Sometimes even we despair over what scammers send to our readers.
The stories already vary between the first and second mail and don’t get any better if you change the basic structure of this madness every few years and add new links.
Well, the phone number is actually based in South Africa and someone wants to make a buck, which we do not want. We thank our reader for forwarding this mail to us. In the last few days we received numerous letters, which we publish here bit by bit.
In this story, which is very reminiscent of the Nigerian papers about deaths in oil companies, we advise not to answer, not to send documents and to move the mail, which is amusing but worthless in the dustbin. The people and institutions mentioned have only to do with the scam attempt and in reality know nothing about the identity theft that has undoubtedly been carried out.
My Name is Mr. Silas Grant, and I’m the Chief Operating Officer in the
Accounting Unit of Standard Bank of South Africa (SBSA). This message
might meet you in utmost surprise. However, it’s just my urgent need
for a foreign partner that made me to contact you for this
An account was opened in my bank by one of my customers in the name of
MR. THOMAS BAHIA a Dutch National from Germany who was a
consultant/contractor with the Federal Ministry of Mines and Power
here in South Africa made a numbered time Fixed Deposit, valued at
$11,500,000.00 (Eleven Million, Five hundred Thousand United States
Dollars) for twelve (12) Calendar months in my Bank branch, but since
2010, this account has never be operated.
Upon maturity, we sent a routine notification to his forwarding
address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and
finally I discovered from his contract employers that MR. THOMAS BAHIA
is no longer alive: he died with his entire family in a
plane crash that occurred in Libya on the 12th of May 2010 and below
is a link for your view.
The said fund is still in my Bank branch and the interest is being
rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year.
Now the fund is $12,200,000.00 (Twelve Million Two Hundred Thousand US
Dollars) because of the accumulated interest.
In accordance with South Africa Government Law, at the expiration of
11 (Eleven) years, the money will be reverted back to the ownership of
the Government of South Africa if nobody comes forward for the funds
and it will be tagged unclaimed funds.
Consequently, I want to present you as the next of kin to this late
customer because you are a foreigner like him and the funds will be
transferred to your Bank account and after the successful transfer of
the funds, I will come over to your country for the sharing and the
money will be shared in the ratio of 45% for me, 45% for you and 10%
to cover our expenses after the deal.
There is no risk involved, as I will use my position in the Bank to
secure approvals and guarantee the successful execution of this
transaction within 9-working days.
If this proposal interests you, let me know by sending me an email and
I will send to you detailed Information on how this business would be
successfully transacted. Be informed that nobody knows about the
secret of this fund except me and I know how to carry out the entire
Please include your private phone numbers for a voice talk and reply
to me through the email below:
Looking forward to your urgent reply to enable me give you more
details and you can as well give me a call.+27734883441
Mr. Silas Grant
Thank you for your email.
First of all, I will want to assure you that I am in full control of
this transaction and I know how to go about it.
Although we have not met each other before but I see our dealings as
God divine intervention and I hope that you will not disappoint me
when the funds are finally transferred to your Bank account.
Actually, I decided to carry out this transaction with you in other to
help our families and others in need with the funds rather than
allowing South African corrupt Government officials to steal the money
since nobody was coming forward to claim the funds.
Like I told you in my first email, the funds belong to one of our late
client by the name of MR. THOMAS BAHIA, a Dutch/South African citizen
who died with his entire family on a plane crash that occurred in
Libya on the 12th of May 2010
I sincerely hope that we will work together in truth without having
any atom of greed to cheat friendship/relationship, as I will finally
come over to your country with my family for settlement and
investments once this fund gets into your account.
However, for us to carry out this transaction, I will need the
following information below:
- Your full names
- Your contact address
- Your occupation
4 your private telephone and fax numbers if any
- Your full bank account information such as the Bank name, address
and account numbers.
Note that as soon as I get the above information, I will put up an
application and submit them to my bank audit and claim department on
your behalf for approval processing.
Please do not inform your bank about these funds yet because the South
African bank will advise your bank directly when the funds are ready
for transfer to officially inform your bank the source of the funds
and the reason for transfer.
Keep all transaction very confidential to your self-alone because of
its nature and my sensitive position in my bank and you are free to
ask me questions whenever you are confused. Always call me on this
private telephone number +27-73-4883441 or better send email for
Please always check your bulk and spam emails because sometimes emails go there.
Waiting for the requested information to enable us proceed.
Mr. Silas B.Grant.