AFRICA (OCN) — Before we could sit down and make our morning coffee, we heard “You Got Mail” over our computer speaker.
As we sat down to check it thru the hundreds of spam (and valid massages and tips from readers), this is what we found.
date: Thu, May 29, 2008 at 9:09 AM
subject: MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING
FROM THE DESK OF MR. FREDRIK EMERAH.
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING SECTION OF
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK .
TEL: 00 226-788-035-25
I know that this message will come to you as a surprise. I am the Auditing and Accounting section manager with African Development Bank, Ouagadougou Burkina faso. I Hope that you will not expose or betray this trust and confident that I am about to repose on you for the mutual benefit of ou both families.
I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of ($39.5)million to your account within 10 or 14 banking days. This money has been dormant for years in our Bank without claim.I want the bank to release the money to you as the nearest person to our deceased customer late Mr.George Small who died along with his supposed next of kin in an air crash since October 31st 1999.
I don’t want the money to go into government treasury as an abandoned fund.So this is the reason why I am contacting you so that the bank can release the money to you as the next of kin to the deceased customer. Please I would like you to keep this proposal as a top secret and delete it if you are not interested.
Upon receipt ofyour reply, I will give you full details on how the business will be executed and also note that you will have 30% of the above mentioned sum if you agree to handle this business with me.
I am expecting your urgent response as soon as you receive my message
Mr. Fredrik Emerah.
Mr. Usen Ibro
Mr. Mark Kabore
Mr. Ghanim AL Mohammed
We contacted Mr. Emerah six times and so far no response. We can only assume he scanned the Internet as you have done and found this post and felt that we “expose or betray” his trust. If he sent it to you as well feel free to let us know.
Still convinced you will have money coming? Read the message below from the African Development Bank.
Do not communicate with anyone soliciting funds in the name of the ADB, as the ADB is not a commercial bank. In particular, ADB suggests that recipients do not send money or personal information in response to invitations from anyone from the ADB who claims to be awarding funds, grants, scholarships, certificates, lottery winnings, or prizes, and/or ADB requested payment for registration fees and hotel room reservations, or other advance fee fraud scams in the name of the ADB. The ADB is a Multilateral Development Bank that does not solicit deposits from private individuals or conduct commercial banking activity.
My Name is Mr. Hassan ALIYASHI, a credit and finance manager with African Development Bank here in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso. In my department I discovered an abandoned funds (USD$ 20.5 million) in an account that belongs to our foreign customer (MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER from Munich , Germany ) who died along with his entire family in July 2000 in a plane crash.
Since i got information about his death, I have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless some body applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines and laws but unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or realation 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 Six 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 an Indigene cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.
Your percentage will be declared to you as soon as you indicate your interest. I will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentage indicated once you have agreed to get this fund transferred through your account.
Therefore, to enable the immediate move of this fund to you arranged, you must apply first to the bank as relation or next of kin of the deceased indicating.
1. Your full name and address
2.Your telephone and fax number for easy communication.
3. Your company’s name and address.
Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of the application.
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 movement of the money. You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this letter. email@example.com
Trusting to hear from you soon.
Hello My Dear Friend,
How are you doing together with your entire family, I hope all is well? Please carefully read and understand my reason of contacting you through this email.
I am MR.Ghanim AL.Mohammed. The chief Auditor Bill and Exchange Foreign Remittance Unit African Development Bank (ADB).Ouagadougou Burkina – Faso West Africa.
Here. I am contacting you because of an abandoned fund that was deposited by a late customer of this bank called Mr. Rafik Bahaa Edine Hariri.
A very prominent man who was doing business transaction with our bank. He was a citizen of Lebanon. This bank unfortunately lost his life through assassinated on February 14, 2005 when explosives equivalent to around 300 kg of C4 were detonated as his motorcade drove past the Saint George Hotel in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.
The bank has no knowledge about his death. Upon this discovery that i decided to make this business proposal to you since the banking laws and guidelines here stipulate that if such funds remain unclaimed here after nine years, the money will be transferred into the Central Bank Treasury as unclaimed fund.
My stand to contact you now is that, a foreign has the legal right to put claim to such deposit followed by you will proof your claim with the bank. Therefore, I want you to apply as his business partner. This transaction is going to be a success because, a foreigner is compulsorily needed to present himself or herself as the next of kin to this deceased bank customer and hence the beneficiary of the fund because the fund depositor was a foreigner. I therefore, desperately need your assistance to claim and received this huge sum of money into your account.
For the assistance in this transaction, you will be entitled to 40% of the total fund in respect of the provision of your bank account and the assistance you are to render on the process. 55% would be for me as the originator and initiator of the transaction, and the rest 5% will be used to off-set any minor expenses which may arise during the process of transferring the fund into your account. I and my entire family will leave here immediately for your country in order to share the profits and we also invest part of my own share over there, as soon as the fund is transferred into your account.
Please endeavour to keep this transaction very secret and highly confidential because i will lose my work here as bank staff, where the bank authority here finds out that you and I are collaborating in this “Special Deal”. Please also be rest-assured that this business is 100% risk-free, and all the information and data’s you will need to make successful claim of this fund in the bank here are fully ready with me here.
Note Well: Please urgently confirm your willingness and interest to assist me by filling and sending back to me the needed information below.Tell: +226-71-35-96-36
1. Your full name:
2. Your phone Telephone and fax numbers :
3. Your age:
4. Your sex:
5. Your occupation:
6. Your country and city:
Thanks and best regards.