Be wary of money laundering scam emails

  1. This email arrived in my inbox just now. If anyone else has had one and was in any doubt, it's definitely a scam and to be avoided like C.diff. There are variations in names and the amounts of money, but they are all essentially the same. Please don't get sucked in.


    Dear Friend,

    My regards, l am Gumsu Abacha , the daughter of
    late Nigeria head of state general Sani Abacha, l got
    your contact through a family friend whom l met during
    christmas and new year holidays and he gave me your
    contact when l was searching for a foreigner that
    can help me invest my family fund in abroad hence the
    government of my country has insisted in probing my
    family's financial resources since the death of my
    father,and has also gazetted all our properties.
    recently the government had also seized all the known
    family's fund in abroad with the assistance of the
    British government.

    lt is only this money US$ (twenty-eight
    million dollars) that was deposited in a security
    company vault at Lome Republic of Togo that has not
    been seized because the fund was deposited as an
    African art gallery.the family intend to use this
    money for investment purpose to enable the family
    start life all over again.

    This decesion is taking between me and my mother.
    If this proposal is accepted to you, after getting the
    money out of the security company vault to your
    country, my family has agreed to offer you 30%of the
    total sum for your kind assistance you rendered to us.
    And in addition you bank the family's own part of the
    funds and assist us in investing(with my approval on a
    project) as a front for us until the situation
    becomes more favourable for us to visit your country
    and discuss the way forward.

    Please kindly state yourearly response immediately
    you rceive this message through this email address or,for more details on the
    logistics and modalities.
    Thanks and accept my regards.
    Gumsu Abacha.

    I did a quick search on Google and came up with an entry in a guestbook which uses the same familial link, escept this time it's supposed to be his widow instead of his daughter, and key facts (how much money is involved and amount of commission for me/you etc) have been changed. The guestbook entry has a lot more detail in it but none of those details can be verified. The guestbook entry begs for discretion (duh, this was a GB, anyone can see it!) but the email did not.
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   itsme
    I have gotten quite a few of these, I sent a reply that said "quit sending me this bullsh*t" and I havent heard anything back!!
  4. by   frannybee
    :chuckle @ itsme. My reply was something along the lines of "Find yourself another sucker, bozo."
  5. by   semstr
    Got this one last year already, similar one came from the "granddaughter" of a guy from Kenia too.
  6. by   Cindy_A
    I think this scam has been in existence for a long time, even before e-mail! Unfortunately, there have been people who have been sucked (or should I say suckered?) in to it.
  7. by   caroladybelle
    It's listed with Snopes - Urban Legend site - as a well practiced scam.
  8. by   cindyln
    This has been in business for a long time. I gotten this in real mail years ago. Went in the trash then and the email ones are deleted today.
  9. by   kids sad for, let me *write them a check*
  10. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by frannybee
    :chuckle @ itsme. My reply was something along the lines of "Find yourself another sucker, bozo."
    I like that reply !
  11. by   renerian
    Yes hubby and I have both gotten them.

  12. by   Mkue
    Haven't received it yet !