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Central Bank of Nigeria Scam

October 25th, 2009

nigeria-419-scam.jpgOur latest spam warning focuses on an email that has been making the rounds over the past few months and has become known as the Central Bank of Nigeria scam. This is really just another version of the old 419 advance fee fraud trick, but it follows a recently popular pattern that I like to call the “fake scambuster” tactic. The basic idea is for the spammer-scammers to pose as some type of authority figures (in this case as officers under the authority of an “executive governor” of an apparently legitimate bank, with assistance from the Nigerian government) and make it look like they are trying to protect you from the “real” scammers, implying that the sender of the message is somehow more legitimate and trustworthy.

Of course this ploy falls apart when used on people who retain a modicum of common sense or skepticism after these readers encounter the highly unlikely prospect of being awarded an unusually large sum of money as a vague “contract/ inheritance payment.” The grammatical quirks and inconsistencies also make the message far less convincing than one from most official sources. Nevertheless, there are surprising cases of people actually falling for these scams as evidenced by a few of the comments that I have received on other posts in my “Spam and Scam” category. So if you happen to be one of those gullible folks who are considering the idea of sending some money off to Nigeria by bank wire or Western Union as some type of transaction fee, you can rest assured that this is a well-known hoax and can save your money.

The text of the latest Central Bank of Nigeria scam is reprinted below. You can add the text of other similar spam mails in the comment section to serve as warnings for other searchers who may not yet know about these particular variations of the scam.


CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA.
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
(OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR)
Our Ref: CBN/IRD/CBX/021/09
IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT #:
MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009

Attn:

This is to inform you and the general public that the Central Bank of Nigeria (C.B.N) now has a new face and a new leader. I am Tunde Bells the Payment Officer to the New Executive Governor of C.B.N. Mr. Lamido A. Sanusi. I am here under the supervision of the New Executive Governor of C.B.N to re-brand our bank and correct all the unprofessional and financial irregularities caused by the former governor of C.B.N Prof. Charles C. Soludo.

Breaking News! Prof. Charles C. Soludo has been arrested by the Economic & Financial Crime Commission (E.F.C.C) for destroying the lives of innocent people who called for the release of their contract payment and inheritance beneficiaries. He has scammed not less than 2 million people claiming to release their funds and was requesting for illegal fees such as delivery fee and documentation fees. Shortly after his interrogation with the men of the E.F.C.C, he will be charged to court and the law will take its cause.

As the Payment Officer to the New Executive Governor of CBN, my duties are to ensure that your payment gets to you. I have cross checked the unattended files sent to my desk and the records of outstanding contractors due for payment, with the federal government of Nigeria shown that you have not received your funds. The amount recorded as your contract payment/ inheritance is $19.5 Million US Dollars and that has been corrected from what other offices told you.

I want you to know that your payment is valid and maintained with us here. I can not vividly explain how this payment was generated or occurred to you, but I was informed before I resumed my humble office in the month of October 2009 to pay the list of beneficiaries whose names are contained in this quarter payment schedule. As instruction from the presidency I cannot argue it coupled with the fact that the computer departments of the central bank was burnt down some months back before I resumed this humble office, and all available information as regards to your details that was dropped by the foreign contractor was omitted or partially missing as well.

I wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that from my record in my file your outstanding contract payment is $19.5 million dollars (Nineteen million Five hundred thousand united states dollars). For your information, I don’t want anything that will dent my image and my mode of releasing your funds is totally based on the new Standard Banking Acts policy.

Before I proceed with your payment, I will re-check your information to be sure that I contacted the right person, therefore, forward the below information.

1) Your full name.
2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
3) Company name, position and address.
4) Profession, age and marital status.

As soon as I receive the above information, I will email you the mode of payment to enable us proceed immediately. Do get in touch with me immediately with my direct number +2347058982210 to conclude this final transaction.

Mr.Tunde Bells
Payment Officer
Funds Remittance unit
Central Bank of Nigeria



4 Responses to “Central Bank of Nigeria Scam”

  1. comment number 1 by: Anonymous

    From:
    U.S. Government
    Add to Contacts
    To:
    U.S. Government
    Accountability Office (GAO)
    Gene L. Dodaro GAO
    Fraud Dept.
    441 G Street NW Mail Stop 4T21
    Washington, DC 20548

    Attention:

    Our Work is done at the request of congressional committees or subcommittees or is mandated by public laws or committee reports. We also undertake research under the authority of the Controller General. We support congressional oversight by

    1, auditing agency operations to determine whether federal funds are being spent efficiently and effectively;
    2, investigating allegations of illegal and improper activities;
    3, reporting on how well government programs and policies are meeting their objectives;
    4, performing policy analysis and outlining options for congressional consideration; and
    5, issuing legal decisions and opinions, such as bid protest rulings and reports on agency rules.

    We advise Congress and the heads of executive agencies about ways to make government more efficient, effective,ethical, equitable and responsive.
    Our work leads to laws and acts that improve government operations, saving the government and tax payers billions of dollars. This is to officially informed you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly investigated with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you are having an illegal Transaction.

    During our Investigation, we noticed that the reason why you have not received your payment is because you are dealing with the wrong person in respect of your Contract Payment. Just this month we recover some amount from fraudulent people in Nigeria with the help of the Acting President Jonathan GoodLuck,the new government in Nigeria and the total money recover was $120,000.000.00 in which the Nigeria government decided to give away the money to an American,Australia,Asia,European,Canada Citizen with correct social security details as a COMPENSATION,either unemployed/employed as in accordance with the new president of America permission as an External Stimulus Relief.

    Be informed that your name and address came out and we the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) decided to contact you in regards to your claims.
    Therefore, we have contacted the Federal Ministry Of Finance in Niegeria on your behalf and they have brought a solution to your problem by coordinating your payment in total USD$18,000.000.00 in an ATM CARD which you can use to withdraw money from any ATM MACHINE CENTER anywhere in the world with a maximum of $4000 to $5000 United States Dollars daily.

    You now have the lawful right to claim your fund in an ATM CARD. Since the U.S.Government Accountability Office (GAO) is involved in this transaction,you have to be rest assured for this is 100% risk free it is our duty to protect the American and European Citizens.
    All I want you to do is to contact the ATM CARD CENTER via email or by phone for their requirements to proceed and procure your Approval Slip on your behalf while the shipment of the ATM CARD is been taken care of once your APPROVAL SLIP is signed and sealed by you.

    CONTACT INFORMATION
    NAME: Dr.James Obi
    EMAIL: ddr_james_obii@yahoo.co.jp
    TELEPHONE: +234-709-257-5252
    BANK ADDRESS: UBA House, 47 St John Street Victoria Island,LAGOS,NIGERIA
    Do contact Dr.James Obi of the ATM CARD CENTRE with your details and reconfirmed you information

    First Name :
    Middle Name :
    Last Name :
    Address :
    City:
    State:
    Zip code:
    Nationality :
    Sex :
    Marital Status :
    Age :
    Home phone number :
    Cell phone number :
    Email:

    We advise you to get back to this office after you have contacted the ATM SWIFT CARD CENTER and we do await your response so we can move on with our investigation and make sure your ATM SWIFT CARD gets to you. Thanks andhope to read from you soon. The U.S. Government Accountability NW Mail Stop 4T21 Washington, DC 20548

    Note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your ATM CARD, you are hereby advice only to be in contact with Dr.James Obi of the ATM CARD CENTRE who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your ATM CARD PAYMENT and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon and commence investigation.

  2. comment number 2 by: raul garcia

    i have recently recieved and an email regarding a contest i supposedly won in a lotter that yahoo had held in nigeria…out of 50,000 emails i was pulled out of a hat so to speak to have won a prize of $600,000. here is the email i recieved and like a jack ass i sent my personal info due to the amount of alcohol i was consuming last night from a party…this morning i snapped out of it and contacted the real nigerian authorities…

    email #1

    YAHOO BETA /MICROSOFT INTERNATIONAL AWARD 2010
    GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED LICENSE!!!
    YAHOO BETA /MICROSOFT IS REGISTERED UNDER THE DATA
    PROTECTION ACT OF; (Registration Z720633X).

    Ref No: YBM-EBS-719AF

    Batch Number: YBM-EBS-390AF

    Winning Number. YBM-EBS-798AF

    Coupon No.MSTL-146478972197

    Dear Email Bearer,

    CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNING NOTICE!!!

    Yahoo Beta private International E-games organizers and Co-sponsors, MICROSOFT/ STAATSLOTERIJ officially bring to your notice of the final draw result of 2010 YAHOO MICROSOFT / STAATSLOTERIJ wheel E-game which was conducted at our international corporate office complex in London.

    Most recently this foundation set up the YAHOO BETA LOTTERY SCHEME to give out prizes based on COMPUTER BALLOT SYSTEM. By doing this the foundation seek to encourage the use of Internet for academic and business pursuits. It major aim is to promote music, theater, art and literature projects in the social and political arena with a focus on health, as well as science, research, and higher education. We wish to Congratulate and inform you on the selection of your email coupon number which was selected among the 5 lucky consolation prize winners.

    Your email ID identified with Coupon No. MSTL-146478972197 was selected by our E-games Random Selection System (ERSS) with entries from the 50,000 different email addresses enrolled for the E-game. Your email ID was included among the 50,000 different email addresses submitted by our partner international email provider companies.

    You have won a consolation cash prize of $600,000.00 (Six Hundred Thousand United State Dollars Only).The YAHOO BETA, MICROSOFT/STAATSLOTERIJ Group have approved a payout of your consolation cash prize which will be remunerated directly to you by the official Payment Agency Board.

    Our DUE PROCESS UNIT (DPU) will render to you complete assistance and provide additional information and processes for the claims of your consolation prize. For due processing of your winning claim, please contact the assigned paying Bank where the prize fund is deposited for claims they will assist you as soon as you provide the required data.

    CONTACT THE PAYING BANK FOR YOUR FUND:

    Contact Person: Mr. Malam Lamido Sanusi
    Executive Governor,Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
    Bank Address: No.67 Diamond Road Garki-Abuja,
    Second Floor,Room 009
    Telephone: +23408-3401-1577
    Contact e-mail: transferdesk29@yahoo.com

    You are advised to provide them with the following information:

    Name:

    Phone/Fax Number:

    Nationality:

    House Address:

    Marital Status:

    Age:

    Occupation:

    Any Identity Proof:

    Bank Name:

    Bank Address:

    Bank Account:

    Account Name:

    Routing Number Or Sort Code:

    Ref Number: YBM-EBS-719AF

    Batch Number: YBM-EBS-390AF

    Winning Number: YBM-EBS-798AF

    Coupon Number: MSTL-146478972197

    MEANS OF PAYMENT

    Bank Account Transfer

    International Certified Bank Draft

    Once again congratulations from all our staffs on your Consolation prize winning, we hope you will partake in our Forth coming YAHOO BETA, MICROSOFT/ STAATSLOTERIJ Email-games. Warring do not send your winning details to any other e-mail address you are only advised to send your contacts to the paying bank address at (transferdesk29@yahoo.com) we will appreciate your understanding toward this regards.

    Regards,

    (Group Coordinator)

    NB: In accordance with the YAHOO BETA, MICROSOFT/STAATSLOTERIJ E-games policy and regulations, this notification is dispatched directly to only the 5 lucky consolation prize Winners. This notification also contains information that is proprietary, privileged or confidential or otherwise legally exempt from disclosure. If you are not the right recipient whose email address attached to the lucky number along with the winning information, you are not authorized to read, print, retain copy or disseminate this notice or any part of it.

    YAHOO! UK & IRELAND
    COPYRIGHT (C) 2000-2010 YAHOO LOTTERY AWARD INC.
    uthorities, lets hope they can stop this!!

    email #2

    Office of the Executive Governor,
    Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
    Bank Address: No.67 Diamond Road Garik-Abuja,
    International Banking Department (I.B.D):
    For Enquiries, Please, Call or E-mail Us
    @ Service Hot Lines: +234-803-4011-577
    Date: 9th August, 2010

    Subject: Acknowledgment Letter:

    Attention: Raul Garcia,

    The Board of Director’s Central Bank of Nigeria has acknowledged the recipient of your information regarding your prize won from the yahoo beta international lottery.

    We have received your information and your winning details for the prize. Be informing that the yahoo beta lottery deposited the sum of Six Hundred Thousand United States dollars (US$600,000.00) in an escrow coded bank draft to the nomination of your email address (rolly313@yahoo.com) and name that won their lottery through electronic selection of email addresses.

    We wish to keep you informed that; there are two methods towards the claiming.

    The first methods; involves your presence here to secure the legal documents (Affidavit) from the Federal High Court of Justice Nigeria as instructed by the governing rules of all banks world wild for an international/foreign fund transfer.

    The second alternative, is to instruct the Central bank attorney to sign and secure the documents (Affidavit of Claims and Fact) on your behalf in case you can’t come down to Nigeria, so that your winning prize money will be transferred to your designated bank account or an international certified bank draft delivered to your address through courier service, or DHL service.

    This bank will be sending you the payment approval information as soon as we receive your means of transfer. Attachment to this email is copy of my staff working Identity proof and my international passport to prove to you that we will not hide any to you as long as this genuine lottery fund is concern.

    You are requested to indicate to us your means of payment and e-mail back to us to proceed with the remittance of your prize.

    Anticipated to serve you better.

    Yours faithfully,

    Mr. Malam Lamido Sanusi
    Executive Governor,

    Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

    email #3

    Office of the Executive Governor,
    Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
    Bank Address: No.67 Diamond Road Garik-Abuja,
    International Banking Department (I.B.D):
    For Enquiries, Please, Call or E-mail Us
    @ Service Hot Lines: +234-803-4011-577
    Date: 10th August, 2010

    Subject: Payment Approval Letter:

    Attention: Raul Garcia,

    We are in receipt of your document and proof of your winning in the recent held draws of the Yahoo Beta Lottery International. After due consultations with the regional representatives of Yahoo! Lottery International, your payment has been duly approved.

    For your information, we have taking note on your payment choice as indicated below for International Telegraphic Transfer: (I.T.T):

    BENEFICIARY NAME: RAUL GARCIA

    BANK NAME:

    BANK ADDRESS:

    ACCOUNT NUMBER:

    SORT CODE:

    ACCOUNT NAME: RAUL GARCIA

    Furthermore, you are required to swear an affidavit of claim endorsement before the Federal High Court of Justice here in Nigeria, which would legally empower us to release the fund to you whereby you cannot be physically present here to endorse the fund release order (F.R.O).

    However, we shall assign a lawyer from our bank legal department to assist you in this regards, but it will be your responsibility to defray the cost of affidavit and stamp duty of the Federal High Court of Justice Nigeria which amounts to us$420 (Four Hundred and Twenty United States Dollars).

    Therefore, if you cannot be physically present here to endorse the fund release order (F.R.O), you are advise to send the above sum for affidavit and stamp duty fee $420, through our account officer information (Nwokorie Johnkennedy) via Western Union Money Transfer to enable us acquire the affidavit of proof of ownership and claim on your behalf and your fund will be release to you within 48 banking hours upon confirmation of the required fee.

    Note that information indicated below is what you will fill at the western union form.

    Receiver’s name: ———- Nwokorie Johnkennedy

    Receiver’s Address: ——— F.C.T Abuja Nigeria

    Location: ————– Nigeria

    Amount to pay:————– US$420

    Text Question: ————— What Year

    Answer: ——– —— 2010

    Scan and send the western union money transfer payment slip to our e-mail for confirmation and documentation purposes as soon as you make the payment. Attached to this mail is copies of the transfer approval vital document that back-up this fund in our banking sector.

    You should note that failure to complete all the necessary modalities as regards to the payment of your affidavit charge will lead to the cancellation of your won prize $600,000.00 and subsequently an indefinite disqualification. This is a security measure adopted by the lottery organization to avoid any form of double claiming and unwarranted manipulation by the public. Note that the stipulated fee is mandatory and cannot be deducted to enable our bank to effect your transfer without any hitch.

    Anticipated to serve you better.

    Yours faithfully,

    Mr. Malam Lamido Sanusi
    Executive Governor,

    Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

  3. comment number 3 by: arhlim

    Sorry. Though personally I would like to help people and forgive their crimes but the religious council has just passed a jihad decree to eliminate criminals using the name of the supreme religion to cheat people and to commit crimes world wide for too long! A suicide squad had be formed to track such criminals worldwide and hunt their families down whether or not these criminals really belong to this religion. This will also include those who commit piracy in the Somali islands and in Indonesia water in the name of the religion. The name of the Almighty had to be protected. Dismantle your criminal syndicate using the name of this religion now before your name is included in the list. You are already being monitored. Using photos of innocence people especially Muslims for your crime is not forgiveable. Brothers, help this religion to keep our names clean. Send this warning to them if you come across anyone using the religion to commit crimes.

  4. comment number 4 by: BETSYBLOOM

    I FELL FOR THESES SCAMS LIKE A FOOL AN LOST A LOT OF MONEY BEFORE I KNEW I HAD BEEN SCAMMED OUT OF MY MONEY AND GETTING NOTHING IN RETURN. I WISH THEY WOULD GET ALL THESE THIEF AN LI-ER AN LOCK THEM UP IN A DEEP DARK HOLE AN NEVER LET THEM SEE THE SUN AGAIN, BUT NO THEY LET THEM KEEP GETTING AWAY WITH STEALING FROM OTHER, WHY DON’T THEY WORK FOR A LIVING LIKE WE HAD TO DO. IF THE NIGERIA POLICE WOULD PUT A STOP TO THIS FRAUD AND MAKE THEM PAY FOR THERE WRONGS IT WOULD STOP AND PEOPLE LIKE US STOP FALLING FOR THESE SCAMS, WE ARE TOO TRUSTING OF OTHER BECAUSE WE DID NOT KNOW THAT PEOPLE WERE SO BAD.

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