Stephen Clifford, Bank of Nigeria (scam alert)

This is a classic example of a Nigerian 419 scam, and at the same time something of a meta-scam. (Read more about how 419 scams work.) “Stephen Clifford” and the whole government of Nigeria are very sorry the money promised to you has not yet been delivered. They have taken care of all the problems now, and everything is all set. You money will be on its way shortly, they promise:

Subject: From Mr.Stephen Clifford
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015

I Am Mr. Stephen Clifford, Director, Foreign Remittance Department- Central Bank of Nigeria {CBN}. I am contacting based on a recent meeting held with the Office of the Presidency, Federal Republic of Nigeria in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Finance and Senate committee Budget Planning Unite, National House of Assembly-Federal Republic of Nigeria. After the meeting, it was agreed that you will receive a “Part Payment” of Five Million United States Dollars Only {US$5,000,000.00} out of your long complicated outstanding payment.

Why we did this, is because according to information gathered from the banks computer, you have been waiting for a long time to receive your money without success, as I found out that you have almost met all the statutory requirements of the CBN in respect of your contract payment, your problem is that of interest groups.

I am willing to help you get your money but please for security reasons do not tell anybody that you have your money until you receive cash at your doorstep.

This is something we want to avoid because the boxes were padded with machine. We told the courier service that the boxes contains photographic and film materials and when opened will loose its efficacy. We did not declare money because courier service does not carry money.

In your subsequence response I shall send you the details of the courier company which will be in charge of the delivery to your location, we have concluded that you must compensate us with $500,000 United States dollars as soon as you receive your money. To this effect, you will send us a promissory note for $500,000 United States dollars along with your address for sending the boxes by courier. Please maintain topmost secrecy as it may cause a lot of problems if found out that we are using this way to help you, do not ever tell anybody about this until you have your money.

You are required to re-confirm the under listed details as soon as possible for onward shipment of your over due contract fund:

Your full name:
Private telephone number:
Choice of address {where you wish the consignment delivered}:

God is with us as we wait for your reply.

Yours faithfully,
Mr.Stephen Clifford

If you fall into the trap, you’ll discover that they still need a “transfer fee” or “transit tax” or some such thing before they can make delivery, and then once they have your “fee” in their pocket, they’ll disappear and you’ll never hear from them again. There is no money waiting for you, there never was, and “Stephen Clifford” doesn’t exist.