Sunday, February 12, 2006

Scam Alert: Senator Idris Kuta (purported) letter

Today's scam letter is below. This is probably an example of an advance fee fraud. In most cases, answering this letter will net you a bunch of annoying emails and you'll lose on average, $1000 dollars. Fall for the scam hard, agree to fly to Nigeria and you might be kidnapped and ransomed or worse yet, murdered. The letter follows:

FROM:

SENATOR IDRIS KUTA
#36 old Ewu Road
Mafoluku Oshodi
Lagos-Nigeria


SIR,

I AM SENATOR IDRIS KUTA, THE SENATE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXTERNAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE IN THE NATIONAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, REPRESENTING RIVERS STATE. MY REASON OF CONTACTING YOU IS THAT THERE IS A SUM OF $8.9 MILLION (EIGHT MILLION, NINE HUNDRED UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN DOLLARS ONLY), WHICH I AND MY COMMITTE MEMBERS DISCOVERED IN A FINANCIAL & SECURITY TRUST FIRM LAST 3 YEARS AGO AND IT IS UNDER MY CUSTODY.

THIS FUND WAS DEPOSITED THEIR BY ONE OF THE MINISTERS IN OUR PAST GOVERNMENT ADMINISTERATION UNDER DISGUISE. IN OUR OFFICIAL DUTY, WE DISCOVERED A LOT OF LOOTED FUNDS WHICH WE HAVE BROUGHT WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF SOME FOREIGN HEADS OF STATES BACK AND HANDED OVER TO THE CURRENT PRESIDENT WHICH SUPPOSE TO BE IN THE NATIONAL TREASURY, BUT SINCE THEN UPTILL THIS MOMENT, NOTHING HAS BEEN ACCOUNTED OR SAID BY OUR PRESIDENT CONCERNING THE BROUGHT BACK LOOTED FUNDS TO THE TOTAL GENERALITY OF THE NIGERIAN CITIZENS AND THE FIRST TENURE OF THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT/PRESIDENT IS OVER BUT RE-ELLECTED FOR THE SECOND TENURE.

I HAVE SINCE THEN BEEN WAITING TO HEAR AND SEE THE INTENSIONS OF THE PRESIDENT FOR THE RECOVERED FUNDS, BUT TO MY ULTERLY SURPRISE AND DISMAY, I HAVE JUST FOUND OUT THAT OUR PRESIDENT DID NOT HAVE A GENUINE INTENTION FOR THE FUNDS. IT HAS BECOME OBVIOUS THAT HE USED PART OF THE FUNDS TO SPONSOR AND PAVE HIS WAY INTO HIS CURRENT TENURE IN THE OFFICE NOW.

AS A HONOURABLE MEMBER OF THE HOUSE, I MADE FRANTIC EFFORTS TO MOVE MOTIONS ON THE MATTER IN THE HOUSE, BUT I WAS ALWAYS SIDELINED IN THE MINORITY VOICE AS IT WAS OBVIOUS THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS ALL OUR NOTABLE AND RESPECTABLE MEMBERS IN HIS PAYROLE, EVEN OUR HONOURABLE SPEAKER.

NOW I HAVE DECIDED TO LEAVE THIS AMOUNT ABROAD AND FIND A RESPONSIBLE PERSONALITY WHOM I CAN TRUST TO HANDLE THE CASH FOR A POSSIBLE PROFFESSIONAL INVESTMENT AS OUR OWN GAIN SINCE HE [THE PRESIDENT] DO NOT HAVE THE RECORD OF THIS FUND.

I WANT YOU TO TELL ME IF YOU CAN BE ABLE TO LOCATE A VERY GOOD BUSINESS WHICH THIS $8.9 MILLION CAN BE INVESTED IN. ALSO CAN I TRUST YOU TO HANDLE THIS CASH? NOTE THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE MY TRUSTED PARTNER IN THIS INVESTMENT AND I WILL DRAW AGREEMENT FOR THE PERCENTAGE OF THE INVESTMENT DIVIDENDS FOR BOTH PARTIES INVOLVED. LET ME HEAR FROM YOU AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE THIS MESSAGE.

THANKS AND REMAIN BLESSED.

YOURS SINCERELY

SENATOR IDRIS KUTA

By the way, my host server says this message came from:
REMOTE_HOST: 221.142.245.144


The wikipedia has this to say about these Nigerian scam letters:
Some investors have hired private investigators in Nigeria or have personally travelled to Nigeria, without ever retrieving their money. One American was murdered in Nigeria while pursuing his lost money. In February 2003, a scam victim from the Czech Republic shot and killed an official at the Nigerian embassy.

Victims of 419 Advance Fee Fraud have little recourse. Since 1995, the United States Secret Service has been (somewhat) involved in combating these schemes, however they will not investigate unless the monetary loss is in excess of fifty thousand US Dollars. Very few arrests and prosecutions have been made due to the international aspect of this crime.


Since this scam has been around in it's non-internet form since the sixteenth century, we shouldn't hold out much hope that it will go away on its own. It looks like the best we can do to protect ourselves is to ignore the letters completely.

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