“Nigerian Letter”

(Actual letter rec'd 08-MAY-03)



A new letter is being circulated via email with the promise of free money.  All you have to do is contact the attorney of this 72 yr. old widow suffering from breast cancer.  This widow, a recent convert to Christianity, is willing to donate millions of her wealth to any church or ministry by just making a telephone call.

            As the saying goes “If sounds to good to be true. . .”  I’m sure when any call is made to the number provided in the text of the letter, the questions asked will be personal.  The persons perpetrating this scam will want to know a bank account number and possibly a social security number so the funds can be transferred.  Once the scammers have this information the account will be wiped out.

            Please do not respond to any of these types of scams.  Report the action by following the instructions at the bottom of this article.

            The following is the most recent email received by the Lynn Police Department :

        “Dear Brethren,

      Calvary greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Be informed that this message / mail is getting to you so that you can immediately contact my attorney.


      However, I am former Mrs Grace Ojo, a widow to Late Sheik Ojo. I am 72 years old, I am now a new Christian convert, suffering from long time cancer of the breast. From all indications, my condition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that I may not live more than six months, because the cancer stage has gotten to a very severe stage.


      My late husband was killed during the Gulf war, and during the period of our marriage we had a son who was also killed in a cold blood during the Gulf war.  My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth. My personal physician told me that I may not live for more than six months and I am so scared about this. So, I now decided to divide part of this wealth, by contributing to the development of evangelism in Africa, America, Europe and Asian Countries. This mission which will no doubt be tasking had made me to recently relocated to Nigeria, Africa where I live presently. I am willing to donate the sum of $10,000,000.00 Million US Dollars to your Church / Ministry for the development of evangelism and also as aids for the less privileged around you.


      Please note that, this fund is lying in a Security Company in Europe which has branches all over. To enable you and your ministry get this funds, my lawyer will file an immediate application for the transfer of the money in the name of you and your ministry. Please, do contact my lawyer, Juwon Alifekede, on direct telephone +234-803-470-1685; by reconfirming other useful details to him.


      Lastly, I want you/your ministry to be praying for me as regards my entire life and my health because I have come to find out since my spiritual birth lately that wealth acquisition without Jesus Christ in one's life is vanity upon vanity. If you have to die says the Lord, keep fit and I will give you the crown of life.

      May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.


      Yours in Christ,

      Mrs Grace Ojo



Some Tips To Help You Avoid These Frauds:

1. If you receive a similar letter or email asking you to send personal or banking information, do not reply in any manner. Send the letter to the U.S. Secret Service or the FBI.

2. If you know someone who is corresponding in one of these schemes, encourage that person to contact the FBI or the U.S. Secret Service as soon as possible.


            The Victims of any Internet Crime are able to go directly to the IFCC web site www.IFCCFBI.gov  to submit their complaint information, relieving considerable frustration for the victim in trying to decide which law enforcement agency should receive the complaint.

            (Some of the information contained in the description of the “Nigerian Letter” fraud was obtained from the FBI official web site at www.fbi.gov)