For those of you who have been sleeping in class: At the end of Episode 1, we left off where Eric was waiting for Harry to send him the Loan Agreement Contract from the Fulton Finance Group.
We pick up the story where Eric opens the latest e-mail from Harry:
Harry: I am very sorry for not replying earlier. I have been busy with a $500, 000 loan transfer to one of our clients in the UK. We do not do facial transactions (sic) because of past experience which I would not want to talk about.
Attached to this mail is the Loan Agreement Contract Paper. You are to send the $70 with Western Union to: Ume Gabriel, Plot 24, Greener Estate, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria. Okay?
MY NOTE: The Loan Agreement/Contract Paper is a two-page document with plenty of legal sounding gobbledegook – obviously intended to confuse – with lots of bold uppercase letters, in red. Stamps and signatures; fancy borders; and at least six different fonts. It was Signed and Sealed Under the Hand of Harry Lynn and Barrister/Attorney Mike Peters (Esq). It reads:
“The Lender: FULTON FINANCE GROUP; Transfer agent Harry Lynn as party of the 1st Part (which expression shall be used unless it be repugnant to the context or meaning thereof shall mean and include their respective successor, heirs, executors, administrators, legal representative, assignees, and nominees). And Eric de la Vega de Castro herein after referred to as party of the 2nd Part, HAVING HIS RESIDENTIAL HOME ADDRESS AT: South Africa. Now therefore it is hereby mutually agreed by party of the 1st Party and 2nd Party that the following terms and conditions are set forth hereinafter as MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU).”
And so on, and so forth, ad nauseam.
Amongst Eric’s many talents is his uncanny ability to spot inconsistencies in legal documents; he was quick to notice that the date on the contract was incorrect – it was dated 4 December 2012. He sent the following e-mail to Harry:
Eric: Good news! My builders have given me until the end of the month to pay them. Now we can finalise the loan in peace.
Thank you for forwarding the MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) to me. I do, however, have a problem with the date on the contract. It reads:
“This NON-CIRCUMVENTION and NON-DISCLOSURE WORKING AGREEMENT made at FULTON FINANCE GROUP on this Day 4th of December, 2012”
Surely this cannot be correct? Please explain the discrepancy, and change the date on the contract – then e-mail it to me again urgently, so I can sign it.
Harry: I am very sorry for the typographical error. Attached to this e-mail is the Amended Loan Agreement Paper with the correct date. Please sign it and return to me. Also make sure that the $70 is sent to Western Union so we can proceed with the transfer without any delay.
MY NOTE: This was when Eric again amazed me with his skill as a scambaiter. He opened up his box of electronic tricks, and took out a little tool called File Destructor 2.0. http://www.xnet.se/fd/
“The File Destructor takes a file, completely destroys it, and turns it into worthless rubbish,” he explained. “Watch this.”
Eric “destructed” Animal Farm, by George Orwell – turning it into 1,539 pages of trash – written in a Wingdings-like script.
When an unsuspecting individual tries to open this trashed file, it looks like hell.
This morning, however, just before Eric could send the trashed file, he received the following mail from Mr. Harry Lynn.
Harry: How are you doing today? I hope all is well with you and yours. I sent you the Amended Loan Contract Paper since last week (sic) and up till now I have not received any mail from you. Do get back to me as soon as possible so that we can proceed with the transfer. Okay?
Eric: I’ve received your e-mail with the Amended Loan Contract on Friday. Unfortunately, I’ve been busy at the building site and have not yet had the time to read, sign, and return the Agreement to you. I shall do so today, or at the very latest, tomorrow. Thank you for your patience.
Here, Eric decided to wait a few days before sending the Amended (File Destructor) Loan Contract. On Tuesday, he sent the following:
Eric: Sorry to have kept you waiting.
Things are a bit hectic here at the moment. We are constantly having power blackouts and bus service strikes. My building project is running behind schedule, which means I could lose a lot of money.
Attached you will find the Amended Loan Agreement which I have signed. Please let me know if it is in order. I will send a copy of the Western Union Payment Form as soon as you confirm that our Loan Agreement is in order, and that my loan has been granted. Thank you for your patience.
Within half-an-hour Harry replied:
Harry: Your Signed loan Agreement has being received and I want you to know that Your loan funds has being aproved for transfer.. Be it known to you that as soon as the $70 USD is sent out, Your loan funds will be proccessed and transferred into your bank account.. Please you are to provide your Banking details with the information I sent to you on my previous mail okay..
Also, you are to reconfirm the Western Union information that you are to use to send the $70 USD out for the loan processing okay.
Eric: Dearest Harry. Thank you so very much for the good news!!! All my problems are over!!!
I have read your e-mail on my cell phone. I will be at the building site for the rest of the day. As soon as I get back to my office tomorrow, I shall send you my banking details. Thanks again!!!
Harry: Thanks for your Swift Response Eric. I will be awaiting your Banking detials along side Your Payment information.. As soon as they are provided, I 100% assire you that transfer will be done and you will get your loan funds transferred okay. Thanks and God bless. Regards, Harry Lynn.
END OF EPISODE 2
Will Eric send his banking details to Harry? Will Harry pay the $50, 000 into Eric’s bank account? Is Harry becoming dyslexic? And what about the $70 that Eric is supposed to send via Western Union? Why did Harry say: “God bless?” Is he in cahoots with that idiot, Charles Dumbwin? Can Christians be trusted? Are they in on this scam as well?
Tune in next time for another gripping episode of Fulton Finance’s Fraudulent Fiddle!