Fraudulent Offers to Share Nigerian
Inheritances in Advance Fee Fraud Cote D'Ivoire Document Scams
Break the Dead Luck From: MUSTAPHA GAMBO <firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2001 5:06 AM Subject: GOLD CONFIDENTIAL
BUSINESS MESSAGE FROM: PRINCE KUFOUR OTUMFUO FAX: 00233-21-401252 ATTN:
Ebrahim Dear Sir, I am Prince Kufour Otumfuo
the elder son of the late King Otumfuo Opoku ware II whose
demise occur following a brief illness. Before the death of my
father, King Otumfuo Opoku ware II, I was authorised and
officially known as the next successor and beneficiary
of my father's property according to African Traditional rite.
Most of my father's wealth includes Gold and Diamond worth the
(1) 99kg alluvial gold dust Best
quality GEM/Servce 100
(2) 22 karat Quantity
(3) 9.0 purity Colour
: Brown (unpolished) Size: 3/8 carats
As a result of polygamous family, there has been a dead
luck over the issue of division of my father's property
between members of my family and community as a whole. In conjunction
with this, the thrown which is only left to me as the eldest
man in the family is been battled by the member of the twenty
one hamlet that made up of Ashanti kingdom.
This ugly situation made me to secretly move the gold
dust having the above mentioned qualities into a security
and finance firm with the assistance of my uncle whom
serves as a secretary to Ashanti council of elders.
If you are interested to buy it just contact me or just look for
a buyer for me.
I have promise to run the deal with you, base in the degree of
sincerity and trust in you. Having receive your reply, I will feed
you with the relevant information covering the consignment.
Note, I and my mother hoped heavily on this transaction. Please
reach me through my e-mail address email@example.com to avoid
Thanks. Yours faithfully,
PRINCE KUFOUR OTUMFUO
More Rites of Passage
From: david koffi <firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Thursday, June
21, 2001 6:17 PM Subject: LOGISTIC ASSISTANCE ATTENTION, Ebrahim Your
esteem address was received through a valued friend in my neighborhood
who told me to contact you in handling this business. I
am PRINCE D.KOFFI OPOKUWARE the eldest son of the late KING OPOKUWARE
of Ashanti Kingdom whose demise occurred following a brief illness.
Before his death, I was authorized and officially known as the
next successor and beneficiary of my father's property
according to African Traditional Rite. Most of my
father's wealth include AU Metal Gold/ Dust worth
the following quantity and qualities:-
1. Product : AU Metal (Gold) 350 kg 2. Origin : Ghana West Africa
3. Type : Alluvial 4. Purity : 22.5 Carat or 95% As
a result of polygamous family, there has been a dead lock
over the issue of division of my father's property between members
of my family and community as a whole. In conjunction with this, the
throne which is only left for me as the eldest man in
the family is being battled by the members of the twenty-one
hamlet that made up of Ashanti Kingdom.
This ugly situation made me to secretly move the AU Metal Gold/
Dust having the above mentioned qualities into a Security and Finance
House as family treasure and valuable with the assistance of my
uncle who serves as a Secretary to Ashanti Council of Elders.
Now, the instability of government of the third-world
nations, and political crisis which has been the order of the
day in West African States. I urgently seek for your
assistance for immediate shipment of this consignment out from
the Security and Finance House into your country for urgent marketing
and Joint Partnership Business.
I have promise to run this deal with you, base in the degree of
sincerity and trust found in you. Having receive your reply. I
will feed you with the relevant information covering the consignment.
Please reach me through my Telephone number 00233 - 27 - 533377
or E-mail: email@example.com Looking forward to hear from
Yours faithfully, KOFFI D. OPOKUWARE NB: please comfirm
the recipt of message immediately. call me, good bye.
Dad's Big Secret Revealed on Death
From firstname.lastname@example.org Thu Jun 7 2001 From: wiliam
madu <email@example.com Hello I am WILLIAM MADU the
only son of PETER MADU who died in a motor accident some
months ago he was a contractor to federal government of
Nigeria. Before he gives up in the hospital he told my
mother and I that he deposited sum of US $ 9.5
million with a security company and where the
document is. But he did not let them know that the content is money.
Since after my father's death my uncles bringing troubling my
mother with their useless traditional there have taking all of
my father's belongings/properties and left us with nothing just
because, my mother is not from Nigeria. As a result of this problem
my mother feel into an illness. Now she is seriously sick and I
have spent all the money we have on drugs and hospital bill.
We have nothing to do than to look for a way to claim the consignment
(money) form the security company. We have contacted them and them
said before the consignment will be released to us that
we are going to pay for the demurrage. Now we are looking
for some one who will assist us and claim the consignment (money)
so that when it arrived to his home/ country he will take his own
share and send us our own. I am writing this mail to see if you
can assist us.
Upon receipt of your acknowledgment mail I shall send you the
contact of the security company as well as our telephone number.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Get it Write
Teresa Nielsen Hayden sends along her editorial views on the letter
she received above.
I'm fairly sure the authors of the best of these Nigerian scam
letters have a much better grasp of English than you'd guess from
a quick read. The text is studded with quaint errors, but they're
small, self-contained mistakes, and they're all on the surface,
so it's easy to read past them. And when you do read past them,
you can always tell what's going on.
This makes me suspicious, because it's not the normal failure
mode. English has loose, minimal grammar and syntax. When English
goes bad it tends to lose internal structures of meaning, and to
muddle sequences, hierarchies, and relationships, until you literally
can't tell what's going on. But the better sort of Nigerian scam
letters don't muddle the parts that matter. They want you to understand
what they're getting at.
I believe the surface errors are there for two reasons. One is
to make native English-speakers feel a bit superior and self-assured,
and disguise the fact that the people they're dealing with are
smart, predatory con artists. The other is to put the reader in
a more receptive frame of mind. If your attention is being taken
up by the foreground language, you won't be giving the underlying
story anything like your normal level of critical scrutiny.
Consider the specimen above. Notice that all the important passages
are in standard English. For instance, its language goes wrong
when describing the mother's problems with the uncles -- which
isn't a drawback; we only need to know that there have been problems
-- but it pops back into the clear when it gets to the point: "I
have spent all the money we have." Likewise, it isn't important
that we know exactly why the security company needs money before
it'll release the deposit, so they use the wonderfully recondite "demurrage" (which
would be a characteristic error of non-native English speakers
who've tried to translate a technical term and run afoul of our
vast store of weird old synonyms); but the point -- front a little
money, earn a share of a great deal of money -- is never in doubt.
That kind of clarity doesn't happen by chance. Some of the authors
of these letters are too clever by half.
Willing to Share Hill of Beans
From: Mr. LUCAS sankoh <firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: INVESTMENT
PROPOSAL MR. WILLIAMS SANKOH TEL:(225) 05 89 46 61 FAX:(225) 21
58 10 05 or 21 58 18 26 Abidjan (COTE D'IVOIRE) DATE: 23/07/2001 STRICKLY
CONFIDENCIAL ATTN: DIRECTOR SIR, IT IS A PLEASURE
TO INTRODUCE TO YOU A BUSINESS THAT WILL MAKE THE BEGINNING
OF NEVER-ENDING FAMILY RELATIONSHIP, I GOT YOUR CONTACT
THROUGH CHAMBER'S OF COMMERCE AND I HOPE THAT THIS PROPOSAL WILL
NOT BE AN INCONVENIENCE OR EMBARRASSMENT TO YOU. I MUST NOT HESITATE
TO CONFIDE IN YOU THIS SIMPLE AND SINCERE BUSINESS.
I AM MR WILLIAMS SANKOH THE FIRST SON OF THE LATE AGOGOMAKA
SANKOH WHO WAS A FAMOUS COCOA MERCHANT. I AM 23
YEARS OLD AND A SIERRA-LEONIAN.
MY LATE FATHER OPERATED HIS COCOA BUSINESS IN ABIDJAN-COTE
D'IVOIRE UNDER PARTNERSHIP BUT UNFORTUNATELY HIS
BUSINESS ASSOCIATES POISONED HIM IN ORDER TO CLAIM HIS
WEALTH IN A COCKTAIL PARTY HELD IN HIS HONOUR AS THE DIRECTOR
OF THE COMPANY. WHEN HE WAS POISONED, HE WAS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL.
IT WAS IN THE HOSPITAL THAT HE SECRETLY DISCLOSED TO ME THE
CAUSE OF THE SICKNESS AND ALSO THAT HE DEPOSITED THE
SUM OF $22. M(TWENTY TWO MILLION DOLLARS) WITH AN INTERNATIONAL
BANK HERE IN ABIDJAN-COTE D'IVOIRE AND THAT I WAS
MADE THE NEXT OF KIN TO INHERIT THIS SUM IN HIS RECORD/FILE.
HE THEREFORE ADVISED ME TO LOOK FOR A RELIABLE, TRUST
WORTHY AND GOD-FEARING PERSON WHO WILL ASSIST ME TO TRANSFER
THIS FUNDS ABROAD STRICTLY FOR INVESTMENT PURPOSES.
THIS IS BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT HIS ASSOCIATES TO RAISE
AN EYEBROW ON HIS FUND. HE ALSO ADVISED ME TO AVOID
HIS ASSOCIATES WHO WILL BE RUNNING AFTER MY DEAR LIFE. HE FINALLY
DIED IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER TWO DAYS OF ADMISSION.
I AM SOLICITING FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE TO TRANSFER THIS FUNDS FOR
AN INVESTMENT PURPOSES. I HOPE TO TRAVEL WITH YOU TO YOUR
COUNTRY AFTER A SUCCESSFUL TRANSFER OF THIS FUNDS.
THE CONTACT OF THE BANK WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU AS SOON AS YOU SHOW
YOUR INTEREST AND WILLINGNESS TO ME. YOU CAN NOW INSTRUCT THEM
ON WHERE AND HOW THIS FUNDS WILL BE TRANSFERRED.
I AM OFFERING YOU 15% OF THE TOTAL SUM OF $22.000.000 AS COMMISSION
FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE TO TRANSFER THIS FUND. MAY I STRONGLY RE-EMPHASIZE
THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL, HITCH FREE AND THIS
WILL BE SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDED WITHIN 10 DAYS.
THANKS FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED CO-OPERATION. PLEASE CALL ME ON MY
DIRECT LINE:(225) 05 89 46 61 FOR MORE CLARIFICATION
Even I Get Them
Kelvin Emmanuel Plot 277 Mohtala mohammed way Ikeja Lagos.
RE: INVESTMENT PROPOSAL
INTRODUCTION: l am Kelvin Emmanuel, a Civil servant.
l know this proposal will come to you as a surprise because we
have not met before either physically or through correspondence.
I have no doubt in your ability to handle this proposal involving
huge sum of money.
THE SUBJECT: My father ALHAJI Clifford Emmanuel (Now Late) was
the Royal Head of my community, ELEME (an oil rich town) in Nigeria.
My community produces 5.8% of the total crude oil production in
Nigeria and 0.5%of the Dollar value of each barrel is paid
to my father as royalty by the Federal Government.
My father was also the Chairman of ELEME Special Oil Trust
Fund. In his position as the Royal head and Chairman of the Oil
Trust Fund, he made some money which he left for me as the only
heir to inherit. The money is Ten Million Five Hundred
Thousand US Dollars($10.5m).
This Money originated from the accumulated between 1976-1998.
Due to poor banking system in Nigeria and political instability
as a result of past Military rules (1985-1999) , he deposited this
Money in a Strong Room / "VAULTS" with an open
beneficiary in Apex Bank of Nigeria pending when he would
finish arrangement to transfer it abroad as a CONTRACT
PAYMENT. He was planning this when he died late
last year of Heart Attack.
THE PROPOSAL: Just before my father died he called my attention
to the money and charged me to look for a foreigner who would assist
me in the transfer/investment of the funds abroad. So l would be
very grateful if you could accept to help me achieve this great
I promise to give you 20% of the total funds transferred to your
vital bank account as compensation for your assistance. Five percent
(5%)would be set aside to take care of all expenses we may incur
during the transaction.
To indicate your interest, contact me urgently and confidentially
for more information and the roles you will play in this business.
All the legal Documents concerning this Money will be sent
to you as soon as we agreed together. Send your reply through this
May the almighty God bless you Les Henderson.
Two Heads Better Than One
This one identical to one above, but for the names.
From: john ikw <email@example.com Sent: July 06, 2001 INTRODUCTION: l
am John Ike a Civil Servant...
THE SUBJECT: My father Mike Ike (Now Late) was the Royal
Head of my community, ELEME (an oil rich town) in Nigeria... For
security reasons, I will want you to contact me via
my my private email box #: firstname.lastname@example.org, this
is for security reasons since we need top secret. May
the almighty God bless you. Yours faithfully John
Well That Explains Everything
Richard N. Eisen, MD sends this example along July 14, 2001
Kindly accept my apology for spamming you. Although we never met
before, I have every reason to believe that you are a highly respected
personality, considering the fact that I sourced your profile
from a human resource profile database on your country.
My names are Mr. Gregory Smart Ndaba. I hail from Luanda
in Angola. Currently, I am staying in Accra, Ghana
while making conceited efforts to travel out of Ghana as soon
My father left some money for me in Ghana, before he died. If
you may ask why do I need a foreign assistance or why can't I take
the cash myself and transfer? The answer is that there
was an exclusion clause in the original agreement between the company
and my father which states unambiguously that 'nobody, not even
himself, can have access to the consignment in Ghana, and it has
to be transferred to a foreign beneficiary outside Africa'.
This was done because he envisaged his arrest and this clause was
inserted to prevent any seizure or infiltration of the fund.
My decision to contact you is therefore, informed by this. I believe
you will appreciate the enormity of trust I repose on you by placing
the fortunes of my family in your care.
Permit me to request that you should reassure me that you will
not let me down in any way. On my part, this is my assurance and
guarantee to you. In as much as you follow my instructions
carefully, religiously and promptly my guarantee of a hitch-free
success remains unshakable.
The amount involved is US$25.6 Million, which my father made from
the purchase of ammunitions for the Angolan Army in 1996.
I will give you twenty five percent of the total sum, while ten
percent will be used for incidental expenditures. Please
Note: I can only refund your expenditures after we have completed
Kindly confirm in your reply if you can come over to Ghana
to enable us conclude this transaction. Kindly include
your telephone and fax numbers, to enable me send some other
important information across to you.
My proposal is highly restricted and should be handled as an urgent
transaction requiring trust and confidentiality.
Send all replies to me using this E-mail address; email@example.com
Bob Morazes sends us the worst spelling example I have yet to see on July
Gets D in Spelling Bee
ALIMARH RAHBIU wrote:
Subject: URGENT ASSISTANCE
FROM NINA MAWA.SORDJE
ABIDJAN -- COTE D IVORE DATE :20-07-2001 FAX :(00225)21-56-60-35
ATTN : SIR/MAD
I AM HUMBLY WRITING TO YOU FOR AN ASSISTANCE SINCE WE CAN NOT SEE EARCH
OTHER FACE TO FACE; FOR THE FACT OF CONTACTING YOU WILL BE SUFFICIENT
FOR ME BUT EXCUSE ME FOR CONFIDING IN YOU HENCE THE ASSURANCES ON YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
I SHALL BE DELIGHTED IF YOU COULD GRANT ME AN ASSISTANCE. IN BRIEF I
AM THE ONLY DOUGHTER OF LATE MR LUC . N GOMO SORDJE. I AM
AN IVOREINE CITIZEN AND I AM 21 YEARS OF AGE. I INHERITED
THE SUM OF ($13.5 MILLION US DOLLARS FOR TRANSFER; FOR FROEIGN INVESTMENTS
BUT THE FUND WAS LODGED IN A FINANCIAL INSTITUTION IN LOME TOGO WEST
THIS MONEY WAS BILLED FOR ELETION IN OUR CONTRY BUT UNFORTUNATLY MY FATHER
WAS KILLED DURING POLITICAL CRISES IN OUR CONTRY MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PERFACT
BEFORE MY FATHER WAS KILLED HE MADE IT KNOWN TO ME AND MY MOTHER ; SINCE
THEN I AM COMTERPLATING AND AFRED OF WHOM I WILL BE INVOLVE IN ; AS MY
BUSINESS PARTINER LIKE WHAT IS HAPPNIBNG IN THE WORLD TODAY WHERE I READ
IT OVER THE NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES IS THAT BUSINESS IS GOOD WITH CONNECTIONS
; BUT NOW I HAVE MADE UP MY MIND TO CHOOSE YOU AS MY BUSINESS PARTINER.
PLEASE KINDLY ASSIST ME ON THE TRANSFER OF THIS FUND INTO YOUR OWN ACCOUNT
IN YOUR CONTRY FOR INVESTMENTS OR IN THE AREAS OF YOUR SPECILISATION
AND A LETTER OF INVITATION THAT MIGHT ENABLE ME TO ARRANG MY TRAVLLING
DOCUMENTS TO JOIN YOU AS SOON AS THE TRANSFER IS MADE.
I WILL BE TOO GREATFULL IF IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE FOR
YOU TO GIVE ME AN ASSISTANCE IN YOUR CONTRY OR AN INTRODUTION
THAT ENABLE ME TO GET AN ASSISTANCE ELSE WHERE.
I HAVE SET ASIDE 5 PERCENTS OUT OF THE TOTAL FUND FOR
ANY EXPENSES THAT MIGHT BE INCURRED AND YOUR EFFORT IN
ASSISTING ME SHOULD BE COMMISSIONED ON THE PERCENTAGE
WE SHOULD AGRRED ON.
UPON RECIPT OF YOUR FAVOUR I SHALL WHIT OUT DELAY FUNISH
YOU MY TERMS AND RELEVANT DOCUMENTS WHICH YOU WILL
NEED ;I HOPE THIS MY LETTER WILL NOT BE IGNORD. THANKS
FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING I WAIT TO HEAR
FROM YOU AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
THANKS AND GOD BLESS.
NINA M. SORDJE
Son of the Phoniest
Sent in by Elaine Gould Oct 20/01
nicholas nzurike <firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM : NICHOLAS NZURIKE TEL : 225-07-00-58-46
SUBJECT : BUSINESS ASSISTANCE ABIDJAN - COTE D'IVOIRE
REQUEST FOR AN ASSISTANCE
It is my pleasure to write you after much consideration
since telephone communication can not be suitable enough
to communicate to you at first.
Being the only son of my father, late Mr. ALPHONSIUS
NZURIKE from KWATA-NATAL ZULU inRepublic of South
Africa (SA) I am 27 years of age.
My father was a limited liability of Cocoa and Gold
merchant in JOHANNESBURG, South Africa before his untimely
death. After his business trip to Abidjan - Cote d'Ivoire,
to negotiate on a cocoa and gold business he wanted
to invest in Abidjan - Cote d'Ivoire.
A week after he came back from Abidjan, he
was attacked with my mother by unknown assassins.
My mother died instantly but my father died after five
days in a private hospital on that faithful afternoon.
I didn't know that my father was going to leave me
after I had lost my mother.
But before he gave up the ghost, it
was as if he knew he was going to die. He my father, MAY
HIS SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE he disclosed to me that
he deposited the sum of $ 28,000,000,00 US Dollars
(TWENTY EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS) in a security
company here in Abidjan-Cote d'Ivoire.
That the money was meant for his cocoa and Gold company
he wanted to establish in Abidjan - Cote d'Ivoire though,
according to my fatherhe deposited the
money in trunk box but declared it as vital
He single handed me the key of the box and the deposit
certificate and instructed me to seek for
a reliable and trust worthy business partner for my
lifetime investment abroad.
Now I have succeeded in locating the security
company here in Abidjan - Cote d'ivoire and also confirmed
the items with most honest and confidentiality. Now I
am soliciting for your assistance to help me lift this
money out from Abidjan to your safe account abroad so
that we should invest it in any meaningful lucrative
business in your country because this is my only
hope in life.
Awaiting anxiously to hear from you so that we can discuss
the modalities of this transaction. Please
kindly contact me through the above telephone number
immediately for more discussion. Thanks for your kind
Mr. NICHOLAS NZURIKE
Shooting Fish in a Barrel
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
I "almost" became a victim of scam that you
cover on your website. In fact, I almost bought airline
tickets to London.
I guess I fit the profile that these criminals seek.
I am in my mid 30's, consider myself somewhat intelligent
and am usually a very cautious person.
Samuel Davies (44-779-675-3613 fax: 44-709-201-4658) provided
me with a telephone number to Global Security and Financial
Services in London. (44-207-518-0357 fax number 44-776-508-9005).
Sure enough, when I called it a lady answered the phone "Global
Security, how may I help you?" The "director" of
Global Security Financial Company, Richard Cartwright,
wanted to know if I had my passport yet.
The only reason I did not get scammed by these people
is because I decided to call a local International
Law Attorney to get his advice on the authenticity
of my proposed $1.58 million dollar "gift" for
becoming the beneficiary and manager of an estate.
Until I contacted the attorney - I was convinced this
was all real.
I went as far as to research attorney Samuel Davies
in the UK, and found one which made things seem even
more real. Check out www.solicitors-online.com. The
real Samuel Davies appears to work with wills and properties.
How scary is that?
Your website provided me with a great understanding
to why and how these people work. Their approach this
time was to invest the "proceeds" in the
I commend you for what your are doing. I truly hope
that innocent people reach your website before disclosing
any account numbers or booking any flights with the
thought of claiming millions of dollars. Reading the
stories on your website made me feel a little better
because I am not alone. Although I did not lose any
money I still feel victimized and betrayed but I learned
a VALUABLE lesson.
Take care, Rodney Duke Raleigh, NC 11/15/01
Here is the original email. --
FROM: MR SAMUEL DAVIES CROWN LAW. UK Cauxhall
Drive West-London Nw116bl
I regret this informal way of contacting you which
I believe would be most effective with regards to the
Message I intend to bring to your notice. It is imperative
that I adopt this means of communication to safeguard
my interest and guarantee that secrecy is not compromised.
In my capacity as a legal practitioner and after putting
several years into private practice which involves
handling of numerous clients in the United Kingdom.
Over that period, events of the past six months forms
the nucleus of revelation which will be made to you
A gentle Man whom I prefer we adopt an alias
of Sir John Riley for reasons of Anonymity,
of blessed memory (deceased). An Astute Business
man of international repute whose endeavors spans
various areas of Business interest,( Real estate,
stock brokerage, Farming .etc) and who I have several
various capacities as a Solicitor and an adviser
on business and personal issues directed
me to prepare a will for him.
On further prompting from me to ascertain the necessity
of such an action, he confided in me of how he was
diagnosed by his personal Physician to have Cancer
and had a short period to live. This was about eight
(8) months ago.
With the demise of my esteemed client and
friend I decided to carry out with the instructions on
his will which clearly states that 50% of his possessions
which includes 75% of his Real Estate located at Highbury
should be given to his nephew who is the only living
next of kin, since my client was a divorcee of many
years though the relationship bore him no children.
Then 40% which includes 25% of his Real Estate should
be invested in a viable commercial enterprise whose
annual dividends would be used to build a cancer
foundation and donations made to Research
on Cancer, 5% should be donated to various Charity
Organizations and 5% for myself for all my contributions.
All funds have been disbursed as stated in the will
excluding the 40% for investment and my 5%. The remaining
45% are in form of houses,cars,25% of his Real Estate
and the sum of Six Million eight Hundred thousand United
State Dollars ($6.8M) which is currently deposited
in security consignment boxes which are in a Financial
Trust Company located in London.
In view of this anticipated development I have decided
to search for a trustworthy businessman or
woman who can stand in as a manager of this
funds for a two year period and also to act
as a Clearing beneficiary of the Security boxes in
the Security Company after which I intend
to divert the money for our own private use when profits
have been made.
Immediately your interest is confirmed, you shall
be invited to London for us to further
our discussions, and clear the security boxes in the
Security clearing company as the beneficiary of the
boxes for us to commence Investments.
All arrangements have been made by me here to execute
a successful partnership together. I must remind you
of the confidentiality of this Transaction at hand
whatever your decision. While I await your Response.
Your detailed reply should contain your telephone and
fax numbers for easier communication .
All contacts should be made to this e-mail address:
Best regards, Mr Sam Davies
A Hearty Guffaw
Tony L Mega sent us this sad tale 11/20/01.
My name abdul gafah. I'm 24 yrs old
and a student. Please I would like you to assist me
as urgent as you can before they kill me.
My father is a wealthy cocoa merchant. Trouble began
early last yr when my father's associates began suspecting
that my father is not giving proper accounts of all
the tons of cocoa being cultivated by local farmers
in some villages... mistrust deepens... poisoned...
hospital bed... reveals..
deposited with a security company here in ABIDJAN...
relevant documents... help me to transfer this
money into your account for onward investment in your
Prince Hassan Yaradua 234-1-7760743 or 234-8033204164
fax number 234-1-7592510 email@example.com
... son of Gen. Musa Yaradua former Chief of Army
Staff, Nigeria Army... ...seriously ill ... ... drew
my attention to his under ground safe in our family
... diplomat with contacts in Ghana/Abidjan-Cote 'D'Ivoire
two West African Countries, Holland and other European
Countries who had promised to move the fund cash to
either of the countries through diplomatic immunity...
...delivered by the security V.I.P Transport Company...
...special beneficiary tag...
...fund US$38.5 million has been disguised with an
African black Solution for security reasons...
...the foreign beneficiary must have an African representative
as one of the security company's condition to work
for any foreigner, also the agent serves as identification
for claiming the baggages, in this sense, I stand as
your Nigerian Agent...
...5% of the fund would go to charity organization
like UNICEF and other Charity Home... ...actualization
of this objective...
... my password, which I must say, is SUCCESS...
Sent in by Bjoern Schaeffner of Switzerland 02/04/02
I got your contact through the the computer operator
at the refugee camp in my search for some one to assist
me. I am PRINCE WILL WALLAS a citizen of the Republic
of Sierra-Leone in West Africa. My father CHIEF PATRICK
OKON WALLAS, was the director of Sierra-Leone Diamond
Corporation... killed by rebels that are loyal to rebel
leader Fonday Sankoh...
... secret safe under his bed. Those documents are
about a trunk box containing the sum of US$12 million
which he deposited in a private security company as
family valuables at ABIDJAN COTE’ D IVOIRE....
...I am Steve Diallo Ouattara and 24 years old, the
only child of late Dr. And Mrs. Rosemary Rita Ouattara,
my father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant based in
Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast before
he was poisoned to death by his business associates
on one of their outings to discuss a business deal...
sent in by Shanno Faith 02/19/02
sent in by Kari Bunch 02/10/02
MUYIWA IGE firstname.lastname@example.org Satellite phone:
874-762-102521 Satellite Fax : 874-762-102522
... My name is MUYIWA IGE, the eldest son of the slain
Attorney General and Chief Justice of Nigeria, Chief
Bola Ige. I got your contact in one of his brief cases...
MR.VINCENT FUSO TEL:+27835393076. FAX: +27839780097
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA email@example.com
... I got your contact through South Africa Information
... I am Mr. Vincent Fuso, son of Dr. Richard Fuso,
who was recently murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe.
My late father held a lot of good positions under the
President Robert Mugabe regime... among the few black
Zimbabwean rich farmers murdered in cold blood...
... security and finance company... foresaw the looming
danger in Zimbabwe...
... the South African Development Council (SADC) has
continuously supported Mugabe's new land reform act...
frozen our family wealth and the South African government...
South African Foreign Exchange Policy does not allow
such investment... highly confidential...
Sent in by Stuart Gordon 03/08/02
From: Colman Koroma Tel: 0034650321329 Colmroma@yahoo.com
I am Colman Koroma from Sierra Leone. I am the son
of late Dantata Koroma the former chairman / board
of director of Sierra Leone Diamond milling Cooperation...
shot by the rebels of Foday Sankoh..
... The bottom line is that we need to meet in Spain
to arrange the relocation of the fund to your country...
finalize with the Security company where to I deposited
Sent in by Kenn Yuen 03/18/02
Tangoh David... South Africa... father the External
Affairs Minister Jonas Savimbi of Angola... phone +27-83-511-8732
Edward Dube, first son of George Dube, murdered in
Zimbabwe, and having deposited $15,3 million dollars
in Johannesburg (phone +27-83-751-1045 fax +27-73-181-5970)
James Ngubeni Jr from South Africa, son of James Ngubeni,
killed - he had $15 million dollars in a steel box,
deposited at the security company in Johannesburg (phone
+27-72-119-0360 fax +27-83-537-1478)
Sent in by Emmanuel de Poorter 03/28/02
It's Your Patriotic Duty to Believe Him
... due consultation with my family on what to do
with the little fund my Dad left behind in a security
My name is Danneil Obi, I am a lecturer
with the Institute of Management and Technology here
in Enugu, Nigeria. My father died on September
11th 2001 during the terror attack on World Trade Centre
in New York. Before his untimely death, he
owned an incorporated company. He was the former minister
of Power, Mine and Steel in Nigeria.
... deposited in a security company named Global
Security Company... a test question was
given as well as what the answer should be...
... arrangement with Mr. Ugwu I. Hassan (San)
the principle partner of U.I. Hassan & Co a well
known government attorney and a senior advocate of
Nigeria to represent us in acquiring all the legal
documents required to authenticate you as the sole
beneficiary to the money... firstname.lastname@example.org
... The attorney has charged us a total sum
of sixty thousand United States dollars ($60,000.00)
and eight thousand United States dollars ($8,000.00)
shall be for the acquisition of those documents and
the payment for the stamp duties and taxes at the
federal board of Inland Revenue.
Before midday today I shall pay him half of his legal
fee and the eight thousand as demanded so hopefully
by the close of work tomorrow he must have concluded
his assignment at Abuja. This transaction like I told
you shall cost us money hence we have set aside that
5% for the payback of all expenses that we
shall incur both locally ( that is from my side ) and
internationally ( which is from your own side ).
... I live in the eastern part of Nigeria in a town
called Enugu in Enugu state I am 41years of age my
address is plot 60/6 Independence Layout Emene. I am
a lecturer with the institute of management and technology
(I.M.T) and my personal telephone number is 234-42-257752.
I do not know any Mr. Tony Agbo who is offering you
millions from a dead foreigner.
... They asked him to make sure you come forward for
the signing of the final fund release authority.
These documents are regarded highly classified in the
transfer of funds in the central bank of Nigeria but
he argued with them that you cannot come down for the
After much arguments they agreed on sending the classified
documents through DHL courier service to you for signing
but you are going to pay for the cost of DHL.
I should have paid on your behalf when I got the information
but according to the lawyer they insisted the
payment must come from the sole beneficiary to
the money and they must confirm the payment
was made from America these measure is in
line to forestall releasing the final fund release
authority to the wrong beneficiary for signing and
if that mistake is made the beneficiary's name could
The cost of DHL and the stamp duty per page
of the document will cost us one thousand six hundred
dollars ($1,600.00) and the director international
remittance office of (C.B.N) has advised that if
we must conclude this transaction within the shortest
possible time you should make the payment through
western union money transfer in the name of his accounts
Clarke MR. HENRY WOMA and his address is PLOT 45
FEDERAL HOUSING AREA 1 GARIKI ABUJA.
Sent in by George 04/04/02
TEL:+225 07-75-80-67 ABIDJAN COTE D' IVOIRE
... I AM Mr. BROWN BENJAMINE, A LIBERIAN NATIONALITY.
THE ONLY CHILD OF MR. AND MRS. ERIC BROWN. MY FATHER
WAS A VERY RICH COCOA MERCHANT, BASED IN ABIDJAN; THE
ECONOMIC CAPITAL OF IVORY COAST BEFORE HE WAS POISONED
Sent in by Emmanuel de Poorter 04/09/02
Business Relationship Tel:0022 507 727 506
... I look forward that your day begins with the knowledge
of my determination to obtain your friendship. Allow
my small introduction to have an opportunity to take
a few moments of your time for us to become well acquainted.
By brief introduction, I am Benjamin Ilo Mackenze
the only son of Dr. James O. Mackenze former chief
of defense-staff of (Republic of Guinea Bissau).
... here in Abidjan he deposited ONE METALLIC TRUNK
BOX in a Security Company...
Sent in by FB & MAC 04/10/02
... native of Konovo in the Kerema local District
of Sierra Leone in West Africa region and the son of
late Major Kabala Ahmed, who died about eight months
now. My father served in the Military regime of Major
Johnny Johnny Koroma that ousted the civilian government
of President Ahmad Kabbah, as a special duty officer
overseeing the affairs of the AFRC Military
... boxes containing the money was possibly brought
down from Sierra Leone to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
and deposited with a financial security company for
safe keeping with the help of his friend in the security
(00225) 05 74 61 87 email@example.com Kone Ahmed
for the family.
Sent in by Herb Steiner from 08/01
... the only daughter of my father, late Chief Alfred
Mane from KWANATAL ZULU in Republic of South Africa
(SA) I am 24 years of age. My father was limited liability
Cocoa and Gold merchant in JOHANESBURG South Africa
before his untimely death. After his business trip
to Abidjan -Côte d'Ivoire...
Miss Rita Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent in by Andy Ritchie 05/02/02
HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL Prince Tunde O Adisaraki email@example.com
MOBILE: 234-803-3276505 TEL: 234-9-272-7064 FAX: 234-9-272-6145
... I am the son of His Royal Majesty, Iginawari Nweke
Adisaraki III and the traditional ruler of Eleme Province
in the oil area of Rivers State of Nigeria...
... lodged some funds in two boxes with a security
firm with an open beneficiary status. The lodgment
Security Code Number was also revealed to me...
... I am Mrs. Ruth Igbabia Kaba the wife of late chief
Michael P Kaba, who was a re-known diamond merchant
from sierra-leone. I inherited the sum of $32.5 million
... Based on our low knowledge in the business field,
we actually need your assistance hoping that you are
honest and trustworthy to render us this assistance...
(00225 07 92 49 32)
Sent in by Emmanuel de Poorter 05/13/02
... I AM MRS. JOYCE YARADUA WIDOW OF LATE MAJOR GENERAL
SHEHU M. YARADUA, A MINISTER OF TRANSPORT WHO DIED
ON 17TH DECEMBER 1998 AFTER A PROTRACTED ILLNESS. firstname.lastname@example.org
I HAVE BEEN INFORMED BY MY FAMILY ATTORNEY BARRISTER
MUSA ALAGA THAT MY LATE HUSBAND OPERATED A SECRET ACCOUNT
WITH A NIGERIA BANK...
Sent in by Les Clemens 05/13/02
... I AM MRS SONIA NGORINA THE WIFE OF LATE CHIEF
TEJAN NGORINA, THE OWNER OF TWO GOLD FIELDS IN SIERRA
LEONE THAT WAS LATER TAKEN OVER FROM US BY THE GOVERNMENT
AND MY HUSBAND MADE THE DIRECTOR OF THE MINES BEFORE
THE REBEL FORCES ATTACKED AND TOOK IT OVER...
... MONEY WAS MOVED DOWN TO ABIDJAN ( COTE D IVOIRE )WITH
INSTRUCTION TO TRANSFER THE CONSIGNMENT TO LONDON OR
BUDAPEST AND HOLLAND COLLECTING CENTER AND DEPOSITED
IN A SECURITY FIRM...
Sent in by Emmanuel de Poorter 05/21/02
... eldest son of the late Gervais Chirhalwirhwa Nkunzimwami,
(a foremost human rights activist, Democratic Republic
of Congo)... died.. as a result of the inhumane treatment
meted out on him while in prison by the RCD Government
of Goma and Rwanda allies...
... twist in my father's success story following his
confrontation with the RCD - Goma and Rwandan attack
on the Congolese people...
... security firm marked as personal effects through
diplomatic courier services.. family decided to seek
political asylum in Lome-Togo...
Benjami J. Gervais 05/28/02
Gifts From the Grave
I am an Irish citizen living and working in Singapore.
A few days ago a friend of mine asked me for advice.
It seems that she was contacted by a lawyer who told
her that an ex-colleague of hers had died and left
her the legacy of a metal box containing family treasures.
He had arranged to have it shipped by Europa
Diplomatic Courier Services but the shipment
had supposedly been intercepted in Jakarta, Indonesia
and the customs officers were demanding $10,000 US
for its release.
She was not suspicious as she had worked with the
deceased several years ago but I checked out the company
in London and they don't exist. I looked it up on the
internet and no trace there either. I then looked through
all the correspondence and came across another name "Assistance
2000 Securities Organisation" which is how I found
your site. Thanks.
I now plan on contacting the police to see if they
will set up a sting operation to catch these fraudsters.
John Kernan 07/01/02
LIBERTY CINQ DAKAR-SENEGAL.
... the son of (GEN. ANSUOMAN MANE) the former army
chief of staff in guinea bissau, ... died in
support of the president ( KUMBA YALLA ) in AFIA...
deposited in a security company here in DAKAR, SENEGAL...
Sent in by Dirk Jacobs, Bangkok 07/29/02
... My husband was murdered by some Moslem extremists
when he publicly condemned the 11th September terrorist
attack on World Trade Centre in USA. But before he
finally gave up the ghost he revealed the sum
of $40millionUSD he deposited with a Security and Finance
firm to me.
Now my life and that of my 11year old son is in danger
because the Moslem extremists are still after my life
and that of my son. They have burnt our family house
and our known property...
Princess Tifny Okoli
Sent in by Alexandros Nipirakis 10/03/02