“The so-called “419” scam (aka “Nigeria scam” or “West African” scam) is a type of fraud named after an article of the Nigerian penal code under which it is prosecuted. It is also known as “Advance Fee Fraud” because the common principle of all the scam format is to get the victim to send cash (or other items of value) upfront by promising them a large amount of money that they would receive later if they cooperate. In almost all cases, the criminals receive money using Western Union and MoneyGram, instant wire transfer services with which the recipient can’t be traced once the money has been picked up. These services should never be used with people you only know by email or telephone!” (http://www.419scam.org)
Curious about that I started a nice conversation with the Nigerian guy, to see how the scam actually works.
Dear Friend, I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund transferred. Now I want you to contact my secretary and ask him for a cheque worth of USD$800,000 which I kept for you as a compensation of your past assistance to me. His contact details is below; Name: John Izualo. Email; ( email@example.com ) Kindly reconfirm to him the following below information: Your full name_________ Your address_______ Your country______ Your age__________ Your occupation______ Your Phone number_______ Note that if you did not send him the above information complete,he will not release the cheque to you because he has to be sure that it is you. Note also that I will not be reached by email or phone at this moment because I am currently in London for investment trip with my share. Regards, Dr.Peter Ikey Obi.
Hello I received this mail from Dr.Peter Ikey Obi, I didn't know how I helped him but I'm very happy to receive this bonus. here may details for the transfer. Your full name______Davide XXXX Your address_______Via dei XXX Your country_______Italy Your age___________59 Your occupation______Director Sales at XXX Your Phone number_______+3934877XXXXX Regards,
DEAR Davide XXXX, WELL, I RECEIVE YOUR EMAIL AND ITS CONTENT AND I HAVE MADE SOME INQUIRES ACCORDING TO THE INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN TO ME BY MY BOSS BEFORE HE WENT TO LONDON AND I WANT YOU TO DO ME A FAVOR NOW TOWARDS YOUR FUNDS IN A CERTIFIED BANK CHEQUE ($800,000.00 USD), DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE IT THROUGH BANK TO BANK WIRING TRANSFER OR DO YOU WANT IT THROUGH DELIVERY FROM COURIER COMPANY, I WANT YOU TO GET BACK TO ME TODAY CONCERNING THIS MATTER! AND IF YOUR CHOICE IS BANK TO BANK WIRING TRANSFER, PLEASE TRY TO FORWARD ME YOUR BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION BECAUSE THE BANK HERE NEEDS IT TO TRANSFER YOUR FUND INTO YOUR ACCOUNT THERE OK. BUT IF YOUR CHOICE IS THROUGH COURIER COMPANY, THEN I ALSO WANT YOU TO GET BACK TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, SO THAT I WILL MAKE THE REMAINING ARRANGEMENT WITH THE COURIER COMPANY HERE CONCERNING HOW TO DELIVERY YOUR CERTIFIED BANK CHEQUE OF $800, 000.00 USD TO YOU, BECAUSE YOUR ADDRESS IS ALREADY RECEIVED HERE OK. THANKS AND HAPPY TO HEAR BACK FROM YOU, YOURS SINCERELY, JOHN IZUALO, PHONE: +234-806-4228395.
Hello Mr Jhon, I would like to go through a courier company because I do not have currently my bank account available. What should I do? Thanks Best
Dear Davide XXXX, Well, I received your e-mail and its content but inquires I made today stated that delivering your cheque of USD$800,000.00 to you through courier company will only cost you $195.92 for its delivering through FedEx. and you are required to send the delivering fee of $195.92 through western union or money gram money transfer in the below receiver's name information ok. As soon as you send the fee then get back to me with the MTCN and your cheque of $800, 000.00 must be delivered to you without wasting any time OK. HERE IS THE RECEIVER'S NAME INFORMATION TO SEND THE REQUIRED FEE OF $195.92 THROUGH WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER OR MONEY GRAM: RECEIVER'S NAME: PETER NWAKOR CITY: LAGOS COUNTRY: NIGERIA COUNTRY CODE: +234. TEST QUESTION: IN GOD? ANSWER: WE TRUST Thanks, Mr. John Izualo. Phone: +234-806-4228395
Hi Thanks a lot. Tomorrow I will send the money. When I will receive the money? Do you need more informations to send the money? Thanks a lot thanks Best
Everything was working fine and I was so happy to receive my payment of 800K $.
But I made I mistake. I waited too much to make the payment via WU and my Nigerian friend became angry 🙁
He replied to me the following:
Am here to inform you that i have tried my best to make sure you receive your cheque, but i cansee that you are not serious about it, failure to compiler with me by the fee today and tomorrow, i will return the cheque to my boss first thing on Monday morning.
The weekend started and I cannot reach out to him anymore. He doesn’t answer anymore. My Yacht has to wait…. maybe the next scam will be the right one!!