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Sunday, June 29, 2008

NATWEST BANK PLC email scam / fraud

Welcome to bad math

60% they keep
30% we keep
10% goes to expense
Balance for charity (balance?)

Why does the chief of a bank need to contact me, and why do they need to use to send their email and Yahoo in Hong Hong to receive email.

Plus what kind of first name is WILLAMS

How do people fall for such a transparent scam?



Mail originated from

P.O.BOX 3038 ,

Dear Friend,

Please accept my sincere apologizes if my email does not meet your business or personal ethics. I will first introduce myself as MR. BEN DESMOND COLE, the Chief Auditor with NATWEST BANK PLC, LONDON-UK. One of our accounts, with holding balance of £12.5 (Twelve Million Five Hundred thousand pounds Sterling) has been dormant and last operated for years ago. From my investigations, the owner of the said account, Is a foreigner by name MR. JOHN SHUMEJDA who died along with his entire family in crash at Birmingham Airport on 4th Jan, 2002. View this website for verification: (removed)

Since then, nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of this money, as he has no family member that has any knowledge as to the existence of either the account or the funds; I have confidently discussed this issue with some of the bank officials and we have agreed to find a reliable foreign partner to deal with.

My proposition to you, is to seek your consent to present you as the Next of kin and beneficiary of this late client, So that the proceeds of this account valued a huge sum shall be paid to you, and then we can share the amount on a mutually agreed percentage of 30% for you, While 60% for me and others involved, 10% shall be used for miscellaneous expenses while the remainder shall be given to a reputable charity home because the money is owned by a deceased person.

This transaction is totally free of risk and troubles as the fund is legitimate and does not originate from drug, money laundry, terrorism or any other illegal act, funds will be released to you after necessary processes have been followed. Let me hear from you as soon as you get this message, so we can proceed. Reply through my private email address.

Best regards,
Mr.Ben Desmond Cole

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