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The Cons of November

In the month of November alone, I received 26 solicitations from con-men seeking an 'extremely urgent' form of 'business partnership.' The nature of the partnership is that I would provide my bank account information to complete strangers who would then wire me millions of dollars from which I would get a percentage.

You would think that this was an incredibly obvious scam. Just like I don't need gaydar to see that Liza Minelli married a homosexual, I need not have a Harvard PhD to see the amazing implausibility of this arrangement. But apparently it's not obvious to everyone. The fact that they keep trying means it occasionally works, and that's as amazing as it is troubling.

The Feds call it the '419' in reference to the Nigerian legal code it falls under. I didn't realize Nigeria had a legal code, so kudos to Nigeria - one step closer to civilization.

Not only is the 419 going strong, but more countries are getting in on the action, so it's become a criminal franchise of sorts. Like an evil McDonalds. Or a more evil McDonalds, depending on how you feel about McDonalds.

After I tallied it all up, in the month of November alone I was offered a piece of over $601.6 Million Dollars of money that would have been considered ill-begotten or shady, if it actually existed. Not bad for a day's not work.

Total of all fake deals offered me: Over $601.6 million (some did not disclose total cash amounts).
Most lucrative fake deal: $126 Million
Most piddling fake deal: $4.4 Million
Least descriptive fake deal: 'some funds'
Favorite deal add-on: '10% of all kick-backs'

Favorite scammer fake name: Bello Bello
Least believable scammer name: Prince Douglas
Favorite African Dictator name-drop: Charles Taylor

Country where most scams originated: Nigeria
Most surprising new scammer locale: Dublin, Ireland

Most get-to-the-point message subject: 'SACK. REPLY!'
Most pathetic message subject: 'Please Help Us'

November's 419 Contenders:

Name: Ofori Johnson
Subject: Urgent Need
Origin: Monrovia, Liberia
Job: Aide to ex-President Charles Taylor
Amount: 'some funds'
Outro: 'Sincerely yours'

Name: James Kola
Subject: GOOD DAY, HELP
Origin: Lagos, Nigeria
Job: Bank Manager
Amount: $15 Million
Outro: 'Regards'

Name: Kenneth Philip
Subject: HELLO
Origin: Dublin, Ireland
Job: unstated
Amount: $13.45 Million
Outro: 'Regards'

Name: Richard Cole
Subject: INVESTMENT
Origin: Mauritus
Job: Chairman of Contract Award and Monitoring Committee of the Ministry of Industry and International Trade Development
Amount: $21.8 Million
Outro: 'Best regards'

Name: Abimbola Moralayo
Subject: Business Proposal
Origin: Nigeria
Job: Lawyer
Amount: $41.5 Million
Outro: 'Thanks and regards'

Name: Dr. Sue Benard
Subject: Strictly Confidential
Origin: Johannesburg, South Africa
Job: Chief Auditor, ABSA Bank
Amount: $126 Million
Outro: 'Best regards'

Name: John Nasar
Subject: YOUR ATTENTION IS HIGHLY NEEDED
Origin: Federal Republic of Togo
Job: Chairman, Contract-Awarding Committee
Amount: $26 Million
Outro: 'I am waiting for your reply.'

Name: Dr. Jude Awka
Subject: HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL
Origin: Nigeria
Job: Manager, Continental Trust Bank
Amount: $22.2 Million
Outro: 'Regards'

Name: Serena Jones
Subject: CHARITY SUPPORT
Origin: Ivory Coast
Job: Wife of 'Dr. Harry Jones'
Amount: $10 Million
Outro: 'Yours in Christ'

Name: Santos Joe
Subject: Please Help Us
Origin: Abidjan
Job: 'son of late Mr. & Mrs. Santos William'
Amount: $4.4 Million
Outro: 'Thanks and God bless you'

Name: Sisulu Lekota
Subject: PROJECT
Origin: Johannesburg, South Africa
Job: Manager, Operations Portfolio, Atlantic Finance
Amount: 21.85 Million English Sterling
Outro: 'Thanks and regards'

Name: Prince Douglas
Subject: ANTICIPATED CO-OPERATION
Origin: unstated
Job: Chairman, tender Board of the Independent National Electoral Commission
Amount: $50 Million
Outro: 'Thank you for your anticipated co-operation'

Name: Steve Movette
Subject: BUSINESS CONCERN
Origin: Zambia
Job: Board of Contract Award and Monitoring Committee of the Zambian Ministry of Mining and Resources.
Amount: $30.5 Million
Outro: 'Thank you and God bless as I await your urgent response'

Name: Philip Blah
Subject: GREETINGS'
Origin: Liberia
Job: 'son of Moses Blah', exiled Congo VP
Amount: $12.5 Million
Outro: 'Yours Faithfully'

Name: Prince James Jr.
Subject: THIS IS FOR YOU
Origin: Liberia
Job: Personal Assistant to Charles Taylor, exiled President
Amount: $15.6 Million
Outro: 'Thanks for your cooperation'

Name: Bello Bello
Subject: SACK. REPLY!
Origin: Lagos, Nigeria
Job: Federal Ministry of Health & Social Services
Amount: $27.5 Million
Outro: 'Sincerely'

Name: Larry Moore
Subject: LARRY MOORE
Origin: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Job: Merchant
Amount: undisclosed
Outro: 'God be with you'

Name: Mr. John Kelu
Subject: ASKING FOR YOUR HELP: mail
Origin: Benin Republic
Job: 'in hiding'
Amount: 'millions of US dollars'
Outro: 'Thanks while waiting for your immediate reply'

Name: Wang Qin
Subject: I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE
Origin: Hong Kong
Job: Credit Officer, Hang Seng Bank
Amount: $28 Million
Outro: 'Thanks and regards'

Name: Frank Ogbuagu
Subject: Request for a professional business relationship
Origin: Lagos, Nigeria
Job: Director of Project, Chairman, Contract Reviewing and Recommendation Committee
Amount: $45 Million
Outro: 'Yours faithfully'

Name: Luis De Cosa
Subject: Beneficiary
Origin: Angola
Job: Solicitor At Law
Amount: $5.5 Million
Outro: 'Best regards'

Name: Luther Bulawa
Subject: Business assistance
Origin: Zimbabwe
Job: 'son of Steve Bulawa Zhiri', murdered farmer
Amount: $12.5 Million
Outro: 'Sincerely'

Name: Engineer Paul Bello
Subject: Urgent Business Need.
Origin: undisclosed
Job: Project Manager, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing
Amount: 10% of all 'kick-backs'
Outro: 'Best regards'

Name: Joshua Dagoyaro
Subject: RE: please, you have to respond immediately
Origin: Nigeria
Job: undisclosed
Amount: $18.5 Million
Outro: 'Best regards'

Name: Mishak Wylie
Subject: REGARDS
Origin: Lagos, Nigeria
Job: Solicitor
Amount: $15 Million
Outro: 'Yours sincerely'

Name: Chief Blessed Itego
Subject: urgent attention
Origin: Nigeria
Job: Nigerian Chamber of Commerce
Amount: $24 Million
Outro: 'Yours Faithfully'


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isn't it McDonald's?

I just call it Mickey D's.

Yep, it's McDonalds. Shame on me!

Damn, my Kenneth Philip cover is blown.

This Mishak Wylie tried to get in business with me with the amount of 26,5 m US Dollars.
Cheers,
Bernd.

Mishak Wylie stoled 1800 usd by making us believe we were going to get 30% of 26.5 million USD. We fell for it for awhile but not anymore.

I got one too:
Robert Clarkson a solictor at law.
14.7 million dollars if I consent that I am next of kin to a relative who died in Nigeria in a car accident.
Outro was Best Regards and confidential e-mail address to reply to was robertclarkson@bareed.com. Email, however, was from robertclarkson@plasa.com.
Hmm, anyone ever reply to one of these?

I've been getting those scam mails from robert clarkson also, telling you that you can claim someones estate after they died when you have no relation to them whatsoever, and that he'll split the estate with you 50/50, and it's always over 1 million dollars. lol. AND the catch being he wants you to send him your bank account information. What a creep...

the address he used with me was
Clarkson Robert
why would an attorney in Nigeria have an email address from Iran? what a moron.

lol, sorry, stupid html Clarkson Robert clarkson_r007@irangate.net

Well hells bells!!!!! I didnt know I had a dead relative in Nigeria!! Rich too! Thanks to the folks out there whom took the time to get the word out. Not only was it just too damn good to be true, whoever wrote the email can't spell. If whoever is running this scam sees this just know that I have a candle burning with your name on it and its all about sending you lot's of love and goodness!!! Yeah right! You scumbag(s)

i got one with the email addy clarksonrobert1@yahoo.co.uk
by the way, has anyone ever sent this guy a link to this site

They're criminals, theres no reason to tell them about the site.

I'm going to e-mail his letter to an attonery general...lol

I'm going to e-mail his letter to an attonery general...lol

yep, I got one from robert clarkson too... the funniest part was that he spelled his own name wrong at the very end... "Best regards,
Robart clarkson" what a sham! he used this address with me barrister_clarkson_200@yahoo.co.uk but had sent me the letter from r_c_ng@telkom.net

crazy guy!

I am so grateful for wisdom, the internet and for others who share their stories. I got one to and this dude even sent me an id and passport information...this is funny...

I received an e-mail from him too. I have turned it over to the FBI. He was even dumb enough to give me a physical address in Nigeria.

really funny - mr. larry moore is still alive. meantime I got mails from 'his friend' gilbert farade in uk. and after 2 mails I got information that I should pay 1200,-- pounds for fees of notarisation. I told him to reduce my commission (which should be 200.000,-- euro) with this amount as I do not pay anything and if that's not possible I resign. His answer was only: 'ok'. Did anyone have same experience with Sir Larry O. Moore or Mr. Gilbert Farade? The mail addresses are: larrymoore@3xl.net and gfarade@yahoo.co.uk.
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doris

Gezzz 14.7 Million This Guy Is Goofy

I Got One Also

HI! Thank God I read this!!! Now I feel stupid! I have been emailing back and forth with Larry Moore for some time. He supposedly had cancer. My grandmother just passed from cancer, so I felt bad for him. My dad owns a charity. He said he wanted to leave me his 24 mil to give to multiple charities. I've saved his emails. I really wanted to be able to help him. I returned from out of town to find emails saying that I would hear from someone shortly in regards to being a beneficiary. I tried to respond, asking him to leave it straight to one particular charity, and didn't ever get a response. Now I'm being contacted by some guy telling me to call Amsterdam. How can I report this. Sorry, I'm only 24, and I don't know much about these kinds of things.

Anyone ever seen this from Robert Clarkson in Nigeria? rrclarkson200@yahoo.it

Thank you for your email and interest in this pending transaction.Here is full details of how this transaction will be achieved.

Firstly, i will like to clearly make you understand that, legally, you have nothing to worry about as far as this inheritance claim is concerned. As a lawyer with thirty years experience, i make bold to say with full authority, that this business is 100% legal and safe.

I was the deceased attorney, this legally means that i am mandated to carry out any business dealings on his behalf, as if he was present, i was his attorney for several years until his death.I was his closest confidant.

I just been having a fun time with this jerk Robert Clarkson. He really think people is crazy.

You know this guy actually sent me pictures of his Passport, his attorney degree, and his bar exam all dating from around 1973. I told him I wanted proof of who he was...the scary thing was he asked me for a photo of myself so we knew who we were doing business with. What a jack ass...I am glad that I did some reading on this letter because it did sound convincing and I feel kinda stupid for actually getting a little excited about it but all is well in the long run and anyone interested in his picture and stuff for laughs email me...

yes i got one of these clarkson messages the same as one of the above people about 14.7 million dollars i emailed him with little the he emails back with a big message and a way to be contacted why i knew some thing was up but i just wanted to see so i did the google thing and here i am telling you about the same saga it is crazy but i guess ther are people who do get sucked in to this sort of thing.
thanks for the heads up.


i have just been reading the letters on this site and oh what an asshole i was nearly sucked in too thanks for the info.
P. Hopper.

I just found out my relative in Nigeria was killed in a car accident also and they also have $14.7 MILLION waiting to be claimed by the next of kin. WHAT are the odds that my relative is represented by a Robert Clarkson.

Maybe a group of ERRORS (I know) should get together and go to Nigeria....Just kidding

Dear Sandoval,

I am Robert Clarkson a solicitor at law. I am the Personal
Attorney to Mr. Mark A.Sandoval, a National of your
Country, who has lived in Nigeria for the past fifty
years, and whom here in after shall be referred to as my
client. In April 1999, my client, was involved in a fatal
car accident. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately
lost their lives, my client was one of them.

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating most
especially,the money left behind by my client before they
get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank
where this huge deposits were lodged.Particularly, the
Standard Investment Trust Bank where the deceased had an
account valued at about 14.7 million dollars has issued me
a notice to provide the Next of kin, or have the account
confiscated.

I seek your consent to present you as the Next of kin of
the deceased since you have the same last name so that the
proceeds of this account valued at 14.7 million dollars
can be paid to you, as my clients Next of Kin, and then we
can share the amount on a mutual agreed percentage.All
legal documents to back up your claim as the deceased Next
of Kin, will be provided.

All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see
this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed
under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from
any breach of the law.

Please send me your direct telephone number for easy
communication.
Dear Mauricio Sandoval,

Thank you for your email and interest in this pending
transaction.Here is full details of how this transaction will be
achieved.

Firstly, i will like to clearly make you understand
that,legally, you have nothing to worry about as far as this
inheritance claim is concerned. As a lawyer with thirty years
experience, i make bold to say with full authority, that this
business is 100% legal and safe.

I was the deceased attorney, this legally means that i am
mandated to carry out any business dealings on his behalf, as if
he was present, i was his attorney for several years until his
death.I was his closest confidant.

As explained above, the deceased had no next of kin to inherit
the mentioned amount and his entire estate, been the deceased
attorney, i am the only person who can confirm to the bank the
claim of any next of kin and also advice the bank to effect
payment to such a beneficiary.And the reason that you were
contacted is because you bear the same surname as the deceased
and that the deceased migrated from your country down to
Nigeria.I want you to put in a claim as the next of kin to the
deceased, when i authorize the payment to you and the money gets
into your account, you will take 50% while i take 50%. if you
agree with this, then this is how we are going to progress with
the business-:

(a). I will provide you with the recent bank statement of the
deceased and his death certificate.

(b). You will be required to engage the services of a lawyer,
who will professional act on your behalf as your attorney, such
a lawyer to hired must be duly registered in Nigeria and
practices in Nigeria. The attorney will process all the required
legal back up documents from the high court of Nigeria and
forward same to the bank with the banks application form for
inheritance claims on your behalf.

(c). When the bank receives your claims application, they will
immediately draw my attention to it, notifying me that some one
has put in a claim as the next of kin to the deceased. I will be
asked by the bank to verify the genuineness of the said claim
and recommend to them, what action they should take as regards
payment.

(d). The bank on the receipt of my confirmation, will now get in
touch with you through your attorney asking that you present
them with your banking coordinates, so that they can transfer
the money into your nominated account.

(e). When the bank receives your banking information, they will
release the money into your nominated account.The above is a
very concise explanation of the entire process of this business
transaction. This mentioned process will only take ten banking
days to complete from the day that your attorney submits the
papers to the bank.Now, i will only do this business with you on
the condition that you will promise to be absolutely honest with
me and that you will respect the confidentiality of this
business transaction and keep it as such.

Again we will have to familiarize ourselves, by providing a
picture identity of ourselves, so that we can both know whom we
are dealing with business wise.Find as attach to this mail a
copy of my international passport for your perusal. Find as
attach to mail a copy of international passport for your
perusal.

I await your urgent response and i want you to call me as soon
as you receive this mail.

God bless you and have a nice day.

Best Regards,
Robert Clarkson
Tel: 011-234 802 416 8195

Dear Mauricio Sandoval,

Thank you for your mail.l appreciate your continued interest in
this transaction. now,l cannot doubt your capability to execute
this deal.I want you to send a copy of your driver's licences or
id card so that i can know whom am dealing with in business
wise.

In order to advance,l have made enquiries as to the best probate
attorney whose services you will engage for this transaction.
however,please do not contradict issues as the probate lawyer
should not know about my involvement.

You will find out from any of the attorney you choose to engage
their services,exactly what it will cost.

Find below list of probate expert:

BARRISTER EGO FELIX & ASSOCIATES:
egofelix@lawyer.com

BARRISTER SEGUN WILLIAMS OF NOTARY PUBLIC:
barr_segunwilliams@yahoo.com

=================================================
Dear Sir:

I recently learned of the death of Mark Andreoni Sandoval, who
died in a fatal auto accident with all his immediate family.

Please tell me what the cost would be to handle my application
concerning the estate and cash deposit of 14.7 million USD, with
the Standard Investment Trsut Bank as the next of kin.

Sincerely,

===================================

Please treat as urgent and respond immediately.

I await your urgent response and God bless you.

Regards,
Robert Clarkson.

NOTE:PLEASE SEND ALL CORRESPONDENCE TO
robertclarkson2@ureach.com

This is what you should write.
Dear Sir:
My name is Mauricio Sandoval Jr. I recently learned of the death of Mark Andreoni Sandoval who lived in Nigeria, died in a fatal auto accident with all his immediate family, he lived in Nigeria


Please tell me what the cost would be to handle my application
concerning the estate and cash deposit of USD, with
the Standard Investment Trust Bank as the next of kin.

Sincerely,

I received a email from Robert Clarkson the other day and he promised to split 14.7 milliion USD with me if I agreed to pose as the next of kin for one of his deceased clients. This guy is a real piece of work and asshole to boot!

Dear Forward,

I am Robert Clarkson a solicitor at law. I am the Personal Attorney to
Mr.
Mark A.Forward, a National of your Country, who has lived in Nigeria
for the
past fifty years, and whom here in after shall be referred to as my
client.
In April 1999, my client, was involved in a fatal car accident. All
occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives, my client was
one
of them.

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating most especially,the
money
left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared
unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were
lodged.Particularly,
the Standard Investment Trust Bank where the deceased had an account
valued
at about 14.7 million dollars has issued me a notice to provide the
Next of
kin, or have the account confiscated.

I seek your consent to present you as the Next of kin of the deceased
since
you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued
at
14.7 million dollars can be paid to you, as my clients Next of Kin, and
then
we can share the amount on a mutual agreed percentage.All legal
documents to
back up your claim as the deceased Next of Kin, will be provided.

All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Please send me your direct telephone number for easy communication.

NOTE:PLEASE SEND ALL CORRESPONDENCE TO robertclarkson4@ureach.com

Best Regards,
Robert Clarkson.

Latest scam Sept 21, 2005

nice work

Wow! That Robert Clarkson is a funny guy! Isn't it funny how all of out deceased relatives died in April? Mine died in April 2003. Hmmmm... I feel so stupid for actually having believed him. I was sent another email along those lines from a JAMES AKATU so look out for him too!

Ok, since you all seem like pros at this by now, I got a guy on my case as we speak. His name is Barrister Evans Obinna,Nigeria, a "solicitor at law" for his former client, Mark Johnson with three kids who died in a car crash on April 21, 2002. And yeah, he wants to present me as the next of kin. I don't get it! This guy got my e-mail address, my name, my phone numbers. Is there really any end in sight, and if there is, what kind of scam does this turn out to be? What is this idiot trying to steal my identity or some crap like that? Please, somebody reply soon!

My name really is Robert Clarkson. This scam artist is really causing me a lot of trouble, first with my local police (Baltimore, Maryland), then with the FBI. Do NOT under any cirsumstances fall for this scam. It comes in a variety of ways, but ultimately asks you for money so that you can receive money. THERE IS NO SUCH THING. You NEVER have to send a lawyer money so that you can get money. They take their "cut" AFTER things are finalized, NEVER up front. Tell everyone you know not to ever send money if asked by an email to do so. You have been warned.

watch out for Barrister Paul Duncan
BARRISTER PAUL DUNCAN
Ayuba Chambers.
Attorneys & solicitors at Law.
23/24 Kufi Abayomi street,
Victorial Island. Lagos.
Tel:234-1-723-2880.{24HRS}

DEAR SIR/MADAM,

I am BARRISTER PAUL DUNCAN, a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney to Mr.PAUL . a forigner, who used to work with Shell Development Company in Nigeria. Here in after shall be referred to as my client. On the 21st of April 2002, my client, his wife and their only son were involved in a car accident along sagbama express road.
All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there lives.Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name over the Internet to locate any member of his family or any one with a similar name , hence I contacted you.

I have contacted you to assist in repartrating the assets and Capital valued at US$15.5million left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Security Finance Firm where this huge deposits were lodged.
The said Security & Finance Company has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confisicated within the next fourteen{14} official working days. Since I have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over 2 years now, I SEEK
YOUR CONSENT TO PRESENT YOU AS THE NEXT OF KIN { BENEFICIARY} TO MY LATE CLIENT SINCE YOU HAVE THE SAME LAST NAMES,so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you.

All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

You will have for your self a total of 40% of the total sum.10% is mapped out to cover all expenses that may be incured during the process of transaction while the balance of 50% will be mine. You are therefore required to send the following details immediately to enable me start the processing of the release of the fund in your name.

1.Your complete mailing address.
2.Your contact{private} phone and fax numbers.
The above stipulated phone number of mine is available 24hrs to receive your call for further breifings.

I waiting to hear from you soon.
Best regards,
BARRISTER PAUL DUNCAN

I received the same letter from robertclarkson009@yahoo.com Subject: Hello Smythe

It had scam written all over it.

I would like to know if anyone knows a Peace Olowogboyega or any information on this guy because he gave me an email saying I inherited money from a relative in Nigeria that died in the Ikeja Bomb Blast Disaster. He gave me the relative's bank information and everything.

[ Hint: RUN. -B. ]

Ha Ha! i had the robert clarkson emails too! they were very believeable and even my law teachers we conviced! this guy is some jerk! what was he looking for anyway? i oly have like £10 in my bank so he wasnt getting much! FREEK!

My husband and I received one from a John Pedro involving a supposed plane crash and couldn't find next of kin, blah, blah, blah. I've been doing some serious research on this, and have found that this has to be one of those "Get Rich Quick Schemes", Nigerian Style!!! All I can say is this whole thing has been scripted from the start. Someone really needs to stop these people before someone is seriously hurt.

[ Er... people have already been murdered trying to reclaim their money. -B. ]

Jerry Williams from Nigeria Lagos ask me to help him to pick some parcel that was his Inherity Money and will pay me %30 present of the money
millions
he make me belive that an honest friend gave him my personal name because I was very honest.

finally from $1,100 dollars, when he knew I did not have money to spare The lawyer accepted a tranfer of title fees for $250.00 dollar, them I posted the money at Western Union to his brother name
Cornelius Njoku, but I posted late at 7 pm. Later on I look at the internet for his name and I realized Was an scam that Jerry Willians was a radio talk show and Felix Barrister was a Lawyer that passed away. Any way called Western union and cancelled the transfer save it my little money. BOy I am glad! this guys keep mentioning GOD and sending me blessing for helping them.
They use Manipulation and this Street
56 Ali Balogun St.
Nigeria Lagos
telephone are situated in the middle of a Market place / now they have my phone home and cell too. what a mess!!

I feel like such an idoit. I just recvied an email last week about this. I fell for it too but something seemed off when they asked for money up front. So I decide to do some googling and what do you know. It's the same thing only a differnt name. Damn it I gave them my account info. Anybody have any idea what I now? I knew 14.7 million was to good to be true.

Have anyone heard anyuthing about an email scam by a guy named Valdis Lodzins, Kristina Murane or Inga Molite from a company called Star Travel....If anyone have any information pass it along please?

I am trying to figure out if the Star Travel thing is legitimate also...I have been in contact with both a "Valdis Lodzins" and a "Kristina Murane". After I received the initial info, I did fax the "prelim agreement"...it only asks for your name and address (people can find that out anywhere so I figured that was pretty safe to give that information). However, now I have written 3 times to "Valdis" asking for more company information and 3 references. I have not received any type of reply whatsoever. It has been 2 weeks since I sent the first request. Yesterday, I sent the 3rd. Let me know if you have any other info. I'm trying to figure out if this is a scam and a waste of my time....Thanks.

This scam is still going with this Robert Clarkson. Just got it today, June 8, 2006!! This time his email is robclarkson08@yahoo.com

Just wondering if anyone got any news about the potential scam with Star Travel LTD and Valdis Lodzins. I received an email back on May 16, 2006 with a prelim contract and I'm kinda sceptical about sending anything back until I hear more positive things about this. Anyone?

Yea Mr. Clarkson is stil hard at work. He's currently using rrclarkson002@yahoo.com . I was suspicious from the start and do to the fact that I am a cheap bastard I did my homework before giving him a dime. Thank god for google. He sent me an email with his supposed passport. It looks authentic. Shoot me an email if any of you want to see it.

I just got this one today, i knew it seemed a bit fishy. Decided i'd google for info and i found this page. These lads are scum!


Dear Sir/Madam

I am Barrister William Howard, the Personal Attorney to Engr. Kishore Bhavesh, a national of your country ,who was an oilconsultant/contractor with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC).

On the 26th of December 2004, my client,his wife and their only son were involved in a Motor Accident within Patani Road Warri Portharcut,unfortunately they all lost their lives in the event of the Accident, since then I have made several enquiries to your Embassy to locate any of my client's extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful, after these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet to locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence I contacted you.

I contacted you to assist in repartrating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged. Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at about $15 million U.S dollars(Fifteen million US dollars).

Conseqently, the bank issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days, since I have been unsuccesfull in locating the the relatives for over 2 years now.I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you are from the same country so that the proceeds of this account valued at $ 15 million U.S dollars can be paid to you and then you and me can share the money, 50% to me and 45% to you,while 5% should be for expenses or tax as your government may require. I have allnecessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make.

All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through.I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Please get in touch with me by email to enable us discuss further.

Yours Faithfully.

Barrister William Howard
115,Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja.
Lagos - Nigeria.
Phone:234-80- 51777787

You know, I never get any of these scam proposals, and to be honest I'm a little disappointed.

I received an email from a Barrister William Howard asking me to claim that I am next of kin to some oil tycoon in Nigeria. He hasn't asked for bank info but, he did ask for a copy of my drivers liscense, NOT!!!

They got me also but no money from me.These grave diggers are still trieing to get my money as we speak.But there under a new name.His evil name is John Nwosu a solicator at law from Lagos Nigeria.He claims a man by the name of Daniel A. Hatchett died in a auto accident on April,1999 along with his entire family and he needs me to step up to the plate as the next of kin to receive $14.7millions.For me to contact Barrister Ego Felix&Associates to see how much would they charge me for there services to get the probate court to get the bank to release the big $14.7million dollars into my account.Mr.John Nwosu thought he was so smart that he gave me his bio and also sent me a death certificate of supposedly my late uncle Daniel A. Hatchett and his account no# and his bin no# for the bank.I talked with him several times over the phone and his other resource which was Barrister Ego Felix&Associates.Whom which told me in order to get the process going I need to wire $2,500 dollars to western union.When I told him it was saturday night and I didn't have it.I knew then because I hadn't heard from them.So I wanted to mess with them back.So I made up a story saying"My cousin was an international lawyer who is willing to come to Lagos,Nigeria to have the probate court have the bank to release the $14.7million dollars".And he didn't like that.So he said he sold his only car and came up with $1,300dollars could I get $1,200dollars and I said yes first thing monday morning and he really believes that I'm gonna send it.So now it's his/there time to feel stupid like all the rest of us.BEWARE OF LAGOS,NIGERIA named JOHN NWOSU to receive any money from someone who has died over there with your last name.

okay i feel pretty dumb as well. i have been corresponding with supposedly three differnt entities on the matter about a deceased realtives estate as well. part of me was pretty hopeful that it may be true, but for the most part... well you know. anyway i did end up sending the one guy a copy of my driver's license. it doesn't use the social security number anywhere on it. the only real info on it is my d.o.b. this isn't enough for anyone to commit identity theft against me is it? that's all i'm really worried about. it's funny though, the guy over there contacted me with the info i needed to contact the attorney etc, but told me not to say anything about his involvement. hello, first warning siren. what's funnier is that all the while i've been telling him that i am suspious he keeps trying to reassure me that all is well, of course, going as far as emailing me a copy of "his" passport. i have been doing research for days but until i came across this site i hadn't been able to find anything that particularly helped me out in any way other than the fact that i couldn't find much. so i want to thank yu for putting this site together. i don't know about the rest of you but i'm going to find out who to turn these people in to and hopefully FRY them. it's disgusting that people prey on one another. again, good thing that this site exists. if any one knows who the correct authorities to contact are please post on this site. it'd be much appreciated by more that just myself i'm sure.

received an e-mail from clarkson.robert@yahoo.br.com. First one was robert clarkson@yahoo.dk.com. Reeived the last one dec.24. The funds have grown from 14.7 million to 15.9 million and the funds have been secretly moved from Nigeria to a security in Madrid, Spain. I have been asked tofly there to sign docuements for the release of these funds. Be Careful....Robert clarkson is still alive and well. Jim

Con is still on the go. Recieved email 12th May 2008 from Segun Williams offering half the estate of Lagos bomb blast victim. Amount offered US$15.8 million

Guys!!! I really got to thanks every1 who put this site up cause now in 2008 i got the same messages saying i am next of kin to some person who died in a fatal car accident..

But the new name they are going through as a lawyer is Edwin Clark from BRAITHWAITE & PARTNERS.

PLS WATCH OUT FOR THIS GUY.

Can any1 tell me what is going to happen next cause i send only ma number.

What should be the next thing i do.....Pls tell me.........

From email: rcoulson@ubbi.com
The email address then changed to:
rcoulson1@yahoo.co.uk

FOR YOUR KIND ATTENTION,


We are a Corporate Financial Service Provider in Europe. We had a
customer who deposited some money with us and eventually died without
any reference to a next of kin.


In accordance with the EU Trust and Federal Laws, at the expiration of
6 (six) years, his investments with our Financial Trust shall revert
to ownership of the government of the country of the said investments
if nobody applies as the next of kin to claim the investments.


Since you share the same surname with my client. I want to present you
to stand in as the next of kin so that you and I can benefit from this
investment equally.


I guarantee that this will be executed under
legitimate arrangement that will protect us from any breach of the law.


If this proposal is acceptable to you, kindly indicate your telephone,
fax numbers and location where the money will be remitted.


I will instruct you on the next step to take.

With friendly greetings,

Richard Coulson

Thank you for your response to my mail. I am sure the following will explain in detail what I want you and me to do together as partners. Permit me to begin by formally introducing myself. I am Richard Coulson. I work as an Auditor with Alliance & Leicester Bank, Scotland,Kilmarnock Road , Glasgow.


The names and surname of my late client is Mr. Peter Jackson.

However, here are the full details of what this business is all about. In the course of our auditing we have discovered an account that has not been operational since 2004, after the initial deposit was made. After thorough investigation, we discovered that the owner of the account, late Peter Jackson died in a fatal car crash on November 12, 2005 in Valencia Spain while on holidays. All effort to locate any members of his family has proved abortive. It was in this circumstance that I have contacted you to partner with me for the transfer of these funds to your Bank for the mutual benefit of both parties.
I contacted you because you share the same surname with Peter. This is why I want to present you to stand in as the Next Of kin to late Mr.Peter Jackson. The total amount secured is £9,320,000.00 (Nine Million, Three Hundred and Twenty Thousand Pounds) and I am willing to share with you 50% each for both parties. Further to the above, please find below the procedures and details required for the realization of this transaction.

To ensure that everything is done legally, we shall employ the services of Alliance & Leicester Bank accredited Lawyer that would represent the interest of both parties. The lawyer shall depose an affidavit with the High Court for the change of beneficiary from late Peter to your name. This is to ensure legal transfer of all documents to your name as the Next OF kin new Benefactor to the deposited funds here at the Bank.
The Court Affidavit would give you the legal status to receive the funds in your Bank account for us without being questioned by your Bank and your country's financial authorities. Upon transfer of beneficiary to your name, the attorney shall apply to Alliance & Leicester Bank, Scotland for necessary approvals from the Board of Directors for the Fund Release Order and subsequent transfer of our funds to your Bank account for us. The attorney would also process the money clearance, from money laundering, Freud, drug money etc.
I would require your confirmation on the aforementioned procedure to enable me apply on your behalf for the Beneficiary's Claims Application Form for your completion. Copy of the Form will be sent to you by E-mail attachment for your completion. You will be required to complete the Form and Fax back to the Wire Department for their routine processing and subsequent approvals to authorize transfer of the funds to your Bank account for us. Feel free to seek further clarification and I will oblige you. Kindly send all future correspondences to this my UK email address. It is more confidential.
I wait your confirmation as I look forward to a fruitful business relationship with you. You can reach me any time on +447035910394.
Regards,Richard Coulson
57 Kilmarnock Road
Hickslands, G41 3NN
Glasgow

Geez, is someone still running these scams? I stopped getting these emails a year ago and thought it was all over now.

Oh well, I guess there are still some suckers left.

such mails are still in use. my boyfriend got one from a michael d. myers. it is about more than 13 million british pound!
I googled about that described accident in valencia on November 12th in 2005 with a funeral of a man named Josef Mezger. still it´s about to transfer the summ to another bank and still the 50/50 thing.

ANOTHER ONE!!!!!

De: Johnson Blair [mailto:johnsonblair82@yahoo.co.uk]
Enviado el: lunes, 11 de junio de 2012 13:29
Para:
Asunto: Attn; Ana Maria./ More Info..

Attn; Ana Maria.

Thanks for your response to my mail, it was well appreciated.
Let me formally introduce myself. I am a private and independent Auditor with Northern Rock Bank and other financial institutions.

In the course of our auditing, we have discovered an account that has not been operational since 2004. After thorough investigation, we discovered that the owner of the account, late Fran an Engineer, 48 years died in a natural disaster 2004 in Indonesia, see http://www.tsunami2004.net . All effort to locate any members of his family has proved abortive.

It was in this circumstance, that I have contacted you to partner with me for the transfer of these funds to your Bank for our mutual benefit, as a top official of the Northern Rock bank is also involved in this intended transaction. Note that since he works with the bank and I a private auditor, I was mandated to source for the credible partner to receive these funds on our behalf. And such partner must share same last name with the deceased, to enable us have a convincing claim on the funds, presenting the partner as a next of Kin.

According to laws of the land, all unattended deposit beyond seven years will be forfeited to the state, hence my contacting you, because the deceased after my research with the Death and Birth Registry, has not next of kin, neither did leave behind any "Last Will and Testament".

The total amount secured is £9,135,000.00 (Nine Million, One Hundred and Thirty Five Thousand British Pounds), and we are willing to share with you 70% for us, 30% for you.
Further to the above, please find below the procedures and details required for the realization of this transaction.

To ensure that everything is done legally, we shall employ the services of Northern Rock Bank U.K accredited Lawyer that would represent the interest of both parties.
The lawyer shall depose an affidavit with the High Court for the change of beneficiary from late Fran to your name. This is to ensure legal transfer of all documents to your name as the new benefactor and next of kin to the deposited funds with Northern Rock Bank U.K.

The Court Affidavit would give you the legal status to receive the funds in your account for us without being questioned by your Bank and your country's financial authorities.
Upon transfer of beneficiary to your name, the attorney shall apply to Northern Rock Bank U.K for necessary approvals from the Board of Directors for the Fund Release Order and subsequent transfer of the funds to your Bank account for us.

I would require your confirmation on the above aforementioned procedure to enable me apply on your behalf for the Beneficiary's Claims Application Form for your completion. Copy of the Form will be sent to you by E-mail attachment for your completion.

You will be required to complete the Form and either Fax or email back to the Wire Department for their routine processing and subsequent approvals to authorize transfer of the funds to your account for us.

Feel free to seek further clarification and I will oblige you.
I wait your confirmation as I look forward to a fruitful business relationship with you.

Regards,

Mr. Johnson Blair
Managing Partner/ Executive Auditor
Tel;+44-70317-40851

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