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Am now A Millionaire, or is it just a SCAM?

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posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 10:47 AM

Please read the email i got:

TEL: +234-802-715-1173




From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with the Federal Government of Nigeria, your name and company was discovered as next on the list of the outstanding contractors who have not yet received their payments.

I wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that from my record in my file your outstanding contract payment is US$25,500,000.00 (Twenty Five Million Five hundred Thousand United States Dollars).

Kindly re-confirm to me the followings:
1) Your full name.
2) Phone, fax and mobile No.
3) Company name, position and address.
4) Profession, age and marital status.
5) Banking Information/address account number/ swift code

As soon as this information is received, your payment will be made to you in a certified bank draft or wired to your nominated bank account directly from Central Bank of Nigeria.

You can call me on my direct number 234-802-715-1173 as soon as you receive this letter for further discussion .


Prof. Charles Soludo.
Executive Governor,
Central Bank of Nigeria [CBN]
DIRCT LINE -234-802-715-1173

Which am I?

Should i respond? Do i risk a chance at violating some law?
BTW, i never owned a business. :shk:

posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 10:55 AM
*runs in slow motion*
Noooooooooooooooooooooo! Don't do it DG!

lol this is the mother of all scams hun, this has been all over news and internet and the papers. You hadn't heard of it before ?

Nigeria Embassy press statement

Well now that I think about it there might have been 2 seperate scams but this is defiitely one of them, I received the same e-mail a while back.
Trash it.

I'm sorry, you are not rich

drink's on me though

edit - spelling sucked a lil

[edit on 22-1-2008 by ImJaded]

posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 10:59 AM

[edit on 22-1-2008 by Disgustipated]

posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 11:02 AM
This is a scam.

I saw a dateline special with chris hansen where they agreed to take part in something similar to this. Then they went to Africa and tried to find who was doing it. If I remember correctly they ran all around Africa to try and find whoever it was. I don't remember if they ever caught him but I do remember that whoever it was knew what he was doing and is pretty smart.

In conclusion: the people doing these things are pretty smart but the people that fall for this stuff are stupid.

Dont do it .

posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 11:10 AM
Gosh darnit!!!


I had a vision......... Guess i better keep inviting guests over and hope i find their lose change under the couch pillows!

No, i wont reply. Its probably a sting operation for dummies.

They got the wroooooong person.

(I wonder who i'd get if i called, the local witch doctor?)

posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 11:23 AM
411 Scam

Check this out

411 Scam

also the 419 scam eaters..


These guys are good

[edit on 22-1-2008 by elevatedone]

posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 11:55 AM

Originally posted by Disgustipated

Hahaha. brilliant

posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 01:22 PM
if this is the first you've seen of it then you must have a pretty cozy rock. seriously though this has been going on for a LOOOONG time. some guy dies, leaves you money, they need you to send money to pay attorney fees, etc..

there are a lot of sites out there that toy with these scammers. this site has a collection of some really entertaining correspondence.

the best ones are when they get the scammers to take pictures of themselves holding signs with funny words/phrases on them.

[edit on 22-1-2008 by an0maly33]


posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 01:29 PM
Does anyone know about the guy who turned the scam around on them and ended up getting money from them...I remember reading it some where. I saw that episode of Dateline that Roland was talking about. They caught up with several of them....Most ran away.

posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 01:37 PM
No, i dont live under a rock!

I got anotherone before, but this one is somewhat different. I think they added the phone number to make it seem more genuine.:shk:

I think its funny that i'm always targeted for these things and Viagra!

posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 03:32 PM

Originally posted by dgtempe

I think its funny that i'm always targeted for these things and Viagra!

Maybe they have our email addresses mixed up coz i keep getting mail for breast enhancements. LOL, i think my "man cans" are just fine as they are!

posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 03:35 PM
I'm sure your "Man Cans" are heavenly, Mojo!

I'll send all the interesting ones to you!!!

posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 08:19 PM
I get several of these through email or fax and since I travel to China for the Canton Trade Fair, I guess they got hold of my calling card. One guy called me up and introduce himself as a senator and he told me he got my contact info from the trade fair and he wanted to make a business proposal. He told me he has US$25million from an oil contract and he is finding a business partner where he can deposit this money from a bank abroad. I'll get 15% from the amount, and he will give me 5% initially to get things going and the balance will be paid upon completion of the deposit. He told me he is running away from people and he needs to get out of his country fast.

But, I have to send him US$100 for him to process this at his bank.

I didn't fall for this, because you are a senator and you don't have money to pay for that??

They are making money from their so called "processing fee" that you will send them for the bogus transaction.

This Nigerian scam is big business and they are making around US$2billion annually just for this bogus "processing fee".

posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 10:07 PM
But wait!!

Things are getting fancier and Yahoo name is endorsing this one!

This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($500,000.00 ) for the NEW YEAR 2008 Lottery promotion which is organized by YAHOO LOTTERY INC for the introduction of the new YAHOO BETA MAIL which all YAHOO users are required to switch onto.
YAHOO! & MICROSOFTWINDOWS, arrange and gather all the e-mail addresses of the people thatare active online, among the millions that subscribed to All emailAddress, and others we only select Nine(9) candidates per annually asour winners through Electronic Balloting System (EBS) without thecandidate applying, we congratulate you for being one of the peopleselected.

We are sorry that your Payment Approval File was sent to Africa dueto we have 3 lucky winners in Africa so that you can be cleared andpaid simultaneously there. You are to contact our Location Claim Agenton or before your date of Claim.

Yahoo Beta Lottery Prize must be claimed not later than 14 daysfrom date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in which Prize haswon.

Note: Any prize not claimed within this period (14 days) will be forfeited.

These are your identification numbers:

Batch number.....................YBM-EBS-
Reff number........................YBM-EBS-
Winning number...............YBM-EBS-

Thesenumbers above fall within the agent's Location file, you are requestedto contact your Agent and send your Identification Numbers and PersonalInformation to him;



You are therefore advised to send the following information to himto facilitate them and process the transfer of your fund with theappointed paying bank.

Send your Identification Numbers/Your Personal Information to him immediately:

Personal Information
1. Full name..................
2. Country....................
3. Contact Address...........
4. Telephone Number.........
5. Marital Status..............
6. Occupation..................
7. Age.........................
8. Sex.........................
9Means For Transfer Or Payment.
1 International Certified Bank Draft.
2 Account Transfer.
If Account Transfer you are to provide this information:
1; your full name: ------------------------------------
2; your address: --------------------------------------
3; sex: -----------------------------------------------
4: age: -----------------------------------------------
5: occupation: ----------------------------------------
6: nationality: ---------------------------------------
7: phone number: --------------------------------------
8: your bank name: ------------------------------------
9: your bank address: ---------------------------------
10: your account number: -----------------------------
11:Bank swift code---------------------------------------

Congratulations once again.
Yours in service,

HA HA HA Contact the Reverend LMAO.

I want you to know this has yahoo logos all over it as though its legit.

posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 10:22 PM
Hiss! Hiss! [A cat's claws are now sticking out and ready for some serious scratching!] Please run far away as fast as you can from this one! It's a damn scam, madam!

My dear, please don't provide your blood, sweat and tears, either. It's not worth your life or your hard-earned pennies! Above all, don't ever submit your personal information as 'they' requested in the body of these darn e-mails. You are asking for trouble.

Faithfully yours,
Angry Kitty Kat

[edit on 22-1-2008 by pikypiky]

posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 10:25 PM
I wont.
We are sorry that your Payment Approval File was sent to Africa dueto we have 3 lucky winners in Africa so that you can be cleared andpaid simultaneously there. You are to contact our Location Claim Agenton or before your date of Claim.

I especially liked this part.

posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 10:49 PM
I forgot to add: report any e-mails of this sort as spam to your e-mail provider. This will help to reduce the amount of junk e-mail going into your inbox. Lately, I've received zero Nigerian e-mails ever since Dateline aired the segment(s) on these scams. Instead, I've been getting those ads for computer support and, well, physical enhancements for the male gender (yuch).

Keep your eyeballs peeled wide opened for anymore e-mails received from strangers or Angry Kitty Kat will come scratching at your computer. It's better to be safe now than sorry later.

posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 10:52 PM
Definitely a scam. I've gotten this e-mail myself, almost word for word, as well as another 8 from other parts of Africa and 1 from the UK, all within the last two months. Maybe it's a set up by the powers that be to corner people who don't tow 'the party line', so to speak. They will resort to many acts of trickery to trip up people who look at the issues and decide for themselves what matters most, instead of just being pawns in the game.

posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 10:56 PM
These people are not smart. There are gangs of them in internet cafes sending out mail after mail. The guy somewhere further up the food chain is the smart one he'll be driving a pimped out Merc with a slammin sound system listening to rap about dumb ass americans who hand over the cash cos their greedy.

I'm not being anti-US... They really have these songs!

Personally I prefer the old stained money con!

If ya buy dee majjic wat ah, you clean dee moon ney. you be a ree ch man.



posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 10:58 PM
dg, these scams have been around for years. You have GOT to peruse this:

It's that guy's longest and most successful taunting of a Nigerian scammer. (All of his entries are informative, though.)

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