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    Can you spell SCAM?

    HI,

    this is a rather strange email I recieved today that I'm sure targets people who's light just don't shine the brightest.

    By the way, for what this person claims, you'd think heor she could afford and email address other than yahoo or DCpages!


    Here the email:
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    STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL

    ENG. FELIX AKPAN
    TEL: 234 1 759 8183
    FAX: 234 1 759 5963

    Dear sir,

    It is my great pleasure to write this letter to you. firstly I must solicit your strictest confidence in this subject. This is by virtue of it's being utterly confidential and top secret. A member of the NIGERIA EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL (N.E.P.C.) who was part of the Federal Government Delegation to your country during a Trade Exhibition gave your particulars to me. I have decided to seek a confidential operation with you in the execution of the deal described hereunder for the benefit of all parties and I hope that you keep it top secret because of the nature of the business.

    Within the Department of MINES AND POWER where I now work as a Director of Engineering and Projects and with the co-operation of four other very top government officials, including the erstwhile chair of the Contract Review Panel, we have under our control as overdue contract payment bills totaling Thirty-Eight Million Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$38,600,000.00), which we want to transfer to a foreign account, with the assistance and cooperation of a foreign company to receive the said funds on our behalf or a reliable foreign individual account to receive the funds.

    The source of the fund is as follows: During the last military Government of GENERAL SANNI ABACHA here in Nigeria, the government set up the PETROLEUM TRUST FUND to handle the Billions of Dollars of oil Revenue Accruing to Nigeria, this was to give the government some credibility. Unfortunately, top government officials set up companies and awarded themselves contracts from the Petroleum Trust Funds which were grossly over invoiced. The present civilian government is not aware of the atrocities committed by their predecessors and as a result we have many such over invoiced contract payment pending and floating at the Central Bank of Nigeria. I as the former director
    of Bulk PURCHASE at the petroleum trust fund before it was handled over to the civilian government, I am aware of these funds and I have put together, with the cooperation of my colleagues the sum of Thirty-Eight Million, Six Hundred United States Dollars(US$38,600,000.00) contract payment. However, by virtue of our position as civil servants, we cannot acquire this money in our name. I was therefore delegated as a matter of urgency by my colleagues to look for an oversea partner into whose account we would transfer the funds hence we are writing you this letter.

    The present civilian Government is determined to pay foreign contractors all the debts owed so as to maintain an amicable relationship with both the foreign Government and the Non Government Financial Agencies. We have decided to include our bills for approval with the cooperation of some officials of the ACCOUNTANT GENERAL OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA. We seek your assistance in providing us with a good company account or personal account into which we can remit this money, you will be acting as an ORGINAL CONTRACTOR in this deal, the funds will be paid to you. This we can do by SWAPPING of account information and changing of the beneficiary information to apply for payment, and prepare letters of claim and job description on
    your behalf. This process would be an internal arrangement with the
    departments concerned and we will handle this here, your duty is to act as the contractor and have the contract sum paid to you.

    I have the authority of my partners involved to propose that should you be willing to assist us in this transaction, your share as compensation will be US$9,650,000.(25%), US$27,020,000.00(70%) for us and US$1,930,000.00 (5%) for taxation and miscellaneous expenses. We will like to invest our share in any profitable venture in your country and we will greatly appreciate your assistance in this direction as we cannot bring money into Nigeria.

    The business itself is 100% safe and fail proof, provided you treat it with utmost secrecy and confidentiality, your line of specialization does not matter as it cannot hinder the successful execution of this transaction. I have reposed my confidence in you and I hope you will not disappoint me. Mail or call me on 234 1 759 8183, and send me fax on 234 1 759 5963 to indicate your willingness to assist us. I will bring the complete picture of the transaction to your knowledge when I have heard from you.


    Thanks for your cooperation,

    kindest regards
    ENG. Felix Akpan

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    I hope you reported it to www.spamcop.net We must try as best we can to repel the barbaric hoards from the net

    Perhaps you could also forward the email to the Anglo-Dutch Shell company. They are the complacent sponsors of the graft, corruption and government sanctioned murder in that country.

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    Who does he think he's trying to kid?!
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    for($i=1; $i<2; $i){
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    Ive seen some stupid scam mail of late but that one takes the cake!!
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    mad-onion that code is erroneous. Your for loop condition never evaluates to true

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    ooops!!
    I am doing to many thing at once, typed that post to ffast!
    you know the feeling sid, surely
    fixed now anyway!
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    This one has been knocking around in th the UK for a good few years now.

    UK companies did quite a lot of business with Nigeria until they closed their borders, so a lot of people knew there was a lot of money in Nigera just stuck with no way out. So this scam caught a few greedy people at first, but was then widley reported in our media.

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    Really common scam - amazing how many people (& businesses) fall for it. For more details, check out:

    http://www.scambusters.org/NigerianFee.html

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    Originally posted by mad-onion
    ooops!!
    I am doing to many thing at once, typed that post to ffast!
    you know the feeling sid, surely
    fixed now anyway!
    Now it is an infinite loop

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    I get about three so them a week. Before email really took of they were faxing them to businesses.

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    Originally posted by freakysid


    Now it is an infinite loop
    Yes! My goal in life is to create infinite loops to cause havoc for system admins everywhere!!!
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    Originally posted by Nicky
    I get about three so them a week. Before email really took of they were faxing them to businesses.
    Junk mail you mean? Hmm...

    I guess email was a junk mailer's dream come true.
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    Originally posted by Nicky
    I get about three so them a week. Before email really took of they were faxing them to businesses.
    It's funny how these faxes are automated. Every week we get some fax here with "Find the coordinates of the 500 richest companies in (insert the name of my little town) !".
    I'm wondering how with only 1500 inhabitants the town can have 500 companies, and there'd be the richest 500 of the town.
    Also, since the association is about the preservation of our culture and language, some language schools randomly send us ads for "Learn a foreign language in 3 months at (insert random language school in Paris) !"...

    Fax spam is just boring, to think we've got our ink wasted by 80% by spam is just worrying for our budget.
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    We are having a rush on scam faxes at the moment, the best of which is a single page;

    "Are you fed up with blanket fax advertising

    Yes!!

    Then fill in your details and you will be registered on our database as a company that wishes not to recieve this type of advertising"


    It then askes you to fax it back on a number that charges 1.50/min

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    One website at a time mmj's Avatar
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    Sounds humorous to me.
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    will code HTML for food Michel V's Avatar
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    Originally posted by sowen
    It then askes you to fax it back on a number that charges 1.50/min
    Wow, now that's pricey ! Here the maximum per minute is the equivalent of 90 US cents. It's for stockmarket stuff, so the money-making people don't really care with the price
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    In the US, if you call and tell a company to not send faxes to you, and they still do, you can sue them in small claims court for $500.

    I get about 1 junk fax per day and always call 'em and keep a log when I'm bored. Just waiting for my payday

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    Originally posted by mmj


    Junk mail you mean? Hmm...

    I guess email was a junk mailer's dream come true.
    Nooooo, I get more than three junk emails a week, I meant that particular one, the one where they ask to use your bank aco**** to transfer money!

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    One website at a time mmj's Avatar
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    Oops, I meant "junk mail faxes you mean?"

    Nicky watch your language!
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    wow, how sad that many beginners on the net might fall for this as well, even some adults might fall for it and not know the dangers of these scams

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    You'd think the SitePoint checker would be clever enough to know when I make a typing mistake eh? It should recognise me a mile away now I am the worst typist here!

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    One website at a time mmj's Avatar
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    It just so happens that many of your typing mistakes turn bad

    [sorry for that spam-like interjection]
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    Originally posted by freakysid
    mad-onion that code is erroneous. Your for loop condition never evaluates to true
    yeah, he has a whole lotta rolling and laughing to do to make up for that code... hehe
    see you when infinity runs out onion, hehe...

    heres one for ya, put this in your server and execute it!

    Code:
    #!/usr/bin/perl
    print "Content-type: text/html\n\n";
    $i = 1;
    for($i=1; $i<2; $i){
    print "$i";
    }
    can you count to 8797654398759834758943?
    wanna find out if your server can? lol...
    warning: dont do what I have just instructed you to do.
    disclaimer: I hold no responsibility or liability for the result if you should use the above code. You accept to this by taking another breath.
    hehe
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    This one is also making the rounds via snail mail. I got one identical to message above post marked from NY. I reported it to the US Postal Service and they said that they had had so many complaints about this or very similar letters that there was no need for me to send my copy to them. Apparently, this is a very very common occurrence that has been going on for years.


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