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Top Ten Strange Names in Nigerian scams

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Nigerian email scams are amongst the oldest tricks in the book. You have likely received emails from strange characters offering you US $50 million in return for assistance with a bank transfer or helping with safe passage of a dictator’s ex-wife. It’s pretty tempting to leave our jobs at SPAMfighter for a quick payout but we have managed to escape the lures these Nigerian scams so far.

As a company dedicated to fighting spam, we come across many variations of these mails, which are referred to as 419 scams named after Section 419 of the Nigerian Criminal Code.  They generally follow similar templates or themes, although we see creative ones from time to time, and are often funny or even comical in tone.  Besides the spelling and grammatical errors another thing that typically stands out are the hilarious names the scammer use.  In this post we look at the names of those individuals appearing in those nigerian scam mails. So here it is; the ultimate, the first, the best and the only top ten list of strange names in Nigerian scam mails.

1. I am Rev Father August Goodluck. by name, a diplomat by profession

2. I am Mr Kojo William Wood from the USA, i am 56 years

3. I will be known to you as John of Ark for now.

4. My name is Mr Tofil Bama, I am the Bill and Exchange…..

5. I am Mr Konta Tama , MANAGER AUDIT AND ACCOUNTANCY DEPARTMENT ,Bank of Africa in (Burkina Faso).

6. I am Mrs Zubaru Zalani one of the gold machant of the Libya’s First Lady Safia Farkash

7. I am Barr.David Newton Esq.,


9. Mr Alpha Campoare

10. Yours brother Mr.Bright Kofi

What do you think? Are you also a great admirer of the name Rev Father August Goodluck or have you received any scams lately with even more interesting names? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Jeff says:

    Rev Father August Goodluck <— That is really funny! Great post!!

  2. lisa says:

    LOL I have seen about half of those in several of my email accounts, what I cannot understand is how some people get sucked into these letters.

  3. Gregg says:

    I got one today that was titled Your Inheritance Compensation Fund from Mr. Mpoyo. Of course they needed to deposit this inheritance compensation fund into my bank account and needed my bank account info to do it! And apparently a relatively had passed away leaving this inheritance, a relative I never knew I had. I’m with the other commenter… how do people fall for these???

  4. Ben Harvey says:

    I have seen some of these, Also a few from the Prince of Nigeria, kinda sad they resort to scamming people, it has basically destroyed the reputation of the whole Country.

  5. Tim says:

    I did a mail search and found MADAM UKA KABORE. Apparently she had quite the deal for me. If I would have read that email I would have had enough money to buy my mom an island for Christmas. Nice Post!

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  7. Chris says:

    Its funny, i got one from a “South African girl” who said she was in love with me and wanted to marry me whose father had just died leaving her 6 million dollars inheritance but said she needed money from me for a plane ticket to the US…but wait, dont you have 6 million dollars? morons

  8. Patrick says:

    So funny names, really impressive but they are wrong by the way. Coming most of the time from scammers. What I can’t understand is how can people be armed with evil intent to perform tasks rather unhealthy. Every day we meet this kind of names from emails we receive . But i am always asking a question and never get the right answer. Is there someone behind this network or there is a group of scammers that are acting without being punished . The image of Nigeria is tarnished by the actors. Many people were fallen in this ugly game and we must stop them but it will not be easy because it seems that there is a wide group around the internet.

  9. Charmein says:

    I received an email from one man whose name was Jonathan,then Walton James,then Anthony whale and they all claimed to be successful business men from various countries but was stuck in Nigeria because of some bad business deals,what I could not understand though is if these guys are business men why would they ask for money,and guess what one of them was brave enough to request my bank account number but I bluntly refused to give him the information,it was then he became very abusive.However people just beware of the wasteless /lazy dogs and bitches

  10. Paulingo says:

    It really funny. But Nigerians hardly fall to that.

  11. Mason Table says:

    I too have received such emails. One of which I remember was from a person named GOGO Yunk.
    Apparently, he seemed to have lost his father in a road accident who was a business man and inherited a whooping 6 million dollars property. He mailed me asking for my bank details to which he would transfer some amount. Doesn’t it sound so weird!

  12. Habilitation Electrique Lyon says:

    These names sound interesting.

    Though this has been an old modus of the crooks, but even today it has been going on. Recently a lady got duped to a tune of $20,000 in such scam. Eventually when she came to know that she was fooled she started finding out preys for herself and ultimately landed in the jail.

    I feel one should be very careful about sending their personal and banks details no matter if any one is ready to send hundreds or millions of dollars.


  13. Riley Lopez says:

    These names are really very funny and nerd. The sad part is many people fall prey to it and end up losing a large amount of their hard earned money. Please make sure you do not reveal your address and bank details to any unknown persons.

  14. We regularly get contact form spam but had to laugh last week when the sender was a Mr A. Hopatunitie. Lol, some kind of creative subliminal message here?

  15. Judith Cary says:

    I was introduced to a nice-looking guy on facebook from Dublin,Ireland,by the name of Robin Chantler. He is caucasian,has two blue-eyed blonde little kids,I found out that,It turned out to be some Black guy with a African,or Haitian accent.He certaintly knew how to charm me.I would still like to meet the person in the picture with the two cute kids.Though I don’t know what the REAL DEAL is.Or whether he is for real or not.Or if he even exists.Or married,IN that case,I don’t want anything to do with a married man.

  16. bryan says:

    just wondering if any one has been hit up by a so called amercian girl in south africa name christina clark if so please let me no thank you

  17. I got one just today from Mr. Ubong Nwalozie.

  18. elizabeth says:

    I too received a picture of a nice looking guy 30ish with two beautiful children that looked nothing like him. However he was the father. He just wasn’t the one sending the friend request. Found out who he wasn’t when my instinct kicked in and I did some investigating. The scammer screwed up when he used a different version of the real guys name but I still don’t know who the real scammer is but he has a heavy accent as well. Heis very talented with lots of charm. Probably wouldn’t think that if I saw the real deal.

  19. Hi Elizabeth

    Thank you for writing. When in doubt it’s always better to investigate as you did. They are sometimes very good at what they do and deception is what they are best at.

  20. Michael unadike says:

    So many scammers all over the world… Nt just nigeria…. Nd in nigeria… We hv alot of Good and hardworking peeps who got ntn to do with scam … dont be foolish to fall for the illiterate ones. … Sometimes its greed that makes people victims.

  21. Please help me to verify if thge funds on my name is real or not as I have paid a lot of money already.I am looking for somebody who can verify it for me.Thanks a lot.Marius

  22. Nyebodnye says:

    The ones I hate are the ‘I was on holiday and got mugged and lost all my money and credit cards and phone, luckily I still have my passport. I need to pay the hotel bill before I can leave’ scams where they try and get you to send them money using Western Union.
    They phish an email address then email this to everyone in the persons address book, and the reply address is slightly off – maybe a different domain, AOL instead of BT, using lower case RN inead of M in the email address, 1 instead of L. Scum of the earth.

    Oh and Marius, I hope you’re joking. You are never going to see any money.

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