Scam Email received 9/24/2022
Mr Douglas Olsen
Best regards – email@example.com
Yours sincerely! This email may come as a surprise to you because you didn’t give me permission to do it and you don’t even know me, but before you talk about me, I want you to forgive me for sending this email without your permission. may be scams and junk mail on the internet, but certainly, this is not one. I am writing this letter with confidence, believing that if it is God’s will for you to help me and my family, Almighty God will bless and reward you abundantly. I need an honest and trustworthy person like you to entrust this huge transfer project. My name is Mr. John Thomas Kofi, Branch Manager of a Financial Institution. I got your contact through a reliable source called the Ghana Chamber of Commerce Database. I am writing to request your assistance in transferring US$12,500,000.00. This fund is the surplus of what my branch in which I am a manager made as a profit in the past year (ie financial year 2021). I have already sent an annual report for that year on December 24th to my headquarters in Accra-Ghana, as I have noted with great interest that they will never know of this excess fund. I have since placed that $14,500,000.00 amount in an escrow account without a beneficiary (Anonymous) to avoid tracking. As a bank employee, I cannot be directly connected to this money, therefore, I am obliged to ask for your help to receive this money in your bank account in my name. I agree that 40% of that money will go to you as a foreign partner, as far as the provision of an offshore account is concerned, and 60% would go to me. I need to emphasize that there is virtually no risk involved in this. It will be a bank to bank transfer OR online transfer. All I need from you is to be the original depositor of this fund so that the fund can be transferred to your account. If you accept this offer, I will appreciate your timely response to me. This is the only reason I contacted you, I am willing to make an investment in partnership with you due to your vast experience, so if you are interested in helping in this endeavor, please contact me for a short discussion on how to continue. Yours sincerely, Mr John Thomas Mr Douglas Olsen – firstname.lastname@example.org
The above email is a scam. If you still think is legitimate, but you’re still concerned, then follow these steps:
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