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From: email@example.com (Steve Hayes) Newsgroups: soc.culture.south-africa,alt.politics.org.fbi,alt.politics.org.nsa Subject: Re: Fraud Scheme Via S.African Return Adress --sheesh! Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 09:11:40 GMT Organization: The South African Internet Exchange Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> References: <27422-401AAF72email@example.com> Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org NNTP-Posting-Host: tpr-ip-nas-1-p60.telkom-ipnet.co.za NNTP-Posting-Date: 31 Jan 2004 09:13:36 GMT X-Newsreader: Forte Free Agent 1.21/32.243 On Fri, 30 Jan 2004 14:24:34 -0500 (EST), email@example.com (*Because **NYC** Could Be BETTER!!) wrote: > >E-mail message > >From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mr.Cornelius=A0R.G.=A0Obert) Date: Fri, Jan >30, 2004, 4:55am (EST-3) To: email@example.com Subject: New Message! >Mr.Cornelius R.G. Obert >5 Keyes Avenue >Rosebank 2196 >Johannesburg Branch, >Republic of South Africa. >Email: firstname.lastname@example.org >=A0 >Dear Sir/Madam, >=A0 >I am Cornelius R.G. Obert, Branch Manager Commerzbank AG. ,South Africa. >This is an urgent and very confidential business proposition. >=A0 >On June 6, 2000,a Foreign Oil consultant/contractor with the South >African >Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Mr.Clifford Stone made a numbered >time(Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at >US$26,500,000.00,(Twenty-six Million, five hundred thousand Dollars) in Thank you for your request for a) an urgent business transaction b) urgent help c) immediate assistance d) investment proposal e) Calvary greetings f) Highly confidential g) all of the above h) none of the above Owing to the great volume of such requests, I am unable to give it my immediate attention. I have more than 1500 requests similar to yours awaiting my attention, so it will take me a year or two to get around to dealing with yours. In the mean time, however, you can find much useful information at: http://j-walk.com/other/conf/index.htm I would also like to: a) send my condolences on the death of your rich relative who was deposed as the head of state of: 1) Nigeria 2) Congo 3) Ivory Coast 4) Burundi 5) Uganda 7) Togo 8) Any country not named above b) send my condolences on the death of your rich relative with Aids c) tell you how touched I am by your sincere testimony of your conversion from Islam d) tell you how touched I was by any other sob story not included above e) Tell you how impressed I am with the remarkable number of Nigerian banks that have dormant accounts in the name of rich dictators. crooks, embezzlers and the like. f) Tell you how impressed I am with the remarkable number of venal and corrupt banking officials in Nigeria, or Nigerians pretending to be venal and corrupt bank or government officials in other countries. g) Let you know that I wonder if there are any Nigerians who are not crooks. Judging from the number of letters like yours that I receive, it is hard to imagine that there is a single honest person in Nigeria, because Nigerians who write such letters seem to expect people in other countries to be just as venal and corrupt as they are. But this is what happens to people like you: NIGERIAN CONMAN JAILED OVER 419 SCAM [ Pretoria News, Thursday September 6, 2002 ] by Hanti Otto, Court Reporter A Nigerian man found guilty of racketeering in South Africa was yesterday sentenced in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court to 12 years imprisonment. Samuel Williams (35), who pleaded guilty to the crime in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act of 1998, was arrested by the Scorpions  on August 16. Williams managed the South African branch of a crime syndicate that operated from the house in Sandton where he and other Nigerians were arrested. The crime syndicate operated the so-called 419 scam, which refers to Section 419 of the Nigerian Criminal Legislation prohibiting the use of false letters to obtain funds. The scam operators would offer millions of US dollars to foreign businessmen, claiming they needed the businessmen to open accounts for them or to give them money in order to access a great amount of money. In return for this favour the crime syndicate promised to pay a commission, usually a percentage of the mythical millions. It pretended to have the support of a profile adviser of the South African Reserve Bank, a lawyer with a Cape Town law firm that did not exist, a certain Khaya Ngema who was allegedly a senior official with the Department of Finance and one Themba Mkhwane, and "employee" of the Department of Minerals and Energy Affairs. Investigators proved that these people did not exist. Businessmen and individuals were also provided with passwords to access a fake Reserve Bank web site. They were convinced of the legality of this transaction by the fake attorneys' letters and website. The charge sheet added that the crime syndicate has a trans-national character as some of its members were participating in these crimes without being in South Africa. The letters used to pull off the scam claimed that certain government departments needed help in transferring $21,6-million. This money would come from "over-invoiced" contract amounts that were executed for a department. It would be in the department's account at the Reserve Bank pending proper proof of claim. According to the letters such practices were common in South Africa and 100% risk free. During the raid in Sandton the Scorpions discovered 181 such letters addressed to people all over the world and CDs with a US and Canadian mailing list. Sixteen cell phones, 22 sim cards and documents were also confiscated. Investigating officer Gerhard Louw, a Scorpion's director of special operations, testified in court that one of the cell phones was linked to Washington,. "The Reserve Bank received information about this fraudulent web site. We tracked down the accused in Sandton when the phone permanently diverted to Washington was off the divert mode for 83 seconds," Louw said. State prosecutor Advocate Paul Louw argued that the syndicate assumed the corporate identity of the Reserve Bank and created a fictitious firm of attorneys. "This syndicate abuses the good name of the South African Reserve Bank". "This bank is the cornerstone of our economy (and) we cannot afford that international syndicates attack it for own personal gain. They also hijacked the identity of government departments," said the prosecutor. Defence advocate Nick Potgieter said in mitigation that Williams was the father of three children in Nigeria, and that he had entered the country legally in May to do a computer course. Potgieter said Williams met a certain Rabatu while doing the course who "lured my client into the scam and then left him in charge when he (Rabatu) left the country". Magistrate Bill Moyses said the carefully planned operation had brought the name of the Reserve Bank into disrepute. "The court must show that it cannot allow illegal deeds to continue," said Moyses. He told Williams that although he was lured into the scam, he had ample time to pull out and go back to Nigeria." -----  Scorpions - a special anti-corruption unit of the South African Police Service
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