Greed, lust and gluttony are some of the basic characters of human being. When it comes to money matter, no matter how rich someone you don’t know is, he is not going to reveal it to you to demand something from him. So out of the blues,when you receive such a mail in your mail box, don’t begin to thank God, hoping He has heard your humble cry. Such letters come from a wolf in sheep’s clothing determined to rob the little money you have. Please avoid such letters.
Sample of a letter to defraud below
Amalgamated Bank of South Africa
International Remittance Department
BENMORE ROAD, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
ABSA Bank Limited/ Beperk, Reg No. 1986/004794/06
I know that this mail will come to you as surprise as we have not met before. I got your contact through our chambers of commerce when I was doing research for a foreigner that I can use in this great opportunity.
I seize this opportunity to ask for your assistance on this mutual/beneficial business transaction. This issue requires serious consideration. I work for the accounts section/Foreign Exchange/Remittance Department of The ABSA Bank Johannesburg, South Africa. In my department, there is an account opened here since 2003 and after the year 2008, nobody has operated on this account again till date.
After going through some files, I discovered that the account is housing the sum of $10,000.000.00 (Ten Million US Dollars) that belongs to one of our foreign customers (An Sudan). The owner of this account is Late Mr. Justin Yak, from Sudan, who died along with his wife in 2nd May 2008 plane crash including South Sudan’s Defense Minister. See the website: (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7380412.stm).
To be precise, the banking law herein stipulates that any account dormant for some years is subjected to be closed and all money contained therein will be forfeited to Her Majesty Treasury Account. So if I do not remit this money out urgently it would be forfeited for nothing.
I want to present you as the Next of Kin so that I can prepare documentations and release the funds into your account, based on the fact that our bank here in South Africa is ready to approve this fund to anybody who has correct information of the account, which I will make available to you with all the necessary documents required to lay claim to the money immediately.
If you are capable and willing to handle this deal in strict confidence and trust according to my instructions and advice for our mutual benefit I shall highly appreciate it and will work with you. I shall compensate you with 30% of the total fund for your assistance as soon as the funds transfer is completed.
I implore you to maintain the absolute confidentiality of this transaction.
I wait for your urgent response.
Thanks.Mr. Anthony Mako