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Wednesday, September 07, 2005


New "Nigerian Scam" utilizes current events...

Just found this in the ol' Gmail spam folder..
Hello/Dear, I am Mr. Abu Al-Karmel, I am working in Economic Development and Foreign contract payment Operations Department,in the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI). My aim of writing you is to seek for your kindness assistance to allow me quickly transfer the sum of US$15.million dollars, into your account.It will interest you to know how this huge sum amount of funds came about.About two days before the United State and British, bombing began,Saddam Hussein, ordered his youngest son, Qusay, to remove the sum of US$1.billion (£640 million) from the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) The cash which was loaded on to three lorries. That memorable day Qusay and a senior aide to the former president Saddam Hussein delivered the instruction in person to the bank's governor of the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI). And the money was removed without proper official documentations. The money was not debited. It was just remove from the foreign reserve vault. This illegal withdrawer created opportunity for our staffs working in the foreign payments department. We hastingly remove from the vault the sum of US$75.million, which we shared among ourselves working in the department,five in number. My share was US$15.million, the deal which was absolutely successfully. Then,after the fall of Saddam,a Finance Company based in Jordan assisted me to move the fund as a Bond Deposit into Bank in EUROPE.Due to recent probe in our Apex Bank,i decided to leave and i am under cover in SENEGAL -AFRICA. What I needed now is your "TRUST" HONESTY and TRANSPERENCY" since i would want you to receive the money into an account from the EUROPEAN Bank which i will disclose to you later on.I will also front you in any kind of investment that we might decide to enter later. As a matter of fact,if i am convinced and with your declaration of interest in this deal,then,i will tell you the procedures to follow.For security of this transaction,i do hereby implore youto treat and maintain it with absolute confidentiality. Please,if you are not dispose to assist,kindly destroy this letter for the sake of Humanity. Looking forward to your urgent response. Best Regard Mr. Abu Al-Karmel (
Yeah, Reeeeeeeal sneaky, Mr. Abu Al-Karmel. UPDATE 2:43pm: Here's another one. Also not from Nigeria or Ghana, where they always seemed to be from in the past. What fucking list did my email address get on?
From : Nicholas Mavis Abidjan Ivory coast TEl: +225 0723 6068 private email : ( APPEAL FOR URGENT ASSISTANCE. Dear With due respect and with God all thing were possible that is why I call for help to please Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I am Nicholas Mavis the only son of late Mavis Radci, My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan the economic capital of Ivory coast, my father was poisoned to death by his business associates on the first of January 2004 on their outing for the new year celebration. My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father on january 2004 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of 9 million United State Dollars. US(9.m) left in fixed /suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan that he used my name as his only son for the next of Kin in Depositing of the fund. He told me that I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where i will transfer this money into and use it for investment purpose such as real estate management or hotel management and also for orphanages, helping the widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained and building companies where poor God people can work and have their daily feedings with their families. I pray to God to grant you more blessing to your business and for making up your mind that you will be doing this for the denefit of the people who are in need. i know that God will see you through. I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways: (1) To provide a new bank account in where this money would be transferred into. (2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 22 years old. (3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country. Moreover, I am willing to offer you 25% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas. All the necessary arrangement has been made at the bank where my late father deposited this money and the Director of the bank told me that as soon as an account of my choice is forwarded to their bank that they will transfer this money to my destination. Please RING me immediately you received this mail on my direct line 225 0723 6068 for us to proceed in this transaction which I beleived that in few days you shall call me for good news that you have comfirm my money in an account which you will provide. Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within (3) days you signify interest to assist me. Anticipating to hear your voice immediately. Thanks and God bless you. Best regards, Nicholas Mavis All the relevants documents which my late father used in deposting of this money will be sent to you immediately I hear from you for more confirmation and trust and confidence in this transaction. PLEASE GET BACK TO ME ON MY PRIVATE EMAIL / (
And all with Yahoo International email addys, too...

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