The old Nigerian Bank scam

Well, I’ve gotten a variation of the Nigerian Bank Scam in my email today, one that threatens that, if I do not help, the sizeable sum of money will instead wind up causing more War in Africa.
A nasty play on people’s sympathies. I have put the entire text of the email in the extended entry just for fun.

It is my humble pleasure to write this letter
irrespective of the fact that you do not know me my
name is Robert Owode, a staff in the private banking
sector of the bank in Nigeria. I am writing in respect of a
foreign customer of my bank who died mysteriously.
Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude
will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am
assuring you that all will be well at the end of the
Since the demise of this our customer I personally have
watched with keen interest to see the next of kin but
all has proved abortive as no one has come to claim
his funds of USD$15M, (Fifteen Million United States Dollars) which has been
with my branch for a very long time, now
unquestionably expects to be claimed by any of his
available foreign next of kin or alternatively be
donated to a discredited trust fund for arms and
ammunition at a military war college here in Nigeria.
Fervent valuable efforts made by the Bank to get in
touch with any of the deceased’s next of kin (he had
no known wife and children) has been unsuccessful. The
management under the influence of our chairman and
board of directors are making arrangement for the fund
to be declared “UNCLAIMABLE” and then be subsequently
donated to the trust fund for Arms and Ammunition,
which will further enhance the course of war in Africa
and the world in general.
On this note I decided to seek for a capable person
that his name shall be used as the next of kin, as no
one has come up to be the next of kin. The banking
ethics here does not also allow such money to stay
more than six years, because the money will be
recalled to the banks’ treasury unclaimed after this
period, I will give you 30% of the total.
Upon the receipt of your response, I will send you by
fax or e-mail the application, bank’s fax number and
the next step to take. I will not fail to bring to
your notice that this business is hitch free and that
you should not entertain any fear as all modalities
for fund transfer can be finalized within five banking
days, after you apply to the bank as a relation to the
When you receive this letter, kindly send me an e-mail
signifying your decision including your private
Tel/fax numbers for quick communication.
Respectfully submitted,
Robert Owode (Mr.)
Private Banking