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Scam Money Transfers - Banks, Bank Managers
Example - Allan Hickson, "a prime bank in London"

Have you received an email from "Allan Hickson" at "a prime bank in London", claiming that he has found a "dormant account" or money from a deceased customer with no next of kin, or no will, and he needs you, a foreigner to help him take the money, to keep it from being turned over to the bank or government?

It is a scam. Even if it weren't a scam, it would be a felony, fraud and theft. But it is all nonsense, a scam made up to get money from you. See the example below, an actual email from the scammer, sent to a victim.

The scammer intends to to get hold of your money instead, by conning you into sending money for various "fees" to free the "funds in escrow".  If you would like a step by step explanation of how this type of "Advance Fee Fraud" works, click here! Note some of the obvious scam clues that we have highlighted in the email below, such as excessive/incorrect use of CAPITAL letters, terrible spelling, grammar and punctuation, the use of free email accounts rather than a domain and website that matches the company's name, etc.

Scam email:

From : <
Reply-To : 
Sent : July 9, 2007 12:23:30 PM

Dear Friend

I write to solicit your assistance in the execution of a transaction of
mutual benefit.

I work for a prime bank in London UK as an independent auditor, during
my last auditing activities I realized an unclaimed Bank Draft of
8,528,000GBP (Eight Million Five Hundred and Twenty Eight Thousand

Further investigation on my part led to the fact that this funds
actually belong to nobody as it was originally prepared in error as an
over draft payment for a contract executed since 1990, since that time
this funds has been unclaimed.

With my influence I am very confident that I can present you as the
suppose beneficiary
to this funds, which would be transferred to you
for the benefit of the two of us.

Should you be willing to assist me in this transaction, shall be shared
50/50 between the two of us at the completion of this
transaction.I await your urgent response,

Allan Hickson

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