I got this is my mailbox this morning, from one of the thousands of Nigerian-reputation destroyers, who have nothing to do but to send all these useless kind of letters round the internet.
I’ve pasted the complete mail, including the ‘senders picture’ below.
FROM CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA:
ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT(CBN)
SwiftCode: BPH KPL PK,
THIS IS TO OFFICIALLY INFORM YOU THAT WE HAVE VERIFIED YOUR CONTRACT/INHERITANCE/LOTTO FILE AND FOUND OUT THAT WHY YO HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR PAYMENT IS BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT FUFILLED 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 WISHES TO RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT SINCE WE HAVE DECIDED TO BRING A SOLUTION TO YOUR PROBLEM. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE ARRANGED YOU PAYMENT THROUGH OUR SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTER ASIA PACIFIC, THAT IS THE LATESTINSTRUCTION FROM THE NEW ELECTED PRESIDENT UMARU MUS YAR’DUA(GFCR) FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA. AND EFCC NIGERIA. AS WELL THE INTERPOL AND FBI, IN ADDITION CIA. 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, BUTTHE MAXIMUM IS ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000) PER DAY, SO IF YOU LIKE TORECIEVE YOUR FUND THIS WAY PLEASE LET US KNOW BY CONTACTING THE CARDPAYMENT CENTER AND ALSO SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: 1. YOUR FULL NAME 2. PHONE AND FAX NUMBER 3. ADDRESS WERE YOU WANT THEM TO SEND THE ATM CARD 4. YOUR AGE AND CURRENT OCCUPATION THE ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTER HAS BEEN MANDATED TO ISSUE OUT $2,000,000.00 AS PART PAYMENT FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR (2008). ALSO FORYOUR INFORMATION, YOU HAVE TO STOP ANY FURTHE COMMINUCATION WITH ANY OTHER PERSON(S) OR OFFICE(s) TO AVOID ANY HITCHES IN RECEIVING YOUR PAYMENT. FOR ORAL DISCUSSION, CALL AND 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. NOTE THAT BECAUSE OF IMPOSTORS, WE HEREBY ISSUED YOU OUR CODE OF CONDUCT, WHICH IS (ATM-811) SO YOU HAVE TO INDICATE THIS CODE WHEN CONTACTING THE CARD CENTER BY USING IT AS YOUR SUBJECT.
MR JENNY MORGAN
CO-ORDINATOR,ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT(CBN)
REPLY ME ON (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tel : +234…8026438033
And what a pain in the ass when some of them would even call you and then start their fairy tale about how they’ve been emailing you, but you never responded. These scammers are ‘still safe’ because there is presently no way of tracking down the location of a phone-number in real time. They feel secure because they could, for example be in Abuja and yet claim they are in another Nigerian state, and yet, the person at the other end of the line(also in Abuja, for example) has no way of verifying their claim.
I’m quite bothered however, how the NCC, the EFCC, the GSM companies and its stakeholders could implement a policy whereby mobile phone numbers could be registered to individuals, and we could have a ‘yellow-book / telephone directory so that such individuals(like the sender of this mail below) could be located and thrown into the deepest part of our prisons.
Can the Federal government mandate GSM companies to have its subscribers register their phone-numbers against their names and contact details? It doesn’t matter if someone has a phone number on each network(GLO, MTN, Celtel, Nitel etc), what we want to know is: who owns the number.
share your thoughts please.