Sometimes I just cannot get over how lucky I am. You may recall that last year I was the recipient of good fortune and was given a small fortune. It seems that lightning strikes twice. Earlier today I received the following letter:
FROM .SHOLA RHODES ,AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT.FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPT.FINANCIAL BANK.LOME TOGO.Email:firstname.lastname@example.orgTEL: +228-939-90-66.Dear Jack’s ShackI am MR.SHOLA RHODES,one of the Directors in charge ofAuditing and Accounting section InternationalCommercial Bank in West Africa and also Chairman ofInvestigating and Auditing Department of this Bank.With due respect and regard, I have decided to contactyou on a Business Transaction that will be verybeneficial to both of us and our families in future.During our Investigation and Auditing in this Bank, mydepartment came across a very huge sum of moneybelonging to one Deceased Mr.Larry Baldridge Jr,ofFairbanks, Alaska America who died on January 31st2000 with Alaska Airlines Flight 261.You can as wellconfirm it by yourself through under stated Website ofthe incidenthttp://www.cnn.com/2000/US/02/01/alaska.airlines.list/and if you want to know more about the man himself,you can checkhttp://www.nativefederation.org/history/people/mThompson.htmlAs the fund has been dormant in his account with thisBank without any claim of the fund in our custodyeither from his family or relationbecause he did not indicate any next of kin to thisaccount incase of death such as these.Although personally, I keep this information secretwithin myself and partners to enable the whole plansand idea be profitable and successful during the timeof execution.The said amount is U.S $12.5m (TwelveFive Million, five hundred thousand United StatesDollars).As it may interest you to know, I got yourimpressive data or information through internetexplorer web site where you registered your namewith all your information.Meanwhile as a Senior Staff in this bank, and theDirector of Auditing and Accounting section, I have inmy possession all the necessary documents to perfectthis deal by making you the bonafide next ofkin/Partner whom this money will be transferred intoyour account.I need your assistance and co-operationto get this deal done.Because as a foreigner, youstand a better position to be presented throughdocumentation as the next of kin/Partner since thedeceased is also a foreigner,this is the reason why Icould not do this deal alone as a Togolise and aBlackman as well.I will not fail to inform you thatthis transaction is 100% risk free.On smooth Conclusion of this transaction, you will beentitled to 35% of the total sum as ratification,while1% will be set aside to take care of expenses that mayarise during the time of transfer and also telephonebills, while 64% will be for me and my partners.Please, you have been advised to keep this “TopSecret” as we are still in service and intend toretire from service after we conclude this deal withyou.And I assure you that this transaction will not lastmore than 10 working days and you confirm the money inyour account.I will be monitoring the whole situationhere in this bank until you confirm the money in youraccount. And ask us to come down to your country forsubsequent sharing of the fund according topercentages previously indicated and furtherinvestment,either in your country or any country youadvice us to invest in.All other necessary vital information will be sent toyou when I hear from you.I suggest you get back to meas soon as possible stating your wish in this deal.Iam expecting your urgent reply as soon as you receivethis message,God bless you.YOURS FAITHFULLY,
NB:please reply through this email:email@example.com
I contacted Mr. Rhodes and asked him what he needed and received the following reply.
Dear Jack Shack
It was a great pleasure seeing your response to the
mail I sent to you. I want to let you know that I have
concluded to work with you in this issue hoping that
both of us will be able to work together in truth and
in spirit. I will now give you more comprehensive
details as regards to this issue but before I do that,
I will tell you more about myself.
I am Mr. Shola Rhodes, I live on no. 21 Ogui De caise
off Fiano Kossi Lome-Togo. I am married to a lovely
wife and blessed with two children,one boy and
a girl. My wife Mrs Kechi Rhodes is a nurse and works
with the General Hosipital here in Lome.
Please understand that there is no atom of risk
invloved in this transaction because
I'm one of the Directors in charge of Auditing and
Accounting section International Commercial Bank in
West Africa and also Chairman of Investigating and
Auditing Department of this Bank.
whosoever that forward the informations to the bank
that will be approved as his legitimate next of kin.
My major concern is that you in return should not
double-cross me at the conclusion of this transaction
based on the fact that the bank will deal directly
with you but I will always be there to give you
instruction on what to do or say at any given time
until the conclusion of this transaction.
What I am asking you do is to stand as next of kin to
Mr.Larry Baldridge Jr and put claims to the fund he
left behind with the FINANCIAL Bank Lome-Togo
instructing them to release and re-transfer the fund
into your nominated account immediately.
On the reciept of your next mail indicating your
sincere willingness to work with me, I will
immediately forward the informations you in other to
forward it the bank as a relative and next of kin to
Deceased person Mr.Larry Baldridge Jr.
Be advised that as soon as this is done, I will send
to you a specimen of the text of application letter
which you will retype and send to the bank puting
claims to the fund.
It is very important that you call me on my direct
line +228-939-90-66 for further discussion and I will
also appreciate if you will include your telephone Fax
numbers in your next mail so that I can always reach
you as will.
This is the reason why I could not do this deal alone
as a Togolise and a Blackman as well.I will not fail
to inform you that this transaction is 100% risk free
On smooth Conclusion of this transaction, you will be
entitled to 35% of the total sum as ratification,while
1% will be set aside to take care of expenses that may
arise during the time of transfer and also telephone
bills, while 64% will be for me and my partners.
Please, you have been advised to keep this "Top
Secret" as we are still in service and intend to
retire from service after we conclude this deal with
And I assure you that this transaction will not last
more than 10 working days and you confirm the money in
your account And ask us to come down to your country
for subsequent sharing of the fund according to
percentages previously indicated and further
investment,either in your country or any country you
advice us to invest in.I wait your urgent response.
Best regards in anticipation of your co-operation.
I am sending the following response:
Dear Mr. Rhodes,
I too was very pleased to see your response and quite excited to help you in this matter. I think that the best way to handle this is to send your correspondence to me via post to my family business. My uncle J.Edgar has the perfect placea as he is the owner of the company. Please send all materials to:
Mr. Jack Beh-Nim-Blay
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
As they say in cleveland, I will await reception of these materials with baited breath and a worm on the hook.
Most sincerely yours,