Posts Tagged: ‘nigerian email’

Scam of the day – December 17, 2014 – Afghan style Nigerian email scam

December 17, 2014 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

Not all Nigerian email scams originate in Nigeria.  The long-time scam that has come to be known as the Nigerian email scam has many variations, but a common theme.  In the email you are promised something for nothing, however, once you respond to the plea which can be under the guise of a long lost deceased relative, a banker trying to send money out of the country or even, as this latest incarnation of the scam describes, helping to get money out of a war torn country, you soon learn that you need to send money for various purposes to facilitate the movement of the funds.  Of course, the money you send is lost and you receive nothing, but a lesson.

Here is a copy of the email I recently received.

“I am in the military unit here in Afghanistan,we have some amount of funds that we want to move out of the country.My partners and I need a good partner someone we can trust. It is risk free and legal. Reply to this email m.alanedward2@yahoo.cl

Regards,
Major. Alan Edward”

Although I only recently received this email, it has been circulating for at least two years.

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As I always say, “trust me, you can’t trust anyone.”  This email has scam written all over it.  Why are you being singled out to be blessed with such good fortune by an email that doesn’t even come with a salutation addressed to you by name?  Apparently it needs to be repeated, but if it looks too good to be true, it generally is.  Unfortunately, you still receive these emails because people still fall for these scams.  When you get such an email, the only thing you should do is get a good chuckle out of it and then delete it immediately.

Scam of the day – November 15, 2013 – Not all Nigerian letter scams come from Nigeria

November 15, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

Today’s scam of the day again comes from my own email where I received the following email message that carries all of the characteristics of the typical Nigerian email scam, where it appears you are promised a windfall of money without having to do anything.  Only later, when you respond to you learn that you must pay fee upon fee and cost upon cost without ultimately receiving anything.  Hopefully, regular readers of Scamicide are far too sophisticated to fall for this type of scam, but it is always worth identifying these scams whenever they appear.  And they appear quite often.

Here is a copy of the email I received:

“I’m diagnosed with esophageal cancer, because it went unnoticed I have had to undergo a laryngectomy.I decided to WILL/donate the sum of (Eight Million Great Britain Pounds) to you for the good work of the lord to promote charity works. I want this last act of mine to be an offering to GOD and humanity. send a note back with this ref. SvaSo back so i know you got this.  I know I don’t know you. God bless you abundantly,

Evang Federico Calvin”

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I don’t know where the name Evang Federico Calvin was taken from, but it is one that has been used in a number of similar Nigerian letter-type scams.  As with many of these email scams, this appears to have originated outside of the United States and the grammar and punctuation are somewhat lacking.  There are no free lunches or even breakfasts.  Whenever you get such an email, you should ask yourself why you were chosen to receive this free bounty?  The answer should be because it is a scam and the email is just a widely cast net hoping to get someone both gullible enough and greedy enough to fall for the scam.

Scam of the day – June 20, 2013 – Nigerian email scam is still with us

June 20, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

Like an old friend or perhaps a bad penny, the Nigerian email scam by which you receive an email promising riches under various pretexts such as an inheritance or in return for simple assistance in moving money out of Nigeria keeps on coming back.  A copy of one of these emails which I recently received is copied below.  Someone must be still falling for this scam because they still are being sent out, but I hope you are not one of the people who falls prey to this totally bogus scam.  What happens if you respond to the email is you get strung along, constantly being required to pay money for various things such as taxes, bribes, administrative fees or other costs.  All the while, you receive nothing.

Here is a copy of the email I received:

“FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA

VERIFICATION OF CLAIM CONTRACT/INHERITANCE
Central Bank of Nigeria
Head Office Complex,
Central Business District
Abuja FCT. – Nigeria.

From The Desk Of:

Dr. Mrs. Juliet A. Madubueze

phone Number:+234-8030-940-186

EMAIL:d.madubueze@yahoo.com.hk

(Board Member).

Attention: Beneficiary ,

I am Chief Dr Joshua Omoye , Board Member of Central Bank Of Nigeria (C.B.N) I am Instructed to officially inform you that we have verified your contract/ inheritance file and found out that why you have notreceived your payment is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your contract/ inheritance payment.  We wish to advise you to stop any communication with any body if youwish to receive your payment,, since we have decided to bring a solution to give you your cash Right now we have arranged your payment through our SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTRE from European Union, which isthe latest instruction from the new elected president Mr. Goodluck Jonathan (GCFR) Federal Republic of Nigeria.  This card center will send you an ATM card, which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is Ten Thousand United States Dollars ($10,000.00) per day. So if you like to receive your fund in this way, please let usknow and send the following information as listed below :

1. Full Name: ===

2. Phone and fax Number: ===

3. Address were you want them to send the ATM card to: =====

4. Your age and current occupation: ==========

We will forward your information to the Director of ATM CARD payment officers   Me Chief Dr. Joshua Omuya and the Executive GOVERNOR Dr. Lamido Sanusi   (Board Member) upon our receipt of the above information. Or you can call him. This is his direct phone Number:+234-8030-940-186 EMAIL:d.madubueze@yahoo.com.hk  Note that the ATM card payment center was mandated to issue out $8000.000,00 Eight Million US Dollars as your payment for this fiscalyear 2013 to you so bear with us.  We anticipate your total compliance to this message immediately.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Mrs. Juliet A. Madubueze

(CBN Board  Member)

phone Number:+234-8030-940-186

EMAIL:d.madubueze@yahoo.com.hk”

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There are many telltale signs that this is a scam.  Nowhere in the email does my name every appear.  The email is purportedly written by Joshua Omoye, but signed by Juliet A. Madubueze.  It is clear that this is a spam email sent to a vast number of people.  In fact, the email address to which it is addressed is not even my email address, but it ended up in my email box.  Like many of you, I do not have relatives in Nigeria from whom I could inherit.  Don’t be blinded by greed.  Scam artists count on people to allow the promise of riches dim their skepticism.  When you get such an email, merely delete it.  Do not attempt to contact the sender in any fashion.  That will only alert the scammer that they have a real person to deal with.  Another telltale sign is merely the reference to Nigeria.  Nigeria is a hotbed for these types of scams.  I feel badly for legitimate companies from Nigeria who will find people in other countries skeptical whenever they are contacted by a Nigerian company, however, in order to avoid losing your money to a scam artist, you should never respond to emails from Nigeria.

 

Scam of the day – April 21, 2013 – The latest Nigerian email scam

April 21, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

We are all familiar with the variations of the Nigerian letter scam which has been with us for years and, in fact, owes its origin to a similar scam that was being done in the 1500s when it was called the Spanish Prisoner Scam.  Generally, the scam starts with an email informing the recipient that he or she will be receiving a huge amount of money for reasons ranging from an inheritance to a bank official needing help getting money out of the country.  Other reasons are given as well.  Then the fun starts.  While at first, the recipient of the email has to do nothing to qualify to receive the money, later it appears that complications arise which require money to pay for processing, fees, bribes of public officials or other reasons.  The victim of the scam gets caught up in the scam and starts sending funds for the various needs, but ends up never getting a penny.

Recently a Scamicide reader sent a new Nigerian letter that may be the most absurd one yet.  It is reproduced below:

 

“From: info@orange.pl
Subject: Delivery Of Fund To Your Location..
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:21:33 -0400

(American Citizens Services)

Embassy of the United States of America

Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive

Central District Area, Abuja.

Fax: (+234)-706-446-4861

E-mail: aterencep.mcculley@yahoo.com

Secretary Contact E-mail (aterencep.mcculley@yahoo.com )

Secretary Contact phone number +2347064464861

Dear Friend

THIS IS AMBASSADOR TERENCE P. MCCULLEY. UNITED STATE OF AMERICA AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA. I SHALL BE COMING TO YOUR COUNTRY FOR AN OFFICIAL MEETING ON TUESDAY AND I WILL BE BRINGING YOUR FUNDS THROUGH AN ATM MASTER CARD OF $15M ALONG WITH ME BUT THIS TIME I WILL NOT GO THROUGH CUSTOMS BECAUSE AS AN AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA, I AM A US GOVERNMENT AGENT AND I HAVE THE VETO POWER TO GO THROUGH CUSTOMS. AS SOON AS I AM THROUGH WITH THE MEETING I SHALL THEN PROCEED TO YOUR ADDRESS. (SEND YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER AND THE ADDRESS WHERE YOU WANT ME TO BRING THE PACKAGE).

YOU HAVE REALLY PAID SO MUCH IN THIS DELIVERY THAT MAKES ME WONDER. YOU ARE A VERY LUCKY PERSON BECAUSE I SHALL BE BRINGING IT MYSELF AND THERE IS NOTHING ANYONE CAN DO ABOUT IT. CHECK HERE: http://nigeria.usembassy.gov/biography.html .PRIVATE E-MAIL: aterencep.mcculley@yahoo.com

THERE IS ABSOLUTELY GOING TO BE GREAT DOUBT AND DISTRUST IN YOUR HEART IN RESPECT TO THIS EMAIL COUPLED WITH THE FACT THAT SO MANY MISCREANTS AND IMPOSTERS(SCAMMERS) HAVE TAKEN POSSESSION OF THE INTERNET TO FACILITATE THEIR NEFARIOUS DEEDS, THEREBY MAKING IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT FOR GENUINE AND LEGITMATE BUSINESS CLASS PERSONS TO GET ATTENTION AND RECONGNITION

YOUR PACKAGE($15M) MUST BE REGISTERED AS AN AMBASSADORIAL PACKAGE FOR ME TO DEFEAT ALL ODDS AND THE COST OF REGISTERING IT IS $170.THE FEE MUST BE PAID IN THE NEXT 50 HOURS VIA WESTERN UNION SO THAT ALL NECESSARY ARRANGEMENT CAN BE MADE BEFORE TIME WILL BE AGAINST US.

YOU SHOULD SEND THE FEE DIRECTLY TO THE CARGO REGISTRATION OFFICER

WITH THE INFO BELOW-

RECEIVER’S NAME: AGAWA PHILIP

ADDRESS: NIGERIA

TEXT QUESTION: GOD BLESSES?

ANSWER: AMERICA

AMOUNT $170

SENDERS NAME:

SENDERS ADDRESS:

AS SOON AS YOU SEND THE FEE MAKE SURE YOU SEND ME THE PAYMENT INFORMATION. MY FLIGHT IS TUESDAY AND I EXPECT YOU TO COMPLY BEFORE THEN SO THAT THE DELIVERY CAN BE COMPLETED. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLY, THEN IT WILL NOT BE MY FAULT IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR PACKAGE.

SIGN

HIS EXCELLENCY TERENCE P. MCCULLEY.

US AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA

TELEPHONE NUMBER

CHECK HERE VIEW MY DATA: http://nigeria.usembassy.gov/biography.html”

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An unsympathetic person might look at that email and say that anyone who would fall for this deserves to lose their money, but no one deserves to be conned.  The email does bring up the message, however, that we should all be careful not to be blinded by our own greed.  Greed and a desire for easy money are two very common traits that enable scams to be successful.  Although it should be obvious, you should ask yourself whenever you get an email that promises money for nothing (not  to mention, chicks for free) why are you so lucky?  What is it about you that resulted in your being singled out to be eligible for this great investment opportunity, lottery or other windfall.  The answer is nothing and that is what you will end up with if you respond in any manner to the senders of emails such as this.

The old adage is still true.  A fool and his money are soon parted.  However, it is also true that many smart people are also scammed so it takes a great deal of vigilance to protect oneself from being scammed and that is the reason for Scamicide and the books that I write.  I urge you to consider buying “50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age” and “The Truth About Avoiding Scams” to help inform yourself of the dangers out there.  And make sure to read www.scamicide.com each day to keep up with the latest scams and identity theft schemes.

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Scam of the day – March 4, 2013 – New Ghana email scam

March 3, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

It is important to remember that not all email scam letters come from Nigeria.  They come from everywhere and recently it seems many of them are appearing to originate in Ghana.  The essence of all of this type of letter is the same.  In fact, the basis for the scam goes back to a scam that started in the 1500s when it was called the “Spanish Prisoner” scam.  Although there are variations of the scam email, they all involve a promise of substantial funds for little or no effort on your part.  In this particular email, which is reproduced below my assistance is requested as a “reliable partner” when the email sender has no knowledge of who I am and the email is not even addressed to me in the salutation.   These scam emails may seem ridiculous, but they are still around for a good reason, namely they work.  There are some people who are either too trusting or too blinded by the promises of riches to consider this rationally.  Don’t be one of those people.

“Name:Hon. Ebenezer Sekyi-Hughes
Email:honesekyihu@yahoo.co.jp

This is Hon. Ebenezer Sekyi-Hughes, former speaker of the house of parliament Ghana.
I am in need of a reliable Trustee to help me receive my 1 box of consignments containing 11 MILLION GBP in London and Under the custody of the British embassy in Tokyo Japan.

This present Ghana government is an opposition party, they trying to accuse me of looting government treasury during my time in office and this is the reason why I need a dependable and reliable partner to receive the funds as my trustee to avoid any trace.
I am prepared to give you 30% of the total fund if you can help me receive it without any trace.

All we have to do is to ask my attorney to issue you a Power of Attorney and Change of Ownership certificate in your name while he will also handle other processes which he will explain to you.

Send me your passport copy and pictures so that I can know you better.

Hon. Ebenezer Sekyi-Hughes
Email:honesekyihu@yahoo.co.jp”

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Never respond in anyway to any of these types of emails.  They are total scams and if you do respond, you will soon find that you need to pay money for various fees, bribes, or administrative costs in order to keep the process moving so that you can get your money.  Of course since this is a scam, you never will get any money.  The best thing you can do is to totally ignore the email although they can give you a bit of a laugh.