The scammers who send these fraudulent letters are criminals. They want your money and use force to get it, if necessary. The Secret Service has a warning about that here. I found those stories hard to believe until a friend recently contacted me. One of her friends, let me call her S, was killed in Lagos, Nigeria, when she was trying to help a “dying man”, who had contacted her.
This is what my friend told me:
It all started about 3 months ago, she was chatting like everything we do on Yahoo Messenger. I was in Miami at the time, so we were both chatting. She told me that she will go to Lagos for her modeling program, since she was a model and worked for a television channel. She started receiving mail from Lagos from a guy called “Garuba”. She used to send him emails saying that she is a severe cancer patient and she needs 1000 dollars for her urgent surgery. S she told me that she received at least 10 emails from him in that month. Since she was supposed to go to Lagos, she thought it would be nice to help someone who needs an operation for a deadly disease like cancer. I remember that I was the only one who dropped her off at the airport when she was leaving for Lagos. Everything was fine for a month. She used to call him once a week and it used to sound very normal. On her last call she told me that she helped him (con artist she didn’t know) with $1000 for her surgery and that it was normal. But she suddenly started asking for more and more money, which she refused to give. She sent me an email saying that “He abuses her on the phone.” I told her that she should leave Lagos soon.
After that I never spoke to her. I tried to accept help from nigerian police but those 419 scammers bribed them and police didn’t take my case. As you suggested, I contacted the Embassy in Nigeria for S. I received the worst news of my life: she is gone. The Nigerian police admitted her to the hospital in the city of Lagos. The Embassy found news about her. Local doctors said she passed away after being taken to hospital. The police assume that she was beaten to death. The doctors say that she was also raped. According to the DNA reports, she was brutally raped by more than 4 men and beaten to death.
I need you to put this on your site so everyone knows that “Even people who ask for money for their treatment are scammers.” This is the main objective that we have to show people. If you put this on your site, people will realize that “sickness is also a reason scammers use to spoil any girl’s life by raping her and also swindling the money, and everyone notices it.”
mail from a stranger
Did you get a letter from a complete stranger promising you millions? Or did you get a million dollar offer while dating on the net?
I have received many of these letters, and they are all full of lies. Below is an example of them.
Perhaps your letter was similar to one of mine?
Perhaps you received a letter telling you that you won a lottery you had never heard of?
– Or maybe someone offered an easy job from home, where you have to receive money on behalf of a company?
If the scammers were unsuccessful in making you a victim, they might try again with the use of a compensation letter.
From: mscorp lott [[email protected]]
Sent: Sat 05/26/2007 15:52
Office of the Foreign Service Manager
Universal Building, 132-133
Park Hurst, Balfour-Unit 1440
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2001
Warning: our honorable winner
From the Manager of the International Email Promotions/Awards Department, Global Mega Lottery, Microsoft Corporation in conjunction with the World Lottery for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa
you are the winner no: 15
Re: Prize Winning Email Notification
global mega lottery and microsoft corporation management worldwide together with the organizing committee of the fifa world cup south africa 2010 are pleased to inform you that you are the winner of our annual microsoft/global mega lotto held in south africa by hosting the event for this This year’s mega jackpot lottery winning show was held on may 25, 2007 at nelson mandela square-sandton, johannesburg, south africa.
Your email address was attached to our draw with the serial number s/n-00168 and you got the lucky numbers 87-43-25-22-10-3 and consequently won the second category of the draw. . Therefore, you have been approved for a lump sum of $1,000,000.00 (one million US dollars) only payable in cash credited to file ref. No: 56475600545 188 and bacth no: 5368/02 this is for the total cash prize of $125,000,000.00 (one hundred and twenty-five million US dollars shared between one hundred and twenty-five (125) lucky international winners in first and second category respectively.
All entrants were selected from websites around the world through our Microsoft computer ballot system drawn from ten million consistent email users from around the world with every continent participating as part of the “promotions program of International Email” which is held annually for our prominent Microsoft users around the world, and to cheer on the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa bid.
Your fund has been insured and you will be paid by wire transfer
(tt) through our claims agent in Africa (details below).
Name: lawyer smith thambo esq.
lawyer at law
email: [email protected]
phone: +27 733367914
Note: Your email address should be used in all correspondence with your claims officer for reference purposes, via the contact details listed in this document. Quote your winning numbers and no. 19. As part of our security protocol, please also provide this security code: msgml/jan/xx207 to your claims agent to prevent misappropriation or scamming.
Remember, all prize money must be claimed within 14 days of receipt of this notice or forfeited to the South African government.
Congratulations once again from the entire management and staff of the Global Mega Lottery, Microsoft Corporation and the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Organizing Committee to all of our lucky winners this year.
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Special thanks to:
Microsoft Corporation UK, Microsoft Corporation Africa, Microsoft Corporation US, Microsoft Corporation Asia.
Please endeavor to email your claims agent with the required details below:
1. Full names:
6. Telephone number:
7. Lot number: