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Scam Victims Reimbursements Programme Scam

Email purporting to be from the Nigerian Government Reimbursement Committee claims that the recipient has been listed as a victim of a 419 scam and is therefore eligible for a reimbursement of $150,000 (Full commentary below).


Example:(Submitted, January 2008)

OUR REF: 10667FV
YOUR REF: 89007

I write to bring to your notice as a delegate from the Nigerian Government Reimbursement Committe under the strict supervision of the United Nations to pay 230 Nigerian 419 scam victims the sum of $150,000 USD (One Hundred and Fifty Thounsand Dollars) each. You are however listed as one of the beneficiaries for these payments.You are expected to get back to us for your immediate reimbursement.

As a result of this laudable recommedations,you are hereby informed that during the last U.N. meeting held in Abuja, Nigeria, it was alarmed so much by the rest of the world on the loss of funds by various foreigners to the scam artists operating in syndicates all over the world today. In other to redeem the good image of our country, the President has ordered the immediate payment of $150,000 USD each to the affected victims in accordance with the U.N. recommendations. Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in Nigeria, these payments are to be made by WEMA BANK Plc, Nigeria and RABO BANK PLC, UK as the corresponding paying bank under the funding assistance of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Presently, 184 Beneficiaries have been paid, more than 50% of the victims are from the United States, while about 40% are from other parts of the world. Your particulars were among those mentioned by some of the Syndicates that were apprehended in Lagos, Nigeria as one of the victims of the operations, you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to anybody for any reason whatsoever as the U.S. secret service in conjunction with The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has swange into action to track this criminals down.Once again,you are expected to keep it secret until these criminals are all apprehended. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) (Motto: No Body is above the Law) have combined effort with the United Nation Anti-crime Commission to alleviate the plight of these victims as well as redeeming the image of our dear country.

Many Banks, Universal firms, Companies and individuals have been in bankrupcy today due to the activities of these hoodlums. However, a thorough investigation have revealed that these people have dropped over 500,000 victims across the world, after collecting their money falsely, many as a result of this have committed suicide, while others are now living in abject poverty.

As regards these ongoing developmental strive, we have over 200 suspects at hand, 135 in kirikri prisons.While many are awaiting trial, we are still in search of others, who think they are wise, and hope that you will assist by giving any vital information that could lead to the apprehension of these hoodlums.

You can receive your reimbursement via any of these options you Choose, DRAFT/CHEQUE/ATM PAYMENTS, WESTERN UNION or WIRE TRANSFER. We shall be waiting to hearing from you been certain that your response will be that you are satisfied and willing to claim your $150,000 USD (One Hundred and Fifty Thounsand Dollars) reimbursement funds.

A copy of your response is expected to be sent to us via this email:
[email protected]

Yours faithfully,
Processing/Transfer Officer,

Internet scammers certainly are a resourceful bunch! In this variation, the scammers have the unbridled audacity to claim that they represent a group fighting against the very criminal activities that they, in fact, engage in.

The scam message claims to be from a United Nations supervised entity called the "Nigerian Government Reimbursement Committe". According to the message, the "lucky" recipient has been listed as a past victim of 419 scammers and has therefore been awarded the sum of $150,000 as reimbursement. He or she is warned to keep the payment secret because the US Secret Service and Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have "swange into action" to apprehend further scammers. (I'm sure we can all breath a little easier now that we know that law enforcement groups are "swanging" on our behalf!)

This message supposedly offers much needed aid for scam victims and promises further action against scammer activities. But, of course, the message is itself a scam. In fact, it is a scam of precisely the same type as the senders pretend to be combating. The promised reimbursement is entirely imaginary and is simply the bait designed to catch potential victims.

Those who fall for this ruse and reply to the message will soon be asked to send money to cover imaginary fees. Supposedly, payment of these fees is required before the reimbursement can be transferred. If the victim complies, further requests for money are likely to follow. The scammers will invent a series of excuses explaining why such fees are necessary and continue to demand money until the victim finally realizes what is happening or runs out of funds. Victims are very unlikely to get their money back, nor will they ever receive the fictitious reimbursement payment. The scammers may also manage to steal the identities of their victims if they are able to collect enough personal information during the course of the scam.

Scam messages such as these are often characterized by unusual grammar, poor spelling and, of course, highly improbable cover stories. Closer scrutiny can also reveal other telltale signs that chicanery is afoot. For example, Government officials and banks are quite unlikely to use a free web mail services such as Yahoo, nor are the likely to contact potential clients via unsolicited email in the first place.

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Last updated: 26th January 2008
First published: 26th January 2008

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen

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