At last, a shark entered my mailbox too. Here it is... --------------------------- ATTN: THE PRESIDENT / C.E.O Dear sir, With profound interest and in utmost confidence, I am soliciting your immediate assistance or co-operation as to enable us round an opportunity within my capacity as a result of the death of one of our contractor (Beneficiary). You should not be surprised as to how I got your contact, you were highly recommended to me with the believe that you are competent, reliable, trustworthy and confident. I am CHIEF ARET ADAMS the CHAIRMAN PRESIDENTIAL REVIEW PANEL ON FOREIGN CONTRACT PAYMENT AND REGULATION. We work hand in hand with the Senate Committee on Foreign Contractor Payment. Our duty is to ensure that all Foreign Contractors are paid their contract sum in due time. This last quarter a total of 30 contractors have been short listed for payment and so far about 20 of them have paid remaining about 10, the remaining 10 have been short listed for payment before the third quarter of this year . But information reaching this office indicates that one among the remaining has been reported dead. His name is Mr. KHALIF HAMZAT from EGYPT, he was among the 143 people that died in the last EAS flight 072 plane crashed . Meanwhile he finished the execution of his contract December 19th 1999. But since his death nobody has come forward to put a claim to his contract fund which is about $USD4O.3M (FortyMillion Three Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars). On close investigation and proper observation it was discovered that he didn't execute any contract. There was a collaboration between him and some top senate executives. Due to the nature of this business he didn't register any beneficiary (next of kin)and also the senate executives were impeached, the funds keep reflecting in my office system. That is why I need your immediate assistance to expedite the transfer of the contract amount. With my position and the assistance of some of my colleagues involved all machinery have been put in place to regularize all the necessary documents and present your company as the bona-fide beneficiary of this fund in as much as you respond within 48 hours of receipt of this important message. The nature of your company's business is just what we require for a successful and hitch -free transaction, necessary measures to ensure a risk-free transaction and confidentiality has been taken. Please provide the following to ensure immediate commencement of this transaction. A. Your Telephone and Fax Numbers. B. The Name and full address of your Company. C. Complete particulars of the Bank Account Where you wish the funds to be transferred. This should include the account number, the bank address, telephone and fax number of the bank. Kindly signify your interest by replying via my personal e-mail address(firstname.lastname@example.org). My confidential phone and fax numbers will be supplied to your acceptance to work with me. Upon receipt of your positive reply we shall discuss on : 1.Basic Program for Operations 2.Financial Status as to ascertain your capability. Upon complementation of this transaction I have decided to give you 20% of the total sum, 75% will be used as an investment in your company as agreed by me and my colleagues 5% has been mapped out for any expenses incurred. Please because of the people involved we would like you to keep this transaction absolutely confidential. I expect your response in time (within 48 hours) as time is of great essence in this transaction. BEST REGARDS , CHIEF ARET ADAMS ---------------- Forty Million. Also I am chasing another cone artist - one 'Dinesh' from Delhi who offered me all CISCO and Sun Java certifications from some prometric centre in Delhi! :roll: Ashok.
This is just a variation of what has turned out to be one of the more successful internet scams. I think the original version originated from Nigeria, but I'm not positive on that one.
posted 17 years ago
You got it right Jason, this is the notorious, and most successful 419 scam, named after the law under which these frauds are criminal in Nigeria. RD lists this is the most successful scam in UK and in 2001, National Crime and Fraud Investigation Agency has intercepted more than 80,000 or so 419 fraud mails or correspondence. RD concludes, as per statistics available from government sources in UK, around 8,000 new victims for this fraud alone every year, and on an average each victim end up losing 31,000 GBP (around 50K USD). At least one person committed suicide in UK after falling pray to this scam. Also there were reports that some were murdered when went in hunt for the lost money in Africa. Officials advise you to not to respond to these scams even out of curiosity, because fraudsters could then make use of your letterhead on their next operation. As I surf a lot like any other net enthusiast, I am coming across more and more such con artist. There was this guy in eBay, talks calm, neat and sounds very sophisticated, and wanted me to send money (�1400 for a Sony Laptop) to his 'Accounts Department', and the address he gave me was that of Manchester (UK) branch of Lloyds bank. But mentioned it not as his bank, but as his own office. So if I send a cheque to his 'Accounts Department' it goes straight in to his account! God save common Internet users! :roll: