Thomos Dah 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 next of kin for an oil merchant 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 Thomos Dah 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.
Mr Thomos Dah
Auditing and Accounting Department
B.S.I.C Bank Limited
Cotonou,Republique Du Benin
With warm heart I offer my friendship, and my greetings,and I hope this
letter meets you in good time.
It will be surprising for you to receive this proposal from me since you do
not know me personally.
However, I am sincerely seeking your confidence in this transaction,which
I, propose with my free mind and as a person of integrity.
A) It is practically impossible for me to carry out this business alone.
B) You live in a foreign land far away from mine.
This should normally not be a requirement, but when you understand the
transaction then you will understand why it is important that you live
far away from me.
C) The amount of money involved in this transaction is Fifteen Million one
hundred thousand united states dollars (US$15,100,000.00) which is too much
for a man of modest means like myself to handle in my country.
I believe from my few points above, you can begin to get an idea why I need
your participation.I am writing you in respect of a foreign customer who has a
Domicillary account in my bank.
His name was Engineer Frank oliver. He was among those who died in a plane
crash, Since the demise of this our customer, Engineer Frank oliver,who was
an oil merchant and import/exporter, I have kept a close watch of the deposit
records and accounts and since then nobody has come to claim the money in
this a/c as next of kin to the late Engineer.
He had only Fifteen Million one hundred thousand united states
dollars(US$15,100,000.00) in his account and the account is coded.
It is only an insider that could produce the code of the deposit
As it stands now, there is nobody in that position to produce the needed
information other than my very self considering my position in the bank.
Based on the reason that nobody has come forward to claim the deposit as
next of kin,I hereby ask for you to send an application to the bank as he next of
kin to the deceased and get this fund transfered into your foreign bank a/c for
mutual sharing between myself and you,%5 for charity, 5% for expences we will
incure just in case, 35% for you and 55% for me.
All I need is for you to follow my instructions closely because I am
experienced in inheritance matters here and i am on ground here to advice you on every
step until you receive the money.
What is required of you is to send an application to the bank as next of kin
to the late Engineer and I promise you that everything will go smoothly.
I also indulge you not to make undo use of the information given to you, I
need also to trust that you will not tell people or your bank about this
You will collect the money first, then I get my share, then you can tell
anybody what you chose thereafter.I shall need your help to invest in your country
therefore, any experience you have in this area will be beneficial.
Please feel free to call me on my direct telephone number for any question
or further explanations if required and upon the receipt of your favourable
responses I shall send to you a text of application which you shall send to
the Bank putting claim over the deceased fund.
Mr Thomos Dah
NB:Please contact me via my private email above.
Published: 8th September 2006
Write-up by Brett M.Christensen