> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> 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: email@example.com
> 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.
Dear Friend ,
I am Mr john kofi, the chairman, contract award and tender committee of Economic community of west African States (Ecowas)with sub-head office in Accra Ghana. I got your contact during my search for a reliable person to entrust huge sum of money transfer project with. My colleagues and I involved in this project have Agreed to seek your mutual partnership into this huge Money transfer project.
We wish to transfer some money to your personal or company Account.This fund originated from over invoiced Contract bills awarded by us for the supply of pharmaceutical and Medical equipment to the ECOMOG Peacekeeping Mission In Liberia and Sierra-Leone civil wars. This over invoiced sum was deliberately hatched out and Carefully protected with all attendant lope holes Sealed off.The original executors of the contracts have been Duly paid through E.R.D.B (Ecowas Resources Bank) This over invoiced sum is suspended in an escrow account awaiting claims by any foreign person/company we may front as the owner. Based On the law and ethics of our service to Economic community of West African States, we as Civil servants are not allowed to operate a foreign Account.
You are offered 50% of the total sum as commission,50% will be held on trust for us.However note that if per-adventured there is any expenditures that is needed for the successful execution of this transaction,we shall share the burden. The project is expected to be completed within 7 days if you accord us maximum co-operation. We solicit for your unreserved confidentiality in this project. There is no risk involved.Call me upon the receipt of this mail for more details on the procedure if the need arises or you respond via email if you accept if you accept this proposal.Further information will be sent to you as soon I hear from you.
Mr john kofi.
*also under dating scams*
BEWARE OF DATING SITE SCAMS. There are a lot of false profiles out on the dating sites. The false ones are typically free member parasites and not usually paying members. Many of the false profiles are harmless member stealer’s. They are on there to flirt with you and try and get you to come to some other dating site. But some are trying to steal your heart to get to your money.
ONLINE DATING SCAM TACTICS:
Step 1) Take the Bait
You meet someone on a dating site (Adult Friend Finder, Match, okcupid, etc). This person has posted a picture of themselves and they are gorgeous!
Their profiles says something like:
I am a caring ,loving, honest, respectful and i believe in god and real people to hop to meet meet my real love here
There profile seems perfect. They sounds sweet, loving and caring. Their picture (if they have one) looks incredible. They seem to live pretty close.
What’s really going on? More than likely it is some ugly dude from a third world country who just learned to use a computer. They found a hot picture and posted it on the dating site. They are the exact opposite of what ever they said on their profile: they are uncaring, dishonest and don’t respect anyone… not even themselves.
Step 2) The Out of Country Story
You send them a message. They reply and tell you that they’d rather talk to you on email (usually hotmail or yahoo). They then proceed to tell you that they are currently in another country (Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, England), but they have some sort of connection to the states in your local area. They’ll say they’re relatives are there or they do business their and they’d love to meet you sometime.
What’s really going on? They really are outside of whatever country you are (usually Nigeria, Ghana, West Africa – this is one of the top scams in that region).
Step 3) Relationship Deception
What they do next is get a steady relationship with you. They will send more pictures. They will want to know more about you so they can cater to your ego. They will tell you they love you, tell you how good you look, how great you are. Basically, anything get the relationship going.
What’s really going on? They are lying to you and 20 other people on 5 or 6 different dating sites.
Step 4) A Crisis: they Need Money
There are various lies they may use to get money. They will ask for cash to buy the ticket to come visit you or they will tell you a tragedy has occurred and they need your help maybe even with a promise to pay you back.
What’s really going on? They are attempting to take your money and spend it on bullshit.
Clues to Spot Dating Scams:
– Pictures look too professional. Magazine quality photos should be a dead give away. If they send a series of pics and each one looks like a “model posed” photo shoot, be suspicious.
– BAD GRAMMAR & SPELLING. They are typically not very well educated and it will sometimes come through loud the clear via very choppy English and slight stupid logic. Sometimes it is as bad as a 3rd grader (a dumb 3rd grader).
– Western Africa. Be suspicious of ANYTHING from from Ghana, Mali and especially Nigeria.
– Too much love, too fast. They will almost immediately start talking about “I love you”, “I miss you” – don’t be flattered… they don’t love you… trust me.
Disclaimer: Miracles do happen. Maybe you’ve just met a West African supermodel, with bad grammar, who has fallen madly in love with you in the course of two or three emails.
I’ve dealt with these scammers on ebay, email, dating sites and in chat rooms and one thing I’ve noticed is that they are actually not very smart. They are just ruthless. They take advantage of people’s trust, kindness and generosity. They are not so much predators as they are parasites that jump from host to host. They feed on the infrastructure and wealth of Western Civilization and have nothing at all to contribute to humanity but ignorance and greed. The sad thing is that these few greedy, idiots are giving ALL West Africans a bad name on the Web and these nations (particularly Ghana & Nigeria) are among the richest nations in Africa with the greatest potential of having great success in any and all endeavors. Its a real shame.
Richest African Countries 2006: GDP Per Country
1. South Africa … $606.4 billion in international$ (up 8% from 2005)
2. Algeria … $262.2 billion (up 8.5%)
3. Nigeria … $181.8 billion (up 10.2%)
4. Morocco … $150.8 billion (up 4.8%)
5. Sudan … $98.8 billion (up 11.2%)
6. Tunisia … $91.4 billion (up 7.4%)
7. Ethiopia … $78.4 billion (up 12%)
8. Ghana … $59.4 billion (up 9.1%)
If you are looking for real relationships online, here are some good resources on how to make it happen!
> Subject: UNITED NATION ORDERED FOR YOUR COMPENSATION
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> UNITED NATION ORGANISATION
> COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RE PAYMENT
> (RESOLUTION PANEL ON THE IMAGE REDEMPTION OF THE AFRICAN COUNTRIES,INSTRUCTED BY USA GOVERNMENT
> Our Ref: USG /GAO/STB Your ref:
> Hello Dear
> We, the entire members of the United Nations Organisation (UNO), on behalf of the United Nation President Hon H.E.
Srgjan Kerim and USA Government, Under the auspices of the civilian Head of State, President George W Bush and the
President of Nigeria President Umoru Yaradua and the Governor of Central Bank Of Nigeria , Prof Charles Soludo, held a
meeting last week concerning the payment of all people that have fallen victim to the dubious/fraudulent /scammers
and impostors parading themselves as head of Government, finance houses or banks and other institutions like telling
people that they have won lottery which they did not won,etc. Primarily, this panel has resolved to pay out
compensation benefits of Nine Hundred and fifty Thousand United States Dollars (US$ 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: email@example.com
> 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
*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.
*** LOL. This one is pretty funny: email@example.com****
I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank Draft of 500.000.00 GBP, but I did not hear from you since
Then I went and deposited the Draft with FedEx Delivery, West Africa, I traveled out of the country for a 1 Month Course and I will not
come back till end of july.
What you have to do now is to contact the FedEx Delivery as soon as possible
to know when they will deliver your package to you because of the expiring date. For your information, I have paid for the delivery
charges,the money you willsend to the FedEx Delivery courier to deliver your Draft direct to your postalAddress in your country is (109
USD) only being Security Keeping Fee
of the Delivery Company so far.Again, don’t be deceived by anybody to pay money except 109 USD.I am on a course in which they will
not be able to contact me for the payment.You have to contact the FedEx Delivery service now for the delivery of your Draft with this
Contact Person: Mr. James Evans
Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address()
and Direct telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and ask them to give you the tracking number to
enable you track your package When it arrive, and know when it will get to your address.Let me repeat again, try to contact them as
soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their security keeping fee of 109 USD for their
immediate action.Note that it is when you must have pay the 109 USD for the security fee that the package will be released and the
tracking number would be given to you.
Do have a nice day.
Mr. Terry Peterson
Plot 8,Ahmed Way,
Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria.
I am using this opportunity to thank you for your effort to our unfinished
transfer of fund into your account,I want to inform you that I have
successfully transferred the Cheque out of the company to someone else who
was capable of assisting me in this great venture .Due to your
effort,sincerity, courage you showed at the course of the transaction I
want to ompensate you with the sum of £350,000.00 (Three Hundred And Fifty
thousand Great British Pound).You are to contact the finance house for the
collection of the certified bank draft.
COMPENSATION HEAD OFFICER
Tel: +234 8087787898
I am Mr.Kelvin Bode.I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your
Confirmable Bank Draft of 500.000.00 GBP, but I did not hear from you since that
time.Then I went and deposited the Draft with FedEx Delivery,West Africa, I traveled
out of the country for a 3 Months Course and I will not come back till end of june.
What you have to do now is to contact the FedEx Delivery as soon as p
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).
WHOA! Google Mr. Prest Charles and you hit the MOTHERLODE of SCAM-tastic information!
Re: collection of fund ($9.6m) under special
arrangement.contact me here (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The purpose of this letter is to briefly introduce myself and I would like
to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to
you.My name is Mr Prest Charles,I work in executive capacity with CARGO
HANDLING & SECURITY TRUST COMPANY in London(UK) I joined the services of
this company in 1985. Idecided to contact you believing that you will become
my overseas Business assocaites in acquiring an investment placed under our
management more than seven (7) years ago.
I have worked with this company for over 20 years, within this period of
time I watched with meticulous precision on how Head of State and government
functionaries have been moving huge sums of money with the aid of their
foreign partners abroad. They bring in these consignment and declare the
content as jewelries, Gold, Precious Stones, Family Treasure,
These people have at one time or the other deposited consignments with us
and their foreign partners, relatives and Next of Kin are Claiming most of
these consignment and a lot more are laying here unclaimed for as much as 7
years, as no available
information to anybody except the depositors, and most of them are dead.
Since the inception of the year 2005,the
Management changed the procedure of claiming of consignments.As soon as you
are able to produce all the information as contained in the secret file of
the company as regard the consignment, it will be released
to you upon demand.
From our records, more than 10 consignments belonging to these people has
been claimed in the past six months and this is why I am seeking for your
co-operation and assistance to help execute this pending deal which has been
unclaimed for so long
as I know no one will ever come forward to claim it because the deceased
left no next of kin.The amount in question is very small compared to what my
office has sent overseas for this people.
I will provide all the documents needed for this purpose as I was the
account officer who handled most this transaction on behalf of this
client.For the release of the consignment, the company will invite you for
the collection, or you may insist that the consignment be delivered to you
instead. I hope to hear from you to enable me provide you with the complete
picture of this deal.
Funish me with the following:
Full Names/Mailing address/Telephone and fax numbers.
contact me here (email@example.com)
Expecting your urgent Response.
Mr Prest Charles