Utterly Meaningless » Blog Archive » PSA: A NEW NIGERIA SCAM LETTER

    Filed at 6:34 am under by dcobranchi

    I haven’t seen this one before- I won $750,000 in a lottery but have to travel to Europe to claim the money.

    W.S. Lottery Headquarters
    :Customer Service
    580 N. Tenth Street, CA 85914
    Watergate Sweepstake Lotteryan
    Affiliate of WATERGATE INC.
    Arena Complex Km 18 Route de RufisqueI
    .P.P Award Dept.Ref: WSL/941OYI/03
    Batch: 033/06/MA346/03


    We happily announce to you the draw of the Watergate Sweepstake Lottery International programs covering Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South America, as part our International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually held on the 26th of July, 2003.

    Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 914876000654 188 with Serial number 7501/03 drew the lucky numbers: 06-94-97-20-001, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 3rd category.

    you have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$750,000.00 (Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) credited to file WSL/SA/9799-0021/03.This is from a total cash prize of US$ 9,000,000.00 (Nine Million United States Dollars), shared among the first Twelve (12) lucky winners in this category.

    All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. This promotion takes place annually.

    Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your US$750,000.00 (Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) would be released to you by our payment office in Europe.

    Our European agent will immediately commence the process of your winning to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned.

    To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent: Dr. Spenser Wilford
    WATERGATE INC. Email: dr.spenser1@juno.com To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your Ticket, Reference and Batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated agent.

    Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program. Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery

    Ben Venuto
    W.S.L. Co-ordinator.

    11 Responses to “PSA: A NEW NIGERIA SCAM LETTER”

    Comment by
    August 28th, 2003
    at 8:27 am

    The name of the company is just classic. I wonder if they get the irony?

    Comment by
    Tony Rosen
    August 28th, 2003
    at 12:22 pm

    You have to love the fact that this guy is supposedly trying to give you official winnings, but has a JUNO email address.

    Comment by
    August 28th, 2003
    at 4:02 pm

    Signed Ben Venuto? Hahahahahahaha.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    August 28th, 2003
    at 5:31 pm

    I missed that one. “Welcome” in Italian, right?

    Comment by
    September 1st, 2003
    at 4:48 pm

    I received exactly the same at 01.09.03 (Gemany) also this one: Dear friend,
    This mail may be a surprise to you because you did not give me the permission to do so and neither do you know me but before I tell you about myself I want you to please forgive me for sending the mail without your permission.
    My name is Sarah Adidi Guei, 26 years old and the daughter of the late military ruler of Ivory-Coast ( Retired Brigadier General Robert Guei) who was killed in a political crisis which led to war in my country(Ivory-Coast)some weeks ago.My father,mother and two junior brothers were killed by some soldiers believed to be loyal to the government because of my father’s objection to some certain policies of the present government. I was lucky to have escaped with a brother who is the last child of the family that night because we were visiting a family friend in another city far away from our home.
    I have to go into hiding with my junior brother for some days before arrangements were made for us to leave Ivory-Coast for the Republic of Togo on the invitation of President Eyadema of Togo who granted us political assylum.
    Before we left for Togo,I visited our home where my mother and my two junior ones were killed in our village and during the search for some documents in my father’s room came accross some vital documents and the keys to a secret vault in the house.I took the keys and went down to where the vault is and there I discovered two metal boxes which were carefully hidden. With the aide of the documents I was able to open the boxes only to find out that the boxes were full of money in hundred dollar bills. I could not count the money because I was very shock to see it and again it is too much for me to count but the documents that I discovered in his room which led me to the boxes put the money at $10,000,000:00(ten million dollars).
    I locked it back carefully and arranged for the boxes to be moved with me through the help of some family friends to Abidjan the capital city where I deposited the boxes with a security company for safe-keeping.I did not declare the content of the boxes to the security company,I only declare it as family valuables.
    When the African leaders came to Ivory-Coast and President Eyadema invited us to go to the Republic of Togo where I now live with my junior one.I cannot leave the money there in Abidjan so I am making arrangements to move the boxes to Togo where I now live and have the money transfered by bank abroad.
    This has been my reason for contacting you.
    I would have given you my telephone number so that you can call me in order to discuss the issue better but I’m afraid to do so because we have too many people around us who I would not want to know of the money but I have a laptop with me all the time and I think it will be better to communicate by Internet untill we can make proper and solid arrangements about how to move the money.
    I wish to meet with you if you can make a trip to The Republic of Togo or Ivory-Coast,then we can meet secretly before we go ahead for the transaction.Never mind about your expenditure it will be taken care of though I may not be able to send some money to you right now but I will pay it back if you can do it and not only that,I am ready to offer 30% of the money to you for this assistance.It is not that I am paying you but for your assistance which I shall really appreciate.
    l advise you contact me through this e-mail address:sarahguei@netscape.net or sarah_g20032001@yahoo.com
    Please I wish that this assistance be treated highly confidential.
    Waiting to read your response about the proposal soonext.
    Sarah Guei.

    Comment by
    October 9th, 2003
    at 8:59 am

    i got this e-mail too, and answered them twice saying, that i don’t believe in winning anything in atheir lottery, which probably doesn’t even exist.

    i gave them my telephone number thinking that it wouldn’t do me any harm. they actually called me saying that i have to contact my “european agent” in netherlands.

    this is getting very interesting, i think i’m gonna call him just for laughs.

    but what are they up to? how do they think they are going to benefit of me?

    Comment by
    October 14th, 2003
    at 4:34 pm


    a few months ago, i got the nigerian scam letter to transfer some oil million dollars from nigeria to the usa, now i am lucky again, i won $25000000 in lthe lottery without even playing, Am i super lucky or what,
    BEWARE Folks

    Comment by
    November 19th, 2003
    at 10:29 am

    I replied to this mail… They asked forr my personal details, a copy of an indentification certificate and than i could collect the money… from Nigeria. If i didn’t want to i could also leave my bank account number. sure. in combination with my passport copy and my personal details…

    Comment by
    April 29th, 2004
    at 4:36 pm

    I got an email familiar to the one you got claiming i had won 250,000.00 is usa dollars and i need to send $4200.00 to claim my winnings. I told that fool i didn’t have money to send to claim money i was suppose to have won. i keep messing with them then last week i received a check for $20,000.00 in a cashier check by fedx drawn on the bank of america. it looked real and everything, however the bank put a hold on it for 4 days and today the bank called me to let me know that the check was counterfit. i am getting ready to turn these fools over to the fbi they don’t know that i found out it was counterfit. i will then email thes s.o.b.s to let them know the fbi is on to them. ALSO I WAS SUPPOSE TO SEND MONEY TO CANADA TO SOMEONE ELSE OUT OF THE $20,000.00 THESE GUYS ARE A FRAUD FRAUD. DON’T LET THEM GET YOU. LET ME HEAR FROM SOMEONE ONE THIS.

    Comment by
    May 4th, 2004
    at 4:54 pm

    I also got one and for kicks gave them various phone numbers and addresses, of which are real but not me. It is amusing to watch them try to trick people.

    Comment by
    August 9th, 2004
    at 7:32 pm

    DEAR Sir/Madam,
    Based on the information gathered from the Ministry of Trade and
    Industry,we intend to solicit your assistance on this transaction with you on
    the assumption that you will not disappoint us.
    We have Twenty Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States
    Dollars (US$25,500,000.00) which we made over time from over inflated
    contracts in my Ministry (Federal Ministry of Health and Social Services).
    We are seeking your assistance and permission to remit this amount into
    your account or any other nominated account you can provide for us.
    Your commission will be 20% of the total sum, 10% for expenses and the
    remaining 70% is for my colleagues and myself.
    Could you please notify me of your acceptance to carry out this
    transaction urgently by e-mail only on the receipt of this message.
    Kindly, acknowledge the receipt of this letter by sending to me by
    email a copy of this letter with your private Tel. And Fax number.
    I shall in turn inform you of the modalities for a formal application
    to secure the necessary approvals for the immediate release of this fund
    into your account.
    Thanks for your co-operation.
    Yours faithfully,
    Dr.Martins Willams