Scam.. Scam.. Scam...

I received an email today where this guy promises to give me 8.6 million $. We all know I am not lucky and God loves playing jokes with me. So my immediate response.. was not jumping around in circles whooping in joy.. but to look at the sky at that guy up there who thinks my life is a comic relief! Sure enough he had opened the skies up and the rain was pouring down.. Not to mention that I have the sorest of sore throats and sound like I have sand sifting through my throat as I talk! His cheekiness had a full blown water works today when he found out that both his teachers had decided to take the day off and there sat 2 substitute teachers in their absence. It took 4 kids and 4 moms all promising him that their kids would play with him while the kids ran off to play by themselves, to convince Cheeky not to go in! And finally I played the worst trick...I just slipped out.. don't you dare roll your eyes? I am tired, hungry and its pouring outside! (img courtesy:

I came home and turned on the computer and there sat this email with a promise of $8.6 million... now I know I am not lucky... all the powerball tickets lying around my house are living proof of that reality. Not to mention that I am the one who has never won a single thing in my life. Not to mention if I get something that I have not spent money over/ or turned on the water works for (what I dont work, how do you think I get my wishes granted?). Anyway I have to have worked hard for everything I own or they go mysteriously missing. No freebie ever stays with me.. I think there is a magnetic force in the sky that just pulls it away!

But today this email arrived! Sure it has entertainment value (see end of post for the complete transcript of the email). So this nincompoop says that his wife (why wife I wonder, does he think that women evoke more trust?) found me through yahoo to be the most trustworthy person in the whole world! 6.725 Billion people according to Wikipedia and I am the most trustworthy, imagine that! I who slip out of my own son's line of vision and get away! And this nincompoop has been fasting and praying to find someone to give away this money too.. Right, if I had $8.6 million I would want to give it away too!

And whats more .. A year or so back I got a phone call along similar lines! The guy on the phone sounded like a desi with a bad case of tongue blisters.. identified himself as part of a social service organization that saves people from fraud! Hahaha I know! He tells me "Our database shows that a few thousand $ was wrongly removed from your bank account a couple of years back and we want to help you recover that money!" Yeah right! Seriously these people are so selfless! I decided to play along and asked him all kinds of questions about his database and I must say he tackled it pretty well, but I got bored in a while and told him try to pull that one on me again and I am calling the cops you moron! It only took one more such phone call and a big chunk of my sour tongue for them to stop calling! A friend was surprised "How did you find out it was a hoax" she asked!

Naivete can be tormenting ... seriously do you think some guy half way across the world wants to give away money to you of all people? Absolutely bewildering that people fall for scams like this! Seriously common sense is not so common at all!

I leave you with the email I received today.. and if you are as naive as my friend with a warning that if you really want millions of dollars try the lottery not this man!

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(c) Preethi @ Incessant Musings, September 2008
Email transcript:
dateFri, Sep 26, 2008 at 4:39 AM
subjectdear friend

hide details 4:39 AM (4 hours ago)

It is truth, that we have not met or known each other before but I have a situation that warrants me casting out this trust and confidence to you for a private and confidential matter. sorry it was my wife that got your email through her yahoo searching for a trustworthy person that will assist us in this matter,
I have been fasting and praying to almighty GOD that he should send a trustworthy person that will assist me to transfer this money into his/her account. because as a bank manager, i cannot transfer this money into my personal bank account. except i contacts a foreign partner that will apply to the bank as a next of kin to the late deceases customer.MR GEORGE BRUMLEY an american I am very happy to share this transaction with you,but you must keep everything as very confidential. The deceased account holder with our bank He held account with BANK OF AFRICA .Since his death ,his account has been dormant and nobody has applied to our bank for the release of this money to him or her as the next of kin. As the bill and exchange manager of this bank, i have studied this transaction very carefully and i have noted that there is no risk involved.I am here to protect all your intrests in this transaction until this money is transfer to your account. My advise to you is to arrange for a receiving bank account into which our bank shall transfer this money in your favor as next of kin and you have nothing to fear since i am here ,i shall be giving you all the developmental information from the bank as soon as the transaction commence. Also note that 14 working days from the date the bank receives your application is enough for the funds to get transferred and the transaction will come to a successful conclusion. i hope that you will not disappoint me when this money enters into your account, i have all my hope in this transaction because i shall soon go on retirement, i am a simple banker whose credibility is still intact and with my maturity and understanding,I promise to give the best co-operation. If you are really intertested in this transaction,then we must hurry up so that our bank and government shall not claim and inherit this money because it has over-stayed. As soon as I hear from you, I will send to you a text of application which you will fill and send to the bank. But before that I will like to be reassured of the manner of person whom I am dealing with because 8.6million U.S.D is not a little money,therefore I have to get certain necessary facts about you before we proceed. Such information I will like to know before we proceed are as follows:
(1) Your age...........................
(2)Your occupation....................
(3)Your marital stautus.......................
(4)Your full residential address.......................
(5)Your direct phone and fax numbers.......................
(6)A copy of Your photo scanned and sent to me by mail...............
there will be a little expenses
as soon as I receive these datas, I will forward to you the application form which you will send to the bank. Meanwhile I will like you to know more about myself. I am a family man with 2 children a girl and a boy.I have decided to do this deal because i have worked in this bank for years without achieving anything due to the corruption in this country.Workers salaries are hardly paid.Its true this country is one of the poorest in the world but the leaders are very wicked and corrupt.Even the Aids we receive from Donor countries as well as the international communities are being diverted into the private pockets of the few in authority. Therefore while the rich are getting richer,the poor masses continues to suffer.Could you believe a bill and exchange manager like myself can't even take good care of my children?I only have a name NOT money or any material possessions.So this is why when i saw this opportunity, i decided to capitalize on it with my position in the bank and i hope with your co-operation,success will be for us. Pls always keep in touch with me, preferably by phone because i'm a very busy man who has little or no time for internets. So as i've told you i have studied and perfected this transaction before i contacted you. May the infinity blessing of almighty GOD shower upon you and your family.
(1) DATE OF BIRTH: 11th April 1961

(2) PLACE OF BIRTH: Fada N'Gourma.
(3) HEIGHT: 1.99
(4) WEIGHT: 84 kg , Not Permanent.

(5) SEX: Male.

(6) QUALIFICATION: M.B.A in Economics.

(7) OCCUPATION: Banker.
(8) PRESENT POSITION: (B.O.A) Manager.
(9) WORKING EXPERIENCE :( T.I.C) Insurance Banjul Gambia , & Presently In (B.O.A) Ouagadougou Burkina Faso
(10) MARITAL STATUS: Married With 2 Children.


(12) NATIONALITY: Burkina-Faso West Africa .
(14) HOME: Dad, Mum with 2 Brothers, My Wife & 2 Children.

(15) ZODIAC SIGN: Capricorn.
(16) PASS.PORT NOS: A1008622.

(18) HOBBIES: Listing To Music & Instructing School Kids.
(19) H.I.V TEST: Negative.
(20) LIFE POLICIES: Always Sober & Calm.
(21) LIFE STYLES: Corporate & Decent.

(22) WORK IN A KITTY: Don’t Take It Personal.
(23) FAVOURITE FOOD: Snacks & Rice.
(24) FAVOURITE DRINKS: Soft Drinks.
(25) AIM: To Resign From Bank & Become An International Business Man.
(26) FAMILY ADAGE: To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Expected.

OFFICE ADDRESS: (B.O.A) North West Zone-Annex, 01 Ouaga Burkina Faso.
HOUSE ADDRESS: 82 Zangote Yenugua 02 Bp 4587 Ouagadougou 02 Burkina-Faso West Africa .

please note..this is not a scam or fraud,you are very free to come down to burkinafaso to verify the genuity of this transaction
Best regards Mr.BAMBARA KUTE


DotThoughts said…
I am so tempted to humor these idiots, get information from em and send it to the FBI. So tempted. Hope that sore throat gets better. Is it strep?
Gauri said…
Oh yeah - there are a lot ofthese emails going around - imagine that - someone chooses to give away a few million US dollars and we get magically chosen !

Yeah - we wish, don't we !!! :)
I do not even open these emails...
the phone calls especially get me worked up!!
crazy people with nothing else to do!!
Oh yes! To be the chosen one to receive a few millions! Do these tricksters really think people are this dumb? Anyhoo, hope the throat gets better soon - drink lots of ginger-chai and gargle with salt and warm water.
asaaan said…
When are you going to bufnfucksia to check out his claims.

One of the top search querys on google is for a number someone posted on craigslist. i wanted to buy a minivan and this guy posted some scam where I send him money and the van will come from someplace intexas or some crap like that.

Haven;t had any calls though. Oh you know who always calls me ...the guys from some long distance company trying to get me to buy their card
lol , my imagination is running wild . . .He swindled the money and the animosity for his countrymen signifies that he has been caught , he wants to deposit it in somebody's account who is dumb enough to accept his offer, he would make them sign some papers written in African , so that this person wouldn't understand a word and the translator cannot identify the mysterious if clauses hidden in between complex African sentences . .The paper would state all your money and possession would go to him in the next year or so . .He is probably trying for a person who would have a swiz bank account :P

OR he just maybe some crazy guy who would sing ha ha ha I fooled u after you reply to the mail :P
Aryan said…
Hey preethi are my Million Dollar Friend...

Neera said…
How idiotic isn't it to think people will actually fall for it!
Hip Grandma said…
I get these mails all the time.if the world wants to see me rolling in money I can't help it.Take care of your throat.It has to be okay if you wish to have nantu listen to you.
Preethi said…
Dottie - The FBI cant catch them for sure.. but yes if you do humor them, you will get a few laughs in the bargain!
Gauri - Yes I do wish!! :(
GND - Yes they are for sure!! crazy!!
MM - Yes the throat is definitely on the mend!
Asaan - Aah the phone company.. a few years back I spoke to them every day :P they kept me company!!
Vish - You crazy girl.. your brain is working overtime!!
Neera - They do trust me and thats why the emails still go around!
HHG - Will take more than a cured throat to get Nantu to listen :(
Preethi said…
AM - Thanks so much !! :)
Sumana said…
I just hate opening those emails. LOL about how you slid away from nantu. Damn i keep doing that too.. with my little one. Getting into hibernation. Kids get so attached to their teachers. Did the sand step down from your throat??
Mama - Mia said…
yeah! all crazy crap! but the scarier ones are the ones that come from some bank. it looks like an official bank id! pls update your account details now types!

what is now widely known as Phishing!

i wish you had updated your side of profile too! just to give us some extra laughs!! :)


Pavi!!!! said…
baah! these emails..they flood my yahoo mail! i move them to spam, don't even bothet to open them!

But phone calls...hmm, haven't received the kind till date! Thank God!
Fuzzylogic said…
Oh yes,I keep getting the emails of rich terminally ill people wanting to leave their fortunes to me all the time:)Sometimes I do wonder if these guys ever get anyone to fall for these scams. Never got any phone calls though!
Sore throat huh?September is festive time for all these bugs. Take care Preethi!
PG said…
Oh! you are just like me in this regard. I have no luck at all with money! :D
And I have got a number of these emails too. It is saddening too, as all these people are frauds stealing other people's money, or trying to. And if you look at the situation in African Continent, it is not really a surprise.
Would love to know how cheeky is doing in school.
Hope you are doing better now...

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