Banking Adventures in Burkina Faso

March 22nd, 2011

From Mr Cliff Kazim (B.O.A)
Bill and Exchange Manager,
Bank of Africa(B.O.A)
Ouagadougou Burkina Faso.
West Africa.

ATTN,

Sorry to distract your attention, I am Mr Cliff Kazim the bill and exchange manager in the bank of Africa Ouagadougou Burkina Faso.

In my department, I found the deposited fund sum of ($5.5M) five Million five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($5.5M).customer who died in the air crash with his entire family.

However, I shall detail you with the full information as soon as I hear from you.

Can you be able and capable to assist me provide your receiving bank account where this fund will lodge in your favour?

I shall give you 40% of the total sum as soon as this fund hits your account and I shall visit you in your country for the shearing.

Please this is very confidential. If you are interested, please forward me the bellow information’s;

Your name:……………………….

Your country:…………………….

Your phone Number:………………….

Your tel/fax:……………………….

Your age:………………………….

Your occupation:…………………..

Thank for your anticipated co-peration.

Your’s Faithfully.

Mr Cliff Kazim

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Dear Mr. Kazim –

Thank you for your message. Please accept my condolences on the passing of your client.

The content of your message is not entirely clear to me. What exactly are you proposing? What do you plan to use the requested information for? What is this ”shearing” that you will be joining me for? My town does have an annual ”Shearing of the Sheep” festival, complete with sheep-themed costumes and diversions, the election of a mutton queen, and the shearing of actual sheep, to celebrate the coming of spring, and if this is what you’re referring to, I’m kind of surprised you knew about it. Have you been to this town before, or do you know someone who lives here? At any rate, if you’re really interested, this year’s ”Shearing of the Sheep” will be held on Saturday, 26 March, at the Oscar C. Whaley fairground. I hope to see you there.

Best regards,

Charles

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Dear brother,

I thank you very much for your kind and urgent respond mail.

Is obvious that you don’t really understand my point very well, I simple mean that I have an proposal that what of $5.5 million dollars to offer you, and it was when this came to look for a capable and reliable person who will assist me put claim to this bill, I want to Burkina Faso commence of chamber I got your email ID there, and I decided to contact you and explain this business to you if you will be willing to come in as my partner, Since I am a staff in the same bank I can’t come out open for the claim.

According to our banking policy guided law state that since the diseased customer was a foreigner for that reason above the next of kin must also come from foreign country too. And I strongly believe that with our good cooperation and wisdom you will claim this fund as the beneficially.

Regard to your question I quote as you wrote “What do you plan to use the requested information for?” my brother your information I need is to assure your capability of handling this proposal with trust since I don’t know you in person precise we have not seeing each other before.

So I want you to assure me your capability of handling this transaction with trust by providing me the information I demanded of you to enable me forward you the full details on how the business will be executed and as well the bank application form which you will fill with your bank information details and forward it to our bank here for the claim.

Your role is to act as the bona fide next of kin by apply to our bank for the claim, while you shall be feeding me back with all your correspondence with our bank for my guidance to avoid mistake,

Anxiously awaiting your early reply.

Regard

Mr. Cliff

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Dear Mr. Cliff –

Thank you for your timely reply. I’m still not sure I understand your proposition clearly, but I think the word you’re looking for might be “fleecing,” not “shearing.” If for some unforeseen reason things don’t work out between you and me and you find it necessary to look for someone else to provide what you want, you might save a little confusion by saying in your initial e-mail “I shall visit you in your country for the fleecing” rather than “I shall visit you in your country for the shearing.”

I have a few questions about what you are proposing, but first let me say how happy and proud I am to have my e-mail ID on file at the Burkina Faso commence of chamber, which is indeed a high honor if I gather correctly from your message that contact information for only the most capable and reliable people is available there.

Could you please tell me a little more about the fund you think I am eligible to claim? Does it have some connection with the diseased customer you mention who used to be a foreigner? Has this customer since attained citizenship in your country? In any case, I wish this customer luck in locating his or her relatives, as it is always a comfort and a blessing to have family nearby when one is suffering from an illness. If you will forgive my observing it, with the diseased customer you mentioned in your most recent message and the customer who died in an air crash with his entire family, mentioned in your first e-mail, it seems this has not been a particularly lucky period for your customers.

While it’s true that we have not met (at least to my knowledge), I am a little confused as to why you would want any more evidence of my capability and trustworthiness. Does the fact that my contact information is on file at the Burkina Faso commence of chamber not tell you all you need to know in this regard?

I look forward to further details of the terms and aims of our partnership, and please give your diseased customer my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Regards,

Charles

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Dear brother Charles,

Thanks for your prompt and positive response to my offer.

The content of your message was well understood. I have decide to explain the proposal to you in details for your perusal. Let me start by introducing myself to you, I am Mr. Cliff Kazim bill and exchange Manager in Foreign Remittance Department of Bank of Africa (BOA) Annex, my position is the Chief personal Adviser on Finance matter to Late ( PM Rafik Hariri ) The Former Lebanese Prime Minister. I am the personal account in our bank to the great  ( PM Rafik Hariri ) late diseased customer.

Here is the details below.

Mr. PM Rafik Hariri the diseased customer, he has an account in our banks here in Burkina Faso. The account was opened in 2004 and he died in 14 February, 2005 with his next of kin and ever since then nobody has operated on this account again, hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing and Government of Burkina Faso will confiscate the funds for their personal use which I personally don’t want such incident to happen the truth of the matter is that I took necessary information’s detailed from the Late (  PM Rafik Hariri  ) the deceased customer some years ago while he was opening DOMICILIARY Account at our bank here, he held account N°BOA 06038570008.

as a matter of fact I have spent money where it necessary to ensure that we obtain success at the end of this transaction. Moreover I have secured the Death Certificate of the deceased customer in order to back up our claim before the Paying Bank (BOA). Frankly speaking, I have been following up with the file of the decease Late ( PM Rafik Hariri ) for the past six (6years) and have seen that it is 100% possible for me to use my seat / office at my place of work Bank of Africa (BOA) to claim this money through the cooperation of a foreign partner since I cannot come out openly for the claim because I am a staff of the same bank. Actually, I have the possibility of filing your name as the next of kin to the deceased to enable the claim.

This is because ever Since our bank got information about his death our bank have been expecting his next of kin or relation 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 Late (PM Rafik Hariri) as indicated in our banking guidelines and laws but no one has applied ever since then. According to the bank payment code of 1970 , amended in 1997 , section 24 , paragraph 6 stated that any payment of claim which is not concluded for a period of seven years (7yrs ) the total amount will be called back into the bank reserve account as unclaimed money and the beneficiary will automatically loose the money.

Since it is remaining only one (1 year) for this claim to end, I don’t want this huge amount to be called into the bank reserve account as unclaimed money since I can divert the fund into your account with the good cooperation of both parties. This is why I decided in contact you. l guarantee you 100% risk free of this claim since the deceased died a long side with his next of kin leaving no one for the claim. This is our life time opportunity. In view of the above, it becomes very necessary that I corporate with a foreign partner for the claim since I cannot come out openly for the claim and as the need be I decided to contact you to explain my problem if you will be willing to come in as my partner for the claim if this endeavor does not require a foreigner, I don’t think I need a second Party but since the deceased customer was a foreigner the next of kin must also come from foreign country outside the Paying Bank country.

I know that you might be wondering why I have decided to trust you with this huge sum but the truth is that I can’t just sit down and watch this huge amount of money to go into bank reserve account as unclaimed bill while I know you can pull this fund here as the next of kin with my direction here and our good co-operation and our wisdom. I always believe that everyone and every single creature of this world would be responsible of his or her needs before Almighty Allah whether they are from the same Country or not.

Your role is to act as the bona fide next of kin by apply to our bank for the claim, while you shall be feeding me back with all your correspondence with our bank for my guidance to avoid mistake, I am waiting to hear from you as soon as possible to enable me forward you the bank application form which you will fill with your bank information and apply to our bank for the claim,

please if there is any thing you do not understand, don’t hesitate to email me as well or you can call me in my private number [number deleted, probably unnecessarily]. with out any delay because delay of this transaction may lead to put this fund into treasury box as unclaimed bills.

Thanks;
My regard to your family.
Your brother Mr.Cliff

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Dear brother Mr. Cliff –

I am so sorry to hear that Mr. Hariri succumbed to his disease, which must have been quite contagious. My heart would go out to his family if they hadn’t apparently perished with him. However, it’s difficult to imagine that every single one of Mr. Hariri’s relatives is gone. Did anyone come to his funeral?

If I understand you correctly, you want to get the money out of your bank, where it is in danger of being confiscated by your government, and keep it safe for Mr. Hariri’s relatives when they do become known. While that is certainly a noble undertaking (I can assure you that none of the bankers in my country would be anywhere near as concerned with preserving a deceased customer’s money for his rightful heirs), might I suggest that a better approach to solving the problem may be to search for relatives of Mr. Hariri’s? I would be happy to help you out in such an endeavor by doing some Internet research. What country was Mr. Hariri from? Please give me all the information you can about Mr. Hariri, and I’ll see what I can do.

Best regards,

Charles

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Dear brother Charles,

I thank you very much for your kind effort towards this project.

I am the receipt of your mail and content was well understood, regard to your question, Late Mr. PM Rafik Hariri is the Former Lebanese Prime Minister. He died along with his next of kin and ever Since our bank got information about his death our bank have been expecting his next of kin or his relation to come over and claim his money because our bank cannot release this fund unless some body applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased Late (PM Rafik Hariri).

According to our bank payment code of 1970, and the law guidance paragraph 6 stated that any payment of claim which is not concluded for a period of seven years (7yrs ) the total amount will be called back into the bank reserve account as unclaimed money and the beneficiary will automatically loose the money. And it remaining only one (1 year) for this claim to end, I don’t want this huge amount to be called into the bank reserve account as unclaimed money,

And I really know that I can divert this fund into your account with our good cooperation as partner, because if I do not remit this money out urgently our government of Burkina Faso will confiscate the funds for their personal use which I personally don’t want such incident to happen.

all I need from you is to act as the bona fide next of kin by apply to our bank for the claim, while you shall be feeding me back with all your correspondence with our bank for my guidance to avoid mistake, my brother please try to understand me let us remit this money out urgently to avoid our bank to divert this money into reserve account as unclaimed money,

Anxiously awaiting your early reply to enable us proceed ahead immediately.

My regard to your family.

Thanks

Mr. Cliff

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Dear Mr. Cliff –

I have some great news for you! It seems that whoever researched Mr. Hariri for you did not do a very thorough job, and the situation is not as bad as you had believed. You are correct that Mr. Hariri died on 14 February 2005, but it turns out that he was assassinated and did not die as a result of an extremely contagious and fatal disease, as you had thought. I realize that this in itself hardly qualifies as good news, although at least it means that Mr. Hariri probably died instantaneously and did not suffer as he would have if he had been diseased. But here is the wonderful part: Mr. Hariri’s family did not perish with him, and he has all sorts of relatives, including his widow, seven children, seven grandchildren, and two brothers! You can find the names of some of Mr. Hariri’s family members at http://www.rhariri.com/general.aspx?pagecontent=biography, and I believe that most, if not all, of them are still alive.

What this means is that you don’t need to go through with your elaborate and chancy plan to protect the Hariris’ money; all you need to do to keep the money out of the hands of your sinister government, who would apparently only use it for their own nefarious purposes, is notify one of Mr. Hariri’s actual relatives of the existence of the fund, and they will see that the money is claimed by the rightful beneficiary. One of Mr. Hariri’s sons, Saad Hariri, was a Prime Minister of Lebanon and is the current leader of the Movement of the Future there, so he shouldn’t be too hard to find.

I sense that the disposition of this money has concerned you greatly and that your anxiety over the matter has claimed much of your time and energy, so I can imagine the immense relief you must be experiencing now at the prospect of finally being able to put the whole affair behind you. I only wish I could be there to see the joyous expression on your face right now, but since I can’t, I will just have to be content to tell you what a pleasure it has been to serve you and to wish you everything you deserve.

Best regards,

Charles

Comments

  • MJ:

    I have gotten e-mails like this more than once. Do they not realize people aren’t that stupid and gullible?

  • Amy in Atlanta:

    That is hilarious! He obviously didn’t realize you were messing with him, just by the way he responded to you. You must have had a ball messing with him!

  • I typically delete these types of emails. However, I may take Dear Charles’ lead the next time I receive one and reply back. This was too stinkin’ funny!

  • That is pretty funny. Though I think Charles should have taken him up on it his offer. Doesn’t Charles know what he could do with ($2.2M) two million two hundred thousand United States Dollars ($2.2M)??? After all the poor diseased man was deceased in an airplane crash. What awful luck! And then to think his money was just sitting there calling out to Mr. Cliff. It needed to be redeemed. And who better than Charles?

  • Kait:

    People ARE that stupid and gullible MJ. I remember about 15 years or so ago watching a DATELINE special or something about a man that had fallen for just such a thing. The letters use to come from “Nigeria” and were printed on nice letterhead and fancy paper. They were usually from a prince or so such that needed to get his money out of the country and all his family had been killed and his sister and daughters raped and other horrors. (trust me, 2 of the places I worked at received those letters at least twice a year) All you needed to do was send him $10,000 to cover expenses and he would put millions into your account. Instant millionaire. But once you sent the money you got nothing in return. When these things first started going around some did fall for it, thinking they were the only ones. Then they started arriving by fax and email and some started to realize it was a scam. However, it has been so well documented I don’t know who the hell would fall for it now.

  • susan:

    omg, that was hilarious! “fleecing” had me snorting and when he signed it ‘brother’ Cliff to up the ante??

    People are idiots. I worked for an eccentric, NO common sense registered civil engineer for over 17 years and he brought me one of those hand written letters from Nigeria about 10 years ago and asked me if I thought it was legitimate. Says it all about that man.

  • PamR:

    It was quite amusing to read this fantastical yarn as it was knitted together bit by bit. You handled it brilliantly.

    On the other side of the coin, my son has traveled all over South America and my husband has been to Nigeria and they have seen the internet cafes where some of these whoppers originate. It’s a different world than our privileged American existence.

  • Anoria:

    “to wish you everything you deserve” was the most perfect ending imaginable.
    Thanks for the entertaining read, and for the knowledge that one of these scammers had to waste several hours of his life taking such pains to reply to you.

    • The Marlboro Woman:

      I’m laughing so hard tears are rolling down my cheeks.

  • Caroline:

    I would LOVE to reply back to these idiots, but I am so worried they would send some attached virus to my computer or something. I’m even scared to open their emails.

    Did the guy ever respond back to you after you emailed him the findings of your “research”? lol

    • Charles:

      Oh, yes. We’re still corresponding. I’ll let the e-mails accumulate for a bit and then post an update.

  • Robbyn:

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! Oh this was such a cathartic read! Priceless!!! I get these spams all the time. They usually begin with something along the lines of “hello dearest”

    Classic, Charles!!! :)

  • Marie:

    Robbyn is right—this is priceless! I’ve received one of these and could not believe some people buy this crap.

  • FL LIz:

    PERFECT ! Thanks for making my morning. Well done Dear Charles. (still laughing at ‘fleecing’)

  • CD:

    OMG I Love you! I cannot remember what it’s called when people correspond back and forth with these scammers, but there is a name for it. It’s quite a time consumer for you, I’m sure, but thank you!!! My heart goes out to the people who have actually gotten sucked in, but hey – they “guy” is proposing fraudulent activity so…

    • jalf:

      You may be thinking of scambaiting?

      http://www.419eater.com/html/letters.htm has plenty of excellent examples.

      • CD:

        Yes, that is it! I got sucked into that site for what seemed like hours when I first heard of it. I don’t think I’d be clever or witty enough to correspond, but I freakin’ love it when people do! Thanks for the link, must bookmark for another day when I can afford the time-suck. :)

  • Mindy:

    Fricking hilarious. He just keeps trying to reel you in even though you’re obviously onto his scam. I’m interested to see the next installment of your correspondence!

    I just watched an ‘Intervention’ the other day where a guy had lost everything sending money to these foreign thieves. So it does still happen, greed makes people stupid. Or maybe it was the Oxycontin that was making him stupid. *shrugs*

    • My mama always told me, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

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