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You Don't Know Jack!

This scambait was funny in a couple different ways. It was your typical Next-of-Kin scam where they wait to find out your last name to plug it in as the dead fellow’s – thus explaining how they found you. Before replying, I took my fake last name off my Yahoo Bait Account (it now says Greg’s Mail), so he wouldn’t know my last name – and inquire to what the dead person’s last name is first. He first tells me “you share the same last name as the client”, but when I press him on the issue without revealing my last name, he says, “…even if your last name is not same with the deceased…”. This bait takes a new direction when he email account is shut down 2 times during our early correspondence. At this point, I decide to keep reporting him to Yahoo after every reply to him I make. For this very short scambait, his email account gets shut down 6 times – 4 by me! My emails are in blue, his/hers are in black, my comments in red. Happy reading!


Wishing you, your family and well wishers a happy, joyfully and prosperous New Year!

I hope this mail meets you well. I duly apologize if am interfering on your privacy if this request is not acceptable to you. First, I didn't come to you by chance nor by accident, I have come to you because your names has planted you in the centre of relevant in my life and my professional career as a banker at this very moment of my life. But before I go further I will like to introduce myself to you for better understanding. My name is Mr.David Jackson, Banker with a reputable bank here in Cote d¢Ivoire ( Ivory Coast ) and I am contacting you in regards to a business transfer of a large sum of money from a dormant account. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day.

I was the personal accounts manager to a deceased customer, a foreigner, Mr Joseph , who had an account with us here in Cote d¢Ivoire ( Ivory Coast ). On July 7, 2005, series of coordinated terrorist bomb blasts hit the London Subways, resulting in the loss of more than 52 people and unfortunately my client, his wife, and their three children were among the people that died on that fateful day. Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives but has been unsuccessful. After several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name over the internet, to see if I could locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.

Of particular interest is this huge deposit with our bank here in my country Cote d¢Ivoire in west Africa (Ivory Coast), where the deceased has an account valued at about (15 million British Pounds Sterling).They have issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or our bank will declare the account unserviceable and thereby send the funds to the bank treasury. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for the past years, I will seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased, since you share the same last name with the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at (15 million British Pounds Sterling) can be paid to you and then you and I can share the money.All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under all legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

In your reply mail, I want you to give me your full names, address, date of birth, telephone and fax numbers. If you can handle this with me, reach me now for more details.I can be easily reaches through this email id

Thanking you for your anticipated cooperation.

Mr.David Jackson

(His next email comes from a new email account)


I received this letter - was it meant for me? What can I do to help?


Hello my dear Greg,

I got your mail and I hope this mail meets you well. I want to thank you for your prompt reply to my email. It is true that we do not know each other, I found myself in this opportunity and with my position I had no option than to give out this blind trust and I will appreciate if I can confide in you for this business that will profit us both. Like I said in my previous mail I didn't come to you by chance or by accident, I contacted you because your last name has planted you in the centre of relevant in my life and professional career as a banker.

I will have you understand that in the event of death of any of our clients who does not leave a receiving next-of-kin in his form, An enquiry is usually set up to search out a possible relative to claim his/her estate. It is in the course of this enquiry/search that your details were submitted to me as a possible next-of-kin to our deceased client, who was residence here in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire and that is how your name came in.

I want you to know that I did not just wake up and decide to do this; I did my proper homework before contacting you. I work with BIAO bank Abidjan , Ivory Coast ; I am presently the managing director and head of Private Banking Division/Audit & Records with BANQUE INTERNATIONAL DE L'AFRIQUE DE L'OUEST BIAO-CI ( I have worked with this bank for more than 12yrs now and I want to assure you that if I am not sure that this transfer will work, I would not have thought of doing it.

This transfer will be done under the legitimate BTO of my country, what I want from you is your honesty. You will have to play a very big role for us to actualise this transaction that is why I am offering you a 50:50 sharing ratio. This is a pure deal and needs a partnership attention from you. All I want is for you to promise to be steadfast all through. After the transfer, you will help me open an account in your country where you will lodge my own part of the money pending my arrival.

The money is held in a coded suspense account and I have all the access information, which I will give to you thereafter. When the money will be transferred, it will be labelled as inheritance so there will not be any problem with your government authorities, all we owe them is their tax and nothing more. The only risk I foresee here is your alerting my bank and refusal to work with me. Like I told you, I have the instrument in my possession to actualise this project, if only you can give me the assistance and co-operation needed as well as respond to issues quickly as they arise. We can conclude this transaction within 9-Banking/working days and have the money in your account. We may be required to make some financial commitments to actualise this project, but it will not be much that both of us cannot handle.

I will work on the account file in your favour as the legal beneficiary with your full information when you send it in your next email and thereafter I will forward you an application, which you will forward to our bank officially. I really want us to treat everything concerning this transaction with uttermost secrecy.

Please I do not want any direct link between you and me. My official lines are not secure lines as they are periodically monitored to assess our level of customer care in line with our total Quality Management Policy. Please observe this instruction religiously. Do not betray my confidence. In other words contact me only on this my yahoo email address or if you can, call me on this my direct cell phone number: +225 08814577 to enable us concretise this arrangement, then we can open a line of communication or let me know when best to call you on your cell phone and get you alone. With this process, you don't have to worry over anything, as I will be here to oversee everything until the money is confirmed in your account.

Call me now or acknowledge this mail.

Thank you very much.

Mr. David Jackson.
BIAO Bank.
Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire
+225 08814577.

This can't be legal - I do not want to go to jail. You are suggesting that we steal this money, correct?


I am a man of over 44years old, married with a wife for more than 12 years and bless with three wonderful kids. I deserve some respect from you; please do not call me a thief.

I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you.

In February 2003, the subject matter came to our bank to engage in business discussions with our private banking division. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of 9.7 million British Pounds Sterling, which he wished to have us turn over (invest) on his behalf. I was the officer assigned to his case; I made numerous suggestions in line with my duties as the de-facto chief operations officer of the private banking sector, especially given the volume of funds he wished to put into our bank. We spun the money around various opportunities and made attractive margins for our first months of operation, the accrued profit and interest stood at this point at over 6 million British Pounds Sterling, this margin was not the full potential of the fund but he desired low risk guaranteed returns on investments. In mid 2005, he asked that the money be liquidated because he needed to make an urgent investment requiring cash payments. He directed that I liquidate the funds and have it transfer into an account in England . Then the bank requested for the Bank account details where he wants the money transfer into then he said he will have to travel to England to work ways and modalities with his banker on how they are to receive the money. I undertook all the processes and made sure I followed his precise instructions to the letter and by having the funds liquidated and await his further instruction and the bank account details where he wish the funds be transfer into. That was the last we heard about this man.

This was an astounding position as far as I was concerned, given the fact that I managed the private banking sector I was the only one who knew about the deposit and his desire to have the funds transfer into an account in England, I made futile efforts to locate any of his family member all to no avail,

I immediately passed the task of locating any of his relative to the internal investigations department. But nothing was found. If you are familiar with private banking affairs, those who patronize our services usually prefer anonymity, but also some levels of detachment from conventional processes. In his bio-data form, he listed no next of kin. In the field of private banking, opening an account with us means no one will know of its existence, accounts are rarely held under a name; depositors use numbers and codes to make the accounts anonymous.

It is this investigation that resulted in my being furnished with your details as a possible relative of the deceased because of the similarity in your last names.

My official capacity dictates that I am the only party to supervise the investigation and the only party to receive the results of the investigation. It is quite clear now that our dear fellow died with no known or identifiable family members. This leaves me as the only person with the full picture of what the prevailing situation is in relation to the deposit and the late beneficiary of the deposit. According to practice, the unclaimed money team will however broadcast a request for statements of claim to BIAO -RCI failing to receive viable claims they will most probably revert the deposit back to our treasury. This will result in the money entering into the BIAO -RCI Private Bank accounting system and the portfolio will be out of my hands and out of the private banking division. This will not happen if I have my way. I want you to understand something. It is only an outsider to the banking world who finds the internal politics of the banking world aberrational. The world of private banking especially is fraught with huge rewards for those who sit upon certain chairs and oversee certain portfolios. You should have begun by now to put together the general direction of what I propose. There is 15 Million pounds deposited in our bank liquidated and ready for transfer and I alone have the deposit details and the bank will release the deposit to no one unless I instruct them to do so.

I alone know of the existence of this deposit for as far as BIAO -RCI Private Bank is concerned, the transaction with the late customer started and end on my desk, all outstanding interactions in relation to the file are just customer services and due process. The bank generally has no single idea of what's the history or nature of the deposit. They are simply awaiting instructions to release the deposit to any party that I may direct because the funds has already been liquidated and wait transfer. This is the situation.

You with the same very name as the original depositor would easily pass as the beneficiary with right to claim. The dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only come once in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by. For once I find myself in total control of my destiny.

If you will not work with me or see my proposal as stealing or as a scam or spam as they call it, please endeavour to delete it and forget I ever contacted you so that I can move on with my life, I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide them with new opportunities. There is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth undertaking. I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is from you refusing to work with me and alerting my bank BIAO -RCI, if you find yourself able to work with me, contact me back with your full details..

My dear nobody came to this world with wealth and riches, some people where born into, some achieve it and the other received it as a gift from God, If you work with me in the actualization of this project, you are going to fall into any of the above mentioned categories and be counted amongst the wealthy people. That is the gospel truth.

I await your response.


I never called you a thief, but that is what you are suggesting we do, right?

The other question I had is what is similar about our names (mine and the depositor)?


(Because of his last reply, I email Yahoo Terms and Service, and his email was shut down)

Is not what I am suggesting and from your behaviour, I can see you are not interested in my proposal and as such it will be risky on my side giving out more information about this deal to you. To be a millionaire is not by force and I don’t want you to see it that I am forcing you against your wish. I will get someone interested and I will pull the deal successfully. Therefore please delete all my correspondence with you and tell no more about this.

I didn't say I was interested - I just wanted to be clear and candid in all of our dealings. If you don't want me as a partner, then I understand, but I never said I wasn't interested. I was just wondering how our names were similar, that's all.


(At this point in the bait, I decide that after I send a reply to him, I also turn him in to Yahoo Abuse – sometimes it takes a couple days for a response by them)

And I have being very candid with you from the beginning, only that I found out that you are not following or understanding my emails.

First I told you that I got your email address after my search with the deceased last name, MAILISION (Mr. Warren Joseph MAILISION), a Native-American.

Secondly, I told you that the account is a special account and the deceased did not fill any information on the next of kin column. Therefore even if your last name is not same with the deceased but for the may fact that the bank will see your information on the account file makes you the legal next of kin. Or are they going to wake the dead up to ask him? The only confirmation will be from me! And you will also agree with me here that it is not a must that your next of kin will have same last name. Which ever way, do not forget my position with the bank, as long as I have your information filled into the account file, there will not be any problem as I will be here to oversee everything till the end.

What do you need me to do?


To send your full information for me to work on the account file with them in your favour as the legal next of kin. Tha is your;
1. Full names:
2. Contact address:
3. Date of birth:
4. tel/fax numbers:

1. Full names: Greg Wilson
2. Contact address: 2525 N. Munroe Road
3. Date of birth: 04/04/1969
4. tel/fax numbers: 202-456-1414 after 7:00pm EST

Dear Greg,

I got your mail and I hope this meets you well.. Thank you for your understanding. If you will be responding to issues/mails as promptly as possible, we will get this deal done with within 9 working/banking days. Anyway, I have carefully taken care of the account file with your information you sent to me and all is ready now. You will copy, edit, amend and send the application below to the email address or fax number given below, but for faster response and safety, send to the bank email address.

Before we go on, I want you to really understand the role you are going to play. I am a staff of this bank so on no account should my name be mentioned. You are coming in from an official angle this time. You should not be afraid of anything; you have the account code quoted in the application, which gives you right to the said money. Please also know that it is very risky if another person sees this information that is why a high level of confidentiality must be maintained. Please, let this be between you and me and nobody else.

My friend, I want to remind you again that I am giving you a blind trust. You now have the right over this money and in less than no time the money will be in your account. I know that I cannot do this myself that is why I contacted you. As I told you before, we may be required to make some financially commitments, but I know it won’t be more than we can both handle.

Your role in this is even more important than mine but I would want us to work out this in confidence, as you have trusted me with the assurances I gave you, I want to trust you also that after the transfer, my own share will get to me as agreed.

Below is the application, after you send it, drop me a line to inform me. If you need any clarification, reach me immediately through this yahoo email or give me a call.

Bye for now.
Mr. David Jackson.
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Telephone/Fax number
E-mail address

Fax Number: (00)225 2250 6631



I hereby apply for the release of the sum of $15,500,000.00 belonging to my late relative (Mr. Raymond Joseph Mailision) who died together with his wife and three children in the terrorist bomb blasts hit of London Subways in July 7, 2005.

The late Mr. W. J. Mailision, before his death, was a customer with your bank and kept this deposit in his account with your bank and ever since his death, the family had been making frantic efforts to trace and repatriate most of his assets. I hereby state the account information as below;

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 0261010010

I shall be grateful if you will help release this money to me as his next of kin.

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation.


Greg Wilson

The next email is almost a month later because his email was shut down for the fourth time.

Dear Greg,

I hope this mail meets you well. I am sorry for not writing you since is due to some circumstances beyond my control, but all is well now. I just resumed work today and I saw that you have not concluded the transfer of the money to your account. The reply letter I ask you to send to the bank with your ID, you haven’t done that till now, so I will like to know what is happening on your own side. Please update me ASAP.

Happy and A Prosperous New Year!

What were the circumstances? When I contacted Yahoo because your email account was no longer working they said it was shut down due to fraudulent activities.


You are right! I came back and I saw that my ID was not working and I don’t know who reported my email ID as fraudulent. But after going through the yahoo policy and reason, I thought that you reported it. But since you is not you, it might then be because of to many unread emails that most have come to my inbox.

The circumstance is that, I was sent to the northern part of this country on an emergency. You know that my country has being in civil war for years and they are just reconciling. Without notice I was sent there to audit the government own firm’s accounts before the new election will take place. Because these firms are still control by the rebels there, I was not given asset to communication till I finish my assignment. They said they did it to avoid me and my team being influence by any political power.

Now I am back, so where did you stop now? please lets conclude this ASAP, before my country starts its election.

Truthfully, I do not remember where we stopped because that was a while ago and I don't think I saved any of the emails. So the ball is in your court, because I have no idea what to do.


I know that my last email to you was a reply to the banks acknowledgment to your application and in which they ask you to obtain 3 documents from my country ministry of Justice to facility the transfer of the money to your account. And also that you should scan and send to them any copy of your identity card. So my question is if you sent the reply I ask you to send to them asking them for assistance of any of their accreted attorney that will help you get the documents. Let me know if you sent. If you didn't, then I will compose another letter and send it to you to send to them.

I still believe you are ready for the conclusion of this deal. Inform me ASAP.

I have no idea how to contact the bank or any lawyers concerning this - I think I deleted all of my emails concerning this transaction. I don't even remember what the man's name was that I am supposed to be next-of-kin to. You better fill me in on all of the details before I contact anyone.



can I read from you?

(I don’t know what this is, but it came two weeks after the last email)

When I replied back to question his last email, his email was shut down again (for the sixth time). I patiently waited for him to email me again from a new account, but he never did. Did he finally figure out that I was the one that was having his accounts shut down? Or maybe, being frustrated of what I was doing, he re-thought his whole life and quit the scamming business forever. Maybe he dedicated his life to help those less fortunate. Maybe …

Naw, he’s just a freaking idiot that took 6 email accounts to figure out I was fucking with him.

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