Warning – New Nigerian Banking Scam

The fraud email scammers are at it again. Remember the scam where you get an email telling you that a relative has died, and left you a lot of money, and that all you have to do to claim it is to send the details of your bank account? And if you do so, you find that the scammers immediately clean out your account? I’ve just had one of those, claiming to be from a ‘Morgan Dave’ of the investment branch of Barclays. Here’s the email I got:

I am Mr. Morgan Dave, the Executive Director, Cooperate and Investment Banking, Barclays Bank London Branch. I have a proposal for you but I do not know if it is against your ethics. I hope you will accept my mail in good faith, if not please do not reply.

Following the recent announcement by the Central Bank of England that all funds in dormant accounts for over 15 years be moved to the Treasury, I have decided to send you this mail.

I discovered a dormant account in our database with the same last name as yours. It will be in my interest to transfer this 6,600,000.00 GBP you’re your account as the next of kin to the fund. If you can be a collaborator/partner to this please indicate interest immediately for us to proceed.

Remember this is absolutely confidential, as I am seeking your assistance as the beneficiary of this unclaimed fund. I cannot be directly connected to this fund because we are not allowed to operate a foreign account as staffs or board members.
Your full name as in ID and also direct cell phone numbers will be necessary for this effect. I have reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint me.

I certainly do intend to disappoint Mr Dave, assuming that’s his real name. This is a clearly a scam. I know that most of the readers of this blog will be pretty savvy about frauds like this, but this always the chance that somebody might be taken in, so be warned.

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