I just got this spam and got a good laugh out of it. I'm going to be
rich! I'll make 8 million dollars! Then I can make a million in
agriculture by investing it all in the farm and then quit when it gets
down to 1 million.
Seriously, isn't this sort of thing highly illegal? Who do you report
this sort of con game to?
(Anyone who thinks this is a real offer should watch the scene in the
Newman/Redford movie "The Sting" where they scam a mafia runner out of
his cash with the old switcheroo.)
attached mail follows:
DR. AMOS CHAKA
REQUEST FOR AN URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
RE: TRANSFER OF US$20M (TWENTY MILLION UNITED STATES
DOLLARS ONLY) INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.
I AM A SENIOR ACCOUNTANT WITH THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF
FINANCE AND MEMBER OF THE CONTRACT REVIEW PANEL
(C.R.P.) OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA. IN JUNE
LAST YEAR, I WAS APPOINTED TO HEAD A SEVEN (7) MAN
CONTRACT REVIEW PANEL (C.R.P) TO REVIEW THE CONTRACTS
AWARDED BY THE PETROLEUM (SPECIAL) TRUST FUND (P.T.F.)
AND THE NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION
(N.N.P.C.) BETWEEN THE YEARS 1992-1995. OUR DUTY WAS
PRIMARILY TO RESOLVE THE DISCREPANCIES IN THESE
CONTRACT PAYMENTS AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA.
WE DISCOVERED TO OUR GREATEST AMAZEMENT A STAGGERING
THIRTY-EIGTH MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ARISING
FROM THE NON PAYMENT OF A RUSSIAN CONTRACTOR WHO
DEFECTED THE COUNTRY SOME YEARS AGO.
NOW, I HAVE WORKED OUT A FULL PROOF PLAN TO GET THIS
MONEY TRANSFERED INTO A FOREIGN ACCOUNT, HENCE THE
NEED FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE. ALREADY, I HAVE TAKEN INTO
CONFIDENCE RELEVANT OFFICIALS IN THE PRESIDENCY,
MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA AND I
HAVE THEIR CONSENT TO TRANSACT THIS DEAL WITH YOU,
SINCE AS CIVIL SERVANTS WE DO NOT HAVE ACCOUNT
OVERSEAS AND WE ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH THE NECESSARY
WHEREWITHAL TO OPERATE THIS DEAL.
WHAT I NEED FROM YOU IS YOUR CONSENT, YOUR UNALLOYED
ASSISTANCE AND AN ASSURANCE OF CONFIDENTIALITY AND
TOTAL TRUST. CONSEQUENTLY, YOU SHALL KEEP 30% OF THE
GRAND SUM FOR YOURSELF, 10% FOR EXPENSES AND 60% FOR
US IN YOUR COUNTRY.
PLEASE, NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO ADVERSE LEGAL
CONSEQUENCES INVOLVED IN THIS DEAL TO YOU.
PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE THE RECEIPT OF THIS MAIL SO THAT I
WIIL GIVE YOU A FULL AND CONCISE DETAIL OF THIS DEAL.
I AWAIT YOUR QUICK RESPONSE.
DR. AMOS CHAKA
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