This is a typical Nigerian scam. Do NOT send them information:
AMES B. COMEY, JR,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBI.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI), WASHINGTON D.C
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION SEEKING TO WIRETAP INTERNET
After proper investigations, we, the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) discovered that your impending (over-due contract) payment with Central Bank of Nigeria is 100% legal and has been approved for release to you.
We recently had a meeting with the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, in the person of Mr Godwin Emefiele and other top officials of the concerned Ministries regarding your case and we were made to understand that your files have been held in abeyance pending on when you personally apply for the claim.
Investigations also revealed that a lady, by name Mrs. Joan B Melvin from New York has already contacted Central Bank of Nigeria with a power of attorney and some documents, which stipulated that you have mandated her to claim your fund of US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars) on your behalf due to your ill health.
In view of this, we have been urged to warn US citizens who have received information pertaining to their outstanding contract payment to be very careful and not to be a victim of ugly circumstance. In case you are already dealing with anybody or office from the Central Bank of Nigeria, you are strictly advised to STOP further communication with them in your best interest and thereby contact the real office of Central Bank of Nigeria via the below information:
NAME: MR. GODWIN EMEFIELE
OFFICE ADDRESS: Central Bank of Nigeria,
Central Business District,
Cadastral Zone, Abuja, Federal.
Capital Territory, Nigeria.
NOTE: In your best interest, you should ignore any message that does not come from the above email address and phone number for security reasons. And to enable Central Bank of Nigeria to process and release the fund to you, you are required to re-confirm your full details such as
FULL NAMES: __________________________________
TELEPHONE NUMBER: _____________________
Ensure that you follow the Central Bank of Nigeria due process as enshrined in International Banking Secrecy Act to avoid any form of discrepancy, which may hinder your fund transfer.
Thanks for your understanding and co-operation as we earnestly await your urgent response.
James B. Comey, Jr.,
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building,
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C
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.
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
CORPORATE HEAD QUARTERS
Zaria Street, Garki II, Abuja, Nigeria.
From: The Desk of
Mallam Sanusi Lamido Aminu Sanusi
Executive Governor Central Bank Of Nigeria
Direct Telephone +234 802 037 7660.
Re_ Diplomatic Arrangements Transfer of Twenty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars
I am Mallam Sanusi Lamido Aminu Sanusi Executive Governor Central Bank I write to inform you that the Board of Directors has concluded our final meeting today , with view of finalizing the entire arrangement toward the Diplomatic Transfer of your Contract fund valued at US$25. 5. Million. In view of the outcome of the meeting, we have finally concluded our decision to release your payment by this means. Base on the arrangement, one delegate have been appointed who will accompany the metallic truck Boxes to you in your country Their names will be given to you as soon we receive your responses today.
There intend rout travel with fly British Airline Business Class Flight. On their arrival, the delegates will get in touch with you by calling you on phone in order to conclude the arrangements necessary for the clearance of the Metallic Truck Boxes from the airport. For your information the delegates will leave as soon as we receive your acceptance letter or call me today on +234 802 037 7660. According to the nature of this arrangement, the metallic boxes will be covered with diplomatic immunity, which will protect the metallic truck boxes from any interrogation or security, therefore nobody have authority to tamper with the metallic truck boxes until it reaches the required destination.
Sequel to the Diplomatic arrangement you are hereby advice to make available the Clearance Charge due for the Clearance of the consignment at the Airport and to obtain a United Nation Diplomatic (Yellow Tag) which will be place at the body of the consignment before delivery it to your doorstep to avoid disturbance or searching from any security agency at the airport in your country. We there advice that, you should stick to the instructions of the delegate to foster smooth conclusion of the transaction,
Your can contact the diplomats on the emails address below.
Please reconfirm the information under listed to the diplomats on his email address email@example.com
YOUR FULL NAME:______________________________________________________
YOUR ADDRESS :________________________________________________________
DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBER:_____________________________________________
ANY COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION IN PERSON INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT/DRIVING LINCENSE
NOTE: The above information is required urgently with your direct phone number which will be used to reach you any time.
I am online waiting for your urgent response you can reach me on +234 802 037 7660. for more direction and information’s.
Mr. Sanusi Lamido Aminu Sanusi
Executive Governor Central Bank of Nigeria
Sorin Mihailovici is making a movie about the Nigerian scammers.
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.
TINUBU SQUARE, VICTORIA ISLAND,
FROM THE DESK OF: THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA.
PROF. Charles Soludo
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. $10.000.000.00 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.
PROF Charles SOLUDO. C.B.N.
(GOVERNOR CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA C. B. N.)
From The Desk Of :Mr.Michael Davis.
Law Chambers Of Nigeria
Plot 245 Adeolu Hope wall Street
Victoria Island Lagos-Nigeria
Private Email :firstname.lastname@example.org
I presume this letter will come to you as a surprise, but as things
unfold, we will know each other better. I will start by introducing me to
you. My name is Barrister Michael Davis a solicitor at law.
I am writing in respect of a foreigner Engineer Worley R., who happens to
be my client an oil merchant and contractor who perished in a plane crash
of 31st October 1999[WITH EGYPTIAN AIRLINE 990] with other passengers
Since the demise of my client I personally have searched with keen
interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has
come to claim his funds of US$35.5m (Thirty Five Million Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollar) and all the relevant documents in the bank
has no record of any next of kin. On this note, I decided to seek for whom
his name shall be used as his next of kin so I have contacted you to
assist in repatriating most especially, the money left behind by my client
before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where
the huge deposits were lodged.
Particularly, the Central Bank Nigeria Plc where the deceased had an
account valued at about USD 35.5 million dollars has issued me a notice to
provide the Next of kin, or have the account confiscated.
I seek your consent to present you as the Next of kin of the deceased, I
need somebody who is trustworthy and willing to assist me gets the funds
transferred. Which the account which my late client operates is valued at
Usd35.5 million dollars can be paid to you, as my clients Next of Kin, and
then we can share the amount on a mutual agreed percentage.
All legal documents to back up your claim as the deceased Next of Kin will
be provided. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing
this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law and you
should endeavor to keep it confidential.
Please get in touch with me at (email@example.com) to enable us
about this transaction.
** 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
I am also at fault to get involved with a Nigerian Scammer though there are some changes and improvement I think they have made in the last few days. I see there is a post here from Sept.8,2008. I am writing here on Sept 20,2008
The story basically the same parents or parent are dead. But now this man claims to be Peterson Johnson of Canada. lived in Bremuda until he was 19 and parents died in a car crash or just mother when he was 26. He claims to be an Engineer from Hamilton, Ontario. He has done some world travelling to Paris, Scotland, this is first time in Nigerian been there just three weeks. After about 4 emails he was in love. He claimed I reminded him of his mom. How sweet. He claims he is 33 or 32 years on profile it says he is 32 but he told me he is 33. Most of his emails are well spoken english but a couple have been very broken, his last for example. Which gave me a final red flag. It sounded like a complete other person the english and grammer where so poor and what he said sounded like a stocker, not like a man in love. I took some advice from some of the post above mine. To do some digging on this Peterson Johnson, I took the first sentence in one of his letters, and google it. Surprise, Surprise to find it was a letter from another scammer, but it was from a women not my sweet Peterson.
I just wanted to add my comments because this scam details are a little different than the other comments. This guy claims to be single with no kids, he is from Canada not England or the States. He is not travelling, he is already in Nigeria working on contract for an Engineering Company. I think they are learning from the emails and the communications that us who have been scammed have sent them. Though I never gave my address, phone, or were I work to my potential mate. I was still scammed into believe that this person could have been real.
So if anyone tells you any of the information above, please don’t email them anymore also don’t give out any personal information. If anything sounds familiar to you or if you want to see the pictures of Peterson that I was sent you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Below I have also am including part of the letter that I was sent an had google the first sentence from this letter on Google.
I have also enclosing below the email address of the yahoo account that I was getting emails sent to me from.
Take Care and good luck I hope this information is helpful.
I am young but I have experienced the joy of love and pain of hurt before. I had to walk away to save myself from walking into more than I could handle. I may be nothing more than a romantic idealist at heart; I can’t help it. But people either move me inside, deep in my soul, or they do not. You touched me with your words and made me feel safe and feel loved again.
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I just wanted to share my eHarmony experience with the world so that unsuspecting single women can be alert to this kind of dating scam. This scam was pretty smooth…to an extent. It didn’t work on me but I don’t want anyone to fall for it.
Here’s the story. I was a member of eHarmony and was matched to a nice man with similar interests, etc. We went through the eHarmony process and eventually started open communication on our own. We communicated through email, yahoo messenger, and later by phone. This process took months. He said he lived in Tampa and had a little boy. His wife had died tragically during childbirth. This man claimed to be a vet who worked as an independent contractor for the World Animal Health Organisation. He had just recently moved to Tampa he said. He said he was Greek but went to college in England. I live on a farm and know a lot about animal health, plus I am scientist currently working in the health care industry. I am educated and somewhat bright.
He was a very sweet guy…sent some nice pictures of himself and his son, said all the right things, wrote a lot–he played his part well. I was skeptical though for the following reasons: he began most of his correspondence when he was “out of the country on assignments”. The first “job” he spoke of was in England. I asked about his son and school and he said that he hired tutors wherever he went to educate his child during these trips because he couldn’t stand to be without him. I thought this odd since that would be extremely expensive and a difficult way to raise a child. How would this child receive credit for his education from multiple countries? hmmmm; next for a person with an advanced education it seemed his English, spelling, writing, etc. were quite poor. Now we all get sloppy during instant messaging and emailing but this was worse than expected; when asked about his job specifics he was vague–the connection would be lost, he didn’t answer or his answers were kind of “off”. I have a farm with horses, chickens, cats and dogs, I know a lot about animal health and had some questions for him and his answers were not as expected. I also received vague information on the organization he worked for; he said he had his main residence in London, England…was still in the process of getting set up in Tampa Florida.
Suddenly, he had a job in Nigeria– vaccinating an endangered species of peacock? The “reserve” was just outside of Lagos…scam city. He was charming and very attentive. Talked a good game. Claimed to be in love with me (how you can be in love with someone you never met over the internet, I’ll never know). Wanted to give me the world. Too good to be true. He even started to call. Once from England and then from Nigeria. He had somewhat of an English accent mixed with something else…the connections were always bad and he was difficult to understand. It was hard to hold a conversation. That and the time difference… we mostly stuck to email and chatting. He did make it more realistic by having a child talking and laughing in the background during one of his calls (his “son”). I wasn’t entirely convinced he was real but it he had me going to an extent. I wanted very much for him to be real. He asked me to send him something personal so he “could feel closer to me”. He wanted my iPod filled with all my favorite music or a digital camera so he could share his experiences with me (he can afford tutors but not a digital camera???. He gave me the hotel “address” to send the package too. It was a PO Box. I sent a package. It contained a little gift I had made (nothing of value) and a handwritten letter. He kept asking me what I had sent and I said it was a surprise–surprise sucker, nothing of value here.
The Nigerian thing bothered me. I started surfing the net and read about all the scams. His project seemed to take weeks. He had every excuse. He never gave much detail. I waited for the “big emergency” to come up that would lead him to ask me for money. I hoped it wasn’t true but I knew it was going to happen.
After nearly a month it happened. He claimed to have made medical mistake administering the vaccine to the rare birds. He said he made a dosage error. I asked him the specifics and sadly he didn’t know enough to answer my questions correctly. I know a lot about vaccines and birds. He claimed about 150 birds became ill because of his error and he was panicked because his career was at stake. He said he talked the reserve workers into staying quiet about this while he “contacted someone in China to request a medication that would make them better.” At this point, it was a huge joke but I kept up my side to see where it went. So sure enough, he kept quiet for a few days to make me worry a little, then told me he had sent almost all his cash to China for this medication–which much to our relief saved all of the fictional birds! Amazing! Now, however, he was broke. He had almost no money. He saved his career and reputation but he was in trouble. Couldn’t pay his hotel bills, food, transportation…what a mess. He at first claimed there were no banks (Lagos is a huge city–the commercial/industrial hub of Nigeria EVEN my bank has a branch there!) I pointed out that that couldn’t be true and then he broke down and “confessed” to me that he didn’t have any freed up cash in his London account…all of his money was in stocks and bonds! REALLY? I WAS SHOCKED! Even his credit card was no good…he had it canceled because of illegal activity (probably his). He said he didn’t have time to get a new one and besides he said “I’m in a third world country, no one takes credit cards here”. Wow, in a city of that size? Horrible. BTW, the hotel he gave me didn’t check out right. The address he gave didn’t match the address on the internet and it wasn’t in the right area of Nigeria. What could I do? He then asked for a “loan”. I told him at first I couldn’t pay but later decided I wanted to get as much info as I could from him so I could post it on every web site I could find. So I wrote a sweet letter saying I was so worried for him that I asked to borrow the money from a family member and wanted to get it to him as soon as possible. What did I need to do? He wrote back and ask for $1000 to be wired via Western Union (sound familar?). I claimed I was worried about that (gee no banks but we have Western Union hmmm)and would feel more comfortable sending the money directly to the hotel– what was that address and phone number? A phony address was given but not a phone number. He “couldn’t find it and would have to give it to me later.” I insisted that I needed it to properly send the package. Then he said “he was going to be too busy with lectures and meetings to keep a watch for it at the hotel and that I maybe should just send it to his driver (a man he has known only for a month?)” I argued that was unwise but then later asked for that name and address. I’m waiting for that to be emailed. He wanted to know when the money would be sent. I said in a few days. Then connection was lost again and I couldn’t finish my conversation. I’m not sure I’ll hear back from him now. I think he knew I was on to him. Anyway, here is what he has given me so far. I’ll bet he has 10 other women going on this same story as we speak!
Damon A. Basinas
Age: 41 birth date 08/12/67
Son: Milo birth date 08/10/2000
Cell Phone: 234-803-347-4079
136 Gilbourne Road
Plumstead, London SE18 7NX
Nigerian PO Box 3537
Apapa, Lago Nigeria
WhiteLeaf Hotel & Suites
14 Devon Drive
Ikeja, Engu Lagos Nigeria
(this isn’t the hotel address)
Western Union site:
I have pictures too of some good looking man with a cute kid. Says he was educated at Yorke (should be spelled York) University, England. Says he has three dogs and a place in Tampa Florida. Wife died in childbirth. Mother raised him on her own in Greece. Mother died of breast cancer in 1995. He moved to England for school in 1985. It just goes on.
So everyone, be careful! Don’t EVER send money. I will post an update if he gets back to me with any more info. but I doubt I’ll hear from him. I was duped to an extent but don’t feel bad because I didn’t fall for it or lose any money. He was a great actor but just not good enough. The only thing I lost was a little time and energy. I’m know others weren’t so lucky. I’m off now to post this EVERYWHERE I can LOL.
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> From: email@example.com
> Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 17:40:32 +0100
> CONTRACT PAYMENT NOTIFICATION INFO
> CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA,
> INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT,
> CORPORATE HEAD QUARTERS
> TINUBU SQUARE, LAGOS NIGERIA,
> TEL: +234-1-408-9418.
> Our Ref: CBN/IRD/CBX/021/05,
> CONTRACT #: MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009.
> We apologize, for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences and inflict that we might have indulge you through. However, we were having some minor problems with our payment system, which is inexplicable, and have held us stranded and indolent, not having the aspiration to devote our 100% assiduity in accrediting foreign contract payments. We apologize once again.
> From the records of outstanding contractors due for Payment with the Federal Government of Nigeria , your Name and company was discovered as next on the list of The outstanding contractors who have not yet received Their payments. I 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 be advised that because of too many contractors that I have to pay at this final quarter of the year.
> Five million seven hundred thousand us dollars (us$5.700, 000.00). We apologize for any inconvenience as a result of delay in transaction. Please kindly re-confirm to me the followings details to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
> 1) Your full name.
> 2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
> 3) Company name, position and address.
> 4) Profession, age and marital status.
> 5) Your working Id/Int’l passport.
> As soon as this information is received, your payment will be made to you in a certified bank draft directly from Central Bank of Nigeria. You are advice to respond immediately as soon as you receive this letter for further discussion, Have a Blessed Day.
> Best Regards,
> PROFESSOR CHARLES C. SOLUDO,
> EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR,
> OF CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA.