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14th Feb 2004, 00:43
Just received this in my PPRUNE mail box.....

From: "Mr. Marcel West." <[email protected]>

Reply-To: [email protected]

To: [email protected]

Subject: I need your co-operation on this please.

Date: Fri 02/13/04 04:15 PM

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I am MR.MARCEL WEST, the director in charge of auditing and
accounting dept., of UNION TOGOLAISE DE BANQUE(U.T.B.)LOME,
TOGO. With due respect and regards I have decided to contact you
on a business transaction that will be very beneficial to both of
us at the end.

During our investigation and auditting in the bank, my department
came accross a huge sum of money belonging to a deceased customer
who died in 1997 plane crash in Guam, South Korea. His fund has
been dormant in his account with us without any claim from either
his family or business associate(s) although, personally, I kept
this information secret to enable the whole plans and idea to be
profitable and successful during the time of execution. The said
amount is U.S.$15M (15 Million United State Dollars)only. I was
opportuned to have come accross your contact and your profile is
what really encouraged me most to contact you on this issue.
Meanwhile, all the whole arrangement to put claim to this fund as
the bonafide next of kin to the deceased and to get approval from
our bank and transfer this money to any your account has been put
in place.
All needed informations will be relayed to you as soon as you
indicate your acceptance and willingness to assist me and also
benefit yourself from this great business opportunity. I will not
fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% risk free as
long as you give me the needed co-operation and I will also relay
to you all informations concerning the deceased account owner. You
be entitled to an appreciable percentage(30%) of the total sum as
your share, 5% is mapped out for any incidental expenses while the
65% will be for me.

However, I appeal to you to kindly keep this transaction close to
your heart(confidential) as I am still in service and intend to
retire from service as soon as we successfully concluded this
I will be monitoring the whole transaction here in the bank untill
you confirm the money into your account, I can then come over to
your country for my share and subsequently discuss investment
plans in a viable business enterprise in your country. Please get
back to
me as soon as you received this email and resolved to go ahead
with me
for more informations and immediate commencement.

Best regards,


Any suggestions for replies?!


14th Feb 2004, 00:48
If you've got the time (or could be bothered) string the [email protected] along. I seem to remember Ozzy was doing that with one not that long ago.

14th Feb 2004, 01:02
Would make a great thread if we all suggested ways to string the bastid along..... :E

14th Feb 2004, 01:07
Well, we could start with the pilot thing. Could start along the lines of "This email comes at a very important point in my life. I am just commencing my final training as a pilot, and am in desperate need for funds to undertake my exams etc......this could be a brilliant opportunity to further my career and perhaps establish a flying business which has always been a dream of mine"

14th Feb 2004, 01:13
So Guam is in South Korea these days. String him along in the most convoluted language you can think of, if you're bothered to. Get him to send you a picture of him standing in an airport holding up a sign that says "PUTZ" in large letters.

As we're on the subject - getting a lot of spam on my pilotmail email account these days.

14th Feb 2004, 01:16
Funny you should mention that Jerricho that one fell by the wayside, but I got this one today and responded in kind.

Can you work with me?

I am pleased to get across to you for a very urgent and profitable business proposal, Though I don4t know you neither have I seen you before but my confidence was reposed On you when the Chief Executive of Nigerian chamber of Commerce and Industry handed me your contact for a confidential business.

I am the manager of Aribank Lagos Nigeria Ikeja Branch, The intended business is thus; We had a customer, a Foreigner (a Turkish) resident in Nigeria, he was a Contractor with one of the Government Parastatals. He has in his Account in my branch the sum of US$17 Million (seventeen Million U.S. Dollars). Unfortunately, the man died four years ago until today non-of his next of kin has come Forward to claim the money. Having noticed this, I in collaboration with two other top Officials of the bank we have covered up the account all this while.

Now we want you (being a foreigner) to be fronted as one of his next of kin and forward Your account and other relevant documents to be advised to you by us to attest to the Claim. We will use our positions to get all internal documentation4s to back up the claims The whole procedures will last only ten working days to get the fund retrieved successfully Without trace even in future. Your response is only what we are waiting for as we have arranged all necessary things As soon as this message comes to you kindly get back to me indicating your interest Then I will furnish you with the whole procedures to ensure that the deal is successfully Concluded for your assistance we have agreed to give you thirty percent (30%) of the Total sum at the end of the transaction. It is risk free and a big mega fortune all correspondence Towards this transaction will be through telephone and fax. I await your earliest response.

Thanks, Yours Sincerely

Mr.Farouk Abdul
234 8034030960.
Please respond strictly via this email: [email protected]

To which I replied:

Good day Sir

I am touched by your consideration of me as a potential partner
in this subterfuge. I am indeed most interested in helping you
obtain access to the funds that appear to be yours. I would not
dream of asking you for money in this humanitarian endeavour, so
you may donate my 30% to your charity of choice.

Now, how do we proceed in this matter. I must pray that we continue
the process by email only as I am mute and deaf since childhood
after an accident with large vehicle.



14th Feb 2004, 01:26
Ozzy, nice one. Excellent touch with the email thing (gotta insist on that one). Let us know if he responds.

I found with one of them I started having a little play with loved it when he found out (Hee Hee) that I was supposedly a struggling artist who always had a dream of learning to fly. He asked to see some of my work..........so I complied and started sending him links of various porn sites. As well as registering his email address with a few of them.

Funny, he doesn't write anymore.

14th Feb 2004, 01:29
ha ha ha ha ha
That made my day! I got a couple of these mails myself but keep deleting them. I havent got the strength to reply to these con-artists. Sure am glad you're giving them a hard time for all the crap they send out.
Go for it and keep us updated.

The Invisible Man
14th Feb 2004, 01:34
Just considering sending this email,

Hi Marcel,

I have been lucky enough to have been forwarded an email concerning your plight. I am indeed willing to help if all else fails.

I had an unfortunate accident many years ago with experimental machinery. I have to wear bandages most of the time and have to shout to make people hear me and know of my presence.

Most of my next of kin have also dissappeared, so I fully understand where you are coming from. With the funds you talk of, I really would be able to pull myself together and be recoqnised for who I am and not what I have become.

I apologise for this forthright approach, but I need to feel more than the shadow of a person I have become. With your help I may just do so.

Yours etc etc.



Did you want to string this guy along or is it a free for all ???

14th Feb 2004, 01:46
You will be entitled to an appreciable percentage(30%) of the total sum as your share, 5% is mapped out for any incidental expenses while the remaining65% will be for me .

That greedy SOB. Send him an imaginary account from an imaginary bank and let him sweat it out. :)

14th Feb 2004, 01:49
Awwww.....I just sent this to him!!

Dear Sir,

Please forgive the intrusion, but a close friend of mine has forwarded you email to me, reference you need for co-operation. Unfortunately my friend isn't in a position to really to follow up you request, however I am in a situation where I might be very interested.

My name is Paul Keating, and I am currently struggling to make a living as an artist here in England. I moved here from Canberra in Australia a couple of years ago with big dreams of making my art available to all. I also love to fly. Unfortunately, I don't have the money to undertake pilot training (I have had 2 lessons), and am trying to sell some of my artwork to fund this. I have sold one or two of my creations, but like all of us, would like to be in a financially secure position.

Your email sounds like an excellent opportunity to perhaps attain this financial security. If you could kindly expand on what will be required of me, I would be eternally grateful,

Take care,


T.I.M - That's a great one.............what have we started here! I know, we could string him along and start playing him off against each other!

The Invisible Man
14th Feb 2004, 02:06
Its on its way....

and I need it more that you ya bugga....Im gonna tell him so. Im gonna tell you are a spongin git who has disgusting fantasies. Whose MIL runs a brothel and is totally unscruplious.

The monies mine I tell yer !!!!:=

14th Feb 2004, 02:10
And I'll tell him you're a hollow man, who doesn't see eye to eye with anybody. And if he gives you the money, he'll never see you again! Ever.

I'll split the money with you!

14th Feb 2004, 03:13
Now here's a new angle (at least to me):

From: [email protected]
To: (Deleted as it wasn't to me and I suspect someone might have been hacked)

Ref. Number: 132/756/4509
Batch Number: 538901527-Bc68
Ticket Number: 27522465896-6453

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Winners in our International Lottery Program held on the 16th of December, 2003. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 27522465896-6453 with serial number 3772-554 drew
lucky numbers 7-14-18-31-45 which consequently won in the 2ND category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 2,000,000 EUROS (Two Million EUROS). CONGRATULATIONS!

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been fully processed and your money Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid multiple claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. All
participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 company and 30,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every five years.

This lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies in europe as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base.We hope with part of your winnings you will take part in our next year Ten million Euros international lottery.

To file for your claim, please contact our fiducial agent:

Mr. Peter Lambert
Lambert & Lambert Associates
Reply Email : [email protected]

Remember all winning must be claimed not later than 21st of February 2004. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible. Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. Lylian Donald
International Lottery (co-ordinator)

Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Please do not reply to this mail. Contact your claims agent.

This mail was sent through http://www.beirut.com

14th Feb 2004, 13:48
I received this one a couple of days ago, perhaps someone would like to correspond with this worthy damsel.
I was considering writing back mentioning that my family had lost all its money in the great Koala Bear market crash of 1999 and were currently surviving by selling our body fluids to passing nose flute players and thus were very keen to take up her kind offer.
Sadly my enthusiasm lasted about as long as a butterfly's phart so if someone else wishes to adopt young Mahamad, she is all yours. I will gladly accept a modest 10% commission.


-----Original Message-----
From: MAHAMAD A [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Saturday, 24 January 2004 1:01 PM

Good day,

Following the sudden death of my father General Sani Abacha, the late former head of state of Nigeria in June 1998, we have been thrown into state of utter confusion, frustration and hopelessness by the present civilian administration. We have been subjected to physical, emotional and psychological torture by the security agents in the country. I have been detained and arraigned before the federal high court of Nigeria for an offence which i did not commit. You must have heard over the media reports CNN and BBC and the internet on the recovery of various huge sums of money deposited by my father in different security firms abroad. Some companies willingly give up their secrets and disclosed our money confidently lodged there and many outrightly blackmail us. In fact the total sum discovered by the Government so far is in the tune of US$700 Million Dollars. And they are not relenting to make us poor for life.

I got your contacts through my personal research, and out of desperation i decided to reach you through this medium. I repose great confidence in you hence my approach to you. Due to security network placed on my affairs and family i cannot afford to visit the embassy so that is why I decided to contact you. I have the sum of US$28 Million Dollars deposited with a security firm abroad whose name is witheld for now until we open communication. I shall be grateful if you could receive this fund into your account for safe keeping. This arrangement is disclosed to you and family attorney alone, so we will deal directly with you and let you know the modus operandi and the security company in Europe. I am seriously considering to settle down with my family as the first son and invest in a friendly atmosphere like your country as soon as this fund gets into your custody so that we can start all over again.

Please honesty, confidence and sincerity is the watch word in this transaction. All my calls and my movements are monitored. Our family attorney/lawyer has been advised to get you the needed information on contact. If this proposal appeals to you, In case you don't accept, please do not let me out to the security as I am giving you this information in total trust and confidence, I will greatly appreciate if you accept my proposal in good faith.endevor to reply me through my save
emailbox: [email protected]

Please expedite action.

Sincerely yours,

mahamad abacha.


The Invisible Man
14th Feb 2004, 16:00
Well we're off.... received this morning

Good old Marcel, now where can we take him???

Please call me on my direct phone number when you receive this email.


Marcel West.

tel: +228-903-**** I've removed the last four numbers cos he's mine !!!! Anyone want to buy them ( 10 )

Away this weekend but will carry on Monday. I hope he's not a big guy !!!


Islander Jock
14th Feb 2004, 17:02
Some excellent ideas for stringing these guys along can be obtainined at Scamorama (www.scamorama.com) :D :D :D

My all time favourite though is The Adventures of Wendy Willcox (http://www.geocities.com/wendy_willcox/) This one has had myself, Mrs IJ and our friends in stictches:D

Drop and Stop
14th Feb 2004, 19:23
ahh yes ... one of my little hobbies. I normally try to string along these mugus' until they start asking for money. They ask that you wire them money thru western union ... no worries. I send them the bogus info to go collect their money (around $1000 - $2000 should be enough of a bait!) in a city a good 400 to 600kms away (if they are in Lagos tell them you sent the money to Port Harcourt or Kano). They will be just a bit miffed that they have to trek half way across the country to pick up the loot. Just tell them that Nigeria (or Togo or Ivory Coast) is very small on a map and it shouldn't take them too long! Sit back and wait for the onslaught of hate mail ... job well done! With a bit of skill you can get them to do several trips. Another good one is to get them to collect you from the airport .... I reckon all over africa there are guys waiting in arrivals with signs for Isaac Hunt, Ian Cognito, Hertz van Rental etc ....

14th Feb 2004, 19:50
Feel free to string him along as much as you like!!!

I haven't got the time at the moment unfortunately so feel free to mention that I forwarded it!


14th Feb 2004, 23:16
Guys, just one BIG word of caution here. Do not EVER let them know your real name, ever. These people are part of large international gangs and they DO have contacts in the UK. When they find out you have been stringing them along and find out who you are then you are in the s!*t. They have been known to kill people who fall for this and they really do make a lot of money each year from people who actually believe it all and trust me, there are quite a few about too. Just be very carefull, play safe and use an e-mail address/phone number that cannot be linked back to you. Have fun. :)

jonah g
14th Feb 2004, 23:28
I agree with BRL...have fun..give em sh*t but be careful.

15th Feb 2004, 00:58
Sound advice BRL.

While I personally find this great fun, it is sad these people exist, and looking at some of the stories they make up to sucker people in, the term [email protected] really does fit.

Anyway, I'm still waiting for our friend Marcel to reply to me. Maybe T.I.M's plight sounds more needy than mine!

15th Feb 2004, 01:54
I just ignore those kind of emails though I'm getting a great kick in reading how youse would string them along, no lover of these gits myself though those who fall for them must be mighty gullible. :rolleyes:

But its the porn ones that really concern me, the lastest one into the office so concerned me I ended up having to go down to the local police station today to report it. They've put me onto the big boys, I won't rest unitil the evil predators who are responsible for exploiting these young teenagers are behind bars where they belong. :mad:

15th Feb 2004, 04:09
Dear Sir,
Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr. Wang Qin credit officer of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd. I have a concealed business suggestion for you.
Before the U.S and Iraqi war our client General. Ibrahim Moussa who was with the Iraqi forces and also business man made a numbered fixed deposit for 18 calendar months, with a value of Twenty millions Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only in my branch. Upon maturity several notice was sent to him, even during the war early this year. Again after the war another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later find out that the General and his family had been killed during the war in bomb blast that hit their home.
After further investigation it was also discovered that Gen. Ibrahim Moussa 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. So, Twenty millions Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars 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 to the laws of my country at the expiration 3 years 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 stand as the next of kin to Gen. Ibrahim Moussa so that you will be able to receive his funds.
I want you to know that I have had everything planned out so that we shall come out successful. I have contacted an attorney that will prepare the necessary document that will back you up as the next of kin to Gen. Ibrahim Moussa, all that is required from you at this stage is for you to provide me with your Full Names and Address so that the attorney can commence his job. After you have been made the next of kin, the attorney will also fill in for claims on your behalf and secure the necessary approval and letter of probate in your favor for the move of the funds to an account that will be provided by you.
There is no risk involved at all in the matter as we are going adopt a legalized method and the attorney will prepare all the necessary documents. Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue.
Once the funds have been transferred to your nominated bank account we shall share in the ratio of 70% for me, 25% for you and 5% for any expenses incurred during the course of this operation.
Should you be interested please send me your full names and current residential
address for easy communication and I will provide you with more details of this operation.
Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.
Kind Regards
Mr. Wang Qin

15th Feb 2004, 04:31
That has to be one of the more elaborate ones. I wonder is Hang Seng Bank Ltd know this one is doing the rounds? The [email protected] will use any story. Plane crashes, now this one. It's a pitty you can't send a "Email bomb" to these pricks.

15th Feb 2004, 04:34
Guys, just one BIG word of caution here.

I am sorry to spoil your fun but I can only second that warning!

They are very well organised.

I am still receiving 5 to 10 of these mails per week, and it has been going on for many years now. Before the times of internet, they sent letters. European phone books with address entries were bestsellers in Lagos in the early 1990s. I never responded, and would strongly advise everybody to ignore them.

Kaptin M
15th Feb 2004, 20:31
Thanks Islander Jock for the leads - I particularly enjoyed this one
and haven't laughed so much for quite a while, esp. as he toys with the scammer, and apparently innocently asks him, "My daughter has a question that I promised I would ask you. Please forgive me if you find this offensive, but as she is my daughter, and in poor health, I promised I would ask you this for her. Her question is, are you a pigmy?"

They sure get back what they deserve.
This particular story is a teriffic "reverse sting", imo.

Anyway, no more frivilous time to be spent on PPRuNe - I'm goin' fishin'!!

P.S. For any other fishermen, this is probably worth a read, before you bait your hook and wet your line..

Happy Fishing!!

15th Feb 2004, 22:47
Kaptin M

That fishing trip didn't last long ;)

Kaptin M
15th Feb 2004, 23:19
I've got a gang hook set up, Coco..........stay on line!!

The Invisible Man
16th Feb 2004, 03:22
Lets see how this goes.

Hi Marcel,

I'm afraid I cannot call your number. I live in a small English village that has a payphone and you can't dial International numbers. I have to use my friends internet access too because they have only just put phone lines in. We hope to get gas and sewerage soon. Its lovely living in the middle of nowhere. It helps with my recovery because I dont like people seeing me, you understand why, its because of my accident.
My mum, Freda, says I should help you because even 100 would help me. I am still waiting for my accident pay award but that should come soon.
Where do you live? Is it nice and sunny. It just rains here all the time, we all go rusty in winter..ha ha.. Do you have any family? This is like having a pen pal isn't it. My dad, well he's not my dad really, my mum had an affair with a man called Mauningstone so he's my real dad, still lives in London,do you know London? They live in Mornington Crescent, its lovely there but very handy for all of London, you can get anywhere from there.
Anyway enough about me, what would you like me to do. I'm not very quick when it comes to money things. Hope to hear from you soon.

Please call me Torquil by the way, I normally sign with initials only.



16th Feb 2004, 06:53
Awww.........Marcel doesn't want to play with me. He must see more in you that me T.I.M.

Or should that be Torquil? :ok: :ok:

The Invisible Man
18th Feb 2004, 04:45
Two days later and still no reply from Marcel, oh well !!

Friend bought some rugby tickets from a well known auction site. Shelled out 400, and guess what...... Seller does not exist and money gone....

Be careful out there !!!


18th Feb 2004, 06:44
T.I.M., I can help your friend get his money back, and the tickets. All I require is a $500 registration fee.... ;)

Kaptin M
18th Feb 2004, 13:48
I have some tickets (4) that I will be unable to use, due to unforseen circumstances, and I`m happy to offload them for 150 quid to help someone out.

Please send me you Bank account number, bsb, and account name, along with your PIN, in a confidential email and I`ll make the transfer. Unfortunately my bank`s computer system allows transfers to the type of account I hold, to be made only by the account holder to whom the money is being transferred.
I promise to transfer only the 150 quid (plus a nominal fee for postage and handling), and shall return all details to you upon depletion of your account. :D

18th Feb 2004, 20:59
Another site worth visiting, apart from the above mentioned www419eater.com (http://www.419eater.com), is http://baita.mugu.co.uk/ .

18th Feb 2004, 21:14
And let's not forget good old ebolamonkeyman.com. Funny stuff.