From: "jabbar sadiq" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: URGENT AND CONFIDENTIAL
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 11:04:05 +0000
FROM THE DESK OF MR. SADIQ BADO.
MANAGER FOREING REMITTANCE DEPT.
AFRICA DEVELOPMENT BANK
OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA FASO
I AM SADIQ THE MANAGER OF FOREING REMITANCE DEPT. AFRICA DEVELOPMENT
BANK OUAGAGOUGOU BURKINA FASO. WITH DUE RESPECT AND REGARD I HAVE
CONTACT YOU ON A BUSINESS TRANSACTION THAT WILL BE BENEFICIAL TO BOTH
US AT THE END OF THE TRANSACTION.
IN MY DEPARTMENT WE DISCOVERED AN ABANDONED SUM OF $ 15.5M DOLLARS (
MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) IN AN ACCOUNT THAT BELONGS
OF OUR FORIENGN CUSTOMER WHO DIED ON NOVEMBER 14TH 2000 IN A PLANE
THE FUND HAS BEEN DORMAT IN HIS ACCOUNT WITH THIS BANK WITHOUT ANY
SINCE WE GOT INFORMATION ABOUT HIS DEATH, THE BANK HAS BEEN EXPECTIG
NEXT OF KIN TO COME DOWN AND CLAIM HIS MONEY BECAUSE BANK CANNOT
IT UNLESS SOMEBODY APPLIES FOR IT AS NEXT OF KIN OR RELATION TO THE
DECEASED AS INDICATED IN OUR BANKING PRINCIPLES.
IT IS THEREFORE UPON THIS DISCOVERY THAT I HAVE DECIDED TO MAKE THIS
BUSINESS PROPOSAL TO YOU SO THAT THE BANH WILL RELEASE THE MONEY TO YOU
THE NEXT OF KIN OR RELATION TO THE DECEASED FOR SAFETY AND SUBSEQUENT
DISBURSEMENT SINCE NOBODY IS COMING FOR IT AND WE DON’T WANT THIS MONEY
GO INTO THE BANK TREASURY AS UNCLAIMED BILL.
THE BANKING LAW AND GUIDELINES HERE STIPULATES THAT IF SUCH MONEY
UNCLAIMED AFTER FIVE YEARS, THE MONEY WILL BE. TRANSFERRED INTO THE
TREASURY AS UNCLAIMED FUND. THE REQUEST OF FOREIGNER AS NEXT OF KIN KIN
THIS BUSINESS IS OCCASIONED BY THE FACT THAT THE CUSTOMER WAS A
AND A BURKINABE CANNOT STAND AS NEXT OF KIN TO A FOREIGNER.
IN THIS TRANSACTION (30 PERCENT ) OF THIS MONEY WILL BE FOR YOU AS
FOREIGN PARTNER, IN RESPECT TO THE PROVISION OF A FOREIGN ACCOUNT (10
PERCENT) WILL BE SET ASIDE FOR EXPENSES INCURED DURING THE BUSINESS AND
PERCENT)WOULD BE FOR ME. THERE AFTER I WILL VISIT YOUR COUNTRY FOR
DISBURSEMENT ACCORDING TO THE PERCENTAGE INDICATED.
THEREFORE TO ENABLE THE IMMEDIATE TRANSFER OF THIS FUND TO YOU AS
YOU MUST APPLY FIRST TO THE BANK AS RELATION OR NEXT OF KIN OF THE
INDICATING YOUR BANK NAME, YOUR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER, YOUR TELEPHONE AND
NUMBER FOR EASY AND EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION AND LOCATION WHERE THE
WILL BE REMMITTED.
UPON RECEIPT OF YOUR REPLY, I WILL SEND TO YOU BY FAX OR MAIL THE TEXT
THE APPLICATION. I WILL NOT FAIL TO BRING TO YOUR NOTICE THAT THIS
TRANSACTION IS RISK FREE AND THAT YOU SHOULD NOT ENTERTAIN ANY ATOM OF
FEAR AS ALL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THE TRANSFER .
YOU SHOULD CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE THIS MESSAGE .
Sounds like a great deal...
You guys have all the luck. Someday I hope to get that offer. Maybe you could forward it to me?
I can vouch for Sadiq. Wire him some money today...I would if I were you.
Sadiq's a stand up guy, give him what he asks for. There's your cash cow!
I heard him talk the other day and he said he has a plan! I wish he woudl run for President...
Underwear and shoes come to mind...
I got an email similar to that a while back. I deleted it immediately. If i don't know the person or company it's from, it gets deleted. Too many viruses and dumbasses out there.
There was a site where some guy conned these guys into posing talking into shoes and all sorts of crap. Said his real name was Al Bundy. Had these goofballs going for some time. It was pretty hilarious.
Here ya go. It's the first one, baiting Gloria
Why do they alwasy spell out the quantities like this: "$ 15.5M DOLLARS (
FIFTEEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS)". I think every single Nigerian spam scam I've received does this. Are they all just copying from some original, primodial "spam zero", or are they doing market research on gullible, greedy marks?
I got one something like that a while back. I sent the guy an email, saying I'd like to send my attorney to meet with his attorneys so that the transfer of funds would be all legal. I asked him to send me $10K - which would cover the cost of my attorney's flight, etc. He could deduct the $10K from the amount he was giving me.
I never got a response.
I'll look and see if I saved my response.
EDIT: Yep, here it is. My memory failed re: the $10K - I wanted much more!
I use Hushmail for some things, and this is what I received in March. My response is below. And yes, my last name is Smith. Notice how it was addressed to Akiga, and not me? I also have received another junk email. Possibly later I'll post it with my reply.
It's actually somewhat common to spell out large amounts of money in international trade. I think it's mostly to alleviate confusion from the Europeans using commas, instead of periods, to represent decimals.