in 2001, we have seen the first instances of Nigerian fraudsters'
using the names of actual persons who are presumably uninvolved in
the fraud and unaware their name is being used in these scams.
However, while the name being used may be a real person employed in
the occupation or profession claimed by the fraudster, the address
used by the fraudster is always different than that of the real
person. In some cases, there has been a slight alteration from
the real person's name, such as an incorrect middle initial, etc.
The letters of this ilk we have come across thus far are all from
fraudsters impersonating apparently-legitimate attorneys.
These writers claim to have been retained by principals employed
with the Nigerian government, a Nigerian industry or Nigerian bank
to act as go-betweens in arranging for the transferring millions of
dollars out of Nigeria and into the account of a trusted third
party. Otherwise, these letters have been pretty routine.