A victim (remarks in brown) was scammed in North Carolina.
Mar. 12: I was so glad to discover your site.
I have lost $2,000 but NO MORE.
They are trying to get me to WESTERN UNION to ALFRED DURU $5,500 for release of the $18 million!!!
This is the first email I received from Larry Moore on the addressoflove.com site:
==================================================================== From LARRY LAMIDO MOORE Tel: 22507705995. Abidjan COTE D' IVOIRE please reply to my private mail. email@example.com URGENT ASSISTANCE DEAR, COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON. INVESTMENT PROPOSAL, PERMIT ME TO INFORM YOU ABOUT MY DESIRE TO GO INTO BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU. AFTER MY PRAYER, I HAD THE REVELATION THAT YOU WILL SUCCESSFULLY ASSIST ME. I AM LARRY LAMIDO, A GHANAIAN (GHANA) NATIONALITY. THE REAL SON OF MR AND MRS LAMIDO MOORE, MY FATHER WAS A VERY RICH FARMER AND COCOA MERCHANT, BASED IN ABIDJAN,THE ECONOMIC CAPITAL OF IVORY COAST BEFORE HE WAS POISONED TO DEATH BY HIS BUSINESS ASSOCIATES ON ONE OF THEIR OUTINGS TO DISCUSS ON A BUSINESS ISSUE. MY FATHER WAS MARRIED WITH TWO WIVES,TWO CHILDREN.MY MOTHER WAS HIS FIRST WIFE, WHILE I AM THE ONLY SON. AFTER MY MOTHER DIED ON THE OCTOBER 24TH 1989, MY FATHER TOOK ME SO SPECIAL SINCE I AM MOTHERLESS. BEFORE THE DEATH OF MY FATHER ON FEB. 26TH 2002 IN A PRIVATE HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS ADMITTED, HE CALLED ME SECRETLY TO HIS BED SIDE AND TOLD ME ABOUT MONEY , THE SUM OF US$ 18 MILLION ( EIGHTEEN MILLION US DOLLARS ) HE LODGED IN A SUSPENSE ACCOUNT IN A PARTICULAR BANK HERE IN ABIDJAN . HE TOLD ME THAT HE USED MY NAME AS THE NEXT BENEFICIARY IN DEPOSIT OF THE MONEY. ALSO HE EXPLAINED TO ME THAT IT WAS BECAUSE OF THIS MONEY HE WAS POISONED BY HIS BUSINESS PARTNER , THAT I SHOULD SEEK FOR A RELIABLE FOREIGN PARTNER IN A COUNTRY OF MY CHOICE TO ASSIST ME TO TRANSFER THIS MONEY TO AN OVERSEAS ACCOUNT WHERE IT WILL BE USED FOR A PROPER FUTURE INVESTMENT PURPOSE IN ANY LUCRATIVE BUSINESS . I AM HONOURABLE SOLICITING FOR YOUR KIND ASSISTANCE AS FOLLOWS: 1) TO PROVIDE A BANK ACCOUNT WHERE THIS MONEY WILL BE TRANSFER TO FOR AN INVESTMENT PURPOSE IN A PROFITABLE OUTFIT WHICH YOU KNOW BEST 2) TO SERVE AS THE GUARDIAN OF THIS MONEY SINCE I AM A BOY OF 22 YEARS OLD. 3) TO MAKE ARRANGEMENT FOR ME IN YOUR COUNTRY TO CONTINUE MY EDUCATION CAREER. 4) TO PROCURE ME A RESIDENTIAL PERMIT IN YOUR COUNTRY I HAVE DECIDED TO OFFER YOU 15% OF THE TOTAL MONEY AS THE MODE OF COMPENSATION FOR YOUR EFFORT TO ASSISTING ME AFTER THE TRANSFERRING THIS MONEY TO YOUR NOMINATED ACCOUNT OVERSEAS. PLEASE I WILL BE VERY HAPPY IF THIS TRANSACTION WILL BE CONCLUDED QUICK. I AM EXPECTING TO HEAR FROM YOU AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND I WILL LIKE YOU TO GIVE ME YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE AND THE FAX NUMBER IN REPLYING OF THIS PROPOSAL AND PLEASE CALL ME IMMEDIATELY YOU RECEIVE THIS LETTER ON MY PHONE + 225 07 70 59 95 FOR MORE ORAL DISCUSSION. I WILL FURNISH YOU OTHER BASIC INFORMATIONS CONCERNING THIS MONEY IN THE BANK UPON YOUR POSITIVE RESPONSE. THANKS AND GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU DO CARE FOR ME AMEN GET BACK TO ME ON THIS e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org BEST REGARDS. LARRY LAMIDO MOORE. ============================================================Here are some more papers that they claimed where necessary
to obtain the funds that I paid for:
============================================================ From: "moore larry" email@example.com To: Scammed Date: 19 Feb 2003, 06:51:47 AM Subject: from your son larry Dear Mummy, Thanks for your mail, I am just comeing from the court right now I have got the documet attached is a copy of it. Mummy, please help me with the money, I dont have any money to buy food, please Mummy do something please.I need Money to buy food please. I hope to hear from you Thanks and God bless you Mummy, I hope to see you soon Mummy Extend my greeting to charles. yours son larry, ============================================================
Here is a Court Clearance paper I paid for
They were your basic fake bank certificates, wire transfers, etc.]
============================================================= From: "moore larry" firstname.lastname@example.org To: VICTIM Date: 18 Feb 2003, 04:57:03 AM Subject: Re: from your son larry Dear Mummy, I have collected the documents remaining the COURT CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE and I have submited the original to the bank but promised to provide the COURT CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE tomorrow and they told me they will contact you after the most have received the complete documents. Mummy please I will be expecting to hear from you to know when the money has arrived you account. Attached is the documents Mummy. Thanks and God bless you Mummy. extend my greetings to Charles I will be with him soon. yours son larry. ============================================================
This was the comfirmation from Mr. Koffi
============================================================ From: coopec bank email@example.com To: VICTIM Date: 20 Feb 2003, 01:02:42 AM Subject: CONFIRM URGENTLY ATTN: MRS (VICTIM) RE:FOREIGN OPERATION DEPARTMENT ( APPROVAL NOTICE) THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT OF COOPECBANK TAKES THIS LIBERTY TO CONFIRM THE REQUIRED LEGAL DOCUMENT,AND FOR YOUR INFORMATION ALL CORRESPONDENT HAS BEEN DIRECTED THROUGH THE OFFICE OF THE REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT TO EFFECT THE SAID FUND INTO YOUR ACCOUNT IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THEREFORE,DO MAKE YOUR CHOICE EITHER TO RECEIVE THE FUND THROUGH KTT WIRE TRANSFER OR CONFIRMABLE DRAFT. NOTE, FOR WIRE TRANSFER. WE HAVE TO MAKE USE OF OUR MOTHER TO CREDIT INTO YOUR ACCOUNT DIRECTLY,OR IN AUTHERNATIVE ON YOUR REQUEST COOPECBANK CERTISFIED BANK DRAFT WILL BE RAISED ON YOUR BEHALF WHICH WILL BE DESPATCHED TO YOUR DESIGNATED HOME ADDRESS SAFETY THROUGH OUR GOVERMENT DIPLOMATIC A1 COURIER SERVICE. PLEASE DO RE-CONFIRM CAREFULLY YOUR BANK ACCOUNT PARTICULARS,THIS WILL ENABLE US TAKE EFFECT TO YOUR REQUEST. PLEASE DO THE NEEDFUL WITH UTMOST PRORITY. AHMED YAO [ Note, in a later communication from "YAO", the apparent originating IP address is 126.96.36.199, which maps to AFNET, an ISP in Cote d'Ivoire. ] ============================================================
Here is a copy of the wire transfer that did come through for $50.00,
============================================================ From: coopec bank firstname.lastname@example.org To: VICTIM Date: 05 Mar 2003, 03:14:36 AM Subject: TRANSFER CONFIRMATION ATTENTION : MRS (VICTIM) MADAM, I THINK WE NEED YOUR UNDERSTANDING AT THIS TIME IN POINT,ATTACHED IS A COPY OF TEXT RECEIPT OF THE TEXT TRANSFER. PLEASE FOR BOTHSIDE TO BE ON A SAFER HAND WE ARE ASKING YOU AGAIN TO HAVE PATIENT AND FIRST CONFIRM TO US THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE TEXT TRANSFER OF JUST US$50.NOTE ON THE CONFIRMATION OF THIS WITHOUT DELAY THE FULL AMOUNT WILL BE CREDITED THROUGH THE SAME MEANS. CHECK ATTACHED TELEX REPORT AND CONFIRM FROM YOUR BANK,AND ALSO ARE YOU AWARE THAT FIRST NATIONAL BANK HAS CHARGED TO WACHOVIA BANK,PLEASE CONFIRM. REGARDS KONAN KOFFI ==================================================================
Here is the wire transfer that never transpired!
================================================================== From: coopec bank email@example.com To: VICTIM Date: 10 Mar 2003, 04:10:04 AM Subject: TRANSFER CONFIRMATION DO FIND ATTACH CONGRATULATION ============================================================
Here is a copy of the message I got from the ECOWAS Comittee
============================================================ From: "eco committee" firstname.lastname@example.org To: VICTIM Date: 12 Mar 2003, 02:31:42 AM Subject: ECOWAS CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE [ The apparent originating IP address was 188.8.131.52, which is allotted to AFRIPA TELECOM, Paris. ] ATTN: VICTIM, Madam, AFRED DURU,is our account personal incharge and a member of the committee.do send the required fees with the information given to you and also do not forget to send along the filled form. However,we are aware and have taken not of the legal documents you submitted to the bank,the fund was satify okay but you most have the ECOWAS CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE before the fund will hint your account. We anticipate your utmost response. Sincerely Kone Muse ============================================================
This is the last email I received from Mr. Koffi at the Bank. He has tried to
============================================================ From: coopec bank email@example.com To: VICTIM Date: 13 Mar 2003, 03:48:01 AM Subject: FOR GOD SAKE WHY DON'T YOU WANT TO PICK MY CALL [ Note, the apparent originating IP address for this is 184.108.40.206, another AFNET number. Madam VICTIM, if you are sure of all what you are saying,why don't you give me a call and stop ignoring mine. Regards Konan Koffi ============================================================
This is the last email from Larry today trying to play on my nerves. He has
============================================================ From: "moore larry" firstname.lastname@example.org To: VICTIM Date: 14 Mar 2003, 04:08:09 AM Subject: From your son larry [ Note, the apparent originating IP address for this is 220.127.116.11, another AFNET number.] Dear Mummy, Thanks for your mail and your efforts toward this money. Mummy have you heard from Mr Koffi regarding your request?. Please Mummy, Mummy please do every thing posible urgent please. dont worry about your friends one as soon as this money enters your account they will all come to borrow money from you, and Mummy very soon you will settle every credit you are oweing, Mummy you can go to the bank and borrow the money or from another friend but dont tell them what you want to do with the money for them not to discaurage you with bad words.they will only know when the money has entered your account. please Mummy All my hope in this world now is on you Mummy, if nothing is done very quick I will die here. Please Mummy I hope to hear from you good news please Mummy. Mummy dont allow me to die here please. I will like to come and stay with Charles please Mummy. Thanks and God bless you Mummy. yours son larry. ============================================================
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