419 Scam Letters

This is a collection of Letters relating to the ongoing 4-1-9 Scam. You'll probably get them in your email if you don't have proper SPAM or phisher protection. People writing these are really stupid and most reside in Lagos, Nigeria. Never trust anyone from Nigeria when it comes to doing business online.

Friday, March 24, 2006


About The Japanese Oil Consultant With Mr.Lawrence Smith

Dear Friend
With Kind Regard and Respect,I am Dr.Casmir Poyh,An account Manager of Premier Bank
I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.
On November 6,2000,A Japanese Oil consultant/contractor with the Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation, Mr.Lawrence Smith made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$30,000,000.00 (Thirty Million Dollars) in Our branch.
Upon maturity,I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.After a month,I sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation that Mr.Lawrence Smith died from an automobile accident,On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.
I therefore made further investigation and
discovered that Mr.Lawrence Smith did not declare any Kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paper-work in our
This sum of US$30,000,000.00 is still sitting in our Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it According to Premier Bank International Laws of Banking Industry,at the expiration of 6 (six) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Premier Bank International if nobody applies to claim the fund.
Consequently,my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr.Lawrence Smith so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt Directors.This is simple, I will like
you to provide immediately your full names and address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that will put you in place as the next of kin to Mr.Lawrence Smith,
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 for the transfer.
A bank account in any part of the world that you will provide will then 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 50% for me and 25% for you,and 15% to cover all expenses that will occur during the transfer and finally 10% will sent for charity.
There is no risk at all as all the paper-work for this transaction will be done by the
attorney and my position as the Account Manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please reply immediately.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 reply via my email address.

Thanks and regards.

Dr.Casmir Poyh

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Premier Bank - sounds like a fake. 10 percent to charity -- is a nice touch.

The sophistification of these 419s improves slightly each week. So does the spread of people doing it. The Nigerians were the first to start it in a big style, but now all over the world scamsters are doing it. I get them mainly from Asia, East Europe, Former Soviet states...

What I do admire is how fast these people are. Within a few hours of Slobodan Milossovic dying, his wife had written to me asking for help. Of course i gacve it and now I am typing onto a golden keyboard, and admiring my diamond encrusted mouse.

Sort of.

The only good thing about 419s is, I guess, that people keep upto date with world news. Hmmm,.

But, they MUST work. Even if one person from a million mail shots replies and sends of 500 Dollars, well thats worth it for an impoverished scamster living in some poor place. But, do we have have any information on the numbrs of people who DO get taken in by these letters. Someone must?

Happy day
Zia Choudhury
Geneva, Switzerland
Scammers do make money. The one pretending to be Mariam Abacha was caught after scamming 242.2 million dollars. Read it in this blog entry: Mariam Abacha Goes to Prison
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