I guess the “Nigerian” scammers have finally realized that a lot of people are onto their scam (referred to as “419” or “Advance Fee Fraud”), and their revenues must be down or something, because today I got the email below, which explains how one scam victim was able to end-run the scammers and collect the money that was due him:
Attn: My Dear,
I am Mr. Tom Smith, I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. I reside here in New York City. My residential address is as follows. 164 Convent Avenue New York, NY 10031. I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $50,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail.
So I decided to travel to WASHINGTON D.C with all my compensation documents, And I was directed by the ( F B I) Director to contact Mr.Kelvin Williams, who his a representative of the ( F B I ) and a member of the COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, currently in Nigeria.and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through email are frauds.
He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right now I am the happiest man on earth because I have received my compensation funds of $15 Million Us Dollars Moreover, Mr.Kelvin Williams, showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email address, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not in posession of your funds, they are only making money off you. I will advise you to contact Mr.Kelvin Williams.
You have to contact him directly on this information below.
COMPENSATION AWARD HOUSE
Name : Mr.Kelvin Williams
Email: [something in the .kz TLD… because all FBI agent email is through Khazakstan, don’tcha know?]
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.
The only money I paid after I met Mr.Kelvin Williams was just $390 for the paper works, take note of that.
Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Mr.Kelvin Williams so that he can help you to Deliver your fund instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
164 Convent Avenue New York,
It was addressed to “Attn: My Dear” because I’m sure I had a deep, meaningful relationship with Mr. Smith, that I just can’t recall at the moment. And now at last, I’m going to collect on that big payday.