419 Scam Example: "FORTIS DIPLOMATIC SECURITY COMPANY& FINANCE"
"FORTIS DIPLOMATIC SECURITY COMPANY& FINANCE" is a fake security company in a scam run by a gang in Germany and Nigeria.
Example of initial email:
From: "Adada Muhammadu" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, 15 June, 2005 9:50
Subject: From Iran
As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday. My name is MR Adada Muhammadu a Crude Oil merchant in Iran,i have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer . It has defied all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone(not even myself)but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just! wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it. Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few close friends. I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations in Austra, cameroun, liberia,Algeria and Malaysia. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence! , I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended wi th what I have left for them. The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of Eight million dollars $8,000,000,00 that I have with a finance/Security Company abroad. I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatched it to charity organizations. I have set aside 10% for you and for your time. God be with you.
MR Adada Muhammadu
From: "Adada Muhammadu" <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, 19 June, 2005 2:48
Subject: Details From Iran
I am most grateful for your mail, and I seize this Opportunity to thank you for coming to my rescue and To also let you know that this transaction is a Straight forward and legal transaction. I am somebody with a conscience. If this transaction was in any way illegal, I would tell you straight away so that you Know what is involved and decide for yourself. But it Is not like that at all, and you will later see and Understand that. I hope you were not too embarrassed by my first email to you since you do not know me. I had no option since my immediate and extended family in and outside Kuwait Refused to distribute my funds because they want to keep it to themselves. I didnt know how to move the funds out and dispatched it to charity organizations so I resulted to putting fate to test and making a random contact. I got your email address from the web Email directory and decided to introduce I plight and this transaction. I am communicating with only you at this moment with regards to this transaction. And I would not have any cause to do otherwise, except you state your intention to withdraw your assistance. Just like I stated in my first mail to you, this fund is presently in a private security and holding firm in Europe. I cannot claim these funds myself as a result of, (1) I am under going medical treatment. It has defiled all forms of medicine, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts (2) I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul and so, I have decided to give alms to charity organizations and churches, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth It is for this reasons I am seeking for your assistance to stand as The beneficiary to the fund and retrieve it on my behalf and dispatched it to charity organizations. All the necessary documents required to get the Funds out of the security firm are in my possession and I will be sending them to you after we must have come to a conclusion and reached an agreement not before. I need you to give me your words that you will be very honest and straight forward with me when the money gets to you, So long as you can execute this transaction successfully and help me dispatched it to charity organizations. Thus, I would need you to get back to me on the following issues, (1) That you are in a position to be trusted as a God fearing person with such a large amount of fund and dispatched it to charity organization. (2) That you ready to sign a letter of guarantee with me due to my health problem, clearly stating the terms of this transaction, including your percentages and dispatching the remaining funds to charity organizations, as i Will be a living witness that you fulfill your promise of dispatching my funds to charity organizations so that I am assured that the money would be safe in your hands even when am at the gate. (3) That you are willing to contact the security company to discuss the terms of releasing the funds (4) That you fully understand this transaction up to this stage and you are ready to proceed under these terms. As soon as I receive your reply that you are ready toproceed under these terms, then I will furnish you with all details including the company for the secure of the release of my fund and disposure to the charities. But if you have any Questions up to this stage, please ask and I will be more than happy to respond to them. And I will also send you all the necessary documentations to conclude this transaction and the security company details as my life is too short. Thanks for your mail, your mail has relieved me and I pray to almighty GOD with his infinite mercy to reward you. I believe when God gives me a second chance to Come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it now. I want you to pray for me so that God would forgive me and be merciful to Me and accept my soul Bellow is my pictures, please mail back as soon as you receive this email. May God bless you.
Mr Adada Muhammadu.
The next email is written by a different member of the gang. Notice the different formatting. It's also from a different email account.
Greetings to you,I am sorry for myself That I have
lived a life that has left me so empty inside. It
is very Sad that I don't have loved ones that care
enough to carry out my last Wishes, and that my health
is failing me.
We know not what tomorrow brings. Although we plan
ahead for only God Alone knows. The pathway we must
tread. We do not know the future. Not one second nor
minute or hour each circumstance that we must face.
Lay only in His power. Its vital that we live by
faith. From minute unto minute and trusting that
each step we take He's walking with us in it. We
know not what tomorrow brings. We Cannot see the
future. Nor the trials we must face but in all
things, God promised us Sufficiency of grace. This
alone should give us hope. In his sweet, loving
hands. You will distribute the funds to any charity
organizations of your choice; I am only going to
assist by providing you with the necessary documents
to claim the funds (consignments) out from the security
company such as the change of ownership and the power
As a result of my fate to test and I make a random
contact. I got your Email address from the web email
directory and decided to introduce I Plight and this
I will be contacting you to enable me finalize the
modalities Of this transaction to you, because
am very sick as my hands and feets are Weak and my
body are shaking. Lying on my sick bed sometimes I
have Realized that nothing is too uncertain to be
true. Two years ago, if I Had been told that I would
find myself in this condition I would have Doubted it.
Now it is for real and I have to cope with it. My
illness Has changed my approach to life and how things
work Please send me your Full name, contact telephone
number and fax including your country code To enable
me open communication with you on how to proceed and
Secure the fund and send you the necessary document you
need. I will forward you the certificate
of deposit by email attachment.
Thanks and God bless you.
I await your responds soonest.
Mr Adada Muhammadu
Received: from [22.214.171.124] by web33601.mail.mud.yahoo.com
via HTTP; Thu, 23 Jun 2005 23:00:10 MSD
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 23:00:10 +0400 (MSD)
From: Adada Muhammadu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
WHOIS details for sending network (IP 126.96.36.199):
inetnum: 188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206
descr: ITClick Networx Limited
descr: Lagos, Nigeria
status: ASSIGNED PA
source: RIPE # Filtered
person: Sunday A Idajili
address: Suites B180/181 Ikota Shopping Complex
address: Victoria Garden City, Lekki
address: Lagos, Nigeria
phone: +234 1 4722950
phone: +234 1 4616821
fax-no: +234 1 4616126
source: RIPE # Filtered
% Information related to 'SAI22-RIPE'
source: RIPE # Filtered
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Here the criminals invite the victim to come to Bremen, Germany, for handing over money. Naturally for a scam, it's the victim who has to pay first.
From: "Adada Muhammadu" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "firstname lastname" <emailaddress>
Sent: Friday, 15 July, 2005 21:34
Thanks for your mail, Please be inform that I am a Muslim and I keep my word and also keep my promise, as I promise you god Allah see us. I am very sick as my hands and feets are Weak and my body are shaking, I am lying on my sick bed in the hospital here in Iran, and the doctor would not allow me to talk on phone due to my medical condition. I would have loved to contact you on phone yesterday, but I was not allowed by the doctor to do so, as he said talking will only increase the illness condition. Please i appreciate your assistance in this matter. Please keep praying for me and my health because for the past months now, I have been really going through pain. I will keep going through the pain until Almighty Allah subhanatullah take away my soul and I will be relieve of all the pains. As muslin, I believed ''KULLU NAFSIN ZAIKATUL MAUTH'' [EVERY SOUL HAS TO TASTE DEATH]. Please I am and will completely be honest with you on this my last wishes, All I want you to do is to! travel to Germany where the security company is situated and have the two trunk boxes released. You can transfer the money into your bank account from Germany to enable you carry out the charitable work. Please you can contact the security company director on the below information.
FORTIS DIPLOMATIC SECURITY COMPANY& FINANCE
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL FREEMANN
DIRECT PHONE: 491748494008
I will provide you with further details and all documentation regarding this transaction process, Please you are going to pay the storage charges Euros 20,000.00 which the trunk boxes has accumulated for the past years that the trunk boxes have been deposited with the security company, at their office in cash, when you go over there to collect the two trunk.
With kind regards,
NB: you will not be allowed to see the boxes before the payment of the storage charges of the 20,000 Euros, But i assure you that what is inside the two trunks are money. If after payment and you did not find money as soon as you open the two trunk, then you can return the two trunks to the security company and they will return back your 20,000 Euros to you. I swear to Allah that what is inside the two trunk boxes is money. Find attached a copy of the certificate of diposit for your own confirmation and perusal.
Here is another scam that involves a fake security company in Bremen, Germany. The payment in this scam was 18,000 EUR instead of 20,000 EUR, but the amounts and the location are similar enough that they may be connected:
Date: March 2, 2005 6:54:02 AM HST
Subject: Assist sob
This letter might come to you as a surprise as we have not met before,but I believe that you would be compelled to help me after going through the contents of this letter.
My name is Mr Helmut Dieter Schuen,a divorcee, I am a Zimbabwean of German Origin.I am a farmer,or rather I was a farmer in Zimbabwe. Basically, I was involved in Agricultural production,until August (2002), when the government of Robert Mugabe decided to seize all farm-land(s) owned by whites in Zimbabwe (without compensation). He (Robert Mugabe) did not stop at that; he also went on to expel all White farmers in Zimbabwe. He implored the services of his "war veterans" to undertake this seizure. The war veterans have been accused (correctly) of being behind the violent occupation of white-owned commercial farms in which an estimated 70,000 farm workers have been displaced. At least, eight white farmers and four black settlers have been killed since the farm invasions began in February 2000.
These acts of oppression are well documented by the foreign press, and You can equally read more stories about President Mugabe´s brutal acts by visiting these websites:-
As at this momemt, most of us have grudgingly gone back to Europe,while some (a few) of us are still in Zimbabwe. We have decided that we must see this problem to the end. Although we know that we are taking a great risk by staying here in Zimbabwe. At the moment, our phone lines are bugged, and all our movements are being monitored by Zimbabwe´s (Robert Mugabe´s) secret Police. Therefore email is the safest means of communication for now.
We (White farmers in Zimbabwe) have taken our case to the United Nations, and even with the threats of sanctions and the subsequent sanctions from the West against the Zimbabwean Authorities, Robert Mugabe (The President of Zimbabwe) still remains adamant. He is insisting that our farm land (some of which we bought with our money and most of which We inherited from our fathers) belongs to the (his) government of Zimbabwe.
Anyway, as soon as I heard the rumour about the possible seizure of Our farm land(s) and Our subsequent expulsion from Zimbabwe, I immediately sold part of my farm land and withdrew all the money I had in Zimbabwean banks (Both savings and current account).
Since I could not keep the money in Zimbabwe, I used the services of a Diplomatic Courier Company to move this money (registered as official documents) out of Zimbabwe to Europe. At present, my money totalling US$28,750,000. (Twenty eight million, seven hundred and fifty thousand United States Dollars) is in Europe and hopefully, it would be paid into an offshore account.
Can you help me? Are you trustworthy? Can you handle this money? Are you capable of handling this money? If you can, please contact me on:email@example.comAll you need to do is to claim this money from the Courier Company. You will be required to contact the Courier Company that moved this money (official documents) out of Zimbabwe and to Europe.
All necessary particulars which can facilitate and enable you claim the money on my behalf will be forwarded to you as soon as your consent to proceed is received.
For your assistance, you will be entitled to 20% of the total sum. You are also obliged to help/advise on the proper and most convenient way of investing this money in your country, since this money cannot be brought back in cash to the Country of origin.
Hopefully, You will consider this request and respond positively. If you are still in doubt after the receipt of this mail, please do not hesitate to contact me and ask question(s) that might hinder your decision on this matter.
I await your favourable response.
Mr Helmut Dieter Schuen.
From: Helmut Schuen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: March 10, 2005 11:32:56 PM HST
To: Firstname Lastname <emailaddress>
Thanks for your mail and also for your willingness to help me. I am very happy to hear that you have already opened up communications with Mr Thomas and DPS in an effort to collect the boxes. I want to tell you that I am very grateful.
This is the informations required by DPS:-
1) Consignment number is: - Cno/158275/Dps/Zmb
2) Diplomatic tag number is: - Dt/No/582975/Dps/Zmb
I am sending a copy of the Airway bill and also a copy of the certificate of deposit (as attachment) to you. It is now up to you to send the documents to DPS.
I sincerely hope that you conclude with DPS as soon as possible and collect the boxes.
I think you are right, it is better we wait for Mr Thomas to advise that the verification is okay before you make any flight reservations, but it is important that you are on the alert and ready to make the move any time.
As soon as you collect the boxes, do not fail to send some money to me here in Zimbabwe so that I will start my journey out of Zimbabwe. You are going to send this money to me using the address of the person that I am hiding in his house. Also my friend that I am staying with works in the local post office. This is his name and address:
Mr Joseph Ngwawi
Zimbabwe Postal Company,
63 Nyanga Road,
You will use my friends name and address to send the money (US$ 10,000) to me through moneygram. He will be the one to go and collect the money for me. This is his passport (Zimbabwean) number: -B07903148. You have to include this passport number when sending the money, so that it will be easier for him to collect the money. As soon as you collect, please send the money to me. I cannot wait to get out of here.
I hope that your friend Firstname can keep the boxes in his place while we look for where the money can be deposited, just keep me informed with the developments. But at the same time I believe that discussions with Firstname and Thomas Utter can wait until after you have collected and secured the boxes, and sent money to me for my movement.
Finally, I want to still thank you for all the efforts that you are making towards helping me in claiming the boxes.
I am waiting for your reply.
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From: Diplomatic Parcels <email@example.com>
Date: March 22, 2005 1:22:42 AM HST
To: Firstname Lastname <emailaddress>
Subject: Re: New Appointment Date
Attn: - Mr X. Lastname.
This is to acknowledge the receipt of your mail.
Furthermore, you have been given the option of On the Spot payment, inspection, and refund of your money by our office.
Description of the cargo:-
2 metallic boxes
Height: - 3ft
Length: - 5ft
Weight: 235 kg. (Total)
Locking Mechanism: - Number lock.
The said cargo/boxes have been secured and/or locked in our warehouse for the past (two) 2 years.
On arrival in Frankfurt, you can call me anytime from 9.00Am 7.00Pm, on my number below.
There are many car rental Agencies in Bremen, and our office can help you in getting one at your consent. You can fly directly to Bremen and rent a car for onward movement to Frankfurt after the inspection and collection of your cargo.
On arrival in Bremen, you will be required to call our personnel (Mrs Schnider), for further instructions.
Give me a call for further discussions and/or explanations.
Mr D. Thomas
PHONE: - 0049 16092636887
FAX: - 0049-4212031203
The scam target provided the following details:
I did not lose any money.....but I must admit I was
0421 is the area code for Bremen.
on the edge to going to Germany until I saw your website.
Thanks so much for your service, it probably saved me 20 grand.
Diplomatic Parcel Service, as they call it has the following numbers:
office: 49 4211 619219
fax : 49 4212 031203
Direct to Mr. D. Thomas (english speaking).....the number I used: 49
1609 263 6887