419 Advance Fee Fraud

Today I got a “letter” from a Nigerian 419 scammer. I used to do scambaiting myself but I grew tired of playing with these stupid criminals. You can click on the above link and spend hours reading malarious accounts of people who have reversed the scam back on the scammers.

What’s It All About?

419 scams are advance fee scams, so named after the Nigerian statute against this activity. They all share a couple of things in common:

  1. Someone with the same family name as yours has died.
  2. Someone whom you do no know was a close business associate/friend of the decedent and has now contacted you.
  3. This person (#2) has knowledge of a large sum of money left by the decedent.
  4. This person (#2) is in a position to “help” you get this large sum of money.
  5. This “help” requires money up-front (this is the advance fee aspect of the fraud) to cover fees, taxes, or other.
  6. The transaction must take place in complete confidence (they don’t want you talking about it with anyone).

Let me now post the letter, in it’s entirety. Then I will show you some tools the scammers use to trick people.


Dear Klein

I will like to solicit your help in a business proposition, which is by nature very confidential and a Top Secret. I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one worried and Apprehensive but I amassuring you not to worry, as all will be well at the end of this endeavor.

I am Mr. Daniel Jones, Client Service Manager of Capital Trust Bank Lagos Nigeria, My partners and I have decided to seek your help in transfer of some amount of money requiring maximum Confidence from my bank. A foreigner, Late Dr. Edward Klein who was an oil merchant and Contractor with the Federal Government of Nigeria until his death on board the ill fated Kenyan Airways bus {A310300} was our customer here at Capital Trust Bank and had a balance of US$32 million which the bank now expects his next of kin to claim as the beneficiary .

So far, valuable efforts has been made to get to his people but to no avail, as he had no known relatives more because he left his next of kin column in his account opening forms blank and he has no known relative. Due to this development our management and the board ofdirectors are making arrangements for the funds to be declared unclaimed, returned to Nigeria being the point of origin and subsequently paid into the federal government purse. Usually, funds of this nature end up in the greedy pockets of some politicians due to our corrupt society.

To avert this negative development my colleagues and I have decided to look for a reputable person to act as the next of kin to late Dr.Klein so that the funds could be processed and released into hisaccount, which is where you come in. We shall make arrangement with aqualified and reputable able attorney that will represent you in liaising with my bank for inconvenience of you coming to my country.

All legal documents to aid your claim for this fund and to prove your relationship with the deceased will be provided by us. Your help will be appreciated with 20% of the total sum (US$6,400,000). Please accept my apologies, keep my confidence and disregard this letter if you do not appreciate this proposition I have offered you. Thank you very much for your time.

I wait anxiously for your response to my private emaildjones_x@yahoo.co.uk

Yoursfaithfully,

Daniel Jones

From the desk of Daniel Jones

Client Service Manager Capital Trust Bank Lagos
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Notice a couple of things. First of all, he doesn’t know my name; second, it doesn’t really matter if I am actually an heir to the unfortunate person named, they even providing documentation to validate my right to inheritance; third, the sender has a really important position with a bank in Lagos, but uses a yahoo.co.uk email address. I didn’t bother to do an IP lookup on the email but that will tell you where the scammer send the email from. He also mentions “greedy politicians” in an effort to gain common ground with me, all the while making it clear that what he intends is totally illegal. The flight they mention is not an actual flight, but an aircraft model designation, so you can’t look up the passenger manifest or find anything about the “ill fated” flight because it never existed.

DO NOT FALL FOR THESE LETTERS! THEY ARE ALL FAKES!

Now that being said, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with them! Here is my reply to “Daniel.”


Dear “Daniel”:

you are a MUGU, and a small man for trying to perpetrate fraud on me.

i hope you are repentant for your sin and transgression against the laws of

God and mankind.

People who deal with Nigerian scammers will notice a well documented belief in God. I always try to invoke that belief when dealing with them. I have a made up name that I use when scambaiting, and I’ve had some successes at it. I would like to show you some of the stuff that I’ve sent and received in my course of scambaiting. “MUGU” is an insult particular to African scammers, as is being called a “small man.”

I answered a letter by a scammer who calls himself “Kenneth Luza.” Kenneth laid it on thick right from the start:

First, photos of his mother and father, now deceased:


I personally find this shot very distasteful. Obviously someone died, but not this scammer’s father, and he is using this family’s photo to commit crime.

Then a bunch of documents attesting to his current status:

Oh, but check this out! “Kenneth” didn’t know that I had already seen his UNHCR ID card”


This has got to be the winner of the "Worst Photoshopped Fake Document Ever!" award.

Then, Kenneth made sure that I knew he was not a scammer and really did have a bunch of money ready for me to claim! He sent me a photo of the money!

Wow! That makes me wonder why Kenneth just doesn’t reach into the box and pull out a fistful of cash to pay all those advance fees!

Further correspondence brought more “assurances” that indeed, Mr. Kenneth Luza was for real!


Woah, Kenneth’s dad left a buttload of money for some “foreign partner.” I sure hope that’s me!


This guy is holding the cash.

Now, I sent my own fake documents to Kenneth. He insisted that his sister was sick, and that necessitated a quick response and conclusion to this business transaction. He said he wanted to move to Taiwan (which is where my alter-ego is from). I sent him some photos of “Taiwan” and talked about the political climate in “Taiwan” – Taiwan being too small and too unstable for his MUGU ass.


Yeah, Taiwan is small, but not as small as Pitcairn Island!


This internet photo was used to show political unrest in Taiwan, as our church member “Dr. Chandler” was hauled away by (LOL) “Taipei Police.”

Eventually I gave up on Kenneth as he was boring me with his constant whining about his sick sister and needing me to send him so many thousands of US dollars.

This video is priceless.

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2 comments

  1. oh my god you crack me up! The Taipei police doesn’t wear mustache, if one only know….LOL!!!! -Shan

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