Martins Jide

TITLE: Tragedy Strikes At Western Union!
SCAMMER NAME: Martins Jide
SCAMMER LOCATION: London, UK and Lagos, Nigeria
SCAMBAITER: Shiver Metimbers

 

Martins Jide plays email Russian Roulette, and unfortunately gets the Cyberspace equivilent of a bullet in the side of the head. His email lands in my inbox, a mistake that will cost this particular scammer $718

 

From: Martins Jide
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2004 11:02 AM
Subject: URGENT REPLY

It is obvious that this proposal will come to you as a
suprise. This is because we have not met before but I am inspired to
sending you this email by the huge fund transfer opportunity that
will be of mutual benefit to the two of us.

However, I am Barrister Martins jide,the personal
attorney to the late Engr. Suk Hun Wufei flody, a Citizen of
Japan, who used to work with Nigerian National
Petrolum Co-operatrion (NNPC).

On the 26th of August 2003, my client,his wife and
their three were involved in a fatal house explossion at
Nigerian National Petrolum Co-operatrion (NNPC)
quaters Lagos.

Unfortunately they all lost their lives including
other people in the premises.Since then I have made
several enquiries to several Embassies to locate any
of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved successful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided
to trace his relatives over the Internet to locate any
member of his family but of no avail, hence I
contacted you.

I contacted you to assist in repartrating the money
and property left behind by my client since I have no
place to locate any of his relatives. I can easily
convince the bank with my legal practice that you are
the only surviving relation of my client.Otherwise the Estate he
left behind will be confiscated or declared unserviceable by the
bank where this huge deposits were lodged.

Particularly, My late client had an account with one
of the banks in Republic of Ghana valued at about
US$9.3Million (Nine Million Three Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars) which I witness the
documentations and the documents are with me.

Conseqently,The bank issued me a notice to provide the
next of kin to my client since I have been unsuccesfull in
locating the relatives.

I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased
so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$9.3Million (Nine Million
Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) will be paid into
your account and then you and I can share the money. 55% to me and 40%
to you,while 5% should be for expenses,tax as your government may require.

I have all necessary legal documents that can be used
to back up any claim we may make. All I require is
your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under
a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from
any breach of the law.

Please get in touch with me by return email .

Yours Faithfully,

Barrister Martins jide

N.B. Please indicate your telephone and fax numbers
for easy communication in this mutual transaction.

 

 

OK I have to explain a few things here. I have had to exclude a few days of correspondence for security purposes. The reason for the self censorship is that the techniques used in this particular scambait need to be kept out of the way of prying eyes (scammers will be watching!). The routine is similar to the one that I used in the Frank Kabongo bait, Scamming On The Telephone but with newer more ‘convincing’ operations added. The technique uses some new ideas from myself, and also ideas that other fellow baiters are using.

To openly publish this particular correspondence in full would jeopardize both myself and my fellow scambaiter’s future efforts against these people. Of course the art of scambaiting can be very humorous, but at the same time it is a very serious business, and we do not want to educate these thieves in our various tactics.

Apologies to my readers, but the full correspondence will be published when it’s safe to do so!

We take up the story a few days later. I have convinced Martins that I have already sent money to another scammer. Martins thinks that I have contacted him by mistake, thinking he is my original scammer, but soon he is in for a big let-down. In the process, Martins is made to change his name from Martins Jide to Martins Jude (he thinks this is the name of my original scammer). He believes I have $77,250 to transfer to him, but before he receives that there is the small matter of my guarantee fee!

 

 

Martins calls me to try to convince me to put my money into a fake online bank.

Date: 4th October 2004 Martins Jude – 1.15 Meg MP3 @ 7 minutes 52 seconds

 

 

From: Martins Jude
Date: Monday, October 04, 2004 9:52 PM
Subject: SENDING YOU THE $500. GUARANTEE FEE.

DEAR MARCUS,
REAGRDS TO OUR TELECONVERSATION, DO SEND IMMEDIATLY THE NAME WITH WHICH YOU WILL RECEIVE THE $500 USD. BY WESTERN UNION.
THIS IS ACCORDING TO OUR AGREEDMENT REACHED UPON EVERY OR BEFIRE ANY PAYMENT YOU WILL MAKE.

HOWEVER, I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT IT IS WITH MY GREATEST ENTHUSIAISM THAT I WANT THIS TRANSACTION TO BE CONCLUDED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

I AWAIT YOUR RESPONSE.
MARTINS JUDE.

 

 

From: Marcus DeWitt
To: Martins Jude

Marcus DeWitt
Managing Director
Creature Heaven Butchers

Dear Martins,

What day will you be sending the payment? If you are sending it BEFORE Thursday then I will have to send my secretary David XXXXX to pick the money up.

So, send the W.U. payment in the name of David XXXXX.

Let me have a fax/scan of the payment receipt and also any other information which may be required. When my secretary returns with the payment I shall then forward the full outstanding fee to you immediately.

Kind regards,

Marcus DeWitt
Managing Director
Creature Heaven Butchers

 

 

From: Martins Jude
Date: Wednesday, October 06, 2004 3:18 PM
Subject: Re: SENDING YOU THE $500. GUARANTEE FEE.

DEAR MARCUS,

THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION.

IT HAS BEEN NOTED.

AS SOON AS IT IS SENT I SHALL NOTIFY YOU.

MARTINS JUDE.

[I don’t bother to reply. I’ll wait and see if he gives me an excuse]

 

 

[Surprisingly, Martins seems to have sent the guarantee fee, but he seems to have sent £400 (about $718 USD) instead!]

From: Martins Jude
Date: Saturday, October 09, 2004 12:06 PM
Subject: THE $500. GUARANTEE FEE HAS BEEN SENT VIA WESTERN UNION

DEAR MARCUS,

THE $500 USD. AGREEMENT FEE HAS BEEN SENT TO YOU.

IT WAS SENT THUS:

SENDER: : MAJORIE XXXX


RECEIVER: David XXXXX
CONTROLE NUMBER: 292042xxxx.

AMOUNT: 400 POUNDS. (THIS WAS SO BECAUSE IF CONVERTED TO UNITED STATES DOLLARS, IT WILL AMOUNT OT $500. USD. OR MORE.

THIS WAS ACCORDING TO OUR AGREEMENT, SINCE THE TRANSACTION IS IN DOLLARS.

HOWEVER, AS SOON AS YOU GET THE MONEY DO LET ME KNOW BY SENDING THE WESTERN UNION INFORMATION OF THE BALANCE THAT YOU WILL BE SENDING FOR THE FINAL CONCLUSION OF THE TRANSACTION.

SEND THE BALANCE TO THE FOLLOWING NAMES. (SPLIT IT BETWEEN THESE TWO NAMES).

1. NAME: OKONKWO EMEKA JUDE

ADDRESS: LAGOS, NIGERIA.

2. SOLOMON IGBOELINWA E.

ADDRESS: LAGOS, NIGERIA.

HOWEVER, ALL ARRANGMENTS HAS BEEN PUT IN PLACE ASWELL FOR THE CONFIRMATION OF THE RECEIPT OF TRANSFER THAT WOULD BE SENT TO YOU, SO THAT YOU CAN ACKNOWLEDGE THE FUNDS’S TRANSFER IN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT.

I AWAIT YOUR RESPONSE.

MARTINS JUDE.

 

 

[Better double check that the amount Martins has sent is correct]

From: Marcus DeWitt
To: Martins Jude

Marcus DeWitt
Managing Director
Creature Heaven Butchers

Dear Martins,

I am confused by the payment amounts you state below.

£400 UK POUNDS is equivalent to $700 US DOLLARS. Please can you confirm the EXACT amount paid in. Western Union will NOT let me withdraw the money unless I am able to tell them the correct monetary amount.

Sincerely,

Marcus.

Marcus DeWitt
Managing Director
Creature Heaven Butchers

 

 

[Looks like it is correct. This is great. Ask for some money, then get a bonus amount added for no extra effort!]

From: Martins Jude
Date: Monday, October 11, 2004 10:21 AM
Subject: Re: THE $500. GUARANTEE FEE HAS BEEN SENT VIA WESTERN UNION

DEAR MARCUS,

JUST COLLECT THE £400 UK POUNDS , AS STATED IN MY LAST E-MAIL. REGARDSLESS OF WHAT THE EQUIVALENT WOULD BE IN US. DOLLARS.

JUST FILL THE WESTERN UNION RECEIVER’S FORM TO COLLECT £400 UK POUNDS .

HOWEVER, THE RECEIVERS OF THE BALANCE PAYMENT THAT YOU WOULD BE SENDING TODAY HAVE PROCEEDED TO CONFIRM THAT YOU HAVE SENT THE BALANCE; THEIR NAMES ONCE AGAIN.

1.NAME: OKONKWO EMEKA JUDE.

ADDRESS: LAGOS, NIGERIA.

2. SOLOMON IGBOELINWA E.

ADDRESS: LAGOS, NIGERIA.

YOU SHOULD SPLIT THE BALANCE IN ACCORDANCE TO THE HIGHEST AMOUNT THAT COULD BE SENT BY WESTERN UNION AND AND REPLY TO THIS E-MAIL BOX WITH THE CONTROLE NUMBERS, TEST QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS; ” DO NOT SEND IT BY FAX OR OTHER MEANS”

SEND IT TO THIS E-MAIL.

ALL PROCEEDINGS HAVE BEEN ARRANGED TO TAKE EFFECT TODAY MONDAY.

I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO CALL YOU OVER THE WEEKEND, I SHALL CALL YOU AGAIN.

DO GIVE ME AN ALTERNATIVE NUMBER.

I AWAIT YOUR URGENT RESPONSE.

MARTINS JUDE.

 

 

Success! The Western Union payment has now been received, all £400 ($718) of it! Now I will do what I do best and make my pet sweat by not replying to his emails for the next few days! In the meantime, feast your eyes on the prize below (details censored to protect my innocence!)

The money has already been donated to a worthy charity.

 

 

[It’s the day after I withdrew the payment, and Martins seems worried]

From: Martins Jude
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2004 10:00 AM
Subject: Re: Re: THE $500. GUARANTEE FEE HAS BEEN SENT VIA WESTERN UNION

Dear Marcus ,

It has been confirmed that you have received the Guarantee Fee. by western union.

I tried calling you all day but to no avail. give me your alternative number.

However, the receiving officers are still waiting. According to our agreement, i have done by part, please endevour to reach me immediatly in response to this e-mail.

I have made planns on my resignation to join you upon the confirmation of the funds in your Bank account.

Respond ASAP.

Martins Jude.

 

 

[I’ll turn the screw a little more by getting my secretary to give Martins something more to worry about]

From: Gladys Knight
To: Martins Jude

Gladys Knight
Creature Heaven Butchers
www.creatureheaven.com

Dear Mr. Martins.

My name is Miss Knight and I am the Personal Assistant to Mr. Marcus Dewitt.

Mr. DeWitt has not come into work this morning and we are urgently trying to locate him. I will ensure that he contacts you urgently as soon as we have located him.

Your sincerely,

Gladys Knight
Creature Heaven Butchers
www.creatureheaven.com

 

 

[Martins sends a desperate email to Marcus]

From: Martins Jude
Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 8:09 PM
Subject: Re: Re: Re: THE $500. GUARANTEE FEE HAS BEEN SENT VIA WESTERN UNION

Dear Marcus,

I was suprised to see a mail from Mrs. Gladys Knight. saying you that you have not been reached.

On the other hand, it is also obviouse that since David XXXXX received the Gurantee fee from the western union, i have not gotten a mail from you. I do not want to Beleive that you have refused to contact or respond to my e-mails. I was also perplexed when got a message from my several dials of your number, from the operator say that your number has been disconnected and no more exists on the network.

You have to contact me ASAP,

the Funds are still intact waiting to be Paid into your Bank Account.

Regards,

Martins Jude.

 

 

[Still no response from me, so Martins contacts Gladys. All he’s getting from my line is pips!]

From: Martins Jude
Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 8:17 PM
Subject: MR DEWITT

Dear Gladys Knight,

did you receive my response to your e-mail?
Have you reached Mr. Marcus DeWitt?
Please do let me know as it is urgent that i communicate with him.

Do respond to this e-mail with a contact telephone number.

Regards,
Martins Jude.

 

 

[Sucess for Martins. Gladys decides to reply with some good news]

From: Gladys Knight
To: Martins Jude

Gladys Knight
Creature Heaven Butchers

Dear Mr. Martins.

I believe Mr. DeWitt is today making his way to the Western Union office to make some payments. I cannot tell you what these payment are because I have not been informed of them. However, he is available on his cellphone number now which is +44 8707 653 XXX

Sincerely,

Gladys Knight
Creature Heaven Butchers
www.creatureheaven.com

 

 

Martins calls and needs to know why I haven’t spoken to him recently.

Date: 19th October 2004 Martins Jude – 528k MP3 @ 2 minutes 59 seconds

Note that I have edited out a couple of seconds of audio containing a few digits of my telephone number.

 

 

From: Martins Jude
Date: October 19, 2004 2:07 PM
Subject: MR DEWITT

[Martins sends Gladys a list of names to which the $77,250 has to be paid to]

Attn: Gladys Knight ,

please relay the below message to Mr. Marcus befire the hour of 2 pm. i got your e-mail and i called him on the number that you gave me.

Dear Marcus, here is the names.

1. name : OKONKWO EMEKA JUDE.

address: LAGOS, NIGERIA.

2. name: ORAEKI EKIKE

address: LAGOS, NIGERIA.

3. name: SOLOMON IGBOELINWA

address: LAGOS, NIGERIA.

above are the names to which you will send the BALANCE. split the balance among the above names and send by western union.

i hope this mail reaches you as i have been trying to send you a fax.

respond to this e-mail and send western union information to the fax number that i gave you over the phone.

i will call you.

Martins.

please do reply to confirm the receipt.

Martins.

 

 

Martins calls again, just as I am outside the Western Union office about to make his payment (or so he thinks!)

WARNING: TRAGEDY ALERT!

Date: 19th October 2004 Martins Jude – 653k MP3 @ 3 minutes 42 seconds

Yes, I’m afraid I’m dead dear readers!

 

 

Martins sends me a few “Where are you?” emails over the next few days, which I ignore (I’m dead after all). He eventually sends Gladys an email to try to find out what is going on

From: Martins Jude
Date: Monday, October 25, 2004 7:29 PM
Subject: MR DEWITT

DEAR GLADYS,
PLEASE LET HIM KNOW THAT I WANT TO SPEAK TO HIM, AND LET ME KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON, AND PLEASE LET ME KNOW WAHT IS HOLDING HIM SO THAT I CAN KNOW WHAT TO DO. O.K
MARTINS

 

 

Gladys has some bad news for Martins.

From: Gladys Knight
To: Martins Jude

Miss Gladys Knight
Creature Heaven Butchers

Dear Mr. Martins.

I am afraid it is my sad duty to inform you that Mr. DeWitt was killed in a automobile accident last Tuesday. I am sorry that you have had no contact but the office as been closed for some days a sign of respect. I hope you can understand.

Please inform me of the business that you had with Mr. DeWitt and I will pass on your details to Mr. DeWitt’s secretary Mr. David XXXXX. He will be taking over Mr. DeWitt’s affairs until a replacement director is found.

I am sorry to give you such bad news.

Sincere regards,

Miss Gladys Knight
Creature Heaven Butchers

 

 

Because of certain security issues, I can’t publish the last few exchanges between myself and Martins, however what I can tell you is that eventually he twigged that I had been baiting him. He sent me a couple of threats, and I replied with threats of my own (too unsavoury to publish here!). Needless to say, this particular bait was over by October 28.

 

 

OK, a few weeks later, and after giving Martins time to cool off, I decided to give him a call. Martins is actually located in London, which is a really cheap telephone call for me. Of course, I did not call him as Marcus DeWitt, I pretended I was some other victim. I didn’t have any pre-prepared plan on what I was going to say to him, I just wanted to know how he would react from receiving a call at 2:20 in the morning!

Apologies to Irish visitors for the abysmal Irish accent I put on. I didn’t want Martins to recognise my voice!

Date: 22nd November 2004 (2:20AM) I give Martins and early wake-up call – 840k MP3

 

 

As promised, I give Martins a call the next day. Trouble is I was ungracious enough to ring him at 3AM this time!

This time I decided to see if he would notice me deliberately slipping into a US and a slightly deep south US accent! I really need lots of practice with my voices I’m afraid. I’ll probably stick to British ones, and perhaps try a Prince Charles one soon!

Anyway, Martins got frustrated with me and put the phone down. I called him again and chucked a few 4X words at him, which I have edited out so as not to cause too much offence to anyone! See if you can spot where they were!

The third and final time I rang him back it sounded like he picked up the phone and put it under his pillow. Though the recording goes off after a few minutes, I did hang on for another ten minutes or so, whistling down the phone!

Date: 23rd November 2004 (3:05AM) I give Martins another early wake-up call – 1.38meg MP3

 

 

Looks like it’s game over.

Feeling sorry for Martins? DON’T! Martins makes a career out of stealing money from people on a daily basis. Like most other scammers he has absolutely no compassion or feelings of guilt, and more than likely he would cut your throat for a few dollars if you were ever foolish enough to bump into him on his own turf. Martins can be thankful that all he lost was £400, this is mere pocket change compared to the many many thousands of pounds he steals every year from innocent victims.

The money taken from Martins has already been given to a local deserving charity – I never keep money scammed from scammers.

 

 

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Tempted to try baiting scammers out of cash yourself? Please don’t.

IT CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS!

I would advise anyone considering “cash baiting” to think again. Not only is it extremely dangerous for inexperienced scambaiters to try, but legally you are also skating on very thin ice. Whilst morally you may think you are giving the scammers exactly what they deserve, technically you are still obtaining money by false pretences, and whilst you may just get a slap on the wrist from law enforcement officials, the greater danger is from the scammers themselves.

It is stressed on this site a lot, but again, PLEASE remember that these people have been known to beat, torture, and in some cases even murder their victims. Although most of the scammers you may read about here seem to be bumbling fools, you certainly would not want to meet up with them in person. You may feel you are safe baiting a scammer many thousands of miles away from you in another country, but remember, even though they themselves may not be prepared to go to the time and expense of flying across continents to come and deal with you, they may well have relatives or contacts living much closer to home!

I implore newcomers to scambaiting to never lose sight of the main goal; to waste the scammer’s time as much as possible, to mess with their minds, to make them jump through hoops. Of all my most favourite scambaits, not a single one of them involved extracting cash – or even a trophy picture – from the scammer. It is much more satisfying to drive a scammer mentally insane over a period of weeks or months than it is to spend a week or so convincing them to send you a bit of cash.

Please do not send requests to me asking how to receive money from scammers. I no longer attempt any kind of cash baiting myself. I tested the waters to see if it could be achieved, now I’m looking for bigger and better ways to get these guys. Any emails requesting information on cash baiting will NOT receive a reply.

Of course I cannot force you not to try cash baiting yourselves, but for the sake of your own security PLEASE don’t do it!

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