[spambayes-dev] Nigerian mystery

G. Armour Van Horn vanhorn at whidbey.com
Fri Sep 5 17:58:08 EDT 2003


Okay, I now have everything cleaned out, and brand new fresh 1.0a5 files
installed properly and running. I just got my second Nigerian scam of the
day, still rated solidly as Ham.

I started looking over the thing and figured that Nigeria, petroleum, and
million had to all be pretty spammy terms for me, so I looked at the clues
for this message. Unless I'm losing what little mind I have left, those
three terms are not listed in the clues. (And Million appears five times,
petroleum and Nigeria twice each.)

I don't see any sign of errors anywhere.

Below I'm pasting first the source and then the clues.

I just used the nifty new feature for looking up those words, and to my
great surprise, those three terms really aren't all that spammy (or hammy,
either) for me. Am I cursed forever because the number of Nigerian spams we
discuss here is making this obvious clue very neutral? This is exactly the
kind of distinction that has been associated with "Bayesian" analysis back
to the original Graham column, that it could pass actual medical messages
with penis in the body to a urologist while stopping the
larger/longer/harder crap to the same inbox.


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From: Alhaji Mantu <Alhajimantu at bba.com>
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Subject: IMP Mssg From Ibrahim Mantu
Date: Fri, 05 Sep 2003 15:12:23 -0700
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Dear Sir,
I m ALHAJI IBRAHIM MANTU of the Accounts Department of Petroleum (Special)
Fund (PTF), an institution established by the Federal Government of Nigeria
to manage
the proceeds from the sale of Petroleum products as well as the application
of the fu
nds in contract execution. My colleagues and I are inclined to contact you
in view of
a high-level business (deal) that we want to strike with you.
It is quite natural to be surprised when somebody you do not know before
contacts y
ou, especially when it comes to a business of this type. The choice of
picking you for the deal is based on satisfactory enquiries and reports that
we gathered
about your
person. The source of our information shall be disclosed to you in the
course of this
The deal stems from an over-valued invoice of a contract executed in our
n, PTF for the upgrading of facilities at the Kaduna refineries. The actual
value was USD$40.5 Million but at the point of approval, it was deliberately

to USD$70.8 Million, which was approved as such. The contract has since been

and the original German contractor, Dresser Gmbh has been paid the actual
contract va
lue of USD$40.5 Million which is the only money due to him, leaving the
over-valued s
um of USD$30.3 Million still hanging in our system unclaimed. This is the
deal and th
is is where we want you to come in.
As employees within the system, we have since perfected arrangement through
which t
he fund (USD$30.3 Million) can be transferred out. However, the only way
this can be
done successfully is with the collaboration of an oversea partner. It has to

be so be
cause since it is a foreign denominated contract the destination of the fund

must be
an oversea account, to avoid any suspicion of any sort. Also we have
perfected arrang
ements such that the routing of the transfer will be erased from the systems

so that
there would be no trace of the fund to you or to any of the parties
involved, as soon
as you confirm the money in your account.
However, it is also very important to say that as somebody from a Royal
family with
integrity and reputation, secrecy and absolute confidentiality is uttermost
to me, as
I will not want to do anything that would tarnish the name of my family.
Thus, the on
ly condition under which the deal will be prosecuted is for it to be kept in

secrecy and confidentiality. I just hope that you will give me this
all-important gua
rantee; otherwise there will be no need to start in the first place. If this

can be kept by you, I require you to provide us with the following
information to ena
ble us obtain necessary approvals and authorizations for the transfer of the

1.    Bank Co-ordinates, including the name of the bank, address, acc
ount number etc.
2.    Name of the company that will serve as beneficiary of the fund.
3.    Your private telephone and fax numbers that will be used to fac
ilitate the transaction.
On my part, I can be reached on the above stated telephone and fax numbers.
Since it is a deal, we intend all the parties involved to have commensurate
of the fun
d when it gets to your account. While the sharing pattern cannot be reached
now, it i
s our hope that it is something that would be finally agreed upon as we get
For now we propose as follows:
1.       The Nigerian group              60%
2        Account owner (Yourself)            30%
3        Contingencies                           10%
Contingencies in this context are defined as any cost that any of the
parties may i
ncur in the course of the transaction; viz: Air tickets, accommodation,
bills etc.
In conclusion, as we go on in the transaction, you will also have to advise
us on t
he type of investment in your country that we could put our own share into,
as we do
not intend to bring back our entire share to our country.
Your early response will be highly appreciated.



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