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(Level: 133.8 - Posts: 3777)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 12:27 PM
ONE OF THE BEST SCAM EMAILS I HAVE EVER RECEIVED
Here is the text, as best as I can transfer it, from one of the best Nigerian scam emails I have ever received...and I have received hundreds. The original had lots of nice color accents and font size changes and other niceties.
NIGERIAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT
ANTI-FRAUD & DEBT UNIT
MOTTO: SECURITY WATCH .
Chairman Senate Committee On Debt Reconcilliantion &Evaluation.
Federal Republic Of Nigeria.
I am honorable Mr. David Mark, the Chairman Senate Committee On Debt Reconciliation and Evaluation Federal Republic of Nigeria, After the meeting I held with other members of the Executive Arm of the Government, we decided in one accord to reshuffle every section of government departments with immediate effect.
We have also investigated and found out that a great deal of injustice has been shown to foreign contractors and Inheritors who have spent their time and money to conclude the transfer processes with different commercial banks in this great country Nigeria. However, we the Executive Arm of the Government in conjunction with the presidency have decided also to clear all debt owned to genuine contractors and Inheritors to avoid the good name of our great nation being tarnished or dragged to the mud by other countries of the outside world and at the same time protect our nascent democracy.
In fact, after our careful verification, we discovered that your Inheritance file is among other fifteen (15) files confirmed to be genuinely ok and all these Inheritance files are ready now on my table already Approved for immediate payment of US$15,000,000.00 from the Citizens International Bank (C.I.B.)Lagos Nigeria as a part payment of your inheritance / Contractual sum..
Please confirm the receipt of this e-mail by responding to this office immediately so that your Inheritance file will be forwarded to the Citizens International Bank (C.I.B.) for immediate payment of your Inheritance entitlement without further delay.
You should be informed that this money for this payment by the (C.I.B) Lagos Nigeria is mapped out from this year?s Federal government Budget and the recovered funds Looted out of the Nigerian Treasury by the former Military Head of State General Sani Abacha's family and Other Retired Army Generals. Most importantly, your payment Can be via a C.I.B Certified International Bank Draft payable to your Bank in your country or Via Telegraphic Wire Transfer To your Bank Account. You should contact me immediately you receive this e-mail and also you should reconfirm your phone and fax numbers in your response to this letter.
However, we regret the inconvenience this has caused you in the past. Therefore, you should contact the Citizens International Bank immediately for the immediate release of Your payment to you because this payment exercise will last for only 5 working days from today. The fund Approval of your Payment has been forwarded to the Citizens International Bank (C.I.B.) for the release of your draft /cheque as soon as the Draft has been raised.
Note :That the amount approved for payment to as payment is US$15,000,000.00 Only. Also payment can be made to you by Telegraphic wire transfer if you wish. Put a stop to contacting any body any where in the world for the release of this fund even Professor Charles Soludo of Central Bank of Nigeria so that you will not have cost to regret dealing with wrong hands. You should not communicate to any one again for any reason whatsoever until my further notice.
Contact the following person immediately and send to him your particulars including your phone and fax numbers. We will soon finalize this years last quarter payment exercise to conclude the last fiscal year. No unpaid debt will be carry over to next year and Nigeria has paid so many debts this year. We are likely to have a Budget deficit by next year. You phone number is highly needed.
Name. Dr.Dangote George.
Director Foreign Operation Citizens International
Bank Victoria Island Lagos Nigeria.
Keep me updated as soon as you contact him. Thank you and GOD bless.. Keep off from imposters before they will destroy you.
Senator Mark .
Senate President and
The Chairman Senate Committee On Debt
Reconciliation & Evaluation FGN
(Level: 181.7 - Posts: 2100)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 12:32 PM
I must say ... That's really creative!
(Level: 65.4 - Posts: 7)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 12:35 PM
I have had around 20 similar in the last few weeks alone, all with different email addresses and different people's names in them. What I wonder is, do people actually get fooled by these anymore? With all the information out there and publicity of scammers do these actually work anymore?
(Level: 144.1 - Posts: 147)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 12:36 PM
I would have never opened an email like this, I would have just checked it as spam and deleted it
(Level: 128.2 - Posts: 21596)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 2:01 PM
Had a somewhat similiar experience when trying to rent out a room in my home-used Roommates.com. It took me a bit to catch on to the scam. People saying they lived usually in Great Britain said they would be relocating here. They sent me a check drawn on an HSBC account for an amount much more than the rent and deposit I had requested. They wanted me to deposit it and then wire traveling money back to them-variety of reasons why they could not come up with a reason why they couldn't send me the amount I needed and use whatever else for their travel expenses. One man actually sent me the check after I had told him not tio do that. To protecct myself went to the UPS store and sent it bacjk uncashed to the address in England. (not cheap). It was supposedly for his neice and he sent pictures and a letter containing great details about her education and upbringing. After this incident received a couple of like requests online but immediately reported them to the site and their accounts were terminated. More than sure they began again using another name and location . after that refused to communicate with anyone outside the US boundaries. Lots of good folks finds rooms via roommates as the first person I had in my home contacted through them. He was very nice. He was a chefat a posh Disney hotel so he kept us in the best cuisine-Linda
(Level: 133.8 - Posts: 3777)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 2:17 PM
I agree, Keith. 99.9% of the time I do that. The subject was just enough to make me want to see how bad or creative it was. I have enough pre-screening and security to kill unwanted trojans, etc.
(Level: 140.1 - Posts: 223)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 2:26 PM
I get that stuff too and always wonder where I can tattle on them. I used to forward them to my police chief but I doubt he has time to do anything about it. One I got that really worried me allegedly was from the Bank of America where I have NOT banked for maybe 40 years and it implied I needed to update.
My worst experience nearly like this was a phone call from allegedly my grandson needing money "somewhere in Canada" where he had rented a car and after a "few drinks" at a wedding reception had a fender bender. Supposedly the judge wouldnt accept his charge card. He promised to repay the money if I would send some to him. I didnt think it sounded like him so I said, "When is your birthday, Tim?" and the caller hung up! For a few minutes I thought possibly we had been cut off. . . Several hours later I located the grandson who had happily been at work all day.
Our local paper has warned folks about the "Canadian" call over and over again.
(Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 4:29 PM
We too were almost "had" by an online scammer. My 22 yr old daughter posted her car for sale on craigslist for $750. She received a response from a man who offered to buy it sight unseen - that was my first clue. She was excited about it and sent him my work address to send the money order to (I told her not to send him any personal information). A few days later I received a letter with 2 money orders for $800 each. In the letter he said that the car was to be shipped overseas and could I please cash both money orders and send the other $800 to a his shipper by Western Union. There was an address in Toronto on the money orders. I did a reverse look up on the address and it came up with a totally unrelated business and no one by that name. I also looked up "money order fraud" online and discovered how the scam works. The money orders are very convincing fakes. You deposit them at the bank (no questions asked as they look very real) so it appears you have the money in your bank. You then wire the requested sum to the criminal, as requested. A few days later, the bank contacts you to advise that the money orders were no good and you are now out the money you sent.
Here is a link for reporting email money scams:
(Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 4:36 PM
Wall street recently pulled a scam something like this one. They were successful though.
(Level: 201.2 - Posts: 1120)
Sun, 7th Dec '08 8:03 PM
Darn! I've been waiting on my commission of the brazillion dollars I accepted from Ms. Ima Shur Skruyu of Scambamia to arrive for weeks. Are you saying I might not get it? She seemed so nice.
(Level: 178.6 - Posts: 909)
Mon, 8th Dec '08 1:28 AM
Whenever I receive one of those emails informing me that I have a large amount of money just waiting for me to grab my first thought is how did you get my email address. My phone number or address maybe but my email address. Highly unlikely way to contact me on a matter involving so much money.
(Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Mon, 8th Dec '08 7:12 AM
Scammers are everywhere. I currently have a horse for sale, listed on a popular horse classified website. I have received several offers to buy her without seeing her; the last was from a man who said the horse would be a birthday surprise for his daughter and, therefore, was in a hurry to buy. The plan is to send me a cashier's check for payment. They will send a check made out for a sum over the agreed purchase price and I'm supposed to refund the balance in cash. Of course, the check will be counterfeit.
The list of reported scammers on this one horse classified ad site is many pages long!
(Level: 183.6 - Posts: 57)
Mon, 8th Dec '08 9:36 AM
You mean.....this is a scam? Uh, oh!
(Level: 140.1 - Posts: 223)
Mon, 8th Dec '08 10:29 AM
Thanks, Lisa, for the link. , , I didnt think of FBI and my father in law was one!
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