Dr William Monroe Nigerian Scam
The message shown below is a real example of a Nigerian or 419 Scam. The message promises the victim a share in a large sum of money in exchange for standing in as the next of kin of a man who died in a plane crash. This sum of money does not exist. Recipients who initiate a dialogue with the scammer by replying to this message will eventually be asked for advance fees supposedly required to allow the deal to proceed. They may also become the victims of identity theft.
If you receive this or a similar message, DO NOT reply. If you have already replied, DO NOT comply with subsequent requests to send money or provide personal information.
Example of the Dr William Monroe Nigerian Scam message:
The name used in this scam email may not be the real name of the criminal responsible. The scammer may have used the name without permission or simply made it up. There may be a number of people in the world who share this name and are in no way involved with any sort of fraudulent activity. Therefore, the name included here is used solely to identify this particular scam message and is NOT intended to identify any actual person, living or dead.
My name is Dr William Monroe, a staff in the Private Clients
Section of a well-known bank, here in London, England. One of our
accounts, with holding balance of £15,000,000 (Fifteen Million Pounds
Sterling) has been dormant and last operated three years ago. From my
investigations and confirmation, the owner of the said account, a
foreigner by name John Shumejda died on the 4th of January 2002 in a
plane crash in Birmingham.
Since then, nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of
this money, as he has no family member that has any knowledge as to the
existence of either the account or the funds; and also Information from
the National Immigration also states that he was single on entry into
I have decided to find a reliable foreign partner to deal with.
I therefore propose to do business with you, standing in as the next of
kin of these funds from the deceased and funds released to you after
necessary processes have been followed.
This transaction is totally free of risk and troubles as the fund is legitimate and does not
originate from drug, money laundry, terrorism or any other illegal act.
On your interest, let me hear from you URGENTLY.
Dr William Monroe
Financial Analysis and Remittance Manager
[Phone Number Removed]
Published: 8th September 2006
Write-up by Brett M.Christensen