This e-mail from the alias of Abdul Isa, from the African Development Bank in Burkina Faso must be one of the longest bankscam e-mails I have ever received. It has all the markings of a scam, with the bait, the re-assurments, and the wow of silence. The first rule of a bank scam is ”don’t talk about the bank scam”. Because if you do, as I do here, others, like yourself, will find out that others have also received the same mail, and will maybe realize that it is all a scam. But then, when sending out e-mails to an undisclosed mailing list, there is no real feeling that this mail was for my eyes only. Is there?
from abdul isa
date Jan 11, 2008 4:51 PM
subject *****SPAM***** RE: BUSINESS PROPOSAL
MR ABDUL ISA
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA FASO.
This message might meet you in utmost surprise,However,Its just my urgent need for a foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction,I am a banker by profession from Burkina Faso currently holding the post of a director auditing and accounting section of the bank.I have the opportunity of transferring the left over fund($30 m USD) which bellongs to one of my client who died along with his family in a plane crash on 31 july 200
After further investigation it was discovered that the deceased person did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit. And he also confided in me the last time he was at my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. So, Thirty million United State Dollars is still lying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it. What bothers me is that according to the laws of my country at the expiration seven years six months the funds will revert to the ownership of the Burkina Government if nobody applies to claim the funds.
My proposal, I am prepared to place you as the next of kin in a position to instruct ADB BANK to release the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you 60/30 while 10% will be mapped for expenses that may be incured in the preoccess of transfering this fund into your account. That is: I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you. We share the procentange 60/30. I would have gone ahead to ask the funds be released to me, but that would have drawn a straight line in my involvement in claiming the deposit.
I assure you that I could have the deposit released to you within a few days. I will simply inform the bank of the final closing of the file relating to the deceased person I will then officially communicate with my Bank and instruct them to release the deposit to you. With these: all is done. I am aware of the consequences of this proposal.
I ask that if you find no interest in this project that you should discard this mail. I ask that you do not be vindictive and destructive. If my offer is of no appeal to you,delete this message and forget I ever contacted you. Do not destroy my career because you do not approve of my proposal. You may not know this but people like myself who have made tidy sums out of comparable situations run the whole private banking sector. I am not a criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience, this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only come ones way once in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by, for once I find myself in total control of my destiny. These chances wont pass me by.
I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if you will not work with me let me know and let me move on with my life but do not destroy me. I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide them with new opportunities. There is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth undertaking.
I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is from you refusing to work with me and alerting my bank. I am the only one who knows of this situation, good fortune has blessed you with a name that has planted you into the center of relevance in my life. Lets
share the blessing.
If you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards a conclusion. I wish to inform you that should you contact me via official channels; I will deny knowing you and about this project. I repeat, I do not want you contacting me through my official phone lines nor do I want you contacting me through my official email account. Contact me only through the numbers I will provide for you .
Further more be informed that the fact that you are a foreigner give you the privilege to stand in as my deceased client beneficiary as my deceased client had no relation all his family died with him in a plane crash and I can not use my relation because its not accepted here in Burkina Faso. Also I am very confident that we will be able to establish the trust that is needed to complete this deal and all that I need from the time been is your willingness and commitment so that we can end this in the nest one weeks.
Like I said before there is no risk involve as it will pass through international banking laws and all the necessary information will be given to you in later.I do not want any direct link between you and me. My official lines are not secure lines as they are periodically monitored to assess our level of customer care in line with our Total Quality Management Policy. Please observe this instruction religiously. Please, again, note I am a family man, I have wife and children. I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This is the one truth I have learned from my private banking clients. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, we should plan a meeting soon.
Futher detailes of the transfer will be sent to you as soon as i receive a positive response from you.
MR ABDUL ISA
Wew! Well sorry Mr Abdul Isa. I broke the first rule of the Don’t reply. This has so many scam markers you cannot believe it. And I broke the first rule of the ADB scam. I talked about it, to warn others from biting on your bait.