Has someone offered you a huge sum of money or a valuable consignment? It's a 419 or advance fee fraud - find out how they work, and what to do to be safe.
#15621 by Chris Fuller Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:54 pm
This type of scam offers compensation or a donation or a gift 'for your past efforts'. Somebody who has previously answered at least one scam email, perhaps not knowing it was a scam - or maybe later suspecting it was - or someone who has offered to help with a legitimate cause - upon reading this may think, 'I wonder if this is about that time I was in contact with......?' And that is what the scammer hopes for.

These two examples also introduce lots of names and the recipient might think that at least one of them seems a little familiar.

The first one mentions:

- Peter Kokou (the sender)
- Amos Peters (at the reply-to address)
- Johnson Ama (the secretary)
- Silver Adakwame (another secretary)

The second one mentions:

- Linda Mentu (the sender)
- John Pt. (at the reply-to address)
- John Eme (the secretary - apparently the same person as John Pt. but one might not notice that)
- Sam P. (the writer)

Sometimes, however, these sort of mails are sent from a scammer that one knows one has had previous contact with.

But, whatever names are used - however few, however many, familiar, vaguely familiar, unfamiliar - this sort of email is always a scam. The scammer will introduce some fees that need to be paid before the compensation or gift can be released. But the compensation/donation/gift does not exist, and therefore, will never be given.

IP Address: 41.189.6.244 (so not truly sent from Gmail) - Suspected Proxy, Nigeria

from Mr. Peter Kokou: [email protected]
reply-to [email protected]
date Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 12:44 AM
subject Compensation

Good Day.

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred to
a Swiss Account with the cooperation of a new partner from Peru who is
an international business man. Presently I'm in Peru for investment projects
with my own share of the total sum.

Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.

Now contact my secretary.
Her contact is: Name: Mr. Johnson Ama
Email Address: [email protected]

Ask her to send you the total $1.400.000.00 (One Million Four Hundred Thousand
US Dollars) that I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and
attempts to assist me in this matter.

Also do use part of the money for philanthropist purposes for use in helping
the less privileged in your area. Especially at this festive season. Put a
smile on somebody face and let the world be better for it.

I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in
touch with my secretary Mrs. Silver Adakwame and instruct her where to
Send the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the
joy after all the suffering at that time. In the moment, I am very busy here
because of the investment projects which me and the new partner I am having at hand.

Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your
behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with Mrs. Silver Adakwame
and she will send the amount to you without any delay.

I beg you in the name of the most high to use at least 50% of the proceed to
put smile on the faces of the less privileged especially during this festive
season.

This is my utmost wish for this donation.

With best regards
Mr. Peter Kokou


IP Address: 217.20.240.19 - Satellite Provider

from linda mentu: [email protected]
reply-to [email protected]
date Wed, Oct 21, 2009
subject Dear friend,

Dear friend,
I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund.Now, I
want you to contact my secretary on the information below:Name: Mr.John Eme
ka, Ask him to send to you the total sum of(USD$3.2Million) In a Certified
Bank Draft, which I kept for your compensation. So contact him immediately
on his e-mail: ([email protected]) and send him the below information to ena
ble him deliver your Certified Bank Draft to you:
1.Your Full Names,
2.Your Address,
3.Your Telephone,
Regards,
SAM P
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#15932 by Chris Fuller Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:57 pm
Here is another one: this time without so many names, but instead with 'I have a new email address' - because the scammer knows that you will not have this address in your contact list or address book.

Notice also that the writer says that he is 'here in Japan'. And yet the IP Address shows that this email was sent from the West African country of Benin.

IP Address: 81.91.229.133 - Benin

from Edwin Peter <[email protected]>
date Fri, Nov 6, 2009
subject MY DEAR GOOD FRIEND,

I have a new email address!
You can now email me at: [email protected]


- I DIDN'T FORGET YOUR PAST EFFORT OF TRYING TO HELPING ME TO TRANSFER THE FUND UNDER THE COOPERATION. Dear my good friend,I am not happy with my secretary because for long now I did not know that you have not receive the Draft which I keept WITH my secretary for him to send to you but today I heard that the Draft is still with him please bear with him and contact him for the Draft which is under his care for long now I want you to contact my secretary Chinaka Divine with his Email:ID ([email protected]) Phone number +229-98-27-44-99.ask him to send you the sum of $950,000.00 in A Bank Draft, which I kept for your compensation. Contact him immediately and reconfirm your full information to avoid any mistake, I'm very busy here in Japan for now please bear with him because I am not around. (1)FULLNAME:........ (2)AGE/MARITAL STATUS:............ (3)ADDRESS:......... (4)PHONE:.......... (5)COUNTRY:.... (6)COMPANY:....... (7)AMOUNT.........REGARDS, BARRISTER Edwin Bello.
#16024 by Chris Fuller Sun Nov 08, 2009 2:58 pm
IP Address: 81.91.232.194 - Suspected proxy, Benin

from barrister johnpeter <[email protected]>
date Sun, Nov 8, 2009
subject Re: confirm this fast !

Dear Sir
How are you?
I'm Barr Johnson Peter who wrote to you some time ago
seeking for your
assistance to transfer some funds into your account.
Although we could not finish the transaction because
of some little
financial set-back at your end, I wish to inform you
here that I have
successfully transacted with a God-Given trustworthy
man who has helped
me and my family in the timle of needs.
I wish to tell you that I and my family are
successfully residing in Spain where we want to
re-establish ourselves.
I am using the opportunity to thank you who made
intentions to help,
although we couldn't finished up, and to you
personally, I have written and dropped a check of
$950,000/- for your compensation for all you have done
and
intentions to assist me then. This is my pure
appreciation to you and I have
instructed a friend in Cotonou Benin Rep to send you
the cheque and a letter attached to it.
Have you received it?, reply to me so that we can
discuss some other businesses in your area as i hoped
to make some investment too in your area.
I need your urgent reply and current phone no so that
I will call you to
discuss further with you. In case you have not
received the cheque, kindly contact:

Mr. Funata Fredrick
E mail : [email protected]

Best regards,
Barr Johnson Peter
#16131 by Chris Fuller Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:01 am
IP Address: 82.128.39.131 - Abuja, Nigeria

from Druba <[email protected]>
date Tue, Nov 10, 2009
subject contact my secretary for your conpensation at ([email protected])

Good Day,

Compliment of the season, i hope that you are fine? if so glory be to God. I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Paragua, presently i'm in Paragua now for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile,I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how due to charges.

Now contact my secretary in Cotonou,Fedral Republic Of Benin, his name is Mr Anekwe Chinedu and his Office Email address ([email protected]) ask him to send you the Bank draft cheque of $1.2m (One Million Two Hundred Thousand United State Dollars Only) which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me at that time.

I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in touch with my secretary Mr Anekwe and instruct him where to send the amount to you. Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at that time, at the moment,I am very busy here because of the investment projects which i and my new partner are having at hand,Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with him and he will send the cheque to you without any delay.

ONLY FORWARD THIS INFORMAITION TO HIM WHILE CONTACTING HIS OFFICE;

YOUR FULL NAME,............................ ......
YOUR FULL CONTACT ADDRESS,............
YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBERS,................
YOUR CITY AND COUNTRY,.....................
YOUR AGE AND OCCUPATION.................

With best regards,
Dr.Uba Kenneth.
contact my secretary for your conpensation at ([email protected])
#16433 by Chris Fuller Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:12 pm
IP Address: 41.189.6.244 - Proxy server, Lagos, Nigeria

from Mrs Sussan Johnson <[email protected]>
reply-to [email protected]
date Thu, Nov 12, 2009
subject THANKS FOR YOUR EFFORT, YOUR COMPENSATION/CONTACT MY LAWYER(MRS SUSSAN JOHNSON)

Dear Friend,

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred to a Swiss Account with the cooperation of a new partner from South America who is an international business man.Presently I'm in far away South America for investment projects with my
own share of the total sum. Meanwhile, I did not forget your past effort and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite the fact that you did see to the end and actualisation of this transaction.

However with much respect to my pledge to you, I have decided to
compensate you with the sum of USD$2 500 000 00(Two Million Five hundred thousand United sates dolllars only) and I have to this effect deposited the amount with my bank here in Nigeria for onward transmission to you. You are to get in contact with my lawyer who will assist you in ensuring that necessary action are taking to ensure the smooth release of the fund from my bank to you as quick as posible.Now contact my Lawyer through his email addresses and information below

Name: Barrister Wale Scott

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 234 703 2457484

Let him know that i asked you to contact him to assist you in ensuring
that fund totalling USD$2 500 000 00(Two Million Five hundred thousand
United sates dolllars only) which I kept for your compensation with my
bank is transfered to you nominated account or or address for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy and cherish this glorious moment after all the rough patches wehave been through at that time. At the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects
which I and the new partner are having at hand.

Do get in touch with him as advised immediately for more clarification on the steps towards enhancing the swift release of the fund to you and also instruct him with your full information, contact adress, telephone and fax number and including your bank information if any where to send the money to you.

He is such a busy man and you are advised to call him immediately upon receipt of this mail and also make sure you give to him every cooperation he may require from you.
Regards,

Mrs Sussan Johnson


from Dr Collins Aneke Esq" <[email protected]>
reply-to [email protected]
date Fri, Nov 13, 2009
subject Good News,

Dear Friend,

I'm happy to inform you about my success in
getting the fund transferred to a Swiss
Account with the cooperation of a new partner
from Paraguay who is an international
business man. Presently I'm in Paraguay for
investment projects with my own share of the
total sum. Meanwhile, I did not forget your
past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring those funds despite that it
failed us some how. Now contact my secretary,
her contact is:

Name: Miss Marry Paul
Email: [email protected]


Ask her to send you the total $950.000.00
(Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand US Dollars)
which I kept for your compensation for all
the past efforts and
attempts to assist me in this matter.

I appreciated your efforts at that time very
much. So feel free and get in touched with my
secretary Miss Marry Paul and instruct her
where to send the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive
it so that we can share the joy after all the
suffer ness at that time. In the moment, I am
very busy here because of the investment
projects which I and the new partner are
having at hand.

Finally, remember that I had forwarded
instruction to my secretary on your behalf to
receive that money, so feel free to get in
touch with Miss Marry Paul and he will send
the amount to you without any delay.

With best regards

Dr Collins Aneke Esq.
#16766 by Chris Fuller Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:49 pm
IP Address: 217.194.147.131 - Suspect proxy, Abuja, Nigeria

from DR DAVID HERITAGE <[email protected]>
reply-to [email protected]
date Mon, Nov 16, 2009
subject CONTRACTS 2

Board of Directors,

FOCF PLC. HEAD OFFICE

Dear Beneficiary,

FINANCIAL ORGANISATION FOR CONTRACT FUNDS.

We at the FOCF in conjunction with the world bank have been contacted by Engr/Mr. David Heritage Chief Auditor for The Federal Government Contract Reserve Funds,
he is the man who was in charge of securing the release of some money accrued from the over invoicing of the Contract/Inheritance and Next Of Kin that was awarded by The Government.

Though we were told you were not able to assist him conclude the transaction, I'm happy to inform you about his success in getting the funds transferred
under the assistance and cooperation of a new partnership with our company,which is also in contract with the Government to handle the remittance.

Presently DR .HERITAGE is in South Korea for investment projects with his own share of the total sum and he did not forget past efforts and attempts rendered by your relations to him to assist him in transferring those funds,
Dr Heritage made sure you were not left out from the benefit of the transaction hence he transferred and kept aside for you sum of Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($10,500,000.00 USD)for you and five other beneficiaries.

The Board and DR HERITAGE have remitted your compensation into our account here at the Federal reserve of the FOCF, gaining the contract from the Government to process the Fund Transfer or Delivery to your Bank Account or Doorstep respectively.
We would appreciate if you Contact us as soon as you receive this mail,get in touch with our Auditor Mrs CARMELLIA KOFOWOROLA JOHNSON and instruct on how you would like your funds to be sent to you.

Please Inform the board as soon as you receive your funds.

Below is the contact of The Auditor:

Mrs CARMELLIA JOHNSON

[email protected]

206-426-5682

Best Regard.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


IP Address: 41.216.52.20 - Cotonou, Benin

from Mr Luck Cummings <[email protected]>
reply-to [email protected]
date Tue, Nov 17, 2009
subject NOTE

Dear belove friend,

This is to inform you about my success in getting
that fund now, I want you to contact my secretary on the information
bellow.

Name of my secretary Mr.Oji Cosmos
Tele phone +229-98-24-47 66

EMAIL;( [email protected] )

Ask him to send you the total sum of $950,000.00 dollars in A CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT,
which I kept for your compensation. CONTACT MY SECRETARY now for
your money.

Best Regards,
Mr Luck Cummings
#17043 by Chris Fuller Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:18 pm
from Engr. Rowland Lerner <[email protected]>
reply-to [email protected]
date Thu, Nov 19, 2009
subject THANKS ALOT!!!

Hello my Dear ,
It's been long I heard from you.I just want to use this medium to thank you for your earlier assistance to help me to raise funds for the contract that was awarded to me by the Iraqi government without any positive outcome.I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in receiving the contract at last with the help of a new partner from Malaysia who gave me the mobilization fee to secure the contract in Iraq.
Everything was perfectly done because we strike the deal with one of the Lady accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) and she rendered a tremendous help to me.My new partner initiated this idea and everything worked out successfully. In appreciation of your earlier assistance to me that time.I have decided to compensate you with the sum of ($1,500,000.00 )One Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars,This is from the gain i got from the contract.I did this simply to show you that it is good to do good things to the right people always.
Presently, I am in Iraq for the contract.So contact my personal assistant in Benin due Republic, Barrister Brain Moore,He will assist you to get the fund transfer into your account as I advised him.

Name : Barrister Brain Moore.
Email : [email protected]
Phone : +229-97250983,

Please do let me know Immediately you cash the money so that we can share the joy together,I am very busy here in Iraq because we are rebuilding their industries, roads and government institutions projects in Iraq.
Best Regards,
Engr,Rowland Lerner.
#17056 by David Jansen Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:51 pm
To ad to the post of Chris Fuller about the FOCF, i've got thesame contents in a letter but the email addresses are different now but still with thesame characters. Dr David Heritage writes now from this email address too:
[email protected] With this IP address: 41.217.1.6 which traces to Nigeria.
Mrs Carmellia Johnson has a different email address too: [email protected]
This could be a different group of scammers using thesame format

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#17202 by Chris Fuller Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:53 am
The same email has been sent out again today from Dr David Heritage, with the same telephone number included, and sent from the [email protected] email address. This time, however, the Auditor is named as Mr David Edward:

Below is the contact of The Auditor:

Mr David Edward

[email protected]

206-426-5682


IP Address: 217.194.147.131 - Suspected proxy, Abuja, Nigeria
#17203 by David Jansen Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:59 am
And another one:
Dear Friend,Compliment of the season

From:
"Joseph X Jesse" <[email protected]> [Add]
To:

Date:
Sun, 22 Nov 2009 12:35 PM (4 hours 7 mins ago)


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Estás invitado a: Dear Friend,Compliment of the season
Por tu anfitrión: Joseph X Jesse

Fecha: domingo 22 de noviembre de 2009
Hora: 11:30 - 12:30 (GMT +05:45 Katmandú)
Calle: Dear Friend,Compliment of the season and God's blessings from Dr Joseph Jesse who contacted you long ago for assistance in an Inheritance claims of $150 million Dollar in our company.However I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting those fund transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Japan,Presently I'm in Japan for an investment projects.I have decided to compensate you with the sum of $1.500.000.00 (ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDREN DOLLAR)This is from my own share, I did this simply to show you that it is good to do good things and also to fulfil my my promise to you.Therefore you should contact my secretary,Here is her contact:Name:Jane White, Email: [email protected] ,I kept the money for your as compensation in her care and instructed her to send it to you immediately you contact her, however she will attend to you without delay as she was duly instructed.Send your current contact informations to enable him kn ow where to send you the money.1.Your Full Name............,2.Your Home or Offie Address..........,3.Your Telephone No...........,please do let me know immediately you receive the money so that we can share the joy together after all the suffering at that time.Thanks and may God Bless you.Yours Sincerely,Dr Joseph

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