Yet another internet scam

Got this one today and thought I’d share it with you:

"REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

Your contact was availed to me by the chamber of
commerce. It was given to me because of my diplomatic
status as I did not disclose the actual reasons for
which I sought your contact. But I was
assured That you are reputable and trustworthy if you
will be of assistance.
I am Laurent Mpeti Kabila (Jnr) the second son of
Late President LAURENT DESIRE KABILA the immediate
Past president of the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO in
Africa who was murdered by his opposition through his
personal bodyguards in his bedroom on Tuesday 16th January, 2001.
I have the privilege of being mandated by my father colleagues
to seek your immediate and urgent co-operation to receive into
your bank account the sum of US$9.5m.(nine million five hundred
thousand Dollars) and some thousands carats of Diamond.
This money and treasures was lodged in a vault with a
security firm in Europe. presently i am seeking for political asylum
in the netherlands.

SOURCES OF DIAMONDS AND FUND
In August 2000, my father as a defence minister and president has a
meeting with his cabinet and armychief about the defence budget for
2000 to 2001 which was US $700m. so he directed one of his best
friend. Frederic Kibasa Maliba who was a minister of
mines and a political party leader known as the Union Sacree de,
I opposition radicale et ses allies (USORAL) to buy arms
with US $200m on 5th January 2001; for him to finalized the arms
deal,
my father was murdered. f.K. Maliba (FKM) and I have decided to keep
the money with a foreigner after which he will use it to contest for
the political election. Inspite of all this we have resolved to
present your or your company for the firm to pay it into your
nominated bank account the above sum and diamonds.

and for your co-operation and partnership, we have unanimously agreed
that you will be entitled to 5.5% of the money when successfully receive
it in your account. The nature of your business is not relevant to the
successful execution of this transaction what we require is your total
co-operation and commitment to ensure 100% risk-free transaction at both
ends and to protect the persons involved in this transaction, strict
confidence and utmost secrecy is required even after the successful
conclusion of this transaction. If this proposal is acceptable to you,
kindly provide me with your personal telephone and fax through my E-mail
box for immediate commencement of the transaction.
All correspondence is for the attention of my counsel:
I count on your honour to keep my secret, SECRET.
Looking forward for your urgent reply
Thanks.
Sincerly Regards

MPETI L. KABILA (Jnr)"

Hehe. :bigsmile:

I recieved a similar (kind of) email:

From:Mr.Robert Niyi
Tel:234-80-34069502
Lagos-Nigeria.

Attn:President/Ceo.

STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL RE: TRANSFER OF US$21.5 MILLION (TWENTY ONE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS ONLY).

I know this email will reach you as a surprise, but need not to worry as we are using the only secured and confidential medium available to seek for foreign assistance/partnership in a business transaction which is of mutual benefit. I am a member of the Federal Government of Nigeria Contract Award and Monitoring Committee in the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Sometime ago, a contract was awarded to a foreign firm in NNPC by my Committee. This contract was over invoiced to the tune of US$21.5M. U. S. Dollars.
This was done deliberately. The over- invoicing was a deal by my committee to benefit from the project. We now want to transfer this money which is in a suspense Account with NNPC into any Overseas Account which we expect you to provide for us.

SHARE: -

For providing the account where we shall remit the money into, you will be entitled to 30% of the money, 60% will be for me and my partners while 10% has been mapped out from the total sum to cover any expenses that may be incurred by us during the course of this transfer, both locally and international expenses. It may interest you to know that a similar transaction was carried out with one MR. PATRICE MILLER, President of Crane International Trading Corp. of 153 East 57th St., 28th floor, NY10022, TEL: (212)-308-7788 AND TELEX: 6731689. The deal was concluded and all covering documents were forwarded to MR. MILLER to authenticate the claim. Once the funds were transferred, MR. MILLER presented his Bank with all the legal documents and remitted the whole funds to another Bank Account and disappeared completely.
My colleagues were shattered, as such opportunities do not come all the time. In order tp proceed with this transaction.i would require the following: -

  1. Your company’s name, address, telephone and fax numbers.
  2. Your bank account and address where the money will be remitted.

The above informations would be used to make formal applications as a matter of procedure for the release of the money and onward transfer to your account. It does not matter whether or not your company does contract projects of this nature described here. The assumption is that your company won the major contract and subcontracted it out to other companies. More often than not, big trading companies or firms of unrelated fields win major contracts and subcontracts to more specialized firms for execution of such contracts.
We have strong reliable connections and contacts at the Central Bank of Nigeria, as well as the Federal Ministry of Finance and we have no doubt that all the money will be released and transferred if we get the necessary foreign partner to assist us in this deal. Therefore, when the business is successfully concluded we shall through our same connections withdraw all documents used from all the concerned Government Ministries for 100% security. We are ordinary civil servants and we will not want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to get rich. We want this money to be transferred to the overseas Accounts for us, before the present Democratic Government starts Auditing all Federal Government owned Parastatals.
Please contact me immediately through my email address whether or not you are interested in this deal. If you are not, it will enable me scout for another foreign partner to carry out this deal. But where you are interested, send the requested details aforementioned herein through my email address as time is of the essence in this business. I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation.

Yours faithfully,

Mr.Robert Niyi
Email: robert2000@indiatimes.com.