I get mail:
FROM THE DESK OF MR AWUDU SALLAMDIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF AUDITINGAND ACCOUNTING SECTIONBANK OF AFRICA (B.O.A)OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO,WEST AFRICA.
My Dearest Friend,I am Mr Awudu Sallam, The chief auditor in bank of Africa (boa) Burkina Faso West African, One of our customers, with his entire family was among the victims of plane crash and before his death, he has an account with us valued at $37.5 million u.s dollars(thirty seven million five hundred thousand u.s dollars) in our bank and according to the Burkina Faso law, at the expiration of Thirteen years if nobody applies to claim the funds a grace of one year also will be given before the money will revert to the ownership of the Burkina Faso government.My proposals is that i will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin or distant cousin for us to claim this money, so that the fruits of this old man’s labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials who will later use the money to sponsor war in Africa and kill innocent citizens in the search for political power.As a foreign partner which this money will be transfer into your account, you are entitle to 40% of the total money while 55% will be for me as the moderator of this transaction and 5% will be mapped out for any expenditure that may be incur during the course of this transaction. Please note that there will be noproblem as my bank has made all effort through to reach for any of his relation but all was fruitless.My position as the chief auditor in this bank guarantees the successful execution of this (deal) transaction. Please send the following: Reply To This E-mail Address firstname.lastname@example.org)your full name…..2) sex…..3) age…..4) country…..5)passport or photo…..6)occupation…..7) personal Mobile number…..8) Personal fax number…..9) Home & office address…..Thanks.Mr Awudu Sallam.
Dear Mr Awudu Sallam,
I am greatly saddened to hear of the passing of such a highly respected man, along with his entire family, in a plane crash. While they say God has a plan, it is at times like this that one has to wonder how a loving God could reach down from Heaven and cruelly snuff out the life of such a great man. While you do not mention the man’s name, no doubt because of privacy concerns, if it is indeed who I believe you are speaking of, this is a tragedy that God himself will have to answer for. To take one such as him. in the prime of his life while he still had so much more to give to not only the fine country of Burkina Faso, but to the rest of West Africa, and indeed, to the whole of the African continent. To die in a plane crash, along side his wife, pregnant with the couples fifth child, their twin sons, the apple of their fathers eyes, only 7 years young, and both of his daughters, lovely Ebele, only 3 years old, and stunning 17 year old Adannaya is enough to cause one to question their faith. Knowing that the only reason they were even on that plane was to travel to Adannaya’s wedding just makes it all the worse. What pain must have filled their minds as they realized the plane was going down? Did they take comfort in being together, or did the knowledge that the whole family would soon die just make it that much worse?
I am so sorry, I know you must be very busy, and here I am yammering on pointlessly. I completely understand your request. I as well do not want to see this great man’s money stolen by the corrupt government and used to spill the blood of West Africans. I will be honored to stand in as this great man’s next of kin and save his fortune from the Vultures of Horror. In fact, I have such great respect for this man and his family that I would feel dirty taking 40% of his fortune. Rather, in exchange for the solemn promise that you will donate 10% of the money to Médecins Sans Frontières, I will only ask for 10%. The extra 20% can be done with as you please.
Here is the requested information.
1) Michael Sean Benioff
3) 34 years young
4) United States of America
Upon further reflection, I have decided to only provide you with the rest of the information if you prove yourself legitimate. While I would never insult you by comparing you to these people, one does remember the classic Nigerian Royalty scam that was so highly effective for so many years. You of course are not claiming to be a member of a royal family or anything else ridiculous like that, so I am inclined to believe you fully. That being said, as someone connected with such a respectable man, I know you will not have a problem providing me with a bit more information. Here is what I require.
1) A hand written pledge to donate 10% of the money to Médecins Sans Frontières. It does not need to be notarized or anything, as long as I can see your signature.
2) Your astrological sign. Call me crazy, but there are certain signs of the zodiac that I refuse to have financial dealings with under any circumstances. Let me know your birth date so I can have my astrologer confirm the stars are in the proper alignment for this transaction.
3) A picture. Not of you though. Of your wife or girlfriend. No, it doesn’t have to be sexy or anything, I’m not a sicko.
4) One more picture, this time of a hand written note from your mother or father stating that you are trustworthy. If your parents are no longer on this earth, I am very sorry for your loss, and you can substitute a note from either your religious leader or your employer.
I hope that is not too much to ask of you. I will expect your response shortly and anticipate being able to move on at that time and get this transaction taken care of. I have my bank account information at the ready to send to you, along with the rest of the information you need, as soon as you provide the reassurances I require.
Thank you for reaching out to me, and thank you for caring about the fortune of such a great man and his family. I know he would be as proud of you as he was of Adannaya.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Michael Sean Benioff.
which includes these perfect lyrics:
Inquiries, but no solutions
Faceless, empty illusions
Reasons are always pushed aside
Remember the day the country died
or maybe just Black Market Baby’s classic “Potential Suicide” to put everyone’s thoughts into song.
And that’s all you get today. I spent the day with the dogs in the local state park. It was much too nice to sit in front of a PC all day.