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Barclays and the Nigerian Scam

BIScom Subsection: 
Editorial Staff

It's amazing: the old 419 scam still works enough for people to persist in using it. From mail in envelopes via, in some cases, telex and then fax and onto e-mail, they just keep on coming. This one purports to come from someone working at Barclays Bank.

Good Day,

My name is Kareem Belhasa and am a banker working with Barclays Bank in United Kingdom/Middle East (U.K)/(U.A.E). I write to contact you over a very important business transaction which will be of our best interest and benefit to both our families.

In 2006, Mr. Alkhafa Shaibu who has no next of kin, made a fixed deposit for 48 months, valued at $26,700,000.00 with my bank. I was his account officer before I rose to the position of branch accountant.

The maturity date for this deposit is 16th of September 2010. Sadly, Mr. Alkhafa Shaibu was among the dead victims of May 12, 2008 million earthquake in China that left over 70,000 people dead while he was there on business trip.

Since the last quarter of 2010 until today, the management of my bank has been finding means to reach him so as ascertain, if he will roll over the deposit or have the contract sum withdrawn.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. Alkhafa Shaibu is late, they will take the funds for themselves.

Therefore, am seeking your co-operation to present you as the one to benefit from his fund at his death as his rightful next of kin, 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.

Upon your agreement with this proposal, I intend for you to retain 50% of the funds while 50% shall be for me. Please Kindly respond back to my personal email barclaysbank@163.com address for further confidentiality proceedings.

Kareem Belhasa

From: info@gt.com.eg

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