TICO BULL – I knew that installing Skype on my computer would one day pay off. And it did, big time, just got a message one of my dead relatives left behind US$26.700.000 dollars in a bank in the United Arab Emirates.
And all I have to do is confirm it and get half of the money. No, I am not making this up.
My good fortune is due to the work of one Savio Samuel, an account officer at the Bank of the United Arab Emirates, who recently was promoted to manager.
The good news
In his contact request, Mr. Samuel, tells me that in 2007, one Mr. Weimin Cacciatore, an Emirati Citizen whose surname is same as mine and has my country in his file as his place of origin, made a fixed deposit for 36 months, valued at $26,700,000.00 with his bank.
Mr. Samuel says he was his account officer before rising to the position of a Manager. The maturity date for this deposit contract was 27th of September 2010.
Now the bad news
Sadly Mr. Weimin was among the death victims in the September 2009 earthquake in Indonesia that left over 1,200 people dead while he was there on business trip.
The good samaritan
Since the last quarter of 2010 until today, the management of Mr. Samuel’s bank has been finding means to reach him so as ascertain if he will roll over the Deposit or have the
contract sum withdrawn. When I discovered that this will happen, I have tried to think up a procedure to preserve this fund and use the proceeds for business.
Some directors here have been trying to find out from me the information about this account and the owner, but I have kept it closed because, I know that if they become aware that Mr. Weimin is late (sic), they will corner the funds for themselves. Therefore, am seeking your co-operation to present you as the one to benefit from his fund at his death since you have the same name, so that my bank headquarters will pay the funds to you.
I have done enough inside bank arrangement and you only have to put in your details into the information network in the bank computers and reflect you as his next of kin.
If you concur with this proposal, I intend for you to retain 50% of the funds while 50% shall be for me.
Kindly forward your response to me. Mr. Savio Samuel. Manager -Customer Relations (Barclays Bank UAE. Mananger (sic)- Operational Risks, Controls & QCC. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back to reality
These types of messages have usually been sent by email. Scammers harvesting emails from internet registries and databases.
But, this is a first on Skype.
Looks innoncent enough. Get contact requests all the time. I took a look at the photo to see if I know this Savio and from where. Nope, doesn’t ring a bell.
It’s a jungle out there
Don’t be fooled into giving up personal information, adding contacts to your online accounts like Skype, Facebook, Twitter, etc. from people you don’t know. Install apps (programs) to alert you to potential scams, adware (annoying advertising) and malware (dangerous snippets of code) or access your email, worse, your saved login information to your bank, etc.
Stories like the above are obvious, or at least should be to reasonable person. However, many others are not, they ask for a few dollars, confirm your online purchase, delivery, whatever … innoncent enough and from online stores like Amazon or Ebay.
Check, double check, triple check and if still in doubt, don’t.