Those Nigerian 419ers are very resourceful…

Today’s spam haul included the following. Please note the paragraphs bolded and italicised:


Dear Friend,

I am Mr.Graham R.Layton, credit officer of Bank of America (Asia) Ltd, Hong Kong. I am an Australian by nationality working with the Bank of America Asian Branch.

I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.

On october 6, 2002, an American Engineer/Consultant with the Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation, Mr. Steinmetz Horst made a (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$40,500,000.00 (Forty Million Five Hundred thousand United State Dollars only) in my branch.

Upon maturity,I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the Hong Kong Solid Minerals Corporation that Mr. Steinmetz Horst died from a recurrent heart disease.

On further investigation,I found out that he died without making a will, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.

I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Steinmetz Horst did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$40,500,000.00 is still lingering in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it.

According to the Hong Kong Law, under china’s foreign and defense affairs, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, such funds will revert to the ownership of the chinese Government for financing military operations, such as purchasing of arms and ammunitions for the military.

In order to avert this negative development, i will like to seek for your permission as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Mr. Steinmetz Horst so that the fruits of this old man’s labor will not be use for financing weapons which will further enhance the courses of war in the world in general.

The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 30% for you and 10% for expenses incurred in the course of the transaction. There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this project will be done by my attorney and with my position as the credit officer guarantees the successful execution of this project. If you are interested, please reply immediately.

Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details that will help you understand the transaction.

You should observe utmost confidentiality,and rest assured that this project would be most profitable for both parties because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.

Awaiting your urgent reply.

Thanks and regards.
Mr.Graham R.Layton


So we should be scammed in order to prevent this “money” being used to fund Chinese military operations! What a world, what a world!

3 Responses to “Those Nigerian 419ers are very resourceful…”

  1. urban_bohemian says:

    One of my favorite 419 commentaries is the short movie “request” done by blogger/podcaster zefrank. Everytime I read spam I now think of it as being read by someone coming up to me at a party or on the street and it makes me laugh.

  2. quillon says:

    Greeeeaaaat. Now they’re using my employer’s name in their scams. I hope they get nailed to the wall. >:(

  3. chi_thirdrail says:

    You know, the funniest thing, if you ask me, is that $40M is like enough to like build half a fighter jet. Woo.