Shamsudeen Usman, Finance Minister (Scam Alert)

So many advance fee frauds originate from or are associated with Nigeria that these schemes worldwide are often called “419” scams after the section of the Nigerian criminal code that deals with fraud. The names of real people are often used in the “hook” messages, as is the case here. Dr. Shamsudeen Usman is the real finance minister of Nigeria. He’s probably a fine fellow, and of course he has nothing to do with this scam. The fraudsters have just appropriated his name to make the scam look legitimate.

from: Dr. Shamsudeen Usman, (
date: Sun, Sep 20, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Our Ref: WSR/DMF/ABJ/0CX2/09.

From The Desk Of:
Dr. Shamsudeen Usman.
Minister of Finance,
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Attention: Honorable Beneficiary,

This message is to inform you that your INHERITANCE/CONTRACT PAYMENT of US$8.3 Million United States Dollars Only (US$8,300,000.00) from the Federal Republic of Nigeria have been Released for onward Wire Transfer into your nominated Bank Account without any delay.

We have assigned CENTRAL BANK NIGERIA to transfer your INHERITANCE/ CONTRACT PAYMENT of US$8.3 Million Dollars to your nominated Bank account without further delay.

You are strongly advise immediately to contact the Head of Transfer Department of CENTRAL BANK NIGERIA (DR PATRICK AZIZA) on his NEW open access Email address:( ) and send him your information such as

1)Your full name.
2)Your contact Address
3)Your age and occupation
4)Your Home and cell phone numbers.

Also tell Dr Patrick Aziza, that you received a message from Dr. Shamsudeen Usman, the New Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Nigeria, instructing you to contact him regarding your US$8.3 Million United States Dollars Only (US$8,300,000.00).

We are very sorry for the plight you have gone through in the past years. Thanks for adhering to this instruction and once again accept our congratulations.

Yours faithfully,

Dr. Shamsudeen Usman,
New Minister of Finance,
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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