Ethiopian airline letter

Category: Scam Discovered On: 13 Sep 2002
Type: scam Updated On: 08 Jun 2006

Description

This email scam appears to be closely related to the Nigerian letter, Zimbabwe farm letter and Nepalese Royal Family scams.

Sophos recommends recipients do not reply to the email in any way.

The text of the scam reads as follows:

FROM:MR BELLO UMAR
ECOBANK LOME TOGO,WEST AFRICA

DEAR SIR,MY NAME IS MR BELLO UMAR, THE MANAGER CREDIT AN FOREIGN BILLS OF ECOBANK LOME TOGO [ECB] . I AM WRITING IN RESPECT OF FOREIGN CUSTOMER OF MY BANK WITH ACCOUNT NUMBER 14-255-2004/utb/t WHO PERISHED IN A PLANE CRASH [ETHIOPIAN AIRLINE 961] WITH OTHER PASSENGERS ABOARD. SIR, SINCE THE DEMISE OF THIS OUR CUSTOMER I PERSONALLY HAVE WATCHED WITH KEEN INTEREST TO SEE THE NEXT OF KIN BUT ALL HAS PROVED ABORTIVE AS NO ONE HAS COME TO CLAIM HIS FUNDS OF USD.10.5 M, [ TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS]HAS BEEN WITH MY BANK FOR A VERY LONG TIME . ON THIS NOTE I DECIDED TO SEEK FOR WHOM HIS NAME SHALL BE USED AS THE NEXT OF KIN AS NO ONE HAS COME UP TO BE THE NEXT OF KIN. AND THE BANKING ETHICS HERE DOES NOT ALLOW SUCH MONEY TO STAY MORE THAN FOUR YEARS,BECUASE AFTER FOUR YEARS THE MONEY WILL BE RECALLED TO THE BANK TREASURY AS UNCLAIMED IN VIEW OF THIS I GOT YOUR IMPRESIVE CONTACT THROUGH MY COUNTRY'S TRADE MISSION GUEST BOOK,AND I CONSIDER YOUR FAVOURABLE TO BE USED AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO THE DECEASED.

THE REQUEST OF THE FOREIGNER AS A NEXT OF KIN IN THIS BUSINESS IS OCCASIONED BY THE FACT THAT THE CUSTOMER WAS A FOREIGNER AND A TOGOLESE CANNOT STAND AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO A FOREIGNER. I AGREED THAT USD 2.5 M OF THIS MONEY WILL BE FOR YOU AS A FOREIGN PARTNER IN RESPECT OF PROVIDING AN ACCOUNT,WHILE THE REST WILL BE FOR ME, THEREAFTER I WILL VISIT YOUR COUNTRY FOR DISBURSEMENT AS I AM ALMOST DUE FOR RETIREMENT .

THEREFORE TO ENDEAVOUR THE IMMEDIATE TRANSFER OF THIS FUND TO ACCOUNT AS APPLY FIRST TO THE BANK AS A RELATION TO THE DISEASED INDICATING YOUR BANK NAME,YOUR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER , YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE NUMBER, AND FAX NUMBER FOR EASY COMMUNICATION AND LOCATION WHERE THE MONEY WILL BE REMITTED . UPON THE RECEIPT OF YOUR I WILL SEND YOU BY FAX OR E-MAIL THE APPLICATION AND THE NEXT STEP TO TAKE . I WIL NOT FAIL TO BRING TO YOUR NOTICE THAT THIS BUSINESS IS HITCH FREE AND THAT YOU SHOULD NOT ENTERTAIN ANY FEAR AS THE WHOLE REQUIRED ARRANGEMENT AS BEEN MADE FOR THETRANSFER. YOU SHOULD CONTACT ME AS A MATTER OF FACT IMMEDIATELY AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE THIS LETTER.TRUSTING TO HEAR FROM YOU AS SOON AS POSIBLE.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED,
MR BELLO UMAR
ECOBANK LOME TOGO
WEST AFRICA.

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