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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.
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
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 days.
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.