Ekene Chukwu seems to be really new as a 419 scammer, since he makes some of the classic mistakes. First of all he has his own email address as the recipient of the mail. Secondly, the mail has those small mistakes that a real solicitor just wouldn’t make, such as the left out blank after the periods and and new sentences.
Then, the suggestion he actually makes, is just hilarious. I had to read it throuh quite a few times before I realized that ”Mr Chukwu” never actually names the deciesed investor, and that he actually only suggests that the the next of kin only will get 20% of the (non-exixting) 7.2 million dollars.
from Ekene Chukwu <email@example.com>
date Sun, Jan 11, 2009 at 10:32 AM
subject Reply Urgent
My name is Ekene Chukwu an external auditor for the Bank of Africa,Burkina Faso,working as part of a bigger team that covers the entire W/A region. An investor (name with-held) died without naming a next of kin to his Fund in my bank.The amount is $7.2M and banking regulation/legislation in Burkina Faso demand that i notify the fiscal authorities after three years.
The above set of facts underscores my reason to seek your permission to have you stand as the next of kin to the deceased investor.This funds will be approve and release in your favour as the next of kin if only you will adhere to my instruction and cooperate with me in one accord. I have all the legal and Banking details of my deceased client that will facilitate our putting you forward as the claimant/beneficiary of the funds and ultimately transfer of the $7.2M plus interest to any bank account nominated by you.
I am prepared to compensate you with a 20% share of the total funds for your efforts.The final details will be given upon receipt an affirmation of your desire to participate. Please contact me immediately whether or not you are interested in this deal.If you are not,it will enable me scout for another foreign partner to carry out this deal. But where you are interested, forward your details immediately as time is of the essence in this business.
(1) Full Name:
(2) Postal Address:
(3 Telephone and Fax Number:
(5) Date of Birth:
Mr Ekene Chukwu.
It’s a classic 419 scam. If you play along, there are multiple pitfalls such as the fact that Ekene Chukwu never states what kind of dollars (there is a vast difference between US dollars, Australian dollars and Zimbabian dollars…). But most importantly, you very well know that you don’t have a relative who is an investor in West Africa, and that you aren’t eligible as a next of kin. This means you can never really go forth to the police since you, in a way, will after all be an acomplice in a possilbe herigage scam…