Stupid Punts!

Stupid Punts!


Examples of the "Nigerian scam" that flood my email box everyday.

Friday, April 30, 2004


I've won another lottery, really this is becoming tedious in the extreme.

An email subject "Congratulation" (sic) dropped into my mail box this morning informing me of my win.

The draw, rather appropriately, was held on April Fool's Day.

Out of 4M tickets, I have been selected and won $1M..Yippee!!!

Guess what? There has been a mix up in the tickets, no surprise there then.

This bunch of crooks claims that Bill Gates is involved, no doubt there are suckers out there in cyberspace who will fall for this.

However, I advise all of you who read this not to follow the the "lame brained"; this is a con simple as that.



Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice, the results of the Category
"A" draws of GOLDEN LOTTERY WORLD-WIDE. We are happy to inform you that you have
emerged a winner under the First Category, which is part of our promotional
draws. The draws were held on the 1ST APRIL 2004 and results was officially
announced 16TH APRIL 2004. Participants were selected through a computer ballot
system drawn from 4,000,000 names/email addresses of individuals and companies
from Africa, America, Asia, Australia,Canada, U.K, Europe,Middle East, and New
Zealand as part of our International Promotions Program

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners International
programs held on the 1ST MARCH 2004. Your e-mail address attached to ticket
number 37511465899-6410 with serial number 8472-510707H drew lucky numbers
9-00-28-23-7546 which consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore
been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$ 1,000,000.00 (One Million United
States Dollars) with The Ref. Number: 132/756/40027. The Batch Number:


Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your
winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your
money Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.

This promotional program takes place every three year. This lottery was
promoted and sponsored by Bill Gates, President of the World Largest software,
we hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next year USD50
million international lottery. To file for your claim.

Please contact your claims agent immediately, to begin your claims process MR
ANDREW ROWLINGS of the FINANCIAL TRUST AGENCY. Amsterdam, The Netherlands,

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 16TH MAY 2004. After this
date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please
remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon
as possible.

To enable you file your winning prize, you are advised to fully comply with our
co-respondent agency office, and due processing and remittance of your prize
money to a
designated account of your choice.

Once more Your funds are now deposited with FINANCIAL TRUST AGENCY,
AMSTERDAM-THE NETHERLANDS, a reputable finance firm in the AMSTERDAM, Insured.
In your best interest and also to avoid mix up of numbers and names of any kind,
we request that you keep the entire details of your award strictly from public
notice until the process of transferring your claims has been completed, and
your funds remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol to
avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants/nonparticipants of
this program.

Sincerely yours,



N.B. Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified. And Any breach
of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification.
Please do not reply to this mail to coordinator, contact your claims agent.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Those of you who are reading this, and think that nobody could ever fall for the "Nigerian Scam" should think again.

Many have in fact fallen for this scam, all happily holding on to the belief that they could never be fooled.

One Swiss gentleman "invested" (ie lost) over $100K in a "Nigerian oil company" over a period of 6 months.

What makes this person's case even more remarkable, is the fact that the Swiss police contacted him on several ocassions to warn him that he was being "scammed". The Swiss banking system is efficient and picked up large money transfers to Nigeria, the bank then informed the police.

He chose not to believe them, placing his faith in the integrity of his "trusted" Nigerian associates.

The result?

He is now down over $100K, and feeling very foolish.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Here is another version of the Nigerian scam, this time affecting those who sells items on the internet.

It works a bit like this.

You advertise your heirloom, eg classic car, on the net.

Someone responds to you by email, claiming to be an agent for someone interested in buying your product.

They send you a cheque.

However, the cheque is for too much.

The buyer than asks you to cash the cheque, and reimburse the difference.

Needless to say by the time you have sent the money for the difference, and possibly parted with your heirloom, the original cheque has bounced.

It's a nasty world out there!

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

It seems that yet another scam email is being let loose upon the long suffering residents of cyberspace.

This one offers large prizes to the hapless victims.

I understand that several email recipients in Brunei have been receiving offers that involve luxury limousines, and grand lottery wins.

In one of the scam emails, recipients are led to believe to be the `lucky winner' of a luxury car.

These bogus emails not only gave winning codes and reference numbers required to collect luxury prize, but also alleged addresses for contact information and how to claim the prize.

The swindlers gave the usual "B***it" as to how the recipient came up as the `lucky winner', by claiming that the recipient's email address was selected randomly out of millions of email addresses across the globe through an automated computer ballot system.

As usual though, in order to enable the speedy processing of prizes, recipients were urged to provide full personal details before the unlikely dateline of April 31.

Where's my car then?

Sunday, April 25, 2004

If you think that the amounts of money mentioned in these letters are large, then read the following news item from AFP.

It seems that it is not just individuals who are naive!

"The Nigerian judge presiding over the trial of defendants accused of bringing down a Brazilian bank in the world's biggest case of "419 advanced fee fraud" has postponed a hearing due for Tuesday, a prosecutor said.

Chief Justice Lawal Gumi had been due to start evidential hearings on the alleged $242-million scam, but has delayed proceedings until May 11, chief prosecution counsel Rotimi Jacobs told AFP.

The Abuja High Court judge has not yet decided how to rule on a defence motion to have the case thrown out on the grounds that similar charges have been lodged against the same accused in a Lagos magistrate's court, he said.

The further delay came as a surprise since Gumi, who had previously alleged that the defendants have sought to bribe court officials, warned at the last hearing against any attempts by the defence to delay proceedings.

Three suspects - banker Emmanuel Nwude, housewife Amaka Anajemba and businessman Nzeribe Okoli -face charges they duped a corrupt Brazilian bank official into sending them 190 million dollars of his employer's cash in exchange for a stake in a fictitious airport construction contract.

The bank, Bano Noroeste of Sao Paolo, collapsed in 2001.

When creditors brought a civil case for damages in London, auditors found a $242-million hole in its finances, traceable to transfers made to the Nigerian defendants between 1995 and 1998."

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Hooray! Hooray!

I have won another lottery, amazing!

This time I have won $1.5M from an Italian scheme. However, as usual, there has been a "mix up with the tickets".

They want me to send in my details etc. No doubt at some stage I will have to forward a prepayment.

Come on guys, at least change the story a bit; I am getting bored with the "ticket mix up" routine.

Globalroyer Email Lottery promotiom.
22 Via Settembre
San, Martino B.A
37036 Verona
Ref Number: 45667/678-4537
Batch Number: 90035611223-WMG/2004
Sir / Madam
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Webmasters Global
Email Lottery programs held on the 2nd of Apr 2004 Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number 36589520174-2986 with Serial Number
6448-249 Drew lucky numbers 4-2-6-7-5-12-32 which consequently Won in
the 1st category with another lucky winner, you both have therefore
been approved for a lump sum pay of US$1,000,000.00 (One Million
States Dollars).US$500,000.00 (Five hundred thousand United States
Dollars) for each winner.
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your
winning information confidential until your claims has been processed
and your money paid out to you. This is part of our security protocol
to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn
from over 200,000 companies and 30,000,000 individual email addresses
names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place
three year.
To file for your claims, please contact our FIDUCIAL AGENT in Italy,
for your Winning claims and Processing on
Transatlantic Security BV
Contact Officer- MR. NELSON PAN
Please, be aware that our Paying Bank will effect Payment Swiftly upon
satisfactory report, Verifications and validations provided by our
processing Agent that would be designated to your file.
Remember, all winning must be CLAIMED not later than 30th of May
2004. After this date all unclaimed funds would be included in the
next stake.
Please note that in other to avoid unnecessary delays and
remember to quote your reference information in all correspondence.
Futhermore, should there be any eventual change of information please
inform our Agent as quickly as posible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thanks for
being part of our promotional program.
Note: Anyboby under the age of 18 is automatically
of the affiliate agencies are automatically not allowed to participate
in this program.
Yours truly,
Mrs. Gold Wassel.
Games / Lottery Coordinator.
Globalroyer Email Lotter-

Friday, April 23, 2004

Watch Out There's a Phisher About!

I received my first "phishing" attack today, now I truly feel part of the world wide internet community.

Phishing is where you receive an email from a person pretending to be a legitimate organisation, in this case Citibank.

It is a version of the Nigerian scam.

The email will ask you to click on a link, and enter your account details and pin number.


No legitimate bank will ever ask for your pin number, by phone or email.

If you receive one of these, report it.

To_verificatiion_of _your_ _e-mail_ addres click on the link :

and submit_ on_the sma|| _window _your CITIBANK Atm/Debit full card number and
that _you use in_the local_Atm-Machine.

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Thursday, April 22, 2004

The Deputy Minister of Minerals and Energy for South Africa has written to me, I am honoured!

Her letter is, to say the least, a tad confusing.

She starts off by talking about $16M, this sum then changes to $22M; at least try to keep the story the same!

It goes without saying that her husband is dead, and that the money sits in a box and relates to diamonds.

She craves my assistance with the "modalities", ahh I was beginning to worry that I would never see that word again!

One part of the letter particularly tickles my fancy "Please honesty is the watch word in this transaction However,
you have to assure me and also be ready to go into agreement with me that you will not enlope with my fund.

Well don't worry, I won't "enlope" with your fund madam; I won't be going into business with you.

God and Jesus are then invoked "I am calling on the almighty God to be with all of us in jesus Name Amen", what did they do to deserve being brought into this squalid little affair?

I am told to keep this matter secret, as it is of course illegal..yet she quotes God in the same letter!

She finishes by saying that if I am not happy with this then I should discontinue..quite!

Dear Friend and Partner,


After due deliberation with my children, I decided to contact you for your
assistance in standing as a beneficiary to the sum of US$16.5M ( sixteen
Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) .First, let me start
by introducing myself as MRS SUSAN SHABANGU, a mother of three children and the
Deputy Minister of Minerals and Energy since 1st
April 1996 to date under the auspices of the President of South Africa MR THABO
MBEKI. You can view my profileat my


After the swearing in ceremony making me the Deputy Minister of Minerals and
Energy, my husband Mr Ndelebe Shabangu died while he was on an official trip to
Trinidad and Tobago in 1996. After his death, I discovered that he had some
funds in dollar, US$22.5 million united state dollars currently in a coded
security company vault in Europe which I now intend to use to establish a
profitable business for my children . to enable I and my children start life
again.As a result, I am urgently in need of a very foreign reliable investor
participant who is not known as my associate,that I could entrust with the pin
and certificate of deposit to help me remove
the box(fund) including Gold and Diamond Platinium since no one name were used
in securing the vault. I can not successfully claim it myself as the government
sarchlight is still on me.

Though, I do not know you in person but I still maintain my late husband theory
that business is people and contacts. hence I crave your assitance,you will also
Back and assist me in investing this money with my lawyer approval on project
Finally,more details
on the logistic and modalities of the trasaction will be given to you as soon as
I receive your acceptance letter.

Do not forget the confidenciality sorounding this transaction. while awaiting
for your letter I am calling on the almighty God to be with all of us in jesus
Name Amen.This fund emanated as a result of an over-invoiced contract which he
executed with the Government of South Africa. Though I assisted him in getting
this contract but I never knew that it was over-invoiced by him. Iam afraid that
the government of South Africa might start to investigate on contracts awarded
from 1990 to date. If they discover that he has this kind
of money, they will confiscate it and seize his assets here in South Africa and
this will definetely affect my political career in government.The money is
contained in a strong steel security box in cash and it is presenting deposited
with a security firm in Europe(Netherland) where it is registered as family
treasures and valuables for security reasons.In side
the box are all documentation for funds.For your assistance, I am offering you
20% of this fund,Please honesty is the watch word in this transaction However,
you have to assure me and also be ready to go into agreement with me that you
will not enlope with my

If you agree in assisting me, kindly as a matter of urgency send me an email.
Due to my sensitive position in the South African Government,that my phone has
been tap, I would not want you to call me on phone or send a fax to me. All
correspondence must be by email to my private email
address:( you want to speak with my Attorney,
that is fine and okay by me. His chambers will be representing my interest. All
correspondence by phone must be made either to my Attornery,or send me an email.
I will also like you to give me your contact address of telephone, fax and
e-mail, to enable my Attorney call or reach you from time to time.Please ,I do
not need to remind you of the need for absolute Confidentiality if this
transaction must succeed. YOU MUST NOT CALL ME! If
you do not feel comfortable with this transaction, do not hesitate to

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation and my regards to you and your family.

Yours faithfully,

Deputy Minister of Minerals and Energy
South Africa

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Lucky me, I have been named as a beneficiary in the will of Sir Engr.Willy Bubenik (ksm). Surely with all those titles he must be genuine?

This person has an alleged estate worth $5M, and wished to bequeath me some money for my ministry.

Funny that, I was not aware that I ran a ministry.

Well call me an old cynic, but I don't believe a word of it; and neither should you if you receive one of these.


Dear friend


This is sequel to your non response of our earlier
letter to you One-half of the Trustees and Executors
to the Will of late of Sir Engr.Willy Bubenik (ksm),I
wish to notify you that you were listed as a
beneficiary to the bequest of the sum of
US$5,100.000.00 [Five Million One Hundred Thousand US
Dollars] in the codicil and last testament of the
deceased. The late Sir Willy Bubenik until his death
was a former Managing Director and pioneer staff of a
big construction company here in Netherlands. He was a
very dedicated Sufis and a great philanthropist during
his life time.

Late Sir Willy Bubenik died on 9th February 2003 at
the age of 68,He was buried on the23rd of February.
Late Sir Willy Bubenik even though he was an American
living and working in here as a foreigner he requested
before his death that he be buried here in his words,
"I regard here as My home and the people as my
people". He said that this token is to support your
ministry and help to the less- privileged. I hereby
request that you forward any proof of identities of
yours, your current telephone and fax numbers and your
forwarding address to enable us file necessary
documents at the International Court of Justice
probate division for the release of this bequest of


Yours faithfully,

Dr Van Vugt

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Please we needs (sic) your help!!...good grief.

Another message (title as per above); this time from a lady who claims that her husband, involved in the diamond industry in Sierra Leone (of course), and daughter have been killed...of course they have!

The lady now claims to reside in Austria, of all places, her only source of comfort being two boxes containing $12M.

I must admit, I would feel reasonably comforted if I had a couple of boxes containing $12M.

Needless to say she can't access the boxes..why am I not surprised at this turn of events?

She needs my help, in other words my bank account details.

Well not to put too fine a point on it madam; my response is two words, the second is "OFF!"

Not only are these people guilty of criminal deception, they are also guilty of mangling the English language.


Thank you for taking the time to read this mail.
My name is Mrs. MARTHA KOROMMA; from Diamond rich country district of
Bombali in Northern Province of Sierra Leone. I am the widow of the Late
Mr. PAUL KOROMMA, the managing director of Sierra Leone diamond mining
co-operation. I am currently living in a refugee center
in Vienna, AUSTRIA
My family and I have been unfortunate to find ourselves
caught up in a very difficult situation in AUSTRIA. I
know you will be surprise to receive this message, but
it is of utmost importance to me and my family.
Anyway, I am about to entrust my destiny and the destiny of my whole
dependants on your shoulder if you can help us, it will also be of
immense benefit to you too.
This transaction demands utmost trust, honesty,
integrity and most important, secrecy. It is only
through the above that my family and I will be assured
of our security.
This regrettable situation led to the killing of my
husband and only daughter and the displacement of my
During the brutal civil war in my country Sierra Leone,
my late husband of blessed memory was brutally murdered
by the rebels led by Mr. Foday Sankoh, he was murdered
with my only daughter (Nina). But my two sons (Greg &
Daniel) and I managed to escape to AUSTRIA, through the help
of the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
But before my late husband's death, he drew my
attention to two trunk boxes containing about twelve million US
dollars ($12. Million) which he smuggled out at the
start of the war and deposited it to a security company
(The security company does not know the real
contents of the boxes. He registered it in the name of my
son Greg Koromma as family art and monuments) He also
gave me the certificate of deposits and receipts issued
to him by the security company, which I still have in
my possession.
The problem I have is that as a refugee, the
immigration law does not allow us to open or hold
operate bank account in AUSTRIA and I do not want to
seek the assistance of just anybody for fear of being
duped or defraud of our only livelihood, I have sold
almost all my jewelries to keep body and soul together,
hence the AUSTRIA Government is not really taking care
of us.
What is required of you is to give us your full name
and contact address so that I can secure a Power of
Attorney in your favor that would enable you contact
the security company as the new beneficiary to the two trunk boxes. You
can then transfer the funds to your bank account after
the boxes must have been released to you. In order to
make it worth your while, we will give you 20% of
the total Funds. We have also set outside 5% of the principal sum
for any expenses that may incurred during the
transaction process including traveling expenses, we
intend to invest the remaining part of the money on
your advice in any viable business ventures in your
country as a partnership, you may even act as our financial adviser if
you are so disposed.
If you want to help, please you can contact me with the above email address,
i am looking
forward to your immediate response, as I
believe that destiny has brought us together.
Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Martha Koromma
Please visit the following web pages for further
information on the Sierra Leone war.

Friday, April 16, 2004

This pile of garbage comes from the improbably named Mr Churchill West.

He claims to work for the South African Department of Mineral and Natural Resources.

I am told, by Mr West, that he was given my "enviable particulars" by a member of the South African Export Promotion Council; "B***s**t!".

Mr West has a lump sum of $8.5M which he needs to transfer abroad.

How did he come to get his sweaty little hands on this large amount of money?

Answer, he deliberately over-invoiced a foreign contractor by that amount. In other words he is telling me that the money (which of course doesn't really exist) is stolen, and that he wants me to be party to a criminal act.

Needless to say he needs to get the stolen money out of the country quietly, and needs me to act as a "patsy".

He very kindly notes that my area of specialisation is "not a hinerance to the transaction". I doubt that he knows that I am in fact a specialist in the fields of internal auditing and fraud investigation (see my resume).

He assures me that this is 100% safe etc.

Therefore, to recap, he wants me to take part in the illegal transfer of money that has been stolen; does this give me confidence in the security of this scheme?...



I am MR Churchill West a native of Cape Town in South Africa and Director of
Project Implementation with the South Africa Department of Mineral & Natural
Resources.I apologize using this medium to reach you for a transaction/business
of this magnitude but this is due to Confidentiality and prompt access reposed
on this medium.Be informed that a member of the South Africa Export Promotion
Council(SEPC)who was on the Government delegation to your country during a trade
exhibition gave your enviable particulars to me.I have decided to seek a
confidential co-operation with you in the execution of the deal described
Hereunder for the benefit of all parties and hope you will keep it as a top
secret because of the nature of this

Within the Department of Mineral & Natural Resources where I work as Director
and with the cooperation of four other top officials,we have in our possession
as overdue payment bills totaling Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars($8.5M)which we
want to transfer abroad with the assistance and cooperation of a foreign company
/individual to receive the said fund on our behalf or a reliable foreign
non-company account to receive such funds.More so we are handicapped in the
circumstances as the South Africa Civil Service Code of Conduct does not allow
us to operate offshore account hence your
importance in the whole transaction.

This amount $8.5million represents the balance of the total contract value
executed on behalf of my Department by a foreign contracting firm which we the
officials over invoiced deliberately.Though the actual contract cost have been
paid to the original contractor leaving the balance in the tune of the said
amount which we have in principles gotten approval to
remit by Key tested Telegraphic Transfer to any foreign bank account you will
provide by filing in an application through the Ministry of Justice here in
South Africa for the transfer of rights and privileges of the former contractor
to you.

I have the authority of my partners involved to propose that should you be
willing to assist us in the transaction,Your share will be 30% of
$8.5million,60% for us and 10% for taxation and miscellaneous expenses.
The business itself is 100% safe on your part provided you treat it with utmost
secrecy and
confidentiality,Also your area of specialization is not a hindrance to the
successful execution of this transaction.I have reposed my confidence in you and
hope that you will not disappoint me,Endeavor to contact me immediately through
my email address to confirm if you are interested in this deal.

If you are not it will enable me scout for another foreign partner to carry out
this deal.I want to
assure you that my partners and myself are in a position to make the payment of
this claim
possible provided you can give us a very strong assurance and guarantee that our
share will be secured and please remember to treat this matter very confidential
because we will not comprehend with any form of exposure as we are still in
active Government Service.

Once again remember that time is of great essence in this transaction,Positive
response should be accompanied with your most private telephone and fax numbers
so I can reach you immediately with more informations.

Yours Truly,
MR Churchill West.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

The writer of the literary masterpiece invokes God and religion in every sentence.

Her husband died in 2000.

He left her $8.6M, which she has used for religious funding.

She is now dying of cancer, and needs someone to continue her religious work.

Naturally, instead of asking someone she knows, she uses the internet to contact a complete stranger. Her view being that God will direct her to jewels.

The reality being that the writer of this letter knows that good old fashioned human greed will ensure that there are a few "mugs" in cyberspace, who think that this is an easy way to steal $8.6M....

Peace of the lord be with your entire household,

I am Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Jones, a Kuwaiti national I was married to Dr.Harry
Jones who worked with
Kuwait embassy in Ivory coast for nine years before he died in the year 2000,He
died after a brief illness
that lasted for only four days.Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get
a child outside my
matrimonial home which the Bible is against.

We were married for eleven years and the union unfortunately did not produce any
offspring. Before his
death we had given our lives to Christ and were living according to his Words. A
few weeks ago I was
diagnosed with cancer and the doctor has informed me that I do not have much
time to live. Presently I
am practically an invalid as the cancer has ravaged my body and I can feel my
life slowly ebbing away. I
do not have much time to do the Lord's work but He will give me strength to see
my last assignment

My husband, Dr.Harry Jones before his death deposited his life savings of
$8.6Million (Eight Million Six
hundred thousand U.S. Dollars) in a consignment with a financial institution in
the European continent as
gtem stones for security reasons unknown to the security firm best known to
me,my attorney and my late
Before his death, we were committed to the growth of the church And the
propagation of the word, but I
can no longer partake in these noble tasks. I need a church, Christian
individual or individuals who can
continue the work on our behalf and will utilize this money the way I am going
to instruct here into-funding
churches, orphanages and widows propagating the word of God and to ensure that
the house of God is
maintained. To care for the sick, the poor, the downtrodden wherever they may be
The Bible made us to
understand that blessed is the hand that gives. I took this decision because I
don't have any child or
next of kin who can inherit these funds. Though the internet is a seemingly
unlikely place to find such
individuals, I believe that the Lord hides jewels in the most unlikely places.
It is not the means that is
important but the message. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the
Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says
that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. With God all things
are possible.

My lawyer who is presently on an assignment in The Netherlands he will issue you
a letter of authorization
that will prove you as the present- beneficiary to these funds and also other
documents backing the claim
of the consignment funds. I want you and the church to always pray for me
because the lord is my
shepherd. Happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian.

Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein.

Hoping to hearing from you.



NAME: Mr.Jefferson.L.Kingston



Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.

Yours in Christ,

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Jones.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

I received this gem today, from a certain Chief Ben of Nigeria.

He claims to have received my details from a reliable source, don't they all?

He claims that he is involved in an organisation that is seeking redress for ecological damage in the Niger Delta, caused by foreign oil companies.

The compensation received is large, and he has managed to acquire (ie steal) $54M of this money.

Needless to say he wants to get his illgotten gains out of the country, and needs my help (ie he needs my bank account details etc).

He very kindly offers to meet with me face to face in Nigeria (fat chance!); and assures me that this is 100% risk free; as the entire matter is in his hands. Well that is reassuring isn't it?

Let me point out that is this were genuine, and it isn't, he is asking me to steal money (which doesn't exist) which is meant to help others afflicted by ecological damage.

Fall for this, and you deserve everything you get in my opinion.


I have received vital and useful information about
you, I am satisfied with such useful information's.
Very pleased to be in contact with you, for the
possibility of accepting my urgent proposal to you.

Please note that I don't have anything to hide for
you, irrespective that I have not seen you in person
but because of the source I got your particulars, I
confidently believed that you will never betray the
confidence I have reposed in you.

I am convinced that Nigerian Chamber of Commerce will
never give me any contact that is not reliable.
Please note that I did not disclose this transaction
to anybody accept you and my two committee members
hence you should Keep this transaction secretly to

My name is Chief Benard Ikechukwu. I am the chairman of
the investigating committee for the Niger Delta Crisis involving the
foreign oil firms {Mobil oil, Elf oil, AGIP oil,L.N.G},and the Federal
Government of Nigeria on the Delta Region.

Furthermore, by virtue of my position in this
committee,I and my colleagues has been able to
negotiate out for ourselves a total sum of
fifthy-four million United States Dollars,
{$54,000,000}, which we want to transfer into a
reliable/safe account outside Nigeria.

These money accrued as a result of fund allocation
given as compensation inrespect to the damages in the
Niger Delta region, which was caused by Foreign
expatriate working in the communities that was

The communities demanded for compensation to there
farmlands, Which has been ecologically destroyed by
the activities of these expatriate companies.

The Government on its part submitted a bill of
18%support derivation for the Niger delta which
the National assembles passed into law.

The oil companies on their part will compensate the
Communities on an agreed percentage {%}. Which we
negotiated between the oil firms and the community's representatives.

Though the payment will be made installmentally
through a period of six months under our supervision.
During the process of negotiation with both parties,
we were able to set aside the sum of fifthy-four
million US Dollars {$54'000'000}, For our own use.

But as you know the civil service rule and regulation
ACT of 2001,prohibits civil servants from having
foreign account,that is why I am soliciting your
assistance to provide for me your account particulars,

Where these money will be transferred quietly without attracting much
tax and can be easily withdrawn without raising eyebrows.

Besides,if you would want to discuss with me in person first,then you
can arrange to come to Nigeria for face to face meeting.
If you will play this role, of providing the receiving
account, and at the same time pledge your honesty not
to double cross us at the end of the transaction, we
will be willing to give you only 25% of the total sum
at the successful conclusion of the transfer.

Please do confirm to me via e-mail your acceptance
and particulars of your bank so that I will commence
action and will be keeping you posted on every
development. Please also feel free to ask questions
where necessary for further clarification.

Finally, this transaction is 100% risk free and I am
perfectly in control. With hope my explanation should
be clear to your understanding I look forward to
having profitable business relationship with you.

I wait for your earnest reply. However if you are not interested for
reasons best know to you please indicate so that we will look for
another contact.

Thanks in anticipation

Yours Faithfully,

Chief Benard Ikechukwu

NOTE IT'S VERY IMPORTANT: Please for security reasons
do reply to the Alternate email address enclosed below.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

My thanks to Scott, from the USA, who wrote to me yesterday.

He advises me that there is another version of this scam doing the rounds. Instead of the "dead" guy being related to the writer of the letter, they have changed the scenario to make him related to the recipient.

The letter tells the recipient that they are the sole beneficiary of the "dead" person's estate, all the recipient has to do is pass on his/her bank details etc.

Don't fall for it, it is a scam.

Sunday, April 04, 2004

Here is another lottery scam.

I must be the luckiest person on this planet, I think this is the fifth time that I have won on these lotteries (not bad considering I have never entered them).

This time I have won $1.5M.

As usual there has been a mix up with the tickets, you would have thought that they would have got their act together by now!

I have to contact the improbably named Barrister Austin Fish esq.

Confidentiality is requested, so as usual by posting on this blog about the scam I have lost everything; too bad!

REF: CLA/LP /26510460037/02
BATCH: 24/00319/CSA1472
We are pleased to inform you that you are part of the winners of the
recent NED LOTTO INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION held today the 3rd day of April,
You are attached to ticket number 023-0148-790-459, with serial number
5073-11 drew the lucky numbers 43-11-44- 37-10-43, which consequently
won the lottery in the first category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payment of US$1. 5
Million [One Million, Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars] credited to
238013/02.This is from total prize money of US$50Million which is among
the international winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn
from 25,000 names from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North
America and Asia as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted
Your funds is now deposited with a bank insured in your
name/ticket and batch number.Due to the mix-up of some names and ticket
numbers, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice
until your claim have been processes and your funds will be transfer to your
designated bank account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming or
unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. We hope with a part
of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes US$1.5
billion International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact your claim
agent; Barrister Austin Fish Esq
Telephone: for due processing and the remittance of your
prize money to a designated bank account.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers to any of our
correspondences worldwide. Furthermore, should there be any change of your
address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible. Any breach
confidentiality on the
part of any winners will result to instant disqualification Congratulations
again from
all our staffs and thanks for being part of our promotions program. Be informed
also that the deadline for all claims to be collected is the 11th day of
Mrs. Mary Jones Meer

Friday, April 02, 2004

This individual claims to reside in West Africa.

His father, so he says, died after being poisoned by his business associates whilst on a business trip.

That little snippet of family history should warn the naive and stupid of the dangers of dealing with these people.

Needless to say his father, being involved in the gold mining business, left $15M.

All I have to do to collect 30% is to have the money transferred into my bank, of course he needs my bank details etc.

He asks me to keep this matter secret...oops!!!



Permit me to inform you of mr desire of going into
business relationship with you, I got your name and contact
from your country directry, please i need a reputable and trust-worthy person
that can help me to transfer this money

I am MR EGOBIA ONUDU, the only son of late Mr.and Mrs. EKWU ONUDU , my father
was a very wealthy Gold Merchant in Monrovia the Gold Capital of Liberia, my
father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings
on a business trip, My mother died when i am little and since then my father
took me so special Before the death of my father on November 2003 in a private
hospital in

ABIDJAN REPUBLIC OF COTE DIVOIRE He secretly called me to his bedside and told
me that
he has the sum of US$15 Millon Dollars (FIFTEEN MILLION DOLLARS )which
he deposited with a bank in cote divoire He also explained to me that it was
because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates, please i
want you to assure me that when
the funds reaches your account i will not be denied of my
share of the total money .

1. to stand as the beneficiary of this funds since I am only 20 years

2.To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my
education and to secure Residence permit in your
county for me.

3.To assit me transfer the money from the bank of cote divoire to your
account in your country as my late father foriegn partner and the beneficiary of
this money do not be afraid of anything because i have all the vital documents
that proved the deposit of the money in the bank and the origin of the money.

Moreover, i am willing to offer you 30% of the total sum as
compensation for your effort input after the successful transfer of this
fund into your nominated account , I believe thatthis transfer
will be concluded within three days(3 working days.
as soon as you contact the bank were the money is deposited
i assure you there is no risk involve the transfer of this money is 100% risk
free because the money is an inheritance from my late father your roll is to act
as the beneficiary of the money and it will easy the transfer of the total money
to your account

Thanks and God bless you.

Best Regards,

N/B I would also advise you to keep the transaction as