From the Wily Contributor of "I Will Dread You With Curses":
The first contact was the usual kind of thing but then things started to get odd, I got a warning from a person who is trying to help me he said he knew who owned the cyber cafe the scammers were operating in and wanted me to string (as if I wasn't already doing that) them along (I think he is the only real thing in the following saga). I have introduced two old friends Archibald Smythe and Abel Macatini (remember Christian Bamba), who might soon get involved. There is no such person as Lay Garnet. But if they were she would look exactly like Liv Tyler.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHA (YES, ANOTHER ONE)Subject: FROM MRS. MARIAM ABACHA AND FAMILY.
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 0:23:58 +0000
From: Mariam Abacha [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Strictly Confidential Proposal
From (Mrs.) Abacha and Family.
Good day and compliments. This letter will definitely come to you as a huge surprise, USUAL STUFF
I am Mrs. Mariam Abacha, the widow of the late Gen. Sanni Abacha former Nigeria Military Head of State ETC ETC we are beingmolested, policed and our Bank Accounts Both? Here and abroad are being frozen by the Nigerian Civilian Government. BLAH BLAH
I therefore, decided to contact you in confidence since I have been able to move out the sum of US$23 Million United States Dollars somewhere abroad. All the money are secretly sealed in two metal Boxes For security Reasons. YEAH YEAH YEAH
It is to my consent here that my lawyer and I decided to personally appeal to you seriously and Religiously for your urgent assistance to move this Money into your country BLAH
Conclusively, we have agreed to offer you 25% of the Total sum while 75% is to be held on trust by you for us until we can decide on a suitable business Investment in your country upon our freedom.I implore you to please give consideration to my Predicament and help a widow in need. Please reply urgently and treat with absolute Confidentiality and sincerity.
I will await your urgent response and also please call my lawyer for more briefing of this matter.
MARIAM ABACHA (MRS.)
And so the game begins. My phone number is real, but it belongs to Scotland Yards Fraud Squad.
LAY GARNETDate: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 21:09:14 +0100 (BST)
Dear Mrs Mariam Abacha,
My phone number is 020 7601 2999. I'm not sure what the international prefix to the number is.
My Name and address are Lay Garnet
37 Wood Street
London EC2P 2NQ
Anything else you need from me, just call or e-mail me.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate:Tue, 29 Jul 2003 09:40:50 -0700 (PDT)
Hello my dear Lay Garnett,
I hope this mail finds you well? I also thank you for your positive answer to my mail. Concerning you questions, Firstly, DM is Deuchmark, and when i came accross this fund after the death of my husabnd. I suceeded in transfering only $23 million dollars away from the country before the present Government now decided to frozed my account here in my country.
I have 10 beutiful children for my late husband, but some of them are married now, and i have only 4 left with me at home for now. Concerning the death of my husband, you know how politics is in this nigeria, everybody wants to be there. But nigeria government mentioned that it was cardiac arrest, but i know they killed my husband with poison. Right now, since you have decided to help this lovely family carryout this project, i pray you do not betrayed the trust we have for you. I will ask our family lawyer to prepare all this neccesary document making you the legal beneficiary of this fund. Please my good friend, do not disclose this to any third party, due to the present condition of this family. When we suceeded in getting this fund, we are planning to start a new life with it. Lay Garnett, If you can understand from my previos mail, this family needs a trust worthy person, who will not run away with this money when you finally claim it fromn the finance in Netherland. I will urge you to kindly send to me the following data, so i can ask my lawyer to prepare all this neccesary document backing this my consighnment under your name.
Please do not disclose my identity to any one, all you have to do is contact the bank in netherland and apply for this my consignment.
1) Your Full name and address.
2) Your Telephone number and fax number.
Please do that immediately, i have discuss this issue with the other members of my family and all of them are waiting to see the good work of God. thank you very much.
I will be expecting to hear from you.
Mrs Mariam Abacha.
LAY GARNETDate:Wed, 30 Jul 2003 17:56:57 +0100 (BST)
Dear Miriam, I am having problems with returning e-mails to your other number so I am using this one, why do you have 2 e-mails, is it for security reasons?
I tried to call Barrister Williams Sanni several times but I think the phone was engaged, anyway, i kept on getting a strange buzzing tone. It is rather expensive for me to keep phoning so can you get him to try to phone me again? Remember I did not include the international dialing code, you or he might have to get that from your local phone company. Or do you want my lawyer to contact him directly? it might be easier that way. My lawyer was an army lawyer, and in the 70's he was in Nigeria for a while (perhaps the good Barrister Williams Sanni knows him) his name is Brigadier, The Right Hon. Lord Archibald Smythe QC. KFC. VC. NYC and Bar. Order of the Knights of the Yellow Rose of Tex and Us. He is a rather imposing character, as well as being the Church leader of My Seventh Day Adventist Parish. So he can be trusted.
You didn't answer my question on the total amount of money you want to move, it is a lot. (As you know, I live in England, so can you tell me what the money is worth in British Pounds?) The reason I ask this rather gauche question is explained later on in this letter.
As I mentioned in a previous e-mail letter do you want me to see if I can use my connections in the Church to help get you out of your terrible situation. Maybe it would be easier for them to get all your money out at the same time as they help you and your children escape (So you wouldn't have to transfer it). You said it was in safekeeping in two trunks. How big are these trunks? Would they fit in the back of a car or a van or a lorry?
This is all so exciting, did you see the Sound Of Music? Julie Andrews escaped from the Germans by walking over the Alps. Perhaps Hollywood would make a film about you, wouldn't that be romantic.
By the way, as a Christian I wouldn't dream of taking any money from you, my biggest reward would be if you could become a member of our Faith and give a little donation to The Seventh Day Adventist Church to help in our overseas Missions and Aid Programs.
As we are getting so close could you send me a Photograph of you and your 10 children, and if you want me to I'll send one back of myself.
Yours in Christ the Saviour. Lay Garnet.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate: Wed, 30 Jul 2003 04:02:04 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: ALL IS WELL .
To: "lay garnet"
Hello my dear Lay Garnett, How are you today and your family? I hope all is well with you all. I do recieved your mail this morning when i return from the mosque, i did discus about you with my lawyer, and also he will be the one to pass all the neccesary document under your name to the FINANCE in netherland. And he will like to speak with you.
Please my dear friend, i will also beg of you once more, to please keep this in top secrete, becuase the present Government are searching for a way to freeze our other asset this family have presently now. For you to know how difficult for this family ever since i lost my husband, they started monitoring my line, they also charge my fist son( MUHAMED) to court. So i found it very hard to trust anybody with this my consgnment. But i will lay my trust on you and i pray you won't betrayed the trust i have for you.
My lawyer will like to have some words with you. Below is the contact information, he will do all the neccesary document and send it over to them in netherland and he will send to you the contact information of the finance house in netherland, please do come to our help, and also remember you promise to help me out with one of my Child out of this country. But lets get this done, because i need to start a good invetment in your country.
This is the contact infoirmation of my lawyer,
Name :BARRISTER WILLIAMS SANNI LIGHTS CHAMBERS & CO, 102 OLUYOLE EST, FALOMO IKOYI,LAGOS. TELEPHONE : 234-8033279474 EMAIL : email@example.com
A very badly doctored passport was supplied
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 04:17:56 -0700 (PDT)
HELLO MY DEAR GARNET,
I JUST SENT MY PASSPORT TO YOU NOW.
PLEASE DO SEND YOUR TO ME IMMEDIATELY.
ALL DOCUMENT ARE READY.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
LAY GARNETDate:Thu, 31 Jul 2003 17:03:37 +0100 (BST)
Hello, Mirriam, I am confused, I gave you the correct phone number for my home telephone, and have had no calls. So I don't know what your lawyer is doing, can you trust him.
I also saw your passport. Is it a bad fake or badly photo retouched, the only reason I ask is because I am a graphic artist, and it looks like all the bold copy has been added.
Is someone in the Nigerian government forcing you to do this?
I'll tell you my reasons for why I think the passport is not real.
1/. I opened the image in photoshop and the pixels Behind you name and other details are lighter than the rest of the page indicating someone did a bad airbrush job on removing the original document.
2/. The tonal values of the the text with your name on it range from 56% to 89% black. The text in other sections range from 26% black to 65% black indicating copy was added to the original passport then re scanned.
[Hey why help these guys out?]
3/. To the right of the date of expiry is a little black mark where the original copy wasn't properly cleaned away.
4/. There is also a different tone of green behind the words in that section.
6/. The number of the passport has been changed on one of the pages. A 5 clumsily switched to an 8.
7/. There is a difference in the sharpness of your signature and all the added bits to the rest of the passport. If it was real everything would be blurred to the same extent.
Please help me to help you, I want to believe you are being honest with me, I am being honest with you, I look forward to your reply
Your friend in Jesus. Lay.
An image of some dubious money was suppiled. What I found most interesting with this image is that all the money showed the heads of the bills only.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate: Fri, 1 Aug 2003 01:02:20 -0700 (PDT)
Hello my dear Garnett,
Thank you very much for your response to my mail. I hope this mail finds you well?.
Please do not be confused about any thing from me, am for real. Since you decided to help this family carryout this project, we have been so truthful to you and at thesame time we are been carefull about anything we do. I hope you understand me.Actually the present governement now decided to do my own personal passport that way, i cannot obtain visa to any foriegn country with that my passport, they did want us to leave this country. And the reason why i decided to open another email address, was that, the monitory group that are incharge of my out been, are suspecting that, i am having a foriegn partner, but they didn't catch the real deal that is involved in the both of us.
Please my dear Garnett, i will urge you to send yours to me immediately. Have you called my lawyer? please if not, i will urge you to do that immediately, he had already sent all the document to the bank and they will been expecting to hear from you. Please do not make mention of this family to the bank,for security reasons.Becuase the government of the country are working with all the finance house all over the world searching for this fund.All you need to do is to contact them and apply for your, just act as the real and true beneficiary of my consignment. All the document backing up this has been prepare under your name.
Please i am very sorry for that, actually they did my purposely like that,so i cannot obtain any visa.
Please do not disclose this photograph to any body.A scanned copy of my consignment, before i deposited it with the finance house,please do view attachment.
Thank you very much.And God bless you and your family.
Mrs Mariam Abacha.
LAY GARNETDate:Fri, 1 Aug 2003 14:40:17 +0100 (BST)
Subject:I am beginning to get suspicious.
Miriam, are you tricking me. Your lawyer still hasn't called me.
I have a passport, but even if I sent you a scan of it would you believe it was real? believe me, I could make a far better copy than you did if I wanted to. I do not trust these kind of documents they leave room for doubt.
I can send you a photograph of myself.
As for the trunks full of "cash" I did some math, and blew up the image of the money, What I saw was as follows:
1/. The money dumped in "random" in the 2 trunks all show up heads, the chance of that happening is billions to one. I think they might be forgeries.
[Arrgghhh, let's not help them out too much! ]
2/. I calculated the size of the $100 notes and for the amount of money you say you have you would need crates bigger than the ones you have. (please re-scan your photographs at a higher resolution so I can see if the serial numbers are different on each bill).
When you add these suspicions to the passport forgery and I am getting very suspicious.
In good faith on your side I think you should send me one of your $100 bills to prove that it is real. I want to believe you, but I have the nagging feeling that you are tricking me. I hope I am wrong. I pray to the good lord Jesus Christ that you are being honest with me.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate:Fri, 1 Aug 2003 01:28:02 -0700 (PDT)
HELLO MY DEAR GARNET,
I HOPE THIS MAIL FINDS YOU WELL. PLEASE I WILL WANT YOU TO KINDLY CONFIRM YOUR NUMBER TO ME ONCE AGAIN. IMMEDIATELY MY LAWYER SPEAK WITH YOU ON PHONE HE SHALL PASS THE CONTACT INFORMATION OF THE FINANCE TO YOU. I AM DOING ALL THIS FOR SECURITY REASONS. I DON'T WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO TRAP THE CONTACT INFORMATION, BECAUSE THEY ARE MONITORING MY IP NUMBER.
PLEASE DO GET INTOUCH WITH MY LAWYER.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
MRS MARIAM ABACHA.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate:Fri, 1 Aug 2003 07:15:46 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:MY DEAR LAY, THIS FAMILY IS COUNTING ON YOU.
Hello my dear Garnet,
I do recieved your mail. Concerning all your finds on the attachment i sent to you. Actually that is my consignment.
Mr Garnet, i am not asking you to pay me any money here, but all this family wants from you is your help. We want's you to help us claim this fund. You can go and contact the finance house if i have any consignment worth of $23 million us dollars. Listen Mr Garnet, you don't have to be skeptical, this project is for real. That's why i found it very difficult to trust anybody with this transaction. But believe me Mr Lay, this family really trust you. I have been taking my time studying the type of person i'm dealing with.
Please concerning the passport, don't taking it to be fake or something. Well all i believe is that, the END shall justice the means. I hope you understood me?.
I haven't seen my lawyer today but he told yesterday that he has sent all this neccesary document down to them. Mr. Lay, i have have to be skeptical OK. Everything is in control, the most important thing for us now is to claim this fund without any stress. This family is really counting on you. All is well. If there's anything you want to know about this family, i am in the right position to provise you with all information about this lovely family. My religion does not permmit me to tell lie or shit. Please don't think i'm trying to trick you. You are there to help me God will surely grant you back his grace.
I will urge my lawyer to send you the contact information including the ACCESS CODE and AUTHORITATION CODE.
Thank you very much.
Mrs Mariam Abacha.
Here I downloaded some images of Liv Tyler and sent them off.
LAY GARNETDate:Fri, 1 Aug 2003 17:08:51 +0100 (BST)
Sorry Mariam, I do not mean to not trust you, but I am a young woman of 21, I am definately not a mister.
I include some recent photographs of myself.
Yours in Jesus. Lay.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate:Fri, 1 Aug 2003 07:29:08 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:I JUST ADDED YOU TO MY BUDDIE ON YAHOO CHAT ROOM.
Hello my dear Lay,
Please do not be skeptiacl. I will like toi chat with you about this project. I just added you to my buddie, so i will like you to inform me when exactly you will be avaliable on the chat room. All you need to do is add my email address on you buddie. You are already on my buddie.
Please take care of yourself.
My reagarg to your family.
I will be on line waiting for you.
Mrs Mariam Abacha.
[We don't know much about (the real) Mrs Abacha, but think she probably writes better than this.]
Good luck mate, I ain't joinin' no chat room
LAY GARNETDate:Fri, 1 Aug 2003 19:29:56 +0100 (BST)
Dear Mrs Mariam Abacha,
I can't log onto a chat line, I am at work, and the messages can be monitored. So it isn't safe. I'm out most evenings at Church functions, so I can't chat then either. On the Sabath (Friday sunset to Saturday sunset) I do not answer the phone, and I do my shopping on Sunday.
Can you send all the documents I need as PDF's or Jpegs?
My phone number is (as it has always been):
020 7601 2999.
Yours in Jesus the Saviour, Miss Lay Garnet.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate:Fri, 1 Aug 2003 09:44:11 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:WHAT IS THE POSITION OF THINGS?
Hello my dear Lay,
I have been wating for you in the chat room. My lawyer just left my house. He told me that he just sent The POWER OF ATTORNEY( change of ownership) to the finance house. And i will urge you to get back to me immediately and confirm your number again to me.
The following document had been sent over to the Finance house under your name,
1)AFFIDAVIT OF CLAIM.
2). DEPOSIT CERTIFICATE.
3) .AIRWAY BILL.
Please mr Lay, as i told you ealier all is well, i really want you to be rest assured, and be cam.
I will be waiting to hear back from you.
Thank you very much.
Mrs Mariam Abacha.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate:Sat, 2 Aug 2003 01:13:48 -0700 (PDT)
Dear Sister Lay Garnet,
I do recieved your mail this morning, and i do appreciate your kind concer about the present condition of this lovely family.
As i told you ealier, all this neccesary document backing up this project as been sent to the Finance house in netherland. but i have to take my time, study the type of person and know you very well. I even told my immediate elder sister, living in the northern part of nigeria about you, and she was very happy and she said that, she wish to meet you. Once my lawyer get back from Lagos, i will ask him to prepare another document and send them over to you.
Our is the ministry doing? i hope all is well.Please try and search for a good business which i can investment my money on in your country and also look for a very good appartment for me and my family. I will also beg of you to please try and get a letter of invitation under my name and send it through DHL to my elder sister. I will like to leave this country before the end of this month.
Miss Lay, please do not runaway with this money, when you claim the fund, you can take out your own %25 and keep ours in a safety account. I will ask my lawyer to send you the contact information of the finance house in Netherland.
Thank you very mush.
This next letter was kind of a twist and made me think, was he for real, was it a test, I decided to treat it as real, but let "the fraudstars" let them know i was getting warnings without revealing who sent me the letter. I'm taking out his name and details in case he is legit.
DEEP THROATDate:Sat, 2 Aug 2003 09:14:15 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:DEAR BROTHER BEWEAR OF FRAUDISTARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To: Lay Garnet
Sure u will be suprise to call u a brother but all the same u are my brother so far we are of the same God.Yes u might be scared to see my mail cos u do not know me.Well,my name is XXXXXXXX .Iam a Nigerian.I just want to let you know brother that u should be aware of the fraudstars and criminal that want to dupe u.You can recalled that someone sent you a mail claiming to be Mariam abacha,the wife of late nigeria head of state.brother it is a capital lia.
I was browsing oneday in a cyber cafe near my house and the two guys that was sitting near me are notorous,robbers and fraudstars.I saw them sending u a letter that they have billions of dollars and deuchmarks and they also claimed to be Mariam abacha.my brother,it is all plan to dupe u.I tried to capture ur email address but could not that day but as almighty God may have it I met one of the guys again giving a reply to the mail u sent to him and there I sneakly copy your email addrerss.I dont want u to fall the victim that,s why I write u.I falled the victim 2001 where I lost all my money to a Ghananian man in the name of business.they rendered me usuless,left me with no kobo.Right now I dont have anything.Iam living in a penury.b/4 I has a business that is flourishing,I sold computers and accessries untill I was duped by fraudstars from Ghana.
pls be careful and dont fall the victim.I wouldn,t want u to suffer what iam going through now and it is a sin to me if i allow a brother to suffer that,s why i devoted my time to get ur email address.pls keep this secrete,dont let them know about this mail cos they have already suspecting that iam monitoring them.they are dangerous and can kill.one of them is a ghana and the nigeria counterpact.
however,we can be friends and hope to hear from u.later,i will tell u my ordeal and the tricks they applied to render me useless but no evil that man pertrate against another shall go unrequited.
May God bless u.
LAY GARNETDate:Sun, 3 Aug 2003 22:31:39 +0100 (BST)
Wow, thank you for your e-mail, I am also a good Christian girl, I belong to the 7th Day Adventist Church in the Isle of Dogs, London, England.
I have no money, so they will not be able to hurt me financially, as they hurt you.
I told them I was going to get my church contacts in Nigeria to help them escape. My church is very rich and they help people get asylum all the time and look after them when they come to England.
Lucky for me you came along. I thank you with all my heart. I hope you don't get into any trouble.
Go in the peace of the Lord Jesus.
Thank you, Lay Garnet.
LAY GARNETDate:Sun, 3 Aug 2003 22:19:40 +0100 (BST)
Subject:I got this letter in my e-mail.
Dear Miriam. Please tell me this letter is a lie. I've just got home and was seeing if you had sent me a letter. The segment of the letter was sent to me today by someone else.
enclosed snippet from Deep Throat's warning
You have not asked me for money so I hope you can explain what is happening. Do you think it could be the Nigerian Police intercepting your e-mails, and passing me false information.
I will reply to the person who sent me the letter and see what he is up to. Are you sure your computer is safe.
Did you get my photographs, the ones I sent you last week?
I'm starting to think my Knight in shining armour might be the real thing.
DEEP THROATDate:Mon, 4 Aug 2003 00:32:44 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU.
Sorry I never knew you are a girl.So u belong to 7th Day Adventist Church that,s great.I like the church my close friend is a member.Iam very happy u are a christian and I like keeping christian friends.How old are u?Iam a young man and worship in XXXXXXXX of XXXXX here in XXXX.Are u married?I have attended ur church several times with my friend on saturdays........Mine is Sundays..........Have a wonderful day.
LAY GARNETDate:Mon, 4 Aug 2003 13:32:01 +0100 (BST)
I am 21 years old, and I am not married, and I love my church. I'm afraid I was rather a, difficult and rebellious girl when I was a teenager, but I discovered the Saviour before I got too out of hand and my life has been good and happy ever since.
I have a pen pal in Johannesburg, he is with the International Pentecostal Church in Sowetho. His name is Abel Macatini, I think he said he was a Zulu.
I have to go to work now. Your friend in The True Lord. Lay.
[It's an in joke. Abel Macatini (if that's his real name - well it might be somebody's but probably not his) is another Lad]
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate:Mon, 4 Aug 2003 01:46:16 -0700 (PDT)
From:"Mariam Abacha" [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject:PLEASE DO NOT RESPONSE TO THAT MAIL, IS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF THIS COUNTRY.
Dear my dear Lay,
I thank you very much for your kind mail. Concerning the mail you saw in your mail box. I will urge you to please do not response to that person. They are trying to intercept my fund. I just found out this moring that the Governement of my country Tapped my IP, so they have been monitoring all my mail, all what we have been writing each other. Thank God you said i havent requested for any money. So they are trying to get the destination of my fund through you. Thank God you keep me informed. And also i haven't give you to conatct information of my Finance house.
Please do not response to them again, all we need right now is to get that fund away from the Finance house. My lawyer will get intouch with you soon.
Thank you very much for keeping me posted.
Mrs Mariam Abacha.
LAY GARNETDate:Mon, 4 Aug 2003 13:38:41 +0100 (BST)
Subject:I am scared.
I sent a letter to that man yesterday and this morning before I got your warning.
I thought it might have been the police, and I was trying to fool him, am I safe? Can they track me in London? I mentioned my church will they be safe? How can you be sure your computer is safe? I am very scared, perhaps we shouldn't do this thing.
I will pray to Jesus for guidance. Lay.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate:Mon, 4 Aug 2003 05:16:48 -0700 (PDT)
Your mail came to me as a suprise too and i was very shocked reading that mail. It is quite unfortunate that the government is using every means to stop this transaction by monitoring my mails.
However, i want to assure you that you have nothing to worry about and whatever they have planned to stop me from making this transfer will not workout. The poeople that were used to send that mail to you were ex-lawyers to my late husband and because they demanded so much percentage from me with respect to this transaction,of which i refused to agree to thier demands, they decide to work against me.
Nevertheless, i have handed over the transaction to my Attorney Barrister Abu Waziri, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and operates SUPREME CHAMBERS.
He will contact you and carry on the transaction. As a mark of trust and sincereityand to get raid of every doubt and suspicious and fears that might have been created in your heart, i have handed a check of USD$55,000.00 (Fifty Five Thousand Dollars)only to him for his legal Services and to enable him obtain all documents (Original Hard Copies)on your name as the bonafide beneficiary of the funds.
These original hard copies will be sent to you by UPS Courier Service to your address.Only then can you believe that i never meant any harm but good intensions.
I have consulted with him and he told me all we be done to ensure that funds are either transferred directly to your account or moved out of Neatherland to either London,Canada, Spain or Holland.
Please once you are contacted by him,
kindly notify me. Yours,
NOW A WORD FROM OUR FRIENDLY NIGERIAN BARRISTER. Complete with Photographs, do I trust him? hmmmmm how far can Ithrow Big Ben?
ABU WAZIRI THE BARRISTERDate:Mon, 4 Aug 2003 05:41:11 -0700 (PDT)
From:"Abu Waziri" [email@example.com]
From: Barrister Abu Waziri (SAN) Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
Legal Practitioners and Solicitors
House 20, Festac Town Lagos -Nigeria.
Attn: Miss Lay Garnet
This is to inform you that this chambers has received an application from Mrs. Mariam Abacha wife to former military ruler of Nigeria for us to represent you in the claiming of your long over due contract claims.
We have also received the sum of USD$55,000.00 (Fifty Five Thousand Dollars) only from the above person with respect to this assignment. From the above sum, we shall deduct our fees for our legal services to you which is USD$7,500.00 (Seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars only), and the balance which is USD$47,500.00, shall be used in the processing of the vital documents required for the said transfer.
Please note that I have received from her all required information about you which will help me in the pursue of your long over due payment.
Please you are only required to forward to me your International Passport Copy or Drivers License for Identification.
Note that we shall obtain all documents legally from all the different governmental agencies and departments and the original copies of transfer documents shall be sent to you via UPS Courier Service.
Be rest assured that our services are effective and accurate. Our goal is client satisfaction and to deliver as at when due. As soon as we get the above information from you, we shall commence action immediately and the whole process is not expected to exceed 7-14 working days.
We anticipate your urgent response!
I have personally attach my Picture and that of myself and wife in my chambers to enable get acquainted with your legal representative. So open the attachment and view.
Barrister Abu Waziri (SAN.)
[For all we know this comes out of a management training catalog.]
DEEP THROATDate:Mon, 4 Aug 2003 07:27:58 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:HELLO MY FRIEND
Hey! I do understand your feeling about past life.It happen to everybody.We are all born of sin but Thank God he died for us in the redemption of our sins.So we are free from all course and sins.Honestly you write well and I like that.You also sound nice.
Well the two fools just left the cybercafe and through their conversation though in a local slang u forward the message I sent to to them.Pls I hope u do not include my email address.It is my private email address and dont give it out unless relations and special friends.U might be suprise how I got all these infomation-the cyber cafe they came to browse is owned by my XXXXXXXXXX XXXX and it is a public cafe people come there in mass to browse.meanwhile,our Government is fighting tooth and nail to track down those fraudstars that is portraying and damaging good image of Nigeria.therefore,we have installed a software that trackdown any fraudulent mail.So the fools do not know that I do see all their mails.Very soon we will hand them over to police.They ve scanned some documents and sent it to u today I dont know wether u ve seen it.It is all liars and face document.
I would want u to keep on fooling them so they will be spending more money.have u asked him how he got ur email address/Look at what they do-they use email catcher or extrator to extracts peoples email address.Asked him as a former wife of late head of state with all the money at her disposal can not afford computer and internet in her house to the extent of coming to public cafe to transact business.Have u ask him all these question.Mrs Mariam Abacha with all her money and international connection can not afford to go to Europe or anywhere to claim her money or her husband money
they want u to help them.my sister,they have their friends and their agents in europe.very soon they will link u witheir agent in Europe and ask u to go to EUROPE AND CLAIM THE MONEY.sISTER ALL THERE TRICKS WILL LOOK REAL BUT IT IS ALL FAKE.
Pls ask that mariam Abacha to be online and also on webcam so that u will see her or u ask him to come to London.The guy sending u those fraudulent mails is a young guy of may be 27.he is not a woman.
Take care of yourself.
LAY GARNETDate:Tue, 5 Aug 2003 14:03:43 +0100 (BST)
Thank you so much XXXXXX, I have just had another e-mail from another person saying his father was murdered and he needs help getting $65 million out of the country, so I think you are right. I did not include your name or e-mail, to tell you the truth I was getting suspicious, they sent me a passport that had been badly retouched, I work in Advertising and do a lot of retouching so I recognize bad work, once again, thank you for your help, I have to go now, keep your eyes open, I pray for you.
Go in the Peace of the Lord. Lay.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate:Tue, 5 Aug 2003 02:17:35 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:ALL IS WELL MY DEAR GARNET.
Hello my dear Lay,
I hope this mail finds you well?. I am very happy to read from you this morning. Concerning the mail you sdent to the POLICE, they actually came and asked me about the fund. But i still refused to open up to them.
Listen Lay, you are there to help me and my family, everything is in order now, you don't have to be skeptical OK. I will urge you to contact my lawyer immediately. I later found out that My family lawyer, Barr Williams Sanni do conspired with the government. Because i refused to offer him %30 per of this said fund.
I have asked my lawyer Barrr. Abu to conatct the Finance house and ask them to transfer the fund from there to any of their branch.
So Miss Lay, all is well, your church is safe, you are also safe. All you need to do is stop mailing that FOOL. Please do not withdraw your hand from this family, i had spent all i have on all the neccesary document on your name and you are the only person who can come after this fund. Please i am on my knes. My lawyer will give you a call, and you too try and mail him to know the position of things and the way forward.
Thank you very much and may the almighty Alha be with you.
Mrs. Mariam Abacha.
ABU WAZIRI THE BARRISTERDear Madam,
This is to inform you that your mail has been received by this chambers and all information supplied to us by Mrs. Mariam Abacha are being verified.
I also wish to inform you that we had requested for all this information to enable us accertain the authenticity of your cliames as found in decree ii subsection iv of 1986 of the criminal law code 419.
This will help us protect your interest against any fraudulent attempts anyone, organisation or body might attempt on you. It also gives us the lawful right to pursue your case to any level in this country. We have also requested the above information because without which the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), will not permit the excit of any funds from this country to your account.
I once again assure you that all information supplied to us shall be kept with utmost confidentiality. We shall proceed today with the relevant transfer documents and as they come in we shall send you copies of the documents. The original hard copies of the transfer documents shall be sent by UPS Courier within the next 3-5 working days.
Should you require futher clearifications as regards the above subject, do not hesitate to contact me immediately.
I remain at your service,
Barrister Abu Waziri
LAY GARNETDate:Tue, 5 Aug 2003 14:11:57 +0100 (BST)
Dear Mr Abu Waziri.
Thank you for your e-mail, I will have to find my passport and scan it, Hopefully I will be able to send it to you within the next day or so.
I look forward to working with you.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate:Tue, 5 Aug 2003 07:42:14 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:YOU DON"T HAVE TO BE SKEPTICAL
Hello my dear lay,
I hope this mail finds you well. I do recieved your mail, and i was very happy about it. Please as i told you ealier on, do not responde to any stranger, they are trying to intercept our fund.
Listen Miss Lay, if you really trust me, and you want this our relationship to go further, i will beg of you once again to please try and ignore and mails coming from a strange person. All this are from the federal gevernment of nigeria, they are trying to get contact of this finance house were my funds are been deposited.
Please try and get back to my lawyer, he is in a good position to pass you any information you need about this.
Stay CAM. I await your response.
Thank you very much.
LAY GARNETDate:Tue, 5 Aug 2003 14:38:10 +0100 (BST)
Subject:I had another warning. what is going on?
I got another letter from someone called THOMAS OJUKWU AT BOULVARD STREET 145 LOME TOGOOOOOOOOOOO.I AM VERY POPULAR OOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOK.
He said you were a bad man, who I can not trust.
What is going on? Lay Garnet.
PS. your lawyer just sent me an E-mail asking for a picture of my passport, he sent me some photographs of his chambers, quite frankly, it looked more like. I would like to see one more photograph of him sitting in his legal library surrounded by his legal books and in his cloak and Wig. Only then will I know who is telling me the truth.
I also just got this letter from your Barrister.
Includes letter from barrister, mentioning criminal code 419.
What is the criminal code 419?
I am getting very scared. Lay Garnet.
I think Thomas Ojukwu is Christian Bambas real name, see IMHOTEP VS. COLI (E. COLI?) and ABRA KATA BRA KATA. And if it is him, my curses might return to bite him on the boily ass.
More to follow.
Part 2 of Deep Throat
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate: Wed, 6 Aug 2003 01:41:46 -0700 (PDT)
Hello my dear Lay,
Thank you very much for all your effort. I hope all is fine with you overthere and the businees. My lawyer Barr. Abu told me he will round up all this neccesary document by next week. Miss Lay, there's something i want you to understand is that, i don't want to started looking for another person who will help thjis family carryout this project, and also i don't have another money to make change of beneficiary Certificate.
So please miss Lay, kindly help this family conclude this transaction, and you will not regrete of knowing this lovely family.
Try and get intouch with muy lawyer and ask him about the neccesary document.
Thank you very much.
Mrs Mariam Abacha.
LAY GARNETDate:Wed, 6 Aug 2003 17:01:58 +0100 (BST)
I'm still having trouble with your old e-mail, please for the love of the Lord stop using it.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate:Wed, 6 Aug 2003 09:26:57 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:I DO NOT RECIEVE ANY PIC.
Hello my dear Lay,
You makes me cry all day. WHY?, This family had put all thier trust and hope on you, suddenly you just want to turned your back on us. Listen my dear Lay, you said you know Africa very well, i will love to meet you in Nigeria, you have no problem. Please after this you will see the good family you are creating relationship with.Not this family alone is goinmg to proffit from this, but you are still going to.
Please don't turn your back on me, i don't have anymore money for document.I paid my lawyer for all his services and i am down for money. Please do undertstand my present condition.
I will urge you to get intouch with my lawyer immediately, Cos i can't get him on phone right now. I understand you are from Africa, i really love that. Please try and resend your passport, i do not recieve it.
I await your urgent mail.
Thank you very much.
LAY GARNETDate:Wed, 6 Aug 2003 17:59:12 +0100 (BST)
Subject:Yes you got several pictures.
How many times must i tell you. You are making me cross and upset. I WANT YOU TO USE THIS E-MAIL NUMBER firstname.lastname@example.org and not the other one. I think that's why you didn't get my photographs.
I do not know Africa very well, I know South Africa very well. Africa is a huge place.
Why do I need to come to Nigeria, I have used up all my holiday time for the year so I can't travel. I also sent you photographs ages ago, but I will resend them again. And as I explained my passport was ruined and I need a new one. That will take 7-8 weeks.
I also told you in an earlier letter I want no money, but if you want to make a donation to my church that would be good of you.
I also told you want to help you get out of your country. And my church can help you get out, now stop being so blooming thick (See you have made me so mad I'm using profanities), read my replies properly. Your stupidity is making me angry.
As for the Barrister I have some e-mails from him and have replied to them already. I sent him my Book of Life picture.
By the way I would like to see some more photographs of you and your family All I got was a badly doctored passport I don't even know if it is you. And I also want to see the Barrister in front of his law books, surely he can do that easily. Trust goes two ways. Jesus please give me the strength to work with you.
I have included 3 pictures. My old South African Book of Life, and two recent shots. If you want to see more I have a million of them.
I will pass all our letters onto my lawyer and see what he thinks if you do not send me some more photographs.
I include my "passport" which shows that I am a better photoshop artist than they are. The image is of Liv Tyler with short hair, I also sent some other snapshots of Liv for good measure.
Date:Wed, 6 Aug 2003 19:18:32 +0100 (BST)
Subject:Re: I DO NOT RECIEVE ANY PIC.
Now that I've had time to cool down a little, I'll reply to your last e-mail.
I have been in touch with your lawyer and have passed him a jpeg of my Book of Life. And I am waiting to hear from him. If you can't phone him from the same country, how do you expect me to from Engalnad.
1/. I have told you repeatedly that this e-mail address email@example.com does not work so why do you keep using it?
2/. You say your ISP is being monitored by the police but you insist on using this number firstname.lastname@example.org
3/. I have had 2 warnings by 2 different people saying you are trying to cheat me (you say it's the police).
4/. Your passport has been altered in photoshop by someone who does not know what they are doing. It is vary badly changed, You said the police made you do it so you couldn't leave the country.
5/. I still do not know what you look like, I would like to see some more photographs of you and your family.
6/. Your first barrister was in your own words not to be trusted so you got another one, frankly I'm inclined to think he is no better than the first, I have requested that you get him to send another photograph of himself standing in front of his law library (all lawyers have substantial libraries so this should be easy to do).
7/. You seem to be very badly educated, your letters, grammar and spelling are what I'd expect from a 10 year old.
8/. The photograph of your money looks strange.
9/. you have all that money (presumably it was there for the photograph) but you are now saying you have spent spent all you have on your Barrister.
10/. I've repeatedly told you I do not want any money, I just want to help you get out of Nigeria with your remaining children (what happened to the other 6? don't they get a share of their fathers money?). I always thought in Africa the inheritance went to the eldest living son (who looked after his mother) not the wife.
10 simple questions.
If you can't answer them all to my satisfaction I will be forced to pass everything on to my friend Barrister Smythe, he is well connected. And my friend in South Africa Able Macatini a very powerful Sangoma who can tell me if you are a fraud.
v I await your answer, (you may call me Miss Garnet till you get yourself an attitude adjustment).
ABU WAZIRI THE BARRISTERDate:Thu, 7 Aug 2003 01:04:02 -0700 (PDT)
From:"Abu Waziri" [email@example.com]
From: Barrister Abu Waziri
Dear lay garnet,
This is to inform you that i have received a copy of your passport but for the purpose of clear identification and to avoid any fraudulent attempts or activities, i will rather suggest you send to me a copy of your recent photograph.
The purpose of this is to ensure that your funds are not diverted by unknown individuals to unknown destination as i have gathered from a report that you are being mailed by unknown person so that you can provide them with your account details.
Note that all modalities are being put in place to ensure that your funds are safe and the original copies of your contract papers and transfer documents sent to you by UPS Courier Service. These will be the only proof that you are the true and bonafide beneficiary of funds. Apart from this clear evidence of original hard copies of transfer documents, you are likely to be a victim of fraud. Therefore you need cooperate with me to enable me help.
One last thing, you are very young and from your passport you are about 21 years. How come you have so much money at your disposal? Are your parents oil Marchants? And what do you do for a living?
I want a brife biography of you, okay.
Barrister Abu Waziri.
LAY GARNETDate:Wed, 6 Aug 2003 17:25:45 +0100 (BST) Subject:Re: Legal Representation (02)
Dear Barrister Abu Waziri
I said I would send my Passport to you today, but it was in a file with all my other documents, It looks like someone spilled hot chocolate over it a while ago and it is ruined, all the pages were stuck together and it will take about 7 or 8 weeks to renew it.
I have dual citizenship both British and South African. I have included my South African "Book of Life" as you can see it also got damaged in the accident, but lucky for me it had a plastic sleeve which protected it better than my passport.
I hope it is ok for what you need.
Please get back to me as soon as you can. Lay.
P.S. My full name is Latitia Ann Garnet, but I hate the name Latitia so I call myself Lay, I hope that isn't a huge problem.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate:Thu, 7 Aug 2003 03:04:03 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:Pictures (3 in all)
Please note i am attaching three of my recent photographs for your sighting. After the attachments you can read my mail.
Mrs. Mariam Abacha
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate:Thu, 7 Aug 2003 03:45:42 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:My 3rd Picture
Having attached my picture for your sighting, i am sure i have been able to satisfy your desire and i am sure things will begin to work out fine now. I never knew you are such a beautiful young lady. Your pictures were really beautiful. I am really sorry for causing you troubles and i thought you would have had a better understanding of my situation.
Well, like i told you the easiest way i could reach you is speaking to you on the net all phone conversation could be monitored hence i do not call call out now until the whole case is perfectly resolved.
The lawyer who is attending to my case is the only person i could trust but i made him to understand that the funds belong to you as you are the beneficiary of the funds. He is working on the documents at present and i hope all will be out soon.
Subsequently, it will be very difficult for me to tell him all that you have requested for as regards his pictures. I will look very stupid to tell him that and moreover he will wonder why all that is for. He is only offering you his services to the best of his ability which i have paid for on your behalf. I do not want him look as if i am insane. Please, i just need you to understand this situation.
More over, all correspondence should be highly confidential please. Do not worry about involving any one else from your side. The lawyer will take care of all this. As regards those reaching you. They are all my detractors wanting to see to my failure but i know the will surely be put to shame.
Thanks also for sending a copy of your mail to the lawyer. All effort well appreciated. I hope to hearing from you soon.
Yours Mariam Abacha.
Mrs. Mariam Abacha sent 3 pictures I include 1, from the grain it is easy to see that they were all scanned from a magazine, funny thing was none of them looked like the woman on the original passport!
LAY GARNETDate:Thu, 7 Aug 2003 13:23:43 +0100 (BST)
Dear Mrs Abacha, thank you for your photographs, and you also look so beautiful and regal, I'm sure you will be treated like a Queen wherever you land up.
I guess these pictures must have been taken before your husband passed away. I should imagine you are living in much humbler conditions now.
I've just received this from the barrister. I don't want to lie, perhaps you could write something for me, then send it to me and I can send it on to him. his letter is as follows. I can give him more photographs and a biography but I need the other details, how I "got the money" from you.
I also doubt he is a barrister, are you sure you can trust him. I noticed 3 spelling mistakes and a couple of omissions of words in his letter and this is unusually sloppy for a law firm.
Also what is all the stuff in the second paragraph about a report, no one has asked me for account details.
And why does he think I am so rich. I'm not rich, I'm a graphic artist and only earn 12 500 British pounds a year, and anyone who knows anything knows how expensive living in London is.
I await your advice, and I pray to the Saviour that we get you out of the country soon.
By the way what does modalities mean?
LAY GARNETDate:Thu, 7 Aug 2003 17:23:36 +0100 (BST)
Dear Barrister Abu Waziri
It is good to see you are so thorough. And are looking after my interests. As you requested, here are a couple of photographs. They were all taken within the last year.
I was born in Benoni a suburb near Johannesburg. My father worked for De Beers diamond company but he died in a mine accident when I was 5 years old. My mother worked for BBD&O as an Account Director. My mother, step father and two step sisters came to England when I was 18. I am 21 years old. I work as a graphic artist for J. Walter Thompson. I live and work in London, England. I am a devout 7th Day Adventist.
I am not 'Bill Gates' or even 'Becks and Posh Spice' rich, but I did come into some money when my Fathers wealthy brother (who lived in Nigeria) sadly passed away Uncle Igor never married he wasn't physically beautiful, he had a large hump on his back, one leg was 5 inches shorter than the other, and his facial features were distorted, but he was very clever with money, and I was his only direct blood relative.
He left me with some money in England which was put in a trust fund. I can withdraw a percentage of it on my Birthdays. The balance of his estate is stuck in Nigeria and is being looked after by my good friend Mariam Abacha. She is like a second mother to me. I trust her with my life, and if you need to speak to her you can reach her at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
She knows all the details of my uncles finances as she and her late husband were partners for decades. I hope that is what you are looking for.
Your's in Christ the Lord, Lay Garnet.
Thank's to the Liv Tyler site all the faces on my photos match my "passport" You have to do better than that to catch me out Mr Abu.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate:Thu, 7 Aug 2003 07:24:02 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:Thanks for your remarks
Thanks so much for that information and I do not know how to say big thank you to you for such assistance that I am getting from you. I have read your mail and that sent to you from the Attorney.
One interesting thing about the whole thing is that I am very well clothed with humility as I now that every human on earth deserve love and equality to have good life. Each time I pray to God to give another great opportunity to show love, kindness and give a helping hand to the less privileged.
I was so move when I saw your pictures, my heart melted and all I wish was that I could have you as a daughter. You look like a princess. The queen of England my dear.
As regards the lawyer’s mail, well I told him over the mails that some people were trying to high jack your payment by demanding information from you having read a copy of the mail you sent which was from Togo. I got really scared and wanted to make sure all things were put in their right place.
Lay! As regards him wanting to know how rich you are, that is no problems. I told him that you are a family friend and I had to link you with him since the funds are in Nigeria. You can also tell him that you are from a rich home and you deal with contract jobs. I have already paid him for his services on your name and for the procurements of the original copies of the vital transfer documents. That is all he needs to know about you and nothing more. Furthermore, the funds came as a result of a contract executed by a British Company in the year 2000 and the original contractors have been paid off before the death of my husband.
It was the over-invoiced sum that was left for me by my husband which I want to transfer to your account. So all you need tell him, is that the funds came as a result of a contract executed by your company in the year 2000 and the contract number is :
042/NNPC-FGN/BR-2000. If you wish to call him, you can reach him on his phone line which I have here: 234-8033230718.
He is very good lawyer and God fearing, I saw him work for a lot of guys when my husband was still in power. Never mind the errors I think they are typographical errors.
Please my dear, remember to keep all this very confidential and I am trusting on you to help me pull this through.
ABU WAZIRI THE BARRISTERDate:Fri, 8 Aug 2003 00:30:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: Barrister Abu Waziri
Attn: Lay Garnet
Thanks so much for those wonderful pictures. I was really touched by your story and i promise to do my best to ensure that your funds are protected and transfered to you.
Please, would you want the funds transfered to your bank account in London or a Non-Resident Foreign Currency Account (NRFCA) opened on your name in Europe in any of the Central Bank of Nigeria corresponding banks in Europe, Spain, Holland and Canada?
Whatever your option, quickly let me know. Some part of the funds can still be lodged into your private account. You are to send to me your Bank Name and address, Account Number,Name of beneficiary of account, and so on.
Thanks for the urgent response.
Princess, my, my, I think the poor lad is in love with Liv, so much so that he put the wrong name at the end of the letter... Doh! A slip that might come back with interest, especially when my 'bank manager' (Frank N. Stein) gets in on the act
LAY GARNETDate:Fri, 8 Aug 2003 13:52:34 +0100 (BST)
Dear Barrister Abu Waziri.
I believe you are flirting with me, calling me Princess
I spoke to my Bank Manager (the one who has my trust fund). His name is Mr. Frank N. Stein (he was a close friend and mentor of Uncle Igor), I told him I might be putting some more money into my account, and I asked him what the procedures are for transferring vast amounts of money. He asked me where I was getting the money and I told him about you holding Uncle Igor's money.
He told me he would handle everything and that you should contact him.
He is the Bank Manager at Barclay's Bank in the Channel Islands.
You can contact him at his e-mail number following (XXXX)
He is looking forward to hearing from you.
Go in the peace of the true Lord. Lay Garnet.
ABU WAZIRI THE BARRISTERDate:Fri, 8 Aug 2003 06:17:25 -0700 (PDT)
Dear Garnet,[?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /]
Thanks very much for that information.
If I may ask you, what is the phone number of Mr. Frank N. Stein so that I can call him. More over, I got an instruction from your big sister here in [?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /]Nigeria Mrs. Mariam Abacha that I deal strictly with you. Involving a third party, I do not know how it will sound to her.
I believe you seek her consent before asking me to get in touch with Mr. Frank N. Stein. She also wrote me today informing me of the change in email address due to unsolicited mails being received from unknown person.
Until I get a confirmation from her, then I will reach your banker.
I await your urgent response.
Barrister Abu Waziri
Methinks I hear the onset of panic on their part. Time to stick the boot in and get a little tougher.
LAY GARNETDate:Fri, 8 Aug 2003 14:34:38 +0100 (BST)
I will forward the letter I sent you to Mrs Abacha.
The only reason I involved Mr Stein is because he handles all my money and I know nothing about how to handle financal matters.
His phone number is 1481 710 400. Extension. 1432
Go in the love of Christ. Lay Garnet.
My Hero Frank N. Stein steps in.
FRANK N. STEIN (LAY'S BANK MANAGER)Date:Fri, 8 Aug 2003 16:13:48 +0100 (BST)
Subject:Re Miss Latitia A Garnet.
To whom it may concern, and I write that because you do not seem to know who you are.
You sign off your letters with 2 names the first being Barrister Abu Waziri and the other Barrister Gorge.O.Dimba!
I am very concerned that you are not the real deal. Before I pass my suspicions on to my Client Miss Latitia Garnet I want you to explain yourself. Miss Garnet came to me asking for my advice on how to transfer a large sum of US currency and when I asked her to explain what transpired she forwarded me all your e-mails.
I have never seen anything so slipshod from a legal company in my 25 years at the bank. Your totally inappropriate use of words, in one of your letters you even had the unmitigated familiarity to addressed your Client as 'Princess'!
Your letters are laced with bad English, and spelling, and together with your schoolboy grammar I saw nothing to convince me you are the real thing. No Law Company is so slipshod!
Before Miss Garnet goes any further I want to be convinced of your legality.
I want to see your LLB Certificate.
Your Business letterhead, business card etc.
A page from your last fiscal audit.
Three (3) reference letters from any of your Corporate Clients on their letterheads.
I also saw the photographs that you sent Miss Garnet, and frankly they could be taken anywhere. I want to see a photograph of you in front of your desk in your office. Surely that should be easy enough. I give you 24 hours to comply to my requests or I will take the matter further.
Frank N. Stein.
ABU WAZIRI THE BARRISTERDate:Fri, 8 Aug 2003 08:19:11 -0700 (PDT)
I think you are mannerless and do not have regards for people. If you wanted any information from me, i guess there is an appropriate way of doing that.
You send me all required data about yourself before i do whatever you want from my side.
Have a good day!
FRANK N. STEIN (LAY'S BANK MANAGER)Date:Fri, 8 Aug 2003 19:02:48 +0100 (BST)
CC: Lay Garnet
Mr Waziri, or what ever you call yourself. I am including Miss Latitia Garnet on this letter and all future correspondences between the two of us. I am also forwarding her my last and your last e-mail conversations.
Do not get into a pissing match with me, you will come off second best.
I hope I have your attention.
I am representing the interests of my client, Latetia Garnet. At her request.
Manners have nothing whatsoever to do with the issue at hand. It is simply business procedure and how we work in Civilized countries. All I want is to see proof that you are whom you say you are. A bona-fide member of the legal community.
I doubt that you are though. A Barrister of any standing would be used to the requests contained in my previous letter and respond to them. They would not get defensive.
My Client has mentioned the transfer of a sum of many millions of US dollars. Give me the name and codes of the Bank where the money is deposited presently, I also want the name and contact numbers of Bank Manager that you deal with at that establishment. I also want a letter from him saying he knows you and has had dealings with you in the past.
You do not need to know my clients account details I will only deal with the Manager of the Bank involved.
If you think I am going to allow my client, an inexperienced 21 year old girl, to give you her Banking details over the Internet you are either the most incompetent lawyer I have ever heard of or an out and out conman. Now what is it.
I repeat, just so you understand where you stand. You have supplied nothing, other than a pair of very dubious photographs that - as I said in my previous letter - do not do anything to gain my trust or belief in you.
By your reaction to my simple requests I'm inclined to believe you are trying trying to set my Client up in some underhand way.
If you do not supply me with full answers to my requested questions contained in this and my previous letter I will be forced to pass all the information I have to date to the Nigerian Police Fraud Squad, Interpol and The Scotland Yard Fraud Squad.
Good day to you sir.
Frank N. Stein.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate:Fri, 8 Aug 2003 06:35:56 -0700 (PDT)
From:"Mariam Fatima Abacha" [email@example.com]
Subject:Change of Email Address
Dear Lay,[?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /]
How are you today? I guess you are doing fine. I might not be able to receive any new mail from my old box as I had to de activated it for security reasons. My new email address is:
In the last two days, i have got a lot of unsolicited mails which had really disturbed my peace. All further correspondence should be directed to this email address.
Please if you have sent any mail to my previous address today, you can re-direct them here.
Yes and I wonder where those unsolicited mails are coming from, my good friend Deep Throat perhaps? ha, ha.
[If you're just tuning in, Deep Throat in this story is apparently someone in a cybercafe who wanted to warn Lay against the scammers.]
LAY GARNETDate:Fri, 8 Aug 2003 15:01:42 +0100 (BST)
Dear Mrs Abacha, I hope you haven't had a virus on your computer. Are you sure this new e-mail is safe from hackers and frauds or the corrupt Nigerian police?
I have been in touch with your good barrister, again I doubt him, he called me "my dear Princess" on one of his letters. Very un"lawyer" like behavior, so I am getting him to deal with my banker in the Channel Islands. If anyone can sniff out a fraud it is Mr Stein.
Here is a copy of my last letter to Mr Waziri.
LAY GARNETDate:Fri, 8 Aug 2003 15:11:39 +0100 (BST)
Subject:Hi (Deep Throat) are you sending Mrs Abacha other scam letters.
Dear xxxxxxxx, I hope you are well.
I am having a lot of fun messing with the fraud Mrs Abacha and her phony lawyer. I am continuing to play them along and hope they spend a lot of money in the cyber cafe.
I have now got my "bank manager" involved. He will make them look like real fools.
Here is Mrs Abacha's new e-mail number
so you can mess with her/his head even more. By the way do you know these peoples real names?
I would really love to mess them up and get Interpol and the British Police's Fraud Squad involved.
Your friend and ally Lay.
ABU WAZIRI THE BARRISTERDate:Sat, 9 Aug 2003 07:11:17 -0700 (PDT)
Direct Line: 234-80-39003008 or 234- 8033804255
I appreciate all you have said and wrote in your mail to me. I can understand that you are trying to protect your client "Miss Latitia A Garnet" who contacted me for my legal services for the same purpose.
It is quite unfortunate that you are taking this so hard on yourself which will do both parties no good. I do not look like a street kid you can ordering around!
Well Mr. Frank, i want you to do me a favor. I will wait till after 12.00 noon on Monday, after i have seen the success and manifestaion of your threat, i can the consider sending you the required information.
Barrister Abu Waziri
DEEP THROATDate:Sun, 10 Aug 2003 10:07:33 -0700 (PDT)
Yeah that,s nice of you.I love what you are dpoing.They are fool.Baby is like they ve noticed that that we are trunking their mail and I dont see them anymore.I dont really know their name.If they still talking tou continue making caricature of those idiots.
Hey! my name is not XXXXXXXXXXX I just used it for email sake,I dont like using my name on net.My name Is XXXXX and u did not tell me your name.Honestly,u really sound nice and interesting.I just dig the way you talk and u write well too.
How are you enjoying ur weekend.Is it dull overthere.I guess so.Please do have a pleasant moment ok.
Oh dear. I guess I'll have to let the boy down gently.
LAY GARNETDate:Sun, 10 Aug 2003 20:00:34 +0100 (BST)
Subject:Re: HAPPY SUNDAY MY NEW FRIEND
Hi XXXXXXX, Actually I'm a guy, not a girl.
These idiots contacted me on my work address and I set up Lay as a figment of my imagination. I sent them fake passports and photographs.
I was onto them from the start, and as you were saying, it looks like I scared them off, they haven't written to me since I set my bank manager on to them and threatened them with the law.
It's a great pity because they caused a lot of fun at my work.
I have had these 419 scammers come onto me a few times and it is fun to make fools of them, I was just checking with you to see if you were ok, I appreciate you taking the time to warn me, it's great to see there are honest people in Nigeria. The fraud guys are doing a lot to damage a proud country's reputation.
Cheers and keep well, your friend ZZZZZZZ.
LAY GARNETDate:Sun, 10 Aug 2003 20:07:44 +0100 (BST)
Dear Mrs Abacha,
My bank manager has forwaded me a letter saying he was having problems with your Barrister Waziri and he has just sent warnings to interpol and all the local police about him, they said that he was a fraud and was known to them, they also said they were going get him and put him in prison, and the first step would be to cut off his internet address.
So you see I was right. Aparently he was just fooling you and was after your money. I thank the Lord that we caught onto him before anything happened to you.
Please write back so I know you and your family are safe. We must try harder than ever to help you escape.
I pray for you and your family every night. Go with the safety of the Lord, Lay.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate:Mon, 11 Aug 2003 01:10:48 -0700 (PDT)
My dear lay,
I can not stop saying thank you for so much love you have shown to me ever since i met you. I feel you are a God sent.
At this point, i am really confused myself and i would not want to get things worse than ever. I have know Barrister Waziri for about 6 months back through a female friend of mine and he has been honest enough for me to engage in his legal services.
I am so suprise to hear from you that he is behaving funny and i am so confused and scared that if anything goes wrong he could inform the police about the funds. Please, you need to be careful and that was the more reason i asked you to discuss with him and know him better before doing anything. You are my eyes as i can not do anything on my own now.
I await your urgent response! One last thing my dear, your heart is full of love for mankind, when i come over to England, i would like to testify of God's goodness in your church.
LAY GARNETDate:Mon, 11 Aug 2003 13:17:30 +0100 (BST)
All I can say is thank the Lord for my Bank Manager.
How do we proceed now. Can you get your money together in cash, if you can I'm sure I can get you and it out using my church. Do you want to talk to my friend Mr Smythe?
Yours in Christ. Lay.
ABU WAZIRI THE BARRISTERDate:Mon, 11 Aug 2003 00:38:39 -0700 (PDT)
The mail below was what i got from your client "Miss Latitia A Garnet" while trying to know the source of her funds. I want you to study it and tell me if she tell's the truth.
I await your urgent response!
(includes Lay's life story about being orphaned at five)
FRANK N. STEIN (LAY'S BANK MANAGER)Date:Mon, 11 Aug 2003 17:36:21 +0100 (BST)
Mr Abu Waziri/Gorge.O.Dimba
Too little, too late, you did not respond to my requests so I have reported you to the authorities as per my previous letter.
The Nigerian police were particularly interested in your shenanigans.
If ever you need good legal council might I recommend the following companies:
Ajumogobia & Okeke
Tel: 234 (1) 2647 460-3, Fax: 234 (1) 2630 410 OR 234 (1) 2635 585
George Etomi & Partners
16 Alhaji Kanike Close, SW Ikoyi
Contact: Mr. G. Etomi
It's interesting that none of the senior partners in either firm have heard of you or your company. Good day to you.
Frank N. Stein.
I tried to send Abu's letters onto the Nigerian police but they kept getting bounced back. No wonder Scammer work from there. I did however pass them onto Yahoo, so he should get bounced by them soon.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate:Tue, 12 Aug 2003 00:52:55 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks so much. I would appreciate that.You can have him call me on my sons phone line: 234-8023489854.
I await his call or ou get me his number.
LAY GARNETDate:Tue, 12 Aug 2003 13:23:52 +0100 (BST)
Dearest Mrs. Abacha,
I will pass on your sons number to Mr Stein.
Your friend in Jesus, Lay.
I got this scam letter and passed it on to Mariam I also included some stuff from Dr Frank N. Stein, about the good Barrister Abu. Perhaps I came on too strong. Deputy Inspector General Laraban is real and is in charge of Investigation and Intelligence over there.
Date:Wed, 13 Aug 2003 12:24:16 +0200
From:"dagogo jack" firstname.lastname@example.org
FAX NO: 234-92-726844
URGENT BUSINESS TRANSACTION
I GOT YOUR ADDRESS AND NECESSARY INFORMATION FROM A BUSINESS CONSULTANT IN NIGERIA AND THEREFORE PICKED A KEEN INTEREST FOR A BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP.
I AM A ROTARIAN AND CURRENCTLY A FINANCIAL CONTROLLER WITH THE BUDGET AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT IN NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC), LAGOS. WE THE MEMBER OF THE TENDERÕS BOARD IN COLLABORATION WITH THE CONTRACT APPRAISAL DIRECTOR IN THIS CORPORATION OVER INFLATED CONTRACT VALUE (CONSTRUCTION OF OIL REFINERY SUBSTATION IN NIGERIAÕS NORTHERN REGION) AWARDED IN 2000 TO AN EXPATRIATE FIRM WITH THE CONSIDERATION OF 10% COMMISSION AGREEMENT ON THE TOTAL CONTRACT VALUE.
THIS CONTRACT HAS BEEN COMPLETELY EXECUTED AND THE CONTRACTOR HAS BEEN PAID ALL THE PHASES INSTALLMENT SYSTEM AGREED ON, REMAINING (US$37 MILLION). THIS (US$37 MILLION) REPRESENTS 10% CONTRACT VALUE COMMISSION WE DEMANDED.
HOWEVER, WE ASK FOR YOUR HAND IN RELATIONSHIP BY YOUR PROVIDING ALL NECESSARY ASSISTANCE FOR THE FUND TO BE PAID INTO YOUR ACCOUNT. WE HEREBY SOLICIT YOUR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER WHERE THE FUND WILL BE REMITTED INTO SINCE IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR US TO CLAIM I THERE IN NIGERIA. IT IS OUR INTENTION TO INVEST SOME PART OF IT IN YOUR BUSINESS (IF YOU ACCEPT) AND OTHER VIABLE COMPANIES (WITH YOUR ADVICE) SOME PART WOULD BE USED IN THE PURCHASE OF FINISHED PRODUCTS FROM YOUR COMPANY FOR SALE IN NIGERIA WHILE THE BALANCE YOU WOULD HELP US TO PUT IN A FIDUCIARY OF TURST ACCOUNT.
IF THIS BUSINESS OFFER INTEREST TO YOU, WE AGREE TO GIVE YOU 30% OF THE TOTAL SUM, 10% WILL BE ASIDE FOR ANY MISCELLANCOUS EXPENSES BOTH PARTIES MAY INCURE DURING THE PROCESS OF THE TRANSFER. 60% OF THE SUM IS FOR ME AND MY COLLEAQUE, PART OF IT WILL BE USED FOR THE IMPORTATION OF YOUR PRODUCTS WHILE THE REMAINING WILL BE KEPT FOR ANY OTHER INVESTMENT YOU MAY EVEN ADVICE.
ALL MODALITIES TO EFFECT THE PAYMENT AND SUBSEQUENT TRANSFER OF THIS MONEY HAS BEEN WORKED OUT AND WE ASURE YOU OF RISK-FREE TRANSACTION AND HITCH-FREE REMITTANCE OF THE FUND TO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT.
IT IS PERTINENT ALSO TO NOTE AT THIS POINT THAT THE IMPORTATION FOR YOUR PRODUCT WILL BE CONTINUAL, HENCE IF THIS BUSINESS TRANSACTION IS SUCCESSFUL AND IN COMPLETION (I.E WHEN THE MONEY GETS INTO YOUR ACCOUNT) WE SHALL HAVE FACE TO FACE MEETING FOR CLOSER DELIBERATION BECAUSE WE MAY LIKELY RESIGN FROM GOVERNMENT SERVICES TO PRIVATE BUSINESS.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE REPLY IMMEDIATELY, AS YOU MAY UNDERSTAND THAT THIS LETTER IS CONFIDENTIAL. MOST IMPORTANT TO ENCLOSE NOW IS
1. YOUR PHONE AND FAX NUMBER FOR EASY COMMUNICATION
2. NAME OF YOUR BANK, PHONE, FAX, TELEX NUMBERS AND YOUR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBERS WHERE THIS MONEY WILL BE LODGED.
PLEASE, IF THERE IS ANY OTHER INFORMATION, I WILL LET YOU KNOW AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION, YOU ARE FREE TO ASK.
LAY GARNETDate:Wed, 13 Aug 2003 14:07:21 +0100 (BST)
Two things, the first is this e-mail attachment, the only business consultant I know in Nigeria is you, is this the police again or is it for real, if it is real there seem to be a lot of people who need help getting their money out of that God Forsaken Hell Hole. I pray to the Lord for you every day.
The other thing is this letter I received from Mr Stein (my sort of adopted Uncle, and Bank Manager In the Channel Islands). ******************************************
My Dearest Latitia.
Thank you for your e-mail. Sadly I was unable to help, I phoned the number you gave me twice to no avail. There seems to be a connection problem with Nigeria, and I couldn't get through, are you sure you gave me a working number?
As you know my time is valuable, and I am often not in the office so if they want to contact me it would probably be easiest via my e-mail.
If your friends need help with their money I can easily do that. All I need is their Bank details, get them to send me their Banks codes, the name of the Bank and the name of their Bank Manager and I can open an account in their name and safely wire transfer it to that account here.
If that is not an option they can get their bank to transfer the money into Negotiable Bearer Bonds. Which would be easy to carry in something the size of a handbag.
Now as to our other "friend" the dubious Abu Waziri. Well, I heard back from my friend in the Nigerian Police Department, he is rather high up in the pecking order of things now. He is Deputy Inspector General Laraban. He's in charge of Investigation and Intelligence over there.
He told me that they know about Waziri and have been tracking that particular criminal gang (yes, I'm afraid there is more than one person involved) for a while now. They are well known for their involvement with Advanced Fee Fraud. The Police are carefully building a case against them. Your letters will go a long way to putting them behind bars.
I must go now, Please pass on my best regards to your family, and tell your mother the family must pop in for a long weekend soon, remember, our house is your house.
I hope to see you soon. Frank.
Dear Mariam, it's me again, I worry about your safety, we must get you out as soon as possible, may the Love of the Lord smile down on you. Lay.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate:Wed, 13 Aug 2003 05:53:05 -0700 (PDT)
Please you can also have Mr. Frank call me on this private numbers: 234- 8033336974 and 234- 8049658433.
I wait urgently for his call.
LAY GARNETDate:Wed, 13 Aug 2003 15:28:18 +0100 (BST)
I sent you a letter about 10 minutes ago, Mr Stein would rather you contact him on his e-mail. It seems there is a connection problem between the English and Nigerian phone systems. I was thinking, could it be the Police blocking or placing wire taps on your and your sons phones?
If that is the case isn't it much safer to connect with each other via a safe e-mail address. Keep safe, and may the Good Lord be with you over these difficult times. Lay
Well, one more kick at the can, but alas I think it's all done.
LAY GARNETDate:Thu, 14 Aug 2003 13:07:38 +0100 (BST)
Are are you alright? I usually get a letter from you by now, please write if you can. I'm worried for you.
Your friend in the Lord.
I think this is the final installment, sadly I think Mariam has been cut off by Yahoo. Pity because I was going to have a lot of fun with her...
MRS. MARIAM ABACHADate: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 03:19:03 -0700 (PDT)
Very sorry i could not respond to your mail, i had a tough time yesterday as i wanted to know who was behind all the doubious acts in this transaction.
I had to call my sister to help me with the investigations as i became terribly afriad as this people are working to stop me from moving out.
I have a lot to tell you but that will be later in the day.
LAY GARNETDate: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 14:02:25 +0100 (BST)
Thank the Good Lord that you are safe. My Parish have been saying prayers for you and your family all night.
I don't know if you know anything about The 7th Day Adventist Religion, but part of our Mandate from Christ is to help others in time of need.
This Sabbath, we together with 10 other parishes around London will be having a gathering and collection for you. Pastor Smythe thinks we should easily raise at least 150 000 (one hundred and fifty thousand) British Pounds for you.
When the banks open on Monday morning Mr Stein is then going to wire it to a bank in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa. I hope that is near where you live. I don't know much about Western Africa. The money will then be picked up by a Dutch Minister at our Church there his name is Mr Paul Mylegg.
All you have to do is then go to 153, Blvd de la Republique in Abidjan with your passport (the one you sent me) to prove it is you. I e-mailed your j-peg image to Mr Stein and he is sending a fax of it to the bank as part of the package for Mr Mylegg.
Mr Mylegg will be at that address (it is a very safe and secure place) on Thursday 21st between 12 noon and 3 pm. and on following Thurday's at the same time - for 2 weeks only - till you connect.
Tell Mr Mylegg this password. "Gaan kak in die bos, jou moer" to which he will reply "Ek is yachs vir jou, jou groot poess".
Dear reader "Gaan kak in die bos, jou moer" Is Afrikaans for "(something crude)"
and "Ek is yachs vir jou, jou groot poess" translates as "(something cruder)"
[Censored by Scamorama, we're just that way, but since it sounds like English spoken by a drunk, you can probably figure it out.]
If you can't make it in person, send me a photograph of someone you can trust absolutely, and I will pass it on to Mr Stein. who will pass it onto Mr Mylegg. I can't stress how vital it is to have the photograph and person match!!!! If the person and photograph don't match, Mr Mylegg is instructed to not hand over the payment!!!!
Sorry about the James Bond type security, but this is a lot of money.
I Pray everything goes smoothly and hope to see you and your family here in safety soon.
My entire Parish is Praying to the Good Lord every night for your safe escape. Lay.
LAY GARNETDate: Sun, 17 Aug 2003 14:02:25 +0100 (BST)
We managed to collect 113 450 British Pounds, I think that works out to be about 227 000 United States Dollars.
That should be more than enough to get you out of the country and set you up safely here in London.
As I said in one of my earlier letters, I do not want any money from you, I am doing this for you in the name of The Good Lord, Jesus.
When you get here, maybe you could repay the wonderful people here who helped you out.
We will see you soon, may the Love of The Lord help you be safe and come here safely.
How badly was Mirriam affected by the Yahoo guys? only time will tell.
More to come?