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#11446 - 08/12/01 10:48 AM Nigerian spam
Richard Insley Online
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Richard Insley
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Posts: 10,010
Toano, VA
For anyone who's never received a Nigerian scam letter or e-mail, here's today's scam-spam (3 copies received during the past 4 hours):

Received: from [] by
(SMTPD32-6.06) id A510A880142; Sun, 12 Aug 2001 04:57:52 -0400
Message-ID: <>
Received: from [] by; Sun, 12 Aug 2001 01:57:51 PDT
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2001 01:57:51 -0700 (PDT)
From: adamu shagari
Subject: Urgent Assistance
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
X-UIDL: 1024
Status: U

Lagos, Nigeria
FAX NO: 234 1 7594693





I hope this letter will not embarrass you since we
have not had any previous communication. I got your
reference from the United States (your country) trade
department under private enquiry that is not related
to my aim of writing you this letter and went further
to have it confirmed by the Nigeria Exports Promotion

I, on behalf of my other colleagues from different
Federal Government of Nigeria owned parastatals
decided to solicit your assistance as regards the
transfer of the above stated amount into your bank
account. This fund arose from the over-invoicing of
various contracts awarded in my parastatals to certain
foreign contractors some time ago.

We as holders of official positions in various
parastatals, were mandated by this new civilian
government to scrutinize all payments made to certain
foreign contractors by the past Military Government
and we discovered that some of the contracts they
executed were grossly over-invoiced, either by
omission or commission. Also we discovered that the
sum of $65,560,000.00 (Sixty-Five Million, Five
Hundred and Sixty Thousand United States Dollars Only)
was lying in a suspense account, although the foreign
contractors were fully paid their entitlements after
executing the said contracts. We all agreed that the
over-invoiced amount be transferred (for our own use)
into a bank account provided by a foreign partner, as
the code of conduct of the Federal Civil Service does
not allow us to operate foreign accounts.

However, we have succeeded in transferring some of
these money, precisely US$20,000,000.00 (Twenty
Million United States Dollars Only) into a foreign
account in GENEVA (SWITZERLAND). But
unfortunately, the provider of the account has severed
all forms of contacts with us as he has refused to
adhere to our earlier mutual agreement insisting that
the total amount be paid into his nominated bank
account before disbursement will take effect. If for
US$20M (Twenty Million United States Dollars Only) we
are not compensated, how can one guarantee full
compensation on remittance of the balance of
US$45.560M (Forty-Five Million, Five Hundred and Sixty
Thousand United States Dollars Only).

We are therefore seeking your assistance based on the
balance amount of US$45.560M, which can be speedily
processed and fully remitted into your nominated bank
account. On successful remittance of the fund into
your account, you will be compensated with 25% of the
amount for assistance and services and 5% set aside
for expenses contingency.

This transaction is closely knitted and in view of our
SENSITIVE POSITION we cannot afford a slip, I assure
you that this transaction is 100% risk free. We will
avail you with our identities as regards our
respective offices, when relationship is fully
established and smooth operation commences. I am at
your disposition to entertain any question(s) from you
in respect of this transaction, so contact me
immediately through the above and fax number or
through my direct email address or for further information on
the requirements and procedure. Please note that the
DEAL needs utmost confidentiality and your immediate
response will be highly appreciated and we will use
our own share of the money to establish a lucrative
business in your country.

Please you should contact me immediately with your
private fax and telephone numbers where further
details in respect to this transaction would be sent
to.Please do not disregard my email for any reason
because it was addressed to and from myself, it is for
security reason to avoid problem.
Yours truly,


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...gone fishing.

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#11447 - 08/13/01 02:10 PM Re: Nigerian spam
Al Miller Offline
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Al Miller
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Posts: 2,416
Pleasanton CA USA
Well, if I received this at the bank, we would do a SAR. Hopefully this spam is only going to private companies.

Al Miller, CRCM
Fremont Bank (CA)
(510) 790-5825
(510) 505-5211 FAX

Opinions expressed are my own and not necessarily shared by my employer.

Al Miller, CRCM
Opinions expressed are my own and not necessarily shared by my employer.

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#11448 - 08/13/01 03:00 PM Re: Nigerian spam
Richard Insley Online
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Richard Insley
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Posts: 10,010
Toano, VA
Now there's an interesting idea--sending a SAR to report spam! By the time FinCEN logs the SAR and anyone in law enforcement looks at it, the Nigerians will have morphed. Maybe we should simply forward this stuff to FinCEN and the regulators. (?)
...gone fishing.

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#11449 - 08/13/01 06:09 PM Re: Nigerian spam

These Nigerian spam scams have previously been discussed here or in another forum. But, we have received a couple of them at the bank (addressed to an employee). When I contacted our regulator, I was told to contact the Secret Service and to file a SAR and send a copy of the SAR to the regulator. However, when I contacted the Secret Service, they told me NOT to file a SAR because there was no financial loss involved. The Secret Service said they are receiving reports of Nigerian scam letters, faxes, emails, etc. by the hundreds each week. They said they can only follow up on those that involve the loss of money by the victim. So, Richard, unfortunately I think your thoughts about the Nigerians morphing is probably true.

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#11450 - 08/15/01 11:56 AM Re: Nigerian spam
RVFlyboy Offline
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Soaring over Georgia
Although the Secret Service says not to file the SAR, it is your regulator who has the enforcement authority and responsibility with regard to the SAR regulations with your institution. If they said file the SAR, I'd file the SAR.

Jim Bedsole, CRCM, CBA, CFSA

Opinions expressed are my own, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.

Jim Bedsole, CRCM, CBA, CFSA, CAFP
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#11451 - 01/16/02 06:47 PM Re: Nigerian spam

Many people fail to understand just how successful Nigerian advance fee scammers really are or totally mistake the methods or intent of the fraudsters. Apart from several deaths, I would estimate the average loss to be over $10,000 with the average victim being a middle age middle income business owner. For a detailed look at how they work visit

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#11452 - 01/16/02 09:32 PM Re: Nigerian spam
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FINALLY ABOVE the gnat line
What is a "parastatal"? Did they make that up?
"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free."

- Frederick Douglass

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