Money Moving spam?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by John Gates, Sep 4, 2002.

  1. John Gates

    John Gates Second Unit

    Jun 18, 2001
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    I've been getting lots of weird SPAM lately, and I'm wondering if anyone else here has been getting similar e-mails?
    The e-mails always involve some high-ranking foreign government official (sometimes Africa, sometimes Asia) pleading for my personal help to move large sums of money. For some reason, they need an unknown American to help them out of their plight. I've received no fewer than 10 of these e-mails, similarly written, and from different people/countries.
    What's this scam all about, anyway?
    Here's an example:
    I am chikwe zulu,former director of budgeting and
    planning for the revolutionary united front of
    Sierra-Leone, popularly known as the R.U.F rebel.
    under the leadership of Foday Sankou who is currently
    in detention in Sierra-Leon.
    As director of budget and planning, I was directly in
    charge of R.U.F. and Liberian government's program of
    arms- for- diamonds as well as other donation from
    interested groups within the West African subregions.
    With the United Nations sanction on the sale of
    Sierra-Leonean diamond, the arms-for-diamond deals
    were initiated. under this program, these diamonds are
    taken to Liberia whose government in turn, transport
    these diamonds through diplomatic means to South
    Africa where it is further sold in the European
    markets. It is through this process that I was able to
    accumulate the total sum of twenty five million United
    States dollars USD$25.M for myself which I now require
    your assistance to collect on my behalf.
    With the arrest and the subsequent detention of Foday
    Sankou, and the present disarmament and demobilization
    of all former combatants, I was able to leave
    Sierra-Leone and through a diplomatic source in
    Liberia sent this funds to a security firm in Europe.
    The funds were smuggled and deposited in this security
    company under the pretext that they are VALUABLE
    I am presently resident as a refugee in South Africa,
    seeking for political asylum with limited movement and
    association. If you can assist, I am willing to
    compensate you with a percentage of the money though
    this is subject to our negotiation. My attorney who
    facilitated my escape from Sierra-Leone, and who also
    was instrumental to the movement of the consignement
    to Europe is entitled to 10%. All expenses incurred in
    connection to this transaction will be fully settled.
    Looking forward to hearing from you and if possible
    seeing you.
    Yours Sincerely
    chikwe zulu
  2. Ryan Wright

    Ryan Wright Screenwriter

    Jul 30, 2000
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    It's a scam, of course. As for what is it all about, it's all about stealing your money. They'll ask you to send them money to show your interest, or worse, they'll have you fly out to meet them in Zimbabwe where they'll murder you and steal your belongings.
  3. Scott Dautel

    Scott Dautel Second Unit

    Oct 6, 1998
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    Yup ... I've been getting quite a few lately also. In one case I traced it back to a mailing list that somehow had my e-mail on it. I called the owner (a very nice woman in Florida) and alterted her that her small business e-mail list had been hacked. She was notably upset.
    Anyway ... your above scam is a variation on the notorious Nigerian e-mail Scam. I can't believe people actually fall for this crap, but as I always say ... "No one ever lost money by underestimating the collective American intellect"
    for more info on this Scam --> US Secret Service Website: Nigerian Scam
  4. John Gates

    John Gates Second Unit

    Jun 18, 2001
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    Thanks for the very informative link, Scott! This was obviously a scam, I was just curious about how they were ultimately going to get money from someone. Very interesting.

    I appreciate the very interesting info.

    John G
  5. Jay H

    Jay H Producer

    Mar 22, 1999
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    Pittsfield, MA
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    Odd, I get those all the time and strangely enough belong to a couple Yahoo groups and even more coincidentally, use my work email address and even more odd, I get them at work.. Adding 2 and 2 together (to get 4 [​IMG]) do you think these scammers permanently have my email address in a list or do they have to hack various mailing lists every time. i.e. if I were to unsubscribe to all my Yahoo groups, would I stop getting this mail while funny to read can get quite annoying sometimes...
    Jay, who wants to reply asking if you have US$15 million dollars, why don't you buy yourself a villa in the south of France and stop bothering me.

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