The Nigerian Prince email scam went a little something like this:
You send his highness just a few hundred dollars in exchange for millions. You could trust him because he was a rich prince, but he had been displaced temporarily.
Well, it is basically the same scam but instead of dollars, they want Bitcoin.
With these scams, you send the money, they disappear. People are still hearing about these scams for the first time so they are still losing millions over this.
419 Scam BUSINESS PROPOSAL Barrister David Nze
I hope this meets you in good health, may I introduce this life changing project to you. My name is Barrister David Nze a legal practitioner and Attorney to late family of Mr. Morgan Hollingberry (British) who died in the plane crash of Bellview Airlines Flight 210, a Boeing 737-200 aircraft On 22 October 2005,20:46PM with his entire family and with no trace to any other surviving relative after my exhaustive efforts in the past 10 years.
It is based on these that I contact you, I want you to stand as my late client’s next of kin/beneficiary to claim this cash deposit for the benefit of both of us. By virtue of my brief and closeness to the deceased family, I am very much aware of their financial standing, which they operated here in location I shall disclose to you as we progress which will be based on the sensitive details concerning these deposit at my disposal, which am very sure I am the only person privy to these information.
My late client was an influential wealthy Oil engineer/contractor and he left behind a substantial amount of money in multiple millions of Us Dollars with a Bank in a location/country which I can not disclose over the internet for security reasons.You are at liberty to negotiate the share ratio with me.
I will intimate you with more details soon as I receive your swift reply. Please do include your direct phone number in your response. Kindly reply through my private e-mail: email@example.com Once I receive it, I will call you to discuss the modalities with you or you can call me +2348090857982
Barrister David Nze
THE WORLD BANK
OFFICE OF THE WORLD BANK
DELEGATE TO NIGERIA LAGOS NIGERIA
Sorry for the delay in your inheritance payment, because of the
distraction we have from Mr.Axenidou Antigoni,Prof Charles Soludo and
Dr. James Baker who came to our office trying to claim your fund, and
also they said that
you are dead, and my wife is in trouble now because she is the only
one who knows that you are alive but there are greedy people over here
who did not want you to receive what belong to you, and they have
conspired a great deal to transfer my wife to World Bank in
Switzerland so that my wife will not sue them to court, so please we
want to be sure before releasing your fund, did you send them to claim
your $10.5m dollars, if not, reconfirm.
Your Bank Name#
Your Bank Address#
The only luck you have is that nobody can claim this money without
your consent even me, because it was registered on your name on the
Computer data system this is the more reason your so called partner
and other fraudsters are using the advantage to defraud you.
If you can prove that you are the owner of this email ID, I will like
you to furnish me with your remaining information to enable me
cross-check it with the one I have so that i can be convinced that i
am talking to the right person and i am taking this preventive measure
because I do not want to talk to the wrong person due to the
sensitivity of the information involved. Other details will be
forwarded to you as soon as I am convinced that I am communicating
with the right person.Please reply to me immediately.
OFFICE OF THE WORLD BANK
DELEGATE TO LAGOS NIGERIA.
We scanned the “Dr. Caleb Martins” pdf and did not find any malware attached. However, do Not Download .pdf from unknown sources. This is possibly a money laundering scheme that you should AVOID. Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Here is what the contents of the “Dr. Caleb Martins” .pdf says:
DR CALEB MARTINS.
5 Rider Haggard
CLOSES 2001 Johannesburg, South Africa TEL: 27-73-022-38-11 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org My greetings, ABOUT (US $ 10.5 million) TEN million five hundred thousand United States dollars We want to transfer to overseas (US $ 10.5 million) from the Amalgamated Bank of South Africa ABSA. I would ask you, quiet for a reliable and honest person who will be able and to either make an existing bank account or instantly set up a new bank account, this money will look to get fit, can also serve as an empty account, this to get money as long as you honestly me to stay until the end of this important business, to believe in you and trust in God that you will never let me down either now or in the future. I’m Dr. DR. CALEB Martins, the Auditor General of ABSA, in the course of our audit, I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in the bank in 2009 and since 2012 nobody on this account again operated. After going through some old files in it strings, I discovered that the owner of the account died without an heir; so the money floating and if I did not transfer the money out urgently it forfeited for nothing. The owner of this account is Mr. Allan P. Seaman, a foreigner, and an industrialist, he died since 2010. And no other person knows about this account or anything about you, the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that Allan P. Seaman until his death was the manager of Diamond Safari (Pty) South Africa. We want this sum US $ 10,500,000 (ten million five hundred thousand US dollars) into a safe foreigners account abroad, but I know no foreigner, I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money is not to obtain a permit local person here, but can only be approved at each alien with a valid passport or driving license. The money is in US dollars and the former owner of Mr. Allan P. Seaman account is alien to and the money can be approved only in a foreign account. Considering the recommendation I received in your favor by the South African Chamber of Commerce in relation to their suitability and reliability in carrying out this transaction, I ask hereby for leniency for cooperating with me in this mutually beneficiary transaction. I reveal this to you, to believe in God, that you never disappointed me in this business, the first and only person who I contacted for this business, so please reply urgently so that I can inform the next step are to take. Please, while answering include private telephone and fax numbers as well as full details of the account used for the deposit. Note also that, we allowed for telephone and fax communications to put you on your answer, since this channel is not safe for the transaction. With my influence and the position of the bank officials we can use this money to reliably balances of strangers that you provide to transmit with certainty that this money be intact pending our physical arrival in your country for sharing. The Bank Official all documents of the transaction immediately we destroy this money received without a trace anywhere. How do these funds in your account. I will use my position and influence to obtain legal permits; because I want to apply for annual leave visa immediately. At the conclusion of this business, you are 30% of the total amount, 5% processing of the transfer will be given, while the remaining 65% will be mine. Please, if you are on this transaction, please contact me. With these phone numbers, and over, and I will give you the procedure of the company I look forward to your earliest reply. Best regards, Doctor DR.CALEB MARTINS
** Don’t give these people ANYTHING* With that information they maybe able to obtain lines of credit*
Subject: Contact Fedex Courier Company
I am writing to inform you that I have Paid the fee
for your Cheque Draft. And I went to the bank to confirm if the
Cheque has expired or getting near to expire and Mr.Ahmed Zafa the
Director of Central Bank of West African States(BCEAO) told me that
before the cheque will get to your hand that it will expire.
So I told him to cash the US$1.5m United States Dollars to cash
payment to avoid losting this funds.However, all the necessary
arrangement of delivering the US$1.5m UNITED STATES DOLLARS in
cash to you was made with FEDEX COURIER SERVICES LTD.
write a letter of application to the given address below.
CONTACT PERSON:Dr.Jim Vicktor
PHONE:+229 931 461 86
Send them your contacts information to able them locate you immediately
they arrived in your country with your box .
1.YOUR FULL NAME
2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS.
3.YOUR CURRENT HOME TELEPHONE NUMBER.
4.YOUR CURRENT OFFICE TELEPHONE.
5.A COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT
Note.I registered it as a box of an Africa cloths. They don’t know it
contents money.this is to avoid them delaying with the box.
Thanks and Remain Blessed.
Mr.Desmond Emeka Johnson
> Subject: UNITED NATION ORDERED FOR YOUR COMPENSATION
> From: email@example.com
> UNITED NATION ORGANISATION
> COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RE PAYMENT
> (RESOLUTION PANEL ON THE IMAGE REDEMPTION OF THE AFRICAN COUNTRIES,INSTRUCTED BY USA GOVERNMENT
> Our Ref: USG /GAO/STB Your ref:
> Hello Dear
> We, the entire members of the United Nations Organisation (UNO), on behalf of the United Nation President Hon H.E.
Srgjan Kerim and USA Government, Under the auspices of the civilian Head of State, President George W Bush and the
President of Nigeria President Umoru Yaradua and the Governor of Central Bank Of Nigeria , Prof Charles Soludo, held a
meeting last week concerning the payment of all people that have fallen victim to the dubious/fraudulent /scammers
and impostors parading themselves as head of Government, finance houses or banks and other institutions like telling
people that they have won lottery which they did not won,etc. Primarily, this panel has resolved to pay out
compensation benefits of Nine Hundred and fifty Thousand United States Dollars (US$ 950,000) to all victims that
has fallen prey to this group of fraudsters.AS UNITED NATION has instructed Nigeria Government.
> For this reason, Nigeria Government have arrested some group of people that are involve in this bad act.
> Your name, email address and contact details was observed to be one of their victims.
> We have opened up a file and ascribe it with the following information; Payment Reference No.-35460021,
Allocation No: 674632 Password No : 339331 , Pin Code No: 55674 and your Certificate of Merit Payment No :
103 , Released Code No: 0763; Immediate Telex confirmation No: -1114433 ; Secret Code No: XXTN013.
> For the release of your compensation funds by international ATM CARD that you will use to withdraw your
Compensation/inheritance funds in any ATM MACHINE CENTRE any were in the world with a maximum of $5,000
United States Dollars daily. In View of this, you are advised to contact the Director (CBN, IRD, and ATM)
DR.CHIZAM UGBUAH for further information with the following contact details:
> Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
> And also you are required to provide to him the following information:
> 1. Your full name.
> 2. Phone and fax number.
> 3. Address were you want the ATM Card to be sent. (P.O Box not acceptable)
> 4. Your age and current occupation
> 5. Attach copy of your identification.
> Remember to use your Payment Reference (No.-35460021) as the title of your message.
> Therefore, Contact him now and inform him that you received an email from The UNITED NATION,
you to write him for immediate release of your ATM CARD compensation fund .
> NOTE: We have mounted our security network to monitor every in-coming call , if we still find
out that you are still dealing with all those fraudsters that have been frustrating our efforts and
defrauding beneficiaries and indigence of America and other countries in the world, We shall stop and cancel your payment immediately .
> Best Regards
> H.E. Srgjan Kerim,
> President United Nations Organisation General .
> Email address: email@example.com
*Has anyone else received this?*
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 17:20:43 +0100
From: “Richard Ademola”
Subject: payment by direct cash delivery in your country via Diplomatic means
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
X-OriginalArrivalTime: 07 Jul 2008 16:21:57.0476 (UTC) FILETIME=[93AD2240:01C8E04D]
This is to congratulate you and officially inform you that your over
due payment has been approved for immediate payment by direct cash
delivery in your country.
This new method of payment was personal approved by the Presidency
because of the fraudulent practices going on in our Apex Bank and most
of our Global Payment
Centers which have failed to carry out their duties effectively.
All you need to do now is to forward immediately your delivery
address, direct phone number and fax number and your contract
information’s such as contract sum.
Before the departure of your consignment, we shall process and deliver
your fund ownership certificate which will prove that you are the
rightful beneficiary of the fund; it
will also clear you from tax payment on your contract fund upon the
arrival of the cargo.
Note, our commercial Attach=E9 / Diplomat will contact you upon the
arrival of your consignment before the delivery to your contact
address where you will sign the
recipient invoice and produce your identification before they hand
over your cargo to you.
DR. Richard Ademola.
Director, cash Payment Dept.
Here is another BS email trying to get your personal information>
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
TINUBU SQUARE LAGOS-NIGERIA
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR
Our Ref: CBN/IRD/CBX/021/008
Swift Code: BPH KPL PK,
CONTRACT/INHERITANCE PAYMENT NOTIFICATION WITH C/N:
Following the protest of the International Community, the World Bank, IMF and the instruction by the President and Commander in Chief of the armed forces (Alhaji Umaru Musa Yaradua) that all outstanding foreign debts especially Next of Kin /Contracts Payment should be released to the beneficiaries forth with unconditionally this first quarter 2008.
From the records of outstanding debts due for payment with the Federal government of Nigeria, your name was discovered as next on the list of the outstanding, who have not received their payments.
We wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that from my record in my file your outstanding contract payment is USD$10 Million dollars (Ten Million United States Dollars).
Please confirm to this office if this is online with what you have in your record and also re-confirm to me the followings.
1) Your full name.
2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
3) Company name if any, profession, position and address.
4) Copy of int’l passport, driver’s license, or any valid ID card. attached to email.
As soon as this information’s are received, your payment will be made to you by Wire Transfer for you to your bank and confirm it.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATION,
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN).
Time: Tue May 13 7:30am =96 8:30am (Timezone: Central Time)
Description: FROM THE DESK OF: DR. EDWARD MEBAM
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN)
FOREIGN OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT
RE:- REMITTANCE NOTICE
ACCORDING TO THE SCHEDULE AND MANDATE RECEIVED FROM THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF =
OF THE DIRECTOR FOREIGN DEBT RECONCILIATION/MANAGEMENT OFFICE.
THIS IS TO INFORM YOU THAT, YOUR OVER DUE PAYMENT WHICH WAS APPROVED BY THE =
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA AND THE CENTRAL BANK EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR HAS BE=
EN RELEASED BY
WIRE TRANSFER TO YOUR NOMINATED BANK ACCOUNT ON MONDAY THE 12/05/2008 VIA OU=
THE REMITTANCE WAS EFFECTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL BANKING RUL=
ES AS WE WILL
NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY MISDIRECTION.
IN THIS REGARD, YOU ARE ADVISED TO MAKE EVERY CONFIRMATIONS FROM YOUR ATTORN=
REPRESENTED YOU AND SIGNED OFF THE PAYMENT TRANSFER ON YOUR BEHALF AND YOUR =
BANK AND QUICKLY
MAKE CONFIRMATIONS BY REVERTING BACK TO THIS OFFICE TO ENABLE US UPDATE OUR =
MR. EDMARD MEBAM
H.O.D OPERATIONS/REMITTANCE OFFICER,
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN).
Thanks Rondney of the Philipines. Do NOT send your personal information to these people:
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2008 04:06:55 -0800
From: “MRS BUCKY OWEN” Add Mobile Alert
GUINNESS CUSTOMERS PROMOTION
St. Christo Road (ecowas)
Guinness PLC, West Africa.
We happily inform you about our (Guinness National Lottery Program)held
on the 3rd of febuary 2008, which you enterd as a dependent client and
finally took the 1st position in our second (2nd) category winners, that falls
within the west africa region. Your email was attached to the ticket
number(44-40-23-777-01) which made you a winner of (us$2.5million U.S.D) and your name being
recorded in our guinness world book of record as the 1st lucky winner of the
year 2008. You have been approved the sum of US$2.500,000.00 which will be
sent accross to you immediately.
All emails are selected randomly through a computer ballot which
subsequently won you the sweeptake of guinness internet web lottery.
This is part of our security mearsures put in place to avoid double
claiming or a situation where unwanted person(s) would be taking negative
advantage of this promotions, thereby impersonating in order to claim another
persons winning prize.
Here is our fiduciary agent responsible for your the processing /
release of winnings for all Second Category winners where your winning falls
AGENT: MR DAVID RUGGY………….
GUINNESS CLAIMS SECURITY AGENT.
You are required to forward the following details to help facilitate
the processing of your GUINNESS CLAIMS OF CERTIFICATE.
Fullnames / Residential address / Phone number / Occupation / Sex / Age
/Present country / Marrital status.
ONCE AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
Yours sincerely MRS BUCKY OWEN……….
GUINNESS CUSTOMERS PROMOTION.
KEEP THIS INFORMATION CONFIDENTIAL AND BE CAREFULL OF SCAM MAILS.