May 31, 2005

What should I do??

I just got this e-mail, and it sounds like the chance of a lifetime! What should I do? It looks and sounds so legitimate.


DEAR FRIEND,

I AM MR KEN OMAN THE AUDIT MANAGER OF FIRST ATLANTIC MARCHANT BANK
OF GHANA IN WEST AFRICA THERE IS AN OPEN ACCOUNT IN THIS BANK IN 1980
ANDSINCE NOBODY HAS OPERATED ON THIS ACCOUNT AGAIN.
AFTER GOING THROUGH SOME OLD FILES IN THE RECORDS I DISCOVERED THAT IF
I DO NOT REMITT THIS MONEY OUT URGENTELY IT WIL FORFEITED FOR NOTHING.

THE OWNER OF THIS ACCOUNT MR PAUL PHILLIP.A FORIGNER AND THE MANAGER
OF PETROL CHEMICAL SERVICE,A LECTRICAL ENGINEER BY PROFFESSION AND HE
DIED SINCE 1990. NO OTHER PERSON KNOWS ABOUT THIS ACCOUNT OR ANYTHING
CONCERNING IT, THE ACCOUNT HAS NO OTHER BENEFICIARY AND MY
INVESTIGATION PROVED TO ME AS WELL THAT HIS COMPANY DOES NOT KNOW
ANYTHING ABOUT THIS ACCOUNT AND THE AMOUNT INVLOVED IS
U.S.$10.500,000.00(TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUASAND DOLLARS).

I WANT TO TRANSFER THIS MONEY INTO A SAFE FORIGN ACOUNT ABROAD BUT I
DON'T KNOW ANY FOREIGNER, I AM ONLY CONTACTING YOU AS A FOREIGNER
BECAUSE THIS MONEY CAN NOT BE APPROVED TO ANY LOCAL BANK HERE BUT CAN
ONLY BE APPROVED TO ANY FOREIGN ACCOUNT BECAUSE THE MONEY IS U.S
DOLLARS AND THE FORMER OWNER OF THE ACCOUNT IS MR HENSON DAVID AND HE
WAS A FOREIGNER TOO.

I KNOW THAT THIS MESSAGE WILL COME TO YOU AS A SURPRISE AS WE DON'T
KNOW OUR SELF BEFORE,BUT BE SURE THAT IT IS REAL AND A GENUINE
BUSINESS. I ONLY GOT YOUR CONTACTFROM OUR CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
RESEARCH WITH BELIEVE IN GOD THAT YOU WILL NEVER LET ME DOWN IN THIS
BUSINESS,YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON THAT I HAVE CONTACTED FOR THIS
BUSINESS FOR NOW SOPLEASE REPLY URGENTLY.

WHEN THE TRANSFER IS APPROVED AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE I WILL PROVIDE YOU
AN ACCOUNT ON WHERE YOU WILL TRANSFER MY OWN PERCENTAGE IN THE DEAL,I
WILL USE MY POSITION IN THE OFFICE TO PROVIDE ALL THE NECESSARY
INFORMATION FOR THE APPROVAL OF THIS FUND.I WILL COME DOWN TO YOUR
COUNTRY FOR THE SHARING AND OTHER INVESTMENT.

AT THE CONCLUSION OF THIS BUSINESS,YOU WILL BE GIVEN 35% OF THE TOTAL
AMOUNT, 60% WILL BE FOR ME, WHILE 5% WILL BE FOR EXPENSES , BOTH
PARTIES MIGHT HAVE INCURED DURING THE PROCESS OF TRANSACTION.I LOOK
FORWARD TO YOUR EARLIEST REPLY THROUGH THIS PRIVATE
EMAIL:ken2oman@universal.pt

YOURS TRULY,

MR. KEN OMAN



Boy! It sounds like my ship is about to come in!!!!

(this has to be literally about the thousandth variation of this Nigerian scam I've gotten. But they never give up. I'm just wondering what they hope to gain? I assume they get rubes to send them all their personal bank account and credit card info?)

9 Comments:

At 5/31/2005 1:22 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

In one of the variations, they will offer to purchase something you have for sale for a large amount. For example, a friend of mine was selling several of her horses on an website. She got an offer to buy all of them for $40,000 (more than she was asking) but they only had a $45,000 cashiers check. What they wanted people to do was send them a cashiers check for $5000, and they'd be straight. The only problem was the $45,000 cashiers checks were phony, so the person ended up down 5 grand. I think a lot of these scams usually involve a fake cashiers check, and the US person needed to send money as part of the deal.

QCI

 
At 5/31/2005 2:52 PM, Blogger diehard said...

The African thing is an interesting twist. We Americans are trusting lot when its not another American!

 
At 5/31/2005 3:41 PM, Blogger charles blunt said...

I often get E-Mails of this type an wonder if anybody is really stupid enough to answer .

 
At 5/31/2005 8:03 PM, Blogger Dissenter said...

I actually answered one of these e-mails. If I recall correctly, what I said was this: "Dear Widow: I am without the funds or the resources with which to help you. However, your letter of woe brought be to tears, and so I spoke with my colleagues and identified one person, a very wealthy man, who is VERY interested in helping you." I then provided her with the e-mail address of a buddy of mine."

Serves him right for that saran wrap over the toilet stunt.

 
At 5/31/2005 8:38 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Dissenter.... that's COLD! hahaha!

But the tips above may explain why I got several very strange replies to an ad I had posted online as well. They were in horrid english and all said they were in another country and could buy what I was selling but would have to get the money to me though some unnamed relative in the US, but they did want my name and address and other info right off the bat.

They were so obviously bizarre that I didn't bother replying, but it's amazing how pervasive this crap is. It must be VERY VERY lucrative, or they wouldn't be such a nusiance.

 
At 5/31/2005 9:41 PM, Blogger Rawk Eyelund said...

It is lucrative. They only need one rich idiot to hit the jackpot. This country is full of rich idiots.

When you get one of those or the ones that pretend to be from eBay or PayPal or a bank, send them to
reportphishing@antiphishing.org

 
At 5/31/2005 9:57 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Rawk... I may be an idiot, but I'm not rich, so I guess I don't qualify as the ideal mark. The thing that makes me want to inject these creeps with a solution of their own feces and then lock them in a room with no medical attention is that a lot of these "rich idiots" that they prey on are widows and other elderly people.

 
At 5/31/2005 11:07 PM, Blogger Rawk Eyelund said...

Yeah, that's why I encourage you and everyone else to send the phish to reportphishing@antiphishing.org. PayPal and eBay have their own anti-phishing addresses. They are spoof@paypal.com and spoof@ebay.com.

 
At 6/01/2005 1:36 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Rawk, I've sent several fake ebay and paypal spams to the addresses you listed. After a while, I got so many I just stopped trying.
But it definitely is important to send them and at least give them a shot at nabbing a few of these creeps.

 

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