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Is This A Fraud?

JiaPei Jen
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I occasionally receive e-mails similar to the one shown below. Does anybody also receive this kind of e-mails? All I know is that it is too good to be true. What is your opinion?
my email;
My letter may come to you as surprise. I am a
Subscriber to the World Industrial Reporter from
Where I collected your name and address in the
International buyer's guide section.
I am Dr. SMITH JOHN, a Group General Manager in The Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) I Am The secretary to the
Management Tender committee (MTC) Of the corporation.
In a turn Around Maintenance (TAM) exercised in one of our refineries
a couple of months ago by Foreign
Contractors, the MTC was able to over-invoice the
Contract fees to the tune of US$50M (fifty million
United states dollars). The main contractors have
Been paid off.
This floating sum of US$50M in the corporation's
Account is to be paid into a Foreign account, but
None of us in the committee owns a foreign account.
My colleagues (Chairman and other members) have
Mandated me to source for an account owner in a
Overseas bank where this money can be lodged.
MODE OF SHARING: We have agreed that when this fund
is transferred into your account, the Chairman and I
Shall come over there to disburse the funds as
Follows; 25% to the account owner, 70% to the MTC
Members and 5% to settle any expense incurred by
Both parties during the process of transaction.
This transaction is strictly confidential and risk
free. The officials of NNPC involved are highly
Placed Nigerians.
Kindly notify me urgently of your acceptance to this
Proposal so that we set ball rolling. It is expected
that this transaction will last for 14 working days from
the time we get your acceptance letter through this
Email. What we do propose here is not uncommon in
Nigeria. Other ministries/parastatals do so.
I am waiting for your urgent email messages with
Respect to this proposal.
Best regards,
Gregg Bolinger
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This is a huge fraud that has been going around for quite some time. Our company tried to track down the root of it at one time last year. I don't recall what we found out, but I will see what I can find out tomorrow and let you know.

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Stan James
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Yup. Write them from a throw-away e-mail address and give them the 800 number from some other spam to call.

A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of the idea. John Ciardi
Michael Morris
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Take a look at this thread.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction. - Ernst F. Schumacher
Richard Hawkes
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Joined: Jan 28, 2003
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Originally posted by JiaPei Jen:
I occasionally receive e-mails similar to the one shown below. Does anybody also receive this kind of e-mails? All I know is that it is too good to be true ...

These Wired articles explain the scam ...,1284,53818,00.html
... and one tragic outcome ...,1367,57760,00.html
I agree. Here's the link:
subject: Is This A Fraud?
It's not a secret anymore!