I recently received an email from a scammer claiming to be called Mr James Edward. Like most scam emails, he would like a business arrangement with me.
The scammer informs me in the email he is the auditor of a “Government Accredited Oil Company” in Nigeria. Of course, he does not state which oil company as this could easily be researched and would instantly be dismissed easily by the recipients of this email.
Mr James Edward Scammer
As with most scams, this email has a long story that is an attempt to convince victims that it could be true. Mr James Edward talks about the reliable and honest person he requires in this scam email, yet he is not honest or reliable.
James Edward talks about god later in the scam email, again this is to make him appear like a trustworthy and honest individual. Everything stated in this email is based on lies and deceit in order to scam you out of your money.
James Edwards Google Search Results
A quick google search shows this scammer has been at it since at least 2018. There is a Facebook post about him and some sort of metal trunks scam on the first result. The next result is a forum called scam warners that shows nearly an identical scam to this one.
It appears like the scammer has been using this alias for some time, I would think he has probably had some success with it and sees no point in changing the details of the scam.
Oil Scam – Mr James Edward
The full email is below, if I were to guess I would say this is the Advance Fee Scam. At some point, the scammer will ask for some sort of payment upfront.
Scams like this will always get the email recipient interested with the offer of a large sum of money or a high-value prize. At a later stage in the scam, they will ask for a delivery fee or insurance fee etc.
Let’s look at the full email from the scammer:
MR JAMES EDWARD <[email protected]> Fri 25/03/2022 12:04 MR JAMES EDWARD Lagos-Nigeria. Tel : 234-1-7774535 ATTN: Sir /Madam I know this will come to you as a surprise but never mind, I got your Contact in my search for a reputable and trust worthy person/Company,Who can stand confidently with me in this successful business Arrangement. Before I proceed, I will like to introduce my humble self To you. I am the Auditor General of a Government Accredited Oil Company here in Nigeria. Certainly, the prompting of this letter to you is anchored on my strong desire to solicit your sincere understanding and co-operation in this Transaction that would certainly boost the financial stand of both parties involved when completed. As a matter of fact, we want to transfer to overseas (US$52,000.000.00 USD) fifty two million United States Dollars) from the Oil Company's operating Bank account here in Africa, I want you to quietly Look for a reliable and honest person who will be capable and fit to Provide either an existing bank account or to set up a new Bank A/C Immediately to receive this money, even an empty account can serve to Receive this money, as long as you will remain honest to me till the end Of this important transaction, trusting in you and believing in God That you will Never let me down either now or in the near future. In all honesty, during the course of our auditing I discovered a Floating fund of the above mentioned amount in account opened with the Bank in 1990 and since then; nobody has operated on this account again, After going through some old files in the records I discovered that the Money in the account was mapped out for the refurbishment of the Oil Company's Machineries. Meanwhile, Mr. Magnus Leon, the President of the Oil company was the Only signatory to the account, but unfortunately he died after a brief Illness in 1993. And no other person knows about this account or any Thing concerning it, and the account has no other beneficiary. And my investigation proved to me that Mr. Magnus Leon, until his death Had wanted to siphoned that money into his personal account in New York Hence he did not disclose the operating devises of the account to the Board of Trustees. I am only contacting you in this regard, based on the fact that you are A foreigner because, this money can only be approved to any foreigner Who can present all documents that will prove that he/she is the Next of Kin/Beneficiary to the account base on the fact that Mr. Magnus Leon The owner of this account is a foreigner, and the money can only be approved into a foreign bank Account. Therefore, if you are capable of handling this transaction with me, lets Make the necessary arrangement for the hitch-free transfer of this Money to any safe bank account that you may nominate, on a share Percentage bases. However, we shall sign a binding agreement, to bind us Together as partners in this regard. I am revealing this to you with believe in God that you will never let Me down in this business, you are the first and the only person that I Am contacting for this business, so please reply urgently and indicate Your sincere interest, so that I can inform you on the modalities Already mapped out for the hitch-free transfer of the money out of Africa here.I will require your direct phone and fax number for easy contacting you I need your full co-operation to make this work adequately. Upon your Positive response and once I am convinced that you are capable and Willing to meet up with the instructions of the top bank official that is deeply involved with me in this business, I shall commence actions Immediately to process the payment of the money in your favor as the Beneficiary With my influence and the position of the bank official we can transfer This money to any reliable foreign bank account, which you can provide. I am looking forward in anticipation to hearing from you soon as Possible. Reply immediately to : [email protected] Yours truly, MR JAMES EDWARD
James Edward Oil Scam – Reply Email
The actual reply email of James Edwards is [email protected] although the one it appears to be sent from is spoofed.
I have replied to Mr James Edwards to get further information on the scam although it’s not often they actually reply. I will update this post if I receive a response from the scammer.
Update – 28/03/2022 – Mr James Edward
I received an update from Mr James Edward this morning, using a different email address: [email protected].
James Edward has requested a copy of my identification. Any personal details should not be sent to strangers on the internet.
At the very least, the personal details will be used to target you in further scams.
The update from James Edward Scammer is shown below:
JAMES EDWARD <[email protected]> Sun 27/03/2022 22:48 Mr James Edward 121 Dave Crescent, Akoka Victoria Island, Lagos-Nigeria Tel:+234-805-6672175 Dear Thank you for your email response and readiness to work with me in moving the $52M to your account for sharing and edited investment of my own share. I sincerely believe that you will not disappoint me once the transfer has been made to your account by sitting on the money and saying that you do not know me Mr James Edward again. I have done this transaction twice and each time money was transferred to the so called partners of mine, they is appeared with the funds and changed their numbers and I never got in contact with them again To this effect, I request a copy of your Drivers License and or International Passport for me to be sure of who I am dealing with.Also required is your full names, residential or office address, your correct/working telephone and fax numbers (Country code-area code-number), The bank details where the funds will be transferred to. I have contacted a lawyer who will assist us in processing and procuring all the legal documents in your name as the beneficiary and Next of Kin to the deceased who left these funds in his bank account without any WILL and Next of Kin. This money is currently sitting in the bank without any claim and we have already perfected all documents to lay claim of the funds to your name as soon as all your information have been forwarded to me. Once I have received your full names, Address, telephone and fax umber, Bank name and address, telephone and fax of your bank, Bank account number, Swift or Routing number for easy transmission of the funds to your account. I also need an assurance from you that the funds will be safe in your are pending my arrival also that the only money you will take out of the $52M is your agreed 30% and the rest kept in a safe account for me until I find out what area you can invest the funds for me. Please give me your direct telephone number so that I will call you immediately for more detailed information. Do include your country code and area code to enable me have immediate access to your line. He shall also procure the certificate of ownership of the funds in your name also.These documents will all be presented to our bank here for the funds to be paid to you.These documents also i will forward to you on email attachment for your kind perusal and information. Please the documents shall be for your eyes alone and only you alone.After that the bank will now send to you the Fund remittance form which you will complete and return for them now to transfer the funds into your nominated bank account.Once the funds are transferred,i will now come down to meet with you for the sharing.Once more you will need to keep this transaction very confidential and also follow my instructions so that we can get this done within the next 5 working days. Please do call me on telephone no:+234-805-6672175 as soon you send the details to this email address only.Please comply immediately because of time.Please do not disappoint me as this is my only hope after retirement and i also hope to retire after this and move to your country for proper investment. Waiting for your email details and telephone call also Regards Mr James Edward
Random Email 16/10/2022?!
To my surprise, approximately 7 months after my last contact with this muppet. He decides he want to try and blag me once more with more lies and nonsense as shown below:
From: JAMES EDWARD <[email protected]>
Sent: 16 October 2022 19:11
Subject: Re: Thank you for your email response and readiness to work with me in moving the $52M to your account
How are you doing today, am sorry that i have not been able to reach you for some time now, i have decided not contact you until our fund is approved by the government.
Am happy now to inform you that our funds have been officially approved to be released into your nominated bank account. you are now requested to immediately reconfirm your full details to avoid a wrongful transfer of this funds. you should please send your full address and a copy of your i.d and of cause your banking information where you want the bank to transfer the funds to
I will be urgently be waiting for the information as soon as you receive this message.
How To Report Email Scams
Additionally, Australia has the government Scamwatch website that allows users to report scams and fraud directly to them to investigate.
Canada has the Anti-Fraud Centre which allows potential scam victims to report scams online, report by phone and has information on current and recent scams.