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 PRIVATE BANK
Absa Bank Limited/Beperk,
Reg No 1986/004794/06
Trading/Handeldrywend as ABSA Private Bank
62 Empire Road Parktown 2193
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
( firstname.lastname@example.org ) 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.
Dr Clement R. Peters