The beginning. I've said "nice site" on a few guestbooks, and one guy even wrote back to thank me for my kind comments. The first email - standard line about surplus cash lying around in sealed coffers and inviting my help to transfer it. Read on ...
Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 12:04:28 +0200
Subject: REPLY ASAP
27th of May 2004
I, on behalf of my colleagues from different Federal
Government of Nigeria owned parastatals decided to solicit
your assistance as regards transfer of US$10,500,000.00 (Ten
Million,five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) into your bank
account. These funds emanated from unclaimed contractual
proceeds of foreign contracting firms who could not meet their
financial obligations to their creditors.
We,as holders of sensitive positions in our various
parastatals, were mandated by the Federal Government to
scrutinise all payments made to certain foreign contractors
and we discovered that some of the contractors have not been
paid their contractual entitlement which collectively left the
sum of US$15,500,000.00 (Fiftheen Million, five Hundred
Thousand US Dollars) lying in a suspended Account.
However, from our investigations, we discovered that the
foreign beneficiary companies have since been liquidated, and
to all intents and purposes no longer exist in Nigeria, thus
providing us with this opportunity, provided that we have a
capable partner, to execute a transaction of this nature.
We agreed that the said amount would be transferred into an
overseas Bank Account to be provided by a reliable foreign
firm/associate. This is because as serving Government workers
the Civil Service Code does not allow us to operate foreign
Account. In our initial attempt to do this, we succeeded in
transferring part of this amount US$5m (Five Million Dollars)
into a United States Dollar Account in Beirut, Lebanon, but
our foreign associate failed to honour our mutual agreement
insisting instead that the total amount be transferred into
the Account before we can share the money.
As a result, we have lost confidence in the ability of our
Lebanese partner to see this matter to its logical conclusion,
and until the initial transaction is satisfactorily resolved,
we have cancelled further transactions with him. In the light
of the foregoing, it is clear that we require a partner that
is not only capable of rendering assistance and cooperation in
executing this matter, but will honour the terms of agreement
when we reach the concluding stages of this transaction.
We therefore offer the amount of 20% of the entire sum in
return for services/assistance rendered in successfully
carrying out this project. We trust that you appreciate the
sensitive nature of this matter and the need for initial
caution on our part, but when a relationship is confidently
established and operations commence you will be provided with
all relevant information.
I remain at your disposal to entertain any questions/enquiries
relating to this proposition and you may contact me as a
matter of urgency via e-mail, for further information on the
procedures and requirements of this transaction.
In your reply, remember to indicate a safe telephone number
where I can always reach you. Hope to hear from you soon.
Please treat with the strictest confidentiality and
I reply, asking him where he found my email address.
Dear Mr. Koala Simon,
I was wondering how you came by my email address because I
have not made it public in any directory. Perhaps you will
enlighten me on that account?
However, as it happens, I might be in a position to help you.
You see, I am in a senior sales position in my company which
manufactures certain electronics goods, mainly for sale to
other companies who will eventually sell to the government and
military. In order to preserve the secrecy and confidentiality
of certain designs of Microwave equipment we have been asked
to split up our operations geographically.
I am on the lookout for persons able to setup Electronics
Assembly facilities in other countries. Your projected
business fits in with mine.
My contact details have been provided below, but let us keep
it to email for the present, for, should this business come
before the scrutiny of the company's lawyers they will veto it
immediately without hesistation. However, with your co
operation I would be able to introduce you as our contact in
Lagos helping us to establish our Elecctronics Assembly
operations in Nigeria. As an associate of ours, we will be
free to carry on the financial transactions which you
mentioned in your original letter.
Please call the phone number below only in an urgency. If I am
not in office, it is because I am away travelling on a sales
assignment. In that case you might leave a message for me or
contact my manager, Mr. Leslie Charteris.
I have a cellular phone but since as all conversations through
it are recorded by order of the company it is not safe to be
used. I shall have to call you on a public telephone should
that need arise.
Please do write again so that we can work out the details of
(called the "Saint" on account of my initials)
Sales Executive at Pilsbury Electronics Ltd,
1108 W. Evelyn Ave.,Sunnyvale, Calif. 94086
Pers. Phone xxxxxxx
Fax xxxxxxx Just two random numbers.
He sends me forms to fill up, stuff he
has copied from his format. Scroll right past the italics.
Sat, 29 May 2004 23:33:40 +0200
Thanks for Finding time to respond.
Calvary greetings in the name of the lord most high. Let
me inform you that,we really appreciate your taking time out
to respond to our mutually benefitting proposal,which we know
must have come to you as a surprise. We must seize this
opportunity to apologise, for maybe breaking into your
privacy. But know it that the intention certainly was not and
can never be to embarrass you or cause any form of pain for
you. We came in good faith and to establish a mutual
personal,social and above all business relationship,which will
definitely help us pull all resources together,to execute a
business deal of this magnitude,which in actual sense,was why
we contacted you.
Before i go on,let me inform you that the email addresses
through which i contacted you,that is:email@example.com, is
my official email address. We have secured this new email
address thus:firstname.lastname@example.org, specifically for this
transaction. Therefore henceforth all email messages to me,
must be sent through this new address.
Believing that you have gone through the proposal thoroughly,
understood and assimilate the import of its content. Let us
inform you that having indicated your interest to be part of
this transaction, be informed that if at all you are really
interested in this transaction, you still have to pray
fervently, for God, to see you through, as we are now
deliberating over your response, to ascertain your fitness to
handle a deal of this magnitude. If we are convinced of your
ability and capability to handle the situation we shall
communicate back to you, with further
informations/instructions, also if we have a contrary view, we
shall also let you know, so that you understand our position.
Which ever way it goes, you will hear from us in the next few
Nevertheless, it is very important that you understand that
the confidentiality and secrecy of this transaction cannot be
over emphasised. Therefore for security reasons, like I
mentioned earlier we have secured a hotmail email account,
specifically for email communication between you and I, until
success is achieved. Henceforth then, all email communication
to me, must be sent to this new address
thus:email@example.com. Please take note of this and send
a message to that address immediately acknowledging this
message, pending the outcome of our delibration. You can also
call me on my private number, through which we are going to be
communicating throughout the duration of this transaction.
The number is:234-80-33212301.
Furthermore you are to forward to this new address your full
data,like the following informations:
1.YOUR FULL NAMES AND ADDRESS
3.YOUR MARITAL STATUS(MARRIED OR SINGLE)
4.ALSO SEND AS EMAIL ATTACHMENT A COPY OF YOUR RECENT
As soon as we are through with the Deliberations, we shall get
back to you. However I am anxiously waiting for your call. I
will be waiting to hear from you. Thanks and God bless.
Sat, 29 May 2004 23:40:15 +0200
DETAILS OF THE MODALITIES AND FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS
CHIEF (DR)KOLA SIMON, B. A., M. A.,Phd., J.P.
14, Queens Court Towers, Victoria Island
Lagos - Nigeria
DATE: 29TH MAY 2004.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SWIFT RESPONSE TO OUR MUTUALLY BENEFITING
PROPOSAL. WE HAVE BEEN VERY BUSY TRYING TO PUT THINGS IN
ORDER. WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR MESSAGE WHICH WAS PATIENTLY
WRITTEN. WE EQUALLY APPRECIATE YOUR OPENESS.
ON THE ISSUES YOU RAISE, BE INFORMED THAT WE HAVE REVIEWED
YOUR INTENDED APPROACH ON HOW YOU WANT TO INTRODUCE US, AS
YOUR CONTACT IN LAGOS,WE BELIEVE THAT IS A PERFECT IDEA AND
GIVE ALL OUR SUPPORT TO THAT EFFECT.
ANYWAY, WE THE MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE HAVE DELIBRATED
EXTENSIVELY ON YOUR RESPONSE AND HAVE DECIDED TO COMMENCE THIS
TRANSACTION WITH YOU.
HOWEVER IT IS ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNOW THAT,THIS
IS A COMPLETELY LEGAL TRANSACTION DEVOID OF ANY PROBLEMS. ALL
WE WANT FROM YOU,IS YOUR TOTAL COMMITMENT TO THE COURSE OF THE
TRANSACTION. INITIALLY,WHEN WE GOT YOUR CONTACT, WE WERE
WORRIED LEAVING MATTERS IN THE HANDS OF A TOTAL STRANGER, BUT
WE WERE ENBOLDEN BY THE PROVED FACT THAT, SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS
ALL AROUND THE WORLD IS BASED ON MUTUAL TRUST, CONFIDENCE AND
UNDERSTANDING, OF ALL THE PARTICIPATING PARTNERS.
WE GOT TO KNOW YOU THROUGH THE NIGERIAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
AND INDUSTRY, FORIEGN TRADE DIVISION, IN OUR SEARCH, FOR A
RELIABLE AND TRUSTWORTHY PARTNER, WHO WILL NOT JUST BE A
PARTNER, BUT A FRIEND, BROTHER AND SOUL MATE. IF YOU GO
THROUGH MY PROPOSAL WELL, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THAT, WE HAVE
SUCCESSFULLY TRANSFERED THE SUM OF USD5,000.000 TO A LEBANESE
BUSINESSMAN, WHO TURNED AROUND TO BE A GREEDY MAN, AND HAVE
REFUSED TO ACT AS AGREED. WE ARE STILL WORKING OUT MORALITIES
ON HOW TO GET BACK AT HIM. WE HOPE YOU WILL NOT BE LIKE HIM.
ANYWAY GOING BY THE TUNE OF YOUR RESPONSE, WE BELIEVE GOD HAS
FINALLY GIVEN US, THE PERSON WE CAN TRUST.
THERE IS NO NEED WASTING TIME AGAIN. WORK WILL START ON THIS
PROJECT IMMEDIATELY. CHECK MY NEXT MAIL THERE IS A SPECIMEN
OF AN APPLICATION, RETYPE IT INTO YOUR COMPANY LETTERHEADED
PAPER AND SEND IT BACK TO US THROUGH ATTACHMENT, TO ENABLE US
START WORK ON THE PRELIMINARY STAGES OF THE PROJECT.
ALTHOUGH YOUR RESPONSE INDICATES THAT YOU ARE FIT FOR THIS
TRANSACTION, BUT BEFORE WE PROCEED WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO
UNDERSTAND THAT THIS PROJECT IS OUR LIFE. IT IS A GOD SENT
OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO BEQUEATH A LASTING LEGACY TO OURSELVES,
OUR CHILDREN, AND THEIR GENERATIONS TO COME. WE MUST NOT
FAIL. BASED ON THIS WE WOULD LIKE TO CLARIFY SOME ISSUES.
1. ARE YOU PSYCHOLOGICALLY BALANCED TO GO ON THIS TRANSACTION
WITH US? 2. DO YOU HAVE THE CAPACITY TO ACCOMMODATE THIS
TRANSACTION AND SEE US THROUGH TO THE END? 3. THE CHALLENGES
OF THIS TRANSACTION FROM OUR ASSESMENT IS ENORMOUS AND
FORTUNATELY, SO ALSO ARE THE GAINS FOR THESE REASONS SO MANY
SACRIFICES ARE TO BE MADE FROM BOTH ENDS TO MAKE IT WORK AND
WE ON OUR SIDE ARE NOT LEAVING ANY STONE UNTURNED TO MAKE IT
HAPPEN. REMEMBER IT IS OUR LIFE. BASED ON THIS, WE WOULD LIKE
TO ASK, WOULD YOU GIVE THIS PROJECT ALL THE COMMITMENT/
SACRIFICE IT DESERVES TO MAKE IT HAPPEN?
SURELY YOU WILL UNDERSTAND MOST OF THESE THINGS BETTER BY THE
TIME WE ESTABLISH VERBAL COMMUNICATION VIA TELEPHONE AND FAX.
LET US BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF TAKING US TO THE
PROMISE END, HENCE GIVING YOU THE BREAKDOWN OF THE MASTER PLAN
FOR THE SUCCESSFUL TRANSFER OF THIS FUNDS INTO YOUR NOMINATED
BANK ACCOUNT WITH YOUR BANK.
OF COURSE YOU KNOW THAT ALL ARRANGEMENTS IS TO PRESENT YOU AND
YOUR COMPANY AS THE BONAFIDE CONTRACTOR BENEFICIARY OF THESE
FUNDS, BASED ON A CONTRACT IT IS ASSUMED YOU EXECUTED FOR THE
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WORKS AND HOUSING.
THE FIRST STAGE OF THE MODALITIES, ALREADY WORKED OUT IS TO
LEGALISE YOUR COMPANY HERE IN NIGERIA. THE PROCESS ENTAILS THE
INCORPORATION OF YOUR COMPANY WITH THE NIGERIAN CORPORATE
AFFAIRS COMMISSION AS A LIMITTED LIABILITY COMPANY MAKING IT A
LEGAL ENTITY RECOGNISED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA.
THEREAFTER, REGISTERED AS A CATEGORY "A" CONTRACTOR WITH THE
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WORKS AND HOUSING WHERE IT IS ASSUMED YOU
EXECUTED THE CONTRACT ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT. WE SHALL
SOURCE FOR FUNDS TO PAY ALL TAXES FOR THE COMPANY, FOR AT
LEAST A PERIOD OF THREE FISCAL YEARS. THE FUNDS FOR THE TAXES
THOUGH NOT READILY AVAILABLE, WE HAVE AGREED THAT ALL NIGERIAN
PARTNERS WILL AS A MATTER OF TOP PRIORITY EITHER LEASE OR
OUTRIGHTLY SELL THEIR ACQUIRED PROPERTIES TO RAISE THE FUNDS
FOR THE TAXES.
ALL THESE PROCESSES ARE GOING TO BE BACKDATED, TO MAKE IT LOOK
LIKE YOUR COMPANY ACTUALLY EXISTED IN NIGERIA, FOR A CERTAIN
PERIOD OF TIME, CARRIED OUT ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES, OF WHICH THEY
PAID TAXES, BEFORE WINNING AND EXECUTING THIS CONTRACT OF
WHICH THEY ARE ABOUT TO BE PAID, BY THIS WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY
LEGALISED YOUR COMPANY. AND BY EXTENSION LEGITIMISED THE
AT THE END OF THIS STAGE, WE SHALL USE OUR INFLUENCE TO SECURE
A CONTRACT COMPLETION CERTIFICATE FROM THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF
WORKS AND HOUSING. THE CERTIFICATE WILL CERTIFY THAT YOUR
COMPANY SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE CONTRACT AND THE WORK
WHICH IS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE KADUNA -PORTHACOURT - WARRI
DUAL CARRIAGE WAY, HAS BEEN COMPLETED, INSPECTED AND
COMMISIONED. BASED ON THIS A PAYMENT APPROVAL ALONGSIDE YOUR
CONTRACT FILE/DETAILS WOULD BE SENT TO THE PAYMENT AUTHORITIES
TO RELEASE THIS FUNDS FORTHWITH INTO YOUR COMPANYS ACCOUNT
(WHICH IS THE ACCOUNT PROVIDED BY YOU).
ALL THE DOCUMENTS CONCERNING THE ABOVE PROCESSES, WHEN GOTTEN
SHALL BE AVAILED TO YOU, BY FAX, AND THE ORIGINAL COPIES, WE
SHALL COME ALONG WITH, TO YOUR COUNTRY AT THE END OF THE
WHEN THE PAYMENT APPROVALS ARE ISSUED TO PAYING AUTHORITIES,
DEFINITELY THEY WILL CONTACT YOU AS THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF
YOUR COMPANY,IN RELATION TO YOUR CONTRACT PAYMENT. NOTHING TO
WORRY ABOUT, AS WE SHALL GUIDE YOU ON HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM,
WHEN WE GET TO THAT STAGE.
TO ENSURE THE LEGALITY OF THIS FUNDS, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND
MINISTER OF JUSTICE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA SHALL
ISSUE A "VETTING APPROVAL" PROVING THAT THE SAID FUNDS HAS
NOTHING TO DO WITH DRUG OR ANY INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CRIME
WHATSOEVER. THIS WE SHALL ACHIEVE USING OUR CONTACT IN THE
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.
BE REMINDED THAT FOR ALL YOUR EFFORT/ASSISTANCE IN THIS
TRANSACTION, WE HAVE UNANIMOUSLY AGREED TO GIVE YOU 20% OF THE
ENTIRE FUNDS, AND BEING A PARTICIPATING PARTNER IN OUR
INVESTMENT PLANS, WHEN IT FINALLY TAKES OF. 10% OF THE ENTIRE
FUNDS HAS BEEN SET ASIDE TO TAKE CARE OF ANY INCIDENTAL COSTS
THAT MAY BE INCURRED FROM BOTH ENDS, AS A RESULT OF THIS
TRANSACTION. WHAT THIS MEANS IS THAT WHATEVER BILL THAT WILL
BE INCURRED BY EITHER YOU OR US, BY WAY OF MAYBE PHONE BILLS
OR ANY OTHER BILLS WILL BE REIMBURSED FROM THE 10% AT THE END
OF THE TRANSACTION AND THE BALANCE IF ANY SHARED EQUALLY
AMONG ALL THE PARTNERS.
THE REMAINING 70% IS FOR THE THREE NIGERIAN PARTNERS [THE
ORIGINATORS OF THIS TRANSACTION] WITH WHICH WE INTEND TO GO
INTO ANY LUCRATIVE BUSINESS VENTURE, BASED ON YOUR ADVISE, AS
WE ARE RELATIVELY INEXPERIENCED IN ANY KIND OF BUSINESS. WE
HOPE YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THIS SHARING PATTERN. ANY
SUGGESTION FEEL FREE TO LET US KNOW.
WE HAVE CONTRACTED A PUBLIC RELATION EXPERT HERE IN NIGERIA
BY NAME MR JENKINS MINIMA TO WORK AS YOUR COMPANY
REPRESENTATIVE IN NIGERIA. ALL THE WORK THAT IS ABOUT TO
BEGIN, IS GOING TO BE HANDLED BY HIM. THIS BECAME NECESSARY,
AS YOU KNOW THAT WE CANNOT DO IT OURSELVES BEING SERVING
GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. MR.JENKINS MINIMA IS ON CONTRACT. HE IS
NOT PART OF THE DEAL, HE DOES NOT EVEN KNOW ABOUT IT. HE IS
GOING TO BE PAID, AT THE END OF THE TRANSACTION. WE SHALL BE
THE LINK BETWEEN YOU AND HIM. FINALLY, WE SHALL START WORK
FULLY IMMEDIATELY, AS WE HAVE ARRANGED TO USE SOME FORM OF
GRATIFICATION TO FACILITATE THIS PROCESSES. YOU WOULD BE
ADEQUATELY INFORMED OF THE PROGRESS MADE EACH DAY.
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE OPEN VERBAL COMMUNICATION
IMMEDIATELY. THEREFORE YOU MUST REACH ME URGENTLY ON THIS
NUMBER: 234-80-33212301,YOU MAY AS WELL DIAL 011,BEFORE THE
234,BUT NOTE THAT DUE TO POOR TELECOMMUNICATION FACILITIES,IT
MIGHT BE ABIT DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO GET THROUGH, BUT FOR THE
SAKE OF THIS TRANSACTION KEEP TRYING, YOU WILL SURELY GET
THROUGH. MAY GOD IN HIS INFINITE MERCY CONTINUE TO GUIDE AND
PROTECT YOU UNTIL WE MEET. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS!!
WE AWAIT YOUR IMMEDIATE RESPONSE.
TRANSCRIBE(RETYPE)THE BELOW INTO YOUR LETTERHEAD, INCLUDING
YOUR PHONE AND
FAX NUMBER AND EITHER FAX IT BACK TO US IMMEDIATELY OR SEND IT
The Permanent secretary Contract Award/Payment Division
Federal Ministry of Works And Housing Lagos-Nigeria.
RE-CONTRACT NO:FMWH/PED/4700-KPW-98 CONSTRUCTION OF KADUNA
PORTHARCOURT-WARRI DUAL CARRIAGE WAY.
We refer to your circular No:FMWH/PED/472/98 of October 16th
1998 and we wish to attach our invoice for the sum of
USD10,500,000.00. This represents payment due and payable to
us on FMWH contract number,FMWH/PED/4700-KPW-98. Please pay
the contract entitlement of USD10.5M with interest at 10% per
annum from 16th October 1998, to date of final payment.
kindly remit the contract entitlement in full, into the
nominated Bank acount of the veritable contractor beneficiary
as provided hereunder.
CONTRACT AWARDED BY:___________________________________
We wish you to expedite action on this to enable us update
with your Ministry.
Thank you for your usual co-operation.
(your name, signature and stamp here)
N/B PLEASE DR,ALL EMAIL MESSAGES TO ME,FROM NOW HENCEFORTH
MUST BE SENT
TO THIS NEW ADDRESS THUS:firstname.lastname@example.org,PLEASE TAKE
NOTE OF THIS.
Oh goody. A change of email address and
forms to fill up. I decide to ignore both.
Simon Templar <email@example.com>
Mon, 31 May 2004 14:05:31
Re: Thanks for Finding time to respond.
Dear Dr.Kola Simon,
I am happy to inform you that soon we might be able to meet
face to face. I am arranging with my company to travel to
Nigeria on a business of disposing of some extra detergent
which we have overstocked by mistake. It is really very good
washing powder, and we have it packed in 1kg packs under the
trade name "Neil & Dan" Washing Powder. Unfortunately there
was a misunderstanding with the holders of that particular
brand name in the USA and we are unable to sell it here.
Actually we purchased it originally for cleaning our
electronic circuit boards but it was somehow rejected by our
I have to travel to your country to set up office and a
warehouse, and to employ two persons, one to represent us and
the other to act as store keeper. If you can recommend any two
trustworthy persons I might be able to accomplish my mission
on a single visit to your country.
I shall be away on a visit to Bulgaria on a similiar mission. The
personnel department have recruited five persons there on a
similiar mission (selling electronics related goods) and I
have to deliver their laptops and give them a minimal
training. Our company uses the internet for business and each
employee, at home or abroad, is given a personalised laptop.
I shall not be available for a few days as I work at my
assignment in Bulgaria. I shall not communicate with you using
the company laptop, too risky. And the facilies in Bulgaria for
internet are I believe terrible.
Please make a list of the documents and accreditations I must
bring with me when I come there. I shall be able to stay for a
week. If you will be able to provide me with the biodata and
details of two trustworthy persons I might be able to do half
my business without coming there at all, and then have more
time for "our" business when I am there. I might be able to
stay two weeks, If I limit my trips to one. You might be able
to help me there.
I must go now, I am leaving for Bulgaria, when I'm back my
company will have finalised my travel details to Nigeria. I
shall reserve all "our" work for then.
He is miffed because I rambled on about other things - and not about his scam.
Mon, 31 May 2004 20:23:38 +0100
We appreciate. But........
Thanks for your message. Please you must understand the
sensitive nature of the transaction I introduced you into.
Firstly the transaction I introduced you into, does not
really need your presence here, as it is something you can
handle from your base. Your message did not talk about the
transaction, instead it dwelled more on your company's
interest. You must understand that the transaction is
paramount in our mind and whatever we want to venture into
must be based on the outcome of the transaction.
What I am trying to say here, is that if you are coming to
Nigerian on an official assignment, I do not think I am
supposed to be part of that arrangement. But you can call me
on the phone when you arrive here. But please I am not to be
seen with you, and we cannot discuss our transaction here in
my country, as it is more of a risk.
Anyway, just let me know when you are ready to come. I will
still send you more messages, I am in a meeting now. Thanks
and God bless. Yours,
So he does not want me to come to
Nigeria. He does not want the soap business. Bad boy.
Simon Templar <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thu, 03 Jun 2004 17:55:04
Re:DETAILS OF THE MODALITIES AND FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS
Dear Dr. Kola Simon,
I am sorry that I did not heed the instructions in your last
email. I had been busy with my trip and wrote that mail in a
Your instructions have been noted. I shall provide them as
soon as I get back to USA. Now I am sending this message from
It is nice to reflect that soon I shall be able to get away
from this job. I hate travelling. I hate it that I will be
called on to travel to some god- forsaken country at short
notice, called up from my desk at short notice, handed a
ticket and told that I can read my tour itinerary in the taxi
on the way to the airport.
Thank you, Dr. Kola Simon, for making me aware of the way to
get myself free of all this. I shall certainly go through all
the modalities and additionalities necessary for the
successful completion of this transfer of funds.
I think that it will be next week that I shall be able to get
back. The company is arranging for funds to set up operations
here and the banking operations are not yet in line. As soon
as I can get the problems sorted out I shall be able to get
back. And as soon as I am back in the USA I shall mail you
with my details as you have requested. I shall also give you
the details of my visit to Nigeria. Even if you are not able
to meet me in person I am sure will be able to set up contact
through an intermediary, some trusted person, so that my trip
there shall not entirely be wasted.
Perhaps it is better that I hand over my details in person?
The paper copies of documents are always much better than
documents transmitted by email or Fax. I could easily arrange
for a second visit to pick up my share of the cash.
Anyway, please do write to me with your full postal address,
and the way to travel to your house; I could obtain maps and
try to locate your position in the country that way. It helps
me much better to visualise you as a person. I am sure I could
better relate to you that way, and it will make me better
utilise my energies towards making our project a success. It
will be of help if you could send me your photograph, too. I
shall send you my photograph as soon as I reach a decent
location where there is a scanner handy. Our office in Bulgaria
is not yet fully equipped so far.
Pilsbury Electronics is all set to go full ahead with its
overseas operations. Just tell me, Dr Kola, if you have a
cousin or nephew who might be interested in joining our
company as the representative in Nigeria, I am sure I might be
able to arrange something. We deal in anything, even soap,
olive oil, talcum powder etc because, to tell the truth, our
electronics business is not doing very good.
I shall send the requested details soon. Hoping to meet soon,
Thu, 3 Jun 2004 12:26:56 -0700
Top of the day and may the good lord continue to
bless you.It is good hearing from you again.Please we are
waiting anxiously for all the requested informations,so that
we can start work on the preliminary stage of the
transaction.Hope you are having a nice time out there in
Bulgaria? Just take good care of yourself.Thanks and God bless.
Tried replying to his hotmail address. It seems to be down. Good.
Simon Templar <email@example.com>
Fri, 04 Jun 2004 11:59:07
Re: i appreciate
I had sent all the info req to the firstname.lastname@example.org
account. Please check it and get back to me. I'm kinda busy
right now, so please excuse the short answer.
I just claimed that I had sent something
to it. Just to drive him mad.
Fri, 4 Jun 2004 18:00:28 +0100 (BST)
kola simon <email@example.com>
Please do me this favour.
Templar, Good to hear from you.But please you have to do me a
favour.Please resend the informations to this address
thus:firstname.lastname@example.org,as the address you sent them
to,has some technical problems,i won't be able to get
them.Please just do me that favour.Thanks and God bless.
So he wants the things in a different address? But I've gotten bored and I think I shall ditch this guy. Time to make an outrageous demand so that he is left hanging ...
From: Simon Templar <email@example.com>
To: kola simon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 05 Jun 2004 11:33:34
Organization: Pilsbury Electronics
Subject: Re: Please do me this favour.
Mister Kola (is that your real name?)
I maintain an email id at hotmail, mainly to deal with certain
of my interests which have to be kept confidential. I have
never had any technical or other difficulties with my hotmail
However, other persons who opened up hotmail accounts to
perform illegal activities like spam and unsolicited mass
mailing have had their accounts shut down.
Therefore, I am ceasing all contact with you, unless you can
convince me that you are real and that the millions you refer
to really exist.
It is easy to scan somebody's passport and say it is yours. It
is easy to digitally alter images. I come across famous
actresses faces pasted onto other nude bodies. It is an
Therefore, READ carefully:
Take a BLACK piece of cloth, WRITE "NEIL & DAN" on it with
white paint, and then drape it over your chest. Take a photo
of yourself in this manner.
The photo has to be large and clear. Small and unclear photos
cannot be accepted as their genuinness cannot be easily
Together with this photo, send me a scan of your passport, and
any identity card or similiar showing that you are really with
"parastatals" as you claimed in the first mail.
Remember: I need (1) your photo, in manner specified, (2) scan
of passport (3) identification of your position.
If you are able to provide these three articles I shall
believe your story and be willing to go ahead with it. I shall
send you a photo of myself and collegues holding a carton of
"Neil & Dan" Washing Powder, taken when the carton design was
finalised. I shall also send you the scan of my passport and
employee identity card, issued to me by my company. I shall
also delete your images from my computer since it might
embarass you if they get into the wrong hands, since you are
in such a high position.
On the other hand, if you are unable or unwilling to bend to
my demands, I shall mark you down in my mind as an impostor
and a liar. I shall not have anything to do with such people.
I shall delete this correspondence and forget about it. You
can try to scam some other foolish idiot with your story.
Do NOT reply unless it be with the three images described
Bye (just in case)
"Saint" Simon Templar
He never did reply.
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