Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Randgold blog.

Got another African scam e-mail this morning, the second one in as many weeks. This one's not badly done, claiming to be from South Africa, with some nice touches like the "Randgold Exploration Co.," which is real enough, though it's styled Randgold & Exploration Co. Ltd. The United Bank of Africa is real too, and apparently they've gotten tired of con men claiming to be their bank officers, since they say as much on a Web site (, but it creates too damn many popup windows).

Anyway, on to the entertainment:

"First, let me introduce myself, then the essence of this contact.

"I am William Mccall, Bank Manager of United Bank For Africa, capetown [sic] Branch. I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On June 6 1998, a gold merchant/contractor with the Randgold Exploration Company, Mr. Jim Smith made a numbered time (Fixed) deposited for twelve calendar months, valued at US$25,000,000.00 (Twenty-five Million Dollars) in my branch.

"Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, Randgold Exploration company [sic] Ltd that Mr. Jim Smith died from an automobile accident.

"On further investigation, I found out that he did not leave a WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Jim Smith did not declare any next of kin in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork.

"This sum of US$25,000,000.00 is still sitting in the Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will come forward to claim it. According to the South African Law, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the South African Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr. Jim Smith so that the fruits of this old man's labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt officials. This is simple, I will [sic] like you to provide me immediately with your full names and address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits, which will put you in place as the next of kin. I would also like you to scan you [sic] drivers [sic] license for me.

"We shall employ the services of two attorneys for drafting and notarization of the WILL and obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favour for the transfer. A bank account in any part of the world, which you provide, will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you. There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the attorney and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.

"Awaiting your urgent reply via email.

"Thanks and regards,

William Mccall."

What a thoughtful chap, that Mccall. Only wants to keep 60%. Heh-heh. The delete button was made with the likes of you in mind, pal.


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