This kind of e-mail generally goes straight to the SPAM folder now, but every now and then one slips through and ends up in my Inbox.
And I have to admit, while I have had enough years of Internet use to recognize these just by the sender's (unintelligible) name, it hardly seems possible that anyone who's capable of negotiating their way through even the elementary functions of using a computer to check email could possibly be stupid enough to fall for one of these scams.
How someone might think that it's possible that someone you've never heard of, in a country you've never had anything to do with, just suddenly wants to deposit a sh$t load of money into your bank account for FREE...is beyond me!
But, I guess some people do! I get a few every week. What's YOUR favorite?
From Mr Lusee mark (B.O.A)
Bill and Exchange Manager,
Bank of Africa(B.O.A)
Ouagadougou Burkina Faso.
Sorry to distract your attention, I am Mr Lusee mark the bill and exchange manager in the bank of Africa Ouagadougou Burkina Faso.
In my department, I found the deposited fund amounted SEVEN MILLION TWO HUNNDERED THOUSAND DOLLARS (USD7,200,000.00).customer who died in the air crash with his entire family.
However, I shall detail you with the full information as soon as I hear from you.
Can you be able and capable to assist me provide your receiving bank account where this fund will lodge in your favour?
I shall give you 30% of the total sum as soon as this fund hits your account and I shall visit you in your country for the shearing.
Please this is very confidential. If you are interested, please forward me the bellow information's;
Your phone Number:......................
Thank for your anticipated co-peration.
Mr Lusee mark
Call +226 76 80 57 28
Please Read Carefully And Get Back to Me PLease,
my urgent need for a foreign partner that made me to contact
you for this transaction. i got your contact from yahoo
tourist search while i was searching for a foreign partner.
as this message might meet you in utmost surprise. However, it
all justsured of your capability. and reliability to champion
this business opportunity when I prayed to good Lord about you.
I am a banker by profession in Burkina Faso ,And currently
holding the post of assistant foreign remittance director in
our bank. i have the opportunity of transferring the left over
funds ($5.5 million dollars) of one of my bank clients who
died along with his entire family in a plane crash.Hence,
I am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be
shared between us in the ratio of 60/40% if you agree to my
business proposal. Further details of the transfer will be
forwarded to you as soon as i receive your return mail.
immediately you receive this letter. Please indicate your
willingness by sending thebelow information for more
clarification and easy communication.You can as well call my
direct line for further up date +226-74-06-58-15
(1) Your full name...........
(2) Your contact address..............
(3) Your phone and fax number..........
(4) Your age..................
(5) Your country name...........
Hoping to hear from you immediately
My Dear good Friend
I am mr. younes ahmed,Staff of a Bank of africa in Burkina faso. I would like you to indicate your interest to receive the transfer of US$7.5 Million. I will like you to stand as the next of kin to my late client whose account is presently dormant, for claims, You should contact me on my private email:(email@example.com)please you can call me(00226 78 35 92 42)
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THIS SITE BELLOW http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/ world/europe/859479.stm
as soon as you receive this letter. Trusting to hear from you immediately.
Thanks Mr. Younes Ahmed.
I am Mr Timy John , the director in charge of auditing and accounting section of Bank of Africa (BOA) Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso West-Africa. I would like you to indicate your interest to receive the transfer of $9.8 Million Dollars. I will like you to stand as the next of kin to our late customer whose account is presently dormanat for claims. Please once you are interested kindly send me the following details information below,
1.Your full name:...........
I shall send you more details as soon as i hear from you.
Mr. Timy John,
YOU ARE REMENBER FOR YOUR EFFORT!!!!
How are you doing. Hope you have not forgotten me, I am Engr Arthur Parkinson. the man from South-Africa who contacted you some time ago to assist me secure the release of some money accrued from the over-invoicing of a contract/inheritance that was awarded by colonial government sometime ago during the colonialism in south-Africa.Though you were not able to assist me to conclude the transaction, I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred Under the assistance and cooperation a new partner from Hong-Kong.
Presently I'm in Japan for an investment projects with my own share of the total sum.Meanwhile, i didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me transferring those funds, I made sure you are not left out the benefit of the transaction hence I kept aside for you the sum of Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars($ 550,000.00) draft and plus $200.00USD to send your Draft via courier service to your destination.
I and my new partner agreed to compensate you with that amount for all your past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much,so feel free and get touch with my secretary Pastor Brenda Ballard. and instruct her on how to send the Bank draft to you. Please do let me know immediately you receive the Draft so that we can share the joy together after all the suffering at that time.
At the moment,I'm very busy here because of the investment projects which i and my new partner are having at hand.Finally,remember that i had left instruction to my secretary so as soon as you contact her, She will send the Draft to you,so feel free to get in touch with MY SECRETARY NOW.
Below is the contact of my secretary:
Name: Pastor Brenda Ballard.
Engr Arthur Parkinson.
I know that this mail will come to you as a surprise as we have never meet before, but you need not to worry as I am using the only secured and confidential medium available to seek for your foreign assistance in a business.I am Mr Aliu Ahmed,the director in charge of credit and exchange section of Bank Of Africa,(BOA) Ouagadougou Burkina-faso West Africa with due respect and regard. I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us at the end of the transaction.
During our investigation and auditing in this bank, my department came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person who died on Monday, 31 July, 2000, in a plane crash and the fund has been dormant in his account with this Bank without any claim of the fund in our custody either from his family or relation before i discovery to this development.
The said amount was U.S $10.6M (Ten million six hundred United States dollars). As it may interest you to know, I got your impressive information through the Burkina-faso chamber of commerce on foreign business relations here in Ouagadougou Burkina-faso.
Meanwhile all the whole arrangement to put claim over this fund as the bonafide next of kin to the deceased, get the required approval and transfer this money to a foreign account has been put in place and directives and needed information will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your interest and willingness to assist me and also benefit your self to this great business opportunity.
In fact I could have done this deal alone but because of my position in this country as a civil servant(ABanker),we are not allowed to operate a foreign account and would eventually raise an eye brow on my side during the time of transfer of the fund,because I work in this bank.
This is the actual reason why it will require a second party or fellow who will forward claims as the next of kin with affidavit of trust of oath to the Bank and also present a foreign account where he will need the money to be re-transferred into on his request as it may be after due verification and clarification by the correspondent branch of the bank where the whole money will be remitted from to your own designation bank account.
I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% risk free. On smooth conclusion of this transaction, you will be entitled to 30% of the total sum as ratification, while 10% will be set aside to take care of expenses that may arise during the time of transferring the fund and also telephone bills, while 60% will be for me. Please, you have been adviced to keep this transaction "top secret" as I am still in service and intend to retire from service after i conclude this deal with you.
I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm the money in your account and ask me to come down to your country for subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentages previously indicated and further investment, either in your country or any country you advice us to invest in.All other necessary vital information will be sent to you when I hear from you and please kindly delete if you are not interested.
I look forward to receive your email.
Mr Aliu Ahmed
They say there is an idiot born every day. I'd say there must be two born every day. One to concoct such an unbelievable absurdity as these money scams, and anther to actually believe it!