Nigerian Money Transfer

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This is a scam. There a large number of variants of this scam now. The common features are "loads of money", Nigeria, and a fax number. They all want some money-up-front and that is the way the scam artists make their money.

I have seen well over  250 variants of these now.....don't be fooled, this is a scam! 

Here's another variant of this hoax.: Another variant of this hoax appeared in August/September 2000. It looks like this: Yet another variant arrived June 2001:

Dr. Moses MAdu
Lagos, Nigeria.
Fax: 234 1 7591666
June 9th, 2001

Attention: president/CEO.

Dear Sir,


Firstly I must solicit your strictest confidence in this subject. This is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret. A member of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (N.E.P.C.) who was part of the federal government delegation to your country during a trade exhibition gave your particulars to me. I have decided to seek a confidential operation with you in the execution of the deal described hereunder for the benefit of all the parties and hope that you keep it top secret because of the nature of the business.

Within the ministry of petroleum resources where I work as a director of engineering and projects, and with the co-operation of four other very top officials, we have under our control as overdue contract payments, bills totaling Thirty One Million United States Dollars, which we want to transfer to a foreign account, with the assistance and co-operation of a foreign company to receive the said funds on our behalf or a reliable foreign individual account to receive the funds.

The source of the fund is as follows: during the last military government here in Nigeria which lasted bout eleven months, government officials set up companies and awarded themselves various contracts which were grossly over-invoiced in various ministries. The present civilian government is not aware of the atrocities committed by their predecessors and as a result, we have a lot of such over invoiced contract payment s pending which we have identified floating at the central bank of Nigeria ready for
payment. However by virtue of our position as civil servants, we cannot acquire this money in our names. I was therefore delegated as a matter of urgency by my colleagues to look for an over seas partner into whose account we would transfer the sum of US$31,000,000.00 (THIRTY ONE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) hence we are writing you this letter.

Since the present civilian government is determined to pay foreign
contractors l debts owed so as to maintain an amiable relationship with foreign governments and non-government financial agencies. We have decided to include our bills for approval with the co-operation of some officials of the federal ministry of finance (F.M.F) and the central bank of Nigeria (C.B.N). We are seeking your assistance in providing us with a good company account or
any other offshore bank account into which we can remit this money by acting our main partner and trustee or acting as the original contractor.
This we can do by swapping of account information and changing of
beneficiary and other pertinent information to apply for payment. By this act, we would be using your company information to apply for payment, and prepare letters of claim and job description on behalf of your company.
This process would be an internal arrangement with the departments

I have the authority of my partners involved to propose that should you be willing to assist us in this transaction, your share as compensation will be us$6.2 million (20%), us$21.7 million (70%) for us and us$3.1 (10%) for taxation and miscellaneous expenses.

The business itself is 100% safe, provided you treat it with utmost
secrecy and confidentiality. Also your area of specialization is not a hindrance to the successful execution of this transaction. I have reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint me.

Please fax your response to my confidential fax number 234 1 7591666 to indicate your willingness in assisting us. I will bring the complete picture of the transaction to your knowledge when I have heard from you.

Thanks for your co-operation,

Yours faithfully,
Dr. Moses Madu

Another new variants, July 2001 also seen with the following name instead of the one in the variant below "Prince Chiedu Boglo":

Dear Sir,


I am Alhaji Wasiu Hassan and engineer in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and a member of a Seven-man tender board in charge of Contract Review and Payment Approvals. I came to know of you in my search for a reliable person to handle a very confidential transaction, which involves the transfer of a huge sum of money to a foreign account.

There were series of contracts executed by a Consortium of Multinational in the oil industry in favour of NNPC among which were; (i) The extension of the pipeline network within Nigeria for crude oil, downstream products distribution and subsequent evacuation ~ US$195 Million. (ii) Contract for the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of the various refineries in the country
-US$152 Million. (iii) The construction of storage tanks for Petroleum Products (Depots) ~ US$240 Million.

The original values of these contracts were deliberately over-invoiced to the sum of twenty- two Million United State Dollars (US$22,000,000.00), which has now been approved and is now ready to be transferred being that the companies that actually executed these contracts have been fully paid and projects officially commissioned.

Consequently, my colleagues and I are willing to transfer the total amount to your account for subsequent disbursement since we are civil servants and are prohibited by the Code of Conduct Bureau (Civil Service Laws) from opening/operating foreign accounts in our names.

Needless to say, the trust reposed on you at this juncture is enormous. In return, we have agreed to offer you 15% of the transferred sum, while 5% shall be set aside for accidental expenses (internal and external) between the parties in the course of the transferred. We will mandate you to draft an investment plan for us of whom you will control since we can't bring our shares back to Nigeria.

You must however NOTE that this transaction is subject to the following terms and conditions; (i) Our conviction of your transparent honesty and diligence. (ii) That you wound treat this transaction with utmost secrecy and confidentiality. (iii) That the funds would be transferred to an account over which you have absolute Control.

Modalities have been worked out at the highest levels of the Presidency and the Central Bank of Nigeria for the immediate transfer of the funds within 14 working days, subject to your satisfaction of the above stated terms.

To accord this transaction the legality it deserves and for mutual
security of the funds, the whole approval procedures will be officially and legally processed with your name or the name of your company you may nominate as the bonafide beneficiary.

Kindly expedite action so as to enable us include this transaction into this batch as payment to foreign contractors is usually carried out on quarterly basis.

Please, do send your acceptance via my Private/Confidential Fax number 234 - 1 - 7597016 also with your Private/Confidential Phone and Fax numbers, so that I can reach you also. Contact me as soon as possible on my private email address also.

Yours faithfully,


Please ignore any messages regarding this scam and do not pass on any messages regarding it. Passing on messages about this hoax serves only to further propagate it.

You can find more about the 4-1-9 scams here.

There are many reports from both the UK and the USA that a surprising number of mugs….er….I mean unsuspecting victims have lost a significant amount of money, and occasionally their life too (so much so that it has been subject to an FBI warning as well one from the US Secret Service).

You can send copies of these scams to: and they will follow them up.

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