Remember way back in the early 2000’s when 419 scams were all the rage? In case you don’t recall (or weren’t around) the 419 scams were a bunch of Nigerian email scams aimed at bilking personal information out of the elderly and naive in return for the promise of extraordinary amounts of cash. Most people saw these scams for what they were, but there were a few casualties in the process. As of this post, the kingpin of the scam is on trial and scammers have moved on to other techniques such as using social media to con the non-savvy online denizens out of their hard earned money. Being as I am a sucker for nostalgia, I present two later emails I received in 2011. They are of different origins, but they definitely retain the spirit (and horrendous grammar) of the originals.
A letter from me to you. Mrs. Danielle Wellington, 75yrs old from Switzerland. You might be wondering where I got your contacts from but I have really taken my time in searching thoroughly. You came into my mind has the lord has directed me to and am willing to do so. I have noticed that you are God fearing, courageous, fulfilling and ambitious in life. I want you to know that you have been the chosen one and please, try and do my will because each of my words or statements must not go unfulfilled reaching the unprivileged, orphanages and the needy as you are blessed.
Dear Beloved One, I am the above named person but now undergoing medical treatment in Western Africa. I am married to Mr. Luka Wellington, who worked as a world contractor for over a decade before he died. We were married for fifteen years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for two weeks. Before his death he made a vow to use his wealth for the down troddenand the less privileged in the society. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of ($12,000,000.00 millions us dollars) with a Vault with a bank in Western Africa. Presently, this money is still there.
Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to cancer problem. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to an individual or better still a God fearing person who will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in. I want an individual that will use this to fund and provide succor I understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I do not have any child and relatives.
I do not want my husband’s hard earned money to be misused or spent in the manner in which my late husband did not specify. I do not want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner,hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going.
I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Almighty. With God all things are possible. My happiness is that I lived a life worthy of emulation. Whosoever that wants to serve the Almighty must serve him with all his heart and mind and soul and also in truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life.
Please assure me that you will act according to my specification herein. Lastly i want you to also reply me with some vital information of yours such as:
State and Zip Code:
Hoping to hear from you.
Thank you and May the Almighty bless you.
Mrs. Danielle Wellington
HEAD OF INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT
GUARANTY TRUST BANK NIGERIA PLC,
PLOT 1669,OYIN OLAYEMI STREET,
SUBJECT: BENEFICIARY SUM OF US$17.9MILLION
I AM SEEKING FOR YOUR COOPERATION TO PRESENT YOU TO MY BANK AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO JACK JACOBSON, A FOREIGN CONTRACTOR WITH NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC) SO THAT THE SUM OF USD17,900,000.00 WILL BE PAY TO YOU AS THE BENEFICIARY.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION, I AM THE HEAD OF INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT WITH GUARANTY TRUST BANK PLC,THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF GUARANTY TRUST BANK PLC, MANDATED ME TO LOOK FOR ANY KNOWN RELATION OF THE LATE JACK JACOBSON FOR PAYMENT OF HIS ESTATE/FUNDS HE LEFT BEHIND WITH OUR BANK,SINCE, AFTER HIS DEATH 5/1/09,HOWEVER ALL MY EFFORTS TRACES ABORTIVE,THAT IS THE MAIN REASON I AM WRITING YOU THIS TO ASK FOR YOUR COOPEARATION FOR US TO CLAIM THIS MONEY, SINCE HE WAS A CITIZEN/NATIONALITY OF YOUR COUNTRY AND YOU ARE OF THE SAME COUNTRY.I ONLY HAVE TO APPROVE YOU, THIS FUND WILL BE PAY TO YOU AS THE BENEFICIARY. WE ARE TO SHARE THIS MONEY BETWEEN OURSELVES ( YOU AND ME) IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED IN THIS OFFER YOU SHOULD CONTACT ME THROUGH THIS EMAIL ADDRESS ONLY: ( CHARLES_IDAH3@YAHOO.CO.UK )
FOR DETAIL OF THIS TRANSACTION AND PROCEDURE, FURNISH ME WITH YOUR
COMPANY NAME OR OCCUPATION:
THESE INFO ARE VITAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS TRANSACTION.
NOTE THAT THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RISK FREE BUSINESS,THIS TRANSACTION WILL COMMENCE IMMEDIATELY THERE IS INTEREST FROM YOU.