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    Long lost cousin, and $10.5 Million

    This was an interesting scam. This guy, pretending to be a lawyer from somewhere over seas, sent me this e-mail:
    (He had my real name because that was what my e-mail was registered to, but I don't know how he got it. This e-mail was sent to two of my accounts at the same time.)

    Dear *******,

    I am Barrister Pakute Ode , the Personal Attorney to a Foreign Contractor, who worked with a Multinational Oil Firm here in
    Lome-Togo republic .

    On the 31st Oct. 2003 , my client, a national of your country , late Engr. B. J. ********* , an oil Merchant / Contractor with the Federal Government of Togo , until his death few years ago, He died along with his entire family of a wife and two children in a ghastly Motor accident.

    Since then I have made several inquiries to Several Embassies to locate
    any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved nsuccessful.
    After these several unsuccessful attempts, That is why I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet, to locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist me in repatriating the money left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Bank where this huge deposits were lodged.

    Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at about US$10.5 Million has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin,relatives so that the fund left will be transferred or have the account confiscated within the next twenty one official working days.

    Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the the relatives for over over 2 years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$10.5 Million can be paid to you and then you and I can share this money.

    All I require is your honest and co-operation to enable us
    see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a
    legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
    I will want you to send to me on your return email the following information for the transfer in your favour.

    1, YOUR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS .
    2, OCCUPATION AND POSITION .
    3, DATE OF BIRTH .
    4, PRIVATE TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER .

    I will appreciate you please give me a short call on + 228 927 59 46 ( 011 228 927 59 46 for Canada/Usa only ) upon your receipt of this email so that i can properly explain to your understand all this transaction entails .

    I await your kind response, Good day and God bless.

    Regards,

    Barrister Pakute Ode . (Esq.)

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    I figured I would see what information I could get, and since he already had my name I gave him part of what he asked for. He sent me a reply right away with an "application" to send to a bank via an e-mail address on the form:

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    Dear ****** ,

    Thanks for your prompt response to my email , i have successfully open a file for you in my office and have present them to the bank Midwestern trust bank were the money was deposited . Below is a draft of application given to me from the bank , you are to complete the application and send them to the bank with the email address on the application . As soon as that is done the bank will process the appplication and we can get this fund .

    Once again , i will appreciate you please me a short call on my telephone number 011 228 927 59 46 , this will anable me explain to you and negotiate on our ratio of sharing . I have try tried several times to call you but cannot get through to the telephone numbers + 1 605-430-4607 which you have provided , i will be waiting to get your call .

    Complete the below application and send it to the bank with the email address on the application .
    ************************************************** ************************************************** **********


    THE DIRECTOR .
    MIDWESTERN TRUST BANK .
    LOME-TOGO .
    TEL : + 228 928 35 98 .
    FAX : + 228 222 18 48 .
    EMAIL : [email protected]

    REF : APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER
    Sir,

    I Mr. ****************** of (address) , hereby apply for the release and transfer of my fund deposited in your Bank by my late Cousin Mr. B. J. ********** , in the amount of 10,5 Million USD, with account numbers MTSB/2223594631-TG.

    Below are my informations;

    FULL NAMES :

    ADDRESS

    DATE OF BIRTH :

    NATIONALITY :

    OCCUPATION :

    TELEPHONE :

    MOBILE TELEPHONE :

    FAX :

    ACCOUNT INFORMATION :

    BANK NAME :

    BANK ADDRESS :

    ACCOUNT NUMBER :


    I shall be very gratefull for urgent response.
    Best regards,

    Mr. **************** .


    SIGNATURE :...................................

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    Anyways, I hope this post isn't too long, but it gives a number of things to watch out for in any scam. An e-mail registered to "inbox.com" obviously isn't a bank, and no bank would ever have you send account information via e-mail. If you want to know what e-mail address he was using, it is [email protected]. I just found this forum after being somewhat annoyed by this scam. If you didn't know, that information was all he would need to rip me off, that much can be used to create a paypal account for instance. Never give away sensitive info like that.
    Last edited by chubbyman25; 11-07-2005 at 07:18 PM. Reason: Added more info

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