Some are simply attempting to liquidate their estates prior to their impending demise. Others wish to solicit my help in transferring funds from another country and are quite willing to share the bounty with me. They appear to be “on the up and up” as we used to say. I certainly will not involve myself in anything illegal. remember as I have told you many times in the past – “Do whatever it takes to succeed but nothing illegal, unethical, or immoral.”
So, I will do some further investigation but at first glance everyone and every “scheme” would appear to be legit.
A few of my benefactors merely wish to correct mistakes and restore monies that I should have received previously.
I have included all the last two weeks of offers of large sums of money but the entire list is extremely long. In the interest of brevity and retaining your interest some have been abridged. All the names of those wishing to help me are included since I feel it is only fair to give credit where credit is due.
Forget the brevity promise. This, even with some boilerplate removed, is very long but very informative.
I was going to summarize at the end – which is standard procedure – but some of you might tire of reading all that is included so here we go:
Some of what I have to say is, of course, meant to be humorous. A few comments were “dead serious”. These scams go on every day and it is frightening to think of those unsuspecting souls who get taken.
It was fun to compose this piece but this really is no laughing matter. Many people lose either their identity or money or both to these illegal, immoral, and unethical con artists.
I love technology. I spend hours using the Internet every day for research, email, banking, blogging and so on. But, like any tool, the NET can be extremely dangerous. My analogy has always been -
“It’s like a hammer. You can use it to build or repair or you can employ it as a weapon.”
The total amount of money I am “guaranteed” is $27,900,000.00 plus some unspecified amounts. I made more money in two weeks than Alex Rodriguez makes in one year and I didn’t do a thing other than supply a few details. Never even laced up the spikes or oiled my glove. If I actually receive those funds I will help family and friends and establish a charitable organization. Unlike some organizations – Not all. There are some very good ones. – mine would have no salaries, extremely small administrative expenses, no expensive fundraisers, no paid telemarketers, no private planes, and no expense accounts.
Of course, I have also taken the liberty to add a few comments:
Please Read This Carefully
An Iraqi made a fixed deposit of $6,500,000.00 Million United State Dollars in my bank branch and he died with his entire family leaving behind no next of kin, am ready to share 50/50 with you if you choose to stand as my deceased client next of kin.
Please if you are interested and willing to work as my partner to this transaction I advice you indicate by sending the following below to show your interest.
[I will delete the following in the remainder of the correspondences. All my new-found friends require the same info.]
1.Your full names
2.Your resident address
4.Your phone number
5.Date of birth
6.Country of resident
Your response with the requested information should be sent to reach me at my personal email address:
Email Contact: Bangladesh7777bacdad@hotmail.com if only you are interested.
[The poor fellow, in his haste to help, has made a few spelling and grammatical errors but who am I to criticize?]
My name is John Kwesi the foreign remittance manager of Bank of Ghana plc, having consulted with my colleague and base on the information gathered from the Ghanaian Chambas [Sounds like a Boston accent!] of Commerce and industry, I have the privilege to request for your assistance to transfer the sum of $12,500,000.00( Twelve million, Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) into your account.The above sum resulted from an over-invoice contact,executed commissioned and paid for about five years (5)ago by a foreign contractor.
This action was how ever intentional and since then the fund has been in DORMANT at the Bank of Ghana plc and you need to Activate the Dormant account. we are now ready to transfer the fund overseas and that is where you come in.It is important to inform you that as civil servants,we are forbidden to operate a foreign account,that is why we require your assistance.you shall have 30% of the fund. And to use the rest of the fund for investment in your country . Note this investment will be kept confidential for me and you only.
The transfer is risk free on both side,i am the foreign remittance manager with the BANK OF GHANA PLC. if you find this proposal acceptable,please kindly get back to me as soon as possible with your details for immediate transfer procedure to your account. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
[This sounds a bit shaky but I will help them after properly investigating. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation aren't the best but...]
Dr. John Kwesi
This is the second time I am contacting you.It is neccessary you reply back to me.I am in need of your assistance.I am a senior government officer in my country.I am the Financial Controller of my coporation.This position have given me the opportunity to make a huge sum of money amounting to Thirty Million United states Dollars (US$30,000,000.00) which I have kept very confidentially to myself.
The problem I have is that because I am a civil servant, I cannot keep this fund in my local bank account.I am soliciting for your help to provide for me a foreign bank account so I can lodge this fund.For your assistance, I will give you 20% of this fund which is Six Million United states dollars (US$6,000,000).
Please do not see this email as a junk email.When you reply I will give you details and will arrange to meet with you for better discussion to move ahead in this project.While replying include your following information:
[Same info required including my annual salary? Again shaky but I want to help this man. You had better begin ignoring the spelling etc.]
Dr. Isdore Egoma
Attn My Good Friend
How are is you and your family? [They're fine thanx. Huey just moved into his new apartment and - oh sorry.] I’m happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from London.
Presently I’m in London for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. meanwhile, I didn’t forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.
Now contact my secretary, his name is Rev. John T Collin Email address
http://www.boad.org, for your compensation for all the past efforts , I appreciated your collective efforts at that time so feel free and get in touch with my secretary and instruct him where to send the amount to you by reconfirming your address to him as it is below.
Ask him to send you the International Bank Draft what of US$2,950.000.00 which I kept for your compensation for all your past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter and i have appreciated your past efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in touched with my secretary Rev. John T Collin and instruct him where to send the bank draft to you.
I am very busy here in London because of the investment projects which I and the new partner are having at hand without confrontations,
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy together after all the sufferance’s at that time you trying to help me out. at this moment I am very busy here because of the investment projects which i and my new partner are having at hand, finally, remember that i had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your behalf to receive the bank draft , so feel free to get in touch with Rev. John T Collin to send the daft to you without any further delay and try to be honest with him because he is God faring [fearing?] man.
Confirm This Information
It is totally against the ethics and civil service code of conduct in accordance with oath of secrecy for me to do this but I wish to do this on personal capacity believing you will not betray me but will surely come back to reward me for my sincerity, honesty and for my great effort made to secure a successful conclusion of this transaction in your favor.
Please confirm if truly the bank has communicated you regarding payment of your over due fund.
However, i wish to inform you that a woman submitted her name claiming to be your local representative, her details and banking particular was among the list certified for payments, see below and confirm for the account she submitted for transfer of your fund.
Beneficiary: Ms.Ronnette James
Bank Name: The Commerce Bank
Bank Address: 1072, Richmond av.
Staten Island, New York
Account Number: 4121097896,
Swift Code: CBNAUS33
I have inquired deeper to come to the conclusion that she and few powerful individuals are behind this dastardly act without due notices to you, As it stands now, you will certainly encounter enormous problems to convince the International Remittance Dept that you have not been served with required number of direct notices.
You are therefore advised to submit your approval, as the bank will certainly not be held responsible for paying into a wrong account, It will serve you well if you would quickly get back to me. so that i can issue instruction for re-verification on your payment file towards a direct wire transfer of your fund to you, I am capable to assist you receive this amount within the stipulated time.
I wait your urgent response so that i can give you further details on the next step.
Private Banking Operation
Reserve Bank of India
[Imagine that. apparently some "dastards" attempted to cheat me - I think - but Mr. Kumar is going to help me!!!]
My name is Rawlings Asamoah I am the regional manager of Standard chartered bank of Ghana Obuasi branch in the western region of Ghana . I got your information when I was searching for an oversea partner among
other names. I write you this proposal in good faith, I am 50 years old married with four lovely kids. I am a devoted Christian and a man of peace. [As they say in Ireland - "Good man yourself!"]
I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit you and me,
as the regional manager of the Standard chartered bank it is my duty
to send in a financial report to my head office in the capital city
Accra at the end of each business year. On the course of the last year
2010 business report,I discovered that my branch in which I am the
manager made Six million five hundred thousand united
state dollars ($6.500m)usd which my head office are not aware of and
will never be aware of. [This sounds wrong but let us not judge too quickly. He is a good Christian, a family man, and "a man of peace".]
I have placed this funds on what we call escrow call account with no
beneficiary.As an officer of this bank I cannot be directly connected
to this money,so my aim of contacting you is to assist me receive this
money in your bank account and get 30% of the total funds as
commission.There are practically [PRACTICALLY???] no risks involved, it will be a bank-to-bank transfer, and all I need from you is to stand claim as the original depositor of these funds who made the deposit with my branch so that my head office can order the transfer to your designated bank account.If you accept to work with me I will appreciate it very much Email me with the above email address so that we can go over the details and I will give you my full information`s.Remember there is no risk [That's better! NO RISK!!! Does no risk imply nothing illegal?] involved I promise.Please kindly fill the below and get back to me immediately for better understanding.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Intelligence Field Unit J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.
[I decided not to include the FBI insignia, nor the IRS or Homeland Security. If I upset London, Ghana, India, Nigeria, or Bangladesh so be it but not The Feds!!!]
WE SINCERELY APOLOGIZED FOR SENDING YOU THIS SENSITIVE INFORMATION VIA E-MAIL INSTEAD OF A CERTIFIED MAIL, POST-MAIL, PHONE OR FACE TO FACE CONVERSATION, IT IS DUE TO THE URGENCY AND IMPORTANCE OF THE SECURITY INFORMATION OF OUR CITIZENRY, I AM SPECIAL AGENT JOHN EDWARD FROM THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) INTELLIGENCE UNIT, WE HAVE JUST INTERCEPTED AND CONFISCATED TWO (2) TRUNK BOX AT JFK AIRPORT IN NEW YORK, AND ARE ON THE VERGE OF MOVING IT TO OUR BUREAU HEAD QUARTERS. [Now I am frightened. FBI? The spelling and grammar thing again upsets me. I thought these FBI types were college grads. Maybe PSU or Wilkes?]
WE SCANNED THE SAID BOX, AND FOUND IT CONTAINS TOTAL SUM OF $4.1 MILLION [That must be on Helluva scanner if it can count money too.] AND ALSO BACKUP DOCUMENT WHICH BEARS YOUR NAME AS THE RECEIVER OF THE MONEY CONTAINED IN THE BOX, INVESTIGATIONS CARRIED OUT ON THE DIPLOMAT WHICH ACCOMPANIED THE BOX INTO UNITED STATES SAID HE WAS TO DELIVER THIS FUNDS TO YOUR RESIDENCE AS PAYMENT DUE YOU FROM THE OFFICE OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA AS UNPAID BENEFICIARY.
WE CROSS-CHECKED ALL LEGAL DOCUMENTATION IN THE BOX, AND WERE ABOUT TO RELEASE THE CONSIGNMENT TO THE DIPLOMAT WHEN WE FOUND OUT THAT THE BOX WAS LACKING ONE VERY IMPORTANT DOCUMENT WHICH MAKES US CONFISCATE THE BOX.
ACCORDING TO SECTION 229 SUBSECTION 31 OF THE 1991 CONSTITUTION IN MONEY LAUNDERING, YOUR CONSIGNMENT LACKS PROOF OF OWNERSHIP CERTIFICATE FROM THE JOINT TEAM OF THE IRS AND HOMELAND SECURITY, REPLY FOR DIRECTION ON HOW TO PROCURE THIS CERTIFICATE WHICH WILL ENABLE YOU RELIEVED OF THE CHARGES OF MONEY LAUNDERING WHICH IS A PUNISHABLE OFFENSE UNDER SECTION 12 SUBSECTION 441 OF CONSTITUTION ON MONEY LAUNDERING.
[The IRS and Homeland Security! Money laundering? I have seen enough TV to say "I want a lawyer!!!"]
YOU ARE REQUIRED TO REPLY THIS LETTER WITHIN 72HOURS [OOPS!], OR YOU WILL BE ARRESTED, INTERROGATED AND PROSECUTED IN THE COURT OF LAW FOR MONEY LAUNDERING.
ALSO, YOU MUST NOT CONTACT ANY OTHER BANK OR PERSON IN NIGERIA OR UNITED KINGDOM OR ANY PART OF THE WORLD FOR ANY PAYMENT, BECAUSE YOUR PAYMENT HAVE BEEN CONFISCATED BY THIS BUREAU HERE IN THE UNITED STATES..
YOURS IN SERVICE
AGENT JOHN EDWARD
This is to inform you that you have been
selected for a cash prize of 1,000,000
(British Pounds) held on July
2011 in London (United Kingdom). The
selection process was carried out through
random selection in Our computerized email
selection system (ESS) London Uk. Fill the
Agent Name: Richard Goodger
Good day to you,
I am an American soldier serving in the US military in Iraq with the army’s 3rd infantry division,I have some amount of funds that I want to move out of the country, e-mail me at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thank you and best regards.
Sgt Matthew Pemble [Now this bastard has gone too far. We have a lot of men and women serving in Iraq and in other locations overseas at great risk to their lives and safety. This SOB is not one of them! If they find the impersonator my suggestion is "Hang the bastard from a telephone pole."]
I am sending you this brief letter to solicit your partnership to
transfer 22.5 million Dollars from my country to your country. You will get
more details when you reply back to get more details. [Get more details when I reply for more details! My share is not specified. But, I will help if I can.]
Mr. LEUNG Cheung
I have contacted you because I have sent you the first transfer of
$5,000 from your winning funds total amount of $1.5Million USD,
Therefore you need to contact agent Mr. John Mark, of
western union, to give you the transfer payment information and MTCN,
Agent: Mr. John Mark
Office#: +229 9914-6192
Please try to contact him today for him to forward the MTCN information to you, indicate the registration code of EB-2520 to him, when contacting or calling him, He will be sending you $5,000 daily as per my discussion with him.
Do get in touch with me once you have got the transfer. [WHY???]
Calvary greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am Mrs Rosemary Williams, I am 69 years old; I am now a new Christian convert, I lost my husband 4yrs ago without a child of mine. [Another solid-citizen-Christian. Calvary greetings? I have to research that one.] I did research the phrase. Most often used in scams. HUH!
I have to sell all my properties left by my husband because the doctors say i have less than 4months to live. I have deposited the funds of $11,000.000.00,which i sold from my properties and deposit into a Security Bank.
I want you to help me use the funds to help the charity,deaf and the motherless babies home before i die and 20% should go into your account for your effort in this. If you are a good and honest Christian ,i shall give you the contact of the Bank and also the Deposit Certificate,so as to claim my funds before my death.
Expecting your urgent response,and may God bless you as you carry out my wish.
Greeting from Dubai,
I am Mr.Mustafa Salaheldin, Branch Manager National Bank of Abu Dhabi(NBAD) married with two children. I am writing this letter to ask for your support and co-operation to carry out this business opportunity in my department. [I was once in The United Arab Emirates. Could we have met?]
An American/ Foreign Oil Consultant /Contractor with the Chevron Petroleum Corporation Company , made a numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve calendar months, Valued at US$12,000,000.00 (Twelve Million Dollars) in my branch upon maturity. I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.
After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the Petroleum Corporation that Mr.Edmund Miller, died in the plane crash On October 31, 1999, (an Egyptian Boeing 767 Flight 990) with other passengers on board as you can confirm it yourself via the website below:
[Not sure you should actually visit that website. Check the flight with GOOGLE first!!!]
I will like you to provide me with the following details: [Again! What is my share? I am not getting greedy! Just keeping a tally.]
PLEASE REPLY TO MY PRIVATE EMAIL BELOW:
Then I shall furnish you with due process of concluding this transaction without any delay.
My name is Rawlings Asamoah I am the regional manager of Standard chartered bank of Ghana Obuasi branch in the western region of Ghana . I got your information when I was searching for an oversea partner among other names. I write you this proposal in good faith, I am 50 years old married with four lovely kids. I am a devoted Christian [Again with the Christian thing! How do they know I am not of another faith? I might even be offended by the Christian remark. In fact, most Christians would be offended I believe.] and a man of peace.
I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit you and me, as the regional manager of the Standard chartered bank it is my duty to send in a financial report to my head office in the capital city Accra at the end of each business year. On the course of the last year 2010 business report,I discovered that my branch in which I am the manager made Six million five hundred thousand united state dollars ($6.500m)usd which my head office are not aware of and will never be aware of.
I have placed this funds on what we call escrow call account with no beneficiary. As an officer of this bank I cannot be directly connected to this money,so my aim of contacting you is to assist me receive this money in your bank account and get 30% of the total funds as commission.There are practically no risks involved, it will be a
bank-to-bank transfer, and all I need from you is to stand claim as the original depositor of these funds who made the deposit with my branch so that my head office can order the transfer to your designated bank account.If you accept to work with me I will appreciate it very much Email me with the above email address so that we can go over the details and I will give you my full information`s.Remember there is no risk involved I promise.Please kindly fill the below and get back to me immediately for better understanding.
Rawlings Asamoah [I thought I recognized that name. Old buddy Rawlings contacted me earlier.]
Evolution Resources Inc is glad to offer you a job position in our company. Contact Thomas Bloomfield for details ["How about that?" to quote the late Mel Allen. A job offer. I never applied. Sorry Mr. Bloomfield but I have recently come into a great deal of "email money" and am in no need employment. What did the job entail anyway? I will GOOGLE your company name.]
I GOGLED it. Apparently another renewable energy firm who would most likely want me to invest or sell yet another alternative energy source which will fail for a number of reasons but that is the subject of a future blog.
There is an issue with the Western Union Money Transfer in the amount of $500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollar) directed in “Automated Teller Machine” (ATM)Card at the owner of this email address.
The International Monetary Fund [The IMF? Don't they have enough problems without getting involved in my financial affairs?]contacted us for your compensation a couple of hours ago due to your allocated security code.They choose to send it to an email address instead of a name. We are unable to complete your ATM delivery to an email address, so we require some more information in order to complete this Delivery .
[Same old name, address telephone number etc.]
In order to effect this delivery, please email via Western Union Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Department:- email@example.com
As soon as this information is received,your ATM card Will be delivered to your doorstep through a Diplomatic Courier Company and the tracking number will be sent to you to enable you track it down before its arrival in your country.
NOTE:You are required to reconfirm your Full name,House address where the Automated Teller Machine will be sent.
Your valid telephone number is also needed for easy communication.
The Management Of Western Union Money Transfer,
Dispatched This Day
Mr. Roger Fradin
Western Union® [How do they get away with using a registered trademark? Has to be legitimate!?]
Have a great Sunday and be careful!!!