IN DEPTH ANALYSIS OF
A TYPICAL NIGERIAN SCAM LETTER
The following is a typical example of a Nigerian Scam letter: Except for the names, the text has been copied and pasted exactly as received.
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 02:41:27 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: TREAT AS URGENT CONFIDENTIAL
ATTN: JOHN SMITH
I am DR CHARLES PIEDO, the director in charge of auditing and accounting section of international bank of Africa Lome-Togo in west Africa 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 of the transaction.
During our investigation and audting in this bank, my department came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person who died on November 1997 in a plane crash and the fund has been dormant in his account with this bank without any claim of the fund in our custody either from his family or relation before our discovery to this development.
Although personally, I kept this information secret within myself and partner to enable the whole plans and idea be pofitable and successful during the time of execution. The said amount was USD$14m (fourtheen million united states dorllars). As it may intrest you to know, I got your impressive information through my good friend who works with chamber of commerce on foriegn business relations here in Lome-Togo. It is him who recommended your person to me to be viable and capable to champion a business of such magnitude without any problem. Meanwhile all the whole arrangement to put claim over this fund as the bonafide next of kin to the deceased, get the required approval and transfer this money to a foriegn account has been put in place and directives and needed information will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your intrest and willingness to assist us and also benefit your self to this great business opportunity.
I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% risk free. On
smoth conclusion of this transaction, you will be entitiled to 30% of the
total sum as gratification, while 10% will be set aside to take care of
expenses that may arise during the time of transfer and also telephone
bills, while 60% will be for me and my partners. Please,you have been
adviced to keep top secret as we are still in service and intend to retire
from service after we conclude this deal with you. I will be monitoring
the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm the money in your
account. And ask us to come down to your country for subsequent sharing of
the fund according to percentages previously indicated and further
investment, either in your country or any country you advice us to invest
in.All other necessary information will be sent to you when I hear from
you.I suggest you get back to me as soon as possible stating your wish in