Just two days after my post on the variations on the Nigerian 419 scam, I got the following comment that gave me the good news that the criminal syndicates behind this fraud have been captured and that I am now eligible to get $50,000.00 to compensate me for my trouble..
Here’s the comment that I dispatched to the spam folder:
The Federal Government of Nigeria through provisions in Section 419 of the Criminal Code came up with punitive measures to deter and punish offenders.The Advance Fee Fraud section deals mainly with cases of advance fee fraud (commonly called 419) such as obtaining by false pretense through different fraudulent schemes e.g. contract scam, credit card scam, inheritance scam, job scam, loan scam, lottery scam, ? wash wash?Г‚В± scam (money washing scam), marriage scam. Immigration scam, counterfeiting and religious scam. It also investigates cyber crime cases.
This is to officially announce to you that some scam Syndicates were apprehended in Lagos, Nigeria few weeks ago and after several interrogations and tortures your details were among those mentioned by some of the scam Syndicates as one of the victims of their operations.
After proper investigations and research at Western Union Money Transfer and Money Gram office to know if you have truly sent money to the scam Syndicates through Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram, your name was found in Western Union Money Transfer database amongst those that have sent money through Western Union Money Transfer to Nigeria and this proves that you have truly been swindled by those unscrupulous persons by sending money to them in the course of getting one fund or the other that is not real, right now we are working hand in hand with Western Union and Interpol to track every fraudsters down, do not respond to their e-mails, letters and phone calls any longer they are scammers and you should be very careful to avoid being a victim to fraudsters any longer because they have nothing to offer you but to rip-off what you have worked hard to earn.
In this regard a meeting was held between the Board of Directors of FIIB/The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and as a consequence of our investigations it was agreed that the sum of Fifty thousand US Dollars (US $50,000.00) should be transferred to you out of the funds that Federal Government of Nigeria has set aside as a compensation to everyone who have by one way or the other sent money to fraudsters in Nigeria.
***Please note that we will NO LONGER be liable for any loss, cost or expense, whatsoever, suffered or incurred by You in connection with the fraudsters. Be warned! We have deposited your fund at Western Union Money Transfer agent location EMS Post office Edo state, Nigeria. We have submitted your details to them so that your fund can be transferred to you. We have also paid the Registration and Safe Keeping fees and for security reasons we have also insured your fund to avoid misappropriation.
Contact the Western Union agent office through the email address stated below inform them about this notification letter and the transfer of your fund;
The letter ended with a name, a phone number, and a website, all of which I have omitted. The phone number had a Nigerian country code while the website had a China top-level domain extension.
I found several amusing things in the message, in addition to the idiosyncratic punctuation. One was the casual statement that the Nigerian government got the truth about the scams using torture. Not for them the euphemisms used by the US government. The second is the curious mixture of formal language and breezy slang (“fraudsters”, “rip-off”). The third is that this comment was submitted in both English and Russian. And finally that after saying that the original frauds were conducted through the Western Union system, restitution would also be done through the same system.
These people just don’t stop trying.