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Beware all Bridegrooms- A New Nigerian Mail Scam is targeting you

People in India are familiar with "Love Jihadi" where  young women are lured into love and marriage only for the sake of conversion to Islam and to be recruited to the terrorist activities against the Country.

Now another interesting marriage proposal which has hit the e-mail circuit. This aims at men and the bait is from a 23 year old girl living in Saudi Arabia. She has a story that she has inherited US $ 900,000 (Approx Rs: 4.5 crores) from her deceased mother and would be available to her only if she gets married.

The girl in distress wants to desperately have a "Marriage Certificate" and if you can provide her with your name, she is willing to share 20% of the inheritance money. She even proposes a convenient means of marriage.. through contract.. probably by exchange of e-mails or in a Chat room. (Copy of the mail available at the end of this article).

Surely, a tempting offer to marry a 23 year old which many would consider irresistible.

There is a catch though, the mother was in Nigeria and the money has to be taken out of Nigeria. There is also a villain in the horizon who is already threatening to kill her so that he can enjoy the property.

It is quite likely that after the respondent spends some money helping his fiancee to draw the money out of Nigeria, she may suddenly be killed or the villain may threaten you so that you withdraw from claiming the money. A great plot better than any of the earlier Nigerian mail offers.

Recipients of the mail should be wary of even responding to this mail out of curiosity since even parting personal details which will be the first step towards consumating the marriage is sufficient to steal your identity and create problems which can be exploited by blackmail.

In case you respond further and plan to meet the girl in Saudi Arabia, probably you would be arrested there for adultery or some such charge and may never return to India.

Hope Indian youth are intelligent enough to avoid such traps.

What Should ISPs do?

However, the incident raises one issue of "Due Diligence" under ITA 2008 at the ISP level. Now that the presence of a mail from "sweetfaria@inMail24.com" is known and every sane person will understand that this is an attempted fraud, there is a duty cast on the ISP to block the e-mail for "Prevention of Cognizable Offence".

The CERT-IN l has the powers under Section 69A to order the blocking of this mail and also any outgoing mails to this e-mail address so that Indian money cannot be lost for such frauds which ultimately may even fund terrorist or drug activities against the interest of our country.

The relevant section 69A reads as under:

Power to issue directions for blocking for public access of any information through any computer resource

 (1) Where the Central Government or any of its officer specially authorized by it in this behalf is satisfied that it is necessary or expedient so to do in the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of the State, friendly relations with foreign states or public order or for preventing incitement to the commission of any cognizable offence relating to above, it may subject to the provisions of sub-sections (2) for reasons to be recorded in writing, by order direct any agency of the Government or intermediary to block access by the public or cause to be blocked for access by public any information generated, transmitted, received, stored or hosted in any computer resource.

(2) The procedure and safeguards subject to which such blocking for access by the public may be carried out shall be such as may be prescribed.

(3) The intermediary who fails to comply with the direction issued under sub-section (1) shall be punished with an imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years and also be liable to fine.

Even before such a direction comes forth from the CERT-In, the knowledge of such mail being in circulation as being indicated through this article is a sufficient notice to ISPs and if they donot take steps to stop this particular spam mail, they will be guilty of not following due diligence. Hope they realize their responsibilities and act.


October 30, 2009



From: "faaria fayez zafar" <sweetfaaria@inMail24.com>
Subject: hello dear.


I have been waithing for your reply my dear! listen ,After i went through your contact;i decided  to write to you. My name is faaria Zafar ,I am 23yr old from Saudi Arabia but was bred up in Nigeria, I came to Nigeria with my mother Mrs. Bodia Zafar,and we ve been staying in Nigeria for over 15 yrs now because my mother had worked in different oil companies in Nigeria.

 Her last place of work was NLNG (Nigeria liquefied and Natural gas limited, bonny)before she died of breast cancer last year. I inherit Nine Hundred thousand US dollars from my mother which i can only collect on the condition that I ve gotten married. Actually I would not like to marry any man because of the way men had treated my mother.

 i never knew my father and she never said much about him ,but I know that their marriage never work out and she divorced him. Ever since then, he has never cared about her or me.

 I hate him for that. My mother had a Nigerian male friend who never cares about her feelings but wants her money. now desperate of taking all her properties in Nigeria, which she had entrusted to him while I was in school. He is even threatening to kill me if i try to stop his devilish interest in any way. I hate him very much and will never like him or any Nigerian Man.

My mother wanted me to get married and we some time quarreled over the issue; maybe that was why she willed the money on that condition .I recently graduated from university of Port Harcourt Nigeria and I think am done with Nigeria and every thing about the country .All I want is my money to be moved into a foreign account and I will get out of the country as fast as I can imagine.

I will like you to help me provide a marriage certificate from your country, which will present you as my husband, an account to transfer my money and other of your details.

 Or probably we can go into contract marriage if you will like that. After the transfer, 20% of the money will be yours for using your account, while 80% belong to me.

Please I need an urgent reply, as to send you my pictures, my international passport and other things to enable
you obtain the marriage certificate.

Thanks for your Assistance! write to me through my private email {faaria23@rediffmail.com}


Miss.Faaria Zafar.


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