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This is a list of some of the email scams that have been sent to me. There are actually more but I've deleted them. I'm putting a list on here because I am so sick of all these people who spam my email and lie. Noone believes them so I don't know why they even try. One stupid person even gave a link to a website trying to prove her story, but on the website it said not to take notice of any emails linking to it! These people don't even get their facts right!
  A lot of them seem to use the email provider Tiscali. I don't know why, but they're mainly Tiscali and Yahoo. The subject usually  have titles like this: ATTENTION, URGENT, URGENT REPLY, Reply Urgent, URGENT TRANSFER, Your Help Needed, Attn My Dear, Stand as next of kin, URGENT ATTENTION, ATTENTION, GOOD DAY, IT'S URGENT, GET BACK TO ME, GREETINGS TO YOU, VERY URGENT and similar ones.
  Their preferred stories are that someone they know has died in a plane crash, a boat crash, a war or something similar and they have been left money that they need to get out or they want you to act as someone next of kin. They say they got your details from a "professional database"m or a "trade journal", when you're not likey to be in there, at least I'm not, I don't have a buisness or anything! Of course, if they really have lost a relative, it's very sad and I'm not making fun of people who lost someone, but I don't think they're telling the truth. Their stories are too similar. If they are telling the truth and  they really need money, spamming people isn't the way to go about it, they should ask someone who can actually help them, like a charity. They ask for bank details and want to transfer money and I think they just want your bank details so they can steal your money.
  So don' pay attention to any emails with the titles I've mentioned, especially not to the people on the list.

1. From: Dr  FEMI JOHNSON,
Credit Officer First bank Of Nigeria PLC.
First Bank Nigeria Plc.
# 3 martina Street Victoria Island
RELPY TO   johnsonfemi20002000@yahoo.co.uk
TEL-234-8035671515
Lagos Nigeria

Dear friend,


First, I'm soliciting your utmost confidenciality in this Transaction.
I am Dr  FEMI JOHNSON, credit officer with First Bank of Nigeria PLC,
Lagos.
I came to you in my private search for a reliable person to handle this
confidential transaction, which involves huge sum of money to your
country.
  The Proposition: A foreigner an American, late Peggy Stockley who died
on January 31 aboard Alaska Airlines Flight 261, which crashed into the
Pacific Ocean
not far from Los Angeles., while returning from her country from a business
trip. She Banked with us at First Bank of Nigeria plc Lagos and had a
closing  balance worth US$16.5,Million, having heard of the tragic incident
involving late Peggy Stockley the bank now expects a next of kin as
beneficiary.
  Valuable efforts have been made by First Bank to get in touch with any
of his family's but I personally found out that she died with her
husband and had no child or children that is known to us.
The only name of next of kin given to us by late Peggy Stockley
unfortunately was with her in the same flight that crashed, and this is
unknown to the bank. I'm taking this advantage in order to better my
life and that of my family, I now decided to seek your permission to
have you stand as next of kin to late Peggy Stockley, so that the fund
(US$16.5M) will be released into your account as the next of kin. All
documents and proves to enable you get this fund will be carefully worked
out, by
the lawyer that will be employ to work on your behalf . You can take time
and verify from the website as shown herein for comfirmation of the
crash,
http://edition.cnn.com/2000/US/02/01/alaska.airlines.list/

I am assuring you that this transaction and its procedures is 100%
legal and risk free involvement. Your share stays while the rest will
be for myself. The sharing of the fund between the two of us will be as
follows: 30% of the tatal sum will go to you for your effort and commitment
to the sucess of this transaction. 70% will be for us here. As soon as I receive an
acknowledge of the receipt of this message in Acceptance, I will
immediately start up with the process. If this proposal is acceptable
by you, kindly call to me immediately you get this mail.
I want you to also furnish me with your private telephone/fax or
preferably your mobile numbers and I will have to apply for the release
and subsequent Transfer of the fund in your favor. Please try and call
me so that I will know that you have received this mail today.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation.


Yours faithfully,
Dr  FEMI JOHNSON
 
 
2. (Credit Officer, First bank Of Nigeria PLC)
NTACT URGENTLY WITH YOUR MOBILE AND FAX NUMBER
ATTENTION:SIR/MA

I AM MR.JEFF OKOH THE SECRETARY TO THE DIRECTOR OF FOREIGN REMITTANCE FIRST
BANK OF NIGERIA, LAGOS. I WAS DIRECTED TO INQUIRE FROM YOU IF YOU CAN HANDLE
THIS TRANSACTION ON BEHALF OF MY BOSS AND HIS DEVOTED COLLEAGUES.

THE TRANSACTION IS ABOUT ASSISTING US AS OUR FORIEGN COUNTERPART TO  ENABLE
US PRESENT YOU AS THE BENEFICIARY OF THE USD$8 MILLION DOLLARS LEFT BY
OUR
LATE DECEASED FOREING CUSTOMER SINCE JANUARY 2000. THE FUND IS CURRENTLY
IN A SUSPENCE ACCOUNT AWAITING CLAIM.
I WILL GIVE YOU MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE TRANSACTION WHEN I RECIEVE YOUR AFFIRMATIVE RESPONSE.

LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.

YOURS FAITHFULLY,

JEFF OKOH.
austinosinachi@universal.pt

                          
3. EQUITY  CHAMBERS      
     (ATTORNEYS & COUNSELORS AT LAW)            
      06 BP 1409 AKPAKPA DODOMEY,
     COTONOU REPUBLIC OF BENIN.                
               
Attn: SIR/MADAM,

Compliments, I BARRISTER  AUSTIN OSINACHI  have decided to bestow this trust on you, which I pray you will not ignore or betray. I appologise in advance for any inconviniences this may cause you. I am the Personal Attorney to late Mr. PATRICK CARL , who was a contractor here in Benin
Rep. And on the 3rd of Oct 2000; my client, and his family were
perished in a ghostly car accident along Midombo Togo express way. As a
matter of fact, my client made a  deposit Amount, valued at (USD$15.7M)
with PLATINUM SECURITY COMPANY  here in Cotonou Benin Rep, and upon the
maturity time of their agreement, THE SECURITY COMPANY  started
contacting him but no response. Conseqently, the SECURITY COMPANY
issued me a notice to provide  the next of kin to the deceased  as his
personal attorney, or have his MONEY  confiscated after four years, as
it is in the law of this country.
Since then, I have made several contacts to His Countries Embassy in
order to locate any of my clients extended relatives, which had also
been unsuccessful. Since I have been unsuccesfull in locating  the
relatives for over two years now, I seek your consent to present you as
the next of kin of the deceased since none of his relatives were no way
to be found so that the proceeds of this account valued at $15.7m could
be transffered into your account, thereafter, we will both share it in
percentage according to our contributions to boost the success of this
great transaction. I have all the necessary legal documents that can be
used to back up all the claims we will make.
I know that you might be wonder why I have decided to trust you with
this huge sum, but the truth is that I need you to get this money out
and considering the fact that you are a foreigner which makes it a lot
easier and straight forward.
All i required is your your address where the consignemnt will be
delivered to you  as the beneficairy.
And also I requires  your honest cooperation to enable us make this
great benefiting transaction successfully. I guarantee you that this
will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you
from any breach of the law.  Please get in touch with me as fast as
possible through my E-mail or through phone to enable us discuss
further the progress of this business.  you can reply through my
direct  email below ,
austinosinachi2000@yahoo.com

Regards,
BARRISTER AUSTIN OSINACHI
 
4. Dear friend,

With due respect and humility, I write to you irrespective of the fact
that
you don't know me. I got your contact through your country's trade journal
here in Nigeria when I was making inquiry for foreign assistance. It is
with heartfelt hope that I write to seek your co-operation and assistance
in the context stated below:


May I first introduce my self as Dr. Mrs. Mariam Abacha, the wife of Late
General Sani Abacha (former military head of state and president of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria) who died suddenly on 8th June 1998. The sum
of (US$18,753,000.00) Eighteen Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Three Thousand
United States Dollars secretly willed in my favour by the late general
(my
husband). This money is kept in a trust account with a Security Company
here in (LOME REP OF TOGO). As it is equally required, the administration
of my late husband's property is under the authority of my family lawyer
however, the current civilian administration of retired General Olusegun
Obasanjo (the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) is seeking
vengeance
on the Abacha family because of the life prison jail sentence confirmed
on him by my late husband.


In pursuit of this vendetta, the present government have resolved to freeze
all known assets of General Sani Abacha, including properties at home and
abroad and are presently embarking on to seize the various bank accounts
of my husband. Please kindly visit these sites for you to know the truth
about this matter.

BBC NEWS:
(1)http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/877113.stm
(2) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/2282366.stm
(3) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/1606565.stm
(4) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/1576527.stm


In fact, the attack on our family (The Abacha's) is so devastated to an
extent of seizing our traveling passport, family accounts and even trying
some members of our family in court for offences allegedly committed by
my late husband. In view of this grievous threat to our Economic and personal
survival, our family trustee have secretly protected the will, but seriously
advised me to move (US$18,753,000.00)Eighteen Million Seven Hundred and
Fifty
Three Thousand United States Dollars into an overseas account, hence the
reason why I have chosen you and hope that you will come to my full assistance
and unlimited co-operation. In the meantime, there is a traveling embargo
on us (the whole family members) and our local accounts are seized. We
are
currently living on goodwill of people who believe we cannot be held responsible
for the sins of my late husband. In view of this plight, I expect you to
be trustworthy and kind enough to respond to this distressed call to save
me and my children from a hopeless future.


And if you agree I will compensate you sincerely for your candid effort
in this regard with 25% of the total amount of (US$18,753,000.00) Eighteen
Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Three Thousand United States Dollars. In
that case, when the money is moved into your discrete account, you will
be allowed to draw 25% in your favour, while the remaining 75% will be
invested
meaningfully for my children's future. My family lawyer has perfected arrangements
with the Security Company concerned and has assured 100% risk free and
safe
operation.


Upon receipt of your reply we are going to arrange with the Security Company
where this fund is been deposited so that they can move this fund to their
sisters Office in Europe or Asia, but if you will make it possible to come
down to Lome-Togo that will be fine. I will give you an authourity letter
and the security company's information so that you can open up communication
with them. 


I look forward to your quick response while thanking you in anticipation
for your co-operation. In view of all above details, I request you to keep
this letter and operation highly confidential. Please remember to include
your private Telephone and Fax numbers for easy communication.

Please, respond to my family lawyer indicating your readiness to assist
as he has been mandated by the family to consummate this deal with you.
Hon. Frank Uzoma: Tel. 234 1 4724665. Email: frankuzoma33@mail.az


With my best wishes,
Dr. Mrs. Mariam Abacha
 
 

There are also some scams that offer to give you money. I don't think they're true, they just want to take your money or use you for something.
  The scams are like this:
 
 
THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
PROF. CHARLES SOLUDO.

Our ref: CBN/CPN9/04

                                                                     

                                                Yourref:PRJ99/NNPC/503
Attention: Contractor,

                                                  
                      IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT 

From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with the Federal
Government of Nigeria your name and company is on the list major contractors
who have not received their payments for the Federal Plateau Project.

I wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be released
to you as soon as you respond to th! is letter. Also note that from the
record in my file your outstanding contract payment is
$65.7 million USD (Sixthy Five Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars).Please re-confirm to me if this is inline with what you have in
your record and also re-confirm to me the followings.

1) Your full name.

2) Phone, fax and mobile #.

3) Company name, position and address.

4) Profession , age and marital status.

5) International Pass-Port or Drivers License.

As soon as this information is received and confirmed, your payment will
be made to you in a certified bank draft from Central Bank of  Nigeria
and
a copy will be given to you for you to take to your bank for confirmation.
Get back to me immedaitely via the above E-mail. As a result of the on-going
drive of the Government to update its books and clear over due payment
to
contractors,

I strongly recommend that you promptly start your clearance as soon as
possible.

Faithfully,

PROF. CHARLES SOLUDO.
Executive Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria.
 
 
For a start, I don't belong to a company and I've never heard of the "Federal Plateau Project". It might be a real thing, but it's nothing to do with me, so why would I get any money?!
I don't think  you should pay attention to scams like this one, because they're not true. They might be one of those ones where you have to send money to get your money and I doubt you'll get it! They're another form of the spam scam emails.