BENIN BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL LAW ATTORNEYS
A. MENSAH CHAMBERS & ASSOCIATES, L.L.B, L.L.M
LEGAL SOLICITORS AND LAWYERS OF THE SUPREME COURT OF BENIN,
COTONOU, BENIN REPUBLIC.
Hello my friend,
I am Barrister Aron Mensah, English speaking Beninese, Solicitor and Financial Attorney/Consultant. I was moved to contact you based on the present condition of things here. There was a foreigner who registered with my Legal firm as his personal Attorney and he was a stock broker as well as a onetime secret agent for importing oil from overseas for our former Ministers and also a construction contractor.
So, on June 2003 my client made a fixed deposit for US$9,500,000.00 (Nine Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars Only) in a Bank here in Benin with standing statement/agreement with the bank that all correspondence in respect to the fixed deposit contract must be sent to him through my humble chambers. Upon maturity, the routine notification was sent to me, which I dispatched to his forwarding address as usual without a reply.
After a month, I sent a reminder which I received from the bank without any reply again. Finally, I discovered from my client’s contract employee that he died with his family in the Benin Republic December 26, 2003 plane crash. He died without making any WILL and all attempts to trace his relatives were fruitless.
I also discovered that he did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his fixed deposit contract with the bank. Hence I seek your consent to present you to this bank as the next of kin based on the official letter I just received from his bankers reminding me that BENINESE LAW states that at the expiration of ten (10) years the money will be reverted to the ownership of the BENINESE Government if I do not confirm the next of kin to claim the fund.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to my deceased client since you share the same surname and a foreigner so that the fruits of this old man’s labor will not go into the hands of some corrupt government officials.
Note that this transaction is simple and risk free because I will provide expert legal services that will guarantee the successful execution of this deal. If you are interested, please contact me as soon as possible through phone, I shall provide you with more details and how we shall proceed with the claims. I expect you to observe utmost confidentiality and be rest assured that this transaction would be profitable for both of us. Thanks as I wait for your reply.For security reasons and more confidentiality, reply through email@example.com
Hon. Barrister A. Mensah (Esq)”
Otro fulano que quiere estafarme, según él alguien con mi mismo apellido (¿cuál es mi apellido? no lo dice porque no lo sabe, le envía este mismísimo e-mail a millones de direcciones de correo esperando que algunos de los receptores sean tan bobos como para creerle) dejó en un banco de Benin (¿dónde queda eso? ¿podrías responder sin antes buscar en Internet?) la suma de 9.500.000 dólares americanos y quiere que me haga pasar por un pariente del muerto millonario para reclamar ese dinero. Desde luego que el dinero no existe, el fulano lanza el anzuelo esperando que yo lo muerda pero jamás de los jamases conseguirá eso de mí. En el 100% de los casos estos e-mails se tratan de intentos de estafarme, jamás algo así podría ser verdad. Solamente alguien muy tonto podría caer en trampas tan obvias.