2008
01.09

SPAM: Burkina Faso is The New Nigeria

I received an email from MR MASHAL AFRAAH (which according to his email, he is my good friend :P).

Here’s his email:

CONFIDENTIAL PROPOSAL FROM.
MR MASHAL AFRAAH
THE CHIEF AUDITOR INCHARGE,
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB).
OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA FASO.
WEST AFRICA.

My Good Friend,

How are you doing together with your family? I guessed all is well. My massage should not be a surprise proposal to you because i got your contact information from the international directory in few weeks ago before i decided to contact you on this magnitude and lucrative transaction for our future survival in life.
Moreover, i have laid all the solemn trust in you before i decided to disclose this successful & confidential transaction to you.

As i have said, I AM MASHAL AFRAAH. THE CHIEF AUDITOR INCHARGE OF FOREIGN REMITTANCE UNIT, AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK OUAGADOUDOU BURKINA-FASO.
Now i have the intent to contact you over this financial transaction worth the sum of NINTEEN MILLION, THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ($19,300,000.00 ) for our future success.

This is and abandoned sum that belongs to one of our bank foreign customers who died along with his entire family through plane crash disaster since few years ago. Meanwhile i was very fortune to came across the deceased file when i was arranging the old and abandoned customers files in other to sign and submit to the entire bank management for an official re-documentation and audit of the year against 2008.

Be informed clearly that it was stated in our banking rules and regulations which was signed lawfully that if such fund remains unclaimed till the period of 6 years started from the date when the beneficiary died, the money will be transferred into the treasury as an unclaimed fund.

As a honour and advantage bestowed to our foreign customers base on the rules guilding our bank, it was stated obviously that if you are not a citizen of Burkina Faso , you have the absolute authority to claim the fund hence you are a foreigner despite your differences from the country of origin of the deceased.

So the request of you as a foreigner is necessary and legit to apply for the claim and transfer of the fund smoothly into your reliable bank account as the NEXT OF KIN OR EXTENDED RELATIVE to the deceased costomer.

On the transfer of this fund into your account, { 39% } being ( US$7,527,000.00) will be your share in respect of the account provision and your assistance rendered during the transfer of the fund into your bank account,{ 52% } being (US$10,036,000.00) will be my share being the codinator and the pillar of the transaction while the rest { 9% } being (US$1,737,000.00) will be shared to the respectable Organisations Centers such as Charity Organisation, Motherless Babies homes, and helpless disabled people in the World.

Now, if you are really sure of your trustworthy, accountability,confidentiality on this transaction, contact me and agree that you will not change your mind to cheat or disappoint me when the fund have getting into your account. Besides you should not entertain any fear because i am sure of the success as an insider in the bank.

Please reply with the assurance, include your private telephone and fax numbers necessary for facilitate an easy communication in this transaction.

As soon as you reply , give me a call through my private telephone number on (00 226 70437906) so that i will let you know the next step to follow in order to finalize this transaction immediately.

I expect your urgent communication and my best regard to you and all members of your family.
mashal_afraa19@yahoo.fr
Yours sincerely,

MR MASHAL AFRAAH

I wonder how did GMail didn’t caught this junk as a spam. Maybe because it was sent from yahoo.fr? Do you think there are people still gullible enough to fall to this kind of scam?

What about that DotCom Bust ? Was it also a scam?

Maybe we need to draw a line here. The email above is definitely a pure scam. No integrity and reliability, and it’s not well-thought for using yahoo.fr email address, n00b scammer perhaps? But for those investors who are playing in stock market are risk-informed person. They know that all those future value, profit projections,etc are just an expectation from the Company management. But beware that even though some companies made their expectation based on honest assessment, some others based on FUD (remember SCO?), there are those which using pure fantasy 😀

So what have we learned today? Always remember that famous phrase “If it sounds too good to be true, very likely probably it is”

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  1. You are so correct!!!

  2. those kinda of people won’t stop of fooling and cheating! be alert!

  3. Your screaming headline betrays your bias against Nigeria and Nigerians. Whoever told you that scam is only pepertrated by Nigerians.

    Such scam emails are not new and have always originated from several countries in west Africa, UAE, UK, Russia etc.

    You should investigate thoroughly before making such unfortunate statements next time.

  4. ow8x.. i ever had receive an e-mail as like u with same content. if the system can not prevent its all.. so? be aware.. :p

  5. excuse my language but it is stupid to attribute this annoyance to burkina faso. it’s just the name of a country anybody could use. virtually noone in burkina faso speaks english though (they speak french there, apart from a multitude of native languages), so it’s unlikely that many of those emails really come from there.

    Hardono: My apology if my post is perceived as if I am blaming Burkina Faso for this annoyance. My original intention was highlighting that the scam tactic is the same, its just that the country name change.

  6. @Oluniyi: It is not my intention to create such a stir (does it really cause a stir?) But it’s really unfortunate for Nigeria and all Nigerians that such infamous act attributed to them. The only research that I made is this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigerian_Scam

    Btw, your comment was classified as a spam by Akismet. I believe your IP-block somehow is identified with spamming activity, thus blocked by Akismet.

  7. He should have knowned that scam and fraud are Indonesian field of expertise. We can smell fraud from kms

  8. i have been receiveng that crap for the last 2 months… sometimes a guy died on a plane crash with all his familiy and relatives, or a very bad disease, or a forgotten bank account…. all burkina faso…i even have had receveid phone calls from guys telling me i must beleive in them…. lol

  9. Whoa Juan, how did the spammer knows your phone number?

  10. Fun. Add to your bookmarks. And how long it took to write articles?

  11. whoever’s doing this crap is really insane!

  12. Well tell that to the Virus makers of the ZeuS Botnet who are using it’s software to do this, also Sub Rootkits that run both Storm and ZeuS Botnet Rootkits,

    cutwail
    rustock
    grum
    bobax
    donbot
    maazben
    lethic
    rk2
    rk3
    Sensafe Malware Rootkit

    They are have the known code and hidden exes that use such things as Fake Anti-Virus or Fake Anti-Malware tatics that lead to infection of these 10 Mini botnet rootkits that are randomly choosen depending on country, currently Russia is the only known country that leads these kind of Botnets and the head of the ZeuS botnet gang.

  13. bagus sekali mas……………..ini sangat penting untuk diketahui…saya juga menerima email pemeneng lotre dari yahoo lotre……ini emailny…………………..

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    Please note that a copy of your passport or your drivers license is needed while sending your information………………………….
    Congratulations!! Once again.
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    …………..ini telah saya konfirmasi dengan data saya…dan rekening bang saya ..kecuali no.pin…..karena saya tidak tahu ini scam ……saya mohon petunjuk apa yang harus saya lakukan…? trims mas hardono saya tunggu jawabannya kirim ke email saya.

    • ini pasti scam bro… masak lottery Yahoo pakai account Gmail 🙂