Saturday, May 1, 2010

Want some free money for overbilled monax axial plants?

I don't even know what all this stuff is -- axial plans and supper polypore. Or even super polypore. Whatever: Despite the real-sounding details, this is a scam, like all "help me recover some money" ploys. Whether it's a bank account belonging to a dead client or over-invoiced funds…. it doesn't actually exist. The only money that could be transferred is the money that's currently in your own bank account -- transferred to the scammer. Don't be fooled, don't reply to messages like this.

From: "Alhaji Mohammed Sanusi Lamido "
Date: April 25, 2010 2:34:55 PM PDT
Subject: Urgent Matter .. Please Respond

Tel No: +234-813-741-6430
Attn: The President / CEO
Dear Sir,
Urgent Telegraphic / Swift Transfer of: USD$125,000,000.00 (One Hundred and Twenty-Five Million United States Dollars Only)

I am Alhaji. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, Group Managing Director (GMD) / Chairman Debt Reconciliation Committee Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC); I got your contact from January, 2009 worldwide database and yellow pages encyclopedia after due consideration believing you are a highly respected personality. Although, I do not know to what extent you are familiar with events, hence I contact you.

Firstly, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and “TOP SECRET” with great magnitude involving a pending transaction requiring maximum confidence, I am sure and have confidence of your ability and reliability to prosecute this magnificent transaction. The new civilian government has principally mandated me to review and offset all contractors’ outstanding overdue payments on contracts awarded since May 1976 to, June 2009, under the regimes of the Former Heads of State.

Respectively, In May 2001, a contract worth USD$375,000,000.00 ( Three Hundred and Seventy-Five Million United States Dollars Only) was awarded to a foreign company by Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) for supply, erection and system optimization of supper polypore 200,000-BPSD, system optimization of 280,000-monax axial plants and the computerization of conveyor belt for Kaduna Refinery. I deliberately over-invoiced the contract with USD$125,000,000.00 (One Hundred and Twenty-Five Million United States Dollars). Actually the company that executed the contracts has been fully paid and the projects were officially commissioned.

Therefore, due to epigrammatic decision to redefine the outstanding payment I am presenting you as the beneficiary who will present original invoice to re-apply and to substitute the foreign company which upon its presentation to Central Bank of Nigeria CBN your designated Bank Account will be credited unconditionally. On receipt of your immediate response, we shall discuss the compulsory modalities. I have all necessary documents / approvals to secure the transfer in your favour.

Note as a mandatory, I wish to make the clarifications as follows: That you will be entitled to share 25% of the total funds. The officials 70% while 5% will be set aside to incure any local and foreign incidental expenses. I consequently request your maximum assistance and approvals to facilitate the transfer of the above funds from Central Bank of Nigeria CBN, where these funds are deposited. Upon confirmation of your readiness to execute this magnificent transaction with me and understanding that this deal being a partnership business, you the second partner, will participate partially in the expenses that might incure. you will be urgently required to furnish your Companies Letter Headed Paper Signed & Stamped, Private Telephone & Fax Numbers, Bank Name and Address, your Corporate Bank Account Number. In conclusion, I guarantee that this operation will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect us from any breach of law.

Best Regards,

Alhaji. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo
NNPC Group Managing Director (GMD) &
Director Debt Reconciliation Committee Chairman

Another dead client left behind money

Oh, look. An attorney found money belonging to a dead client. Do you want it? It could cost you dearly to find out that it doesn't actually exist. Don't be fooled, don't respond to scam messages like this. (PS: My last name is surprisingly dissimilar to that of the fictitious late Mr. Thomas.)

Date: April 21, 2010 8:04:19 AM PDT
Subject: Mutual Benefit

Mutual Benefit
Mr. Whitney Horton's Partner
103 Jeance place centurion
pretoria 0002 South Africa

Direct Cell : +27 769-694-873
Office Fax: +27 86 539 7406

Good Day,

This is a personal email directed to you and I request that it be treated as such.I am Barrister Whitney Horton' ,a solicitor at law.I am the personal attorney/sole executor to the late Mr Thomas (withheld), hereinafter eferred to as 'my client' who worked as an independent oil magnate in my country and who died in a car crash with his immediate family on the 4th of Oct,1998.

Since the death of my client in Oct,1998, I have written several letters to the embassy with an intent to locate any of his extended relatives whom shall be claimants/beneficiaries of his abandoned personal estate and all such efforts have been to no avail.

More so,I have received official letters in the last few weeks suggesting a likely proceeding for confiscation of his abandoned personal assets in line with existing laws by the bank in which my client deposited the sum of 50,000,000.00 million pounds.

On this note i decided to search for a credible person and finding that you bear a similar last name, I was urged to contact you, that I may,with your consent,present you to the "trustee" bank as my late client's surviving family member so as to enable you put up a claim to the bank in that capacity as a next of kin of my client.

I find this possible for the fuller reasons that you bear a similar last name with my client making it a lot easier for you to put up a claim in that capacity.I propose that 50% of the net sum will accrue to you at the conclusion of this deal in so far as I do not incur further expenses.

Therefore, to facilitate the immediate transfer of this fund, you need, first to contact me via email signifying your interest and as soon as I obtain your confidence,I will immediately appraise you with the complete details as well as fax you the documents,with which you are to proceed and i shall direct on how to put up an application to the bank.

HOWEVER, you will have to accent to an express agreement which I will forward to you in order to bind us in this transaction.

Upon the receipt of your reply,I will send you by fax or E-mail the next step to take.I will not fail to bring to your notice that this proposal is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any fears as the required arrangements have been made for the completion of this transfer. Like I said, I require only a solemn confidentiality on this,You can contact me back on
Best regards,

Barrister Whitney Horton'