Attn: Honorable Contractor
By now, everybody on the web should know about the constant barrage of email scams originating in Nigeria. So how anyone could fall for this is beyond me. Nevertheless, there are desperate times coming up, and sometimes necessity, and not greed, makes us hope so hard that we lose our better judgement. With that in mind, follow along as we expose this one for what it is. As usual, glaring errors and scam-flags are BOLD. Here and there I’ve added my own comments. Enjoy…
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA(Nigeria? Think about it.)
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR
TELEX REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT
TINUBU SQUARE,VICTORIA ISLAND
Our Ref: CBN/IRD/CBX/021/04
CONTRACT #: MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009,
Swift Code: BPH KPL PK,
Our Ref: CBN/IRD/CBX/021/06
Attn: Honorable Contractor ( I happen to be a contractor. Are you? And even so, I’ve never contracted with Nigeria.)
My Name (Caps) is Rev. Dr. Tony Abiodun Director (Reverend Doctor, huh? Guess we HAVE to respect that.) Telex Remittance Department Central Bank of Nigeria. I was mandated by President Musa Yauda (Search for this guy on Google. He’s President of Nigeria, right? He doesn’t exist on Google. The name “Musa” does have an historical context, though.) this morning to personally look into your case file which (comma) has been pending for the past 5-10 yrs. (You’d think he would know how many years, but 5 to 10 is an error factor of 100%!)
>From (That ‘>’ before the “F” was included in the email) all indications, their (”there”) has been (”have been”) several reports coming from the International Communities (CAPS) that contractor are been (either “are being” or “have been”, make up his mind for him, would you?) duped by fraudsters and criminals from Nigeria. These was the reasons (”These were”) why the President him self (”himself”) has appointed me to handle this transaction personally and give him the daily report and ensure that your contract payment with the Federal Government of Nigeria is finally resolve (”resolved”) once and for all.
A part (”partial”) payment of $10.7 Million Dollars has already been approved a (”a”?) by Mr. President (’the’ President would be more “politically correct”.) this morning, all (Getting to be a long sentence with that comma there.Should have been a period, with a capital Y starting the next sentence.) you are required to do now is to provide your Bank (CAPS. But you can tell how important they think that word is.) information where you want your contract funds or winnings to be transferred into.(Are they contract funds or winnings? You’d think he would know.)
You are advise (”advised”) to provide all the information’s to me via Email: email@example.com (”information”. and notice this time we get a hotmail address instead of a yahoo address.)
(Everything he needs to steal your identity.)
Kindly provide the information’s (spelling again) within the next 24hrs (HURRY!) to our telex department make the transfer of the $10.7 Million Dollars into your Bank account without any delay. (Wow, was that a sentence from Hades or what?) But if you don’t want wire transfer we can give you another opition. (spelling)
Rev. Dr. Tony Abiodun
Director Telex Remittance Department(CBN)
Sometimes, these scammers remind me of little children. You know how it goes. They start off reasonably enough, maybe even anticipate some of your objections and, like good little salesmen, try to incorporate them into the presentation. Notice how this guy spends half his time distancing himself from scams originating in Nigeria.
But after that, he completely falls apart with run-on sentences and a horrible mangling of the English language. I can just see this guy as a child, nearly out of breath with anticipation, hardly able to form a coherent thought, much less a complete and correct sentence. He is absolutely positive you’ll fall for this one.
I am Jon, and he is wrong.