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.
#2548 by maritime_limey Sun Feb 03, 2008 2:38 pm
I received the below email today, I am pretty sure it's a scam , but could be wrong, DOUBT IT

THE BENEFICIARY.
FRAUD VICTIMS/$500,000 BENEFICIARIES.
OUR REF: 10667FV
YOUR REF: 89007

Attention,
SCAM VICTIM REIMBURSEMENT.

I write to bring to your notice as a delegate from the Nigerian Government
Reimbursement committee under the strict supervision of the United Nations to
pay 230 Nigerian 419 scam victims the sum of $500,000 USD (Five Hundred
Thounsand Dollars) each. You are hereby listed as one of the beneficiaries for
these payments.You are expected to get back to us as soon as possible for your
immediate reimbursement.

As a result of this laudable recommedations,it is imperative to bring to your
notice that during the last U.N. meeting held in Abuja, Nigeria, it was alarmed
by so many countries around the world about loss of funds by various foreigners
to these scam artists operating in syndicates all over the world today. In
other to redeem the good image of our dear country, the President has ordered
the immediate payment of $500,000 USD each to the affected victims in accordance
with the U.N. directives. Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in
Nigeria, these payments are to be made by WEMA BANK Plc, Nigeria and a
corresponding paying bank Europe under the funding assistance of the Central
Bank of Nigeria.

Presently, 184 Beneficiaries have been paid, more than 50% of the victims are
from the United States,while about 40% are from other parts of the world. Your
particulars were among those mentioned by some of the Syndicates that were
apprehended in Lagos, Nigeria as one of the victims of the operations, you are
hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to anybody for any
reason whatsoever as the U.S. secret service in conjunction with The Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has swange into action to track these
sets of criminals down.Once again,you are expected to keep mute until these
criminals are all apprehended. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(EFCC) (Motto: No Body is Above the Law) have combined effort with the United
Nation Anti-crime commission to alleviate the plight of these victims as well as
redeeming the image of our dear country.

Many Banks, Universal firms, Companies and individuals have been in bankrupcy
today due to the activity of these hoodlums. However, a thorough investigation
have revealed that these people have dropped over 500,000 victims across the
world, after collecting their money falsely, many as a result of this have
committed suicide,while other are now living in abject poverty.
As regards these ongoing developmental strive, we have over 200 suspects at
hand, 135 in kirikri prisons.While many are awaiting trial, we are still in
search of others,who think they are wise, and hope that you will assist by
giving any vital information that could lead to the apprehension of these
hoodlums.

You can receive your reimbursement via any of these options you Choose,
DRAFT/CHEQUE/ATM PAYMENTS or WIRE TRANSFER. We shall be waiting to hearing from
you been certain that your response will be that you are satisfied and willing
to claim your $500,000 USD (Five Hundred Thounsand Dollars) Reimbursement funds.


A copy of your response is expected to be sent to us via this email:
[email protected]

Yours faithfully,
GEORGE OLUMIDE
FRAUD VICTIMS/$500,000 BENEFICIARIES. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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#2549 by Luther Blissett Sun Feb 03, 2008 2:46 pm
Hi maritime_limey,

Yup, no doubt about it, this is definitely another scam. It's a bit disguised and, in that way, maybe even worse because it targets people who may have previously lost money in other scams and could think that they have a chance to recover some of their losses.
One of the dead give-aways in this email is the yahoo address ([email protected]) - no real government office anywhere on earth would use a free webmail provider such as yahoo, hotmail, etc.

All the best,

Luther

I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before.

#2550 by Lynn Sun Feb 03, 2008 2:46 pm
It's a scam!

As soon as you reply and they start the "process", they will ask for fees to cover the paperwork, and the bank account surcharge...

No one can recover money you lost in a scam for you. It is sad, but it's gone.

Check The money Recovery Forum for more information.

#2551 by Underwater Sun Feb 03, 2008 3:10 pm
Ooh, I like this one! Lots of fun stuff to ridicule.

In other to redeem the good image of our dear country, the President has ordered the immediate payment of $500,000 USD each to the affected victims


I've noticed that lots of Nigerian scam mails say "in other to" instead of "in order to". It's a strange grammatical twist, even more so because it's so prevalent. I've never seen it anywhere other than Nigerian scam mails...and it crops up so frequently in them. I'd love to know where it started.

As for the $500,000 - now why on earth would they give someone half a million dollars? If the intent is to reimburse people the money they lost to scammers, wouldn't they want to just give you back the actual amount you lost? Wouldn't they want to spread it around to as many people as possible to reimburse THEM for their lost money too, rather than dump outrageous amounts of cash on just a few people? Where's the logic there?

Presently, 184 Beneficiaries have been paid, more than 50% of the victims are
from the United States,while about 40% are from other parts of the world.


So where's the other ten? Mars? Uranus? :lol:

you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to anybody for anyreason whatsoever


AND...

have combined effort with the United Nation Anti-crime commission to alleviate the plight of these victims as well as redeeming the image of our dear country.


So they wanna redeem the image of their country...but you are not allowed to talk about it with anyone. So I guess they only care about redeeming their image with one person! LOL

I get such a kick out of some of these. Thanks for posting!

#2558 by Peta Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:13 pm
Lynn wrote:...No one can recover money you lost in a scam for you. It is sad, but it's gone...


Generally that is true but I know of at least one instance where an Australian Govt organisation has endeavoured to return $300,000 to 37 victims. The authorities in this case would, naturally not be using yahoo/hotmail email addy's to communicate the good news to the scam victims.

#2560 by Nick Smith Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:31 am
^^ Very true.

You do still have to be careful with email addresses though, I've seen victims that were scammed by someone posing as a (legitimate) Dutch bank... their email address was a hotmail business one and looked extremely convincing.
Hotmail business addresses do not have to have the word "hotmail" in them. To give you an idea, that one went: [email protected]
Convincing eh?

Any Government authority that did manage to recover money (and I've not heard of it yet) would certainly back up any email contact with a visit from a representative.

This is one of those scams that really hurts the vulnerable, especially with that empty promise of getting your money back.

#2571 by Underwater Mon Feb 04, 2008 3:32 pm
Recovery scams are among the most abhorrent, in my book. They target people who have already lost money, and are often desperate to get it back.

The reality is, once your money is in the pocket of the scammers, the likelihood of getting it back is virtually nil.

#2597 by maritime_limey Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:22 am
Thanks for the replies, I already kinda knew it had to be a scam, but was one i aint seen before.

I do have another one, sent to my fiance not myself, and would like to ask,,,

Is it really possible to make money processing rebates from home?, see below mail and website it links to

Rebate Processor Position - Easy Work - Great Pay (name removed )

Your help is needed!

$225.00 and up.. per day

Click Below:
http://tr.sendyourheart.com/r/5393-7d29-45f0db-7a80041

#2598 by ChrisSmith Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:37 am
Hi maritime_limey.

Sorry. That website looks like it's talking complete tosh to me. A quick look around their Disclaimer page does nothing to dispel that thought either.
If you could earn as much as they say you can, you wouldn't even get a look in because everyone would be doing it.
It looks like it's just some sort of ruse to get you to buy their programme and I doubt if you'll ever even make your money back. Photos of Ferraris, private yachts and planes always make me think of something that comes out of a male cow's rectum.

You can also take a look at what others have to say about them.

http://www.reviewopedia.com/process-at-home.htm

http://www.scamxposer.com/processathomescamreview.html

Personally mate, I'd steer well clear of them.

#2599 by maritime_limey Tue Feb 05, 2008 4:17 pm
thanks m8, that's what i thought also. I have always believed if some-one wants to charge you to work for them, then it's a scam

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