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The Diamond Mine

I put my false name and a real (free) email address I got from fsnet.com into a guest book it took longer than I expected but I finally got a 419 letter. I don know why they always use capslock on these letters it really marks them out.

You must NEVER give them any real details. Mr Mackay was very worried about me doing this but I showed him it was safe.

Hre is the first letter I got from Thomas:


From: Thomas Adepoju

To: Eugene Quill

Subject: Re: Eugene Quill

Sent: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 08:18:03 +0530

FROM: THOMAS & ASSOCIATES
(BARRISTER THOMAS ADEPOJU)
SOLICITORS AND ADVOCATES
16 CANAL STREET, IKOYI, LAGOS, NIGERIA

ATTN: EUGENE QUILL

BEFORE I START, I MUST FIRST APOLOGISE FOR THIS UNSOLICITED MAIL TO YOU. I AM AWARE THAT THIS IS CERTAINLY AN UNCONVENTIONAL APPROACH TO STARTING A RELATIONSHIP, BUT AS TIME GOES ON YOU WILL REALISE THE NEED FOR MY ACTION.

MY NAME IS BARRISTER THOMAS ADEPOJU, A SOLICITOR AND THE PERSONAL ATTORNEY TO MR MARTIN QUILL, A CITIZEN OF YOUR COUNTRY, WHO WORKED WITH A DIAMOND MINING COMPANY HERE IN NIGERIA HEREIN AFTER REFERRED TO AS “MY CLIENT”. ON THE 21ST OF APRIL 2000, MY CLIENT, HIS WIFE AND THEIR THREE CHILDREN WERE INVOLVED IN A VITAL MOTOR ACCIDENT ALONG THE SHAGAMU EXPRESS ROAD. MY CLIENT AND HIS ENTIRE FAMILY UNFORTUNATELY LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE ACCIDENT.

SINCE THEN I HAVE MADE SEVERAL ENQUIRIES TO YOUR EMBASSY TO LOCATE ANY OF MY CLIENT’S EXTENDED RELATIVES, WHICH HAS PROVED ABORTIVE AFTER THESE SEVERAL UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPTS.

MY MAIN REASON FOR CONTACTING YOU IS TO ASSIST ME IN REPATRIATING THE MONEY AND PROPERTY LEFT BEHIND BY MY CLIENT BEFORE THEY ARE CONFISCATED OR DECLARED UNSERVICEABLE BY THE BANK WHERE THEY ARE DEPOSITED/LODGED IN LONDON, WHERE THE DECEASED HAS A FIXED SUM OF EIGHTEEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS. THE SAID BANK HAS ISSUED ME A FINAL NOTICE TO PROVIDE THE NEXT OF KIN OF MY CLIENT OR THEY WILL BE LEFT WITH NO OTHER CHOICE THAN TO CONFISCATE HIS FUNDS. A COPY OF THE SAID NOTICE WHICH I WILL FAX TO YOU ON GETTING YOUR REPLY.

SINCE I HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL IN LOCATING MY CLIENT’S RELATIVES FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS NOW, I SEEK YOUR CONSENT TO PRESENT YOU AS THE NEXT OF KIN OF MY CLIENT, GOING BY THE FACT THAT BOTH OF YOU HAVE THE SAME NATIONALITY, SO THAT THE SAID FUNDS AS STATED ABOVE, IE, THE SUM OF EIGHTEEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS, CAN BE PAID TO YOU INSTEAD OF LEAVING IT FOR THE BANK. WE CAN TAKE PART OF IT AND LEAVE THE REST TO CHARITY. I HAVE ALL THE NECESSARY LEGAL DOCUMENTS THAT CAN BE USED TO BACK UP ANY CLAIM WE MAY MAKE. ALL I REQUIRE IS YOUR HONEST CO-OPERATION TO ENABLE US TO SEE THIS ARRANGEMENT THROUGH. I GUARANTEE THAT THIS WILL BE EXECUTED UNDER A LEGITIMATE ARRANGEMENT THAT WILL PROTECT YOU FROM ANY BREACH OF THE LAW.

PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR CONFIDENTIAL PHONE/FAX NUMBERS SO THAT I CAN FAX TO YOU ALL THE CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN THE BANK AND ME.

BEST REGARDS,

BARRISTER THOMAS ADEPOJU ESQ


So then I reply:


From: Eugene Quill
To: Thomas Adepoju

Subject: Eugene Quill

Hi Thomas,

I was interested to hear from you, but I am not sure you have found the right man. I had an uncle who worked in Africa but he was not married and he was working on a cocoa farm. I have not heard from him for years, so its possible he changed his job and got married. I would like to think that the money would not go to the bank or the goverment. Can you give me any more details so we can be sure this is legal?

Regards

Eugene Quill


Still the same day I got his reply it is very detailed and note he picks up the business I said about my uncle.


From: Thomas Adepoju

To: Eugene Quill

Subject: From Barrister Thomas Adepoju

Sent: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 03:11:15 -0800 (PST)

Dear Eugene Quill,

How are you today? I received your mail and the content was well understood. I want you to understand one thing, if the late Mr Martin Quill be your relative or not, but I want you to realise that this is a deal between both of us and needs to be top most secret.

Firstly, I want to let you know that I have been the personal attorney to the late Mr Martin Quill for the past ten years, he has been in Nigeria for a long time but I am not sure what his work was before the diamond mine, With regards to being attorney I stand to be the only authorised person who has the legal right to provide the next of kin of my late client, Mr Martin Quill, to the bank.

As I earlier informed you in my proposal, the management of the bank in London have given me a mandate to produce the next of kin of my late client before a period of time. I will send to you the copy of the mandate notice. That is the reason I am worried over the conclusion of this transaction. This transaction will not last more than fourteen working days from the moment you respond to this mail and also abide by my instructions.

Once again, I assure you that this transaction is 100% risk free on both sides and I have agreed to give you 40% out of the total sum for assisting me, and also I would furnish you with all the legal documents to back you up to claim this fund. Moreover, since you share your last name with my late client, we should not have any difficulty in claiming the fund because the bank only needs the documents that prove that you are the legitimate next of kin/beneficiary to the fund, which I promise to furnish you with as long as you stay true to this business.

I would like you to furnish me with the following:

Full name and address: to enable me process the necessary documents from the Ministry of Justice.
Personal phone and fax numbers: for easy communication.

These are the informations I would want you to furnish me with. Not withstanding, I would also want you to open an account where these funds will be transferred to, or if you have an account that will contain the funds, which I believe will be preferable. Note that the moment I get your reply to this mail, I will send you the deposit certificate of the $18 million, which Union Bank of Nigeria PLC gave to my late client on the day of deposit, which he gave to me for safekeeping before his death. The money was deposited in Nigeria before the transfer to their branch in London upon the request of the depositor, as the late Mr Martin Quill wanted to use the money for investment in London before the auto crash accident which took his life away.

As long as you stay truthful to this transaction, I assure you that it will be beneficial to both of us by the grace of god almighty. Please call me on this number immediately so that we can talk more: 234-1-7919130.

Thanks and God bless,

Barrister Thomas Adepoju


So then I reply:


From: Eugene Quill
To: Thomas Adepoju

Subject: Eugene Quill

Hi Thomas,

I see what you mean - you think it does not matter if I am the real next of kin. Well, thats ok with me and I see you are taking a lot of the money.

I am a famous pianist you have probably heard of me. I play at many different places. The most reliable thing is to email me because I am always travelling from place to place to play the piano and living in hotels. I can use a cybercafe, but if your stuck you can leave a message for me with my friend Albert Hall
Albert Hall
(020) 75898212
Kensington Gore
London
SW7 2AP
This is the REAL Royal Albert Hall in London, but I think they can handle Thomas if he rings up asking for Albert Hall or Wigmore Hall hehe
If Albert is out you can always talk to his brother Wigmore.
I havent got a fax you dont need one with email

Now for the bank account because I am sometimes working in Canada, I opened an account at

The Mountie Bank
ac no 8388607
There are Mountie Banks all over USA, Canada and UK, the branch number is 27-07-90

Regards

Eugene Quill


Again as quick as a flash, back he comes with:

From: Thomas Adepoju

To: Eugene Quill

Subject: From Barrister Thomas Adepoju

Sent: Thu, 01 Apr 2004 00:59:45 -0800 (PST)

Dear Eugene Quill,

I am very pleased to meet the famous Mr. Eugene Quill. I think my mother has one of your gramophone records. I am glad you understand me on the deal. Perhaps you can give me the telephone and room number of your hotel so I can talk to you directly. I am most careful that we do not discuss this with anyone else, even Mr Hall.

I will send to you today the deposit certificate the Union Bank of Nigeria PLC gave to my late client, Mr Martin Quill, on the day of deposit, which he kept with me before his death, and also the sworn affidavit form that I got from the court yesterday on your behalf for you to fill and send back to me immediately, to enable me to secure the sworn affidavit of claim that we need to back you to claim the fund in the bank. These documents will prove you the original next of kin to late Mr Martin Quill and also the real beneficiary of the aforesaid amount in the bank.

Meanwhile I will send your bank particulars to the bank this morning for them to start processing your account, because the Union Bank of Nigeria, where the money was deposited before being transferred to London, will give the London bank approval to pay into your account as soon as they are okay with our claim.

Thanks and God bless,

Barrister Thomas Adepoju


This is going very quickly. What an efficient man is Thomas! Notice the reference to his mother's gramophone record !!!!!!! hehe


From: Thomas Adepoju

To: Eugene Quill

Subject: From Barrister Thomas Adepoju

Sent: Thu, 01 Apr 2004 06:50:16 -0800 (PST)

Dear Eugene Quill,

ATTACHED HERE ARE THE DEPOSIT CERTIFICATE AND THE SWORN AFFIDAVIT. PLEASE FILL IN THE FORM AND SEND IT BACK TO ME IMMEDIATELY TO ENABLE ME TO GO TO COURT TOMORROW WITH THE FORM. Thanks and God bless,

Barrister Thomas Adepoju

And here are the forms! Eighteen million dollars - wow!

And just one little lie to tell on the affidavit.


I want to slow things down here, so I dont reply. Not long after I get this


From: Thomas Adepoju

To: Eugene Quill

Subject: From Barrister Thomas Adepoju

Sent: Fri, 02 Apr 2004 02:48:47 -0800 (PST)

Dear Eugene Quill,

HOW ARE YOU TODAY? I ASSUME FINE. I DID NOT RECEIVE YOUR MAIL WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE FORM YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO SEND TO ME?

YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO KNOW TODAY IS FRIDAY AND AFTER TODAY THE COURT DOES NOT WORK TILL MONDAY AND I WANT THIS FUND TO BE TRANSFERRED TO YOUR ACCOUNT BEFORE NEXT WEEK FRIDAY. HAS THE BANK CONTACTED YOU, BECAUSE THEY PROMISED TO CONTACT YOU TODAY. PLEASE LET ME KNOW AS SOON AS THE BANK CONTACTS YOU.

PLEASE SEND ME THE FORM IMMEDIATELY TO ENABLE ME TO MEET UP WITH THE BANK MANDATE.

MY REGARDS TO YOUR FAMILY.

Thanks and God bless,

Barrister Thomas Adepoju


So then I reply four days later:


From: Eugene Quill
To: Thomas Adepoju

Subject: Eugene Quill

Hi Thomas,

I am sorry to be so long in coming back to you. I am writing to you from a hotel internet access point in Wales, and I have a problem. Someone has stolen my wallet from the hotel room. I bet that kind of thing never happens in Nigeria. I always think of Nigeria as small country villages where everybody looks out for everybody else and if you are a stranger, they take you in.

But here in Wales they are not so nice. I cannot leave the hotel because I have no money or credit cards to pay the bill and my pay for the concert was paid direct to my London bank. I only have a few Welsh Shillings left and it is not enough to get home where I can go to my bank and get myself sorted out. Is there any way you can help? I tried Albert Hall, but he is fully booked right now.

I have telephoned my bank but they did not believe it was me because of course I do not have my account number and I cannot answer there security questions. It may be weeks before I can sort this out. Can you help please. I think we have become good friends.

By the way I filled in the form and enclose it.

Regards

Eugene Quill

And here is the affidavit.


Oh I just loved this one where he rang up the Albert Hall. Hehe.

From: Thomas Adepoju

To: Eugene Quill

Subject: From Barrister Thomas Adepoju

Sent: Tue, 06 Apr 2004 14:00:32 -0800 (PST)

Dear Friend,

I was so worried about you my dear friend and we have lost a lot of time. I called your friend Albert Hall twice and a woman replied who seemed to be his secretary but she could not take the message. She gave me the telephone for Wigmore, but his secretary just laughed and put the telephone down and I did not know what else to do for contact.

Yes, we have lost much time but I am sure we can still do the job if I go to the court this afternoon. Then the Bank will contact you for certain.

Your problem. Perhaps I can help tomorrow. What would you ask me to do?

Thanks and God bless,

Barrister Thomas Adepoju


Lets just see if I can get a few dollars out of this scumbag scammer.

From: Eugene Quill
To: Thomas Adepoju

Subject: Eugene Quill

Hi Thomas,

Thank you for offering to help. What I need is a small amount of money to be sent to a friend of mine in London, and he will organise everything for me. But he only deals in cash, so you would have to send say US$50 to him in an envelope. I know it will take a while, but I can't move from here until this is fixed.

Anyway we will both be rich by the end of the week Thomas, and I'll pay you back DOUBLE when I am back in touch with my bank.

Regards

Eugene Quill


Well lets see if he falls for this one. But before Thomas replies, the Bank of Nigeria replies with a very impressive letter. Strangely, the Bank seems to use the exact same tinpot ISP in Lagos that Thomas uses!

From: Idris Abubakar

To: Eugene Quill

Subject: ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Sent: Tue, 06 Apr 2004 09:46:33 -0700 (PDT)

From the desk of Idris Abubakar,
Director of Foreign Operations/Remittance,
Union Bank of Nigeria PLC
Tel: 234-1-7766753
Fax: 234-1-7595179

ATTN: Mr Eugene Quill

RE: LETTER OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We acknowledge the receipt of your particulars submitted to this bank by your lawyer, Barrister Thomas Adepoju, stating you as the next of kin to the late Mr Martin Quill. This bank is using this opportunity to sympathise with you on your late umcle’s death, the late Mr Martin Quill, who was our reputable customer till his death.

Consequent to this, you are hereby advised to furnish this bank in person or through your lawyer with the following requirements:

The fund deposit certificate issued to the late Mr Martin Quill by this bank.
The death certificate of the late Mr Martin Quill.
A sworn affidavit of claim from the High Court of Justice of Nigeria.
A legalisation letter from the Ministry of Justice of Nigeria.
An approval letter from the Ministry of Finance of Nigeria.
A copy of your international passport or driver’s licence.
Your two passport photographs.
Reconfirm your bank particulars where this fund is to be transferred to, in order to avoid a wrong transfer.

Note that as soon as these requirements are submitted to this bank, the fund will be transferred to your bank account number 8388607 with branch 27-07-90 The Mountie Bank PLC, (address unknown), UK, within 48 banking hours via our correspondent bank in London.

Regards,

Idris Abubakar

Director, F/O/R Union Bank Nigeria


And then I get this from Thomas. Hey wait a minute Tom. I am the one who needs assistance. This is him putting on the squeeze but the script ignores Eugenes problem.

From: Thomas Adepoju

To: Eugene Quill

Subject: YOUR ASSISTANCE URGENTLY NEEDED PLEASE

Sent: Wed, 07 Apr 2004 09:52:13 -0700 (PDT)

DEAR EUGENE,

HOW ARE YOU TODAY? I HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH YOU. I RECEIVED YOUR MAIL AND THE CONTENT WAS WELL UNDERSTOOD. REGARDS TO THE DOCUMENTS, I WENT TO COURT THIS MORNING TO KNOW HOW I CAN SECURE THE REMAINING DOCUMENTS, AS I HAVE ONLY THE CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT WHICH I SENT TO YOU, AND THE SWORN AFFIDAVIT OF CLAIM THAT I SENT TO YOU. ALSO, WHEN I REACHED COURT THIS MORNING I WAS TOLD THAT I WILL HAVE TO GO TO ABUJA, THE CAPITAL TERRITORY, TO SECURE THE TWO OTHER DOCUMENTS. IT IS ONLY THE DEATH CERTIFICATE THAT I WILL GET HERE IN LAGOS, BECAUSE HIS REMAINS WERE DEPOSITED IN THE HOSPITAL HERE IN LAGOS.

MY BROTHER, TO GET THESE REMAINING DOCUMENTS WITH MY TICKECT FEE TO ABUJA WILL COST ME $9,800, AND THE MONEY LEFT WITH ME AFTER I SECURED THE SWORN AFFIDAVIT CLAIM ON YOUR BEHALF WAS $4,600, AND THE BANK GAVE ME A MANDATE TO MEET UP WITH.

DEAR BROTHER, IT IS NOT MY INTENTION TO BOTHER YOU FINANCIALLY, BUT AS I HAVE EXHAUSTED MY BORROWING POWER, CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT I HAVE SPENT CLOSE TO $38,000 BEFORE CONTACTING YOU ON THIS TRANSACTION? PLEASE, EVEN IF IT TAKES BORROWING FROM SOMEBODY WITH INTEREST, WE WILL PAY THE PERSON BACK AS SOON AS THIS MONEY CLEARS IN YOUR ACCOUNT NEXT WEEK, AS I WAS TOLD BY THE BANK THAT AS SOON AS WE SUBMIT THESE DOCUMENTS TO THE BANK, THIS MONEY WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO YOUR ACCOUNT WITHIN 48 WORKING HOURS.

ALL THE SAME NOTHING GOOD COMES EASY. I WANT YOU TO ASSIST ME WITH THE REMAINING $5,200, WHICH IS ALMOST £3,500. BY THE NAME OF OUR LORD WHOM I SERVE, HE WILL NEVER LET US DOWN, SO I CAN GO TO ABUJA TOMORROW OR THE NEXT DAY TO SECURE THESE REMAINING DOCUMENTS, WHICH ARE THE APPROVAL FROM THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE, A LEGALISATION LETTER FROM THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE AND THE DEATH CERTIFICATE OF THE LATE MR MARTIN QUILL.

PLEASE DON’T BE OFFENDED WITH MY APPEAL FOR ASSISTANCE. THIS IS DUE TO THE CONDITION OF THIS WITH ME. I DON’T SAY THAT YOU MUST GET THE WHOLE MONEY, EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE IT ALL, PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU CAN COME UP WITH BECAUSE I AM STILL RUNNING ROUND TO RAISE SOME MONEY. BUT IF YOU CAN GET IT ALL, IT WILL BE APPRECIATED. PLEASE, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THIS MONEY IS FOR BOTH OF US.

THANKS AND GOD BLESS AS I AWAIT YOUR URGENT RESPONSE.

BARRISTER THOMAS ADEPOJU


Eugene remains helpfull and marrooned in Wales - his turn to apply the bite.

From: Eugene Quill
To: Thomas Adepoju

Subject: Eugene Quill

Please Thomas,

I am completely desperate as you know.Of course I will pay you every cent you need just as soon as I can get to London and fix up my bank (not the Mountie Bank - thats got no money in it at all yet) to give me new credit cards and funds.

As I told you I have a friend who works in London who has agreed to do this for me if I will send him $50. But I do not have it. If you, Thomas, would send the money IN CASH to:

Rover,
BD&CH
4 Battersea Park Rd
Battersea
London SW8 4AA
This, of course, is Battersea Dog and Cat Home
then I will send you all the money you need within a few days. I swear it on the grave of Uncle Martin.

Regards

Eugene Quill


And this is where I ended it. I cancelled my email account and never contacted Thomas again. I hope he paid the money to Rover at the Dog and Cat Home.

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