This is a classic example of the old “abandoned bank account scam.” If you learn to recognize the usual components you can avoid getting caught in the fraudsters’ traps.
The person sending the message, “Madi Hamidou Madi,” claims to be a bank official who has discovered an abandoned account with money in it. (This is usually in a bank somewhere in Africa.) If you’ll just help him to get this money out of the country you can have a percentage. And after all, the money is abandoned, so we’re not really hurting anyone, right?
Unfortunately there is really no abandoned bank account and no deceased bank customer. There’s only a scammer running an advance fee fraud who is trying to pick your pocket.
date: Thu, 10 Sep 15
subject: Personal Invitations
from: “Mr. Madi Hamidou Madi” email@example.com
My names are:Mr. Madi Hamidou Madi, a banker in one of the banks in my country Burkina Faso in African.I Hoped that you will not expose or betray this trust and confident that i am about to repose on you for the mutual benefit of our both families.I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of $ 5 million U.S dollars ( Five million U.S dollars) into your account.The money has been dormant for yearas in our Bank here without any body coming for it.I want to release the money to you as the nearest person to our deceased customer(the owner of the account)who died a long witah his supposed next of kin few years ago.I don’t want the money to go into our Bank treasury account as unclaimed fund. So this is the reason why i contacted you, so that we will release the money to you as the nearest person to the deceased customer.Please I would like you to keep this proposal as a top secret or delete it from your mail box ,if you are not interested. Urgent reply e-mail address is (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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