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Title: LIVE LONG AND PROSPER OTUMBA
Scammer Name: JOSEPH OTUMBA
Submitted By: Shiver Metimbers

 

I was feeling bored, and didn't want to get into weeks long email sessions with this scammer. I wanted his picture in a compromising position, and I wanted it fast!

A stunning display of stupidity ensues (on the scammer side I hasten to add!).

 

 

From: "joseph otumba" <josotumba@wp.pl>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2003 21:01:41 +0200
Subject: urgent

MR. JOSEPH OTUMBA.
FIRST BANK OF NIGERIA,
9TH FLOOR, IKOYI,
VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS.
TEL : 234-80-33202936


I am Mr. Joseph Otumba, Provincial Director first Bank of nigeria, victoria island Branch. I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On June 6, 2000, an American Oil consultant/contractor with the nigeria Mining Corporation, Mr. michael creek made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$20,200,000.00 (Twenty Million two hundred thousand Dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the nigeria Mining Corporation that Mr. michael creek died from an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.


I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. michael creek did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$20,200,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it. According to nigeria Law, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the nigeria Government if nobody applies to claim the fund. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you to stand in as the next of kin to Mr. michael creek so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials. This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address so that the Attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits which will put you in place as the next of kin.

We shall employ the service of two Attorneys for drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor for the transfer. A bank account in any part of the world which you will provide will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 70% for me and 30% for you. There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the Attorney and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please reply immediately via the private email address below.. Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction. Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable
for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.

Sincerely


Joseph Otumba


[Wonderful. Another "risk free" transaction - Can life get any better than this?]

 

 

From: Phil Mycrackin
To: josotumba@wp.pl

Dear Mr. Otumba,

Your letter is very welcome, and I would be very interested in your proposition, but of course I would require more proof that your intentions are honourable. I am used to dealing with SERIOUS men, and although I do have spare cash funds for good investment opportunities, I do not enter ANY business deal without proof that my prospective partner is ready to do serious business. I hope that this applies to your good self.

May I suggest that a perfect way of proving you are who you say you are would be ask you to send me a photograph of yourself, possibly demonstrating our company logo (it is a open hand greeting)? [well no actually, it's a Vulcan greeting!] I have forwarded you a attachment showing the hand gesture. If you are able to email me a photograph of yourself demonstrating our hand gesture greeting (you must use your RIGHT hand, not left) and holding a sheet of paper with my name (PRINTED LARGE), then I will be 100% certain I am dealing with an honourable man. Please be sure to make the image LARGE and CLEAR. Once I receive a SATISFACTORY image, I will be happy to proceed with your proposition IMMEDIATELY.

The reason I am asking you to do this is that a dishonest person (which I am SURE you are not), may send me a fake photograph of themselves. If you send me the photograph holding my name and demonstrating my company greeting, then it will rule out 100% any forgery. This will of course allow me to trust you 100% [yeah, right] and I will be very happy to proceed with your proposition immediately. In the past I was deceived by an ungodly man who sent to me a fake image of himself, so now I have to be very careful. I deal with hundreds of thousands of Dollars a week, so I have to be very careful about my business dealings.

May God bless you and your family,

Phil Mycrackin.
Vulcan Freeservis Industries

 

 

[Joseph changes to another email address]

Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2003 13:21:10 -0700 (PDT)
From: joseph otumba
Subject: overview

Dear Phil,


I received your mail and I wish to thank you immensely for your kind interest to co-operate with me on this transaction and your willingness to support and assist me in this transaction. Please, find hereunder the details of the transaction for better understanding. Actually this transaction is real, and one hundred percent risk free [yes, I'm sure it is] and does not relate to any breach of law or proceed from drugs. It is a matter of necessity to contact you for this transaction without further investigation about your person, as I view you to be a more responsible personality. It is therefore necessary that you tell me a little about yourself. I hope you would not betray me. As for Trust, it is a given thing that trust is earned, it is not given out lightly; however, because I need you in this transaction, I must give you my trust; it is worth 40% of this money... I believe that this will keep you from holding back to my own share of the money if thetransaction is completed.

Like I stated in my proposal, I will like you to provide your full names and address so that the Attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits which will put you in place as the next of kin. We shall hire two separate attorneys. The first attorney will process the WILL, which will name you as a close friend/beneficiary/sole executor of the Will. Once it is done I will send you a copy by fax for your records. The second attorney will file in the Federal High court with an appropriate affidavit in order to secure a letter of probate empowering you as the close friends/next of kin/Sole Beneficiary and Trustee/Sole Executor of the Estate of Mr. Michael Creek which includes the sum of US$20.2M lying in the account number which I shall give you. The essence of hiring two attorneys is to make sure that both attorneys will not have the details of this transaction and thereby prevent them from knowing thatthis is a deal.

Upon preparation of these documents and approvals from the Ministry of Justice, the letter of probate will be granted in your favour which will give you the authority to request for the transfer of this money to your account. We will then forward your particulars to our correspondence bank in Europe or America who will now transfer the money to your nominated account. All these processes will be accomplished within 10 working days and money will be transferred to your account immediately. The very good thing about this transaction is that it will done in a very proper andlegal manner. I would like you to make available to me your private telephone and fax number so that we can discuss and I can also send you via fax a copy of my ID card and the certificate of the fixed deposit for your assurance that this is a genuine transaction and I want you totake it very seriously.

Please confirm your willingness by providing all the requested information above. All modalities for the successful completion of this transaction has been mapped out provided that you maintain absolute confidentiality and keep to my instructions I shall hand over to you from time to time for a successful completion. For security reasons, I have not disclosed my correct name[Not using your real name? Amazing!] and the correct name of the bank where I work and where this money is deposited. Once I clarify your willingness to proceed with the transaction, then I shall give you the name of the bank and as well send you the copy of the certificateof deposit and my ID card. Please call me for further explanation on my telephone number: 234-80-33202936. you may send me a mail with further information about yourself before we proceedfurther. Otumba.

NB :Please d not fail t call me as soon as you get this email as for the photo i will make sure i sent it with your cmpany logo as soon as i get the above requirements.

 

 

From: Phil Mycrackin
To: Joseph Otumba

Dear Mr. Otumba,

Many blessings upon you. Thank you sir for your quick reply.

Please note that until I am in receipt of your photograph as described above, I will not be prepared to make any calls or further communication. Again, I apologise for this but I have to be careful because of a bad transaction some months ago.

One final thing Mr. Otumba. I am a businessman myself, and I know that negotiating such deals require the processing of paperwork/permits. Can I assume that some kind of processing fee will be required? [I sure can] Money is no problem, but if you are able to let me know how much any processing fees would cost that would be helpful.

God bless you,

Phil Mycrackin.

 

 

Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2003 03:12:01 -0700 (PDT)
From: joseph otumba
Subject: urgent

Dear Phil,


i will make sure i send you the photograph of me with your company logo next week .we will spend $6,700 usd for the will certificate and 7,500 usd for the probate letter and the bank we will have to pay 0.1% of the funds as vat.
please call me on 234-80-33202936 i await your call for God sake.

 

 

From: Phil Mycrackin
To: Joseph Otumba

Dear Joseph,

Many blessing upon you and your family, and I thank you so much for your help and time.

The amount you need seems fine to me. Here in the UK, processing permits and blagerational(?!) fees are very much more expensive, so it is good to see that the amount you require is reasonable. I can arrange this payment at 24 hours notice.

As soon as I receive your photographic evidence, I will contact you by telephone and arrange the payment.

Again, my blessings for you and your family.

Phil Mycrackin.

 

 

Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2003 06:50:58 -0700 (PDT)
From: joseph otumba
Subject: Re: urgent

Dear phil,

I will want you to call me as soon as you get my email because the chinese people says that a mans voice is as good as hand shake,so try to call me or send me your number so that i can call.But by monday tuesday i will send you my identity with your company logo as you said.

regards

joseph otumba

 

 

From: Phil Mycrackin
To: Joseph Otumba

Dear Joseph,

Many thanks for your speedy reply, but please note that I will not make any telephone calls or send any further information UNTIL I receive the photograph I require.

If you are unable to do this, please let me know ASAP and we will end the deal here and now. I do not have time to waste, my business is very busy and I have no time for wasting. To repeat, no phone calls or further information until I receive the image to prove yourself.

Sincerely,

Phil Mycrackin.
Finance Director - Vulcan Freeservis Ind.

 

 

Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2003 10:09:00 -0700 (PDT)
From: joseph otumba
Subject: Re: urgent

DEAR PHIL,

I WILL SEND MY PHOTO AND ALL YOU REQUEST TOMORROW OR TUESDAY.

REGARDS
OTUMBA

 

 

Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 12:55:41 -0700 (PDT)
From: joseph otumba
Subject: urgent

DEAR PHIL.

I JUST CAME BACK TODAY FROM MY HOME TOWN,ALL THE EMAIL I HAVE BEEN SENDING TO YOU IS FROM MY VILLAGE I WAS SENDING IT TO YOU.I WENT FOR A CRUSADE THERE AND THE LORD REVEALED TO ME THAT YOU WILL BE OF HELP TO ME AND YOU ASSIST ME IN COMPLETING THIS TRANSACTION.PLEASE I WILL SEND YOU THE MY PHOTO AND I WILL DEMONSTRATE YOUR COMPANY LOGO ONIT,PLEASE REPLY AND TELL ME YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS EMAIL.THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE.

REGARDS
JOSEPH OTUMBA

 

 

From: Phil Mycrackin
To: Joseph Otumba

Dear Joseph,

This is to confirm that I have received your email as you asked.

Blessings,

Phil Mycrackin.

 

 

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 03:59:44 -0700 (PDT)
From: joseph otumba
Subject: this is me

DEAR PHIL

PLEASE AS SOON AS YOU GET THIS CALL ME

REGARDS
JOSEPH OTUMBA

 

Joseph attaches his image

[Yes, I kid you not. This is the ACTUAL SIZE image that Otumba sent to me. Time for a telling off]

 

 

From: Phil Mycrackin
To: Joseph Otumba

Dear Joseph,

Do you take me for a fool? I think that you do. In my previous emails I asked a for a LARGE CLEAR image, and you send me something so small I can barely see it! I have to say that as a respected businessman I am very insulted by this.

I can see that you are not serious about this proposition, so I think I will end this deal now. If you are not able to do one simple thing that I ask then I am sorry but we cannot continue.

Phil Mycrackin.
Finance Director - Vulcan Freeservis Ind.

 

 

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 08:40:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: joseph otumba
Subject: Re: this is me

Dear phil

you know i am serious okay i will do that to make it large but why don't you call me or give me you phone number to call you.i am not hiding anything at thisn point i am in great risk due to security reasons because i want assistance from you and not you wanting assistance from me.

i do not know who are you because this funds involve very huge amount of money due to security reason i am afraid because this is suppose to be confidential just both of us and you threatning not to continue this with me please call me.i will send a larger photo showing your name tomorrow.it is not easy here i have to take a photo graph of myself holding your name and demonstrating your company logo i spent some money for this [VERY glad to hear it!]. i am a good christian man.

please try to call i will send it to you tomorrow

joseph otumba

 

 

From: Phil Mycrackin
To: Joseph Otumba

Dear Otumba,

I thank you for your co-operation but you MUST see things from my perspective. You can say anything to me. You can say you are a good man. You can say you are a good Christian, BUT, these are just words that even evil men can write. You must prove yourself. I am not prepared to make or receive any phone calls until I know EXACTLY who I am talking to. There will be NO discussion on this matter, ZILCH. Please do not keep asking to speak on the telephone because this will not happen until your picture is received.

I am happy to wait.

God bless,

Phil Mycrackin.

 

 

[I get a telling off!]

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 12:54:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: joseph otumba
Subject: Re: this is me

DEAR PHIL,
I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THIS YOUR AGUEMANTS. I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU MEAN BY THIS BUT HOW AM I SO SURE YOU WILL NOT INVOLVE ME IN MY OFFICE AFTER GIVING YOU MY PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPH AND YOU ARE TELLING ME YOU WANT ME TO ENLARGE IT . I WILL NOT WANT TO GO INTO BUSINESS WITH WHO WILL BETRAY ME AT THE END BECAUSE I AM FEELING YOU WANT TO TAKE THIS FUNDS ALONE THAT IS WHY YOU ARE ASKING FOR THE ANLARGEMENT OF MY PICTURE. YOU KNOW THIS IS A DEAL AND I WILL NOT WANT TO LOOSE MY JOB UNTILL THIS FUNDS IS IN YOUR ACCOUNT AND I WILL RESIGN FROM MY JOB AND FLY DOWN TO YOUR COUNTRY. I WILL WANT YOU TO SEND A PICTURE OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SO THAT I KNOW YOU BETTER. I AM THE ONE WHO IS SURPOSED TO BE ASKING FOR THIS PHOTOGRAPH NOT YOU . I WILL TRY AND DO IT BUT IT WILL TAKE 3 TO 4 DAYS TO GET THIS PHOTOGRAPH READY. I WILL WANT YOU TO SEND ME YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER AS I WANT TO SPEAK WITH YOU AS THEY SAY A MAN'S VOICE IS AS GOOD AS HANDSHAKE. SO AT THIS JUNCTION I WILL WANT YOU TO FORGET ABOUT ANY OTHER THING BECAUSE IN THIS WORLD, NO VENTURE, NO SUCCESS . I WILL WANT YOU TO FURNISH ME WITH ALL RHE NECESARY DOCUMENTS I ASKED FOR INCLUDING YOUR PHONE NUMBER.

RESPOND TO MY MAIL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE I AM BEGINING TO THINK THAT YOU ARE GOING TO SET ME UP WITH MY ORGANISATION WHICH I AM AVOIDING FROM DAY ONE.

REGARDS,
JOSEPH

[Note that Otumba sent this text exactly as above - in bold and italics]

 

 

From: Phil Mycrackin
To: Joseph Otumba

Joseph,

Please read carefully:

I do NOT want your PASSPORT photograph. I want a photograph of you holding my name and greeting. I am not interested in an old passport photograph which could belong to anybody.

I am not the one arguing. I told you EXACTLY what I wanted in my FIRST email to you (please check). Since then you have sent to me MANY emails arguing with me! I do not intend to betray you [yet]. I earn thousands of Dollars EVERY DAY from my business. I do not need to steal any persons money as I am already a rich man myself.

I will NOT telephone you until I get the picture I want. I am happy to send you my passport photograph NOW if you require it. I have no reason to hide my identity, but it seems that you do? Perhaps it is you that is the thief? Yes, that must be it!

If you do not want to continue with this deal, please let me know because I can easily find other people to deal with.

Please do not waste my time any longer.

Phil Mycrackin.

 

 

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2003 10:35:02 +0100 (BST)
From: Joseph_Otumba
Subject: Re: this is me

dear phil,

the chinese people says that a mans voice is as good as hand shake why don't you call me now i am waiting to hear your voice.

joseph otumba

 

 

From: Phil Mycrackin
To: Joseph Otumba

Joseph,

Another Chinese saying "Seeing it once is better than being told 100 times". That was said by Bai wen bu ru yi jian.

I now believe that you are stalling these negotiations because you have something dishonest planned for me. I am now very suspicious and I don't think I should continue business with you. As I have said before, I am happy to send you a picture of my passport if you want it, but until I receive the picture I require from you, that is all you will get. If you are not prepared to agree to this, please STOP WASTING MY TIME.

Even if I telephone you (which I WILL NOT do before I receive your picture), the person on the other side of the telephone could be anybody on this planet. Just because I hear a voice that does not mean it is the true man I am speaking to. However, if you send me the photo in the way that I want it, I know this must be you because I have asked nobody else to show my logo this way.

Please Joseph, my patience is now at an end. Do not for one moment think that I need the money you are offering, or that because it is a large sum I will not be more careful. Of course it would be nice to get a share, but I do not need it. I know I am only a young businessman (my age is only 27) but I did not get successful by letting people walk all over me. My passport photo is here for you to see if you want it, but that is absolutely all you will receive from me until I get the proof I require.

Do not waste my time trying to get me on the telephone because this will not happen until I get my proof. I repeat: Do not waste my time trying to get me on the telephone because this will not happen until I get my proof.


Phil Mycrackin.
Finance Director - Vulcan Freeservis Ind.

 

 

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2003 07:02:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: joseph otumba
Subject: Re: this is me

DEAR PHIL

OKAY SEND ME YOUR PICTURE,YOU KNOW I TOLD YOU I WILL SEND IT TO YOU BUT IT WILL TAKE DAYS,PLEASE SEND ME YOUR PICTURE I WANT BOTH OF US TO ARCHIEVE THIS GOAL.I AM A BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN

REGARDS
JOSEPH OTUMBA:

 

 

From: Phil Mycrackin
To: Joseph Otumba

Dear Joseph,

As I promised, please find my passport image attached.

Phil Mycrackin.
Finance Director - Vulcan Freeservis Ind.


[Phil Mycrackin's passport. Of course it's not my image, it's Seann William Scott AKA Stiffler from American Pie]

 

 

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2003 11:00:39 -0700 (PDT)
From: joseph otumba
Subject: Re: this is me

please phil,

trust me and call me,you are so handsome and i cannot let you down i will want to me you face to face.you did not even ask me for my age all this time we have been talking to each other.i am older than you but i am 34.While i want your assistance is that of finance because the cost of transfer of this funds to your account in the uk is 0.1% of the $20.2m usd which is about $20,000 usd and the will certificate that will be in your in name will also cost $6700 usd while the probate letter inyour name also cost 7500 usd all together is about $35,000 usd this is my problem.thank God i have found you,please phil i want you to trust me as i have already trusted you,please please in the name of God call me 234-80-33202936 please phil i promise i will send my photo to you.

i will like to know much about your life and what have you been doing since you are working. I will want to know what you do at night when you are at home. are you married or do you have a fiancy who you are proposing to marry. i will want to know if you are a homosexual [LOL! Sorry Seann] because you look younger than your age. i will not want you to betray me once this funds gets t you in london. i will be coming to britain as soon as this funds gets t your account. i awaits yur respnds.

regards
joseph otumba

 

 

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2003 15:48:32 -0700 (PDT)
From: joseph otumba
Subject: Re: this is me

DEAR PHIL

OKAY I WILL SEND YOU MY PICTURE WHEN IT IS READY BUT PROMISE ME THAT WHEN I SEND MY PICTURE YOU WILL NOT LET ME DOWN ABOUT THE FEE INVOLVE BECAUSE I MIGHT SEND MY PICTURE AND YOU WILL DECIDE NOT TO ASSIST ME.ALSO SEND ME YOUR PICTURE TOO

REGARDS
JOSEPH

 

 

From: Phil Mycrackin
To: Joseph Otumba

Dear Joseph,

Thank you for agreeing to my requirements. I am glad you think I am handsome but I am not homosexual. I only like women, although sometimes I dream of what it would be like to sleep with a man (or goat even).

Trust me, the money is no longer a problem. I now trust you 100%

I look forward to the receipt of your new photograph.

Phil Mycrackin.

 

 

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 10:14:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: joseph otumba
Subject: MY PICTURE

DEAR PHIL
PLEASE YOU WILL FIND AN ATTACHMENT OF MY PICTURE DEMONSTRATING YOUR COMPANY LOGO AND YOUR NAME AS I YOU SAID BELOW.
YOURS TRULY
JOSEPH OTUMBA


Mr. Otumba, a fellow Vulcan. Logical, or a complete idiot? You decide!

 

 

From: Phil Mycrackin
To: Joseph Otumba

My dear Joseph,

Many thanks for your beautiful photograph. I'm sure that if I was a homosexual, you would be my kind of guy.

Are you sure you are being truthful with me Joseph? Are you CERTAIN that you have not stood over a dead body and placed my name in his hand?

Of course, I am only joking! Please forward me your instructions for completion of this deal. I cannot wait to meet with you (do you have any pet goats?).

Sincerely,

Phil Mycrackin.

 

 

Joseph has now left it much longer than usual to reply. I have other scammers to bait, so I end the misery for him by attaching a edited version of his picture :-)

 

From: Phil Mycrackin
To: Joseph Otumba

Dear Joseph,

Please find attached all the information you will need from me.

Sincerely,

FILL MY CRACK IN [just to help him along with my name]

 

Joseph Otumba

 

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