There was a story about these on the BBC recently (below). They give info for who to contact in the UK if you get one. Not sure about the US, but perhaps the UK folks would know about investigations here, if you wanted to report it.
Beware of e-mails
The kidnapping of British businessman
Joseph Raca has put the spotlight on the
"419 Nigerian letter" scam.
Thousands of Britons have received
letters, faxes or e-mails purporting to be
from an "official" foreign government or
agency, usually in Africa.
They offer to transfer millions of pounds
into the person's personal bank account,
often in exchange for an "administration"
This is the text of one such phoney letter,
received by BBC News Online. The name
and telephone number have been deleted
and the spelling and grammatical mistakes
have been left intact.
CONFIDENTIAL FROM MR ____ ______
LOME TOGO WEST AFRICA
ATTENTION THE DIRECTOR Dear
INTRODUCTION My name is MR ____ ______
I got your contact through the International
Chamber of Commerce consultant.
I am the special Asistant guard to the late
president of Congo Democratic Republic DRC
(Mr Laurent Kabila).
Before the president
was assasinated on
Tuesday, 16 January
2001, there was a huge
amount of money which
he was to move out to
Belgium and united
states of America
(U.S.A) up to the tone of Seventy Five Million
United States Dollars (USD75,000,000).
It was as a result of his constant moving of
the country's funds outside the country that
resulted to his death.
Some of the official who knew of this said
amount planned his assasination, and to
overthrow his government, they only wanted
him to die.
Presentely now the
level of involvement of
_________ in the
whole set up.
A day before his
FOREIGN AIDS WHITE
ASSOCIATE AND I
MYSELF to move to
Lome-Togo ONE TRUNK
BOX containing THE
SUM OF (USD$20,000
000) and deposited it
with one of the international security company
with its affiliates office in spain and in london
as family diplomatic valubles.
So that we could move the trunk box out from
Togo to Belgium and united states of america
under Diplomatic coverage where he was
supposed to lodge in the money into his
The day he was to leave for meeting, he was
assasinated along with the financial foreign
expert with the intention that the money was
in his possession.
My reason for
contacting you is
please for you and
myself, to meet so that
you will represent as
the foreign white
financial expert both of
us that deposited this
box for the claim
because the box can
only be released to me
when i come with any
Please my brother. No body knows that i am
still alive they all thought that i was also
assasinated along side with the late president
(KABILA) but i excaped.
The security Company did not know the real
content of the trunk box.
It is for this I am looking for God fearing trust
worthy partner that can assist me move the
money out of Africa.
As soon as you indicate
your interest we will
discuss terms of
Meanwhile you should
treat this transaction
with top most confidentiality and secrecy.
All the document informations are with me here
in Togo as i am here i did not intend any more
to leave the rest of my life in congo as the war
still on and on i will seak for a nationality in
your country after this fund is invested
accurately on your advice and control as you
and i will be for ever partnership associate with
regards to the investment aspect of this fund.
my brother please i will be very happy to
receive your quick response with regards to
Absolutely there is no other person human who
knows about this money execpt you and i only.
THANKS may our lord god be with you.
YOURS FAITHFULLY ____ ______
(FOR SECURITY REASON) PLEASE ALWAYS
REACH ME WITH THIS NUMBER (__ ___ __ __
Anyone in the UK receiving such a letter or
e-mail is advised not to reply and forward
the correspondence to the National
Criminal Intelligence Service, PO Box 8000,
London SE11 5EN, or by e-mail to
>>> "Paul DEVER" <pcpaul@...> 7/18/01 7:21 PM >>>
Heard of these, but never got one...wow!!!
----Original Message Follows----
From: John Chike <johnchiketg@...
Subject: TREAT AS URGENT CONFIDENTIAL:
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2001 06:19:39 -0700 (PDT)
FROM OFFICE OF MANAGER
BILLS AND EXCHANGE
ECO BANK OF AFRICA
TEL/00228 05 51 52
ATTN: Paul S Dever
I am the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign
remittance Department of ECO BANK OF AFRICA
LOMETOGO . I am writing following the impressive
information about you through one lady who works with
togo chember of commerce. she assured me
of your capability and reliability to champion this
business opportunity. In my department, we
discovered an abandoned sum of US$18.5 m US dollars
eighteen million,five hundred thousand US dollars).
inan account that belongs to one of our foreign
customer who died along withhis entire family in
november 1997 in a planecrash.Since we got
informationabout his death, we have been expecting his
next of kin to come over and claim hismoney because
we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as
nextof kin or relation to the deceased as indicated
in our banking guidelinesand laws but unfortunately
we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or elation
died along side with him at the plane crash leaving
nobody behind for the claim. It is therefore upon
this discovery that I and otherofficials in my
department now decided to make this businness proposal
to you and release the money to you as the next of kin
or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent
disbursement since nobody is coming for it and wedon't
want this money to go into the Bank treasury a
unclaimed Bill. The Banking law and guideline
erestipulates that if such money remained unclamed
after five years, the moneywill be transfered into the
Bank treasury as unclaimed fund.
The request for a foreigner as next of kin in this
business is occasioned by the act that the customer
was a foreigner and a Togolese can not stand as next
of kin to a foreigner. We agree that 30 % of this
money will be for you as foreign partner, in respect
to the provision of a foreign account, 10 % will be
set aside for expenses incured during the businessand
60 % would be for me and my colleagues. There after I
and my colleagues will visit your country for
disbursement accoding to the percentages indicated.
Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this
fund to you as arranged, you must apply first to the
bank as relation or nextof kin of the deceased
indicating your bankname, your bank account
number,your private telephone and fax number for easy
and effective communication and location where in
themoney will be remitted .
Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax
or e-mail the text of the application. I will not fail
to bring to your notice that this transaction is
hitch free and that you should not entertain any
atom of fear as all roquired arrangements have been
made for the transfer. You should contact me
immediately as soon as you receive this letter.
Trusting to hear from you immediately.
DR JOHN CHIKE
NB;CALL ME ON THE RECIEPT OF THIS MESSAGE NO MY
PRIVATE NUMBER 228 05 51 52.
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