The Great Nigerian Internet Scam
and the fun you can have with it

Some scams are so good that they must be sent twice:

FROM: DANIEL CHOICE
URGENT AND CONFIDENTIAL
MAIL: osahonia@netscape.net
THE NETHERLANDS
Dear Sir,
SOLICITING FOR A BUSINESS VENTURE AND PARTNERSHIP
First and foremost, I apologize for using this medium to communicate a business proposal of this magnitude this is solely because of the confidentiality nature repose on the net; before I go on further, I must be grateful to introduce myself. My name is Mr. Daniel Choice a Liberian. I was formerly the chief campaign manager to Mr. Charles Taylor the president of liberia and I was also a personal aid to the Minister of trade in the depose administration of Mr. Charles Taylor. Due to my position and closeness with the President, I absconded with Seventeen.Five Million United States Dollars (US$17.5M) which was part of the money that was initially meant for campaigning for President Charles Taylor re-election into office before the recent crisis that led to his depose from office.
Presently I have been able to move the funds diplomatically to a Security Company in the Netherlands where I now reside as refugee; and I do not have the intention of returning home for fear of being assassinated by members of the opposition party to Mr. Charles Taylor under whose administration I served.
MY REQUEST
As a result of my present situation as a refugee who cannot have access to own an account or accounts, I am therefore faced with the dilemma of seeking for a trustworthy individual/firm that can advice me in making the rightful investment as well as to provide account(s) where the funds will be lodge into. More also, we are at the interim interested in buying properties for residence as my family and I will be residing there in the near future. Please be aware that my family are also in a safe location and I am in contact with them.
COMMISSION/REMUNERATION
As regards your commission/remuneration, I and my immediate family have decided to offer you 20% of the total sum and also set aside 5% for all your expenses (i.e telephone bills, traveling expenses, hotel bills and other miscellaneous expenses).
NOTE: I shall commit half of my own share of the total sum into a joint venture project preferably in the purchase of Real Estate or other profitable business venture within your knowledge existing in your area. Be assured that you stand no risk of any kind as the funds in question belong to me alone. As soon as I get your consent, I will furnish you with the details and contact of the Security Company and after a few more details have being communicated, we shall then proceed to arrange for a face to face meeting in order to know each other better and also discuss the terms and conditions of the partnership extensively.I strongly believe that associating with you to embark on this and other
business ventures will derive a huge success hereafter and it will be a long lasting business association. If you have any question, do not fail to contact me with the above e-mail address.
I await your anticipated co-operation.
Yours truly,
Mr.Daniel Choice.

FROM: DANIEL CHOICE
URGENT AND CONFIDENTIAL
MAIL: osahonia@netscape.net
THE NETHERLANDS
Dear Sir,
SOLICITING FOR A BUSINESS VENTURE AND PARTNERSHIP
First and foremost, I apologize for using this medium to communicate a business proposal of this magnitude this is solely because of the confidentiality nature repose on the net; before I go on further, I must be grateful to introduce myself. My name is Mr. Daniel Choice a Liberian. I was formerly the chief campaign manager to Mr. Charles Taylor the president of liberia and I was also a personal aid to the Minister of trade in the depose administration of Mr. Charles Taylor. Due to my position and closeness with the President, I absconded with Seventeen.Five Million United States Dollars (US$17.5M) which was part of the money that was initially meant for campaigning for President Charles Taylor re-election into office before the recent crisis that led to his depose from office.
Presently I have been able to move the funds diplomatically to a Security Company in the Netherlands where I now reside as refugee; and I do not have the intention of returning home for fear of being assassinated by members of the opposition party to Mr. Charles Taylor under whose administration I served.
MY REQUEST

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As a result of my present situation as a refugee who cannot have access to own an account or accounts, I am therefore faced with the dilemma of seeking for a trustworthy individual/firm that can advice me in making the rightful investment as well as to provide account(s) where the funds will be lodge into. More also, we are at the interim interested in buying properties for residence as my family and I will be residing there in the near future. Please be aware that my family are also in a safe location and I am in contact with them.
COMMISSION/REMUNERATION
As regards your commission/remuneration, I and my immediate family have decided to offer you 20% of the total sum and also set aside 5% for all your expenses (i.e telephone bills, traveling expenses, hotel bills and other miscellaneous expenses).
NOTE: I shall commit half of my own share of the total sum into a joint venture project preferably in the purchase of Real Estate or other profitable business venture within your knowledge existing in your area. Be assured that you stand no risk of any kind as the funds in question belong to me alone. As soon as I get your consent, I will furnish you with the details and contact of the Security Company and after a few more details have being communicated, we shall then proceed to arrange for a face to face meeting in order to know each other better and also discuss the terms and conditions of the partnership extensively.I strongly believe that associating with you to embark on this and other
business ventures will derive a huge success hereafter and it will be a long lasting business association. If you have any question, do not fail to contact me with the above e-mail address.
I await your anticipated co-operation.
Yours truly,
Mr.Daniel Choice.

This really is unimaginative. Do these people have no new ideas ?

Daniel

Thank for your exciting offer. I am certainly interested in helping you. Although I now reside under the name "Parker", my birth name was also "Choice". I had to change it to ensure anonymity. If I can now use my position to help you I will be only too pleased to do so.

Your offer of compensation for my time is exceptionally well timed and exceedingly generous. I have some experience in these sort of transactions and think we can proceed with both speed and secrecy. I assure you I will be most discreet as I appreciate that if this information was to fall into the wrong hands the whole deal could fall apart.

Let me know what I need to do and I will start work.

Thanks

P

Actually this is quite well timed. I'm in the process of buying a new engine for my car and so a massive injection of cash would be just the thing. I suspect I need to rely on you guys clicking the adverts on the home page of this site though.

Dear Friend,
I want to begin by first expressing my gratitude for your prompt response to my email which I am sure came to you as a surprise. Please, be rest assure that this venture is 100% risk free as the funds in question is for me and my family and we have put everything in place to ensure a hitch free conclusion of this venture and having giving thought to your response; with the firm believe that I can count on your total support and confidentiality, I would proceed without any reservation to bring you into complete picture of this pending project. Before doing this, I would like to reiterate the importance of confidentiality in this venture, administration , I would not like my family name to be brought to the odium for security reasons. I therefore crave your indulgence in this and expect same from me, being 100% confidentiality about the affairs of this project, please do not let me down; Your ability to follow my instructions
strictly, promptly and accordingly as the owner of this funds will make us accomplish, totally risk free and hitch free.
However, on having your total confidence in this project, I shall send you a certificate of deposit and other documents that will empower you assume a full beneficiary to this funds, As you are already aware, the fund is currently in the Security & Finance Company , here in the Netherlands and because of my status as a refugee I cannot operate any account.I therefore require you to provide account's where this money will be lodge into, you will be require to come down to Amsterdam to clear the consignment because I am going to arrange for a change of ownership to your name with the Company.
You will now assume the full beneficiary statue of the consignment. On your arrival in Amsterdam, we will discuss extensively about the investment aspect of this project. But bear in mind that your own share of the total amount will be giving to
you immediately we clear the consignment out from the Company and also you have to pen down all the expenses you incurred, including the telephone calls and all other miscellaneous expenses so that we can remove that out of the percentage set aside for the purpose.
I am sending you copies of the Fund Manager Agreement so that you will read, edit and correct to the level that will soothe the business venture and send back for me to use in preparing the original copies that both of us will sign upon on your arrival here in the Netherlands before we will proceed to the Company together for the clearance. I will send you a copy of the letter of consent and transfer of authority to your name that you will send to the Company as well as the Deposit Certificate for depositing the box of money in Kenya as a family valuable (goldsand).But remember that we could embark and succeed in this venture only 'if we should work as a team with one mind and trust' without having any evil attachment in mind and the intention of cheating each other on successful completion of the transaction " which is when the money has finally be entrusted to you. On successful completion
of this transaction, we shall then proceed to make all necessary arrangement for my family and I to come over. At the moment my wife and my son are in Kenya where they were granted asylum: I am in contact with them. Finally sir, it is most important to let you know that confidentiality should be our watch word; meanwhile, you should be at liberty to ask any question for more clarification where it deem necessary. I await your urgent response to enable us commence this project as time is of equal essence as confidentiality. Please furnished with your telephone and fax number to enable communicate details of this pending project to you.
Meanwhile feel free to contact me on the above telephone number. I anticipate your fullest cooperation. With Kind Regards
DANIEL CHOICE

If this guy thinks I'm on the first Easyjet to Amsterdam, he must think I came down in the last shower, Time for a "curve ball" as our American cousins so quaintly put it:

Daniel
How pleased I am to hear from you. I have read the details of the proposed transaction and have to advise you - DO NOT GO TO AMSTERDAM .
On no account must you travel to this city, it is full of very bad people who will rob and bugger you. I would suggest flying to somewhere more discrete such as Pompeii. This location will be far more conducive for our buisiness.I suggest that we arrange to meet here and you bring with you a deposit in cash - used notes of low denomination prefered.If you can confirm that this is acceptable I will arrange flights for both of us. You will just need to pick up your tickets.
P

For the less bright amounst us I will point out that Pompeii was chosen because as programme about its destruction has just been trailed on the radio. I don't know or care if it has an airport. Also I know the scam involves me turning up with a large amount of cash, which I would be relieved of at the airport.
Bet not many people try and turn the tables. Strange how he never replied again...

Notes: These letters are genuine and were sent and received in October 2003.