)$100,000,000 So Far...

by Cameron 10 Replies latest jw friends

  • Cameron

    In the past several months I have received numerous requests for my help in getting money out of bank accounts in Africa (usually). Many of them explain that all I have to do is pretend to be the next of kin and they will deposit millions of dollars in my bank account and will then be able to keep from15% to 40% of that money. The amount of money is always in the millions of dollars. The highest amount has been $28,000,000. I figure that if I had responded to all the requests I've received so far, and got all the money they promissed, I'd have about $100,000,000 by now!

    Has anyone else received such requests?

    Here is one (of two) I received this morning - from a Christian Princess no less...

    I am writing this letter in confidence believing that
    if it the wish of God for you to help me and my family, God almighty
    will bless and reward you abundantly.
    My family and I are true Christians and worship God
    truthfully. We have been living happily and great until some so death took
    away all my joy and happiness. I got your contact on internet trying to search for
    someone who can help me out of this.

    I am a female student of the University of Lagos (Nigeria),
    I study international relation, I am 22 years old, and I would like
    to build up a solid foundation with you in future if you can work
    together with me to achieve my aim.

    Well to start with, my father was a king he died earlier
    six months after which my younger brother was made the king by the
    town citizens before his death too. My mother suddenly developed a
    strange sickness that led to her death after some time, now I am left alone in
    the family with all my fathers' wealth.He left behinds a mega some of amount (1.3 billion naira)
    and that's about ($8. 500 000).and some estates and other properties.

    My father's kindred has started possessions on his properties they have
    already taken away his estates and some more things and their plans
    how is to embezzle his money all this are happening to me because I
    am a female as stated by our culture in the town. But I will never allow
    such to happen to me because I have a future to build.

    At this junction I strongly believe that you will help me secure and invest this money.
    following the advice of my late fathers' lawyer and solicitor, this money
    should be invested aboard and hereby need your help and your
    suggestion on what business this money should be invested on after
    transferring his money into your account .According to the security company (the bank) such mega
    amount of money cannot be pulled out without some official documentations
    for the transfer of the money into your account,

    I met the account controller he said that he will need some money to procure this document for the transfer of the funds. He also made me
    nderstand that it's only this fund that can delay the transfer, that as soon
    as I get the money it will only take him 5 (five) working days to procure
    the documents. I here by need our help to in transferring this money i
    nto your account,after which I will be coming over to your country to invest.

    Please if willingly to help me contact my lawyer via this
    email address
    mailto:[email protected] with your contact Name,
    address and phone number let him know that you are willing to help,
    he will then tell you what to do. If this gets done you get 20% of the
    money that's to show my appreciation and another 10% for the annual
    income to you, for handling this business for me, which you will strongly
    have absolute control of. I believe you can handle this for me, kindly
    reach my lawyer he will tell you what next to do.
    I assure you that this transaction is safe and once
    show your interest it will be sealed between us, hope to hear from
    you ASAP………………….."

    I have never responded to any of these offers. Actually, this is the first
    ones that suggests that I will need to send some money to 'get the
    ball rolling.'

    If anyone here does respond and ends up with millions of dollars I hope
    you will remember who helped you get it!


  • RunningMan

    I get these all the time. The Christian angle is a new twist that seems to have popped up fairly recently.

    In fact, I get so many, that I can't even be bothered to get scammed for anything less than $20 million. I mean, who do they think I am? - trying to scam me for a measly $10 million or less. My time is valuable, dammit!

  • ozziepost

    The use of the tag "true christian" gives bad vibes for us who have a dub background.

  • Happy Guy :)
    Happy Guy :)

    Yes. I actually received this type of request through a client of mine over 3 years ago who had received it via email. As his Investment Banker, he wanted my advice and potential assistance in helping this "individual" to transfer funds from an Bank in Africa where funds had been allegedly deposited for temporary safe keeping. I declined for the reason that it was obviously either bogus or ill gotten gains. I suspect many are tempted by the promise of receiving several million in return.

  • RunningMan

    This was in yesterday's Globe and Mail:

    I'm not Nigerian, but: Everyone moans about e-mail spam - the hundreds or even thousands of fake pleas for money that clog up one's in-box - but no one will admit that all that spam exists for a simple reason: because people fall for it. Not only do thousands of people send money away for "herbal Viagra" and other scams, but plenty of people sent cash to one Nick Marinellis -- more than $3.8-million (U.S.) over five years, in fact, in response to letters promising them millions of dollars from Nigerian bank accounts in return for an "administration fee." The investigation leading to his arrest turned up a network of scammers with an office complex in Nottingham, a million-dollar house in Sydney, seven other properties in the New South Wales area, five cars and several bank accounts.The New Zealand-based spam scammer was sentenced to five years and three months in prison for 10 counts of fraud.

    E-mail Mathew Ingram at [email protected]

    Posted Tuesday, November 9 at 10:42 a.m.

  • Happy Guy :)
    Happy Guy :)

    I would tend to agree with that article RM. I have heard that some of these scams eminate from the U.S. as well.

  • Leolaia

    These scammers used to do the thing by air mail. I remember getting their letter in 1989 and not being familiar with the scam at the time....

  • Mulan

    I get these all the time. They are not legitimate and prey on people who haven't heard of their scams.

    They may say they are in the Ivory Coast, Lesotho, Somalia, South Africa, or even The Netherlands. But...........they are all based in Nigeria. My Dad was victimized for years with a very clever pension plan scam. He finally realized it was a scam, based in the Netherlands, run by Nigerians. I had it traced.

    Here is more information http://home.rica.net/alphae/419coal/

  • Happy Guy :)
    Happy Guy :)

    It's an interesting link Mulan but their have been arrests in Amsterdam, Spain, Phillipines, Canada and U.S. and Australia (just to name a few countries) on related scams. Many of these scammers have also been involved in the boiler room type phony securities business.

  • Undecided

    My step-daughter's husband's dad fell for this scam and lost nearly 3,000,000. He borrowed money until he lost his business to send over to Nigeria to help get this money transfered to a US bank. Now he has no money and is sick. Because of the way he treated some of the black workers he hired I don't feel sorry for him.

    Ken P.

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