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  • Christine Chumbler
    Congratulations Paul! 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
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 18, 2001
      Congratulations Paul!

      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
      bearing gifts

      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"
      fee upfront.

      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 ____ ______

      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.

      'Diplomatic valuables'

      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
      assasination, he
      instructed the
      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
      white foreign

      Trunk box

      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
      this email.

      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 ____ ______

      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@...>
      To: pcpaul@...
      Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2001 06:19:39 -0700 (PDT)

      LOME ,TOGO
      TEL/00228 05 51 52

      ATTN: Paul S Dever

      Dear Sir,
      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.
      Yours faithfully,
      PRIVATE NUMBER 228 05 51 52.

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