ABSA Private Bank

Below is the letter I received today. I had to post this to let those who would otherwise fall for it, know it’s a scam. Actually, I get tons of these scam emails, but for some reason, I felt compelled to post.


Absa Bank Limited/Beperk,
Reg No 1986/004794/06
Trading/Handeldrywend as ABSA Private Bank
62 Empire Road Parktown 2193
P.0.Box 6005
Johannesburg 2000.

I am Dr. Clement Peters, a Deputy Chief Executive of Amalgamated Bank of
South Africa (ABSA PRIVATE BANK) this BANK is also a correspondant of London
international branch,HSBC Bank,Plc.Level 26, 8 Canada Square LONDON. I am
writing following an opportunity in my office that will be of immense benefit to
both of us.

In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of 9.2 Million British
Pounds Sterling (Nine Million Two Hundred Thousand British Pounds) in an account
that belongs to one of our foreign customers Late Mr. Morris Thompson an
American who unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines
Flight 261 which crashed on January 31 2000, including his wife and only
daughter. You shall read more about the crash on visiting this site indicated
below for more clarifications.


Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of
kin or relatives to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it
unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking guidelines / regulations. Unfortunately I learnt that
his supposed next of kin being his only daughter died along with him in the
plane crash leaving nobody with the knowledge of this fund behind for the claim.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I and two other officials in this
department now decided to make business with you and release the money to you as
the next of kin or beneficiary of the funds for safe keeping and investment.
Since nobody is coming for these funds and we don’t want this money to go back
into Government treasury as unclaimed bill. The banking law and guidelines in
South Africa stipulates that such money after five years will be transferred
into banking treasury as unclaimed funds.

We agreed that 25% of this money will be for you if you assist us in claiming
this fund, while the balance will be for my colleagues and I. Note that this
transaction is confidential and risk free. As soon as you receive this mail you
should contact me through my e-mail address
( clempeters@netscape.net ) for further details.

Please note that all necessary arrangement for the smooth release of these
funds to you as has been finalised and this fund is not linked to scam and its
alikes. Upon the receipt of your response to assist I will be able to put you in
a clearer picture of what next to do. Do bear in mind if this transaction does
not interest, please discard this e-mail and do not use it against me as what I
am doing will risk me of my job I have laboured for years if exposed. I crave
your indulgence to make this a top most secret.

Best Regards,
Dr Clement R. Peters

14 replies
  1. tatiana repin says:

    hi i want to know if Mrs.Christina Cliff is working in your bank, she works inInternational Peittance Department

  2. Dominick says:

    I almost fell for one worth $1.95 M. The Global Mega Lottery S africa/InternationalProgrammer held on 1/2/2010. I went tthriugh the all the emails with a Charles Baloyi. I went as far as to getting ready for them to send the money to my account. I was leary, so I went to a bank and asked about setting up an empty acc. to receive this money. I also had them check up on this South African Reserve Bank and and the ABSA bank. They told me it was a Scam and even if I set up an empty Acc. They would still find ways to get money out of it and over draw the Account and I would be liable for this money and they could attach other money I had in other Accounts in other banks. These peole are praying those who wish they could win a Mil. and the fleesing them for all there worth and the some.
    I feel sorry for those honest people who have been taken in by these Scams. There should be a way of reverseng these fraudulent stings and getting rid of these criminals. Thay also put a bad rap on those bands here inthe USA and in South Africa they say they represent.


  3. Ramya says:

    Hey recently I got a mail from DR JAMES CROSS saying that I won a lottery and I was also provided with CERTIFICATE, saying that it was an E-mail address ballot lottery draw of the SOUTH AFRICA WORLD CUP 2010 FREE LOTTERY program, which took place on the 4TH SEPTEMBER 2009,and that I have been approved for a total payout of USD$ 850,000.00,
    please let me know if there is any such thing connected with the bank ABSA,
    after reading the above comments I lost hope ,please suggest.

  4. leon says:


    im worried if you work for absa…

    the last time i check absa is the abbreviation for amalgamated banks of south africa, a merger between 4 south african banks, being trust bank, volkskas, united and allied.

    african bank of south africa…? good luck


  5. Ali says:

    Hey i want to show all the attach certificate he have mail me. He is very clever . Please tell me how i can show you all the fake certificate.
    I am waiting friends, tell me how.

  6. Ali says:

    Hey be very careful about this Dr. Desmond Botha.He mail me and tell me that I won a lottery,he is very professional in his work.Actually .when I am writting this to you ,at this very moment he is calling me on my mobile that I have to pay 350 dollar so that he can transfer the fund to me. He also provide you his identity card and your certificate that you a the winner.Even that you are insured from theft. And he is telling me that he is tha Managing director of ABSA (African Bank of South Africa).
    He is very professional.Take care.

    Hey brothers and sisters from all over the world don’t fall into it.

  7. Laetitia says:

    I work for Absa Private Bank. I am shocked to read this letter and how common it is on the web.

    ABSA (African Bank of South Africa) bank is a registered bank in South Africa, respected for its high morals and values. If any person should contact you with such a letter, please report them, they are commiting fraud. It is of my opinion, if you have not entered into a formal competition of the bank, you will not win some random prize.

    Please if you should know of any more incidents, please report it.



  9. Navneet says:

    I am such an Idiot, I sent in photo copies of my passport and my checkbook to them. What can I do now, and what all can they do with that information??

  10. Silvina says:

    Hello I have received an E mail about a Coca Cola lottery prize saying that I have won 2 million dollars .Please, be extremely careful about the following names Dr. Desmond Botha, Peter Scott, Patricia Atkins and ABSA Bank of South Africa.They even answer the phone numbers and instruct you to give personal information and try to collect money from you in order to transfer the prize money to your account.BE CAREFUL!!!

  11. Veronica says:

    hello, i have been recieving these emails lately and of course there is a big “duh” when i read these. Why do they even bother sending these, i recieved one from a supposedly “Mary Dube” and one from a ” Frank Malanga” similar to the one posted above. Besides only really greedy people fall for this load poopy. Is there really such thing as e-mail lottery? And what does ABSA stand for anyway?

  12. iulia says:

    hi,my name is julia and i am from spain..i think they ABSA Private Bank tried to scam me 2..i started receiving emails about some money i won on the loterry..i received different email from different adresses..i even called one of the numbers to see what was all about :D i think it was just another try to scam people..although it might work..i almost fall for it :(
    “Desmond Botha”
    Be extremely careful about ABSA Private Bank!

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