Often times in this blog, we ask the fundamental question: What are the chances that (fill in the blank)?
If the answer is remote or beyond remote or better put, beyond, beyond remote, then chances are, what you perceive to be a spam is in reality, a scam.
Case in point, I present to you the emails below from Nicole S. in Windsor. Yes, emails plural. She received both of these last week.
They are the garden variety, you have a dead relative you never met who perished in some sort of a horrendous accident and their multi-million dollar bank account languishes in perpetuity, without any rescue possible unless you help by providing your personal information to the alleged "banker" who has written you.
It's completely implausible and using our question postulated earlier (What are the chances that...), I think we can conclusively state it's bogus.
But what makes Nicole's situation particularly amusing is that she received two of these within a week, both allegedly from the African nation of Benin, and that she had two DIFFERENT long-lost, never-known relatives to have died in that location. Somehow, I'm guessing the memories of both Michael and Frederick, the names from the respective emails, will not be sullied if she goes ahead and ignores these emails, as she should.
Thanks for sharing, Nicole.
I'm off of work tomorrow, so the blog will be back on Monday.
Take care and remember, the best way to battle these is to just hit delete.
Avocat Sadikou Kiffayatou Liamidi
Address:BP 1475 Porto Novo Ouémé
Benin Republic, West Africa.
I know you will be very surprise for receiving this letter from me, Please Accept my apologies for writing to you in this mode for it might be of inconvenience to you,But due to my quest for an honest and reliable international assistance I have no option but to go this length, I’m Barrister Sadikou Kiffayatou Liamidi.The private attorney to Late Mr Michael S.,a national of your country and a former Engineering Contractor,who works with the (TOTAL BENIN) an Oil & Gas servicing and distribution company base in Benin Republic West Africa, Here in after shall be referred to as my client.
On July 31th, 2010, my client and his entire family died in a Car Accident which occure along Airport express Road in Cotonou Benin. Since that incidence, I have made several inquiries through your embassy and consulate to see if I could trace any member of my clients extended relative(s) but all to no avail.
After these several unsuccessful attempts and fruitless effort,I decided to track down his last name over the Internet to locate any member of his extended relatives hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist me in repatriating/claim these large sum of money (funds) at about $12.5 Million USD (Twelve million Five hundred thousand United state Dollars), which was left behind by my late client before his death in 2010. These huge deposit amounts were particularly lodged with the"BANQUE ATLANTIQUE BENIN” An affiliate of Commercial Bank of Africa where the deceased lodged the money before his demise.
The Bank has issued me an ultimatum of 21 working days to present the next of kin/relative of the deceased to claim the funds or has the account confiscated and closed as unserviceable account by the Bank here. Since I have made several unsuccessful attempts in locating the deceased relatives for over years now, I seek your honest consent to present you as the Heir apparent to the deceased (Next-of-Kin) since you have the same surname with him, so that the proceeds of this account valued $12.5 Million United States Dollars would be paid to you as the beneficiary, then you and I can Share the money...50% to me and 50% to you.I will use my position as an attorney and legal practitioner to render all necessary legal assistance and documentations that can be used to back up this claim.
I must give you absolute guarantee that this transaction would be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law, and I must also assure you that all modalities for the successful transaction have been set in place, so everything will be perfectly worked out without hitch. All I required from you now is your mutual understanding and honest cooperation to enable us seeing this Deal through.
And the way we are going to achieve this is, I will need the following information from you;
Your Full Name.............
Your email Address.............
Your Telephone Number..................
You Fax number...........................
For privacy please reply to my private email address:
I await your reply ASAP
Sadikou K. Liamidi
EMAIL NUMBER TWO TO NICOLE:
I am Barrister Eric Kohlman,private attorney to Late Frederick S.,a national of your country, who used to work as the Director of (patrollers total Benin) Oil Company Cotonou in Benin Republic West Coast of Africa,Here in after shall be Referred to as my client.On the 19th of May 2010,my client,His wife and their two Childrens were involved in a car accident along cotonou express-road.All occupants of the vehicle Unfortunately lost their lives.Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives but all efforts was just in vain.After these several unsuccessful attempts,I decided to track His last name over the Internet,to locate any member of his Family hence I contacted you.
I have contacted you to assist in Repatriating the money left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Banque Atlantique Benin Republic West Africa.These huge deposits were lodged particularly,with the Banque Atlantique Benin" where the Deceased had an account valued at US$6.1 million(Six Millon one Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only). The Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated.
Since I have been unsuccessful in Locating his relatives,now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have The same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at $6.1 million can be paid to you and then you and me can Share the money 50% to me and 50% to you.I will procure all Necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make.
All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us seeing this Deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law or you can call me at (+229)96325749.
And the way we are going to achieve this is I will need the following information from you such as;
Your Full Name and Address,Your Age,
Occupation and Position, Your Telephone Mobile and Fax Number for Communication Purpose.
For privacy please reply to this E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I await your Call and reply ASAP.
Barrister Eric Kohlman