More Use of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in Advance Fee Fraud
Andy Cokas sends this along 8/13/01 with thanks for possibly saving his life. I guess he was tempted until he found this site.
Subject: BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP Bottom
of Form 1
FALOMO OFFICE COMPLEX,
IKOYI - LAGOS.
REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP TRANSFER OF US$25,500,000.00
I am DR. Dave Owolabi a director in the project and planning department of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), I head a seven man Tenders Board Committee in charge of contract award and Payment approvals.
I came to know of you in my search for a reliable and reputable person to handle a very confidential transaction, which involves the transfer of a huge sum of money to a foreign account.
There were series of contracts executed by a consortium of Multinationals in the oil industry in favour of the (NNPC) among which were;
1) The expansion of Pipeline network within Nigeria for crude oil and downstream products distribution and subsequent evacuation - US$2 Billion.
2) Contract for Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of various Refineries in the country.
3) The construction of Storage Tanks for Petroleum Product (Depots)-US$94 Million.
The original value of of these contracts were deliberately over invoiced in the sum of Twenty Five million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars US$25,500,000.00) which has recently been approved and now ready to be transferred.
However the companies that actually executed the aforementioned contract have been fully paid and the projects officially commissioned.
Consequently, my colleagues and I are willing to transfer the total amount into your account for subsequent disbursement, since we as civil servants are prohibited by the Code of Conduct Bureau (Civil Service Laws) from opening and/or operating foreign accounts in our names.
Needless to say, the trust reposed in you at this juncture is enormous. In return, we have agreed amongst ourselves to offer you 15% of the transferred sum, 5% shall be set aside for any incidental expenses during the course of this transaction, you will then be mandated to revert the balance to us in due course.
You must however NOTE that this transaction is subject to the following terms and conditions; our conviction of your transparent honesty and diligence, that you must accord this transaction with utmost confidentiality and secrecy.
Modalities have been worked out at the highest levels of the Ministry 0f Finance, Central Bank of Nigeria and the Presidential Task Force on Contract Payment for the immediate remittance of the funds within 10 - 14 working days subject to your satisfaction of the above terms.
Our assurance is that your role shall be totally risk free. To accord this transaction the legality it deserves, and for mutual security of funds, the whole procedures shall be legally processed with your name or any company you may nominate as the bona fide final beneficiary.
Once more, I want you to understand that having put in over 20 years in the Civil Service of my country, I am very much averse to having my image and career dented.
This matter should therefore be treated with utmost secrecy and urgency. Kindly expedite immediate action as we are well behind schedule to enable us include this transfer in the second batch of the 2001 fiscal year contract payments.
Dr Dave Owolabi.
Uzor, Sounds More Like Loser
After having previously avoided being swindled out of about $6000 Bob Tarasiak sends along this example 8/20/01.
From: Dr. Raymond Uzor [mailto:ray.NNPC001\\onebox.com]Subject: Urgent Business Assistance
From the desk of:
DR. RAYMOND UZOR
Tel No: Your Intl. Access Code + 873762692484
Fax No: Your Intl. Access Code + 873762692485
REQUEST FOR AN URGENT CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
After due deliberation with my colleagues, I have decided to forward to you this business proposal. We want a reliable person who could assist us to transfer the sum of Twenty Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ( $20,500,000 ) into his / her account.
This fund resulted from an over-invoiced bill from contracts awarded by us under the budget allocation to my Ministry and this bill has been approved for payment by the concerned Ministries.
The contract has since been executed, commissioned and the contractor was paid the actual cost of the contract. We are left with the balance US$20.5M as part of the over-invoiced amount which we have deliberately over estimated for our own use.
But under our protocol division, civil servants are forbidden to operate or own foreign accounts. This is why I am contacting you to be our custodian for this fund.
As you may want to know and to make you less curious, I got your address from address in internet site that portrayed your (you) establishment in good light.
I am the Chief Accountant/Internal Auditor of the Contract Award Committee (CAC ) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ( NNPC).
This transaction is very much free from all sorts of RISKS and TROUBLE from my Government. We the N.N.P.C. Officials involved in this deal have put in many years in service to this Ministry.
We have been exercising patience for this opportunity for so long and to most of us this is a life time opportunity we cannot afford to miss.
You need not to worry about the responsibilities of transferring this fund into your account, for all the administrative steps needed for the transfer of this fund into your designated bank account will be done by me.
I and my colleagues have agreed to COMPENSATE you duly if agreement is reached by both of us.
I and one of my colleagues involved in this deal will come to your country to arrange for our share, upon the confirmation from you that the money has been credited into your nominated bank account.
Consequent upon your acceptance of this proposal, kindly confirm your interest by Telephone to me, through my Direct Tel No: + 873762692484 or Fax No:+873762692485.
Note: You don't need to add my country code and area code, just dial your international access code plus (+) either my tel or fax number directly.
Your indication by revert Telephone or Fax to me of your sincere and serious interest will enable me send you the PROCEDURE FOR OPERATION. If my line is busy, please keep trying you will surely get through.
NOTE: In the event of your inability to handle this transaction please inform us so that we can look for another reliable person who can assist in this respect.
It might surprise you why we choose you and trusted you for this transaction. Yes, we believe that good friends can be discovered and business like this can not be realised without trust.
This is why we have decided to trust you for this transaction. We are looking forward to doing this transaction with you. Be further informed that everyone's interest and security had been considered before you were contacted, so be rest assured and feel free to go into this transaction with us.
But let Honesty and Trust be our watchword throughout this transaction and your prompt reply will be highly appreciated.
Thank you, and God bless.
DR. RAYMOND UZOR.
NB: If you want to send me an e-mail massage, please use the above listed e-mail address (raymond1949us\\eudoramail.com) for confidential reasons.
From: BELLO USMAN <bellouzzi\\yahoo.com
Sent: Friday, July 06, 2001 7:30 PM
Subject: ATTN; PLEASE
I AM THE FINANCIAL CONTROLLER IN THE NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC) HERE IN LAGOS, MY COLLEAGUES HAVE ASSIGNED ME TO SEEK ASSISTANCE OF A RELIABLE FOREIGN COMPANY OR AN INDIVIDUAL THROUGH WHOM WE CAN TRANSFER THE SUM OF US$30,000,000 (THIRTY MILLION U.S. DOLLARS) WHICH AROSE FROM THE DELIBERATE OVER-INVOICING OF SOME CONTRACTS AWARDED BY THE CORPORATION IN THE TWILIGHT DAYS OF THE LAST MILITARY REGIME.
HOWEVER, THE CURRENT FAVOURABLE POLITICAL/ECONOMIC CLIMATE IN THE COUNTRY SINCE THE HAND OVER FROM MILITARY TO DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED GOVERNMENT NOW PRESENTED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THIS MONEY TO BE TRANSFERRED OUT OF THE COUNTRY.
YOUR CONTRACT ADDRESS WAS MADE AVAILABLE TO ME THROUGH A BUSINESS CONSULTANT. HE ASSURED ME OF YOUR COMPANY'S VIABILITY AND CAPABILITY IN BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS THOUGH HE DID NOT KNOW MY REAL INTENTIONS, THIS ASSURANCE GAVE ME COURAGE TO LINK YOU UP FOR THIS PARTICULAR TRANSACTION, AND I HOPE IT WILL BE OF MUTUAL BENEFIT TO ALL OF US.
OUR CONTACTS IN THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA AND FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE HAVE GIVEN US A GO AHEAD ORDER FOR REMITTANCE, SO WE HAVE SET IN MOTION THE MACHINERY FOR THE TAKE OFF OF THIS TRANSACTION AND FURTHER ACTION WILL COMMENCE IMMEDIATELY WE HEAR FROM YOU.
WE HAVE AGREED THAT AFTER THE TRANSFER OF THE MONEY INTO YOUR ACCOUNT, YOU SHALL BE ENTITLED TO 30% THE OFFICIALS AND MY COLLEAGUES SHALL TAKE 65% WHILE 5% SHALL BE MAPPED OUT TO COVER FOR LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL EXPENSES THAT MAY BE INCURRED IN THE COURSE OF THIS TRANSACTION.
THE NATURE OF YOUR BUSINESS IS NOT PARTICULARLY RELEVANT FOR THE SUCCESS OF THIS TRANSACTION. ALL WE REQUIRE IS YOUR WILLINGNESS TO COOPERATE AND ASSURANCE THAT OUR OWN SHARE WILL BE GIVEN TO US WHEN THIS MONEY IS TRANSFERRED INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.
ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO ENSURE A NO RISK SITUATION ON THE SIDES OF BOTH PARTIES AND IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS TRANSACTION WILL LAST FOR 10 WORKING DAYS, BARRING ANY DELAYS.
PLEASE IF THIS PROPOSAL IS ACCEPTABLE TO YOU, OR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME THROUGH MY E-MAIL ADDRESS.
DR. BELLO USMAN
Lewis Mitcham sent in this one from: nnpcaccdir\\yahoo.co.uk
Subject: BUSINESS PROPOSAL:
NIGERIA NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC)
FALOMO COMPLEX IKOYI LAGOS.
OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT.
...This letter may come to you as a surprise since it is coming from someone you have not met before. I got your contact from the world trade bureau with further confirmation from a reliable source.
However, we decided to contact you based on a satisfactory information we had about your business person as regards this business information concerning your country and safety of our funds in a steady economy such as that of your country compared to our country Nigeria, Africa.
I am the principal Accountant of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). My close and trusted colleagues and I need your assistance in the transfer of US$50 million, (FIFTY MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) into any reliable account you may nominate overseas.
This fund was generated from over-invoicing of contracts executed by the NNPC under our control and supervision. This fund is now ready to be remitted into any account we put forward for that purpose.
...3. 5% for contingencies and expenses.
.... for confidential purpose. My Tele/fax number is 234 -1-2640591.
We wish to assure you that your involvement should you decide to assist us, will be well protected. This business is 100% risk free as we have secured our own side of the transaction. We have also put in place the machinery to guarantee a successful conclusion...
Thank you for your anticipated co-operation, while we look forward to a mutually benefiting business relationship with you. Please when replying, kindly include your private Telephone and Fax numbers, where I can reach you any time of the day.
Thanks and Best regards,
DR. ABDUL HASSAN.
27 October 2001
Subject: APPEAL FOR ASSISTANCE
... This letter may come to you as a surprise since it is coming from someone you have not met before...
I am a civil adviser currently working with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)...
Thank you for your anticipated co-operation, while we look forward to a mutually benefiting business relationship with you...
DR. WILLIAMS JONES
Same Song and Dance
Mark Settlemire, who noted this scammer used the same name as the dance choreographer for the Back Street Boys, sent this along 11/05/01.
...I am the executive chairman tender board committee of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation...
... You may be required to signed the fund release authority with our national bank. One of my colleagues and I involved in this deal will come to your country for our share upon confirmation from you that the money has hit your nominated bank...
... will be expecting call as soon as you receive this mutual business beneficiary transaction proposal...
DR. FATIMA ROBINSON
TEL: 234-1-7748689 TEL:234-80-330-79097
Getting Off Easy
One viewer, Abdul Shukor, admits spending US$500 for unnecessary traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok to meet a Nigerian "offshore payment center officer".
Embarrassed to find that there was no Central Bank of Nigeria in Bangkok, he surfed the internet there and found their statement on advance fee fraud.
Surprised to learn of the scam, he now kicks himself for communicating with drodibenson\\yahoo.com and agreeing to co-operate with him to receive his US$20 million payment from Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
A PAC of Lies
...Principal Accountant and the Chairman of the Federal Tenders Board Committee to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)...
.. contract bills were slightly inflated..
...I and my colleagues unanimously agreed to make use of this golden opportunity to save for our children...
...to achieve this, we are going to register your company here in
the corporate affairs commission as an existing company here in Nigeria.
... as a category "A" contractor and that makes the company more eligible to put up claim to the said amount of money as contractual debt owed to the company.
Be informed that we would make use of your banking details to make direct applications to the various ministries concerned i.e N.N.P.C, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Central Bank of Nigeria , Federal Ministry of Finance respectively for approvals for the release of the money to your account.
Take note that the copies of the registration certificates and copies of the approvals would be made available to you once we obtain them.
.. I will be disposed to giving the details of this proposal as
soon as I
receive your confirmation signifying your interest in this proposal and
your willingness to assist in its realization...
DR AHMED OWOTUTU
Kick Back and Relax
Todd and Anne Mancini as well as John Perigo sent this along 11/25/01
... the principal auditor of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)... meant to be a Kick Back to the Government officials that Awarded the contract... removed from office and they had no chance of collecting... awaiting transfer to a Foreign Account. Having done all the necessary ground work, this money is now in my possession...
Patrick Kalu: kalupat1\\yahoo.com
... project carried out in stages... will file in an official letter of claim to my ministry officially recommending your company as the beneficiary of the contract payment... going to back up this with an official application, Invoice and other government registrations and certificates which I am going to lobby for and secure in favour of your company.
... approval for the transfer of the funds issued by my ministry, the Federal ministry of Finance and finally the Central bank of Nigeria, through correspondence bank in England.
Who's A Fool, Why Yusufu
Jim Standley sent this along 11/27/01
"Dr. ALI YUSUFU" <yusufu_a456\\excite.com
... Director of Engineering & Project of the NNPC... result of a contract for the supply of two thousand, three hundred and sixty-seven computer unit, installation and the Y2K compliance turn-around maintenance...
... if we opt for electronic transfer only other than payment by solar bank draft or cash call programme... this deal is entirely based on trust and the fear of God...
Fill In The Blanks
Sent in from Spain 12 Jan 2002.
DR. KEFFAS MOHAMMED (PRINCIPAL AUDITOR)
NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC)
ATTN; (Name of Person)
COMPLIMENT OF THE DAY TO YOU...
... YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS ARE VITAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS TRANSACTION FOR UPDATING AND REMITTANCE PROTOCOL...
Other names in use.
Rubber Check Inducements
Info gathered on one operation.
Dr. M.A. Uduebo: Director International Remittance Dept. Tel: 234
Emmanuel Akanne, Abubakar Usman, Frank Onoriode D, Godwin Duru
Bello Adamu: Civil Servant, and accountant of a National Petroleum
belloadamu1\yahoo.com Tel:234 8033032421
Overseas Credit Nominees
Tower Ind. Estate, London Road Wrotham Kent, TN156NS, Tel:44 7880 836 240
Ismaila Sanni: Remittance Officer, Federal Ministry of Finance Tel: 234
Mr. John Ike: Attorney/Lawyer
Chief Anyim Pius Anyim: Tel: 873762861167
Mr Hakeem Smith: Tel: 873 762861167, 873762861168
I also received a check from Mr. Olabopo A. Kehinde for $85,000.00 to help me pay some funds to some of the men above, Which I did not until the check cleared the bank which it did not.
They also wanted me to deposit some money to pay taxes to a bank in New York City.
Citibank N. A. New York 111,
Wall Street, New York 10043
Swift Code: Citius33 A/C No: 36023765 A/C Name: Intercontinental Bank LTD
Benef: AMBA Business Services.
Info provided by Dr. Rick Parker 02/13/02
DR CHRIS ADUBACA
DIRECTOR, ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT,
NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (N.N.P.C)
TEL/FAX 234-1-7744693 chris adubaca adubaca\\yahoo.com
...dormant and floating in our Apex Bank... 02/12/02
H. Edward Wales sent this along 02/18/02
MR Tijani Yusufu
NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION FEDERAL SECRETARIAT,
FALOMO- LAGOS, NIGERIA.
Tel:234.1.7752779 Fax: 234-1-7596254.
...introduced to us by a mutual acquaintance from the Nigerian Chamber of Commerce, Foreign Trade Division... I am the Director of Engineering & Project of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (N.N.P.C) in Lagos, Nigeria...
...the supply of two thousand, three hundred and sixty-seven computer units, installation and the Y2K compliance turn-around maintenance... floating in the escrow account of the Central Bank of Nigeria (C.B.N)... Bulgarian contractor... Contract Award Panel...
...if we opt for electronic transfer only other than payment by solar bank draft or cash call programme
TEL/FAX: 234 1 759 0379.
Mike Momoh E-MAILoboboman\\yahoo.com
My name is DAVID IDRIS, a member of the Presidential Task Force on Oil Spillage Clean-up.
... the over invoiced contract sum that has been left in a suspense account with the CENTRAL BANK of NIGERIA... got your name from the Nigeria Chambers of Commerce and Industry ‘Foreign Trade Division’ as a reputable organ that can assist us on this transaction.
...NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION..
MR. DAVID IDRIS (MNIM). 02/10/02
sent in by Tilton 02/14/02
I am Dr. Paul Okoye, I am working in my country oil cooperation known as (NNPC), NIGERIA NATIONAL PETROLEUM COOPERATION...
Dr. Eli Joseph NNPC
God Bless Les!
I just wanted to thank you so much for your website. My husband and I were almost suckered into one of the Nigerian scams.
We received an email with the subject "VERY URGENT" and were skeptical but decided to get more information.
The email was from a man by the name of Desmond Okafor and he said that he was an engineer with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. and that his committee over-invoiced a contract for US$22,561,000.00 and that we would get 30% of the money if we provided our bank details.
My husband and I are educated, college graduates. We are not stupid people, but this man was so reassuring, calling my husband "my brother" and saying that he was a Christian who wanted to come to the U.S. to practice his religion and live a better life.
He ended his emails with "God Bless" which infuriates me even more. We also received several email from people with the names of "Duke" and "Owen George."
After much discussion, we decided to go for it. At the last minute I came across your website and read the information about all the Nigerian scams and I was stunned. I had obviously never heard of it before.
I am so grateful for the information - we almost lost $11,700 which may not seem like a large amount compared to what some have lost, but it's still money. It sickens me that this is still going on.
Thank you so much for your very informative website - it saved us! 03/05/02
Dr. John Gbenga (Principal Auditor)
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
Ikoyi Lagos, Nigeria 03/06/02
DR. PAUL GORDON
... To maintain confidentiality, our password is "BRAVO"...
DR TUNDE HASSAN
NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION
FEDERAL SECRETARIAT, FALOMO- LAGOS, NIGERIA.
... Bulgarian contractor... members of the Contract Award Panel... chairman of the special committee for contract payment called the Contract Review and Verification Panel...
... NNPC, Debt Reconciliation Committee, Federal Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Nigeria...
... my very confidential Mobile telephone number 234-1-7752779, or 234.1.7748605 (after 9.00pm) ... endeavor to call me so that we can get intimated...
To commence this transaction in earnest, we will Incorporate your Company in our favour, with the Corporate Affairs Commission... empower your company to do business in Nigeria... register your company as a category "A" contractor, with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)...
... transfer procedures in our country goes with what we call a vetting approval, which is a document that comes from the Federal Ministry of Justice, particularly the office of the Attorney General of our Federation. This vetting approval states the reason of every transfer from our country, and it is usually meant to satisfy foreign governments.
Once again my good friend, you will never forget a friend such as my humble self after our successful transaction when we meet in your country, as we intend to after the transfer.
... my direct telephone: 234 1-7748398. Evans Atiri evansatiri\\yahoo.com
My private direct number is 234-1-7598357 and the fax number is 234-1-7599167
Sent in by Jay Roberts 03/12/02
MR. YOUNG MARTINS B.Sc.(UNN); Msc; Ph.D; Mnim; Mica
Executive Director and Financial Controller (NNPC)
... THIS LETTER MAY COME TO YOU AS A SURPRISE, PLEASE TREAT IT LIKE A BLOOD BROTHER AFFAIR...
TEL: 234-1-7593405, FAX: 234-1-7593123 MOBILE: 234-80-33028196.
Sent in by Pamela Terry 03/24/02 then by Marlon D. Cush 03/26/02
Private Business Relationship (Urgent)
... Akin Bashiru...accountant and member of the tender committee...
bashiru\\private.as bashiru\\casa.as Tel/Fax: 234 1 7597133
Sent in by Herbert C. Steiner 04/10/02
NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION
OFFICE OF DR. DAVID ADAMS-COLE
BLOCK 1, FLAT 2 SATELITE TOWN, LAGOS NIGERIA.
TEL: 874-762692460 FAX: 874-762692461
... GENERAL MANAGER, PROCUREMENT AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES (PROMAS) A SUBSIDIARY OF THE NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC)...
... SATELLITE TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS...
Note: Domain name NNPCFALOMO.NET registered 8/13/01 under
NNPC - John Slye
5566 Greenpoint, Newark, CA 94560 US
Phone: 661-749-9057 Email: niyighomo\\hotmail.com
Sent in by Dr Mike Raath 04/08/02
DR. TONY UBAH DANIEL ( PRINCIPAL AUDITOR )
NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC)
Sent in by Tom Kleefisch 04/11/02
DR MOSES IKE (PRINCIPAL AUDITOR)
NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC)
Sent in by Tony Lozina 04/15/02
Dr. John Efetobor
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
Fax:234-9-2721197 Tel: 234.1.4806636.
... Convincing Honesty, Trustworthiness and Willingness to abide by the requirements of this proposal paramount of which is CONFIDENTIALITY...
J . O . Efetobor PhD
Sent in by Stephen Elcombe 04/25/02
Peter Odili <peterodili2000\\yahoo.com>
With much sincerity of purpose... senior accountant with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Headquarters Lagos...
Sent in by Donald Sigal 04/28/02
MR. JIDE GREG, B.sc. (UNN); M.sc; Ph.D; Mnim; Mica
Executive Director, Finance (NNPC)
234 803 301 2807 fax 234 9 272 6455.
... deliberate over-invoicing of a contract awarded by the NNPC to a foreign firm for the construction of Liquefied Natural Gas plant (LNG) in Bonny, Southern Nigeria during the last military regime...
Sent in by E. De Poorter 05/13/02