At first blush, the note below does not offer much different from what we’ve seen before. There’s an alleged dead guy, his busting-at-the seams bank account that’s been unclaimed, a desire to get me to stand in as his “rightful beneficiary,” a request for my grammatically incorrect “optimum honesty cooperation,” and of course, a demand that I “handle this information with utmost secrecy.”
We’ve all seen that before, right?
What made me giggle though was this line: “Please, there is no risk involved.”
No, of course not. No risk at all.
It immediately triggered this scene from “The Naked Gun,” and is the singular reason I’m posting this today. Now, I have to somehow extricate myself from watching more YouTube clips from this film which still cracks me up to this day.
Take care and just hit delete. Feel free to laugh first.
From: Mr Gerald Magoro. [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, April 06, 2014 10:07 AM
Subject: WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU
How are you? I have been in search of someone to introduce this transfer investment to and it is my pleasure to seek for your business assistance.
In the year 2007, One Late Dr. Curtis, had a fixed deposit with my bank for 36 calendar months, valued Eight million, four hundred thousand US dollars only (USD8.400,000,00) the due date for this deposit contract was 11 December, 2010. Sadly, Dr. Curtis was in Libya on a business trip and that was how he met his end, I have carried out various inquiries to locate any of his client and extended relatives but this has proved unsuccessful. Since the demise of this our customer, who was a seasoned oil Merchant/contractor. I have kept a close watch of the deposit records and accounts and since then no body has come to claim the said money as next of kin.
I hereby write in regards to this effect to have you stand as the rightful beneficiary to Late Dr. Curtis so that the fund will be claimed and transferred into your designated bank account before my bank declare the total fund unserviceable and confiscate it. Because last week my Bank Management requested that I should give instructions on what to do about his funds.
Please, there is no risk involved, the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and I from any breach of law.
I immensely request for your optimum honesty cooperation and let me know your mind on this, and please do handle this information with utmost secrecy. We shall go over the details once I receive your urgent response, through my private email:email@example.com
Anticipating your communication and God bless you.
Agricultural Development Bank, Ghana Limited