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posted on May, 26 2003 @ 04:38 PM
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I recieved this this morning.....Make what of it you will....

I am positive it's a hoax...

Dear Friend,

Please permit me to use this medium to explain my problem to
you in the name of all mighty God we serve who is the greatest.

But firstly, I will like to tell you who I am, so that
you
will understand and comprehend my point clearly.

Am Judith Makoulou and am here in A refugee camp with my
junior brother David and we are from Congo
Democratic but
now we stay in Seme a town between Nigeria and cotonou as a result of the war
in my
country. And here in Benin we entered as a refugee as
a
result of the war in my country. And am still a
student and
my brother too. Am 24 years and David is my brother is 21.Am-studying
medicine while David my brother is studying business administration.

Please we need your assistance, because the war has claimed
the
life of both my father and mother leaving us alone in
this
world. But before the death of my father, he used my
name
to deposit some money, which is valued at $9. MILLION
UNITED STATE DOLLARS in
a finance house here in Republic of Benin and he
used
me as the beneficiary and owner of the money but
since we
entered here as a refugee i cannot have access to my
money
because I do not have account here and they do not
allow
refugees to operate account here.

Please what I need from you is to assist us settle the
finance house for their clearing fee and open an
account
with your name in any bank here in Benin so that I
can
submit your particulars to the finance house to
effect the
change of the ownership in your name as the new
beneficiary and the account you open here, is where the finance house will
deposit the funds before finally transferring the money to your country, for
our coming over, to continue with our education. While you help us invest the
money properly. And, remember we have to be fast, so as to avoid demurrage, as
they signed with my late dad. My late father had an agreement, as at how long,
when the money will be in their custody and if we fail to come and claim as
agreed,
that demurrage will be charged for that. And I do not want that to
happen, because this is the only hope of our life.
Please if you're ready to assist me, I need the following information's from
you.

1. YOUR FULL NAME.
2. YOUR ADDRESS FULL.
3. PHONE AND FAX FOR CONTACTS.
This will enable me proceed to the finance house for the change of ownership in
your favor.

NOTE ANOTHER ALTERNATIVELY, IF YOU CANNOT OPEN ACCOUNT HERE IN BENIN REPUBLIC;
NOW THAT OUR VISA WILL BE OUT SOON FOR OUR TRAVELLING OUT
OF THIS COUNTRY, FOR THE CONTINUATION OF OUR STUDYING ABROAD.
WE HAVE ALSO APPLIED FOR THE FINANCE HOUSE TO RELEASE OUR MONEY TO
WHOMEVER WE NOMINATE AS THE PERSON WE EMPOWER TO HELP
US CLEAR OUR MONEY AND AS THE NEW BENEFICIARY EITHER
IN BENIN REPUBLIC OR IN THEIR AFFILIATE OFFICE IN SPAIN.

ALSO YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO HELP US SETTLE
FOR THE CLEARANCE FEE AND YOU WILL NEED ALSO TO OPEN
AN ACCOUNT IN THE BANK THEIR WHERE THEY WILL RELEASE
AND DEPOSIT THE FUNDS FOR YOU, ONLY FOR YOU TO INSTRUCT THE BANK
TO FURTHER TRANSFER TO YOUR ACCOUNT ANY PLACE YOU WISH,
FOR OUR COMING OVER TO MEET YOU. AND ONCE THIS IS
DONE, YOU WILL FROM THE FUNDS, SEND US MONEY FOR THE
PURCHASE OF OUR TICKET.

PLEASE INDICATE YOUR WILLINGLESS TO HELP US BY
FORWARDING FOR US THE FOLLOWING INFORMATIONS LISTED ABOVE FOR THE CHANGE OF THE
BENEFICIARY TO YOUR FAVOUR.

I HAVE DISCUSSED WITH MY LATE FATHERS LAWYER HERE IN BENIN REPUBLIC AND HE
PROMISED TO ASSIST US, IF YOU CAN CANTACT HIM. HE IS MR HARRISSON DOSSOU. FOR I
WENT WITH HIM TODAY TO THE FINANCE HOUSE, TO EFFECT THE ARRANGEMENTS.

LORD BE WITH YOU AS WE AWAIT YOUR POSITIVE DECISION TO
HELP.

FROM JUDITH AND DAVID M.
Please all reply is to be sent to angela_davidson2002@yahoo.ca

Chris...




posted on May, 26 2003 @ 04:42 PM
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I get stuff like this all the time, i dont think it's a hoax exactly, i think it's a scam



posted on May, 26 2003 @ 04:47 PM
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my apologies for bad choice of wording...you are correct KK it is a scam..

My belief is a basic drive for email contacts for a spam email list...I may be wrong...any other suggestions?

Chris



posted on May, 26 2003 @ 05:21 PM
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Research these men. Find out who their two brothers are. Find out who there lawyer is, and research them. You can find the answers out there. Not in here.


You See?

[Edited on 26-5-2003 by Abraham Virtue]



posted on May, 26 2003 @ 05:47 PM
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He doesn't need to find out.
It's definitely a scam. I got an email about a year ago that bears almost the exact same resemblance. Mine had a Middle East flavour to it though.

Definite scam. Not even worth worrying about.



posted on May, 26 2003 @ 06:50 PM
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Something similar was just on the news tonight.

Report or forward the email to the FBI.



posted on May, 26 2003 @ 06:57 PM
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Originally posted by energy_wave
Something similar was just on the news tonight.

Report or forward the email to the FBI.



I don't think it is right to ignore people and deny them of any help you might be able to give them. So because of that I would investigate it on my own, and see what I could find out about these people before I got involved with them. Then if I found anything that freaks me out about them then I will use my best known resources to handle the matter with the authorities, otherwise I would leave the authorities out of this. They have work to do.

This could be legit. These men could really be noble and honest in their intentions. To deny that they are is deny one's ability to handle that is the situation one has been brought with. Personally I am one who is too curious to just let strange things like that pass. I am always inclined to ask myself "Why?"


Don't you???

Don't you wonder why???

I would. I would wonder why me???

Then I would try and found out, why me???

Call me crazy but I just want to know.



You See?



posted on May, 26 2003 @ 09:19 PM
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Here is a guy who has a website that is, "Fighting Back at Nigerian 419 Advance Fee Fraud Scammers" He has some real good ones in there.....


www.nigerian419fraud.freeserve.co.uk...

[Edited on 27-5-2003 by DangerProne]



posted on May, 26 2003 @ 09:23 PM
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This scam is called the pigeon drop. It is one of the oldest scams in the book. It just been updated to use the internet.



posted on May, 27 2003 @ 02:28 AM
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Here's an old thread with some similar e-mails to the one you received.

www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on May, 27 2003 @ 02:32 AM
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...I usually delete them like the junk they are...

...normally add their return email to some dodgy email list tho' before deleteing...just so they get lots and lots of spam about various 'enlargements' and 'devices' and such...



posted on May, 27 2003 @ 03:27 AM
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I got a few of these once. I read an article on these type of emails before. They're totally bogus...



posted on May, 27 2003 @ 05:34 AM
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They are called "Nigerian Scams." Someone, ususally purporting to be from an African country will contact you, saying that they will give you several million dollars in exchange for helping them. They will ask for passport information, social security info, and so on. It is a very, very well known scam. In fact there is a Dilbert strip on it. AV, do not be fooled by these scum, use the skepticism you have shown elsewhere for a better purpose. If you reply to them, do do only to lead them on, with false identity. That would be fun.

XAOS



posted on May, 27 2003 @ 05:40 AM
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[I don't think it is right to ignore people and deny them of any help you might be able to give them. So because of that I would investigate it on my own, and see what I could find out about these people before I got involved with them. Then if I found anything that freaks me out about them then I will use my best known resources to handle the matter with the authorities, otherwise I would leave the authorities out of this. They have work to do.

This could be legit. These men could really be noble and honest in their intentions. To deny that they are is deny one's ability to handle that is the situation one has been brought with. Personally I am one who is too curious to just let strange things like that pass. I am always inclined to ask myself "Why?"]

Anyone who has time to write such emails online especially in thier state is either crazy or doesn't know what they are doing. Of course there is the speculation that yes they are indeed real and thier cause is true ... but then there is also the whole thing of giving out contact details as well as opening a bank account... what's to say that after say.. a month of people opening accounts and putting money in that they don't go and rob the same bank your precious money is sitting in...

Yes .. I agree .. the letter is nothing more than a chain letter of some person (being male/female) woeful story in the attempt to get some form of money.



posted on May, 27 2003 @ 06:55 AM
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Oh dear - just search "Nigerian scam"! This goes back to the first faxes - how the scams were first delivered.
Old stuff.





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