Scam Money Transfers - Banks, Bank Managers
Example - Mr. Mark Mills, barrister George Amarkwei Esq.
Have you received an email from "Mr. Mark Mills" at an
unnamed "financial institution here in Ghana", telling you to contact "barrister George Amarkwei
Esq.", claiming that he has profits that he has hidden and wants you to help get
out of the country?
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.
First Scam email, as a message on Skype:
From skype name: mark.mill21016:
[17-Mar-07 05:51:32] mark mills says:
From: Mr. Mark Mills Accra, Ghana.
Dearest Phone +(your skype phone number)
My name is Mr. Mark Mills, Branch manager of a
financial institution here in Ghana. I am a Ghanaian married with two kids. I am
writing to solicit your assistance in the transfer of $ 8,550.000.00 Million
United States dollars only.
This fund is the excess of what my branch in which am the manager made as
profit during the 2004 financial year. I have already submitted annual report
for that year to my head office here in Accra Ghana as I have watched with keen
interest as they will never know of this excess.
I have since, placed this amount of $ 8,550.000.00 Million United States
dollars only to an Escrow Coded account without a beneficiary (anonymous) to
avoid trace. As an officer of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this
money thus I am impelled to request for your assistance to receive this money
into your bank account on my behalf.
I intend to part 30% of this fund to you while 70% shall be for me. I do need
to stress that there are practically no risk involved in this. It's going to be
a bank-to-bank transfer.
All I need from you is to stand as the original depositor of this fund so
that the fund can be transferred to your account. If you accept this offer, I
will appreciate your timely response to my private
Mr. Mark Mills
On replying the victim received the following message:
Good day Mr .(your name)
Thanks for your response to my proposal .i got your contact during my search
for a reliable, honest and a trust worthy person to entrust this huge transfer
project with. The fund shall be bank to bank transfer.
Having resolved to entrust this transaction into your hands, I want to remind
you that it needs your commitment and diligent follow up, if you show commitment
and follow my instructions this entire process should be over within few working
As I told you earlier in my proposal, this fund is the excess of the profit
made here in my branch in the year 2004. I have already submitted an approved
financial report to my Head office and the entire Bank will never know of this
excess. The transfer shall be bank-to bank process to your provided account and
is legal from all existing law locally and internationally. However,
I want you to know that the most important thing is for us to work on the
aspect on investment of this fund. I would like to invest my share of the fund
into any good moving business in your country, where your government will not
take much tools from the principal sum or the incident of taxation will affect
the investment. Please, make a research for me concerning the kind of business I
have to invest my share of the fund.
I will like you to understand this, As I was explaining to you before, first
of all, we need a very good lawyer who can handle all the legal back up
documents aspect of this transaction.
I know of one lawyer called barrister George Amarkwei Esq. this barrister
happen to worship in the same church with our family, but I will not disclose to
him my involvement in this deal,
I only told him that one of our clients whose fund has been deposited in an
Escrow coded account (Anonymous) may need his assistance before the end of this
week, base on that i started trying best to make sure i get a good person who
can assist me on this deal.
Please base on that, I will like you to send you a letter to barrister George
Amarkwei Esq. will send you a drafted letter by me to contact the lawyer as soon
as you approve this suggestion.
Thank you for your kind assistance,
Mr. Mark Mills.