SCAMMED IN IRAQ

As if Iraq didn't have enough troubles... here's a short, sad story of someone in Iraq who thought he had inherited money from "Mariam" in Pakistan. Instead he was dealing with a Lad working out of Lagos and apparently Dubai (hop, skip and a jump).

Difficulties in communication made the details sketchy. Scamoramans will be able to piece together the M.O.


[This is the first item received. We can infer, from this and what follows, that The Victim thought a Mariam Zainab in Pakistan needed (and was offering a share in exchange for) his help in retrieving an inheritance. Along the way, fees needed paying. You know the drill.]

From: Mr Josephat Anthony <tonyj_citibank@yahoo.com>
To: Iraqi Victim

Financial controller
Citibank Abuja-Nigeria (West Africa)

Good day Mr. Victim
I receive your reply, and Iím sorry that I did not reply you on time. I am very sorry about the problem in your country. I pray that GOD will take control of the situation and stop the problem. Before I transfer the money to you, you will have to pay to the Citibank, the sum of $600 for the transfer processing and arrangement fee, payable to us only by western union money transfer. When we receive the $600 payment, then I can start with the transfer arrangements and the money will be transferred to you within 24hrs.
In other for us to proceed with this transaction without any further delay, I hereby instruct that you go now to any WESTERN UNION TRANSFER OFFICE around your area and send the $us600 fee across to us. Using the informations given below, please send to:

MR. JUDE UDEOGARANYA
ADDRESS: 39 adeola odekun street, victoria island Lagos Nigeria.
PHONE:2348023367081
After sending the $us600 fee by western union money transfer to Mr. Jude, you must contact me immediately to inform me and also to give me your: name in full, house addresses, phone number, text question, answer, control number.
Please note that the $600us is all that you are required to spend for this transaction.

WARNING!
Finally, itís very important that I let you know this, for the interest of safety and security. You must never disclose the details of this transaction to anybody at the office of the WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER, when you go to send the $1000usd across to us. You may not or maybe pressurized, and interrogated about the details of this transaction, either by the western union officials, or by some police officers or FBI agents who are always hanging around the western union money transfer office. You and I will be in very serious trouble with the law if you disclose, because you do not yet have the documents to defend you as Mr.? Next of kin. To avoid exposure, never disclose the details of this transaction to anybody. I await your reply.
Thank you.

GOOD DAY THANKS..
[Next comes this:]

From: Victim
Date: October 16, 2006
To: Scamorama

ATTENTION MANAGER

DEAR SIR,
I AM MR. xxxx xxxxx OF BAGHDAD IRAQ
I FULL IN A TRUB BY THE DELEVERIES OF THE CONSIGMNT WHICH ARE MY FAMILY TRUSUR AND NOW THE EMPLOYEE MADAM MARIAM ZAINAB IN PAKISTAN HIDDEN MY CONSIGMNT ANT AND SHE DISAPPEAR .
I WILL SEND TO YOU ALL EMAIL FROM HER TO ME ALSO SHE TAKE FROM ME MORE THAN 20,000US$ IN CASH .

THANKS IN REGARDES....
[Then comes this. Apparently the Victim was preparing to go to Dubai to meet his Lad, and was being hit up for money by someone pretending to be an official of Dubai.]

From: Victim
Date: October 16, 2006
To: Scamorama

DEAR SIR,
IS THAT DIRECTORATE REAL ONE OR THEY ARE IDEOL

Note: forwarded message attached.

From: "Dubai-UAE Payment." <info.uaepaycentre@mac.com>
Date: July 18, 2006
To: Victim
Subject: INFORMATION.

From the Desk of
Mr.Garuba A. Garuba.
Payment Coordinator.
UAE Payment Centre,
Dubai-United Arab Emirates.
Tel: + 971 4 2289776.
Email: info.uaepaycentre@mac.com

Attn: Mr.XXXX

I write with great thanks to acknowledge receipt of your email and to inform you in response about the ethics of our services as instructed by the UAE. Ministry of Interior.

We have no jurisdiction what so every to invite visitors into the UAE. On a tourist or pleasure visit, our agreement with the ministry of interior is to invite our client to UAE. To come and sign the necessary funds release documents after all payment procedures is been completed.

In your own case, your payment processing and procedures has not been completed and based on this fact you can not be allowed to enter the UAE. Under our sponsorship, this is because we cannot guarantee your stay and activities in Dubai.

You have been favored and advised by the management of the UAE PAYMENT CENTRE. You are advised to complete requirements by responding to the Insurance deposit as you have been favored by discount.

Your visa cannot be submitted in the airport for you to enter the UAE. Under our sponsorship if your funds release procedures is not been completed.

I am sorry there is nothing I can do at this time, you have only the option of completing the requirements by making the insurance deposit of US$ 1,500. after which your visa will be submitted in the airport for your proposed arrival in Dubai on Friday.

Yours faithfully.

Mr.Garuba A. Garuba.
[Now a nasty-gram from the scammer to the victim:]

From: Victim
To: Scamorama

DEAR SIR,
YOU SEE THE LAST MASSEGE FROM THE CRIMENAL TO ME.

Note: forwarded message attached.

From: Scammer
To: Victim

Victim's First Name:

For this reason what you said,ipromise you will never get the consignment again, you think i dont know it was stolen from nigeria between you and josuha to sponse terorist, i myself will callmy office tommorow to take it to anyi terrorist dept, the if you are a man come and claim it, i can bet my life that you will die in prinson, and for the ticket fee,i will call the agent now to sop sending it,you are a stupid man, for treating me, do you know whoyou are talking to? i wanted to helpyou before but now,you have woesing your situation

if you have evidence of the consignment come to islambad or invite interpol and i will make sure you will never see this earth again.

and dont ever callme or write me
[Meanwhile, "Mariam" is apparently still jerking the Victim's chain:]

From: "Mariam Zainab" in "Pakistan"
Subject: Fwd: flight schedule
Date: October 16, 2006

Dear XXX

Please check your mail, i have just send you copy of my flight schedule against friday. tommorow.

Regards
Madam

["She" is supposedly flying from Pakistan to Dubai to meet the Victim.)



[That's all she wrote. No continent left unscathed.]

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