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somehow I am not comfortable and too sure that I am communicating with the right owner of this email.

Am Waiting Please‏

I am Madam Aidata Alice Igala I am a widow being that I lost my husband,my husband Late Mr  Igala Idu  was a serving director of the Cocoa exporting board until his death.

He was assassinated by the rebels following the political uprising, before his death he made a deposit of Six Million Five Hundred Dollars ($6,500,000.00USD) here in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso in one of the Security Company,he intended to buy a Cocoa processing Machine with the fund.

I want you to help me for us to retreive this fund and transfer it to your account in your country or any safer place as you will be the beneficiary and recipient of the fund which we will use for joint investment in your country.

I have plans to do investment in your country, like real estate and industrial production.This is my reason for writing to you.Please if you are willing to assist me and my daughter .Indicate your interest by replying urgently.

Thanks and best regards.

Mrs Igala

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Urgent please‏

Dearest One,

Attention,

Can you please confirm if you are still using this email address.

There is information I think might interest you. I am Mr. Simon Dornoo, I work with Barclays Bank. First of all, I do not know if I am talking to the right person, But I will like you to confirm if you are the owner of this email ID. Already I have your name and details in our file in the office, but somehow I am not comfortable and too sure that I am communicating with the right owner of this email.

If you can prove that you are the owner of this email ID, I will furnish you with the information that I have for you when I am convinced I am talking to the right person.
I am taking this preventive measure because I do not want to talk to the wrong person because of the sensitivity of the information regarding the issue. Other details will be forwarded to you as soon as I am convinced that I am communicating with the right person.

Mr. Simon Dornoo
Barclays Bank

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From: Mr. Kone Zongo‏

From: Mr. Kone Zongo

Dear friend,

It will be a surprise for you to receive this mail, welcome this letter. I am (Mr. Kone Zongo), The Director of the Accounts & Auditing Dept, At the Bank of Africa Burkina Faso Ouagadougou- West Africa.

With due respect I Have Decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be Benefit both of us. At the Bank’s Last Accounts/Auditing Evaluations, my staffs Came Across an old account which was being maintained by a foreign client who we learnt was among the deceased passengers of an Airline Crash On 6th Nov 2002.

Since the deceased was unable to run this account since his Death. The Account has remained dormant without the knowledge of his family since it was put in a safe deposit account in the bank for future investment by The Client. Since his demise, nobody, not even the members of his family have applied for claims over this fund and it has been in the safe deposit Account until we discovered that it cannot be claimed since our client Foreign national and we are sure that he has no next of kin here to File Claims over the money. As the director of the dept, this discovery was brought to my office so as to decide what is to be done. With the few personnel in my Dept, we decided to seek ways through which to transfer this money out Of the Bank and out of the country too.

The total amount in the accounts is (US$7.5M) without positions as staffs of the bank, we are handicapped because we cannot operate foreign accounts and cannot lay bonfire claim over this money. While we were contemplating on what to Do, a Friend of mine who works with the chamber of commerce and industry recommended your personality to me advised I should ask you for Help to Transfer this money out of the country. The client is a foreign national And You will only be asked to act as his next of kin and I will supply you With All the necessary information’s and bank data to assist you in being able to Transfer this money to any bank of your choice where this money could be transferred into.

I and my partners have decided to give away forty (40%) to you for Your Assistance and ten (10%) for any expenses that might arise during the Transaction of this transfer. We want to assure you that this transaction’s absolutely risk free since we work in this bank which is why you should Be Confident in the success of this transaction because you will be updated with information as at when desired. Kindly fill this below information so that I will use them to process next of kin application form, which you will fill and send to my bank for the transfer.

Full Name……………………
Home Address………………………
Age…………………………..
Sex…………………………………
Personal Number………………………
Fax Number……………………………
Receiving Country……………………….
Occupation………………………..

I need your urgent response to enable us proceed further for the transaction.
Thanks and remain blessed.

Your Faithfully
Mr. Kone Zongo

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FBI IMPORTANT ALERT

From: “Federal Bureau of Investigation” <michael.heimbach@fbi.gov>
To: undisclosed-recipients
subject: FBI IMPORTANT ALERT

Anti-Terrorist And Monetary Crimes Division
FBI Headquarters In Washington, D.C.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001

Attn: Beneficiary,
This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly completed an Investigation with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you legally won the sum of $800,000.00 USD from a Lottery Company outside the United States of America. During our investigation we discovered that your e-mail won the money from an Online Balloting System and we have authorized this winning to be paid to you via a Certified Cashier’s Check.
Normally, it will take up to 10 business days for an International Check to be cashed by your local bank. We have successfully notified this company on your behalf that funds are to be drawn from a registered bank within the United States Of America so as to enable you cash the check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $800,000.00 USD has been deposited with Bank Of America.
We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to receive the winning prize as we have verified the entire transaction to be Safe and 100% risk free, due to the fact that the funds have been deposited at Bank Of America you will be required to settle the following bills directly to the Lottery Agent in-charge of this transaction whom is located in Lagos, Nigeria. According to our discoveries, you were required to pay for the following –
(1) Deposit Fee’s ( Fee’s paid by the company for the deposit into an American Bank which is – Bank Of America )
(2) Cashier’s Check Conversion Fee ( Fee for converting the Wire Transfer payment into a Certified Cashier’s Check )
(3) Shipping Fee’s ( This is the charge for shipping the Cashier’s Check to your home address and this fee includes Insurance )
The total amount for everything is $350.00 (Three Hundred And Fifty-US Dollars). We have tried our possible best to indicate that this $350.00 should be deducted from your winning prize but we found out that the funds have already been deposited at Bank Of America and cannot be accessed by anyone apart from you the winner, therefore you will be required to pay the required fee’s to the Agent in-charge of this transaction via Western Union Money Transfer Or Money Gram.
In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the agent in-charge ( Mr. John David) via e-mail. Kindly look below to find appropriate contact information:
CONTACT AGENT NAME: MR. JOHN DAVID
E-MAIL ADDRESS: johndavid065@gala.net <—— gala.net???

You will be required to e-mail him with the following information:
FULL NAME:
ADDRESS:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP CODE:
DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER:
OCCUPATION:
MONTHLY INCOME:

You will also be required to request Western Union or Money Gram details on how to send the required $350.00 in order to immediately ship your prize of $800,000.00 USD via Certified Cashier’s Check drawn from Bank Of America, also include the following transaction code in order for him to immediately identify this transaction : EA2948-910.
This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $350.00 ONLY to Mr. John David via information in which he shall send to you, if you do not receive your winning prize of $800,000.00 we shall be held responsible for the loss and this shall invite a penalty of $3,000 which will be made PAYABLE ONLY to you (The Winner).

Mr. Michael J. Heimbach
Special Agent.
Washington DC FBI.
Room, 7367
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001

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November 6, 2010 - Posted by | Internet scam, spam and junk mail

6 Comments »

  1. would such email not land in spambox?

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    Comment by Grr | November 6, 2010 | Reply

    • Grr,
      In an ideal world, where things work perfectly allatime always, you would only find email such as these in your “Junk” (or “Spam”) folder. And, fortunately, ISP’s and spam filtering software are getting better and better at catching this *stuff*. Better each passing year, it seems to me.

      Occasionally, I post such examples of scams. I used to title those articles, “Once Again It’s Time To Play, Let’s Count The Typos!
      Because I sometimes get a chuckle at the Engrish.

      I wish I didn’t have to say to people, “No. You did not just win 2.5 million USD in the online lottery” in this day and age.
      But.

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      Comment by techpaul | November 6, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hey Paul, that FBI related mail was awesome. So funny that was… That would have made you to laugh too, i guess…

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    Comment by Ranjan | November 7, 2010 | Reply

    • Ranjan,
      This is the 3rd or 4th time a variant of this “form” has been featured in one of my ’email scams’ postings (it will be ‘new’ to some readers). If my recall serves me, I first received important notices from the Anti-Terrorist And Monetary Crimes Division in early 2008.

      I chuckle. I cry. I hope no one gets snared…

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      Comment by techpaul | November 7, 2010 | Reply

  3. And you were very sharp to catch the gala.net domain thing.. Clear indication that something’s not right…

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    Comment by Ranjan | November 7, 2010 | Reply

    • Ranjan,
      It would be my hope that John and Judy Average would be savvy enough to not get that far (as, they would not even open email from unknown senders), but thank you for helping underscore my ‘educational’ point — there are “telltales” when something is not legit (such as atrocious grammar and spelling), and some are rather subtle.

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      Comment by techpaul | November 7, 2010 | Reply


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