I got the following email today. Looks like someone needs help trying to transfer money from a foreign account to the United States. I am so happy, I cannot believe they picked me!!! I get 35% of the money just for helping them out. What a quick and easy way to make money. YEAH RIGHT!!! How in the heck did they find me out of all the people in the country to help them out. They are just waiting for me to send them my bank info so they can clean me out. What a bunch of idiots thinking that I or anyone will fall for this. Well at least I hope no one has fallen for this scam. Anyway, the email is below. Read it and be sure to watch for anyone trying to scam you out of your hard earned money. I have put the parts I find amusing in bold.


ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT
ECO INTERNATIONAL BANK PLC
PLOT 2, AJOSE ADEOGUN STREET
VICTORIA-ISLAND LAGOS-NIGERIA
FAX: + 234-1-7591913
EMAIL: drbernard_okumagba3@yahoo.fr
Dear Friend,
Re: Transfer of $18, 000.000. (Eighteen Million U.S. Dollars) First I must solicit your confidence in this transaction. This is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret. We shall be counting on your capability and reliability to prosecute a transaction of great magnitude involving a pending business transaction requiring maximum confidence.
We want to transfer to overseas {$18,000,000] Eighteen Million United States dollars from Eco International Bank Nig Plc. I would like if you will be capable and fit to provide either an existing Bank account or to set up a new Bank account immediately to receive this money, even an empty account can serve to receive this money as long as you will remain honest to me till the end of this important business transaction.
I am Dr Bernard Okumagba Director of Accounts Department of Eco International Bank plc, during the course of our auditing I discovered a floating fund in an account opened with our Bank in 2000 and since 2002 nobody has operated on this account again, after going through some old files in the records I discovered that the owner of the account died without a heir hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing.
The owner of this account was Engr. Anthony Hamill, a national of your country an Industrialist. He died since 2002 and no other person knows about this account or anything concerning it, the account has no beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that Engr. Anthony Hamill until his death was a Manager with an oil firm in Nigeria.
I am contacting you as a foreigner because this money can only be approved to a foreigner with a foreign account because the money is in us dollars and the former owner of the account Engr. Anthony Hamill is a foreigner. I am revealing all these information to you with the believe that you will never let me down in this business. You are the first and the only person I am contacting for this business so please reply urgently for me to tell you the next step to take.
You should forward the following information: Your telephone/fax numbers and your Residential address which is also needed. You will have to give me the assurance that when we meet this money will be intact pending our physical arrival in your country for sharing and disbursement of the fund which will be 35% for your assistance 60% will be for us while 5% will be set aside to take care of all the expenses that would be incurred by both parties during the course of the transfer.
I look forward to your earliest response through my alternative email address below (drbernard_okumagba3@yahoo.fr ) for security reasons.
Yours faithfully,
Dr. Bernard Okumagba

6 comments

  1. Anonymous // August 30, 2007 at 1:07 PM  

    I'll give them my paypal account and they can send it to me and I'll be sure to hold my end up when they get here. You've got me wondering if anybody has ever believed or tried it.

  2. SingleGuyMoney // August 30, 2007 at 8:02 PM  

    Yeah, I wanted to go ahead and give my bank info too.

  3. Anonymous // September 17, 2007 at 11:57 PM  

    hi, i received the exact same email today. i googled the "bank name" and the "directors name" and came across your site. I get an email like this a couple times a month. Is there anything we can do to stop this or get the culprits in trouble?

  4. SingleGuyMoney // September 18, 2007 at 7:07 PM  

    I really don't know what to do besides reporting them as spam.

  5. Wendz // March 13, 2008 at 9:52 AM  

    I just got the EXACT Same email except mine was from a Dr Samuel nelson from same place!!!!!!

  6. Anonymous // May 20, 2008 at 2:52 PM  

    mine was as below and i google serched the adress and was linked to this site

    ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT
    ECO INTERNATIONAL BANK PLC
    PLOT 2, AJOSE ADEOGUN STREET
    VICTORIA-ISLAND LAGOS-NIGERIA
    EMAIL:dr.samuelnelson@yahoo.co.in



    Dear Friend,

    Re: Transfer of $18,000.000. (Eighteen Million US Dollars)

    We want to transfer to overseas {$18,000,000] Eighteen Million United States dollars from Eco International Bank Nig Plc.I would like to know if you will be capable and fit to Provide either an existing Bank account or to set up a new Bank account immediately to receive this money, evenan empty account can serve to receive this money as long as you will remain honest to me till the end of this important business transaction.

    I am Dr Samuel Nelson Director of Accounts Department of Eco International Bank plc, during the course of our auditing I discovered a floating fund in an account opened with our Bank in 2000 and since 2002 nobody has operated on this account again, after going through some old files in the records I discovered that the owner of the account died without a their hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing.

    The owner of this account was Engr. Anthony Hamill, a national of your country an Industrialist. He died since 2002 and no other person knows about this account or anything concerning it,the account has no beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that Engr. Anthony Hamill until his death was a Manager with an oil firm in Nigeria.

    I am contacting you as a foreigner because this Money can only be approved to a foreigner with a foreign account because the money is in us dollars and the former owner of the account Engr. Anthony Hamill is a foreigner. I am revealing all these information to you with the belief that you will never let me down in this business.

    You are the first and the only person I am contacting for the business so please reply urgently for me to tell you the next step to take. You should forward the following information: Your telephone/fax numbersand your Residential address, which is also needed. You will have to give me the assurance that when we meet, this money will be intact pending our physical arrival in your country for sharing and disbursement of the fund which will be 35% for your assistance, 60% will be for us while 5% will be set aside to take care of all the expenses that would be incurred by both parties during the course of the transfer.

    All I require is your honest 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. Please get in touch with me by my alternative email dr.samuelnelson@yahoo.co.in immediately you receive this letter for further clarifications.

    Yours faithfully,
    Dr. Samuel Nelson

    hell no!!!!!cant fall for such tricks