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   PastimesNigerian Scam Baiting - Let's Discuss the Modalities

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From: yardslave7/12/2007 6:17:19 PM
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Anybody know what LUCAMIA is?

From : Anita Johnson <>
Reply-To : <>
Sent : Tuesday, July 10, 2007 6:58 PM
Subject : Dearest Beloved One

Dearest Beloved One,
I am Mrs. Anita Adams Johnson from Ivory Coast. I was married to Late Cheif Adams Johnson who was a contractor with the government of Cote D'Ivoire before he died after few days in the hospital.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $8.700 Million with a Bank in Cote D lvoire. Presently this money is still in the custody of the Bank here in Cote DIvoire.My Doctor told me that it is very likely i will die within the next 3 months due to A Blood cancer {LUCAMIA}.

I have decided to donate the money for charity to you since i do not have a child to inherit it and it better i do not die leaving the money here without it reaching the poor and the lessprivilaged ones in the society.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall tell my bank to transfer the
money to you.
Mrs. Anita Adams Johnson.

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To: yardslave who wrote (97)7/12/2007 8:06:06 PM
From: Tom Swift
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Lukemia? I can't spell it either <g>

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From: yardslave9/7/2007 6:51:54 PM
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You have to love this one. It is a scam. just google the first sentence. They take your information off of monsters, and use your real name. This took a little more work than the usual mass mailing scam. The strange characters were in the original. I left them in there, perhaps someone else knows what they are.

From : Laura Sanford <>
Reply-To : <>
Sent : Wednesday, September 5, 2007 4:55 AM
To : xxx xxxx <>
Subject : suggests You the new job for you, xxx xxxxx
| | | Inbox

xxx xxxxxx: Job offer

We have found your resume at and would like to suggest you a "Transfer manager"
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vacancy. We have studied your resume and are happy to inform you that your skills

completely meet our requirements for this position.
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This is a part-time position. Your schedule will be flexible. You will need to spend on average 1-2 hours
Nj liN

per day, Monday-Friday. This is a work-at-home position. All communication will be online.
Njl iN

This job will allow you to:

- Increase your income; ODU zM

- Efficiently work at home; ODUz Mm

- Get additional free time; ODU zMm

General requirements:
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- Internet and e-mail skills; Experience in online work; Zj Fm

- Honesty, responsibility and promptness in operations; ZjF mY

- Good communications skills ODU zM

- Prior customer service experience is a good benefit;

Necessary requirements:

* You must have your own Wells Fargo, Chase or Bank of America account for processing transfers between clients

( If you do not have the account - please, open it)

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From: yardslave9/7/2007 6:52:32 PM
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1st dz on this board

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From: Quahog9/14/2007 1:37:29 PM
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For all you Monty Python fans:

Also, food for thought:

White hunters, black hearts
Scambaiting turns the tables on Internet con men. But when the clever pranks turn dangerous and degrading, where does the moral compass point?

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To: Quahog who wrote (101)4/25/2008 2:04:25 PM
From: Quahog
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Fidelity Investments International
renult adjame area,
3 abidjan b.p.73.
Kent road,
ivoiry coast.

I am Mr. williams, The Fund Manager of Fidelity Investment
international. The African largest Fund Management Company with over £1.2Trillion
Capital Investment Fund.

Nevertheless, as The Fidelity Fund Manager, I handles all our
Investor's Direct Capital Funds and secretly extracted 1.2% Excess Maximum
return Capital Profit (EMRCP) per annum on each of the Investor's Marginal
Capital Fund. As an expert, I have made over £45, 745, 000, 00 and from
the Investor's Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit EMRCP and hereby
hoping to see someone to trust, someone who will stand as an Investor to
receive the fund as Annual Investment Proceeds from
Fidelity Marginal Capital Fund. All confirmable documents to back up
the claims will be made available to you prior to your acceptance.

Meanwhile, I have worked out the modalities and technicalities whereby
the funds can be claimed in any of our 6 Clearing Houses without any
hitches. Our sharing ratio will be 50-50. If you are interested, you
should send your direct phone numbe your fax number so we could discuss
more on phone as
regard the transaction, N:B; Do not contact my office number or email
for any reason, mainly for security purposes, all correspondence must be
through this private box:


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To: Quahog who wrote (102)5/14/2008 10:02:06 PM
From: yardslave
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I like to take the first line of these letters and google them. One of the top responses to this one was.

I am amazed that people still get scammed by these guys.

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From: c.horn6/18/2008 9:01:41 PM
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International money scam discovered in Milford hotel

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From: c.horn11/17/2008 7:35:07 PM
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Oregon Woman Loses $400,000 to Nigerian E-Mail Scam

SWEET HOME, Ore. — An Oregon woman who is out $400,000 after falling for a well-known Internet scam says she wasn't a sucker or an easy mark.

Janella Spears of Sweet Home says she simply became curious when she received an e-mail promising her $20.5 million if she would only help out a long-lost relative identified as J.B. Spears with a little money up front.

Spears told KATU-TV about the scammers' ability to identify her relative by name was persuasive.

"That's what got me to believe it," She said. "So, why wouldn't you send over $100?"

Spears, who is a nursing administrator and CPR teacher, said she mortgaged the house and took a lien out on the family car, and ran through her husband's retirement account.

"The retirement he was dreaming of — cruising and going around and seeing America — is pretty much gone for him right now," she said.

She estimates it will take two years to clear the debt that accumulated in the more than two years she spent sending money to con artists.

Her family and bank officials told her it was all a scam, she said, and begged her to stop, but she persisted because she became obsessed with getting paid.

The scheme is often called the "Nigerian scam" and it's familiar to many people with e-mail accounts. It still exists and it still works.

Spears first sent $100 through an untraceable wire service as directed by the scammers. Then, more multimillion dollar promises followed so long as she sent more money.

The scammers sent Spears official-looking documents and certificates from the Bank of Nigeria and the United Nations. President Bush and FBI Director Robert Mueller were also involved, the e-mails said, and needed her help.

They sent official-looking documents and certificates from the Bank of Nigeria and even from the United Nations, saying her payment was "guaranteed."

But it wasn't and now Spears is paying the price for her costly lesson.

"The hope is [other people] are not going to fall as hard as I fell," Spears said.

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From: Jeffrey S. Mitchell1/14/2009 9:16:25 AM
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Leamington man loses $150,000 in Nigerian scam
By Trevor Wilhelm, The Windsor StarJanuary 14, 2009

An emotional John Rempel tells his story of how he has lost $150,000 of the family's money to a Nigerian scam.Photograph by: Nick Brancaccio, The Windsor Star


A Leamington man has fallen prey to international scam artists who strung him along for more than a year with the promise of millions in cash, but ultimately bilked him and his family of $150,000.

John Rempel said he quit his truck driving job, lost friends, borrowed money and crossed the globe in pursuit of a non-existent inheritance, after he was contacted by e-mail in what is known as a Nigerian 419 scam.

Rempel said he borrowed $55,000 from an uncle in Mexico and his parents gave him $60,000 on credit to cover fees for transferring $12.8 million into his name.

“They’re in it now because of me,” said Rempel, 22, breaking into sobs. “If it wasn’t for me, nobody would be in this mess. You think things will work out, but it doesn’t. It’s a very bad feeling. I had lots of friends.

“I never get calls anymore from my friends. You know, a bad reputation.”

His troubles began in July 2007. He said he got an e-mail from someone claiming to be a lawyer with a client named David Rempel who died in a 2005 bomb attack in London, England, and left behind $12.8 million.

“They used to come in the mail,” said Leamington police Const. Kevin O’Neil. “Now the majority of these are sent through e-mail. Keeping up with the times, using all the wonderful technology that’s available to them.”

“I was told once that they send out 30,000 e-mails a day, around the world, and they hope for just one or two responses. Once you return a phone call or return an e-mail, these people now have their hooks into you.”

The lawyer said his client had no family but wanted to leave the money to a Rempel. It was his lucky day.

“It sounded all good so I called him,” said Rempel. “He sounded very happy and said God bless you.”

The man then told him he had to pay $2,500 to transfer the money into his name. Then there were several more documents. Some cost $5,000.

He was told to open an account at a bank in London. That required a $5,000 minimum deposit. The crooks later sent him an e-mail with a link to what he was told were details of his new account. Some money had been transferred there for “safe keeping.”

“Everything was good,” said Rempel.

Then he got an e-mail from a government department — he’s not sure which country — saying he owed $250,000 on tax on his inheritance. Rempel spoke to his contact, who told him they negotiated the fee down to $25,000.

Rempel went to Mexico where his uncle owns a farm. His uncle gave him $10,000 cash and money for a plane ticket. He was going to London to make sure it was legitimate.

“I had $10,000 in cash in my pocket and my uncle sent another $25,000 when I was over there.”

In London, Rempel met some people and handed over the $10,000.

They met Rempel the next day with a suitcase. They said it had $10.6 million in shrink-wrapped U.S. bills. Rempel wanted more proof. His new friends pulled out one bill and “cleansed” it with a liquid “formula,” which washed off some kind of stamp. Rempel was told that process made the money “legal tender.”

“I was like holy crap, is that mine?” he said. “They said ‘yes sir, it’s yours.’ It all sounded legit.”

Rempel returned to his hotel room clutching the formula and waited for the others so they could cleanse all his money. They never showed, and later told him they got held up. In the meantime, Rempel dropped the formula. The bottle broke. He called his contact who said he’d get more. Rempel returned to Leamington and waited.

A few weeks later Rempel got a call. They found more formula. It would cost $120,000.

“I thought, ‘let’s work on it, nothing is impossible,’” said Rempel.

His contacts were willing to meet associates in different countries to get cash for the formula. It would require several plane tickets, worth $6,000 each.

Rempel was told they collected $100,000, but still needed $20,000. There was a guy in Nigeria who had it, but another plane ticket was required. The contact later told him he could only get $15,000 and “begged” Rempel for the last $5,000.

Rempel borrowed money. He stopped making Visa and car payments.

They called a week later and said the money was ready to go. They just needed $6,900 for travel costs and to rent trunks to ship the money.

Later, the men called to say they were at the airport in New York. Security stopped them and they needed $12,500 for a bribe. Finally, Rempel had enough.

“I said, ‘no way I’m cleaned out.’”

Rempel, his parents and 10-year-old brother Ike drove to New York. They spent a day searching the airport for the men, with no luck. They returned home and called police.

“I really thought in my heart this was true,” said Rempel.

— with files from Dalson Chen

© Copyright (c) The Windsor Star

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