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 I frustrate Mariam- Full bait (my first published bait)

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2005 6:16 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Like many others, I was contacted by a lad claiming to be Mariam Abacha. Here’s my bait. I played it pretty straight. I couldn’t get trophies but I did freak him out a few times and I thought it was pretty funny. This is my first full bait so I'd appreciate feedback. I have 2 others going on right now which started back in October and I'll publish those if & when they ever die.


Here’s the short-version
We get off on the wrong foot
The deluge of Abacha e-mails makes for some confusion
Another scammer enters the fray. I almost marry him.
I trust Mariam again
I have Mariam’s e-mail account shut down and stop trusting her.

The Characters
- Sensitive and wants to believe in people
Mariam Abacha- Mean and bossy


Here’s the long version:
The bait starts with the standard intro. Feel free to skip:
Quote:

STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL/URGENT
FROM: MRS. MARIAM ABACHA
KANO NIGERIA.

Attn: sir / madam

I am Mrs. Mariam Abacha, the widow of the late Gen. Sanni Abacha former
Nigerian Military Head of State who died mysteriously as a result of Cardiac Arrest.Since after my husband's death my family is under Restriction of movement and that notwithstanding, we are being molested by must of government agencies, Our Bank Accounts both here and abroad are being frozen by the Nigeria Civilian Government, Furthermore, my eldest son was detended by the Nigerian Government for more interrogation about my husbands Assets and more vital documents,

Following the recent discovery of my husbands Bank Account by the Nigerian government with Swiss Bank in which the huge sum of UD$700 million and DM450 million was logged. I therefore decided to contact you in confidence in regards the sum of U$20.6million Dollars, which was secretly deposited for safe keeping in a security company abroad by my husband before his sudden death. The existence of this fund is unknown to the present Government.

I therefore personally, appeal to you seriously and religiously for your urgent assistance to move this money into your country where I believe it will be safe since I cannot leave the country due to the restriction of movement imposed on the members of my family by the Nigerian Government.


My Lawyer shall send you the deposit certificate of the consignment and other related documents so that you can help to claim the consignment. Conclusively, we have agreed to offer you 30% of the total sum while 60% is to be held on trust by you until we can decide on a suitable business investment in your country subsequent to our free movement by the Nigeria Government. While 10% is mapped out for expenses as your
government may demand for tax and it also covers your telephone bills.

I will refer you to my Attorney when you send your tel and fax number address and your full name to enable him release the documents involved before you will travel to the security company and claim the consignment. Please reply urgently and treat with
Absolute confidentiality and sincerity.

Please indicate your interest by replying this mail with your full contact information.



HAJIA MARIAM ABACHA (MRS.)




I send a generic response. In hindsight, the response was completely wrong because the bait takes a turn where I’m stranded at my house. I don’t think anyone noticed. I didn’t notice until I put all this together:
Quote:
Mariam,
I think I can help.
My name is
My address is:
1880 Perder Tiempo Drive
Seattle, WA 98104 USA

E-mail is the best way to contact me because I am hardly ever at my house. I travel frequently for work.


Alas, no response. So I write again 5 days later:
Quote:
Mariam,
Is everything OK? I haven't heard from you so I want to check and be sure all is well. Sisters need to watch out for each other!
Sue



Finally, a response. Bossy and a little bitchy. Maybe this lad has been baited before?,
Quote:

My Dear Sue
I got your mail and I really appreciate your concern. Well, since you said that it will be ok for you for us to communicate by email, I think it is not enough for me to have confidence in you base on the fact that I am afraid of what is going on this days.
So if you think that you will be of good help to me, please kindly, tell me what you do for a living and how old you are.
I also advice you should try to buy a cell phone number where I will reach you
Thank you.
Mrs. Mariam Abacha



The truth is, my character did have a home phone. But Mariam wanted me to get a cell phone. But it turns out my character didn’t like Mariam’s bossy tone, so (forgive the typo, I meant “can’t”):
Quote:

Mariam,
I can get a cell phone. I do not have a lot of money- you are the rich
one here, not me.
Sue



Mariam didn’t like my response! But this arrogant lad won’t get away this easy:
Quote:

Dear
Thank you for your mail, Please I think that I met the wrong person, It is obvious that you can't handle this project so thank you for all your concern.
Thanks
Mrs. Maraim Abacha


I respond with a K7 number:
Quote:
Mariam,
I hope you reconsider your decision. After much praying and fasting, I thought about you and me and everything. I sold my car for $5,500 and bought a cell phone last night. The phone number, in the US is 206-XXX-XXXX. I will use the rest of the money for anything else, like travel, that I may need to do. I hope you are still willing to work with me.
Sue




Mariam reconsiders. Some unique text but there’s a script in there, too:
Quote:

Dear

I got your mail, thank you for your concern.

I really appreciate all your concern and understanding towards the problem I am facing. You are a nice woman.

I must say that the issue of you selling your car because of our problem is touching and it shows the level of love you have for us despite we have not meet each other before. We really appreciate your concern and may the almighty Allah bless you in abundant.



As a matter of fact, I will like to use this opportunity to tell you more about what has been happening here with my family, my late husband died on 8th June 1998, and after his death, there was problem, the present government charged my late husband for misappropriation of public funds and based on that, they frozen all our account both locally and abroad, the trace all my husband account in London, Swiss, Germany, and frozen all our account, my late husband acquired wealth when he was alive but today my sister things has fall apart, the only hope we have is this money he kept in a security company and nobody knows about it and that was why I decided to seek your assistance since you are a foreigner.



Now, all I want to do is to present you to the board of management of the company ass the original owner ok so that you will discuss with them on how the fund will be release to you, I will like to speak with you, in fact, I will call you today.



My sister, we really appreciate all your effort and understanding,



Thank you for your concern, I will call you today for further discussion, keep your phone open for me.

Thank you

Mrs. Maraim Abacha



Mariam doesn’t realize that when I say Cell Phone, I meant K7. So this is where the lad starts getting frustrated with me…
Quote:

Dear
I called the number you gave me and it was on answering machine and I dropped message for you asking you to check your mail and get back to me but to my greatest surprise, you have not reply my mail, I don't know how serious you are, you said that the number is your cell phone and I cannot get you with it, I called it twice.
Thank you
Mariam Abacha


So I respond innocently:
Quote:

Mariam,
I have been waiting for your call all day! I am so sorry that the phone
did not ring. I have my phone right here next to me and I am looking at
it. There was no ring, nothing. Maybe the signal does not work at my
house?

It is not fair to say that I am not serious. I bought a new cell phone
because you asked me to. It is not my fault if the cell phone company is
no good.

Your Friend,
Sue



Quote:

Dear Sue
How are you doing today, I called you, believe mw, I called you and it was on answering machine, I even called after I received your message and it was on answering machine, I dropped message to proof my self.

Well, it seems that you have to consult the company and complain to them that your cell phone is always on answering machine so that they will re-programm it for you, may be it to be on answering machine, now, see what you have to do, take another phone and call it for you to know if it rings or if it is on answering machine.

Now, I think that we have no time to waste, as I told you, all I want to do is to present you to the security company as the owner of the consignment (FUND) nobody knows the content of the consignment and the security company is in London and I will like to send to you a copy of the deposit certificate and you have to contact the security company yourself ok but before you contact them, I will send a copy of the deposit certificate to you.

I will call you again today before 10am your time
Thank you
Mrs. Mariam Abacha



She really wants to talk to me! It must be frustrating. Strangely, no messages on the K7 account. Anyway, the frustrating phone calls continue for a while:
Quote:

Dear
I have called you today again and it was on answering machine, it does not ring at all, if you call the number the next thing you will hear is voice message saying this is sue please live your name and number you will get back to me.

I am tied of calling the number and please find a solution.
I sent you mail and I think that the certificate of deposit should be hold on till I know how serious you are, you don't reply my mail on time, you don't call me, if I call you, it will be on answering machine,
Well, I wait to hear from you
Mrs. Mariam Abacha


Well, obviously I am hurt!
Quote:

Mariam,
Why are you so mean? I cannot go anywhere else for the phone signal to improve because I sold my car!!! Also, if you call on Sunday I do not answer because Sunday is CHURCH DAY!!!!!! I do not do business on the lords day- do you????

Give me your phone number. I will walk to the phone and call you. Please be nice. I thought we were friends. I sold my car for you. Now you yell :(

Sue




She wants me to reconcile myself with reality. I would, if I knew what that meant:
Quote:

Dear
If I have approche you wrongly, forgive me, but one thing I want you to know is that I do call you every day, I even call your number now and it was on answering machine, I can't lie to you and I don't mean to be harsh on you.
My phone number is 234-803-718-2223
Call me, I will send a copy of the deposit certificate to you.
I advice you go and know call your phone from another number for you to reconcile yourself with reality.
Mariam Abacha



Perfect timing!!! Another Mariam Abacha e-mail. I forward it to her with the following text
Quote:

Mariam,

I just received this e-mail this morning. Why did you send this to me
again? Are you trying to find someone else to work with? I am so
confused why you would send this to me. What e-mail address is this?
Should I write to you at this address?

Your confused friend,
Sue
STANDARD MARIAM ABACHA LETTER DELETED



There are many ways to respond to this- what does my pet say?
Quote:

Dear
No, I asked my son to send that to you so that I will know if you are trying to betray me, I am sorry, I can now beleive that you are a very nice person, please write me now
Mrs. Mariam Abacha



Excellent- off script and now there’s a son…
Quote:

Mariam,
Should I write to you at this address or the address your son sent me?
Also, your son told me to send him $1,200 through Moneygram. Is this
part of the test or is this real?
Thanks,
Sue




Surprisingly, Mariam doesn’t want me sending the money to the other scammer!
Quote:

Dear
I got your mail and please for now you don't need to send any money to him, I have re-arrange everything and I have settle the cost so I have instruct that you should contact the security company in London ok
I will like to speak with you before you do so.
Forget about sending money to him ok and stop communicating with him if at all you done so.
Mrs. Maraim Abacha



So, I let Mariam stew and allow enough time to pass for other things to transpire:
Quote:

Dear
I am waiting to hear from you
Mrs. Mariam Abacha



Now I respond:
Quote:

Mariam,
I have been dealing with your son. He told me that you have fallen ill and are unable to communicate. He told me that I needed to send $1,200 for an anti-terrorist certificate. Is this another test? I am very confused!!!
Sue



Uh oh! Someone is angry
Quote:

Dear
I got your mail, who the hell you said is my son? my own son cannot demand for such money from you, please don't accuse my son of such illegal behavour, for what reason should my own son ask you for money, but you have been communicating with me, you never told me that such thing in existing.
Now, I have investigate and found out that some stupid crooks are impersonating my family affairs and use the opportunity to extort money from people out there, I am going to see the inspector general of police and I want you to give me the telephone number of those people and all the email the person claiming to be my son have sent to you.
This is very urgent.
The security company where my husband deposited the fund is in London.
Who is the people trying to bring bad image to my family, I will not take it easy with them, the police must get them.
I need your assistance now and I want you to forward all mails they sent to you and I want you to block them from sending mails to you. Do this now and get back to me.
I am not happy at all.
Mrs. Mariam Abacha



Damn, she’s bossy. Of course, I am so hurt
Quote:

Mariam,
You told me they were your son.
You told me that your son sent a message to test me. I have copied in
what YOU WROTE:
"Dear

No, I asked my son to send that to you so that I will know if you are
trying to betray me, I am sorry, I can now beleive that you are a very
nice person, please write me now

Mrs. Mariam Abacha"

You sent that to me on November 23 when your son sent me a message from
this e-mail account: [email protected]. Your son told me that you
were getting confused in your old age and that I should work wih him
because you forget things. He told me that you would say he was a fake.
I do not know who to believe anymore. You told me that the message came
from your son, now you tell me it comes from impostors. Your son told me
to block your e-mail address and you told me to block his. I don't know
what to do. Are you and your son trying to play games with me? I sold my
car! I walk every day everywhere! What have I done to your family to
deserve this abuse? Why are you so cruel?????





Oh yeah, I send this from a different account:
Quote:

is my maga baaaaackk ooooooofffff

she send me 1200
what you get fooooollll?


Mariam doesn’t respond to the other scammer. Later, this e-mail will be sent to in a last ditch attempt to maintain the Scam. But for now, I get this from someone who actually speaks English. I got it twice, but I think the point comes across in one reading:
Quote:

Dear
Listen and listen well, Yes, I told you that but when I noticed that the email address is not of my son email address, I told you to stop all further communication with those people and even warned you not to send any money to them, isn't it?
Now, how can all of sudden my son started demanding for $1200 with my knowlegde, when you wrote me and told me what they sent to you, I warned you not to send any money to them and if you are following my instruction, you will not do anything without my knowlegde, I am not happy with you at all.
I introduce you in this project and I have warn you to block them and now you are telling me you don't know who to beleive, listen, have you send any money to them? if at all, I will blance it back to you, ALL I WANT IS FOR YOU TO BLOCK THEM IMMEDIATELY.
If I noticed that you are still communicating with those idiots, I will personally block you from sending mails to me.
Ok, you received their mail on 23rd but we have been communicating before the date so how can you just beleive them without my knowlegde, when you asked me if you were to send money to them, I said no, don't send any money to them, isn't it?
Listen, I have all the documents to you and if they are teling you that they will ship the consignment to you through couier service, pls, all I said now is for you to stop further communication with them.
If you are ready to work with me, do what I ask you to do , if you are not, go ahead and let me see how you will get one deny from the transaction,. I am Mrs Mariam Abacha, we are not two, any one else is impersonating. and I am not old, I am a woman of 51yrs.

Listen, I am very intelligent, I have seen people and work with people when my late husband is alive so if those idiots are teling you that I am there mother, I am not. they are impersonting my children, this is crime.
Please I will appreciate if you will help me to fight those idiots. I will make sure they are arrested.
Thank you
Mrs. Mariam Abacha



Then I get this ten minutes later. Different author?
Quote:

YOU ACTED FOOLISHLY TO GIVE THOSE IDIOTS MY EMAIL ADDRESS, THEY ARE IMPERSONATORS, LISTEN, IF YOU DO NOT STOP COMMUNICATION WITH THEM, i WILL DEFINITELY BLOCK YOU FROM SENDING MAILS TO ME, HAABAA
WHAT KIND OF HUMAN HUMAN ARE YOU? AS A MOTHER, I AM NOT HAPPY WITH THIS URGLY SITUATION,
IF YOU ARE COMMUNICATING WITH THEM, KNOW THAT YOU ARE TAKEN A VERY BIG RISK OF YOUR LIFE AND STOP WRITING ME.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHA




Five minutes go by, then:
Quote:

YOUR PHONE NUMBER IS IT WORKING NOW, i CALLED IT YESTERDAY AND IT WAS ON ANSWERING MACHINE, WHY CAN'T YOU UNDERSTAND THIS.
YOU ARE MAKING ME ANGRY
MRS. MARIAM ABACHA



12 hours later:
Quote:

Dear
What is happening?
Mrs. Maraim Abacha



I finally respond, and of course I had just received another lad’s Abacha intro e-mail and I attached that to the end of this. Oh yeah, and I confess to falling in love with the other scammer
Quote:

What is happening??? I will tell you what is happening:

I spend the day with my family for the Thanksgiving holiday. I come back and have all sorts of angry e-mails from you! I do not know why you are so angry. First you tell me that these impostors are your son, now you tell me that they are not. And they tell me that you are old now and not good at business. I do not know what to do or who to believe. You are so angry and your son is nice. He says he wants a visa and wants to come here to marry me.

As for the phone, I couldn't get it to work so the store took it back and they are sending me a new one. It is the same account but I have no phone until they gave me a new one.

I don't know why you contacted me, but I think you are ruining my life!!! I am so nervous all day and your son took my $1,200, then you tell me he is impostor, and his security company says I need to send $3,500. I do not know what to do anymore!!! If he is an impostor, why did you say he is my son?????? And why are you always so mean to me?????

You told me that helping you is risk free but if there really are impostors than there is a risk.

And why did you send me this e-mail this morning? I have attached it
below:

Sue

STANDARD MARIAM ABACHA E-MAIL, NOTHING WORTH PASTING



So now she tries to send me the e-mail I sent her from the fake scammer account. But she forgot so she sends the next message .
Quote:

Dear
Listen and listen very well, don't send money to any security company, don't send any money to anybody, those idiots are not my son, Iam a woman and I told you that when I saw there email address, I noticed that it was not my son that sent the message to you, although I asked him to do so but my son cannot ask you to pay any money to anybody, why can't you understand this,
The money now is in security company in New york, that is where the money is now and nobody has the right over the money unless I instruct them to release it, listen and listen very well, my son has never talk of getting married to you, he don't even know you, why can't you believe? I introduced you into this business and if I need money, I will tell you, why are sending money to those idiots, listen, if you were following my instruction and if asked me before sending money to them, I will tell you not to send any money to them,
They contacted me and tell me that I am a fool. Can you see what I am saying.
Please I am forwarding there message to you, just look at.
Mrs. Mariam Abacha


A few minutes later the lad remembers to actually forward the message:
Quote:

THIS IS WHAT THEY SENT TO ME, i TOLD YOU THAT THEY ARE NOT MY SON, MY SON CANNOT TALK TO ME LIKE THIS, YOU KNOW THAT, FORGET ABOUT THOSE IDIOTS, I WILL BALANCE THE MONEY THEY COLLECTED FROM YOU, OK, WHAT I WANTED TO DO NOW IS TO ARRANGEMENT FOR YOU TO CONTACT THE CAIXA SECURITY AND FINANCE COMPANY NEW YORK, OK, FORGET THOSE IDIOTS,
I AM WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU. THIS WILL SHOW YOU THAT THEY ARE NOT MY SON BUT THE CONTACTED YOU AND YOU START TELLING THEM ABOUT ME AND THEY USED THE OPPORTUNITY TO COLLECT MONEY FROM YOU CLAIMING TO BE MY SON, THEY ARE INTERNET FRAUDUSTERS, BELEIVE ME,
STOP FURTHER COMMUNICATION WITH THEM, I KNOW THAT THEY CONTACTED ME BECAUSE YOU GAVE THEM MY EMAIL ADDRESS.
PLEASE I WANT YOU TO SEND TO ME THERE TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND EMAIL ADDRESS, I WANT POLICE TO GET THEM ARRESTED AND PUT THEM IN JAIL.
MRS. MARIAM ABACHA



Doesn’t the lad realize that there’s no way in hell I’d know what a “maga” is? Well, I respond and decide that I should scare the lad by threatening a trip to Amsterdam and lay the groundwork for a trophy (doesn’t work):
Quote:

Mariam,
I need a few days to think about things. I want to believe you but it is difficult because your son, who you say is not your son, says very different things. He said that you told him to e-mail me as the test,
but that you are too old to do the business now. He said that you are angry with him and had a fight. He also said that you do not like him coming America to be with me and that you want to drive him apart.

You have been very mean to me and you have to understand a few things before we go further:
1) YOU TOLD ME IT WAS YOUR SON. I DID NOT LET HIM SEE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS UNTIL YOU TOLD ME IT WAS YOUR SON. WHY CAN'T YOU UNDERSTAND THAT???
2) I have no car and no phone now because I sold my car to get the phone and the phone didn't work. THAT IS NOT MY FAULT!!!!
3) If you did tell your son to test me, and he didn't, then there is a problem. Maybe he made a new e-mail account because he thinks you are too old for this transaction.
4) You tell me that your son is an impostor. But he sent me a photo of him holding a sign, so I know it is him and not a fake photo pulled from the internet.
5) If you do not approve of my romance with your son, please be honest and tell me instead of telling me stories about impostors. If there are impostors, who are they? Is it safe? Am I in danger? Did you expose me to danger? I live alone in the wilderness, far away from other people. I have no security except a gun and a fence.
6) Finally, if you keep being angry and mean to me then I will have no choice but to believe your son. However, to be fair to you I will not tell him that we are talking anymore.
7) I do not understand what that e-mail you sent to me is. What is a maga? Who is [deleted]? Why did that person spell their words so badly?
8 ) Here is the e-mail of your "son": XXXX. I have not had
the chance to talk to your son on the phone because of all the phone problems I have been having. I don't know his address, he didn't give it to me. But he wants to meet me in Amsterdam next week.

Sue




The Lad doesn’t want me to spend my money in the wrong hands! How thoughtful! I get this one three times:
Quote:

My Dear Sue
How are you today? I got your mail.
Please I want you to reason with me now.
I want you to ask yourself, why am I against in you sending money to those people if they are the right person, I mean if he is my son?
Ok, what am I gaining lying to you?, I introduce you in this business and I have never told you that I am old and I cannot handle this transaction, rather I am the one asking you to give me your phone number, I told you serveral time that I have called your phone and it was on answering machine,
I want you to know that you are not dealing with my son, believe me, I swear with my life, I swear with almighty Allah, those idiots are not my son, I am carying throughout the night because you fail to understand me, I am here telling you that there not my son, if they are my son, my son will work with me, my son will take my instruction, my son will respect me, my son will listen to me because blood is ticker then water, I gave birth to all of them and no one insults me or disobeyed me, listen, I am a mother and a woman, they are extorting money from you, believe me, what shall I do for you to beleive me,
Listen, how do I know that you sent money to them? how do I know that you gave them my email address, I know it because of what they sent to me using un-known email address.
My son email address is not (XXXX).
Now look at this email address, the recipent name has nothing to do with my family name (ABACHA)
Listen to me, I will send to you my son photo, both his wedding pictures, my son is married, infact, I think that is the only evidence you will see, remember that you are talking with a wife of a former president of Nigeria, my son cannot be asking for money from you, non of my family will do that.
Believe me, I am a mother and I will not lie to you, if you ever try to go to Amsterdam, you are taking a very big risk, if you want you can go but know that you are going to a wrong place not where my late husband money is. I have the key of the consignments. No one will ever do anything without my order.
I introduced you in this business and I don't know why you wouldn't beleive me, I contacted you to assist me because of my predicament and because of the problem I am facing with the present government, my son are married so if anybody is telling you that he will maried, consider the person that he is not my son.
I want you to send all the documents they send to me, upon the receipt, I will make things clear to you and I will send to you my family picture and you will see it, I will send it to you and I will like you to confirm it.
Believe me, I am trying to protect your interest and I don't want you to keep losing your money because if you insist that I am a lier, then, I will give you chance then we will know who is who.
Listen, without my me, nobody will ever get one cent of my husband fund. I repeat, stop communicating with them, you are causing problem to yourself, you are causing confusioon to yourself, you will lose your money for nothing because they are not my son, you are a woman and did you know what it means to denied your son or daugther? I cannot denied any of my children, it is abomination so for me to keep telling you that those people are not my son, they are not my son. The only way you will know if I am telling you the fact is for you to stop communicating with them and see what will happen.
We have gone a long way and I don't see any reason why the issue of son will bring problem between you and me. my son is not involved in this matter, my son cannot come after you, my son is well respected, my sons are good, my sons respects me very well, My sons loves me very well, my sons cannot do anything without letting me know, we are muslim, we love each other.
Listen, if you receieved mail from this XXX, you will see that it comes with a different name not anything like Abacha.
Check this and get back to me, cancel any arrangement to go to anywhere for your own interest not for my own interest.I am protecting you rom danger but you don't want to listen to me.
THEY ARE NOT MY SON. I AM A VERY NICE WOMAN, I AM NOT MEAN, ONLY THAT I WANT YOU TO LISTEN TO ME AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THEY ARE NOT MY SON AND NEVER WILL BE.

Mrs. Mariam Abacha

I don't want you to spend your money to the wrong hands,



A few minutes after the THIRD copy of the last one came in, I get this:
Quote:

Dear

listen, why they are getting more information from you is because you disclose my mails to them and they use the advantage to tell you similar things inorder to confuse you.

BEWARE! THEY ARE NOT MY SON .

Mrs. Mariam Abacha



One day later:
Quote:

Dear
I am still waiting to hear from you, I want to send you some picture so that you can confirm yourself with reality and know that those people are not my son and don't even have anything to do with me.
There is no need for you to travel anywhere, I will make sure that the consignment is been shipped to U.S and you have to see it yourself, please those people are fraud, Listen to me because I don't a situation were this will bring bad name to my family, don't worry about the $1200, I will make you happy at the end of the day. I have some picture with me here and before I send it to you, you must give me all assurance that you will block those people from sending mails to you. I need security, believe me, they are not my son, my son is married.
Please if you are ready, by thursday this week, the agent company will be contact you .
Thank you
Mrs. Maraim



I decide to “dump” the fake scammer and focus on my lad, to get things progressing. So I send this:

Quote:

Mariam,
I gave the other side a secret test and I will know who is telling the truth if they answer my secret question. The impostor or your son told me he was married, after I asked, and he said he was going to leave his wife for me. He said he wanted to live alone in the wilderness with me.
If it really is your son and he is trying to betray you he may come up to you and ask you some questions about the first e-mails you and I had together. DO NOT ANSWER HIM OR IT WILL RUIN MY TEST. I will let you know the results of the test.

Please, tell me, what is the strange e-mail you sent me? What is a maga? Maybe that means I am a girlfriend and that would make sense.
Sue



Mariam comes clean about “maga”! And she loves me!
Quote:

Dear
Did you know why I am still writing you, simply because I introduce you in this transaction and whatever happen to you is my cause, otherwise, I don't like repeating my wife. I have told you everything and even told you that I will send you some picture of evidence for you to know that the person whom you said that scan his picture is not my son and I am giving you benefit of doubt to go to any were or my embassy to confirm those picture I am sending to you but the issue is that you are not even interested to listen to me rather you keep wandering in the darkness, what evidence and proof did you need from me?
Listen, MAGA MEANS, A FOOL, this is not english but that is what we call fool here in Nigeria.
I have reported this case to interpol and just watch out and see if I am Mrs. Mariam Abacha.
No body has contacted me, and never, they wouldn't contact me because they have my links. You forgot who I am, may be you think that you communicating with me is easy for others, that my family has problem does not mean that we are no body,
I will prove myself to you later. I love you.
I will be sending the pictures today and please don't let them know that I have passed information of their fraudulent activities to the interpol
Thank you
Mrs. Mariam Abacha



I need a realistic time delay, but the lad is impatient;
Quote:

I am still waiting to hear from you.
Mariam


I get an e-mail from a barrister but I’m not sure if it’s for this bait or another one. No point in posting it- it is pretty standard.

Then I get a pretty crappy fake passport from an e-mail account I hadn’t seen. I think it was from another Abacha e-mail that I responded to. Then this e-mail:
Quote:

Dear
How are you doing today, I sent you some pictures ,did you received it? I did not hear from you so I decided to write you because since then, I didn't hear from you neither anybody has contacted me.
Still waiting
Mrs Mariam




Finally, I send this “I trust you” message. Yet I add to the confusion by asking about the fact the passport came from a different e-mail account.
Quote:

Mariam my friend,
I received your passport, but from a different e-mail account. The one
thing I don't understand is why you don't have an official passport
photo on the passport. Please explain.

I believe you now that the man who you told me was your son then who
told me he was your son and lvoed me is not your so n . He failed to
answer the secruity question I asked him. I know that you think I am
silly for taking precautions but you should be happy to have a partner
who is so cautious. I have to be cautious because I live alone in the
woods and I have to take care of myself. I know, due to your hardships
that you understand the need to be cautious.

Obviously, this transaction is not 100% risky free. After much praying
and fasting, I have decided that I will continue but we must be very
cautious from here on. I will only accept e-mails from the account you
are currently using- [email protected]. I will assume any other
e-mail is an impostor. Some bad people know about this and we must not
let them succeed!!!

Let us carry on.

Your Partner,
Sue




Then I get another Widow Abacha spam. Thus, I am obliged to send this:
Quote:

Mariam,
I received this today. Is this more impostors or your barrister? They
want me to go to Amsterdam and you told me that Amsteram is dangerous.
We need a code word that any friend of yours has to use. You should
choose it, make it whatever you want. Make sure that anyone who works on
your behalf uses it or tell me in advance if a friend contacts me.
Sue

STANDARD ABACHA SPAM DELETED



Now I get the magazine photos that everyone has seen:
Quote:

Dear
Here is my son's wedding pictures and I want you to know that the person you are dealing with is not my son and I am not interested with who so ever you think is the right person, this is a great insult to my personality. my son cannot contact you and my family lawyer cannot alos contact you without my instruction to do so.
If you want to know more about me, please take these picture to Nigeria embassy in your country to confirm my peson and confirm if I am the right wife of the former president of federal republic of Nigeria.
I have warn you to stop all communication with those idiots, they are fraudulent. If you like, you stop and if don't ,go ahead but at last, you will come back to me and then it will be too late for you and by that time, you would have spent all your money to those idiots.
If you are ready, I will tell you what we have to do, you don't need to travel to anywhere.
Thank you
Mrs. Mariam Abacha.


Then I get this:
Quote:

I have no local representative, my lawyer has not contacted you for ones, I have not even told me lawyer to contact you. So you have to consider those mail as fraudulent. listen, my family are figures so everybody want to claim to be us.
We are muslim and I love my family despite my husband is not alive, I have sent you my family picture, you can see my sons, now, look at the picture the person sent to you claiming to be my son and check if he is my son. offcourse, it can't be. So if you are serious to do assist me let out code be HONEST, When ever I am writing to, HONEST will be my subject and if I introduce you to anybody, in his subject, HONEST will be his subject. ok
This is all I have to tell you for now and I have told you that you don't need to travel anywhere because of this transaction, I will use my husband connection to make sure that the consignment is been shipped to you to united states and my son will be coming to see you in person.
Thank you
Mrs. Mariam



Yes! The code-word has been established! Now the fun begins. I love how Mariam mis-spells it right away. I wait until a few more e-mails to exploit that fact…
Quote:
Subject MORE EXPLANATION (HIONEST)

Dear
Thank you for your mail and understanding, well, I never sent any passport to you, what I have sent to you is the pictures of my family and the wedding picture of my son mohammed and I beleive you can see me in one of the pictures.
Now if you are ready, I will ask my lawyer to procure all necessary documents needed to present you to the secutiy company as the rightful beneficiary, after that, the copies will be sent to you and I will make arrangement with the manager of the company to shipped the consignment to you in united states. I think I can make this trip to see you but only time will vindicate the just.
I will discuss with my lawyer tonight and I will get back to you tomorrow morning,
I want to hear from you. And I hope you received all the pictures, that is for you and you only.
You told me that you are gonig to get a nwe phone and till this moment, I have not receive your new number, I need to speak with you so that you can hear my voice and I will hear yours.
Allah will never let me down, I told you that those idiots are impostors and thank Allah that at last, you know the truth.
Thank you
Mrs. Mariam




I wish I thought of this earlier- I tell her I will only trust e-mails from her account. Then I send a message to Yahoo Abuse…
Quote:

Hi Mariam,
I hope you got the copy of the passport the impostors sent. It is weird that they did that. But it is obviously a forgery, given the way the photo is. It just goes to show that I can only believe mails from the account you are sending letters from.

The phone company is doing the warranty work on my cell phone and is sending it back to me next week. I should get it by Monday or Tuesday. I would get it sooner, but since I sold my car I can't go to town anymore.
I hope we can finish everything soon so I can get a car again and go to town.

Sue




She sends this. Yahoo hasn’t shut the account down yet:
Quote:

Re: REQUIREMENTS (HIONEST)

Dear
I got your mail, well, I thank Allah that you later know the truth. I want you to know that your car will be replaced as soon as this transaction is finished, I promise, you can buy any car of your choice. But what I want you to do now is to send to me the copies of the documents they sent to you because I know very well that what ever they send to you is fake and forgery. I have discussed with my attorney and he is going to prepare the necessary documents needed to back up your claim as the rightful beneficiary of the consignment. And as soon as this is done, the company will contact you, I will give you the contact address of the company.
Now you are advice to send the following.

YOUR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS.
A COPY OF YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE OR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT.

This is all I want from you now to obtain those necessary document, send the documents they sent to you. As I have told you, the police is already after them here, they are on the run, I don't think if they are still sending mails to you, if they are still sending mail, please block them immediately.

Waiting to hear from you
Mrs. Mariam



I decide to notice the typo now of “Hionest”:
Quote:

hahaha impostor! you can't fool me! you did the wrong password!



And the reply. Notice how the fact that it’s the same e-mail account is important:
Quote:

Subject: SORRY, REPLY NOW (HONEST)

Dear
I got your mail, you are wonderful, sorry for the mistake but mind you intensionally did it.
The correct password is HONEST.
Please I know that you are trying to be cautious of every step.
Now, I think that we have no time, kindly send the information as I asked you to do.

YOUR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS
A COPY OF YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE OR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT.

You can see that I am not impostor, I am still sending you mail from my email box. no change.
Waiting your urgent reponse.
As I told you, had it been you send those information, my lawyer would have gone and get those documents needed to back up your claim.
I am still waiting to hear from you.
Mrs.Mariam


Yahoo shuts down the account with perfect timing!
Quote:

Hello,

Thank you for writing to Yahoo! Mail.

In this particular case, we have taken appropriate action against the Yahoo! account in question, as per our Terms of Service (TOS). For further details about the Yahoo! TOS, you can visit:

http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/

Please know that Yahoo! is unable to disclose the action taken on another user's account with a third party. We are not able to make exceptions to this rule.

Thank you again for contacting Yahoo! Customer Care.

Regards,

Willie

Yahoo! Customer Care
http://www.yahoo.com/



And now an e-mail from a different account! What a surprise!
Quote:

Subject: Mrs. Mariam (HONEST)

Dear Sue
This is Mrs. Mariam Abacha.
This is to inform you that I have change my mail address stop writing me at my yahoo email address [email protected] as I cannot access it any more.

Kindly send the required information to me, your full name and address and a copy of your driver’s license or international passport.

I am not an impostor.

This is your first reply to me for verification.

Mariam,
I think I can help.
My name is
My address is:
1880 Perder Tiempo Drive
Seattle, WA 98104 USA

Ok, now I can see your address, so just send only a copy of your drives license or international passport.

I will be waiting to hear from you.

Thank you.
Mrs. Mariam


Well, just because the lad knows the password and has a copy of my first e-mail doesn’t mean it’s the same one. I must be cautious. Of course, I must also complain to the new e-mail provider:
Quote:

To whomever this is, I have to wait and see if I hear from the Yahoo account before I respond. As you can see, I sent this message to the real yahoo account
also. The impostors are crafty and you may or may not be one. For all I know, you took the printout from the real Mariam's garbage or watched over her shoulder. You were so adamant that I only respond to the Yahoo account that I find this very strange. I promised I would only respond to the Yahoo account. I am only responding to this because of the passport, but I will not give away any personal information yet.

I know time is important, but if you are the real Mariam then you will understand my concern. If you are the impostor, please tell me why you said you loved me and wanted to marry me in Amsterdam? Why do that to me? What kind of game is that? Mariam sent the police after you! You are not safe!

Mariam, if that is you then I will see if I hear from the Yahoo account in the normal amount of time it usually takes you to respond before I respond to this. That means the real Mariam will have time to warn me that this is an impostor.

I will not be fooled again!!!
Sue



The lad is getting a little pissy!
Quote:

Dear Sue,
I am real mariam, I have been communicating with you and I am the one that contact the police to go after those idiots that said that they are my son, I sent the pictures to you and if you want me to re-send, I will do it.
I don't know why you are creating unecesary formalities in this matter, if you are not serious, let me know.
We have a code and I wrote you with the code and yet you are still doubting me.
Please I am tied of your problems
Bye.
Mrs. Mariam.




Of course, I am cautious because I am her friend...
Quote:

Mariam,
We have to be careful because of those idiots. You understand that, don't you??? You told me to only trust Yahoo account then you switch. I think it is you because your mean tone and the password, but for security sake please re-send the pictures you sent me before. They must be identical.
Your Friend,
Sue




And the reply… At this point I’ve given up on a trophy
Quote:

I got your mail, I will resend it to you, even if you want more, I am Mrs. Mariam Abacha, I sent you mail with our password phrase so you suppose to know that it's me not any impostor.
Now, I want you to know that I will not tolerate any further non challant attitude from you, I have taken enough.
If you are ready to assit me, stop creating unecessary formalities and delay in this, this is not by force, I am not forcing you so I think that I deserve respect if not for anything, for my personality.
I know that there is alot of internet scam and that does not mean that there is no geniune business going on in the internet, I am contacting enough that by now, We suppose have finalize this project but everytime, you come up with one story or another. I am no longer interested in your investigation, after resending the picture to you by monday, if you are not ready to move forward in concluding this transaction, better stop writing me. I think I made myself clear.
Thank you.
Mrs. Mariam



And my reply
Quote:

Mariam,
You offered to send me the photo again. I accepted your offer. If you do not not wish to send the photo, do not make offers. Your words in this last e-mail are the words an impostor would say to avoid sending a photo that he does not have access to. Now, more than ever, I must see the photo before proceeeding. Especially after that passport sent by the impostors. The photo you send MUST COME FROM THIS E-MAIL ACCOUNT.

I must remind you that you are the one who caused unnecessary delays by switching e-mail addresses after we discussed the dangers of impostors and we agreed that your Yahoo account was the only good one I can trust.
Why do that to me? Switching e-mail accounts is what hurt us for time.
It is dangerous for me to trust new e-mail accounts. REMEMBER, BECAUSE OF YOU TELLING ME THAT YOUR SON WAS TESTING ME I ALMOST FLEW TO AMSTERDAM TO MARRY AN IMPOSTOR AND I SENT $1,200 TO AN IMPOSTOR BARRISTER. DO NOT LECTURE ME ON SECURITY.

Sue





I get this, but no pictures:
Quote:

Dear
Here are the pictures I sent to you and I hope you can see be satisfied.
I am going to send you more information on the way forward as I have discussed with my lawyer.
I will get back to you.
Please confirm the receipt of the pictures
Thank you
Mrs. Mariam







My reply
Quote:

There are no pictures attached. Where is the real Mariam?
I can no longer communicate unless the agreed upon modalities are followed.





Nothing, so a week later I send this..
Quote:

Sir/Madam,
Failure to send the photo shows that this e-mail account is an impostor account. Please no longer send messages as I will ignore them. Please do not hurt the real Mariam Abacha, as it is obvious you have done something with her. She is a 100% good person so do not hurt her.
Sue


Six weeks later I send this last message trying shake things up, but nothing.

Quote:

Mariam,
Are you safe?
I am worried about your safety. Please respond with our code word if you are OK.


-Your Friend


That’s my experience with Mariam. Very rude lads, I hope I gave them some headaches.

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