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One  "Scam Buster's"  Story

This is a story received April 1st (April Fools Day) from a source who will remain anonymous.
We do not advise engaging 419 criminals in this manner unless you know what you are doing.

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Scam Mongers -- how one person hit them back

Hi friends,

My name and location are immaterial for this article. I was lured into a similar scam after I received a mail from someone called MRS Maurren Dozi, allegedly from South Africa.

I am just telling you all how I shook them hard and I am sure that they would have aborted their operation for the time being J.

As for me, I am self –taught meticulous software genius J who can easily trace IP and locations and have all the tools, networks and ways to do that. My profession is Technical Manager of a software company.

Poor scammers…. They made the wrong choice as far as I am concerned. Read this funny story and enjoy how the bad got beaten.

The email address is and the name in the email address is Morine Felix. (Irony No 1. This proved me that it is rigged right from word go...even when I was unaware of this scam). In fact I was half way in breaking their e-mail address, which I left because I thought it was too un-ethical .

To get an email address in we need to pay $9.95/ month. When you have yahoo, hotmail and other free e-mail services, these scam mongers have cunningly chosen the onebox account to look as genuine as possible.

The only thing that I cannot understand in this whole story is where the hell did they get my personal and secretly guarded e-mail address???

Ok, Here we go….




The First mail was received on Sat, 23 Mar 2002 09:41:31 -0800
It read as follows :


I wish to solicit your help in migrating to your country and investing my funds. Briefly, i am from
south africa nationality.

my husband is a car dealers in south africa, but he later fold up the business because of political crisis
in south africa.and came to abidjan ivoire coast, on his way to ivoire coast he has a plane crash and he

now he left alone and with my only son we are here in abidjan ivoire coast west africa to look for a god
fearing person out side africa to help us transfer this fund to your country for investment.


I still want to invest the money in the same motor car business in your country. we now needed your help to arrange with the attorney that will stand to arrange the transfer to your country.

get back to me so that we can arrange to give you the contact of the attorney for you to call him for this


MRS Maurren Dozi
My reply to this letter was:

I am not interested in your business . I don’t have time to do this . Sorry about that.
May god bless you.
Then again I got an email on Mon, 25 Mar 2002 01:45:15 -0800

MY Dear Beloved.
Thanks for your response to my message. I have told you that IAM from south Africa and the wife of DR MACCANATHY DOZI of M D motors L T D in south Africa who died in plane crash in the western water cost of COTE D IVOIRE by KENYA airways on his way to the country.

I happen to get your contact through a friend that works in ABIDIJAN international business relationship. But never disclose much of this transaction to any body here.

Why I have to look for a foreign contact is that the bank told me that my husband deposited this money that it must be transfer to a foreign beneficiary s account with instruction pay as received and as he is dend that a lawyer must and normerlize the transferring documents and that I have to submit to the bank the banking data of the foreign beneficiary and his private phone and fax number whom the money will be transfer to.

I will like you now to send this so that I can go to the bank, as you the foreign partner of my late husband. To clear every thing to you please you can contact the Director of international remittance, DR JOHN BALIY, his office phone is 225, and I will like you to get the attorney on line his name is SADIQ ALLOU ESQ his phone is

Principal attorney of SADIQ chamber ABIDIJAN.

Thanks for your kindness and co-operation I awaiting for your urgent response thanks God bless you best regard MRS MAURREN DOZI
To this , I replied (I wanted a gracious and decent way out)
To be frank, I am disinterested in money matters and a amount like what you told never interests me more than a ice candy.

I wish you that the Almighty be with you and help you out.
Again, I got a mail on Wed, 27 Mar 2002 01:03:08 –0800


Thanks for your email and l wounder what makes you still doubt me while l have given to you all clearification and is left for you to get yourself right. Yes is true that we may live our riches to die but remmember that as it in heaven so is on earth.if you are a poor mam or woman on earth so you will be poor in heaven. such of that of Lazurus who was a servant to Nebccaduniezz on was still servant to him at heaven. Since l was born it is only you that l have since to say that you are disintersted in money matter only GOD knows how rich you are, but for GODsake l needs your urgent assistant to help me as the beneficiary whom my late husband made the deposit on his behalf. It will also be a good thing to the sight of GOD is also help to humanitarian. You should understand me and help me unless you are not capable to execute this transaction well. as l think you can do it. Thanks and GOD bless you. l awaits your urgent response as it matters.
Mrs Maurrine Dozi
This mail frustrated me and annoyed me a lot. I knew they were a bunch of scam mongers guising as a hapless widow.

I wanted to teach them a lesson for all their wrong doings.

I used to be online all the time .When this mail reached me , I trapped the IP from which the mail server of received the mail.

Immediately, I traced the origin of the IP and found the ISP details and got all the information required.

I searched for such scams in Internet and found some similar mails.

But I send them my bank details of a dead account which has just 30c. This account, I have no idea of renewing it as I am sentimental that when I put money in this account, it just disappears!!!!

You will know why I gave my account details to them soon…..

I got a reply from them after I send my almost dead account details. Even then, I just gave the account number and BSB number so that they can just put money (never will they do that).

This mail was recd on 31st March 2002.

Thank you for your mail and for sending of the banking perticulars. This is to inform you that I have submitted it to office of international remmitance depertment of the bank. and i was told by the chife telex officer that he will contact you as soon as possible, and they have to follow there banking pocceedure of
money transfer. That you will be contacted soon.

Thanks God bless you.
I wanted to give them a surprise gift for Fools Day (April 1) 2002.They play  with people thinking that we are fools. Let them be more cautious the next  time….

Here is the mail I wrote to them…..

I have given you my bank details. The account balance in it is -30c. It needs to be replenished. Please put $20000 US in my account before you talk further through your bank or solicitor. Also I am sure what your next step will be. This is your mode of operation: There are a number of variations for this scam, but they all involve the same themes. You receive an unsolicited fax or e-mail from a foreign country (usually Nigeria). Someone has a large amount of money that they need to get into or out of the country. They offer to make you a business partner. Your role is to set up a legitimate bank account and let them use it to transfer millions of dollars. For this, you get part of the money. If you contact them, they will ask you to put money ($10,000 to $25,000) into the account to cover some initial expenses and then give them access. As soon as you do that, your money disappears and so do your business partners. Common variations on the Scam include "over invoiced" or "double invoiced" oil or other supply and service contracts where they need your help to get the overage out of Nigeria; crude oil and other commodity deals; a "bequest" left you in a will; and "money cleaning" where they have a lot of currency that needs to be "chemically cleaned" before it can be used.

Also, My Dear Friend,
Your address details are as follows which I have traced (I have deleted some important details of my trace for this presentation)
:inetname: AVISONET
descr: ****
descr: ABIDJAN
country: CI
admin-c: JZ1631-RIPE
tech-c: AE5-RIPE
descr: France Telecom
origin: AS5511
mnt-by: FT-BRX
source: RIPE
person: Jerome ZANO
address: *********
address: *********
address: ABIDJAN
address: IVORY COAST
phone: **********
fax-no: ***********
e-mail: *****
nic-hdl: JZ1631-RIPE
source: RIPE
person: *********
address: ********
address: ABIDJAN
address: IVORY COAST
phone: **********
phone: *********
fax-no: ********
e-mail: ********
nic-hdl: AE5-RIPE
mnt-by: FT-BRX
source: RIPE
If you try to act smart with me, I will send my Troops of Goodwill to make the things worse for you.
Better send the $20000 US to my account or I will hand over all your details to FBI and Interpol. Also, I know your names, phone numbers and address and will establish the connection of your racket with Al Queida and get the American Troops there to do justice.

Don't think I am dumb. I will certainly do what I tell. $20000 before this week ends or your fraud details to FBI and Interpol. If you don't respond to this mail before tomorrow (monday) and agree for the transfer of $20000US ,believe me, you are all going to land in American Detention Centres for life.

I just wanted to scare them off to death on World Fools Day for fooling a lot of people!!!!! I never need this money from those bunch of thieves. Even if they budge to me, I am going to hand over all these details to FBI for necessary action to be taken.

So just tell me friends……. Did the scam mongers get what they deserved?


Not much. We don't want to sound fatalistic, but the reality is that the scam artists hide behind untraceable email addresses, sending their scam letters from pay-by-the-hour Internet Cafes. The governments of Africa are generally in a survival mode, with little interest in dealing with some Internet scam artist in a local village. There are always bigger fish to fry. 

Plus we have actually talked with West African government and business officials about their perception of these 419 scams. They have expressed amazement that anyone could be fooled by the  empty promises contained in emails from a stranger in Africa. In their eyes, the culpability goes both ways. "Who could be such a fool to give money to someone they have never met?" This is a valid question for all of us to ponder...

What we have done at The Freeman Institute is to provide a free service to warn individuals who may be flirting with the idea of great wealth coming their way. Our motto is: Run, don't walk, away from these scams and then do what you can to warn people about this pervasive problem. Feel free to provide a link to -- so that more people can see the truth about these 419 scams.


© Copyright, 2003 The Freeman Institute. All rights reserved. Nothing on this page may be used without explicit written permission.
Note: Reproduction of any kind, including cutting and pasting, is strictly prohibited. 


For hard numbers, the Australian Institute of Criminology article and the US Dept. of State pub. 10465 will prepare you better than this site will. Really good backgrounders. From these you will get an idea of the scope of this scam. There are already inter-governmental relationships established over this issue.


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