This is a standard-form advance fee fraud message. There’s an over-invoiced account and money stashed in an anonymous bank account. If you claim to be the owner, we can get it out of the country and you can have a cut. Simple, yes? Simple for the scammer when he finishes picking your pocket, yes indeed.
from John Mensah firstname.lastname@example.org
date Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 9:12 PM
subject Acknowledge this mail
Pardon me for not having the pleasure of knowing your mindset before making you this offer as it is utterly confidential and genuine by virtue of its nature. I write to solicit your assistance in a funds transfer deal involving US$3.5M.
This fund has been stashed out of the excess profit made two years ago by my branch office the International Commercial Bank which I am the manager. I have already submitted an approved end of the year report for the year 2008 to my head office here in Accra-Ghana and they will never know of this excess. I have since then, placed this amount in a Non-Investment Account without a beneficiary.All fees as regards this transaction will be taken care by a financier and not you.So bear in mind that you are not asked to pay any fee so whatever.
Upon your response,I will configure your name on our database as holder of the Non-Investment Account.I will then guide you on how to apply to my head office for the Account Closure/ bank-to-bank remittance of the funds to your designated bank account.
If you concur with this proposal, I intend for you to retain 30% of the funds,10% for the financier while 60% shall be for me.
Mr. John Mensah.