Say It Ain`t Too Good To Be True
August 21, 2011 at 1:08 am
Sometimes you feel lucky. For one shining moment, you see the stars converged and the planets aligned. You hit the jackpot without even really trying.
Recently, I received an e-mail that promises my ticket to financial independence. It came from a bank executive in Africa. He said and I quote verbatim:
I am Mr.oliver madu,the manager Audit & Accounts Dept. in the BANK OF AFRICA (BOA). I am writing to request your assistance to transfer the sum of ($25.5million) (thwenty five million, five hundred thousand United States dollars) into your account.
The above sum belonged to our deceased customer late Mr. Shadi Aribi Monther from Lebanon who died along with his entire family in the Benin plane crash 2003 and since then the fund has been in a suspense account.
After my further investigation, I discovered that Mr Shadi Aribi Monther died with his supposed next of kin and according to the laws and constitution guiding this banking institution,it stated that after the expiration of (5) five years and no body comes for the claim as the next of kin/family member, the fund will be channelled into national treasury as unclaimed fund. Because of the state of this transaction I want you to stand as the next of kin so that our bank will accord you the recognition and have the fund transferred to your account.
The total sum will be shared as follows: 60% for me, 30% for you and 10% is mapped for any expense we may incure during the course of securing the said fund into your bank account. The transfer is risk free on both sides hence you are going to follow my instructions till the fund is transferred to your account.
More details with the text of application form which you have to fill in our banking information will be forwarded to you as soon as i receive your positive reply to this proposal.
I will need the following information from you
(a) Full name……………,
(c)address and photo ……………
(d) private telephone numbers —for confidential and easy communication.
Please reply urgently
Mr. Oliver Madu.
00226 7814 6208.
It sounds too good to be true. It offers a better chance to prosperity than the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. It’s something that’s very hard to refuse. But like Don Corleone addressing the character Sollozo in the Godfather saga, I have to ask myself, “Why come to me? What have I done to deserve such generosity?”
It’s evident that his letter needs some editing, too. It contains incredulous punctuation, spelling, and grammatical missteps that would delight a second grade English teacher. On the other hand, could the errors be planted there intentionally on purpose to give his message the human touch?
Friends think it’s a scam and those who fall for it have the word “stupid” written all over their forehead. I’d like to give Mr. Madu the benefit of the doubt, but I’m going to junk his letter this time. It’s not that I’m playing hard to get. It’s just that he has to prove himself more. If he’s truly sincere, he can write me again and again like an earnest suitor wooing his beloved. After all, it’s the Internet that has given him that right.
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