The scammers that send these fraud letters are criminals. They want your money, and they use force to get it, if that is necessary. Secret Service has a warning on that here. I found such stories hard to believe until I recently was contacted by a friend. One of his friends, let me call her S, was killed in Lagos, Nigeria when she was trying to help a "dying man", that had contacted her.
This is what my friend told me:
It all started about 3 months back she was chatting as all we do in yahoo messenger. I was in Miami that time so we both were chatting. She told me that she is going to Lagos for her modelling show as she was a model working for a TV channel. She started receiving mails from Lagos from a guy names "Garuba". He used to mail her saying that he is a severe cancer patient and needs 1000 dollars for his urgent surgery. S told me that she received at least about 10 mails from him in that month. As she was supposed to go to Lagos she thought that it will be good to help someone who needs operation for a deadly disease like cancer. I remember that i was the only who dropped her to airport when she was leaving for Lagos. Everything was fine for a month. She used to call him once a week and she used to sound very normal. In her last call she told me she have helped him (scammer whom she didn't knew) with 1000 dollars for his surgery, and it was normal. But suddenly he started asking for more and more money, which she refused to give. She mailed me saying that "He abuses her on phone". I told her to leave Lagos soon.
After that I never talked to her. I tried to take Nigerian police help but they were bribed by those 419 scammers and police didn't take my case. As you suggested me, I contacted the Embassy in Nigeria for S. I got the worst news of my life that she is no more. She was admitted is the city hospital in Lagos by Nigerian police. The Embassy found news about her. Local doctors said that she passed away after she was brought to hospital. Police are guessing that she was been beaten to death. Doctors are saying that she was raped too. According to DNA reports she was brutally raped by more than 4 men's and beaten to death.
I need you to put this in your site so everyone comes to know that "Even the people who ask for money for there treatment is scammers ". This is the main aim that we need to show people. I f you place this in your site , people will be aware that " Illness is also a reason which scammers are using to spoils any girls live by raping her, and also scamming the money , and everyone gets aware".
Mail from a stranger
Did you receive a letter from a complete stranger promising you millions? Or did you receive an offer for millions of dollars while you were dating on the net?
I have received a lot of these letters, and they are all filled with lies. There is below an example of them.
Maybe your letter was similar to one of mine?
Maybe you received a letter telling you that you won in a lottery that you never heard of?
– Or maybe someone offered to an easy work-at-home job, where you have to receive money on behalf of a company?
If scammers failed to get you as a victim, they might try again with the use of a compensation letter.
Example Of Message
From: mscorp lott [[email protected]]
Sent: Sat 5/26/2007 3:52 PM
Office of the Foreign Service Manager
Universal Building, 132-133
Park Hurst, Balfour-Unit 1440
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2001
Attention: our honorable winner
from the manager international e-mail promotions/prize award dept, global mega lottery, microsoft corporation inconjuction with fifa worldcup south africa 2010 world lottery
you are winner no: 15
re: electronic mail award winning notification
global mega lottery and microsoft corporation management worldwide in conjunction with the organising committee fifa worldcup south africa 2010 are pleased to inform you that you are a winner of our annual microsoft/ global mega lotto lottery conducted in south africa being the host of the event for this present year's mega jackpot lottery winning program held on the 25th may 2007 at the nelson mandela square-sandton, johannesburg, south africa.
Your e-mail address was attached to our draw with serial number s/n-00168 and it drew the lucky numbers 87-43-25-22-10-3, and consequently won in the second category of the draw. You have therefore been approved for lump sum of $1,000,000.00 (one million united states dollar) only payable in cash credited to file ref. No: 56475600545 188 and bacth no: 5368/02 this is from the total prize money of $125,000,000.00 (one hundred and twenty five million united states dollars shared among one hundred and twenty five (125) lucky international winners in first and second category respectively.
All participants were selected from worldwide websites through our microsoft computer ballot system drawn from ten million constant e-mail users from around the world with each continent in participation as part of the international "e-mail promotions program" which is conducted annually for our prominent microsoft users all over the world, and to encourage the south africa fifa worldcup bid 2010.
Your fund has been insured and will be paid to you by telegraphic transfer
(tt) through our africa claim agent (details below).
Name: barrister smith thambo esq.
Attorney at law
email: [email protected]
phone: +27 733367914
note: that your e-mail address should be used in all correspondence with your claim officer for reference purpose, through the contact details contained herein. Quote your wining numbers and no. 19. As part of our security protocol, quote also this security code: msgml/jan/xx207 to your claim agent to avoid misappropriation or scam.
Remember, all prize/s money must be claimed within 14 days of the receipt of this notice or forfeited to the government of south africa.
Congratulations, once more from the entire management and staff of global mega lottery, microsoft corporation and the organising committee fifa worldcup south africa 2010 to all our lucky winners this year.
our sponsors: chief sponsors;
global mega lottery, winikhaya lottery south africa, microsoft corporation, fifa, emirates airlines, south african airlines, old mutual insurance, chelsea fc, benita group, lucin group, julius berger, samsung etc…
Special appreciation to:
microsoft corporation uk, microsoft corporation africa, microsoft corporation usa, microsoft corporation asia.
Endeavor to email your claim agent with the required data below:
1. Full names:
6. Telephone number:
7. Batch number: