From time to time I visit a particular Yahoo Group which discusses World War Two. As I was reading through the recent posts, I came across one of the African scams that we have all probably heard about, I think they even did a story on 60 Minutes or Dateline or one of those shows........ "FROM MR. Shola Nelson. AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT, FOREIGN OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT, INTERNATIONAL BANQUE OF AFRICA, LOME- TOGO. Dear Friend, My name is Mr. Shola Nelson, I am the head of auditing and accounting section of international banque of africa.With due respect and regard,I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us at the end . During our investigation and auditing in this bank, my department came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person who died on 26th December 2004 in the Tsunami that happened in Sumatra island, Indonesia. From the information that our bank have gotten so far, the Tsunami killed him with his entire family.Uptill now, no other relation has been identified. The person that he used as his next of kin was his 17 year old son who died along side the family. Although personally, I keep this information secret within myself to enable the whole plans and idea be profitable and successful during the time of execution. The said amount was (U.S$9.5M UNITED STATES DOLLARS). (1) Assist me in the transfer of the said fund into your account. (2) Advise me on lucrative areas for investment. Meanwhile, all the arrangement to put claim over this fund, as the bonafide next of kin to the deceased, as well as getting the required approval and transfering this money to a foreign account, has been put in place.I will relay directives and needed information to you, as soon as you indicate your interest and willingness to assist me, and also benefit your self with this great business opportunity. I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% risk free. On smooth conclusion of this transaction, you will be entitled to 40% of the total sum as gratification, while 10% will be set aside to take care of expenses that may arise during the time of transfer and also telephone bills, while 50% will be for me.Please, I advise you to keep this as a "top secret" as I am still in service and intend to retire from service after I conclude this deal with you. I hope to hear from you as soon as possible for further information. Yours faithfully, Mr. Nelson." Just for fun, I responded on the public forum - "I'm in. While I happen to have my checkbook out, do you perhaps need a bunch of cash to get things started for us?" Now I obviously posted that jokingly, and expected it to be taken that way, but I soon received this personal email from the bastard......... "I want you to know that all i will need from you now is to get your bank information where the money will be transfered into and then i will let you know the next step,But for now all i need from you is the bank details. PERSONAL DETAILS ........................................................... Name Address City State Country Age Sex Tel no Mobile number BANK DETAILS ................................................................. Bank name Bank Address Bank account number Immidiately i get this information i will get back to you and let you know the next step." Now with me being me, I had to mess with him some more. Here's my most recent reply . I'll see how far I can take it....... Dear Mr. Nelson, At the moment, my primary bank account is controlled jointly with my partner Hans, who would no doubt become quite curious should an unusually large sum of money suddenly be deposited - it would be best to keep him out of our private deal. Also, it is my understanding that any transaction amount through a United States bank which is more than ten thousand dollars will be reported by the bank to the government, which would probably cause suspicion with the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. I definitely don't want this once in a lifetime opportunity to get away, and at this time I can think of two possible ways to proceed. Would it be possible for a man of your means and position within the International Banque of Africa be able to arrange a discreet account in my name which then could be used to deposit the money either bit by bit or all at once, whichever you feel is safer? This bank is not well known in this country, and Hans would not need to know about it. Also, my uncle, Mr. McDuck is a relative on my father's side of the family who is a chief financial officer overseeing the research and development department of Cogswell Cogs Inc., which is the ninth largest employer in the great commonwealth of Idaho. He routinely handles transactions involving quite large sums of money, and a deposit of the size we are talking about would be more unlikely to be noticed by the authorities. It is possible that I might be able to access the information you need so that the balance can be transfered to one of his high dollar bank accounts. Though I respect my uncle very much, it is my opinion that if we do it this way, we should not include him in the deal if at all possible so that the information does not get out to more people such as his personal assistant Mr. Smithers who would want a percentage for himself. Please let me know if either of these solutions is acceptable. I hope for a trouble free and profitable conclusion for both of us. Thank you.