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I got this in a Skype contact request today. I think this was the example used when we went over scam email in my first security class. It made me laugh.

Hello Kohlmeier

I Am Mr. Sylvester Idrisu, a banker here in Ghana . I write you this proposal in good faith hoping that I will rely on you. In 2010, Mr Desmond Kohlmeier who has same surname as yours and who has your country in his file as his place of origin, made a fixed deposit , valued at $7,150,000.00 with my bank. I was his account officer.

Unfortunately, while on a business trip, he died in a deadly Tsunami earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011 in Sendai Japan that killed many people.

The management of our bank have been finding a means to reach him so as ascertain if he will want to roll over the Deposit or have the contract sum withdraw , when I discovered that this will happen, I learn t of his death, so I have tried to think up a procedure to preserve this fund and use the proceed for charity. Some directors 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, they will corner the funds for themselves.

Therefore, I am seeking your co-operation to present you as the one to benefit from his fund at his death since you have the same name, so that my bank head quarters will pay the funds to you. I have done enough inside bank arrangement and only have to put in your details into the information network in the bank computers and reflect you as his next of kin.

I immensely request for your optimum honesty and cooperation and Let me know your mind on this, and please do treat this information as Top secrete. We shall go over the details once I receive your urgent response strictly through my personal email address, ([email address removed].) we can as well discuss this on phone. Send me your phone number for easy communication anticipating your communication.

Best Regards,
Mr. Sylvester Idrisu
[email address removed]


The lesson? Don’t contact and give anyone personal information. Even if they send you a skype contact request and their english seems slightly better than the other scammers out there.