Robert Dewar, British High Commission

This scam message tries to hook you by employing reverse psychology and playing on your own annoyance at email scammers (call it a meta-scam). You can’t stand scammers, right? Well it’s good to see them get their comeuppance. The British High Commission and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit have confirmed that you have been the target of scammers, and would now like to reimburse you. In fact they already tried, but couldn’t get in touch with you. Would you kindly get in touch with them?

from: ROBERT DEWAR (scam_notice_2@sify.com)
reply-to: robert.dewar@sify.com
date: Fri, Feb 24, 2006 at 2:59 PM
subject: Robert Dewar(BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION)

BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION
Dangote House,
Aguyi Ironsi Street,
Maitama District, Abuja.
TEL:+234 8035148270

E-mail:scam_notice02@yahoo.com.hk

ATTENTION;

The BRITISH High Commission in Nigeria,Benin Republic,Ghana and Bokinafaso received a report of scam against you and other British/US citizens and Malaysia,Etc. whom the country of Nigeria/Benin,Bokinafaso And Ghana have recompensed you due to meeting held with Four countries Government and the world high commissions against fraud activities by the Four country Citizens

Your name was among those scammed as listed by the Nigeria Financial Intelligent Unit (NFIU). A re compensation has been issued out in ATM DEBIT CARD to all the affected victims and has been already in distribution to all the bearers. Your ATM CARD was among those that was reported undelivered as at last Friday and we wish to advise you to see to the instructions of the Committee to make sure you receives your ATM CARD immediately for your usage.

NFIU further told us that the use of Nigeria Couriers and the Benin was abolished due to interception activities noticed in the above mentioned courier services in Benin,Nigeria and Ghana and thereby have made a concrete arrangement with the DHL Courier Company for a safe delivery to your door-step once the beneficiary meets up the demand of the conveyance.

We advise that you do the needful to make sure the NFIU dispatches your recompense on Friday. You are assured of the safety of your ATM CARD and availability and be advised that you should stop further contacts with all the fake lawyers and security companies who in collaboration scammed you. Call me at: +234 8035148270 immediately to check if the delivery date suits you.

Your Full Name:………………….
Your Delivery Address………………..
Your phone Number………………….
Your occupation ……………………

Yours truly,
Mr. Robert S, Dewar
CONSULAR,
BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONS
ABUJA

http://www.britishhighcommission.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1101399478073.

As is often the case, this message uses the names of real people and offices to make the scam appear authentic. There is a real Robert Dewar who is indeed a British diplomatic official in Nigeria. But he of course has nothing to do with this scam — why would he be sending official messages from a free sify.com address, and asking you to reply to another free address at yahoo.com.hk? And you’d think he’s have a better command of English grammar, too. Keep an eye out for clues like that and you’ll be able to avoid the scammers’ traps.

Maha Saliou and Zahid Al Fahim (scam alert)

Scammers often take advantage of current events — wars, natural disasters, plane crashes, and the like — to construct “next of kin” scams. They present themselves as bank officials who have discovered abandoned bank accounts, left behind by people who have died in tragic circumstances without legitimate heirs. If you would agree to pose as the deceased account holder’s next of kin, then you can get a percentage of these abandoned funds! But of course it’s all a scam designed to pick your pocket: there really is no abandoned account, and no real bank official. There are only scammers ready to take advantage of you.

from: MR.Maha Saliou (maha_saliou00_1@msn.com)
reply-to: maha_saliou210@hotmail.fr
date: Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 5:54 AM
subject: FROM MR. MAHA SALIOU,

FROM MR. MAHA SALIOU,
BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER,
ISLAMIC DEVELOPMENT BANK(ISDB)
OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO

Greetings and compliments of the season,

I am making this proposal to you based on my conviction that you will be capable of championing this business cause.

In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $9.2m US dollars ( NineMilliontwo hundred Thousand US Dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer, late Mr. Zahid Al Fahim an Afghanistan who died along with his entire family in an American bomb attack on the city of Kandahar, Afghanistan in the year 2004.

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin, business partner or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately I learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him during the bomb attack leaving nobody behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and I don’t want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.

The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after five years, the money will be transferred into the bank treasury account as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.

I wish to inform you that 40% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account, while the remaining 60% would be for me. Thereafter I will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated. Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged, you must apply first to the bank as relation, business partner or next of kinto the deceased customer.So if you are willing to champion this business with me,Send me the following information’s so that we can proceed immediately.

Your Full Names…
Occupation….
Age ………………….
Marrital Status….
Personal Phone No…..
Home Phone No…
Personal Fax No….
Private Email Id …..

Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of the application. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer.

You should contact me immediately you receive this mail.Please reply through my

Trusting to hear from you immediately.

Yours faithfully,

MR. MAHA SALIOU
00226 78 43 83 64