Archive for the “Nigerian Scam” Category

We’ve not seen a lot of new phishing scams at UD so far this winter. But there is a version of the Nigerian scam starting to show up in some UD inboxes.

See a message like this one?
Just delete it.

Dear Friend,

I am Barrister.Abari Tamuno the Personal Attorney to a Foreign
Contractor who worked with a Multinational Oil Firm in Nigeria.

On the 21st of April 2008, my client, his wife And their three
children were involved in a car accident along Sagamu Express Road.All
occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I
have made several enquiries to your Embassy to locate any of my
clients extended relatives, this has also proved abortive.After these
several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over
the Internet, to locate any member of his family but of no avail,
hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist me in
repartrating the money left behind by my client before they got
confisicated or declared unserviceable by the Bank here this huge
deposits were lodged. Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an
account valued at US19 million dollars has issued me a notice to
provide the next of kin or have the account confisicated within the
next twenthy official working days. since I have been unsuccesfull in
locating the the relatives for over 4 years now.

I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased
so that the proceeds of this account valued at US19 million dollars
can be paid to you and then you and I can share this money. 70% to me
and 25% to you,while 5% should be for expenses or tax as your
government may require,I have all necessary legal documents that can
be used to backup any claim we may make.All I require is your honest
cooperation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this
will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you
from any breach of the law.Please get in touch with me via my email
address as soon as you get this mail to enable us discuss on the
modalities and process for success of this transaction.I also request
for your private telephone number, fax number ,home address and bank
details for easy and more confidential communication.

I await your kind response, Good day and God bless.
Barrister.Abari Tamuno.

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No one at UD will fall for a scam like this one, right? But maybe your 90-year-old grandmother with her first iPad may not be so circumspect.

Just like you tell your 7-year-old twins before they go out into the neighborhood, tell her that, on the Internet, she needs to watch out for Stranger Danger.

See a message like this one? Delete it.

From: “Mrs. Christabel Brown”
Subject: hello
Date: January 13, 2012 1:48:49 PM EST
To: “.”

Dear GODS Elect,

It’s my pleasure to have contact with you,based on the critical condition I find mine self,though, it’s not financial problem, but my health,you might have know that cancer is not what to talk home about,though I don’t know you,and my contact with you was not by mistake, but by devine favour of GOD.

I am married to Mr. Smith Brown who worked with Tunisia embassy in Burkina Faso for nine years before he died in the year 2008.We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for five days.

Since his death I decided not to remarry, When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of US$ 8.2m(Eight million two hundred thousand dollars)in a bank in Ouagadougou the capital city of Burkina Faso in west Africa Presently this money is still in bank. He made this money available for exportation of Gold from Burkina Faso mining. Recently, My Doctor told me that I don’t have much time to live because of the cancer problem,

Having known my condition I decided to hand you over this money to take care of the less-privileged people, you will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want you to take 30 Percent of the total money for your personal use While 70% of the money will go to charity” people and helping the orphanage.

I don’t want my husband’s efforts to be used by the Gorvernment. I grew up as an Orphan and I don’t have anybody as my family member, just to endeavour that the name of GOD is maintained. Am doing this so that GOD will forgive my sins and accept my soul because this sickness has suffered me so much.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank in Burkina Faso and I will send authority letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of the money in the bank that is if you assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your reply.

Mrs. Christabel Brown
written from Hospital.

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Every so often, you hear a local news story about someone having fallen for this kind of scam. Usually someone new to email is convinced that, because the story is so sad, because the alleged sender says she prayed over it, because the text refers to Jesus Christ so respectfully and because her husband’s alleged death was “politically motivated,” it’s OK to send all the requested bank information in reply. The victims are then shocked when their bank accounts are emptied.

No one at UD is going to fall for this phish, right? No legitimate organization will ever ask you to email them information about banking accounts. But if your parents or grandparents or great grandparents just got an email account, tell them to just delete it.

From: Limana Benson
Subject: My beloved.
Date: October 21, 2011 9:21:17 AM EDT

My beloved.
Greetings in the name of our lord Jesus Christ. i am Mrs Limana Benson from
Bahrain, a widow to late Jeff Benson i am 51 years old, i am now a new
Christian convert, suffering from long time cancer of the breast, from all
indication my condition is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that
i won’t live more than 2 months, according to my doctors, this is because
the cancer stage has gotten to a very worst stage.

My late husband and my only child died last five years, his death was
politically motivated. My late husband was a very rich and wealthy business
man who was running his cocoa business in Cote d’Ivoire and after his death;
i inherited all his business and wealth. my doctors has advised me that i
may not live for more than 2 months, so i now decided to divide the part
of this wealth, to contribute to the development of the church in Africa,
America, Asia, and Europe. i collected your email address during my desperate
search on the internet and i prayed over it.

i decided to donate the sum of $3,500,000.00 usd( Theree million five hundred
thousand united states dollars) to the less privileged because i cannot take
this money to the grave. Please i want you to note that this fund is lodged
in a bank in Ivory Coast in West Africa .

Once i hear from you, i will forward to you all the information’s you will
use to get this fund released from the bank and to be transferred to you.
i honestly pray that this money when transferred to you, will be sure
for the said purpose, because i have come to find out that wealth
acquisition without Christ is vanity. may the grace of our lord Jesus the
love of god and the fellowship of god be with you and your family.

Please contact me in this my private e-mail id so that i will give you
all the details

Your beloved sister in Christ.
Mrs Limana Benson

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Spotted in UD email on 10/17/11–a version of this moldy oldie — the Nigeria Ambassador scam!

Note the fake email addresses in the headers and the request for an inappropriate amount of personal information.

Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 17:12:48 +0100
From: Terence P.McCulley 
To: (Recipient List Suppressed)

United States Consulate General Lagos
2 Walter Carrington Crescent
Victoria Island, Lagos

Dear Sir/ Madam

My name is Terence Patrick McCulley, the new United States
Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The United
States Senate had confirmed my nomination on August 5 2010
after being nominated for this position by U.S. President
Barrack Obama on June 28, 2010. My credentials as the new
Ambassador were presented to His Excellency President
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan at the Presidential Villa in Abuja,
Nigeria, on November 2, 2010. I am a career member of the
senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor
whose diplomatic career has been spent mostly in Africa or
working on African issues.

However, following the resolution of the meeting held with
His Excellency President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan at the
Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday with some members of
the Federal House of Senate, an agreement was reached that
the sum of $1,000,000.00 USD be paid to you as compensation
for all the years and money you have spent trying to claim
your fund Hence,I am bringing your fund myself and there is
nothing anybody can do about it.

Meanwhile, you are required to furnish us with the following



Respectfully yours,
Terence P. McCulley
US Ambassador to Nigeria

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