Scam email: Barrister Usman Bello, an attorney for a dead wealthy man

Scam Money Transfers from Lawyers / Barristers
Example -
Barrister Usman Bello
An attorney to the President of Nigeria who wants to send you an ATM card -
just contact "Dr. Daniel Smith"

Have you received an email from "Barrister Usman Bello", claiming that he is "an attorney to the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria: ALHAJI UMARU YARADUA GCFR"? and Nigeria owes you money from a "contract/inheritance payment file", whatever that may be, and he will send you the money on an ATM card?  He's a highly educated and highly ranking lawyer who apparently can't spell and feels the odd need to randomly capitalize some WORDS (like that). If this doesn't immediately strike you as a scam, then we suspect there are Hamsters running on wheels who are more intelligent than you.  Really, if this scam is believable to you, it's time to get a pet hamster and let him make your financial decisions.  He couldn't do worse.

It's a mystery who the dead guy is or why he named you, but you better reply pretty quickly or risk losing millions from the "contract/inheritance payment file".  Also notice that the "lawyer" is writing to you from a free email account (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.); in fact, they use 2 different free email accounts in this version of the scam.

Of course, even if this scam were true; you would be committing several felonies, including fraud.

If you would like a step by step explanation of how this type of "Advance Fee Fraud" works, click here!

Scam email from "Barrister Usman Bello":

From: "Barr.Usman Bello (Esq.)" < >
Date: Tue Jan 15, 2008  6:51:12 AM US/Eastern

Our ref: ATM/13470/IDR
Your ref:....................


I am Barrister Usman Bello, an attorney, to the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria: ALHAJI UMARU YARADUA GCFR, this is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract/inheritance payment file and discovered that the reason why you have not been able to receive your contract/inheritance payment after fulfilling all stipulated obligations and documentations is because you have been dealing with impostors and none staff of the CBN. To this end,all your efforts to secure the release of your fund failed. We therefore wish to advise that continuing with such illegal acts to claim your contract/inheritance funds will further frustrate and stop your payment claim.

We have received the express mandate and instructions of the President,Federal Republic of Nigeria: ALHAJI UMARU YARADUA GCFR together with the EFCC Nigeria, the Interpol and the FBI to commence the immediate release of your funds through our swift card payment center.Based on the Presidents directive, we have concluded arrangements for the release of your payment.

The payment will be concluded through our card center which we will sent to you an ATM CARD that you will use to withdraw your contract/inheritance funds in any ATM MACHINE CENTER in the world with a maximum of $4000 to $5000 United States Dollars daily.However,Note that this method of payment will be granted if it is acceptable to you for the release of your contract/inheritance entitlement.

You are advised to get back to us with your full contact details to claim your fund which is as stated below.

You are required to provide the following

1. Your full name
2. Phone and fax number
3. Address were you want the ATM Card to be sent. (P.O Box not
4. Your age and current occupation
5. Attach copy of your identification
6.Drivers license Number

So that i can forward it to the Director(CBN, IRD, and ATM) DR.DANIEL SMITH for further information on the release of your ATM Card.

The ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTER has been mandated to issue out $11,000,000.00(Eleven Million, United States Dollars) only as part payment of your contract/inheritance entitlement for the 2008 fiscal year.

TAKE NOTE:That you are warned to stop further communications with any other person(s) or office(s) different from the staff of the ATM Card payment center or DR.DANIEL SMITH to avoid delays in receiving your contract/inheritance payment claims.

This measure is intended to stop the impostors you have erroneously been dealing with. You are to adhere strictly to our code of conduct,which is(ATM-13470) which you will have to indicate when contacting the card center,by using it as your subject.Finally, for further discussions,you are advised to email the Director CBN, IRD, ATM.

Barr.Usman Bello
Email :

As soon as you receive this message for further update.

Barr.Usman Bello (Esq.)
Attorney to the Presidency


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