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According to the letter writer the Desk's file was marked with an "X" and there was a disk that was painted red. Wonderful stuff that.
Then they go on to say that almost all fees needed to process this transaction had been paid. Fascinating, no?
Then there is the bit about the Nigerian Mafia which nobody else will ever understand, which is probably the only true statement in the entire email, but they go on to talk about the "Anti drug/terrorist clearance certificate". Yes indeed. And we'll come back to that.
And then comes a list of over a hundred names and businesses that appears to be a Greatest Hits list of entities (some of which are real) that have been used and abused as 'sources' for the scam over the years. Absolutely Precious... and hilarious.
The point of attaching that list to this email is yet another attempt to establish credibility. The scammer is saying "hey, these are the bad guys, see... I'm not on the list."
Well, yes he is, he just stopped numbering at 124, he's actually 125.
OK, is there such a thing as an "anti drug/terrorist clearance certificate"?
Short answer. No.
Now for the longer answer....
The scammers are getting desperate as more and more people become aware of how this works as more and more mainstream media devote broadcast news hours, between reality shows, to how people are being scammed.
That and the use of buzzwords such as anti-drug and terrorism coupled with an official sounding certificate that requires a fee to obtain makes it sound all the more real.
Actually, this is just a form of the False Attribution to make the offer seem more legitimate, when in fact, it is just another fresh coat of fraud paint over our old friend the Advance Fee Scam which is getting a little long in the tooth indeed.
However, there are still the gullible and greedy who want to believe this, will send them their name, information, money and so on, under the general banner headline of "well, you never know, it might be true", and they get taken for everything they're worth.
You CAN know. It is a SCAM. You will lose money, property, and possibly even your life in the transaction. At the very least, If It Were True, you would be involved in an International Money Laundering Crime.
Yes, what they are proposing, if it were for real, Is Still A Crime, and you could go to jail for it.
Tell that to the next one that says they replied because "you never know".
Full email with headers posted as received below. The sender was reported to their mailbox provider's abuse address.
Resource Links for the Nigerian (and other) Advance Fee Scam:
Outside links will open in new window.
www.419scam.org information on the Certificate.
Federal Trade Commission- Consumer Sentinel www.ftc.gov/sentinel
Other Desk Pages on the Scam.
The 419 Scam Letter "FBI edition"
Another "Classic" Letter
The 419 Section of the main Spam and Scam page.
[NOTE: The entire letter was in Italics and it was very hard to read. For posting here, we have un-italicized it. There were no paragraph indentations.]
Friday, May 29, 2009 4:28 AM
From Mr Adekunle Elvis Fri May 29 04:28:26 2009
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From: "Mr Adekunle Elvis"
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Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 12:28:26 +0100
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To: Undisclosed recipients: ;
I am Mr Adekunle Elvis. a computer scientist working with central bank of Nigeria.I just started work with C.B.N. and I came across your file which was marked X and your released disk painted RED, I took time to study it and found out that you have paid VIRTUALLY all fees and but the fund was not released to you.
The most annoying thing is that they won't tell you the truth that on no account will they ever release the fund to you,instead they allow you spend money unnecessarily,I do not intend to work here all the days of my life, I can release this fund to you if you can certify me of my security.
I needed to do this because you need to know the statues of your Funds and cause for the delay,Please this is like a Mafia setting in Nigeria, you may not understand it because you are not a Nigerian. The only thing needed to release this fund is the Anti drug/terrorist clearance certificate which will be tendered to any of your nominated bank and the INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE(IRS)for clearance of the transfered amount in your account.
Once the Anti drug /terrorist clearance certificate is obtained funds will immediately reflect in your bank within 10 Minutes,the certificate is all that is needed to complete this transaction.
Note that the actual funds is valued at $15.5 MILLION USD and the president made a compensation fund release for all unpaid beneficiary valued at $10 million usd.
Listed below are the mafia's and banks behind the non release of your funds that i managed to sneak out for your kind persual.
1) Prof. Charles soludo
2) Senator David Mark
3) Chief Joseph Sanusi
4) Dr. R. Rasheed
5) Barrister Awele Ugorji
6) Mr Roland Ngwa
7) Barrister Ucheuzo Williams
8) Mr. Ernest Chukwudi Obi
9) Dr. Patrick Aziza
Deputy Governor - Policy / Board Member
10) Mr. Tunde Lemo
Deputy Governor - Financial Sector Surveillance / Board Member
11) Mrs. W. D. A. Mshelia
Deputy Governor - Corporate Services / Board Members
12) Mrs. Okonjo Iweala
13) Mrs. Rita Ekwesili
14) Barr Jacob Onyema
15) Dr. Godwin Oboh: Director Union Bank Of Nigeria.
16) Mr John Collins: Global Diplomat Director.
17) Foreign fund diplomatic courier
18) Barr. Becky Owens
19)Rev. Steven Jones
20) bank of Africa
21)Mrs. Debbie Hargrove
22)Mr. Micheal Wagner
23)Barr. Isa Farid
24)Dr. Raymond Faye
26)Dr. Leslie Fawaz
28)Walter K. Falana
35)Deacon Diende Fernandez
37)Dr. Ige Femi
38)Chen Hsiu Fei
43)Dr. Raymond Fingesi
44)Dr. Martin Fibu
47)Jennifer H. Fiedler
48)Dr. Jimmy Fowler
50)Dr. Sharon Forrest
51)Prince Michael Fofano
54)Dr. Koman Fofar
61)Senator Jude Fred
63)Dr. Francis Fregere
66)Justice Philip Francis
72)Dr. J. Frances
76)Dr. Carlos Frederico
77)Dr Ola Funmilowo
80)Dr. John Fugar
94)Dr. Rufus Gaba
96)Dr. Frank Gani
97)Brigadier Williams Gal
98)Egonna Duru Gal
101)Federick Ike Ganziri
102)Dr. Dennis Gavey
103)Jose Sanchez Garcia
105)Jose A. Garcia
106)Major Archie Gates
110)Barr. Imam Galadima
111)Barr. Jerry Galadima
113)Dr. Isah Gambo
115)Engr. Isaac Garuba
116)Alhani Azeez Garuba
117)Engr. Sule Garuba
120) ADB Bank Ouagadougou Burkinafaso
121) FSA UK
122) NATWEST BANK
123) ECO Bank
124) Credit Bank
Do get in touch with me at my email address to conclude this final transaction immediately,and also send to me your convenient tel/fax numbers for easy communications.
Mr Adekunle Elvis.
end 419 scam letter
For more information on the SCAM with other resource links see: The Media Desk Urban Legend and SCAM page, 419 section. http://www.themediadesk.com/files/urban.htm#trans
Also: 419 Coalition website http://home.rica.net/alphae/419coal/index.htm
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