The Nigerian cure for AIDS (Dr Sadiq Harrison)
No desaster is too tragic to be taken advantage of by criminal scammers, as the scams after the Indian Ocean tsunami showed.
The following email promising a cure for AIDS, supposedly by a doctor from India who uses a UK-based email address, was actually sent from an ISP in Nigeria. See also:
From: "Dr Sadiq Harrison" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Received: from client 18.104.22.168 for direccion (webmail client); Sun, 20 Feb 2005 15:29:35 -0000 Content-Class: urn:content-classes:message Subject: ATTENTION. Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 10:29:35 -0500 Message-ID: <200502201541.j1KFfO72017952@correo.direccion.com> X-MS-Has-Attach: X-MS-TNEF-Correlator: Thread-Topic: ATTENTION. Thread-Index: AcUXWT5CtZRUunPjRDmM6dp09G32sQ== From: "Dr Sadiq Harrison" <email@example.com> To: "undisclosed-recipients" <undisclosed-recipients:;> Reply-To: "Dr Sadiq Harrison" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Reply from the "doctor":
Received: from [188.8.131.52] by web26610.mail.ukl.yahoo.com via HTTP; Wed, 23 Feb 2005 18:13:24 GMT Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2005 18:13:24 +0000 (GMT) From: "DR .SADIQ HARRISON" <email@example.com> Subject: Re: ATTENTION.
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Next email from the criminal:
From: "DR .SADIQ HARRISON" <email@example.com> To: Firstname Lastname <emailaddress> Sent: Monday, 28 February, 2005 16:17 Subject: Re: ATTENTION. Dear Sir, I am sorry for my delay in reponding to your mail. It is due to pressue of work. For your information, my herbal remedy is standardized and efficacious in the treatment of HIV-AIDS. It contains anti-retroviral agents specifically to attack HIV 1&11, in addition,clinical test have confirmed that it contains proteus inhibitor,as you know what proteus inhibitor does is to destroy completely the HIV proteus enzymes that causes the growth and spread of the virus.Besides this, the drugs are beefed up with other herbal supplements that are highly enriched with vitamins;Vit C, Vit A & D,Vit B and Vit E which helps to replenish and strenghten the body immune system. All the drugs are produced from herbs and other natural ingredients and without adulteration, as a result it does not have any side effects and most importantly non of patients so far treated has ever complained of any relapse. Before I start adminstering drugs on any patients referred to me, it is important to have a good look at the patients medical record to determine whether it is type 1 or 11, as each of the drugs has a specific strenght of viral load it can carry, that is one unique thing about the drugs. I have an agent in Netherlands and South Africa that is solely in charge of distribution of the drugs in Europe and it's environs. If you wish to purchase the medicine and adminster it on the patients yourself on a recommended dose, I will instrust the agent to give it to you at a 10% discount. However, if you still want to refer patient(s) to me for treatment you are welcome. Having made this explanation, if you have any patient(s)lined up for me please let me know so that we can put heads together to work out a suitable modality. I look forward to hearing from you. Dr S Harrison
Received: from [18.104.22.168] by web26606.mail.ukl.yahoo.com via HTTP; Mon, 28 Feb 2005 07:17:04 GMT Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 07:17:04 +0000 (GMT) From: "DR .SADIQ HARRISON" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: ATTENTION.
inetnum: 22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199 netname: CIDR-INTERCELLULAR-1 descr: Intercellular Nigeria Ltd country: NG admin-c: YA95-RIPE tech-c: YA95-RIPE status: ASSIGNED PA mnt-by: AS12491-MNT source: RIPE # Filtered person: Yakubu Adamu address: 5th Floor, UBA House 57 address: Marina, Lagos address: Nigeria phone: +234 14704387 fax-no: +234 12643014 e-mail: email@example.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org nic-hdl: YA95-RIPE source: RIPE # Filtered
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