Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Fraud email

This went into the Spam in my GMail account:

Cole Smith
Hello,
I am Mr. Cole Smith, an auditor of a reputable bank in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province in the Republic of South Africa. I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.
We had a foreign client named Mr. Chung Timothy, who deposited a huge sum of money (18.6 Million United States Dollars), with our bank. Eventually, this client died in a plane crash and since his death we have not had anybody come up for the claims as the next of kin.

You may want to take a look at other passengers, who were on the same plane; here is a site for your perusal. http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/9708/06/guam.passenger.list/
A situation I have monitored closely with my position in the bank. Now having monitored this deposit and managed it over the years before his death, and hence nobody has showed up as the next of kin for the past years.

I now solicit for your assistance to present you as the next of kin as every other arrangement/ processes will be monitored by me and my partners involved. However I got your contact from a trade consultant here in South Africa, though I did not disclose the purpose of my seeking for a foreign business partner to him. Although we will still have to sign some agreement before the final transfer of the fund into any of your designated bank account.

I have involved a very senior official in the operational department, and we have agreed that after the transfer of the money into your account, you shall be entitled to 20% of the total sum, my colleagues and I will have 75% while 5% will be used to reimburse any expenses incurred.

All necessary precautions have been taken to ensure a risk free situation on the side of both parties. Please note that this deal can only take place on the following conditions;
1. Absolute confidentiality and sincerity will be required and guaranteed,
considering our positions in the bank.
2. Assurance that our own share will be released to us in good faith when
this money finally gets into your account.

Please treat with utmost confidentiality. Contact me as quickly as possible through my e-mail. Expecting your urgent response,

Best Regards,
MR. Cole Smith


Ha! To think that anyone would fall for that! The scam ain't going to work.