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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