MARRATOM SANUSI ABADULAHI
Date: Wed, 5 May 2004 09:51:35 -0700 (PDT)
From: MARRATOM SANUSI ABADULAHI (IP address: 126.96.36.199, Lagos)
Subject: STRICTLY LEGITIMATE
From: HEAD OF OPERATIONS
FIRST BANK OF NIGERIA PLC(HQ)
It is my humble pleasure and trust, I write this very important letter to you. I got your contact through a friend whom I told I needed an assistance on some information, although I did not disclose the nature of this business to him, since it demands absolute secrecy. Firstly, I must solicit your strictest confidentiality in this transaction, this is by virtue of its nature as being top secret and confidential. I am MARRATOM SANUSI ABADULAHI, Head of operation Unit, First Bank Nigeria Of Plc (HQ) Lagos Nigeria. I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make some one whom you didn't know for the first time to feel apprehensive, but be assured that all will be well with every involved persons at the end of this business.
A FOREIGNER, MR. SAMY MAKARY.(AN EXPARTRIATE ENGINEER), who has a domiciliary account with this Bank, FIRST BANK OF NIGERIA PLC (HQ) foreign operation dept., MR. SAMY MAKARY is an oil merchant/contractor with the Federal Government of Nigeria for many years, but for about four(4) years now from 1999 his account was dormant without saving more money or withdrawing from the account as it used to be, because of this development, his account officer MR.ALFRED CHUKWU reported the matter to me as the head of the dept., upon this report that I conducted a personal investigation by sending MR. ALFRED to the address submitted by MR. SAMY MAKARY as of the time he opened the said account with us to know the case or reason of everything before the matter will be made known to the bank in general, but pity he came back with a report to me conforming that MR. SAMY MAKARY died some time in the year 1999 in a plane crash, you comfirm it with this
leaving in His account the sum of usd28m cash. Now I have informed the bank authorities and board members about this matter and after many meetings they resolved that I should contact MR. SAMY MAKARY'S relatives or next of kin on behalf of the bank, hence is in my dept for them to file a letter of claim, but all effort by this dept to contact any of his relations or next of kin proved unsuccessful, the embassy of his country has tried without success and write me on behalf of first bank suggesting that the fund be shared to THE RED CROSS, CHILD CARE TRUST or MOTHERLESS BABIES HOME and AIDS ORGANISATION IN AFRICA. In order to prevent the bank from diverting this fund as unclaimed fund
or sharing it as said by the embassy which I know they will not do, I and my colleagues MR.ALFRED CHUKWU being MR. SAMY MAKARY'S account officer, the bank lawyer, P.R.O. Officer and the administrative Manager now seek your assistance for you to stand as the next of kin / relation of MR. SAMY MAKARY in claiming this US28m. All the documents to enable you cliam this fund will be carefully provided to you to submitt the work out of this claim. If this is acceptable to you, forward to me your telephone,fax, mobile number, your bank detail, as more detail will follow up. We will be also happy to hear from you, your percentage, immediately this fund is being remitted into your account. Note that high degree of trust is required from you, not betrayal.
Thanks and Best Regards,
MARRATOM SANUSI ABADULAHI
[For more of this kind of thing, see the Dead Bank Customer Memorial Page]
Date: Wed, 5 May 2004 18:50:24 +0100 (BST)
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
thank you very much for your email. I must admit to having been taken aback when I first read your note, since these projects don't crop up everyday. Nevertheless, I am certain that this story will have a happy ending.
But what role do I play in this? Why do you need my assistance? Will it entail doing anything illegal? You must understand that I am not about to risk my reputation. I run a highly successful chain of pet shops, and if I were involved in a scandal (fortunately nothing has been proved so far), my business would fall into ruin.
As for percentages, I don't think we should worry about it too much yet. For your own good, if you want me on board, I'd say we divide it equally between the six of us. That'd be well over $4.6 million each.
If this sounds attractive, please contact me immediately.
Date: Fri, 7 May 2004 13:07:52 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: FROM MARRATOM SANUSI ABADULAHI( REPLY SOONEST).
DEAR MR CHRISTOPHER,
I HAVE RECEIVED YOUR MAIL. THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY. THE CONTENT OF YOUR MAIL WAS NOT A BAD ONE.
I WILL START BY LETTIN YOU KNOW THAT NO STEP IN THIS TRANSACTION IS ILLEGAL, NEITHER WILL ANY BE. THAT WAS WHY I SUBJECTED IT "STRICTLY LEGITIMATE" BECAUSE ALL MODALITIES IN THIS BUSINESS WILL BE GENUINELY WORKED OUT. THUS YOU DO NOT NEED TO WORRY AS EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THIS BUSINESS WILL HAVE COURSE TO BE HAPPY AT THE END.
I HAVE ALSO NOTIFIED MY COLLEAGUES ABOUT THE PERCENTAGE RATIO THAT WILL BE ALRIGHT WITH YOU, AND IT WAS ACCEPTED.
HOW I WILL NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE IS THAT I WILL WANT YOU TO STAND AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO LATE MR SAMMY MAKARY IN TRANSFFERRING THE USD28M INTO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT.
I WILL WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I WILL BE THE ONE TO CARRY OUT THIS BUSINESS WITH YOU ON BEHALF OF THE EXECUTIVE MEMBERS OF THE FIRST BANK OF NIGERIA PLC(HQ).
I WILL WANT YOU TO FURNISH ME WITH YOUR CONTACT TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS, INCLUDING YOUR BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS WHERE YOU WANT THE USD28M TO BE TRANSFFERED INTO.
THIS WILL ENABLE OUR OFFSHORE CORRESPONDENCE BANK IN THE NETHERLAND TO CONTACT YOU. MEANWHILE, AS SOON AS I RECEIVE YOUR CONTACT NUMBERS, I WILL CALL YOU TO EXPLAIN MORE ABOUT THIS BUSINESS TO YOU.
WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU.
THANKS AND GOD BLESS.
MARRATOM SANUSI ABADULAHI.
Date: Fri, 7 May 2004 20:10:47 +0100 (BST)
Subject: My details
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
first off, you've made a mistake with my name. My surname is Tennant, not Christopher, so it should be 'Mr Tennant'. Small point, but it's important to get it right.
I am delighted thet impersonating someone's next of kin to obtain a legacy is not a crime in your country. Things are very different in the USA. I am also pleased that you and your colleagues have agreed to my percentage. We will now all get the same amount of money at the end.
It's best if you know a little about me. I am English, but I emigrated to New York about 20 years ago to seek my fortune. Oh, there are lots of opportunities if you know when to take them in America. I set up Tennant's Pet Shop in an upmarket area, selling exotic creatures. I still remember the first one I sold, a lovely Norweigian Blue Parrot. Anyway, with shrewd skill and intelligent marketing campaigns (our "I want a dog" adverts were a great success) soon everyone was coming to my shop. I now own 34 shops along the East Coast.
The head office main address is
Tennant's Pet Shops Head Office
23 Lowdertosch St
The phone number is 718-722-0712, though I'd be grateful if you used it sparingly. Every call we get goes through my secretary, and I don't want her to know about this. You did want my discretion, after all. Email would be the best method of communication.
As for fax numbers, we haven't got one. Don't want to get a fax. They are antiquated wastes of space, given email.
Pardon my paranoia, but I do not want to give you my bank details yet. With a business like mine, I need some proof that you are who you say you are. Did you ever give your trust and have it sold? It's a very unpleasant experience, and not one I'm keen to repeat. Have you any documentation that could prove your claims?
The telephone number given is for the New York branch of the US Secret Service. I like using it- another scammer whom I had fun with rang it constantly...
Mr Abadulahi turns his CAPS LOCK key off, but now forgets about paragraphs.
Date: Wed, 12 May 2004 10:18:45 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: URGENT ATTENTION
Dear Tennant I acknowledged the receipt of your mail with thanks. All arrangements has been conducted for the successful remittance of the fund to your nominated Bank account which you shall give me for the approvals to be secured from the various ministries. I will require the following information from you (I) A copy of your international passport or Drivers license for identification to know whom we are entrusting the money. (ii)Your Banking particulars where you wish the fund remitted to after the approval has been secured. (iii) A blank letter head paper of your company to be used to apply for Foreign Exchange control approvals from (1)Ministry of Finance. (2) Ministry of Economic Planning . (3)Foreign Exchange control, International Remittance Departments of Central Bank (CBN)Via First Bank These approvals once secured, the remittance will take effect within 7 Banking days to your designated Bank. On the light of the above , to make you or your company eligible to apply for Foreign Exchange Control, Your Company must be incorporated/registered with the corporate affairs commission here in my country and you will be required to have two years tax clearance certificate. you are also required to send your private tel & fax numbers for easy communication. Please send this information to my E-mail and call me on my private no: 234-8033711132 for more details. Warm and sincere greetings to the entire members of your family. Awaiting your response. Regards, MARRATOM SANUSI ABDULAHI.
Date: Wed, 12 May 2004 19:54:55 +0100 (BST)
Dear Mr Abuldahi,
Thank you for your email. I am very glad to hear that things are in progress. My good luck is continuing; I'm always waiting for something special, something new, and today I received an order from - guess where? - the White House! George Bush wants some new birds as pets (as opposed to Clinton, who saw them more as interns) and the administration decided to entrust Tennant's Pet Shops with the order. I have been trying to get a higher class of clientele for the past five years or so; this is a stunning acheivement on our part!
As you can see, I've enclosed a letter head of my company. I've been thinking of changing it recently, as it sorely needs upgrading, but I hope it will do. I've set up a new bank account for our little business deal, and since I'm taking every precaution that nobody can hack into it, I suppose it's safe enough to give you the details.
Account number: 74053275
Sort code: 21-38-19
Account holding bank: IHOP Bank, 1-7 Fedemkrup Precinct, Manhattan, New York, NY 90234.
I am not at all happy with your request to send you a scan of my passport or driving licence. For one thing, I don't have a driving licence (Nobody drives here, we all use taxis). For another, there are all sorts of unscrupulous hackers trying to get my personal information so they can imitate me. It can be done very easily; I once saw a documentary called 'The Day of the Jackal' which showed how terrorists and hitmen can do it. I have enclosed a photograph, taken a recent interview I had with Cat's Weekly. May I have yours? I like to see whom I'm dealing with.
I am also concerned about being a registered company in your country. Bluntly put, we have never sold any products in Nigeria. I'm barely aware where Nigeria is! Is there any way around this? You are an important bank official. Could you not bend the rules, or bribe someone?
I'd rather not give you my phone number either. You mention my family; I live with the bitch from hell. Everyday there's floods of tears and door slamming, stamping feet across the landing. As a matter of fact, I'm going to use some of the cash to fund a divorce. But while I live with Janet I cannot risk her finding out anything about this affair. It would mess up everything. I can't even send you emails from my home, for fear she might see what I'm typing. I have no idea how our son, Jason, managed to be so well balanced. He studied medicine at Harvard University, and now works in New York. I'm always glad to see him and his friends, particularly a young man called Neil. But Janet is another matter altogether. Do you have a family? Does your wife ever give you trouble?
I'm sorry I cannot provide any more help. But I am confident you will find a solution, since this clearly means so much to you.
Who needs Photoshop? I send a picture of Neil Tennant, lead singer of PSB, and a quick mockup of a letterhead, using pieces from an English train network website.
Date:Thu, 13 May 2004 08:40:19 -0400 (EDT)
Dear Christopher Tennant
i read your mail with great understanding and i promise you that by the time we finish this transaction we are rich, but one things that suprise me is that you called this legitimate business a little, you sounds so rich mr tennant.
please i hereby advice you as i have receive the requested information the blank letter head paper,the banking details and the picture.
i am happy working with a man like you.
promise me strongly that you will follow my instruction and directives
enable us accomplish this deal.
as you stated about registering your company we have consulted a lawyer attach with the cooperate affairs commission Abuja.
HERE IS THE BREAKDOWN FROM THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA.
1, COMPANY REGISTRATION FEE.$3000 USD
2, TAX ACCESSMENT FEE.$1,000 USD
3, SWORN AFFIDAVIT FEE.$900 USD
4, INLAND REVENUE CHARGES FEE.$1,100 USD
5, STAMP DUTY CHARGES FEE.$500 USD
PLEASE SEND THIS MONEY BY WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER THROUGH THE UNDERSTATED LAWYER NAME.
please this is very important to enable the attorney accomplish the paper work for the swift transfer of the fund into your nominated bank account.
send the payment information to my mail box for onward submission to the lawyer.
awaiting your urgent respond.
attach is my pic and family.
He gives me two pictures from a magazine. You can see the creases in them. It's simply not good enough. On the plus side, this is my chance to convince him I'm worth millions!
See if you can spot the little mistake in my next email.
Date: Fri, 14 May 2004 23:10:22 +0100 (BST)
From: Victor Valmont
Subject: I am upset
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
I have to confess that I saw your email with a heavy heart. It hurts too much to face the truth, but the basis of a business relationship is trust, and I am sorry to say that you don't trust me. The pictures you enclosed were torn out of a magazine. I can see the creases. The man in the second picture looks darker than the one in the first photo. What's your defence? Please don't deny it; be a man and face up to the facts. Admit the truth, and it will go no further. Should you try to bluff your way out, I shall reluctantly have to break off this deal.
I called it 'small' as a joke. It involves a great deal of money, whichever way you look at it. Even though I have made a few millions in business and I have unlimited expenses to reclaim, I recognize that this is very important. (Especially since that bitch Janet will try to get her hands on every penny I have once the divorce is through) I am just as keen for this to succeed as you are, but it's now up to you. Will you admit the photos are fake?
I have to go. I'm going to a tennis match with my son Jason. Neil will be there, and he looks most becoming in a pair of tennis shorts now the spring's here.
Look at the 'From' line again. The email comes from Victor Valmont! What happened was that at the time I was scambaiting another person under that pseudonym, and I mixed the names up. Will this mistake alert Mr Abadulahi to my true intentions?
No. Proof, were proof needed, that scammers need not have double-figure IQs.
Date: Sat, 15 May 2004 06:44:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: URGENT ATTENTION
I acknowledged the receipt of your mail with thanks and uderstood your plight. After a round table meeting with my colleagues in which we agreed that a face to face meeting with you in HOLLAND will be the best way of knowing ourselves better because even the picture can be faked too as you have stated already.
looking forward to receiving those information and flight schedule/arrangement to meet with you soonest. this will enable us proceed.
Date: Sat, 15 May 2004 20:37:31 +0100 (BST)
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
thank you for being so understanding. Tonight I thought and I made my mind up. Although you have not admitted explicitly that the photos are fake, I appreciate the other side of the coin. It would be far better for me to see you.
The tennis match went better than I thought it would. I won, even at the advanced age of 45. And I found out- actually, I won't tell you. It's personal. It wouldn't be fair on him to say.
You'll be in Holland, will you? Amsterdam? I'll enjoy seeing the nightlife there. Should I bring the $6500 with me? Or are there any other costs you'd like to add?
I've got an idea of inviting a friend along. I shan't breathe a word of this business to him, of course. I'll just say it's 'a business meeting'. That's good enough. I'll do some sightseeing with him; the canals, museums, cannabis cafes, hotel bedrooms, etc.
Oh, that's a point. Can you recommend any good hotels? Preferably ones with open minded managers.
I'll look at airline timetables. It's easy when you've got all the information. Please reply soon, so we can sort this out straight away.
Date: Mon, 17 May 2004 06:16:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: URGENT ATTENTION
congratulations for winning the tennis match.
yes i will be in Amsterdam as soon as the paperwork is ready while all signing documents including the memorandum of understanding which you will sign on arrival to enable us proceed.
meanwhile i will not forget to inform you about the company registration/incorperation fee of $6,500 which must be sent to the attached lawyer with the corporate affairs commission to obtain the registration certificate and tax clearance certificate this will help in securing the transfer documents which you will sign on our meeting in holland for the swift transfer of the $28m in to your nominated bank account.
as a matter of urgency kindly send the the $6,500 immidiately to the lawyer to enable us accomplish the paper work through the undermention name:
please feel free to make a chioce regarding the hotel reservation as i am not in holland.
awaiting your favourable reply for me to tide up my side.
Date:Tue, 18 May 2004 14:23:44 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Everything is sorted out
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
I have now sorted out arrangements for our little trip to Amsterdam. We'll be travelling rather discreetly, for propriety's sake. Don't want to be seen or heard, don't want to shout out loud. And I've told Janet it's purely a bit of business about new European dog handling legislation. She must under no circumstances hear about what's really happening. It's not as easy as it was, or as difficult as it could be to hide things from her.
I shall be travelling with my friend, arriving in Amsterdam at 8am on Tuesday. Delta flight 80. We shall leave on the Thursday, at 11am. If we could sort everything out on the Tuesday, I'd be very grateful. Who will meet us?
As for the Western Union payment, I've now done it. Mr Vincent may pick it up when he likes. Who is he, by the way?
Please email me once Mr Vincent has picked up the money.
Between looking up flight schedules and creating letterheads, I never knew scambaiting involved such work!
My goal now was to get him to the WU office enough times to upset him, but not to make him realise I was fake before 'Christopher' landed in Amsterdam.
Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 05:29:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: URGENT ATTENTION/MAY GOD BE WITH US
thanks for your Email dated tuesday but could not find the western union information, please send it as a matter of urgency to enable the lawyer proceed with the paper work.
as your schedule to be in holland by next week is ok.
looking forward forward to receive the western union information immidiately.
Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 21:12:35 +0100 (BST)
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
I'm sorry for not having given you the information.
Test question: What is a sin?
Answer: Being Boring
I do hope you're able to retrieve the money. The Western Union official I spoke to didn't seem to be very competent at his job. I think he's new.
PS: I'm sure that God is with us. He hasn't let me down yet, except so far as Janet is concerned.
The question is a play on the song title 'It's a sin.'
Abadulahi is astonished that the money isn't there. Perhaps that's because I never sent it...
Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 07:48:08 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: SEND THE SLIP AS A MATTER OF URGENCY.
i was shocked in the bank as they told me that the fund($6,500) is not here. the bank made the lawyer to understand that you did not pay the money and this made my colleagues to start asking me, am i sure that you will not sit on the entire fund when it hits your nominated bank account? but i still assure them that you will send the western union payment slip. pls attach a copy of the slip you got from the bank that sent the money.
mr tennant i am not happy about this development as i try to speak with you on telephone all in vain.
call me immidiately you read this mail on telephone number 2348033711132.
awaiting to hear from you.
Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 17:56:02 +0100 (BST)
Subject: It always comes as a surprise
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
I'm as shocked as you are. I couldn't believe it when I read your email. To be so close! Yesterday, remember how clear it seemed? I immediately ran out to the Western Union office, and guess what I found out?
The payment was never sent!
The officer had screwed up my details in the computer. I spent half an hour waiting to see if they could retrieve my money. I was extremely angry, and since I am a powerful man in New York I was able to get that stupid, incompetent officer sacked. I will not tolerate people making these sorts of mistakes with my money. I mean, if he couldn't do something as simple as a Western Union transfer, how could he even tie his shoelaces in the morning?
I apologise most sincerely. It must have been most embarrassing for your lawyer. I have sent the money again. The test question and answer are the same, but the new transfer number is 4286496507.
I must also apologise not for ringing. Janet has been hanging around me ever since I told her I was going abroad. If I attempt to contact you by phone, or scan the Western Union document, I may be caught. And then I wouldn't be able to help you at all. But I hope it's gonna be alright.
If I cannot send the money by Western Union, I will bring it with me to Amsterdam. I'm staying at the Swissotel Amsterdam, by the way, at Damrak 96. I've been informed that the rooms are sound-proofed, which takes a lot of weight off my mind.
God bless, and get that lawyer over to collect the money pronto,
Date: Fri, 21 May 2004 12:55:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: WHY THIS FAILURE PLEASE DO PRAY
Dear Christopher Tennant,
to be frank with you, i count you as my better half but the trust i have reposed on you reduce today as the lawyer insulted me when we discovered at the bank that you did not send the money again.
i now advice you to comply with my instruction immidiately to enable us proceed because without accomplishing the paper work our meeting in holland will not be completed for the swift transfer of this fund. please just send this $6,500 through another bank and send me the payment slip by attachment. while you should not forget to send your full address,as my colleagues are not happy with delay & disapiontment from your side. so please if you realy want to sort things out kindly do the needful.
call me as soon as you read this mail on telephone number 2348033711132.
i also advice you to quickly pick up a mobile telephone so that janet
not be aware of our deal till the time you will return home with a
awaiting your call and payment information in the next 2 hours to
us conclude our schedule.
He sent that email twice. A sign of desperation, or technological incompetence?
Date: Fri, 21 May 2004 22:21:38 +0100 (BST)
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
I apologise for not getting back to you within two hours. I've been at a very important business meeting all day. I'm trying to convince our board to start selling jabberwockies, which are small, mouse-like rodents native to Australia. ('Jabberwocky' is an Aboringine term, like 'Kangaroo') I think there's a huge market out there for them, especially since one appeared America's favourite comedy TV show, 'Friends'.
When I got your email, the Western Union office was just about to close for the weekend. I've never run so fast in my life. I explained the problem, and believe me, if your lawyer felt like a fool, so did I. The Western Union people were certain they sent the money. I said they couldn't have. Then they showed me the computer record and it turned out they had. Your lawyer obviously got mixed up when he went to pick up the money.
Since we can't trust your lawyer to pick up a rent boy in Soho, let alone $6500, I cancelled the transaction. I will bring the money with me to Amsterdam. Just to confirm, I'll be arriving at 8am on Tuesday. Please have someone at the airport to pick us up. Have this man hold the sign 'Tennant's Pet Shops' so we can see him easily.
Oh, and about mobile phones. I refuse to carry one. Being in the animal business, I get to hear a lot about animal illnesses, and animals frequently get ill if their owners use mobile phones regularly. It's the radiation emitted from the headset. If that happens to the animals, think what damage it causes the human users!
Aside from the $6500, is there anything more we need to bring? More money for administration charges, for example? They are regrettably frequent over here!
PS- Trust me, I'm praying.
Date: Sat, 22 May 2004 13:47:08 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: CALL ME VERY URGENT PLEASE
regarding yesterday failure to retrive the $6,500 and the zeal in our lawyer to accomplish the paper work for this transaction, i quickly mortgage my car and gave him the said amount to proceed.
At the end of yesterday he came back with a positive answer that will be the best option for you to be paid while in holland as he promise that your name have been included in the holland payment-schedule. Only you have to offset the stamp duty charges/handling fees of $15,000 so that this fund will be paid to you upon your arrival in holland.
he also promise that on monday he will secure the certificate of deposit and forward to the clearing house to signal the offshore payment center in holland to perfect the payment to you.
while the particulars of the payment center will be giving to you regarding the payment as soon as the clearing house approve your payment on monday.
awaiting your urgent reply including your flight schedule as i have to meet with the lawyer by 10 am and forward to him so that he will speed up the process.
please dont fail to call me as soon as you read this mail for more details.
Mortgage your car, did you? Forgive my scepticism...
As for my reply, I had no idea Janet would be so useful.
Date:Sun, 23 May 2004 21:44:18 +0100 (BST)
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
you had to mortgage your car? Good grief, I had no idea it was that serious. But don't worry. In a few days, you'll be able to buy a much better car. There are some fine Land Rovers I can tell you about; environmentalists will frown on my recommendation, but you can't go through the African plains in a Smart car, can you?
Since you told me earlier that you will be Amsterdam yourself, I will bring along the $6500 I owe you, plus the $15000, so that makes $21500 in total.
Meanwhile my life is still directed as a drama, with realism on the sparsest of sets. I apologise profusely for the late reply to your email. I have had a very bad weekend, and it's mainly Janet's fault. When I got home on Friday I saw that she's screaming and shouting, and everything's blinding, and she's put a vase through my laptop. My laptop! It had all sorts of important and confidential business documents on it, and I had to spend five flippin' hours with an emergency technician to retrieve the data from the damaged harddrive.
Life is never boring. Some say it's just being free, but I'll be more confident when the divorce comes through. Fortunately this incident was witnessed by Jason as well. He's quite prepared to testify in court about it, which means that I won't have to pay so much alimony.
I only got back internet access some twenty minutes ago. It is now Sunday evening- I doubt very much you'll be at your office, so there's no point me phoning you now. But since you only want to know my flight details, it's very simple- I thought I had given them already? No matter.
My flight is Delta Flight 80 from J F K Airport, New York. It will arrive in Amsterdam at 08.00 on Tuesday. I will be staying in the Swissotel Amsterdam.
I look forward to seeing you.
Date: Mon, 24 May 2004 10:52:16 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: MAY GOD GUIDE AND PROTECT US / I WISH YOU SUCCESS
Dear christopher tennant,
please do not allowed janet to jeopardize our effort as God have made everything possible for us.as soon as you make this claim in holland, all you need is to pay janet alimony.
regarding the lawyer he did a perfect job in securing the deposit certificate and sending across to the offshore payment center on your behalf so this have made it easier for the swift transfer of this fund.
he also gave me the contact of the payment center and the officer who is incharge.
NAME: JEREMY PAUL DUNN
all is well as my colleague JOSEPH MBANEFO has departed to armsterdan-holland as my traveling document will be completed by wednesday to enable me fly.
please feel free to deal with joseph mbanefo (my colleague)as you are dealing with me. upon your arrival at the holland airport, give him the $6,500 for him to make the necessary contactS for the swift transfer of the fund while both of you will move to the offshore payment center where the $15,000 will be paid to accomplish the transaction.
please i rely on you that you will not let us down at this stage.
it is very very important you call me upon your arrival in armsterdan on my telephone number 2348033711132. also call me before depature from America.
looking forward to a long time business relationship with you.
He sent that twice as well, with different subject lines.
The next day, Christopher arrives in Amsterdam. Well, in spirit, anyway...
Date: Tue, 25 May 2004 09:44:22 +0100 (BST)
Subject: I'm not getting any success!
Dear Mr Abdulahi,
so where are your men? I'm sitting in one of the airport lounges with my wireless laptop, having been here for TWO AND A HALF HOURS. I've seen nothing, heard nothing. I haven't been emailed. I tried ringing this officer, but both phone numbers appear to be the phone numbers of local brothels. I am not interested in young woman in lingerie, that's not my line. And when I tried your number, I got nothing but static. Perhaps I'm not dialing the international code correctly.
If the bozos from the security company are still willing to search for me - and I haven't been giving them much trouble, I'm not bloody camouflaged - tell them I am going to my hotel, the Swissotel Amsterdam. I'm in room 49, where I shall have lunch. I'm staying in a junior suite, so there's room to meet and greet. Please have them call me from reception when they arrive so I have time to prepare for them. I'm involved with other confidential dealings, and I don't want them to see anything.
If they don't come, I shall go sightseeing. They call this a community, I like to think of it as home.
Neil sends his regards.
Date: Tue, 25 May 2004 06:00:02 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: urgent e-mail and telephone call/swissotel telephone number
IT IS LIKE YOU HAD A DELAY IN FLIGHT BUT I THANK GOD FOR YOUR SUCCESSFUL ARRIVAL.
PLEASE SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPEN AS MY COLLEAGUE MR JOSEPH MBANEFO WROTE ME AND COMPLAINED THAT HE DID NOT SEE YOU AT THE AIRPORT. MEANWHILE AS A MATTER OF URGENCY SEND IMMIDIATELY YOUR HOTEL TELEPHONE NUMBER SO THAT I CAN COMMUNICATE WITH YOU AND JOSEPH CAN CALL YOU AS WELL TO ENABLE HIM KNOW HOW TO LOCATE YOU.
PLEASE CALL ME URGENT ON 2348033711132 TO GIVE ME YOUR HOTEL TELEPHONE NUMBER AND SEND AN E-MAIL.
Abadulahi then sends me a copy of my own email. And then he sends me this twice-
Date: Tue, 25 May 2004 13:08:01 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: SEND YOUR HOTEL TELEPHONE NUMBER PLEASE
I AM WORRIED CONCERNING YOUR INABILITY TO CALL ME ON PHONE. I HAVE SECURED MY TRAVELING DOCUMENTS BUT CASH TRAP DUE TO THE MONEY I PAY TO THE LAWYER I CAN NOT MEET UP WITH MY BTA(BASIC TRAVEL ALLOWANCE)
PLEASE CALL ME BEFORE THE NEXT TWO HRS FOR MORE DETAILES ON HOW BEST WE WILL ACHIVE OUR AIM BY SENDING IMMEDIATELY THREE THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS BY WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER THROUGH THE UNDERMENTION NAME ODIYI VINCENT LAGOS NIGERIA
THIS IS TO ENABLE THE LAWYER COLLECT HIS BALANCE AS THIS WILL WAKE HIM
TO ASSIST US WITH HIS CONNECTION HERE FOR THE SWIFT TRANSFER OF THIS
WHAT IS THE SITUATION NOW CALL ME URGENTLY TO KNOW YOUR CONDITION IN HOLLAND MY DEAR FRIEND.
AWAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU AND RECEIVE THE HOTEL TELEPHONE NUMBER.
Date: Tue, 25 May 2004 21:41:36 +0100 (BST)
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
unfortunately my laptop was not as fixed as I thought it was. I've only just got an internet connection back. My apologies.
I recommend you take an antacid and lie down, my dear chap. You sound absolutely frenzied. You sent me my own email and you sent another email twice. This email was ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS, which made it a little difficult to read (though it was effective in getting the urgency across).
So much confusion... It's so bemusing. I am truely sorry we will not be able to meet. Even more so since those morons from the security company have not yet found me. What's their address? I will go around there myself tomorrow. I can't stay any longer than until Thursday morning.
Where did you find these idiots? I wouldn't entrust them with my laundry, let alone $28 million. And why do I need to give them the hotel phone number? I don't know it offhand. I've said I'm staying at the Swissotel Amsterdam. Are they not capable of using a telephone directory? They should look the number up. I'm not paying them in order to do their jobs for them.
I've been having a good time sightseeing. We've explored all around the place, bought a few souvenirs - wonderful leather goods over here - and then went back to the hotel for exploring of a different kind. I wasn't disappointed there, either!
Hopefully I'll be able to bring you better news tomorrow. All I want is what you want. I'll hunt around for a WU office as well.
Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 05:49:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: ARE YOU READY TO ACTUALIZE THIS TRANSACTION OR NOT
The fact that you refused to meet official of the security company in holland does not mean the fund U.S$28M will not be transferd into a foreign account for our usage.
i have all the necessary information concerning the authenticity of the fund and have every right of getting someone very serious to claim it abroad. if you are still willing and ready, send me the $3,000 today thru western union. otherwise i may be forced to look for a competent fellow to accomplish the deal.
awaiting your quick respond
Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 11:03:09 +0100 (BST)
Subject: There is no reason for such harsh words
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
there is no need to descend to rudeness. May I remind you that I have been put to great inconvenience in making this trip.
I did not REFUSE to meet your representatives. They were meant to search for me. Since I have not been given their address, I cannot look for them. That's logic.
I have told you where I am. First, I was at the airport. Second, I was at my hotel. I am still at my hotel, enjoying the delights of the mini-bar. One would think it doesn't require massive intelligence for your representatives to drive to the hotel and ask for me. But they have not done so. I have heard from nobody. It seems their speciality is incompetence. They didn't get where they are today without getting in someone's way.
I am going out for an hour to search for a Western Union office. I shall let you know how things go on.
And I'd appreciate it if you didn't question my sincerity either.
Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 12:36:38 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Western Union
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
I dearly hope your lawyer is compos mentis enough to pick up my money.
Test question: What is a sin?
Answer: Being boring
PS The security people still haven't arrived.
Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 10:37:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: SEND THESE INFO. QUICKLY
where is the tel nos to call you?
where is the payment slip from the western union and how much did you send?
this will enable the security company to work perfectly.
awaiting these information urgently.
That was sent twice as well...
Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 10:53:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: urgent vital information
pls scan & send the western union payment slip to enable the lawyer retrieve the money because he need to state your address, where the money
is sent from, amount etc at the bank.
assuring you of huge success in this deal as soon as you comply with his
NB: SEND YOUR CONTACT TEL NOS QUICKLY.
Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 16:16:54 +0100 (BST)
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
I do not have a scanner at the hotel. I cannot provide a scan of the slip. But you shouldn't need it. I've sent you the test question and answer, the serial number and the name of the person who sent it- me! It was for the amount you asked for, $3000. I sent it from American Express Foreign Exchange, Damrak 66, Amsterdam 1012LM.
Isn't that enough? Why don't we try not to break our hearts and make it so hard for ourselves?
Do you mean to say that those morons form the security company can't find a bloody hotel in Amsterdam? Do they not have phone books? The number, I have found out, is +31-20-522 3000. This should surely be enough.
Tell them to hurry up. If they can't get me at my room, I'll be in the hotel restaurant for my dinner.
PS- You sent me the same email twice, by the way.
Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 09:55:08 +0100 (BST)
Subject: We didn't get any success
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
I tried ringing up the security company constantly, with no success. My flight leaves for New York in the next five minutes.
Were it not for other considerations, this would have been an entirely wasted journey. Please tell me your lawyer could pick up my WU payment, or I shall become most upset.
Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 19:15:20 +0100 (BST)
Subject: What is going on?
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
what is happening? I've now landed back in New York, and I am waiting to hear from you. Did that lawyer get something right for a change and get my money?
Date: Fri, 28 May 2004 13:28:09 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: NO TIME FOR NICETIES
this is not a child's play. it is purely biz of millions of dollars and not a pee-nut. get somebody you will play prank with because i've got to take care of my investment. i am really disappointed in you. if you want to continue this deal with me, send the $6500 & the payment slip. then call me to confirm it. then i will see you as human being.
otherwise you i think you are a ghost.
Date: Fri, 28 May 2004 23:30:30 +0100 (BST)
Subject: No time for pathetic lawyers, either
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
please don't tell me that useless lawyer cocked up again.
The problem is not with me, I assure you. I have SENT the money. It is there. I have checked. Go and look for yourself; would you rather I addressed the payment to you so you can pick it up personally?
I went to Amsterdam and found nobody. I send you the Western Union transfer and nobody takes delivery.
Your last phrase is rather poetic, by the way. But I'm starting to think the ghost is your lawyer. No corporeal being could screw up this transaction.
If you have no confidence in me any longer, please tell me as soon as you get this. Then we can tie things up before our relationship deteriorates further.
Date: Sat, 29 May 2004 15:19:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: THIS IS SERIOUS &URGENT
I am still communicating with you because i started this deal with you. our lawyer is very competent; and i always accompany him to the western union office to get the money which you never paid.
be informed that the only way you can convince me & my colleagues to continue this deal with you is when you are able to send the $6500 and attach the payment slip as well as call me on phone to confirm same, then
we will accept you as a partner. otherwise if we get someone else before
you send the money, pls do not blame any body; for i wanted you to benefit
from this great opportunity.
Date: Sat, 29 May 2004 22:27:52 +0100 (BST)
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
you're siding with your lawyer? The money is there. I put it there. I PAID THE MONEY - I do not know how else to put it.
I'm going to wait to go down to the WU office over here to see what's going on. They re-open on Monday, so I should get back to you then.
Date: Sun, 30 May 2004 14:40:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: PROVE YOURSELF WITH THE PAYMENT SLIP
i am siding our lawyer because both of us was at western union office but we were told that you did not send the money. therefore, prove yourself by making payment possible, attach your payment slip and call me to confirm you have done that. otherwise if you delay, the grace & opportunity given to you might be withdrawn be given to a competent fellow.
good luck and God bless.
I think he might be on to me...
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2004 21:11:04 +0100 (BST)
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
Are you feeling all right? It's easy, we've been there before. I went to my WU office and checked. The money was sent. I suspect what happened was this- your lawyer picked up the money. Then he went back to you and said he couldn't retrieve it, because he wants to keep the money for himself. Then he sends you to your WU office, you think the payment has not been sent, you blame me, everything disintegrates and your lawyer's laughing, because he's conned both of us out of $6500.
You are now at a crossroads. If you believe your lawyer, I have nothing more to say. But if I were you, I'd call the police. Your lawyer is a thief.
Your call, my friend.
PS- apologies for the late reply. Things are rather hectic over here.
I receive no response, so I decide to make a graceful exit. I struggle with the temptation to give Abadulahi a slap down, but I decide not to.
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 2004 18:07:27 +0100 (BST)
Subject: I take it this business is at an end
Dear Mr Abadulahi,
it appears, from your lack of response, that you have sided with your lawyer. Your loss, and I regret it. You seem to think that everything I've ever done, everything I ever do, every place I've ever been, everywhere I'm going to, it's a sin.
This is intolerable for me. I am not used to having my word doubted. I therefore have no choice but to can this entire deal. Oh, well, such is life. But before you judge me too harshly, wait until your lawyer runs off with all your money. That'll undoubtedly be the price of failing to heed my words. Are you gonna take any of the blame? How can you expect to be taken seriously if you don't?
Still, best of luck when you decide to charge your lawyer with fraud.
PS- Neil also sends his regards.
Amazingly, Abadulahi still clings to the hope that I might actually send him money! He sends me the following twice yet again-
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2004 13:54:11 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: ACT AS A BUSINESS TYCOON QUICKLY
regarding the 6500$ which you never send, i was with our lawyer at the bank on three times with your forged comtrol nos, test ques & ans on me,
but when the lawyer fill the forms right in my present the WU officer confirmed to us that you never send the money.
pls back out since you are not ready help matters. otherwise be an active
partner by sending the 6500, payment slip attached & call me for me to believe that your are a human being.
That email was a mistake; now a slapdown is too good to resist.
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2004 19:33:24 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Re: U WANT TO PARTAKE, PLAY YOUR ROLE
Dear Mr Abaduahi,
you know, I wanted to spare you this, but since you couldn't get a clue if you tripped over it, let me put this in brutally simple terms.
One of your subjects lines in your emails to me says "U WANT TO PARTAKE, PLAY YOUR ROLE". But, my dear chap, that is precisely what I have been doing. Allow me to inflict another song lyric on you-
You thought you were smart...
But you got it oh so wrong
I've been around far too long
And did you really believe
that I had no idea?
You told me all these lies
that I knew all along
In case you still aren't getting it, let me spell it out- Christopher Tennant does not exist. I made him up. You are indeed right, there was no payment made at the Western Union office. But you still tried to collect it three times. Your goons still ran around Amsterdam, looking for a ghost who ran a chain of imaginary pet shops. And you're still sending me emails, under the delusory hope that maybe, just maybe, Tennant does have all this cash to give you.
Ask yourself who the gullible one was in this affair.
I've thoroughly enjoyed wasting your time. It is my sincere hope that the police will soon be wasting much more of it.
And that's that! Moving onto the next scammer as we speak...