Various fraud attempts using the name Samuel Benson and Hexta Energy & Resources Ltd

July 29, 2013 By: FraudInfo Category: Fraud warning

An Ontario lawyer informed us that his client, who was looking to sell some rural property, was contacted by the purported Samuel Benson (mrsamben69@yahoo.com) of Hexta Energy & Resources Ltd in Nigeria about purchasing the land. The lawyer did a Google search of that name and found that others have been contacted by this person about other business ventures (see below), and advised his client not to have any dealings with him.

This is the contact information the seller in Ontario was given:

My Company is Hexta Energy & Resources Ltd
Mr Samuel Benson
Address: 108 Aba road,
Port Harcourt.
Rivers State
Tel: +234-818-645-7822

This was another email found online by the lawyer:

Dear Sir
I am Mr Samuel Benson, the head Hexta Energy & Resources ltd. I am willing to invest the sum amount of $5,800,000 only, with you if you would be honest and sincere to handle the investment and to return back to me a % profit yearly in 5-years period of time.
If yes, then you can get in touch with me via my email.
Mr. Samuel Benson
Hexta Energy & Resources Ltd

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13 Responses to “Various fraud attempts using the name Samuel Benson and Hexta Energy & Resources Ltd”

  1. Kevin Mayo says:

    I have been contacted by a person identifying himsel as Benibo Samuel dba as Bencoil Resources Limited located at 18 Afikpo Road Onne, Port Harcourt, Rivers State Nigeria (same town as in your above situation). I met him through Private Money Golmine website which is a site that matches investors with private money lenders. Mr. Samuel’s email to me is eerily similar to the wording above wherein he offered to fund $1,500,000 if I would “…be honest and sincere to handle the investment and to return back to me an 8% profit yearly in a five years period of time.” He sent me a proposed “partnership agreement” that as an atty I reviewed and concluded that it wasn’t what I would expect for a $1,500,000 loan. It sounded all waaaayyyy too easy. I was disappointed to see your email above which seems to confirm my suspicions that something isn’t right here. I also found that (I think) the same Mr. Benibo Samuel appears on a number of other “angel investor” websites matching investors with private money lenders.

  2. Maykel Barrera says:

    I was also contacted by a Banibo Samuel of Bencoil Resources for the same loan and followed his game till the end. He sends you a partnership agreement and before he wires the money he asks you to send him 250 dls for a letter from the “Nigerien Finance Monitoring Team” that will prove the funds free of money laundering and other scams. Then with that letter the bank will wire the money. I had to laugh as he said this supposed agency had to recieve the money from the fund beneficiary. I hope people will just learn about all these scamers from Nigeria.

  3. Jessica Barrett says:

    My name’s Jessica Barrett and my company is Star Studios LLC. Motion Picture. I was contacted by Samuel Benson in November 2011. He stated he’d invest
    $7.5 million into my movie project. In February 2012 I started paying all these fees required to receive the investment. I paid out a total of $10,000. and went into debt just to have Mr. Samuel Benson invest in my company. He contacted me today and asked for more money from me. After I read the articles from everyone else who was contacted by Mr. Samuel Benson, I was livid and now am trying to find an Attorney who works on suing other people in different countries. I’m now in $30,000 debt do to all the equipment I had to purchase for Pre-Production to get started. I also cashed in all my stocks and emptied my Savings account trusting Mr. Samuel Benson. I hope my article will worn other folks to never trust any investor in another country.

    Thank you

    Jessica Barrett

  4. Joe says:

    Ditto on being contacted by “Mr. Benibo Samuel”. He found me on my real estate investing website and on my personal email somehow. “$1,500,000 investment for wholesale, rehab properties.”

    Stay away!


  5. Robert says:

    I received the the same email from Mr. Benibo Samuel off the Lendpost.com site:

    “I am writing this letter to you seeking for your assistance in real estate property investment.”

    “I am willing to invest with you the sum amount of $1,500,000 only in wholesale, turnkey and rehab properties, If you would be honest and sincere to handle the investment and to return back to me a % interest per year in 5 – years period of time.”

    “If you are interested kindly get in touch with me via my email.”

    Glad I came here instead of contacting him any further.

  6. Victor Lopez says:

    Wow! I’m glad I did some research. I am in the same $1.5M scenario. My account is -$177 so he would not have gotten any money from me, but none the less, I’m glad I looked him up. Sorry for those of you that took that leap. Hope he gets busted.

  7. Shawn says:

    Thanks for all the comments. I just knew if it sounds too good chances are it is. I too was contacted by a Samuel Benibo from Nigeria. He too told me that he wanted to invest in real estate with me. I believe he found me through my investor member website. Beware!

  8. Ann says:

    On 2/13/14, I received a contact me request through my private lenders’ website, see below:
    Benibo Samuel
    Something didn’t feel right about this request.
    So, I started checking it out.
    I don’t know if the phone number is accurate, but it is a NC phone number. I didn’t call, but decided to also search his name and e-mail address, came upon the Nigeria name, and Hexta…
    I know Nigeria is the scam capital of the world, and once I discovered your website with comments about this man, I knew I had been right about not contacting him.
    He is just one more scammer from Nigeria….

  9. shawn says:

    I received an e-mail from salm ben (samio_llc234@hotmail.com) looking to invest 2.5 mil. into real estate investing how ever i chose to earn him an interest of 7% annually for 3 years of which he would wire the money upon execution of signed contract. From Mr. Benibo Samuel. It pays to Google.

  10. Uncle Don says:

    I, too, was just contacted by Mr. Benibo Samuel. He was interested in a piece of property I am listing on a particular site. At this point in the game, he is merely inquiring about my price, my terms, and OTHER things that were listed in my posting. I wrote back with sincerity and then decided to check him out. I will keep everyone posted as the scam.

    Thank you!

  11. Bernie says:

    I posted an add on LoopNet seeking an investor and received a response through Loopnet offering US$12,800,000.00. Term of 5 years with annual interest of 7%. Always get concerned when the offer comes from Nigeria. The investor was Samuel Benson / Samco & Sons Investment, KM 128 Elele Rd, Rivers State, Nigeria. I was emailed a Unsecured Promissory Note to sign, with no mention of any fees to be paid.

  12. Bessie Okon says:

    I was fraud on Wednesday 11/02/2015 by this name Samuel Benson with a sum of #50,000. I don’t know how to recover my money. Pls I need your help. Email me so I can give u their numbers

  13. TimLemieux says:

    Sorry to hear that. Unfortunately we only provide information, and have no ability to investigate the frauds. You should contact your bank and local police.

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