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    Sydney man arrested over Nigerian email scam

    Can't say I'll miss the Nigerian emails, I'm sure there's a Mark II lined up anyway.

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    If the seized property is in relation to the funds these people have scammed, it seems they've have duped enough into opening their pockets. I have to say I'm surprised of the Sydney connection.

    Below is the <a href="http://www.bigpond.com/news/national/content/20031030/978806.asp" target="_blank">news article</a>.

    Sydney man arrested over Nigerian email scam

    Police have arrested a 39-year-old Sydney man in relation to a scam which has netted millions of dollars from unsuspecting victims in Australia and overseas.

    The arrest follows a four-month investigation by the New South Wales Assets Confiscation Unit into a Sydney-based syndicate carrying out the scams, also known as 'west African' or 'Nigerian' frauds.

    Police say the scam generally involves a junk email inviting the recipient to sign up for a business opportunity or to collect a lottery win.

    The frauds are named Nigerian or west African because they often ask the victim to send money to an account in west Africa.

    Police have orders to seize nine properties in Sydney and Nyngan in the state's west, five cars and several bank accounts.

    Source: ABC

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    I will miss the entertainment value of baiting them, but we won't miss the con aspect of it. Have a look at this site, it's brilliant!
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    Just in case you feel like you've missed out - I received this one a few hours ago - naturally Big Pond couldn't deliver it on time!

    THE PRESIDENCY
    NATIONAL COUNCIL ON PRIVATISATION
    BUREAU OF PUBLIC ENTERPRISES
    PRIVATISATION OF CRUDE OIL REFINERIES

    INVITATION FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

    INTRODUCTION:
    I am DAN P ODILI, Director, Oil and Gas bureau of public
    enterprises, bring to your notice the on-going privatization programme.

    The
    Federal Govenrment of Nigeria (FGN) through the National Council on
    Privatisation (NCP) and its secretariat, the bureau of Public
    Enterprises
    (BPE) invites expressions of interest from prospective strategic
    investors in the state owned crude oil refineries.

    OVERVIEW OF NIGERIA"S OIL & GAS SECTOR
    The Federal Republic of Nigeria is one opf the world's major oil & gas
    producers. Currently, the country's oil & gas reserves are
    conservatively estimated at 26 billion barrels and 157 trillion cubic
    feet,
    respectively. Four giant deepwater fields, Bonga, Erha, Agbami and
    Akpo
    representing six billion barrels of additional oil reserves, will come
    onstream in early 2004, excluding condensates. Oil accounts for 35% of

    Gross Domestic Product, 80% of Government revenue and 95% of foreign
    exchange earnings.
    Despite these considerable hydrocarbon resource endownments and the
    substantial current role of the sector in the ecnomy, the oil & gas
    sector
    is widely regarded as having not reached its full potential.
    Privatisation of the refineries and enhanced private sector
    participation are
    therefore considered by the FGN as essential in realizing the
    potential,
    particularly of the downstream petroleum sector.

    OVERVIEW OF CRUDE OIL REFINERIES
    The sale of 51% or more of share (including management control) I each
    of the refineries described below (FGN).

    KADUNA REFINERY & PETROLEUM COMPLEX
    The Kaduna refinery with 5,000,000 MTA (110,000bpd) nameplate
    distillation capacity, since coming onstream, in 1980, has undergone a
    series of
    expansion projects.
    The refinery get its supplies through a 700km pipeline that extends
    from the Escravos Terminal in Delta state near Warri. It also has a
    petrochemicals complex with a production capacity of 30,000 MTA of
    linear
    alkyl benzene, 15,000 MTA of benzene and 30,000 MTA of kerosene
    solvent;
    which was commissioned in 1988.

    PORT HARCOURT REFINERY COMPLEX
    The refinery that was built with current technology, with all you can
    think of in refinery, which has a nameplate diatillation capacity of
    7,500,000 MTA (150,000bpd). They are two refineries at Alesa-Elease
    near
    Port-Harcourt in Rivers State. It is built for export purpose and now
    help for domestic market. The Port-Harcourt refinery is known for
    clean
    fuel capability, including Lead-free gasoline. Built in 1989.

    WARRI REFINERY & PETROCHEMICAL COMPLEX
    PROCEDURE AND CONTACTS
    Anybody who wish to apply most be an inter national oil and gas
    companies with a proven track record in the successful ownership,
    management
    and operation of crude oil refineries.
    In order to be pre-qualified, prospective investors must provide
    verifiable evidence of their ability to own, manage and operate a
    refinery of
    similar. Capacity in this regard, the following information will be
    required:
    1. Evidence of successful investment(s) in management of refineries of

    verifiable evidence of strong investment capabilities.
    2. Evidence of ample financial resources to improve the refinery; thus

    enhancing its value.
    3. Evidence of proven technical ability to manage to operate
    refineries.

    Interested investors should indicate their interest by providing the
    following documentations and information:
    4. Detailed profile of the company indicating:
    a. Full name of the company and the contact person, postal address,
    telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address.
    b. Ownership structure including brief profile of significance
    shareholders and percentage shareholding (5% and above).
    c. Capabilities (technical and operational) in refinery operations
    indicating number of years in the industry including international
    experience, list of plants owned, managed and operated by the company.
    5. Addicted financial statements for the last five years.

    All communications or inquiries regarding the expression of interest
    should be directed to the individual below. No personnel of NNPC or its

    subsidiaries or the refineries should be contacted directly under any
    circumstances.

    ATTN: DAN P ODILI
    Director, Oil & Gas
    Bureau of Public Enterprises
    1 Osun Crescent, Off IBB Way
    Maitama District, Abuja
    Abuja - Nigeria
    Tel: +234-8023689861
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    O well i geuss that means i wont be hearing from the many unknown wealthy relatives of mine

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    I get about one of these a week from various nations. They seem to have stumbled apon Sydney Uni's mail server!

    Anyway, they certainly havn't stopped because i got one today! mallet

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    *Court hears of 'Alan Jones' alias in email scam*

    A Sydney man who allegedly used the aliases 'Alan Jones' and 'Tim Webster' while carrying out a global Internet fraud has been refused bail in a regional New South Wales court.

    Nick Marninellis, 39, is alleged to have made more than $5 million from junk emails in a 'Nigerian-style' fraud where emails invited recipients to enter a business opportunity.

    He is facing 17 charges and appeared today at Dubbo Local Court.

    Marninellis was arrested at his Nyngan holiday house in western New South Wales yesterday. Police have been watching him since February.

    Police allege Marninellis phoned his African counterparts and made plans to fleece victims, referring to them as "mugus". They also alleged he said he had 220 African brothers worldwide and that Australia was the headquarters for the scam.

    Police say Marninellis obtained more than $500,000 from a Saudi Arabian Sheik and they estimate he has earned more than $1.5 million in the past year.

    The victims of the fraud are located all around the world, with a Japanese businessman allegedly being defrauded by Marninellis, who was allegedly using the alias 'Alan Jones'.

    Marninellis cited his mental illness during his unsuccessful bail application. The defence argued that his treatment for schizophrenia would be hampered by spending time in jail.

    But magistrate Tom Hodgson took the prosecution's assertion that Marninellis was a high flight risk into account when refusing bail.

    Mr Hodgson also referred to the large amount of money involved.
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    I had to share this email with you. One would think that the scammers would become more sophisticated, that the recipients were less easily fooled, but this one is just so incredibly simple that it probably works!

    It claims to be from the Australian Tax Office

    Re: - Your 2013 Benefit -



    We at the Australian Taxation Office would like to inform you that, you have qualified for 2013,
    subsidy benefits.

    Simply reply to this secure message with the following details below
    and you will be notified shortly.


    Family Name:
    Given Name/s:
    Address:
    Suburb/Town:
    State/Territory:
    Postcode:
    Tax File Number:
    Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY):
    Telephone Number:


    ©2013 Commonwealth of Australia | Australian Taxation Office
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    Default Sydney man arrested over Nigerian email scam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Ch View Post
    Holy ancient thread resurrection Batman !!!
    Ahh. I do so hate starting a new thread for each and every comment.. nice to keep some order and gather things in the relevant places.

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    Yes, you wonder how people fall for it given that the 'real' ATO have all the info they're asking for!
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    Wonder if he is still in prison....!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelr View Post
    I had to share this email with you. One would think that the scammers would become more sophisticated, that the recipients were less easily fooled, but this one is just so incredibly simple that it probably works!

    It claims to be from the Australian Tax Office

    Re: - Your 2013 Benefit -



    We at the Australian Taxation Office would like to inform you that, you have qualified for 2013,
    subsidy benefits.

    Simply reply to this secure message with the following details below
    and you will be notified shortly.


    Family Name:
    Given Name/s:
    Address:
    Suburb/Town:
    State/Territory:
    Postcode:
    Tax File Number:
    Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY):
    Telephone Number:


    ©2013 Commonwealth of Australia | Australian Taxation Office
    Does anybody know the name and address and date of birth of the Taxation Commissioner? I can make up the Tax file number and telephone number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBN View Post
    Does anybody know the name and address and date of birth of the Taxation Commissioner? I can make up the Tax file number and telephone number.

    John
    The name seems to be here

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commiss...h_of_Australia

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    We recently had a number of people across the NSW Dept I work for, fall for a VERY simple scam that asked for their username and password. Subsequently three of the four outbound email gateways for the NSW Dept Education and Communities were blacklisted by Hotmail for about 2 months. Millions of spam emails had been sent purporting to be from within our department. Really useful when many parents of students and service providers to various areas of the department utilise Hotmail accounts.

    You can tell people so many times yet still be amazed at their gullibility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    NSW Dept Education and Communities ..... You can tell people so many times yet still be amazed at their gullibility.
    And these people are in charge of our children's education?

    I reckon the bloke they arrested should be sentenced to life - a life of going around classrooms teaching kids about human frailtys, lateral thinking, how to start of your own business with nothing and become a millionaire in a year, etc.

    He has more skills than the average Dept of Education teacher, and he must have a shitload of funny stories to keep the kids attention.

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    You mean that's a scam and not real.........................

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