SPURIOUS


Rabbi Ben Zona is the mastermind and star of such adventures as A Bit of Botha, hw much will u pay me 4 a start, CIRCUMSPECTION, IF THE FALAFEL LOOK LIKE GOLD and FAMILY PLOT.

From the archives ... the Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Some people must be total morons to fall for it. On the other hand, he's a bloody moron for thinking I'd fall for this despite trying to fend him off - I'm a busy scambaiter you know, lots of other more important people to see to - but I will give him that he knew when to back down rather than string it out unnecessarily...

The IP address is very similar to the scammer posing as Debbie Rowe. Either it's the same person or someone who works alongside the original. Both are likely answers as the scambaits pretty much played over the same timeframe. These people are known to share a "mugu" (a fool) among themselves. Although, I'm guessing that in any given time any Internet cafe in Nigeria has several scammers operating alongside each other anyway, so they very much may be working alongside each other but not know each other.


Update November 17, 2012:
This scam is the 'did you authorize so and so to receive money for you' type. Early on, the scammer writes:
Did you broker the debt. to one
{Individual being impersonated},
of {Company being impersonated},
... to claim and receive the payment on your behalf?


It turns out that the Individual and Company named in the original version of this story do exist, and do not like being mentioned, even as innocent bystanders, so their names have been anonymized. The (anonymized) bank account cited is long closed.

The name of the Individual in a scam of this 'format' is window dressing - it's some innocent party possibly plucked from a business directory, or someone the scammer had tried to scam before - it's simply used to fill blanks in the 'format'. Sometimes it's the name of someone famous and/or conveniently dead (often in a Ghastly Plane Crash), or totally made up.


Bad Guys
Dr. Kogi Abuli, Director,INTL REMITTANCE DEPT. CBN
Mrs Maryam Aliman FMJ, temporary bank persona

Good Guys
Rabbi Ben Zona - humble cleric and scholar
Owata Dikedjua - Ben Zona's attorney, brought in to stir the pot as a rival scammer

I give you, Dr. Kogi Abuli. (lights, camera, etc etc)

Dr. Kogi Abuli

From: kogiabuli@gmail.com
Subject: Attention : Beneficiary
IP: 82.128.71.174 (Nigeria)

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA TINUBU SQURE
Lagos/Abuja Annex, Nigeria
EXTERNAL INTL REMITTANCE DEPT & FISCAL POLICY TEL:234-8080119254

Attention : BENEFICIARY, Sir.

SUBJECT: CHANGE OF ACCOUNT BY YOUR PARTNERS.

Our committee has been directed to carry out thorough investigation and verification of the various raised petitions with a view to effecting payment immediately. To show its seriousness on the issue of the Federal Government has set aside US$7 Billion for payment to "Categorized Contractors".

Going through the records, it was discovered that some of the claims were indeed fake as there was not trace of any contract executed anywhere in Nigerian while in some other cases payments were made to wrong beneficiaries. However, we discovered that your transaction is one of the few overdue payments, though with some irregularities that demands immediate clarification from you. Please clarify the following:

1. Did you broker the debt. to one Mr. {Individual being impersonated}, of {Company being impersonated}, {xxxxx}, whose Photograph is herewith attached, to claim and receive the payment on your behalf?
2. Did you sign any "Deed of Assignment" in his favour thereby making him the current beneficiary? (Stamped agreement with us).
3. By the alleged "Transaction" between you and Mr. {Individual being impersonated}, is it in agreement, between both of you that the payment should be directed to: Account Name: {Company being impersonated}
Account No: xxxxxxxx:
Bank Name: {anonymized}.

Our suspicion arises from the swiftness with which process of transferring the beneficiary from you to Mr. {Individual being impersonated} and the people that submitted the account this morning are Mr.Anthony Ego and one Francis Ademola. They all claim to be your partner here in Nigeria. Please confirm to us the genuineness or otherwise of the above claim to enable us act on the payment as all the basic requirements for the release of the fund have been satisfied.

Please note that we are bound or recognize Mr. {Individual being impersonated}'s claim to this payment if you fail to promptly respond to this enquiry.

Call me on my direct cell number +2348080119254 as soon as you receive this message.

Yours Truly,
For: THE PRESIDENCY
DR KOGI ABULI.
Director,INTL REMITTANCE DEPT. CBN

The above scam email is a fusion of dead bank customer and "victim compensation/overdue payment" formats.

Rabbi Ben Zona

(our hero's responses are in blue, as always) (well, my hero anyway)

You must have the wrong guy. I've never heard of these people.

Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona
Congregation Baal Tashchis

Dr. Kogi Abuli

(This one was sent twice. I don't get this - a lot of scammers do it. Am I really going to read it twice?)

From: centralbank ofnigeria (info_cbn.cod87@ymail.com)
(This is the email he uses from now on)
Subject: wire transfer approved
IP: 41.219.231.20 (still in Nigeria)

TO Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona

FIND ATTACHED DOCUMENT WITH MY ID CARD FOR IDENTIFICATION OF MY PERSON AS A BANKER WITH CBN

REGARDS
DR KOGI ABULI
INTL REMITTANCE DEPT CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA CBN

(Click to enlarge.)

Dr. Kogi Abuli

(another one, sent twice)

TO ;Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona

WE WISH TO INFORM YOU ABOUT THE ALLOCATION OF US$10 MILLION ONLY APPROVED IN YOUR NAME AS PART PAYMENT ,THIS OFFICE HAVE COMMUNICATED WITH THE REQUIRED INFORMATION NEEDED TO MOVE THE FUND TO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT .

WE REFERENCE TO OUR LAST MESSAGE AND YOUR INABILITY TO REACH US WITH REQUIRED INFORMATION ,HOWEVER YOU ARE REQUIRED TO FORWARD YOUR FULL BANKING DETAILS WHERE THE SAID AMOUNT WILL BE TRANSFER . ONCE MORE WE HAVE SCHEDULE YOUR FUND REMITTANCE BY CABLE WIRE TRANSFER THROUGH OUR OVER SEAS CREDIT BANK BARCLAYS BANK PLC LONDON,YOUR TRANSFER COMMENCE IMMEDIATELY WE COMPLETE THE AUTHENTICATION OF FUND RELEASE ORDER DOCUMENTS WHICH IS IN PROGRESS .

FINALLY WE ADVISE YOU GET BACK TO US WITH THE FOLLOWING ;
BANK NAME;
BANK ADDRESS;
ACCOUNT NO;
ACCOUNT NAME;
ROUTING NO;
YOUR DIRECT PHONE/FAX NO;

YOUR URGENT REPLY IS NEEDED.

BEST REGARDS
DR KOGI ABULI
INTL REMITTANCE DEPT CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA CBN
TEL 234-8080119254

Rabbi Ben Zona

Sir, I don't know any {Individual being impersonated}. Why have you approved anything in my name?

Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona
Congregation Baal Tashchis

Dr. Kogi Abuli

TO ;Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona.

we received your message and we want to let you know that an allocation of us$10million only has been approved in your name,the amount in question will be released to you by cable wire transfer through our offshore paying bank barclays bank plc london.

however we want you to forward the following ;

BANK NAME;
BANK ADDRESS;
ACCOUNT NO;
ACCOUNT NAME;
ROUTING NO;
YOUR DIRECT PHONE/FAX NO;
YOUR FULL ADDRESS;

we advise you respond to this message immediately with all requirement.

Regards
Dr Kogi Abuli
CBN

(same message was sent twice more a day later, with the subject field now: "reminder")

Rabbi Ben Zona

But what have I done to deserve this? I never knew the man. I mean, I'm happy to take the money, but wouldn't that be illegal to take someone else's money?

Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona
Congregation Baal Tashchis

Dr. Kogi Abuli

TO ;Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona.

i have made all arrangement to your bank and it is legal ,do not entertain any fear ,all amount allocate in your name must be released to you.

forward all the requirement.

Regards
Dr Kogi Abuli
CBN

Rabbi Ben Zona

But how could you have made arrangements with my bank if I haven't told you what bank I use?

Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona
Congregation Baal Tashchis

Mrs Maryam Aliman FMJ

what i mean is that an arrangement has been concluded to release us$10million only to any bank of your choice by wire transfer . so confirm your bank details where you want the fund to be credited .

Best Regards
Mrs Maryam Aliman FMJ (new character, new acronym for the bank? what a buffoon)

Rabbi Ben Zona

Mrs. Aliman,

I don't believe we've been acquainted. The other fellow hasn't convinced me that the money is mine. I never knew the gentleman in question. If you're planning to give the money to me, do you mean to say that you're willing will transfer all this money to a common stranger? I don't think I'd have too much confidence in you as a customer. What is your position in the bank?

Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona
Congregation Baal Tashchis

(and that seems to be it for Mrs. Aliman)

Dr. Kogi Abuli

TO ;Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona

WE RECEIVED YOUR MESSAGE BUT IS LIKE YOU DID NOT UNDERSTAND OUR LAST MESSAGE. WE HAVE GURANTEE AN ALLOCATION OF US$10MILLION ONLY IN YOUR NAME,THIS AMOUNT WILL BE RELEASE TO YOU BY CABLE WIRE TRANSFER TO YOUR BANK AS SOON AS YOU CONFIRM YOUR BANK DETAILS WHERE THE FUND WILL BE CREDITED .

MEANWHILE I AM THE DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE DEPT OF CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA ,I ATTACHED IS MY ID CARD CONFIRMING MY PERSON. AS A MATTER OF URGENCY YOU ARE REQUIRED TO FORWARD THE FOLLOWING ;

BANK NAME;
BANK ADDRESS;
BANK ACCOUNT NO;
ACCOUNT NAME;
SWIFT CODE;
ROUTING NO;
YOUR DIRECT PHONE NO;
YOUR FULL ADDRESS;

I HOPE WITH THIS LITTLE EXPLANATION YOU WILL UUNDERSTAND THE POSITION OF FUND YOU ARE CLAIMING AND ACT FAST FOR IMMEDIATE CONCLUSION OF YOUR FUND REMITTANCE .

REGARDS
DR KOGI ABULI CBN
TEL ;234-8080119254

(same message sent again the next day, but with the same crappy "ID" as before attached)

Rabbi Ben Zona

No, it's you that doesn't understand me. What I'm saying is that you're giving away someone else's money to me. I don't deserve this. As a bank, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Why are you trying to scam someone out of their money?

Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona
Congregation Baal Tashchis

Dr. Kogi Abuli

(point taken, but now he tried a new tack!)

TO ;Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona.

i can now understand you ,i am not scaming any bodys fund. let me quickly inform you that the said allocation of bears your name as the beneficiary of the said amount . we were authorize to pay by nnpc and from the record here ,this fund belong to a contractor with nnpc who is late,he died (5) years ago ,his name is ( VICTOR J Zona) and your name is the next of kin on the documents tender to me,i am not forcing to claim some ones money ,no you are wrong ,i am working on the information detail to my office as the director of international remittance dept of central bank of nigeria cbn. i hope you can now understand why am contacting you for such payment.,if you have any question get back to me.

Regards
Dr Kogi Abuli cbn

Rabbi Ben Zona

Then you definitely have the wrong man. We are not related to any Zonas in the world. When my grandparents left Poland, our name was McLaughlin, but we had it changed when they made aliyah.

Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona
Congregation Baal Tashchis

(Probably could have done better than "McLaughlin" being as so-not-Polish as possible, but I suppose it has to do. Aliyah = migration to Israel)

Dr. Kogi Abuli

WELL I AM CLEARED WITH INFORMATION FORWARDED TO ME. ANYWAY WHAT DO WE DO SINCE THE APPROVAL OF FUND HAS BEEN GRANTED ON YOUR NAME ,THE AMOUNT OF US$10MILLION ONLY IS READY FOR REMITTANCE .

REGARDS
DR KOGI ABULI CBN

Rabbi Ben Zona

Dr. Abuli,

It seems a strange coincidence that there was $10M available from Mr. Individual (name misspelled) and now there's $10M available from a questionable relation. Why do you think that is? How do I know the money is real? Do you have a picture of a trunk full of money?

Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona
Congregation Baal Tashchis

Dr. Kogi Abuli

(yes, it is the same message as before)

WELL I AM CLEARED WITH INFORMATION FORWARDED TO ME. ANYWAY WHAT DO WE DO SINCE THE APPROVAL OF FUND HAS BEEN GRANTED ON YOUR NAME ,THE AMOUNT OF US$10MILLION ONLY IS READY FOR REMITTANCE .

REGARDS
DR KOGI ABULI CBN

Rabbi Ben Zona

You wrote me this yesterday. Answers, man. I want answers.

Dr. Kogi Abuli

well i didi not received any message from you yesterday. however i want us to join hands together to move the fund since the approval has been made and nobody is coming for the claim . all documents to release the fund bears your name ,i advise you think of it and arrange an account where the fund will be transfer . i believe you are stright forward person,i think we can do this togrther . i wait for your message.

Regards
Dr Kogi Abuli CBN

Rabbi Ben Zona

Dr. Abuli,

Let me make sure I've got my facts straight before we continue:

- {Individual being impersonated} was a contractor in your part of the world, who then died. - Somehow or other it was traced to me, and you want to give me $10M.
- I have maintained that I never met a {Individual being impersonated}, but the bank approved the release of funds to me anyway.
- Upon my repeated insistence that the money isn't rightfully mine, you then notify me of a second contractor, Victor Zona, also met his maker, and also this has been traced to me.
- You want to give me $10M that was connected to him as well, even though I have never met him before, nor is he a family member.
- This is of no consequence to the Central Bank of Nigeria, however, as they approved the release of this second fund to me.
- Although this person is not connected with me in any way, because no one is coming for the claim, you want to give it to me anyway because I'm a "stright forward person".

If these facts are all true, then I should have $20M coming my way. Is that right? And if this is true, how many other dead contractors in Nigeria are on your books? Why stop at $20M? Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of ways I could use $20M, and if you're willing to give it to me, I'm willing to take it.
Please just verify the facts as correct before we proceed with these modalities. One thing it's not sounding is 100% risky free.

Sincerely,
Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona
Congregation Baal Tashchis soon to be retired if this is all true

("Modalities" and "100% risky-free" are two terms often used by scammers, the first to describe any sort of business deal, and the second assuring the mugu that they don't have to worry about, er, riskies.)

Dr. Kogi Abuli

attempt to recover from sloppy lie by re-arranging imaginary cast members

TO ;Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona.

once again i think you for your understanding ,i have to clear some more issue to you .

like as i said before what we have here is us$10million only approved in your name as next of kin,the man you mentioned his name mr Individual name misspelled yet another way made an application on your behalf to claim the fund but when we sent a message eaily you confirm to us that never kown this man and we cancel the application ,the said amount can only be paid in your name as approved . I must let you know that this allocation of fund will be paid to any bank you confirmed as your bank and all documents regarding the said fund transfer has been in place . Do not entertain any fear ,we are transfering the fund through our overseas bank in london ,do confirm your bank details.

Regards
Dr Kogi Abuli cbn (sent twice, of course)
Rabbi Ben Zona

Ah, so let me rephrase:
- I was connected with someone with Impersonated Individual name misspelled yet another way, you were going to give me $10M, I said I had nothing to do with it, so you cancelled the application.
- 1-3 days later, the same bank connects me with another dead engineer, who happened to name me as a beneficiary for $10M.
- I maintain I don't know this guy either, since no one is coming for the claim, you're still willing to give it to me.

If those are the facts as you see them, well, let's see the money! Does it come in a big trunk full of bills? Do you have a picture of the trunk?
Dr. Kogi Abuli

(and he doesn't disappoint)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona

i attached copy of the box where the money is packed .

as soon as you confirm your readiness to receive the said amount ,the fund will leae here through diplomatic cargo service to spain where you will be required to claim the fund from the security company .

let me know your readiness .

Regards
DR KOGI ABULI
CBN

Rabbi Ben Zona

I was merely tongue-in-cheek about seeing a picture of a trunk full of money, but not surprisingly, you have obliged. How pray tell do you suppose you're going to get me a trunk full of money? And what shall I do with a trunk full of money? I can't just walk up to a bank and say, here's $10M in cash, put it in my bank account. People will ask questions. I couldn't even get the vault to the bank. What am I supposed to do - take it on the bus? Tie it to the donkey? Who's going to lift it? And on top of that, you want me to pick it up in Spain? How utterly ridiculous. Why don't you just keep the cash and do a direct bank transfer to my account?

Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona
Congregation Baal Tashchis

Dr. Kogi Abuli

the fund can be transferred directyly to your account if you want a direct transfer .

we have to raise documents that we cover up the source of fund .

let have your bank details.

Regards
Dr Kogi Abuli

cbn
Rabbi Ben Zona
I don't understand. You're covering up the source of the fund? Is this illegal?
Dr. Kogi Abuli

To Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona.

You did not understand what i mean by raise back up documents covering source of fund origin ,you need to forward your bank details where you want the fund to be transfer .

The source of fund origin is inheritance fund from nnpc ,you have to forward bank information to be used for the wire transfer and this will be used for the processing of release order documents.

All arrangement to move the fund by wire transfer has been concluded by cbn ,you are hereby advise to forward the required information for onward procedure.

Regards
Dr Kogi Abuli
CBN

Rabbi Ben Zona
With all due respect, I rarely understand anything you say. Like your last message.
Dr. Kogi Abuli

Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona .
i am happy you understand my explanation .
(Oh dear, time to step it up a notch from my end.)

find attached document as affidavit certificate of claim issued by federal ministry of justice authenticating payment in your favour . i cannot understand why you find it difficult in forwarding the requested information wire transfer . the other documents will be communicated to you as soon as you forward the requested information.
Regards
Dr Kogi Abuli CBN

(Click to behold extreme crappiness.)
Rabbi Ben Zona

(Time to bring back an old friend, buried for some months now...)

I think this is getting far too complicated. I am in the middle of another venture with a barrister from Lagos - I'm sure he can look over the documentation to see it's all in order. Barrister Dikedjua, can you please see that this gentleman gets the Odamwata Fukwichua treatment?

Owata Dikedjua

From: Owata Dikedjua
(just say it out loud a few times, emphasis on first syllable in surname)

DEAR DR. KOGI ABULI

COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON AND TOP OF THE DAY TO YOU HOW'S YOUR WIFE AND CHILDREN? HOPE FINE.

MY DEAR, MY CLIENT (dr. ben) HAS HORNESTLY WRITTEN ME AND ASKED ME FOR MY ASSISTANCE IN THIS MATTER OF A BANK TRANSFER AND YOU WILL NOTE THAT IVE BEEN IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION FOR MANY YEARS SO I HAVE GREAT EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH NIGERIAN BANKS AND LAWS OK SO ACTUALLY IF YOU FORWARD ALL THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION TO ME I WILL LOOK AFTER IT MYSELF OK

GET BACK TO ME URGENTLY

FOR THE FAMILY,
BARRISTER O. DIKEDJUA (OWATA)
ODAMWATA FUKWICHUA CHAMBERS

Rabbi Ben Zona

(sent from Ben Zona to Owata, cc to Kogi Abuli)

Barrister Owata,

Just received your message. It just came through as I was logging in. Did you receive my $3,500 I sent by Western Union?

Sincerely,
Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona
Congregation Baal Tashchis

Dr. Kogi Abuli

To: Ben Zona

I CAN UNDERSTAND YOUR ATTORNEY NEED TO VERIFY THE DOCUMENTS WHICH I HAE SENT ONE TO YOU ,LET HIM CROSS CHECK THAT ONE FIRST .

SECONDLY YOU HAVE NOT FORWARDED THE REQUESTED INFORMATION TO PROCESSING THE OTHER DOCUMENTS ,IF YOU WISH TO GET THE REMAINING DOCUMENTS YOU HAVE TO FORWARD THE REQUIRE INFORMATION AS I REQUESTED BEFORE.

FINALLY I WANT TO KNOW THE LOCATION OF YOUR LAWYER IN LAGOS AND PHONE NUMBER ,YOU HAVE MY ID CARD WITH MY PHONE AND ADDRESS,LET ME HAVE YOUR LAWYERS INFO AND YOUR INFO.

REGARDS
DR KOGI ABULI
CBN

Dr. Kogi Abuli

(Now he's really excited. Owata got this message *5* times.)

To: Owata

TO ODAMWATA FUKWICHUA CHAMBERS

I RECEIVED YOUR MESSAGE .

FIND ATTACHED COPY OF MY ID CARD ,PHONE 8080119254

FIRST BEFORE I FORWARD ANY DOCUMENTS TO YOU FOR VERIFICATION ,I NEED YOUR ID CARD ,PHONE AND ADDRESS.

REGARDS
DR KOGI ABULI
CBN

Owata Dikedjua

To: Kogi

OK U A GUYMAN TOO I NA CAN SEE DAT KOGI

OWATA

(translates to: "Well then, old bean, I can see you're one to be scamming the white man, just like me, wink wink nudge nudge?")

Rabbi Ben Zona

Dr Abuli,

Barrister Owata will supply his details, though he is deaf and doesn't talk on the phone.

Sincerely,
Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona
Congregation Baal Tashchis

Dr. Kogi Abuli

Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona.

I AM HEARING THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT A LAWYER IS DEAF.

SO TELL ME HOW DOES HE COMMUNICATE WHEN IN COURT TO PEOPLE.

ALSO I SENT HIM MY ID CARD IMEDIATELY I RECEIVED HIS MESSAGE BUT YOU AND HIM FINDOUT IT DIFFICULT TO COME WITH YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS.

I THINK YOU PEOPLE ARE HIDDING SOME THING.

WELL WHEN YOU ARE YOU CAN FORWARD YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS WITH BANK DETAILS AND YOUR SO CALLED LAWYER.

REGARDS
DR OGI ABULI forgotten how to spell 'his' name
CBN

Rabbi Ben Zona

Dr. Oga,

Sometimes when one loses a critical faculty, other faculties can be over-compensated to an exceptionally heightened degree. No doubt you've heard of the famous Hawaiian boy, Healikikaki, who lost his sight at an early age but still managed to succesfully circumnavigate the globe in a traditional boat (the Hawaiian no'aliki) relying only on the subtle differences of the taste of whale urine.

Similarly, when Barrister Owata isn't emailing, I'm told he argues his cases entirely through telepathy.

It's quite self-righteous of you, sir, to accuse me that I'm hidding something, and quite petulant to refer to Owata Dikedjua as merely a "so-called" lawyer. You should have my personal details as well, else how could you have received my email address?

My bank details:
Bank Leumi Kiryat Bamba, Private Branch
Acct: 374-1334120-3

On with it, Dr. Oga. You've already shown me the requisite picture of wads of bills. I'd like my $10M please.

Dr. Rabbi Ben Zona
Congregation Baal Tashchis

(Guess he didn't buy it - that was the last I heard from him. Aloha oe!)

 

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