The message shown below is a real example of a Nigerian or 419 Scam. The message promises the victim a portion of 15 million dollars in exchange for helping a dying business man distribute the funds to charity. This sum of money does not exist. Recipients who initiate a dialogue with the scammer by replying to this message will eventually be asked for advance fees supposedly required to allow the deal to proceed. They may also become the victims of identity theft.
If you receive this or a similar message, DO NOT reply. If you have already replied, DO NOT comply with subsequent requests to send money or provide personal information.
Nigerian Scams – 419 Scam Information
Subject: CHARITY DISTRIBUTION
Mr. Peter Attah <email@example.com>URGENT – HELP ME DISTRIBUTE MY $15 MILLION TO CHARITY
IN SUMMARY:- I have 15,000,000.00 (fifteen million) U.S. Dollars and I want you to assist me in distributing the money to charity organizations. I agree to reward you with part of the money for your assistance, kindness and participation in this Godly project. This mail might come to you as a surprise and the temptation to ignore it as unserious could come into your mind but please consider it a divine wish and accept it with a deep sense of humility.
I am Mr Peter Attah and I am a 55 years old man. I am a South African living in the Garden City of Port Harcourt – Nigeria. I was the President/CEO of TOMOBA OIL LIMITED – an oil servicing comapny in Port Harcourt. I was also married with two children. My wife and two children died in a car accident six years ago. Before this happened my business and concern for making money was all I was living for and I never really cared about other people.
But since the loss of my family, I have found a new desire to assist the helpless. I have been helping orphans in orphanages/motherless homes.I have donated some money to orphans in Sudan, Ethiopia, Cameroon,Spain,Austria,Germany and some Asian countries.
Before I became ill, I kept $15 Million in a long-term deposit account in Allied Bank PLC. Presently, I am in the hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for oesophageal cancer and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live. It is my last wish to see this money distributed to charity organizations. Because my relatives and friends has plundered so much of my wealth since my illness, I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them.
Please, I beg you in the name of God to help me collect the $15 Million and the interest accrued on the deposit from Allied Bank and distributes it amongst charity organizations.
You are at liberty to use your discretion to distribute the money and feel free as well to reimburse yourself when you have the money for any expenses you incur in the course of collecting and distributing the money to charity organizations. I am willing to reward you for your assistance and kindness.
Kindly expedite action and contact me via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org if this proposal is acceptable to you.
May the good Lord bless you and your family.
Mr Peter Attah
N.B Contact me via e-mail: email@example.com