Mohammed Bello Adoke (scam alert)

This is a classic example of a Nigerian “419” scam. (Read more about 419 advance fee scams.) In this case, “Mohammed Bello Adoke” says your money is waiting for you in the bank of Nigeria, and you just need to contact him to get it transferred. He assures you it won’t cost anything (of course), and he’s just trying to help you and clean up the corruption in the system.

Sound too good to be true? You can be sure it is!

date: Mon, 24 Aug 15
subject: “From the Desk of Mohammed Bello Adoke.”

From the Desk of Mohammed Bello Adoke.
Attorney General of the Federation
& Minister of Justice (Barrister)
PHONE: +234-7084-235374

Dear Fund Beneficiary

This is to inform you that in the course of my investigation as director of payment verification / implementation committee I came across your name as unpaid fund beneficiary in the record of the central bank and other banks that are suppose to get your funds released to you. My committee was set up by the payment reconciliation committee to verify and scrutinize all outstanding debts owed to our foreign beneficiaries in accordance to the information received from the United States government and other countries over unpaid huge debts owed to Foreigners. Please open the attached documents and view my ID and International Passport.

Having seen your file and my further questioning to the officials of the central bank and ministry of finance as to why your payment is still pending reveals the rot and corruption in the system. The bank officials told me that the reason why you haven’t received your payment is due to your inability to pay for the required charges for transfer of funds to your account. When I asked them why they didn’t deduct the said charges from your principal sum, I was given the flimsy excuse that you never authorized them to do so. When I put the question across to them if they ever advised you that such charges could be deducted from your principal fund, the answer I got was no. Now, if you do not tell this beneficiary that such charges could be deducted from his or her principal fund, how will he or she know that such options are available for such beneficiaries.

You are advised to re-confirm to us the below information or call me immediately for more details.

Your Name:
Your Address:
Your Phone:
Your Mobile:
Your Email:
Your Occupation
Your Sex
Your Age.

From my investigation I discovered that these bank officials deliberately refused to let the charges be deducted from your principal fund because they want your fund to remain trapped in the bank, while they continue to extort money from beneficiaries under some flimsy excuse. You do not need to pay any money to any official, all you are required to do is swear to an affidavit at the federal high court of Nigeria, authorizing the bank to deduct all charges from your principal fund and transfer the balance of funds after deduction to your bank account. If you have spent any money in the past in your quest for payment, kindly let me know so that I can follow this up. You can reach me on my phone or email for directive on how you can get the deduction done as soon as possible and get your payment also.

Yours sincerely,

Mohammed Bello Adoke.
Attorney General of the Federation & Minister of Justice (Barrister)

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Compensation for Scam Victims

The email below, now circulating around the Internet, is an example of what I call a meta-scam — a scam message about scam messages. (See more examples of meta-scams.) “Elliott Harris” wants you to know that the United Nations is addressing the issue of online scams, and has arranged to provide compensation for scam victims. If you’ll just send him some information, you will be paid for any losses you may have incurred.

Alas, it is “Elliott Harris” (or maybe “John Creflo”) who are the real scammers. There is really no UN Investigation Unit, and no compensation fund. They are just trying to get their hooks into you so they can pick your pocket.

From: “Elliott Harris (UN)”
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015

Hello Beneficiary,

This is to acquaint you on the outcome of our 1 day meeting with U.N International Financial Investigation Unit and the Association of Better Business Bureau to compensate scam victims upon due verification, we have jointly approved US$1.5m (One million, Five hundred thousand United States Dollars) for every confirmed victim. Your E-mail address was generated through the computer ballot system as one of the selected victim to receive this compensation.

However, adequate arrangement has been put in place to upload the approved payment compensation into a Platinum Card that can be accessible at any inter-switch cash machine anywhere in the world.

Finally; for the purpose of proper verification of your claims, it is imperative that you furnish us with the following of your details necessary to process release/remittance of your payment:

Your Full Name(s):
Your Direct Telephone Number:
Contact Address (FOR ATM DELIVERY)
Photocopy of any I.D you may have:

You are expected to forward the above information to the Authorized Payment Center in South Africa below:

Contact Person: JOHN CREFLO
Phone: +27-63-351-0573

You are advised to contact the above bank with your information to enable your fund processed and released to you within the stipulated time frame.


Elliott Harris.
For, United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
+1 (636)-345-5001

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Central Bank of Nigeria ATM Card

This isn’t just a simple Nigerian advance-fee scam, it’s a Nigerian advance-fee scam about Nigerian advance-fee scams (a meta-scam). You’ve been scammed in the past, says “Dr. Kingsley Moghalu,” and now we are prepared to pay you compensation for your losses. People receiving this message should remember the old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”

date: Sat, 02 May 15 21:21:26 +0000

From: Dr.Kingsley Moghalu
Deputy Governor
Central Bank of Nigeria
Marina- Lagos
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Ref: CBN/FPD/0101373/14

Attn: Florin Moineagu

This is a reminder message regarding your ATM Master card for your compensation fund in the sum of US$570,000.00 (Five hundred and Seven thousand US dollars only) approved by the Ministry of Finance. The Foreign Payment Department of CBN has been mandated by the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to handle the payment of your compensation fund of the above amount by ATM card. Your email contact is amongst the listed beneficiaries in the data for the sum of US$570,000.00. And I have been assigned by the management of CBN to carry out delivery of the ATM card package to you.

This compensation is in compliance with IMF and World bank directives to pacify victims of internet scam. On this note, I am pleased to inform you that ATM card Number 8539 7578 0114 3023 for the sum of US$570,000.00 has been credited in your favor and ready for immediate delivery to you. You are hereby required to re-confirm your full names, telephone number and present address where you want the ATM card to be delivered to you.

Upon receipt of the above requirements from you I shall have your ATM card package dispatched to you by courier service who will deliver to your designated home address. With the ATM card, you can make withdrawals from any part of the world at ATM center near to you. The pin number and all necessary user guides will be attached on delivery (intact in the ATM card package doc.) which will be delivered to you by the courier service, for your easy use.

Further instruction/directive will be sent to you on receipt of your acknowledgment to this message.

Best Regards
Dr. Kingsley Moghalu
Office of the Deputy Governor
CBN, Nigeria

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Obama Debt Repayment Scam

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“Dr. Mark Duru” of the Nigerian Senate has been persuaded by Barack Obama to pay you the money you are owed. Isn’t that great? Too bad it’s a scam. Neither Obama nor the Nigerian Senate have anything to do with this, of course, and the whole story is fake. The scammer just wants to make contact with you so he can fill your head with visions of riches, and pick your pocket while doing so.

from Mr Mark Duru
date Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 4:48 PM
subject Senate Committee On Debt Reconcillation and Evaluation

From The Desk Of
Dr Mark Duru
Chairman Senate Committee
On Debt Reconcillation And Evaluation

Attn Beneficary

I am Dr Mark Duru the Chairman Senate Committee On Debt Reconcillation and Evaluation Federal Republic of Nigeria, after the meeting I held with other members of the Executive Arm of the Government, we decided with one accord to reshuffle every section of government departments with immediate effect.

We have also investigated and found out that a great deal of injustice has been shown to foreign inheritors who have spent their time and money to conclude the transfer processes with different commercial banks in this great country Especailly Africa. However, we the Executive Arm of the Government in conjunction with the presidency, officails of international communities and some allied and financial matter agencies sent by the new elected president in America BARRACK OBAMA have immediately decided and persuade us to clear some debt owned to genuine contractors, Inheritors, quota preparation to avoid the good name of our great nation being tarnished or dragged to the mud by other countries of the outside world and at the same time protect our current nascent democracy.

In fact, after our careful verification, we discovered that your Inheritance file and all these Inheritance files are ready now on my table allready Approved for immediate payment by the FINANCE HOUSE IN LONDON

Please confirm the receipt of this e-mail by responding to this office immediately so that your Inheritance file will be forwarded to the FINANCE HOUSE IN LONDON for immediate part payment of your Inheritance entitlement of US$10Million usd as Part payment without further delay.

Note; that this money for this payment by the FINANCE HOUSE is maped out from this year,s Federal government Budget and the recovered funds Loot of the Nigerian Treasury by ex governors especailly from the niger deltans.

Most importantly,your payment must be via key tested telegraphic wire transfer to your Bank account in your country .You should call me immediately you receive this e-mail and also you should reconfirm your phone Number, your contact address and any of your identification such dirver license or international passport

Yours Sincerely
Dr Mark Duru

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Zenith Bank Compensation Unit (Scam Alert)

As more people around the world have become aware of email scams, it’s become harder for the scammers to make a living. But they’re nothing if not adaptable. Since the scammers figure you’re aware of the standard scam, what better strategy to take than to promise you a refund for having received scam messages? You know the messages are annoying, so what better way to relieve your annoyance and to (seemingly) let you stick your thumb in the scammers’ eyes than to get some money back. You deserve it!

But of course this is just another layer in the multi-level scam. If you reply, you’ll discover that you have to pay a “fee” or a “tax” before your refund can be released. And then once you pay the fee, well, you know what will happen next…

date: Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM



In regards to the recent meeting between the United Nations and the Present United States Government to restore the dignity and Economy of the Nations.Base on the Agreement with the World Bank Assistance to help and make the world a better place for all with the sole aim of abolishing poverty.

This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$ 250,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars)This includes every foriegn contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc.

Your name and email was in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team of Economic and Financial Crime Commission observers and this is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed.

You are advised to contact Mr. Jim Ovia of ZENITH BANK NIGERIA PLC, as he is our representative in Nigeria, contact him immediately for your Cheque/ International Bank Draft of USD$ 250,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) This funds are in a Bank Draft for security purpose ok? so he will send it to you and you can clear it in any bank of your choice.

Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number/your correct mailing address where you want him to send the Draft to you.

Contact Mr. Jim Ovia immediately for your Cheque:

Person to Contact Mr. Jim Ovia
Foreign Remittance Department
Zenith Bank Plc
Official Tel: 234-709-602-6041
Fax: 234-1-759-4450

Goodluck and kind regards,

Making the world a better place

Mr. Ban Ki-Moon

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African Monetary Agency (Scam Alert)

This is an example of the refund/reparations-type of advance fee fraud. It plays upon the widespread public knowledge of African 419 scams, and purports to offer you compensation for having been scammed in the past — it’s a kind of meta-scam about being scammed.

It’s quite unusual, however, in that it specifies an amount you must pay upfront. For a mere $450 sent to “Mrs. Julie” (how’s that for a name to inspire confidence) you can get your refund of $500,000. That would be quite a deal — if it weren’t all a fraud.

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 8:00 PM
From: “Mr. Dennis Sweat.” (

Chief Compensation Officer
African Monetary Agency
In-collaboration with United Nations Compensation Committee
(United Nations Anti-fraud Commission)
United State Of America.

Attention:Dear Scammed Victim.


We are African Monetary Agency In-collaboration with United Nations Compensation Committee (USA) to pay 1000 USA,Europe, Africa and Nigerian 419 scam victims $500.000.00 each, you are listed and approved for these payments as one of the scammed victims to recieve $500.000.00 as compensations funds.

On this faithful recommendations, I want you to know that during the last UN meetings held at Washington D.C and New York USA, it was alarmed so much by the rest of the world in the meetings on the lose of funds by various foreigners to the scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today, in other to retain the good image of this continent, all the west African head of states of west African countries, presidents and all members of the parliament of Ecowas states is now paying 1000 victims of this operators $500.000.00 each as approved by USA President Barrack Obama.

Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking systems in Africa, the payments are to be paid through USA and London Monetary Agency, under funding assistance by the Central Bank of Nigeria and Euro Bank in London According to the number of applicants at hand, 584 beneficiaries has been paid, half of the victims are from the United States and Asia, we still have many left out to be paid the compensations of $500.000.00 each only.

You are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to anybody for any reason for whatsoever; the US FBI secret service is already on trace of the criminals.

Note that you will pay the (COT) Cost Of Transfer before Your Fund Transfer will be carried out Successfully.

Contact Mrs. Julie with the details Below and And ask her to give you details on how to pay the Cost of Transfer of Your fund into your Bank Account. The cost of transfer will cost you just $450. Her Name and Contact Email address is as bellow:

NAME: Mrs. Julie
Address: 554 SW Jefferson St. Sheridan, Or 97378-USA.

Please send her the following details for further processing:
Finally, make sure that you reconfirm:

1. Full Name:
2. Full Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Age:
5. Sex:
6. Telephone Number:
7. Nationality:
8. Place of Residence:
9.Your Bank Details, and attach a scan copy of your Id.

You will receive your compensations payments via Bank to Bank transfer,Mrs Julie shall feed you with further modalities as soon as you Contact her Via-Email.Make sure you Ask her to send you the details on how to pay the Cost of Transfer of your Fund to your Nominated Bank Account.

Note that this COT fee of $450 should be paid Directly to Mrs. Julie in USA for immediate processing and transfer of your fund.


Yours faithfully,
Mr. Dennis Sweat.
Chief Compensation Officer,
African Monetary Agency in Collaboration with United Nations Compensation Committee,(United Nations Anti-fraud Commission),USA.

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Rev. Geremy Owen, World Bank (Scam Alert)

Have you ever been promised a cut of an over-invoiced account from an African country, or millions in lottery winnings, but the money just didn’t show up? The World Bank has come to your rescue! “Rev. Geremy Owen” has helpfully ordered all those people to hurry up and pay you — it’s a scam about scams!

from: World Bank Group (
date: Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 9:54 AM

New Zealand House
Haymarket London, SW1Y 4TE
Tel: +44-762-413-2116

Attn: Beneficiary


I am Rev. Geremy Owen, Bill and Exchange Manager/ Secretary General, Head of the World Bank Finance Group, London Branch, set up to fight against scam and fraudulent activities worldwide.

This Group is responsible for investigating the legitimacy of unpaid contract, inheritance and lotto winning claims by companies and individuals and directs the paying authorities (banks) worldwide to make immediate payment of verified claims to the beneficiaries without further delay. You are being legally contacted regarding the release of your long awaited fund.

After a detailed review of your file, the World Bank Group has mandated that your fund should be release immediately.

The sum of US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars) has been approved in your favor via my desk. I therefore wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter.

Please re-confirm to me the following:

(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Phone, Fax and Mobile Number:
(3) Company Name, Home Address:
(4) Profession, Age and Marital status:
(5) Payment options. Cash Payment/Bank transfer.

Note that the above fund has been cleared from terrorist or fraud related activities.

Thanks for Your Cooperation.
Rev. Geremy Owen
World Bank Group.

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Obama’s Foundation (Scam Alert)

Email fraudsters commonly use the names of people in the news, and the election of Barack Obama naturally led to a flurry of scams claiming to be connected with him in some way. In this example “Obama’s Foundation” wants to offer you a refund for having been a scam victim in the past — an example of the reverse-psychology approach that many scammers follow.

But why do you suppose a foundation associated with the United States president would have a return email address in China?

date: Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 11:49 PM
subject: Donation grant 2009

Greetings to you,

On behalf of the Obama’s Foundation, we wish to notify you as a beneficiary of $99,000.00 USD in compensation of scam victims. Do contact Lloyds TSB Bank plc; London’s Branch for verification and release of your $99,000.00 USD that we have deposited

The account log on will be presented to you by the bank in order to access the funds before releasing into your nominated bank account.You will transfer the funds into your nominated account on-line as the Hlb Bank will provide the necessary information to you.Please if you are willing to accept the funds,do contact us Via:

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs Joy Terry

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The Confidence Game

Despite their technological trappings, the millions of email scams that circulate on the Internet every year are really just old fashioned confidence tricks. They don’t depend upon cell phones and wifi connections for their success; they depend upon human psychology. The Internet is just the medium. The same games have been played for decades by fax, telephone, and regular old correspondence.

It should come as no surprise, then, to find that scammers keep up with the times, and craft their messages to appeal to people in the present day and age. While rich orphans and dying widows and corrupt officials are evergreen, some other issues are more trendy and more likely to be in the mind of the average reader who follows the daily news.

The Point of Law blog has just noted that some 419 messages are beginning to appear that are constructed around supposed environmental damage reparation claims. “Chevron/Texaco has given you a donation of $980,000.00 USD as a compensation for environmental hazards caused by our Product,” their example reads.

There will certainly be more to follow. Somewhere in a run down Internet cafe, even now, a scammer is perusing the latest headlines, looking for a new hook that will let him capture another unsuspecting victim — maybe even you.

Robert Dewar, British High Commission (Scam Alert)

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?

date: Fri, Feb 24, 2006 at 2:59 PM
subject: Robert Dewar(BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION)

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


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

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 address, and asking you to reply to another free address at 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.