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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2001

    Strange spam that I received today...


    TELE. 00 228 911 85 97 OR

    011 228 911 85 97

    [email protected]



    I am writing following the impressive information
    about your profile through the website your
    capability and reliability to champion this
    opportunity. In my department, we discovered an
    abandoned sum of 20 million US dollars (twenty million
    US dollars). In an account that belongs to one of our
    foreign customers who died along with his entire
    family in September,1992 in a plane crash.
    Since we got this information about his death, we have
    been expecting his next of Kin to come over and claim
    his money because we can not release it unless
    applies for it as next of Kin or relation to the
    deceased as indicated in our banking and financial
    policies but unfortunately we learnt that his supposed
    next of kin or relation died along side with him in
    the crash leaving no body behind to claim the
    money. It is therefore upon this discovery that I and
    other officials in my department now decided to make
    this business proposal to you and release the money to
    you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for
    safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is
    coming for it and we don t want this money
    to go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed bills. The
    Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such
    money remained unclaimed after long pirod, the money
    will be transferred into the Bank treasury as
    unclaimed fund. The request for a foreigner as next of
    kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that
    the customer was a foreigner and an indegine cannot
    stand as next of kin to the deceased family. We agreed
    that 25% of this money will be for you as foreign
    partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign
    account, 5% will be set aside for expenses
    incurred during this transaction and 70 % would be for
    me and my colleagues. There after I and my colleagues
    will visit your country for disbursement according to
    the percentages indicated. Therefore to enable the
    immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged,
    you must apply first to the Bank as relation or next
    of kin of the deceased indicating your private,
    telephone and fax number for easy and effective
    communication and location where the money will be
    remitted. Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to
    you by fax or e-mail the text of the application.
    I will not fail to bring to your notice that this
    transaction is 100% hitch free and that you should not
    entertain any atom of fear as all required
    arrangements have been made for the transfer. You
    should contact me immediately as soon as you receive
    this letter. I decided to contact you as you have
    products of interest in your part of the world where
    we can invest our own percentage to avoid peoples
    awareness as we are civil servants. We can conclude
    this operation within ten banking days. Please
    keep this very confidential. Contact me for more
    information, all confirmable before you apply if you
    want.May God be with you. Trusting to hear from you
    shortly for a detailed information which are
    confirmable before you can make up your mind to
    apply.Peace and love always,

    Best regard

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2000
    I get that e-mail at least once a year or more.. This one is a little different, but same concept. Actually I recall seeing something like this many years ago when I first got online.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Southern California
    It is a rather old nigerian bank scam that used to be sent via snail mail, but thankfully variations of this email is now spammed to everyone and their dog at least once a week. I wonder if people actually read this and think to themselves, "Wow! Someone dies and this guy wants to work out a deal for his $20 million! What luck I have!" - Where professionals discuss web hosting.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    It's a common scam. What happens in most cases in the money is transfered to the account, then they have you send it back or whatever. The problem is you send it before it clears, and it bounces, so you're out the money.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2002
    North Carolina
    I heard talk about this scam on the radio maybe a week or two ago. Sometimes they will ask you to send money, for some sort of expenses or other. Most often what they really want is all your bank account info, once they have that, they raid your account.

    There is supposed to be a rather new one floating around now too, supposedly from an American soldier in Afghanistan. Seems on one of the raids he was involved in a large amount of money was found and now he needs some way to move the money back to the States but can't send it into his own bank account because it is a military credit union account and will be noticed... something like that.

    Lots of creative writers out there, and a lot of silly people. Radio thing I was listening to said the loss to people from variations of this scam was in the billions of $$.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Tacoma, Washington
    Google 'The Nigerian Scam'

    Happy reading Actually this is one of the oldest scams on the net and still going strong. It even predates the internet as it used to be mailed to people instead.

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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Boston Metro
    Originally posted by akashik
    Google 'The Nigerian Scam'

    Happy reading Actually this is one of the oldest scams on the net and still going strong.
    It's very adaptable, they also used to fax those out before they discovered they could reach a vast pool of suckers for almost nothing by using email.

    (vaguely to the tune of the 12 days of christmas)

    On the twelfth day of Internet use, my inbox gave to me...

    12 enlarge your penis ads
    11 spams for herbal viagra
    10 credit card offers
    9 free cell phones
    8 stock recommendations
    7 cookie recipes
    6 chain letters
    5 vi-ru-ses
    4 lame forwarded jokes
    3 nigerian scam letters
    2 offers from Amazon
    And 1 email from "a friend".
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    I have noticed over the past 5 weeks or so that I am getting these almost on a daily basis.. anyone else noticing this? has anyone ever actually called the numbers listed in these emails? i mean do you think this is a huge setup with operators and everything or just a one man deal?

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2002


    This is one of the largest scams on the internet.

    However, usually this letter comes from Nigeria,
    In Nigeria 66% of the national trade is from fraud,
    most of that fraud is from 1 single type of letter sent out to other countrys via snail- or email, they say they need to use your account to transfer money or some equivelent and they will let you keep some, my friend received one and we contacted the FBI, they told us they have a special division just for these letters. This is just one alike that, but also, if you still do, dont accept any orders from nigeria ;]

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Denver, Colorado
    Yep yep, I got one from the Daughter of the King of the Republic of Congo. Quite hilarious I think.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    I often receive such spam but I remember this issue was raised long time back and tim greer posted a long reply on it.

    I wonder how people believe these scams.
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  12. #12
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    Nov 2001
    Dear friend, I am Mrs. Sese-Seko widow of late president Mobutu Sese-Seko of zaire? now known as democratic republic of congo (drc). I am moved to write you this letter, this was in confidence considering my present circumstance and situation. i escaped along with my husband and two of our sons Theophilus and Basher out of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Abidjan, cote d'ivoire where my family and i settled, while we later moved to settled in morroco where my husband later died of cancer disease. However due to this situation we decided to changed most of my husband's billions of dollars deposited in swiss bank and other countries into other forms of money coded for safe purpose because the new head of state of (dr) mr laurent kabila has made arrangement with the swiss government and other european countries to freeze all my late husband's treasures deposited in some european countries. hence my children and i decided laying low in africa to study the situation till when things gets better, like now that president kabila is dead and the son taking over (joseph kabila). one of my late husband's chateaux in southern france was confiscated by the french government, and as such i had to change my identity so that my investment will not be traced and confiscated. I have deposited the sum Thirty Million United State Dollars(us$30,000,000,00.) with a security company , for safekeeping. The funds are security coded to prevent them from knowing the content. what i want you to do is to indicate your interest that you will assist us by receiving the money on our behalf.acknowledge this message, so that i can introduce you to my son (Theophilus) who has the out modalities for the claim of the said funds. I want you to assist in investing this money, but i will not want my identity revealed. i will also want to buy properties and stock in multi-national companies and to engage in other safe and non-speculative investments. May I at this point emphasis > e the high level of confidentiality, which this business demands, and hope you will not betray the trust and confidence, which i repose in you. in conclusion, if you want to assist us , my son shall put you in the picture of the business, tell you where the funds are currently being maintained and also discuss other modalities including remuneration for your services. for this reason kindly furnish us your contact information, that is your personal telephone and fax number for confidential purpose. Best regards, Mrs Sese-Seko

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  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    The sad part is people buy into these scams and send their life savings only to get nothing in return. I read a recent article about this "Nigerian 419 Scam" as it was called stating that in some instances, people did meet up with the scam artists only to be killed. Again, why people believe that they are just lucky enough to be given millions of dollars is beyond me...
    Mark Blair

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Originally posted by OKIHost
    I have noticed over the past 5 weeks or so that I am getting these almost on a daily basis.. anyone else noticing this? has anyone ever actually called the numbers listed in these emails? i mean do you think this is a huge setup with operators and everything or just a one man deal?
    I just called the number listed in the first post by Synthetic.

    It is a recorded message in French... I can't understand a word of it except for "merci" at the end


  15. #15
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Glika Nera - Athens - Greece - Europe
    Originally posted by Phoenix
    On the twelfth day of Internet use, my inbox gave to me...

    12 enlarge your penis ads
    11 spams for herbal viagra
    Yes I get those from Nigeria and South Africa often. Thanks god that it is done by email now and people see it is a scamsince they receive 10-20 of those

    BTW: Sorry for asking this but has anyone ever had their penis successfully enlarged by on eof these ads? Not that I have a problem but just curious + thinking of getting old(er) one day

  16. #16

    * lol

    hahaha this thread is great.

  17. #17
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    Nov 2001
    Glika Nera - Athens - Greece - Europe

    Re: lol

    Originally posted by hostnet
    hahaha this thread is great.
    True where else can you read "penis enlargement" TWICE in a single thread.... oh wait, now it's THREE times

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