Excerpts of Email Scam Correspondence

Looking back at the old African scam emails I received, I found a few examples of some emails I wrote back and forth with the scammers. Here are a few for your reading pleasure. May God smile upon your house:

Dear Beloved,

It is a privileged to hear from God and it gives me
joy to relate my testimony to you haven received
instruction from God through divine revelation.
And I have the pleasure to share my testimony with
you, having seen your contact from the Internet. I am
George Hallmark, the legal adviser to late Mr. David Duke
couple that lived in my Country Nigeria for 32 years
before they both died in the plane crash late last
year. These couples were good Christians, they so
dedicated to God but they had no child till they died.

…(portions redacted to save space here)…

In short, after their death, I sold all the properties
as instructed and I was able to realized $16million US
dollars). Instead of giving the fund out for the work
of God as instructed by the owner before his death, I
converted the fund to myself with the intention of
investing the fund abroad for my personal use. I was
afraid of putting the fund in the Bank, because I have
to give account to the bank on how I got the money. I
then packaged the fund in a trunk boxes and deposited
the trunk boxes with a security company. I did not
want the management of the Security Company to know
the content of the trunk boxes, therefore I
registered the content of the trunk boxes as Gold
Bars. Now, the security company believes that what I
deposited with them was Gold Bars.

(the letter goes on & on like this….)

Yours in Christ.
Barrister George Hallmark.

My reply:

Dear Barrister George Hallmark,

Recently you wrote of your desperate need to donate 16 million dollars to our glorious work.  As you may be aware, many former African heads of state and their spouses have sent me requests to transfer millions of dollars to my bank account.  I consider each request very carefully, but your’s is different, since you want to donate the entire amount to further our Lord’s work, as opposed to those other people who only want to give me a few million from their fortunes.  I feel a moral obligation to help you in your time of need.  I believe that the best way to straighten this matter out is to ask the advice of our nation’s top law enforcement agency, the FBI.  Although I personally do not attend a church, they should help us find a legal way to donate your money to the church of a random American internet user.

Accordingly, I have forwarded your letter and email address to the Washington, DC area FBI office, as well as our Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Treasury Department, and INTERPOL.  Together, I’m sure we can find a solution to your problem.

I look forward to hearing from you.  May God bless the ground upon which you walk and forever banish dark clouds from your skies.

Respectfully,

John English

The following is from a series of back & forth email discussions I had in 2003, shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq:

ATTENTION:

DEAR FRIEND

ASSALAMU ALLAIKUM,

GREETINGS TO YOU. I AM SABIQ ALMED OF THE ISLAMIC

REPUBLIC OF IRAQ AND ONE OF THE PALACE ACCOUNTANTS OF
PRESIDENT SADDAM HUSSEIN IN BAGHDAD.
I HAVE IN MY POSSESSION THE SUM OF $18M IN CASH THAT
I REMOVED FROM ONE OF THE STRONG ROOM OF THE PALACE
WHEN THE AMERICAN MARINES TOOK OVER BAGHDAD.
I AND MY BROTHER ZAFAR IMMEDIATELY TOOK THE FUNDS OUT
OF IRAQ FOR SAFE KEEPING IN A ONE SECURITY COMPANY IN
LONDON, UK WITH THE HELP OF MY BROTHER AND KEEP THE 2
BOXES CONTAINING THE FUNDS THERE SUCESSFULLY.
I AM NOW ON A SELF EXILE WITH MY FAMILY IN
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATE.

MY PRIMARY AIM OF CONTACTING YOU IS TO SEEK FOR YOUR
URGENT HELP TO ASSIST ME CLAIM THE FUNDS FROM THE
SECURITY COMPANY FOR INVESTMENT IN A VERY GOOD
RELIABLE PROJECT IN YOUR COUNTRY. A LOT OF IRAQIS HAD
LOOTED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND RAN OUT OF IRAQ
INCLUDING TOP OFFICIALS OF EMBATTLED PRESIDENT SADDAM,
MANY OF US SUCCEDED WHY MANY DIED IN THE PROCESS, I
THANK ALLAH THAT I AM ALIVE AND I WANT TO HAVE AN
INVESTMENT BASE IN YOUR COUNTRY, WHEREBY AS SOON AS
YOU TAKE CUSTODY OF THE FUNDS AND LODGE IT INTO YOUR
ACCOUNT.

IF YOU ARE READY TO ASSIST ME, REPLY URGENTLY VIA MY
E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR DETAILS.
THIS PROJECT IS RISK FREE BUT HIGHLY
CONFIDENTIAL PLEASE TREAT AS URGENT.

REGARDS,

SABIQ ALMED.

Dear Sabiq,

Recently you wrote of your desperate need to donate $18 million cash in our glorious country.  As you may be aware, many former African heads of state and their spouses have also sent me requests to transfer millions of dollars to my bank account.  I consider each request very carefully, but your’s is different, since you have liberated the money from a country that we recently re-destroyed, and you want to invest it, Allah willing, in an American enterprise.  I feel a moral obligation to help you in your time of need.  Perhaps a fitting and somewhat ironic investment opportunity lies with our American Vice President’s company, Haliburton, which has been promised vast amounts of our American tax dollars in Iraqi post-war contracts.  Investing Saddam’s money in Haliburton would sure be a wacky way for you to get rich off the suffering of your own people!

The first step, though, would be to clear all of this with our nation’s top law enforcement agency, the FBI.  Accordingly, I have forwarded your letter and email address to the Washington, DC area FBI office, as well as our Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Treasury Department, and INTERPOL.  Together, I’m sure we can find a solution to your problem.

I look forward to hearing from you.  May God bless the ground upon which you walk and forever banish dark clouds from your skies.

Respectfully,

Eric Indiana

On Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at 11:41  AM, almed sabiq wrote:

DEAR FRIEND,
THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY.
NOW I AM VERY HAPPY PLEASE KEEP THIS BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL AT ALL TIME PLEASE
AS I HAVE ALREADY MADE UP MY MIND WITH MY WIFE TO WORK WITH YOU AS A PARTNER
FOR LIFE.
PLEASE FOR THE LAST TIME I KNOW IT AS I KNOW MY NAME THIS BUSINESS IS 100% RISK
FREE AND LEGAL IF ONLY YOU CAN KEEP IT CONFIDENTIAL SO YOU DON’T NEED TO INFORM ANY GOVERNMENT BODIES AS THE BOXES WILL BE DELIVER TO YOUR DOORSTEP..
ALL YOU NEED TO DO NOW IS TO CONTACT THE SECURITY COMPANY WHERE THE 2 BOXES
CONSIGNMENT IS KEPT IN LONDON AS I HAVE ALREADY TOLD THEM THIS MORNING THAT MY

My reply:

DEAR COMRADE,

THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING ME OUT OF THE MANY RANDOM PEOPLE YOU CONTACTED THROUGH THE INTERNET.  BEFORE WE CONTINUE, I THINK IT PROPER TO DISCUSS MY FEE.  I AM, OF COURSE, HELPING YOU OUT OF THE GOODNESS IN MY HEART, WITH THE BELIEF THAT ALLAH HIMSELF WILL SMILE UPON YOUR HAVING STOLEN 18 MILLION DOLLARS FROM YOUR COUNTRY, BUT I AM A BUSY PERSON, WHAT WITH ALL OF THE SIMILAR SCAMS-EMAILS FROM AFRICA COMING MY WAY, AND SO I WOULD REQUIRE TWO (2) MILLION IN U.S. DOLLARS TO PURSUE THIS MATTER.  SURELY THIS IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY IN THE LARGER, MORE NOBLE EFFORT TO RIP OFF GULLIBLE USERS OF THE INTERNET.

PLEASE SEND THE 2 MILLION DOLLARS IN UNMARKED BILLS, AS A SHOW OF GOOD FAITH, TO ME, ERIC INDIANA, IN CARE OF THE LOCAL OFFICE OF THE F.B.I. IN PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, U.S.A.  I WILL LET YOU KNOW IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIPT OF THE FUNDS THAT WE MAY MOVE TOGETHER IN THIS GREAT & IMPORTANT VENTURE.

MAY GOD SMILE UPON YOUR FEET AND MAY YOUR WATER TASTE PEPPY AND REFRESHING,

ERIC

On Monday, July 21, 2003, at 05:49  AM, almed sabiq wrote:

DEAR PARTNER,

HOW ARE YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS?.

I NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE WILLING TO ASSIST ME ON THIS ISSUE.

WRITE ME IMMEDIATELY AS SOON AS YOU GET THIS MESSAGE.

THANK YOU,

ALMED.

I wrote back:

DEAR FRIEND,

MY BUSINESS AND I ARE DOING QUITE WELL, THANK YOU.

HAVE YOU HEARD YET FROM OUR F.B.I. ON THIS ISSUE?  I FORWARDED YOUR MESSAGE TO THEM, AS WELL AS TO THE FCC (FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION).  IF YOU COULD SEND ME A PHYSICAL ADDRESS AS TO WHERE THEY CAN PICK YOU UP THAT WOULD BE MOST HELPFUL.

THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING UP ON THIS MATTER.  I AM SURE THAT AS SOON AS OUR AUTHORITIES CAN BRING YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL COUNTRY, WE CAN WORK OUT A DEAL FOR YOU TO INVEST THE GREAT SUM OF MONEY YOU REFERRED TO.

TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE!

ERIC

That was the last I heard from him.

Here is a reply to the astonishing news that I won a huge lottery and I have only to send my bank information to get the cash!

Dear Mr. Van Fabian,

Thank you for notifying me about the half-billion dollar prize I have won for a lottery I didn’t even enter!  I am very excited, as you can well imagine.  You mentioned that there was a “mix-up of some numbers and names.”  This is understandable, since names are sometimes so similar & numbers can be confusing, especially if you are busy keeping track of billions of dollars of prize money!  To help you out, I forwarded your message, along with all original header information, to the FBI, the FCC and the Treasury Department.  These three US agencies should be able to help you straighten matters out promptly.  You should look forward to receiving their help soon.

Thanks again for the $500,000!

Chris Spealing

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The African Email Scam Saga Continues Behind This Daisy


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9 Responses to Excerpts of Email Scam Correspondence

  1. Joe Nickell says:

    So you know, I’ve always been sorta afraid to respond to these people, knowing what little I know about how the scams work — While tempted to be a smartass in response, I’ve been afraid that it’d lead to return harrassment.

    But in the spirit of your example — in your honor, I’d even say — I responded to one today…

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Joe Nickell
    Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 11:34 AM
    To: ‘jerry_ivanovich2010@yahoo.co.jp’
    Subject: RE: INVESTMENT LETTER

    Wow, thanks, that’s awesome! I knew that being a random person on the Internet would someday reward me with riches! Except unfortunately, my bank is very small and I don’t think they have room for $16.5 million in their vault. So I guess I’ll have to pass on this opportunity.

    Thanks anyway,
    Earl Y. Rectumspatter

    —–Original Message—–
    From: AMBROVICH [mailto:dimitriambrovich66@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 10:52 AM
    Subject: INVESTMENT LETTER

    Dear Friend,
    I have a re-profiling amount in an excess of US$55 Million Dollars, which I seek your partnership in accommodating for me. You will be rewarded with 30% of the total sum for your partnership. Can you be my partner on this?

    INTRODUCTION OF MY SELF:
    I am Mr.Dimitri Ambrovich the personal secretary to Mikhail Khodorkovsky the richest man in Russia and owner of the following companies: Chairman CEO: Yukos Oil Corporation, 31a, Dubininskaya str.Moscow 115054, Russia(Russian Most Largest Oil Company)Chairman CEO: Menatep SBP Bank (A well reputable financial institution with its branches all over the world)

    SOURCE OF FUNDS:
    The documents of the above funds in question was handed over to me to be used in payment of an American oil merchant for his last oil deal with my boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Already the funds have been deposited with a bank outside Russia, where the final crediting is expected to be carried out. While I was on the process, My Boss was arrested for his involvement on politics in financing the leading and opposing political parties (the Union of Right Forces, led by Boris Nemtsov, and Yabloko, a liberal/social democratic party led by Gregor Yavlinsky) which poses treat to FORMER President Vladimir Putin second tenure as Russian President. You can catch more of the story on this: http://www.mosnews.com/mn-files/khodorkovsky.shtml,http://news
    fromrussia.com/main/2003/11/13/51215.html
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3213505.stm

    YOUR ROLE:
    All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the above quoted sum and I will arrange for the documentation which will enable the Bank transfer the sum to you. I have decided to use this sum to relocate to U.A.E continent and never to be connected to any of Mikhail Khodorkovsky conglomerates so as to free my self from the hands of the present government. The transaction has to be concluded in 7 days upon the receipt of your response to me. As soon as I get your willingness to comply I will give you moredetails and also tell you what I shall require from you. Finally I will let you know my location in Europe and where this fund is at present for security reasons.

    Thank you very much.
    Mr. Dimitri Ambrovich
    TEL: +447035920625

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    • ericesad says:

      Nice work. That one’s pretty good – the Russian letter – I like where it says that his boss poses a “treat” to Vladamir Putin. You’d think Putin would like a treat.

      I wrote an article about this subject which also tells people how to report scams. But it was rejected by eZine Articles because it included copies of correspondence. I told them that it was odd that they couldn’t make an exception for an article that was ABOUT email correspondence, but they were not moved.

      So for anyone interested, you can report scam emails to this non-profit, which will then disseminate the report to the various law enforcement agencies:

      http://www.fraudaid.com/find_headers.htm

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  2. Cristino Romano says:

    Yo acabo de resibir una, pero no se donde se guardo el mi mail, le respondi y me mandaron esta…

    Dear Cristino R. Romano,

    Thanks for your positive response.I can seen your logical response.From all indications that you are very careful and cautious person and those who approach issues with such carefulness as you have exhibited not only live long enough but win each race of life. In direct answer I will HONESTLY AND TRUTHFULLY RESPOND AS BELOW:

    1) Please be informed that here in our country Togo, there is a lawful government of the people, there is the constitution of the country as such there is an established LAW AND ORDER which every citizen is bound to abide in. There is also the police, army, and there is a prison facility. The point am making is that HERE IS NO MAN’S LAND where people can do anything and get away with it. No No.

    2) On the strength of the above paragraph, I WILL BE THE MOST STUPID LAWYER ON EARTH IF I SHOULD EMBARK ON THIS KIND OF TRANSACTION WITHOUT MAKING SURE OF SUCCESS AT THE END OF THE DAY. Of course, there is no way at my age as a lawyer, experience and position in the society can I get myself involved this claim in the first place if I think it was tresspassing and implicating. (I am 60years old, married with seven children and now a grand father of 5, I have been in the bar association of Republic of Togo for more than 28 years) so by all means I have a reputation I cannot just tarnish.

    On your part, there is NO DIRECT CRIMINAL IMPLICATIONS. I, as the lawyer to the deceased Mr Bill Romano will recommend and introduce you to the management of the bank as NEXT OF KIN TO THE DECEASED. The moment I make the introduction officially, then on the part of the management of the bank it will be ACCEPTED WITHOUT QUESTIONING because they have no way to prove otherwise. Again, according to our Probate law and constitution, a NEXT OF KIN (DOES NOT NECCESSARILY MEAN BIOLOGICALLY RELATED RELATION). Here, a next of kin goes further to mean a friend, a loved one, a most trusted person or a close confidentant. So by our own law and definition of the meaning of NEXT OF KIN, YOU ARE PERFECTLY IN A POSITION TO REPRESENT AS NEXT OF KIN TO MY DECEASED CLIENT BILL ROMANO. So you have nothing to worry about as there is no tresspassing on your part.

    It is my belief that my above explaination will give you peace of mind and encourage you to co-operate with me fully so that we can get the said amount transfered to your account without further delay.I wish to explain further about Mr Bill Beach with the folllowing details:

    Finally, to enable me forward a formal letter to the bank introducing you as the next of kin I would be grateful if you provide me with the following informations and documents: There is no atom of risk involved.I will send my legal procfession and ID Card to prove my sincerity on this claim as genuine and real.I will also send some proofs for the true proposal after you must have sent this required information to enable me attach it.

    (1) Your Full Names———————————
    (2) Your Full Address——————————-
    (3) Your Country of Origin————————-
    (4) Your Occupation———————————
    (5) Your Age—————————————-
    (6) Your Mobile Telephone Number——————–
    (7) Your Private Email Address———————-

    I am expecting your quick reply and your personal information required to proceed faster on this confidential claim.

    Your faithfully,
    Barrister Bob Hamilton Esq.

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