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

Nia Alexandre was not impressed to recieve the following heartfelt appeal:

My name is Madam Villaran Nenita. A complete citizen of the Philippines, widow to the late former minister of finance in Philippine who died on 15th of May 2002. My husband fell sick and he was flown to France for treatment but later died of ulcer and he has been buried.

I inherited a total sum of 12 million dollars from my late husband, this money which is concealed in a metallic trunk box is deposited with a security and finance company here in Philippine. Due to the instruction I laid down before I deposited the box, that I needed maximum security/safety of my consignment and no body nor government organization can trace the where about of the box until I am ready and prepare to claim it. for this reason the security company used their diplomatic means to send the box out of Philippines to Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire where they have their underground secrete vault. This deposit was coded under a secret arrangement as a family treasure. This means that the security company does not know the content of this trunk box that was sent from the Philippine to Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire under a diplomatic coverage for safe keeping. My main purpose of sending you this mail is because of the way I found you and perhaps trustworthy to give you this priority of shipping the box of money to any address that you think is very secure and save in your country with your percentage of which we shall chat on soon.

In fact, since the death of my husband, his brothers has been seriously chasing me around with constant treats, trying to suppress me so that they might have the documents of his landed properties and confiscate them. They have successfully collected all his properties, yet they never stopped there, they told me to surrender all bank account of my late husband, which I did, but I never disclose to them this deposit with the security company in Abidjan- Ctte d4Ivoire, because this is where my future and destiny lies upon.

The family of my late husband never aware of the secret existence of this deposit which I made with the security company and they can never be aware of it. Out of fear of my late husbands family, and when the situation becomes uncontrollable because of pressure on me from the Government of the Philippines, I decide to look for a trustworthy person who could assist me retrieve this box of money from the security company for onward lodgement into his account for the purpose of future investment. Consider my situation as a widow and come to my rescue. There is need for urgent action because I'm paying $100 dollars per day as a demurrage to the security company for safe keeping this consignment.

I will send you the Authorization Certificate to call them in my next mail which is the Certificate of deposit that they gave me on the very day when the box of money was I give thanks immensely for your co-operation as I look forward to hear from you soon. Address your responds to my Private email address or for quick conclusion of this business.

All the best,

Madam Villaran Nenita

She replied:

This SCAM is worse than genital herpes.

You don't exist. In fact, this is the NIGERIA 4-1-9 FRAUD SCHEME! And just in time for the holidays, this email will be forwarded to the U.S. State Department. AND just to make this more interesting for you, your message is coded with specific information on where you're actually located (easier than you thought, and I have HIGH connections).

Since you bothered to use a French ISP, let my final words be in a language you'll understand (NO SUCH CABINET MEMBER EXISTED IN THE PHILLIPINES- DO YOUR HOMEWORK!):

Vous n'jtes rien mais un groupe de terroristes, qui vous pensent sont des martyrs mais riellement prient pour quelqu'un de vous mettre hors de votre mishre. Laissez-moi jtre le premier pour vous aider ` faire cette transition de la vivre-`-mort.

Roxanne Naylor got the "offer" as was able to have some real fun by getting her reply translated:

Thank yu to mus al lettea blong yu. Mi gat on big fella wori. Mi tok long
brata blong mi, he harim al sam leta blong yu befior. Mi gat on kustom
tla-tal em I stap lom haus blong me nao. Olgeta mi thik yu al gammon men
ples, me workin ol blak magik blong yuplea tru. Lukim yu.

Translation. I spoke with my brother tonight, we think you are a rip -off
and we are going to put a bit of black magic together, just for you the

Roxanne says "It was either Fr/Dr/ CEO Aka, or Fred Jerk or someone. This one
was a bit insulting, it only offered me 77 USD Million. Cheap skates!!!.
Give it to them!".
Remember kids - hold out for the best offer. No point in being ripped off for nothing !
Roxanne is an old hand at this now as she has also recived from Angola this time:

1 Jan Smut Ave,Malabe,
REQUEST FOR BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP Attn: The President/CEO.Sir,I do foresee the surprise this letter will bring you as it comes from a
stranger.But be assured as it comes with the best
of intention.However, your address was courtesy of your country's journal at the World
Center in Angola.But after due consideration of your company's
profile, I became aware and assured of your
credibility of handing this trust and my future.Thus, I offer my humble decision to solicit your
understanding and cooperation in this transaction,
as it will be beneficial to all of us involved.My name is Mrs. favor Savimbi williams from Angola; I am the wife of the
late president of Angola "UNITA" Leader Jonas Savimbi williams, who died
after he was shot by the Angola armed forces in the Mexico province.My husband used this position while alive to make
for him and for us some fortune. His attorney
notified my family about my late husband's Will with his chambers.When I was going through the will, I discovered that my late husband had
used his position then to make some money, which he brilliantly deposited it
with a private security company the security company has offices in oversea.He deposited this consignment as valuables. The
security company does not know that this consignment contains cash/money,
except the attorney and my self.The amount is US$18.5million.However, my aim of
contacting you is for you to assist us claim this
money on our behalf and transfer it into your
nominated account in your country or in any part of the world.This due to fact that I am aware the Government of Angola are still watching
I and the members of my immediate Family.Secondly, you will also help us look for a
profitable investment oversea, which you will manage for a while because we
don't have
knowledge of international investment. As a result
of my present situation,
i won't be able to conclude this transaction alone.In conclusion, if you are accept to assist us, i
will put you in picture of the business, you are
advised to contact me,through my Email and forward your phone or fax numbers for easy
communication.i will discuss the modalities and remuneration for
your service with you as soon as you indicate your
willingness to assist us.Be informed that this transaction needs utmost trust
and confidentiality.Also the transaction is 100% risk free hence all the modalities is safe,
smooth and successful
transaction have been arranged by us.We are looking forward to hearing from you soonest.Thank you and God bless.


"1 Jan Smut Ave" - crazy address, crazy gal. Anyway, the reply was:

Do you know what countyr I am in???? I also just got busted for cheapting VAT, so I an no longer be a director.
However i have a paeant whho is pleaaant of partners who could act on me
behalf.I have one paaion in, I think it buys me freedom so do not God
bother me. I never did like those matts 5 times a day telling e what I can
do ot not, espically when i witmessed the hebavior of some of those robed
vermin just love my busness peope Ms, Naughty Delights shops. Amazong..
They cannot wait. But ahyhow, as I said i got nusted by thr IRS and all
those sillly things, but I neve4r stand in thw way of a good deal.Tell yooou what. You send me 10 per cent (Iannot fin d the ltiitle sy,bol on
my kenoard as normaly my girl does this, but yu siad heep it quitet. my dog,
nthid id realllyu ttue, ate my moble phone, so it will ayje me about 3 days
to get abother one) My dg is called Sabto, je jaytes people. he e4ven does
not likr jod ooem shadwodI hope you ar not grey, as he does not likre grey people.Anyway, what do you want, my bank avvount, swiftv codedetc. Only onr
queastion? I think I k now whau, you are usng as free email adrrexx, but
thren agaiin. I guess we mst bew secrestt. RegardsRoxanne

Glenn Fisher told his "benefactor" that he was going to call and ask which department he works for:

Dear Sir,
I have received your email with the information therein,anyway this is a branch office of my ministry in Abuja and presently my office is in Lagos and based on the fact that we are still processing the approvals you are not advise to call me yet as am not at Abuja on that number to aviod frustrating this project as you know how confidentail this transaction is.

I would not want anything that will frustarte this endavour as i has been working on this for a very long time now and all my hope and my family future laies on this,which i know you will not let me down.I spoken with the director of the telex department of the Central Bank of Nigeria and he told me that the transfer will be final credited to your account through the International Fund Management coporation (I.F.M.C) in USA and as soon as the approval for payment is received you will be forwarded with the contact information for immediate credit to your account.

I am presently in lagos and will relate all the documentation to you as soon as this approval is released on your behalf.I have concluded arrangement and am waiting on the information to enable the attorney withdraw all the documents and submitt the application for payment.I hope to receive this information very important to proceed.

God bless you and your family as i look forward hearing from you.You do not have problem just have faith.Your brother and always.

Mr.Ifeanyi Daniels.

Personally "Ifeanyi Daniels" sounds like a Welsh name to me but I suppose it can only be a matter of time before we have the "Cardiff Web Scam"

If you have replied to the scammers, let me know and I'll post the results up here or better still link to you if you post them to the web.