Another NIGERIAN scam me thinks!

by Trotafox 44 Replies latest watchtower scandals

  • Trotafox

    Trot just received this E-mail:

    Greetings, I am Paul Baba, Bank Manager of ORIENT BANK OF NIGERIA, Lagos Branch. I have urgent and very
    confidential business proposition for you. On November 1997, an American oil consultant/contractor with the Nigerian
    National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Barry Kelly made a numbered time (Fixed) deposited for twelve calendar months,
    valued at US$25,000,000.00 (Twenty-five Million Dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his
    forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract
    employers, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Barry Kelly died from an automobile accident. On further
    investigation, I found out that he did not leave a WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless. I therefore
    made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Barry Kelly did not declare any next of kin in all his official documents,
    including his Bank Deposit paperwork. This sum of US$25,000,000.00 is still sitting in the Bank and the interest is being
    rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will come forward to claim it. According to the Nigerian
    Law, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Nigerian Government if nobody applies
    to claim the funds. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr.
    Barry Kelly so that the fruits of this old mans labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt officials. This is simple, I will
    like you to provide me immediately with your full names and address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary
    documents and affidavits, which will put you in place as the next of kin. We shall employ the services of two attorneys for
    drafting and notarization of the WILL and obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor
    the transfer. A bank account in any part of the world, which you provide, will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you
    as the beneficiary/next of kin. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 40%
    for you. There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the attorney and my position as the
    Branch Manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please reply immediately
    via the private email address below. Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents
    that will help you understand. Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most
    profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country. Awaiting your urgent
    reply via email : [email protected]

    CONFIDENTIAL my foot! Invest HIS share in MY country? Right!

    Check it out:

    Another good link to have:


    P.S. Sorry....editing to try to get line width back to a normal width.

    Edited by - Trotafox on 3 August 2002 16:55:32

  • Dutchie

    Hi Trot,

    I got the same email.

    What an absolute scam.

    First my name and address, then, dare I say, my bank account umber so that he can put the funds in.

    I wonder how many suckers fall for this?

  • teejay

    "Please observe utmost confidentiality..."

    Yeah, right. Don't tell nobody. Can't have too many people sharing the windfall. Just you and him.

    btw, I got it too.

  • BeautifulGarbage

    I remember watching a newstory about this scam some years ago.

    I got the email too.


    Edited by - BeautifulGarbage on 3 August 2002 14:3:18

  • VM44

    Hi Trotafox, I got a similar "offer" in my email. But they only offered me 20%! --VM44

    Attn., First, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this

    transaction. This is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential

    and "top secret". We are top officials of the Federal Government Contract

    Review Panel who are interested in importation of goods into our country

    with funds that are presently trapped in Nigeria. In order to commence this

    business, we solicit your assistance to enable us transfer into your

    account the said-trapped funds. The source of the fund is as follows:

    During the regime of the last Military transitional government of Gen.

    Abdulsalami Abubakar, government officials set up companies and awarded

    themselves contracts which were grossly over invoiced in various

    ministries. The present democratic government of President Olusegun Obasanjo

    set up the Contract Review Panel and we have identified a ot of inflated

    contract funds that are presently floating in the Central Bank of Nigeria

    ready for payment. However, by virtue of our position as civil servants

    and members of this panel, we cannot acquire this money in our names. My

    colleagues in the panel have therefore delegated me as a matter of trust,

    to look for an oversea partner into whose account we would transfer the sum

    of US$31,320,000.00 (Thirty-One Million, Three Hundred and Twenty thousand

    United States Dollars) in which we hope to use in purchasing Agro Allied

    Equipment, and to enable us to own properties and invest in the stable

    economy of your country. Hence, we are sending you this email message.

    We have agreed to share the money thus:

    1. 20% for the account owner (you)

    2. 70% for us (the officials of the CRP)

    3. 10% to be used in settling taxation and all local and foreign


    Please acknowledge receipt of this message for proper briefing on the

    safe modality for the execution to either Fax no. 234-1-7590503 or


    [email protected]

    Yours faithfully Dr. Rasheed Bako


    Edited by - VM44 on 3 August 2002 22:10:13

  • Kenneson

    I received a similar e-mail sometime back from a Dr. Ibe Solomon. Sounded fraudulent, so I deleted it. Others have had similar offers. See

  • Valis

    *L* I got one of those this morning....forwarded it right on to the OAG's office and the SEC...


    District Overbeer of the "Nigerian Bank Owner" class

  • Mulan

    I get at least one of these a week. Some are from Nigeria,

    some from Sierra Leonne, and some from Lesotho. All the same.

    I forward them to this address: [email protected]
    I do it by hitting reply, and including the above email address

    in the cc line. That way they know they are reported too.

    I have been in touch with this group (Cyber Criminals) many
    times, to try and help my Dad who used to fall victim to every
    scheme that came his way. They always respond and thank
    me for the lead. They are working hard to eliminate this menace.

    Edited by - mulan on 3 August 2002 15:27:40

  • ChuckD

    I get at least three of these a week, and got that one this morning. They are sometimes known as the "419" scam, named after the Nigerian Criminal Code regulation they are (rarely) prosecuted under.

    There is an amusing story on the web of a man who convinced his Nigerian scammer to meet him at a hotel for further meetings, and gave the hapless would-be con man a taste of his own medicine.

    There is some very funny stuff in there.

    Read about it at:


  • Mulan

    Back in 1996, I was victimized by one of these scams.
    I hadn't heard of it ever, and went for it, with dollar signs in my eyes.
    Naive? You bet.

    Fortunately the teller at my bank asked me who I knew in Hong Kong,
    that I was sending so much money to (they used a Hong Kong bank
    they could access). I had sent $6000 the Friday before, and was sending
    another $6000 that day. When I explained to her, she was horrified, and
    refused to send it, and went about attempting to get the other bank draft
    back. She called me a few hours later, joyfully declaring her success. Whew!

    Back then, all communication was by fax, and telephone. I had a $150
    phone bill, but it could have been worse. How they found me is mystifying.

    Anyway, after that, I saw a report on TV warning about the Nigeria scam,
    and there is tons on the internet too. In the back of my mind, I thought
    this one was different, and wondered about it for weeks, if I had blown
    an opportunity. How dumb is that???

    Edited by - mulan on 3 August 2002 14:58:27

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