The scam lives on
October 3, 2015 | For several years a popular internet scam involved a "Nigerian prince" who was trying to get his money out of the country and who just needed a little help from gullible friends.
Well, the prince is back, but this time in the guise of a Spanish banker who just needs a little help from his gullible friends to save his dearly-departed friend's (the banker's) money from the rapacious directors of his bank who would fain line their own pockets with said dearly-departed friend's money.
As a scam, it fits perfectly with the building rage against bankers. After all, who could argue with depriving bankers of ill-gotten gain?
Here's the pitch:
BANCO COOPERATIVO ESPAÑOL, S.A.
Calle la Virgen de los Peligros,
4,28013 Madrid, Spain
Te: +34 6319 397 27
Fax: +34 917 423 000
October 1, 2015.
My name is Mr Fabian Antonio, a Bank officer here in Spain. One Mr. Frank, a citizen of your country and Crude Oil dealer who has the same surname as yours made a fixed deposit with my bank in 2008 for 108 calendar months, valued at US $35,500,000.00 (Thirty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) the due date for this deposit contract was last 22nd of April 2014. Sadly Frank was among the death victims in the July 26, 2013 train crash disaster in north-west Spain that killed over 79 people. He was in Spain on a business trip and that was how he met his untimely end.
My bank management is yet to know about his death, I knew about it because he was my friend and I am his Account Officer. Frank did not mention any Next of Kin/ Heir when the account was opened, he was not married and no children.
Last week my Bank Management requested that Frank should give instructions on what to do about his funds, if to renew the contract.
I know this will happen and that is why I have been looking for a means to handle the situation, because if my Bank Directors happens to know that Frank is dead and do not have any Heir, they will take the funds for their personal use, so I don't want such to happen. That is why I am seeking your co-operation to present you as the Next of Kin/ Heir to the account, since you are a foreigner and my bank head quarters will release the account to you.
There is no risk involved; the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect us from any breach of law. It is better that we claim the money, than allowing the Bank Directors to take it, they are rich already. I am not a greedy person, so I am suggesting we share the funds in this ratio, 50/50%, equal sharing.
If this business proposal offends your moral ethics, do accept my sincere apology but if on the contrary you wish to achieve this goal with me, please kindly contact me with your interest and please do treat this information highly confidential. We shall go over the details once I receive your urgent response.+34 6319 397 27, fax +34 917 423 000 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a nice day. Anticipating your communication.
Thank you and God bless. PLEASE TREAT AS TOP SECRET.
Mr Fabian Antonio.
Audit And Accounting Manager
Banco Cooperativo Español, S.A
Of course there's no risk; it's a "legitimate arrangement" that will protect against "any breach of law." Right!
Come to think of it, this is something Senator Elizabeth Warren could really sink her teeth into. She'd show those bankers what for!
Last updated on Apr 29, 2016