It’s the old over-invoiced account scam again. A corrupt official has been skimming money from a variety of sources, and now wants your help getting the proceeds to safety. The script may be new, but the principle is the same: after you agree to help you’ll discover that “bribes” or “fees” have to be paid to grease the transaction, and once you’ve fronted that advance fee, the scammer will disappear, never to be heard from again.
from: Mr Dvis Benjamin firstname.lastname@example.org
date: Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 3:46 PM
subject: Ecowas Contract Awarded To You Please Answer Me.
Ecowas Contract Awarded To You Please Answer Me.
OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN
CONTRACT AWARDING COMMITTE
Attn.ACCOUNT PROVISION FOR USD10M.
I am Mr. Benjamin Davis, The Chairman, Contract Awarding Committee of the ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES (ECOWAS) We wish to transfer the sum of USD10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars only.)Into your personal or company bank account. This fund was a residue of the over invoiced contract bills awarded by us for the suppl y of ammunitions, hard/soft wares,phamaceauticals/medical items, light and heavy duty vehicles, apparels and other administrative logistics etc for the ECOMOG in Sierria-Leone and Liberia during the Peace Keeping Projects. The original contractors have been duly paid by the Guarantee Trust Bank . This balance is suspended in the escrow accounts awaiting claims by any foreign company of our choice. We intend to pay out this fund NOW as the organization is winding up its activities since the aim of returning PEACE to the Countries and the coasts have been achieved. Based on the laws and ethics of employment, we as civil servants working under this organization, are not allowed to operate a foreign account. This is the more reason why we needed your assistance to provide an account that can sustain this fund for safe keeping and our future investment with your comprehensive advice, assistance and partnership in your country. I will give you more details and procedures regards t o this deal as soon as I hear from you. Upon the receipt of my massage please get back to me through my private email address: email@example.com Thanks Mr. Benjamin Davis.