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Nigerian Fraud Email Scams

by Vaughn Aubuchon

Have you received any "Nigerian" phishing emails. Here are a few recent examples. Not all "Nigerian-type" emails are from Nigeria, but the term has come to refer to any fraudulent email of the same ilk, since historically, most have originated from Nigeria.

Nigerian email refers to email from an Afican individual who claims to have a vast sum of money, which they must transfer to a United States bank, as soon as possible. They promise to pay you a huge commission if you will only assist them with this task. Their purpose is to obtain your personal account information, so that they may access your account, and CLEAN IT OUT. Or, to get you to pay a "Pre-processing Fee" of several thousand dollars. They are "fishing" for suckers - people who don't realize that the email messages are totally PHONY. They contain a little bit of truth, and a lot of deception.
DO NOT RESPOND to these emails.
Here are 7 examples I have received, unedited.


African Email Scam Title
Dollar Amount

From: Mr. Wang Lee

Hong Kong





greetings from doris

Sierra Leone





Contacting you

South Africa





From Mustafa Salah Al Eldeen


















Soliciting For a Business Venture and Partnership

South Africa





290 - 600





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Number 1


Subject: From: Mr. Wang Lee

Date: December 2, 2005 5:15:42 AM PST


From: Mr. Wang Lee
Hang Seng Bank Ltd
Sai Wan Ho Branch
171 Shaukiwan Road
Hong Kong.

Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr. Peter Lee an Executive Director in the Hang Seng Bank Ltd, Sai Wan Ho Branch. I have a mutual beneficial business suggestion for you.

Before the U.S and Iraqi war, our client Major Fadi Basem who was with the Iraqi forces and also a business man made a numbered fixed deposit for 18 calendar months, with a value of Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars(US$18.5M) only in my branch. Upon maturity several notice was sent to him, even during the war two years ago (2003).Again after the war another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later found out that the Major and his family had been killed during the war in bomb blast that hit their home.

After further investigation it was also discovered that Major Fadi Basem did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank

deposit. And he also confided in me the last time he was at my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. The Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars (US$18.5M) is still lying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it.

What bothers me most is that according to the laws of my country at the expiration four years six months the funds will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the funds.

Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to front for me and stand as the next of kin to Major Fadi Basem so that you will be able to receive his funds.

Please, if you are capable of standing as the next of Kin to Major Fadi

Basem, you should indicate through my private email address: ( ) so that I will give you more information. Absolute confidentiality is required from you. Besides, I will use my connection to get some documents to back up the fund so that the fund can not be questioned by any authority.

I will give you further details of the transaction when I receive a positive response from you and also the ration which the money will be shared between both of us.

Treat as very urgent.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Wang Lee

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Number 2


Subject: greetings from doris

Date: November 30, 2005 5:19:34 AM PST




Good day, i am pleased that this mail will get to you in a perfect and wonderful health condition. However permit me a space to air my reason of contacting you,I am Miss Doris Anuole 26years of age, a sierra_leonian, brought up as a farmer in the farming Community ,and now that my father has passed away, i am sincerely looking for a very peaceful and reliable country were i will happily secure a very big plot of land for farm investment, at the cost of nothing to you, but i will be very willing to take up the expenses as i have the fund mapped out for this investment from the total share that was assigned to me from my fathers accumulation of wealth, all you need to offer is to promise that you will be acting as a proximity for me in handling out the situations of things as regards this investment, i will happily be investing the total sum of $1.200,000.00 (One million and two hundred thousand United States Dollars).

Should you be willing and interested to help secure this plot of land that will be used for this investment for me, i shall order the remittance of half of this money into your care which is $600,000.00,(six hundred thousand United States dollars).I am looking forward to read from you as soon as you are in possession of this proposal.

Lovely yours.

Miss Doris

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Number 3


Subject: Contacting you

Date: July 20, 2005 2:59:41 PM PDT




Dear partner,

In order to transfer out $15,000,000.00 USD (Fifteen million united states dollars) from our bank. I have the courage to look for a reliable and honest person who will be capable for this important business. Believing that you will never let me down either now or in future.

I am Dr. William Abby the auditor of African Bank of South Africa (A.B.S.A). There is an account opened in this bank in 1991 and since 1999 nobody has operated on this account again, after going through some old files in the records I discovered that if I do not remit this money out urgently it would be forfeited for nothing.

The owner of this account is Mr. Clayton Hamilton a foreigner and the manager of petrol chemical service (Pty) South Africa, a chemical engineer by profession and he died since 1999. No other person knows about this account or anything concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proves to me that his company does not know anything about this account and the amount involved is (US$ 15,000,000.00).

I want to transfer this money into a safe foreign account abroad but I don't know any foreigner, I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money can not be approved to any local bank here but can only be approved to any foreign account because the former owner of the account is Mr. Clayton Hamilton was a foreigner.

I know that this message will come to you as a surprise as we don't know ourselves before, but be sure that it is real and a genuine business. I only got your contact address from the chamber of commerce here in South Africa with the believe in god that you will never let me down in this business, you are the only person that I have contacted for this business for now, So please reply urgently.

I am contacting you because of the need to involve a foreigner with a foreign account as the real beneficiary. I need your co-operation to make this work fine, because the management of my bank is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who has the correct information to this account, which I will give to you when assured of your capability to handle such amount in strict confidence and trust, according to my instructions and my advice for our mutual benefit because I don't want to make any mistake.

I will use my position and influence on other staffs to effect the legal approvals and onward transfer of this money to your account with appropriate clearance from foreign payment department. With assurance that this money will be intact pending my physical arrival in your country for the sharing and other investment.

At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 25% out of the total amount, 70% will be for me, while 5% will be for expenses, both parties might have incurred during the process of this transaction.

Yours truly,

Dr. William Abby

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Number 4


Subject: From Mustafa Salah Al Eldeen

Date: May 14, 2005 11:49:40 AM PDT






Good Day,

I am Mr. Mustafa Salah Al Eldeen, the Branch Manager of National bank of Abu-Dhabi United Arab Emirates, I am writing you following an Opportunity in my office that will be of immense benefit to both of us. In my department I discovered an abandoned sum of $13.700, 000 (Thirteen Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers, Late Mr. Morris Thompson an American who unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31 2000, including his wife and their only daughter. You shall read more about this story visiting this site.

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his Next of kin or relatives to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or Relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.

Unfortunately I learnt that his supposed next of kin being his only Daughter died along with him in the plane crash leaving nobody with The knowledge of this fund behind for the claim, and the banking law and guidelines here in United Arab Emirates, that such money Remained after five years the money will be transferred into banking treasury as unclaimed funds,

Note: I want you to stand as the business partner of Late Morris Thompson so that my bank can transfer the money to your account without any problem, so now I will like you to provide me your full name and address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavit that will put you in place as the next of kin of late Mr. Morris Thompson.

Now my questions are as follows: -

1. Can you handle this project?

2. Can I give you this trust and confidence, hoping that you will not betray me after the fund might have been transferred into your nominated account in your country?

Please consider these two questions and get back to me as soon as possible to enable us proceed further.

Finally, it is our humble prayer that the information as contained herein be accorded the necessary attention, urgency as well as the secrecy it deserves.

We shall employ the services of an attorney for drafting and notarization of the will and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate administration in your favor to commence on the transfer into your nominated bank account in any part of the world, then I will facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary next of kin.

The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you, there is no risk at all as the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the attorney and my position as branch manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction if you are interested, please reply immediately via the private email address above,

Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction. Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy communication.

Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.

Awaiting your urgent and positive response via my confidential email address at.

Yours Sincerely.

Mr. Mustafa Salah Al Eldeen

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Number 5



Date: May 7, 2005 5:15:11 AM PDT


Dear friend,

Greetings, I am Mrs. Setia Christiana, a widow to Late Sheik Mohammed Setia, I am 66years old, suffering from long time cancer of the breast. From all indications my condition is really deteriorating and it's quite obvious that I won't live more than Six months according to my doctors. This is because the damage the cancer has done to me is very bad .My late husband was killed during the US raid against terrorism in Afghanistan, and during the period of our blissful marriage we couldn't produce any child of our own. My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth.

The doctor has advised me that I may not live for more than Six months and that it is only by the power of God [Allah] that can determine my life span, so I now decided to divide part of this wealth, to contribute to the development of the less priveleged and poor in Africa, America, Asia and Europe.

I selected you after visiting the website and I prayed over it, I am willing to donate the sum of $18.5.000,000.00 Million U.S Dollars to you for the less privileged. Please I want you to note that, this fund is lying in a security Firm and upon my instuction, you will file in an application for the transfer of the money in your name.

Lastly, I honestly pray that this money when transferred will be used for the said purpose, and not otherwise. if you are interested kindly contact my lawyer Mr Mustapha Bello through is Email and Tel number:, Number:234-803-723-1869.

May God {Allah} be with you and your family.

I await your response.

Mr Mustapha Bello c/o Mrs.Setia Christiana

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Number 6



Date: February 23, 2005 6:20:37 AM PST





Kindly accept my apology for sending my mail to you.I Am a true God fearing person, and I want you to trust me and help me out in this my condition. I believe you are a highly respected personality, considering the fact that I sourced your profile from a human resource profile database on your country in the Internet.

Though, I do not know to what extent you are familiar with events and fragile political situation in Liberia but it has formed consistent headlines in the CNN, BBC news bulletins.

My Name is MRS.SUZANA NUHAN VAYE from Liberia, a Country in West Africa. My late Husband is Issac Nuhan Vaye, Deputy Minister of Public Works in Liberia. My Husband was falsely accused of plotting to remove the then PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA CHARLES TAYLOR) from office. Without trial, Charles Taylor killed him. You can verify this from some of the international newspapers posted in the web sites below:


(ii) 21.asp

Before my husband was killed, he moved out the sum of $21.5 million and large quantities of Diamonds through a diplomatic means, and deposited it with a Security Company Abroad.

All that is needed is for my lawyer to instruct the company to transfer the funds/diamonds to your account, I will remunerate you with 20% at the end, but most of all is that I solicit your trust in this transaction. I have been confined only to our country home and all my calls are monitored, So I will advise you contact my private Attorney on his contact stated below for onward proceedings: -



Kindly include your Full Name, Private Telephone and Fax Numbers where you can always be reached, your Residential or Company Address to enable him send detail information/documents that will enable you receive the fund without any problem either now or in future as all modalities as been perfected.

Please your urgent response is needed.

Best Regards.



Diese Mail wurde von WebMail service der Huhsmann Site gesendet -

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Number 7


Subject: Soliciting For a Business Venture and Partnership

Date: April 14, 2005 7:24:52 AM PDT

Soliciting For a Business Venture and Partnership
From: Mr. Mark Shankah
Cape Town-South Africa.

Dear Friend,

I will like to begin by way of introduction; my name is Mr. Mark Shankah a native of Cape Town-South Africa and a senior employee of the South Africa Ministry of Mining and Natural Resources who is currently in Amsterdam on a trademission.

I am written to solicit your cooperation in order to redeem an investment interest currently held under trust with the South Africa Ministry of Mining and Natural Resources. The said investment now valued at us$9,500.000.00 (Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) was originally purchase my Mr.Lucio Manfred and leased to the Transvaal orange mining corporation 1975.

Since the maturity of this contract in September 1998, several attempts have been without success to contact Mr.Lucio Manfred or any of his close relatives in whose favour the investment cash can be paid. My partner who is the account director at the Ministry of Mining and two of our colleagues have initiated the process of filling a claim for this money with the hope of having the funds transferred abroad.

We request that you let my partner file a claim for this money from the South Africa Ministry of mining and Natural Resources indicating that you were appointed by Mr.Lucio Manfred to be the beneficiary to this fund .when the claim is approved, you as the beneficiary will be paid the sum of Us $9,500.000.00.

Since the money is going to be paid directly to any account of your choice, you have a liability to ensure that my partner and I receive 75% of the total sum while you keep 20% for your assistance and a further 5% will be mapped out for any expenses that we may incurred in the process of this transaction. Please we urge you to keep this matter very confidential because we are still in active public service in South Africa.

I want to assure you that my partners are in position to make the payment of this claim possible provided you can give us a very strong guarantee that our share will be well secure and that you will not take advantage of our position since the money will be transfer to a bank account that you will nominate.

Be assured that there is absolutely nothing to worry about in view of this claim. It is perfectly save with no risk involved and it is not subject to any enquiry since my partner will be handling the claim directly in South Africa on our behalf.

If my proposal interests you, please forward your response including your telephone number to my private email address ( ) or ( so that i can provide you with more details about it all.

Thank you for your anticipated co-operation while I wait your urgent response.

Yours Sincerely,

Mark Shankah

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