August 28, 2003

Chief Nelson Udu

Amazing, another one! There must be a list of potential suckers being forwarded all around Africa. The funniest thing about this one is it actually has a reference number, so they can figure which letter was sent to me. The money is getting better! This time I'm up to $31,320,000.00 (Thirty-one Million, Three Hundred and Twenty thousand United States Dollars). What do you think, should I help them so that they can use their 70% to "own properties and invest in the stable economy of your country?" Fortunately, I'm rather sane today, and realize that I should probably be working on my thesis...

Dear Sir,

First I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction. This is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and "top secret". We are top officials of the Federal Government Contract Review Panel who are interested in importation of goods into our country with funds that are presently
trapped in Nigeria. In order to commence this business, we solicit your assistance to enable us transfer into your account the said-trapped funds.

The source of the fund is as follows:During the regime of the last Military transitional government of Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, government officials set up companies and awarded themselves contracts which were grossly over invoiced in various ministries. The present democratic government of President Olusegun Obasanjo set up the Contract Review Panel and we have identified a lot of inflated contract funds that are presently floating in the Central Bank of Nigeria ready for payment. However, by virtue of our positions as civil servants and members of this panel, we cannot acquire this money in our names.My colleagues in the panel have therefore delegated me as a matter of trust, to look for an oversea partner into whose account we would transfer the sum of US$31,320,000.00 (Thirty-one Million, Three Hundred and Twenty thousand United States Dollars) which we hope to use in purchasing Agro Allied Equipment, and also to enable us to own properties and invest in the stable economy of your country. Hence, we are sending you this email message.

We have agreed to share the money thus:
1. 20% for the account owner (you)
2. 70% for us (the officials of the CRP)
3. 10% to be used in settling taxation and all local and foreign expenses.

Please acknowledge receipt of this message for proper briefing on the safe modality for the execution of this project. I await your eager response.

Yours faithfully,

Chief Nelson Udu.

Please Quote this Reference number (NU/08/03) in your response.

You can learn more about Chief Udu in thefinkfile. If you really feel like you need to respond to this sort of thing, you can find a HUGE pile of them here. Eat your heart of, there must be billions of unclaimed dollars ready for the taking. Hey wait a second, Chief, who is Dr. Edward Brume? Hmmm, hey Chief, do you think you could send it to my PayPal account? Oh, drats, the maximum amount for individual transactions is $10,000.

Here are some interesting things about the message, the response address is is an Indian language free email service. The IP address of the mailing though, is, registered in Amsterdam, but actually in Nigeria according to GeoIP!!


I snagged a 20-day trial version of Magic NetTrace, and got the following information:
% This is the RIPE Whois server.
% The objects are in RPSL format.
% Rights restricted by copyright.
% See

inetnum: -
netname: NG-SIOTEL-20001206
country: NG
admin-c: SN1917-ORG
tech-c: SA4434-RIPE
changed: 20001207
source: RIPE
changed: 20010508
changed: 20010517
changed: 20020913

person: George Opara
address: #5A Karimu Kotun St.
address: Victoria Island
address: Lagos, Nigeria
phone: +234-1-3201260
phone: +234-1-3201261
phone: +234-1-3201262
phone: +234-1-3201263
phone: +234-1-3201106
fax-no: +234-1-3201268
nic-hdl: SN1917-ORG
changed: 20000929
source: RIPE

person: Shaibu Ali
address: #5A Karimu Kotun St.
address: Victoria Island
address: Lagos, Nigeria=20
phone: +234-1-3201260
phone: +234-1-3201261
phone: +234-1-3201262
phone: +234-1-3201263
phone: +234-1-3201106
fax-no: +234-1-3201268
nic-hdl: SA4434-RIPE
changed: 20000929
source: RIPE

Posted by torque at August 28, 2003 4:22 PM | TrackBack

This is rather unfortunate, especially the names of the domain posted above. I happen to know the man shaibu Ali, we have both worked together at another ISP before. He was simply the system administrator at the company, and not the one who "attempted to dupe you". The result of being the system administrator was that his email address got blocked by yahoo, even though he no longer worked for the provider when this whole thing came up.

Posted by: Bona at April 7, 2005 10:39 AM


I stopped working for Siotel in April 2001.
As a result of the large number of spam reports
that I was recieving, yahoo terminate my email address.

Posted by: Shaibu Ali at May 19, 2005 3:51 AM



I write to solicite your assistance and support to
enable me execute a very lucrative and high profiting
business transaction.I am very sure that with trust
and understanding,we can be able to execute this
busines to our mutual benefit and believe that you
will not let down the trust I am willing to repose
in you.
I work for an Ivorien based public international firm
(a MIC), I work as the corporate affairs manager.
Between the 17th -19th of may, 2002 a business
seminar was held in BOUAKE Cote Divoire of which I
attended. While in the Seminar, I was opportuned to
meet Alhaji M K AL-MUSTAPHA ,the President of
accomplished and widely known and recognised
millionaire farmer in this part of the region. He has
farms in different countries. Above all, he is one of
the greatest supplier of cattle,beef and other diary
products in this part of the coast.
On getting to know my proffesion, Alhaji AL-MUSTAPHA
took me into confidence by informing me about the
purchase of a particular but very important medicine
for his cattle. He informed me that he buys this
product at $5,000.00 USD per carton, and that he
mostly buys to the excess of 450 cartons. He informed
me that he would like me to find out if my
organisation could source for him a cheaper supplier
considering the recent trend of falls in the general
price of beef in the world market which is affecting
his business.

Back in my office, I discussed this proposal with my
boss and he decided to handle the supply by himself.
We carried out a market research and discovered that
we could purchase these medicine somewhere cheaper in
EUROPE for $2,000.00 USD per carton . We moved a
proposal to AL-MUSTAPHA FARMS to make the supply to
them at $4,800.00 USD per carton of which he
accepted. Owing to my role in the transaction, I had
an agreement with my director to be receiving 15% of
whatever gain is made on each supply of which
he agreed. But on the completion of the suply and the
receipt of the payment, my boss renegated on our
agreement and refused to give me my share of the
profit. Since then our relationship has been at its
lowest ebb. I have since accepted it as one of life
However, as God would have it, recently, I ran into
Alhaji M K AL-MUSTAPHA and he informed me that he
would want us to urgently supply him with 1250
cartons of the same product before the end of JUNE,
2005.I used the oppurtunity to inform Alhaji that I
can introduce him to the main producer of this
vaccine who can supply him the product at $4,400.00
USD if he will pay in advance as he usually does. He
was very pleased and has assured me that he is not
going to contact my boss again for this vaccine. He
is now waiting for me to link him to the producer of
the vaccine. We will buy the medicine at $2,000.00 USD
and sell at $4,400.00 USD TO Alhaji M K AL-
MUSTAPHA,with him making a down payment of 50% of our
quoted price first.

If you are interested and capable of handling this
supplies on my behalf,kindly get back to me urgently
through my e-mail,so that we can agree on the terms
and profit sharing,after which I can then furnish you
with the contacts of both our source in EUROPE and
that of Alhaji M K AL-MUSTAPHA . Kindly be notified
that at no point in time should you let ALHAJI M K
AL-MUSTAPHA know that you are not the producer of the
medicine and we should never allow him to know the
contact of our real source in EUROPE so that he
would'nt by pass us to deal directly with them.
Thanks for your cooperation.
CELL ME 0022505268352
Yours sincerely,
kenneth kebe

Posted by: kenneth kebe at June 29, 2005 4:41 AM

I shall be able to help you in this transaction, but if i do not make the vaccine, the label on the packing will tell the story, pl let me know if they are using this vaccine, they will know the company from the label on the bottle, so they can get it directly from the supplier, pl get back to me asap

Posted by: george william at August 5, 2005 4:40 AM

hi, i will help you in this transaction pl let me know if it is not a scam, if the farm is already using this vaccine then they will have the name of the producer, because all medicines carry the name of manufacturer and other details on it,
why does the farm not search themselves for the vaccine

Posted by: george at August 13, 2005 2:43 AM

Good job!

Posted by: Markus at December 11, 2006 9:12 AM

Good job!

Posted by: Markus at December 12, 2006 6:20 PM
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