Jornada 25 Aniversario Asociacion de Internautas

El tocomocho moderno

Todos hemos oído hablar del timo del tocomocho. Sin embargo, ahora resulta que, en su versión moderna, suele provenir de Nigeria y utiliza como cebo un desgarrador correo electrónico en el que nos cuentan las vicisitudes de algún familiar de un ministro o presidente de algún banco.

El correo nos explica que dicho familiar ha muerto en circunstancias muy tristes sin dejar herederos, dejando una "modesta" cuenta bancaria de 25 millones de dólares. Ahora, explica la persona que firma el correo -casi siempre se atribuye el título de Doctor o similar para darle más enjundia a su personaje- resulta que, a menos que consiga abrir una cuenta fuera de su país y hacer una pequeña transferencia a la cuenta que el remitente le indica, esta fortuna se perdería.

La oferta no está mal. Nos propone un 35% de los 25 millones, si seguimos sus indicaciones. Como quiera que hemos leído cientos de estos mensajes con tan suculentas proposiciones, nos llama la atención que el articulista de The New York Times, Sam Roberts, no sólo hable del caso sino que, con gran paciencia, se ha dejado "convencer" de la seriedad de la transacción con un tal Dr. Pius Patrick, abogado personal de un ingeniero de la Shell Development Company que, según le narra, era su "cliente".

Les recomendamos la lectura del intercambio de correspondencia por e-mail entre el periodista, Sam Roberts y el tal Dr. Pius. No tiene desperdicio.

Sam nos cuenta que según un tal Edward J. Nasiatka, un supervisor retirado del servicio secreto de los EEUU que fue director de la West Africa Task Force, la mayoría de los mensajes se originan en un servidor indeterminado, típicamente en Nigeria, que dirige este tipo de correspondencia a docenas de miles de personas en todo el mundo. "Envían los correos electrónicos con la esperanza de pescar algún incauto, al que, en algún momento de los intercambios, pedirán un adelanto o, como el caso que describimos al principio, una transferencia a una cuenta suya en Nigeria, que será el último paso antes de hacernos ricos".

La avaricia sigue teniendo adeptos y, de los miles -cientos de miles en algunos casos- de correos que envían, más de uno cae en manos de algún infeliz dispuesto a arriesgarse a conseguir los millones de dólares prometidos y que termina enviando los 100 o 500 dólares que le piden.

Reproducido de Baquí

Nota de la Asociación de Internautas: Mensaje tipo del timo nigeriano

Dear friend,

This letter might surprise you because we have not met neither in person nor by correspondence, but I believe that it takes just one day to get to meet or know someone either physically or through correspondence.

I got your contact through my private research you were revealed as being quite astute in private entrepreneurship, one has no doubt in your ability to handle a financial business transaction.

However, I am the first son of His Royal Majesty Chief Rafiu Allotey, the traditional ruler of Eleme province in the Oil area of Rivers state in Nigeria. I am making this contact to you in respect of US$21M (Twenty One Million United States Dollars), which I inherited from my late father.

This money was accumulated from royalties paid to my father as compensation by the Oil firms located in our area as a result of oil presence in our land, which hampers Agriculture which is our main source of livelihood.

Unfortunately my father died from protracted diabetes. But before his death he called my attention and informed me that he lodged some funds in a box with a security firm with an open beneficiary.

The lodgment security code number was also revealed to me. He then advised me to look for a reliable business partner abroad that will assist me in investing the money in a lucrative business as a result of Economic instability in Nigeria. So this is the major reason why I am contacting you for this money to be move from the security firm for investment purpose Another vital factor is that, due to my Political ambition in order not to bend the Political Code of Conduct Bureau I do not want anybody here to know that I inherited such a huge amount of money to avoid disqualification by the Commission on my intended Political interest.

So I will like you to be the ultimate beneficiary, so that the funds can be moved in your name and particulars. Hence my father had intimated the security firm that the beneficiary of the box is his Foreign partner whose particulars will be forwarded to the firm when due.

But I will guide you accordingly. As soon as the funds are claimed, I will come over to meet you in person, so that we can discuss physically on investment potentials.

I hereby guarantee you that this money is not Government money nor is it drug money and it is not money from arms deals. Please kindly maintain a high degree of confidentiality on this matter. I will give you more details immediately I get your swift response. I hope this will be the beginning of a prosperous relationship between my family and your family.

Please if you are not interested, kindly contact me immediately so that I can look for another person.

I await your response.


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I do not want to embarrass you with my letter. Rather, I need an urgent assistance that will also be beneficial to you which I would like you to play a vital role.

As you may want to know, I am Mr. Abid al-Hamid Mahmood, a former Personal Assistant to the ousted Saddam Hussein of Iraq.

When it became clear to Saddam that George W. Bush was actually going to attack Iraq, and drive him out of power, he sent me and Qusay with a written order to the Central Bank of Iraq to withdraw a total sum

of $1 billion dollars which was carried in three trucks to his home town where the money was packaged in crates ready for movement to Cyprus. This money was made up of $900 million Us., and another $100 million work of Euros.

In the process of the packaging which he could not monitor because of his busy and tight schedule then, I convinced others and kept aside for own use the sum of $35 million. In order to safeguard this money, I quickly decided to leave Iraq immediately via Ship. In order to succeed and avoid being detected, I disguised myself and left with the packaged money which was declared as personal effects.

I first landed in Dubai, but had to defect again to Ghana in West Africa for safety and also to avoid easy trace.

I have deposited the money in a Finance Company as family items on the advice of my attorney here. I have been granted temporary political asylum. But I have to move this money out of this place in view of the ir poor economy, hostile investment climate, including insecurity. Now, I want you to do the following;

Accept to receive the money on my behalf as my TRUSTEE Receive and deposit the money in your account anywhere you like. Take 28% of the total amount for your help. Open another account and deposit my own share. Keep this information top secret to save my life.

I never liked what Saddam did in Iraq, but had no choice because of the safety of my life.

The Finance Company has diplomatic access to move money offshore without any risk involved. The deposit Certificate issued to me will be sent to you to prove the availability of the money as soon as I receive your urgent reply enclosing your fax and phone numbers for easy communication.

Your very urgent reply is being awaited as time is no longer on my side.pleaes reply me with this E-mail:

Yours sincerely brother,

Abid al-Hamid Mahmood.

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As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday.It is by the grace of Allah that I know the truth and the truth have set me free. Having known the truth, I had no choice than to do what is lawful and right in the sight of Allah for eternal life and in the sight of man for witness of Allah's mercy and glory upon my life.

I am Mr. Sayak Abdurrahman; I represent my family as the oldest son of the Abdurrahman family, who are the descendants of Ibrahim Al-Bashar Ali from one of the oil rich areas in Iraq. Until recently I was in Iraq as we belonged to the ruling class but with the advent of the war i was Basra when the allied troops attacked and i lost my wife and two sons it also caused me my right leg i then fled to turkey where i have been staying for some time, i now became a turkey national with a turkey passport and id hiding my past but due to medical reasons i now had to move to Meilen, Switzerland because in addition to loosing my right leg I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer It has defiled all forms of medicine, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone not even myself but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to p!eople and only focus on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this, as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe all this that has happened to me over the past months is a kind of punishment for the way i have lived my life I believe when life gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it.

I later had encounter with Allah through a Muslim scholar, when Ahmed Deedat was preaching on television concerning HALAL (Lawful) and HARAM (Unlawful). And after hearing the word of God, I gave my life to Allah and became a born again Muslim. As a born again Muslim, I started reading my Holy Quran and one day, the Allah opened my eyes to Surat 53:31 where the word of the Lord says And to Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth, that He may requite those who do evil with that which they have done (i.e. punish them in Hell) and reward those who do good with what is best (i.e. Paradise)From the scripture, I discovered that the only way I could have peace in my life is to do what is lawful and right by giving out the fund to the chosen cahrity

I want Spirit of goodwill to be merciful to me and accept my soul and so, I have decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have lost almost all i had when i left Iraq and the funds that i have been able to carry with me most of it has been used up in medical bills and hotel expenses i have so little with me now even to pay my medical bills The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of fifty-four million US dollars US$54,000,000,that I have in a safe deposit box with a Finance institute. I need help to collect this fund due to my state of health also I need someone capable of handling such large amount with less trouble and risk of diverting the purpose. I Will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatched it to charity organizations. I want this funds distributed to some charity organizations in the U.A.E, Liberia and Malaysia. or any charity that specialize in he! lping displaced people Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this my self any more. Since I moved to Swiss nobody knows where I am I think that this is best for now I just want to live my last days in peace. Because of the nature of the deposit of this funds I cannot donate it directly to charity also I will also need for myself about a US$100,000.00 to keep me in my last days as I do not have anything left again also for your help I have set aside a certain % for you, for your time and patience if this is ok with you for confidential reasons please contact me at this email address fax +41-13553218 or my direct sat no +8821621164660.

Spirit of goodwill be with you.

Mr. Sayak Abdurrahman