West African Nigerian Scams Involving
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks and Bank Fraud for the Purchase or
Sale of Used Cars ( International Car-buy Scam ), Motorcycles,
Horses ( Export Scam Illegal Vehicle Transaction ) and Online Internet
Auction Items with Bogus Bank Draft Cheques
Keywords and Names Used
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Celebrity Auto Procurement Company
Thomas Automobile Ltd
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Confirm this asap for onward payment
I recently posted an ad to sell my used car which is a pretty basic
1990 Honda Accord with an asking price of $4500. I received
this letter from someone in Lagos Nigeria who is interested in purchasing
my vehicle, for quite a bit more than I asked.
Pamela Herring 05/30/02
I am willing to buy your 1990 Honda Accord LX if you can arrange
for shipping to Lagos-Nigeria. I will pay $7,000 and also pay the
shipping cost too. If this offer is acceptable to you, go ahead
and let me have the shipping quote
WOW. This would be cool! I would get more than I was asking and
the shipping costs would be handled...I replied to James...
I am curious as to how you want to work this. How are you going
to get this car from Las Vegas to Nigeria? As soon as you have any
idea as how and whom and etc. I will begin to ship the Honda. I haven't
a clue on how to send anything that far!.
Thank you , Pam and David
Thanks for your response. I really appreciate it.
Well, as regards shipping, you can contact a shipping company. They
can get you a quote and as soon as you get the quote, get back to
me so that we can start making arrangements for payment.
You are always paid by check which is bogus but will initially clear
the bank. This leads you to believe that you can send them
an overpayment as rebate on a third party check, or in this case
they may just take the car as the benefit to the scam.
Regardless, you are on the hook with the bank for the deposited
check amount and your car is on the slow boat to Nigeria.
I want thank you for your info on used cars from buyers in West
I was contacted through email by Bokeem Amhad Johnson to buy my
car. He wanted to pay what I was asking for it plus extra from
a previous sale and I was to return the rest minus any deduction.
It just sounded bogus so I canceled the deal saying I couldn't part
with my beloved MG.
He begged me to reconsider as it was for a government official
who wanted a birthday present for his dad. He said payment had been
shipped. It arrived today from Brooklyn NY and I rejected it.
Tim Burman 08/21/02
We are a procurement concern that specialize in the purchase of
pre-owned vehicles on behalf of numerous customers in Africa. We
are paid commission by our buyers once the cars have been sourced,
purchased, shipped and cleared.
We have a customer interested in your above mentioned automobile
and has offered to pay the sum of $3,400 to purchase it, if only
you will arrange shipping by contacting INTERNATIONAL SHIPPERS
and get a shipping quote to the port at COTONOU, REPUBLIC OF BENIN
IN WEST AFRICA.
Kindly contact me if these offer is accepted with a shipping quote
to the said port of destination, and payment for purchase + shipping/insurance/handling
will be remitted to you asap.
I will take the offer of $3,400. Shipping can be done by a
firm named www.shippinginternational.com. They
quote $3195.00 to Cotonou, Republic of Benin, West Africa with a
flatbed tow to Port of Oakland, Ca quote of $225.00. I
am checking on one other shipper to see if he has a better price
for shipping the car. As soon as I find out I will let you know.
Timothy C. Burman
So I suppose the total cost of car + cost of shipping will come
to $6,595. After discussing with my customer this morning as regards
the total cost, he said he will make payment with US funds on cashier
check, through a refund of purchase earlier made and the total amount
on check will be $11,650.
So as soon as you get the check, pay in to your account for clearance
and deduct the total sum and send the balance to my customer Mr.
Acknowledge and provide your name, address and phone number that
will appear on check to be delivered via Fedex courier service to
you. Hope I can trust you on this.
Do not bother with shipping anymore. We have arranged with our agent
who will pick up the car and deliver to a prepaid shipper. Please
once again let me have the sell off price of the car and provide
name, address and phone number to appear on cashier's check payment.
Also note that all mails from now should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
as we have incessant log-in problems with these address.
Tim, I really have to trust you with my customers funds, the sum
of $6,500 will get to you on American cashier check, which you will
deposit in your bank to clear, then deduct cost of car and send the
balance to my customer Mr. Marcus via western union money transfer,
also deduct the cost of transfer changers from balance.
BEWARE !! Recently someone from Nigeria answered an ad for a car
on www.motorzoo.com . The vehicle
had been sold but the owner had another for sale. The person answering
the ad was instantly (and strangely) interested in the new vehicle.
The deal was as follows: "I will send you a cashiers check
for $9000.00 and when it is deposited in your account you call me
and I will come pick up the car and you will give me back the difference
between what you are asking for the car and the $9000 I have sent
The check was fraudulent and the person with the car is now in
the middle of an investigation.
Mike Troutman 10/26/02
Upping the Ante
Recently received an email about purchasing several properties on
my sites. (Real estate sites)
This came from Chinedu Janet at Lord's Property Consultant Nig. and asks
to deal with a Dr James King in Toronto, Canada.
They want to give me a large deposit on properties. 10/03
Would Have Lost This Race
I had recently posted on numerous message boards and auto sites
that I had a Dale Earnhardt Sr. collection for sale in the hopes
of selling it or trading it for a vehicle.
I get a response from some dude named "Abiodun Davies". I
figure he is interested in my collection and first thing he asks
for is my full name and mailing address along with my cellphone number
so a check for $8000 can be made out and sent via FedEx. I mean he
didn't even want to dicker or anything. (first red flag)
I check the header on his email and it comes out as "email@example.com" I
figure fine I will give him my cell number so we can talk about my
collection since he is apparently from Indiana based on the ISP.
I didn't respond then like a half hour later and with no explanation,
he emails again and states that he will give me 12,500 dollars for
We talk back and forth via email for a few days, then I get a phone
call at 4:30 a.m. this morning from him. I didn't answer the first
two times but he kept calling so I answer and don't say anything. He
sounds like he is in a room with about fifty people (all foreign
I look on the caller ID and it comes up a phone number in Des Moines,
Iowa, about 80 miles north of me. I do a reverse phone lookup and
it comes up belonging to an "Evelyn and Lawrence Davis". Then
twenty minutes later I receive an email (from his evansdale.net~
Indiana) and he gives me his phone number and tells me I can call
him if I like.
It's a funny looking number with a "234" prefix. (234
802330 2703) I do another country code search and sure enough....
He keeps asking for my FULL NAME and MAILING ADDRESS so he can get
my check out via "FedEx" right away. I sent him a listing
initially of what I had in my collection and he hasn't even wanted
to look at it or anything. Just wants to send me this "big
check" for it all the time.
He tells me that FedEx will deliver the check and pickup the collection
at the same time too. Now I may be a little naive, but ain't nobody
gonna just plunk down $12,500 dollars for a collection, sight unseen.
Not any "real money" anyway.
Thank you so much for such a wonderful and well laid out and, most
importantly, INFORMATIVE site. Sites like yours really make
the internet a more pleasurable experience.
John Iowa (almost scammed) 11/02/02
Commission Clearance Favour
i will like to tell you that my client is interested in the car
i gave him all the conditions of the car and also the model and he
is okay with it all so that is why i am still transacting with you
for the sales of the car.
First i will like to tell you that the check that my client will
send to you will certainly clear before the pickup of the car is
made from your place and also my client will be issuing a cashier's
check which will clear with 24 hours.
So all i will like you to do is to give me the name to write on
the check and also the address to send the check to because he is
ready to issue payment and also i will like to tell you that i am
an agent looking for car for my client here in africa and my name
is Steven Dean and my mobile number here is 2348023404326.
i should have given you a call but i am mostly busy and i do not
have the time to get to the phone. i will be expecting from you with
the name to write on the check and also the address to send the check
also if you can call me, thanks.
I have read from your mail and I have forwarded the name to be written
on the check to my client, and also the address to send the check
I will like to tell you that the check should have been sent to
you today because my client have already made the check out in your
name and all that is left is for him to go and send the check down
to the address you provided, but there is something I
will like you to agree with before my client send the check down.
My client prepared the payment for this transaction with you, with
the payment for the transaction that I have done for him, and all
the payment is made into one check and this is the check that my
client wants to send down to you and my own part of the money on
the check is $7400 so the total check that will be made out to you
So all I will like you to agree with is that, the check would be
sent to you and you will deposit the check in the bank so as soon
as the check clears you will deduct the payment for your transaction
and then you will send the balance on the check down to me via western
union money transfer or moneygram.
So I will like you to agree on this and then I will make my client
send the check down to you. I will really appreciate it if you could
do me this favour because you would be doing me favour of the clearance
of my commission and I will really appreciate your effort on this.
I will be waiting your reply soonest.
sent in by Tony 04/16/03
Low Self Esteem
i saw your advert via the internet and i am interested in the purchase
of the auto, i am a business man in West-Africa who is into buying
and importation of auto on request by my clients,
i have a local shipper that takes care of my shipping so shipping
is no problem, as soon as the transaction is completed my shipper
will come to pick it up.
my only request is if you will accept a cashier check drawn in American
bank, so if this is ok by you kindly let me know the following information
via the e mail, your last offer for the auto and your phone number.
expecting your urgent response.
Joe Godspower aka Tolu Ikhie
Valuable Procurement Concern
We are valuable procurement concern that specialise in the purchase
and shipping of CARS / BIKES to our numerous customers worldwide.
We have a customer interested in purchasing your (1973 KARMANN GHIA
COUPE ) car mentioned above for the sum of $5,400.00.
We will arrange a pick up of the car once payment is confirmed by
the seller. Please acknowledge the offer and we will instruct the
buyer to have the funds remitted to your account as soon as possible.
We are valuable procurement concern that specialise in the purchase
and shipping of CARS/BIKES to our numerous customers worldwide.
We have a customer interested in purchasing your 1976 CHEVROLET MONTE
mentioned above for the sum of $6,500.00. We will arrange a pick up of
the car once payment is confirmed by the seller.
Please acknowledge the offer and we will instruct the buyer to have the
funds remitted to your account as soon as possible.
Thanks for your mail. Yes my customer still needs the car and the
price quote you gave was what we saw on the advert, but really we
have to negotiate for a better price that could suit our customer.
Like we offered to pay $6,500 for the chevrolet.
If that is okay, then I will have to instruct my customer to make
arrangement for payment. But if not okay, you could tell us the list
you would go and see if my customer will be willing to pick it up.
I will have to get across to my customer anyway, but while I do this,
could you send me the pix of the chev in different views so that
we could access the facial value of the car.
Hey Jude, Don't Get Me Down
We are LONDON based valuable procurement concern that specialise
in the purchase and shipping of CARS to our numerous customers worldwide. We
have a customer interested in purchasing your car mentioned above
for the sum of $12,000.00. We will arrange a pick up of the car once
payment is confirmed by the seller.
Please acknowledge the offer and we will instruct the buyer to have
the funds remitted to your account as soon as possible.
export director [Jude Egobia]
Thanks for your mail, I have spoken to my client and he has instructed
me to inform you that payment will get to you in a cashier check
of $20,000.00 which is a refund payment of a cancelled order earlier
made by my client.
Due to company policy this check has to be made out in this amount to
you, because company policy only allows a refund payment on one cashier
check, so you are required to deduct cost of car $12,000 when payment
gets to you and refund balance $8,000.00 to my customer via western union
money transfer for him to be able to upset shipping charges down here
and from there.
After payment has reached you and balance sent back to him, our agent
will come pick up title and drive to a prepaid shipper to be shipped
to my customer, while title papers and other necessary documents will
be sent by you via fedex courier to my customer.
Confirm this and provide name, address and phone number for check payment
to be delivered to you via fedex courier.
04/03 New Jersey - A senior citizen was scammed out of almost
$14,000 when he thought he was actually going to make $7,500 by selling
his 1996 Saab.
The trouble started when Shyam Bhatnagar, 66, placed an advertisement
to sell his car on the Internet site The Big Lot (www.thebiglot.com).
After the ad was placed, he was contacted by a man who identified
himself as Andy Baker, who said he was the export director for a
company that buys and ships vehicles around the world. He told Mr.
Bhatnagar he had a buyer interested in his Saab, someone who would
pay him $7,500 for the vehicle.
Mr. Bhatnagar received a check in the mail March 20 for $13,950.
The Nigerian company's policy, he was told, called for Mr. Bhatnagar
to deposit the check and then return the $6,450 overpayment via Western
When he took the check to his bank, the bank said they would honor
it, and sufficient funds existed to cover it. Four days later, the
amount was credited to his account.
As instructed, the senior citizen used Western Union to wire the
overpayment to an address in Nigeria. Mr. Baker contacted the victim
again March 27, claiming the original buyer had fallen ill and needed
to cancel his purchase of the Saab. To compensate Mr. Bhatnagar for
his trouble, Mr. Baker said he could keep $1,500, or 20 percent of
the purchase price.
Two days later, Mr. Bhatnagar wired the remaining $6,000 to Nigeria.
Mr. Bhatnagar's bank notified him via letter April 3 that the original
cashier's check was a fake. The bank also delivered a stunning blow:
Mr. Bhatnagar would be dunned for the entire $13,950.
Pulls Out in Time
I am in the process of being scammed. The guy in Lagos
Nigeria already sent a check and I am to receive it soon for my motorcycle,
which I will not be shipping to him now. He is sending
$3500 extra on top of the $2000 that I was asking.
The fraud is an identical match to one on your website,
Mark Puls 04/09/03
Out of Country Car Scams
I recently advertised a 1948 Studebaker truck on the internet. I
received four email offers for triple the asking price. All
seemed legit. Most fit the Nigerian scam profile though one
is from Sweden.
They promise a money order, quick pick up, and send too much money
which is to be returned via Western Union. Phone numbers are
preceded with the 234 area code.
The names I remember should be red flags to any other prospective
sellers. Collin Walker, Joel Halloway, and Henry Jude (Sweden). The
fourth is Fred at 234-802-354-588.
Dewey Y. in Oceanside California 04/22/03
Ben Tired after a Dayo Mocking
"COS i HAVE A CLIENT WHO IS INTERETSED IN YOUR CAR
AND HE LIVES IN WSET AFRICA"
I’ve been receiving LOTS of suspicious email in regards to
a car listing posted on autotrader.com.
My wife and I were pondering just how the criminals would benefit
by wiring three or four times the asking price of the car, and now
that I found your site, it makes much more sense.
Just as a FYI, here is a sampling of some of these emails. Most
of them came through autotrader.com’s buyer interface, but
a few have come directly once I replied.
The general email thread goes from them asking to have the money wired
to me – then I ask them why they don’t wire the funds directly
to their American contact and have him pay me cash for the car – then
I get a new inquiry from a new name with the same phone number.
Name: john ben
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Evening Phone: (405) 592-0892
Best Contact Time: evening
Comments: I AM INTERESTED IN YOUR CAR KINDLY GIVE ME THE FINAL PRICE
OF THE CAR AS I HAVE A CLIENT IN AFRICA WHO IS INTERESTED IN THE CAR.
Name: jeff mock
E-Mail Address: email@example.com
Day Phone: (415) 909-6973
Best Contact Time: day
i am interested in buying you car do get back to me your last offering
price i will take care of shipping my self i will want you to also tell
me the present condition so that i can tell my client to go ahead and
issue you the check asap
This one came direct:
From : jeff mock <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: urgent respond............
Date : Fri, 2 May 2003
Thanks for your mail, since you said the cost of your car is $2,700
my client says there is no problem about the price, but like i told you
in my first e-mail i make you to understand that my client is owing me
$6,300 and he has just issued you a certified cashier check of $9,000
which you will be expecting while you deduct your $2,700 and wire me
back my $6,300.
So you will be expecting a cashier check of $9,000 while you wire
me back $6,300 via western union as soon as you receive the check
which i will be using for settling my shippers. After my balance
has been wired to me i will then instruct my shippers to come to
your destination to pick up the car.
So let me have your full contact information to where the check
will be sent to like this.
cell telephone number......
Looking forward to your respond and don't forget the photos of the car
cos my client will like to see what is paying for,
Name: anita ben
E-Mail Address: email@example.com
Evening Phone: (405) 592-0892
I HAVE A CLIENT WHO IS INTERESTED IN YOUR CAR AND HE LIVES
IN WEST AFRICA, SO I WILL LIKE TO KNOW YOUR FINAL PRICE OF THE CAR
AND THE CONDITIONS, DO GET BACK TO ME ASAP.
Name: dayo evans
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Evening Phone: (405) 592-0892
Comments: I HAVE A CLIENT WHO IS INTERETSED IN YOUR CAR AND HE
LIVES IN WSET
AFRICA, SO I WILL LIKE TO KNOW YOUR FINAL PRICE OF THE CAR AND THE
CONDITIONS, DO GET BACK TO ME
E-Mail Address: email@example.com
Evening Phone: (405) 592-0892
Comments: AM INTERESTED IN YOUR CAR KINDLY GIVE ME THE FINAL PRICE OF
CAR. COS I HAVE A CLIENT IN AFRICA WHO IS INTERESTED IN THE CAR.
To High Heaven
I've attached an e-mail that I just received, after advertising
my son's car on the Internet. (It's a nice 2000 Mustang) My asking
price was only 7000, yet he's willing to pay 9600. This is the third
one like this that I've received from different people, and I'm not
sure what the scam is ... but it smells awfully fishy to me. Any
Subject: confirm this asap for onward payment.
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003
From: morgan woods <firstname.lastname@example.org>
BJ Rowley ,
My client has finally accepted your price and the pics were
great too, he hopes the engine is serviced and oil changed
too. He cant wait to see the car parked in his garage. However,
My client made out a certified cashiers check of($16000) before he
travelled to japan on a business trip, for a previous car and its
shipment charges etc,but it was unfortunately sold.
The amount on the check he deposited for the car is bigger than
what should be paid to you now, so the check is now meant for
the total expenses which includes the purchase of your car,
the pick up of the car from its present location and the shipping
charges/other necessary shipping arrangements. However he has instructed
us to carry on with this transaction.
So you're required to deduct the cost of your car ($9600)and send
the balance of($6400) to my client via western union money
transfer to enable him offsett shipping charges/arrangements. once
the transaction is concluded,
My agent will be coming for the pick up of the car from its present location,
on an open vehicle and then drive to a pre paid shipper for shipment,
and also conclude other necessary shipping arrangements. so
you dont have to bother yourself about the pick up and shipping arrangements,
while title papers and other necessary documets will be sent by you
via fedex courier to my customer.
Please Confirm this and provide name, address and phone number for check
payment to be delivered to you via fedex courier service immediately. Thanks
and God bless, have a nice day.
Darn Nice of the Bank
01/04 - Heather Myers thought she'd found a buyer for the truck
she was selling on the Internet.
They e-mailed me directly at my Yahoo address," Myers said. "They
wanted to know what the buying price was." Myers was a little
skeptical about an overseas buyer.
"I was still 'I'll believe it when the check comes.'
A few weeks later they did send me a check through the regular
mail," Myers remembered.
It was a cashier's check for more than the asking price, and
Myers was asked to forward the extra money to the shipping
company. She deposited the cashier's check and three days later
wired $5,000 to the company that would supposedly ship the
truck overseas. Then she got a call from the buyer saying they
no longer wanted the truck and they wanted a refund.
"So I went to my bank, where I deposited my check, and
said, 'They want me to send the rest of the money back to them.
Is this check cleared? Is it alright?'" Myers said. "The
manager said it was a counterfeit check -- that the whole check
had been bogus -- and he said 'I'm sorry, but you've been the
victim of fraud and you now owe $5,775 to our bank,' and that
was a week before Christmas."
The bank has offered Myers a home equity loan to pay back
Auction Fraud - article
Sale of car exposes man to online scam
By Patti Rosenberg - Daily Press
03/19/04 - YORK, VA -- A Dare family became victims last week
of a $6,000 scam so ingenious that a spokesman for the York
County Sheriff's Office said he could have fallen for it himself.
It started with Jeremy Sjoblom advertising his 2001 Volkswagen
GTI, a sporty hatchback, for sale on the Internet for $15,500.
He received an e-mail from someone representing herself as
a broker for a man in London.
They offered the full price, sent him a cashier's check for
$21,300 via Fed Ex and asked him to wire $5,800 of it to a
person in Canada who would arrange the shipping.
Sjoblom, 24, said he was suspicious. But after consulting with his parents,
they decided that if the check cleared, that would speak for itself.
He received the check March 7 and deposited it the next day, asking the
teller when it would clear.
He was told it would clear by midnight, he said. Relying on that, he
wired the money to Canada on March 9.
On March 12, he said, he was contacted again by the "broker," who
said the buyer had changed his mind. But she said Sjoblom could keep
20 percent of the cost for himself. Sjoblom had already arranged for
the rest of the money to be sent to the Michigan bank that held title
to the car. He got on the phone to try to get the money back.
That's when he learned the check had been determined to be counterfeit
- and that when the teller told him the check would "clear" at
midnight, she meant the bank would front him the funds until the check
He said he wondered how long it would have taken the bank to tell him
the check was phony if he hadn't happened to call.
He assumed the bank would take responsibility for the loss of the $5,800
it allowed him to withdraw.
Capt. J.E. Richardson, a spokesman for the York County Sheriff's Office,
said he also would have thought the bank would be responsible for accepting
the check. However, both the FBI and U.S. Secret Service told him Congress
has written the banking laws so that banks have up to 30 days to reject
Richardson said the check appeared to be a legitimate cashier's check
from the Bank of America. "I would have taken it," he said.
Sjoblom said the Wachovia bank branch where he deposited the check has
maintained that it's not legally obligated to reimburse him for the loss,
but that it might, considering his parents have been longtime customers.
The check was deposited into his parents' account.
Road Rage on the Internet
I researched a Car on Ebay and found the one! It was
a 2003 BMW and very nice, to say the least.
The seller, EmilioTeros@MSN.com emailed me back and let me
know that I would need to wire a deposit via Western Union. To
protect me, I was to simply put the money in my wife's name
and once he shipped the car, I would change the name over to
his for payment.
So dumb I was...I sent the money to Italy in my wife's name
and sure enough...someone in Italy had a fake ID made and went
to the Western Union office pretending to be my wife and picked
up the money.
So I'm out $3000.00 and am so angry.
Note: Even offers to purchase horses using this
scam have been recorded.
News article on International
Cashier's Check Internet Car-buying Scam - article
Foreign Scam Artists Target Victims - article
Scam Western Union Canada Cashiers Check - article
Car, Truck, Motorcycle
Buying Scam - website