Maha Saliou and Zahid Al Fahim (scam alert)

Scammers often take advantage of current events — wars, natural disasters, plane crashes, and the like — to construct “next of kin” scams. They present themselves as bank officials who have discovered abandoned bank accounts, left behind by people who have died in tragic circumstances without legitimate heirs. If you would agree to pose as the deceased account holder’s next of kin, then you can get a percentage of these abandoned funds!

But of course it’s all a scam designed to pick your pocket: there really is no abandoned account, and no real bank official. There are only scammers ready to take advantage of you.

from: MR.Maha Saliou (
date: Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 5:54 AM


Greetings and compliments of the season,

I am making this proposal to you based on my conviction that you will be capable of championing this business cause.

In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $9.2m US dollars ( NineMilliontwo hundred Thousand US Dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer, late Mr. Zahid Al Fahim an Afghanistan who died along with his entire family in an American bomb attack on the city of Kandahar, Afghanistan in the year 2004.

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin, business partner or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately I learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him during the bomb attack leaving nobody behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and I don’t want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.

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 account as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.

I wish to inform you that 40% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account, while the remaining 60% would be for me. Thereafter 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, business partner or next of kinto the deceased customer.So if you are willing to champion this business with me,Send me the following information’s so that we can proceed immediately.

Your Full Names…
Age ………………….
Marrital Status….
Personal Phone No…..
Home Phone No…
Personal Fax No….
Private Email Id …..

Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email 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 atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer.

You should contact me immediately you receive this mail.Please reply through my

Trusting to hear from you immediately.

Yours faithfully,

00226 78 43 83 64

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Senator Ben and Barr. Tony Williams

There’s a lot of sufferness in the world, and Senator Ben (perhaps a friend of President Bob?) wants to help relieve it. You’d think Senators and Barristers might be onto something important, but alas, it’s just another scam. They keep the source of the supposed funds secret, perhaps as a way to catch their victim’s imagination: “Maybe this money really is mine, and I just don’t remember.”

date: Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 8:07 AM
subject: $1.200,000.00 Bank Cashier Check

Dear Friend,

I’m happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from GERMANY. Presently Im in GERMANY for an investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile, I didn’t forget your past efforts and attempts in getting the fund transfer into your Bank Account but it failed us some how,

Now contact my secretary in COTONOU,BENIN REPUBLIC,his name is Barr.TONY WILLIAMS via E-mailAddress;( number: +229-93073801, ask him to send you the total sum of $1.200,000.00 Bank Cashier Check, which I kept for your compensation for all your past efforts and attempts in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much, So feel free and get in touch with my secretary (Barr.TONY WILLIAMS) and tell him where to send your Bank Cashier Check of the said amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at that time.In the moment, Im very busy here in GERMANY because of the investment projects which I and the new partner are having at hand. finally,remember that I have forwarded instructions to my secretary on your behalf to receive the Bank Cashier check.

So feel free to get in touch with him, he will send the Bank Cashier Check amount to you without any delay. Take care of yourself i hope to meet you soon.

With Best Regards.


Ben Guei, Western Union Transfers

This scam takes a clever approach I hadn’t seen before in this particular form. The sender tells you money is waiting to be transfered to you via Western Union, but he is leaving town. You are instructed to contact Western Union and give them the passwords provided, and your money will be released. Of course it’s all a scam: the contact address isn’t Western Union, it’s the scammer. If you try to follow up you’ll be told that “transfer fees” or “exchange taxes” have to be paid first, and if you’re foolish enough to pay, the scammer will vanish with your money, never to be heard from again.

from: Ben Guei (
date: Sep 01, 2009 at 4:52 PM
subject: YOUR WU MCTN

Good day,

I was instructed by my boss to send you these Western Union information for you to be able to receive part of the fund that was supposed to be transferred to your account.

Senders Names: Ben Guei.
Senders Country: Cote D’Voire
MTCN: #6565652232
Amount Sent: $1520 USD.
Text Question: color
Text Answer: green

Senders Names: Ben Guei.
Senders Country: Cote D’Voire
MTCN: #8326456707
Amount Sent: $2540 USD.
Text Question: color
Text Answer: green

Senders Names: Ben Guei.
Senders Country: Cote D’Voire.
MTCN: #8238511109
Amount Sent: $3930 USD.
Text Question: color
Text Answer: green

Senders Names: Ben Guei.
Senders Country: Cote D’Voire.
MTCN: #8657238520
Amount Sent: $5270 USD.
Text Question: color
Text Answer: green

I am out of town and I will not be back until 13th of December 2009. Just go to any Western Union out-let close to you and collect the money and incase you have any problem kindly contact the Western Union agent at the e-mail below for help Email:

Note: I will not be able to respond to your email, if you have any problem contact the Western Union agent via the information above.

Ben Guei

Ben Aitua and His Fortune

Ben Aitua’s late father happens to be deceased, having been killed by a tsunami. The fortune he left to Ben is trapped, and only you can help release it. This is no joke! Nope, it’s a scam.

From: ben aitua
Date: Sep 13, 2005 5:59 PM

Attention Dear Sir,

I am most sorry to intrude onto you like this. I am BEN the son of the late MR AITUA who hapen to be deceased. My late dad was a wealthy industrialist who is among the victims of the tsunami disaster at Asia.

he left a furtune for me at a finance company the sum of $5million dollars hidden in as consignment for investment purpose but now he is no more and i have no way of getting this funds alone so i sincerely need a sole outside partner who can assist me to retrieve this deposited funds. This was what my father told the finance company and they need the partner to contact them, of which without this they will not elease the consignment to me.

Please understand that this is no joke as i am serious. I propose to give you 25% from this funds if eventually you succeed in retrieving the funds for me.i have the proof of the existence of the funds in at the finance company where it is. Please contact me at your earliest convinent time for more details. I thank you for your humble commited mind to help me.

Best regards,