October 2008, I had a running dialogue with 'Jack Williams' through match.com, born in Greece, wife and parents died in auto accident, now living in the UK working as an art dealer and operating his own art gallery. I examined the red flags, did a dating scam search on the net and learned about '419' scams coming out of Nigeria.
These scammers have a land line set up in the UK that actually forwards the calls to a cell phone in Nigeria. They copy love letters and poetry from love letter web sites.
After telling 'Jack' I knew his game, he begged my forgiveness, then presented me with a version of the 'real truth' in which he was openly black and descriptive of the difficult life he has lead in Nigeria. I believed him because he seemed quite candid with me.
The scammer played on my compassion for his circumstances. In the end, I realized his 'real truth' was nothing more than the Nigerian version of the previous scam. I was sorely disappointed because I had sincerely wanted to help this desperate man and his son....but like I said...it was just a new spin on the former scam.
In the Nigerian version, his girlfriend had died in a bike accident and he begged me to get him and his son out of Nigeria to start a new life in the US. Believe me women...it was still a scam!
Do not send anything to this man under any circumstances. As lonely and vulnerable as we are, if this man's lips are moving...it is a LIE! Protect your hearts (and your indebtedness) and force yourself to block his calls and emails!
Also, educate yourselves as to the commonalities these profiles/contacts share because the 419 scammers have saturated the dating sites! I receive 419 winks and messages every single day! I just respond by asking how the weather is in Nigeria! LOL!
anonymous from Denmark
Hello, i'm also be schammed of a man called Fred_smith0147, he has emailadress in yahoo.com and hotmail.com. I make a profile in match.com in Denmark and 1,5 days after i get a very nice mail, there was so beutiful written so i couldn't say no to talk to him. 2 days after he suddenly should travel to West of Nigeria to work as road ingeneer in 14 days. 10 days after we started to talk get he problems. Mark, his son falled suddenly down of the steps at that hotel they lived in. Now he started to beg me for money, because he don't have money so his son could get treatment from a hospital. I say no, and said to him i don't have any money to send to him. Now he began to order me to go in a bank and lend money to him. I said offcourse allso no to do that. 2 days after he get his payment for the work he make in Nigeria and said to me in a mail, he now would pay for his son treatment and take a plane to Denmark to visit me. One day after he again beg me for money because he on his way to the airport was been robbed by some arm robbers and they schould have stollen all their baggage and money. I don't trust at all on all these very strange stories and began to write back that i want him to contact his own bank in Canada, and his ambassade in Nigeria. He don't like my new way to talk to him and he said all have very busy and couldn't help him. In the same time i started to check the internet for informations about someone like him. I will with these words warn other women to trust a man with a profilname like Singlefred_0... I can see it's almost is that he used but with diffecult numbers.
anonymous from Malaysia
Hopefully no ladies will fall at his lies.His is from Nigeria-lagos and in the Netlog.com too.
anonymous from United States
Robin James or James Robin - This guy has a Myspace page and mailed me . I did some research on the internet to see if this guy was for real.... said he was going to Africa for a job... he claims to be an architect etc.... his picture is on this site but younger etc....
Anyone else been scammed by him.... from what I've read he gets over to Africa...(haha) and then needs money to get back to Memphis TN.
anonymous from United States
Well I was contacted by a Michael Brown and has a son Wilson on Sunday asking i communicate via yahoo IM. I've only had one IM contact with him but all the red flags were there. He was supposedly from Indiana and then says he is in Africa working on a contract and his wife passed away. He says he is there for 1 month for work - I ask his son must miss him he says no he is there with him. After a few he asks that I call and gives me a cell number that of course is Nigeria country code. Hmmm if I was going overseas for a month and I was from the states I'd have my cell phone here... so I question that and he has some story that he was only in Indiana for a month living in a hotel.
did a google and found the various sights.. what a scam. At least I only wasted a little time on him. The grammer was bad, and it seems they always use the word cos instead of because.
His profile was immediately deleted from match.com but I reported it anyhow. His user ID was boomerdude, in yahoo its email@example.com
I feel sorry for the folks that are really in this picture.
i report against terry smith (firstname.lastname@example.org and patrick andreson from nergira west africa<<< someone who know if someone have thier real picture of terry smith and patrick andreson let me know thanks 2 person send me fake picture they wont give me real person nothing i am piss off i really hate this name nerigria africa for good they stole my money already i lost 50,000 already i want they pay me back right away i think i plan sue nergira africa for crimaial is bad serouis terry smith show me his pic it girl and naked girl too i know mark weiss try ask me for money too he act pretend fbi to me on my email
anonymous from Canada
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 12:41:11 AM): <ding>
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:32:06 AM): hi
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:32:31 AM): Hi
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:32:55 AM): hi
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:33:06 AM): how are u
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:33:17 AM): i am dreespion now
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:33:32 AM): y?
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:33:43 AM): yes
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:33:59 AM): why depression
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:34:15 AM): bec my work of plant look bad
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:36:16 AM): what do u mean?
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:36:39 AM): i mean at work plant look bad more lay off
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:36:46 AM): oh
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:36:50 AM): sorry to hear
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:36:53 AM): yea
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:36:55 AM): how is life with u?
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:37:16 AM): i am not good right now
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:37:28 AM): oh sorry
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:37:33 AM): i wish i am there to make u feel good
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:37:43 AM): i wish i was there to treat u nice and pamper u
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:37:46 AM): and make u happy
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:37:52 AM): pamper?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:38:12 AM): yes make u feel happy
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:38:33 AM): pamper i never see word before
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:39:00 AM): hehehehehe
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:39:09 AM): dnt worry
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:39:35 AM): what dont worry?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:39:47 AM): cus u never see word before
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:39:56 AM): yea
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:39:59 AM): ok
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:40:13 AM): ok
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:40:24 AM): so what u want to talk about?
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:40:49 AM): nothing so much
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:40:59 AM): so u want to go to bed?
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:41:11 AM): yea soon close 2 am
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:41:22 AM): oh
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:41:28 AM): have u taken dinner
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:41:43 AM): dinner is finish 7 pm
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:43:46 AM): ok
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:43:57 AM): ok
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:44:08 AM): So what are u doing now?
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:44:35 AM): soon i go bed
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:44:44 AM): ok...
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:44:53 AM): so how is ur new gf now?
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:45:09 AM): i have no gf
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:45:40 AM): why?
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:45:57 AM): i dont have gf long time
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:46:29 AM): i thought maybe u have gf now cus u dont want me anymore and u dont trust me or believe me
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:46:44 AM): no not true
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:47:01 AM): why u say not true?
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:47:42 AM): what you says i says not true you says you think i dont want gf from you anymore
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:48:56 AM): i been wait you come canada yet
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:49:29 AM): well my mind says u dont love me anymore
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:49:35 AM): and u not care of believe me anymore
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:49:38 AM): cus u say so many shit to me
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:49:45 AM): no
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:49:49 AM): and ur sisters also say shit to me
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:50:00 AM): who sister?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:50:13 AM): ur sister
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:50:18 AM): someone send me offline
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:50:22 AM): what my sister name?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:50:27 AM): she say she is ur sister
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:50:34 AM): she ask me to leave u alone
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:50:38 AM): I think jenifer
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:50:45 AM): i not remember very wel
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:50:49 AM): she dont have yahoo
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:50:58 AM): she use your yahoo
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:51:03 AM): she use your yahoo
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:51:06 AM): and she say she to me
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:51:10 AM): she abuse me
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:51:15 AM): no she live far away from me 5 hour apart
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:51:24 AM): and she say u have new gf
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:51:30 AM): and she say i should leave u alone
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:51:31 AM): no not true
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:51:45 AM): she never says
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:52:03 AM): well i know u will not believe me
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:52:06 AM): so its okay
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:52:22 AM): prove copy from her to me?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:54:05 AM): i dont think i safe it
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:54:11 AM): cus i cry too much
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:54:19 AM): everyday and nite i cry
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:54:21 AM): i need read from her?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:54:43 AM): i dnt have anymore
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:54:45 AM): i delete
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:55:00 AM): how i prove from you by her?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:55:30 AM): ok then dont worry
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:55:39 AM): how i know ur sister name is jenifer
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:55:46 AM): last name?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:56:01 AM): can't rememer
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:56:29 AM): begin word?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:57:03 AM): can't rememer
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:57:18 AM): start n? what?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:57:29 AM): just drop it
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:57:34 AM): it does not matters anymore
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:58:11 AM): what her yahoo of name?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:58:27 AM): steve can u please drop it
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:58:36 AM): i dont want to talk about it anymore
xspg3 (22/11/2008 1:58:38 AM): i want to know
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:59:19 AM): well when i know i will let u know
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 1:59:21 AM): for now i dont know
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:00:02 AM): next time she talk to you copy to me ok
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:00:18 AM): ok
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:00:21 AM): ok
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:00:41 AM): so why u still want me?
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:01:00 AM): yes i wait for you fly to canada
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:01:13 AM): but how to fly to canada
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:01:29 AM): i just want to do little business here when i get alot of money then i come to canada
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:01:33 AM): you have money to buy ticket
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:02:07 AM): I dont have much money now for ticket
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:02:15 AM): just little thats all i have
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:02:30 AM): save money then buy it\
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:02:54 AM): i will try
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:03:13 AM): sure
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:03:27 AM): cus i think u will not want to help me
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:03:33 AM): thats why i want to do business
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:03:40 AM): i dont have eoungh money
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:03:41 AM): when i get money then i can come to canada
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:03:57 AM): ok
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:04:20 AM): what u mean u dnt have enough money
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:04:46 AM): yes i pay for house worth 1,500 per month
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:05:22 AM): but if you help me only once and then i come to canada then i will pay u back
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:05:27 AM): but u never want to help me
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:05:49 AM): remeber police says i not allow send by western union
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:06:36 AM): thats long time ago
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:06:45 AM): if u want to help me then u will do all it takes
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:06:50 AM): still present
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:06:53 AM): u will do whatever u can do
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:07:28 AM): i mean still present i cant send western union bec i am punish from western union for life time
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:07:49 AM): but i know there is other way for you to help me
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:07:56 AM): how?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:08:10 AM): you can send postal money order to my friend in USA
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:08:18 AM): she will cash it for me and send the money to me
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:08:43 AM): how if police find out me i get troub le
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:09:23 AM): no
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:09:28 AM): police will never find out
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:09:34 AM): u just send once
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:09:37 AM): police not stupid
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:09:51 AM): and after that i will not ask u send anymore
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:09:52 AM): only one time
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:10:09 AM): how?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:10:36 AM): you will send to my friend in USA by fedex or DHL
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:10:47 AM): and my friend will cash it and send the money to me
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:10:49 AM): who?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:10:49 AM): thats all
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:11:01 AM): and i will buy my ticket and then i come to your home in canada
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:11:07 AM): i says who?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:11:11 AM): but promise me u will pick my from airport
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:11:22 AM): my friend
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:11:30 AM): what name?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:11:38 AM): Elizabeth
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:11:46 AM): last name?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:11:58 AM): willis
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:12:32 AM): deaf or hearing?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:12:44 AM): no she is hearing
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:12:48 AM): ok
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:12:58 AM): so are u going to send to her?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:13:04 AM): but promise me u will pick my from airport when i come
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:13:07 AM): it 2:13 am i better bed
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:13:16 AM): and u dont make me wait too long in airport
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:13:50 AM): it 2:14 am i better go bed i am tired now
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:13:55 AM): You going to help me or not
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:14:08 AM): look up above i says?
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:14:26 AM): u only say u want to go to bed
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:14:30 AM): yes
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:14:33 AM): u never answer me if u will help me or not
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:14:41 AM): wait to see
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:14:47 AM): ok i hear u
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:14:51 AM): ok
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:14:58 AM): i go bed good night
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:15:21 AM): ok
xspg3 (22/11/2008 2:15:25 AM): ok bye
terrismithson2000 (22/11/2008 2:15:25 AM): bye
this scammer terrismithson as email@example.com
anonymous from Canada
many scammer use hack to any people i know that
anonymous from United States
hello i have recently found this website and i think it is great i have spoke with many who say that they are from america and need just a little money but they eventually slip up i have spoke to a man that calls himself firstname.lastname@example.org and also email@example.com and he resembles the man Harry Macdaniels but he slipped up the other day must have had more than one chat going and typed this in his IM 'KO NI DA FUN IYA LA YA EKO NI DA FUN E' i went to a website that tells you what kind of language it is and it was was quite fun to mess with him today because he became angry with me for not showing myself on webcam. So this is what i did i had copy pasted his foreign chat from the other day and pasted it on the IM after finding out that it is actually chinese. he did respond by saying your life? well to be honest I have found a site to translate these words but yet have not done it. So I IM'd him that I did not realize he was so good at the chinese language and did he learn it in college and all of a sudden he was gone......... Well i have found real ppl too on the webb that are legite but i love to do this now in my spare time just to find the ones who are taking advantage of the ppl who are here for the real thing 'love'. I also found another one who slipped up and started putting this in his IM خخابخق فاشف
James: ه شة رثقغ سخققغ his name is james firstname.lastname@example.org and this is actually ukrain that he was typing so beware ask them to webcam that will ultimately make you aware if they are honest or not if they say they don't have one bullshit they are here for the game. I wish i would have downloaded the pics he shared but i did not then i could have posted them. So goodluck in your search for love but beware!!!!!!!!!!
[hidden] from Denmark
What is BTA , i mean what do the words mean i have a man from nigeria ask me to send him 230$ and that it is BTA ? and also have any one here ever get there money back from any of this scam girls / men from Nigeria ,.i mean will the EFCC in nigeria help you out if you have lost alot ..hope some one read this and can help me a little whit this question. I find it hard to belive and trust any of this girl/men in nigeria . the man i talk about say he is from EFCC and will help me get my money back and all strange things like that and also that i have to pay a laywer 1200$ in fee to win the case and to pay a judge 268$ to sign some paper or some thing like that ...hope you can help me out there and tell me what you think about this ...All the best from here and be carefull ...
This is the REAL e-mail addy for EFCC email@example.com . Anything with yahoo or hotmail in the e-mail address is also scam, even if they tell you they will help you get your money. DO NOT SEND MONEY TO THESE PEOPLE!!
THIS IS SCAM
Received: from BAY144-W36 ([184.108.40.206])
EFCC HEAD OFFICE
1 IBRAHIM TAIWO ROAD
ASO ROCK VILLA
ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION 2007
PLEASE HELP US STOP SCAM
SCAMMED VICTIM/BENEFICIARY. REF/PAYMENTS CODE:06654
This is to bring to your notice that we are delegated from the United Nations to Eco bank
Nigeria to pay 100 Nigerian 419 scam victims the amount being reeped by Nigerian scammers, you
are listed for this payments as one of the scammed victims,get back to us as soon as possible
for the immediate payment of your compensations payment.
We have made several inquiries and have discovered that you were among those vistims being duped
by Nigerian scammers so we are here to enlighten you and to let you know that the FEDERAL
REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA founded this organisation to fight against cyber crime in our country
On this faithful recommendations,I want you to know that during the last UN meeting held with
the new president of our country at Abuja,Nigeria, it was alarmed so much by the rest of the
world in the meeting on the lose of funds by various foreigners to the scams artists operating
in syndicates all over the world today known as cyber crime,in other to retain the good image of
the country,the new president of the country is now paying 100 victims of this operators One
after the other if you have only proof that you have once been scammed by a Nigerian, Due to the
corrupt and inefficient banking systems in Nigeria,the payments are to be paid by Eco bank
Nigeria as corresponding paying bank under funding assistance by the National Westminster bank
According to the number of applicants at hand,15 beneficiaries has been paid ,half of the
victims are from
the United States,we still have more left to be paid the compensation with evidence.
Your particulars was mentioned by one of the syndicates who was arrested in Lagos Nigeria as one
of their victims of the operations and we are on the trace of the other person, you are here by
warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him for any reason what so ever,the US
secret service is already on trace of the criminal.
For more vital information,please visit: http://home.rica.ne..ws2007.htm You
can receive your compensation payment via any of the both options you choose,DRAFT PAYMENT or
I shall feed you with further modalities as soon as I hear from you to know if you can be able
to come in person to withness your compensation or not.
Note:You will have to send your response to our official bank at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more
informations over the payment of the compensation being approved by the FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF
We appologize once more for being a victim of our country crime.
But then sometimes they will Forge the e-mail header to make it appear as if it came from EFCC.org, but the 'reply to' tells you where it Really came from
From: 'EFCC' <email@example.com> Add sender to Contacts
ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION (EFCC)
15A AWOLOWO ROAD,
IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO NOTIFY YOU OF THE COMMISSION`S LATEST CAMPAIGN TO
TRAP DOWN THE BAD EGGS THAT HAVE TARNISHED, OR STILL TARNISHING THE IMAGE
OF THIS COUNTRY BY DEFRAUDING GULLIBLE FOREIGNERS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
USING BANKS, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, PARASTATALS, ETC.
BASED ON THE INFORMATION WE RECEIVED BY ONE MR. SUNDAY JOE, INDICATING
THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SCAMMED OF $4,000.00 BY FRAUDSTERS, WE NEED YOU TO
SUBSTANTIATE THE INFORMATION BY FORWARDING TO US, THE NAMES, AND ADDRESS,
AND PHONE NUMBERS OF THE SCAM ARTISTS AND AS WELL THE RECEIPT OF PAYMENTS
OF THE MONEY YOU TRANSFERED TO THEM FOR FACILITATION OF INVESTIGATION.
WE ASSURE YOU THAT WITH YOUR FULL COOPERATION, WE SHALL APPREHEND AND
SUBSEQUENTLY JAIL THE CRIMINAL/S AND YOU HAVE YOUR LOST MONEY REFUND BACK
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS BASIC TRAVEL ALLOWANCE!!
Please remember: there is NO such thing. There is NO such requirement, in any country of the world. This is an invention of the scammers.
(another term: STF - standard transit fee)
There was such term in 3rd world countries and ex-commy countries, but it meant a totally different thing. For example in Russia, when it used to be a communist country, it was illegal to possess or exchange foreign currency. You could go to jail if they found dollars on you. The only exception was for people traveling abroad, they were allowed to exchange certain amount of currency (thus, the term: allowance). Note: allowed, not required!!! It was never a requirement, but more like a privilege. There was no minimum set, but there was a maximum, very limited, in ex-USSR for example it was allowed to exchange 500 rubles.
Same in Africa. Those times are gone, and this term doesn't exist anymore. But scammers 'revived' it and put a new meaning into it, to scam victims out of more money, like as if it's a 'requirement'.
Another variation of it, widely used by Russian scammers: the Embassy requires to show money at the interview, to prove she has money for a trip and to support herself abroad. There is NO such requirement. It is also clearly stated on the US Embassy website, btw.
The applicants for visa may be required to prove they have sufficient funds to support themselves, but not in the form of cash shown in the window during the interview, comon!! The applicants should have good jobs, bank accounts or present a letter from the inviting side (affidavit of support). This is how they should prove, and not by showing a bunch of cash weeks or months before departure date, which can be simply borrowed from a neighbor for couple hours, just for the interview. They are not that stupid in the Embassy. Wink
Bottom line: Basic travel allowance (BTA) to be shown in the airports, customs or Embassies is a baloney!!! If somebody mentions it, it's a 100% scam.
anonymous from United States
From: 'Economic And Financial Crimes' <firstname.lastname@example.org>
We want to inform you that the sum of $20,000.00 has been awarded to be returned to you by the federal government of Nigeria as compensation for what the scammer ( EVELIN BILL ) caused you and will be loaded in an ATM CASH CARD that will be mailed to you .
Once again, please be informed that your ATM CARD has been activated and is now ready for use.
The documents have been securely sealed and packed for security reasons which makes it impossible for anyone to view it until it has been delivered to you.
Find below our delivery options which you are required to choose the one that is most convenient to you.
Cost of delivery
insurance : $355.00
Total : $395.00
Cost of delivery
Total : $390.00
Cost of delivery
Total : $385.00
NOTE: THE INSURANCE FEE (US$355) IS ABSOLUTELY COMPULSORY, AND MUST BE PAID BEFORE THE SHIPMENT OF YOUR PARCEL WHILE THE MAILING FEE SHOULD BE MADE ON A CASH ON DELIVERY BASES(C.O.D) TO THE DELIVERY AGENT THAT WILL DELIVER YOUR PARCEL TO YOUR DOORSTEP).
Due to the diplomatic content of your parcel, it will be illegal to ship it without being insured as it will violate the federal delivery rules governing diplomatic parcel delivery. This means payment for the insurance fee must be made before shipment to avoid risk. This is because of some bad experience we had in the past. We can not afford to re-issue your ATM card if anything goes wrong. In this case payment for the insurance fee is absolutely compulsory, while the mailing fee should be paid to any of the above listed delivery company you choose at the point of delivery.
Also we want you to get back to us with your full contact address so we can get the confirmation slip prepared so it can be shown to you for you to know that this is legal and authentic.
Note: that your ATM card is protected by a hardcover insurance policy, which makes it impossible to deduct any amount from the money before remittance. This means that the above insurance charges cannot be deducted from the ATM card and hence must be provided by you before your parcel is shipped. This is in accordance with section 13(1)(n) of the international gambling act as adopted in 1993 and amended on 3RD July 1996 by the constitutional assembly.This is to protect recipients and to avoid misappropriation of funds.
And we will also want you to know that you are to keep this ATM card confidential as well as the delivery for security reasons.
You are to make a choice and get back to us immediately so we can inform you on how payment will be made.
Your responds is been awaited,
Mallam Nuhu Ribadu
[hidden] from Denmark
Ok great and thanks for the info , White Plains ( USA ) and United States ( USA ) ,. the one i talk to use an who looks like this his name first ------ .email@example.com so that must be fake to and they try to scam me again for alot ...and i have ask for prove from them but they have not show me any thing yet , and they want me to pay a laywer 1200$ and flight ticket and now this BTA he say that it is the it is the Immigration in the airport that need to see that he have 500$ usd on him before he can fly and come to me here and cash out a check for me on 10,500$ in his name and all this money is from a fake scam girl that they say they have recover from her and her scam friends.
i lost around 13,500$ ...so this must also be a scam they try on me again,. ........
.......All the best and be carfull ...