I mean, WOW.
It pays to be a civil servant in Nigeria. Seems that all of them, sooner or later, have the opportunity to share millions of U.S. dollars by some happy event or other. And, by the grace of God, they all want to share it with me. I, of course, being a total flaming moron, have happily agreed and sent my banking information all over the world, and eagerly await my days as a millionaire.
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From Muyiwa Ige on 2 March 2002:
E- mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I regret any initial embarrassment my letter might cause you, as we have not had any
correspondence before this time. My name is MUYIWA IGE, the eldest son of the slain
Attorney General and Chief Justice of Nigeria, Chief Bola Ige. I got your contact in
my search for a reliable and trustworthy partner who l can do business with.
I am contacting you in view of the fact that we will be of great assistance to each
I currently have in my possession the sum of sixty-five million US Dollars (US$65
million) cash which l intend to invest, specifically in your country although I do
not know in which area yet. This money came as a payback contract deal between my
Late father and a Russian Firm for a contract executed in the Country's multi-billion
dollars Ministry of Justice Complex in Abuja. The Russian Partners returned my
father's share of USD$65,000,000.00 after his death and it was lodged in my father's
security company of where l am director at the moment.
Now after my Dads burial on Friday 11th January 2002 and as the eldest son of late
attorney General, the president and commander in chief of the armed forces in Nigeria
(Chief Olusegun Obasanjo) has asked me to submit all documents belonging to the
Federal Government in my daddy's custody for easy assessment and replacement of the
Attorney General. In view of this, l acted fast to withdraw the US$65,000,000.00 from
the company's vault and deposited it in another Security Company and marked it as
film and film materials. I have declared my father's Security Company bankrupt. There
is no record of this money traceable by the Government because no document exists
showing that we received the money from the Russians.
Due to the current situation in the country, it has become quite impossible for me to
make use of this money within. This informs my decision to transfer the money out of
the country for investment.
Please contact me as a matter of urgency to enable us discuss this transfer in
I propose a percentage of 30% of the total sum to you for the expected service and
Assistance, 5% for offsetting minor expenses incurred in the course of this
transaction. Please reply by above email. Please do treat this as highly
confidential while you consider the proposal.
I look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship.
Muyiwa, your offer brings me to $1,005,675,000 and a suitcase full of diamonds. That would be slightly more than one BILLION dollars for those of you not familiar with numbers this large. I have "accumulated" this fortune in less than two years. The absurdity of this scam is mind-boggling. I am no longer going to post these. If you gentle readers can't get the point after the $1 billion mark, then I really can't help you. Good luck out there.
From Kenneth Cillo on 25 February 2002:
AUDIT AND ACCOUNTS UNIT,
FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPT.,
INTERNATIONAL BANK FOR AFRICA,
COT0NOU, REPUBLIC OF BENIN
WITH DUE HONOUR AND RESPECT,I AM KENNETH O. KOFI,THE
DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF AUDIT AND ACCOUNTS UNIT,FOREIGN
REMITTANCE DEPT.OF THE INTERNATIONAL BANK OF AFRICA
COTONOU, REPUBLIC OF BENIN IN WEST AFRICA. I GOT YOUR
ADDRESS RECOMMENDED BY A TOGOLAISE BUSINESS
CONSULTANT,ELDER JOHN KAFUI AND I DECIDED TO CONTACT
YOU FOR BENEFICIAL AND A 100% RISK-FREE BUSINESS
TRANSACTION. DURING OUR AUDITING AND INVESTIGATIONS IN
THIS BANK,MY DEPARTMENT CAME ACROSS THE SUM OF THIRTY
FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS(US$35,000,000)ONLY
BELONGING TO A JAPANESE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSMAN WHO
DIED ALONG WITH HIS NEXT OF KIN IN THE 5TH
NOVEMBER,1997 AEROPLANE CRASH IN ABIDJAN. BEFORE OUR
DISCOVERY OF THIS DEVELOPMENT,THERE WAS NO TRACE OF
CLAIM FROM ANY PERSON AS THE FUND REMAINS DORMANT IN
HIS ACCOUNT WITH THIS BANK. ALTHOUGH,I KEEP THIS
INFORMATION SECRET WITHIN MY JURISDICTION TO ENABLE US
PUT CLAIMS AND TRANSFER THE SAID AMOUNT THROUGH A
TRUSTWORTHY FRIEND OVERSEAS WHOM WE SHALL PRESENT TO
THE BANK AS THE BONAFIDE NEXT-OF-KIN TO THE DECEASED
FOR A PROFITABLE AND SUCCESSFUL DEAL. MEANWHILE,ALL
THE ARRANGEMENTS TO PUT CLAIMS AS THE BONAFIDE
NEXT-OF-KIN TO THE DECEASED,TO GET THE REQUIRED
APPROVAL AND TRANSFER OF THIS MONEY TO A FOREIGN
ACCOUNT HAS BEEN PUT IN PLACE.THE DIRECTIVES AND THE
NEEDED INFORMATION WILL BE RELAYED TO YOU AS SOON AS
YOU INDICATE YOUR INTEREST AND WILLINGNESS TO BENEFIT
YOURSELF FROM THIS GREAT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY.
INFACT,WE COULD HAVE DONE THIS DEAL ALONE BUT
BECAUSE,AS CIVIL SERVANTS WE ARE NOT LEGALLY ALLOWED
TO OPERATE FOREIGN ACCOUNT.AND IT WOULD EVENTUALLY
RAISE EYEBROWS ON OUR SIDE DURING THE TIME OF TRANSFER
BECAUSE WE ARE STAFF OF THE BANK.THESE ARE THE ACTUAL
REASONS WHY IT REQUIRES A SECOND-FELLOW WHO WILL
FORWARD CLAIMS BY OUR SUPPORT AS THE BONAFIDE
NEXT-OF-KIN WITH BENINOISE's COURT AFFIDAVIT TO THE
BANK AND ALSO PRESENT A FOREIGN BANK ACCOUNT WHERE THE
MONEY ON HIS/HER REQUEST WILL BE RE-TRANSFERED INTO.
ON CONCLUSION OF THIS TRANSACTION,YOU WILL BE ENTITLED
TO 25% OF THE TOTAL SUM AS GRATIFICATION.5% OF THE
TOTAL SUM WILL BE USED TO REINBURSE EXPENSES THAT
MIGHT ARISE FROM TELEPHONE BILLS AND OTHER EXPENSES
DURING THE TRANSACTION,WHILE 70% WILL BE FOR ME AND
MYPARTNERS HERE. PLEASE YOU HAVE BEEN ADVICED TO KEEP
TOP SECRET AS WE ARE STILL IN SERVICE AND INTEND TO
RETIRE FROM SERVICE AFTER WE CONCLUDE THIS DEAL WITH
YOU. I WILL BE MONITORING THE WHOLE SITUATION HERE IN
THIS BANK UNTIL YOU CONFIRM THE MONEY IN YOUR
ACCOUNT.WE THEN COME DOWN TO YOUR COUNTRY FOR
SUBSEQUENT SHARING OF THE FUND ACCORDING TO THE
PERCENTAGES PREVIOUSLY INDICATED AND FOR INVESTMENT IN
ANY COUNTRY YOU MAYADVICE US TOO. ALL OTHER NECESSARY
INFORMATION WILL BE SENT TO YOUWHEN I HEAR FROM YOU. I
SUGGEST YOU GET BACK TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE,STATING
YOUR WISH IN THIS DEAL
KENNETH O. KOFI
TEL: 00 229 07 14 19
Benin? Where the hell is Benin? Your offer brings me to $940.675 million and a suitcase full of diamonds!
From Mohammad Shafi on 22 February 2002:
NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION
TRANSFER OF: US$25M
I am making this contact with you on behalf of my
colleagues after a satisfactory information we
gathered from Chamber of Commerce and Industries. I
am a member of the TENDER BOARD COMMITTEE of the
Nigeiran National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Lagos.
Our duties includes: award, evaluation and review of
In 1996, my committee (TBC) awarded a contract of
US$150,000,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Million United
States Dollars only) to a joint venture of
SPEIBATIGNOLES and FOUGEROLLE, for an engineering,
procurement, construction of pipeline network at
Eleme Petro-Chemical plant. As it were, the acutal
contract sum was deliberately over-invoiced by us
(TBC) with the sum of US$25,000,000.00 (TWENTY-FIVE
MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY). The project was
executed, commissioned and the contractor(s) paid
My colleagues and I want to transfer the over-incoiced
amount into a viable foreign account. We have
therefore resolved that as long as you can act as the
sole beneficiary of the fund. The following will be
the mode of sharing: 25% (i.e US$6.25M) for
beneficiary i.e. owner of account, 10% for expenses
incurred during the course of transfer, and 65% for
us the officials.
Let me reiterate at this juncture, that there are top
and influential government officials involved in this
transfer and as such I would appreciate it, if this
business is treated with utmost confidentiality. I
do hope I can trust you as regards this matter. In the
light of this, I would like you to forward to me the
1. Your company name and address if any
2. Your personal fax number
3. Your personal telephone number for easy
This will enable us to forward the information to
Corporation for purposes of processing and
immediate remittance of this funds to the account
that will be provided by you.
All modalities have been worked out and the necessary
machinery put in place with the officials of the
Federal Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of
Nigeria (CBN) to effect this transfer within the
shortest possible time. It is worthy to note that
this transaction is 100% risk free, my only fear is
the confidentiality of this business from your end. It
is pertinent to note that only an expatriate firm can
lay claim to this fund. We are barred from operating
foreign accounts as civil servants still serving the
Please send your reply by e-mail Your quick response
will be highly appreciated.
DR MOHAMMED SHAFI
Your offer brings me to $905.675 million and a suitcase full of diamonds!
From Dr. Abdul-Karim Momoh on 22 February 2002:
First, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction, by virtue of its
confidential nature. And I have decided to contact you in my search for someone to
assist us in trust to make our dream a reality. This I have done based on my desire
to find someone I can trust. For trust is the key to success, and if two people
across the globe who have not met each other before could come to trust each other,
there is no success they can not achieve .It is obvious that I must need the
assistance of someone at the other side to achieve my goal. I have decided to trust
you by virtue of this letter to you and I hope you will reciprocate this trust on
May I take the liberty to introduce myself as the Secretary of the Contract Review
Panel instituted by His Excellency President Olusegun Obasanjo to review all
Contracts executed and payments made during the regime of late General Sani Abacha.
In the course of our review, we have discovered this sum of $18Million, which the
former dictator could not transfer from the dedicated account of the Central Bank of
Nigeria before his sudden death in June1998. It is this amount that my Colleagues and
I have decided to acquire for ourselves through your assistance.
This assistance becomes crucial because we cannot acquire the funds in our names and
as government officials we are not allowed to own or operate foreign bank accounts.
We have already developed a foolproof, legal and totally risk free scheme through
which the fund can be transferred to your nominated bank account within a very short
time. The scheme is to use our position and influence on the Panel to present you as
a foreign Contractor beneficiary of the funds. We shall arrange all documentation to
support this claim and get Approval for the transfer of the funds into your
nominated Bank account.
The scheme is perfected to be 100% risk free and I want to assure you that we have
concluded locally all modalities for the successful completion of this transaction,
and we are sure the funds can arrive your nominated Bank account within 7 – 10
working days from when you agree to assist us.
You should acknowledge the receipt of my mail through the above e-mail address to
enable me send you further details. You definitely have a lot to benefit from this
transaction as we have decided to give you 20% of the total sum as soon as you
secure it in your account, and we have also set aside 5% of the total sum for all
expenses incurred in the course of this transaction. Please, endeavor to give me a
private telephone/fax number (stating country and city codes) through which we can
communicate with you in confidence (in your response) as the need for secrecy is
great to this transaction.
We expect your urgent response; no matter your decisions to enable me know what next
Dr. Abdul - karim Momoh
Man, the Momoh family sure gets around! How many of you guys are there? Are any of you in a legitimate line of work? But your offer brings me to $880.675 million and a suitcase full of diamonds!
From Dr. Sadiq Momoh on 22 February 2002:
FROM THE DESK: Dr. Sadiq Momoh.
UNION BANK PLC.
Suite 6-14th Union Bank Building,
T. B. S. Normal Williams Street,
Ikoyi - Lagos. Nigeria.
I know this will reach you as a surprise, but need not to worry as we are using the
only secured and confidential medium available to seek for foreign assistance/
partnership in a business transaction that is of mutual benefit. I am a staff
attached to the auditing department of the Union Bank Plc. Lagos-Nigeria, which I
have served as an auditor and accountant for eighteen years.
A foreigner, late Engineer Johnson Creek, an Oil Merchant / contractor with the
Federal Government of Nigeria, until his death two years ago in a ghastly motor
accident, banked with us here at Union Bank PLC. Lagos, and had a closing balance of
USD$8.5M (Eight Million, five hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which the bank
now unquestionably expects to be claimed by any of his available foreign next of kin
or alternatively be donated to a trust fund of the WEST AFRICAN PEACE KEEPING FORCE
Fervent valuable efforts were made by the Union Bank to get in touch with any of the
Creek family or relatives but all have proved abortive. It is because of the
perceived possibility of not going to be able to locate any of late Engr. Johnson
Creek's next of kin (as he had no known wife and children) that the management under
the influence of our Chairman board of directors, Retired Major General Kalu Uke
Kalu, that an arrangement for the fund to be declared "UNCLAIMABLE" and then be
subsequently donated to the Trust Fund for Arms and Ammunition which will further
enhance the course of war in the west African sub-region and the world in general.
In order to avert this negative development, myself and some of my trusted colleagues
in the bank now seek for your permission to have you stand as late Engr. Johnson
Creek's next of kin so that the fund, USD$8.5M would be subsequently transferred and
paid into your bank account as the beneficiary next of kin. All documents and proofs
to enable you get this fund have been carefully worked out and we are assuring you a
100% risk free involvement. Your share would be 25% of the total amount. 5% has been
set aside for expenses while the rest would be for my colleagues and I; for
investment purposes in your country. Though we are trying to make a better future for
our families, and ourselves considering the poor standard of living in Africa, we
also want you to see this proposal as our own contribution in putting an end to the
senseless wars in the West African sub-region.
If this proposal is OK by you and you do wish to take advantage of the trust we hope
to bestow on you or your company, then kindly get to me immediately via my e-mail:
email@example.com furnishing me with your most confidential telephone number,
fax number and exclusive e-mail number so that I can forward to you the relevant
details of this transaction.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated co-operation.
Dr. Sadiq Momoh.
UNION BANK PLC.
Lagos - Nigeria.
Your offering is small potatoes compared to what I've been getting lately. Hardly even worth reading your extensive monologue! But your offer brings me to $862.675 million and a suitcase full of diamonds!
From Suleiman Abubakar on 18 February 2002:
I am sorry for the embarrassment this my letter might
cause you as we have not had any correspondence before
this . l got your address through my lawyer who works
with Nigerian Chamber of Commerce lndustry and Mining
during my research for a reliable and trustworthy
partner who l can do business with though l did not
disclose the nature of the business l intend to do
with whomever he recommends for me.
l am DR. MRS MARIAM ABACHA, wife of the late Nigerian
Head of State, General Sanni Abacha who died on the
8th of June, 1998 while on active duty. l am
contacting you in view of the fact that we will be of
great assistance to each other .
l currently have within my possession the sum of
sixty five million five hundred thousand US Dollars
(US$65.5 million) cash which l intend to use for
investment, specifically in your country although I do
not know in what field yet. This money came as a
payback contract deal between my late husband and a
Russian Firm on our country's multi-billion dollars
Ajaokuta Steel Plant.
The Russian Partners returned my husband's share of
USD$65,500,000.00 after the death of my husband and
in my husband's security company of which l am
director right now, the new Civilian Government
has intensified their probe on my husband's financial
and oil company. ln view of this, l acted fast to
withdraw the US$65,500,000.00 from the company's vault
and deposited it in a Security Company .
l have since declared my husband's Security Company
bankrupt.No record ever existed concerning the money
traceable by the government because there is no
documentation showing that we
received the money from the Russians.
Due to the current situation in the country concerning
government's attitude towards my family, it has become
quite impossible forme to make use of this money
Let me refer youto the front page of this day
of 12th May,2001. You can check it through their
The present government in Nigeria had frozen and
seized all our bank accounts
both here in Nigeria and abroad. Thus l shall expect
you to contact me urgently to enable us discuss in
detail about this transaction. Bearing in mind that
is needed to transfer this fund, l propose
a percentage of 30% of the total sum to you for the
expected service and assistance,
5% for offsetting minor expenses incurred in the
course of this transaction. Your urgent response is
highly needed so as to stop further contacts.
All correspondence must be by the email address above.
l will give you my tel/fax numbers where you can
contact me when l hear from you. l must use this
implore on you to exercise the utmost indulgence to
keep this matter
extraordinarily confidential whatever your decision
while awaiting your
NB: Because of the security being mounted on the
members of my family, l
have decided that this transaction exist between you
and my lawyer Barrister Suleiman Abubakar,whose email
address I am using to send this.
Please do remember to include your private tel/fax or
mobile number for easy communication.
DR. (MRS) MARIAM ABACHA.
Two in one day? This is getting ridiculous. But your offer brings me to $854.175 million and a suitcase full of diamonds!
From Jacob Ordi on 18 February 2002:
Private Business Proposal.
Mr. Jacob Ordi.
16 Kingsway Road
Tel/Fax: 234 1774 7907
18th Febuary, 2002.
Request for Urgent Business Relationship.
First I must solicit your confidence in this transaction. This is by
virtue of its nature as being
utterly confidential and top secret. We shall
be counting on your ability and reliability to prosecute a transaction of
involving a pending business transaction requiring
We are top officials of the Federal Government Contract Review Panel who
in importation of goods into our country with
funds which are presently trapped in Nigeria. In order to commence this
business we solicit
your assistance to enable us RECIEVE the
said trapped funds ABROAD.
The source of this fund is as follows : During the regime of our late
head of state, Gen.
Sani Abacha, the government officials set up
companies and awarded themselves contracts which were grossly
over-invoiced in various
Ministries. The NEW CIVILIAN Government
set up a Contract Review Panel (C.R.P) and we have identified a lot of
funds which are presently floating in the Central
Bank of Nigeria (C.B.N). However, due to our position as civil servants
and members of this
panel, we cannot acquire this money in our
names. I have therefore, been delegated as a matter of trust by my
colleagues of the panel
to look for an Overseas partner INTO whose
ACCOUNT the sum of US$31,000,000.00 (Thirty one Million United States
BE PAID BY TELEGRAPHIC TRANSFER.
Hence we are writing you this letter.
We have agreed to share the money thus:
70% for us (the officials)
20% for the FOREIGN PARTNER (you)
10% to be used in settling taxation and all local and foreign expenses.
It is from this 70% that we wish to commence the importation business.
Please note that this
transaction is 100% safe and we hope that the funds arrive your account in
latest ten (10)
banking days from
the date of reciept of the following information
by email: A suitable name and bank account into which the funds can
The above information will enable us write letters of claim and job
This way we will use your company's name to
apply for payments and re-award the contract in your company name.
We are looking forward to doing business with you and solicit your
confidentiality in this
For security reasons and in order to move forward quickly, please respond to me by
Tel/Fax: 234 1774 7907 so I can bring
You into the complete picture of this pending project. The best response however,
wouldbe a telephone call as all that needs to be
discussed for the transaction to move ahead swiftly can be realised immediately.
Tel/Fax: 234 1774 7907.
Your proposal isn't even that creative when compared to some we've gotten lately. But your offer brings me to $788.675 million and a suitcase full of diamonds!
From Dr. Ganiyu Bello on 16 February 2002:
MY NAME IS DR.G.N.BELLO, THE DIRECTOR, CREDIT
AND FOREIGN BILLS OF UNION BANK PLC, I AM WRITING IN
RESPECT OF A FOREIGN CUSTOMER OF MY BANK WITH
ACCOUNT NUMBER 14-255-2004/utb/t WHO PERISHED IN A
PLANE CRASH [ETHIOPIAN AIRLINE 961] WITH THE WHOLE
PASSENGERS ABOARD .
SINCE THE DEMICE OF THIS OUR CUSTOMER I PERSONALLY HAS
WATCHED WITH KEEN INTEREST TO SEE THE NEXT OF KIN BUT
ALL HAS PROVED ABORTIVE AS NO ONE HAS COME TO CLAIM
HIS FUNDS OF USD.20.5 M, [ TWENTY MILLION FIVE
HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS]WHICH HAS BEEN
WITH MY BRANCH FOR A VERY LONG TIME .
ON THIS NOTE I DECIDED TO SEEK FOR WHOM HIS NAME SHALL
BE USED AS THE NEXT OF KIN AS NO ONE HAS COME UP TO
BE THE NEXT OF KIN. AND THE BANKING ETHICS HERE DOES
NOT ALLOW SUCH MONEY TO STAY MORE THAN Five YEARS ,
BECAUSE MONEY WILL BE RECALLED TO THE BANK TREASURY AS
UNCLAIMED AFTER THIS PERIOD. IN VIEW OF THIS I GOT
YOUR CONTACT THROUGH INTERNET SEARCH.I WILL GIVE YOU
40% OF THE TOTAL.
UPON THE RECEIPT OF YOUR RESPONSE, I WILL SEND YOU BY
FAX OR E-MAIL THE APPLICATION, BANK'S FAX NUMBER AND
THE NEXT STEP TO TAKE . I WILL NOT FAIL TO BRING TO
YOUR NOTICE THAT THIS BUSINESS IS HITCH/RISK FREE AND
THAT YOU SHOULD NOT ENTERTAIN ANY FEAR AS ALL
MODALITIES FOR FUND TRANSFER CAN BE FINALIZED WITHIN
FIVE BANKING DAYS,AFTER YOU APPLY TO THE BANK AS A
RELATION TO THE DECEASED.
SIGNIFYING YOUR DESCISION INCLUDING YOUR PRIVATE
TEL/FAX NUMEBRS FOR QUICK COMMUNICATION.
Ethiopia! The scam spreads through Africa like some sort of transmitted disease! Yech! But your offer brings me to $757.675 million and a suitcase full of diamonds!
From Muyiwa Ige on 14 February 2002:
FROM: MUYIWA IGE
I got your contact through email business directory and decided to send my proposal
I am MUYIWA IGE the first son of the late chief BOLA IGE, the attorney general of the
Fedeal Rebulic of Nigeria who was killed by hired assasin on the 23rd of december
2001 by an unidentified gun men believed to be link to our government of which it is
a daily case going on in my country;s dailies now.
Two months ago he was attempted to be murdered but unfortunately God speared his life
for us.It was then he had to reveal some vital informations as regards his life to me
before he was finally killed in december. All accounts belonging to my father both
local and abroad had been frozen and his investments seized by the government
believing in thier false allegation that he made away of $2 billion dollars of
(NEPA)national electricity power authority of which i know is just a ploy to
eliminate him by the people in power that he is fustrating thier evil intentions
through the human right pubic hearing for violation of right and cruelsome killings
during the military regime to carry out thier traits to suffer the mases for thier
selfish interest instead of the interest of the nation.We are now in a dileman as ou
live are in danger till after the investigations .
Two weeks to the christmas holiday in 2001 being on the 4th of december,my dad spoke
to me at lenght about life and it realities .He told me he deposited a trunk box
containing us$15.5m with a security in HOLLAND all in the aim of retrieving it
himself before he was
finally killed before the christmas. According to him the content of the box was
registered as government classified papers with his influence and was moved out of my
country through diplomatic courrier.He wanted to safeguard the funds for foriegn
investment after his
retirement before he was killed.
In the light of this as the next of kin i am now contacting you a foreigner to assist
in retrieving the boxes and depositing of the fund into your foreign account hence
the need to contact you. I and my mother had agreed to give you 30% of the fund for
your assistance and 10% for any expenses you might incur in the course of this
transaction, we want to believe that you will not sit on the money when paid into
your account. I want you
to understand that there is no risk involve as we have worked out modalities for the
smooth actualization of this goal. The boxes presently is in a security vault of this
company in their offshore office in HOLLAND .i will require the following for
effecting the documents of claim and identification:
1] Your international passport details or driving license to assure us of your person
2] Your private telephone and fax numbers.
I will send the following:
1] The receipt of the ware bill used in sending the boxes
2] The password being the security code
3] The deposit certificate
4] The agreement between you and me.
All these will be send through courier service to your address as they will demand
the original copies from you, once the documents to the boxes had been received by
you, then you will proceed for claim after due schedule with them.you
I wish to state here that we are left with nothing as we survive by the grace of God.
I hope you understand our predicament so as to save me and my family from hopeless
All contacts for now should be through email for security reasons.
Waiting your urgent response.
45B CREEK AVENUE ,
OFF RANDLE ROAD,
What, do you figure that by making your note practically unintelligible, that it would gain credibility with your readers? Please! But your offer brings me to $737.175 million and a suitcase full of diamonds!
From Maryam Abacha on 13 February 2002:
I am Mrs. Maryam Abacha, the widow of the late Gen.
Sanni Abacha former Nigeria Military Head of State who
died mysteriously as a result of Cardiac Arrest.
Since after my husband’s death my family is under
restriction of movement and that not withstanding, we
are being molested, policed and our Bank Accounts both
here and abroad are being frozen by the Nigerian
Civilian Government. Furthermore, my living eldest
son is in detention by the Nigerian Government for
more interrogation about my husband’s assets and some
vital documents following the resent discovery of my
husband’s Swiss Bank Account in which the huge sum of
US$700 Million and DM450 Million was logged.
I therefore, decided to contact you in confidence
through my lawyer Barrister Emiko Oyo, since I have
been able to move out the sum of US$30 Million Dollars
somewhere abroad. All the money are secretly defaced
and are sealed in two metal Boxes for security
reasons. Due to my experience in the hands of people.
I have decided to do this with a totally new but
trustworthy person who can keep this matter
confidential. This is very important to me.
It is to my consent here that my lawyer and I decided
to personally appeal to you seriously and religiously
for your urgent assistance to move this money into
your country where I believe it will be safe since I
cannot leave the country due to the restriction of
movement imposed on the members of my family by the
Nigerian Government. You can contact me through my
lawyer’s email address above and I shall get all
document relating to the consignment changed to your
name before delivery. Barrister Emiko Oyo will on
receipt of your response arrange with you for a
face-to-face meeting outside Nigeria in order to
liaise with you towards effective completion of this
However, arrangements have been put in place to move
this money out of the country in a secret vault
through a security company, and as soon as you
indicate your interest, my lawyer shall send you the
Air-Way Bill of the luggage and other related document
so that you can help to claim the luggage.
Conclusively, we have agreed to offer you 25% of the
total sum while 75% is to be held on trust by you for
us until we can decide on a suitable business
investment in your country upon our freedom.
Please reply urgently and treat with absolute
confidentiality and sincerity.
MARYAM ABACHA (MRS.)
No thanks, but your offer brings me to $721.675 million and a suitcase full of diamonds!
From Aishat Gidado on 12 February 2002:
UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC
UNION BANK HOUSE APAPA,
REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP.
FIRST I MUST SOLICIT YOUR CONFIDENCE IN THIS
TRANSACTION, THIS IS BY VIRTUE OF IT'S BEING VERY
CONFIDENTIAL. I MRS AISHAT GIDADO, A DIRECTOR WITH
THE UNION BANK OF NIGERIA (U.B.N) PLC LAGOS.
I CAME TO KNOW OF YOU IN MY PRIVATE SEARCH FOR A
RELIABLE AND REPUTABLE PERSON TO HANDLE THIS
CONFIDENTIAL TRANSACTION WHICH INVOLVES THE TRANSFER
OF A HUGE SUM OF MONEY TO A FOREIGN BANK ACCOUNT
REQUIRING MAXIMUM CONFIDENCE.
AN AMERICAN, LATE ENGINEER KELVIN MICHAEL, AN OIL
MERCHANT/CONTRACTOR WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF
NIGERIA, UNTIL HIS DEATH THREE YEARS AGO IN A GHASTLY
MOTOR ACCIDENT, BANKED WITH US HERE AT UNION BANK OF
NIGERIA PLC, LAGOS, AND HAD A CLOSING BALANCE OF
US$48.725M (FORTY EIGHT MILLION, SEVEN HUNDRED AND
TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS) WHICH THE BANK NOW
UNQUESTIONABLY EXPECTS TO BE CLAIMED BY KELVIN'S
NEXT OF-KIN OR ALTERNATIVELY BE DONATED TO A
DISCREDITED TRUST FUND FOR ARMS AND AMMUNITION AT A
MILITARY WAR COLLEGE HERE IN NIGERIA. FERVENT EFFORTS
BEING MADE BY THE UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC TO GET IN
TOUCH WITH ANY OF THE MICHAEL'S FAMILY HAS PROVED
IT IS BECAUSE OF THE PERCEIVED POSSIBILITY OF NOT
BEING ABLE TO LOCATE LATE ENGINEER MICHAEL'S
NEXT-OF-KIN (HE HAD NO WIFE OR CHILDREN) THAT THE
MANAGEMENT UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF OUR CHAIRMAN AND
MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, RETIRED MAJOR GEN.
KALU IKE KALU, THAT AN ARRANGEMENT BE MADE FOR THE
FUNDS TO BE DECLARED "UNCLAIMED" AND SUBSEQUENTLY BE
DONATED TO THE TRUST FUND FOR ARMS AND AMMUNITION TO
FURTHER ENHANCE THE CAUSE OF WAR IN AFRICA AND THE
WORLD IN GENERAL.IN ORDER TO AVERT THIS NEGATIVE
DEVELOPMENT, SOME OF MY TRUSTED COLLEAGUES AND I NOW
SEEK YOUR PERMISSION TO HAVE YOU STAND AS NEXT-OF-KIN
TO LATE ENGINEER MICHAEL'S SO THAT THE FUNDS
US$48.725M (FORTY EIGHT MILLION, SEVEN HUNDRED AND
TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS) WOULD BE RELEASED AND
PAID INTO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT AS THE NEXT-OF-KIN.
ALL DOCUMENTS AND PROOFS TO ENABLE YOU GET THIS FUND
WILL BE CAREFULLY WORKED OUT AND MORE SO WE ARE
ASSURING YOU OF A HUNDRED PERCENT RISK-FREE
INVOLVEMENT. YOU WILL GET A NEGOTIABLE PERCENTAGE OF
THIS MONEY FOR ASSISTING US IN THIS DEAL. WE SHALL
ALSO MAP OUT A PERCENTAGE OF THIS MONEY TO TAKE CARE
OF INCIDENTAL EXPENSES THAT MAY ARISE IN THE COURSE OF
IF THIS PROPOSAL IS OKAY BY YOU AND ASSURE US THAT YOU
WILL NOT TAKE UNDUE ADVANTAGE OF THE TRUST WE HOPE TO
BESTOW ON YOU AND YOUR COMPANY, THE SHARE WILL BE 60%
FOR US, 30% FOR YOU, AND 10%FOR ANY EXPENSES WE MAY
INCURE DURING THE COURSE OF THIS TRANSACTION.
FURNISHING ME WITH YOUR CONFIDENTIAL TELEPHONE, FAX
NUMBER AND EXCLUSIVE BANKING COORDINATES SO THAT I
CAN USE THESE INFORMATION TO APPLY FOR THE RELEASE AND
SUBSEQUENT TRANSFER OF THE FUNDS IN YOUR FAVOUR.
BUT IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED PLEASE KEEP IT
THANK YOU IN ANTICIPATION OF YOUR COOPERATION.
MRS AISHAT GIDADO.
Oooh, that's a new one! Take the money to avert a war! I feel so much better now. Your offer brings me to $691.675 million and a suitcase full of diamonds!
From Zakari Mohammed on 12 February 2002:
FROM THE DESK OF ZAKARI MOHAMMED
WE ARE SENDING THIS LETTER TO YOU BASED ON INFORMATION
GATHERED FROM THE FOREIGN TRADE OFFICE OF THE NIGERIAN
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY. WE BELIEVE THAT YOU
WOULD BE IN A POSITION TO HELP US IN OUR BID TO
TRANSFER THE SUM OF FIFTEEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND DOLLARS ($15.5M USD) INTO A FOREIGN ACCOUNT.
WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE FOR BUDGET AND
PLANNING OF THE MINISTRY OF PETROLEUM, THIS COMMITTEE
IS PRINCIPALLY CONCERNED WITH CONTRACT APPRAISALS AND
APPROVAL OF CONTRACTS IN ORDER OF PRIORITIES AS
REGARDS CAPITAL PROJECT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF
NIGERIA. WITH OUR POSITIONS, WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY
SECURED FOR OURSELVES THE SUM OF FIFTEEN MILLION,
FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS(US$15.5M).
THIS AMOUNT WAS ACCUMULATED THROUGH UNDECLARED WINFALL
FROM SALES OF CRUDE OIL DURING THE GULF WAR.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU IS TO PROVIDE A SAFE ACCOUNT
INTO WHICH THE FUNDS WILL BE TRANSFERRED SINCE
GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE NOT ALLOWED BY OUR LAWS TO
OPERATE FOREIGN ACCOUNT. IT HAS BEEN AGREED THAT THE
OWNER OF THE ACCOUNT WILL BE COMPENSATED WITH US$4.08
MILLION OF THE REMITTED FUNDS, WE KEEP
US$8.890MILLION WHILE US$1.05MILLION WILL BE SET
ASIDE TO OFFSET EXPENSES AND PAY THE NECESSARY TAXES.
IT MAY INTEREST YOU TO KNOW THAT TWO YEARS AGO A
SIMILAR TRANSACTION WAS CARRIED OUT WITH ONE MR.
PATRICE MILLER, THE PRESIDENT OF CRAINE INTERNATIONAL
TRADING CORPORATION AT NUMBER 135, EAST 57TH STREET,
28TH FLOOR, NEW YORK 10022 WITH TELEPHONE
(212)308-7788 AND TELEX NUMBER 6731689, AFTER THE
AGREEMENT BETWEEN BOTH PARTNERS IN WHICH HE WAS TO
TAKE 25% THE MONEY WAS DULY TRANSFERRED INTO HIS
ACCOUNT ONLY TO BE DISAPPOINTED ON OUR ARRIVAL IN NEW
YORK AS WE WERE RELIABLY INFORMED THAT MR. PATRICE
MILLER WAS NO LONGER ON THAT ADDRESS WHILE HIS
TELEPHONE AND TELEX NUMBERS HAVE BEEN REALLOCATED TO
SOMEBODY ELSE, THAT IS HOW WE LOST US$9.5M TO
THIS TIME AROUND WE NEED A MORE RELIABLE AND
TRUSTWORTHY PERSON OR A REPUTABLE COMPANY TO DO
BUSINESS WITH HENCE THIS LETTER TO YOU, SO IF YOU CAN
PROVE YOURSELF TO BE TRUSTED AND INTERESTED IN THIS
DEAL THEN WE ARE PREPARED TO DO BUSINESS WITH YOU.
WHAT WE WANT FROM YOU IS THE ASSURANCE THAT YOU WILL
LET US HAVE OUR SHARE WHEN THIS AMOUNT OF US$15.5M IS
TRANSFERRED INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.IF THIS PROPOSAL
SATISFIES YOU, PLEASE CONTACT ME
STRICTLY THROUGH MY E-MAIL STATED ABOVE SO WE CAN
ADVICE YOU ON THE MODALITIES OF THE TRANSACTION. ALL
MODALITIES OF THE TRANSFER HAVE BEEN WORKED OUT AND
ONCE STARTED WILL NOT TAKE MORE THAN 14 WORKING DAYS
WITH THE ABSOLUTE SUPPORT OF ALL CONCERNED.
THISTRANSACTION IS 100% SAFE.
PLEASE TREAT AS URGENT AND VERY CONFIDENTIAL. GOD BE
WITH YOU AS I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR REPLY
So I'm supposed to feel sorry for you because Patrice Miller got the better of you? For shame! Is there no honor among thieves? Your offer brings me to $642.95 million and a suitcase full of diamonds!
From Roland Hara on 9 February 2002:
From:Mr Roland Hara
Lagos – Nigeria.
ATTENTION MANAGING DIRECTOR.
I am Mr Roland Hara of the Federal Ministry of
Finance Lagos Nigeria, an accountant by profession and
also currently Chairman of recovery fund set up by the
Federal Government Of Nigeria in conjunction with the
Apex Bank Of Nigeria (CBN). A presidential committee
on foreign contract payment was inaugurated last year,
after the visit of the former U. S. president Bill
Clinton to Nigeria.
The aim of the committee is to verify delays of none
payment of contract bill for 16 years due to
successive military instability and inconsistency in
their policies expediting militarism where sagacity
In view of this, we discovered a lot of money floating
without claim from various ministries meanly (NNPC)
Finance Ministry, Aviation Ministry, and Nigerian Port
These was as a result of contract awarded by the past
Late president sani Abacha. With fictitious name to
the tune of $1,000,000, 000 (one billion Dollars)
only. For this purpose we decided to transfer some
part of the money worth $120,000,000 ( one hundred and
twenty million dollars) recovered during the process
to a save account overseas for disbursement.
Therefore, I was mandated to negotiated with a foreign
partner who will be trusted to keep the secret of the
deal to transfer the money to his or her account
within 14 days of approval. This was as a result of
our inability to own account overseas since we are
still serving civil servants. In view of this, your
company name will be gazetted for immediate payment,
your banking particulars will be required for approval
for transfer by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Apex
Confirm the receipt of this letter for immediate
answer for acceptance. You have only 25% of the total
sum transferred and received by you. Call me
immediately as soon as you receive this message by
phone or E-mail.
Mr. ROLAND HARA.
What I really want to know is, how many people who learned English as a second language actually use the expression "to the tune of..."? Seems kind of strange considering your otherwise broken English. But hey, for $120 million, who are we to ask such nosy questions? Your generous contribution brings my stash to $627.45 million and a suitcase full of diamonds!
From Paul Momoh on 7 February 2002:
FROM PAUL MOMOH
IN BRIEF INTRODUCTION:
MY NAME IS PAUL MOMOH. I AM 22
YEARS OLD. THE SON OF THE LATE COLONEL PATRICK
MOMOH THE FORMER CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF, UNDER MAJOR PAUL
KUROMAH THE FORMER SIERRA-LEONE HEAD OF STATES.
MY FARTHER WAS KILLED BY THE WEST AFRICAN PEACE
KEEPING FORCE ( ECOMOG).
NOW, AFTER THE DEATH OF MY FATHER, MY MOTHER AND I
WAS SUCCEFULLY ESCAPED TO THE NEGHBOURING COUNTRY COTE
D'IVOIRE. WERE WE ARE RESIDENCE AS A REFUGEES AND WE
HAVE ALONG WITH US THE SUN OF ( U.S. $3.850M) THREE
MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND UNITED STATE
OF AMERICAN DOLLARS. THAT WERE DEPOSITED WITH A
PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANY HERE IN ABIDJAN COTE
ACCIDENTALLY ON MONDAY 11TH OF JUNE MY MOTHER RECEIVE
A BOULLET WOUND WHEN AN UNIDENTIFY GROUP ATTACKED THE
REFUGEES CAMP AND SHE WAS LATER RUSH TO THE HOSPITAL,
UNFORTUNITELY MY MOTHER DIE ON THURSDAY 28TH OF THE
SAME JUNE 2001 MAY HER SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE
NOW AFTER THE DEATH OF MY MOTHER I AM ALONE WITHOUT
ANY HELPER UP TO DATE, SO THEREFORE PLEASE I SERIOUSLY
NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE BECAUSE I WANT TO CONTINUE MY
EDUCATION CAREER IN YOUR COUNTRY.
PLEASE IF YOU FOUND A FAVOUR TO HELP ME TO GET THESE
MONEY OUT OFF THE SECURITY COMPANY AND TO TRANSFERRED
INTO YOUR ACCOUNT KINDLLY REPLY TO ME IMMEDIATELY
WITHOUT ANY DELAY.
AWAITING FOR YOUR MOST URGENT RESPONSE
THANKS AND GOD BLESS YOU
What was your dad doing that he was killed by peacekeepers? That's not something to hang on your résumé my friend. But I'll take your pathetic $3.85 million and add it to my stash, which now totals $507.45 million and a suitcase full of diamonds!
From Moshood Seko Mobutu on 5 February 2002:
From: moshod seko
I am the first son of the late Mobutu Sese Seko, the
former President of the Congo Republic. I am presently
under protective custody in Nigeria as a political
refugee. I got your contact during
my search for a stranger that can cooperate with me in
this mutual transaction. I want you to note that this
benefit both of us. However, you must confirm your
ability to handle this because it involves a large
amount of money. The money (50 million US DOLLARS is
share of my father's estate. I boxed and shipped the
money to a security company abroad at the peak of the
war/political crisis that rocked my country few years
ago. Now the crisis has ended and I need a
person like you to proceed to the place of the
security company in order to clear the fund and invest
on my behalf as I dont want my name to be used for
Note that I will send to you the relevant documents
that will enable you take possesion of the the fund
for onward investment for our mutual benefit. All I
need from you is as follows:
1. A letter of committment (duely signed) that you
will keep the transaction strictly confidential.
2. Your confirmation of your ability to handle this.
3. Your international passport or driving licence
number for identification to the security company.
4. Your telephone and fax numbers for communication.
5. Your full permanent address.
As soon as I get the above information from you, I
will disclose to you the name and the country of the
security company. I will forward your name and
particulars to the security company to enable them
contact you accordingly. I will also send to you a
LETTER OF AUTHORITY to enable you clear the fund on
my behalf. Note that this is a very safe transaction
this money is my share of my father's estate.
I am waiting for your response to enable us proceed.
You're in NIGERIA as a refugee?! Now THAT is a tough break! But not tough enough to persuade me to part with my contact information. Buy your own plane ticket. But your offer does bring me to $503.6 million and a suitcase full of diamonds! Half a billion dollars! Woohoo!
From Mark Azih on 3 February 2002:
FROM: MR. Mark Azih
Tel: 225 05 692 238(Ivory Coast)
Before reading my letter, please note that its of genuine intention. Its about cash,
and it's in the amount of Sixteen Million United States Dollars (USD$16 000 000.00).
I implore you to excuse us of any embarrassment this letter might cause you, as we
have not met before.
I am Mr. Mark Azih from Sierra Leone. Before now l didn't have any problem, until l
lost my father two years ago. He was a big time diamond dealer, his business was
flourishing until the United Nation placed embargo on diamonds from West Africa.
When the embargo was enforced, my father started having problems with bank
transactions in respect of making deposits and receiving payments for diamonds
purchased by his customers. Because of the problem he started storing cash in the
house. One morning, he left as usual with his men to the diamond mining area of
Sierra Leone. While there, they were attacked by rebels; during the attack, my
father was shot. He did not die, he was rushed to the hospital where the bullets
were removed. My dad returned home after a few days feeling well and okay.
But two months later, my father became sick. His situation deteriorated so much that
he couldn't carry on with his work anymore. One day, he told me to prepare myself
that we have to travel to Spain, that he has to deposit the funds (USD$16 000 000.00)
in a Security Company in Spain for safe keeping. We then arranged for a quick
travel. The money was arranged in a trunk box and shipped to Spain by diplomatic
means. At the Security Company in Spain, my father deposited the trunk box as a
bonded shipment and he declared it as family treasures. My father made me the
beneficiary of the deposit.
Not too long we returned from Spain, my father died. After the burial rights, my
late father's brothers came to the house accusing my mother of masterminding my
father's death in order to inherit his wealth. With this accusation, they drove my
mother and her children (my sister and l) away from the house. They did not allow us
take anything out of the house. We then went to my mother's family house to live
there. My mother went through everyday in sorrow, little did we know that she could
take her own life. We returned to the house one day to meet her on the ground dead;
she committed suicide. It was really painful. After this period, things became very
difficult for us, and with the on going war, we had to travel to Ivory Coast as
refugees. We have since been in Ivory Coast on refugee status.
I am writing you to please see how you can assist me get over to Spain. I want to
go over to Spain to retrieve the trunk box with the Security Company. We really have
to get out of this financial crises we are in right now.
If you can help us, we are ready to loan you up to 30% of the funds to assist your
own business. If you would help us, please contact me as soon as possible (Tel: 225
05 692 238); if you are sending me a mail, use the email address contained in this
letter (firstname.lastname@example.org). To enable you get through when dialing my phone
number, make sure you include the zero before the five.
Please note that in my frustration, l contracted two refugee friends of mine to
assist me in looking for a partner that could help me get over to Spain. So in case
you get contacted by somebody else in this regard, please know that its one of my
friends, and kindly disregard the contact. As l have decided to do it myself for
Wow, Mark, that is the saddest and most touching story I've ever read in all the years of collecting these letters from Africa. But I am a cold, cold man and do not value your privacy nor your sorrows. You will not be going to Spain on my dime. But your offer does bring me to $453.6 million and a suitcase full of diamonds!
From Dr. John Eke on 21 January 2002:
THE DESK OF:
DR JOHN EKE(PRINCIPAL AUDITOR) NIGERIAN
(NNPC) LAGOS, NIGERIA
COMPLIMENT OF THE DAY TO YOU. I WISH TO EXTEND THIS
MUTUAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL
TO YOU WITH THE HOPE THAT YOU WILL GLADLY ACCEPT. I AM
AUDITOR OF THE NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM
CORPORATION. A POST I
HAVE HELD FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS. IN THE COURSE OF
DISCHARGING MY DUTY
LAST YEAR, I DISCOVERED THAT SOME GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
IN THE PAST, COMMITTED
SOME IRREGULARITIES IN THE FORM OF OVER-INVOICED
CONTRACT VALUES WHICH
EVENTUALLY GO INTO THEIR PRIVATE BANK ACCOUNTS. WHAT
INTEREST ME MUSTAND
WHICH REASON I AM WRITING YOU IS THIS PARTICULAR
CONTRACT WHICH WAS AWARDED
TO A FOREIGN CONTRACTOR, IT WAS OVER ESTIMATED BY THE
TUNE OF US$5 M (FIVE MILLION U.S.DOLLARS). THIS
HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND COMMISSIONED AND THE CONTRACTOR
BUT THE US $ 5M OVER ESTIMATED VALUE OF THE
CONTRACT IS STILL LYING
AT THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN). BECAUSE OF THE
HASTE WITH WHICH
THE LAST GOVERNMENT WAS REMOVED FROM OFFICE, THESE MEN
HAS NO CHANCE
TO COLLECT THIS MONEY BEFORE LEAVING THE OFFICE. BUT
AS A RESULT OF UPDATED
PAYMENTS ADVISE AT THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN),
IT HAS BEEN AWAITING
TRANSFER TO A FOREIGN ACCOUNT. IN MY REPORT, I
RECOMMENDED THAT THIS
MONEY SHOULD BE PAID BUT ON THE CONDITION THAT THE
MY RECOMMENDATION WAS ACCEPTED AND I HAVE BEEN GIVEN
THE GO-AHEAD ORDER
TO GET IN-TOUCH WITH THE FOREIGN CONTRACTORS, BUT
SINCE THE CONTRACTOR
HAS BEEN FULLY PAID FOR THE JOB HEDID, I WANT TO
DIVERT THIS MONEY TO
ANOTHER FOREIGN ACCOUNT. HAVING DONE ALL THE NECESSARY
THIS MONEY IS IN MY POSSESSION AND I AM LOOKING
FORWARD FOR A TRUST WORTHY
PERSON INTO WHOSE PRIVATE OR COMPANY'S ACCOUNT THIS
MONEY WILL BE TRANSFERRED
INTO. I WISH TO RETIRE FROM SERVICE AFTER THIS
TRANSACTION AND GOINTO
BUSINESS IN YOUR COUNTRY THROUGH YOU AS MY AGENT. YOU
ARE THEREFORE REQUESTED
TO KINDLY ALLOW ME TOTRANSFER THIS MONEY INTO YOUR
ACCOUNT PRTHAT I CAN
WITHS DRAW THIS MONEY WHEN I WANT TO. UPON THE
TRANSFER OF THIS
MONEY, 65% OF THE TOTAL SUM WILL BE FOR ME AND MY
COLLEAGUES WHILE 30%
SHALL BE FOR YOU THE ACCOUNT OWNER AND THE REMAINING
5% SHALL BE SET
ASIDE TO REFUND EXPENSES MADE IN THE COURSE OF THI
TRANSACTION. BE ASSURED
THAT THIS BUSINESS IS RISK-FREE BUT THE KEYWORD IS THE
DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE TRANSACTION AND MY POSITION
IN THE MINISTRY.
KINDLY TREAT AS URGENT AND CONTACT MEIMMEDIATELY
THROUGH MY E-MAIL ADDRESS YOU WILL BE FULLY DETAILED
WHEN I HEAR FROM YOU. YOUR
I.E ACCOUNT NUMBER, TELEX, BENEFICIARY, AND YOUR
AND FAX NUMBERS ARE VITAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS
AND REMITTANCE PROTOCOL.
DR JOHN EKE
Five million? Please. I don't even get out of bed for less than $15 million these days. But your offer does bring me to $437.6 million and a suitcase full of diamonds!
Notice: This website does not normally protect individuals behind a cloak of anonymity. However, to reveal this poor bugger's name could put him in jeopardy, and the information he has provided is too valuable to ignore. For ANYONE who thinks this scam could POSSIBLY be legitimate, have a look at this:
From our anonymous friend on 2 January 2002:
Dear Sir I am sending these emails for your info...
please tell me your opinion
[our anonymous friend]
-- Forwarded Message --
From: [our anonymous friend]
To: Dr. Ayoni Williams
You're so funny...
-- Previous Message --
From: [our anonymous friend]
To: Dr. Ayoni Williams
[Nigerian scam letter removed]
Dear Williams, tell me why I received this email again???
-- Previous Message --
From: [our anonymous friend]
To: Dr. Ayoni Williams
Dear Mr. Ayoni Williams,
Ther is no way to call you by phone due to your poor Tele communication
system and I will not use the International lines for security reasons.
I don't understand why there is 10 hours between our emails if you are in
Niger (1 hour difference between Lebanon and Niger... Always I receive your
emails at morning.)
I will advise you about THE BUSINESS VENTURES THAT MOVE FAST IN my COUNTRY
but also I prefer not to have a close business with you ( with all my
respect to you) for security reasons and plus I hope to be the first and
last business together especially that I will not use my part at this period
till settle my professional and family situation (I feel that you understand
me because I should not move fast and should work completely slow and in a
Let us be clear and as you said Honest (thanks)
Anyway, when something occur in my account, I will send immediately an
[our anonymous friend]
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From: Dr. Ayoni Williams
To: [our anonymous friend]
DEAR [anonymous friend] ,
CALL ME NOW IT IS VERY VERY URGENT ON TEL:234-80-330-79097. IWILL
BEEXPECTING YOUR CALL
DR AYONI WILLIMAS
-- Previous Message --
From: Dr. Ayoni Williams
To: [our anonymous friend]
DEAR [anonymous friend] ,
IN REGARDS TO YOUR E MAIL MESSAGE, I THANK YOU FOR ASSISTING ME IN THIS
BUSINESS TRANSACTION AND I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORT IN SENDING ME YOUR
BANKING INFORMATION AND I AM VERY GRATEFUL MY VERY GOOD FRIEND.
AT THIS MOMENT, YOUR BANKING INFORMATION HAS BEEN USED TO LODGE LETTERS OF
CLAIM OF THE CONTRACT MONEY FROM THE VARIOUS MINISTRIES CONCERNED.
THEREFORE, THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA WILL BE FAXING YOU APPROVAL DOCUMENTS
OF THE MONEY AND ALSO THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE. FOR YOUR INFORMATION
YOU MUST CALL ME IMMEDIATELY YOU GET THE APPROVAL DOCUMENTS FROM THE CENTRAL
BANK OF NIGERIA, FROM THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND ALSO FROM THE NIGERIAN
NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION.
THIS TRANSACTION IS VERY MUCH FREE FROM ALL SORTS OF RISK HENCE, THE
BUSINESS WAS CAREFULLY PLANNED BEFORE IT WAS SUCCESSFULLY EXECUTED AND WE
THE N.N.P.C OFFICERS INVOLVED IN THIS DEAL HAVE PUT MANY YEARS IN SERVICE TO
OUR MINISTRY. WE HAVE BEEN EXERCISING PATIENCE FOR THIS FUND OPPORTUNITY FOR
SO LONG AND TO MOST OF US, THIS IS A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY WE CANNOT AFFORD
IMMEDIATELY THE FUND HIT YOUR ACCOUNT I WILL COME DOWN TO YOUR COUNTRY TO
DISBURSE THE MONEY AND TO USED MY OWN 60% SHARE IN INVESTING ON MORE
BUSINESS AND YOU WILL ADVISE ME ON THE BUSINESS VENTURES THAT WILL MOVE FAST
IN YOUR COUNTRY.WE HAVE AGREED TO SHARE YOU THE OWNER OF THE ACCOUNT 30% 0F
THE MONEY WHILE 10% IS SET ASIDE FOR INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL EXPENSES WE WILL
BOTH INCURRED THROUGHOUT THIS BUSINESS TRANSACTION.
YOU MUST KEEP THIS BUSINESS TRANSACTION STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND YOU MUST
NOT DISCLOSE IT TO ANY BODY TILL THE FUND WILL BE TRANSFERRED INTO YOUR
NOMINATED BANK ACCOUNT.
I THANK YOU AND LET HONESTY AND TRUST BE OUR WATCHWORD THROUGHOUT THIS
TRANSACTION. I WILL BE EXPECTING YOUR CALL ON TEL:234-80-330-79097 FOR
SECURITY PURPOSE AND FOR CONFIDENTIAL REASON AND FOR EASY COMMUNICATION
DR. AYONI WILLIAMS
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From: [our anonymous friend]
To: Dr. Ayoni Williams
Thanks for this confidential email,
1. bank name and address: [removed to protect our anonymous friend]
2. account number and routing code number if any: [removed]
3. The bank telephone: [removed] telex numbers: [removed]
4. The name of the beneficiary of the account: [removed]
5. Your privates telephone: [removed]
fax number for easy communication: [removed]
SEE YOU SOON...
[our anonymous friend]
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From: Dr. Ayoni Williams
To: [our anonymous friend]
ATTENTION: THE MANAGING DIRECTOR/C.E.O.
REQUEST FOR URGENT CONFIDENTIAL RELATIONSHIP
RE: TRANSFER OF US$48,600,000.00 MILLION AMERICAN DOLLARS INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.
After one deliberation with my colleagues I decided to forward you this
business proposal. However, the current favorable celebration period now
present an opportunity for this money to be transfer out of the country
before 2002 without being noticed and this will only take us 3 banking
working days and the money will be transfer by electronic wire transfer .
We want a reliable person who could assist us to transfer the sum
of forty-eight million and six hundred
thousand united state dollars only (US$48, 600,000.00) into his account
The fund resulted from an over invoiced bill from contract awarded by us
under the budget allocation to my ministry and the bill was approved for
payment by the concerned ministries.the contract was duly executed,
commissioned and the contractors was paid his actual cost of the contract.We
are left with the balance of US$48,600,000.00 as the over-invoiced amount
which we have deliberately over estimated for our own use. But under our
protocol division civil servant are forbidden to operate or own a foreign
account. This is why I contact you for assistance. We have agreed to share
the money as follows:
1. 30% for your account owner
2. 60% for us
3. 10%for tax as may be required by your government
As you may want to known and to make you less curious. I get your address
from our chamber of commerce and industry and I am the executive chairman
tender board committee of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation
(N.N.P.C). This transaction is very much free from all sorts of risk
hence,the business was carefully planned before it was successfully executed
and we the N.N.P.C officers involved in this deal have put many years in
service to our ministry. We have been exercising patience for this fund
opportunity for so long and to most of us, this is a lifetime opportunity we
cannot afford to miss. Get this fund paid into your interest to fully assist
us in this transaction. You are to furnish us the following information:
1. Your bank name and address
2. Your account number and routing code number if any
3. The bank telephone, fax and telex numbers
4. The name of the beneficiary of the account
5. Your privates telephone and fax number for easy communication
This information will enable us to seek approval of the fund from concerned
ministry within 3 to 4 banking days and the Nigeria National Petroleum
Corporation (N.N.P.C) payment information will be fax immediately to you for
completion. You may be required to signed the fund release authority with
our national bank one of my colleagues and I involved in this deal will come
to your country for our share upon confirmation from you that the money
has hit your nominated bank, all this will only take us 4 working days to
ransfer this fund into your account from the day we received the required
NOTE: Your prompt reply will be highly appreciated. Please e-mail me now on
email@example.com for security purpose and call me on my telephone
number:234-80-330-79097 will be expecting call as soon as you receive this
mutual business beneficiary transaction proposal. however due to our poor
Tele communication system we find it difficult to dial out international
call and this often affect our incoming calls from abroad. Hence I advised
you to keep dialing this (Tel/fax: 234-80-330-79097) until you get through.
Do not go through an international operation because of the transaction and
your prompt reply will be highly appreciated.
DR. AYONI WILLIAMS
TEL:234- 80 -330- 79097
This is an excellent illustration of exactly how this scam works. It attempts to establish plausibility and has just enough that someone who may be exceedingly greedy or simply experiencing financial difficulties (such as our friend) might reach out and hope that it is true. The victim provides quite enough banking information for the pirate to crack his account and clean him out, leaving him in worse shape than before; meanwhile, the pirate sends conspirational messages to build cameraderie with the victim -- note the insistence on honesty and trust, doubtless offered as he was logging into the banking system. Then, *poof* the pirate vanishes without a trace. Our friend was lucky and was tipped off by the pirate's spamming software (it sent him a second copy of the original e-mail, severely undermining the pirate's credibility), and then he found us. We advised him to change his account number immediately and provide this information to his local law enforcement or Interpol. So... NOW are you going to send your banking number to them? Oh, by the way: this makes $432.6 million and a suitcase full of diamonds!
From Dr. Lukman Rilwan on 10 December 2001:
COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON.
It is my pleasure to contact you for assistance and
business co-operation. I know the content of this
letter might be surprising to you but I assure you
that every word of it is true. Even though we hardly
know each other I believe you can help me.
Meanwhile, I got your contact in the World Business
I am Dr. Rilwan lukman,President Adviser on Petroleum
and Energy and Alternate Chairman of N.N.P.C
Board&also OPEC President Designate.My office monitors
the sales and lifting of crude oil and petroleum
product by foreign dealers. With the cooperation of my
assistant and head of the audit committee attached to
the task force, I have successfully saved about
This money is as a result of allocation of excess
crude oil to the foreign dealers, which has been sold
but this money is not entered in the financial
statement of my task force. This money is now lying
unclaimed in the account of the task force, known only
to my partners and me involved in the excess
However, the legislators of the new democratic
Government of my country have set up a panel to look
into the past activities of some government companies
and parastatals. We do not want the panel to discover
the money we saved.
We cannot lodge this money into our private bank
account. In my country, public servants are not
permitted to operate any account in excess of $500,000
US Dollars. Now the idea is to have a foreign partner
whom the sum will be transferred to. We have concluded
arrangement to transfer this money to your private
account if you permit us to use it.
All you have to do is to give us your private address,
phone and fax lines and banking particulars. I will
send you the details of the transfer and necessary
document as soon as you provide them.
If you can assist us transfer this money out before
the panel starts work, we will give you 20% of the
amount. You will keep the remaining sum for us pending
our arrival to your country. We intend to invest 50%
of the sum in business. With your knowledge and past
experience your advice will be highly needed for the
investment. We would want to know the lucrative
business areas in your country we can invest on with
the 50% of the sum.
Don't worry about any problem in this business. I
assure it is safe and no risk is involved. No other
party is aware of the sum from the excess allocation
except my partner and me. However, this transaction
should be secret and confidential.
We awaits your reply on your participation or not, so
that we can search for another willing person. Your
quick response matters.
Dr. Lukman Rilwan
"Merry Christmas, let's embezzle some money!" I love it! And your generous contribution to my holiday cheer brings the total offerings to $384 million and a suitcase full of diamonds! Thank you Santa!
From Dr. Timi Ahmed on 5 December 2001:
ASSISTANCE REQUIRED FOR ACQUISITION OF ESTATE
I write to inform you of my desire to acquire estates or landed properties in your
country on behalf of the Director of Contracts and Finance Allocation of the Federal
Ministry of Works and Housing in Nigeria.
Considering his very strategic and influential position, he would want the
transaction to be strictly confidential as possible. He further wants his identity to
remain undisclosed at least for now, until the completion of the transaction. Hence
our desire to have an overseas agent. I have therefore been directed to inquire if
you would agree to act as our overseas agent in order to actualize this transaction.
The deal, in brief, is that the funds with which we intend to carry out our proposed
investments in country is presently in a coded account at the Nigeria Apex Bank (i.e.
the Central Bank of Nigeria) and we need your assistance to transfer the funds to
your country in a convenient bank account that will be provided by you before we can
put the funds into use in your country. For this, you shall be considered to have
executed a contract for the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in Nigeria for
which payment should be effected to you by the Ministry. The contract sum of which
shall run into US$15.5 Million, of which your share shall be 20% if you agree to be
our overseas agent.
As soon as payment is effected, and the amount mentioned above is successfully
transferred into your account, we intend to use our own share in acquiring some
estates abroad. For this too you shall also serve as our agent. In the light of
this, I would like you to forward to me the following information:
1. Your company name and address
2. Your personal fax number
3. Your personal telephone number for easy
You are requested to communicate your acceptance of this proposal through my
above stated email address after which we shall discuss in details the modalities for
seeing this transaction through.
Your quick response will be highly appreciated. Thank you in anticipation of your
Dr. Timi Ahmed
So, let me get this straight. It's cheaper for you to pay me $3.1 million to open a bank account and go look at estates for you, than it is for you to buy an airplane ticket and do it yourself?? Well! I'll certainly give you credit for a new twist to this old game! Sheesh! Now our bounty is $346.5 million and a suitcase full of diamonds!
From John Sankoh on 28 October 2001:
I got your contact in cause of a seriouse search for
reliable foreing partner, which really made me to
contact you for assistance in transfering my diamond
stones to you for
I'm dennis sanko the son of late omoila sanko
businessman .Who died two yaers ago when
the revolutionary united front rebels
our residence on the nigth of 26 feb 1999in Makeni
Following the cease fire agreement which was reach
last year with the help of United Nation peace
troops,I used the oppoturnity to leave the country
with a very important document of my late father
diamond stones (14.220]
carrat) abaout 3kg in which i successfully brougth down to
SENEGAL by train and
deposited here, in the security company Dakar Senegal
,under my name , I'm searching for a trusted
foreing firm whom can assist me in the transferring
the stones and
sales of the stones, for i understand that it is of
more higher value
westhern country than my local country; further more;
to guide me in
investing the money realise in a proper business.The
document are with
rigth now in senegal and the picture of my diamond
which will be faxed to you upon your
reqeust,this include the certificate of ownership
belonging to my late
father ,the laboratory test testifying the quality of
my diamond ,the
of deposit in the security company and the
picture.However I contact
based on your
capability and vast knowledge on international
commercial investement. For your assistance and
co-opertion I will give you 15%of the total sum
realised after the sucessfull transffer of this stones
and the sale
Please kindly communicate your acceptance of this
proposal so that we can discuss the modalities of
seeing this transaction through.I count on you
greately for your assistance.I'remain yours
This one is cool because it is different: massive, stolen diamonds from Sierra Leone! So now
we have $331 million and a suitcase full of diamonds! Cool!
From Kelechi Emmanuel on 8 October 2001:
INTRODUCTION: l am KELEUWA EMMANUEL a Civil servant.
l know this proposal will come to you as a
surprise because we have not met before
either physically or through correspondence.
I have no doubt in your ability to handle
this proposal involving huge sum of money.
My father CLIFFORD EMMANUEL (Now Late) was the Royal
Head of my community,
ELEME (an oil rich town) in Nigeria. My community
produces 5.8% of the
total crude oil production in Nigeria and 0.5% of the
Dollar value of
each barrel is paid to my father as royalty by the
My father was also the Chairman of ELEME Special Oil
In his position as the Royal head and Chairman of
the Oil Trust Fund, he made some money which he
left for me as the only heir to inherit. The money is
Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars($10.5m).
This Money originated from the accumulated
Due to poor banking system in Nigeria and
political instability as a result of past Military
rules (1985-1999) , he deposited this Money in a
Strong Room/"VAULTS" with an open beneficiary in Apex
Bank of Nigeria pending when he would finish
arrangement to transfer it abroad as a CONTRACT
PAYMENT. He was planning this when he died late last
year of Heart Attack.
THE PROPOSAL: Just before my father died he called
my attention to the money and charged me to look
for a foreigner who would assist me in the
transfer/investment of the funds abroad. So l
would be very grateful if you could accept to help me
achieve this great objective.
I promise to give you 20% of the total funds
transferred to your vital
bank account as compensation for your assistance. Five
be set aside to take care of all expenses we may
incure during the transaction.
To indicate your interest, contact me urgently and
more information and the roles you will play in this
business. All the
legal Documents concerning this Money will be sent to
you as soon as
we agreed together.
Send your reply through this mail box. As soon as you
indicate your interest
I will let you know the name of the security company
and the vital information's
that will help us claim this fund.
May the almighty God bless you.
Now we're up to $331 million, thanks to a Nigerian named Clifford?!
From Joseph Odemu on 18 June 2001:
PLEASE READ THIS MESSAGE WITH A LOT OF CONCENTRATION
AND UNDERSTAND IT PROPERTLY, THEN RESPOND IF YOU ARE
INTERESTED OR WILLING TO ASSIST.
I AM BY NAME JOSEPH O. MUSSEVENI, THE YOUNGER BROTHER
OF FORMER UGANDA PRESIDENT, - PRESIDENT MUSEVENI,
DURING HIS TENURE AS OUR DEAR COUNTRY=92S
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF; SOME AMOUNT OF MONEY WAS SYPHONED
TO DIFFERENT OFFSHORE BANKS AND I WAS ABLE TO FISH OUT
ONE OF THESE OFFSHORE BANK ACCOUNT PARTICULARS, THAT
IS, I CAN WITHDRAW ALL THE MONEY IN THAT OFFSHORE
ACCONT WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF A FOREIGNER WHO CAN
VISIT THIS OFFSHORE BANK WITH MY INSTRUCTIONS TO
RELEASE ALL THE MONEY TO YOU AND YOU WILL KEEP THIS
MONEY IN A SAFE PLACE FOR ME FOR JUST 3 MONTHS AND I
WILL MAKE MYSELF AVAILABLE TO CLAIM THE FUND FROM YOU.
AMOUNT IN QUESTION IS USD $50M.
OFFSHORE BANK =96 HOLLAND
SHARING RATIO =96 30% FOR YOU
60% FOR ME AND MY ASSOCIATES
10% FOR EXPENSES
DURATION OF OPERATION =96 1 WEEK ACCORDING TO YOUR
PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA MY EMAIL ADDRESS, ENCLOSE YOUR
DIRECT LINE FAX AND TELEPHONE LINES.
GOD BLESS YOU.
Ooooh! Uganda! We're going multinational! Ugandans are so generous, and so succinct! You
Nigerians are getting upstaged by these guys! Joseph has brought our total to $320.5 million.
Thank you Joey!
From Chief Egodimma on 10 May 2001:
FROM: CHIEF DENNIS OSADEBE
DATE: 10th MAY 2001
URGENT TRANSFER OF FUNDS
IT IS MY WARMEST PLEASURE WRITING YOU THIS CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS
PROPOSAL WITH A VIEW YOU WILL CONSIDER MY REQUEST AND GIVE ME
POSITIVE RESPONSE HENCE TIME IS ESSENTIAL.
HOWEVER, I AM MAKING THIS CONTACT TO YOU BASED ON TRUST AND
CONFIDENCE IRRESPECTIVE OF THE FACT THAT WE HAVE NOT MET BEFORE AND
BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE BUSINESS I AM ABOUT TO INTRODUCE, I
TO REMAIN POSITIVE HAVING THE FAITH AND THE WILL AND CONVINCING MY
SELF THAT YOU WILL BE CAPABLE TO DO BUSINESS WITH ME. AS A MATTER OF
INTRODUCTION, I AM THE FINANCIAL DIRECTOR/CHIEF ACCOUNTANT OF INEC,
MEANING INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION. THIS
ORGANIZATION (INEC) IS IN CHARGE OF CONDUCTING ELECTIONS HELD IN MY
COUNTRY NIGERIA. CONSEQUENTLY, LAST YEAR, ABOUT US$1 BILLION WAS
ALLOCATED TO THIS AGENCYBY THE PAST MILITARY GOVERNMENT THAT
HANDED OVER POWER TO THE CIVILIAN ADMINISTRATION THAT IS GOVERNING
THE POLITICAL SOVEREIGNTY OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AS AT
NOW. ON DISBURSING OF THE US$1 BILLION FOR ELECTION PURPOSES, ABOUT
US$8000 MILLION WAS UTILIZED IN CONDUCTING ALLTHE ELECTION WHILE
US$200 MILLION WAS LEFT AS BALANCE OUT OF THE USD$1BILLION GIVEN TO
MY AGENCY INEC.
HAVING CONCLUDED ALL STAGES OF THE ELECTION AND THE NEW
GOVERNMENT ALREADY IN POWER, IT WAS LEFT FOR MY OFFICE TO GIVE
ACCOUNT OF ALL EXPENSES UTILIZED IN CONDUCTING THE ELECTION AND
WHILE DOING THIS ACCOUNTS, I AND MY TWOOTHER PARTNERS SECRETLY
REMOVED THE SUM OF US$30MILLION FROM THE INEC TREASURY ACCOUNT
WITH THE INTENTION OF SIPHONING THE FUNDS OUT OF THE COUNTRYTO ANY
RELIABLE FOREIGN ACCOUNT PENDING WHEN WE SHALL COME OVER TO THAT
PERSON S COUNTRY AND COLLECT OUR PERCENTAGE SPECIFICALLY MEANT
PURPOSES. AS THE CHIEF FINANCIAL DIRECTOR OF INEC, I HAVE ALREADY
DECLARED TO THE AUTHORITIES HERE THAT OUT OF THE US$1BILLION GIVEN
TO US, US$170MILLIONIS THE BALANCE LEFT AND THE US$30 MILLION THROUGH
OVER INVOICING RECORDSHAVE
BEEN PUSHED TO THE FOREX ACCOUNT OF BANK OF NIGERIA AWAITING THE
NECESSARY DOCUMENTS TO BE PROCESSED TO OBTAIN VALID AND LEGAL
AUTHORIZATION PRIOR TO TELEGRAPHIC WIRE TRANSFER TAKING PLACE TO
YOUR DESIGNATED BANK ACCOUNT.
NOTE. OUR REASON FOR CONTACTING YOU IN THIS CONFIDENTIAL
TRANSACTIONIS DUE TO THE FACT AS TOP CIVIL SERVANTS WORKING UNDER
GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHMENTOR CORPORATION WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO
OPERATE FOREIGN ACCOUNT AS IT IS AGAINST
THE NEW GOVERNMENT ANTI CORRUPTION CODE OF CONDUCT BUREAU AND
DISCOVERY THAT WE HAVE ACCESS TO FOREIGN ACCOUNT, WE SHALL BE
DISMISSED FROM SERVICE IMMEDIATELY AND BASED ON THIS DIFFICULT
SITUATION, WE HAVE NO OTHER OPTION THAN TO LOOK FOR A RELIABLE
FOREIGN PARTNER TO ASSIST US IN TAKING THISFUND OUT.
FINALLY, THIS TRANSACTION WILL BE FINALIZED PRECISELY IN THREE
WEEKSTIME AND WE SHALL BE GIVING YOU 25% OF THE SUM TOTAL FOR YOUR
SUPPORT, ASSISTANCE AND CO-OPERATION IN SEEING THAT THIS FUNDS
TRANSFER SUCCEEDS. ON THEOTHER
HAND, YOU ARE BEING GUARANTEED ALSO THAT THERE IS NO ATOM OF RISK
INVOLVED IN YOUR PARTICIPATION HENCE THE TRANSACTION WILL BE
HANDLED WITH UTMOST CONFIDENTIALITY IN OTHER TO AVOID ANY LEAKAGE.
ON ACCEPTANCE OF THIS LETTER, WHICH I BELIEVE THAT, YOU WILL GIVE MEA
POSITIVE ANSWER, CONTACT ME THROUGH MY EMAIL ADDRESS FOR FURTHER
DIRECTIVE ON THIS MATTER.
AWAITING YOUR SWIFT AND FAVORABLE RESPONSE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
CHIEF DENNIS OSADEBE
Your kindness is as limitless as your ability to coordinate your e-mail signature to your
account identification is weak. That's okay though, I trust you anyway, and will gladly add your
offering to my payout, which has now reached $270.5 million. Which I am sure will be in my
bank account soon. Really.
From Saheed Hassan on 20 March 2001:
First, I must solicit your strictest confidence in
this is by virtue of it's nature as being utterly
confidential and top
Study this portion carefully and advice categorically,
if you will be
able to handle, as I might not want to be exposed of
considering the source and reputation of my name.
I am the Director of project and the newly appointed
reviewing committee(CRC) of the Federal ministry of
Works and Housing
(FMW&H) in Lagos, Nigeria. I am seeking your
assistance to enable me
transfer the sum of US $17,000,000.00 into your
account for mutual benefits.
This money came about as a result of a contract
executed on behalf of
my Ministry, the (Federal Ministry of Works and
Housing). This contract
was officially assigned to be awarded and executed by
two foreign contractors
at the tune of US$80,500,000.00, but in the course of
I bargained with only one foreign contractor, a
Bulgarian firm which
now executed the contract at the cost of US
$63,500,000.00. Thus leaving
the remaining US$17M to my benefits unknown to the
contractor and any
other person in my Ministry. This contract has been
and inspected as the Bulgarian firm is presently
securing his payment
from my Ministry.
It is however to this effect that I seek your maximum
approval to present your company name alongside with
the Bulgarian contractor
as the second foreign contractor to enable me transfer
into your account for further investment depending on
On actualization of the transaction, the funds will be
1. 30% of the money go to you for acting as the
beneficiary of the funds.
2. 10% for reimbursement to both parties for
incidental expenses that
may be incurred in the course of the transaction for
bills, documentation etc
3. 60%to me.
All logistics are in place and all modalities worked
out for the smooth
actualization of the transaction within fourteen
working days of commencement
after receiving the following information by fax: Your
address, phone/fax numbers and the activities of your
The above information will enable me make application
and lodge claims
to concerned Ministries in favour of your company or
name and it is pertinent
to state here that this deal is entirely based on
trust and the fear
If you are able to handle this, feel free to e-mail me
for a perfect understanding
of the transaction.
Thanks in anticipation of your positive response.
...make that $240.5 million... and now we're pissing off the Bulgarians, too.
From Dr. Mrs. Ganiya Abacha on 19 March 2001:
ABACHA'S FAMILY ESTATE
(ESTATE DEVELOPMENT'S & CONSULTANTS)
DIRECT FAX: 234-1-7592996
I am Dr. Mrs. Ganiya Abacha, wife to the late
Nigerian Head of State, General Sanni Abacha who died
on the 8th of June 1998 while still in active duty. I
am contacting you in view of the fact that we will be
of great assistance to each other likewise developing
a cordial business relationship.
I currently have the sum of forty-five million United
States Dollars ($45,000,000.00) which I intended to
use for investment purpose specifically in your
country. The money came as a result of a pay-back
contract deal between my late husband and a Russian
firm in our country's multi billion Dollars Ajaokuta
Steel Plant. The Russian partners returned my
husbands share of $45,000,000.00 USD after the death
of my husband and lodged it with my brother's
security company in Nigeria of which I am the
Director. Right now the new civilian government have
intensified their probe on my husband's financial
resources and the account and banking transactions had
been suspended. My son is facing trial and our
travelling facilities had been seized temporarily.
In view of this, I acted very fast at the early stage
of the probe to withdraw the $45,000,000.00 from the
company's vault and deposited it in a privately
erected safe in Overseas. I have since declared the
Security Company Bankruptcy. No record ever existed
concerning the money neither is the money traceably
by the government because there is no documentation
showing that we received such money from the Russians.
Due to the current situation in my country concerning
government attitude towards my family, it has become
quite impossible for me to make use of this money
within nor have freedom to travel, this, I seek your
assistance to transfer this money out of the security
safe urgently to enable us discuss in details about
Bearing in mind that your assistance is needed to
transfer this fund, I propose a commission of 25% of
the total sum to you for the expected services and
assistance. Your urgent response is highly needed so
as to stop me from seeking further contact for
assistance. All correspondence must be by direct fax
number 234-1-7592996 for security reasons. I must use
this opportunity to implore you to exercise the utmost
indulgence to keep this matter extra-ordinary
confidential whatever your decision while I await your
DR. MRS GANIYA ABACHA
Oooh, now the Russians are involved. $45 million is what, 67 gazillion rubles? I'm now at
$223,500,000 and getting richer every time I open my e-mail inbox... what a great country!
From Mrs. Hadija Abacha on 24 February 2001:
From: Mrs. Hadija Abacha
Date: 24 -2-2001
I NEED URGENT ASSISTANCE
It is with utmost confidence and couple with trust
that I write to seek your help in the context below In
respective of the fact that we have not met in person
or transacted any business before but I have to remain
positive minded that you will look into my
plight and give me favourable response as regards to
As you may wish to know, I am Mrs. Hadija Abacha the
second wife of the former Nigeria Military Head of
state Late General Sani Abacha, whose sudden death
occurred on 8th of June 1998. Since the demise of my
late husband, the present civilian regime have been
tormenting all relations, family members, well wishers
of the late head of
state and as a result of that a panel of enquiry to
probe the financial activities of my late husband
(former Head of State) with a decision to Freeze All
his Assets respectively.
The investigative team have submitted their reports,
and base on their recommendation my late husbands over
sea account have been frozen and presently some cash
and assets recovered have been confisticated as well.
Meanwhile before his death there was a sum of $25.5
million deposited in a financial trust and security
company here in Nigeria by my late husband and during
this period investigation was going on,
my confidential attorney was detailed to make sure
that money lodged with that security company was not
detected and luckily the funds is still intact with
the security company.
Base on this situation couple with overseas travel
embargo and restriction imposed on all family members
of the late head of state in including my very self, I
wish to personally appeal to you to assist me in
allowing this sum to be secretly transferred to your
account or corporate account depending which of the
account can be provided by you hence I intend to use
this money for investment purposes in order to take
care of my children since this is the only thing I can
lay hands on. With utmost sincerity and for your kind
co-operation I here by agree to compensate your effort
with 30% of the total sum, after the transaction has
been completed while 70% of the money belongs to me.
Finally, my confidential attorneys have been properly
briefed about the whole thing and he is aware of this
arrangement. I assure you vividly that this matter is
highly confidential and risk free. Your integrity will
be highly protected until this transaction is
Let me have your response indicating your intentions
as per how we should proceed Hence from the
calculation made, it takes ten days to finalize this
Looking forward to hearing from you ASAP. May Allah
Mrs. Hadija Abacha
FOR THE FAMILY.
Shew! This has been a real lesson in Nigerian politics. Just how many families of deposed
dictators are out there, trying to scam money out of the country? I'll bet Nigeria is a fascinating
place to visit, with all this intrigue going on. With your offer, I'm now up to $178.5 million, a
chunk of change even by the Pentagon's reckoning. What color should I paint my fighter jet?
From Miss Benita Kabila on 30 January 2001:
FROM: THE FAMILY OF LAURENT KABILA.
MARBLE HOUSE, HILL TOP,
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.
TO: THE PRESIDENT,
RE: MUTUAL CO-OPERATION IN MONEY TRANSFER.
I AM MISS BENITA KABILA DAUGHTER OF LATE LAURENT
KABILA THE RECENTLY ASSASINATED PRESIDENT OF THE
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. AS YOU MAY KNOW MY
FATHER DIED IN THE DISTRICT OF LUMUMBASHI, ZIMBABWE
DUE TO SERIOUS INJURIES SUSTAINED WHEN HE WAS ATTACKED
BY HIS PERSONAL BODYGUARD (RASHID) ON TUESDAY 16TH
JANUARY 2001 IN THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE. HE WAS
FINALLY LAYED TO REST WITH FULL NATIONAL HONOURS ON
23RD JANUARY. THE FAMILY CONSIDERS THIS EARLY MOVE AS
A WISE ONE BECAUSE IT IS SAID THAT 'A STITCH IN TIME
SAVES NINE'. WE CANNOT PREDICT THE ACTIONS OF THE
REBELS WHICH ARE ABOUT THREE GROUPS.
I WAS VERY CLOSE TO MY FATHER DURING HIS LIFETIME. DUE
TO THE INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP, HE ENTRUSTED ON ME SOME
OF HIS SECRET DEALS IN GOVERNMENT. IN NOVEMBER 2000,
HE CONFIDED IN ME THE EXISTENCE OF SIXTY FIVE MILLION
U.S DOLLARS ($65,000,000) WHICH HE HAD RESOLVED TO
TRANSFER ABROAD FOR SAFETY IN CASE OF ANY EVENTUALITY.
THROUGH THE CONIVANCE OF MY COUSIN DAVE NGOBE KABILA
(ONE OF MY FATHER'S PERSONAL AIDES), WE WERE GIVEN
SECURITY ESCORTS ON THE GUISE THAT WE WERE VISITING A
FRIENDLY FRENCH SPEAKING COUNTRY. WE WERE FLOWN WITH
THIS MONEY TO COTONOU IN BENIN REPUBLIC WHERE WE
DEPOSITED THE MONEY IN BOXES WITH A SECURITY COMPANY.
INSTRUCTION FROM MY FATHER WAS FOR THE SECURITY FIRM
TO SAFEGUARD THE BOXES WHICH WERE ASSUMED TO CONTAIN
DIAMOND AND PERSONAL EFFECTS WORTH $65M UNTILL
ARRANGEMENT IS CONCLUDED TO TRANSFER THEM OUT OF
AFRICA. MY LATE FATHER WAS STILL PLANNING THIS WHEN
THE 'EVENTUALITY' HAPPENED HE WAS ASSASINATED.
PRESENTLY, OUR FAMILY INCLUDING MY ELDEST BROTHER
JOSEPH KABILA CURRENTLY IN CONTROL OF THE GOVERNMENT
ARE TRAPPED IN KINSHASA. WE CANNOT RUN OUT BECAUSE OF
TIGHT SECURITY AND SURVEILLANCE ON US. THERE ARE
FRESH MILITARY INSURRECTION/REBEL ATTACKS AND MY
BROTHER'S OFFICE IS IN SERIOUS THREAT.
HOWEVER, WE ARE LUCKY THAT OUR COUSIN DAVE KABILA HAS
ESCAPED TO COTONOU IN BENIN REPUBLIC. IN THIS VEIN, I
AM WRITING TO SOLICIT FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE. WE NEED YOU
TO HELP US TRANSFER THE MONEY FROM COTONOU TO YOUR
COUNTRY OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY OF YOUR CHOICE FOR
INVESTMENTS. I HAVE MANDATED MY COUSIN NGOBE TO LIASE
WITH YOU AND WORK OUT THE MODALITIES IN THE TRANSFER
OF THE MONEY. MORE IMPORTANTLY, I EXPECT THAT YOU GO
PERSONALLY TO COTONOU, SEE THINGS FOR YOURSELF AND
EFFECT THE TRANSFER OF THE FUNDS. THIS BUSINESS NEEDS
URGENT ATTENTION SO THAT THE MONEY GETS OUT OF AFRICA
IN THE NEAR FUTURE. I AM ALSO CONTACTING YOU BASED ON
THE CONSENT OF MY FAMILY MEMBERS. SO FEEL FREE TO
RELATE WELL WITH MY COUSIN.
WE HAVE RESOLVED TO GIVE YOU 10% OF THE TOTAL MONEY
TRANSFERRED AS COMMISSION FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE. WE ARE
READY TO ENTERTAIN ANY QUESTIONS WHERE YOU DO NOT
UNDERSTAND. PLEASE SEND YOUR REPLY TO ME OR TO MR
NGOBE KABILA (MY COUSIN) IN COTONOU. HIS CONTACTS ARE:
TEL, 871 76 203 9075 (SATELLITE PHONE)
FAX, 871 76 203 9077 (SATELLITE FAX)
AWAITING YOUR URGENT RESPONSE.
BENITA KABILA (MISS).
Well I'll give you credit for one thing, Miss Kabila, you sure write like a government
consultant. You could have a long and illustrious career at Lockheed Martin or SAIC. $65
is VERY generous; much better than the pocket-change I've been offered in the past. This brings
the total amount of Nigerian money laundered out of the country to $153 million, which I figure
ought to get me a nice piece of land in Brazil. Thank you for thinking of me!
From Dr. Patrick Giwa on 6 January 2001:
BOARD OF TRUSTEE, PETROLEUM (SPECIAL) TRUST FUND
PTF Building, Victoria Island Lagos.
FROM THE OFFICE OF: DR. PATRICK GIWA (MNIM)
DIRECT TEL\FAX : 234-1-804-2907 or 234-1-804-8078
BUSINESS PROPOSAL: TRANSFER OF US$15.6 M (FIFTEEN
MILLION SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) &
BUSINESS INVESTMENTS PARTNERSHIP
First, I must solicit your strictest confidence in
this transaction, this is by virtue of its nature as
being utterly confidential and top secret as you were
introduced to us in confidence through the Nigerian
Chamber of Commerce, Foreign Trade Division.
I am Dr.Patrick Giwa, the Secretary of the Federal
Government of Nigeria Contract Award and Monitoring
Committee (CAMC) of the Petroleum (Special)Trust
Sometime ago, a contract was awarded to a
conglomerate of Foreign Companies by my committee on
behalf of PTF, the contract was over-invoiced to the
tune of US $15.6 Million.This was done deliberately,
was a deal by members of my committee to benefit from
the project, we now desire to transfer the money,
which is presently in a suspense account of PTF in the
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) into an overseas account
which we expect you to provide.
We have agreed that the following funds will be shared
thus after it has been paid into your account;
a) 30% of the money will go to you for acting as
the beneficiary of the fund.
b) 10% has been set aside as an abstract projection
for reimbursement to both parties for incidental
expenses that may be incurred in the course of the
c) 60% to us the government officials (which we
wish to commence an important business in conjunction
I Would Require
a) Name and address of Company/ Beneficiary
b) Proforma Invoice / Letter-Head Paper
The above information would be used to make formal
applications as a matter of procedure for the release
of the money and onward transfer to your nominated
It does not matter whether or not your company or you
does contract projects of the nature described here,
the assumption is that you won a major contract and
subcontracted it out to other companies, more often
not, big trading companies or individuals of unrelated
field win major contracts and subcontracts to more
specialized firms for execution of such contracts.
We have strong and reliable connections and contacts
at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and The Federal
Ministry of Finance and we have no doubts at all that
this money will be released and transferred if we get
the necessary foreign partners to assist us in this
deal. Therefore, when the business is successfully
concluded we shall through the same connections
all documents used from all the concerned government
ministries for 100% security.
We want this money to be transferred to the foreign
account which you are going to provide bearing in mind
that our civil service code of conduct forbids us from
owning foreign company or running foreign account, all
expenses regarding the account opening if not already
in existence shall be borne by you, all expenses are
however reimbursable as already stated above on
conclusion of business.
Please acknowledge the receipt of this letter if you
are interested and send the required documents
mentioned through my Telephone number
Number 234-804-8078 , for more details on this
The Telephone may be busy, please keep on trying till
you get through.
I wait in anticipation of your cooperation.
Dr. Patrick Giwa (MNIM)
$15.6 million? Small potatoes, good doctor. But I've always been willing to help the poor, so
I'll help you claim and distribute your pocket change, bringing my revenues to $167.1 million.
Exactly how much is that in your local currency? On a whim, I looked it up... it's 17 billion naira.
Not a bad haul for doing nothing but providing all my financial information to a total
From Osaro Kabbah on 5 January 2001:
Attention: The President
First, 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. We have decided to contract you due to the urgency of this transaction,
as we have been reliably informed of your discreteness and ability in
transaction of this nature.
Let me start by first introducing myself properly to you. I am a Director
with the Commerce Bank of Africa Nigeria Plc, Lagos. I came to know of
you in my private search for a reliable and reputable person to handle
this confidential transaction which involves the transfer of a huge sum
of money to a foreign account requiring maximum confidence.
A foreigner, Late Engineer Johnson Creek, an Oil Merchant/ Contractor
with the Federal Government of Nigeria, until his death a year ago in
a ghastly air crash, banked with us here at Commerce Bank of Africa.,
Lagos, and had a closing balance as at the end of June, 2000 worth US$25.0m
( Twenty five Million, United States Dollars ) which the bank now expects
a next of kin to claim as Beneficiary. Valuable efforts had being made
by the Commerce Bank to get in touch with any of the Creek's family or
relatives but there has been no success.
It is because of the perceived possibility of not being able to locate
any of Late Engr. Johnson Creek's next of kin (he had no known wife nor
children that is known to us). The management under the influence of
our Chairman and member of the Board of Directors, retired Major General
Umaru Shelling, that arrangement has been made for the funds to be declared
'UNCLAIMABLE' and subsequently be donated to the Trust Fund.
In order to avert this negative development, some of my trusted colleagues
and I now seek your permission to have you stand as a next-of-kin to
Late Engr. Johnson Creek so that the funds US$25.0m would be released
and paid into your account as the beneficiary next-of-kin. All documents
and proves to enable you get this fund will be carefully worked out,
we have secured from the probate an order of mandamus to locate any of
the deceased beneficiaries and more so we are assuring you of a 100%
risk free involvement. Your share stays while the rest would be for myself
and my colleagues for investment purposes in your country.
We have agreed that, the fund be shared thus, after it has been transferred
into your account:
1 20% of the money will go to you for acting as the beneficiary of the
2 5% will be set aside for reimbursement to both parties for any incidental
expenses that may be incurred in the course of the transaction.
3 75% to us the originators of the transaction.
If this proposal is acceptable by you do not make undue advantage of
the trust we have bestowed on you and your company, then kindly get to
me immediately via the above email. Please furnish me with your most
confidential telephone, fax and bank account particulars so that I can
use these information to apply for the release and subsequent transfer
of the funds in your favour.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated co-operation.
firstname.lastname@example.org - email
(253) 503-2230 x1512 - voicemail/fax
Heh. For a second there, we thought we'd been cut out of the loop. That would have been
disappointing! No, I've always got room in my portfolio for more money. Happily, thanks to the
inept government of Nigeria, I've got a big slice of a cool $151,500,000 pie. Thanks guys!
From Johnson Ibe on 21 November 2000:
MR JOHNSON IBE
ATT: THE PRESIDENT.
After due deliberation with my colleagues, I decided
to forward to you this proposal, we want a reliable
person who could assist us to transfer the sum of
US$38.5M (Thirty Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand
Dollars) only into his account.
This fund resulted from an over-invoiced bill from a
contract awarded by us under the budget, allocated to
my ministry and the bill was approved for payment by
the concerned ministries, the contract has been
executed, Commissioned and the contractor been paid
his actual cost for the contract. We are now left with
the balance of US$38.5M as the over-invoiced amount,
which we have deliberately over estimated for our own
use. But under our protocol division, civil servants
are forbidden to operate, or own a foreign account.
This is why I contacted you for an assistance. We have
agreed that you will be entitled for 30% of the total
sum, 60% for us while 10% for any expenses incurred
while transacting this business and whatever is left
from the 10% will be shared equally.
As you may rightly want to know I got your address
from our Chambers of Commerce and Industry here in
Lagos. I am a top official with the Nigerian National
Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). We the officials
involved in this deal have put in many years of
services to our ministries, we have been exercising
patience for this opportunity for so long and to most
of us, this is a life time opportunity we cannot
afford to miss. This transaction is very much free
from all sorts of risks.
To enable us get this fund paid into your account, we
have to present an international business outfit and
consequent upon your agreement, we will forward to you
the NNPC FOREIGN CONTRACTORS PAYMENT APPLICATION FORM.
You may be required to sign the fund release authority
in our national bank. Thereafter
Three officials will come to your company to arrange
for our share. All these will only take us 10 working
days to transfer this fund into your account right
from the day we receive the requirements.
NOTE: Your discussion regarding to this transaction
should be limited, because we are still in Government
Let honest and trust be our watch words throughout
this transaction. And your prompt reply will be highly
N:B WE NEED YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE AND FAX
NUMBER`S FOR CONFIDENTIALITY PURPOSES.
Thank you, Mr. Ibe, for helping my retirement nest egg grow. It's contributions such as yours,
along with those from Ms. Rose Osuji, Dr. Mohammed Yaya, Dr. David Ogiator, and Dr. Joe
Wilson, that have helped me cultivate my share of a $126.5 million goldmine. Please, keep
sending your money out of the country. You'll run out eventually, then I'll just buy the place.
From Rose Osuji on 30 September 2000:
Tel: 00 228-06-05-11
I am Rose Osuji, a legal practitioner
and holding the retainership of the late Nigeria's
Head of State, General Sani Abacha. I am making this
contact based on a reliable recommendation given to me
by a friend, while in Lome, Republic of Togo. Based on
my long years of retainership with the Abacha family,
I have the instruction of the wife, Mrs. Maryam Abacha
to write you this.
Since the assumption of power by the present civilian
government in Nigeria, the entire family of late
General Sani Abacha has known no peace at all. The
present government has set out plans to liquidate the
estate of the late General. The Federal Government has
confiscated all known property of the late General in
Nigeria. They have equally frozen all the family's
bank account here in Africa and abroad. The first
surviving son of late General Abacha, Mohammed Abacha
is presently standing trial on a framed charge of
conspiracy and murder.
All these victimization and many more have left the
surviving siblings of General Abacha and his wife in a
very desperate situation in the battle for survival.
In view of this experience and in order to avoid being
put into worse jeopardy, Madam Maryam Abacha has
decided to entrust her family money under the care of
an obscure foreigner for safekeeping. Upon your
acceptance to assist, you will be required to come
here and an account will be opened in your name, where
this money will be deosited for onward transfer to
your account overseas. After the successful execution
of the business here you will travel with Mrs. Abacha
to the final destination of the money for
Like I stated above, the family bank account of late
General Sani Abacha has been frozen and the money and
the property seized by the government. Madam Abacha
acting on tip-off withdrew as much money as she could
before the freezing of her account and kept it in
cash, very well disguised to avoid being detected by
the agents of the government. The money will be put
under your custody and under conditions to be agreed
upon by Madam and yourself. Madam would be very
pleased to discuss directly with you upon your
acceptance to assist her. The first batch of
US$10,000,000.00 will be handed over to you as soon as
this agreement is concluded. However, you should
undertake to make the money available to her on demand
as a primary condition to the commencement of the
Upon your acceptance to assist, you will take as
compensation 30% of the gross total.
Please do treat this matter as very urgent and highly
I look forward to hearing from you soonest.
Um, yay. More money pouring out of Nigeria. Is there any left? I, by the way, am hardly an
obscure foreigner; this offer, combined with the previous offers by Dr. Mohammed Yaya, Dr.
David Ogiator, and Dr. Joe Wilson, brings my total amount of laundered Nigerian money to $88
million. I'm a little disappointed that you're not a doctor also; I guess they've all been executed by
From Dr. Mohammed Yaya on 20 July 2000:
FROM THE DESK OF: DR. MOHAMMED YAYA
NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC)
DIRECT TEL/FAX: 234 90 401659
TRANSFER OF US$20.5 MILLION INTO A PERSONAL / COMPANY'S OFFSHORE
I AM DR. MOHAMMED YAYA, DIRECTOR OF THE PROCUREMENT OF CONTRACTS
WITH THE NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (N.N.P.C.). I SERVED
AS CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACT REVIEW PANEL
UNDER THE LAST REGIME OF OUR FORMER HEAD OF STATES; GENERAL
ABDULSALAM ABUBAKAR AND WAS ABLE WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF TWO OF
MY PANEL MEMBERS TO SET ASIDE TWENTY MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS (US$20.5M) WHICH WE FOUND OUT TO BE
MISAPPROPRIATED FUNDS FROM GROSSLY OVER-INVOICED CONTRACTS.
I GOT YOUR CONTACT FROM NIGERIAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND IT IS
WITH BUSINESS TRUST THAT MADE ME TO CONTACT YOU ON THIS MATTER.
I WRITE TO SOLICIT FOR THE TRANSFER OF THIS MONEY INTO YOUR ACCOUNT
OR ANY OTHER NOMINATED ACCOUNT YOU CAN PROVIDE FOR US. THIS MONEY
WAS GENERATED FROM AN OVER-INVOICED CONTRACT SUM IN MY
CORPORATION (N.N.P.C). WE HAVE GENERALLY AGREED THAT 20% OF THIS SUM
(US$20.5M) IS FOR YOU AS COMPENSATION FOR USING YOUR BANK ACCOUNT IN
TRANSFERRING THIS MONEY, 10% SHOULD BE FOR ALL EXPENSES MADE FOR
THE BUSINESS WHILE 70% IS FOR US.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL ARRANGE TO MEET WITH YOU IMMEDIATELY
AFTER SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF THE TRANSFER. THE 70% SHARE OF OURS
WILL BE USED FOR INVESTMENT OVERSEAS. YOUR ASSISTANCE AND
CO-OPERATION IS HIGHLY NEEDED. I ASSURE YOU THAT THIS BUSINESS IS 100%
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, I SHALL INFORM YOU OF THE MODALITIES FOR A
FORMAL APPLICATION TO SECURE THE NECESSARY APPROVALS FOR THE
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THIS FUND INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.
CONTACT ME ON MY TELE/FAX NUMBER: 234 90 401659 ATTENTION TO DR.
MOHAMMED YAYA, WE HOPE TO CONCLUDE THIS BUSINESS WITHIN THE NEXT
FOURTEEN (14) WORKING DAYS.
THANKS FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION.
I ANTICIPATE YOUR URGENT POSITIVE REPLY.
DR. MOHAMMED YAYA.
NOTE: PLEASE ALSO SEND TO ME YOUR OFFICE AND PRIVATE TELEPHONE AND
FAX NUMBERS FOR CONFIDENTIAL REASONS.
Is there any money left in Nigeria? They sure seem to have a serious problem with
officers sending their money to total strangers in foreign countries. Between Dr. Yaya here, Dr.
David Ogiator, and Dr. Joe Wilson, I've been offered a share of $78 million.
Tell you what, you give me YOUR banking information, and I'll arrange a debit from your
account. How's that?
From Dr. David Ogiator on 11 July 2000:
FOREIGN LIAISON OFFICER
NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Tel:+31 629 136 909
Fax: +31 20 600 4948
STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL & URGENT
I am an executive accountant with the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and I am also a
member of the Federal Government of Nigeria Contract
Award and Monitoring Committee in the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation. I am on a special
diplomatic duty in the Nigerian Foreign Office in
Amsterdam the Netherlands. It is a pleasure involving
you in this project. Sometime ago, a contract was
awarded to a foreign firm in NNPC by my committee.
This contract was over invoiced to the tune of
US$21.5M. This was done deliberately. The over
invoicing was a deal by my committee to benefit from
the project. We now desire to transfer this money
which is in a Suspense Account with NNPC into any
Overseas Account which we expect you to provide for
us.For providing the account where we shall remit the
money, you will be entitled to 30% of the money, 5%
for incidental expenses incurred both locally and
internationally to secure the funds successfully into
your nominated account while the remaining 65% will be
for my partners and me. I would require the following:
1) Bankers Name and Address
2) Telephone and Fax Number of Bankers
3)Sort/ABA/Routing Number of Bankers
4) Account Number
5) Your Company Name/ Address
6)Your Telephone and Fax Number
The above information would be used to make formal
application as a matter of procedure for the release
of the money and onward transfer to your account. It
does not matter whether or not your company does
contract projects of this nature described here. The
assumption is that your company won the major contract
and subcontracted it out to other companies. More
often than not, big trading companies or firms of
unrelated fields win major contracts and subcontract
to more specialized firms for execution of such contracts. We have strong
and reliable connections and contacts at the Central Bank Of Nigeria and The
Federal Ministry of Finance and we have no doubt that all this money will be
released and transferred if we get the necessary foreign partner to assist
us in this deal. Therefore, when the business is successfully concluded we
shall through our connections withdraw all documents used from all the
concerned Government Ministries for 100% security. We are civil servants and
we will not want to miss this opportunity. Please contact me
immediately through my e-mail address or phone or send me a fax, whether or
not you are interested in this deal. If you are not, it will enable me scout
for another foreign partner to carry out this deal. But where you are
interested,send the required documents aforementioned herein without delay
as time is of the essence in this business. I wait in anticipation of your
Dr David Ogiator
Thank you, but I've already received my $36 million from your fellow Nigerian and crook Dr.
Joe Wilson. I don't really need any more money.
From Dr. Joe Wilson on 27 May 2000:
DR. JOE WILSON
TEL: 234-1-774 2552
27TH MAY, 2000
PERMISSION TO REMIT US$36 MILLION INTO YOUR COMPANY OR PRIVATE
IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WRITE AND INFORM YOU OF A TRANSACTION INVOLVING
THE TRANSFER OF US$36,000,000.00 (THIRTY SIX MILLION U.S. DOLLARS) ONLY
INTO A FOREIGN ACCOUNT FOR SAFE KEEPING PENDING MY ARRIVAL WITH
MY COLLEAGUES FOR THE SHARING WITH YOU AS THE ACCOUNT OWNER INTO
WHICH THE MONEY IS REMITTED.
I AM THE CHIEF ACCOUNTANT AND A MEMBER OF THE "TENDER'S BOARD
COMMITTEE" OF THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF AVIATION, LAGOS. AFTER DUE
CONSULTATION WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE,
I WAS MANDATED TO ARRANGE AND NEGOTIATE FOR A TRUSTED FOREIGN
FIRM OR INDIVIDUAL'S ACCOUNT FOR A POSSIBLE TRANSFER OF THE FUND
BEING AN OVER INVOICED SUM RESULTING FROM VARIOUS CONTRACTS
EXECUTED BY FOREIGN COMPANIES FOR MY MINISTRY.
THIS MONEY ORIGINATED FROM OVER INVOICED CONTRACT EXECUTED FOR MY
MINISTRY SOME YEARS BACK. THE CONTRACT HAS LONG BEEN COMPLETED BY
A FOREIGN FIRM AND THE CONTRACTOR DULY PAID. I NOW SEEK IF YOU
WOULD PERMIT, THE SURPLUS TO BE REMITTED INTO YOUR ACCOUNT. AS A
MATTER OF FACT, WE ARE TOP GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND WE CANNOT
COME OUT OPENLY
TO CLAIM THIS AMOUNT. THIS IS WHEY WE ARE LOOKING FOR A COMPETENT
AND HONEST COMPANY OR INDIVIDUAL. TO FACILITATE THE REMITTANCE OF
THIS AMOUNT INTO YOUR ACCOUNT WITHIN 14 WORKING DAYS OF
RECEIVING THE FOLLOWING BANK INFORMATION FROM YOU. THE NAME,
ADDRESS, TELEX, TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS OF YOUR BANK, YOUR BANK
ACCOUNT NUMBER,WHICH THE MONMEY WILL BE REMITTED INTO/COMPANY'S
NAME, YOUR PERSONAL PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS.
ON RECEIPT OF THESE BANK INFORMATION, ALL ARRANGEMENTS SHALL BE
PERFECTED HERE FOR A SUCCESSFUL TRANSFER OF THIS FUND
TO YOUR ACCOUNT. UTMOST CONFIDENTIALITY IS HIGHLY NEEDED. ALL
YOUR REPLIES SHOULD BE ON : TEL: 234-1-774 2552; FAX 234-90-409705. THIS
TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE.
PLEASE, SEND A FAX IMMEDIATELY YOU RECEIVE THIS PROPOSAL FOR MORE
DR. JOE WILSON
Okay, so let me get this straight. All I have to do is send you my bank information and within
two weeks you'll drop $36 million? Of money you freely admit to fraudulently receiving? Hang
a minute, I have Interpol's phone number around here somewhere... come on dude, it looks like
you're trying to scam people into sending you their bank info so you can clean out their accounts,
but I'm gonna give you the benefit of the doubt and assume this is just supposed to be humorous.
A guy who holds a doctorate, but can't figure out how to turn CAPS LOCK off, claims to be
from a federal agency representing a country which, by the way, is just a city in Nigeria -- and not
even the capitol -- while writing from an e-mail account based in California (call them up and tell
them what you think of spam at 310/760-5000), and openly admits that he wants to launder $36
million through my personal bank account. Somehow this is 100% risk free. Dude, this plot is so
bad, it wouldn't even fly in a Burt Reynolds movie. Get a life.