But you may be sure that pitches like this still exist. Behold “STRICTLY BUSINESS FROM SENATOR JAMES”:
My name is Larry James, the chairman of the World Bank/United Nations delegates sent to African for auditing on foreign African reserve accounts for controlling the issue of money Laundering, Scam, and Bank Fraud with the African Government that has being going on. I am presently in Africa.
Pardon me for not having the pleasure of knowing your mindset before making you this offer and it is utterly confidential and genuine by virtue of its nature. I write to solicit your cooperation in allowing this sum US$20M be received into your account for our mutual benefits.
This fund was stashed out from the funds we recovered during our auditing with African Banks last year. So far, I have already submitted an approved end of the year report to the World Bank and United Nations and I have since then, placed this amount on a Non-Investment Account without a beneficiary with International Commercial Bank Plc Accra Ghana waiting for this time when the ICB will be having their International pay out bills. And I seek your partnership to humbly and sincerely work with me have this fund received into your account for our mutual benefits.
Upon your response, I will make arrangement with an insider of the Bank to configure your name on the Central Computer database under better arrangement as the holder of the Non-Investment Account and I will then guide you on how to apply for the Account Closure/ bank-to-bank remittance of the funds to your designated bank account.
Note: This Ten-man committee was appointed after the meeting held by the United Nation, African Union, IMF and African Apex Bank. Our assignment was to audit every African Bank foreign reserve accounts to know how much they are fairing with the economic standard and to know how much they owe foreigners of their contracts and inheritance fund which is the most reason we are assigned for this job including the foreign individual petitions and reports against African Government as towards the delays in receiving their funds after investment of much efforts.
Why I have contacted you is because we came across a detailed fund claim in your name without good measures and we were able to discover that this fund does not originally belonged to you after much scrutiny and we also believe that some people may wanted to use your name to claim some funds with African Government but due to their inabilities, they were unable to realize this fund before this event..
Not withstanding, we were able to recovered and return some funds to the United Nations after studding some foreign payment files, which most of their claims are not genuine and clearly stated since they have not good source of origin in the case of some malpractices by some Government officials to siphon Government funds with the help of their foreign partners, Therefore, since you have been established as one of foreign beneficiaries it will be easy to forward this claim in your favour as the true beneficiary , I would want your confidential cooperation to have this fund wired into your account and after that, we will share the proceeds 50-50. If you concur with this proposal, Reply ASAP.
Chairman Committee Mr. Larry James,
World Bank Group.
I’m not quite sure this qualifies as phishing, as neither link nor snail-mail address is given, and James’ alleged email address (though not the Reply-To address) is test -at- friendlessanimals.com. You’d think a weasel pretending to hand out money would have lots of friends.