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The Scambusts

The General Practitioner

The Aristocrat II

The Massage Parlour Proprietor

The Football Club Manager

The Vicar V

The Astrologer

The Worm Sanctuary Owner

The Signwriter

The Brewer

The Member of Parliament II

The Door Furniture Specialist

The Inventor IV

The Retired Wing Commander IV

The Baker

The Farmer

The Hotelier

The Veterinary Surgeon

The Vicar IV

The Psychosexual Therapist

The Orphanage Director II

The Cess Pit Cleaner

The Dating Agency Proprietor

The Adult Video Director

The Retired Wing Commander III

The Inventor III

The Poultry Magnate III

The Poultry Magnate II

The Vicar III

The Miller

The Member of Parliament

The Lottery Winner

The Inventor II

The Circus Ringmaster

The Undertaker

The Retired Wing Commander II

The Butcher

The Vicar II

The Vicar

The Doctor of Economics

The Rubber Duck Manufacturer

The Orphanage Director

The Aristocrat

The Poet

The Poultry Magnate

The Retired Wing Commander

The Professor of Economics

The Inventor

Mapping Gilbert’s activities

Map of Gypping in the Marsh

The Global Scamming Community

Internet Fraud Information

Classified Advertisement Scams

Investment Scams

Job Vacancies in the Scamming Business

Internet Resources

Scambusting Advice

Scambusting Tips

Gilbert’s Guide to Sending Money to Scammers

Blank Western Union and MoneyGram Receipts

Reactions and Feedback

The Scammers’ Reactions

Feedback from Fans

Contact Details

Copyright Notice


The Brewer


In which Gilbert Murray attempts to claim the funds of a sadly-deceased Iranian oil merchant as his own. Will the security company believe that Gilbert is the brother of an Iranian man with a completely different surname? In the world of 419 scammers, the answer to that is obviously yes.

Cast of characters

  • Gilbert Murray – traditional brewer of good honest ales.
  • Williams Mbah – allegedly the personal assistant of a late Iranian oil tycoon.
  • John Debie – allegedly Mr Mbah’s lawyer.
  • Stella Okoye – allegedly the secretary to the Operations Manager of a security company.


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: PLEASE CONSIDER THIS

Sent: Thu, 13 Apr 2006 00:17:50 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR FRIEND,

I am contacting you today for a profitable business proposal. My name is WILLIAMS MBAH. I am the personal assistant to late Mr Muhammad El-Sahedi. El-Sahedi was an oil merchant from Iran but resident in Nigeria. He carried on his oil and petroleum transactions from Nigeria but exported to overseas. El-Sahedi died recently in Iran as a result of the earthquake that hit that country. He died along with his whole family.

Apart from being his personal assistant I was also his best friend and confidant. I was therefore in a position to know all his financial transactions as he trusted me. Mr Sahedi had a deposit of $40.5 million with a famous security and finance company here which I want you to help me receive and transfer into your bank account till I come over to join you for sharing and investment as you may direct me.

If you agree to assist me, I WILL GIVE YOU all the details of the transaction and the process of receiving the funds because you will act as the next of kin to MR SAHEDI. For assisting me in this business you will take 20% of THE $40.5 MILLION as your share and I will take 70% as my share while the remaining 10% will take care of the expenses we may insure at the process of the transaction.

You will keep my share for me till I join you in your country a few weeks after the transfer is made.

I want you to understand that I am not a dishonest man. I am only doing this because if the security company discovers that Mr Sahedi and all his relations are dead, they will turn over the money to government and this will not help me. Please note that there is no risk in this business as no relation of Mr Sahedi is alive today and the security firm does not know he is dead. When you transfer the money the security firm will assume it is Mr Sahedi’s next of kin who is doing the transfer because I will provide you with his letters of administration to empower you as his next of kin.

It was when I LEARNT OF his death that I went to his room to search for the paperwork (documents) relating to the said deposit. I found them in a concealed (secret) drawer in his bedroom.

Please reply to this message soonest.

Yours sincerely,

WILLIAMS MBAH


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Williams Mbah

Subject: Re: PLEASE CONSIDER THIS

Sent: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 08:45:35

Dear Mr Bah,

How on earth did you get hold of my personal email address, and what is this fresh nonsense? Explain yourself, man, and at once if you please.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: THANKS FOR YOUR RESPONSE

Sent: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 01:29:14 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR GILBERT,

It gives me so much joy that you understood what I meant. Also I am happy that you have decided to assist me.

Let me assure you that this business is risk free and there is nothing you should fear about because I will arrange and package it in such a way that the two of us will enjoy a good family/business relationship that will extend to generations to come.

All that is expected of you now is to forward to me the following to enable me to secure some documents that will back the business legally. They are as follows:

  • Your full name and address.
  • Your private phone and fax numbers.
  • Your age and occupation.

Also scan and send to me via email attachment the first two pages of your international passport or your driver’s licence.

The moment I receive the above information I will proceed to process the movement of the funds to you before I will then plan how to join you in your country for sharing and investment.

My phone number is +234-80-59881154. Possibly call me for more details.

Regards,

WILLIAMS MBAH


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Williams Mbah

Subject: I don’t understand

Sent: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 14:30:27

Dear Mr Bah,

I have just read the last email you sent to me. I have to say, Mr Bah, although the proposal you’re putting forward is rather tempting – I am on the lookout for some money to fund the expansion of my business at the moment, and my bank isn’t being very co-operative – it all sounds a bit fishy to me.

For one thing, why do you need my help to get your hands on your late employer’s money? And why on earth did you contact me – a complete stranger – on this matter? You don’t know me from Adam. And one more thing: how on earth is the security company going to believe that I’m this El-Sahedi’s next of kin, when I’m not even Iranian?

And won’t we get into terrible trouble if we get found out? I mean, the money’s not actually ours, is it? I’ve got my reputation to think of, Mr Bah. I’m a well-respected local businessman – the brewery that I own and run has been in my family for generations – and I couldn’t afford to get into trouble with the authorities.

I’ve got serious concerns about this whole endeavour, Mr Bah. I’ll need some pretty firm assurances from you that nothing can go wrong before I’m willing to go any further down this road.

If you think you can reassure me on the points I’ve raised, get back to me as soon as you can, and I’ll think things over this weekend. Once I’ve heard from you, if I decide I want to proceed, I’ll get back to you next week.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: THIS IS SIMPLE AND STRAIGHT

Sent: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 07:42:42 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR GILBERT,

Let me first of all thank you for your understanding.

Now I am giving you 100% assurance that this deal is not risky because it is very legal that when time comes I will scan and send to you all the related documents about the $40.5 million because they are with me right now.

Another point is that already a lawyer is standing by that as soon as I receive from you all the informations that I requested for in my last mail to you we will start with the process of getting the LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION in your name as the next of kin/beneficiary to the $40.5 million. All I need from you is your full co-operation and understanding.

This is a deal that I have perfected with the OPERATIONS MANAGER of the security company where the funds was deposited only that I do not have any foreign contact/friend who will come in to transfer the funds in his name.

I want you to be rest assured that this is a straight deal, risk free and genuine. I am here processing this deal and monitoring it.

To tell you how far I have gone, I am already in talks with some diplomats attached to the presidency who have accepted to deliver the consignment containing the funds cash for us in EUROPE where we will now clear, sign and collect before lodging it in a bank of our choice to avoid paying taxes, charges, traces etc that follows international money transfers.

Just keep this secret for now. Do not discuss it and let us smile soonest.

My phone number remains +234-80-59881154. Call me and let us talk in details.

WILLIAMS


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Williams Mbah

Subject: I’ll consider what you have told me over the weekend

Sent: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 15:56:32

Dear Mr Bah,

Thanks for your email. This may all seem “simple and straight” to you, but it all sounds rather complicated to me: I’m a simple country brewer, and the world of international finance is something of a mystery to me.

Nevertheless, you seem to know what you are talking about. I’ll consider what you have told me over the weekend and get back to you early next week.

Do have a pleasant weekend.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: I WILL BE WAITING

Sent: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 23:24:56 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR GILBERT,

As soon as you conclude by having a deep thought over my proposal do contact me by mail and phone so that we move on.

Have a nice weekend.

WILLIAMS


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Williams Mbah

Subject: I am willing to move forward

Sent: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 09:30:02

Dear Mr Bah,

How are you, my dear fellow? I trust that you had a pleasant weekend.

I thought long and hard about your proposal this weekend, and I am pleased to be able to tell you that as long as you are absolutely sure that getting myself involved in this business isn’t going to get me into trouble with the law, I am happy to move forward.

As I mentioned to you last week, I have been looking for the funds to expand my business for some time now. I run a small brewery that has been in the family for generations, but it has long suffered from a lack of inward investment. The bottling machinery is old and needs replacing, the brewhouse is in need of a comprehensive refit, and I would like to be able to increase our capacity to enable us to brew a new range of ales that will allow us to compete with the big players in the market. This proposal of yours sounds as if it will provide me with all the capital I will need to develop my business.

So, Mr Bah, where do we go from here? Please get back to me by return with details of our next step.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: I WILL BE WAITING

Sent: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 02:42:23 -0700 (PDT)

GOOD MORNING.

I feel so happy to read your go ahead mail this morning and as such I am ready to move on with you but with strict warning that you should not discuss this deal with anybody.

All I need from you right away is that you should send to me today all the informations that I requested from you in my second mail to you so that with those data I will progress with the documentation of all the legal papers with the help of the lawyer.

They include:

  • YOUR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS.
  • YOUR AGE , OCCUPATION AND MARITAL STATUS.
  • YOUR PRIVATE PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS FOR EASY CONTACTS.
  • SCAN AND SEND TO ME THE FIRST TWO PAGES OF YOUR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OR DRIVER’S LICENCE BECAUSE IT WILL BE ATTACHED TO THE APPLICATION TO BE SUBMITTED AT THE HIGH COURT FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION IN YOUR NAME AS THE NEXT OF KIN/BENEFICIARY TO THE $40.5 MILLION.

Please send all this immediately and call me on phone +234-80-59881154.

WILLIAMS


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: Find attached three documents

Sent: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 02:54:45 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR GILBERT,

Please find attached three documents. Please print them out in colours as proof that this money exists and proof that I am not joking.

The three documents are:

  1. DEPOSIT CERTIFICATE. This is the certificate that was given to my boss (EL-SAHEDI) when he deposited the $40.5 million.
  2. DRUG FREE CERTIFICATE. This certificate shows and clears the money as not from drug deals.
  3. ANTI-TERRORIST CERTIFICATE. This certificate clears the $40.5 million as not related to terrorism.

Please, I am waiting for your call.

WILLIAMS

Three miniscule documents
(Click to enlarge)


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Williams Mbah

Subject: The information you requested

Sent: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 13:55:28

Dear Mr Bah,

Thank you for your email and for sending me those three documents. I will print them out and look over them this evening after work. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, but I’ve been in meetings all morning with my Head Brewer, discussing possible new brews to try out this summer. Anyway, here is the information you requested:

Name: Gilbert Arnold Murray

Address: Hemlock Cottage, Cold Harbour Lane, Gypping in the Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

Age: 53

Occupation: Managing Director, Murray’s Brewery

Marital status: Married (to Elizabeth)

Telephone/fax: 01927 58367

Unfortunately, there’s a bit of a problem with my telephone line at the moment: a delivery driver backed his lorry into a telegraph pole last week and it brought down the telephone lines to the brewery and to my house. I’m trying to get this sorted out as we speak, but there’s a bit of a debate over exactly who’s responsible – me, the phone company or the company that the delivery driver works for – and until we can work out who’s responsible, the phone company won’t come out and fix the line.

I’m hoping that this will be resolved later in the week. Until then, I suggest we carry on conversing via email if that’s alright with you... well, I don’t see that we have much alternative. Let me know. I trust that’s OK with you. Please let me know.

Oh, I’ve attached a scanned copy of my passport to this email as you requested.

So, where do we go from here? Is there anything I need to do at this end Mr Bah?

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray

Gilbert’s forged passport
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From: Gilbert Murray

To: Williams Mbah

Subject: Is this some kind of joke?

Sent: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 15:42:39

Dear Mr Bah,

I have just tried printing out those three documents you sent me. Is this some kind of joke? Each one is about the size of a bloody postage stamp, and it’s impossible to make out a single word on any of them.

You told me that these documents would prove that the money exists and that you are not joking. All these miniscule documents seem to prove is that you don’t know how to work your computer very well.

I am a busy man Mr Bah. Please send me proper copies of the documents by return so that I can print them out and have a look at them.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: OK

Sent: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 08:20:31 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR GILBERT,

Thanks a lot for the informations though your passport was a half page and not fully as the lawyer requested but I printed it out for him to rush before the High Court dismisses for the day’s work because we are targeting to secure the LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION on or before the end of work on WEDNESDAY.

I also gave him all the accompanied informations you sent for the processing of letters of administration in your name as the next of kin/beneficiary to the $40.5 million.

Please GILBERT, I want to make one correction, my name is MR WILLIAMS MBAH and not BAH as you use to write or address me. Please take note.

I understood what you said about your telephone but I want you also to understand that a transaction of this magnitude ($40.5 million) requires that you and I have to be on constant phone discussions to avoid any mistake and to have proper co-ordination.

I suggest that for now you can buy a cellphone and be calling me from there until you sort out with the phone company.

Gilbert, please you have to zoom those certificates with your computer to be able to print them out in full pages as you requested because I did the same to print out the passport you sent to me even though in black and white.

WILLIAMS


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: Attached are the three certificates again

Sent: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 08:38:55 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR GILBERT,

HERE ARE ATTACHED AGAIN THE THREE CERTIFICATES.

ZOOM THEM AND PRINT THEM OUT IN COLOURS.

WILLIAMS

The deposit certificate
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The drug-free certificate
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The anti-terrorist certificate
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From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: Send this application immediately

Sent: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 08:55:03 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR GILBERT,

I FEEL so happy to see your reply this afternoon and as such I prefer we progress immediately because I want us to conclude this deal before the end of the first week in May.

To this effect I want you to forward this application to the SECURITY/FINANCE COMPANY where the funds was deposited immediately so that they will start treating our case first thing tomorrow morning.

Please forward this application to them through the OPERATIONS MANAGER via the departmental email address as follows: operglobalfirm@tygo.com. I drafted it from the information you supplied to me and I want you to send it to the security/finance company where the $40.5 million was deposited.

The email address where you will send it is operglobalfirm@tygo.com. Please direct the application to the MANAGER OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT.

THE OPERATIONS MANAGER
GLOBAL SECURITIES AND FINANCE LTD
ENUGU
NIGERIA

SIR,

APPLICATION FOR THE RELEASE OF MY INHERITED FUNDS

I AM Gilbert Arnold Murray of Hemlock Cottage, Cold Harbour Lane, Gypping in the Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK and my EMAIL ADDRESS IS xxxxxx@xxxxxx.com.

Telephone/fax: 01927 58367.

I am writing to you for the release of my inherited funds which was bequested to me by my late brother, MUHAMMAD EL-SAHEDI which is currently on deposit with your honourable and well respected firm.

The particulars of the deposit is as follows:

  • SECURITY NUMBER: GSN/1401/X5/03
  • TRANSACTION CODE: GSN/POP/CED/2401
  • CERTIFICATE DEPOSIT NUMBER: GSN/49772
  • BATCH: 24681224/02
  • DATE OF DEPOSIT: 14/11/03

I have other related documents which I will send across to prove my genuineness if requested for. I am submitting this application because of my late brother’s involvement in the last earthquake which hit in IRAN.

Please write me back so that I will know the process of receiving the inheritance.

Thanks in anticipation of your co-operation.

Yours faithfully,

Gilbert Arnold Murray


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Williams Mbah

Subject: Should I get my lawyer involved in this business?

Sent: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 09:41:16

Dear Mr Bah,

Thank you for sending me those documents again. I was pleased to see that you’d got it right this time. I did try zooming in on the original copies that you sent, but they were simply too small. You obviously hadn’t scanned them in correctly. Might I suggest that once we have completed this transaction, it may be worth your while taking a night class in computing? You might find it useful.

I managed to print out the documents yesterday and I had a good look at them last night. Everything seems to be in order from what I can make out.

It’s certainly good to know that your ex-employer wasn’t involved in terrorism or drugs or anything like that. I don’t approve of that kind of thing, Mr Bah... especially not drugs. I reckon the rise in drug-taking amongst the youth of today is largely to blame for the decline in beer sales that we’ve been experiencing for the past few years. It seems that people would rather get off their heads on illegal drugs than smashed on good honest ales nowadays, and that’s terribly sad... and not at all good for my profits either.

Anyway, while I was looking over those documents you sent me, I started to wonder whether would be worth me getting in touch with my lawyer, Welsby, and seeing if he would be able to help us out with this business. If any legal issues crop up at this end, I thought that it might be useful to have him to hand to deal with them as soon as they arise. Welsby’s a fine lawyer, and very well-respected in Lincolnshire legal circles. He also charges extremely reasonable fees.

Welsby’s got the sharpest legal brain I’ve ever come across. He proved invaluable last year after an unfortunate incident in which some rotten floorboards gave way above a boiling mash tun during a school trip around the brewery. Welsby worked wonders in the ensuing court case. Not only did he manage to get all charges dropped, he also persuaded the judge to award me costs against the bereaved families.

I can’t recommend Welsby highly enough. Do you think I ought to contact him and see if he can help us out in this matter, my dear fellow? I am sure he would do an excellent job for us.

Do let me know what you think about getting Welsby involved. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: NOT YET

Sent: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 03:37:31 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR GILBERT,

Your suggestion about involving your lawyer is well accepted to me but that is when the $40.5 million has been moved over to the UK because for now the attorney to the security company whom I was introduced to by the OPERATIONS MANAGER is handling every aspect concerning the deal and I have already paid him his consulting fees remaining his legal fees which will be due by end of this week.

Please all you will do for me is to make sure that you forward the application to the security company as I drafted and sent to you yesterday so that they will begin with processing of the release of the funds.

Another important issue is that I need us to talk on phone as soon as possible. Buy a cellphone today and call me from there so that we can talk because I want to hear your voice, it is important.

I forgot to also inform you that I will likely have interest in investing in BREWING, HOTEL AND PROPERTY BUSINESS when this deal is concluded but under your good advice and directives because I do not have any business ideas before now.

I have been discussing with a financial consultant who will guide us in lodging the $40.5 million in THE ABN AMRO BANK in AMSTERDAM or MADRID, SPAIN but the Operations Manager who is guiding me says I should wait first until the LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION is out for us to choose where to receive the consignment containing the funds either in AMSTERDAM or MADRID.

Send the application and get back to me.

WILLIAMS


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Williams Mbah

Subject: A question before I send off that application

Sent: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 12:15:09

Dear Mr Bah,

Thanks for your email. So you don’t reckon it’s worth troubling Welsby over this business yet, then? Well, fair enough. It sounds as if your own lawyer’s got everything under control, so I’ll hang fire on contacting Welsby for the moment.

Now then, before I send off that application to the security company, there’s a question that’s been bothering me for a while. You’ve told me to claim that I’m this Sahedi fellow’s brother. But how can we be brothers when we don’t even share a surname? Who on earth is going to believe that me, a member of the Church of England who has lived in Lincolnshire all his life had a brother who was born in Iran, had an Iranian name and (going by his name) was a Muslim? It just doesn’t make sense, Mr Bah. I certainly wouldn’t believe it myself. I might as well claim that Osama Bin-Laden is my father, for heaven’s sake.

I’m worried about this, Mr Bah. If the person at the security company has got anything more than a couple of brain cells to rub together, I just don’t think there’s any way they’re going to believe that I’m this man’s brother.

Instead of claiming to be his brother, couldn’t we claim that I’m a more distant relative? His second cousin twice removed or something like that? I think that would be far more convincing, and I could still act as the man’s next of kin.

What do you reckon, Mr Bah? Shall I tell the security company that I’m Sahedi’s second cousin twice removed instead? It makes sense to me.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray

PS. Regarding the telephone situation, there’d be no point in me buying a cellphone; Gypping in the Marsh is a remote little village with a very small population and there’s no mobile reception anywhere in the area. I know it’s a pain, but I’m afraid we’re just going to have to wait until my phone line is fixed. I’m writing a strongly-worded letter to the telephone company this afternoon, so let’s see if that does the trick.

PPS. I’m delighted to hear that you’re interested in investing in the brewing industry. If that’s where your interest lies, I’m your man. With your money and my business acumen, we could turn Gypping Ales into a major player in the brewing business. Granted, I haven’t managed to turn a profit ever since I inherited the brewery from my father, but with your financial backing we’ll be able to afford to stand a few losses on our way to the top.


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: A GOOD THOUGHT FROM YOU

Sent: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 04:59:55 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR GILBERT,

Two heads are better than one they say and this is why I have been crying that we talk more on phone so that such issues as this will be solved immediately.

I buy your idea of submitting the application to the company as LATE EL-SAHEDI’S SECOND COUSIN to give it a little distance as you suggested.

Please send the application immediately and please let me know also between AMSTERDAM and MADRID which you choose because these funds will be diplomatically delivered to the chosen place about this time next week for our signing, clearing and collection.

Let me know soonest, I am waiting by my computer.

WILLIAMS


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Williams Mbah

Subject: I will send off the application immediately

Sent: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 14:09:16

Dear Mr Bah,

Thanks for your email. I’m delighted to hear that you approve of my idea to pass myself off as Mr Sahedi’s second cousin twice removed rather than his brother. I will do just that, and I will send off the application immediately.

While we’re on the subject of good ideas, you’ll be pleased to hear that that’s not the only one I’ve had. If you remember, I told you the other day that I had been talking with my Head Brewer, discussing possible new brews to try out this summer. Well given the good turn you’re doing me, I thought I’d show my appreciation by naming one of our new summer beers after you.

So, I’ve decided that I’m going to call one of our new beers “Bah’s Best Bitter”. It’s quite a catchy name, don’t you think? The alliteration – all those B’s – really makes the name stand out. I’m sure it will be a hit with our customers. Those that we have left, anyway.

Right, I’ll get that application off to the security company now. How is your lawyer getting on in court, by the way? How long do you think it’ll be before he gets his hands on those documents we need?

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Global Securities and Finance Ltd

Subject: APPLICATION FOR THE RELEASE OF MY INHERITED FUNDS

Sent: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 14:18:45

THE OPERATIONS MANAGER
GLOBAL SECURITIES AND FINANCE LTD
ENUGU
NIGERIA

SIR,

APPLICATION FOR THE RELEASE OF MY INHERITED FUNDS

I AM Gilbert Arnold Murray of Hemlock Cottage, Cold Harbour Lane, Gypping in the Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK and my EMAIL ADDRESS IS xxxxxx@xxxxxx.com.

Telephone/fax: 01927 58367.

I am writing to you for the release of my inherited funds which was bequested to me by my late second cousin twice removed (on my mother’s side), MUHAMMAD EL-SAHEDI which is currently on deposit with your honourable and well respected firm.

The particulars of the deposit is as follows:

  • SECURITY NUMBER: GSN/1401/X5/03
  • TRANSACTION CODE: GSN/POP/CED/2401
  • CERTIFICATE DEPOSIT NUMBER: GSN/49772
  • BATCH: 24681224/02
  • DATE OF DEPOSIT: 14/11/03

I have other related documents which I will send across to prove my genuineness if requested for. I am submitting this application because of my late second cousin twice removed (on my mother’s side)’s involvement in the last earthquake which hit in IRAN.

Please write me back so that I will know the process of receiving the inheritance.

Thanks in anticipation of your co-operation.

Yours faithfully,

Gilbert Arnold Murray


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: GOOD

Sent: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 07:26:31 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR GILBERT,

I feel so happy that you have sent out the application as you mentioned.

Also I appreciate it also that you have plans to name one of your products after my name but please remember that my name is WILLIAMS MBAH and not BAH as you have been applying.

The lawyer and I will be meeting this evening in his chambers for me to know how far he went today but like I told you he promised me that before the end of work tomorrow (Wednesday) that he will get them to authorise and sign the LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION. In fact there is what we call bribe here in this country or greasing of palms, so already he requested for some money to that effect I was able to give him yesterday night so that nothing will bring clog in our wheel of success. No mind us. This is a corrupt society.

You did not mention anything regarding the options I gave you about AMSTERDAM and MADRID.

One important issue I forgot last time is that the OPERATIONS MANAGER of the security firm who is the person assisting us in this deal is having his SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATION (25 YEARS IN MARRIAGE) and I have discussed about you with him as the next of kin to my late boss so we have to send him some gift items by then though for now I have not decided what we will give him and his wife but maybe by tomorrow I will decide the things that I will like you to get from there because it is most likely that by the day of the celebration you and I will be in either AMSTERDAM or MADRID sealing our deal.

I will write you later after meeting the lawyer.

WILLIAMS


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Williams Mbah

Subject: Sorry for getting your name wrong

Sent: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 15:56:27

Dear Mr Mah,

I’m terribly sorry for getting your name wrong. I must have been mis-spelling it all the time we’ve been corresponding with each other. I didn’t mean any offence; it’s just that my eyesight isn’t what it was and I don’t wear my spectacles as often as I should when I use the computer. Please forgive me, my dear fellow.

That is a terrible shame though: I’m going to have to rethink my idea of naming that beer after you. “Mah’s Best Bitter” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

That also pulls the chain on another good idea I had this afternoon: I had thought that with the new investment you’d be bringing into my business, we could open up a new chain of smart and fashionable wine bars called “Bah’s Bars”. I had it all worked out in my head as well. They were going to be completely themed around your name: people would order their drinks at the bah... they’d be served by bahmen and bahmaids... and if they caused any trouble, the bahncers on the doors would sort them out. And if they were really troublesome, they’d be bahhed.

Oh well, never mind. I’ll just have to think of something else.

Anyway, you mentioned that this chap at the security company had a silver wedding anniversary coming up? Good for him. Do send me his name – and his wife’s – and I’ll buy them an anniversary card.

I must go: I’ve got a meeting with the Maintenance Manager. We’ve got another infestation of rats in the place, and I need to see how he’s proposing to sort it out. It lost us a lot of trade, the last time we had an infestation like this: we had rats falling into the fermentation vessels, and it didn’t do much for the flavour of the beer, I can tell you that for nothing. Our customers left us in droves... like rats leaving a sinking ship, you could say.

Well, do get back to me after you’ve caught up with the lawyer. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Stella Okoye

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Sent: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 07:15:36 -0800

GLOBAL SECURITIES/FINANCE LIMITED
GLOBAL PLAZA
WUSE
ENUGU
NIGERIA
TEL/FAX: 042 882300

ATTN: Gilbert Arnold Murray

SIR,

We write to acknowledge the receipt of your application in which you are requesting for the release of your inherited funds which was deposited here with us by your late cousin (MUHAMMAD EL-SAHEDI).

May we inform you that GLOBAL SECURITIES has her modalities and policies which guides her in such transactions which you are requesting for.

Hereunder are the steps you MUST meet up with before your application will be considered and granted:

A. YOU ARE EXPECTED TO FORWARD TO US VIA FAX OR EMAIL ATTACHMENT (later (sic) is preferable) ALL THE RELATED DOCUMENTS THAT YOU HAVE TO SUPPORT YOUR CLAIM.

B. YOU WILL HAVE TO SEND TO US INNER COPIES OF YOUR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OR ANY OTHER FORM OF IDENTIFICATION WHICH IS ACCEPTED INTERNATIONALLY.

C. YOU WILL HAVE TO SEND TO US A COPY OF ANY LEGAL DOCUMENT IN FORM OF LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION (proving that you are legally noted by a court of law here as next of kin/beneficiary to the family treasures deposited by MR MUHAMMAD EL-SAHEDI) AND/OR PROVIDE US WITH A CLARIFIED DEATH CERTIFICATE OF THE DEPOSITOR.

E. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A PROCESSING AND REGISTRATION FEE OF $9,700 (NINE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY) THROUGH OUR REVENUE COLLECTOR’S ACCOUNT OR THROUGH THE WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER FOR SPEEDY PROCESSING OF YOUR DATA.

F. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO APPEAR IN PERSON IN OUR HEADQUARTERS OR EMPLOY THE SERVICES OF OUR ACCREDITED ATTORNEYS/LAWYERS TO SIGN THE FINAL RELEASE DOCUMENTS.

YOUR ABILITY TO MEET UP WITH THE ABOVE CONDITIONS WILL DETERMINE THE SPEED WITH WHICH YOU WILL BE ATTENDED TO.

WE SINCERELY CONDOLE YOU FOR THE DEATH OF MR SAHEDI.

YOURS FAITHFULLY,

STELLA OKOYE (MRS)

Secretary to the Operations Manager


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Stella Okoye

Subject: A few queries

Sent: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 16:58:22

Dear Mrs Okoye,

Thank you for your prompt response to my email and for your condolences on the death of my second cousin twice removed (on my mother’s side). Being my second cousin twice removed (on my mother’s side), Mr Sahedi and I were of course extremely close, and I still feel his loss deeply.

However, there’s no use crying over spilt milk; life goes on, as they say. And anyway, what can you expect if you choose to live in an earthquake zone?

Regarding your email, I have a few queries.

Firstly, when asking me to forward on all of the related documentation, you stated that “later is preferable”. I can only presume that this is because you are extremely busy at the moment. How much later would you like me to send these documents? Next week? Next month? Please advise.

Secondly, in your list of requirements, you listed five requirements: A, B, C, E and F. As you will see, requirement D is missing from this list. I can only presume that you deleted it accidentally prior to sending me the email. Please advise what requirement D is.

I look forward to your prompt response.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray

PS. I note that you wrote most of your last email ALMOST ENTIRELY IN CAPITAL LETTERS. Quite apart from the fact that only educationally subnormal people write ENTIRELY IN CAPITAL LETTERS in this country, it does make your email rather difficult to read. I would appreciate it if you could use an appropriate mixture of upper and lower-case letters in your subsequent emails to me.


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: So far

Sent: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 01:18:05 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR GILBERT,

I am supposed to have given you this report since yesterday night but for the fact that my internet became bad after yesterday’s evening rainfall and because of the nature of this deal I have to come to this internet cafe to send you this report while waiting for my internet providers to come up.

Yesterday evening I was with MR JOHN DEBIE (the lawyer) in his chambers to know the latest and it was all positive. He told me that he has shared the greasing of palms (bribe) as we agreed and that he got assurance from the court REGISTRAR that the LETTERS OF ADMIN will be signed and given to him today and I promise you that as soon as I receive it that I will scan and send it to you.

Please I want to know if you have received any response yet from the security company.

I have one thing in mind to suggest as regards the telephony problem, I am in the suggestion that you do not keep waiting for the phone company, that you use your money and repair your phone so that you and I will be communicating smoothly and keep the cost for me because at the completion of this deal before sharing we are going to take back all the expenses we made individually before sharing so please for your information keep good record of any expenses you made to this effect including whatever it will cost you to and from MADRID, SPAIN, flight ticket, accommodation, etc.

Right after sending this mail, I will proceed to the DIPLOMATIC UNIT in ABUJA where I am discussing with for the delivering of the consignment for us in Spain because today if all things be equal I will know the cost from them and then arrange on how and when to pay them. As soon as I come back from ABUJA I will write you.

WILLIAMS


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Williams Mbah

Subject: I have sent a couple of queries to the security company

Sent: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 12:02:27

Dear Mr Mah,

Thank you for your email. I have indeed heard back from the security company – from a charming lady called Mrs Okoye. The email that she sent me raised a couple of questions, so I responded to her yesterday with a few queries. Hopefully she will get back to me today with some answers.

I am pleased to hear that things are progressing well with the lawyer. I look forward to receiving the letters of administration – sorry, the LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION – from you as soon as you have scanned them in.

You mentioned that you would be making a trip to Madrid in your last email. That will be nice for you: I have heard that Spain can be very pleasant at this time of year. It can get rather too hot in the middle of summer, from what I have heard, so you are probably wise to visit in the spring. Tell me, my dear fellow, when are you planning to travel? I presume that you will be waiting until our business has been completed before you take your Spanish holiday.

I have heard that you need to be on your guard against pickpockets in Madrid: one of my friends went there the other year and had his pocket picked on the day that he arrived. The police told him that pickpocketing is unfortunately rife in Madrid. Do be on the lookout for any criminal types when you visit, won’t you my friend?

I will wait to hear back from you with a copy of the LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION. Please give my regards to Mr Debie and thank him on my behalf for all the hard work he seems to be putting into this business.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray

PS. Regarding the new range of wine bars that I was considering naming after you, I did wonder last night if I should call them “Mah’s Bars” instead. I may have to get Welsby to clear the name with a certain confectionery company first, but as long as they have no objections, I think we could be onto a winner here.


From: Stella Okoye

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: NOTIFICATION

Sent: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 08:44:06 -0800

GLOBAL SECURITIES/FINANCE LIMITED
GLOBAL PLAZA
WUSE
ENUGU
NIGERIA
TEL/FAX: 042 882300

ATTN: Gilbert Arnold Murray

SIR,

For your perfect understanding, please note as follows:

A. That all the documents supporting your claims should be forwarded to this department by email attachment as soon as you read this mail.

B. That you should pay into our revenue collector’s account the processing and registration fees and send to us also the evidence of transfer/payment slip by email attachment as follows:

  • Bank: Bank of China, London
  • Bank address: 90 Cannon Street, London, EC4N 6HA
  • Swift Code: bkchcnbj920
  • Account number: 306733697868093001
  • Account name: Shaanxi Kaicheng Inv & Ind Co Ltd

Please note that we expect to receive from you this transfer evidence/payment slip as soon as the transfer is made to enable us start with the process of releasing your inheritance and also for record updating.

C. Let it also be clear to you that D subhead which you reported was contained as in above.

Yours faithfully,

STELLA OKOYE (MRS)

Secretary to the Operations Manager


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: Attached is the letters of admin

Sent: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 17:34:28 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR GILBERT,

As I am writing this mail, I am so tired, worked out but above all I am so happy, so much happy because the LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION is here with me and I am attaching it to you straight before I will go in to have my cold shower and have some sleep.

Please print it out in colours and keep it because you will come along with it to Spain where the consignment will be delivered for our signing, clearing and collection.

Point of correction, in my last mail I did not mention to you that I was going to Spain for a holiday, I meant to let you know that you should get ready to come to Madrid, Spain where you and I will meet with the diplomats who will deliver for us the consignments containing the $40.5 million. It is my arrangement that the consignment will be brought to us there so that the financial consultant will assist us in lodging it in a bank there from which the funds will be transferred into your account in the UK bit by bit.

Please understand that we have to do it this way to avoid taxes and charges that are always involved with international monetary transfers.

Tomorrow will be another busy day because I will go back to ABUJA to conclude with the diplomatic unit, as their boss whom I was to discuss with today was not able to give me full attention but rather asked me to come back tomorrow.

Please tell me how far you have gone with your phone problems because as it is now we have entered the final stage of this deal so minute to minute discussion will be involved.

Have the security company cleared you on the queries?

Let me know.

WILLIAMS

The letters of administration
(Click to enlarge)


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: CONFIRM TO ME

Sent: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 22:12:01 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR GILBERT,

Please confirm to me this morning if you received the letters of administration.

Just download the attachment to your desktop and print out in colours.

I am waiting.

WILLIAMS


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Williams Mbah

Subject: A problem

Sent: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 09:34:17

Dear Mr Mah,

Thank you for your email. I must have misread your earlier emails: I didn’t realise that I was going to have to travel over to Spain to collect this consignment; I thought you were going there on holiday.

Are you sure that this is really necessary? I am a very busy man with a brewery to run, you know. If you really think it’s necessary then I suppose I will have no choice but to make the time for the trip, but is there no way that the security company could deliver the consignment somewhere closer to home? I don’t expect them to travel all the way to Gypping in the Marsh, but if they’re going to have to deliver it to Spain anyway, surely they could travel that little bit further and deliver it to London instead? What do you think?

Anyway, I’m afraid that there is a more pressing problem that we – and when I say “we”, what I really mean is “you” – will have to deal with. I have printed out the letters of administration that you sent me, and I noticed to my horror that your late employer’s name has been spelled incorrectly! As you obviously know, your late employer was called “Muhammad El-Sahedi”. However, the name that is printed on the legal document is “El-Muhammad Sahedi”, which is obviously wrong. It’s as different to his real name as “Arnold Gilbert Murray” is to mine.

If I’ve learned one thing from my dealings with my lawyer, Welsby, it’s that a legal document that contains a mistake is about as much use as a chocolate beer barrel. There’s no way that document will stand up in a court of law.

How on earth could your lawyer make such a fundamental mistake, Mr Mah? Is the man properly trained? Does he have full legal qualifications?

I’m sorry Mr Mah, but there’s no way I can present this flawed document to the security company. They will simply throw it back in my face. The way I see things, we have no choice but to instruct your lawyer to obtain a new document – and one without any mistakes this time – at once.

I am not happy, Mr Mah. You assured me that this lawyer was worth his salt. I didn’t expect him to make such a basic error in the one task he’s been given.

Please instruct your lawyer to obtain a revised document at once, and get back to me as soon as it is in your possession.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray

PS. You asked about my telephone line. I am still waiting for a response to the letter I sent to the telephone company the other day. Fingers crossed they won’t be too long in getting back to me: the lack of a telephone is proving to be extremely inconvenient.


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: Blame me

Sent: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 02:26:33 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR GILBERT,

I thank GOD that your mail came now that I am still within Enugu because my local flight to Abuja will be at 11:45am. I have already called MR JOHN and informed him about this mistake and frankly speaking, it is my mistake as he claimed because he said that the names appeared as I submitted to him and after all that he does not know late EL-SAHEDI.

Please blame me and also do you know that I did not see the mistake myself, maybe my oversight and overjoy. Truly, the blame is mine.

I am taking this document along with me to ABUJA and I hope it will not take days again to get it sorted out but until I get to Abuja to meet with him though he said on phone that the process may not be revised and I will get back to you the moment I get back.

Please understand that the diplomatic unit gave me the options of AMSTERDAM and MADRID for the delivery since onset and never a time did they accept to deliver to London because of what they called security risks.

Please this is a 24 hours deal and I pray that you will find time to get ready for early next week to be in Spain for us to complete this deal.

WILLIAMS


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Williams Mbah

Subject: Let us hope that your lawyer can rectify the problem

Sent: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 10:56:16

Dear Mr Mah,

Thank you for your email. I am pleased to hear that this problem wasn’t the fault of your lawyer. If it had been his fault, I would have had to insist that we found another lawyer to help us out in this business – the eminent Welsby, for example. Let us hope that your own lawyer can rectify the problem without any delay.

As there is no way we can move forward with the document you sent me, I have ripped it up and thrown it into the bin. I look forward to receiving a revised document as soon as possible.

Regarding this trip to Madrid, do you have any idea how long I will need to spend in Spain? Do let me know and I will take a look at my diary and see if I can postpone some of my many meetings and appointments next week.

Am I right in thinking that you will be travelling to Madrid yourself as well? I am so looking forward to meeting you, my dear fellow. I can’t wait to shake your hand and thank you in person for putting such a profitable business transaction my way.

I imagine that you will have arrived in Abuja by the time you receive this email. I trust that you had a pleasant flight. Good luck dealing with the lawyer, my friend. Do let me know how you get on.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Stella Okoye

Subject: I’m sorry, but you have confused me

Sent: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 14:21:04

Dear Mrs Okoye,

Thank you for your email, in which you attempted to answer the two queries that I put to you on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, having read your email I am sorry to report that I am now even more confused than I was before.

In the email you sent to me on Tuesday, you listed five requirements: A, B, C, E and F. As I pointed out to you at the time, requirement D was missing.

I expected your response to my email (which arrived this morning) to clearly indicate what the missing requirement (D) was. However, it did not; instead, it contained three different requirements (A, B and C), which did not match up with the requirements A, B and C that appeared in your initial email. As a result of this, I am even less clear about what you expect from me now than I was at the start of the week.

I trust that you can appreciate the reason for my confusion. I would be extremely grateful if you could get back to me with a simple and definitive list of requirements. As I am keen to move this business forwards as quickly as possible, I will act on your email as soon as I receive it.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray

PS. I was pleased to note that you had discovered how to turn off the CAPS LOCK key on your keyboard. Well done. Keep it up.


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: WE SUCCEEDED

Sent: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 18:29:42 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR GILBERT,

Let me start by telling you that God is with us in this deal. Today is a good day because what I thought will take days ended in a few hours and I want you to know that money is powerful. Just give people what they want and they will dance to your tune. Anyway, we succeeded and the attached is the corrected LETTERS OF ADMIN.

Please go straight and purchase your flight ticket to Spain and let me have your flight schedule etc.

From the look of things we will only stay in Madrid for 24 hours to complete the deal.

How far have you gone with the phone company?

Have you contacted the security company again?

Since I could not leave this LETTERS OF ADMIN issue today I had no time to conclude with the diplomatic unit but I will face that first thing in the morning because I am spending the night here in ABUJA so that everything will be in order and tomorrow is Friday.

WILLIAMS

The revised letters of administration
(Click to enlarge)


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Williams Mbah

Subject: This is good news indeed

Sent: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 09:56:42

Dear Mr Mah,

Thank you for sending me the revised letters of administration. I am delighted to see that you managed to get hold of them so quickly. Thank heavens that you employed such a good lawyer: he must be cut from the same cloth as the eminent Welsby. Please buy the man a drink from me next time you see him by way of thanks.

Now then, you asked me to purchase a ticket to Spain. However, might we not be in danger of putting the dray before the horse? We haven’t concluded matters with the security company yet, and there seems little point in me booking a flight ticket before I receive a definite date from them when they will be able to deliver the consignment to Spain. After all, we don’t want to arrive in Madrid only to find that the consignment is still sitting in a vault in Enugu.

Regarding the security company, I heard back from the delightful Mrs Okoye yesterday. She did attempt to answer the queries that I had put to her in my original email, but unfortunately her second email was confusing in the extreme, and I was none the wiser even after I had read it three or four times. I sent off another email to her yesterday afternoon, asking her to clarify matters as plainly and simply as she could so that we could move forward. Hopefully she will get back to me before the end of the day.

Now then, I had better let you know that I won’t be available this weekend. Monday is May Day bank holiday here in the UK, and I am going away for a long weekend with my wife. We won’t be back until Tuesday morning.

It’s a shame to be going away at this time of year, to be honest: Gypping in the Marsh always puts on such a splendid May Day celebration. The entire village community gets involved. There are morris men, dances around the maypole, fun and games of all description, and dancing in the village square until late in the evening. The highlight of May Day is the traditional “Wicker Bunny” ceremony, which takes place at the end of the day, when the large wicker effigy of a bunny rabbit that has been standing in the churchyard ever since Easter is stuffed full of small farm animals – poultry, calves, piglets, lambs, etc – and set alight by the 18th Earl of Gypping in front of the village folk. Last year’s ceremony was a marvellous sight, and this year the Womens’ Institute have excelled themselves by constructing Gypping’s largest ever wicker bunny: at over thirty feet tall, it dwarfs most of the yew trees in the churchyard.

It really is such a shame that my wife and I are going to miss the ceremony this year, but it can’t be helped. We have donated three barrels of our finest ale to the May Day celebrations. Hopefully they will go down well.

Anyway, our little weekend away does mean that after today I won’t be able to get back to you or the security company until next Tuesday. I am sorry for the inconvenience, but it can’t be helped.

Tell me, Mr Mah, do you celebrate May Day over in Nigeria? No doubt you have similar ceremonies in your own village. I trust that whatever wicker animal you choose to burn in your own village on May Day – a wildebeest, for example, or maybe a gazelle – you have a marvellous time.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: READ CAREFULLY

Sent: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 03:51:55 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR GILBERT,

Please read this carefully.

I am back from Abuja and I have concluded with the diplomatic unit for the delivery of the consignment and they are asking for $38,000 for the lifting, handling, transportation and delivering of the consignment. Remember that this is a special arrangement and I have agreed to come back to them on Tuesday for the 50% down payment before they will lift the consignment for onward progress to MADRID, so arrange to be in Madrid by next week THURSDAY. Buy your ticket for next week THURSDAY.

Make all arrangements to be in Madrid next Thursday.

Please do not wait for the security company because I have gone there straight on my arrival because I left my car at the airport yesterday and I met with the OPERATIONS MANAGER who confirmed to me that you and them have been corresponding and that you seem to be difficult in understanding their procedures.

Please help me out and sort things out with their office. You have to scan and send to them all the documents that I have sent to you including your international passport and also he let me know that we are supposed to pay $9,700 as the processing fees. He also informed me that his secretary has given to you their bank account in London where the $9,700 will be transferred, please go ahead and send to them the documents and also transfer the processing fees to their bank account today since the bank is there in London so that everything with them will be concluded today.

You have to understand that I will transfer to the lawyer some funds today as soon as I get to my office so that immediately after the workers’ day I will complete his fees so that he will sign off the final documents at the security office because no matter what it is I want the consignment to leave the shores of this country by next week Wednesday so that by Thursday on our arrival in Spain we will be going for clearing, signing and collection at the diplomatic office there.

Please assist me this time and tidy that end of the security requirements so that my stress will be reduced and if you make any expenses always keep records for reimbursements.

Another important issue is that wherever you may be this weekend for the May Day celebration, make sure that you are close to the email for communications and possibly give me the phone number of that place so that I will be reaching you.

WILLIAMS


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Williams Mbah

Subject: An idea

Sent: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 12:39:22

Dear Mr Mah,

I am confused. Do I understand you correctly? Do you mean to say that the security company is asking for $38,000, just for transporting this consignment to Madrid? And that on top of that, they are demanding a further $9,700, simply for shuffling a few pieces of paper around on their desks?

That comes to a total of $47,700, Mr Mah! That’s over £26,000 in real money... and all for transporting a box from one place to another! That’s an outrageous sum of money for them to charge, Mr Mah!

How can it possibly cost $38,000 to transfer a single box from Enugu to Madrid? Are they using a gold-plated security van, for God’s sake? Even if I had that amount of money to hand – which I do not – I wouldn’t be prepared to hand it over to these money-grabbing shysters simply for moving a box from one place to another!

If you ask me, Mr Mah, this security company is trying to take us for a ride. Well I have a better idea. Why do we need the box moved to Madrid in the first place? Surely it would be much more cost-effective for us to travel to the security company ourselves and take delivery of the box at their headquarters. That way, we’d only have to pay the $9,700 fee (which is still a hell of a lot of money if you ask me) and we’d save $38,000.

What do you reckon, Mr Mah? Shall we make arrangements to collect the consignment in Enugu rather than Madrid? I think this has to be a better way forward. Let me know your thoughts.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Williams Mbah

Subject: We will have to continue this on Tuesday

Sent: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 16:57:14

Dear Mr Mah,

I am disappointed not to have heard back from you in response to my last email. Given the fact that I am going away for the weekend, your delay in responding has meant that we have not been able to make any progress this afternoon, so we will have to continue this on Tuesday now.

On a more positive note, even though I will be away for the weekend, there is no reason why you could not make some progress at your end this weekend. For a start, you could get in touch with Mrs Okoye at the security company and prompt her to respond to my emails in a more timely fashion: she still hasn’t got back to me in response to the email I sent her yesterday, so I’m still confused about exactly what I need to do to satisfy the requirements of the security company.

You might also like to give some serious thought to my suggestion that we forget about the idea of transporting the consignment to Madrid. We could save a lot of money if we didn’t bother doing that. Surely if we collected the consignment at the security company’s head office, there would be a bank nearby that we could pay the money into? Perhaps you could look into that.

Things are still up in the air as far as I am concerned, Mr Mah, which is rather disappointing: I had hoped that by the end of this week would have had everything tied down nicely so that we all knew where we were with everything. But there are still a lot of decisions to be made before this transaction can be finalised.

Why not see what you can do over the weekend, then get back to me by Tuesday morning, when I’ll be back in touch?

Do enjoy your weekend, my dear fellow.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: LET US PROGRESS

Sent: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 05:18:23 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR GILBERT,

Please respond to this mail wherever you are.

I am the person that is dealing and planning this deal and it is to the benefit of both of us and I expect you to follow my directives.

It is clear to me about the processing fees ($9,700) and the money for the delivering of the consignment.

Do you know what it means to carry such a huge sum ($40.5 million) into another country, passing through immigration and governmental agencies and above all remember that this money does not belong to you and I.

Please understand that I am spending my lifetime savings trying to perfect this deal and you don’t seem to see it from the same point with me.

Gilbert, don’t just see it as carrying a box because it is more than that and that was why I had to do it using diplomats so that it will be a clean deal.

On another note, if you insist, I suggest that you come down here and let us use the bank but also I know that using a bank we will be required to pay a lot of taxes and charges and this is what I do not want.

The moment you read this mail go ahead scan those documents including your passport and send them by attachment to the security company and also make sure that you transfer $9,700 to their bank account so that this fund will be released to us.

I am here taking care of things and I want you to be following my directives because wasting time may not be to our advantage.

Is it not better that we spend this little and secure the $40.5 million we are chasing than losing it?

Please follow my directives and let us make progress.

WILLIAMS


From: Williams Mbah

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: The way forward

Sent: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 23:51:36 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR GILBERT,

I had expected to read from you or a phone call from you over the weekend but I am surprised that none came at least for you to know how far I have gone so far.

You are holidaying leaving me with the task of co-ordinating this deal without contacting me at least to know how far I have gone.

Anyway, I am seriously suggesting to you not to wait again for the security company to contact you before you send to them the documents they requested for including your international passport and also transfer to them the $9,700 for processing our documents on Tuesday morning as soon as you come back so that our Thursday target will be a reality. My hopes is that this consignment must be in Spain by Thursday 4th May 2006.

Regarding the $38,000 for the cost of lifting, handling and delivering of the consignment, this payment is not going to the security company. This payment goes to the DIPLOMATIC UNIT of the presidency, they are the people we will use in delivering the consignment because they have immunities that they will not be searched on arrival to the airports and this is the means that most of the African heads of state and presidents use to move huge sums of money. For these diplomats they enjoy some immunity coverage when they come into countries as diplomats and it is also written in their passports and that makes them tick that no immigration or agencies of foreign governments to check them.

The OPERATIONS MANAGER of the security company is the person that sold this idea to me because he has been in this and knows more than you and I in moving such large sums to avoid taxes and charges and even traces. Also I want you to understand that it is the Operations Manager that is linking me with a financial consultant who will assist us in opening an account in Spain and lodging in of the $40.5 million before we will now move together to LINCOLNSHIRE from where we will transfer the funds into your company’s account before sharing and investments starts.

You should know that first thing in the morning tomorrow, as soon as the bank opens that I will proceed to pay MR DEBIE (the lawyer) his fees complete so that he will proceed with signing the final documents and procedures on your behalf at the security plaza and this is why I am suggesting that you send to them the documents as early as possible including the processing fees so that about 12 midday when we will be coming for the signing they must have received your documents.

Please GILBERT, I am mandating you that as soon as you come back that you and I must be talking on phone as often as possible because that will cut a lot of this process short because email writing prolongs the process and I want us to use between today and Thursday to tidy up every necessary arrangements.

Get back to me soonest.

WILLIAMS


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Williams Mbah

Subject: Where is this $38,000 going to come from?

Sent: Tue, 02 May 2006 09:14:12

Dear Mr Mah,

I have just got back from my long weekend away and I have read the emails you sent me in my absence. What a shame you didn’t respond to my emails a bit more quickly on Friday: if you had done, we could have made some more progress before the weekend.

Well, never mind. I trust that you had a pleasant weekend. Apparently the May Day celebrations here in Gypping in the Marsh were something to be seen. The wicker bunny went up like a torch, and the postman told me this morning that you could hear the screams of the burning farm animals for miles around. He said that the noise of the animals sounded almost human at one point.

Unfortunately the burning bunny apparently set fire to some of the old yew trees in the churchyard, and the postman told me that the fire brigade had to be called out as there were concerns that the flames might spread to the timbers of the church roof. Anyway, it seems as if the fire brigade were able to douse the flames before any serious harm was done.

Now then, to business. Although I appreciate what you are saying about having the consignment moved to Madrid by diplomats attached to the presidency, I simply don’t know how we are going to get our hands on the $38,000 that this is going to cost. I certainly don’t have this kind of money just lying about; it’ll be difficult enough for me to come up with the $9,700 that the security company is demanding. There’s no way I can pay for that and pay to have the consignment transported to Madrid.

I don’t know what to do, Mr Mah. Do you have any ideas?

Please get back to me as soon as you can. I shall be waiting to hear from you.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


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