PACKING THEM INAll this on a first outing!
I am well used to the usual 419 letter, but previously I have done nothing more than delete the contents. However, thanks to a good friend I came across your brilliant Scam-O-Rama site, and having armed myself with valuable information, I decided to have a play with my new pet!
Hopefully you will appreciate the results of my very first effort. I hope it is good enough to amuse your readers (it may get a touch crude in parts, but I hope it's acceptable given the circumstances).....
Wonderful. It's a dream come true! Hang on, could this possibly be a scam?
My original plan was to try to get as many famous double act names into the conversation as possible over the next few letters, until my pet eventually catches on that I'm not going to fall for his ploy.
Dear Mr. Hasam,
Your letter came as quite a shock I must say!
My company (Sycone Packaging Systems) has just moved to bigger premises, and things have been extremely busy for me recently. My partner, Mr. Stan Laurel is unfortunately ill at the moment, so this has made things all the more busy for me; yet another fine mess he got me into. Unfortunately, due to the nature of his illness he is often away from work. Only this morning I have had to hire in some extra help for me, and I was delighted that this morning a great gentleman by the name of Mr. Oliver Hardy came to take over from my sick colleague. Oliver seems to be a kind Godly man, though he does seem to eat quite a lot (fat bastard). I only hope that Laurel and Hardy are able to work together once Mr. Laurel returns to work,
Anyway, I digress. Your letter is very welcome at this stressful time, and I cannot doubt that the amount you are offering would be of great help to my company. Don't get me wrong, we do have a lot of spare cash for investment in new packaging machines, but I am hesitating on spending it until Stan is back at work with me. As I write, I have £32,750 stashed away in my desk (I don't need to tell you how to avoid the taxman I'm sure!) but of course, a 30% share of $21.5 million would go a along way to making things easier as my 'habit' takes up quite a lot of my spare cash.
So, to cut to the chase, I would be very interested in your proposition, but of course I would require more proof that your intentions are honourable. Of course I would like to keep this business deal as secret as possible. I would prefer it if Stan were not made aware of these emails as he is a very suspicious person (and I suspect a homosexual to boot).
May God bless you and your family,
Thank you very much for your mail and I am sorry that I have not responded to your mail as I was suppose to do,it has been due to work pressure,but everything is alright as it is.
Well,as regards this transaction,I will need you to provide me with the information I requested for in the first mail I sent to you in order for your company to be the original beneficiary of the contract sum.For this to be possible,I will need the following informations:
Company's Name,Address,Tel.& Fax Numbers.
I want you to know that in my country,it is never allowed for civil servants to have such huge amount of money in our account because the government monitores all monitoring transaction in our account,that is why I need you to please help us because we might never have such an opportunity again.
I want you to provide all these informations I have requested for so that we can start the registration of your company as the original company that executed the contract in Nigeria and then we will contact the Federal Ministry of Finance to seek for the approval of the contract sum payment into the account you will provide.
Bear in mind that this transaction will be concluded within the next 8 working days if you will follow all my instructions.I know you might have one or two questions to ask,so do not hesitate to call me the moment you get this mail so we can clearify other vital issues: 234 802 304 4446. This is my personal mobile number and free to call me anytime of the day.
I want to reiterate the confidentiality of this transaction and you most not tell anybody what we are doing as even my wife is not aware of this transaction,please do likewise.
I thought it was time I got to see the face of my Lad...
In a way
it is good that you were slightly delayed, as I have been having trouble
with my business over the last few days. As you know, my partner Stan
is away sick, and Mr. Hardy has kindly agreed to help me out during this
difficult period. Unfortunately (or fortunately so for my profits!) I
have received many orders for our products. Your initial letter reached
me at one of my company's busiest periods. Yesterday I had to contact
Morecambe & Wise Ltd, a local firm which provides temporary workers.
I have had to hire in two more employees to cover our busy period, which
I expect to last for the next 6-8 weeks. Today my two helpers arrived,
and it just so happens that they are brother and sister! One was a delightful
young lady by the name of Marie, and her brother is very efficient man
by the name of Donny. Donny & Marie seem to have fitted in very well
with our company. I have a sneaking suspicion Marie wants me to give her
more than just a wage packet, if you know what I mean! Sorry to go into
so much detail, but with our impending partnership I want you to be sure
that I am very capable of completing this deal.
I quite agree with you that,it is a good idea to know whom we are dealing with and I had it in mind that after you provide me with the information I requested for then I will make my international passport available to you and I will like you to do the same.
I am now sending you a copy of my international passport for you to know me and please when responding to this mail,kindly provide the information I initially requested for and a copy of your international passport/driving liscence.
You know that it is very important that we keep up with the time frame,so send the information over for me to register your company as the original contractor and subsequent beneficiary of the contract sum.We have to register your company this week and obtain the Cetificate of incorporation so by next week we can have the necesary Approvals from the different ministry approving the release of the funds into your account.
Please for further correspondence contact me by email through this email box:firstname.lastname@example.org for security reason.I want you to call me on my personal telephone number:234 802 304 4446, so we can discuss more on this matter.
I look forward to your urgent reply.
attaches his doctored passport:
My goal has now changed. Now I want to get a picture of Mr. Hasam holding up a fake company logo, with my representative's name written on it. Here is my pitch:
My dear Mr.
Please forward any future emails to my private email account of email@example.com
This is a much more secure mailbox, far away from prying eyes. [I don't
want my main email address clogged up with 419 mail!]
I am very
grateful for your help in this matter, and it is only fair that you a
reimbursed for your time and trouble.
a.k.a. Larry Sanders.
for more information about myself;
I am from
large family of seven boys and girls.I struggled hard to be whom I am
today by doing manual work in order to be able to go to school and eventually
get a job in NNPC.
I do not really know what you want to know about me but do not fail to ask me anything you believe you want to know.
As regards this transaction,you know I cannot proceed without registering your company as the original company that executed the contract and I still do not have these informations with me,please send them so that I will be able to back-date the date of registration when registering your company with Corporate Affairs Commission and procure the letter of incorporation and have them faxed to you (I know somebody there who will help me with this).
It is very important that we have to consider time in this transaction,so that within a time frame we can conclude this business.I have told you before that this business will be concluded in 8 working days,but we have not even started at all.
As regards your representative Mi. E. Shun,let us first of all register your company and when if it is necesary for him to come down here to sign any documents on your behalf we will inform you.I will advice you not to inform him for now,as it might be easier to secure the service of an attorney to help with all the paperwork which makes it easier and convenient,or what do you think.
I do not know how much will be involve for now but if there are any bills to be paid you will be made aware of it when we encounter any and both parties will bear the responsibilty of any charges.
I want to let you know that it is very important for you to send the informations over so I can submit them to the Corporate Affairs Commission for processing,By early next week,we should have the certificate of incorporation ready.
you for your understanding and cooperation so far,and I am very happy
to have met someone like you.
I look forward to your quick response and the informations I requested for.
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Looks like Mr. Hasam isn't going for my understudy, so I mention another (fake) con merchant who has emailed me with a similar offer (I got this great tip from the ScamOrama site!). Maybe the thought of him losing out to another con-artist will scare him into accepting my terms?!
I have to go now, Mr. Hardy is hungry.
my friend, and God be with you,
Mr. Hasam seem very interested in Mr. Imbatoo's proposal! He sends me another photograph of himself and fellow Lads (obviously misunderstanding my last request).
Thank you for your instant reply to my mail and I will say that all that you wrote has made me to sit back and consider your stands as to this transaction and I have come to the following conclusion;
1.I will accept Mr. Mi. E. Shun as your representative on the ground that all decisions taken between myself and him should be dailogued with you first before any conclusion is arrived at,I believe you understand that I know a little about you than him.
2.I have not only sent a photograph of myself but with some of my colleagues,so that you will know whom you are dealing with.I hope this will be satisfactory with you.
3.As regards to the percentage ratio you made mention of in connection to the other business proposal you received from one Mr.Imbatoo,you will realise that I am not the only one in this transaction and I cannot take decision on my own.I will appreciate if you can send my the business proposal that Mr.Imbatoo sent to you.
Finally I have found out all the necesary requirements in registering your company with Corporate Affairs Commission and the back-dating of the date of registration of your company and the total cost is $13,243 (thirteen thousand,two hundred and forty three dollars).I am waiting for you to send your information over so that I can register it.
I want you to know that I have so much trust in you and I will not like you to let me down at all and moreover time is not on ourside as you said,that you will not be in town as from next week,so it will be wise to start the processing today so that by Tuesday of next week the Certificate of Incorporation will be out in order for us to get the Approvals from other departments/Ministries.
Thank you and God bless you for your understanding and trust.
second picture. Is this a scene from the Nigerian version of Reservoir
It is indeed an honour to hear from you again, thank you.
Your letter is very welcome. I am now getting extremely busy at work, and it looks like this year is going to be very profitable for me. Also, Marie is taking me out to dinner tonight, so I think I'm onto a winner there as well! You will be glad to hear that Mr. Stan Laurel is now well and back at work. Both himself and Mr. Hardy seem to be getting on very well, so well in fact that I may keep Mr. Hardy on full time. I may get Laurel & Hardy to work together for all my future projects.
I accept your proposal that I will be the sole representative between myself, your good self and Mr. Mi. E. Shun. I will deal personally with each communication. I understand of course that you know little about him (as I do about you), but I can assure you of his honestly. He is a good Christian young man. Although his age is only 27, he has a very efficient manner, and you can be assured he will do absolutely nothing without my strict permission, for fear of a damn good thrashing (again).
Thank you once again for sending me your photograph, but I am afraid you have misunderstood me. Of course, these mistakes are very easy to make. I understand that English may not be your best language, so I will explain a little more clearly.
To prove to me that you are indeed Mr. M. Hasam, I have attached my good friend Mr.Mi. E. Shun's company logo, along with his name written across the top. If you can supply me a CLEAR photograph of yourself holding this logo, then this will of course prove to me 100% that you the man in the photograph is indeed Mr. Hasam. Please be sure to make the picture of yourself very clear so as to rule out any possibility of forgery. Please find the image attached to this email. I would advise that you print it out to a large size so as to make it clear on the photograph when you are holding it.
Once I have a received satisfactory photograph from you, I will be very happy to proceed with your instructions immediately, and there will be no further delays. I have all the paperwork you require here with me now, and I am sure this can be sent to you and processed within 24 hours of your providing me with a satisfactory photograph.
Thank you for getting the registrations documents ready for me. The fee of $13,243 seems fair for this process (administration fees in the UK are extremely expensive!). Are you sure that this amount will be enough? It does not matter anyway, as I can very easily arrange any extra payments should it become necessary.
I have just contacted Mr. Mi. E. Shun, and he will be happy to fly out to an agreed location at 24 hours notice. I can forward him the $13,243 to give you in cash in person, or have it forwarded to your business account. Please let me know if you would like me to make arrangements for Mr. Shun to fly out to you and I will forward you Eric's flight booking information. [now Mr. Hasam knows Mi. E. Shun's middle name, will he twig my plan? Read on...]
God bless you Hasam, and thank you for your cooperation and trust so far. Once we get the small matter of the photograph out of the way I am certain we can proceed with our deal immediately
Mr. Hasam seems a bit keener now. I receive his repy below very quickly on the same day. Very unusual as I suspect he normally only visits the Internet Cafe once a day!
My good friend it is really good to get your response so fast and I am happy for it.
I will do as you have said,but the problem now is that I will make the photograph ready by on Monday because I cannot scan the picture today.We have closed for the day,but if I am able to get somewhere I can do it by tomorrow,be assured I will make it available to you.
you and have a nice weekend.
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Looks like the Internet Cafe isn't open tomorrow.
My dear dear friend Mr. Hasam,
You honour me with such cooperation. God bless you and your gonads for helping me so much.
I will of course look forward to hearing from you very soon. I have the necessary paperwork all ready to send to you as soon as your photograph is received. Please pardon me for making this email so short. Marie is waiting for me in the car, and damn, she looks hot.
Many blessings upon you,
So now I wait with baited breath.....
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attaches a picture of his 'representitive' holding MI. ERIC SHUN's company
now I am certain the the previous pictures he sent are false, and that
this is the real face of the scammer.
My dear Mr. Hasam,
God bless your little cotton socks for sending me the image that I requested. It is good to see that there are still some honest people left in this evil world today.
I am now happy to say that any barriers preventing this deal from going ahead have been removed by your cooperation, and we can finally resume proper negotiations in a precise and urgent manner.
[After saying that, lets make him wait a little more]
More good news today also. As you know, my business has been extremely busy for the past few weeks, but today my wife Britney had the great idea of hiring in a manager to oversee things so that I may take a well earned holiday from the day to day stresses of my business. Britney is indeed an angel, and I have this morning done exactly as she suggested. I have hired in a temporary manager, Mr. Sly Stallone, to take over my duties for the next two weeks. This of course is even better news for you Mr. Hasam, as this will mean I am able meet with you in person to finalise out business proceedings - God bless Britney for such a great idea! [I suspect at this moment Mr. Hasam hates Britney's guts]
Regarding the banking information you have sent; I feel that the importance of this deal requires that payment is made in person, and to this effect I am going to make arrangements to fly over to meet with you. I am sure that this news will make you joyful. I AM SO EXCITED! I have a contact in the UK government who is able to rush thorough a Visa for me, so once this arrives I will forward you my flight details.
One other thing Mr. Hasam, and I hope you will forgive me; I have attached a scan from Packaging News Monthly magazine. This magazine is produced solely for people in the packaging industry. Two weeks ago I was awarded a very big contract with the UK division of the RSPCA. Unfortunately, due to the secrecy I was sworn to by the RSPCA, I was unable to tell anyone of the negotiations until the deal was finalised. I was featured in the August issue of Packaging Monthly, and now I am able to share the news of my good fortune with all my friends.
I'll get back to you with my flight details as soon as my Visa comes through.
Many blessings upon you,
A "scan" of Packaging News Montly is attached (sorry about the large image!).
I got a little impatient for Mr. Hasam's reply. So I thought I'd try to stir things up and complain about the photo he emailed to me.
Dear Mr. Hasam.
I have had time to consider your last email and picture, and I have to say that I am not happy. If you remember, I explicitly asked that the image be large and clear. The very poor offering you have sent to me is most disappointing, and I must insist that you arrange for a more detailed an larger image to be forwarded on to me.
I am afraid that until my demands are satisfied, the deal will not go ahead, and I will pursue Mr. Imbatoo's fine offer. Ya hear me fella?
Many blessings upon you,
Sucess - a reply!
I received your mail and it was not what I expected to hear from you that I saw,knowing full well the time constraint I made mention of my first mail to you.It is very imperative that we conclude this transaction as soon as possible.
Furthermore,you mentioned that the picture I sent was not big enough,you should realise that this a third world country and it is not every organisation that has the facility you are talking about.I have sent you different pictures of myself and colleague and you are not satisfied,this does not determine the success of this business as we have taken every step of it into consideration,but what you are requesting for should be from us as we are the one remitting the funds into your account and you stand to gain a lot from us.
you be talking about our not being serious about this transaction,were
we not the one who contacted you and shouldn't it be for us to decide
if you are serious about this business?
are going round in circle,we believe that it will be far better to discuss
this busines busines through the telephone,so you can hear whom you are
dealing with,don't you think it will prove to us how serious you are?
Time to give Mr. Hasam a little ear-bashing....
My dear Mr. Hasam,
Thank you for your quick response. YOU are expecting ME to give you $13,243 WITHOUT satisfying my normal business need for you to prove yourself to me one small thing? This is bad business in my eyes, and you must understand that although $13,243 is not a lot to me, it is a significant amount and I expect my business partners to put in the same effort as I will be doing.
You should have the facilities to make the picture I require. In your first email to me you stated you were a "member of the Federal Government of Nigeria Contract Award and Monitoring Committee in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporatio(NNPC)". A huge company such as that should easily have access to such facilities. If you do not, then I think that you may not be the person I want to deal with.
This is my final email to you sir. Unless I get the photograph that I requested, then I am sad to say that our business deal will not go ahead. If you cannot send me the picture I request then please do not bother to contact to me again. If I do not receive a satisfactory picture by tomorrow evening, then I will proceed with Mr. Imbatoo's offer. He has already told me that he will produce any photographic evidence that I require WITHOUT any delay.
Note that THIS DEAL WILL NOT HAPPEN unless I receive your good faith gesture of the picture that I require. No further arguments, END OF STORY.
I am sorry to be so insistent, but imagine if it was me that wanted you to send me $13,243 without proof of who you are. I do not think you would be so happy to do it.
Kind regards and blessings,
i got your mail and the content well understood, i want you to know that you investing the money is not the issue the issue is that we must work on trust in this transaction.
i will get you all you have demanded for but let me also bring to your notice that this transaction is of mutual benefit, so i will need you to send me Your phone and fax number so that i can be sure that you are serious in this transaction.
about the registration of the company, i want you to know that i will handle the payment myself and if there is any other thing i need to do i will also do it personally .
all what i need from you is trust just.
i want you to call me so that we can discuss before i can send you the documents demanded of you. i am doing this because i have to protect myself going by the position i am in the country.
Dear Mr. Hasam,
I am sorry, but you seem intent on delaying me, and not supplying the information I require. This is arousing my suspicions. Therefore I think that it is only fair to end this deal here now. Please note that unless I receive the image I want, I will sadly have to ignore any future emails from yourself. Please do not email me again unless it is to send me the image I require.
I shall now contact Mr. Imbatoo and start negotiations with him.
I hope you are able to find another partner to help you and I wish you good luck in your venture.
Prepare yourselves for a example of how NOT to forge a photograph!
looking forward to here from you now.
attaches a corker of a picture this time. God only knows why he can possibly
think this would fool anyone.....
Time for another wrist slapping....
Dear Mr. Hasam.
Do you take me for a FOOL? I sadly think that you do. The image you have sent to me today has been FORGED! Yes, FORGED! I do not know who the unfortunate person is whose body you have used, but you have simply cut your head off the passport photograph and pasted it into another image! I am insulted that you have tried to trick me this way. It is obvious to me that you have no serious intentions.
I wish you well in your future venture, but I cannot continue this procedure unless you are willing to do the small thing I ask IN RETURN FOR MY $13,243.
Please Sir, do not waste my time. I am a serious businessman, running a large and busy establishment. I handle over £200,000 of business every week. I am a VERY busy man and cannot afford to have my time wasted by AMATEURS.
The next email I receive from you had better be a GENUINE image. I warn you Mr. Hasam; my patience is now AT AN END.
Mr. Hasam's emails are coming in thick and fast now......
it is with a sober heart and a subdued spirit that i write you this email because i see my whole world crumbling down
me and i have no power within my immediate confines to do anything.
of my own to right the wrongs and advance the rights in my life.
a mortgage to look after and i feel my problems are more than any body
else's in the world.
children, so i can be a father they can be proud of.
perfectly true, but not without a reason, in my position with the nigerian national petroleum corporation, i have put in
thirty four years, with one year left for me to retire, and i feel as if my whole life is almost wasted if i cannot conclude this
before leaving office.
career and my current position in office, which is a political one, and quite sensitive, hence my carefulness in treading so
i dont lose my gratuity and retirement benefits, hence the fear in not sending my exact picture, because of what i
enumerated in my previous mail as regards the secret police. i still intended to send you my full pictures including my
pictures as we go on after we have both won each others trust.
already have some doubts in your mind. alternatively i would start making arrangements to sell my gas station in other to
the money so we can move ahead withou any further delay.
integrity who is also afraid to take a wrong step.
me, but with my faith in God and my believe in this transaction i will
number: +234-1-7762874. please i have disregarded the previous number i gave you due to my fears arising on matters
Things are getting desperate for Mr. Hasam. Time to fire off my parting shot and reveal all...
Dear Mr. Hasam,
I know Mr. Hasam is not your real name. You probably go under many different names. The fact is, you have been wasting your time trying to scam me out of my money. Here are a few facts that YOU should know:
Things I know about you:
True things about me:
My first name is really Mike.
Goodbye for now Mr. Hasam, but beware when you send out more of your scam emails; there are plenty of good people like me, ready to make you look like a fool.
More to come?