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I usually don't read my junk email, but this one caught my eye and made me laugh pretty hard. Seems I have a dead “relative“ who died in Nigeria and left behind quite a bit of cash! Lucky me. Too bad I don't know a Michael Evjen ... but wait, he says I don't have to be a blood relative to collect the money.... wow, luckily I was chosen since 'Evjen' is like one of the most common names in Norway. :)

I think I might respond and drag this guy along a bit .... oh the fun we can have.

Here is the email for your enjoyment:

Dear Evjen,

I am Barrister Martins Dike. (SAN), a Solicitor; I am the Personal
Attorney to one Engr. Michael Evjen, a national of your country, who Used to be
a contractor with NNPC here in Nigeria. On the 10th October 2002 my
client, his wife and entire family were involved in a car accident along 3rd
mainland bridge Express Road Lagos Island. Unfortunately they all lost
their lives in the event of the accident, since then I have made several
inquiries to their Embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this
has also proved unsuccessful.

After these several Unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his
Relatives, to locate any member of His family but of no avail, hence I contacted
you since you bear the same surname to my late client. I contact you to
assist in repatriating the money in addition, property left behind by my
client before they get Confiscated or declared Unserviceable by the bank where
these huge deposits were lodged.

Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at
about US$7 million dollars. Consequently, the bank issued me a notice to
provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten
official working days. Since I have been Unsuccessful in locating the relatives
for over 2 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin
of the deceased, regardless of your country, with your name/address; some
vitals will be obtained on your favor which will back you as the next
of kin the deceased. The proceeds of this account valued at US$7 Million
dollars can be Paid to you and then you and me can share like this 45% for me
and 45% for you, while we will set aside 10% to pay back for any expenses
or tax as your government may require. I have all necessary legal documents
that can be used to back up any claim we may make.

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

you don't have to be a blood relative of my client to claim this
inheritance. Pls reply so that I can elucidate on how to proceed next,
Please Reply urgently to enable us discuss further. Via this E-mail
address:
martinsdike02@iol.pt

Best Regards,

Barrister Martins Dike. (SAN)

Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 7:44 AM Social Life | Back to top


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I get a 419 almost everyday. They used to be random stuff with former kings and ex-presidents. Now they're getting their themes from current news, and most probably many have received the Katrina edition or the Rehnquist version.
Left by Kingsley on Sep 07, 2005 9:15 AM

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Oh yes, the biggest (okay maybe not the biggest) scam on the internet. This usually proceeds to the next step with you giving them your bank account number so that they can wire you the money.
I saw on 20/20 or some similar show (don't they all run together) where this scam actually got a guy to come to Africa and bring $5,000 to pay off the crooked gov't official so that he would look the other way. When he got there they took him to the "meeting place", where they robbed him of the money, his credit cards, and his passport.
Left by Scott Miller on Sep 07, 2005 10:50 AM

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Don't forget to visit 419eater.com. Lots of funny stories about this (there are also sad ones).
Left by Trilogy on Sep 08, 2005 7:39 AM

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How bizarre! I wander if your "relative" knew mine - they died in the same accident! And stanger still, at the same time that one unknown relative died in Nigeria, another died in Chilli! Naturally, after grieving for some time, I have contacted these kind people who want to share my relatives fortune, and made the generous step of allowing them to donate the money to Charity (Well, I can aford to, as I've just been notified that I won the onternational Lotto - another $11m to add to my wealth!). I have however made it clear that when I die, I'm hoping that they will remember my generosity and try and find my long-lost relatives over 3 years for FREE! and share my fortune with them.
Left by Jenni on Nov 08, 2005 11:36 AM

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How do you know that the mails were actualy from Nigeria?
Did you run a trace or you simply assumed it was from Nigeria?
logic
Left by Logic on Dec 07, 2005 5:34 PM

# Too good to be true;I refused it, and made a better offer.
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Dear Mr Aku,

Firstly, I am not your friend...I have never met you. Your dad's passing is unfortunate; however I am sure you will get over it. I am not interested in your offer, however I recently purchased 50 hectares of prime real estate on Mars, and I was wondering if you would be interested in a joint venture.

I am planning to open a resort located at the base of Olympus Mons, featuring luxury condominiums. The location will provide spectacular views of this impressive volcano, and offer some of the best extreme sports our Solar System has to offer. A marketing feature of this development will be its remote location, which should appeal to busy executives looking for the ultimate getaway.

As the region is out of mobile coverage guests will be able to leave their work pressures behind, enabling them to totally relax. Due to distance and frequency of transport it is envisaged packages will be either 2 or 4 years, and will start from $58,000,000 per person twin share. This includes all meals, drinks and entertainment.

Investors in this project should be prepared for a long lead time and expect a return on their capital within 300 years. This is one of the most exciting and ambitious tourism projects in many years, and offers the savvy investor unlimited potential over the long term.

Call me crazy, but I believe Mars is the place to invest right now!

I will be organizing a pre-purchase inspection journey in 2030 should you be interested. Your return fare of $33,500,000 will be refunded in full should you go to contract.

I would appreciate it if you would keep my offer confidential as my family members are not aware of my proposal and have already threatened to increase my medication.

I am looking forward to a mutually beneficial partnership.

Regards,
Terry.
Left by Terry on Dec 09, 2005 2:02 AM

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Guess What! I have a relative who died
in a plane crash May4,2004.One Michael
Baylor.His inheritance is 7.5 million.I and Barrister Martins Dike going 50/50.
Ha! Ha! I need $950 to have African
Bank to send me the money.Been going
back and forware.How I need $2800.Diplomat
from Africa Development Bank/HSBC Bank
London is in Atlantic,GA.to deliver my inheritance funds.Oh,I have to wire him by Western Union the $2800.00 before he will deliver.I told the bank I do not have the
money.Can they loan me the money.Guess
what! They got me a legal accredited attorney to HSBC bank to process my loan.
One Jennifer Martins.She sent me ID and
photo.By the way I have to send by Western
Union,legal fee of 500 pounds to a David
Okolie.How any pounds to a dollar? Got me.

These people will try their
best to get money from
you.Time for me to end
this scam. Fun while it
lasted.
Left by ed baylor on Mar 13, 2006 1:25 PM

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I won the Lotto four times this week, had a British relative die and leave me $45 million to be slit with the bank examiner who if it were true should be in jail for theft of me relative's money and tax evasion of the British govt, which is why he needs my help! And just this morning another dead relative dropped in Nigeria and left me $23 million. I thought I'd look the good barrister up and found he had found a mess of wealthy relatives dropping dead and contacting all you folks about it too. I knew there was a scam and just wanted to see what it was. Thanks.

Steve
Left by Steve on Mar 30, 2006 10:53 AM

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My recent contact:

DEPUTY GOVERNOR
FROM THE DESK OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR

CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA

1A AKINTOLA WAY GARRKI ABUJA.


RE:PAYMENT AUTHENTICATION.


I AM DR USMAN SHAMSHUDEED DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA, MY OFFICE MONITORS AND CONTROLS THE AFFAIRS OF ALL BANKS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN NIGERIA CONCERNED WITH FOREIGN CONTRACT PAYMENTS. I AM THE FINAL SIGNATORY TO ANY TRANSFER OR REMITTANCE OF HUGE FUNDS MOVING WITHIN BANKS BOTH ONTHE LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVELS IN LINE TO FOREIGN CONTRACTS SETTLEMENT.


I HAVE BEFORE ME LIST OF FUNDS, WHICH COULD NOT BE TRANSFERRED TO SOME NOMINATED ACCOUNTS AS THESE ACCOUNTS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED EITHER AS GHOST ACCOUNTS, UNCLAIMED DEPOSITS AND OVER-INVOICED SUM ETC. I WRITE TO PRESENT YOU TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT YOU ARE AMONG THE PEOPLE EXPECTING THE FUNDS TO BE TRANSFERRED INTO THEIR ACCOUNT AS A FOREIGN CONTRACTOR, ON THIS NOTE, I WISH TO HAVE A DEAL WITH YOU AS REGARDS TO THE UNPAID CERTIFIED CONTRACT FUNDS.


I HAVE EVERY FILES BEFORE ME AND THE DATA'S WILL BE CHANGED TO YOUR NAME TO ENABLE YOU RECEIVE THE FUND INTO YOUR NOMINATED BANK ACCOUNT AS THE BENEFICIARY OF THE FUND'S AMOUNT 7,MILLION BRITISH POUNDS STARLING (SEVEN MILLION B.P.S ). AS IT IS MY DUTY TO RECOMMEND THE TRANSFER OF THESE SURPLUS FUNDS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TREASURY AND RESERVE ACCOUNTS AS UNCLAIMED DEPOSITS, I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WRITE YOU BASED ON THE INSTRUCTIONS I RECEIVED RECENTLY FROM THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON CONTRACT PAYMENTS /FOREIGN DEBTS TO SUBMIT THE LIST OF PAYMENT REPORTS / EXPENDITURES AND AUDITED REPORTS OF REVENUES. AMONG SEVERAL OTHERS, I HAVE DECIDED TO REMIT THIS SUM FOLLOWING MY IDEA THAT WE HAVE A DEAL/AGREEMENT AND I AM GOING TO DO THIS LEGALLY.


MY CONDITIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS.

1. YOU WILL TAKE 35% OF YOUR CONTRACT FUNDS AS SOON AS YOU CONFIRM IT IN YOUR DESIGNATED BANK ACCOUNT.


2. THIS DEAL MUST BE KEPT SECRET FOREVER, AND ALL CORRESPONDENCE WILL BE STRICTLY BY EMAIL / TELEPHONE THAT I WILL PROVIDE FOR YOU, AND THEY ARE PRIVATE FOR SECURITY PURPOSES AS TO FORSTALL INFORMATION LEAKAGE.


3. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE YOUR FULL COMPANY'S NAME AND ADDRESS WITH YOUR BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION INCLUDING YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE/FAX NUMBERS.


I WILL ADVISE YOU ON WHAT TO DO IMMEDIATELY I HEAR FROM YOU AND THE TRANSFER WILL COMMENCE WITHOUT DELAY, AS I WILL PROCEED TO FIX YOUR NAME ON THE PAYMENT SCHEDULE INSTANTLY TO MEET THE SEVEN DAYS MANDATE.


WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY SOON.


YOURS SINCERELY.

DR USMAN SHAMSHUDEEN

DEPUTY GOVERNOR, CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA

MY DIRECT NUMBER: 234-8029802397




Left by Steve on Mar 30, 2006 11:08 AM

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Can they get any money from your account if they only have your account number?
Left by mac bird on Apr 10, 2006 1:42 PM

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Can they get any money from your account if they only have your account number?
Left by mac bird on Apr 10, 2006 1:42 PM

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EVEN FUNNIER I RECENTLY GOT THIS SAME EMAIL WITH A LITTLE ADJUSTMENTS OF COURSE.YOUR MICHAEL EVJEN IS NOW MICHAEL SELBY.ISN'T THAT FUNNY.AND WHY WOULD I SHARE MY FORTUNE WITH AN ATTORNEY WHEN I HAVE SO MANY OTHER RELATIVES?
Left by SELBY on May 20, 2006 8:18 AM

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this sure is a scam i have had them even phone me when i answered there email ,nice try for a phony shyster
Left by crash montana on Sep 22, 2006 5:54 PM

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From : Barrister Martins Dike. B, B.L,
Legalminds Chambers (Legal Practitioners).
5 Burma Road, Sunrise Shopping Complex, 5th
Floor, Apapa Lagos- Nigeria

Dear Rollins,

I am Barrister Martins Dike. (SAN), a Solicitor; I am the Personal Attorney to one Engr. Michael Rollins, a national of your country, who Used to be a contractor with NNPC here in Nigeria. On the 10th October 2002 my client, his wife and entire family were involved in a car accident along 3rd mainland bridge Express Road Lagos Island.Unfortunately they all lost their lives in the event of the accident, Since then I have made several inquiries to their Embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.

After these several Unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his Relatives,to locate any member of His family but of no avail, hence I contacted you since you bear the same surname to my late client. I contacted you to assist in repatriating the money in addition, property left behind by my client before they get Confiscated or declared Unserviceable by the bank where these huge deposits were lodged.

Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at about US$7 million dollars. Consequently, the bank issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days. Since I have been Unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased, regardless of your country, with your name/address; some vitals will be obtained on your favour which will back you as the next of kin the deceased.The proceeds of this account valued at US$7 Million dollars can be Paid to you and then you and me can share like this 45% for me and 45% for you, while we will set aside 10% to pay back for any expenses or tax as your government may require. I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make.

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal Through.I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Please Reply urgently to enable us discuss further.via this E-mail address: (martinsdike_206@excite.com)


Barrister Martins Dike.

haha, yeah, I was wondering what this was. I was about to send something back to inquire about it but now I really know that it's a scam. I honestly wasn't sure. Apparently he's been successful on more than one occasion.
Left by Eric on Oct 05, 2006 7:38 AM

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From: "international lotto" <international_lotto2_4@hotmail.com> Add to Address Book Add Mobile Alert
To: international_lotto2_4@hotmail.com
Subject: NOTIFICATION OF LOTTO WINNER (CONGRATULATIONS)
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2006 09:07:02 +0200
THIS IS A PROTECTED LEGAL DOCUMENT WHICH IS HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL, MISUSE OR ALTERATION OF THIS DOCUMENT CAN BE PUNISHABLE BY LAW)



FROM: THE DIRECTOR OF THE PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
3 BANK CHAMBERS LONDON
UNITED KINGDOM SW17OSU
REF: NO EG/033-20737-750/25/08/03
BATCH: 340/1608/RDL.
Company Reg No;1996/079414/23

RE: AWARD NOTIFICATION FINAL NOTICE.
We are pleased to inform you of the release of 13TH November. 2006. result of the sweepstake WORLD INTERNET LOTTERY Int.promotion programs conducted in united kingdom . Your name attached to the ticket number 033-20737-750 with serial number 033-05 drew the lucky number which consequently won lottery in the 2nd category.You are therefore been approved for a lump sum of £800,000.00 (Eight Hundred Thousand British Pounds Starling) PAYABLE IN CASH CREDITED TO FILE REF NO: MSW- Nº EG/033-20737-750/05/06/03. THIS IS FROM TOTAL PRIZE MONEY OF £13,600,000.00 Thirteen Million Six Hundred Thousand British Pounds Starling , shared among seventeen international winners in this category.

Your fund is secured under a comprehensive insurance policy in your name, which permits nobody or group of persons to subtract from it. Due to mixed up of some numbers and names. We ask that you keep this award top secrete from public notice until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to your norminated account. As this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking of advantage of this program by participants.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names, from all over the world as a part of our International promotion program which we conduct twice every year. We hope that, with a part of your prize you will take part in our end of the year highstake US$1.3bn lottery. To avoid scam, please contact only your assigned agent below.You won this lottery because you subscribed online. Some names were selected via the net and lottery was played on their behalf to mark world Internet day.

PRIZE CLAIMING INSTRUCTION:
This is part of the program to promote Internet in the world. To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent
FIRM :MR SHANAH OF SHANAH AGENCY & CONSULTING(PTY) UNITED KINGDOM TEL.NUMBER +44 703 1 890497
Email: shanah-shanah@consultant.com
ADDRESS:PUAY HOUSE,RIVER ROAD WEST SUSSEX BN 189 DF.UK
,for processing and remittance of your money to a designated account of your choice.

Remember all prize money must be claimed not later than 6 weeks from the date of this notice after this date all funds will be returned to the lotto Excro account as unclaimed. Note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your ref. and batch nos.
in every correspondence with your agent.

Furthermore, should there be any change of address, do please inform your claims agent as soon as possible. Congratulations again from all members of staff and thank you for being a part of our promotions program and Our special thanks and gratitude sweepstake world Internet lottery Int and all his associates for alleviating poverty rounds the world.

Yours Sincerely
MR.BROWN


I have had the same w some dead person woth the same name so I can claim their money and after several e-mail they wanted $195. to transfer the money so I insulted him telling him he was a thei9f trying to steel from me.
Left by Marina Febres on Nov 20, 2006 3:37 PM

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Here is another one. I searched the web looking for the name of my person. One would think that such a well educated group of Americans would show up in American or International papers



Dear Follett,

I am sorry for contacting you through this medium without a previous notice;I had to use the E-mail because it is an easier and more confidential way of making contact with people around the world.My name is Charles Akaugo a banker, with UNION BANK PLC.

I happen to be the chief account officer to Late Eng.William Follett,a national of your country,who used to work with Chevron- Development Company in Nigeria. After shall be referred to as my client. On the 27th of January 2002,myclient, his wife and their three children were involved in ikeja bomb blast.Which All occupants unfortunately lost their lives?

PLEASE VIEW THESE WEBSITES BELOW TO CONFIRM.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/2718295.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/2698081.stm

Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of myclients extended relatives. After these several unsuccessful attempts,I decided to track his last name over the Internet, to locate any memberofhis family hence I contacted you.

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property leftbehind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where these huge deposits were lodged.

Particularly, the finance company where the deceased had an account valued at about USD$19.5 Million Dollars has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next Thirty (30) Working official working days.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 4years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at USD19.5 Million Dollars can be paid to your account and then you and me can share the money.50% to me and 45% to you and 5% will be used for any Expenses.

I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me by my private email (charlesakaugoffiice@myway.com)

Best regards,
Charles Akaugo,

Note: WHEN YOU RECEIVE THIS LETTER. KINDLY SEND ME AN E-MAIL SIGNIFYINGYOUR DECISION INCLUDING YOUR PRIVATE TEL/FAX NUMBERS FOR QUICKCOMMUNICATION,SO THAT I WILL NOT GO ON SOURCING FOR ANOTHER PERSON FOR THIS SAME PURPOSE.
THANKS


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Left by Joyce Follett on Apr 29, 2007 2:46 AM

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I get these just about everyday!! It's amazing to see what people will do to get money out of hard working people. They need a life!
Left by debbie57_1999 on May 10, 2007 9:58 PM

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Let me tell you people something,it's not only Nigeria are into scam or whatever! an AMERICA GUY as scam me, not ones or tweis, so all scam are not just from Nigeria only! they are every were in the world
Left by UD on Oct 04, 2007 10:00 AM

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