I couldn't quite believe how long this 419er to catch the Harry Potter theme on. I wanted to see just how hard I could yank.
AYO KURE[This is how the letter looked, don't hold your breath while reading.]
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 17:13:32
I GUESS THIS LETTER MAY COME TO YOU AS SURPRISE SINCE I HAD NO PREVIOUS CORRESPONDENCE WITH YOU. I AM THE CHAIRMAN TENDER BOARD OF INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC). I GOT YOUR CONTACT IN THE COURSE OF MY SEARCH FOR A RELIABLE PERSON WITH WHOM TO HANDLE A VERY CONFIDENTIAL TRANSACTION INVOLVING THE TRANSFER OF THE SUM OF $30,000,000.00 D0LLARS (THIRTY MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) INTO YOUR PRIVATE ACCOUNT FOR SAFE KEEPING THE ABOVE FUND IN QUESTION IS NOT CONNECTED WITH ARMS, DRUGS OR MONEY LAUNDERING. IT IS THE PRODUCT OF AN OVER INVOICE ON CONTRACT AWARDED IN 1999 BY INEC TO A FOREIGN COMPANY FOR THE SUPPLY OF ELECTORAL MATERIALS THAT WAS USED FOR CONDUCTING 1999 ELECTION. THE CONTRACT HAS LONG BEEN EXECUTED AND PAYMENT OF THE ACTUAL CONTRACT AMOUNT HAS BEEN PAID TO THE FOREIGN CONTRACTOR LEAVING THE BALANCE OF US$30MILLION DOLLARS IN A DORMANT ACCOUNT, WHICH MY COLLEAGUES AND I NOW WANT TO TRANSFER OUT OF NIGERIA INTO A RELIABLE FOREIGN ACCOUNT FOR OUR PERSONAL USE. AS CIVIL SERVANTS WE DO NOT HAVE THE NECESSARY FOREIGN ACCOUNT MACHINERY TO SUCCESSFULLY HANDLE THIS TRANSACTION THEREFORE IT BECOMES NECESSARY TO SOURCE FOR A FOREIGN COMPANY OR AN INDIVIDUAL WITH THE CAPABILITY TO ACT AS THE ORIGINAL BENEFICIARY OR THE CONTRACTOR. MY DEAR, IT IS A GOOD THING THE PRESIDENT HAS ENDORSED THE RESOLUTION PASSED BY THE SENATE THAT ALL FOREIGN CONTRACTORS OWED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA SHOULD BE PAID. WE WILL SEIZE THIS GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT YOU AS ONE OF THE BENEFICIARIES TO BE PAID. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSAL KINDLY GET BACK TO ME BY SENDING ME YOUR LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE ALONG WITH YOUR DIRECT TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS, BUT IF YOU CANNOT FOR ANY REASON TO HANDLE THIS TRANSACTION I SHOULD BE GRATEFUL, IF YOU CAN INTRODUCE IT TO A RELIABLE AND TRUST WORTHY PERSON IN WHICH IN ANY CASE YOUR INTEREST WILL BE PROPERLY TAKEN CARE OF. MEANWHILE, MY COLLEAGUES AND I HAVE DECIDED TO SHARE THE MONEY IN THE FOLLOWING RATIO: 60% FOR MY COLLEAGUES AND I, THEN 30% FOR YOU THE ACCOUNT OWNER AND 10% FOR ALL LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL EXPENSES THAT MAY ARISE IN THE COURSE OF THIS TRANSACTION. FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT THIS TRANSACTION WILL BE DISCUSSED IN THE SUBSEQUENT CORRESPONDENCE. THIS TRANSACTION IS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL BUT 100% RISK FREE. NOTE ALSO THAT THE PARTICULAR NATURE OF YOUR BUSINESS IS IRRELEVANT TO THIS TRANSACTION AND THIS TRANSACTION IS EXPECTED TO BE CONCLUDED WITHIN 21 WORKING DAYS SINCE ALL LOCAL CONTACTS AND ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN PROPERLY PERFECTED FOR A SMOOTH AND SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF THISTRANSACTION. CONTACT ME VIA EMAIL WITH YOUR CONTACT TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS, SO THAT I CAN CALL YOU FOR A DISCUSSION. THANK YOU AS I AWAIT YOUR RESPONSE.
HARRY POTTERFrom: harold.potter1@someISP.com
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 19:22:37
Dear Mr. Ayo Kure,
I am very interested in this proposal and would like to hear more details.
My friends and I are really looking forward to our new school term and have a long list of unusal items which we must buy before the new term starts. This investment could not come at a better time, but I need to know what is involved.
I look forward to hearing from you.
4 Privet Drive
AYO KUREDate: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 23:29:52
Top of the day to you,.I am forwarding to you as a matter of urgency a detailed explanation and procedure of how we intend to prosecute this project, we are doing this in conformity with our desire to enjoy the proceed of this transaction with absolute peace of mind.
For purpose of clarity, we are members of the Tender Board with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) a body vested with the authority to scrutinize, reappraise, approve and recommend for payment all genuine and valid contract that have been fully executed for (INCE) on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria. By virtue of our official positions, we over-inflated a contract awarded to a foreign company by US$30,000,000.00 (Thirty Million United States Dollars) which remain unclaimed after the contractor have been duly paid the value of the contract. It is this fund that we intend to transfer to a foreign (offshore) account with your assistance.
We need your assistance as the funds is in the INEC account operated by the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF),by the Federal Government of Nigeria .The fund is secured in an escrow account of the Federal Government specifically set aside for the settlement of outstanding payment to Foreign Contractors. We are handicapped in this circumstance as the Civil Service Code of Conduct does not allow us to operate offshore accounts, hence your importance in the whole transaction.
The Democratic Government of Nigeria in her bid to launder its political image and ease pressure of economic sanctions and desertification instituted by the United States of America and European Union, has made the settlement of outstanding payment of foreign contractors a priority in the 2003 fiscal year. Therefore, we want to utilize this opportunity as a lot of foreign contractors will be paid in this quarter of 2003 to transfer the funds out of the country.
For this reason, we want to front you as the beneficiary of the sum Thirty Million United States Dollars only (US$30,000,000.00). For this to be done we will incorporate your name as a company with the Corporate Affairs Commission as an existing entity and Register you as a foreign contractor with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).We will also by virtue of our official positions secure for the company the necessary back-up documentations that will facilitate the Release/Transfer of the funds into your nominated bank account. All these will give you legal claim to this funds into your account. We will also obtain from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Office of the Attorney-General a vetting approval to authenticate that this transaction is genuine and is not violating any Local or International Laws. We will also provide documents to explain the source of the fund to guide against any suspicion from your bankers and the revenue service in your country.
My colleagues and I require from you a written personal letter of guarantee concerning the safety and availability of our share when the fund is credited to your account. It might interest you to know that you will also advise us accordingly on high yielding investment opportunities in your country. Note that if your follow my instructions religiously we will conclude this transaction within the next 21 working days. This project is 100 % risk free so you should not worry yourself.
NOTE:TAX ISSUE: Full audit report will normally be sent along with the wire-transfer papers of the fund from the Federal Ministry Of Finance, this will handle source and application for the incoming money and explain all tax details to your Revenue service and bankers. The audit report will state that the money being paid is for capital on project and profit after taxation,and the profit will be decleared between US$1M to US$2M, even If this profit is taxed by your Government as the case might be by 50%, we shall still come out smiling.So do not bother discussing with your bankers for now, at the right time I will ask you to do that. Just maintain the required confidentiality and the project will be successfully concluded.
Please observe the required level of confidentiality as we are still in active service. I will expect you to give this project utmost priority in order for us to conclude this on schedule. Call me on my private/direct telephone number 234- 1-7756151 ,fax 234-1-7596228 as soon as you receive this message for further clarification. You shoulkd send your contact telephone number,so I can be calling you subsequently for updates and instrutionson this project. As a precautionary measure Please ask for the password when you call it only when the response is "OMEGA"that you should proceed to disclose any information a bout this project.
HARRY POTTERTo: email@example.com
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2003 18:11:49
Can I call you Ayo? You can call be Harry - this is how all my friends address me.
I am very interested in this proposal. I have a personal bank account at Gringott's Bank based in Diagon Alley in London. I'm sure that it would be suitable for this transaction. This account was set up for me by my parents (though there may be a question concerning currency conversion). Do you have any experience in dealing with this type of conversion?
At the moment, I am at University (Hogwarts University) in middle England and do not have direct access to a phone. Even if I did, I suspect that reception would be poor here. You see, the University is set in wonderful grounds, surrounded by forests and lakes. It's really quite beautiful. You should come and see it!
My friend Ron Weasley has more experience in taxation. Should I involve him in this transaction? I suspect he may want a share though.
I do have easy access to e-mail though!
Please let me know what the next steps are.
Thanks and may God be with you!
4 Privet Drive
MICHAEL GANI (or CAPT MICHAEL BANA?)Subject: Modalities and requirements to proceed.
From: michael gani
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2003 19:08:00
Dear Mr. Harold Potter,
Thanks you for your prompt response to my proposal. I hope you are in the position to handle a transaction of this magnitude. We do need some confidentiality to enable us work duly with time.
I am interested in real estate aquisition abroad and also in importation of good and viable products back to my country for redistribution , but first we to secure the funds from the security company in Amsterdam.
The funds involved is to the tune of $15 M USD. You will be entitled to 10% of the funds for your assistance in getting the funds secure successfully.
I will now give you details of my perfected modalities to ensure that this transaction is a 100% hitch-free. The funds have already been carried out of my country through a Security Company to Amsterdam.
What I need from you right now is the following:
1. Your full names as appears on your passport for identification purposes.
2. Company name and address.
I will immediately forward your name to the Security Company as the end beneficiary of the funds/consignment in Amsterdam.
You will be required to personally travel to Amsterdam to clear the funds from the Security Company. The Security Company will assist you in opening an account and depositing the funds in the bank in Amsterdam, and you will then give instructions for the funds to be transferred to your nominated account.
I will send you all the relevant documents, which will show that you are the owner of the consignment in Amsterdam. The documents are;
1. The certificate of deposit/conveyance with which the funds were deposited with the Security Company.
2. The Drug clearance certificates from our Drug Enforcement Agency stating that the consignment is drug-free.
I want to assure you that this transaction is going to be a 100% hitch-free, so you have nothing to worry about.
I await your swift response with the required information so that I can explain the next step to follow as I will eventually travel to meet with you after you have successfully cleared the funds.
Thank you and God bless.
Capt. Michael Bala.
HARRY POTTERTo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2003 21:38:19
Dear Mr Bala,
Thank you for your reply. Please, call he Harry - all my friends call me that.
I must confess to being a little confused. Previously I had been corresponding with a Dr. Ayo Kure. Are you a business associate of his or connected with the Electoral Commission?
I need some assurance of who you are since this transaction is of a confidential nature.
I have had my e-mail bugged before you know (and suspect this was Malfoy).
Please, please Mr. Bala assure me that this is being treated in the strictest confidence and that you are as trustworthy as my God fearing friend Dr. Kure.
Also, I admit that I am extermely excited by this proposal. Do you know if the transfer of the $30 million of muggle money can be converted to the currency of this country? Will this cause any problems with my own bank here in London (Gringott's)?
AYO KURESubject: More details
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2003 11:21:37
Dear Harold ,
Top of the day to you, I received your mail.Be informed that the Foreign payment application form with the beneficiary informations(your name) has been forwarded to the INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC) for processing.This application shall be considered in a few days and will be referred back to us in the CONTRACT TENDER BOARD for approval and recommendation. With our approval which is One Hundred Percent (100% guaranteed), the INEC will apply to the Federal Ministry of Finance for Foreign exchange which will entitle you to a foreign exchange control approval number. This is the most important, difficult and delicate aspect of this project, because it is at this stage that all the important,and vital fund release approval/recommendations from the Federal Ministry of Finance are issued. Once they are issued, it means that over 90% of the process of the fund transfer has been concluded. However you can be rest assured that we have set a perfect machinery in motion to ensure that they are issued in your favour without delay. After the approval of foreign exchange allocation number to you, the Federal Ministry Of Finance (FMF) will advise the beneficiary accordingly and recommend you for the payment of the total sum ofUS$30 MILLION from the Federal Government Offshore Accounts in America or issue an international bank draft in favour of you/your company which can be lodged and drawn/cashed in any first class bank in the world.
For the Federal Ministry Of Finance to pay you/your company, we shall process and procure some documents to correspond to the date of award/execution of the contract and present you as the bonafide beneficiary of the fund. This documents shall include:- (1) Certificate of Incorporation of your company in Nigeria as a corporate entity (2) Cetificate of Registration of your company with the NNPC as a grade "A" foreign contractor (3) Tax Clearance Certificate of your company for three years(4) Legal Clearance Certificate of your company from the Federal Ministry of Justice that your contract is genuine and does not contravene the Local/International Laws (5) Value added tax certificate of your company (6) FMF Forex allocation Certificate (7) Approval from NNPC recommending your company for payment at the FMF(8) Job Completion Certificate
We have been asked to process the above documents and we have infact started to release some funds to ensure that these documents are speedily processed and released to us. This sum includes official charges for the certificates and gratification to enhance their speedy release. As soon as they are released to us, we will forward them to the (FMF) as is required of contractor requesting their outstanding payments.I will send you copies of these certificates for your records and perusal.
My friend, I wish to remind you once again that we have an irrevocable determination to ensure that this project is successfully concluded, so you must not fail us. My colleagues have asked me to implore you not to harbour the idea of cheating on us since our lives and the future of our families depends on this project. The money that we have raised to procure these documents came from our collective contributions by way of mortgage and outright sales of some of our personal properties and we been promised that all these documents will be ready for us before the end of next week.
Full audit report will normally be sent along with the wire-transfer papers of the fund from the Federal Ministry Of Finance, this will handle source and application for the incoming money and explain all tax details to your Revenue service and bankers. The audit report will state that the money being paid is for capital on project and profit after taxation,and the profit will be decleared between US$2M to US$4M, even If this profit is taxed by your Government as the case might be by 50%, we shall still come out smiling.So do not bother discussing with your bankers for now, at the right time I will ask you to do that. Just maintain the required confidentiality and the project will be successfully concluded. Dont bother to involve your friend. Just do only what I tell you as we have carefully planed this over the years and allloop holes have been blocked.
Call me on receipt of this email at about 6pm your time. make sure you call me Remember no operator assisted calls all calls must be direct. Whenever you call me ask for the password and wait for me to tell you OMEGA,If I do not tell you OMEGA , it means that you are speaking to somebody else.so you drop and call me back untill I tell you the password. Best Regards.
DR. Ayo kure.
MICHAEL GANI?Subject: Send requirements: be more specific.
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2003 16:40:37
Dear Mr. Harold Potter,
Thanks for your response to my mail. Although you did not bother to respond to the contentes of my letter before you asked me your own questions.
I will really appreciate you answering my questions as regards your ability to handle the transaction of such magnitude and keep a strict confidence about it.I also need your assurance of your ability to travel to the security company office in Amsterdam to clear and secure the funds.
As for your questions regarding depositing the funds in your country, that will not be acceptable due to the 40% taxes imposable in your country.
The funds will be kept in the new account you will open in Amsterdam or transferred to a safe have country.
I wait for your urgent mail and needed requirements.
HARRY POTTERTo: email@example.com
Date: Thr, 26 Jun 2003 20:48:16
I hope I can call you Ayo (you did not express a preference in your last e-mail). Please, as I have said before, call me Harry (all my friends call me Harry).
Thank you for the further details on this transaction. I must admit that I am really excited by this proposal. I'm just imagining what I might be able to purchase. A house, car - even a Nimbus 2000! What plans do you have?
There is one matter that I a a little nervous about though. After communicating with you, I received an e-mail from a Captain Michael Bala. I know that this matter is confidential. Could my e-mails to you have been intercepted. Could this be Malfoy? Is this person connected to this transaction in some way? Beware of Voldemort!
I need to know if I can trust this person and whether I should be communicating with him.
Be careful - our communications could be being monitored!
Also, I have a trusted friend here at Hogwarts (Prof. Dumbledore) who I know would be extremely interested. He is desperately seeking funding for a new roof at the University and also has an account at Gringott's. I'm sure he would be willing to help also, but I need to know whether we should be involving him in this transaction.
Please give me some guidance on what to do!
Also, as I explained before, I am currently at Hogwart's University and do not have access to a phone, although I will be returning to London soon and have access to a phone at my Uncle Vernon's house. I do hope that we can converse very soon. In the meantime, I have easy access to e-mail.
Please e-mail soon!
4 Privet Drive
HARRY POTTERTo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2003 21:06:35
Dear Mr. Bala,
I hope you are well.
I hope I did not seem difficult in not answering your specific queries - I just wanted to be sure our communications are confidential. You see, I had previously been talking to Dr. Kure and I need to know how you are connected to him. Is he a business partner of yours?
I must admit that I have only ever flown to London before, but flying to Amsterdam should not be a problem! I can fly with great speed you know!
I admit that I do not know much about depositing muggle money, however I know that Gringott's Bank in London has extermely good interest rates however if it is better to use a holding company in Amsterdam then that would be fine. Do you know if it would be possible to then transfer the money back to England without being taxed?
I am really excited about this and I must admit that I am already planning to buy a new Nimbus 2000.
Here are my details:
Full name: Harold Potter (but please call me Harry)
Telephone: As I explained before, I do not yet have access to a phone, but I will be returning to my Uncle Vernon's house in London soon and will give you a phone and fax number very soon.
Can you please send me the certificate of deposit and any other documentation.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
4 Privet Drive
AYO KUREDate: Thu, 26 Jun 2003 22:11:48
I got your mail and the content well understood, I am glad that you have passed the simple test. My coleagues actually wanted to know how secret you can keep this transaction an had to conduct that simple test. You may not reply as you have shown that you are we can confide in you. DO NOT REPLY TO THAT MAIL.
[Not that you need to be told, but obviously "Ayo Kure" forgot that he was "Ayo Kure" and lapsed into being "Michael Bala" except when he was being "Michael Gani". A semester at Lad U. would have to include SELF 101: Remembering Who You Are Pretending To Be.]
Harry we have started the process of registering a company name for you, the certificate should be out tomorrow or monday. As soon as it is out I will send a scanned copy to you for your perusal, as we will have to forward the originals of all document to the ministry of finance at the final stage. Though I used Hrold Potter Nigeria limited. I hope you dont mind as I can not do anything to change that now. As we can not afford to spend money going to do another. We have limited amount of money with us budgeted for this project
Harry I dont see any need to really involve anybody now as we dont have any difficulty, you can make a donation to Prof. Dumbledore in the end but for now keep it to yourself, except you want to tell me that you are not capable to handle this for us.
As for my share I hope to Invest in a profit yeildin venture in Britan as an insurance for my retirement which is not too far away. We have a big portflio officially but poorly paid because of our economy hence we are doing this.
I am really looking forward to speaking with you. I am really sorry to ask what is the biggest amount of money that has entered your account at a time? as I will not want us to have difficulty. Let me know so we can block all loop holes before we get there.
HARRY POTTERDate: Thu, 26 Jun 2003 23:35:27
It is so good to hear from you so soon.
I am glad that I passed the test. I feared that Voldemort might have had something to do with this, however I have been reassured by you.
I am glad to hear that the project is going well and that now Harry Potter has a company in Nigeria!
I am also really glad to hear that you plan an investment in Britain. Can I suggest an investment in Quidditch pitches? I have some excellent contacts. Quidditch is not a very popular sport in Britian yet, but it is gaining in popularity and I believe this would be an excellent investment. Do you play Quidditch in Nigeria?
As for my account here, my parents (who sadly are both dead) left me a substantial amount for me in this account at Gringott's bank, though I suspect it is much less than the £30 million muggle money you are talking about! Do you think I should move the money out of that account in preparation for this transaction?
I am so looking forward to talking directly to you.
Do you plan to bring any friends or family to England? They would so much enjoy visiting Hogwarts. There is an express train which comes directly here from King's Cross Station in London. Can you believe that? It is such a beautiful place.
4 Privet Drive
AYO KUREDate: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 11:35:43
[Well what do you know - Ayo stumbled on to the Harry Potter story... we hope it inspired him.]
HARRY POTTERDate: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 19:21:22
But Ayo - we were getting on sooo well! Does this mean that the deal is off? What do you have against us wizards? What about Professor Dumbledore's roof?
You are one STUPID mugu. You must be the WORST 419 scammer to crawl the planet.
I am glad to have wasted your time. Consider your chain yanked.
I should add that I have now passed your cell phone and fax numbers on to the Specialist Crime OCU Fraud Squad and the Nigerian National police. I am now just about to cancel your e-mail accounts but want to make sure you get this e-mail.
Enjoy your time in jail with Bubba and don't drop the soap too much.
I assume that's the last I will here from this lad.
Dare we hope?