First time we see a scam from “Cotonou”…

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From Dr Samuel Ani
Corporate Office Of Institutional Banking Bills and Exchange
African Development Bank
73 Portnovo Road Cotonou
Benin-Rep. West Africa.


First I must solicit your confidence in this transaction, this is by virtue of it’s nature as being utterly confidential and top secret. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring that this is real and genuine.

I am the Bills and Exchange Manager of African Development Bank Cotonou. I came to know you in my private search for a reliable and reputable person to handle this Confidential Transaction, which involves the transfer of a huge sum of money to a foreign account requiring maximum confidence.

MY PROPOSITION; We discovered an abandoned sum Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$10.500,000) in an account that belongs to one of our customers (Alhaji Mohammed Dourri) who died along with his wife and entire family on December 26, 2003 on board. Since his death, none of his next-of-kin or relations has come forward to lay claims for this money.

We cannot release the fund from his account unless someone applies for claim as the next-of-kin to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines, unfortunately, no family member nor relative has ever appeared to claim the said fund. Upon this discovery, we now seek your permission to have you stand as next of kin to the deceased so that the fund (US$10,500,000) can be released and paid into your account as the beneficiary’s next of kin, otherwise the fund will be returned to Government treasury as unclaimed funds.

All documents to enable you receive this funds will be carefully worked out. Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual business endeavour by furnishing me with the following;

1. Your name and full address

2. Direct Telephone and fax lines

These requirements will enable us file letters of claim to the appropriate funds transfer department for necessary approvals in your country.

For your confirmations,you can visit this website for more info visit:http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/africa/12/26/benin.crash/
If this proposal is acceptable by you, do not take undue advantage of the trust we have bestowed in you,
I await your urgent reply.

Yours sincerely,
Dr.Samuel Ani
Bills and Exchange Manager
African Development Bank Cotonou.