Scam submitted by a reader:
Mr. Idris Mohammed
I know this will come to you as a surprise but never mind; I got your contact in my search for a reputable and trust worthy person/Company, who can stand confidently with me in this successful business arrangement.
Before I proceed, I will like to introduce my humble self to you. I am, the Auditor General of a Government Accredited Oil Company here in Nigeria.
Certainly, the prompting of this letter to you is anchored on my strong desire to solicit your sincere understanding and co-operation in this transaction that would certainly boost the financial stand of both parties involved when completed. As a matter of fact, we want to transfer to overseas (US$52,000.000.00 USD) (Fifty-two million United States Dollars) from the Oil company’s operating Bank account here in Africa.
I want you to quietly look for a reliable and honest person who will be capable and fit to provide either an existing bank account or to set up a new Bank A/C immediately to receive this money, even an empty account can serve to receive this money, as long as you will remain honest to me till the end of this important transaction, trusting in you and believing in God that you will never let me down either now or in the near future.
In all honesty, during the course of our auditing I discovered a floating fund of the above mentioned amount in account opened with the bank in 1990 and since then, nobody has operated on this account again, after going through some old files in the records I discovered that the money in the account was mapped out for the refurbishment of the Oil Company’s Machineries.
Meanwhile, Mr. Morris Thompson, the President of the Oil Company was the only signatory to the account, but unfortunately he died after a brief illness in 2000. And no other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it, and the account has no other beneficiary. And my investigation proved to me that Mr. Morris Thompson, until his death had wanted to siphon that money into his personal account in New York hence he did not disclose the operating devises of the account to the Board of Trustees.
I am only contacting you in this regard, based on the fact that you are a foreigner because this money can only be approved to any foreigner who can present all documents that will prove that he/she is the Next of Kin/Beneficiary to the account base on the fact that Mr. Morris Thompson the owner of this account is a foreigner, and the money can only be approved into a foreign bank account.
Therefore, if you are capable of handling this transaction with me, let’s make the necessary arrangement for the hitch-free transfer of this money to any safe bank account that you may nominate, on a share percentage bases. We will start the first transfer with Thirty Two Million USD [$32,000.000] upon the successful actualization of the first transfer, without any disappointment from your side; we shall re-apply for the payment of the remaining amount, to your account. However, we shall sign a binding agreement, to bind us together as partners in this regard.
I am revealing this to you with believe in God that you will never let me down in this business, you are the first and the only person that I am contacting for this business, so please reply urgently and indicate your sincere interest, so that I can inform you on the modalities already mapped out for the hitch-free transfer of the money out of Africa here.
I will require your direct phone and fax number for easy contacting you I need your full co-operation to make this work adequately. Upon your positive response and once I am convinced that you are capable and Willing to meet up with the instructions of the top bank official that is deeply involved with me in this business, I shall commence actions immediately to process the payment of the money in your favor as the beneficiary.
We shall obtain through the court of law here in Nigeria all documents that will put you in place as the Next of Kin to Mr. Morris Thompson. All the documents that will be obtained will make this transaction legal and the documents also will be forwarded to the bank through the lawyer with an application letter on your behalf asking them to effect the transfer of the said amount to your account as the Next of Kin to Mr. Morris Thompson.
With my influence and the position of the bank official we can transfer this money to any reliable foreign bank account which you can provide.
I am looking forward in anticipation to hearing from you soon as possible. Call me on the above number so we can proceed.
Mr. Idris Mohammed