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What do some people really think we are idiots?

post #1 of 12
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Just got this in email:

Dear Sir/Madam.


I am Dr.John Brown, Director, project implementation with Eskom South Africa and a member of the

of the above corporation.

Your esteemed address was reliably introduced to me at the South Africa Chamber of Commerce and

Industry. In my search for a reliable individual company who can handle a strictly confidential transaction.

Which involves the transfer of a reasonable sum of money to a foreign account.

This amount of money is a total sum of US$30,000,000.00 (Thirty Million United States Dollars Only), already extracted from various contracts awarded by my corporation. As a result of over-invoicing masterminded by the concerned officials, has been drafted to represent final payment for a contract that has been executed to the corporation some years back. The money is now floating in the suspense account of the Federal reserve bank of South Africa awaiting claim by foreign partner which status we now want you to assume.

Now is the optimum period to consummate this transaction. Following the presidential directive to all your personal/company's account. In my last meeting with the officials involved, it was unanimously, agreed that 25% of the total sum will be given to you.65% will be for me and my colleagues. While 5%, will be used, to reimburse the expenses that may be incurred in the processing of the transfer and we wish to donate 5% to charity organisations in your country.

I assure you that the transaction is 100% risk free as we have concluded every arrangement to protect the interest of every one involved. Likewise, all modalities for the successful transfer of this money have been worked out with the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Bank of South Africa to facilitate the remittance of this money to your designated account.

However, I would want to believe that you are honest enough and will not raise any misgiving attitude in any aspect of the transaction, more importantly, you will keep this transaction very confidential so as not to tarnish the confidence reposed on these officials by the government of South Africa.

If this business proposal is of interest to you, kindly send to me the following: on this email adress

1) Your banking information/Details.

2) Your company's letter headed papers and invoice, one copy each, through the above fax number for the immediate commencement of the remittance

Meanwhile, your immediate response will be highly appreciated. Please treat this information as confidential.

Best regards,

???????? LOL I took out some information on this- but it is unbelievable to me that someone would actually fall for this????
post #2 of 12
OMG!!!!!!!! Whoever this person/persons are...they are talking in circles, and obviously trying very hard to sound like they know what the heck they are even talking about....how pathetic! I was scratching my head going "huh?" after the first few lines....but I'll bet you are right....there are probably people...innocent good people who might fall for this somehow....these people (the ones responsible for it) ought to be ashamed of themselves...and turned in!!!!
post #3 of 12
OMG!!! How stupid! I can't believe people would actually write that kind of stuff and end it to people. I couldn't understand what it was saying either and I definetly would not send my account info to ANYBODY who promised anything, especially 25% of US$30,000,000.00 (Thirty Million United States Dollars Only). Notice it said "already extracted from various contracts awarded by my corporation" various small accounts it should say. I can't believe there are people out there who will actually fall for this, how sad. I wish there was a way to let the public know. Hey, can you send a copy of that letter to your local news station? They have investigators and will investigate things that will conn people out of their money. They would love that! and it would help out the public.
post #4 of 12
Hissy - I've had those before at places that I've worked. They are African scams to get access to your bank account and basically either launder drug money through it (the most common), or empty it.

A lot of the West African nations (like Nigeria) do scams like this. There was a programme about it recently on the TV too - they are dangerous people, and it's really convoluted - wheels within wheels - how these crooks operate.

Just ignore it and bin it.
post #5 of 12
Welcome to the club! That's the first one you've received? I get about three - four a week! I just delete them when I get them! I did hear on TV news just two or so weeks ago that a woman in South Carolina responded and got taken for over $10,000. It's so sad.
post #6 of 12
I get this one a couple of times a week and delete it immediately. I've been tempted a couple of times to hit the reply and send a F---Off message back but so far haven't. What a bunch of cons. Dee
Mom to Jessie, Nikkie, Luckie, Lady, Sammy & Sassy Bear
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
I turned it in to the International Scam Police! There really is such an organization. Mike remembered seeing a special about scams like this and jotted down the url- so I sent it in to them- though they probably already have it on file somewhere- the website is huge!
post #8 of 12
Welcome to the world of the Nigerian 419

I get several of those every week as well... and Laurie is right - these people are dangerous. Just delete this and ignore them. And let your friends know they need to be careful.

Some useful links:




There are lots more articles about this on the web.
post #9 of 12
I can not believe that!!

The sad thing is that there are some people out there that will fall for it.
post #10 of 12
There are tons of scams like this out there. I recently saw a thing on the news about some people who were selling their car, and somehow the person who wanted to buy the car could only send them a money order for something like $30,000. They told the seller to take out their share of the money ($6,800) and wire them the remainder. The sellers thought that since it was a money order it should be safe...WRONG! The money order was no good, but since their bank had assured them they could access the money within 24 hours they wired the money. Now their bank says they are $23,000 overdrawn and too bad if the money order was bad.

It's really sad that people fall for these things. This one that Mary Anne posted is pretty obvious, but there are others that aren't.
post #11 of 12
Well, if they are still trying people must be falling for the scam - I see about 2-3 per week and if only 1 person bites they are in business.

post #12 of 12
You have Got to be kidding me! The sad thing is there are dumb enough people that would give out there personal info. I hope you report this email to the authorities!
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