This page illustrates aspects of the 'Nigerian Advance
Fee' or '419' scam.
It covers -
stealing your name, not your money
As noted in the following pages, and in the discussion
of identity crime elsewhere
in this site, 419 scammers invent names or steal the names
of real people.
That identity pollution means those people become victims
alongside those who have handed money to the scammers.
On occasion they have contacted sites such as this, complaining
that people might believe that they have some involvement
with the fraudsters.
Recipients of 419 messages should not believe that messages
really come from the person who is described as offering
the unbeatable deal. In reality that person has no
knowledge of the deal or association with the scammer.
To most recipients that innocence is quite obvious. We
assume anyone reading this page will recognise that innocence;
appearance on this page is not an indication
Some of the unbeatable offers we have received over the
past two years include messages from -
Michael Owusu, supposed manager of the International Commercial
Bank Ghana, variously offering an embezzled US$1.8m ("a
noble transfer"), US$12.5m deposited by Concorde
crash victim Andreas Schranner and US$17m from a car crash
victim. Schranner's 'widow' Doris supposedly has US$9.5m.
Kofi Owusu has a mere US$3.5m but sister Atu in the same
bank has US$35m from Mr Schranner. Ahmed Owusu, in the
same job as Michael, has $17.5m from Schranner and US$12.5
and US$3m from car crash victims, along with US$2.55m
from an "accounting error". Patrick Mankou in
Benin has US$12m from Schranner. Mark Stephens has US$250m,
in contrast to Johnson Wasso who only has US$12m from
Schranner. Victor Hadida has US$26m. Arthur Barnes has
US$26.5m. Dr Brown Smith has US$30m. Peter Wagner has
US$18m; Susan Long has US$36m; Dr John Mokwe of Nigeria
has US$3.5m. David Ephraim of Caja De Fortuna Banco in
Madrid has US$30m. Julliet Abrams has US$35m. Prisca Tony
has US$14.2m from Schranner's death in a different plane
crash. Anita Gambo has US$31.5m. Andre Koffi has US$32m
(plus US$14m from Mahmud Ali Ibrahim), Koffi Andre has
US$35m from the Schranner estate ... over US$687m altogether.
Hassan Ahmed of the Bank of Africa in Ouagadougou purportedly
has US$7m from the late George Brumley, another air crash
victim. Lawyer 'James Berry' has US$9.5m from Brumley.
Donard William has US$10.5m; so does Bob Sankoh and Adeola
Odeku. Salif Ali has US$10m. Marshal Dumba has US$7m.
Peter Adam has US$20m. Barrister Sanusi Newton has US$45m.
Ramandan Oman has US$60.5m. Karim Ibrahim has US$18.5m.
Micheal Mensah has US$13.5m. Eric Thor has US$14.7m. Robert
Fore has US$5.1m. Udo Emos has US$7.5m.
Mariam Abacha, widow of the late Nigerian President -
"I have been thrown into a state of utter confusion,
frustration and hopelessness by the present civilian administration"
- variously offers US$60m, US$32m, US$30m and US$35.3m
out what she boasts is US$900m (or US$450m or US$700m
or US$38m, depending on the phase of the moon) not yet
recovered by the government.
Maryam Abacha, widow of ditto, variously has US$50m, US$35m,
US$53m, US$14.7m and £12m.
Williams Sani, agent for Mariam Abacha (US$35.8m), laments
that the Abacha family "has been loosing [sic] a
lot of money as a result of greedy government officials
who are bent on dealing with the family" ... rather
than merely bent. Dr John Wato has US$63m of Abacha loot
that he is keen to share. Elsewhere Wato has US$17.5 from
Peter Pavel (yet another aircrash casualty).
Alhaji Mohammed Abacha, son of the President has US$64m
or US$425m. Elsewhere he wants to invest US$100m, US$38m
or US$72m. Abacha lawyer Philips Ajay has US$75m.
Suha Arafat, widow of former PLO leader Yasser Arafat,
has been "thrown into a state of antagonism, confusion,
humiliation, frustration and hopelessness" - presumably
because she can't decide whether she has US$12m, US$21m
Jessica Savimbi, widow of General Jonas Malheiro Savimbi,
is looking for a "Foriegn Bussiness Partner"
to help her spend US$5.5m in her "suspence account".
Sgt. Michael Terry, of US 1st Armored Division in Iraq
(US$12m in unmarked notes from Saddam Hussein), Sgt Frank
McCain (US$93m in notes and bullion), Ghanian customs
official Alhaji Malam Yakubu has intercepted "two
(2) gigantic trunk boxes" from Saddam - "it
was more like a dream", Ibrahim Sabawi Hassan escaped
to Thailand with US$16m from Saddam but, oops, then lost
his family in the tsunami.
Jeffery Ogbodoswo, son of the chair of the Liberian Gold
& Diamond Mining Co, has US$15.3m.
Mary Kabila, widow of President-for-Life Kabila, has US$2.7m,
son George has US$27m and Mary Kabila, only daughter of
late Laurent Kabila has US$24.5m ... "Let me quickly
assure you that this transaction is 100% risk free".
Ralph Kabila has US$37m, having found this site's email
address from "particulars from my late father's library".
Zakharov Serguei, aide to Mikhail Khodorkovsky, has US$423m.
Khoren Pnjoyan, Khodorkovsky's "Personal/ Corporate
Legal Adviser", has a mere US$45m. Ms larisa Sosnitskay
has US$25m. Mrs Larisa Sosnitskaya (who found your address
through "divine direction") has "a large
amount of funds". The divine direction is missing
in some offers, where she claims to have money from Boris
Hodokovsky. Michael Anderson has US$15.1m from Khodorkovsky,
meanwhile moonlighting as attorney for Andreas Schranner
(US$11m and US$25m) and Mark Gelderman (£9.8m).
Philip H Essex has US$49.5m from Khodorkovsky. Inna Khodorkovsky
has US$50m. Sergei Khodorkovsky has US$25m. Miss Kima
Lioud has US$25m. Annenkova Iosifovna has US$16m. Alex
Miller has US$180m. Viktorya Gorbachova has US$30m ...
and on it goes.
Elizabeth Witt, with US$45.5m from the Liberian Embassy
in Zambia, wants an organisation or individual to dispose
of her supposed loot on
widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavour
that the House of God is fully maintained
she is writing from her death bed wouldn't it be simpler
to just hand the money back? Caroline Solange Haafkens
has the same aims for her US$8.6m.
Mrs Jeanmary Mombo, ailing widow of Archdeacon Johnson
Mombo of Cote d'Ivoire, with US$3.5m for
helping the widows, propagating the word of God and
to endeavor that the house of God is maintained.
Ailing widow Elizabeth Bine of the Solomon Islands has
US$5m in a Cote d'Ivoire bank for
orgarnisation or a reliable person that will use this
fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the service
of humanity and to endeavor that the less privilleged
homes is maintained
sister Elizabeth Mbine, also ailing, has the same US$5m.
Mrs Diana Adams of Kuwait, formerly "married to Dr
Williams [sic] Adams" and as usual about to expire
from a stroke and cancer, has US$15m for the widows and
orphanages. Oman merchant David Ibrahim, recently diagnosed
with esophageal cancer "which has defiled all medical
treatment", has US$12m, US$7m or US$18m (depending
on the edition of his offers). Joshua Kadiri, Dubai merchant
with US$18m, also has esophageal cancer "which has
defiled all medical treatment". So does Jabor Thani,
a merchant in Qatar.
David Ajilo, accountant with South African Department
of Minerals & Energy, has US$26.5m which he is keen
Adamu Yazid, Managing Director of Prudent Bank, Nigeria,
offers US$10m from tsunami victim Haryanto Tomo. He had
earlier found US$150m while Chairman of the Audit Committee
of the Nigerian Central Bank.
Robert Bada, the "personal assistance" to former
Liberian President Charles Taylor, offers US$183m. He
had previously found US$25m. Usman Kuyate ("former
special adviser on special duties") to the same thug
Benedictus Kadzamira-Banda, son of former Malawi president
Hastings Banda, has US$37m.
Rebecca Garang stopped mourning her warlord husband long
enough to search "his secret underground vault right
inside the family house" in Sudan, discovering US$18m.
She alerts the lucky recipient of her good news that
is my desire to invest greater part of this money in
evangelisation and the propagation of the word of our
evangelisation and propagation do not start at home.
Separate messages promised US$20m via her brother Cornelius
Bongo, US$11m via Cornelus Bongo and US$7.7m via Charles
Bongo. Several years later she discovered US$15m in a
South African bank, 30% of which will be yours if you
kindly supply your full name, address, telephone and fax
numbers, nationality, age and occupation.
Patrick Berger of an unnamed Swiss bank has US$21m from
dormant accounts created by Holocaust victims.
Rosy Porter, Bank of Bermuda official, has a mere US$62.7m
from a 2005 Tsunami victim.
Nazek Audi Hariri has US$36m. Dr Timhamilton [sic] Hugo
has £36.75m from Rafik Hariri
Mohammed Ubah, financial consultant of Senegal, wants
to share US$35m.
Robert Ford, ex-Zimbabwean farmer with US$18.4m in Spain,
wouldn't want to take a risk because this funds is all
that I and my mother is depending upon for the rest
of our lives. We want to be prudent with these funds
... so prudent that he approaches total strangers. Charles
Ford variously offers US$7.5m and £6.2m. Sam Jonah
has US$20.5m from Zimbwean farmer David Stevens, presumably
different to the US$10.5m of Stevens money on offer from
Ray Carter and the US$30.5m from Thulani Gcabashe. Sundry
people claim to be the sons, daughters or wives of the
late Mr Stevens.
Patrick Otofe, proclaiming "though your sins be as
scarlet they shall be as white as snow; though they be
red like crimson, they shall be as wool", offers
a share of US$2.5m from the estate of an aircrash victim.
He was converted to the path of righteousness by Rev Benny
Hinn, just like Zola Maxwell (with US$5m).
Mrs Noye Ibekwe, Nigerian widow seeking to preserve US$25m
from "wicked relatives" after her "loving,
caring and hard working businessman died unfortunately
in a ghastly auto crash" - presumably better than
being stomped by a hippo or devoured by a crocodile.
James Moyo, Zimbabwean farmer, whose dad kindly left him
US$18.5m "in a metal box with a private security
company here in Johannesburg". The metal box presumably
also contains a packet of magic beans and the fabled recipe
for Coca-Cola. Fosta Bongani - writing with "due
respect and heartful of tears" - has US$14.6m from
dad in his metal box in Johannesburg, Michael Ndlovu Matongo
has US$8.5m. James Matongo has US$12m.
Anita Dankata of the Ivory Coast has US$9.5m in another
box. She reports that "The death of my father actually
brought sorrow to my life" and asks "1. Can
you honestly help me? 2. Can I completely trust you?".
Can she indeed? Buda Alfred has US$7.5 million in his
trunk, from his dear old dad who was wickedly murdered
by his evil brother.
Chief Tafa Balogun, former Inspector-General of the Nigeria
Police Force, wanting to launder US$50m. "Please
keep this very confidential; we can't afford any more
political problems/scandal!" The Nigerian EFCC announced
in July 2005 that it had recovered Naira17.7bn from Balogun.
His son Tunde offers you a cut of his US$12m.
Maryann Ngoga, supposedly an 18 year old Liberian refugee
in Senegal, has US$20.5m looking for a good home. Indeed,
she wants to move into your home "if you
are God fearing and honest" and get the nod from
"the Reverend Father who is our refugee camp coordinator".
Ano Wayas, chair of the contract award committee of the
South African Gold & Natural Resources Ministry has
US$28.6m. Just around the corner "Chief Dr. Thomas
Nelson" of the South African Department of Mining
& Natural Resources has US$45.5m and Chief Dr Perry
T Nelson has either US$45m or US$45.5m. Dr Bode Lawrence
of the Nigerian Ministry of Mining & Resources has
US$30.5m from a Bulgarian contract. Funde Bogani of the
SA Department of Minerals & Energy has US$21.7m for
you to invest, lamenting that a few years ago he - o horror
- was ripped off to the tune of US$21.43m.
Miss Nancy Koruma of Sierre Leone has a more diverse portfolio:
500 kilos of gold dust, 1,900 carats of diamonds and US$11m
cash. Another letter - with the usual "due respect
and heartful of tears" - is more confused: she has
only got the gold dust and now describes herself as "Miss
nancy koruma, the first son [sic] of col. mathew koruma".
Some of the wealth might go on gender dysphoria therapy.
Hironobu Saito, supposed younger brother to the very versatile
but unfortunate Saito Akihiko, "a diplomat, a former
member of the French Foreign Legion who worked for a British
security firm, and an oil contractor" who was
a contract by ADNOC for the supply of oil drilling equipment
on January 2004. He executed this contract successfully
but during the period of payment he ran into a serious
problem with The Ansar al-Sunnah Army
luck seems to run in the Saito family: his baby brother
is now rich beyond the dreams of avarice but, alas, is
undergoing serious treatment over cases of chronic gastritis,
lungs cancer and currently I am in a critical state
in the hospital.
Barrister Samuel Uzor was Personal Attorney to Mark Williams,
who - with his wife and their only son - was "involved
in a car accident along Accra / Kumasi express road"
on 21 April 2002, leaving US$21m. Another Uzor client
was Mark Ramdas, who just happened to experience a dreadful
car accident (with wife and their only son) on the very
same day on the Accra/Kumasi express road. He left US$28.3m.
Uzor represented Morris Thomson - miraculously recovered
from his multiple deaths in the Alaska Airline crash?
- who also expired on the same road at the same time,
leaving US$23.5m. Barrister Ishemeal Idris of Nigeria
has US$15.5m after the death of his "client, his
wife and their only son" on - you guessed it - the
express road. Does no one's uncle or granny ever expire
there? Barrister Smith John has US$10m. Barrister Mark
Williams has US$21m.
Sipho Adams, a "high placed official" of the
Department of Finance & Economic Affairs in Johannesburg
has a mere US$65m burning a hole in his pocket. Over in
Ouagadougou Mr Allian Zonko ("Senior Staff In File
Department") of the African Development Bank only
has US$15m. His colleague Dr Abdulsami Kazim has US$9.3m
from a car crash victim. Colleague Basil James has US$22.5m
from an air crash victim ("an International Billionaire
French Businessman", with, as usual, no next of kin).
Fisher Brown of the Ghanian Ministry of Finance &
Economic Planning ("At the risk of boasting, I wish
you to understand that I am a top personal aid to the
Minister") wishes to implore the recipient to accept
a mere US$145 million due to contractors who built the
Akosombo Hydro-electric dam. He is such a kind soul that
understand that you may not know anything about this
subject and you may not even be conversant with the
procedure for building a dam. But do not worry as we
have covered all the bases.
If you failed Dam Building 101, never fear! Didan Kimati,
using identical words, wants your help to claim US$745m
from the same dam.
Diane Robert of Abidjan variously claims to have US$5.7m,
US$5.8m, US$7.8m and US$7.5m (in a bank or "a metallic
box) from father Didier Robert ("a respectable business
magnet") who has managed to die in September 2005,
September 2006 and September 2007. Ms Robert, like Zsa
Zsa Gabor, meanwhile remains eternally young - in her
case a dewy 21 years. It is yet another a miracle.
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