p2pnet.net News:- In January p2pnet carried an item on Nigeria’s 419 con, saying the country’s Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act of 1995 was scheduled to be amended to take a harder line on those helping the 419 scammers.
Yesterday, The Daily Times of Nigeria said three members of the “infamous 419 gang” were arrested on more than 86 counts and charged with “fraudulently obtaining through false pretence $242 million from one Nelson Sakaguehi and Stanton Development Corporation being the property of Banco Noroeste S. A. of Sao Paulo Brazil, purporting same to represent payment due to the Federal Government for the construction of the Abuja International Airport”.
Today, p2pnet’s special Movie Contest email account has so far received only three messages, all from 419 scammers.
Why us and why now? Who knows? (And who cares ; ) But it’s kind of interesting how our contest email addie has been picked up by the 419 fraternity because it’s new and these are the fourth, fifth and sixth 419 emails we’ve had recently. The others were trashed without being opened. And the only other messages we’ve had on the account have been genuine – from people with submissions or quesions about the contest. No SPAM, in other words.
The first was supposedly from Abdul Kadir Gaya in the UAE and kicked off in charmingly mangled English:
“Before I introduce myself, I want you to patiently read this offer as it comes with the best of intentions as I wish to inform you that this letter is not a hoax mail and I urge you to treat it serious. I write you this letter in good faith as we want to transfer to overseas account ($10,850.000.00 USD) Ten Million Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars from a prime Bank here in Dubai-United Arab Emirates.”
The second was allegedly from Mr Joseph Williams in Madrid, Spain, and goes:
“We have a fund in our custody valued at $15,000,000.00 USD (Fifteen Million United States Dollars) which was deposited in a fixed deposit account by one of our customer from Canada. For the past six years it is been recorded in our computer system that the beneficiary of the deposited consignment is dead and up till date we have not received any signal from his relatives for claiming of the deposited consignment.”
Number 3 is supposed to be from Mrs Monica Kabila who didn’t bother to say where she’s from. However, she did say:
“It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture, which my Son Mack,and I intend to establish in your country. Though I have not met with you before but I believe, one has to risk confiding in succeed sometimes in life. There is this huge amount of Eighteen million U.S dollar ($18,000,000.00), which my late Husband kept for us with a Security Company before unknown persons assassinated him.”
For anyone who’s into tracking this kind of stuff, the header info is:
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