When I checked my In box this morning I was elated.
I have made a new friend.
His name is George Ihie and he is from Burkina Faso.
Until this morning I wasn’t quite sure where Burkina Faso was. I suspected it was in Africa but wasn’t sure where. Now I know it is a landlocked country in Western Africa that used to be under French rule. Its economy is based on agriculture, largely at subsistence level.
Thanks to my new friend I got a much needed geography lesson.
But wait, there’s more.
I’m going to be a millionaire.
George said so in his email –
I’m Mr.GEORGE IHIE , an accountant in a financial institution here in BURKINA FASO . I am the head of the accounts department. I am pleased to get across to you for a very urgent and profitable business proposal which I believe will profit the both of us after completion. I contacted you after a careful thought that you might be capable of handling this business transaction, which i explained below.
The sum of US$10,500,000.00 has been floating as unclaimed fund since 2003 here in the bank, as all efforts to get across to the relatives of our client who deposited the money proved abortive. Our foreign customer who died in the charter plane which crashed with his family in Central England in the year 2003.
All attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless. My position here at my office requiries me to investigate and I therefore made further investigations and discovered that Our foreign customer did not declare any next of kin or relation in all his official documents, including his bank deposit paperwork in my bank.
According to the Bank inheritance’s Law, the money will revert to the ownership of the Burkina Faso government if nobody applies to claim the fund. To avoid this money being sent to the Central Bank treasury as unclaimed funds, I have decided to seek your assistance to have you stand as his next of kin so that the said fund ($10.5m) would be released in your name as the next of kin and paid into your account.
All documents and proof that will have you claim! this fund without stress will be forwarded to you upon your response to this mail more so, i want to inform you that i have unanimously agreed to offer you (39%) of the total sum for the assistance and role you are going to play in this transaction,(11%) will be used to establish a charity organization in your country with your supervision while the remaining will be for me and my other loyal colleagues here.
I assure you that this excercise will be carried out legally through your cooperation. I will be hoping you will give this a thoughtful consideration as i will be looking forward to reading from you urgently to enable us proceed with this transaction.
Please reply to my alternative email box firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to read from you soonest
So just by depositing the unclaimed money into my account I get 39% of 10.5 mill? That’s around 4.1 million. Easy money. Party at my house for the next ten years!!!!!!
The tendency to fall for it is so prevalent that there is even an excellent blog attempting to protect people from it.
I wonder how many people fall for scams like these on a regular basis. It is an alarming thought.