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Posted: 6/13/2002 6:37:59 AM EST
Here's the text of an email I received recently. I do not know anything about the Congo and I am not interested in researching the subject to see if any of this could be true. All I know is that this is the last thing I want to get mixed-up with! FROM: COL.BANGI HAMA. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Tel No: Your country Intl. access code +873762692484 Fax No: your country Intl. Access code +873762692485 bangihama@rediffmail.com Dear Sir/Madam, SEEKING YOUR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE. Please Permit me to make your acquaintance in so informal a manner. This is necessitated by my urgent need to reach a dependable and trust wordy foreign partner. This request may seem strange and unsolicited but I will crave your indulgence and pray that you view it seriously. My name is COL. BANGI HAMA of the Democratic Republic of Congo and One of the close aides to the former President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, LAURENT KABILA of blessed memory, may his soul rest in peace. During the military campaign of LAURENT KABILA to force out the rebels in my country, I and some of my colleagues were commissioned by the Late President Kabila to negotiate the supply of arms and ammunition from abroad worth Twenty Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only (US$20,500,000.00) to fight the rebel groups. We were then given this money privately by the then President LAURENT KABILA, without the knowledge of his Cabinet Members. This was mainly because some of us and some Cabinet members never wanted more wars and most of the Cabinet members were opposed to the fighting. But when President Kabila was killed in a bloody shoot-out by one of his Body Guards a day before we were schedule to travel out of Congo, we immediately decided to put the funds into a private security company here in Congo for safe keeping. The security of the said amount is presently being threatened here following the arrest and seizure of properties of Col. Rasheidi Karesava (One of the Body Guards to Laurent Kabila) a tribesman, and some other Military Personnel from our same tribe, by the new President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the son of late President Laurent Kabila, Joseph Kabila. (rest of the email in the next post)
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 6:40:42 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 6:40:59 AM EST
(...and here's the rest of it.) In view of this, we need a reliable and trustworthy foreign partner who can assist us to move this money out of my country as the beneficiary. WE have sufficient ''CONTACTS'' here to move the fund under Diplomatic Cover to a security company in Europe in your name. This is to ensure that the Diplomatic Baggage is marked ''CONFIDENTIAL'' and it will not pass through normal custom/airport screening and clearance. Our inability to move this money out of Congo all this while lies on our lack of trust on our supposed good friends (western countries) who suddenly became hostile to those of us who worked with the late President Kabila immediately after his son took office. Though we have neither seen nor met each other, the information We gathered from an associate who has worked in your country has encouraged and convinced us of your country and hence with your sincere assistance, this transaction will be properly handled with modesty and honesty to a huge success within two weeks. We would please need you to stand on our behalf as the beneficiary of this fund in Europe. This is because we are under restricted movement and watch and hence we want to be very carefull in other not to lose this fund which we have worked so hard for. Thus, if you are willing to assist us move this fund out of Congo, you can contact me through my email address, Tel/Fax nos. above with your telephone, fax number and personal information to enable us discuss the modalities and what will be your share (percentage) for assisting us. Please note that There are no RISKS involved in this Deal as every ones Security is Gurranteed as far as we follow the required guidlines. I will hence furnish you with further details of this Deal as soon as I am assured of your Sincere interest to assist us. We wish to inform you that this deal is based on Mutual Trust as we cannot conclude this deal on our own without trusting someone. Also, friends are discovered and friends are made and we hope to build a lasting friendship of trust from this deal. I must use this opportunity and medium to implore you to exercise the utmost indulgence to keep this matter extraordinarily confidential, What ever your decision, while I await your prompt response. Thank you and God Bless. Best Regards COL. BANGI HAMA [bangihama@rediffmail.com] N\B. When you are calling my line, you dial your country Intl. access code, then you dial directly, do not include my country code i.e. (243). Just dial your country Intl. access code + 873762692484 and my fax number is your country Intl. Access code + 873762692485
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 6:43:07 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 6:43:28 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 6:44:26 AM EST
Scam...what amount do they want for deposit?
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 6:44:35 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 6:44:42 AM EST
Yeah it's an old scam, next they will ask for your bank's routing number and your account number so they may transfer they money to you when actually they will suck the account dry.
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 6:46:00 AM EST
check Google for "Nigeria Scam"
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 6:46:44 AM EST
Long running scam. Read about it here:


Link Posted: 6/13/2002 6:52:41 AM EST
Good grief!! You guys are all over this. Seven replies in less than ten minutes? Is this a bulletin board or a CHATROOM?? [smoke] It seems like a unaminous decision for the scam verdict, but I took it for a joke. Maybe I'll reply to the next one just to see what they want to try to get me to do.
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 7:04:05 AM EST
Tell them you would like $10,000 as a "good faith" deposit. Av.
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 7:10:27 AM EST
Originally Posted By Avalon01: Tell them you would like $10,000 as a "good faith" deposit. Av.
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Ya! Cool! I got the Nigerian email over a year ago, recognized it as a variance on an old confidence scam, and I tried to run a reverse racket on them. No go. [:(]
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 7:25:37 AM EST
From: [b] Princewill Clemence[/b] Tel/Fax: 234-9-2721404 HELLO, I am writing you this letter on a personal basis as the Chairman of the Technical Committee has on the Award and Review of Contracts in the Federal Ministry of Transport. This Committee has been mandated to pay all authentic outstanding debts owes both local and foreign contractors who rendered goods and services to the Defunct National Shipping Carrier- THE NIGERIA NATIONAL SHIPPING LINE (NNSL). I have discovered that s foreign company owed huge debts of money for some contractual services between 1986 - 1989, have failed to turn in all necessary document that will faciliate the payment of this debts which amount to the total sum of US$20,500.000 (Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only). After several reminders through the last known contact address in our official record, this Committee has now assumed the company no longer exists. The Federal Ministry of Transport has advised this Committee to delete the name of the companies who fail to turn up or show evidence of actually executing any contract from the list of beneficiaries. Hence, with your sincere co-operation and support, I now intend to use your company as the foreign based company who actually executed the contract and therefore be considered for full payment of the amount stated above. As the Chairman of this Committee, I will influence the prompt payment of this money. And I also want to assure you that there is NO RISK involved that will tarnish the good image of your company and yourself, neither will I risk putting my civil service career spanning over thirty years on what will tarnish my image and reputation. If you are seriously and genuinely interested in my plan and aspiration, kindly let me know immediately you receive this proposal so that I will give you the necessary modalities for a successful execution of this business. Also, you should send as urgent your company's information to be used as the beneficiary upon receipt of this mail. Thanks and God bless. Princewill Clemence (Chairman of the Technical Committee -F.M.T)
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 8:21:38 AM EST
[b]Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud "OPERATION 4-1-9"[/b] The perpetrators of Advance Fee Fraud are often very creative and innovative. This fraud is called "4-1-9" fraud after the section of the Nigerian penal code that addresses fraud schemes. Nigerian nationals, purporting to be officials of their government or banking institutions, will fax or mail letters to individuals and businesses in the United States and other countries. The correspondence will inform the recipient that a reputable foreign company or individual is needed for the deposit of an overpayment on a procurement contract. The letter will claim that the Nigerian government overpaid anywhere from $10 to $60 million on these contracts. There is the perception that no one would enter such an obviously suspicious relationship; however, many victims have been enticed into believing they can share in such windfall profits. Individuals are asked to provide funds to cover various fees and for personal identifiers such as Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, and other similar data. Once this information is received, the victims find that they have lost large sums of money. It is hard to pinpoint how much has been lost in these scams since many victims do not report their losses to authorities due to fear or embarrassment. In response to this growing epidemic, the Secret Service established "Operation 4-1-9" to target Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud on an international basis. Indications are that losses attributed to Advance Fee Fraud are in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Agents on temporary assignment to the American Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria, in conjunction with the Regional Security Office, supplied information in the form of investigative leads to the Federal Investigation and Intelligence Bureau (FIIB) of the Nigerian National Police. This project was designed to provide Nigerian law enforcement officials with investigative leads to enable them to enforce their own jurisdictional violations. On July 2, 1996, officials of the FIIB, accompanied by Secret Service agents in an observer/advisor role, executed search warrants on 16 location in Lagos that resulted in the arrests of 43 Nigerian nationals. Evidence seized included telephones and facsimile machines, government and Central Bank of Nigeria letterhead, international business directories, scam letters, and addressed envelopes, and files containing correspondence from victims throughout the world. [url]http://www.secretservice.gov/financial_crimes.shtml#Nigerian[/url]
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 11:36:46 AM EST
Just a variation on the African bank scam.... Scott
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 11:41:15 AM EST
I got one of these letters, from Nigeria I think. Yours is virtually identical. I was joking about it with an accountant aquantance, and he said several people in the area had bought into it and lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. I guess they lead you along for a while, and then say they need $20 for a wiring fee, and then its $350 to grease the wheels at the ministry, and then $1,000 to open an account, etc.
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 1:05:19 PM EST
Contact the mailers ISP.
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 1:22:40 PM EST
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 1:27:08 PM EST
when i first saw it, i was tempted to open an account with $5, invite them to make a deposit, then suck it dry. but then i decided to keep my 5.
Link Posted: 6/13/2002 1:41:45 PM EST
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