Diary: IPR warns of Nigerian get rich quick scheme

As Nigeria attempts to establish a democracy under new president-elect Olusegun Obasanjo, its reputation for fraud looks set to worsen.

As Nigeria attempts to establish a democracy under new

president-elect Olusegun Obasanjo, its reputation for fraud looks set to

worsen.



The IPR is to officially warn its members in its next newsletter not to

respond to faxes soliciting money and targeted at UK PR agencies.



Two weeks ago, IPR executive chairman Peter Walker received a fax marked

’EXTREMELY URGENT’. So as to hold the attention, the entire fax is in

capital letters.



Claiming to be from Major General Sukar Maitunga, chief finance officer

to the Nigerian presidency, the fax offers the chance to pocket more

than 30 per cent of dollars 880 million (pounds 550 million).



The fax claims that Maitunga was used by the late head of state General

Sanni Abacha to transfer oil money to foreign accounts for his own

benefit.



However, allegedly, Abacha died before the eighth payment, the

aforementioned sum, could be transferred abroad. The sender offers 30

per cent of the money to any agency able to offer a foreign bank account

for it to be transferred to. Those interested were asked to give their

bank details.



It is thought the willing parties will then be asked to make a ’goodwill

deposit’. Walker says: ’I think this is just someone picking names out

of directories - I would not be surprised if there were a lot of others

who have received this note.’



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