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#10780 - 06/18/02 12:35 PM I can't believe that this scam really works!
Bill Addiss Offline
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Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA
I hope that all are wary of offers they receive by email. There is one in particular that offers to give you a share of Millions for providing some help to them.

I have gotten these offers for years and have wondered why these people would bother being so persistant with this thing and different variations. According to a recent article it nets hundreds of Millions of $$ each year from people. Can you believe it??

Apparently there are new forms of this that have been circulating lately.

http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,53115,00.html

Bill

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#10781 - 06/18/02 01:29 PM Re: I can't believe that this scam really works!
sparky Offline
Member

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
maybe that's why these fools won't let up?


FROM:MRS. M SESE-SEKO

DEAR FRIEND,

I AM MRS. SESE-SEKO WIDOW OF LATE PRESIDENT MOBUTU
SESE-SEKO OF ZAIRE? NOW KNOWN AS DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
OF CONGO (DRC). I AM MOVED TO WRITE YOU THIS LETTER,
THIS WAS IN CONFIDENCE CONSIDERING MY PRESENT
CIRCUMSTANCE AND SITUATION.

I ESCAPED ALONG WITH MY HUSBAND AND TWO OF OUR SONS
CHRISTOPHER AND BASHER OUT OF DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF
CONGO (DRC) TO ABIDJAN, COTE D'IVOIRE WHERE MY
FAMILY
AND I SETTLED, WHILE WE LATER MOVED TO SETTLED IN
MORROCO WHERE MY HUSBAND LATER DIED OF CANCER
DISEASE. HOWEVER DUE TO THIS SITUATION WE DECIDED TO
CHANGED MOST OF MY HUSBAND'S BILLIONS OF DOLLARS
DEPOSITED IN SWISS BANK AND OTHER COUNTRIES INTO
OTHER
FORMS OF MONEY CODED FOR SAFE PURPOSE BECAUSE THE
NEW
HEAD OF STATE OF (DR) MR LAURENT KABILA HAS MADE
ARRANGEMENT WITH THE SWISS GOVERNMENT AND OTHER
EUROPEAN COUNTRIES TO FREEZE ALL MY LATE HUSBAND'S
TREASURES DEPOSITED IN SOME EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.
HENCE
MY CHILDREN AND I DECIDED LAYING LOW IN AFRICA TO
STUDY THE SITUATION TILL WHEN THINGS GETS BETTER,
LIKE NOW THAT PRESIDENT KABILA IS DEAD AND THE SON
TAKING OVER (JOSEPH KABILA). ONE OF MY LATE
HUSBAND'S
CHATEAUX IN SOUTHERN FRANCE WAS CONFISCATED BY THE
FRENCH GOVERNMENT, AND AS SUCH I HAD TO CHANGE MY
IDENTITY SO THAT MY INVESTMENT WILL NOT BE TRACED
AND
CONFISCATED. I HAVE DEPOSITED THE SUM OF EIHGTEEN
MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS(US$18,000,000,00.) WITH
A
SECURITY COMPANY , FOR SAFEKEEPING. THE FUNDS ARE
SECURITY CODED TO PREVENT THEM FROM KNOWING THE
CONTENT. WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO IS TO INDICATE YOUR
INTEREST THAT YOU WILL ASSIST US BY RECEIVING THE
MONEY ON OUR BEHALF.ACKNOWLEDGE THIS MESSAGE, SO
THAT
I CAN INTRODUCE YOU TO MY SON (CHRISTOPHER ) WHO HAS THE
OUT MODALITIES FOR THE CLAIM OF THE SAID FUNDS. I
WANT
YOU TO ASSIST IN INVESTING THIS MONEY, BUT I WILL
NOT WANT MY IDENTITY REVEALED. I WILL ALSO WANT TO
BUY
PROPERTIES AND STOCK IN MULTI-NATIONAL COMPANIES AND
TO ENGAGE IN OTHER SAFE AND NON-SPECULATIVE
INVESTMENTS. MAY I AT THIS POINT EMPHASISE THE HIGH
LEVEL OF CONFIDENTIALITY,WHICH THIS BUSINESS
DEMANDS,
AND HOPE YOU WILL NOT BETRAY THE TRUST AND
CONFIDENCE,
WHICH I REPOSE IN YOU. IN CONCLUSION, IF YOU WANT
TO ASSIST US , MY SON SHALL PUT YOU IN THE PICTURE
OF
THE BUSINESS,TELL YOU WHERE THE FUNDS ARE CURRENTLY
BEING MAINTAINED AND ALSO DISCUSS OTHER MODALITIES
INCLUDING REMUNERATION FOR YOUR SERVICES.

FOR THIS REASON KINDLY FURNISH US YOUR CONTACT
INFORMATION, AND YOUR PERSONAL TELEPHONE AND FAX
NUMBER FOR VALIDATION PROCESSES.

BEST REGARDS,

MRS M. SESE SEKO

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#10782 - 06/18/02 01:48 PM Re: I can't believe that this scam really works!
pauluk Offline
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Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
 Quote:

One such letter claims to come from a U.S. Special Forces commando who purports to have found $36 million in drug money while conducting a covert search-and-destroy mission against the Taliban. The "commando" says he has stashed the cash in luggage, but wants to keep it in someone else's bank account "for safekeeping."


So why not take advantage of the dozens of places that for about $200 will provide a fake passport, drivers license and other ID, sufficiently good to open a bank account in any name one pleases?

No, much better to send e-mails to strangers, any one of whom may be a police officer, FBI or CIA agent and say "I don't know you from Adam, I have no idea of your real name or your location, but please look after my $36 million." Yeah, right.

And does anyone else find it despicable that someone would try a scam like this based on the events of 9/11/01 ? Shame on them.

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#10783 - 06/18/02 02:03 PM Re: I can't believe that this scam really works!
Bill Addiss Offline
Member

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA
Another:

 Quote:
STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL
DR.GEORGE ASH.
DIRECTOR, ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT,
NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (N.N.P.C)
TEL234-1-7760962
EMAIL:georgeashus@zipmail.com OR agbawallance@maktoob.com


ATTN:PRESIDENT/CEO,

TRANSFER OF $28,600,000:00 (TWENTY-EIGHT MILLION SIX
HUNDRED THOUSAND U.S. DOLLARS) ONLY.


I got your contact from the Nigerian Chamber of
Commerce & Industry. Following this and other
investigations resulting in a good recommendation. We
have decided to contact you to help us with the legal
Transfer of US$28,600,000.00 (Twenty-Eight Million Six
hundred Thousand United States Dollars). The amount
stated above resulted from an over-invoiced contract
executed for the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (N.N.P.C.) for which the contractors have
been fully paid. Because this money was part of the
overall contract sum amounting to close to
(US$100,000,000:00) that has been completed.

The said amount has remained dormant and floating in
our Apex Bank. Therefore, we will raise supplementary
documents to enable us transfer into an account that
is yet to be nominated. We need a foreign partner,
because as civil servants, the code of conduct does
not allow us to operate foreign bank accounts. Hence
we solicit for your assistance, we are requesting you
to provide us with the help for the safekeeping of
this money until our arrival in your country to
collect our share and decide on investment
possibilities of this money which you may advice,

For your assistance in this transaction, we have
unanimously agreed to offer you 30% of this money, 5%
will be used in settling any incidental expenses that
may arise after the fund must have been transferd to your
nominated bank account and the remaining amount will be
for us. To
enable the prompt transfer of this money, kindly send
to us your personal details, contact information &
bank details in full.

We look forward to hearing from you and thanking you
for your anticipated cooperation and consideration in
the above subject matter. Please be informed that we
would appreciate the handling of this transaction in a
confidential manner. We sincerely advise that you
contact us on the above Telephone and fax numbers to
maintain the confidentiality of the business. Sending
e-mail will be appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

DR.GEORGE ASH.

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#10784 - 06/18/02 02:08 PM Re: I can't believe that this scam really works!
sparky Offline
Member

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
 Quote:
And does anyone else find it despicable that someone would try a scam like this based on the events of 9/11/01 ?


yeah Paul....quite despicable!!



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#10785 - 06/18/02 03:03 PM Re: I can't believe that this scam really works!
circuit man Offline
Member

Registered: 11/05/01
Posts: 287
Loc: saluda,s.c.
hey guys , i get this $@#@ all the time. so i just delete it. like the old saying goes"if it sounds to good to be true then it is."LOL!

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#10786 - 06/18/02 03:47 PM Re: I can't believe that this scam really works!
Bill Addiss Offline
Member

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA
C-Man,

I do the same thing. I was surprised to hear how much $$ this scam was netting each year. (Hundreds of Millions $$) I'm wondering if that is mainly due to a small amount of wealthy suckers or a huge number of working-class dreamers.

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#10787 - 06/18/02 04:35 PM Re: I can't believe that this scam really works!
wirewiz Offline
Member

Registered: 01/27/02
Posts: 123
Loc: WA.
Ya know, I always thought maybe I should set up an account with $1.00 in it just to see what would happen.... but I know better! I can't believe people actually do this!!!!!
Unless an email is from someone I know it goes directly to the TRASH!

[This message has been edited by wirewiz (edited 06-18-2002).]

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#10788 - 06/18/02 05:48 PM Re: I can't believe that this scam really works!
sparky Offline
Member

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
 Quote:
(Hundreds of Millions $$)



hmmm...any electrical ones out there yet??

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#10789 - 06/18/02 08:36 PM Re: I can't believe that this scam really works!
Bjarney Offline
Moderator

Registered: 04/10/02
Posts: 2561
Loc: West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
Uhh, sparky-- couldn't/wouldn't that be "quite deshspikable!!"


[This message has been edited by Bjarney (edited 06-18-2002).]

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