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419 Scam – Money recovery scams

Money recovery scams are a peculiar type of 419 scam whose aim it is to maximize the amount of money stolen from the victim. Once the first scam has ended (maybe because the victim realised it was a scam or because the criminals did not send the promised fortune), a second stage of the scam may take place. The criminals pose as police officers or other officials who have arrested or are aiming to arrest the criminals in the first scam and promise to return money stolen in the first scam. Often the scam will mention the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), a real Nigerian institution prosecuting criminals who commit 419 scams.

If the victim falls for them, he/she will be asked to send even more money (often borrowed off friends and family). The criminals don't care if they totally ruin the victim or drive them to suicide.

Send us any examples, we will publish them here.

Please forward copies of fraud emails to the abuse department of the webmail address listed as the contact email and ask for the address to be suspended because it is used in a 419 fraud (see 419 FAQ).

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Example emails:

From: Mrs Rose pat
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2006 11:53 AM
Subject: BE CAREFUL OF THE HUDLOOMS




OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY
ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION
14A AWOLOWO LANE, IKOYI
LAGOS NIGERIA.
Motto: No Body is Above the LAW
TEL:234-8025841843


Date: 20th Jan 2006.
FROM THE DESK OF: NUHU RIBADU
ATTN: BENEFICIARY,


RE: BE CAREFUL OF THE HUDLOOMS

Following the recent broadcast of the president and the commander in chief of armed forces of the federal republic of Nigeria during the visit to the America President Mr. George W. Bush, his speech to the united nation, couple with recommendation and resolution of his last visit to South Africa, British, France and the UNGA United Nations General Assembly in New York), a total sum of $2.8 Billion has been mapped out by the SENATE to settle all outstanding foreign debts owned to contractor this year.

It has therefore become imperative for us to explore our options for reducing our debt servicing policy to affordable and sustainable levels. On the order of the president as a mark of his reconciliation and image laundering exercise toward sanitizing the battered image of the federal republic of Nigeria abroad.

I am Nuhu Ribadu Chairman Economic And Financial Crime Commission, a committee set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria under the able President Olusegun Obasanjo. The purpose of the committee among other is to investigate, verify and settle all outstanding debts owed to foreign contractors whose payment is overdue. During the last military dictatorship of Late General Sani Abacha, many abnormalities had happened in the Central Bank of Nigeria and Union Bank of Nigeria where some top official of the apex Bank collaborate with imposters and abandon our contractor half way with levies and taxes.

Consequently, we received a directive from the office of the president, ordering the above office to settle all genuine contractors whose debts has been outstanding for a long time now. These are those who has shown sufficient proof regarding the release of their fund, And we wish to inform you that in our record here, you have fulfilled such conditions.

But the reasons why your own Transfer has to be delayed is because, there is presently a counter claims on your funds by one Mr. Peter Woo, who is presently trying to make us believe that you entered into an agreement with him, to help you in receiving your fund, in his bank account in China. So here comes the big question. Did you sign any Deed of Assignment in favor of Mr. Peter Woo, thereby making him the current beneficiary with the following account details: Account Name: Indo-China Group Ltd, A/C #: USD114-102-5567-8, Bank Name: Standard Chattered bank, 138-141 1st Floor, Edinburgh Tower, the Landmark, 15 Queens Road, Central Hong Kong, Swift Code: SCBL 11k111.

If you did not sign, nor authorize Mr. Peter Woo to receive your payment on your behalf, kindly reconfirm to us, your genuine bank account details, to avoid making payment to a wrong person, attempt to divert your payment to a new account without your knowledge may have been done by your local representative with the assistance of some (Union Bank of Nigeria) Officials, of whom most of them are presently under our custody and will face prosecution under section 35A sub section 1-2-4 of the criminal code of Nigeria, pending on when we finish with our investigation.

This office is glad to inform you that your payment shall be made as soon as this information needed from you is submitted, either by Telegraphic Transfer or by international Certified Bank Draft. We are sorry to inform you that the Federal Government of Nigeria had made it clear to all foreign contractors whose payment is overdue, to be paid immediately hence all the modality relating to the release of your contract fund had been completed. You are advised to stop any further communication with your local representative(s) any officials (s) department of the CBN or Union Bank or any Government parastatal. This is to forestall new effort towards a diversion of your payment.

This office supersedes every other department in the CBN ,every other banks in Nigeria and correspondence bank abroad and is thus responsible for the final payment. The consequences of not heeding to this warning would be yours.

Although we have been able to come up with some good result about the people that have extorted money from you illegally and i wish to list them so that you will personally indicate them by writting back because we want to make your payment to youwithout any delay but we must surely deal and bring this names to book if only you will indicate correctly any of them.

The names of the Touts that have been arrested are as follows:

1)Dr.ken in U S A
2) PROF CHARLES SOLODO
3) CHIEF JOSEPH SANUSI
4)DR. R.RASHEED
5) BARRISTER AWELE
6)BARRISTER UCHEUZO WILLIAMS.
7) DR. HANZ MUSSA
UNION BANK (NIGERIA) PLC
8)Mr. Ernest Chukwudi Ebi
9)Mr Eric William
Deputy Governor - Policy / Board Member
10) Mr. Tunde Lemo Deputy Governor - Financial Sector Surveillance /
Board Member
11)MR CUPPA ACOKA.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA.
12)Mrs. W. D. A. Mshelia
Deputy Governor - Corporate Services / Board Member

The above listed names are been traced/investigated by our team and some of them have elope the country and note that if any of them is caught and find guilty he/she will go to jail for 25 years(twenty five years) as it is under the Degree 47 of the constituition of Nigeria under section of criminal law.


So we are waiting for you to write us and inform us if any of the above names have once contacted you in respect to the your fund if yes dont waste time to indicate it immediately.

We applogise on behalf of the President and the good citizens of Nigeria for any delay and lost this most have coursed you and promise that such thing will not happen again.And if you are dealing with any one of them regarding this payment we urge you to STOP because you are taking a big risk and you never find your money because your funds in the total sum $30,000,000.00 (Thityty Million United States Dollars) is now with the WEMA BANK OF NIGERIA PLC a commercial recently approved by the Presidency to fulfil all foreign payments.

Considering the circumstances at hand, you are advice not to accept any fax or telephone calls that does not come from this office. Call me immediately you receive this message for more information or send your reply to this email as:econony_financialcrimecomm@yahoo.com

Best regards,
NUHU RIBADU

CHAIRMAN: ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION(E.F.C.C).
ASSISTANT CHAIR PERSON (ROSE PAT).
.........................................................................................................................



DAVID IKENNA <fraudalert@inMail24.com>

Another recovery scam:

NIGERIAN FOREIGN PAYMENT INVESTIGATION AGENCY
ANTI- TERRORISM CLEARANCE/FRAUD UNIT

FALOMO OFFICE COMPLEX IKOYI

LAGOS - NIGERIA.
DATE: MAY 29, 2006
TEL/ FAX: 234-8037-976-796
Motto: Security watch

FROM THE DESK OF :
DR. DAVID B. IKENNA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
FORIEGN PAYMENT AGENCY
CABLEGRAM: NAPTCOR
CELL PHONE: 234-806-218-6013

Attn: SIR/MADAM

RE: FRAUD ALERT/FINAL NOTICE


Based on our findings in this investigation department we wish to warn
you against some Miscreants, Hoodlums and Touts who go about scamming
innocent people by claiming to be who they are not and thereby
tarnishing the image of this wonderful country. We were informed that
some Hoodlums are contacting you in respect to the collection of your
fund which was long approved in your favour with the Central Bank of
Nigeria. As a matter of fact we have been on this investigation
assignments for some time codedly known to no one but the Presidency
and some top government official who are in support of this
investigation team to help stop fraudalert activities in this country
and as well restore the image that has been tarnished by the above
listed group of people.

Although we have been able to come up with some good result about the
people that have extorted money from you illegally and I wish to list
them so that you will personally indicate them by witting back to us
with the name of whom scammed you among them as we want to make sure
your payment is routed to you without any further delay and note that
we will surely deal and bring to book the names of people below if
only you will cooperate with us by coindicating correctly any of them.

The names of the Scammers that have been arrested are as follows:
1) Prof. Charles Soludo
2) Chief Joseph Sanusi
3) Dr. R. Rasheed
4) Barrister Awele Ugorji
6) Barrister Ucheuzo Williams
7) Mr. Ernest Chukwudi Obi

Deputy Governor - Policy / Board Member
8) Mr. Tunde Lemo

Deputy Governor - Financial Sector Surveillance / Board Member
9) Mrs. W. D. A. Mshelia

Deputy Governor - Corporate Services / Board Members
10. Mrs. Okonjo Iweala
11. Mrs. Rita Ekwesili

The above listed names are been traced/investigated by the EFCC and
some of them have eloped the country and note that if any of them is
caught and found guilty he/she we go to jailed for 25 years(twenty
five years) as it is under the Degree 47 of the constituition of this
bank under the section of criminal law.So we are waiting for you to
write us back and inform us if any of the above names have Extorted
from you or once contacted you so that we can start taking the
necessary procedurial steps prior to brigning them to book and having
your fund wired into your Bank account as nominated accordingly.
Should incase the name of the Hoodlum that scammed you is not listed
above, we will advise that you forward to us the his name and his
contact so that we can trace them and as well bring them to book.

Note that the only office/paying bank that has the right to pay or
contact you prior to the Transfer of your fund, is the Mercantile
Trust Bank Plc which is currently been headed by the Bank Governor.
You are further advised to deal directly with them and do what so ever
you are asked to do because that is the only way you will achieve the
success in the wire of your funds to you as designated. We applogise
on behalf of the President and the people of Nigeria for any dealy and
lost this must have coursed you in any way and promise that such thing
will not occure again in the furture and should incase you are
currently dealing with any one of them regarding your fund, we urge
you to stop further contact with them as you are taking a very big
risk and it might interest you to know that you will never get your
fund from them as they have nothing to offer.The hoodlums will
continue coming up with expences and thereby requesting for money from
you untill you go Bankrupt. Hence, your funds is currently deposited
with the above named Bank and in safe hands.

Finally, we are expecting to hear from you today unfailingly so as to
enable us serve you better and wire your funds into your Bank account
as nominated. Thank you very much for your anticipated co-operation
and understanding while we wait for your urgent response to this Email
address: fraudalert5@myway.com

Yours sincerely,

DR. DAVID B. IKENNA.
(Director, Nigerian Foreign Payment Investigation department)

Cc: Economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC)
Cc: National Drug law enforcement agency (NDLEA)
Cc: National Anti-Terrorism clearance agency (NATCA)

Message headers:

From: "DAVID  IKENNA" <fraudalert@inMail24.com>
Subject: RE: FRAUD ALERT/FINAL NOTICE
To: <recipientaddress>
MIME-Version: 1.0
X-Mailer: inMail 4.0 Web Interface
X-Priority: 3
X-Origin-IP: 196.207.2.170
X-Confirmation-Reading-To: <fraudalert@inMail24.com>
Disposition-Notification-To: <fraudalert@inMail24.com>
jamesfelix_m2000@ukbarclays-bank.org


jamesfelix_m2000@ukbarclays-bank.org

BARCLAYS BANK LONDON
1 CHURCHILL PLACE, LONDON,
E14 5HP. BARCLAYS BANK PLC
FROM THE DESK OF: MR. JAMES FELIX
DIRECTOR, FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPT
BARCLAYS BANK LONDON
TELEPHONE: 44- 702-407-2516
FAX: 44-870-490-0451
E-MAIL: jamesfelix_m2000@ukbarclays-bank.org

DEAR SIR,

IMMEDIATE COMPENSATION PAYMENT

SEGEUEL TO THE MEETING HELD 11TH APRIL 2006, BETWEEN TOP AFRICAN GOVERNMENT
OFFICIALS AND EUROPE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, I WISH TO INFORM YOU OF THE NEW DECISION
TAKING BY THE GOVERNMENTS TO COMPENSATE ALL FOREIGNERS THAT HAVE BEEN CHEATED BY
SOME AFRICANS HOW CLAIMED TO BE TOP GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN EUROPE AND AFRICA, YOU
ARE CHEATED IN THE PROCESS OF RECEIVING YOUR INHERITED FUNDS, CONTRACT FUNDS, LOTTO
PROMO FUNDS AND NEXT OF KIN FUNDS, THE GOVERNMENTS MENTIONED ABOVE HAS PROMISED TO
COMPENSATE 75 LUCKY FORIEGNERS WITH SUM OF US$7.5M EACH FOREIGNERS. ONLY VICTIMS
WILL BE COMPESATED.

HOWEVER, WE HAVE BE MANDATED TO HANDLE THIS PAYMENT OURSELFS TO MAKE SURE EVERY ONE
THAT CONTACT US WITH FULL INORMATION GETS HIS MONEY, YOU ARE ADVISED TO REACH THIS
OFFICE IMMEDIATELY TO ENABLE YOU TAKE EMPART IN THE COMPENSATION.

YOU ARE REQUESTED TO FURNISH US WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO ENABLE THIS OFFICE
PROCESS YOUR PAYMENT,

1) YOUR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS
2) YOUR TELEPHONE OR CELL PHONE NUMBER FOR EASY COMMUNICATIONS

THIS PAYMENT IS TO BE MADE UNDER INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT.

YOU ARE ADVICE TO CONTACT MR. JAMES FELIX IMMEDIATELY THROUGH THIS E-MAIL ADDRESS:
jamesfelix_m2000@ukbarclays-bank.org

REGARDS,
MR. JAMES FELIX
DIRECTOR, FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPT
BARCLAYS BANK LONDON


info_fundoffice@myway.com


SECURITY WATCH



FUNDS INVESTIGATION OFFICE
ANTI-FRAUD UNIT
4TH FLOOR MARY LAND
LAGOS NIGERIA
MOTTO: SECURITY WATCH.



FROM THE DESK
OF: Mrs S Seseko
Tel; +234-805-286-3220
DEPUTY: TONY ALLENS

ATTN: Victimname,

RE: BE CAREFUL OF HOODLUMS.



This office have received your email and the contents are noted. We are glad to hear that some of the hoodlums have contacted regarding such matters.We have properly investigated this matter at hand and found out that they were all false and fake as they are poporting themsleves as what they are not thereby spoiling the image of this great country.


However,you are advised to inform this office if you receive such emails for proper verification.On this note,you are to stop any further commnuication henceforth and follow our directives inorder not to lose your fund.Note that the only approved paying bank is the Wema Bank of Nigeria Plc,Be informed that your payment file will be sent to the paying bank once you have sent your details to this office.


Consequently, the transaction code is (SECURITY WATCH) this code word will guide you to know the bad eggs from the good one, and any email/phone call you recieved in this transation without this code word (SECURITY WATCH) must be disregarded Finally,you are required to send the followings


Your full name.............................

Contact address............................

Phone and fax number .............................

Age aggregate.................................

Occupation/Position:...............................


These are required for further advice before linking you up to the paying bank.We applogise on behalf of the President and the people of Nigeria for any loss this must have caused you and promise that such thing will not happen again.Finally, if you are dealing with any one of them regarding this payment we urge you to stop because you are taking a big risk and you will never find your money any where because your money is with the above named bank.


We are expecting to hear from you today,while thanking you for your good understanding and urgent response to this mail.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs Seseko

DEPUTY: DR TONY ALLENS





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Message headers:

Subject: RE: Your Email/SECURITY WATCH
Received: from [80.255.40.250] by mprdmailfe2.nwk.myway.com
 via HTTP; Wed, 21 Jun 2006 23:10:29 EST
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Reply-To: info_fundoffice@myway.com
From: "INFO_FUNDOFFICE" <info_fundoffice@myway.com>


INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT (investigationdepar@myway.com)




NIGERIAN INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT
4TH FLOOR MARY LAND
LAGOS-NIGERIA
MOTTO: SECURITY WATCH



From the desk of:Mrs.Tina S. Martins

Tel: 011-234-802-229-0368
Attention: VICTIMNAME,


I recieved your email with full understanding and every contents therein was well noted.


You are adviced to stop every communication you might been having with anybody/Dr Soludo to avoid loosing your funds and note that the only approved comercial bank for this payment is the Wema Bank of Nigeria Plc,also your payment file has been forwarded to the de desk of the Bank Governor of the Wema Bank (DR ADELE ADELEKE) and He will be waiting for you to contact him officially.



Be informed that the transaction code is (SECURITY WATCH) this code word will guide you to know the bad eggs from the good one, and any email/phone call you recieved in this transation without this code word (SECURITY WATCH) must be disregard the message should be forward to this office for proper verification before any final say,and you are requred to send your full name, address and phone number to this office for more payment instruction before linking you up to the paying bank.


Finally, we are expecting to hear from you today.
Thanks for your good understanding while we wait for your urgent response to this mail.


Yours sincerely,
MRS. TINA MARTINS
DEPUTY:ANTHONY ALLEN
The Investigation Officer (N.I.D)





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Message headers:

Subject: URGENT RESPONSE NEEDED TODAY
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Reply-To: investigationdepar@myway.com
From: "INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT" <investigationdepar@myway.com>

mills.ghana.law@gmail.com

From: MILLS NII OSAH [mailto:mills.ghana.law@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 22, 2006 8:05 AM
To: victimemailaddress
Subject: MILLS NII OSHA CHAMBERS & ASSOCIATE


MILLS NII OSHA CHAMBERS & ASSOCIATE LTD

NO 1/3 ADABRAKA AVU.ACCRA GH.
TEL:00 233 244 37 68 28
EMAIL:

mills.ghana.law@gmail.com
ACCRA GHANA - WEST AFRICA.

............................................................................................................................................

Atten:Mr.victimname

Thank you for appointing my person to act on your behalf as you were directed by the Inspector of Police. for my much needed service.Many thanks once again to you and to Inspector Michael Owusu, for his recommendations.

WE WORK AS FOLLOWS

-

A case file will be opened in your name in my chambers as my client in which will empower me to make a spacial report in a police station against scammers.As soon as this is done the Police will immediately mount a search of the Rashida Adam and group then the police arrest will be effected though an intensive pressure.

However,i learnt that you will not be able to come down here during the time of trials,meaning that i will stand for you in all the area of this case in order to make sure that these people will be prosecuted and put to jail.Provide me with every information available to make sure that we don't miss anything during their trails.

My Fees

All these will cost you 1.5% of the total funds scammed,which is $1.500 usd.If you can afford then i will continue,however i will take care of fueling the police car that will go for hunting down the criminals.

I wait read from you.

Yours Sincerely,

Barrister MILLS NII .O Esq


south african revenue service (sars_sa@counsellor.com)

FROM : SOUTH AFRICAN REVENUE SERVICE

299 BRONKHORST STREET

NIEUW MUCKLENEUK

JOHANNESBURG


TO. MR. LENA SULLIVAN



CC: DR. ALEX ZUMA

DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT

FIRST NATIONAL BANK PLC

SOUTH AFRICA.



DEAR SIR,



IT PLEASE MY DEPARTMENT TO CONTACT YOU REGARDING THE PAYMENT OF INLAND REVANUE TAX PLACED ON YOUR FUND KINDLY DOWNLOAD THE ATTACHED FILE AND GET BACK TO OUR OFFICE.



PLEASE CALL ME AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVED THIS MAIL.

PHONE: 27846 68 3393 REGERDING THE PAYMENT OF INLAND REVANUE TAX CLEARANCE FROM MY DEPARTMENT.





YOURS TRULY,





MR. MOSE ZUMA

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