The Facebook Scammers and the “EESA Grant” scam

Be careful out there, the scumbags are still working in force to separate you from your hard-earned cash.

Got a message today from a Facebook friend:

Now, this friend doesn’t usually contact me from out of the blue, so I was immediately suspicious. Add to that the fact that the account was flagged as:

  • Using Messenger without Facebook (I know my friend has a facebook account)
  • Logged in using a phone number from the United States
  • Account was recently created (This friend has been around for quite a while)

All of these are red flags, and so I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that I was dealing with a stolen or cloned account. I proceeded to go down the rabbit hole to see what their game was today.

“i have something to shear whit you ?” My friend is an educated American, not someone who sounds like a third-grader or a Nigerian prince. A quick Google shows that EESA stands for Eastern European Study Abroad, but that’s probably not what I’m going to hear. So let’s take this a little further.

He’s “so confused that I haven’t heard anything about it.” Well, isn’t that special. The EESA exists, but in 2008 it created the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program to purchase toxic assets from banks. In short, it was the bank bailout, and had nothing to do with grants to individuals.

These Nigerians love to use strange names. “Christopher Wisdoms,” “Martins Tanjul,”and the like. The grammar continues to be blatantly non-English.

Anyone who calls you “dear” who isn’t in your intimate circle of friends is without question going to be a scammer, and most likely Nigerian. They don’t understand that “Dear Sir” is part of a formula, and not something to be used indiscriminately.

So now I have a phone number to text, probably an accomplice or the same drone. Let’s see what we get.

  • “some other lucky communities”
  • “all beneficiaries name was chosen randomly through a computer ballot for fans of face-book who surf it frequently”

Grant programs don’t work like that, you cretin.

And now they want personal information. At this point I was about to shut things down. But the Facebook scammer (most likely the same individual) got impatient (another red flag – why would this “friend” care if I reach out to “Mr. Wisdoms” or not?)

If I had given “Mr. Wisdoms” my name and email address, things would probably have progressed to the point of “You need to send me $2500 for taxes and fees to collect your grant” or some other similar nonsense. But I wasn’t about to share even that with these criminal drones. Instead, I hauled out my stock response, and sent it both via Facebook and text message:

An “onioburu” is a gong-farmer (otherwise known as a nightsoil handler, someone who empties excrement buckets for a living.) Not a nice thing to call someone, but these are not nice people. The fact that he responded with “Lol” and then went silent was proof enough that he got the message.

Be so very careful out there. Any time a friend or contact starts talking about money, unless it’s someone you know and trust, assume it’s your money they want and break off communication.

Stay safe, and watch out for your loved ones who may be elderly or vulnerable.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

Dear Beneficiary

I often post scam emails that I get, but this one came to a friend and I saw it show up at his virtual home on Facebook. Posting it here just as a reference in case anyone gets something similar and wonders if it’s real.

It’s not. It’s a scam. Don’t answer. Serously. You could lose every penny you have.

Dear Beneficiary,

I hope that this correspondence is received with the urgency and expediency required.It has come to the notice of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Reserve Bank here in Washington, D.C. that your present inheritance claims application being handled by the Remitting Bank in Nigeria is experiencing some man made irregularities. To this effect, it has become necessary for the Board of Trustees to assign trained Fund Transfer Specialists from the United States to resolve and regularize your fund release with immediate effect.

We at Deborah L. Hayes & Corporate Affairs have been duly consulted by the FRB Board of Trustees. We have been fully informed about how the staffs of the remitting bank has been taking advantage of you by telling you to pay unnecessarily exorbitant charges which will only make your fund payment a long drawn out process.
Due to this development, we have been assigned to step into the immediate processing of your fund transfer to enable your funds to be transferred to you within the shortest possible time. To implement this, you are to get back to us immediately without needing to pay all the huge sums of monies that are being demanded from you by the previous handlers at the remitting bank.
All processes to have your funds paid to you immediately through the CBN’s Liaison Remittance Office in New York have been initiated to cut out unnecessary costs.
You are advised to treat this communication with the urgency and seriousness required as the Board of Trustees of the Federal Reserve Bank has mandated us to resolve this fund payment within the next three working days independent of the office of the Remitting Bank in Africa.

Furthermore,you are hereby advised to pay no further fees or charges to the Remitting Bank in Nigeria as they shall no longer be handling your payment process.
We shall await your immediate correspondence with your direct telephone numbers to my private email address at (deborahhayes11111@gmail.com) for re-confirmation so that we may conclude your payment immediately.
Yours Sincerely,
Deborah L. Hayes
Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs

It surprises me that scam emails of this nature continue to be a thing. The only reason they continue is that they must, somehow, inexplicably, be profitable. I guess if there are people stupid and evil enough to make a living this way, there must be people stupid and gullible enough to send them money. But if posting things like this can save even one person from being taken advantage of, the effort is worth it.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

Nigerian Scammers Still At It in 2018

Received in my spam folder just today, but I’m astonished that the stupid and the criminal are still trying these tired old campaigns, hoping to ensnare the foolish or the desperate. Be careful out there.

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The bad English [as soonest as you contacts her] is a dead giveaway. Talking about money (that doesn’t exist) is a dead giveaway. Never respond to solicitations like this. There is no “Chashier’s Cheque” waiting for you. Ever.

Av.Bernardino Caballero.
Casi Piribebuy Bo San Pablo .
Presidente Franco.
Tel: 00595-61-572263
Fax: 00595-61-574599.
PARAGUAY.

Dear Good Friend,

How are you doing today, I hope you haven’t forgotten me? I am Dr. Youssef Bakary, the former manager at the Bank of Africa (B.O.A) Bank in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso over there in West Africa, who has contacted you some time ago to assist me in order to secure the release of a deceased customer’s fund into your bank account.

Though, you weren’t able to assist me up to the conclusion stage in that transaction by then, I am very much happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred under the assistance and co-operation of a new partner from Paraguay.

Presently, I am in Paraguay for investment projects with my share of the total sum.

Meanwhile, I didn’t forget your past efforts, and attempts to assist me on the transferring of the fund, and I makes sure that you aren’t left behind or out from the benefits of the transaction. Hence, I have kept aside for you the total sum of: $1,675,000.00 (One Million Six hundred, and seventy-five thousand, Usa-dollars) in the ‘CHASHIER’S CHEQUE’.

My new partner and I have agreed to compensate you with that above said amount for all your past efforts and attempt to assist me in that past successful matters. I have appreciated your kind efforts at that time very much, so feel very free to contact the bank’s secretary via her below email address, and the name of the secretary of the (B.O.A) is MRS. CAROLINA ILBOUDOU.

And make sure that you instructed her on how to send the ‘CHASHIER’S CHEQUE’ to you, and please do let me know immediately you receives the ‘CHASHIER’S CHEQUE’ so that we can share the joy together after all the stress at the past times.

At the moment, am very busy here in Paraguay because of the investment projects of which my partner and I were having at hands presently, and finally remember that I had left an instruction to the secretary of the (B.O.A) MRS. CAROLINA ILBOUDOU.

Therefore, as soonest as you contacts her for the said ‘CHASHIER’S CHEQUE’ to be sent to you, she will surely send the ‘CHASHIER’S CHEQUE’ to you. Below is the contact of the secretary of the (B.O.A) Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso over there in West Africa .

Contact this below person immediately for your cheque:-

MRS. CAROLINA ILBOUDOU.
Secretary of the (B.O.A),
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Email Address: (caro.ilboudouu@outlook.fr )

Yours good friend,
Dr. Youssef Bakary.

Edit 7/18/2017 – I thought I’d tweak these cretins a bit.

I responded in my usual manner:

Dem no born u reach, onioburu. U no fit comot face, just skip along. Mugu no chop my dollar, chop only black powder and death from Olumba Olumba Obu.

If you’re not up on Nigerian pidgin, this says, in effect, “Don’t even think about it, you gong-farmer. You’re not worthy of showing up in public, away with you. You fool, you won’t get my money – you’ll only get cursed by Olumba Olumba Obu.” (Obu was the founder of The Brotherhood of the Cross and Star (BCS), a religious organisation in Nigeria. Obu was believed to have miraculous powers.)

And hilariously, I got a response – clearly the scammers don’t even bother to read any return messages they receive.

Attention: 

Thank you for your prompt mail been received by me, and also as you have contacted me for your confirmable bank Cheque of $1.675,000.00 United States dollars only. I was in our bank’s reconciliation department with the Cheque to confirm if the Cheque has expired or getting near to the date of expiration, and Mrs. Mary Ouattara, the directress of the reconciliation department of our bank here told me that before the Cheque will get to your hand that it will expire as I don’t actually know the exact day and when you will contact me for your confirmable bank Cheque, because it has been more than two weeks which your partner left the Cheque with me.


Therefore, I quickly told Mrs. Mary Ouattara, the directress of the reconciliation department of our bank to cash the $
1.675,000.00 united states dollars, and she has converted it into a cash payment since one week now and this is to avoid losing this fund under expiration of the Cheque as your ex-partner who dropped the Cheque has travelled for business trip, and might not return back here again as he said, and according to my personal decision, I decided to send the cash payment to you through dhl courier company in a consignment packaged as an African Clothes box because I cannot keep those funds with me to avoid any suspicious from my Bank.  

What you have to do right now is to contact the dhl courier company as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your consignment to you, but make sure you did not disclose the content to dhl because I told dhl that the content is African Clothes.


You have to quickly contact the dhl courier company with your home address and telephone number for the delivery of your consignment to your door step, but do not allow DHL Company to discover those funds in your consignment because I registered your consignment as African Clothes’ content.


HERE IS THE DHL COURIER COMPANY CONTACTS

The Dhl Office Manager’s Name:  Josaine Sawadogo Zagre.
The Dhl Office Of The Manager’s Telephone Number:  +226 74 85 38 20.

The Dhl Customer’s Service Telephone Number +226 50 311947 or +226 50 335171.

The Dhl Courier Company’s Customer care Email Address: 
servicedhlbfouaga@gmail.com 
The Dhl Courier Company’s Web-Site:  
www.dhl.com/en/bf/country_profile.html

Note this is very clearly, the dhl courier company does not know the content of the box, I have registered it as a box of African Clothes, they don’t know that the content is money, and this is to avoid them delaying with the box from delivering.

Make sure that you follow up these above instructions carefully in order to get your package (your fund) delivered at your door step in your country.


Congratulations!!!. Good luck as well. Contact the dhl courier service company right now for your consignment (your fund).


I will send to you in my next email your consignment’s Certificate of Deposit which I received from DHL Burkina Faso on the day which I deposited your consignment in their custody.   


Contact them right now!!!


My best regards,

Mrs. Carolina Ilboudou.

Secretary of the Bank.

I wrote to the indicated address, saying “I am supposed to contact you regarding the consignment of a box.” I’ll report back if anyone responds.

Be very careful out there.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

419 is just a game

I just received an interesting comment over at my post on trolling a Craigslist scammer. Here it is, in full, thanks to commenter “James Dawson”:

You people got the gut to complain when your devilish forefathers stole Africans from their lands brought them over to your country and used them to develop your nation leaving their fatherland underdeveloped with abject poverty,sufferings and confusion. This is Karma and it’s will keep catching up with you guys

This is a common attitude expressed by the 419 scammers – to them, it’s just a game, as expressed in this video, a shorter version of which I had referenced in a previous post:

In a delicious bit of irony, Nkem Owoh, the actor who starred in the above music video, was arrested in 2007 as part of an international takedown of scammers who were running the 419 fraud. Full details at The Register.

Somehow these drones feel that two wrongs make a right, and that they are somehow entitled to the money of any rich white man stupid enough to “fall mugu.” They don’t understand the concept of personal responsibility, that no one owes their sorry asses anything, and that they should stop blaming people who have been dead for 200 years for their troubles.

U no chop my dollar, onioburu. U no fit comot face, just skip along.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

 

Send now, $115 through Western Union or Money Gram!

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As soon as you see the words “Nigeria,” “Western Union,” “MoneyGram,” or anything else that has to do with sending your hard-earned money to Africa, run the other way and don’t look back.

While these letters may seem repetitive, I post them here in case anyone who is considering acting on these scams does a Google search. If I can keep a single person from losing their funds to these scumbags, it will have been worth it.

From: Info Desk <ndlea1@yahoo.com>
Subject: RE: We have completed the Automated Access code number program.

To: edcsservices@hotmail.com

From the desk of: Dr (Mrs) Sarah Alade,

Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Plot 33, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Way CBD, Cadastral Zone, Abuja, FCT
Attn: Beneficiary
We have completed the Automated Access code number program.
All we need now is for an attorney from our legal department to sign and we shall give you the access code and the program which your bank or our accredited paying bank near you will use to access the escrow using the password and your will get your funds.
Truly, everything is ready to go. It would cost you US$115.
The US$115 is to obtain the authorization and legal signing fee of the accredited attorney from our legal department, who will sign to enable us give the release codes to either JP Morgan Chase & Co., Bank of America or BB&T Corporation to enable them access the escrow and pay the first $500,000 installments to you through check, draft or cash.
Due to nefarious activities of our corresponding banks and agents, we went into processing, management and online portal services pact with some banks in US.
We presently have three claimants in Georgia (U.S. state) and New York, one is from White Plains and 1 is from Ellijay.
We set up a secured escrow which can be accessed by and domiciled in JP Morgan Chase & Co., Bank of America or BB&T Corporation for the purpose of these transactions.
Once the claimant satisfies the rule, the authorization and legal signing by the Central Bank of Nigeria accredited attorney done, we will give remittance order/authorization to either JP Morgan Chase & Co., Bank of America or BB&T Corporation depending on proximity to the client. Then either JP Morgan Chase & Co., Bank of America or BB&T Corporation will access the escrow using the PIN and password, then update the programmed funds from the escrow and pay it to the client in $500,000 installments through check, draft or cash even through local wire transfer depending on the choice of the beneficiary.
The US$500,000 is to bypass bureaucratic bottlenecks and unending money laundering quagmire and brouhaha.
Send now, $115 through Western Union or Money Gram to:-
Receiver: Adamu Ahmed
Address: Plot 33, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Way Central Business District, Cadastral Zone, Abuja, FCT
Question: Place
Answer: FCT
Thanks, and we regret any inconveniences you might have passed through.
Yours sincerely
DR. (MRS) SARAH ALADE,

DEPUTY GOVERNOR, CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN)

Just another Nigerian scam letter

As long as these keep coming, you know that someone out there is falling for them. Education is the best defense. Protect your loved ones.

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Subject: UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC. UBA/QUICKLY GET BACK TO ME.
From: “DR.WILLIAM ANNO” <drgrahamhonnse@gmail.com>

To: undisclosed-recipients:;

SPTEMBER, 07/09/ 2015

UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC. (UBA)
ADDRESS: HEAD OFFICE: 57, MARINA STREET, LAGOS NIGERIA

URGENT ATTENTION,

I AM DR. WILLIAM ANNO, FROM OFFICE OF ATM SWIFT CARD DEPARTMENT (UNITED BANK OF AFRICA) WE KNEW IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN LONG TIME WAITING FOR YOUR ATM CARD ALL THE TIME YET THINGS DIDN’T WORK OUT TO YOUR EXPECTATION BUT YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR FILE HAS NOT GOTTEN TO THIS OFFICE, THEN BESIDE MOST CARDS ARE BEING SENT THROUGH AFRICAN AND AFTER MUCH INVESTIGATION IT WAS RESULTED THAT 95% OF THE ATM CARD WAS NOT GOOD WHICH IS THE REASON THE CARD COULD NOT BEING USE. TO THIS EFFECT, THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES (ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES OF AFRICAN AND AMERICAN GOVERNMENT) HAS DECIDED NOT TO DELIVER CARD TO
FOREIGN CLIENTS THROUGH AFRICAN ANYMORE DUE TO A LOT OF COMPLAINS THAT BENEFICIARIES ARE NOT RECEIVING THEIR PAYMENT AFTER FEES HAS BEEN PAID.

THIS OFFICE WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT EVERYTHING IS IN ORDER, ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES AND AMERICAN GOVERNMENT HAVE AGREED FOR YOU TO RECEIVE YOUR FUND (ATM MASTER CARD) THROUGH OUR (UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA) AND YOU ARE TO CONTACT THIS OFFICE IMMEDIATELY FOR THE RELEASE OF YOUR ATM MASTER CARD WITH YOUR FULL INFORMATION TO ENABLE US COVERS THE INSURANCE COVERAGE AND PLEASE INCLUDE COPY OF YOUR IDENTITY FOR PROPER REPROGRAMMING AND ACTIVATION OF YOUR CARD PIN NUMBER TO ENABLE YOU HAVE ACCESS OF WITHDRAWAL IMMEDIATELY YOU RECEIVE YOUR CARD.

(1). YOUR FULL NAME,…………
(2). YOUR DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBERS…….
(3). YOUR DIRECT OFFICE PHONE NUMBERS…..
(4). YOUR COUNTRY………..
(5). YOUR CORRECT HOME ANDRES……
(6). YOUR OFFICE ADDRESS……
(7). YOUR CITY ……
(8). YOUR NEAREST AIRPORT………..

THIS IS TO INFORM YOU THAT WE HAVE DONE AND CONCLUDED ALL THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENT FOR YOUR PAYMENT WORTH OF $10.8 MILLION USD (TEN MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) WHICH HAVE TO BE PAY TO YOU THROUGH (UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA) ATM MASTER CARD.

FINALLY, YOU ARE BEING LEGALLY CONTACTED REGARDING THE RELEASE OF YOUR LONG AWAITED FUND. AFTER A DETAILED REVIEW OF YOUR FILE, THE UNITED NATION MONETARY UNIT, WORLD BANK AND THE US HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN AUTHORIZED TO RELEASE YOUR ATM MASTER CARD IMMEDIATELY. THE SUM OF $10.8 MILLION USD HAS BEEN APPROVED IN YOUR FAVOR VIA (UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA) DESK.

YOUR $10.8M ATM CARD WILL ONLY COST YOU THE COST OF DELIVERING YOUR ATM CARD WHICH INVOLVES ONLY $78 (24HRS DELIVERY). UBA HAS PAID FOR ACTIVATION AND INSURANCE TO ENSURE THAT YOU GET THIS ATM CARD AND START MAKING USE OF IT THAT SAME DAY WITHOUT FAIL.

URGENTLY SEND THE ABOVE PAYMENT VIA WESTERN UNION OR MONEY GRAM AS DIRECTED BELOW, ALSO FORWARD YOUR CORRECT DELIVERY ADDRESS WHERE YOU WANT THE ATM CARD TO BE DELIVERED AS THE UBA WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY MISTAKE IN DELIVERING YOUR $10.8M ATM CARD PAYMENT TO YOU.

WE HAVE A VERY LIMITED TIME TO HANDLE THIS PROJECT SO I WOULD LIKE YOU TO URGENTLY SEND THE $78 COURIER FEE TODAY AND GET YOUR CARD TOMORROW. IF YOUR DELIVERY FEE IS RECEIVED TODAY, YOUR $10.8M ATM CARD WILL ARRIVE TO YOUR DESTINATION FIRST THING TOMORROW MORNING; THIS MEANS THAT IF YOU SEND THE $78 DELIVERY FEE TODAY, YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR $10.8M ATM CARD TOMORROW SINCE IT IS AN OVERNIGHT / 24HRS DELIVERY.

HERE IS THE WESTERN UNION OR MONEY GRAM PAYMENT INFORMATION TO SEND THE $78USD:

RECEIVER NAME: SAMUEL MIKE
CITY: LAGOS
COUNTRY: NIGERIA
TEST QUESTION: TRUST
TEST ANSWER: IN GOD
AMOUNT: $78USD

AFTER PAYING THE FEE, SEND THE FOLLOWING PAYMENT INFORMATION’S TO ME.

1. SENDER’S NAME AND ADDRESS
2. MTCN NUMBER
3. TEXT QUESTION & ANSWER

I WAIT FOR THE MTCN REFERENCE PAYMENT CONFIRMATION OF THE DELIVERING FEE AND YOUR DELIVERY INFORMATION TO ENABLE YOUR ATM CARD DELIVERY PROCEED IMMEDIATELY.

QUICKLY GET BACK TO ME.

THANKS FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION.
DR.WILLIAM ANNO
ATM MASTER CARD DELIVERING DEPARTMENT.
(UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA) NIGERIA PLC.

There is no money in Africa waiting for you. Never send money to a stranger via Western Union or Money Gram or Money Card or any other way. Never give financial information to a stranger who contacts you on the phone.
The Old Wolf has spoken.

Scam – RE: It’s OK…….Call (202) 241 6918

An email that arrived yesterday from “Victor Brown.” The interesting thing is that I called this Washington, DC number and got a recording with a decidedly African accent. The message I left is not suitable for public consumption.


From: Victor Brown <victorbrown08@yahoo.com>
Subject: RE: It’s OK…….Call (202) 241 6918

To: ldncntr@mail.com

I have sent you some emails concerning your unclaimed compensation funds but have not gotten favorable reply from you. Why? If you are no longer interested in your unclaimed approved funds, let me know and it would be reassigned to the next batch of claimants or reverted to the coffers immediately for domestic appropriation.

What have I done to you that you have decided to destroy all the good work I have done for you to bring your funds release process to completion? I have done everything humanly possible to complete your funds release process but you are becoming unconcerned, unyielding and uncooperative lately. Why have you decided to ruin this transaction after I have virtually completed the entire release process?

Why haven’t you complied as I directed so that we can get this done within 6 hours and you get your approved funds without hindrance? Why are you delaying? I have expended resources to bring this transaction to this conclusive end but your silence is discouraging. 753 out of the 755 persons in our last 3 Batches Payment Schedule have received their entitlements but I have been waiting to hear from you for days as you promised by no word till now.
Are you ok? All is set to get this transaction completed for you get your funds as soon as I hear from you.
Please get back to me and comply so that the transaction can be completed as scheduled.

Yours Faithfully,
Victor Brown
NW Washington, D.C. 20008
Telephone: (202) 241 6918
Email: vicbrown@consultant.com


It goes without saying that this is a Nigerian 419 email. What I found interesting is that the USA has forwarding numbers similar to the famous UK redirect prefix “44 70”.

Please be careful out there, and make sure your loved ones are protected from this kind of criminal activity. There is no money waiting in Africa for anyone.

The Old Wolf has spoken.