The Spanish Prisoner Strikes Again
So I’ve been on this internet thingy for quite some time. Not in the blogosphere, mind you, but just out there in general. And it’s taken this “quite some time” (I got my first e-mail address maybe eight or ten years ago) for me to finally get the spanish prisoner scammail that’s been going around about stashed money in Africa.
Now, I got it, not in the yahoo.com address I use for all spam-related things (the one I give Amazon, moveon.org etc.) but the address I set up especially for this blog roughly six weeks ago.
So I’ve been out here in the interweb for like eight years, but my new e-mail address (six weeks old) gets this:
Here’s the text, if you’ve never seen it before, it’s a hoot:
AFRICA INTERNATIONAL BANK PLC
PLEASE REPLY ME TO MY PRIVATE EMAIL
ATTN: Dear Sir,
STRICTLY A PRIVATE BUSINESS PROPOSAL
I am MR MOHAMMED SALA, The manager, Bills and Exchange at the Foreign
Remittance Department of AFRICA INTERNATIONAL BANK Plc. I am writing
this letter to ask for your support and co-operation to carry out this
business transaction in my department.
We discovered an abandoned sum of 14 million US dollars (Fourteen
million US dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign
customers who died along with his entire family of a wife and two children in
the Sept.11 2001 terrorist attack on america. Since we heard of his
death, we have been expecting his next-of-kin to come over and put claims
for his money as the heir, because we cannot release the fund from his
account unless "someone" applies for claim as the next-of-kin to the
deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.
Unfortunately,none of their family member nor distant relative has ever
appeared to claim the said fund. Upon this discovery, I and other
officials in my department have agreed to make business with you and release
the total amount into your account as the heir of the fund since no one
has come for it nor discovered he maintained an account with our bank,
otherwise the fund will be returned to the bank's treasury as unclaimed
We have agreed that our ratio of sharing will be as stated thus; 30%
for you as our foreign partner, 65 % will be for us the officials in my
department and 5 % for the settlement of all local and foreign expenses
incurred by us and you during the course of this business. Upon the
successful completion of this transaction,one of my colleagues and I will
come over to your country and mind our share. It is from our 65% that
we intend to import Agricultural Machineries into my country as a way of
recycling the fund. To commence this transaction, we urge you to
immediately register your interest by a return e-mail enclosing your private
contact telephone number, fax number, full names and address and also,
your designated bank coordinates to enable us file the letter of claim
to the appropriate departments for necessary approvals before the
transfer can be completed.
Note also,that this transaction must be kept STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL
because of its nature. I look forward to receiving your swift response.
MR MOHAMMED SALA.
Manager bills and Exchange
Foreign Remittance Dept.
AFRICA INTERNATIONAL BANK Plc
Tel:00221 663 4584