I thought you'd enjoy this response that was part of a very ordinary back-and-forth scambait.
Evidently the lad didn't appreciate the humor in the fact that I gave him the local FBI office phone number.
"Poisonous machete cuts"?
Peter Dike, a scammer posing as a political militant
Kevin, a guy who isn't having it
Paragraph breaks thoughtfully inserted for your reading pleasure into the scammer's e-mails, as news of the mighty Paragraph development in writing didn't seem to have reached him.
Especially scammy foreshadowings highlighted for the scam-o-challenged.
From: PETER DIKE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am talking of the sum of EIGHTEEN MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLAR (USD18.2M) I made this money from the sales of crude oil (PETROLEUM) through our illegal petroleum oil refinery located at the creeks of the NIGER DELTER OIL REGION under my control as one of the head of major militant groups fighting the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA against the injustices on us the host communities of all the oil companies.
I need not mention to you the impact of our militancy on the Nigerian economy so also to the world at large as Nigeria is currently the 4th ranking oil producing country of the world. Last year, the federal government of Nigeria offered amnesty and settlement to all the militant groups in the Niger delta region who are fighting for justice in their land because we have succeeded in chasing out almost all the oil companies from our oil reach region and thereby crippled the federal government major source of income. I am not boasting or trying to show how rough or tough we can be but a trip to this region will certainly bring you down to tears considering the plight of the host community's i.e.
1) MOST OF US ARE FISHERMEN BUT COULD NO MORE GO FISHING ANY MORE BECAUSE OF CONSTANT OIL SPILLAGE WHICH KILLS ALMOST ALL THE FISH IN THE WATER.
It's not hard to find news about the impact of the Nigerian oil industry (and the unequal division of its proceeds) on local peoples.
We had taken this matter on our own severally to the international communities and some have visited and saw it themselves that we were fighting a just course .I had to give some of these reasons that pushed us to the act of militancy so you do not take me as a criminal . In the good spirit of amnesty and settlement offered by the president ALHAJI MUSA YAR'ADUA / JONATHAN GOODLUCK we surrendered all our arms and ammunition s to the military few months ago but I can not also surrender my money to them also as we are now re-integrating our followers back to the civil society and I deem it right at this point after a careful thought and considerations to seek your assistance in receiving the EIGHTEEN MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS ( $18.2M) in your country for joint investment . I no more live in the creeks any more rather staying presently where I am offered a mansion until I am equitably settled according to our agreement with the federal government of Nigeria.
YOU CAN MAKE INQUIRIES ABOUT MY STATEMENTS IN THIS MESSAGE TO YOU AND CONSIDER THIS AS A REAL AND LEGITIMATE DEAL STRICTLY FOR ME AND YOU ONLY. PLEASE DO NOT REGARD THIS MESSAGE AS ONE OF THOSE SCAM EMAILS BEING SENT UNSOLICITED INTO PEOPLES EMAIL BOXES WITH INTION TO SCAM THEM OF THEIR HARD EARNED MONEY. YOU WILL TAKE 20 PERCENT OF THIS MONEY FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE. I AM OFFERING YOU %30 OF THIS TOTAL MONEY FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE. I DO NOT EXPECT YOU ADD YOUR MONEY TO THIS TRANSACTION BUT IF REASONABLE NEED BE I WILL BE FORCED TO FALL BACK ON YOU . I shall give you the full details on how you will receive the money within the next two weeks if I see genuineness and sincerity from your response. Yours sincerely, PLEASE DO NOT REGARD THIS MESSAGE AS ONE OF THOSE INTERNET SCAM MESSAGES BEING SENT UNSOLICITED INTO PEOPLES EMAIL BOXES .
Peter Dike (Former militant leader )
So in plain English, this scammer is pretending to be a political militant who is:
This all sounds very suspicious...how did you get my email?
Thanks for at least writing.
Actually the menace of internet crime have really made the love and trust of so many people wax very cold .These days one hardly believes or trust internet transactions due to the evil menace of scam . Please do not allow this to becloud your sense of good judgment.
This transaction is real and I do not need a dime from you to execute this due if serious need be you may be called upon though I do not wish for that.
I need complete this within the next 14 working days so please let me know if you are interested in this transaction . I am offering you %30 of the $18.2m .You can as well make inquiries about my
So what exactly do you need from me?
In which we learn that Peter only wants to abscond with the money (meant to help local people) so that he'll have the option of refusing the government's request to help fight terrorism. Because he deserves a rest.
For this particular idea to materialize you need to provide these below Data of yours so we can start the process. Please I want you to bear in mind that I MUST follow the due process with all the legal backings needed .No short cuts. I do not want troubles in this transaction at all.
THIS IS ALL I NEED FROM YOU
1, BANK DETAILS WHERE THE FUND WILL BE CREDITED IN YOUR FAVOR
2, CONTACT ADDRESS
3, DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBER(S)
4, ANY ACCEPTABLE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION, i.e. International Passport, National ID or International Driving License (SCANNED COPY PLEASE). The banker is already waiting for a go ahead order and the details above to perfect the transfer with out delay.
Don't send scammers copy of your ID. They'll probably use it as the fake ID they send to victims in some other scam.
Please remember that this transaction is strictly between me and you ONLY. Keep it a top secret and only to your self.
Note also that this transaction is expected to last for two weeks and not more .Remember your share is %30 of the total money $18.2m.
THIS IS HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL: PLEASE ADVISE ME
As the leader of one of the dreaded militant force , the Federal Government is pressurizing me to assemble my lieutenants and members to fight those terrorist in my country .They are offering me big time contract worth millions .
I do not know what to do now . I had fought for a long time and now I feel I should rest and give myself a treat with this money I am about transferring out to you then this juicy offer is coming up to me. I might not be so lucky to survive this as I survived the militancy war .I am confused Please advise me as a good and trusted friend
Feel very free to call me on +234 704 154 5038 any time any day .This is my direct mobile line. ALSO NOTE THAT HENCE THAT ALL OUR CORRESPONDENCE SHOULD BE THROUGH THIS PARTICULAE EMAIL BOX THROUGH WHICH I SENT YOU THIS MESSAGE, THIS IS FOR SECURITY REASONS.
Best of my regards,
That's a lot of VERY sensitive information to send over the internet to a stranger. Can you provide me with any sort of documentation that can explain all of this?
Sorry for my caution, but there are many people using the internet for scamming and identity theft. You can't be too careful.
"Peter" regards "Kevin" as his own brother, but would like to have "Kevin's" ID so as to know him better.
My dear brother Kevin ,
I hope you are not offended I regarded you as my own brother now .It takes a good and living brother hood for me to entrust with you such a huge amount of money .It also takes some good measure of love and trust from you to release such vital and sensitive information of yours as our transaction requires to me .Now the problem is having to do that via the internet due to security reasons as you rightly stated. I can assure you are %100 covered and secured from impersonation and scam.
Quite well, those information as I requested matters so much in this because with out it, I will find it very difficult to release such an amount of money to some body not well known to me hence my desire to have your ID so as to know you better .Besides this point, there is no way the paying bank can do the transfer of the fund with out your banking detail. If you as the beneficiary starts asking unnecessary questions over the or demanding for documentations of the fund when you had not even submitted your Data to them it surely will raise some suspicion. Both of us are mature enough to reason out certain things by our self .
As stated earlier this is all I need from you : ------
1, BANK DETAILS WHERE THE FUND WILL BE CREDITED IN YOUR FAVOR( strictly for bank use to credit the account with the fund )
2, CONTACT ADDRESS ( for me to know you better and the paying bank needs it too )
3, DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBER(S) ( for easier and faster communication , I and the banks needs it )
4, ANY ACCEPTABLE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION, i.e. International Passport, National ID or International Driving License (SCANNED COPY PLEASE). The banker is already waiting for a go ahead order and the details above to perfect the transfer with out delay. (For familiarization between me and you and as security against acting funny as soon as the fund hits your account)
What we said before...
If for any reason I personally go for documentations then I will be creating awareness that I own that fund. I do not want any body here associate me with that fund else it will be freezed and taken by the government. The banker helping me out in this transaction is taking every good caution against problems and I so much appreciate that from him. Already I have given instructions that every paper regarding this fund be changed to bear your names because I do not want this fund traced to me .I may find it very difficult at this time substituting your names for some other name unless I want create suspicion on the fund .
I is very good one get cautious in every transaction ok but certainly I am not the type to impersonate or scam somebody .I want this money out of here as fast as possible so I can give my NEGATIVE answer to the Government offer to me that I help to fight the terrorists . All I need now is rest and not to start some other fight which I most likely may not survive.
Please waste no time in forwarding those information to me. I will not be tampered with in any way.
WAITING FOR THOSE INFORMATIONS .Best of my regards,
I've scannned and attached my state employment ID with the security level. That should suffice.
My address is:
My phone is XXX-XXX-XXXX
(NOTE: The above information is for an FBI office I googled completely at random. The ID is, of course, completely bogus.)
Routing: xxxx xxxxx
Please let me know when the bank has completed the transfer.
My spirit already told me you are honest and straight forward. Even before I received your details, I had given a go ahead order to the banker to take off with the process of the fund transfer while I wait to receive them from you. As a matter of fact I trust you completely especially after the confirmation of that information you scanned to me I have immediately forwarded it to the paying bank here for immediate action on the fund transfer into that bank account in your favor.
Please note that at this time every paper concerning this fund now bears your full names and identity as the sole beneficiary of the fund .So by Monday next week I hope the Malaysian bank MUST have received instruction on payment of the fund into your account.
Best of my regards,
Now the pressure starts.
Dear Mr. Kevin,
Any news from the Bank .Please update me
No, I haven't heard a thing. What's going on?
The cursing begins. Peter won't get any money unless the "Bank" gets the money order and gives Peter his "sharing percentage". That's usually how it works.
I am very worried now about the fund. I am so worried because at this stage of the fund transfer I can not interfere with the transaction unless I want to raise some dust about the money. At this stage of the fund transfer , every thing about it bears your name completely and you are the sole beneficiary of this fund .
This is all my hope of rejuvenating my already ill health due to the prolonged time of freedom fight which just ended .Any attempt on my side now to make further enquiry into the fund transfer at this point may be unfavorable and therefore I suggest you send them an email to know why they are delaying to credit your account with the sum of $18.2m after it had been sent out from here .
Please my dear friend , try and do what ever you can to make sure this fund is not returned back to my country . I know very well that after 7 days and it was not credited into the beneficiary account it MUST be sent back to my country .
checked by the help of an insider in the bank here and found out that
the fund was truly in Malaysia right now awaiting to be credited into
your account. I am confused over this matter now and will not want to
make any fucking mistake at this time of the transaction. How I wish I
have a direct contact with them now.
I'm sorry, Peter, but I've heard nothing from anyone but you. Is there someone I can contact at the bank?
Plus Peter won't look good to the "Bank" crony. Who isn't a banker. But you knew that.
CHECK THE SPAM (BULK) FOLDER OF YOUR EMAIL BOX INCASE IT ENTERS THERE AND YOU DID NOT READ IT .
I am not the kind of a person that is easily disturbed over thing but when I consider what it took me to get the money I get made at the way it is moving now .My greatest fear about it is that it may be returned back .If this money is returned here there is every tendency that you and me will be in a hot trouble because the fund will now be discovered .How can you just allow a fund that has been transferred out of here to your account through Royal bank of Scotland Malaysia to be delayed all these while when it supposed to have been credited into your account .
I took the greatest risk which could have landed me in jail to find out today that you had been contacted already by that bank in Malaysia about this fund and that they are waiting for your compliance to credit your account with the money.
Please what ever the case is try and reach out to them immediately through this email email@example.com to avoid this money been returned back here .If they return it back here , just be sure the authorities like the FBI will be after both of us immediately. The whole transaction papers bear your names and a further scrutiny on the fund may lead to me about this money. This is a cool deal which you stand to benefit so much and it had scaled through already .Get in touch with the bank immediately through their email firstname.lastname@example.org and get back to me .
I called you yesterday evening your time and you were telling me to tell you my telephone number .I had severally given you my telephone number through the email .There is no way another person can call you with that same number .It can not be possible . So any time you receive calls through +234 704 154 5038 just know it is me ok We are supposed to receive the money in your account by tomorrow Friday the xx.
I am running mad with this whole thing now .I am waiting to receive a good news from you.
I got what looked like a fake email asking me to send $3,200 for the release of funds? Is that the one you're talking about?
I'm confused...we've never spoken on the phone.
Mr Kevin ,
Please update me immediately
I am getting angry .
I sent the money as requested. No need to be angry.
Attached are the transfer details for you. Maybe you should contact the bank again?
(NOTE: What was sent was a photo of lads sitting in a café with “No 419” signs all over the place. Guess he didn't open it.)
Not a happy camper...
I believe something is seriously wrong with the telephone number you gave me as your own number .I have called that telephone number several times and somebody will pick it just to tell me he is an FBI .
I am not a kid ok. I have passed so many hard terrains in my life .I survived BOMB ATTACKS BOTH BROM AIR AND LAND, I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SURVIVE POISONOUS MATCHET CUTS AND SO MANY OTHER DANGEROUS WAR WEAPONS, SO BE MINDFUL OF WHAT YOU ARE UP TO OK.
I had been able to find out you were asked to pay the sum of $3200 for that fund to be released to you .ARE YOU PAYING IT OR NOT?
THAT EMAIL YOU RECEIVED IS NOT FAKE OK.
I AM WAITING FOR YOUR SWIFT REPONSE TO THIS MESSAGE
THIS IS THE TELEPHONE NUMBER YOU SENT ME TO REACH YOU WITH
And there you have it! Another scam thwarted.