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Scam Money Transfers
Example - African Development bank ADB
MR IBRAHIM BELLO
Bill and exchange manager,

If an illiterate "African Development bank ADB Bill and exchange manager", going by the alias, Mr. Ibrahim Bello, writes to you from a free Hotmail or Yahoo account and claims that he has access to $30 million dollars from a dead bank customer with no next of kin, that he wants to share with you, because only a foreigner is allowed to claim the money; are you going to believe that and reply to the email?

If you do, we would like to politely suggest that find a large stick and repeatedly bash yourself in the head until you are fall down.  We suggest this because, if you find this scam plausible, your money will be safer when you are unconscious.

This scam shouldn't tempt anyone.  The scammer intends to con 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:  "ibrahim bello" < ibrahim_bello52@hotmail.com >
Reply-To:  ibra_bello1001@yahoo.com
Subject:  TREAT AS URGENT
Date:  Mon, 12 Feb 2007 00:47:30 +0000

FROM THE DESK OF IBRAHIM BELLO
BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER,
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO.

Dear Friend
I am the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign remittance department of African Developent bank (ADB) here in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of US$30m dollars in an account that belonging to one of our foreign customer. Who died along with  his entire family in Monday, 31 July, 2000 in a plane crash in paris. Please visit this site that is one of the evidence the directors brought in other to swallow the money at the end of the day, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless some body applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidlings and laws but unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the plane  crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.

It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.

The banking law and guidline here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after seven years, the money will be transfered into the bank  treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occassioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.

I agree that 30% of this money will be for you as a respect to the provision of a foriegn account ,10% will be set aside for expenses incurred during the business and 60% would be for me.

Thereafter, I will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentage indicated Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to your desiggnited bank account ,you must apply first to the bank as a  relation or next of kin of the deceased with a text of application that i will send to you,so i will like you to send to me your private telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and location where in the money  will be remitted.

Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of the application . I will not fail to bring to your notice this transaction is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer. You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this letter.
Trusting to hear from you immediately.

MR IBRAHIM BELLO
Bill and exchange manager,
African Development bank ADB


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