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A Response to a Scam Email

I’m not sure if I should laugh, cry or wince. Maybe all three.

I especially love how this obvious scam email tries to establish credibility with a link that supposedly takes you to the actual BBC News website’s home page but in fact goes to an Error 404 message. How legitimate is that?

I am Attorney Mamadou Samurai , I have decided to bestow this trust on
you, which I pray you will not ignore or betray. I apologize in
advance for any inconveniences this may cause you. I am the Personal
Attorney to late Engineer P. B. Corcoran, who was a contractor here in
Benin Republic. He died 2003 with his entire family perished in
Air-Crash on board from Cotonou. View the below BBC web site for more
information, africa/3348109.stm

As a matter of fact, my client made a fixed deposit amount, valued at
($18.5m) Million USD with a Financial Institution here in Benin Rep,
upon the duration time of their agreement, His Bank started contacting
him but no response consequently, the bank issued me a notice to
provide the next of kin to the deceased as his personal attorney, or
have his account confiscated after ten years, as it is in the law of
this country.

Since then, I have made several contacts to his countries embassy in
order to locate any of my clients extended relatives, which had also
been unsuccessful. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the
relatives for over two years now, I seek your consent to present you
as the next of kin of the deceased since none of his relatives were no
way to be found so that the proceeds of this account valued at $18.5
million dollars could be transferred into your bank account.
Thereafter, we will both share it in percentage according to our
contributions to boost the success of this great transaction.

I have all the necessary information’s that can be used to back up the
claims from the bank where the fund was deposited by the deceased. All
I require is your honest cooperation to enable us make this great
benefiting transaction successfully.

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law. And the way we are
going to achieve this, I will need the following information from you,

Your Full Name and Address, Your Age, Occupation and Position,
Your Telephone and Mobile for Communication Purpose. For privacy, reply to my
private Email

I await your reply ASAP.

Best Regards,
Attorney Mamadou Samurai

If I could reply, I’d reply like this:

Dear Mamadou Samurai (if that is indeed your real name. How do you get an African name meaning  “Mohammed” and a Japanese name meaning “a member of the warrior class of feudal Japan?”):

Not only do I ignore and betray this trust, I don’t apologize for anything. There is no P.B. Corcoran, no plane crash, no money, no embassy contacts. I am not the next of kin, nor have I ever been to Africa. You cannot pass me off as next of kin as this is an illegal act and, therefore, not a legitimate arrangement as you say. This is obviously a scam and I will report you to the highest authority. There is nothing legitimate about this. It is all a breach of law. There is nothing honest about cooperating with you. You will never get my personal information, and I will not be privately replying to your private email ASAP.

You obviously don’t speak English as a first language, for if you had, you would have known the following:

  1. What to capitalize and not capitalize,
  2. Proper punctuation,
  3. Proper word tense,
  4. Proper word choice (example: “countries embassy” instead of “country’s embassy and the name of the country: Republic of Benin, not Benin Rep)
  5. Redundancy

Worst Regards.

Until next time! Use the right words!


November 8, 2016 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , ,

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