I was so impressed by your site that I set up a fake hotmail acount, covered my tracks and had a go. It didn't take long for one to bite. Feel free to edit but non of the details here relate to the real me in any way :o)
Cut down version of the letter which was actually sent to The System Administrators Guild mailing list. Naturally Sys Admins would fall for this.
DEAD BANK CUSTOMER APPROACH: THE LEGENDARY LATE JOHNSON CREEK
So I replied but forgot to save it.
A BITE BACK
DEAR Mr. Aaron Sheffield, MANY THANKS FOR YOUR RESPONS AND YOUR INTEREST TO DO THIS BUSINESS WITH ME. WELL, I MUST TELL YOU THAT AM ALWAYS TOO BUSY WITH MY JOB. I DON'T HAVE KNOW ABOUT YOUR INTERNET RESEARCH AND I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR SUCH INTERNET SEARCH EITHER. I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MR. JOHNSON CREEK'S FAMILY AT ALL. PLEASE IF IF INTEREST YOU FOR US TO DO THIS BUSINESS TOGETHER WITH ONE MIND AND SINCERITY, KINDLY SEND TO ME THE REQUIRED INFORMATION AS CONTAINED IN MY FIRST EMAIL TO YOU. WAITING FOR YOUR QUICK RESPONSE. REGARDS, MR. G. A. YAKASI.
DR. SHEFFIELD'S LENGTHY REPLY :)
Ah got one, lets just play it straight, for now.Hello George
Thanks for your reply.
Please excuse my late(ish) mail to you I have been away for a
few days over the Queens Birthday long weekend (Australia).
I think you may have misunderstood my previous mail to you.
I wasn't suggesting that you should undertake internet research
for me. I can understand that your business would keep you too
busy for that. I was far too busy to even think about such things
until my recent retirement myself.
Also I don't expect you to know anything much about his family.
After all I don't know who he was really and I MAY be a relative.
But if you are looking after his affairs and in control of the money
he left surely there would be some documents?? A passport perhaps?
Some idea of his nationality (English probably if he is from our
family or perhaps American?)?? How old was he when he died?
Anyway I had a huge amount of rubbish mail on my computer when
looked this morning. I have just come across your reply. I am sorry
but I can't remember what you asked for in your previous mail, I
will have another read of it shortly. It seems half the world want
to sell me Viagra and the rest pornography or breast enlargement.
Oh well at least your mail was a bit more interesting, thanks.
Just by the way if I did want to claim the money what would I have
to do to prove my relationship with Johnson?
It all sounds a bit to good to be true really, he probably wasn't my
relative I suppose. I don't really NEED any more money for my retirement.
I am quite wealthy and my needs are modest however I do
have a number of children and now some grandchildren and it would be
nice for them if they had a legacy for their future.
I will re-read your previous mail and get back to you. I thought when
you didn't reply the whole thing might be a joke, sorry.
Dr Aaron Sheffield
THE LAD WANTS THAT TELEPHONE NUMBER!
The Lad responds, are these just cut and paste jobs or what??
DEAR Aaron Sheffield, SORRY FOR NOT RESPONDING TO YOUR MAILS I WAS OUT OF TOWN WHERE I CAN'T ACESS MY MAILS.PLEASE SEND YOUR TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS OR YOU CALL ME ON MY DIRECT TELEPHONE SO THAT WE CAN DISCUSS FURTHER. MY NO IS 234-80-33436948. UNTIL I HEAR FROM YOU. G.YAKASI
STILL PLAYING STRAIGHTGeorge, Hello.
I must apologise I didn't realize you had sent me two emails after
However I can't ring overseas from my home phone I had to have it
I have re-read your original mail to me and will reply further
Should I send you what I know about the family history? Most of it
Anyway George I am off to the bank. I will mail again later.
Oh yes by the way my name is DOCTOR Aaron Sheffield as below.
Dr Aaron Sheffield
DR SHEFFIELD NEGOTIATES
The next morning I got another mail but I sent this before reading it.
Please forgive my tardiness in mailing you. After I returned from
I am just going to go over some points from your original letter see below.
This is probably where the confusion about internet research came
This is what we have to prove isn't it. That I am the "foreign
Anyway I sugest that I hire a family history researcher in England
I seems I missed this bit also (must be old age). This is
Yes we will work out all the documents. I am willing to hire people
Well I must admit this seems a bit greedy on your part.
Yes we will have to do that. I will get a secret phone
Dr Aaron Sheffield
THE LAD NEGOTIATES
Then I got this one, who is it from? Not sure yet, ongoing.
DEAR DR. AARON, THANK YOU FOR YOUR EMAIL. ALL YOUR POINTS WERE NOTED.
GEORGE OR GABRIEL? EITHER WAY, WE'RE NO ANGELSDr Sheffield replies
George?? is that you??
>From: "gabriel yakasi" email@example.com
Is your name George or Gabriel?? Or perhaps they are just English versions of your African name??
Anyway you seem to know what we are talking about (talking? seems funny to say "talking" in reference to email)so I will continue but please confirm you are you by pasting a bit of one of my prior mails to you in your next communication. For now I will answer this last mail but you must excuse me if I don't give any secret information.
It says in this mail that you are worried about someone trying to discover your password are you sure we are safe in this. I mean if some other person had all the information we are to send to each other couldn't that person claim the money and leave us both with nothing for all our trouble??
PLEASE TRY TO THINK OF SOMETHING TO CONFIRM YOU ARE GEORGE!!!!
Any way see below for my reply to this communication addressing the points you have made.
BUT BEFORE THAT STAGE, I WILL LIKE TO HAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH YOU
AND WE MUST ENGAGE THE SERVICES OF A LAWYER.
Ah a lawyer now that's a good Idea.
First though I am a bit of an idiot with this internet/email thing.
I replied to you this morning on your old address before I found this
mail among all the viagra and breast enlargement adverts. Did you get
that mail? In it I suggested that I hire a family history researcher
in England (which I will do) and asked about perhaps a Private investigator in
Africa. But perhaps a lawyer would be best over there.
I would assume a good lawyer would have contacts with investigators.
1.THE AGREEMENT WILL GIVE ME MORE CONFIDENCE FOR THE SAFETY OF THE FUNDS
AT YOUR END, AND WILL ALSO PROTECT OUR INTEREST IN THIS TRANSACTION.
I am relying on you in this matter George (Gabriel?)
2. THE LAWYER WILL PREPARE THE AGREEMENT FOR US.
Seems like a good idea.
YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT ACCORDING TO THE PROCEDURE OF THIS TYPE OF CLAIM,
YOU SUPPOSE TO COME TO NIGERIA BY YOURSELF TO SWORN AFFIDAVIT OF CLAIM
I am afraid it would be impossible for me to come to Nigeria. Unless I came by ship. I have a medical condition that means I cannot fly in an aircraft. It would be highly likely that I would develop a blood clot that could kill me.
However this problem has arisen in the past and this is how I usually solve it. (for medical conferences, awards and such)
I have a son Rudy, he is my youngest and lives here at home with my wife and myself. Now Rudy is an Artist (or so he says) and so makes no money. He is a bit of an airhead sometimes but is perfectly reliable and can be trusted. He will do whatever I ask of him without question. You see for an airhead Artist he isn't so stupid as not to know where his money comes from (from me of course).
Let me know what you think of that idea.
TO PROVE THAT YOU ARE THE RIGHTFUL NEXT OF KIN OF THE DECEASED.
Yes well we still have to do that. I will make arrangments for a researcher in England as soon as I can. I have relatives over there who can help. All in the name of "family history research" you understand. They need to know nothing of our dealings.
ALSO YOU SUPPOSE TO SIGN ALL THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS,
PAYMENT RELEASE ORDER DOCUMENTS (PROD) IN MY BANK, ECOBANK...
George?? I thought you were a Director with the the Union bank?
Or is this a personal account perhaps??
>1.ONE COPY OF YOUR RECENT PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPH
>2. YOUR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT NUMBERS OR YOUR FEDERAL ID NUMBERS.
>3.THE NAME OF YOUR NEXT OF KIN (YOUR CLOSE RELATION)
Well George (?) Gabriel (?) As I can't fly I don't have a passport.
I can send you a photo of myself if you would like just so you know
who you are doing business with. For the rest my son's details would
seem to be what you need. Is that right???
Please let me know if it is O.K. for my son Rudy to travel and represent me in this matter. I can give him all the relevant
papers and power of attorney etc.
I will send the details when I am sure you are the George I was
emailing with before. PLEASE THINK OF SOMETHING TO PROVE THAT!!
>I SUSPECT THAT SOMEONE IS TRYING TO DISCOVER AND TO CHANE MY PASSWORD,
O.K. you see this is the bit that worries me. Perhaps you are not
George but have discovered his password.
After all you now have an email address as "Gabriel" and you seem
to have changed banks.
However the tone and style of your writing would seem to indicate
that you are still the same person. Also you seem to know what we
are communicating about. But then you would if you had discovered
Hmm this is very hard for me to figure out. I am a Doctor I know
about medicine not about how to discover passwords on the internet.
Please help me out here.
DR Aaron Sheffield
LAD WANTS THOSE BANKING DETAILS
DEAR Dr.AARON, SORRY FOR MY LATE RESPONSE,I HAVE READ THROUGH YOUR SEARCH AND IT HAS NO MATCH WITH THE DATA OF LATE JOHNSON CREEK.ANYWAY LATE JOHNSON IS A BRITISH BUT YOUR FOUNDINGS DOES NOT TALLY WITH WHAT WE HAVE HERE.SO IF YOUR INTRESTED TO EXECUTE THIS TRANSACTION WITH ME, YOU HAVE TO FORWARD IMMEDIATELY YOUR BANKING DETAILS WHERE THIS FUND WILL BE TRANSFERED AND YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER.I WILL MONITOR THE REMITTANCE WITHIN THE UNION BANK TILL YOU CONFIRM THE RECECIPT OF THE FUND IN YOUR ACOUNT. I AWAIT YOUR IMMEDIATE REPLY SO THAT WE CAN PROCEED. BEST REGARDS. G.YAKASI.
HELLO WHOEVER YOU ARE
Once again I forgot to save my reply but basically I told "George" about "Gabriel" then sent him a copy of my reply to "Gabriel". Then I sent this to "Gabriel"Hello Whoever you are.
Well this is interesting. Yesterday you tell me not to use your
old mail address and today I get mail from that address that makes
no mention of what happened yesterday or any answers to the questions
Who are you?
I have sent a copy of all your mail and my reply to the old address of the real George.
I await his reply about what to do.
MARKING TIME TILL THE LAD RE-SURFACESThis is another one [Kindly Contributor attached a "Mrs. Abacha" letter]. Note the IP address: 18.104.22.168
And "George's" : 22.214.171.124
[Kindly Contributor showed that both came from an ISP in Lagos (surprise) but ScamO carelessly deleted the details]
That's all for now I expect more mail from them tomorrow
AND HE DOES!
"George" seems to have gone a bit quiet at the moment but I have another one on the hook I will send that stuff later when I get a few more replies. For now here is more of "George"George
The more I think about this and the more I re-read these mails the more I am convinced that you are who you say you are and that other fellow "Gabriel" is an imposter. This is very worrying to me.
As a medical man I will do anything possible to prevent that money being used to buy guns. That would be terrible.
I have contacted a relative in England and he is going to organize a profesional family historian to check on the Creek family.
I don't have a FAX machine at home and it would be best for the moment if you don't phone me here. My wife and son don't know about this and I don't wish them to for now.
I will send my bank details tomorrow if you mail back confirming my suspicions about "Gabriel". I just want to be sure I am not mailing the wrong people.
Please mail back quickly as I am going away for the weekend and to cancel would look strange. I am going bass fishing with my son we want to try out some new lures he got from the US.
I think we need to move fast before "Gabriel" has a chance to thwart our plans. I will do whatever is needed to ensure the money comes to us and not some arms merchant.
AND HE DOES!
DEAR DR. Aaron, I HAVE RECEIVED YOUR MAIL, AND I AM HAPPY FOR THE RESPONSE. PLEASE YOU SHOULD NOTE THAT I HAVE NEVER TOLD YOU THAT I AM CHANGING MY EMAIL ADDRESS IN THIS TRANSACTION. I AM STILL USING THIS EMAIL ADDRESS ABOVE, IF I HAVE ANY REASON TO CHANGE IT, I WILL INFORM YOU IN ADVANCE OK. THERE ARE LOTS OF CRIMINALS WHO ARE READY TO BE MORNITORING YOUR WAYS JUST TO DISTROY YOUR FURTURE. PLEASE DONíT SEND ANY MAIL TO ANYBODY THAT CLAIMS TO BE MR. GEORGE YAKASI. PLEASE TAKE MY WORD. NOW, BECAUSE OF THE WAY PEOPLE ARE MORNITORING ME, I WILL LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO MY LAWYER SO THAT YOU CAN DEAL DIRECTLY WITH HIM TO AVOID THIS CRIMINALS MORNITORING MY WAYS. I WILL ONLY COMMUNICATING WITH YOU BY EMAIL ONLY. I REPEAT, BY EMAIL ONLY. I HOPE YOU WILL ACCEPT MY SUGGESTION. THIS IS THE INFORMATION ABOUT MY LAWYER: NAME: BARRISTER MARK MERCYKE (MMCHAMBERS & CO;) ADDRESS: NO-14B, MARINA STREET, LAGOS- NIGERIA EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com PHONE: 234 Ė 8033014605 I WANT YOU TO FORWARD IMMEDIATELY YOUR BANKING DETAILS WHERE THIS FUND WILL BE TRANSFERED AND YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER.HE WILL MONITOR THE TRANSACTION FOR US WITHIN MY BANK (UNION BANK) TILL YOU CONFIRM THE RECECIPT OF THE FUND IN YOUR ACOUNT. PLEASE, TRY TO DO THAT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. BEST REGARDS, G. YAKASI.
DR SHEFFIELD IN THE FIGHT AGAINST AIDSGeorge
How many times do I have to tell you I DON'T HAVE A FAX MACHINE AT HOME!!!!!
So kindly STOP asking me for the number. Also I have told you it is not suitable for you to ring here as MY WIFE WILL ANSWER THE PHONE.
This is all very strange but as English isn't your first language I suppose that could explain it. I fail to see how you could be "HAPPY" that criminals are "monitoring" you.
Anyway this is all going far to slowly, the money will be lost to us and used to buy guns if we are not quick about it.
So here is what I have done. I say done because if you read my previous mail you will know that I am going fishing this week so I won't be able to communicate with you until Monday or Tuesday.
So I am sending my youngest son Rudy to Lagos to meet with you and your lawyer. Perhaps that way we can speed things up a bit. He will leave Australia on Saturday and after a stopover in Europe should arrive in Nigeria on Sunday or Monday.
Now then I have paid $30,000 Australian Dollars into his credit card for any expenses he is likely to encounter (airfares, hotels etc).
HERE IS WHAT YOU MUST TELL HIM!!! MAKE NO MISTAKES!!!
First of all he knows nothing about Mr Creeks money. I have told him that your bank wants to help the Nigerian people in the fight against AIDS/HIV. This is an area that I do some consultancy work for The World Health Organization (WHO). You will know this terrible illness is common in Africa.
Now Rudy is a bit of an airhead artist type but he is inteligent and will do as I tell him. He has traveled (mostly to Hong Kong) for me before on WHO business. He likes to travel if I pay for it.
When he gets there he will go to your lawyers office in Marina St and to the Union Bank where he will open an account using some of the credit card money. Perhaps you will help him with this or you can suggest to him a different bank if you wish.
He will stay at The Sheraton Hotel. Just in case he has trouble finding you, look for him there if you don't see him by Tuesday of next week. I have attached his photo.
You will arrange to pay the money into the account he opens. Your lawyer can also be a signatory to the account so you can take out your 50%. TELL HIM THE MONEY IS TO FIGHT AIDS/HIV IN NIGERIA.
So next week, Rudy Sheffield, Sheraton Hotel Lagos, Got that?
I am going fishing on the Murray River and will be away from all communication until Rudy has arrived in Lagos. He will email me from the hotel when he gets there.
You will like Rudy he is a good man (for an artist anyway).
He is patient and is in no hurry so if things take a few days to organize, that's O.K. Mail me when you meet him and let me know how things are going. I will be in touch with both of you daily.
Good luck on our project I am sure things will start to happen now. I have faith in my son to overcome any problems.
Then things went quite just about the time the first lot of mails went up on Scam-o-Rama. Perhaps "George" checks the site???
DR SHEFFIELD: RUDY'S ON HIS WAYHello George and Mark
Well Rudy left for the airport two hours ago and I have packed the car and am about to head off fishing. I will go to the Crimea River over Yew first then on to the Murray on Sunday. I hope to catch some Bass.
Anyway the reason for this mail is I was thinking that Rudy might have a hard time finding you in Lagos. He is pretty clever and has your lawyer's address and I assume you work at the head office of the Union Bank.
But just in case he has some difficulty (he will of course email me if he does) I thought if you had any ideas or advice or wish to arrange a meeting place mail me any details you like.
I will be back home Monday or Tuesday depending how the fishing is and Rudy will email me from his hotel when he arrives in Nigeria. So if you can think of anything let me know by Monday and I will forward the details to Rudy when we make contact.
Make sure you look after my son won't you. Take him out to dinner, show him around, that kind of thing.
AND DON'T FORGET AIDS/HIV RELIEF MONEY NOTHING TO DO WITH JONSON CREEK.
Your in business
DR SHEFFIELD: WHAT'S UP?Hello
I just got back. The fishing was bad, the weather was worse.
There was no mail yet from Rudy.
Have you seen him? It might be a bit to soon to expect him to be there yet.
You didn't reply with any ideas about finding him in Lagos. I suppose it's O.K. that he just turns up at the Marina St address and your bank.
That's all for now I suspect "Rudy" will "disappear" in Lagos. I'd better start saving up to pay the ransom ;o)