Bullet dodged. Close one.

Another day, another offer of unearned riches. I was just about to send off my details when I realised something didn’t quite ring true.

“Good day, my name is Gerald Johnson,i work with a notable bank in wales as a senior staff . I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you,I contacted you because of your good name to the society and i believe that we can handle the situation together.A deceased man who was a Gold Dealer made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit in our bank, Upon maturity,I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.After some months, I sent a reminder to the same address, and was told that he died from an automobile accident.I therefore made further investigation and discovered that he did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of 10,600,000.00 Pounds is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the Principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to the deceased so that the fruits of this old man’s labour will not get into t! he hands of some government offici I have planned this deal in such a way that we will never have problem, All legal documents to back-up this fund will accompany the funds to your account, you will never have problem with the financial institute of your country or mine or from any source, but you must keep this information only to yourself until the money is successfully transferred.You will be required to provide this remaining information; MARITAL STATUS YOUR AGE: MOBILE PHONE NUMBER; OCCUPATION: POSITION/RANK IN OFFICE: A SCANNED COPY OF EITHER YOUR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OR DRIVERS LICENSE. In my next email, i will give you the contact of a seasoned lawyer who will help us to get all the Required legal papers, but i will want you to respond to me immediately, even if you have not Scanned your ID, you can still respond so that i will make sure that this transaction did not exceed more than 10 working days and the money will be transferred to your account. Awaiting your urgent response Yours Faithfully, Gerald Johnson”

Then it struck me, there is of course, no, ‘notable bank in wales’. Close call.

4 responses to “Bullet dodged. Close one.”

  1. Amir says:

    What about the part where you’re a foreigner? … Or do I need a passport to visit Wales now. 🙂

  2. There was absolute nothing else about the email that raised my suspicions at all…

  3. David Mitchell says:

    …not even the idea that it’d be earning any interest in a bank ? Surely that struck you as highly unlikely.

  4. Now you point it out it is so obvious. I feel such a fool.