleged by Plaintiffs in this case. If you want more details about the scope of the release, you should read the Settlement Agreement, which is posted on the Litigation Website,

The release also covers any and all claims for attorneys' fees, costs or disbursements incurred by Lead Class Counsel or any other attorneys working with or under the direction of Lead Class Counsel for services rendered or value provided to the Class or the UPS Subclass. Nothing in the release precludes any action to enforce the terms of the Settlement Agreement. Insofar as this release extends to venues, the Released Claims shall not extend to any claims relating to the Face Value of Tickets (as defined in the Settlement Agreement). The Release also does not extend to any claims based on a breach of this Agreement.

9. How do I get more information about this settlement?

The Claims Administrator has set up the website to provide you with additional information regarding the lawsuit and Settlement and to allow you to update you email information. The Litigation Website includes copies in downloadable .pdf format of this notice, the Settlement Agreement, the most recent version of the Complaint in this case, the Motion for Preliminary Approval of this Settlement filed by Plaintiffs' attorneys, and the Court Order granting Preliminary Approval. The Litigation Website also provides a means for Class Members to make inquiries electronically to the Claims Administrator regarding this Settlement and other important information relating to the Settlement.

Additionally, any Class Member is free to inspect the Court file, which is located at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Department 310, 600 South Commonwealth Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90005.

What Happens Now - What are my Options?

1. When will Court decide whether to approve the Settlement? You will not receive any benefits unless the Court decides that the Settlement is fair and approves it. The court will hold a hearing to decide whether to approve the Settlement on January 13, 2015 at 10:00 am in Department 310 of the Los Angeles Superior Court, located at 600 South Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005. This hearing is called the "Final Approval Hearing." All of the documents filed in support of, or arguing against, the Settlement, including the attorneys' fees and expenses, and the awards to the named plaintiffs, will be filed in advance of the hearing and will be publicly available from the Court file. If you file a timely objection (explained below), you may (but are not required to) supplement your objection by timely filing a written opposition to any specific motion or application that has been filed with the Court, in accordance with the California Code of Civil Procedure. Any supplemental oppositions must be served on Plaintiff's counsel by personal or overnight delivery at the address below by no later than December 1, 2014. The Settlement will not be final or take effect until 5 days after Final Approval as defined in the Settlement Agreement (which means five days after no party can make any further appeal in this case).

2. How do I participate in the Settlement - What happens if I do nothing? You do not have to do anything to participate in the Settlement. If it is approved, you will automatically receive all of the Discount Codes you are entitled to. If the Court grants final approval of the Settlement, and if you do not properly and timely opt out of the Class, then you will automatically be included in the Class and the Subclass, as applicable. You will be bound by the terms of the Settlement Agreement and any Court Order approving the Settlement and Judgment, and will release your claims against Ticketmaster.

3. What if I do not want to be part of this case? If you do not want to be included in this case, you may exclude yourself by sending a written request to opt-out to the Claims Administrator at this address: Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster c/o GCG, P.O. Box 9731 Dublin, OH 43017-5631 postmarked on or before September 15, 2014 or by e-mail to: sent by no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on September 15th, 2014. Additionally, you may opt-out online at on or before September 15, 2014, by no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. If you opt-out of the Class, you will not receive any benefits, and if the Settlement is approved, you will not release your claims against Ticketmaster, and you will not be bound by any judgment in this case.

4. What if I want to object to the Settlement? If you do not exclude yourself from the Settlement, you have the right to object to any aspect of the proposed Settlement, including the relief provided to the Class Members and/or the attorneys' fees and expenses, and/or the incentive awards. You may make your objections personally or through any attorney that you hire. Even if you object to the Settlement, you will still be a Class Member and may still be entitled to share in the Settlement proceeds. The following is a summary of the requirements for filing an objection.

To be valid and considered by the Court, any objections by you must be submitted in writing, must be filed with the Clerk of the Court - DO NOT MAIL OR ATTEMPT TO FILE DOCUMENTS WITH THE JUDGE, THEY MUST BE FILED WITH THE CLERK OF THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA - and served by mail and/or email on Lead Class Counsel by September 15, 2014. Your objection must include the following information: (1) a heading referring to the Action; (2) your name, address, telephone number, email address, and the contact information for any attorney retained by you in connection with the objection; (3) any email addresses used by you in connection with the purchase of tickets from Ticketmaster's website during the from October 21, 1999 to present, and, to the best of your ability, the identification (description, date and location of the event, date of ticket purchase, number of tickets purchased, and whether or not the tickets were delivered by UPS) of all purchases you made from Ticketmaster's website during the Class Period; (4) a detailed statement of each objection you are making, the basis for each objection, and the relief that you are requesting; (5) a statement of whether you intend to appear, either in person or through an attorney, at the Final Approval Hearing; (6) if you intend to appear through counsel, you must identify the counsel's name, address, phone number, email address, and the state bar(s) to which the counsel is admitted, and any Points and Authorities in support of your objections should contain any and all legal authority upon which you will rely; and (7) if you are going to request the Court allow you to call witnesses at the Final Approval Hearing, you should provide Plaintiff's counsel a list of any such witnesses together with a brief summary of each witness's expected testimony at least thirty (30) days prior to the Final Approval Hearing. Failure to provide this list of witnesses may prevent a witness from testifying at the hearing. However, submitting this list does not guarantee that the witnesses shall be allowed to testify. Any counsel retained by you in connection with an objection shall identify all objections they have filed to class action settlements from January 1, 2010 to present, and identify the results of each objection, including any Court opinions ruling on the objections. Objector's counsel shall also identify if they have ever been sanctioned by a Court in connection with filing an objection.

If you file an objection, you must make yourself available for deposition upon ten days written notice, although the parties will work to accommodate your schedule to the extent practical. Also, for your convenience, the deposition must be taken within 40 miles of your residence, unless you agree to a different location.

An original and one copy of any objections you prepare shall be timely filed with the Clerk of the Court at the following address: Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 310, 600 South Commonwealth Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90005. Copies of all documents filed with the Clerk of the Court must also be sent to Plaintiffs' counsel at the following address:

Robert J. Stein III, Esq.


1 MacArthur Place, Suite 200

Santa Ana, CA 92707

Tel: (714) 852-6837

Fax: (714) 852-6899


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