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SWAFMAN
06-26-2002, 09:56 PM
has anyone else received this e-mail? it's so insultingly transparent of a scam to get your bank account number, that it's hilarious! Check this out.....


Mr. Ngozi Chukwu.
Lagos - Nigeria,
Tel:- 234-1-7598197.
Fax:- 234-1-7597472.

Attn: President/CEO

REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP -STRICTLY
CONFIDENTIAL

Firstly, I must solicit your confidentiality. This is
by virtue of it's nature as being utterly
"confidential" and "TOP SECRET". Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make anyone apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day. A bold step taken shall not be regretted I assure you.

I am Mr. Ngozi Chukwu. and I head a seven man tender
board in charge of contract awards and payment
approvals. I came to know of you in my search for a
reliable and reputable person to handle a very
confidential business transaction, which involves
the transfer of a huge sum of money to a foreign
account requiring maximum confidence.

My colleagues and I are top official of Federal
Government Contract Review and Award Panel. Our duties
include evaluation, vetting, and approval for payment
of contract jobs done for the Federal Ministry of
Aviation(FMA) etc.

We are therefore soliciting for your assistance to
enable us transfer into your account the said funds.
Our country looses a lot of money everyday that is why
the international community is very careful and
warning their citizensto be careful but I tell you "a
trial will convince you".

The source of the fund is as follow: During the last
military regime here in Nigeria, this committee
awarded a contract of US$400 Million to a group of
five construction firms on behalf of the Federal
Ministry of Aviation (FMA)for the supply and
installation of landing and navigational equipment in
Lagos and Port Harcourt International Airports.

During this process my colleagues and I decided among
us to deliberately over inflate the total contract
sumof US$428 Million with the aim of sharing the
remaining sum of US$20.5 million.

The government has since approved the sum of
US$420.5Million for us as the contract sum, but since
the contract is only worth US$400M the remaining
US$20.5Million is what we intend to transfer to a
reliable and safe offshore account, we are prohibited
to operate foreign account in our names since we are
still in Government.

Thus, making it impossible for us to acquire the money
in our name right now, I have therefore been delegated
as a matter of trust by my colleagues to look for an
oversea partner into whose account we can transfer the
sum of US$20.5Million.

My colleagues and I have decided that if you/your
Company can as the beneficiary of this funds on our
behalf, you or your company will retain 20% of the
total amount (US$20.5Million)while 75% will be for us
(officials) and the remaining 5% will be used in
offsetting all debts/expenses incurred during this
transfer.We have decided that this transaction can
only proceed under the following condition

(a) Our conviction of your transparent honesty and
that you treat this transaction with utmost secrecy and confidentiality

(b) That upon Receipt of the funds you will release
the funds as instructed by us after you've removed
your share of 20%. Please acknowledge the receipt of
this letter using the above e-mail address. I will
bring you into the complete of this transaction when
I've heard from you.

Your urgent response will be highly appreciated as we
are already behind schedule for the financial quarter.
Please do be informed that his business transaction
is 100% legal and completely free from drug or money laundering.

Only trust can make the reality of this transaction.

Best regards,

Mr. Ngozi Chukwu.

bigbarada
06-26-2002, 10:42 PM
The funniest part about this is that I'm sure someone is falling for this right now and emailing this guy their bank account number.:rolleyes:

LTBasker
06-26-2002, 10:53 PM
Don't let the scalpers see this sweet deal!!!! Make it a sticky thread

Master Goeweins
06-26-2002, 11:06 PM
I got two emails like that form seperate people. However, both of them also came form Nigeria...
Who would possibly be dumb enough to do that?

QLD
06-27-2002, 12:24 AM
I have received many versions of the same thing since I first got on the internet in 96.

2-1B
06-27-2002, 01:40 AM
Never got that one myself, but I keep getting the "Bill Gates wants to share his fortune" email. :rolleyes:

What really jumps out at me is the ridiculous way in which the con artist (I use the term loosely, since this is an insult to hardworking con artists everywhere :D ) use some poor English to make it look authentic. Business-wise, I'm guessing that a non-native English speaking person entrusted to deal with 400 million American dollars will have a much firmer handle on the language than that email would have you believe. :)

El Chuxter
06-27-2002, 10:21 AM
These come in daily to the public e-mails at work. I've seen them from other African nations, too. Maybe the scammers figure that Americans don't keep up with African politics enough to know it's fake?

Caesar, are you referring to the one about the AOL/Microsoft e-mail tracking system that always includes the fake lawyer note at the end that says, "I'm a lawyer, I know the law and I'll be G-- d---ed if they're going to scam us"?

JediTricks
06-27-2002, 07:27 PM
That con is a classic! At least 30 years old for sure, I have gotten about a half dozen of that in the past year but each time it makes me laugh because it's a really basic grift. I'm getting sick of my email box being full of regular spam, so at least this spam (and the world's stupidest pyramid scheme, like what would stop me from simply continuing the chain without sending in my dollar to all 5 previous people - besides the fact that's illegal?) gives me a chuckle.

2-1B
06-28-2002, 01:04 AM
Chux, that's it exactly!

I am so incredibly lucky when it comes to Spam, I just don't get much of it. When I do, it's usually from people I know trying to get rich off of Gates. :rolleyes:

Beyond forwarded emails, I mainly get junk mail from my fantasy sports sponsors (I play the free leagues so they have to cover costs ;) ) and my student loan servicer likes to offer a slice of Spam once in awhile. :D