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419 (not 411) scam (was Re: VERY UEGENT BUSINESS)

on Thu, Oct 25, 2001 at 12:34:55PM +0100, Julian Gilbey (J.D.Gilbey@qmw.ac.uk) wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 25, 2001 at 02:11:47AM -0700, tluxt wrote:
> > Dear Mr Harvesy,
> > 
> > I reviewed with some interest your mail of business very urgent.  I am
> > the one who receives them mail here, and I am speaking (email) with
> > people all over the world sometimes, so I am not sure I know the girl
> > you are talking of, because there are som many people!
> > [...]
> > 
> > This all sounds very urgent, but I am want to talk to you more to get
> > the details of the size of the ammont, and how you want to do it. 
> > Please contact me here at debian-devel, as I am read this email very
> > often quickly.
> Be warned: this is known as a "411 letter"; 

Actually, 419:

The above is an example of the "Nigerian Scam", also called 419 Letters,
or just plain 419.  Most 419 letters and emails originate from or are
traceable back to Nigeria. However, some originate from other nations,
mostly also West African nations such as Ghana, Togo, Liberia, Sierra
Leone, Ivory Coast ( Cote D'Ivoire ) etc.   

It's the current wrinkle of a decades-old scam that nets tens of
millions of dollars per year, and may be the third largest industry in
Nigeria.  The 419 Coalition believes that it is the elites from which
successive governments of Nigeria have been drawn who are the scammers.
Expect little cooperation from Nigerian authorities.

Information in this notice is compiled from various sources, links
below.  Keep reading for reporting information.

The Scam operates as follows: the target receives an unsolicited fax,
email, or letter concerning Nigeria containing either a money laundering
or other illegal proposal OR you may receive a Legal and Legitimate
business proposal by normal means.  Invariably, the proposition involves
resources which are somehow locked up:  oil or other invoice problems, a
bequest, money cleaning, or misallocated funds.

At some point, the victim is asked to pay up front an Advance Fee of
some sort.  If the victim pays the Fee, there are many "Complications"
which require still more advance payments until the victim either quits,
runs out of money, or both. 

To report the scam:

    If you are a United States Citizen or Resident and have suffered NO
    Financial Loss, write "No Financial Loss - For Your Database" on the
    documents you received and Fax them to the US Secret Service Task
    Force handling Scam matters at 202-406-6930.

    Documents may be emailed to 
        mailto:419.fcd@usss.treas.gov?subject: "No Loss -- 419 Scam"

    IF you are a United States Citizen or Resident and YOU HAVE SUFFERED
    A FINANCIAL LOSS write "Financial Loss - Contact Me ASAP" on the
    documents you have received and Fax them to the Task Force at
    202-406-6930 and give Your telephone number(s).  A Secret Service
    Agent will call you back as soon as possible to discuss the matter
    with you (don't worry, you're Not in any trouble).

    (Above from http://home.rica.net/alphae/419coal/index.htm)

Other countries have their own reporting methods, see above for more

Additional information:

    Google search:

    Federal Republic of Nigeria, Embassy:

    Sierra Leone:  Nigerian 419 Scam:
	Sample letters are archives as no's 01 - 33:
	http://www.sierra-leone.org/scam01.html - 

    Nigeria Scam Letter Archive

    Nigeria - The 419 Coalition Website

    U.S. Postal Authorities crack down on Nigerian Spam

    Nigeria - The 419 Coalition Website

    Urban Legends:  Nigerian Scam

    Salon: I crave your distinguished indulgence (and all your cash)

    Nigerian 419 Scam "Game Over!"
    Book describes how the scam plays out.

Thank you.

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