I have been getting a lot of spam scam emails lately telling me that they have entrusted me with huge amounts of money, millions of dollars, and they wanted to do it under the table, if you know what I mean. They’re asking me to respond so they can give me further details.
I can’t believe that there are a lot of douchebags out there who would try to victimize people. I’m not sure exactly what’s going to happen if I respond to any of the emails but I know they’re just trying to get my bank account details or steal my identity.
Here’s the contents of one of the spam and hoax emails I’ve been getting:
Greetings From Mr Adamou,
For your kind attention. I will be very glad if you do assist me to relocate this sum of ( US$10.2M ) to your account for the benefit of our both families.
This is a genuine business,only i cannot operate it alone without using a Foreigner who will stand as a beneficiary to the money, that is why i decided to contact you in a good manner to assist me and also to share the benefit together with me.
By indicating your interest I will send you the full details on how the business will be executed.
Please keep this proposal as a top secret and delete it, if you are not interested.
Like, really?! You’d entrust that $10.2M to a total stranger? LOLz It’s really funny.
But, the fact is, I know there are hundreds of people who have fallen victims to these con artists or scammers. Call it naivety, stupidity, desperation or plain greed but I still pity them. I know that in this modern day where people make money online and have online access to their bank accounts, there are still people who’d fall prey to these scammers.
I hope this would serve as a warning for those who have received similar emails that all these emails are HOAXES, FAKES, SCAMS. Do not fall for them. Do not even try to be curious. No one in his RIGHT mind would entrust you with a huge amount of money.
Here are a few more of these scam emails I got:
(PLEASE TREAT AS URGENT I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE AND TRUST PLEASE)
From Mr. Rufai Garba
the director of account/audit
department in the Bank of Africa a
Ouagadougou Burkina Faso, West Africa.
I am writing to seek your cooperation over this business, Please due welcome this letter.
I am Mr. Rufai Garba, I got your contact from a Yahoo Tourist Search When I was searching for a foreign partner. I assured of your capability and reliability to champion this business opportunity when I prayed to the Almighty about you.
In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $22,000.000.00 million US Dollars (Twenty two million US Dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer Mr. Alan Williams, A British National who died along with his entire family in (20 Oct 2005) in a plane crash. As followed in this link
Since I got the information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin relation died alongside with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don’t want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill. The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after five years, the money will be transferred into the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund.
The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and I cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner since I am from this country. I agree to offer you 45% of the total sum as foreign partner in respect to the provision of an account, 55% will be for me while we both will take care of the expenses incur during process of the transfer.
There after I will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated. Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged, you must apply first to the bank as relations or next of kin of the deceased indicating your bank name, your bank account number, your private telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and location where the money will be remitted.
Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by email the text of the application which you fill and send to our bank. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer. You have to keep everything secret as to enable the transfer to move very smoothly into the account you will provide to the bank. Don’t hesitate to furnish me with your private telephone for easy and effective communication. may God help you to help me to a restive
retirement, Amen Also send me your personal information as followed
(1) Your full names…………………….
(2) Your age and occupation…………
(3) Your nationality………………..
(4) Your private telephones for easy communication……………
(5) A copy of your international passport or recent photo for me you know your
Below is my residential address and email contact.
Siege social: 01BP 452001 Ouaga 01, Ouagadougou Burkina Faso
Private Email:(email@example.com) waiting for your urgent response
Thanks and God bless.
Mr. Rufai Garba
This one claims that they have their hands on $100M and directs the email recipients to a “related” news on BBC UK’s website. Again, DON’T FALL FOR IT. (Pardon the CAPS. I also truncated the email because it’s too long)
HOW ARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?.I HOPE ALL IS WELL.
MY NAME IS ( SGT 1ST CLASS )DANIEL VINCENT ESS, I AM AN AMERICAN SOLDIER, SERVING IN THE MILITARY WITH THE ARMY?S 3RD INFANTRY DIVISION. WITH A VERY DESPERATE NEED FOR ASSISTANCE, I HAVE SUMMED UP COURAGE TO CONTACT YOU. I FOUND YOUR CONTACT PARTICULARS IN AN ADDRESS JOURNAL. I AM SEEKING YOUR KIND ASSISTANCE TO MOVE THE SUM OF ( $10 MILLION U.S. DOLLARS ) TEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS TO YOU IN UNITED STATES, AS FAR AS I CAN BE ASSURED THAT MY SHARE WILL BE SAFE IN YOUR CARE UNTIL I COMPLETE MY SERVICE HERE, THIS IS NO STOLEN MONEY, AND THERE ARE NO DANGER INVOLVED.
SOURCE OF MONEY:
SOME MONEY IN VARIOUS CURRENCIES WAS DISCOVERED IN BARRELS AT A FARMHOUSE NEAR ONE OF SADDAM?S OLD PALACES IN TIKRIT-IRAQ DURING A RESCUE OPERATION, AND IT WAS AGREED BY STAFF SGT KENNETH BUFF AND I THAT SOME PART OF THIS MONEY BE SHARED AMONG BOTH OF US BEFORE INFORMING ANYBODY ABOUT IT SINCE BOTH OF US SAW THE MONEY FIRST. THIS WAS QUITE AN ILLEGAL THING TO DO, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT ? NO COMPENSATION CAN MAKE UP FOR THE RISK WE HAVE TAKEN WITH OUR LIVES IN THIS HELL HOLE. OF WHICH MY BROTHER IN-LAW WAS KILLED BY A ROAD SIDE BOMB LAST WEEK. YOU WILL FIND THE STORY OF THIS MONEY ON THE WEB ADDRESS BELOW:
THE ABOVE FIGURE WAS GIVEN TO ME AS MY SHARE, AND TO CONCEAL THIS KIND OF MONEY BECAME A PROBLEM FOR ME, SO WITH THE HELP OF A BRITISH CONTACT WORKING HERE, AND HIS OFFICE ENJOY SOME IMMUNITY, I WAS ABLE TO GET THE PACKAGE OUT TO A SAFE LOCATION ENTIRELY OUT OF TROUBLE SPOT. HE DOES NOT KNOW THE REAL CONTENTS OF THE PACKAGE, AND BELIEVES THAT IT BELONGS TO A BRITISH/AMERICAN MEDICAL DOCTOR WHO DIED IN A RAID HERE IN IRAQ, AND BEFORE GIVING UP, TRUSTED ME TO HAND OVER THE PACKAGE TO HIS FAMILY IN UNITED STATES.
(email message truncated)
BE WARNED. Please don’t fall for these scumbags. I know, you’d wish they’re true but they’re NOT.