Stupid Punts!

Stupid Punts!


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

Sunday, October 31, 2004

I have won another lottery; this time the scammer claims that I have won £10M, he also claims it is £5M.

Really guys, if you are trying to scam me at least keep your story straight!

UK Lottery Headquarters:
Customer Service
UK Sweepstake Lottery
an Affiliate of watergate inc.
Ref: UKSL/941OYI/02
Batch: 12/25/DC34


We happily announce to you the draw of the UKSweepstake Lottery International programs held on the 1st of February 2004 in London.Your Name and e-mail address attached to ticket number: 564 75600545 188 with Serial number 5388/02 drew the lucky numbers: 31-6-26-13-35-7,which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.You are therefore, been approved to claim a total sum of 10,500,000.00 (fivemillion, five hundred thousand pounds) in cash credited to file KPC/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash prize of 125 Million pounds, shared amongst the first Fifty (50) lucky winners in this category.Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in our play coupon. In view of this, your 5,500,000.00 (five million, five hundred
thousand pounds) would be released to you by our affiliate bank in London.Our agent will immediately commence the process to
facilitate the release of your funds to you as soon as you make contact with him .All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies.This promotion takes place annually. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to cailm your prize. This is a part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.
Please be warned.To file for your claim, please contact The Officer
inchrges with the below details for processing of your claims.
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our
designated agent.Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.
Richard Wood.
UK Zonal Coordinator

Friday, October 29, 2004

Here is another variation of the Nigerian scam.

This time it purports to come from a team of investigators; who are looking for the next of kin of a deceased person, with a sum of money deposited in a bank.

It is a scam, the giveaway is that they do not address me by name; also no reputable firm of investigators would contact a potential next of kin via email.

The real giveaway is the fact that the scammer introduces himself by one name, then goes on to sign off under another.

What a moron!

I have forwarded it to the Bank of Scotland fraud investigation department.

My name is Tony Gray.I am a senior partner in the firm of BELETS Consultants:
Private Investigators and Security Consultants. We are conducting a standard
process investigation on behalf of The Bank of Scotland, the international
conglomerate. This investigation involves a client who shares the same
surname with you and also the circumstances surrounding investments made
this client at The Bank of Scotland.

The Bank of Scotland Private Banking client died intestate and nominated
no successor in
title over the investments made with the Bank. The essence of this
communication with you is to request you provide us information/comments
any or all of the four issues:

1-Are you aware of any relative/relation who shares your same surname whose
last known contact address was Cannes, France?

2-Are you aware of any investment of considerable value made by such a
person at the Private Banking Division of The Bank of Scotland?

3-Born on the 1st of June 1927

4-Can you establish beyond reasonable doubt your eligibility to assume
status of successor in title to the deceased?

It is pertinent that you inform us ASAP whether or not you are familiar
this personality that we may put an end to this communication with you and
our inquiries surrounding this personality. You must appreciate that we
constrained from providing you with more detailed information at this point.

Please respond to this mail as soon as possible to afford us the opportunity
to close this investigation.

Thank you for accommodating our enquiry.

Rob Lenox

For:BELETS Consultants

Thursday, October 28, 2004

This is an example of the nastier form of Nigerian scam letter.

In this type of letter, the writer preys on the the charitable and gullible; by portraying themselves as sick/dying, and pretending that they wish to pass on their great wealth to charitable causes.

The reality is that the scammer steals the id of the respondent, and then proceeds to raid their bank account.

No matter how distressing this story, do not fall for it.

Dear Friend,

I greet you in the name of GOD.I am MRS MAGRETTE AKIM from South Africa. I was married to Late MR. SAMUEL J. AKIM of blessed memory who was an oil explorer in Saudi Arabia for twelve years before he died in the year 2001.We were married for Fifteen years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Since his death I too have been battling with Cancer of the Lungs(MESOTHELIOMA),I have gone for a corrective surgery,but it wasn't successful and as a second alternative, my options are left with therapy Treatment.My option is Radiation Threpy, it is only by the grace of God that i am hopeful. When my late Husband was alive he deposited the sum of $12.5million (Twelve Million,Five Hundred thousand U.S Dollars) with a Security Company in oversea. the money is deposited as Family valuables/Treasure for s! ecurity reasons.
Recently, my doctor told me that I have but alimited live due to cancer problem. Though what disturbs me Most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided to entrust this fund to either a philanthropic organization or Devoted individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instructs herein.30%of the $12.5million goes to the individual as entitlement,I want this individual to use 55% of this money in all sincerity to fund philanthropic organization, orphanages, and an extral 5% for your expenses that u may incure in trying to see this Transaction through.
widows and 20%be sent back to me pay for my medical bills and for my upkeep before i meet my creator .I am taking this decision because I don't have any child or devoted relations that will inherit this money I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an Ungodly manner. Hence the reasons for this bold decision. my health is Retrogressing by ! the minute, you will have to send your contact phone number and detail s about yourself, so that I will forward them to the Security company As soon as I receive your reply to my mail address:

I shall give you the contact information of the Security Company and the country in oversea where the money was deposited.

I will send you all the required documents needed for the collection of the funds, and they include:
1. Memorandum of understanding, stating our terms of Agreement.

2. letter of Authority to the Security Company authorizing them that the said deposited money, henceforth you are now the legal recipient .

Authorization will be forwarded to you .Until I hear from you,my dreams will rest squarely on your shoulders. May the Almighty God continue to guide and protect you.


NOTE:All replies should be forwarded to my confidential email

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

What do we have here?

-A dead body
-No next of kin
-100% risk free
-Invocation of God

Aah, it must be a Nigerian scam.

Here the writer asks me to help him steal $28M (which does not exist), from the bank account of a person who never existed.

He assures that it is better that he get the money; rather than a corrupt government official, tautology surely?

He also assures me that I am the only person that he has contacted, this of course is a huge whopper. He has emailed thousands with this daft story. Unfortunately, the law of averages indicates that a few of these people will be stupid and greedy enough to fall for this amateurish con trick.

Not I, and not you I hope!

0251 B.P. 1625 COTONOU,

Dear Friend,

In Oder to transfer to overseas $28.5 million(USD)
I want to ask you to quietly look for a reliable
and honest person who will be capable and fit to provide
either an existing bank account or to set up a new Bank
a/c immediately to receive this money, even an empty a/c
can serve to receive this funds quitely.

I am Mr. Simon Dama, the accountant/auditor of
the above Finance Corporation in Cotonou,
Bénin Republique and personal confidant to An Australian
Engr Donald Pepper who died in a ghastly motor
accident(year 2001) in Bénin Republique.

Engr Donald Pepper, is An Australian,and a prosperous oil\Gold
merchant, he died in the year 2001 without having any
beneficiary to his assets including his account here in
Bénin which he opened in the above stated bank in the year
2000 as his personal savings for the purpose of expansion
and developement of his company in Africa before his
untimely death in 2001.
And from my Investigation,I found out that No other person
knows about this account because he(Engr Donald Pepper)
never knew that he is going to die so soon, and so
his purpose was not achieved. If I don't remit this money
immediately, it will get lost(may be it will go into the
pockets of the corrupt government officials who will never
use it for any reasonable thing at all).
I dont want to miss this opportunity because it comes ones
in a life time.

I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money
cannot be approved to a local person here, without a valid
foreign international passport, but can only be approved
to any foreigner with valid international passport or drivers
license and foreign a/c, this is because the money is in
US Dollars and the former owner of the a/c, Engr Donald Pepper
is a foreigner too, and as such the money can only be
approved into a foreign a/c.

However, I am revealing this to you with belief in God
that you will never let me down in this business.I don't
know you and have never seen you before,I only got your
contacts from an international directory which my
secretary provided for me. You are the first and the only
person that I am contacting for this business, so please
reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step to
take. Send also your private telephone and fax number.

I need your full co-operation to make this work because
the management is ready to approve this payment to any
foreigner who has correct information of this account,
which I will give to you, upon your positive response and
once I am convinced that you are capable and will meet up
with instruction of a keybank official who is deeply
involved with me in this business.
I want to tell you that this transaction is 100% risk free
and legal because all the documents that will back up this
transaction will be available, so that no body will
question the fund when it is finaly tranfered to your

At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 25%
of the total amount.I look forward to your earliest reply
in this my private email navigator:

Thanks for your time.

Your's faithfully,

Mr. Simon Dama.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

This scumbag from Nigeria wants me to help him steal $28M.

All I have to do is to provide him with my bank details.

Needless to say, I have no intention of assisting a thief. Additionally, there is the small matter that the money does not really exist.

All that would happen, in this "safe" transaction, is that my id would be stolen and my bank account raided.

Only a moron would fall for this.

Daniel Taiwo
Niger-Delta Development Commission
No.1, NDDC S Avenue,
Port Harcourt, Rivers State,

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Daniel Taiwo the Director-General of Nigeria-Delta Development

Commission (NDDC), Constitutionally mandated with the responsibility of

managing of Niger-Delta Development Fund for the development of the

Niger-Delta is the south-south geographical area of Federal Republic of

Nigeria. The region is endowed with natural resources, which constitute

about 95% of our national income. Consequently to the exploration of Oil

and Gas, there has been verse ecological and environmental pollution in

this region.

Rather unfortunate, the region lacks most infrastural amenities. These

and much more have necessitated the establishment of Niger-Delta

Development Commission, immediately after the inception of this present

democratic government in Nigeria.
Sequel to the passing of bill by the National House of Assembly (the

legislative organ of the Government) and duly accented to by the

president, legitimizing the operations of the Commission by an act of

law. The Commission has, therefore, been constitutionally empowered to

implement a policy, which will relatively address the long-standing

neglect of the region.

Encouraging, the commission having successfully inherited the fine

accruing from the violation of the Associated Gas Injection Act of 1979,

the oil companies operational in the region have also been mandated to

pay 2% of their taxable profit to Niger Delta Development Fund, kept in

NDDCS account in Central Bank of Nigeria- with my commission having

jurisdiction over the fund.

The fund has since incurred well over hundred million dollars. The

commission having performed its duties diligently in identifying,

negotiating and awarding people oriented contracts worth millions of

dollars, myself and colleagues want to have Twenty Eigth million five

hundred thousand Six and Ninty us dollars (US$28, 500, 690.00)

transferred abroad for our personal use. Consequently, we want you to

assist have the fund remitted into your account.

Upon your acceptance to collaborate with us, we will front you to have

performed a contract with the commission, therefore, the beneficiary of

the fund. Every document in respect of the contract, legitimizing you as

the true beneficiary of the fund and authorizing you its immediate

remittance into your nominated account shall be obtained and perfected.
Importantly, however, due to the nature of the fund and the need to

have the esteemed personality of myself and colleagues involved in this

transaction protected, we have agreed to jointly invest the fund in your


The proceeds of the investment, you shall be, as will be agreed, pay to

our respective offshore account. I must assure you that this transaction

is safe on all its totality; however, absolute confidentiality is

required even after the fund has been remitted into your nominated

account. Note, for your assistance you shall be compensated with 15% of

the fund while 5% is for any expense incurred during the transaction.

You are hereby required to furnish me with the following information?s:
1. Bank name and address
2. Particulars of your bank account
3. Your full name, address and private telephone and fax numbers.
On the receipt of the above information?s, the fund shall be remitted

into your Nominated account within 14 working days.

I await your immediate response.

Best Regards

Daniel Taiwo.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Phishing is a variation of the Nigerian scam.

A phisher aims to con you into revealing your pin codes and bank details. This is usually achieved by emailing you, saying that there is a problem with your bank account.

The email asks you to click on a link, which takes you to a "legitimate looking" site; purporting to be the website of the bank/credit card company.

You are then asked to input your pin codes etc.

Do not fall for this, it is a con.

No legitimate bank would ever ask you to reveal your pin code by phone or net.

Here is a fine example of a phish, allegedly from SunTrust bank.

Dear SunTrust customer,

We recently reviewed your profile, and suspect that your bank
account may have been accessed by an unauthorized third party.

Protecting the security of your account and the SunTrust network
is our primary concern.We appreciate your assistance in helping us
to maintain the integrity of the entire SunTrust system.

As a security measure, we have temporarily
limited access to sensitive SunTrust account features.
Please take 5 minutes out of your online experience and renew your
records and you will not run into any future problems with the online service.
However, failure to update your profile will result in account deletation.
For more information about how to protect your account, please visit
SunTrust Security Page - Notification expires on October 28, 2004.

Once you have updated your account records your internet banking
service will not be interrupted and will continue as normal.

Please follow the link below
and renew your personal information.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Sam Jerry Benson wrote to me today. His email contained the following warning signs:

1 Diamonds
2 Dead body
3 $22M in a box
4 Christian
5 Investment
6 Keep this confidential (oops!)
7 Sierra Leone
8 Business relationship

When you see these words/phrases you know that it is a con.

Avoid this like the plague!

Dear friend,

I am well confident of your capability to assist me in a
transaction for mutual benefit of both parties, ie (me and
you) I am also believing that you will not expose or betray
the trust and confidence I am about to establish with you. I
have decided to contact you with greatest delight and
personal respect.

Well, I am Sam Jerry Benson, son to Chief Fidelis Benson
late former Director of finance,Chief Fidelis Benson
Sierra-Leone diamond and mining corporation.

Few days before the death my father, he confided in me and
ordered me to go to his underground safe and move out
immediately, with a Deposit Agreement and Cash Receipt he
made with a security Company in Abidjan Cote d‘Ivoire
where he deposited One Iron Box containing USD$ 22 million
dollars cash (TWENTY TWO MILLION DOLLARS). This money was
made from the sell of Gold and Diamond by my father and he
have already decided to use this money for future investment
of the family.

Thereafter, I rushed down to Abidjan with these two
documents and confirmed the deposit of the fund by my
father. Also, I have been granted political stay as a
Refugee by the Government of Cote d‘Ivoire.

Meanwhile, my father have instructed me to look for a
trusted foreigner who can assist me to move out this money
from Cote d‘Ivoire immediately for investment.

Based on this , I solicit for your assistance to transfer
this fund into your Account, but I will demand for the
following requirement:

(1) Could you provide for me a safe Bank Account where this
fund will be transferred to in your country or another
nearby country where taxation will not take great toll on
the money ?

(2) Could you be able to introduce me to a profitable
business venture that would not require much technical
expertise in your country where part of this fund will be
invested ?

Please, all these requirements are urgently needed as it
will enable me to establish a stronger business relationship
with you hence I will like you to be the general overseer of
the investment thereafter.

I am a Christian and I will please, want you to handle this
transaction based on the trust I have established on you.

For your assistance in this transaction, I have decided to
offer you 15% percent commission of the total amount at the
end of this business. The security of this business is very
important to me and as such,I would like you to keep this
business very confidential.If you are willing to assist me
Please kindly reply me immediately.

I shall expect your urgent response thanks.

Sam Jerry Benson

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Oliver Aristide wrote to me today, yeah right!

Oliver claims to be the brother of the recently deposed Aristide of Haiti. Seemingly there is a bank account, containing $137M, which is in the name of a dead business associate.

All I have to do is pose as the next of kin, ie commit fraud, and pocket the money.

Dear old Aristide promises that he will use the money to help the poor.

I have to send my details, in order to complete the "modalities". Whenever you see the word "modalities" you can be sure it is a scam, our boys all seemingly went to the same grammar school.

Utter tosh!

Dear Friend,

I write you in good faith, hoping that you will treat this letter as a
desperate search for assistance.
I am Oliver Aristide, the half brother of the recently ousted president
of Haiti Rev. Aristide, who has just been granted asylum in South Africa.

Because of the hurried nature of my brother’s exit from Haiti, he left
the country with the money he could and all his life savings has remained
in Haiti while he left in a hurry in order to safeguard his dear life.
I am in possession of Deposit documents, with which my brother’s
personal business associate Scott D. Morton, Deposited the sum of USD137,500,000
(One Hundred and Thirty Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars) in
a bank on behalf of my brother. This money was fixed by his associate in
order to beat any probing eyes in the country and when my brother had to
leave hurriedly, this money remained untouched because the associate of his
died in a plane crash, with this money lying in the Bank. We now wish to
have a Next of Kin who must be a foreigner, to stand as beneficiary of this
money so we can move the money to any of the developed countries, preferably
America or Britain. My brother quickly and desprately needs to send
money to the flood victims without anyone knowing the donation is from him.This
is why we seek your assistance to stand as the beneficiary of this money.
All necessary modalities have been put in place to have the money moved
very quickly without attracting attention.
If you agree to work with us to secure this money, we will be willing
to allow you keep 20 percent, 30 percent will go towards humanitarian
relief efforts for the flood victims back home and 50 percent will be kept for
my brother until he is able to get a permanent place for his asylum, by
then all the tension will also have died down.

I can be contacted alternatively at the following Email address:

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and assistance.

Avoid it like the plague, it is a con.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Mr Tony Adams, from the Bank of Nigeria, has written to me.

He claims to be an account officer there, and that he has access to a dormant account containing $9M.

This little scum bag asks me to pretend to be the next of kin of the owner (who has died), ie commit fraud; in order to access the funds.

My "friend" Tony then states that "there is no risk".

-There is no account.

-There is no "Tony"

-It is a con.

Don't be a dishonest prat and fall for this con.



With due respect, trust and humility, I write you this proposal, which I believe, would be of great interest to you. I am sorry for the inconveniences this letter might cause you, but I have no other alternative than to seek for your help, please bear with me.
I am Mr. TONY ADAMS.I am in charge of International remittance at Habib Bank Nigeria Limited. There is a dormant account in my bank and the owner of the account is deceased and I am the account officer to the account of the deceased.
There is a credit balance of ($9 million dollars) which has been dormant for five years now and further investigation, I discovered that the account and the money belong to a deceased foreign contractor in Nigeria.
With my current position in the International Remittance Department on the bank and also as a civil servant I cannot lay claims on this money. What I need from you is to use your name as next of kin and make you the rightful beneficiary so that I will use my position, in moving the ($9 million dollars) out from Nigeria.
Every record concerning this fund and all the legal documents backing the funds are in my possession, which will be forwarded to you once you indicate your interest. I intend to part you with 30% percent of the total sum for your assistance while 70% percent will be for me. Indicate your interest immediately so that I will give you all the detailed information on this issue.
Please my good friend, I want you to limit this matter personally to your self what ever your decision might be through my email address ()
NOTE: That 30% percent is for your assistance
There is absolutely no risk involved.
Thanking you in anticipation.

Kindest Regard
Habib Bank Nigeria Limited

Friday, October 15, 2004

The UK National Lottery have written to me again. Seemingly I have won another £2.5M in the space of 2 days!

What utter tosh!

Batch No: WD18/0065/04RN
Our Ref: UKNL/255457004/04
Our Ref: UK-NL/0627/04

Dear our treasured lucky winner,


We are pleased to notify you of the release today as dated of the "UK's National Lottery International
Promotions programme held on the 14th,of October,2004.Participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from 50,000 names and email addresses from Europe, America, Asia, Australia, New
Zealand, Middle-East, Africa, and North & South America as part of our international promotions
programme conducted annually to encourage
prospective overseas entries.

We hope with part of your prize awards, you will take part in our subsequent lottery jackpots. The result
of our computer draw 844 of this day selected your names and email address attached to Ticket Number
034-22478556 with serial number 129 drew the lucky number 16-25-27-32-35-43-42 which consequently
won the lottery grand prize awards in the 2nd category.

Therefore, you have been approved a lottory jackpot lump sum prize awards winning of £2,500,000.00
(Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand British Pounds Sterling Only) in cash prize credited to file Ref. No:
UKNL/255457004/04. This is from the total prize of £125,000,000. 00 (One Hundred and Twenty Five
Million, British Pounds Sterlings) shared among the Fifty (50) lucky winners in this category as part of our
promotional programme for this year 2004. This is your opportunity!Your prize awards has been insured in
your names and ready for claim.


Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public
notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your 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 (2004) high stakes £2.6
billion International Lottery.To process your claim, please contact our foreign payment center claim agent


For due processing and mailing out of your prize check you.Remember, you must contact our foreign
payment center agent not later than two weeks from today. After this date, all funds will be returned as

Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.



N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Please do not
reply to this mail. Contact your claims agent.


Thursday, October 14, 2004

I have won $2.5M, no I haven't.

Today I received another fake lottery scam, this time purporting to come from the UK National Lottery.

As usual "there has been a mix up with the numbers", and I am asked not to disclose my win; OOPS!

In the interests of wasting their time, I have written to them claiming my money.

They will write back pointing out that there is a transaction fee.

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


REF: DLS/5181/7390007/04
BATCH: 2101/14/LPP


We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today,09TH OCTOBER,2004 of winners of the
company, attached to ticket number 025-1146-1992-750, with serial number 2113-05 drew the lucky
numbers 7, 16, 22, 31, 3, 58, and consequently won in the Third Category.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$2,500,000.00 in cash credited to file
REFNO.DLS/5181/7390007/04.This is from total prize money of US$125,000,000.00 shared among the
Fifty(50)international winners in the Third category.Participants were selected through a computer ballot
system drawn from 100,000 Names/Email Addresses from Africa, America, Asia, Australia,Canada,
Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand as part of our International Promotions Program.


Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public
notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your 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 (2004) high stakes US$1.3
billion International Lottery.To process your claim, please contact our foreign payment center claim agent


For due processing and mailing out of your prize check you.Remember, you must contact our foreign
payment center agent not later than one weeks from today. After this date, all funds will be returned as

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your
reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with our foreign payment center
claim agent.Furthermore,should there be any change of your address, do inform our foreign payment
center claim agent as soon as possible.

Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.



N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Please do not
reply to this mail. Contact your claims agent.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Our friends from Nigeria have branched out from "business propositions", to begging letters.

This one received today, contains all the heart rending nauseating gush; so well designed to pull the heart strings of the charitable and gullible.

It includes dead parents, and a person trying to complete their education. The writer even uses the phrase "I will surely die in pain", tosh!

I have nothing but contempt for the scum that send these. They are trying to take advantage of those people who try to help the less fortunate.

Do not fall for it.

My name is Kelvin Adewale, I am a student of UNN(university of
Nigeria,Nsukka)Along the time I have had series of stories to tell,my latefather
was a civil Engineer, mum was a nurse,she died last year jenuary,my dad
collected laon from the bank before he died we are three in numbers,I am the
first of the children,we are two boys and agirl,my immediate  younger
brother is in high school,the other girl is  still in elementary,she is
about 10years old,after since my mum and dad died,I have been the bread winner
of my family,/younger ones,I work and school and some times do hared labour just
to meet up with our demandi do not realy to boarder any one with my burden but
now , I have vo choice left for me,but now I have to,cos I have been droped out
of school becos I could not meet up with the demand of my school.i only have
twoyears and three months to graduate out of school and my younger ones might be
dropping out of school If i am unable to pay there school fees and other
requirement,it is often said that no man is an island of his own,some body may
wonder if I can not sell my father properties to cover up my expencses,the truth
is that , we only have few properties left,cos most of our father properties has
been ceased by the bank,also my relatives has refused todo something about our
case(I and my bro. and my sister),so u can see that I have no choice than to
tell  it to the world,cos I keep silent,I will surely die in pain,I have no
help,except God.Now; we hardly feed this days,things are fallen apart,I am
begging in thename of God, to please help me in any way u can,I do not mind,I
have to get back to school,please try and show brotherly love,may God almighty
reward you in all ways of understanding

Just faithfully

Kelvin Adewale.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Here is rather an alarming statistic, that I came across yesterday.

It relates to a variation of the Nigerian scam, known as "phishing".

Phishing is an email that purports to be from a bank, or credit card company; it states that they need, for security reasons, to check you security details such as pin code etc. It often redirects you to a site, that looks like the genuine site of the bank; it is not!

This of course is a con; no genuine bank, or credit card company, would ask for pin codes or passwords via the net or via a phone call.

All that happens in these cases, is that the fraudster takes the passwords and raids the victim's bank account.

Apparently, although it seems to be an obvious con, some people have fallen for it.

In the USA last year there were over 57 million known phishing emails sent out, and a reported level of theft from peoples' bank accounts and credit cards of over $1BN.

I find it very worrying that people are so easily conned.

Remember, if your receive a "phishing" email asking for your details:

-Report it.

-Do not respond to it.

-Never give out your password or PIN details, to anyone.


Monday, October 11, 2004

My thanks to Celestine for sending me this scam.

It follows the "we have a dead person with your surname" format.

They scammers try to get the recipient to commit fraud, by asking the recipient to pretend to be related to a dead person who didn't really exist anyway.

There is no dead body, there is no money; it is just a scam.

Mr. Alex Chiromah
Foreign Operations Office,
International Trust Bank Plc.,
ICON House, 6th Floor, Idejo Street,
Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

Dear Young Compilment

I am Mr. Alex Chiromah, Divisional Head, Foreign Operations Office with
the International Trust Bank Plc. I was personal account manager to one
late Engineer Walter Young, of your country, who till his death was a contractor
with Impressario Nigeria Limited, Moenier Oil & Gas Consult and Nigerian
Ports authority. On the 28th of November 1999, Engr. walter, his wife and
their two children were involved in a car accident along Gwagwalada express
road and all occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.

At the time of his death, Walter had a deposit of $15.6 Million which was
proceed of a contract work he just concluded with the Nigerian Ports authority.The
payment was made with an Ecobank cheque which I personally cleared.

Unfortunately, till this moment no one has come as his relation for his
deposit with us. My colleagues and I humbly request your attention to this
matter so that we can present you as his next of kin or beneficiary to his

It is not a very difficult thing to do especially as you share the same
last name with him and it will not take time too. All we need is to change
the name and particulars of his next of kin to yours in our computer database
and we file in an application for the release of the fund through the Probate
Office in your name.

It does not necessarilly mean that you must be here to conclude the deal,we
may request that the money be sent to Europe or even the United States for
payment. Please contact me as quickly as possible on email;.We
will talk about the sharing ratio as soon as you get in touch with me.PLEASE

Kind regards,

Mr Alex Chiromah.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Hooray!, or as the ill written email I received today says, Hurray!..I have won $1M.

No I haven't, it is just another scam from a non existent lottery company; the Total Links Lottery company.

Same old shit, same person; just a different company.

One slight change to the normal format, they actually admit that they will charge $695 "processing" fee. This "fee" is not normally mentioned until you get in contact with them.

Needless to say, once you have paid your fee you will never hear from them again.

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


Hurray! You have been selected as one of the five lucky winners in the second
edition of the TOTAL LINKS LOTTO INTERNATIONAL B.V. promotional draws. You have
therefore been approved for a huge payout of $1,000,000.00(USD) One Million
Dollars Only.

How was the selection process done?

Winners were randomly selected from an initial database of 500,000 e-mails which
was eventually downsized to 5,000 from which we eventually selected the final
and lucky five. The process was done through the computerized email balloting
system selecting e-mails from The Middle East, Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe, USA
and South America.

The process of collecting your winnings is to be handled by our agent ADVOCATE
DON PETERS JOHN LAW FIRM. To ensure a smooth collection of your grand prize, You
are to contact our filing Officer accredited Attorney by email or fax within a
week of receiving this notice. Please find full contact details below:

TEL: .

In contacting your filing agent please provide him with the following
information below:

REFERENCE NO: TCL/31251231-04
BATCH NO: 12001
S.C.F.N: 7769066
SERIAL NO: 1021940/AB

Furthermore you are seriously advised to keep all winning lottery information
and numbers from the public in line with our company security protocol to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by unscrupulous
individuals. Please contact your claims agent as instructed above.

Please be informed that you are expected to send the
Administrative/Legal/Processing fees between (€695:00) EUROS for the processing
of your winning sum of $1,000,000.00(USD).

On behalf of all our staff in TOTAL LINKS LOTTO program, we Congratulations!

Note: Any Winner under the age of 18 years is automatically disqualified.

Mr. Stella Van Bosch.
(Lotto Co-Ordinator).

Thursday, October 07, 2004

I have won $2.5M on yet another lottery, and I didn't even enter!

How lucky is that?

In reality it is yet another scam.

This particular scam isn't even particularly well written. To begin with the writer claims the date to be 5 August, it is in fact 7 October; he then goes on to say that the draw was held on 10 August, 5 days ahead of the alleged date of the email.

It then follows the usual line of saying that there has been a "mix up with the numbers".

I have put the mail in the trash can, as should you.

29080 MALAG ESPANA (0)
REF: OYL /2551256003/22
BATCH: 14/0017/IPD
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today been
the ,5TH
Of August 2004 winners of the multi Famous INTERNATIONAL
S.A of the INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS held on 10th of August
2004. You
were,attached to ticket number 025-1146-1992-750, with
serial number
2113-22 drew the lucky numbers 13-15-22-37-39-43, and
consequently won the
lottery in the 3rd category. You have therefore been
approved for a
lump sum pay out of US$2.500,000.00 credited to file REF
This is from total prize of US$20,400,000.00 shared among
the seventeen
international winners in this category. All participants
were selected
through a
computer ballot system drawn form 15 million names from
Australia, New
Zealand, America, Europe and North America and Africa as
part of
International Promotions Program, which is conducted
Your fund is now deposited with a company insured in your
name. Due to
the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep
this award
strictly from public notice until your claim has been
processed and your
money remitted to you. This is part of our security
protocol to avoid
double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of
this program.
To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent
For due processing and remittance of your prize .
Remember all prize money must be claimed not later than
30 Days after today
After 30 Days, all funds
will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every
one of your
correspondences with your agent. Furthermore, should there
be any change
of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as
Congratulations! again from all our staff and thank you for
being part
of our promotions program. We hope with a part of you
prize, you will
participate in our end of year high stakes US$1.3 billion

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

This letter, from Nigeria, bids me good tidings then invokes God's blessing rather too freely.

God, I suspect, is less than pleased to be associated with a con trick like this.

In short, the writer claims to be a high ranking civil servant; who has overinvoiced contracts to the tune of $29M.

In other words, he claims to have stolen $29M; he hasn't really, as the money does not exist.

He then claims that he is very poor, er slight contradiction here surely?

Our boy then asks for my help in transferring, helping him to steal, the money. He assures me that he is a man of great honesty.

Now if that were really the case, how is it he is claiming to have stolen $29M?

These stories do not stand up to even the most rudimentary analysis, I fail to understand how people can be so stupid as to fall for these.

Finally, our boy begs me not to reveal his name; tough luck chum, I will let the world know what a thieving scum bag you are.

This mail may come to you as a suprise but it is intended to reach you and
bring good tidings to your business and family.Before going futher to introduce
my purpose of contacting you,it is only appropriate to introduce myself.
I am a Director-General in the Federal Ministry of Mineral and Energy in
the Federal
Republic of Nigeria.I am 56years of age married with three children and
will be going
on retirement soon after 30years of service.

This business involves US$29.5M.which i want to introduce to you
and it emanated from over-invioced contract executed on behalf of my ministry
foreign contractors.The original contract awarded by me was US$115,000,000,00
i over-invoiced to the tune of US$29.5M for my future retirement and
the actual contract value has since been paid to the foreign contractors
me with the extra US$29.5M.for my retirement plan.

I have decided to contact you because i need a reliable person who can help
me invest this accrued sum of US$29.5M into a profitable foreign venture
because as a civil servant and also because of the position i occupy,I am
not allowed to own foreign accounts or investments.Although,I am highly
but poorly paid hence i need this investments for the future of my family
years of meritourous service to my ministry hence i want someone who can
invest on my behalf into a profitable business such as real estate for a
brighter future.

To do this,I will register you as a foreign contractor in my ministry in
category A of foreign contractors and make an application for payment in
your favour
which i will approve for payment into the beneficiary account for the sum
US$29.5M Once the money is transfered,you will be legally entitled to 20%
of the
US$29.5M for all of your assistance,10%will be set aside for expenses
such as taxes while 70% will go for my investments.

Meanwhile,please send me your confidential telephone and fax so that we
can speak and communicate to know ourselves better considering the amount
of money
involved while you can contact me through my confidential e-mail address.

Finally,I strive for the commitment to operate only on high standards of
intergrity and honesty and i need thesame comittment to this transaction
from you and if however you are not intrested,I plead with you in the name
of God
to kindly destroy this mail due to my position and personality in service.
Thanks for your anticipated co-operation.
Remain Blessed,

Dr Philip Adekunle.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Yipee, I have won $750K!

Well, in reality I haven't; in fact all that has happened is that I have received another scam email.

This time the mail comes from a new sweepstake scam, allegedly run by a German company that has an unpronounceable name.

The usual bullshit, "there has been a mix up with the numbers...keep it secret etc etc"

Bottom line, it is a con; do not fall for it.


REF NO:SSLF/75553114/06
BATCH NO:18/2006/7X06
We are please to inform you that the result of STEDELIJK FOUNDATION INC,SWEEP-STAKE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM held on the 1st of OCTOBER 2004 in conjunction with GERMANY FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (D.F.B.) For the Successful Bid to host the Fifa 2006 Soccer World Cup have been released.Your name with email address attached to ticket number 226-88159-115 with serial number 1966/06 drew the lucky numbers 4-12-25-28-31 which consequently won the lottery in the 2rd category.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payment of USD$750,000.00(SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY)in cash credited to file REF NO: SSLF/75553114/06.This is from a total cash prize of US$10,500,000.00 (TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY)shared among the (14)FOURTEEN International surprise winners in this category.
Your fund is now deposited with our partners insured to your name,Due to mixed up of some numbers and names we ask that you keep this award from the public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account as this is a part of our security protocol to avoid claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants.All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 350,000 names as part of our international promotions program.

To begin your claim please contact:

Kindly send your telephone/fax number so that you will be sent the processing form, All winning money must be claim not later than 24th OCTOBER 2004.

Note:In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your referenceand batch numbers in every correspondence with us. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address do inform us as soon as possible.
Congratulations for being a part of our promotions program.

Mrs. Maria De Boer.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Our "friends" in Nigeria have written to me today; this time starting off by addressing me, rather incongruously, as "Dear Bogdan..".

It seems that the idiot writing this is, under the impression that my surname is Bogdan.

He claims to have $7M held in the account of the late Mr Bogdan, who has no surviving relatives.

Needless to say, our boy from Nigeria has tracked me down becaue I have the same surname; er, I don't???

He wants me to come forward as next of kin, to claim the money.

Same old bullshit, just less well presented.

Alternative E-mail:


Dear Bogdan ,

I am Barrister Usman Bello,an advocate and Solicitor.
I am the Personal Attorney to Engr.Fredrick Bogdan ,a
foreigner, who used to work with shell Petroleum Development Company in
Nigeria.On The 21st of April 2000,my client, his wife and their three children
were involved in a car accident along Sagbama Express Road. All occupants
of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.

Since then I have made several enquiries to his
embassy to see if i can locate any of my clients
extended relatives, this has all the while proved
unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful
attempts, I decided to trace his relatives (i.e.same surname) to locate
any member of his family but to no avail, hence I contact you.I have contacted
you to assist in repatriating the money
left behind by my client before it is confiscated or
declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge
deposit were lodged.

Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an
account valued at about 7.3 million dollars has issued me a notice to provide
the next of kin of the deceased or have the account confiscated within the
next ten official working days. Since i have been unsuccessful in locating
the relatives for over 2 years now I seek your consent to present you as
the next of kin of the deceased since you are still a foreigner and share
the same last name,so that the proceeds of this account valued at $7.3 million
can be paid to you and then you and me can share the
money, 60% to me and 35% to you, while 5% should be
for expenses or tax as your government may require. I
have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim
we may make.

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us
see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be
executed under a legitimate arrangement that will
protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in
touch with me by my email to enable us discuss further.

Best Regards,


Saturday, October 02, 2004

What do these things have in common?


Two dead bodies




Yes that's right, it's another Nigerian scam letter.

This time from a brother and sister, who address me as "dearest one"...Enjoy!

From: David & Susan Adams

Dearest One,
It is our pleasure to write you after much consideration since we can not be able to see you face to face at first. I am David Junior and my younger sister Susan, Being the only son and daughter of our late father, Mr. Adams. Our late father was a limited liability Cocoa and Gold merchant based in Republic of South Africa before his untimely death. After his business trip to Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire.
A week after he came back from his trip , he was assassinated with our mother by his enemies (business colleages). Which our mother died, instantly, but my father died after five days in the hospital, on that faithful afternoon. I didn't know that my father was going to leave us after we had lost our mother. But before he gave up the ghost, it was as if he knew he was going to die. He our father , (may his soul rest in perfect peace) he disclose to me that he deposited the sum of $9.5 million US dollars
in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire.
That the money was meant for his Cocoa and Gold business he wanted to invest in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire. Though, according to our father, he deposited the money in the bank's suspense account,he disclosed to me where he kept the documents(Lodgement documents) issued to him by the bank and instructed me to seek for a life time investment abroad.
we have succeeded in locating the bank and confirmed the existence with most honest and confidentiality .
Now we are soliciting for your assistance to help us transfer this money out from Abidjan to your account abroad so that we should invest it in any lucrative business in your country because this is our only hope in life. Your handsome reward is negotiable and we promise to compensate you greatly. Awaiting anxiously to hear from you so that we can discuss the modalities of this transaction.
If this proposal is acceptable, please kindly contact us through e-mail address immediately for more discussion.
Thanks for your kind attention and mutual understanding .
Best Regards,
David & Susan

Friday, October 01, 2004

The scam boys have written to me again, this time from South Africa.

This guy claims to be in the South African civil service.

He has a shed load of money, allegedly!!!, which has arisen out of over invoicing contractors.

To be quite clear, if this money really existed....which it doesn't, then he is saying that it is stolen.

He wants me to get involved with his grubby lttile scheme, as he wants to make lots of money.

A liar, cheating scum not fall for it; if you do, then you desrve everything you get.



Dear Sir/Madam,

I know this email will reach you as a surprise, but need not to worry as we are using the only secured and
confidential medium available to seek for foreign assistance/partnership in a business transaction which
is of mutual benefit.

I am a member of the Federal Government of South Africa Contract Award and Monitoring Committee in
the Department Of Minerals and Energy (DME) Sometime ago, a contract was awarded to a foreign firm
in DME by my Committee. This contract was over invoiced to the tune of US$21.5M. U. S. Dollars. This
was done deliberately.The over-invoicing was a deal by my committee to benefit from the project. We
now want to transfer this money which is in a suspense Account with DME into any Overseas Account
which we expect you to provide for us.


For providing the account where we shall remit the money into, you will beentitled to 20% of the
money,70% will be for me and my partners while 10% has been mapped out from the total sum to cover
any expenses that may be incurred by us during the course of this transfer,both locally and
international expenses.

It does not matter whether or not your company does contract projects of this nature described here. The
assumption is that your company won the major contract and subcontracted it out to other companies.
More often than not, big trading companies or firms of unrelated fields win major contracts and
subcontracts to more specialized firms for execution of such contracts.

We have strong reliable connections and contacts at the Reserve Bank of South Africa, as well as the
Federal Ministry of Finance and we have no doubt that all the money will be released and transferred if
we get the necessary foreign partner to assist us in this deal. Therefore, when the business is
successfully concluded we shall through our same connections withdraw all documents used from all the
concerned Government Ministries for 100% security.

We are ordinary civil servants and we will not want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to get rich.
We want this money to be transferred to the overseas Accounts for us, before the present Democratic
Government starts Auditing all Federal Government owned Parastatals.

Please contact me immediately through my phone numbers above whether or not you are interested in
this deal. If you are not, it will enable me scout for another foreign partner to carry out this deal. But where
you are interested, kindly call me with these numbers NO: or CORPORATE FAX
NO:,for further details upon your acceptance of this proposal. as time is of the essence in
this business.

I wait in anticipation of your fullest,

Yours Truly,