I get a lot of this. Wow, I could earn 40% of 15 million USD! Yeah, it’s very professional and oh-so believable too! Where do I sign up???
Oops, my mistake. Sorry Mr. African Bank Manager, you’re too late. About a hundred other Internet scams have already robbed me blind after I gave them my bank account. Looks like there won’t be a holiday in Burkina Faso for me anytime soon.
Yeeeah! So unoriginal. Don’t these scammers take any pride in their work? The least they could do is to base their bogus stories around recent events, like the latest conflict in Somalia. But he’s still somewhat better than other attempts, where EVRYTHING IS IN CAPS PLEASE CONTACT ME URGENTLY.
I’ll give him this however… Online search reveals that ECOWAS, Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou even George Brumley’s entire family dying in a plane crash are all real. So with a little more polishing (and some adding lead to the water supply so we all become stupider), this offer might actually seem convicing.
Except that searching for “idris musa” immediately turns up websites debunking the whole thing as a hoax scam. And the link provided doesn’t work, although the parent site is legit.
In direct disobedience of his request to keep this confidential, I’ll let you can read the e-mail below (if you haven’t already read it in your own mailbox). Note the lack of even a basic spellcheck.
Note the very weird line breaks where he leaves one or to words stranded by themselves. It’s like he typed it out in Notepad before copy-pasting it into e-mail (which I do, so I recognize the weird line breaks).
I wanted to report the many spelling, grammar, punctuation and spacing errors, but gave up after 10+ spelling mistakes alone. So instead, I shall ruthlessly mock the poor writing skills of ‘MR.IDRIS MUSA’ by striking-through his plentiful failings. Spelling or wrong letter case or poor spacing, no typo shall be spared! Except the sudden line breaks, ‘cos they’re like, at every sentence.
Giving him my bank account: Earn USD 6,000,000
Making fun of scam spam: Priceless.
FROM THE DESK OF MR.IDRIS MUSA.
BILL AND EXCHANGE
FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPT.
BANK OF AFRICA ( BOA)
OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO
I am the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign remittance
of BANK OF AFRICA. I am
writting to seek your coperation over this
In my department, I discovered an abandoned sum
USD(Fifteen in an account that belongs to one of our
million US dollars)only ,
customers who died along with his entire family in a plane crash that
place in Kenya
,East Africa ,the Late DR. GEORGE BRUMLEY ,a citizen of
,United States of America but naturalised in
contractor with ECOWAS ,(ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES )
Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his
kin to come over and claim his money because it cannot be released
somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking guidelines but
unfortunately , all his
next of kin or
relation died alongside with him at the plane crash
nobody behind for the claim.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to
businnessproposal to you and release the money to
you via your foreign bank
as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and
disbursement since nobody is coming for it and this money
Bank treasury as unclaimed Bill.
Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money
remainedunclamed after four years, the money will betransfered into the
as unclaimed fund .The request for your assistance and maximum
co-operation as a
foreign citizen to stand as the next of kin in this
business is occasioned by the fact that the deceased customer was a
foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.
of this money will be for you as my foreign partner,
inrespect to the
provision of a foreign account. 10
%will be set aside for expences
during the business and 50 % would be for me
.There after I will come
your country for disbursement
accoding to the percentages indicated.
Therefore to enable the immediate
trnansfer of this fund to you as
,you must apply first to the bank as the relation or next of
,indicating your claims and wherein the money will be
receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text
application which you will fill and submit to the office of the foreign
remittance director of the
bank of africa. I will not fail to bring to
notice that this transaction is
stricly confidential and i will use my
position in this
Bank to effect a hitch free transfer of the fund.
You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this letter.
Trusting to hear from you immediately. Please , visit the website below for more informations about the Plane and the tragic death of the deceased and his entire family,
.GEORGE BRUMLEY. Your’s faithfully,