Susan Shabangu, Public Works Minister (Scam Alert)

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It’s amazing how senior government officials in Africa are always asking for your help, isn’t it? “Susan Shabangu” wants your assistance in spiriting away a vast sum of money her late husband hid in a secret account. Of course the real Susan Shabangu — an actual South African government official — doesn’t know anything about this. A scammer has just stolen her name to advance his own scheme. If you take the bait you’ll soon discover that “fees” and “bribes” will have to be paid in order to advance the transaction, and once the scammer has your money in his pocket he’ll disappear, never to be heard from again.

From: susan_sh
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 05 12:20:38 W. Central Africa Standard Time
Subject: Urgent & Confidential


After due deliberation with my children, I decided to contact you for your assistance in standing as a beneficiary to the sum of US30.5M Thirty Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) First, let me start by introducing myself as Mrs. Susan Shabangu, a mother of three children and the Minister of Public Works in South African Government (17 June 1999) to date under the auspices of the President of South Africa MR THABO MBEKI. You can view my profile at my website:


After the swearing in ceremony making me the Minister of Public Works in South African Government (17 June 1999), my husband Mr Ndelebe Shabangu died while he was on an official trip to Trinidad and Tobago in 1996. After his death, I discovered that he had some funds in a Dollar account which amounted to the sum of US$30.5M with a Bank here in South Africa. This fund emanated as a result of an over-invoiced contract which he executed with the Government of South Africa. Though I assisted him in getting this contract but I never knew that it was over-invoiced by him.

I am afraid that the government of South Africa might start to investigate on contracts awarded from 1990 to date. If they discover this money in his bank account, they will confiscate it and seize his assets here in South Africa and this will definetely affect my political career in Government.

I want your assistance in opening a reliable online bank (preferably, cayman Island) through my Attorney so that this fund could be moved out of this place without any hitch. As soon as the fund is cleared from this place, you are expected to move it immediately into another personal bank account in your country.

I will see to it that the account is not traced from South Africa. As soon as you have confirmed the fund into your account, I will send my eldest son with my Attorney to come to your country to discuss on business investments.


For your assistance, I am offering you 10% of the principal sum which amounts to US$3,050.000.00 (Three million and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars Only) However, you have to assure me and also be ready to go into agreement with me that you will not elope with my fund. If you agree to my terms, kindly as a matter of urgency send me an email.

Due to my sensitive position in the South African Government, I would not want you to CALL me on phone or send a fax to me. All correspondents must be by above mail address.

If you want to speak with my Attorney, that is fine and okay by me. His chambers will be representing my interest at the bank. All correspondence must be made either to my Attorney or send me an email.

I will also like you to give me your contact address,telephone and fax to enable my Attorney call or reach you from time to time.

Please I do not need to remind you of the need for absolute Confidentiality if this transaction must succeed. YOU MUST NOT CALL ME!

If you do not feel comfortable with this transaction, do not hesitate to discontinue and please do not let me out to the international media as I am giving you this information in total trust and confidence.

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation and my regards to your family.

Yours Faithfully,


Mr. Irvin Poot, Tsunami Victim (Scam Alert)

Following the tragic Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 a flood (!) of scam letters began circulating that spun their stories around this disaster. Most are standard next-of-kin scams. In this example a banker is said to have found an abandoned account that belonged to a tsunami victim and needs help from you (yes you, sucker) to get this money out of the country. Alas, there really is no cash-filled account; there’s just a scammer trying to pick your pocket.

From: “Mr. Joseph Chau”
Subject: Urgent Response.
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2005 14:37:19 +0200

Mr Chau Joseph.
76 Tsim Sha Tsuil,
Hong Kong.

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Joseph Chau of Investment Banking, Union Bank Of China. On July 6, 2004, our client Mr. Irvin poot, a businessman, made a numbered fixed deposit for 6 (six) calendar months, with a value of US$20.5m only in my branch. Upon maturity several notice was sent to him and no response came from him. Another notification was sent early February and still no response came from him. The Bank officially sent two-man delegate to his residence in Malaysia were he reside only to find out that the business mogul and his family perished in the Tsunami disaster.

After further investigations, it was also discovered that Mr. Irvin Poot did not declare any next of kin in his official papers, including the paper work of his bank deposit. And he also confided in me the last time he visited my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. So, Twenty million, Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars is still lying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it.

According to the laws of my country, at the expiration of one year (1 year) the funds will revert to the ownership of Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Mr. Irvin Poot to enable you receive the funds. Lets put heads together to see how we can transfer these funds out of Hong Kong and use it judiciously.

I have contacted an Attorney that will prepare the necessary document that will back you up as the next of kin to Mr. Irvin Poot, all that is require from you at this stage is for you to provide me with your full names and Address including your direct phone and fax numbers for my Attorney to commence his job.

My Attorney will also file in for claims on your behalf and secure the necessary approval and letter of probate in your favor for the funds to be move to an account that will be provided by you. We are going to adopt a legalized method and the Attorney will prepare all the necessary documents and no risk involve.

Note that sharing percentage is negotiable by the two parties. Contact me on this email address with your full names, address, fax and telephone number ( if you are interested and more details will be provided to you about the Project.

Chau Joseph.

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Paul Jacobi, EgyptAir Flight 990 (Scam Alert)

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Every important plane crash gives rise to a flurry of scam letters that spin their stories around the tragedy. It seems that a passenger on EgyptAir Flight 990, which crashed in 1999, left behind millions in the bank, and if you will just pose as his next-of-kin, then “Miss Ibeh” will split the money with you. Alas, there’s really no abandoned account, and “Miss Ibeh” is just a scammer trying to separate you from your cash.

From: “T.Ibeh i”
Subject: how are you today,reply quick
Date: Sun, 04 Sep 2005 03:33:53 +0200


I am very sorry for the embarrasment this mail will cost you,for the fact that you didn’t know me for the first time, I really appologise for it. I am Miss Tochi Ibeh secretary in the office of the Director incharge account and audit dept of FIRST BANK OF NIGERIAN PLC I am looking for a very reliable partner who would assist me in a mutually beneficial transaction. In this regard, I deem it imperative to contact you. During the audit exercise in our bank, it was discovered that a total sum of 25 million US dollars (EIGHTEEN million, Five Hundred Thousand US dollars) was abandoned in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers Dr. H. Paul Jacobi. who died in Egypt Air Flight 990 plane crash of 31st october 1999. No body was recovered from the crash incident.

This is the website.

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of Kin to come over and claim his money because the money cannot be release unless somebody applies for it as next of Kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking and financial policies but unfortunately we learnt that his supposed next of kin or relation died along side with him in the accident leaving no body behind to claim the money. It is therefore upon this discovery that I and other officials in my department now decided to make this business proposal to you and for you to stand as his next of kin so that the money will be tranfferred to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and bsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we dont want this money to go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed bills. The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after five years, The money will be transferred into the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The request for a foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and an indigene cannot stand as next of kin to the deceased family. We agreed that 20% of this money will be for you as foreign partner,in respect to the provision of a foreign account, 5% will be set aside for expenses incurred during this transaction and 75 % would be for me and my colleagues.

There after my colleagues and I will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated. Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged, you must apply first to the Bank as relation or next of kin of the deceased indicating your private, telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and location where the money will be remitted, Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or e-mail the text of the application. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any fear as all required arrangements have been made for thetransfer. You should contact me on my e-mail as soon as you receive this letter.

I decided to contact you as you have products of interest in your part of the world where we can invest our own percentage to avoid peoples awareness as we are civil servants. We can conclude this operation within ten banking days.

Please keep this very confidential. Contact me for more information, all confirmable before you apply if you want. May God be with you. Trusting to hear from you shortly for a detailed information which are confirmable before you can make up your mind to apply.

Yours faithfully


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Peter Kwaku, Commercial Bank (Scam Alert)

This is a standard bank transfer scam. If you take the bait from “Peter Kwaku” you’ll discover that “taxes” and “customs fees” will have to be paid before the money can be transferred, and once “Peter” has your cash in his hands he’ll disappear, never to be heard from again.

From: “Mr. Peter Kwaku”
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2005 14:41:59 -0700
Subject: Your Advice ( From Peter ) Reply

From: The Manager,
International Commercial Bank Ghana
First Light Branch
Accra, Ghana.

Dear Friend,

I got your contact during my search on the Internet. My name is Mr. Peter Kwaku. I am the manager of the International Commercial Bank Ghana, First Light Branch. I am a Ghanaian married with two kids.

I am writing to solicit your assistance in the transfer of US$ 3,550.000.00. This fund is the excess of what my branch in which I am manger made as profit during the last year. I have already submitted an approved End of the Year report for the year 2004 to my Head Office here in Accra and they will never know of this Excess. I have since then, placed this amount of US$ 3,550.000.00 on a SUSPENCE ACCOUNT without a beneficiary.

As an officer of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money thus I am impelled to request for your assistance to receive this money into your bank account. I intend to part 30% of this fund to you while 70% shall be for me. I do need to stress that there are practically no risk involved in this. It’s going to be a bank-to-bank transfer. All I need from you is to stand as the original depositor of this fund. You may reach me through:

If you accept this offer, I will appreciate your timely response.

With regards,

Peter Kwaku.

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Johnnie Walker Charity Foundation (Scam Warning)

This is a charitable-grant version of the usual advance fee fraud message, somewhat similar to lottery scam messages but with a noble purpose attached. You have just been selected to receive a fortune so you can do good in the world. Who could resist? Too bad it’s a scam.

Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2005 22:34:51 -0400
Subject: Re:From Johnnie Walker Trust Foundation

Executive Secretary,

Johnnie Walker Charity Foundation Heritage Trust,
23, Mangotsfield, BRISTOL, BS16 9JE,

Ref No: JWCF/765/2005/185
Batch No: 231-967-17-05

Dear Sir,

Notification of Cash Aid.

This is to notify you that you have been selected By the Board of Trustees of the above International charity organization based in the U.K to qualify for a Cash Grant/Donation for Business, Economic, social and Research developments in your community.

The Johnnie Walker Charity Foundation as established 184 years ago by the Walker family was conceived with the objective of Human Growth and Community development. In line with the 184 years anniversary program this year the Johnnie Walker foundation in conjunction with the British Council is giving out One Hundred Million United States Dollars as specific Donations/Grants to 75 lucky international recipients worldwide in different categories for Business development and Social upliftment of their various communities. These funds are freely given to enhance your business and community development.

Based on the random selection exercise of millions of Internet and Credit card users worldwide your name was selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of US$5,300,000 (Five million, Three Hundred thousand United States Dollars)as charity donations/aid from the Johnnie Walker Foundation in accordance with the enabling act of Parliament. Of the awarded Grant, USD$ (Three million United States Dollars) is earmarked for community development in your area of operation and USD$2.300.000.00 (Two million, three hundred thousand United States dollars) will be solely for business upliftment and growth.

You are required to Contact immediately the Executive Secretary below for pre qualification and processing of your claims. Please quote your reference No. and batch No. in all correspondence.

Mr. Peter Kline


Fax: +448701348808

Please note that this donations/Grants are administered by a British Bank and therefore subject to British Laws. On behalf of the Board kindly accept our warmest congratulations in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Ray Hart.
(Legal Secretary)

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