Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud Victim
Statement Involving Marked Currency
I read the letter below and, because I wasn't aware of such a scam,
foolishly believed it and replied. He responded back in a very convincing
way, so I thought I could believe that he was to give me 30% of $40
million dollars if I helped him bring the funds to Europe and help
him invest his portion.
Every follow-up letter seemed even more convincing and after actually
speaking with him I came to believe it was real. Finally he
asked me to go to Amsterdam to have the funds released into my name
for transfer to my account in Italy.
He said he was going to pick me up at the airport in Amsterdam
but there was no one waiting for me. I called him and he said
he was busy and that I should take a taxi to a hotel. Three
hours later I opened the door to find a tall and very well-dressed
black man with another black individual, with the title of Doctor,
that I later discovered was supposedly a chemist.
Douglas hugged me with a "Hello, my friend!" greeting
filled with warmth and sincerity. Again, everything seemed
He explained that for the release of the funds the security company
wanted $38,000 USD and although he was only able to collect $35,000
he said he had made an agreement with the company whereby they would
bring one of the two trunk boxes, which contained $20 million dollars,
and we would pay them the remaining $3000 directly from the funds.
That seemed to be a perfect idea to me.
He gave the $35,000 to this doctor and told him to go to the security
company for the release of the consignment. While Douglas and
I stayed in the hotel room, waiting for the doctor to come back,
we talked about our families, religion, and other very "nice" things. He
was so pleasant and good-natured anyone would think he was a decent
Two hours later the chemist came back with another black person
carrying a normal travel case. He sit down and asked who the
beneficiary was. I said it was me, so he asked me to show him
my passport which I did. Then he took out some documents from
a folder and asked me to sign them which I did. He then asked
for the balance owing, and Douglas said there was a person who was
going to bring the money in a few minutes.
The courier then become upset, saying that this was not the agreement,
and that his boss would be upset with him if he didn't come back
with the $38,000 USD.
Douglas started imploring him to wait for just ten minutes in the
hallway and after some other terse words the man agreed and left
the room. I was getting nervous because I realized that things
were not going as smoothly and as risk-free as Douglas stated in
He and the chemist then opened the trunk, and inside was a locked
metallic galvanized case. The chemist asked for the combination to
which Douglas replied "431".
The doctor opened the case and inside there was a strange container
packed in foam which he took out, revealing the money below, hundreds
of stacked US dollars, which filled the entire case.
Then our focus went to the strange container.
There was a bottle inside and when they examined it they remarked,
with dismay, that the solution inside had almost entirely solidified;
leaving only a very small portion liquid. I asked what it was and
the doctor explained that it was a chemical compound called Lactima
Base 98%, used for cleaning the money.
I thought, here is another thing that Douglas didn't tell me; so
I asked him to explain further.
He said that for security reasons all the bills had been marked
with a stamp which invalidated them and that the liquid is used to
remove the stamp. He planned to wash $3,000 to pay the balance
to the Security Company man, but there was only enough left to wash
$200. This was confirmed by them actually cleaning two bills
in front of me.Everything seemed so real!
Douglas calling someone on his phone, shouting that the liquid had
hardened in the bottle. Then he said to me he was stymied and
he didn't know what to do.
I was scared, but my mind was still working on how to resolve the
thing. I suggested we call in the courier and tell him the
person who should have brought the balance couldn't make it, then
ask him to return the case until we had the money to retrieve both
The courier returned and again was upset, but finally decided to
do what I proposed. After saying that he wanted to be sure
the man actually went back with the consignment to the security company,
Douglas went with him. But not before, as a perfect IDIOT,
I said that I could raise at least $1500 USD using my credit cards. So
off I went to the center of Amsterdam accompanied by the doctor to
get cash advances at various ATMs.
Successful, we went back to the hotel and met Douglas, who said
he had acquired the remaining money needed, took mine, and went off
to the Security Company while I stayed at the hotel with the chemist
who brainstormed that we had to somehow liquefy the solution to do
He then called someone on the phone, asking about the possibility
of melting it. After some minutes of talking he put down the telephone
and said that Prime Chemical Company may be able to melt the solution,
but they couldn't say offhand just how much they would charge us
for doing so.
I had to fly back to Italy the next day so I told Douglas, when
he returned, that he would have to finish the operation alone. But
wait, he said, first we had to determine how much the melting would
be. I replied that as we, or certainly I, didn't have any more
money they should simply make an agreement with the Prime Chemical
Company to have the solution melted and then pay them out of the
The next day Douglas brought me all the linked documents below and
said that the doctor was still waiting for a price for the melting.
He later brought me to the airport and said goodbye like a true friend
with a big hug.
I should have flown out at 6 PM, but at 9 PM I was still waiting
for my delayed plane so I called him to see what was going on. He
was surprised to hear from me thinking I was airborne. He said
that the Prime Chemical Company successfully melted a very small
part of the solution as a test, and was asking for $46,000 USD for
the total melting. Knowing I was short on funds, he started
asking me if I could talk with my father for "assistance".
I guess I finally started cluing in to the possibility that it was
a scam so my enthusiasm started to wane. After a couple of
days he saw that I was not very convinced and said that he had been
able to raise $20,000 and so I "only" had to find the remaining
At this point I started searching the web and discovered all your
info on this SCAM... and I really felt STUPID and CHEATED!
I hope that this story will prevent other people from becoming victims
of this operation and useful in catching him.
Thanks again, Davide V. 02/22/02
My name is DOUGLAS KAUKE a native of Cape Town south Africa. I have
a proposal to make that might be interesting to you.
I am in possession of a large sum of money in cash totaling US$40.000,000
Million US Dollars realized from the sale of Gold Dust and precious
stones. The money is lodged at security company in south Africa.
I want to move the money abroad to invest it in profitable ventures...
Firstly to assist me to export this money to any suitable country
And upon your request I want the money to be paid directly to any
bank of your choice and for your assistance you receive 30% of total
sum with peace also with no risk involved.
Is you to give us very strong guarantee that our share will be well
secured and also bear us interest on the fund's, also not take advantage
of our position since the money will be paid directly to a bank account
that you nominate.
Be assured that there is absolutely nothing to worry about in the
view of the claim, it is perfectly safe and good enough. ... You
should keep this transaction very confidential, because we are still
active public service in south Africa.
And upon your request I will furnish you with the certificate of
Deposit issued by the security company at the time of making the
You can reach me with this E-mail email@example.com
Stay blessed and GOD bless America.
DOUGLAS KAUKE cell phone number +31 611425641 Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Douglas S. Kauke No. 203 Nelson Mandela Way Johannesburg, South
Global Trust Securities ( World Wide Clearing ) Aalsmeerweg 79,
1059 AE Zone D / Clearance NL Amsterdam, Holland Tel: +31-62-623-6389
Fax: +31-61-751-6082 00-31-61-142-5641 Dr. Allison J. Cole
Global Securities International GSCI Diplomatic
Airway Bill GSCI-5432109864
Global Crossing Courier and Finance Ltd. Amsterdam, The Netherlands Certificate
of Deposit GBLX77793005655
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA Non
Drug and Money Laundering Certificate No: NDLEA 23989/00 George
H. Wolf - Chairman
A complete commitment to the total fight against drug trafficking
and money laundering N.D.L.E.A. The Netherlands. Avoid association
with drugs. It kills!
Incriminating source as the authenticity of the said payment has
been ascertained after carrying out the necessary investigations
to that effect.
Prime Chemical Company Laboratory
Analysis 98% Lactima Base Solution Erick Van Der Bosch - Chief
A lawyer working with a client who has been scammed out of over
$2M from scammers using the same Global Crossing setup would like
to be contacted by Davide V. at KPBowie@aol.com
Didn't Plan on Still Being There When the Phone Bill Came
I got one of the Inheritance scam letters about two weeks ago and
just now found your site. I have to laugh because they had me coming
into the office at 2am - 4am in the morning to make phone calls to
the "attorney" so I could get things rolling.
Now I will have to pay back the owner of the company for making
international phone calls. That is really going to suck.
I wanted to let everyone know that if you ever get a e-mail, fax,
or snail mail letter stating someone in a different country needs
help for whatever reason, don't fall for it.
I did, and after ten months of dealing with them I was told to
go to Canada for a cash call. Oh, they showed me the cash all right,
but said it needed to be cleaned.
In the end I "invested" money to get nothing but a large
phone bill, a headache, heart break, and most of all a rocky marriage. I
really should have investigated before.
Lagos - 04/02 - Starting off as a houseboy and later motor mechanic
Festus Dare Babayemi a.k.a. Dare Babs has became a notable figure
in the Lagos social circle who thrives on duping unsuspecting business
Thanks to his first wife Bisi's father's money, Dare, in concert
with others, succeeded in duping such notable Nigerians as Mallam
Saleh Jambo, Tanko Ayuba, Bolajoko Kadiri and Alhaji Abubakar Alhaji
The latest victims, Mr. Lang Simon and one Joachakim, both from
Zurich, have somehow succeeded in putting so much heat on him that
he appears to be in hiding.
Dare was said to have sought the assistance of the two foreigners
in a business deal which would see him (Dare) floating an airline
since he had a licence already, in exchange for their financial contribution.
The two men were playing ball until they discovered they had fallen
into the hands of a conman.
Mr. Lang Simon, who was said to have been swindled to the tune of
$5M and his counterpart are currently seeking visas to enter Nigeria
and hunt him down.
A prosperous middle-aged, Washington, D.C. entrepreneur was duped
out of $750,000 in one operation which was based out of Toronto
and Nigeria from 1994 to 2000. The cell swindled more than
300 people, including about 20 in the Washington area, out of approximately
$20 million, according to law enforcement officials.
Whenever the man called a bank supposedly involved in the transaction,
the call was forwarded to a boiler-room operation in the Toronto
area, staffed by accomplices in the scam, according to Sgt. Mark
Van De Graff of the Royal Canadian Provincial Police fraud unit in
At the end of April I got an email from a person with the urgent
request for help in the overseas transfer of $20,500,000 from South
Africa in return for 20%. We wrote each other emails and unfortunately
I have to date transferred $14,800 USD.
Last weekend I got a notification that it was necessary to have some
certificates to transfer the money to "my" account in South
Africa (non drug clearance certificate, money laundry certificate and
anti terrorist certificate). The fees for these are a further $21,610
After finding your site, I see now that I have been duped.
Olaf K., Germany 05/18/02
Grandpa Gets Greedy
Between 1999-2001 my family and several business associates
of ours were approached by a local businessman whom we trusted
This elderly, grandfatherly gentleman asked to borrow money
from us and the others for a wide variety of reasons, ranging
from covering his business payroll to needing to cover import
taxes on a piece his company was receiving from Korea. At
any rate, he got about $150,000 from all of us, and all along
he was wiring the money he borrowed from us to an individual
in Nigeria to a 419 scam.
Now the Nigerian is in jail (that's another story!), but this
gentleman is still "borrowing" money from people
who don't know any better. He still believes the scam
is going to work and he's going to be rich in the end. We
would like to know if you have ever heard of this type of person
being convicted of anything. We all would like to see
him in jail, but don't know how. We have lawyers involved,
etc. Any suggestions? Sincerely,
Rebecca Rance 06/10/02
I am the CFO of a company in Schaffhausen, Switzerland investigating
a fraud case, which occurred in our company. By a google search
of the name TRANSGLOBAL TRADERS I came to your sites example
of Nigerian fraud correspondence which was related to the same
bank account at the Bank of India in Hong Kong as two of the
payments in our case.
The bank account number is 02G11/030020 and related to G.
Doulatram & Sons (H.K.) Ltd. which is also acting on behalf
of Transglobal Traders.
Our case is placed at all the relevant authorities in Switzerland,
the US, in Lebanon, in Hong Kong and I hope even in Nigeria.
However my personal experience in this matter is, that with
their speed and their commitment they will never be successful
in really getting these highly organised criminals. I have
found many international connections in the case but someone
would have to trace them. The bureaucracy worldwide is the
best enabler for our Nigerian, Lebanese and Indian friends.
I really tried to help the authorities with a lot of information
but their interest and capability seems very limited to me.
F. H. 07/10/02
Where's Inspector Clousseau When You Need Him?
My father has let go of over a million dollars (his life savings
and loans he can't repay…) in a Nigerian lottery scam
through Amsterdam. Now that he is penniless and dying of cancer,
but still convinced he's going to recoup several millions of
dollars, he's turned the baby over to me, one of his sons.
The Nigerians call me daily, I'm stalling them to figure
out the best way to deal with all this. Do you have any advice
as per a police contact in Holland? I live in Paris, the police
here say it's none of their business since this all started
in the US.
The Nigerians want me to come ASAP to Amsterdam. I want to
go, to give them a piece of my mind, but only with police if
possible. Anyways thanks for your site. Too bad we found it
Patrick B. - France 09/10/02
Nigerian Vampire in Paris
Right now my husband is in Paris France, sitting on a trunk
of black money at the Holiday Inn. He still hasn't paid for
the chemical to take off the black yet but is to do that tomorrow
and I'm really worried.
I tried to tell him some of the things I read on your web
page concerning the black money and the 419 scam, but he just
started yelling at me. I don't know how to get in contract
with the police there, or even if it should be the police,
but I think somebody should be there to protect my husband
and son who is there also.
The thing I don't get is, when things are going down like
this, why can't someone start arresting these horrible criminals? Why
does no one seem to be doing anything about this crime? We
hear of people getting killed or held for ransom yet no one
is trying to prevent any of it.
It would be so simple to do stings on these guys. Just arrest
them all. But why is it that no one has? Aren't there
international laws that protect the world from this? My
husband is assured that everything is for real but is still
scared. Well, I'm trying to help and also protect the
lives of my family.
Later: He is bringing it home. he says it has a white powdery
substance on it, that they said was mercury, and it made them
very ill. The Sengelese Government, at least that was who they
said they were, said they would still send him the solution
to clean it with.
My husband wasn't going to give them any more money. They
said they would raise the rest of it. But I'm going to try
and clean it myself so I can see just what it is. If it is
fake it probably will clean easy. My husband says it is on
the same paper as our bills are on. So until I see it I still
wont know for sure. He made it through custom in France,
now he just needs to make it through US customs.
Pat M. 09/22/02
They had me going for about 7 months, intermittently. I
have a very thick file and some of the emails are real
gems. I have references from Angel Smith's minister,
his dead father's minister, a Barrister recommended by his
minister and yet another Barrister when the first demanded
terms I chose not to honor.
I had a slight notion this may be legit, so I set up
a trust to receive the funds. I insisted all along that
Valentin "Angel" Ike Smith find an attorney that
would pay all fees and expenses and I would only reimburse
them at the end when the money was really transferred. A
so-called banker demanded $4000 to pay the "transfer tax" about
a week ago. I refused and the "Barrister" in
Abidjan claims to have "paid" the tax as his commission
was going to be 11.5% of the alleged $23m.
The use of religion partially hooked me and may induce someone
else to suffer big losses. I only lost about $800 playing
the game--in L/D phone charges and my own lawyer's fees though I
spent lots of time on this, if that is worth anything. I
could write a book on this one, but I still feel very duped
and angry at myself for even believing in this a little bit.
I could have saved a lot of time and money if I had
just looked up a list of banks in Abidjan. I finally
did last week and there is no such "Coopec Bank" as
Smith alleged held his father's fortune. They even "dummied" a
bank receipt with convincing graphics
Thanks for the wonderful work you do----Tom Cavanaugh 09/08/02
ANGEL V. SMITH
ABIDJAN. IVORY COAST WEST AFRICA
... GREETINGS IN JESUS NAME... I PRAYED OVER IT AND SELECTED
... FIRST CHILD OF LATE CHIEF AND LOLO CHRISTOPHE SMITH MY
FATHER WAS A VERY WEALTHY COCOA MERCHANT... SECRETLY CALLED
ME ON HIS BEDSIDE AND TOLD ME THAT HE HAS A SUM... THAT I SHOULD
SEEK A FOREIGN PARTNER...
... WOULD LIKE TO GO TO PASTORAL SCHOOL... WILLING TO OFFER
YOU 15% OF THE TOTAL SUM... THANKS AND GOD BLESS
Bankers Will Be Worse Than Assassins
At the end of July 2002 I received an E-mail from Dr. Jubril
Martins and his "mother" Cecilia Aku telling me that
they had US$28.5 million in diplomatic bags somewhere in Europe.
If I would be interested in working with them to retrieve this
money they were willing to give me 30% of the total amount.
Of course they needed some money to bribe the diplomatic people
to release that fund.
For the next three months I refused to fall into this trap,
because it sounded so bizarre to get millions of dollars so
easily. They used a barrister named Mathew Eyeye to make everything
look so legal. For three months we have been talking on the
phone and sending E-mails back and forth. I thought they would
give up, but they did not.
This week Rev.Samuel Adodo sent me a cashier's check for
US$130,400 and said that Mrs. Cecilia Aku (who claimed to be
the widow of an assassinated cabinet minister in Nigeria) had
borrowed that money in my name to finance the retrieval of
the $28.5 million.
I went to the bank and deposited the check into my bank
account. Very soon afterwards the barrister Mathew Eyeye called
and told me to send him US$10,000 from the money that had just
been deposited into my account.
I checked with my bank to ensure that check was good. The
lady at the bank said that the check should be good because
it was a cashier's check from the Wells Fargo Bank in California. A
cashier check is as good as cash, the bank lady said. So
I sent him the $10,000 through Western Union. Now I realize
that I have been had, despite my tough stance for almost 3
I tried to call Mrs. Cecilia Aku and Dr.Jubril Martins but
the phone was already dead and my e-mails have gone unanswered.
I have not called the barrister yet because I didn't want to
alarm him, but I have a feeling he is still at the same address.
Mrs. Cecilia Aku
23 Lavender Close, Dolphin Estate
Tel. for Mathew Eyeye is 234-1-775-3351 or 234-803-304-9172
Please keep my name out of this. I am afraid they have their hit men
all over the USA ready to kill trouble-makers.
H. S. Chandler, AZ 10/05/02
See the section on Nigerian victims
who are charged with bank fraud.
I thought about the whole Nigeria scam thing and it seems
kind of like gambling where people go to the casino for the
prospect of a big payoff and they get further in to the hole
by using ATMs and credit cards. At some point there seems
to be a point of no return and out of desperation they think "If
I can just borrow or come up with some extra cash I can get
my cash back" and further in the hole they go.
Charles Switzer 10/31/02
Almost Too Sad a Tale
I have visited your website and appreciate your initiative
to get the world informed about these evil people. I
am a pastor in United Arab Emirates and am also a victim of
them. I am poor and hardly feed my family with my meager earnings.
I received an email on 28 Feb 2001 from a person called "Shan
Lee Shun" saying that he is the adopted son of a Japanese
widow who left huge wealth. He informed that this lady made
a will to divide a part of her wealth to many humanitarian
organizations and churches world wide and my name is also included
My portion he said was $1.6 million. He sent some documents
to 'prove' that and said that the money is invested with a
GLOBAL SECURITIES AND COURIER COMPANY in Amsterdam and I was
invited to visit Amsterdam to get this transaction done.
Foolishly believing this I went to Amsterdam but before going
they said that a handling charge of $18,000 should be given
but I had not even $500 with me. When I told about this to
a friend, trusting me, he gave this money by acquiring a loan
from his bank on the promise that I would return this amount
I sent this to them to transfer the money to account in UAE.
Then they informed me that in order to release the amount I
should produce a Drug Clearance Certificate. For that
they said that $50000 was required.
Still believing this, I told another friend of mine and he
offered to help me by acquiring a loan from the bank. With
this amount I went to Amsterdam where they took the money from
me, gave me a 'certificate' and sent me back along with some
bank transfer 'receipts' of money to my account.
Later on I came to know that this was fraud and I got cheated.
Since then I am in a very difficult situation that I cannot
even feed my children well or send them properly to school.
I am paying back the amount every month with almost all of
my earnings and still I need to pay a big amount which is left.
I just pray to God to settle my debt. I have complained once
to the Amsterdam Police and no action has been taken by them.
God bless you for all what you are doing to help these kind
Pastor John Cherian 04/12/03