MY DESK: MADISON -

I've heard back from my pal, George Norbert, who first emailed me on Monday with promises of an "investment project." He was purposely vague in his first email, offering few details, so I responded with a simple, "What do you have for me, Mr. Norbert?" followed by my email signature which clearly defines me as an Investigative Reporter for WISC-TV.

His response is posted below. One of the concerns with something like this is how he's emailed me with a few different email addresses, none of which correspond to a business address.

It's pretty boiler-plate stuff though as we've articulated in this space before the "you have the same name as a dead guy who left a lot of money in this foreign bank account and I am a banker who can help you get it out." In this case, the banker is apparently from the African nation of Cote d'Ivoire.

Oh, I forgot the most important guarantee from the sender, the oft-used "I know this might sound like scam to you because of a lot of activities going on in the internet today.But I assure you that this is real."

Yeah, that rings about as hollow as the smokebox on a steam locomotive.

Steer clear of this kind of stuff folks. It's not real and it's not particularly creative.

Just hit delete.

Take care,

Adam

-----Original Message-----

From: George Norbert [mailto:norbertgeorge250@yahoo.com]

Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2014 6:11 AM
To: Adam Schrager
Subject: Hello Mr. Adam Schrager, Please i wait to hear from you.

Hello Mr. Adam Schrager,

My name is Mr. George Norbert,  the principal treasury officer with one of the prime banks in Cote d'Ivoire. I have decided to contact you through this medium based on a business proposal, which will be of mutual benefit to both of us. I discovered your email through comprehensive web email search on directory so I decided to contact you. I know this might sound like scam to you because of a lot of activities going on in the internet today.But I assure you that this is real.

I am the personal accounts manager to one of our late client , a national of your country, who used to work with an oil servicing company here in Cote d'Ivoire, the late client made a numbered time (fixed) deposited for twelve calendar months,valued at €18,200,000.00 (Eighteen Million Two Hundred Thousand European Euros) in my branch.

Upon maturity, we 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, PETRO-CI Corporation that my client died from an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that he did not leave a will and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that the deceased person did not declare any next of kin in all his official documents,including his bank deposit paperwork. This sum of (€18,200,000.00) is still sitting in the bank and the interest is rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year.

No one will come forward to claim it. According to the law of Cote d’Ivoire, at the expiration of 5{five} years, the money will l revert to the ownership of the Cote d’Ivoire government if nobody claims the funds.Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to deceased person for the fact that you have same last name with him so that this money will not be reverted by the government. If this request matches with your inward intention for success and greatness, then you are urged to make a quick response indicating your interest and readiness to participate and work with me to make this successful.Please observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country. In your return mail, please do forward your information as listed below if you are willing to complete this deal  with me, to enable me put the total fund in your name for claim as the next of kin to the deceased person:

Your full names

Your full address

Your country

Your sex,

Your age

Your marital status

Your Phone and fax number

Your occupation