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Next of Kin Scams

If you receive an unsolicited e-mail seeking you to be presented as the next of kin or heir of a large fortune from someone you never heard of (especially if that person resides overseas), don't believe it.  See example below.  This is almost certainly a scam where you will be asked to pay some type of fee before you can claim the money or you will be presented with a phony check and asked to return a share.  Don't be fooled by official looking documents as scammers make a living forging these things. If you get such an e-mail or letter that is similar to one in our collection, you should delete it.  Do not give out personal information such as bank account information.  NEVER pay any fees of any kind. You may want to check out other pages or websites to learn more.

Your Urgent Response Is Needed.

Monday, May 7, 2007 8:56 PM From: "Jeeles Ouadrago" <>

Dear Friend,

I can't imagine how you will feel receiving a sudden business letter from a remote country in far away Burkina Faso west africa and probably from some one you have not closely related with. But all the same, i believe we do not need to be of blood relatives before we can establish cordial/business relationship. Having said this, i think it is very important at this juncture to introduce myself to you. I am Mr Jeeles Ouadrago the director in charge of Auditing and Accounting section of Bank of Africa(BOA) Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso west africa. It is my pleasure to solicit your assistance in this business proposal. I am contacting you because, i do not want to transact the business with anybody who is known to any staff of this bank or anybody around here to avoid any possible blackmail or leakage at the end of the transaction.

The Proposal:During our investigation and auditing in this Bank,i came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person who died on 25 july 2000,in a plane crash and the fund has been dormant in his account with this bank without any claim of the fund in our custody either from his family or relation before our discovery to this development.the said amount was US$7.5m (Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) as it may interest you to know, meanwhile all the whole arrangement to put claim over this fund as the bonafide next of kin to the deceased, get the required approval and transfer this money to a foreign account has been put in place and directives and needed information will be related to you as soon as you indicate your interest and willingness to assist me and also benefit your self to this great business opportunity. In fact i could have done this deal alone but because of my position in this country as a civil servant(a banker),we are not allowed to opperate a foreign account and would eventually raise an eye brow on my side during the time of transfer because i work in this bank.

This is the actual reason why it will require a second party or fellow who will forward claims as the next of kin with affidavit of trust of oath to the bank and also present a foreign account where he will need the money to be re-transferred into on his request as it may be after due verification and clarification by the correspondent branch of the bank where the whole money will be remitted from to your own designation bank account.

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 40% of the total sum as gratification, while 5% will be set aside to take care of expenses that may arise during the time of transfer and also telephone bills, while 55% will be for me. Please, you have been adviced to keep "top secret" as i am still in service and intend to retire from service after we conclude this deal with you.

I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm the money in your account and ask me 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 me to invest in. All other necessary vital information will be sent to you when i hear from you. you could always get me on this my direct mobile number:00226 7608 6064.waiting for your call.I look forward to receive your immediate response. Yours Faithfully, Mr Jeeles Ouadrago

Other Next of Kin Scams examples can be found on the following pages:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26



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