Nigerian Email Scams

Gee, I wonder why no one ever claims their Nigerian lottery winnings?

There is a sucker born every minute.–P.T. Barnum

Some sources claim the quote is most likely from famous con-man Joseph (“Paper Collar Joe”) Bessimer,[1] and other sources say it was actually uttered by David Hannum, spoken in reference to Barnum’s part in the Cardiff Gianthoax. Hannum, who was exhibiting the “original” giant and had unsuccessfully sued Barnum for exhibiting a copy and claiming it was the original, was referring to the crowds continuing to pay to see Barnum’s exhibit even after both it and the original had been proven to be fakes.

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Who is the fool at the table?

My lucky day?

Another Nigerian Email hits my inbox with a $10.5 million pound sterling offer.

ATM international credit settlement Office of the director of operation Office of the presidency

Attention Honorable Beneficiary     That’s me! Will I be the Moogoo?

This is to officially notify you that we have verified your contract Inheritances file and found out that why you have not received your payment is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your contract/inheritance payment.  

Secondly, we have been informed that you are still dealing with the none officials in the bank, all your attempt to secure the release of the fund to you. We wish to advise you that such an illegal act like this have to stop if you wish to receive your payment since we have decided to bring a solution to your problem. Right now we have arranged your payment through our swift card payment center Asia pacific that is the latest instruction FROM MR. PRESIDENT,GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN (GCFR) PRESIDENT FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AND FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE.       His Momma named him Goodluck?

This card center will send you an ATM card which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum withdrawer is Ten thousand five hundred Pounds per day, so if you like to receive your fund this way please let us know by contacting the card payment center and also send the following information to her in order to proceed immediately:    $10,500 per day!? That won’t even cover my Lap Dances at the club.  I will demand a higher payout. 

1. Full name 2. Phone and fax number 3. Your Address 4. Your age and current occupation 5. A copy of your identification 6. Social Security Number  7. Passport number. Bank Account Information.   Sounds easy!

However, kindly find below the contact person: Mr. Henry Onyemem Director, ATM payment department Email:

The ATM card payment center has been mandated to issue out (GBP£10, 500,000.00) Ten million five hundred thousand pounds as part payment for this fiscal year 2012. Also for your Information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s)or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your at payment(A Code of Silence!) For oral discussion, i can be reached on or email me back as soon as you receive this important message for further direction and also update me on any development from the above mentioned office.

Have in mind that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of Conduct, which is (ATM-154) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the card center by using it as your subject.

Best Regards,

Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala Ministers Of Finance Nigeria

Could that be a scam?  I like the idea of receiving $10.5 million pounds per this year. What might I receive the following year? What discount rate should I use to capitalize earnings? Do you think I could go public?

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