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Troy
03-02-2003, 08:32 AM
Here's an e-mail I just received. Needless to say, no response ::
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Dear Friend,

With warm heart I offer my friendship, and greetings, and I hope this mail meets you in good time. However strange or surprising this contact might seem to you, as we have not met personally or had any dealings in the past, I humbly ask that you take due consideration of its importance and immense benefit.

I am PRINCE WILLIAM TARAWALLY, the first son of CHIEF K.S. TARAWALLY former minister of Mineral Resources of the Republic of Sierra-Leone who was recently murdered by the Forces Loyal to Corporal Foday Sankoh, due to his support to the incumbent elected President Tejan Kabbah to remain in the office as reported on the cable Network News.

I am sincerely proposing to you to render me your highly needed assistance in respect to safekeeping of some of my Father's money that arose from Diamonds sales. This money (US$7million), which deposited in one of the security institute in South East Asia, Since when the tragic incident of my Father's death occurred.

Moreover, I am willing to offer your 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort /input after the successful claim of this fund to your Nominated account overseas.This transaction should be completed immediately depending on your prompt response.

I thank you in advance as I anticipate your assistance in enabling me achieve this goal.

Expecting your immediate response.
Best Regards.

PRINCE WILLIAM TARAWALLY
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WaltVA
03-02-2003, 10:08 AM
Yep, just got that one myself.

Walt in VA

heater451
03-02-2003, 01:25 PM
Sounds similar to a "more-than-just-a-scam", that I've seen news reports on in the past.

I'm not sure if it's a type of money-laundering scheme, but I do recall some local (Atlanta) kid who got a check to deposit for $25K from a similar "offer".
He was supposed to be depositing the cash for holding, in exchange for a percentage.

He went to the authorities instead of depositing it, and found out that he was part of something illegal.

Sorry, that I don't have more details, but I just thought I'd mention this (FYI).


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SpiderMan
03-03-2003, 12:00 AM
Man, these scams have been flooding the internet for over six months now. I get a similar letter or two here at work almost every day. I've never responded either, so I don't know how it is they fleece you.

SpiderMan

MikeM
03-03-2003, 06:24 AM
Interesting reading:

http://www.scambusters.org/

MM

WaltVA
03-03-2003, 07:48 AM
SpiderMan - If you go to the website MikeM posted, www.scambusters.org (http://www.scambusters.org) and look under "Nigerian Fee Scheme" it will give you the lowdown. This is an electronic variation on the old "Nigerian letter" scam; I used to get these letters at the office before I retired, but I never got an E-mail or one at home before.

Walt in VA

Wally_in_Cincy
03-03-2003, 10:44 AM
One victim of this scam got really mad last week:
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Sunday, February 23, 2003

Nigerian 419 scam takes a life
A Nigerian diplomat in the Czech Republic was murdered by a man who was fooled by the famous Nigerian email scam.
A notorious e-mail scam has resulted in the murder of a Nigerian diplomat in the Czech Republic.

Fifty-year-old Michael Lekara Wayid, Nigeria's consul in the Czech Republic, was shot dead by an unidentified 72-year-old Czech at the Nigerian Embassy in Prague on Wednesday.


According to police reports, the suspect was a victim of the 419 scam, a thriving industry that employs thousands of people around the world. The scammers successfully manage to extort money from thousands of victims by promising them compensation for assistance in moving funds from foreign countries to banks in the United States.


The criminals typically make their money by extracting ever-escalating sums of money for bribes, bank fees and the like from their "business partners," that is, the folks they scam. But according to early reports in Nigerian and Czech newspapers, the gunman's bank account was drained after he gave the account number and other personal details to someone posing as a senior Nigerian official.


It is not known whether the suspect was contacted by e-mail or other means. The 419 scams were carried out by postal mail until the advent of e-mail, but, according to FBI reports, most 419 scams are now conducted, at least in the early stages, by e-mail.


According Nigerian newspaper reports, the suspect arrived at the embassy and said he needed to discuss a business matter. He was referred to Wayid. Soon afterward, an embassy receptionist heard raised voices followed by shots and went to investigate.

Kato
03-04-2003, 01:00 PM
I got this one a while ago. After the 3rd or 4th time I just e-mailed them back and asked them to stop e-mailing me. I knew it was a scam and told them I knew it was a scam. They stopped.

Kato~~~scam free and according to Voodoo...a nit to boot.

TomBrooklyn
03-04-2003, 06:28 PM
Here is a copy of a letter I just got a couple of days ago. I've been getting letters like this for years. They're always from Nigeria or say they are anyway. I don't know how they got the email address I just got this one at. I'm much more careful about giving out some of my email addresses than I used to be, after I found out the hard way about spam. Dang spammers.

I had figured the scam is that once they get your bank information, they make a withdrawal, not a deposit. I was wondering what would happen if you gave them an open account that had little or no money in it. I had supposed nothing would happen. I'm sure they wouldn't deposit anything. I see from the scambusters link above that it works a little differently.

Many scams work by appealing to a persons greed. Succoming to greed can cloud one's judgement. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it almost always is.

Tom.
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From: Dr. Uba Jega.
Satellite Tel: 874-762-918-985.
Satellite Fax: 874-762-918-986.

Attn:President/C.e.o.

Strictly Confidential & Urgent Business Proposal.

Re: Transfer Of Usd $21,500.000{Twenty - One Million, Five Hundred
Thousand Us Dollars Only.

I am a member of the Federal Government Of Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (N.N.P.C).
Sometime ago, a contract was awarded to a foreign firm in the Petroleum
Trust Fund (P.T.F.) BY MY COMMITTEE.

This contract was over invoiced to the tune of us$ 21.5Million Dollars.
This was done delibrately. The over - invoicing was a deal by my
committee to benefit from the project.

We not want to transfer this money, which is in a suspense account with
the P.T.F. into any oversea account, which we expect you to provide for
us.

Share:

60 % of the money would be for my partners and I.
30 % of the money would be yours, for providing us with logistics,
which, would include a safe bank account, where we shall facilitate funds
transfer into, as soon as documentations are concluded over here.
10 % of the money has been mapped out from the total sum to cover any
expenses that might be incurred during the course of the transaction,
(both local and international expenses).

If interested in assisting us, please contact me via my secured email
address, as soon as possible (ujega2@caramail.com) or my secured
satellite tel/fax number, specially procured for this project.

It may interest you to know that a similar transaction was carried out
with one Mr. Patrice Miller, President of Crane International Trading
Corp., of 153 East 57th St., 28th floor, N.Y.10022, Telephone:
212-308-7788 and Telex: 6731689. The deal was concluded and all covering
documents, forwarded to Mr. Miller to authenticate the claims. Once the funds
were transferred, Mr. Miller presented to his bank, all the legal
documents and remitted the whole funds to another bank account, and
disappeared completely. My colleagues and I were shattered, since such
opportunities are not easy to come by.

Please, if you are interested in assisting us carry out to the fullest
capacity, this transaction, we would require the following information
from you which would enable us make formal application to the various
ministries / parastatals, for the release and onward transfer of the
money to your account.

1.Your Full Name, Company's Name, Address, Telephone and Fax Numbers.
2.Your Bank Name, Address. Telephone and Fax Number.
3.Your Bank Account Number and Beneficiary Name - You must be the
signatory.

Please, note that we have strong and reliable connections at the
Central Bank Of Nigeria and other Government Parastatals, hence assistance in
this regards, would not be a problem.
At the conclusion of this transaction, we shall use same contacts to
withdraw all documents used in the course of this, to avoid any trace
whatsoever that may ever arise, to you or to us, now and in the nearest
possible future.

It might also interest you to know that we are mere civil servants who
do not want to miss this opportunity, hence, we want this money
transferred out, as soon as possible, before the newly democratically elected
government ever think of making enquiries as regards the various
activities of the past military government.

Kindly contact me as soon as possible, whether or not you are
interested in this deal, so that whereby you are not interested, it would give
us more room to scout for another partner. But if you are interested,
kindly contact me via above email, telephone or fax, so that we can swing
into action, as time is not on our part.

I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation.
Yours Faithfully,

Dr. Uba Jega.