Next of Kin

Next of Kin

Question: Do you think that Nigerians know that we know that they know how to do email spam scams?

What SpamAssasin thinks:

Content analysis details: (15.2 points, 5.0 required)

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0.5 FROM_ENDS_IN_NUMS From: ends in numbers
0.4 SUBJ_ALL_CAPS Subject is all capitals
1.3 MILLION_USD BODY: Talks about millions of dollars
0.2 RISK_FREE BODY: Risk free. Suuurreeee….
0.3 HTML_10_20 BODY: Message is 10% to 20% HTML
0.0 HTML_MESSAGE BODY: HTML included in message
1.2 MIME_HTML_ONLY BODY: Message only has text/html MIME parts
1.5 MPART_ALT_DIFF BODY: HTML and text parts are different
0.2 HTML_TEXT_AFTER_BODY BODY: HTML contains text after BODY close tag
1.8 RCVD_IN_BL_SPAMCOP_NET RBL: Received via a relay in bl.spamcop.net
[Blocked – see ]
1.1 RCVD_IN_SBL RBL: Received via a relay in Spamhaus SBL
[213.185.106.3 listed in sbl-xbl.spamhaus.org]
1.4 NIGERIAN_BODY4 Message body looks like a Nigerian spam message 4+
0.5 NIGERIAN_BODY2 Message body looks like a Nigerian spam message 2+
0.1 HTML_MIME_NO_HTML_TAG HTML-only message, but there is no HTML tag
1.9 NIGERIAN_BODY3 Message body looks like a Nigerian spam message 3+
2.9 NIGERIAN_BODY1 Message body looks like a Nigerian spam message 1+

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The message:

KIN
From:
lambert william
Date:
Sun, 31 Oct 2004 03:41:27 +0200

FROM THE DESK OF LAMBERT WILLIAM,MANAGER.
STANDARD TRUST BANK LTD
LAGOS NIGERIA.
PHONE,2348055512165,2348056453699.
Attention,
SIR,
First, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of its nature as being
utterly CONFIDENTIAL and TOP SECRET.

Ok…

of this magnitude will make any one prehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day. Let me start by first introducing myself properly to you. I am
LAMBERT WILLIAM, a MANAGER with the STANDARD TRUST Bank
Nigeria LTD. Lagos.

Ok, LAMBERT WILSON, NICE TO MEET YOU. I am GABRIEL SERAFINI.

I came to know of you in my private search for a reliable and
reputable person to handle this confidential transaction, which involves the transfer of a huge sum of money to a foreign account requiring maximum confidence.

Cool. Who did you talk to to determine that I could handle a huge sum of money? Perhaps we could BOTH ask that I be allowed to handle OTHER large amounts of money.

THE PROPOSITION: A foreigner, Late Engineer Johnson Creek,
an Oil Merchant/Contractor with the Federal Government of Nigeria, until his death nine years ago in a ghastly air crash, banked with us here at Standard Trust Bank LTD. Lagos,
and had a closing balance of US$38.5M (Thirty Eight Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)
which the bank now unquestionably expects it to be claimed by any available foreign
next-of-kin of the Late beneficiary or alternatively be donated to a discredited trust fund for arms and ammunition at a military war college here in Nigeria.

Mmkay, mmkay, mmkay, ooh, ok, I see, oh yes, mmmmm, yes, I see.

Fervent valuable efforts are being made by the Standard Trust Bank to get in touch with
any of the Creek family or relatives but proved to avail.
It is because of the perceived possibility of not being able to locate any of Late Engr. Johnson Creeks next-of-kin (he had no known wife and children) that the management under the influence of our chairman and member of the board of directors,
that an arrangement be made for the funds to be declared UNCLAIMABLE and subsequently be donated to the Trust Fund for Arms and Ammunition to further enhance the course of war in
Africa and the world in general.

Welll, my my. That DOES sound bad. People Might Die if I Don’t Help you OUT somehow??? Please, … continue.

In order to avert this negative development, some of my trusted
colleagues and I now seek your permission to have you stand as a next-of-kin to Late Engr. Johnson Creek so that the funds US$38.5M would be released and paid into your bank account as the beneficiary’s next-of-kin. All documents and proves to enable you get this fund will be carefully worked out and more so we are assuring you of a 100% risk free involvement.

WOW. That sounds, like, really good.

Your 35% share stays while the rest would be for my colleagues and myself for investment purposes in your country. If this proposal is OK by you,then kindly get to me immediately via the Furnishing me with your most confidential telephone, fax number and exclusive bank particulars so that I can use these Information to apply for the release and subsequent ransfer of the funds in your favour.

Hmmm. I guess that ALL MAKES SENSE to ME. Here is my PIN: 1234. BUT PLEASE, DON’T TELL ANYONE else. Have you heard about the identity theives? You have to watch out for them. Since we’re going to be going into “business” together, I thought you should know to watch out for them.

Thank you in co-operation Yours faitfully.
lambertwilliam@emailaccount.com
MANAGER, STANDARD TRUST BANK LTD LAGOS.
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Wow, THANK YOU LAMBERT!!! I am truly honored to have received your invitation to participate in confidential crime, plus it will keep guns out of the hands of those bad guys. Sounds good to me.

Here’s my PROPOSAL to you:

Wire me $10,000.00 to help me make sure that this is FOR REAL. I’ve heard that there might be scammers out there. You don’t sound like one of them. It should be no problem, then, to arrange for this small wire transfer. It will help me get all the uh, “bank stuff” figured out.

Please, respond and let me know when we can move forward with our CONFIDENTIAL deal.

Sin serely,
GABRIEL SERAFINI

2 thoughts on “Next of Kin

  1. PLEASE HELP!, I THINK MY FATHER JACK P KOESLER IS BEING SCAMMED BY A SO CALLED FOREIGN OPERATIONS PERSON FROM NIGERIA HE WAS GIVEN THE STORY ABOUT A ENGR JOHNSON CREEKS THEY HAVE SENT HIMDEATH CERTIFICATES AND DEPOSIT NOTES WITH THIS GUYS NAME, I AM STILL TRYING TO RESERCH THIS, I CANNOT GET HIM TO BELIEVE IT MAY BE A SCAM, HE SAID DURING VIETNAM HE WAS PART OF AN ELITE GROUP THAT DID COUNTERESPIONAGE AND CONTRACT MISSIONS BUT THAT ALOT OF IT IS STILL CLASSIFIED, I NEED TO KNOW HOW THEY GOT YOUR NAME AND IF THERE IS A CONNECTION BETWEEN YOU AND MY FATHER, ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED, I HAVE TRIED TO SEND MY DAD A COPY OF THIS SITE SHOWING THAT THE STORY ABOUT THIS ENGINEER WAS SENT TO SOMEONE ELSE AS WELL, BUT CANNOT SEEM TO GET IT TO HIM.

  2. Dear TERESA,

    Google for Nigerian Scam and you will find LOTS of examples such as this. It can be hard to convince people, though, because it sounds SO believable and they think, man, sounds too good to be true, and MAYBE it IS true, and if so, how much money am I passing up if I ignore this.

    Your father should ignore this unless he wants to lose money. If he is in contact with these folks, I would suggest a similar response as I was sarcastically suggesting above: have him request a $10,000 up front payment from THEM to facilitate things on this end. I would suspect that they will move on to other fish to fry.

    Keep in mind: the people generating these letters are PROFESSIONAL CON PEOPLE. They make money by crafting beautiful and plausible lies. Hopefully your dad will not lose money on this.

    P.S. I got this totally out of the blue, and wasn’t born yet when Vietnam was going on. 🙂

    Thanks for your comment and good luck with your dad.

    Gabriel

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