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I started receiving the letters from Nigeria almost four years ago. They did not arrive via e-mail, but through the regular postal service. Each time, it was virtually the same - a thin business sized envelope with my name and address on the front, a return address in Nigeria and African postage. The letter was typed and even appeared to be typed on a manual typewriter (although it was probably reproduced off a mailing list and printer). Each was hand signed.
The letter recognized that I was an engineer and had been recommended (but not specifically by a person). The write went on to explain the scam - a small group of businessmen needed to prevent their government from getting their hands on the money that they had and they wished to find professionals in the US who would be willing to open an account in the states and offer them to move money through the account in exchange for a percentage of the money being moved.
I don't happen to be adventurous enough to be convinced that it is profitable to "launder money" for a foreign organization. I knew I had better chances sticking with Ed McMahon who at least shows me my million dollar check with my name on it:o)
What did unnerve me was the fact that it came through the postal service. I might have been less worried had I received it over the Internet because I have grown numb to that Spam. But the idea that they had not only my address but profession meant that they had access to mailing lists that circulate our profession. This could be anywhere - from magazine subscriptions to professional affiliations. 
I read recently in one of the consumer magazines that the Nigerian Scam is not new, unique or rare, but in fact one of the most popular AND EFFECTIVE scams to date.  
The best advice is simply to remove your name from the envelope and throw the letter away. Yes, give it to the post office or whomever you think might best deal with it. Personally, my shredder gets the first crack at those I receive (it has a lot of fun with Ed McMahon as well).
Dennis Wish, PE 
 -----Original Message-----
From: Greg Smith [mailto:strusup(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, January 19, 2001 6:32 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Nigerian Scam

     I didn't give any account numbers and the account that I referred to has nest to nothing in it (unless he wants to put the money there).  I just got off the phone with the FBI and quote "they have taken care of the Nigerian problem."
     The questions that I asked the guy in Nigeria was 1.Why me? and Where did you get my e-mail address?  He said that the US Embassy there suggested me and gave him my e-mail address.  I guess that he got my address off of the SEAINT listserver which is why I wrote in the first place.  Engineers don't "cook up" well in a pot.
-----Original Message-----
From: Ron Hill <ronhill(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Friday, January 19, 2001 7:32 AM
Subject: RE: Nigerian Scam

Per FBI files "Nigeria 419 Fraud" (
"1. If you receive a letter from Nigeria asking you to send personal or banking information, do not reply in any manner. Send the letter to the U.S. Secret Service or the FBI.
2. If you know someone who is corresponding in one of these schemes, encourage that person to contact the FBI or the U.S. Secret Service as soon as possible. "

Ron Hill, P.E.
HILL Consulting Engineering
Birmingham, Alabama  USA
Phone: 205.823.4784
FAX: 205.823.4145
Email: ronhill(--nospam--at)
Efax: 509.275.8095

-----Original Message-----
From: NWB [mailto:nwblair(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, January 18, 2001 10:02 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Nigerian Scam

All should disregard Nigerian Scam letters.  Just hit the delete button.  All they want is your account number and money if you are naive enough to send it.  With the advent of the internet they have penetrated into most  countries around the globe.


Nels Roselund wrote:

The Nigerian Scam letters are becoming fairly widely known; apparently they still catch folks though.  Snail mail letters of that sort should be taken to the post office for mail fraud investigation. Nels Roselund