As I said in a Scam of the day just a few days ago, not all Nigerian letters come from Nigeria.  The name “Nigerian letter” has come to refer to an entire genre of scams that share the same essential element, which is that somehow you have been lucky enough to be picked to receive a huge amount of money with no investment on your part.  Of course, once you are hooked into the scheme, the requests for cash start and they don’t stop until your funds run dry.  The reasons for the requests for funds may seem legitimate, such as for taxes, administrative fees or even bribes, but ultimately, the end is always the same.  I am including this particular recent Nigerian letter because of the creativity in its story.  Here is what I received:

“Good Day
Firstly, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day. I have decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction, as i have been reliably informed of its swiftness and confidentiality. Let me start by first introducing myself properly to you. My name are Mr. Fredrick Elliot, I came to know of you in my private search for a reliable and reputable person to handle a very confidential transaction, which involves a huge sum of money deposited in a Financial Institution in Malaysia, but now transfer to Netherlands, if this is truly of me, I remain my humble self ” Barr. Fredrick Elliot.
In receipt to your profile, is a pleasure and also necessary to relate this issue before your hearing, my late Client (Mr. Dominic Dim Deng) was returning with a military delegation to the regional capital, Juba, from a political conference in the town of Wau on Friday, 2 May 2008, he should had being in (Juba) for a political era, so their plan clash and my Late Client die. See the website for confirmation,

My aim of writing you this email now, is that My late Client should have being in Malaysia for a project on 4th night of these incident a project that worth the sum of ($25,500.000.00), Twenty Five Millions Five Hundred Thousand Dollars, deposited with a Financial Institution in Malaysia, now transfer to Netherlands, and he was expected to be Malaysia as soon as he return from juba because My client was a partner in Blue Chip and Construction companies, eventually this incident occurred. I need your humble assistance to retrieve my late Client funds from the Financial Institution into your care as we come over for investment as I can not come out for this fund being his personal Lawyer. All the documents of this money and is whereabouts is in my position, if this proposal is OK by you and you do not wish to take advantage of the trust i hope to bestow on you, then kindly get to me immediately  via my e-mail address the below:
Your most confidential telephone
Your most confidential fax
Your most confidential e-mail address
Your Id either passport or identity card
Send them to my email address: bar. so that I can forward to you the relevant details of this transaction.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated co-operation.
Barr. Fredrick Elliot
E-Mail: barr.”


Never respond to any emails of this kind.  Unfortunately, they still work at managing to swindle people out of their money, but only when people are too blinded by greed to consider the outrageousness of the letter itself.  Of course, if you wanted you could Google, Fredrick Elliot along with the words barrister and scam and you will find numerous citations that tell you that indeed this is a scam, but you should have already known that.