This page brings together the various "help us stop the scam" scam letters which have come our way.
KEEP ME FROM A LIFE OF CRIME
Recursive scamosity. Invocation of religion, a specific reference to fighting advance free fraud and a request for $$ to support a consultancy to employ worthy Lads. There are worthy people in this world who only need a hand up. These are not they. Keep your hand on your wallet.
Note: No mention of the name of this supposed NGO. They will probably augment this letter in future with extraneous details and phony documents. Lads are creative and dogged in their pursuit of the perfect marketing approach.
WE'RE FROM THE ANTI FRAUD COMMITTEE AND WE'RE HERE TO HELP YOU
Forwarded from Germany. We don't usually publish individual letters any more - rather they go into the ScamBase for Humor Analysis - but this has interesting points:
To: Kindly Contributor
Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2002 6:54 PM
Subject: CONTRACT PAYMENT/ANTI FRAUD MEASURE
The Desk of George Nwaneri
Chairman Contracts Payment, Anti Fraud Committee
Office of the President
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Direct Tel 234-1-8033222051
SUBJECT: CONTRACT PAYMENT ANTI - FRAUD MEASURE
It would amount to over emphasis reminding you and or your company of the on going fraud being perpetrated in the entire contracts Payment system in the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Finance and our several off shore payment facilities.. Same evil has even permeated the use of private banks such as ECOBANK AND National Bank, in effecting contract remittances.
The Presidency is equally aware of the undeserved suffering foreign contractors are subjected to in their bid to receive their contractual proceeds. Suffice is to say that a new dimension, devoid of fraud, has just been perfected to effectively make contract sums available to their respective beneficiaries. I on behalf of my committee and the Presidency, wish to encourage you to immediately contact UNION BANK PLc which is presently charged with vetting contract files and recommending for payment short listed contractors on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria. In doing this, you will avail yourself of the new opportunity of surely receiving your payment.
Do direct your inquiry to Mr. John Momo, Foreign operations dept. Union Bank of Nigeria Plc., Tel: 234-1-7762897, Fax: 234-1-7596395. I shall be very willing to assist if you ever experience any difficulty in having your contract sum remitted to you or if any unnecessary fees, charges or levies are demanded from you. Note. My direct line is 234-1-8033222051
Your compliance with the above directive is absolutely unnecessary since your contract file with us has already cleared some important hurdles that warranted us contacting you.
I wish you the earliest receive of your contract proceeds and congratulations
SEND HACKERS AND MONEY - 2GD2B4GO10
From Louise Lutefisk, whose word is good enough for us.
WATCH OUT FOR THOSE SCAMMERS!
"I've received this new variant of the famous 419 scam,
[ Scam-o-note: MAPS TO Web-Sat ISP services. This is typical, as most internet connectivity out of Africa is through satellite providers. ]
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2003 04:35:12 -0700 (PDT)
From: reignbeau isaachar email@example.com
Subject: PLS READ CAREFULLY ASAP
I hope you have had a good day.I have to call your attention to the havoc and ruin currently going on through the internet.It has been going on for a loong time,in the 80s to be precise.It is the scam/fraud/con tricks commited by men and women in Africa.
These offenders are also citizens of the country I belong to.They cut across every age barrier and occupation you can ever imagine,even some of these fraudsters are still in secondary school (high school) I am a very concerned and worried person and I may be the lone voice in the desert but the journey of a thousand miles starts wth a single step.
T hese offences are what you call scams or frauds or whatever you chooseto call them.They are all Africans and they have used every trick/lies/gimmicks to coonvince the unsuspecting person/people in other parts of the world.They go through penpal sites,chat rooms,advertisements,classified.... to source for e-mail addresses.Some of them steal credit cards and shop on line.Some of them pretend to be business men and women seeking business conterparts,some pretend to be lawyers or bankers.Some pretend to be banks or industries,factories or companies or organisations.
O thers still pose as relatives or friends or fiancees/fiances to people over the internet.Some tell you they are related to famous or international men and women seeking to transfer cash or treasureinto foreign accounts.They also use chatrooms to dupe people of their hard earned money.These scammers also demand expensive gifts like digital cameras,laptops,watches,cell phones,clothes and many other items.This trend has eaten deeply into the moral fabric of the lives of the men and women and youths.I need to help you and you have every reason to help me.I need you to complete the chain of passing information and raising money.As I send this delicate and explosive mail to you,I do so in hiding because my life is not safe.I cannnot afford unneccessary exposure.My life is in danger and this is what must be done.
I need you to send you to spread this message to those around you your neighbours,friends,family members,relatives,in-laws,strangers and even your enemies.Tell them in any way you can to watch out,be on their guard and not fall for their huge lies and very empty promises of future money.It is all a big fallacy .This fraud has to stop.It is messing up lives and causing pain,sorrow and regrets,not to mention sleepless nights, high blood pressure and other health problems to the poor victims.IT IS THIS BAD.You haveto help me by telling everyone you know and do not know to competely ignore mails that are filled with lies.They are not to reply them and not to have second thoughts about them.These con artists are out to ruin lives and not sympathetic at all.Tell them to stop replying mails out of curiosity.These offfenders are so determined they can send as many as1000 letters to a single person.They can ask a company,industry,factory to send samples of goods or products for them to market but they end up using these samples or reselling them and continue telling the victims lies and more lies.They even make phone calls just to convince.Do not be fooled.
Use everything you can to educate people about the dangers of communicating wwith such wicked people.Sometimes the scammers are women posing as men or men posing as women.Theycan operate from anywhere in the world and they have a network,they have accomplices mostly in Europe or America,their targeted victims are in Asia,America,Austalia,New Zealand,Europe and Arab countries.These people are called job men or women,19 women or men or 419ers and they call their victims mugu or maga which means fool.Even these African contries security forces are fully aware of all this and they are stongly encouraging it by receiving bribes at every level.
I have carefully compiled a list of these criminals after 2 years of hard underground work.I have their real names,addresses and other information that can help you in big ways.I have been able to get about 5000 people in Africa alone.T his list will surpris you becayse it comprises college dropouts(university dropouts),students,business men and women,sponsors.office workers,bank officials,teachers,lawyers,engineers,pastors and top government officials.I also have a list of their partners in Europe,Asia and America(1000 of them).I have a list of African countries they use as their as base.
Finally this is what I want you and me to do-
(1)You need to pass the message on and tell me who and who you have contacted.
(2)You have to forward to me any strange or funny you recieve.
(3)You must raise$1500 and above and send to me so that I can continue this work,I still have a lot of information to give to you about their modus operandi
(4)No matter what happens keep in touch with me and we can do great things.
(5)Remember to send money for more information and remember to contact me always.
THE ANTI FRAUD UNITNote: There really is a Theophilus Danjuma. He is (or was) Nigeria's Minister of Defence. Perhaps he has indeed been assigned to an anti-fraud unit. (What fun for him.) Anyway, this isn't it.
From: ANTI FRAUD UNITS [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, January 12, 2003 5:19 AM
To: Kindly Contributor
Subject: ANTI FRAUD UNITS
FROM THE DESK OF
(CHIRMAN ANTI FRAUD UNITS)
LION BULDING LAGOS-NIGERIA.
DUE TO THE HIGH LEVEL OF FRAUD/MONEY LAUNDREY IN NIGERIA BY SOME TOP GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, CONTRACTORS, BUSINESS MEN, UNPATROITIC CITIZIENS USING FAKE NAME/POSITIONS SUCH AS DEACONS, PASTORS, MINISTERS, GOVERNORS, TOP MILITARY OFFICIALS, CHIRMAN OF BANKS,PRESIDENT, TOP MEN OF THE SOCIETY AND THE NNPC. ANTI FRAUD COMMITTEE [SPECIAL DUTIES] CURRENTLY SITTING IN LAGOS, AFTER SERIES OF PETITIONS WE RECIEVED VIA THE WORLD BANK AND THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND [IMF] FROM FOREIGN CONTRACTORS ON THE INABILITY OF THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA [CBN] TO FUFILL IT'S OBLIGATION IN PAYMENT OF IT'S FOREIGN CREDITORS, THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA IN CONJUCTION WITH HIS DECISION MAKING BOARD, FORMED THIS UNIT AND MANDATED US TO CARRY OUT A CAREFUL AND COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF ALL OVER DUE PAYMENTS TO CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THIER CONTRACT OBLIGATION. ALSO FORIEGNERS THAT THEIR KIN HAS DIED AND LEFT THEM AN INHERITANCE IN THIS COUNTRY BY EFFECTING PAYMENT IMMIDIATELY SO AS TO SANITIZE THE IMAGE OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY CAUSED BY THE EMBARRASMENT.YOU CAN FURTHER LOOK AT THIS ONLINE NEWS TO UNDERSTAND WHY THE ANTI-FRAUD UNIT WAS INITIATED.
THIS IS TO OFFICIALLY INFORM YOU THAT WE ARE FULLY AWARE OF SCAM/FRAUD. HOWEVER, AFTER GOING THROUGH YOUR FILE AND FURTHER INVESTIGATION, WE FOUND OUT THAT YOU/COMPANY/MINISTRY WAS NOT THE BENEFICIARY TO APPLY FOR THIS FUND TRANSFER. AS IN OUR PREVIOUS FILES THIS FUNDS WAS REFLECTING A DIFFERENT NAME, IT HAS ALSO COME TO OUR NOTICE THAT YOU ARE COLLABORATING WITH SOME HIGHLY PLACED CONNECTED GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL HERE IN NIGERIA TO CLAIM THIS FUNDS.WE ASSURE YOU THAT THIS IS THE MAJOR REASON WHY THE FUNDS HAS NOT BEEN TRANSFERRED TO YOUR ACCOUNT.
NOTE: THE ANTI FRUAD COMMITTEE IS AWARE OF THIS TRANSACTION AFTER SERIES OF INVESTIGATION. ALSO HAVING CONSIDERED THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH A LOT IN YOUR EFFORT TO REALIZE THIS TRANSACTION.
THE FUND IS STILL EXISTING IN OUR GOVERNMENT PAYMENT SCHEDULE AS UNCLAIMED AND IN YOUR NAME AS THE SOLE BENEFICIARY BUT IT IS REALLY UNFORTUNATE THAT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE HERE IN NIGERIA ARE CRIMINALS.
OUR PURPOSE OF CONTACTING YOU IS TO INFORM YOU THAT YOUR ASSISTANCE IS HIGHLY NEEDED TO PROOF THEM GUILTY UDNER CIRMINAL CODE 419 IN THE NIGERIAN CONSTITUTION. THE ANTI-FRAUD UNIT WILL ASSIST YOU IN CORRECTING THOSE ABNORMALITIES AND MAKE SURE THAT THIS FUNDS IS APPROVED AND PAID TO YOU WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY. BUT ON THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS THAT YOU MUST AGREE
1)TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA LAW STATING THAT ALL FOREIGN PAYMENTS WILL NOW HAVE TO PASS THROUGH THE ECOWAS BANK INSTEAD OF THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA. TO DO THIS YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO OPEN A DOMICILARY ACCOUNT IMMEDIATELY WITH THE ECOWAS BANK HERE IN NIGERIA.
FINALLY, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REGULATION TO CHECK ILLEGAL FUND TRANSFER, NO PAYMENT CAN BE MADE WITHOUT OUR EXPRESS APPROVAL AND CLEARANCE
FROM OUR UNIT SO YOU ARE ADVISE TO SIEZE ALL COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR NIGERIAN PARTNERS OR ANY GROUP WITHIN OR OUTSIDE NIGERIA FOR SECURITY REASONS.
YOUR TIMELY RESPONSE SHOULD SAVE YOU FURTHER UNPLEASANT PREDICAMENT, LIKEWISE YOUR UNTIMELY RESPONSE MIGHT COMPEL OUR OFFICE TO SUBMIT OUR FINDINGS FOR IMMIDIATE ACTION AND CONSEQUENCE PROSECUTION
YOU CAN REACH US DIRECTLY ON OUR CONTACT BELLOW
CHIRMAN ANTI FRAUD UNIT.
THE LADS PROTEST WAR
A fine companion to the Dubya letter.
> Received: from 220.127.116.11
> From: MR ABU BELLO <email@example.com>
> Reply-to: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: CAMPAIGN AGAINST WAR
> Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 13:02:38 +0000
CAMPAIGN AGAINST WARTELEPHONE:0031630560624FAX NO: 0031617534769Dear Sir, We are a group of youth whose goal is to carry out a peaceful campaign across Europe in respect of this upcoming war (strike) by the U.S.A.Our job is to make sure that we campaign against strike and at the same time making people know the reason why this war shouldn't start at all.But remember, It is a peaceful campaign and also we need a little financial support for this campaign to be successful. If you are willing to help in the financial support, Please kindly send us your telephone and fax number, all contact so that we can reach you at all time. Remember, your little financial support could stop the war and Let us the war to save our children.If you're in support, please send a reply.Regards,Abubello1@netscape.net