Current Status

This blog is not frequently updated because most case-by-case scam reports are now listed in subordinate blogs. At this point in time, most of my efforts are targeted at documenting employment scams in the Suckers Wanted blog.


Advance Fee Fraud: Ali Salaki

The same old story: a completely random foreigner wants your assistance in moving millions of dollars around, and will cut you in on it. What's noteworthy about this one is that it shows another 419er modus operandi. My mail server received this spam from ( on Wed, 06 Apr 2005 02:22:15 +0000. According to WHOIS records, this appears to be a perfectly ordinary mail server owned by "Eresmas Interactiva, S.A.", an ISP in Spain. Under most circumstances, the only header fields in a mail message that you can trust are the ones added by your own mail server, but in this case I'm a little less suspicious of the other headers because I have little reason to think that the mail server is actively malicious. The other headers suggest that the mail came off a private network (192.168.x.x address space), and that the mail user agent was "X-Mailer: Netscape Webmail". The reasonable surmise is that this particular 419er is abusing Internet Cafés in Spain. This comes as no surprise: the modus operandi has been around for a while. Amsterdam was also popular in the past, but there was a heavy crackdown and a number of arrests of alleged 419ers there last year, so Spain appears to be the new popular spot.

Mr. Ali Salaki.
Manager Internal Audit/Foreign Remittance Dept,
Union Bank Plc Here,
14/16  Broad Street, Marina Lagos Island.
Private email address:

Attn: Sir/Madam,

Your name and e-mail address came up in a random draw conducted by my search in the internet. My name is Ali Salaki. An account officer to late Mr.James Harrison who us e to worked for an oil firm in Nigeria.Mr James Harrison a well known Philanthropist, before he died, he made a Will stating that $13.2M(Thirteen million,two hundred thous and U.S. dollars only)should be donated to any Philanthropist of our choice overseas.

I have made a random draw your name and e-mail address was picked as the beneficiary to this Will.I am particularly interested in securing this money from the Bank,beca use they have issued a notice instructing me as the account officer to produce the beneficiary of this Will within two weeks or else the money will be credited to the Gove rnment treasury as per law here.It is my utmost desire to execute the Will of my late client.

You are required to contact me immediately to start the process of sending this money to any of your designated official account.I urge you to contact me immediately fo r further details bearing in mind that the Bank has given us a date limit,Please act fast. Email me via my private E-mail:(alisalaki

Congratulation as i await your urgent reply

Mr. Ali Salaki.
Manager Internal Audit/Foreign Remittance Dept


Anonymous said...

I got an email from this guy "Ali Salaki." I new it was a scam so I decided to play along. I have exchanged a couple emails and would like to know how to report this and to whom. Somebody that can atually do something. I hear of these scams all the time, but i never hear of nobody getting caught!!!

Spotter said...

Oh, these guys get thrown in gaol now and then, but there's a lot of work involved. Sadly there's no single channel for reporting the sods, since they could be anywhere.