Archive for October, 2008
419 the Nigerian Scam, the movie

Sorin Mihailovici is making a movie about the Nigerian scammers.
Sorin Mihailovici

419: the Nigerian Scam is about the scam e-mails that people receive daily. The Internet is flooded with e-mails promising money-making business proposals, lottery win notifications, and fabulous inheritances. This is the story of how one man’s involvement with such an Internet scam ruined his life. Before I started shooting, I myself exchanged a few e-mails with real scammers from Nigeria and Ivory Coast. They even send me “documents” certifying all kinds of positions and deals that they have. The inclusion of this real correspondence with the scammers gave an added level of realism to my film.

Heckle Spray

I hope the movie goes viral, goes on CNN all major news outlets so that people will be cautious about the traps set on the web’s ruthless anarchy. The price of true freedom only available in the newly discovered digital landscape.

While I don’t think an ‘eye for an eye’ type justice will come to all of the third world country online scavengers, I do believe there is hope for potential victims. My hope is in the spark of awareness that can be ignited by media like Sorin Mihailovici’s movie or this little blog. If I can help even one person NOT send a penny to an online liar, then I feel like these words I publish are worth it.

IRS NOTICE : $90.00 to your account – Just for your time!

Subject: IRS NOTICE : $90.00 to your account – Just for your time!
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 11:00:57 -0400


Dear Customer,

You’ve been selected to take part in our quick and easy 9 questions survey
In return we will credit $90.00 to your account – Just for your time!

Please spare two minutes of your time and take part in our online survey
so we can improve our services.
Don’t miss this chance to change something.

To access the form please copy/paste the link below in your browser (or click the link):*phishing site

This notification has been sent by the Internal Revenue Service,a bureau of the Department of he Treasury.

Mr. Benedict Bruce and the African Plane Crash on CNN

**This is not the first or the last fake charity Benedict Bruce will ask for***

Subject: partnership

Dear Friend,
It is based on the information and recommendation satisfactorily gathered concerning you/your company that I have decided to discuss this project with you.Please note that my contacting you is to enable us talk and to establish trust which I feel would be the basis of our cooperation.
My Name is Mr Benedict Bruce, Head of Contract Payment Committee. My Committee is responsible for processing of contract payments on completed projects.This information which I am about to disclosed to you is very confidential, read carefully and get back to me for details.
It is about a Contracting Company here in Benin owned by a Foreign Contractor who has an unpaid contract fund (Euro 5.8Million), for supply and installation of Industrial Equipments to the Benin Mines & Energy Industry .This contract project was completed in November. 2003 But unfortunately the contractor, His wife and the only child died in a plane crash before the contract payment was approved.
See details of the plane crash from any of the below Website;
Upon receipt of the completion report from the site inspectors, My office secured the release of the fund and subsequently, the fund were deposited in one of the Financial Company here in our Country in the name of the contractor/firm.But since 2004, the fund was deposited, I have been expecting any of deceased’s relatives to come for the claim but till today, no body has shown up,so from all indications, none of His relatives is aware of this fund. This is a top secret and no other person here know about this, everyone believes that the deceased contractor has received his contract fund.
It is on this note that I decided to contact you to use my position to recommend you as the business partner to the deceased, so that this fund will be released to you and you will have 40% while 60% will be for me.There is no risk involved and all documents to facilitate the smooth conclusion of this transaction are legitimate and officially in order.
I will send you the procedures when you respond to this email and upon your reply include your Full name, company name, address and private telephone number and fax,
Please reply to my private email box
Benedict Bruce


**Sent from NOT FBI**







This is an official advice from the FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI). It has come to our notice that the some certain Bank in Nigeria district has released 10,500,000.00 US dollars into The Bank of America in your name as the beneficiary.

The C.B.N Bank Nigeria knowing fully well that they do not have Enough facilities to effect this payment from Asia or the United Kingdom to your account, used what we know as a Secret Diplomatic Transit Payment (S.T.D.P) to pay this fund which was completed till this day. Direct transfers are difficult and Secret Diplomatic Payments are not made unless the funds are related to terrorist activities and we ask why must your payment be made in secret transfer if your transaction is legitimate.

Records which we have had with this method of payment in the past has always been related to terrorist acts, we do not want you to get into trouble as soon as these funds reflect in your account in the U.S.A, so it is our duty as an International commission to correct this little problems before this fund will be credited into your personal account.

Due to the increased difficulty and unnecessary security by the American authorities when funds come from outside of Europe, and the Middle East, the F.B.I bank commission for Europe has stopped the transfer on its way to deliver payment of $10,500,000.00 to debit your reserve account and pay you through a Secured Diplomatic Transit Account (S.D.T.A). We govern and oversee funds transfer for the World Bank and the rest of the world.

We advice you contact us immediately, as the funds have been Stopped and are being held in our custody, until you can be able to provide us with a Diplomatic Immunity Seal of Transfer (DIST) within 3 days from the local bank that authorize the transfer from where the funds was transferred from to certify that the funds that you are about to receive from Nigeria are antiterrorist/drug free or we shall have cause to cross and impound the Payment, we shall release the funds immediately we receive this legal documents.


We have decided to contact you directly to acquire the proper Verifications and proof from you to show that you are the rightful person to receive this fund, because of the amount involve, we want to make sure is a clean and legal money you are about to receive. Be informed that the fund are now in United State in your name, but right now we have ask the bank not to release the fund to anybody that comes to them, unless we ask them to do so, because we have to carry out our investigations first before releasing the fund to you. Note that the fund is in the BANK OF AMERICA right now, but we have ask them not to credit the fund to you yet, because we need a solid proof and Verifications from you before releasing the funds.

So to this regards you are to re-assure and proof to us that what you are about to receive is a clean money by sending to us FBI Identification Record and also Diplomatic Immunity Seal Of Transfer(DIST) to satisfy to us that the money your about to receive is legitimate and real money. You are to forward the documents to us immediately if you have it in your possession, if you don’t have it let us know so that we will direct and inform you where to obtain the document and send to us so that we will ask the bank holding the funds, the Bank Of America to go ahead Crediting your account immediately.

An FBI Identification Record and Diplomatic Immunity Seal Of Transfer (DIST) often referred to as a Criminal History Record or Rap Sheet, is a listing of certain information taken from fingerprint submissions retained by the FBI in connection with arrests and, in some instances, federal employment, naturalization, or military service. These Condition Is Valid until 10TH OF NOV. 2008 after we shall take actions on Canceling the payment and then charge you for illegally moving funds out of Nigeria. Guarantee: Funds will be released on confirmation of the document.


Final Instruction;

1. Credit payment instruction: Irrevocable credit guarantee.

2. Beneficiary has full power when validation is cleared.

3. Beneficiaries bank in U.S.A., can only release funds.

4. Upon confirmation from the World Bank / United nations.

5. Bearers must clear bank protocol and validation request.


NOTE: We have asked for the above documents to make available the most complete and up-to date records possible for the enhancement of public safety, welfare and security of Society while recognizing the importance of individual privacy rights. If you fail to provide the Documents to us, we will charge you with the FBI and take our proper action against you for not proofing to us the legitimate of the fund you are about to receive.

The United States Department of Justice Order 556-73 establishes rules and regulations for the subject of an FBI Identification Record to obtain a copy of his or her own Record for review. The FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division processes these requests to check illegal activities in U.S.A. An individual may request a copy of his or her own FBI Identification Record for personal review or to challenge information on the Record. Other reasons an individual may request a copy of his or her own Identification Record may include international adoption or to satisfy a requirement to live or work in a foreign country or receive funds from another country, i.e. Diplomatic Immunity Seal of Transfer, letter of good conduct, criminal history Background, etc.)

Yours Sincerely,

FBI Director.

Robert S. Mueller, III

Notice from: IRS *scam*

Subject: Notice from: IRS
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 15:03:41 +0100

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity
we have determined that you are eligible to receive
a tax refund under section 501(c) (3) of the
Internal Revenue Code. Tax refund value is $120.50.
Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 6-9 days
in order to IWP the data received.
If u don’t receive your refund within 9 business
days from the original IRS mailing date shown,
you can start a refund trace online.

If you distribute funds to other organization, your records must show wether
they are exempt under section 497 (c) (15). In cases where the recipient org.
is not exempt under section 497 (c) (15), you must have evidence the funds will
be used for section 497 (c) (15) purposes.

If you distribute fund to individuals, you should keep case histories showing
the recipient’s name and address; the purpose of the award; the maner of
section; and the realtionship of the recipient to any of your officers, directors,
trustees, members, or major contributors.

To access the form for your tax refund, please click here

This notification has been sent by the Internal Revenue Service,
a bureau of the Department of the Treasury.

Mobil Prize Funds Beneficiary *scam*

Subject: Mobil Oil Lottery

Dear Mobil Prize Funds Beneficiary,

As part of our strategy in promoting our products, we have embarked on
a promotional lottery,which involves the process of selecting winners
from an email database of businesses and people from all over the
world using the internet (email).

You have been selected in the “Mobil Oil Lottery” promotional lottery
programme also known as the Second Date Draws which is held in
Nigeria, one of the biggest oil exporting country in Africa.

Count your self very lucky and fortunate as this kind of opportunity
does not occur twice, as you have been selected and filed with winning
batch number (MSD32625346XX), winning the amount of Two Million
Dollars ($2,000,000.00) only in liquid cash.

Your winning lottery funds is ready for disbursements and its pending
response from you, further information will be provided by the
assigned agent {Mrs Vanessa Vault} handling your remittance with
details as stated below:

Contact Name: Mrs. Vanessa Vault
Contact Postition: Mobil Fiduciary claims
Contact Person Email

You are to write to the above personnel(via email) about the transfer
of your winning prize funds to you, who shall provide all the
necessary information and provide you with the terms and condition of
payments remittance as well as reffering you to the payments office.

Your further correspondence will be appreciated. Congratulations!!

Mobil Corresponding Office

Economic Stimulus Refund *phishing*

Subject: Message #53465474
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 00:29:03 +0000

Over 130 million Americans will receive refunds as part of President Bush program to jumpstart
economy. Our records indicate that you are qualified to receive the 2008 Economic Stimulus Refund.

The fastest and easiest way to receive your refund is by direct deposit to your checking/savings account.

Please follow the link and fill out the form and submit before 30 October, 2008 to ensure that your refund will be processed as soon as possible.
Submitting your form on 30 October, 2008 or later means that your refund will be delayed due to the volume of requests we anticipate for the Economic Stimulus Refund.
To access Economic Stimulus Refund, please click here.

Note: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, that is because of the large amount of e-mails we are sending out or because of the restrictions implemented by your ISP.






PROF. Charles Soludo

Attn: Beneficiary,

I am Charles SOLUDO, the executive governor Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), am delighted to inform you that the contract panel, which just concluded it’s seating in Abuja just released your name amongst contractors to benefit from the Diplomatic Immunity Payment. This Panel was primarily delegated to investigate manipulated contract claims contracts and over-invoiced payment as the effect has eaten deep into the economy of our dear country.

However, we wish to bring to your notice that your contract profile is still reflecting in our central computer as unpaid contractor while auditing was going on. Your contract file was forwarded to my office by the auditors as unclaimed fund, we wish to use this medium to inform you that for the time being Federal Government of Nigeria have stopped further payment through bank to bank transfer due to contractors numerous petitions to United Nations against Nigeria on wrong payment and diversion of contract funds to different account.

In this regards we are going to send your contract part payment of 10Million USD. $ to you via courier service and I have secured every needed documents to cover the money. Note: The money is coming on 2 security proof boxes. The boxes are sealed with synthetic nylon seal and padded with machine. This fund was brought to us from America; It was meant for our Local AFEM market.

But since the money was not used, I will use my position as the National Security Adviser to the President to send this fund to you.

Please you don’t have to worry for any thing, as the transaction is 100% risk free. The boxes are coming with a Diplomatic agent who will accompany the boxes to your house address. All you need to do now is to send to me your full house address and your identity such as, international passport or driver’s license including your contact phone numbers, The Diplomatic attaches will travel with it. He will call you immediately he arrives in your country’s airport. I hope you understand me.

Note: The diplomat does not know the original contents of the boxes. What l declared to them as the contents is Sensitive Photographic Film Material. I did not declare money to them please. If they call you and ask you the contents please tell them the same thing Ok.

I will secure the Diplomatic immunity clearance certificate that will be tagged on the boxes to make it stand as a diplomatic consignment.

This clearance will make it pass every custom checkpoint all over the world without hitch. Confirm the receipt of this message and send the requirements to me immediately you receive this message.

Please I need urgent reply because the boxes are schedule to live as soon as we hear from you. You reply me immediately you receive this message through my confidential email address as stated below.

Waiting to hear from you soon to enable me include your consignment for immediate delivery to your home country.

My regards.



I’ve been conned (from reader)

I think i have been cheated.
this is a bit different from what everyone has written in. i carelessly sent 2235.00 , pounds to the so called courier company. for administration fees.The sender is from UK they were lucky as i had just received my increment and didn’t think twice.
. The sender was someone i met online and he said he was sending me a parcel. This parcel contained some personal effects plus a large some of money in USD and Pounds. I see now as when he said the parcel would arrive i got a call from a local, when i asked her to clarify she was quite reluctant, the name i compiled , and now the customs are in on it and are asking for 5000.
( but i think it is) I really think it is a slick scam because the sender is supposedly to be overseas but keeps regular contact. i really didn’t think anything amiss until the sender and the so called courteous courier company assistant keep pestering me to send money. i really feel so ashamed and stupid… i hope , others will be more fortunate than me.if only there was a way to get back the money but i know it is gone.

Fraud Division (FBI) Anti-Terrorist Monitory *SCAM*

*This one is pretty obvious. 1) What the hell is “Monitory” 2) FBI is asking for money to do work? 3) An FBI Agent doing business from a google account..**

> Anti-Terrorist and Monitory
> Fraud Division(FBI)

> Attn: Beneficiary,
> This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly Investigated by the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you are having an illegal Transaction with Imposters claiming to be Prof. Charles C. Soludo of the Central Bank Of Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Aziza, Mr Frank Nweke, none officials of Oceanic Bank, none officials of Zenith Bank and imposter claiming to be the FBI. During our Investigation, it came to our notice that the reason why you have not received your payment is because you have not
> fulfill your Financial Obligation giving to you in respect of your
> Contract/Inheritance Payment.
> So therefore, we have contacted the Federal Ministry Of Finance on your behalf and they have brought a solution to your problem by arranging your payment in total of US$2,000,000.00 in an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw money in anywhere of the world. You now have the lawful right to claim your fund in the
> Since the FBI is involved in this transaction, all you did have to do is to be rest assured for this is 100% risk free because it is our right to protect the American Citizens. All I did want you to do is proceed and contact the ATM CARD CENTER via email for their requirements to proceed and procure your Approval Slip on your behalf which will cost you $99USD only and note that your Approval Slip contains details of your PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (PIN) which you will use in activating your ATM CARD in any ATM MACHINE.
> Do contact MR. ALI DADA of the ATM CARD CENTRE with your full name, home address, mobile telephone number, home telephone number or work telephone number and bank name so your files would be updated after which he will send the payment informations to you which you will use in making payment of $99usd via Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram for the procurement of your Approval Slip after which the delivery of your ATM CARD will be effected to your designated home address without any further delay.
> We order you get back to this office after you open contact with the ATM SWIFT CARD CENTRE and we do await your response so we can move on with our Investigation and make sure your ATM SWIFT CARD gets to you.
> Thanks and hope to read from you soon.
> Agent
> Paul Green
> Note: Do disregard any email you get from any imposter or office claiming to be in possesion of your ATM CARD, you are adviced only to be in contact with MR. ALI DADA of the ATM CARD CENTRE who is the rightful person you are suppose to deal with in regards your ATM CARD PAYMENT and forward any email you get from imposters to this office so we could act upon and commence investigation.