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What a ridiculous scam...

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I received this in my inbox today:


I am Barrister Koffi Sagna. A private lawyer to Eng. Philippe Flávia (my client),from your country who was a Director of Michd Construction Company here in Republic of Benin. On the 5th Of march, 2010, My client lost his life as a result of Brain cancer, in Benin Medical Center. In this regards I wish to inform you that the Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin of his account which will soon be confiscated. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives of my late client over four years.Now I seek your consent to present you to the bank as the next of kin of the deceased so that the proceeds of this account, valued of US$8.5 mill(Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) will be paid into your bank account. NOTE: Upon transaction conclusion, I will request to be entitled to 50 Percent of the total sum while 50 percent will be for you. After reading this message, Reply me so that l will tell you how we can legally proceed the claim. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through, and It must be kept confidential.
Your Full Name.
Private Mobile and home phone..
Occupation and position..

Best Regards,
Barrister Koffi Sagna.
Tel: (+229)61577339. ​
I didn't realise that you were only born yesterday Melly (or that pigs had been seen flying this morning :shock: )
Unfortunately there are a lot of these around they have been going for years.
I got a handtyped one from Hong Kong once!

I also regularly get the phone call telling me my PC is at risk and could I please turn it on immediately so they can upload the corrective software (that will, alas, empty my bank account etc etc). What annoys me most is that you get a VERY Asian accent speaking, who then says his name is Kevin, or Derek, or something utterly not true!

The saddest thing is that the people phoning are probably all PhDs and unemployed in India or wherever....
I get many PC scams. Sometimes I go along with them with my PC off and eventually they ask what it says on the screen and I reply," You scum ought to be in prison."
Just a related thought Melly. I have been advised by IT network manager to delete scamming emails on receipt and NOT open them. Opening them confirms that your email addy exists and can result in a future deluge as scammers sell addys on etc.etc.

Asyou know, they are usually self evident at first glance.

However...... :shock: do you fancy sending me a few grand in due course, I can assure you I am well practised in wasting dosh, I promise not to leave it sleeping in any accounts or investments!!!!!
Albert & Dancedintherain, thanks for these messages, your replies made me laugh re what you said, Albert, when asked what the message was on your PC and a very polite and honest request for money from Dancedintherain, if you get any money let us all know and we can have a try!!! lol!
SHushshsshush Peter, Melly might balk at my request if she considers it will set a precedent. :blush: not i hasten to add, that I consider myself Selfish by nature ;)
I had a friend request on Facebook today from a man I've never heard of. His profile showed, of course, a very fit man drinking champagne in a beautiful swimming pool and said he had been to New York University.

I've had two or three of these requests from men before and just delete them but I read that many women are taken in by them and then get scammed big time!
Someone phoned me this morning and asked if I was Mrs C? No I'm a Ms so I just said "No". Next question was whether I shopped at Sainsburys or Morrisons. I wasn't feeling that polite this morning so replied, "What's it got to do with you? " to which she replied "Have a Nice Day Maam " and hung up LOL. Dad overheard my end and said "That was a strange call!" LOL .