Email Scam: Classic 419 Fraud of Mr. Idrisa Ahmed

Personal Experiences

As my Sam Mendoza SMS Scam post continues with its record breaking comments streak, I will be posting another variant of scam and this time its the classic 419 email scam. I got it from my hotmail account a few days ago and I am sharing it as an public service and awareness campaign to all readers of my blog.

Dear friend,

I am writing to seek your cooperation over this business, Please due welcome this letter.

I am Mr.Idrisa Ahmed, the director of the accounts & auditing dept. at the African Development Bank Ouagadougou-west Africa . (A D B). With due respect, I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be beneficial to both of us.

At the bank’s last accounts/auditing evaluations, my staffs came across an old account which was being maintained by a foreign client who we learnt was among the deceased passengers of motor accident on November. 2003, the deceased was unable to run this account since his death. The account has remained dormant without the knowledge of his family since it was put in a safe deposit account in the bank for future investment by the client.

Since his demise, even the members of his family haven’t applied for claims over this fund and it has been in the safe deposit account until I discovered that it cannot be claimed since our client is a foreign national and we are sure that he has no next of kin here to file claims over the money. As the director of the department, this discovery was brought to my office so as to decide what is to be done. I decided to seek ways through which to transfer this money out of the bank and out of the country too.

The total amount in the account is Ten million five hundred thousand dollars (USD 10,500,000.00).with my positions as staffs of the bank, I am handicapped because I cannot operate foreign accounts and cannot lay bonafide claim over this money. The client was a foreign national and you will only be asked to act as his next of kin and I will supply you with all the necessary information and bank data to assist you in being able to transfer this money to any bank of your choice where this money could be transferred into.

The total sum will be shared as follows: 50% for me, 50% for you and expenses incidental occur during the transfer will be incur by both of us. The transfer is risk free on both sides hence you are going to follow my instruction till the fund transfer to your account.

Since I work in this bank that is why you should be confident in the success of this transaction because you will be updated with information as at when desired.

I will wish you to keep this transaction secret and confidential as I am hoping to retire with my share of this money at the end of transaction which will be when this money is safety in your account. I will then come over to your country for sharing according to the previously agreed percentages. You might even have to advise me on possibilities of investment in your country or elsewhere of our choice. May God help you to help me to a restive retirement, Amen.

Please for further information and enquires feel free to contact me back immediately for more explanation and better understanding.

I am waiting for your urgent response!

Thanks and remain blessed.
Mr Idrisa Ahmed

This type of mail is still making rounds and I wonder why.

Here are my learnings on email scams post:

  • Awareness is the key. Be aware of email scams and its different variations.
  • If the deal seems too good to be true then be suspicious and consult your family and your friends about it.
  • If you suspect that it’s a scam, don’t reply to the email and don’t entertain future emails with similar offer.
  • Report to authorities as you deem proper.

I mentioned them also in my Dan Maha 419 Scam post.

I hope you find this post informative.

For more scam posts and advisory visit these posts