email scam going around?

in General Discussion edited January 2014
WTF is this about? I just received this in the email. Take care out there.

[quote]To: [email protected]

From: [email protected]


Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2002 15:39:06 -0600

From:Mr.Wilson Bala

Nigerian National Pet.Corp.


Attn resident/Ceo.




I know this email will reach you as a surprise,but need not to worry as we are using the

only secured and confidential medium available to seek for foreign assistance/partnership

in a business transaction which is of mutual benefit.

I am a member of the Government of Nigeria Contract Award and Monitoring Committee

in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC)Sometime ago,a contract was awarded to a

foreign firm

in NNPC by my Committee.This contract was over invoiced to the tune of US$21.5M.U.S.Dollars.

This was done deliberately.The over-invoicing was a deal by my committee to benefit from the

project.We now want to transfer this money which is in a suspense Account with NNPC into any

Overseas Account which we expect you to provide for us.


For providing the account where we shall remit the money into,you will be entitled to 20% of

the money,70% will be for me and my partners while 10% has been mapped out from the total sum

to cover any upfront or out of pocket expenses that may be incurred by all parties during the

course of this transfer,both locally and international expenses.In order for us to commence the

transaction i would require the following: -

1.Your company's name,address,telephone and fax numbers.

2.Your bank name,address and account details.

The above information would be use to make formal applications as a matter of procedure for the

release of the money and onward transfer to your account.It does not matter whether or not your

company does contract projects of this nature described here.

The assumption is that your company won the major contract and subcontracted it out to other

companies.More often than not,big trading companies or firms of unrelated fields win major

contracts and subcontracts to more specialized firms for execution of such contracts.

We have strong reliable connections and contacts at the Central Bank Of Nigeria,as well

as the Ministry of Finance and we have no doubt that all the money will be released and

transferred if we get the necessary foreign partner to assist us in this deal.Therefore,

when the business is successfully concluded we shall through our same connections withdraw all

documents used from all the concerned Government Ministeries for 100% security.

We are ordinary Government workers and we will not want to miss this once in a lifetime

opportunity to get rich.

We want this money to be transferred to the overseas Accounts for us,before the present

Government start Auditing all Government owned Parastatals accounts.

Please contact me immediately through my email addresses whether or not you are interested

in this deal.If you are not,it will enable me scout for another foreign partner to

carry out this deal.But where you are interested, send the required documents

aforementioned herein through my confidential email address([email protected])as time is of

the essence in this business.

I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation.

Yours faithfully,

Mr.Wilson Bala.<hr></blockquote>

[ 03-08-2002: Message edited by: Randycat99 ]</p>


  • Reply 1 of 11
    logan calelogan cale Posts: 1,281member
    Thing's been going around for years.

    I've gotten about five.
  • Reply 2 of 11
    torifiletorifile Posts: 4,024member
    "to the tune of" Yeah, that sounds legit <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> And they need your account number at your bank? Hmm, something is fishy. Do they really think that people fall for this stuff?

    My favorite at the messages that start out with "Re:" Like I'm not going to remember what emails I just sent out Does spam ever work? Are there such suckers out there? Probably aol users, if it does...
  • Reply 3 of 11
    randycat99randycat99 Posts: 1,919member
    How come the authorities can't just track down the source of the email and nail'em?
  • Reply 4 of 11
    paulpaul Posts: 5,278member
    Wouldnt it be funny if this actually was legit, but because everyone wrote it off as being impossible the poor guy never got his money out of nigeria?
  • Reply 5 of 11
    Here's what you do with email hoaxes. It works best with the ones you get from people you know.

    Go to one of the email hoax sites and confirm that it's a hoax. Use google to find on of those sites if you can't remember.

    <a href=""; target="_blank"></a>;

    <a href=""; target="_blank"></a>;

    Reply to everyone that got the email. Say something like this.

    "This email is a hoax. It's confirmed at this site. ... Do not forward this email on to other people. Besure to confirm email are not hoaxes by checking this site first. ... Bookmark this page. Please do not forward hoax email. It only make the problem worse."

    Don't be nice about it.
  • Reply 6 of 11
    I got a similar email from a guy using Yahoo! in the United Kingdom, so I reported him to Yahoo! and they yanked his account the same day. That should hopefully save anyone gullible enough to reply to this spam from themselves.
  • Reply 7 of 11
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,262member
    Yeah, but when they're using addresses like [email protected], I don't think they're too upset when they lose their accounts...

    BTW we just got almost the exact message by fax at work this week. They're busy!
  • Reply 8 of 11
    sizzle chestsizzle chest Posts: 1,133member
    I've received variations on that email (usually from Nigeria, but occasionally from some other developing nation) maybe 100 times at 3 different email addresses. I've received it by fax at least 5 times. My boss received a copy by fax a few weeks ago -- addressed to him by name! -- and brought it in to ask me what I though of it.

    I wonder how many bank account numbers these scammers have been able to get?
  • Reply 9 of 11
    This is an old scam. We even got a letter in the mail where I work with this scam in it.
  • Reply 10 of 11
    x704x704 Posts: 276member
    Wow that's pretty sad that it's still obviously working too ... you know what they say ... "A sucker born every minute". Apparently this is true. I feel sad for those poor saps ...
  • Reply 11 of 11
    serranoserrano Posts: 1,806member
    [quote]Originally posted by Randycat99:

    <strong>How come the authorities can't just track down the source of the email and nail'em?</strong><hr></blockquote>

    it's so simple to fake email headers through an exploited server you could do it <a href=""; target="_blank">right now</a>.

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