Ghana-Nigeria scam now on Skype

by Gunnar Engblom on December 9, 2009

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Watch out for Shafi

Scammers offer you money for nothing through the screen - Don Hankins

Scammers offer you money for nothing through the screen - Don Hankins

Sorry for this non-birding and non-Peru note, but considering that my last Nigeria scam post had quite a few visitors of thankful tour operators being hit by false bookings, I thought I’d warn for this new variant of the infamous Nigeria 419 Scam .

It is pretty amazing really. when I thought all ends had been covered, I get an instant message from Dr Allen William through Skype.  Now the Nigeria scammers want to chat with you! It is a new level of trust all together – Oh, and this one is from Ghana!  

Anyway, there are several things that should make you lift your eyebrows and see through this. My comments in brackets.

Dear Engblom,  (I would have thought Dr William would have taken care to look for my first name to address me correctly)

I have been in search of someone with this last name Engblom,so when I saw your name I was pushed to contact you and see how best we can assist each other. I am Dr. Allen William, I am the regional manager of United Bank for Africa GHANA(UBA). I believe it is the wish of God for me to come across you on skype now. I am having an important business discussion I wish to share with you which I believe will interest you because, it is in connection with your last name and you are going to benefit from it.
One Late Shafi Engblom,a citizen of your country

(Yeah, Engblom is not a very common name in Sweden – and the combination with Shafi sounds just too incredulous)

had a fixed deposit with my bank in 2004 for 36 calendar months, valued at US$18,400,000.00 (Eighteen Million, Four Hundred Thousand US Dollars) the due date for this deposit contract was this 16 of January 2007. (You would have thought someone having 18.4 milion dollars in Ghana would show up in a google search – but NADA!)

 Sadly Shafi was among the death victims in the May 26 2006 Earthquake disaster in Jawa, Indonesia that killed over 5,000 people. He was in Indonesia on a business trip and that was how he met his end.

My bank management is yet to know about his death,I knew about it because he was my friend and I am his account officer. Shafi did not mention any Next of Kin/ Heir when the account was opened, and Shafi was not married and no children. Last week my Bank Management requested that i should give instructions on what to do about his funds, if to renew the contract.
I know this will happen and that is why I have been looking for a means to handle the situation, because if my Bank Directors happens to know that Shafi is dead and do not have any Heir, they will take the funds for their personal use, so I don’t want such to happen. That was why when I saw your last name I was happy and I am now seeking your co-operation to present you as Next of Kin/ Heir to the account, since you have the same last name with him and my bank head quarters will release the account to you. There is no risk involved; the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law.

It is better that we claim the money,than allowing the Bank Directors to take it,they are rich already. I am not a greedy person,  (hahaha!)

so I am suggesting we share the funds, 50/40% to both parties, and 10% for Expenses, my share will assist me to start my own company which has been my dream. Let me know your mind on this and please do treat this information as TOP SECRET. We shall go over the details once I receive your urgent response strictly through my personal email address.
allenwilliam.gh2009@gmail.com

We can as well discuss this on phone; let me know when you will be available to speak with me on phone. Have a nice day and God bless.

Anticipating your communication.

Dr. Allen William.

Reply

Dear Dr William

I don’t know if I can trust you!  It looks a bit fishy that there also are people who have gotten almost identical messages from Ghana….

http://pragmatic-strategy.com/ansuz/?p=13

Now, F**k Off!

Shafi was here!

It would not surprise me if there has been recent variants of Shafi with an array of different surnames. It’d be fun to know. Let me know in the comment section.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Elsa María Vilchis Esquivel December 23, 2009 at 9:56 pm

I have received exactly the same letter than you. I was going to travel to Ghana tomorrow, but affotunatly I search in internet the name of Dr. Allen William and I found your information. I wanto to tell you that I have the phone number of the Dr. William and he answer it always. I think that trough the phone the police could localize him and do that he return the money. I have payed him 575 Dlls. to begin the investigation with a false lawyer in Ghana. All stoped when they asked me 15,600 Dlls. Please contact me and I can give you all the lettrers of Mr. William and his phone number.
If we work toghether we can finish with this kind of frauds. Thank you

Patrick December 24, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Today I received exactly the same message in my Skype. I’m from Holland. I have no relatives in Ghana.

It’s obvious to be a scam. I didn’t react on the Skype message.

Greets Pat

Peter Booth January 5, 2010 at 5:01 am

Hello, My name is Peter Booth.
I have received exactly the same email that you have.
I would greatly appreciate it if you could contact me and tell me how you stopped this man from stealling from you.
Please could I have his direct phone line if that isnt too much.
Regards,
Peter.

Peter Booth January 5, 2010 at 10:01 am

Hello, My name is Peter Booth.
I have received exactly the same email that you have.
I would greatly appreciate it if you could contact me and tell me how you stopped this man from stealling from you.
Please could I have his direct phone line if that isnt too much.
Regards,
Peter.

Janis March 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm

hi!
well my new “friend's” name is MR KOJO THOMPSON., a Banker here in Accra-Ghana GHANA COMMERCIAL BANK ( G C B ) ACCRA GHANA,WEST AFRICA.
We had a friendly chat even after I said him I know its a scam:)
The guy just didnt react and was trying to persuade me to give him my email. Yeah, sure! why not asking credit card number in advance???:)

charityriver March 20, 2010 at 3:05 am

hmm.. i dont get that type of letter but I got this guy named Robert Bowe who told me that he was living in Florida US and is travelling on business deal in Lagos (he called me on skype and his accent was a real mckoy) anyway, he got me talking and stuff for 2 weeks and I trusted him enough to give him my mobile number. Then 2 nights ago I got a missed call from him, when I called back this doctor answered my phone (with Afrikaan accent) but it sounded exactly like Robert and told me that Robert was brought into the hospital with leg and head injury. I told this doctor if it is some kind of joke it ain't funny. Anyway, he told me that he will let Rob talk to me when he is conscious.

5 hours later I got a phone call from Rob telling me he was robbed by the Nigerian gank and they took all his monies, credit cards, and documents. I told him to contact US embassy. (I am in high alert at that moment as this sounds like a fairy tale). I told him I got the US embassy number and I have a good friend who works at the embassy. (hey..this is a freakin' lie.. if he can lie, I can lie even better).
He said to me dont worry about it as he already reported the incident to the local authority. I said ok, let me know when you are OK and we will talk later. The phone got cut off. I sent him an SMS saying here is the US embassy number and talk to the consulate general there (I grabbed it from google). LOL… guess what.. The phone calls stop and I never did get a reply.

So….to be continued… this surely going to be a hilarious story. I will keep you all posted.

Anna April 24, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I got this from GHANA today. Told Felix to contact my lawyer, never heard from him again.

[11:53:07 AM] felix.kojo7: Dear Mogielnicka,

I have been in search of someone with this last name “Mogielnicka”, so when I saw your name I was pushed to contact you and see how best we can assist each other. I am Mr Felix Kojo, i am the regional manager of United Bank of Africa GHANA(UBA). I believe it is the wish of God for me to come across you on search now. I am having an important business discussion I wish to share with you which I believe will interest you because, it is in connection with your last name and you are going to benefit from it.

One Late Mr. Johnson Mogielnicka, a citizen of your country had a fixed deposit with my bank in 2004 for 36 calendar months, valued at US$2,500,000.00 (Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) the due date for this deposit contract was this 16 of January 2007. Sadly Johnson was among the death victims in the May 26 2006 Earthquake disaster in Jawa, Indonesia that killed over 5,000 people. He was in Indonesia on a business trip and that was how he met his end.

My bank management is yet to know about his death, I knew about it because he was my friend and I am his account officer. Mr. Johnson did not mention any Next of Kin/ Heir when the account was opened, and Johnson was not married and no children. Last week my Bank Management requested that i should give instructions on what to do about his funds, if to renew the contract.

I know this will happen and that is why I have been looking for a means to handle the situation, because if my Bank Directors happens to know that Johnson is dead and do not have any Heir, they will take the funds for their personal use, so I don't want such to happen. That was why when I saw your last name I was happy and I am now seeking your co-operation to present you as Next of Kin/ Heir to the account, since you have the same last name with him and my bank head quarters will release the account to you. There is no risk involved; the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law.

It is better that we claim the money, than allowing the Bank Directors to take it, they are rich already. I am not a greedy person, so I am suggesting we share the funds, 50/40% to both parties, and 10% for Expenses, my share will assist me to start my own business which has been my dream. Let me know your mind on this and please do treat this information as TOP SECRET. We shall go over the details once I receive your urgent response strictly through my personal email address. felixkojo50@gmail.com

We can as well discuss this on phone; let me know when you will be available to speak with me on phone. Have a nice day and God bless.

Anticipating your communication.
Mr Felix Kojo felixkojo50@gmail.com

Anna April 24, 2010 at 9:18 pm

And this are instructions I got from FelixKojo7 on Skype, how to collect my inheritance from United Bank of Africa GHANA(UBA)

Dear Mogielnicka,

Thanks for your quick response.
On monday i will attach Scan Copy of My Work I.D Card because i have
no scanner at home,so when i get to office on monday, Please keep this
transaction confidential till we finalize it.
Furthermore, I will need your assurance that my part of the fund will
be secured upon my arrival to your country.

(1) Full Name: Felix Kojo
(2) Contact Address: 17 Adum Road Kumasi Ghana.
(3) Occupation: Banker
(4) Marital Status: Married
(5) Cell number. +233-546622036

I contacted you believing that we can understand/trust each other for
this transaction, I will provide every details need for this
transaction. I will give you 40% of the total fund. This transaction
is legitimate so you free your mind from risk, is bank to bank
transfer, you will still partake on any investment where the fund will
be invested on. I am easy going and God fearing man and you have to
promise me that you will not disappoint me at the end of this
transaction? I will guide you on how to proceed till you receive this
fund to your account, I will take my leave to meet you once the fund
is reflected in your account,Provide Me with Scan Copy of your
identification property International Passport/ National I.D card or
Driving license.

(1) Full Name:
(2) Contact Address:
(3) Occupation:
(4) Marital Status:
(5) Cell/fax number.

You have to free your mind from risk so that we can proceed, i want
you to stand as next of kin to inherit the account because i don't
want directors of my bank to take the fund for their personal use.
I will feed you with every necessary documents to finalize this transaction.
Kindly provide me with this info to help me know exactly who i deal
with, hope you understand me?
I will provide you with scan copy of the debit voucher of the account
on next mail.

Keep this confidential.
Thanks and God Bless you.

jess rodriguez June 21, 2010 at 4:51 am

How is this guy stealing from you?

jess rodriguez June 21, 2010 at 10:19 am

Her is another scam to beware of people It contains 2 e-mails The first is the skype contact and the second per e-mail I saw this website and played a little to see how far he would go. Funny how the e-mail is word for word with the Shafi e-mail.

Hello RODRÍGUEZ,
I have been in search of someone with this last name “RODRÍGUEZ”, so when I saw your name I was pushed to contact you and see how best we can assist each other. I am Mr. Charles Owusu, a Banker here in GHANA. I believe it is the wish of God for me to come across you on skype now. I am having an important business discussion I wish to share with you which I believe will interest you because, it is in connection with your last name and you are going to benefit from it.
One Late Richard C. RODRÍGUEZ, a citizen of your country had a fixed deposit with my bank in 2004 for 36 calendar months, valued at US$12,500,000.00 (Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) the due date for this deposit contract was the 16th of January 2007. Sadly Richard was among the death victims in the May 26 2006 Earthquake disaster in Jawa, Indonesia that killed over 5,000 people. He was in Indonesia on a business trip and that was how he met his end. My bank management is yet to know about his death, I knew about it because he was my friend and I am his account officer. Richard did not mention any Next of Kin/ Heir when the account was opened, and he Richard was not married and no children. Last week my Bank Management requested that I should give instructions on what to do about his funds, if to renew the contract. I know this will happen and that is why I have been looking for a means to handle the situation, because if my Bank Directors happens to know that Richard is dead and do not have any Heir, they will take the funds for their personal use, so I don't want such to happen. That was why when I saw your last name I was happy and I am now seeking your co-operation to present you as Next of Kin/ Heir to the account, since you have the same last name with him and my bank head quarters will release the account to you.
There is no risk involved; the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and I from any breach of law. It is better that we claim the money, than allowing the Bank Directors to take it, they are rich already. I am not a greedy person, so I am suggesting we share the funds equal, 50/50% to both parties, my share will assist me to start my own company which has been my dream.
Let me know your mind on this and please do treat this information as CONFIDENTIAL and DO NOT respond to this on skype for same security reason. I have more to write you about the details once I receive your urgent response strictly through my personal Email address: charlesowusu21@gmail.com We can as well discuss this on phone: +233265750039
Have a nice day and God bless.
Anticipating your communication.
Mr. Charles Owusu
mobile phone number +233265750039
charlesowusu21@gmail.com
Hi Jess,
Thanks for your kind attention given to my proposition as it was nice speaking with you this morning and also to have your willingness to partake of this transaction with me. At first, you must forgive me for whatever inconviniency my message might have caused you as I know that such message could be embarrassing or doubtful especially when it comes from someone you`ve never met before, seen or been into any form of pre-existing contact with. I appreciate your understanding though hence I contacted you as such due to the urgency that is required of me to handle this life-changing opportunity that may come in a man`s life time, only but once.

I am freely giving you full details of this transaction bearing in mind that you will not betray me in any way in this project either now or in the future especially when you have the funds finally released to you by my bank. The name of the bank I work for is AMALGAMATED BANK GHANA LIMITED and presently I am the senior manager, IT Operations. Attached to this mail is my Work ID.
I will be sending copy of the deposit voucher issued to late Mr. Richard when the fixed deposited contract was made with my bank. All information about the deposit is stated in the voucher. This transaction requires utmost trust and dedication from your side, since you will be receiving the funds as the Next of Kin/ Heir to Richard and will be in control of the money, until I come over to meet with you in Germany for our reconcilliation and sharing.

Regarding the sharing, I am under the believe that my sharing ratio is accepted to you, 50/50% is a fair deal. I want you to bear one thing in mind, there is no risk involved in this transaction. It is 100% risk free and secured once you follow my instructions and keep everything secret between us. What I have to do is just to place your information in my bank system as the Next of Kin/ Heir to late Richard and you will apply for the claim through a lawyer here in Ghana. You do not need to come down here for the claim, the lawyer will represent you and handle all the documentation involved. I am the head of Information Technology of my bank, so the secret of the bank system is under my palm, placing of your details in the system as the Next of Kin/ Heir to late Richard is an easy work for me. There is no risk involved; the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect both of us from any breach of law. I am going to introduce you to a good lawyer here in Ghana who you shall contact and request for his legal services to represent you for the claim. Once this is done, the lawyer will do all the work and documentation required for the release of the funds to you as the rightful Next of Kin/ Heir to late Richard. I will present you as a relation and business partner to late Richard. This is a very smooth operation, with me in the bank it will not last more than 2 weeks and the funds will be released to you. The information I require to commence the process are stated below,
YOUR FULL NAMES, DATE OF BIRTH, OCCUPATION, ADDRESS AND DIRECT PHONE NUMBERS

Once I receive the above mentioned information and concludes with my inside arrangements and changes, I will send you the contact details of a Lawyer you shall contact for the representation. The lawyer in question is good and specializes in such cases. He is also a registered attorney with the Central Bank of Ghana, which is the bank that will handle the transfer of the funds out of the country to your bank account. As far as my bank is concern, I will be in control. It has been my dream to have my own company and I believe that God has answered my prayers by creating this opportunity. Please, remember to treat this transaction with utmost confidentiality for our own good. I await your urgent response. Thank you and God be with you.

My Regards,
charles
HERE IS MY DETAILS:
FULL NAMES: CHARLES OWUSU.
OCCUPATION: BANKER
ADDRESS: 54A, C.F.C RESIDENTIAL ESTATE, KUMASI, GHANA.
AGE: 44 YEARS
MARITAL STATUS: MARRIED WITH 4 KIDS(3 Boys, 1 girl).
DIRECT TEL: +233268336071

jess rodriguez June 22, 2010 at 4:23 am

O.K. people it is time to scam the scammers!!!

Gunnar Engblom June 22, 2010 at 6:01 am

Folks, I am just watching this from away. I haven't fallen for any of
this scams, neither have I been in contact with the scammers. (I have
no phonenumbers or other contact details). Just wanted to hang out the
scam here, as it is to me a novel approach to be contacted via Skype.

Be careful what ever you do.

Gunnar

Kevin January 5, 2013 at 5:47 am

COMPLEMENTS

My wife received the same message and she was a bit interested; thank you all for posting. I would just like to know if anyone fell for this scam

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