I received the following e-mail today and decided to reply. I wonder how Nigerian scammers deal with ghosts?
Hello Dear Friend...
I know this letter will come to you as surprise one but I want you to read this with maturity. This day, one Mrs. Cynthia Edward, came to my office to let us know that you are DEAD, and before your death, you instructed her to come for the claim of your funds in the tune of US$8.5 Million that was long abandoned in your name with this bank (PLATINUM ASSURANCE BANK) this is what we want to verify from you before we make the payment to who came for the claim.
(I) Did you authorize Mrs. Cynthia Edward to come for your claim?
(ii) Are you truly Dead OR Alive?
If (NO) you are hereby advice as a matter of urgency to reconfirm the details of this message within 24hours, hence your funds shall be wired into her account without any more delay.
Lastly, you are advice to reconfirm the details of this message and get back immediately with these informations required below
1. Full name:................
2. Direct telephone number:...
3. Address:.................... ..........
4. Your personal identification to enable us confirms you are not dead.
This information's above must be provided for reconfirmation to Enable us make payment to you, hence, your funds will be remit/wire into her account as already provide to this management.
We wait for your urgent response today. You need to act very fast, because if this bank wait for your urgent reply within three working days and no message from you, you will be consider dead and your funds will be transfer to Mrs. Cynthia Edward.
Here's the account provide by Mrs. Cynthia Edward to this bank, are you also the one who ask her to provide this bank account to us?
Washington Mutual Bank
2075 S. Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003
Acct. name: Mrs. Cynthia Edward.
ABA # 322271627
Acct # 1951204345
Amount: US$8.5 Million.
Furthermore, this bank discovered that you have been dealing with some bad eggs officials who have been ripping you without doing the right thing, Be advice to STOP further communication with them, your funds is now approved for payment and you are to follow the right procedure now.
This message demand urgent attention, the bank is waiting to hear from your respond ( email@example.com ) You will be contacted by the bank official email address as soon as you contact us.
PLATINUM ASSURANCE BANK LTD.
I replied with a new gmail account:
Dear Mr. Jacob,
Thank you for your e-mail. I must confess that I really do not know of Mrs. Cynthia Edwards, nor have I authorized her to have anything to do with my personal finances. As to your second question, I was on vacation this weekend, on the cruise ship Costa Concordia when the ship had some sort of accident and rolled onto it's right side. The ship's steward advised me to go to my stateroom and wait there for word from the captain of what to do next, but the ship continued to settle in the water and my cabin, 1433 on the Doria Deck, submerged, trapping me. I attempted to escape but, alas, I was unable to and subsequently succumbed to hypothermia.
Currently I am listed as "missing", but search activities on the ship have been stopped since it has become unstable. I am waiting here in a spiritual state, but oddly enough, electronic communications, even through my soaked laptop computer are still possible for me. How long this will last I cannot say, but I will continue to communicate with you for as long as possible.
Thank you very much for your concern,
Miss Winnnifred Witherspoon
Last edited by Jonas Parker; 01-16-2012 at 03:07 PM.
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