Comments on: Dubious statistic of the day, Nigerian email edition A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: Shola Mon, 18 May 2009 04:42:00 +0000 First off, you cannot extrapolate for figures here. The scammers takings are totally very random. They could make nothing for weeks and then suddenly make loads the next.

Further, you really don’t know who sends each mail, because the same emails messages are used by so many different scammers.

Third, most of the mails may carry names of real Nigerian officials, who may or may not be involved in some scandal, however the emails are NEVER written or sent by them.

And while your all at it, anyone who falls for some scam involving stealing money from the Nigerian government, should end up in jail as well for attempted grand theft.

By: ziddy Wed, 06 May 2009 17:06:14 +0000 the real kenny martins is actually the brother-in-law of former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo. He used his influence and access to power to raise money on behalf of the Nigeria Police (Police Equipment Fund) which monies he later diverted to his own personal use. He was never engaged in the classic ‘Nigerian Letter’ advance fee fraud like Harvey Faulkner would have us believe.

Harvey next time please verify your sources before going off half-cocked like that.

By: Bob A. Wed, 06 May 2009 13:42:30 +0000 Issue the facts? They are that Kenny Martins has been arrested in Nigeria and is being extradited to the United States for fraud. The real Kenny Martins!

By: ozoro 99 Wed, 06 May 2009 11:34:21 +0000 The little I know, is the real Kenny Martins is/was a either a Nigerian government official or something close to that, and using his position it is alledged he has ‘stolen’ millions of dollars of Nigerian government money(as happen with many goverment officials).

The email above is most likely NOT from Kenny Martins, but someone attempting to cash-in on the name to dupe possible victims.

Once again the issue of facts…..

By: All Havoc Tue, 05 May 2009 22:45:06 +0000 This article is a joke. You dispute another writer’s numbers without providing any numbers or fact to back your claim.

Do you get paid for this job?

By: Harvey Faulkner Tue, 05 May 2009 15:40:58 +0000 Just so you understand a bit better about the numbers involved in West African fraud, you’re so-called “smell test”, Martins got done in Nigeria for this scam…

From: Kenny Martins
Reply-To: kennymarth77@yahoo.vom
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 07:17:26 -0700 (PDT) (10:17 EDT)

I have a new email address! You can now email me at: – Chief Kenny Martins, Chairman of the Police Equipment Foundation, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

DEAR BELOVED, I am Chief Kenny Martins The Chairman of the Police Equipment Foundation. It is a tough of war for me and my family as the Government of Nigeria has Unleashed mayhem on me over missing Police Equipment Fund. Despite returning vehicles and some cash money on my position back to them,They are still hunting me and my properties are being ceased by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, an agency being use by the Government in Fighting those against the self interest policy of the Government. I have being arrested and re-arrested, now in court with the Government and my families are in hiding and I can not travel out to save keep my belonging as my particulars had being ceased. I have concluded plan with my bank and financial adviser to transfer some amount of money out for a save keeping but they agree on term, only if I provide a custodian any where in the world. This is why I am writing you to help me and my family; I will transfer the sum of (13.6 million USD) for you to keep in your possession for my family. We as a family had agree to duce out 30% of this money to any individual or group who permit and agree for us to keep this money under his or her care for our re-settlement after all these problem and we assure you that you will not have any problem doing this for us and God will bless and your family. Thanks for your understanding and I look forward to your urgent respond. Please reply to: . God Bless You, Chief Kenny Martins.

It is a standard, vanilla flavour 419 letter. And it netted him $96 million!

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By: Chaz III Tue, 05 May 2009 06:34:05 +0000 Adding to Harvey Faulkner’s comment re: “bullshit,” this is point out to you, Felix, that Reuters is not a sports-chat site and you are 36 years old, not 18. I had meant to write when you used a-hole and another gross, childish term back in April. We, your readers and the reasons you have this job, are reading this site often with meals, always with our minds wide open, and it’s now evident that I speak for others than myself when I say we don’t want and will not tolerate trash talk on Reuters. Next step, management, but I hope you will correct your behaviour without more.

By: Kirk Mon, 04 May 2009 22:15:44 +0000 People are just looking for the answer to their problems but, unfortunately, in the wrong place.