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Made in Africa : 419 Scam, Fraud & Spam

Introduction:

Everyday I received "urgent" emails from some rich son or daughter of some rich corrupted official or businessman. He or she will seek a "trustworthy" person to send the money. Of course they tell you it is confidential.

Incase you want to know how they work, I have replied to one and would like to share with you the emails between this guy called Bangurah Koromah and his lawyer. Learn from this. Never give your information. Keep digging on them. And let see how they reply.

The chronology of email exchange

1. Jan 10, 2007. The first email I received.
2. Jan 11, 2007. The email I replied.
3. Jan 12, 2007. He answered my replied asking for personal information. I did not reply.
4. Feb 21, 2007. Suddenly after more than a month, he sent another email with better term asking me to get in touch with his lawyer.
5. Feb 23, 2007. I sent an email to his lawyer requesting for the money.
6. Feb 24, 2007. His lawyer asked me to deposit courier fee. You can see that they will always request money from you first.
7. Feb 27, 2007. I asked the lawyer to send by ordinary post.
8. Feb 28, 2007. He reasoned with me why he needs to send by courier.
9. Mac 2, 2007. I told him why he should send the money to me before I can send money to him.
I am waiting for his reply now.

Take care. Don't be cheated by these Scammers.


The first letter from Bangurah
From bangurah koromah
Reply-to bangurah_k1@yahoo.it
Date Jan 10, 2007 9:22 PM
Subject FROM BANGURAH KOROMAH

FROM BANGURAH KOROMAH
I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE.
MAIL:bangurah_k1@yahoo.it
TEL: +225 07161975

Dearest,

l sincerely wrote you this mail, because i need your assistance to help me to achieve what that is rightfully belongs to me. However is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will. Your profile pushed me to send you this mail because I want a trustworthy person. I am Master Bangurah Koromah from Sierra Leone. 23 years old and the only son of my late parents Mr. and Mrs. Michael Koromah. My father was a highly reputable farmer (cocoa merchant) in Sierra Leone before his death.

It is sad to say that he was poisoned and passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips abroad on 12th.December 2004.Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle who travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth!

My mother died when I was just 4 years old, and since then my father took me so special. Before he made the trip to France that lead to my misfortune (his death) He called me and explained to me the reason why he will make this trip and also told me that he deposited a trunk box that contain $18.5 million u.s dollars in a security company here in Ivory coast and that this money is for an investment purpose overseas He also told me that the security company do not know the content of the box as money but as a family valuable that belongs to his foreign business partner to avoid the security company from tampering the box. So i do not want you to make them know the content as money, but as family valuable. He gave me the certificate that was issued to him on the day the box was deposited to the security company and other vital documents of his asset. After his death l went to the security company and establishes ownership of the consignment. Now l need your assistance to move this fund to your country to enable me further my education also to invest which had been my late father's aim before his death.

Now permit me to ask these few questions:-1. Can you honestly help me withdraw the said consignment, 2 what would you like to take as your commission to assist me in this project? 3. Please can you kindly arrange a letter of invitation to enable me come over to your country after this fund might have been lodged into your account?

Please if you are ready to assist me, just contact me with the above email address. Thanks for your anticipation and co-operation.

Regards,

Bangurah Koromah. (Jnr)

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My reply
From Forest Ang
To bangurah_k1@yahoo.it
Date Jan 11, 2007 8:26 PM
Subject Re: FROM BANGURAH KOROMAH

Yes I can help you but I can't afford to pay this and pay that to get thing done. If you want me to help then you should send me money so that i can expedite your request. If you can agree then i can help.

rdgs

Ang

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He answered
From bangurah koromah
To forest.ang@gmail.com
Date Jan 12, 2007 3:26 PM
Subject From Bangurah Koromah

Dear Ang,

May this mail find you well.

I received your mail, I want to thank you for your positive response and I want you to know that this transaction is legal and there is nothing illegal in it, please feel free for there is nothing to fear about. I have with me the deposit document which was issued to my late father the day he deposited the box to the Security Company. I am hopeful and believe that as we are going into this business relationship that you will not betray the trust and Confidence which I am building in you when this money finally enters into your country.

I have gone to the Security Company and confirm the existence of the deposit, but the Security Company is waiting to hear from my late father's foreign partner who is the beneficiary of the deposited consignment and who will also instruct for the immediate release of the consignment. The reason for this is that during the deposit, my late Father declared the beneficiary of the consignment as his foreign partner and good a thing he did not mention any name as the foreign partner and used me the only son as the NEXT OF KIN to the depositor. It is based on this reasons that I need you to stand as the foreign business partner to my later father who is the beneficiary of the consignment and instruct for immediate release of the consignment to you.

The moment I hear from you, I will give you the contacts of the security company to enable you contact them and introduce yourself as the foreign partner to my late father. And demand for the modalities to release the consignment to you through diplomatic shipment to your country according to the promise of the security company's Director. Please note that during the deposit of the consignment, my late father declared the content of the box as family valuable. He did it this way for the security of the money as contained inside the box and to stop the Security Company from tampering the box. Therefore the security company is not aware of the content as money please this is a secret between us. It is very important you note this down so that when contacting the security company you will not inform them that the consignment contains money rather FAMILY VALUABLE for security reasons as I have explained above.

Please I am counting on your capability and please Because of my late father personality; I plead you to accord the Confidentiality of the transaction as I will not like to be exposed. I hope you should understand my plight and kind request from you. Get back to me urgently with your

1 Full Name..................
2 Age................................
3 Home Address.....................
4 fax & Telephone numbers.............
5 Male.............Female.....................
6 Country..........................................

For me to officially introduce you to the security company as my late father's foreign partner before you contact them.

This is my new e-mail box for security reasons. Thanks for your understanding and remain blessed!!!

Best regards, Bangurah Koromah

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I kept quiet. But desperately he replied after more than a month

On 2/21/07, bangurah koromah wrote:

Dear Good Friend Ang,

I am happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partener from Hong Kong. Presently I am in Hong Kong for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in claiming the Trunk Box that contains $18.5 MILLION USD my late father deposited in a security company in Ivory coast from the security company to your country despite that it failed us some how.

Now contact my lawyer in Ivory coast his name is BARRISTER JOHN EMMA and his email address is; (john_emmson@yahoo.com ) And ask him to send you the total sum of $450,000.00 (FOUR HUNDRED AND FIVETY THUOSAND U.S DOLLARS) which I kept for your past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in touch with my lawyer Barrister JOHN EMMA and instruct him to send the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at that time. in the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects which I and my new partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the lawyer on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with Barrister JOHN EMMA he will send the amount to you with out any delay.

Thanks and God bless you.
Regards,
Bangurah Koromah

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I sent an email to his lawyer. Gave my account number - just "tembak" only.

Forest Ang replied:

Dear Sir,

Pls send me the money as instructed by Mr Bangurah.
Pls deposit it in my account Citibank a/c No: 3704-77355-11342

thank you
Forest Ang

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His lawyer replied

From john emma
To Forest Ang
Date Feb 26, 2007 9:33 PM
Subject JOHN AND JOHN CHAMBERS

JOHN AND JOHN CHAMBERS
OFFICE OF THE SENIOR ADVOCATE
Address 18BP Abidjan Cote d Ivoire
Tel/ +225 07 16 19 75

ATTN: MR FOREST ANG

Date:26/02/2007

Sir,

REGARDING TO YOUR REQUEST IN YOUR MAIL, I HEREBY CONFIRM THE CHEQUE OF $450.000.00.DRAFTED BY MR BANGURAH KOROMAH WITH YOUR INFORMATION.THE FUND IS NOT IN CASH RATHER IN A DRAFTED CHEQUE SO THERE IS NO WAY WE CAN SEND IT DIRECTLY TO YOUR ACCOUNT. THE CASHIER'S CHEQUE IS HERE WITH ME WRITTEN ON YOUR NAME. WE NEED YOUR CURRENT ADDRESS WHERE WE WILL SEND THE CHEQUE IN YOUR NEXT MAIL.

WE WILL SEND THE CHEQUE TO YOU AS MR BANGURAH KOROMAH INSTRUCTED US BECAUSE IT WAS ON A CHEQUE DRAFTED PAPER. I WILL ALSO NEED YOUR CURRENT CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR AN URGENT COMMINICATION. YOU HAVE TO PROVIDE US WITH THE CHARGES AS THUS: CHOICE ANY OF THE DELIVERY MEANS THAT YOU MAY PREFER TO RECEIVE THE CHEQUE.

FEDEX : $320.00
UPS : $310.00
DHL : $340.00

NOTE: THAT MR BANGURAH KOROMAH DID NOT LEAVE ANY CASH FOR THE CHARGES.YOU CAN CHOOSE ANY OF THESE CHARGES AND SEND THE MONEY THROUGH WESTERN UNION WITH THE INFORMATION BELOW, SO THAT MY SECRETARY WILL GO AND PICK UP THE MONEY THEN SEND THE CHEQUE TO YOU IMMEDIATLY.

NAME: NMEZI UDECHUKWU .E. ( my secretary and personal aid)
CITY : ABIDJAN
COUNTRY : COTE D' IVOIRE

YOURS FAITHFULLY,
BARRISTER JOHN EMMA (ESQ)

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I asked him, "Are you serious?"

Dear Sir,

Are you serious? Is it necessary to send by courier service? I am death broke now and I am desparate to use the money for my failing company. Why can't you just send by ordinary post?
If after I receive the money, I promise to reward you with 10% of my profit - which is so much more than the chicken feed you are now asking. So pls send it by ordinary mail and I will bank in my reward to you.

rdgs
Forest Ang

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He gave his reasons

JOHN AND JOHN CHAMBERS
OFFICE OF THE SENIOR ADVOCATE
Address 18BP Abidjan Cote d Ivoire
Tel/ +225 07 16 19 75

ATTN: MR FOREST ANG

Date:28/02/2007

Sir,

I got your mail and the answer to your question is YES it is necessary to send a CHEQUE through courier service and what we care for is the safety of the CHEQUE. Also with them, i am 100 percent sure that the CHEQUE will be delivered to you and even if it gets lost it is under their rules that the amount written on that CHEQUE will be paid to you. But if i should post it through post office as you suggested because you are lack of a little fund and it gets lost how are you going to trace it ? Well i think it will be nice and safe if only you make a better choice to receive your CHEQUE.

For your information: the money you are asked to make is for the delivery of your CHEQUE not for me or for me to pay my workers NO, is for your CHEQUE to be delivered to you and i am very sure that you will see it when it arrives in your house, so i want you to send me your corrent office or house address or address of any place you want the CHEQUE to arrive and your telephone number for us to send it to the any of the courier services you have chosen to deliver the CHEQUE to you also send the amount that is attached to that delivery company with my secretary name to enable her pay for the delivery of your CHEQUE.

As you can see that we have many clients to attend to, i think it will be nice for you to hurry up because we want to attend to the first people that requested for one thing or another in my office throughout this week and you are one of them, so by next week i will attend to the others. Thanks for your co-operation.

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I give mine.

Forest Ang
To john emma
Date Mar 2, 2007 11:17 AM
Subject Re: JOHN AND JOHN CHAMBERS

Dear sir,

The last time I sent a cheque to a lawyer in S.Africa promising me that he will deposit cash into my account but he did not. Now, I am very skeptical about any lawyer asking me to send them money. Unless you send the cheque to me first, I am not going to beg or borrow any cent to give you. Hope you can understand. If you are real serious, send me my money and i will be glad to share with you what i get, ok?

Forest Ang

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