Funny E-Mail Scam

Discussion in 'Community' started by Durandal7, Jul 18, 2002.

  1. Durandal7 macrumors 68040

    Feb 24, 2001
    This is one of the most blatant e-mail scams I've ever seen. It's so blatant it's funny:

    It is my humble pleasure to write this letter irrespective of the fact
    you do not know me. However, I came to know of you in my private search
    a reliable and trustworthy person that can handle a confidential
    transaction of this nature in respect to our investment plans in real

    estate. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make
    one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be
    at the end of the day.

    Let me start by first, introducing myself properly to you. I am MR. MUHAMMED
    a Branch Manager at one of the Zenith Commercial Bank Nigeria Plc, Lagos.

    A foreigner, Late Nicholas Owen, a Civil Engineer/Contractor with the

    federal Government of Nigeria, until his death three years ago in a ghastly

    air crash, banked with us here at the Zenith Commercial Bank PLC, Lagos.
    had a closing balance of USD$25.5M (Twenty five Million, Five Hundred

    Thousand United States Dollars) which the bank now unquestionably expects

    to be claimed by any of his available foreign next of kin. Or,
    alternatively be donated to a discredited trust fund for arms and
    ammunition at a military war college here in Nigeria.

    Fervent valuable efforts made by the Zenith Bank to get in touch with
    of late Nicholas Owen’s next of kin (he had no known wife and children)
    been unsuccessful. The management under the influence of our chairman
    board of directors, are making arrangement for the fund to be declared

    "UNCLAIMABLE " and then be subsequently donated to the trust fund for
    and Ammunition which will further enhance the course of war in Africa
    the world in general.

    In order to avert this negative development. Myself and some of my trusted

    colleagues in the bank, now seek for your permission to have you stand
    late Nicholas Owen’s next of kin. So that the fund (USD$25.5M), would
    subsequently transferred and paid into your bank account as the beneficiary

    next of kin through our overseas corresponding bank. All documents and

    proves to enable you get this fund have been carefully worked out and
    are assuring you a 100% risk free involvement. Your share would be 50%
    the total amount. While the rest would be for me and my colleagues for

    purchase of properties in your country through you/your Company.

    If this proposal is OK by you, then kindly get to me immediately via
    e-mail ( furnishing me with your most confidential
    telephone, fax and e-mail,
    so I can forward to you the relevant details of this transaction.

    Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation.

    Best Regards.

    Mr.Muhammed Usman
    Branch Manager,
    Zenith Comm. Bank Plc
  2. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    interesting...I hate email scams...

    I've been getting the "hi...this is a new game...I hope that u would like it" b.s... :rolleyes:

    anyone else get this one??
  3. Durandal7 thread starter macrumors 68040

    Feb 24, 2001
    Let me guess, the game involves farm animals and naive country girls. :rolleyes:
  4. AlphaTech macrumors 601


    Oct 4, 2001
    Natick, MA
    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

    How does she take the horse up there???;)

    I have close to 100 auto-delete rules at this point. I also have started using Mail's bounce feature for recent spam. I also have an auto-delete rule for anything coming from the mailer-deamons (or whatever they are called). :D
  5. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    hmm...I'm not touching this one with a 10 foot pole... :rolleyes:
  6. AlphaTech macrumors 601


    Oct 4, 2001
    Natick, MA
    How about with a stunt-c*ck??? :D
  7. Durandal7 thread starter macrumors 68040

    Feb 24, 2001
    I suppose any thread about spam would inevitably turn into talk of farm animals and stunt-c*cks. ;)
  8. mac15 macrumors 68040

    Dec 29, 2001
    my hotmail useed to get spam now

    I get nothing now :D
  9. AlphaTech macrumors 601


    Oct 4, 2001
    Natick, MA
    Of course, this IS America after all... :D
  10. Gelfin macrumors 68020


    Sep 18, 2001
    Denver, CO
    The Nigerian confidence scam is also one of the oldest net scams out there. In fact, it's so old that people used to get it on paper IIRC. It's started making the rounds again lately for some reason. I got one last week and I couldn't remember the last time I had been personally begged to help prop up the economy of Nigeria.
  11. ejb190 macrumors 65816


    I have a reputation for being the person who replies to all with a note about sending spam and including about 10 links of various urban legands sites. (I have most of the sites bookmarked...)

    Does anyone else take the time to do this?
  12. AlphaTech macrumors 601


    Oct 4, 2001
    Natick, MA
    Ummmm, **** no... I have a very simple, one line sig that I usually use for email. No links, no notes, nothing along those lines.

    IF I have a url I want to send someone, I send it to them. I prefer not to send people wasted links to crap they don't care about. :p :D
  13. ejb190 macrumors 65816


    Well, it seems to have worked as I don't get near as many scam messages as I used to...

    But I don't have as many friends as I used to either....:confused:
  14. Durandal7 thread starter macrumors 68040

    Feb 24, 2001
    No, the fact that you respond probably excites the sender and causes them to forward your e-mail address to all their buddies with a note that says "this guy actually reads the message!"
  15. filmcutter macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2002
    Portland, OR
    The current (Aug) issue of Wired has a great story about scamming the scammers based on this "Nigerian" scam.

    Quite inspiring...if only all e-mail scams could be handled with such elegance. :)
  16. theranch macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2002
    Atlantic City area
    just got it

    We just got that one today to one of our .mac accounts. It has a snoopy.exe and an html doc attached to the e-mail.
  17. G4scott macrumors 68020


    Jan 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    are there actually humans behind all of this spam and these scams, or is some screwed up computer with a corrupt AI chip that somehow hooked itself up to the internet whose sole purpose is to flood our mailboxes with crap... If it's the computer, I'll be willing to bed it has "Intel inside" and "Designed for DOS" stickers on its case...

    To tell you the truth, I don't get much spam, and I haven't set up any rules regarding it either...
  18. Durandal7 thread starter macrumors 68040

    Feb 24, 2001
    It's usually a person who programs the screwed up computer ;)
  19. blogo macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2002
    I got this letter yesterday, really funny:

    FROM:Mr. Nzanga Seko Moshood Mobutu

    Dear Friend,

    I am the first son of the late Mobutu Sese Seko, the
    former President of the Congo Republic. I am presently
    under protective custody in Nigeria as a political
    refugee. I got your contact during
    my search for a stranger that can cooperate with me in
    this mutual transaction. I want you to note that this
    business will benefit both of us. However, you must confirm your
    ability to handle this because it involves a large
    amount of money. The money (50 million US DOLLARS is
    my share of my father's estate. I boxed and shipped the
    money to a security company abroad at the peak of the
    war/political crisis that rocked my country few years
    ago. Now the crisis has ended and I need a
    trustworthy person like you to proceed to the place of the
    security company in order to clear the fund and invest
    on my behalf as I dont want my name to be used for
    Note that I will send to you the relevant documents
    that will enable you take possesion of the the fund
    for onward investment for our mutual benefit. All I
    need from you is as follows:
    1. A letter of committment (duely signed) that you
    will keep the transaction strictly confidential.
    2. Your confirmation of your ability to handle this.
    3. Your IDt or driving licence
    number for identification to the security company.
    4. Your telephone and fax numbers for communication.
    5. Your full permanent address.
    As soon as I get the above information from you, I
    will disclose to you the name and the country of the
    security company. I will forward your name and
    particulars to the security company to enable them
    contact you accordingly. I will also send to you a
    LETTER OF AUTHORITY to enable you clear the fund on
    my behalf. Note that this is a very safe transaction
    as this money is my share of my father's estate.
    I am waiting for your response to enable us proceed.


    Mr. Nzanga Seko Moshood Mobutu
  20. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    I'm surprised they didn't ask for you mother's maiden name, data of birth, etc. - sheesh - that just has identity theft written all over to feel sorry for anyone who responds.

  21. Royal Pineapple macrumors 65816

    Royal Pineapple

    ever since i sined up for mac mail, i havent receved one spam message.
    my father gets 5.3 a day though, we calculated:D
  22. AlphaTech macrumors 601


    Oct 4, 2001
    Natick, MA
  23. Hemingray macrumors 68030


    Jan 9, 2002
    Ha ha haaa!
    You kidding me?! Anyone that responds deserves to be sat down alone in the middle of a football stadium and laughed at! :D

    Quake 3 Voice: Humiliation.
  24. Royal Pineapple macrumors 65816

    Royal Pineapple

    the same way you have 2.3 kids, it's an average,
    we counted all the spam he got for a month and devided it by 31.
    simple math that you learn in gradeschool;) ;)

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