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Scam Example 1:
From: Mr. Micharl A. [mrmichael...@hotmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, August 12, 2007 10:42 AM
Subject: From Mr. Michael A.
From Mr. Michael A.
TEL: ++233 2073 .....
Greetings to you,
This letter must come to you as a big surprise, but I believe it is only a day that people meet and become great friends/ business partners. I am Michael Appiah, currently Head of Corporate Affairs Department with a reputable bank here in Ghana. I write you this proposal in good faith, believing that I can trust you with the information I am about to reveal to you.
I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On June 5th, 2000, a German business tycoon Mr. Andreas Schranner made a (Fixed deposit) for 60 calendar months, valued at US$12,500,000.00 (Twelve Million Five hundred Thousand Dollars only) in my bank and I happen to be his account officer before I was moved to my present position recently. The maturity date for this deposit contract was last 3rd of April 2005. Before this date, I have tried my possible best to locate a Next of Kin to late Mr. Schranner, but all efforts proved abortive, because all his family, including his Son In-Law and children died in the plane crash of Concorde Air France Flight AF4590 which took place on 25th July 2000, some months after he did the deposit in my bank. You can read more story about the plane crash by visiting this website; http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/859479.stm
With the recent change of government in my country and with their efforts to support the United Nations in checkmating terrorism aid in Ghana. By end of October this year, the Government will pass a new Financial Control Law which will give the Government authority to interrogate account owners of above $5 million Dollars to explain the source of the funds, making sure it is not for terrorism support. If I do not move this money out of the country immediately, by October the Government will definitely confiscate the money, because my bank cannot provide the account owner to explain the source of the money since he is late.
I decided to utilize this life time opportunity, instead of Government confiscating the, but I cannot directly claim the money without the help of a foreigner and that is why I am contacting you for an assistance. As the Account Officer to late Mr. Schranner, coupled with my present position and status in the bank, I have the power to influence the release of the funds to any foreigner that comes up as the Next of Kin to the account, with the correct information concerning the account, which I shall give you. I am having the secret Code for the account, which only the account owner or his Next of Kin can know. I shall supply all necessary information we need for the claim and there is practically no risk involved, the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law, beside Ghana is porous and anything goes.
If you accept to work with me, I want you to state how you wish us to share the funds in percentage, so that both parties will be satisfied. I shall explain to you in details how we shall handle the transaction once I receive your response. Thanking you in advance and may God bless you. Please, treat with utmost confidentiality. I shall send you copy of the deposit slip issued to Mr. Schranner when the deposit was made for your perusal. I wait your urgent response.
Mr. M A.
Scam Example 2:
From: ABDUL F.M. [mailto:faruk..._a...@yahoo.co.in]
Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2007 5:24 PM
As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday.
My name is ABDUL F. M., a British merchant in Dubai, in the U.A.E. I have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer which was discovered very late, due to my laxity in carrying for my health. It has defiled all forms of medicine, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts.
I have since lost my power of speech and can only manage to write now, as that has been the only way I am able to communicate.
I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone not even myself but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focus on my business as that is the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world.
I believe if Allah gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different way from which I have lived it now. Now that I know my time is near, I have willed and given most of my properties and assets to my immediate and extended family members and as well as a few close friends. I want Allah to be merciful to me and accept my soul and so, I have decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations in the U.A.E, London and Ireland.
Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this my self any more. I once asked members of my family to close one of my account and donate the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them. The last of my money which none of them knew of is the huge cash deposit that I have with a security firm in UK.
I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatched it to charity organizations, a Christian or muslim organization or individual that will utilize this money in helping orphanages, widows and also propagating islam in the world.
On reciept of your mail , i will give you the contact of the security company in UK and instruct them to make you the beneficiary to the funds ,after all neccesary procedures has been concluded.
Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for another person/organization or a devoted personfor the same purpose.
Until I hear from you my dreams will rest squarely on your shoulders, may the Almighty Allah continue to guide and protect you. (Amen.)
Scam Example 3:
From: Robert S. [hassanb.....@virgilio.it]
Sent: Sunday, August 12, 2007
Subject: FROM Mr.Robert B.
My name is Mr.Robert B. of BPM INTERNATIONAL LTD
with principal registered office located at 3 Cornet Street, ST.
Peterport Guernsey, C.I. I am a crude oil dealer, a major oil broker. I
have brokered oil deals in refineries in the United States and Europe. I
have a business proposal that might meet your interest.
I came to London last week in anticipation of receiving payment for an oil deal
in the Peoples republic of China which I brokered between some sellers
in a third world country and a major oil refining firm in China.I
intend to channel this amount to Real estate investment and financial
properties but I need a trust worthy partner to help me re-profile the
fund which is about $22,000,000.00.
In the meantime, I took the opportunity of being in London to see my personal doctor who insists
that I would undergo a surgery.One of the arteries in my heart needs
some adjustment so I will be undergoing a major surgery in a German
Hospital few days from now.However, if we reach an agreement on the
modality of investment,I will instruct my account officer to create a
special account into which this amount will be paid into or possible
get the fund paid to you in any of their offshore paying centres.
In view of my medical situation,I shall instruct my account officer in the
Chinese bank to facilitate the fund transfer process but that is
only if you prove to me that you have investment ideas in commecial
I shall detail you further upon your indication of
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