It takes one to know one

It takes one to know one

We received this curious message the other morning.

Subject: DID YOU AUTHORIZE MRS. JANET MILLER TO CLAIM YOUR FUND?
From: Mrs. Farida Mzamber Waziri
To: undisclosed recipients:
Date Sent: 2/7/2011 5:34:51 AM

Attention: Beneficiary
I am Mrs. Farida Mzamber Waziri (Chairman) Efcc Investigation Office Nigeria, there is presently a counter claims on your funds by one MRS. JANET MILLER, who is presently trying to make us believe that you are dead and even explained that you entered into an agreement with her before your death, to help you in receiving your fund $10.5M So here comes the big question.

Did you sign any Deed of Assignment in favor of (MRS. JANET MILLER)?. thereby making her the current beneficiary with this following account details: MRS. JANET MILLER, AC/NUMBER: 6503809428. ROUTING/122006743, B/NAME:CITIBANK, ADDRESS:NEW YORK,USA We shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said MRS. JANET MILLER,if we do not hear from you within the next two working days from today.However, you are advice to email the bank immediately and confirm to them also if MRS. JANET MILLER is from you or not.

1) BANK NAME: IBTC BANK PLC
2) CONTACT TELEPHONE: +234-1 743 6770
3) CONTACT NAME: MR.KENNETH YINKA
4) OFFICIAL E-mail: ibtcban-knigeriaplc@bbs.ctex.org
Please note that you have less than 48hrs to get in contact with the paying bank before they proceed to issue all payments to the said Mrs.Miller.

Thanks
Mrs. Farida Mzamber Waziri

Throwing both caution and common sense to the wind, we posted this response.

Subject: RE: DID YOU AUTHORIZE MRS. JANET MILLER TO CLAIM YOUR FUND?
From: Ellis Tyd
To: wazirimrs.farida93@yahoo.com.hk
Date Sent: 2/7/2011 4:43:14 PM

We may have signed such a document.
The events leading up to our death last week aren’t altogether clear.
However, as we have been successfully resurrected and shall be fully reconstructed by early March, we would like to rescind Mrs. Miller’s authority as we are fairly certain that at least two of the shots she fired into the back of our head may have contributed to our death.

Ellis Tyd

We honestly did not expect a reply. Even the cat thought we had pushed the envelope too far.

We were, however, incorrect.

Here is the text of the response and here is how it appeared in our email. We suspect that it may be the work of our Hall of Fame members. The version you see is a full 100,000 bytes smaller that the original. It sacrificed nothing in the reduction.

Subject: Attention: Ellis Tyd
From: Mrs. farida Waziri
To: Ellis Tyd
Date Sent: 2/8/2011 1:53:45 AM

FROM MRS FARIDA MZAMBER WAZIRI(ASSISTANCE)ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION NIGERIA INVESTIGATION BUREAU
14A AWOLOWO LANE, IKOYI
LAGOS NIGERIA .

Motto: No Body is Above the LAW

Attention: Ellis Tyd

BE CAREFUL OF THE HANDLOOMS

Thanks your email and notification letter by letting us know that you did not authorize any one by the name JANET MILLER to receive your payment on your behalf. We have contacted the IBTC BANK PLC this morning informing them of your email and notice that nothing of agreement took place with that Lady.

Furtherance to this information above, I Mrs. Farida M. Waziri hereby advice you to contact the paying back now with the below listed information and also let them know that you are in contact with me and i have directed you today after our findings that you did not authorize anyone on your behalf.

Bank Name: IBTC BANK PLC
Contact Person: Mr. Kenneth Yinka
E-mail: ibtcban-knigeriaplc@bbs.ctex.org
Telephone: +234 1 743 6770

As soon as you contact do keep this office posted for further advice and direction.

LEGALLY YOURS
EFCC Executive Chairman, Chief Mrs. Farida Mzamber Waziri (AIG rtd.)
Executive Chairman. Economic and Financial Crimes

Although we are certain,beyond any reasonable doubt, that this is a Fraud, we shall subject it to some scrutiny, nevertheless.

Subject: DID YOU AUTHORIZE MRS. JANET MILLER TO CLAIM YOUR FUND?
From: Mrs. Farida Mzamber Waziri
To: undisclosed recipients:
Date Sent: 2/7/2011 5:34:51 AM

A new tactic is presented here. Rather that merely warning us the time is running out, our correspondent presents a tangible threat to our fortune, the dreaded con artist. What a clever way to divert our suspicions.

Mrs. Waziri toes the rubber and goes into her windup.

Attention: Beneficiary
I am Mrs. Farida Mzamber Waziri (Chairman) Efcc Investigation Office Nigeria, there is presently a counter claims on your funds by one MRS. JANET MILLER, who is presently trying to make us believe that you are dead and even explained that you entered into an agreement with her before your death, to help you in receiving your fund $10.5M So here comes the big question.

And here’s the pitch.

Did you sign any Deed of Assignment in favor of (MRS. JANET MILLER)?. thereby making her the current beneficiary with this following account details: MRS. JANET MILLER, AC/NUMBER: 6503809428. ROUTING/122006743, B/NAME:CITIBANK, ADDRESS:NEW YORK,USA We shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said MRS. JANET MILLER,if we do not hear from you within the next two working days from today.However, you are advice to email the bank immediately and confirm to them also if MRS. JANET MILLER is from you or not.

High and outside, we’re afraid. All of the information is fictitious. We know this because we checked them. Had they been legitimate we would be in possession of out $10.5 million as a name, routing number and checking account number are all that is needed to forge a check. Not that we would deliberately defraud a scam artist, but the cat is somewhat less trustworthy.

1) BANK NAME: IBTC BANK PLC
2) CONTACT TELEPHONE: +234-1 743 6770
3) CONTACT NAME: MR.KENNETH YINKA
4) OFFICIAL E-mail: ibtcban-knigeriaplc@bbs.ctex.org
Please note that you have less than 48hrs to get in contact with the paying bank before they proceed to issue all payments to the said Mrs.Miller.

Our dear friend, the malformed form, has arrived accompanied by the obligatory warning that time is running out.

Thanks
Mrs. Farida Mzamber Waziri

Mrs. Waziri may be familiar to our faithful readers as both of you might remember her from “The Large halls of Nigerian Justice“. She seems to have no other purpose in life but to look after us.

Ignoring the malformed form, we formulated our reply.

Subject: RE: DID YOU AUTHORIZE MRS. JANET MILLER TO CLAIM YOUR FUND?
From: Ellis Tyd
To: wazirimrs.farida93@yahoo.com.hk
Date Sent: 2/7/2011 4:43:14 PM

We may have signed such a document.
The events leading up to our death last week aren’t altogether clear.
However, as we have been successfully resurrected and shall be fully reconstructed by early March, we would like to rescind Mrs. Miller’s authority as we are fairly certain that at least two of the shots she fired into the back of our head may have contributed to our death.

Ellis Tyd

Clearly our response was somewhat less than sincere and we did not expect a response. Nevertheless, one came.

Subject: Attention: Ellis Tyd
From: Mrs. farida Waziri
To: Ellis Tyd
Date Sent: 2/8/2011 1:53:45 AM

FROM MRS FARIDA MZAMBER WAZIRI(ASSISTANCE)ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION NIGERIA INVESTIGATION BUREAU
14A AWOLOWO LANE, IKOYI
LAGOS NIGERIA .

Motto: No Body is Above the LAW

This response was fabricated to look, in someone’s opinion, far more official. One needs to view the original for the full effect.

Attention: Ellis Tyd

BE CAREFUL OF THE HANDLOOMS

We appreciate, but do not understand, the warning. We do see that one might pinch one’s fingers in a hand-loom, but fail to understand the relevance given the context. Perhaps they meant hoodlums.

Thanks your email and notification letter by letting us know that you did not authorize any one by the name JANET MILLER to receive your payment on your behalf. We have contacted the IBTC BANK PLC this morning informing them of your email and notice that nothing of agreement took place with that Lady.

We were hoping that more aggressive measures might be taken against Mrs. Miller given her complicity in our recent demise.

Furtherance to this information above, I Mrs. Farida M. Waziri hereby advice you to contact the paying back now with the below listed information and also let them know that you are in contact with me and i have directed you today after our findings that you did not authorize anyone on your behalf.

At least they have rescinded her authorization. We suppose that is worth something.
We were unaware that furtherance was a legitimate word, although, since it is a noun, its use here is inapropriate and makes no more sense than had our writer used the word linguini.

Bank Name: IBTC BANK PLC
Contact Person: Mr. Kenneth Yinka
E-mail: ibtcban-knigeriaplc@bbs.ctex.org
Telephone: +234 1 743 6770

We suspect that this process may take some time as they haven’t noticed that we failed to supply our vital information in the message informing them of our death. We wonder how long it will be before they notice.

As soon as you contact do keep this office posted for further advice and direction.

LEGALLY YOURS
EFCC Executive Chairman, Chief Mrs. Farida Mzamber Waziri (AIG rtd.)
Executive Chairman. Economic and Financial Crimes.



We are inclined to send yet another reply to keep this conversttion alive, but are stumped as to what we should write in order to accomplish that. Our first response is so far removed from reality that we franky are unsure as to how to proceed.

We will allow our uncertainty to dissuade us. We shall respond and report when we have futher information.

Meanwhile we shall continue on our normal course. 

Join us next time when we travel “South of the Border” here at HowToSpotAFraud.com.

That is all.

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2 Responses to It takes one to know one

  1. There is a very fine gentleman there(Nig.) that is trying with the help of officials to get me repaid, after I had been royally screwed by fraudulents. He is a member of the EFCC. He tells me that the Inland/Island Revenue Service needs $520.00 before they can remit it to my account. They are waiting on me to get it to them. Can anyone tell me anything about this? Please
    You may remit to me at orangeseed@juno.com
    Joyce

    • ellistyd says:

      First, we are not qualified to give legal advice, however on first blush, we would suspect that your EFCC contact is just another scam artist. While the EFCC is a legitimate organization and can be found at http://www.efccnigeria.org/, we suspect that you are not currently in contact with them. We would suggest you try to verify the identity of your contact through their site. There is no reason for your contact to be requesting payment from you if they are legitimate in their efforts to return your money. Your best and safest course of action would be to seek advice from the FBI http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud/fraud, as they are familiar with this type of fraud. In any case do not send anyone money until you have sought more information from legitimate law enforcement agencies. Again, we are not pretending to be legal counsel, but merely suggesting that you exercise caution in dealings like this.

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