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 Boring, but my first (ongoing as of 1-16-08)

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Lunch Hour Man
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Joined: 02 Nov 2007
Posts: 35


PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:40 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Pretty straight bait that I got from the surplus letters section sometime in early November -- POSSIBLY late October, but I don't think so. I started baiting using a fastmail.fm account, but that got shut down for suspected commercial activity, so we pick up with me mailing various permutations of what I thought the lad's email address was, trying to get him back on the line. Don't remember what the initial scam was; just that whoever posted it in the surplus section said it was too plain-jane for them to bother with.

My first letter trying to get the lad back:

Quote:

FROM: "Conan McOnan"
TO: "Kelechi Michael ([email protected])
I had to send this message to a bunch of variations on this until I found the right one
SUBJECT: Change of address
DATE: 11-19-07

Dear Michael,

I have been trying to contact you regrading our correspondance, however my primery email is warning me that it will soon disable due to bandwidth. Please contact me at this my personal email as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Conan W. McOnan


A bunch of "Undeliverable mail" messages, and this response:

Quote:

FROM: Kelechi Michael
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: GET BACK TO ME NOW
DATE: 11-20-07

Good day my dear Conan,

I was very sad after many attenpt sending email to your formal email address and it return back to me undelivered, i dont know what next to do i have called your phone number many time (a K7 number I'd given him from the fastmail.fm account) but nothing come out of it.


Now i want you to give a call and get back to me for us to conclude this transaction within this very week that we are into. waiting to hear from you immediately. +226 7675 8872

Thanks remain bless
Michael


You'd think I'd be eager to conclude the transaction, too, but I don't really seem to be:

Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Kelechi Michael
SUBJECT: Re: GET BACK TO ME NOW
DATE: 11-20-07

Dear Mr Michael,

I am glad we have refabriacted our contract with each other dispute problems with my formal email. I am puzzled to hear your say you have called me, because I have not received these calls, unless they were forwarded to my anserwing service for some reasons. I will check when I reach my home tonight.

I cannot call you now because I am at my office. I will try to call you later in the evening after I have returned home.

Best Wishing,


Conan W. McOnan


From Mr. Michael:

Quote:

FROM: Kelechi Michael
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: GET BACK TO ME NOW
DATE: 11-20-07

Dear Mr Conan,

Now that we have refabriacted (awesome; I was trying to teach him a wrong word. All the better that I didn't even type it right) our contact as you have mentioned and i am very greatful for that as you can see that i am so worried about sending the check or money to you as it will pay me no good if i dont send the check to you or open an accout for you here where this check will be paid into and then transfer into your bank account. I want you to no that this check will be of no use to me as i can not pay it into my own account as it bears your name or do any thing with it with out you have receive it into your hand or bank.

So now i want you to make up your mind to provide those requirement that needed for the activation or opening of new bank account for you here with the Bank Of Africa in order to pay in the check into the new accout and then the bank will have to demand for your bank information in order to wire this fund to your account over there. or if you ask me to send the check through courier service that DHL COURIER SERVICE COMPANY then get back to me immediately.

Below is the attachment of me and my family for you to know that i am of an age and serious about fillfulling the promise that i told my Boss that i will try my possible means to see that this check or money get to your reach, I always want to be honest and truthful with whom so ever i meent on the way cos i know when to meet next.

Thanks may the good lord bless.
Michael


I'm sure the three pictures he attached of him and his wife and family have been sent a gajillion victims before. Here's one:

Image

I also got rose emoticons next to my name and Michaels. Aww...

I sent him another email on 11-20 (I really didn't get the idea of waiting then), but I used Bigstring's expire feature, so I don't know what it said, or whether he got it. A couple minutes after that I sent one of my more blatant attempts at English re-Neducation:

Quote:


FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Kelechi Michael
SUBJECT: Re:
DATE: 11-20-07

OK I understand. I think its better to open an account with BOA like you say, rather than not use DHL COURIER SERVICE COMPANY with too much work for both of us.

I lost your emails to me previously,so I can only use rememory to fill your request to me for information on bank account and etc. I no you said need my passport photos for this so I will send them from this addroes rather than not the other I tried before. I sent two drastically reshrunk headshots of some guy from Google Image Search. I think he was Russian. I know for a fact that he needed a shave. I sent the same photo twice, with different names, and it was resized to the point whwere it wasn't much bigger than you average emoticon. After reading more on the forum, I've stopped sending pictures of myself. Please write or call me to tell me what more you need to get this show on the ropes.

It is very late but I have not been sleeping well waiting for this deal to be properly affected. I am giong to drink some hot manga tea that my friend at the office said will help. Do you drink manga tea? It may be hard to fnid where you are, but I think you should try it when you are times of worry. The tea I drink now is Coq du Femee. It tastes slitly funny,but I do feel more relaxing now.

I hope you're evening is so pleasasnt. Best of wishing to you and yuor family.

Conan W. McOnan


I'd forgotten the "manga tea" gambit. He didn't ever bite on it, but I think I'll try & revive it all the same. Mr. Michael sent back:

Quote:


FROM: Kelechi Michael
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: WAITING FOR THE MONEY TO OPEN THE NEW ACCOUNT WITH BANK OF AFRICA .PAYMENT INFO
DATE: 11-21-07

Goodday my dear Conan (another rose smiley),

I have seen the passport you sent to me although it wasnt clear enough but i will print it out to see if the bank manager will accept it. but i want you to resend it again incase it require bright one okay . This the next thing to do now , you have to send the money needed for opening of the new account for you here with bank of africa which costs $3320usd .This is the information yo are going to use to the send the money through western union money transfer .


RECEIVERS NAME : KELECHI MICHAEL
RECEIVERS ADDRESS: OUAGA, BURKINA-FASO
TEXT QUESTION: MY FRIEND
ANSWER: MICHEAL
CONTROL NUMBER (MTCN)

You are advise to use that information to send the money for the opening of the new bank account with B O A . then after the payment has been made you should send the information you use with the control number to me via email. I will be waiting to hear from you. I will give you a call today

Thanks and remain bless
Michael (another rose smiley),


He sent the above email twice, and about ten minutes later sent:

Quote:


FROM: Kelechi Michael
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: THOSE ITERM IS NEEDED TODAY OR TOMORROW
DATE: 11-21-07

YOU ARE TO SEND A COPY OF YOUR PASSPORTGRAPH AND THE MONEY FOR OPENING THE NEW BANK ACCOUNT WHICH COST $3320USD . SEND THIS TWO ITERM TODAY OR TOMORROW I HAVE GIVEN YOU THE INFORMATION YOU WILL USE TO SEND THE MONEY THROUGH WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER. HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU. AND YOU SHOULD PLEASE RESEND THE INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT AS THE ONE YOU SEND IS NOT CLAER.

THANKS AND REMAIN BLESS
KELECHI


Four hours later (still not good on the waiting piece, but getting a little bolder about stalling,) I reply:

Quote:


FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Kelechi Michael
SUBJECT: Re: THOSE ITERM IS NEEDED TODAY OR TOMORROW
DATE: 11-21-07

That sounds very splenda. Please remit to me the invoice so I can speedy expitdite payment.


Conan W. McOnan


He seems a little impatient in his reply:

Quote:

FROM: Kelechi Michael
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: RE: Re: THOSE ITERM IS NEEDED TODAY OR TOMORROW
DATE: 11-22-07

I WANT YOU TO REALLY UNDERSTAND ME VERY CLEAR THAT YOU NEED TO SEND THE MONEY TO ME IN ORDER THAT IT WILL BE USE FOR OPENING THE NEW BANK ACCOUNT FOR YOU SO WHAT INVOICE YOU ARE TAKING ABOUT. I HAVE TOLD YOU THAT IF OPENING OF NEW ACCOUNT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR YOU THEN I WANT YOU TO ACCEPT TO PAY FOR THE LESS PAYMENT OF THE COURIER SERVICE COMPANY WHICH WILL COST $500USD.

BUT I HAVE ALSO TOLD YOU THAT THE MONEY USE IN OPENING THE NEW ACCOUNT IS STILL YOURS, ONLY THE BANK HAVE TO REDUCT $320USD FOR TAX ADDED VALUE AND $3000USD WILL BE ADDED TO THE $1.2MUSD THAT WILL BE WIRE INTO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT. GET BACK TO ME WITH OPTION

THANKS
KEL


Still boldly stalling where others have stalled before:

Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Kelechi Michael
SUBJECT: Re: RE : THOSE ITERM IS NEEDED TODAY OR TOMORROW
DATE: 11-22-07

Yes a application letter of opening a new bank account would be frabjous. Please send it right away. I will gander my assetts to provide necessary funds.

Conan W. McOnan


And right back:

Quote:

FROM: Kelechi Michael
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: RE: Re: THOSE ITERM IS NEEDED TODAY OR TOMORROW
DATE: 11-22-07

HELLO I DID NOT HEAR FROM YOU WHAT HAPPEND . I WENT TO THE OFFICE OF THE BANK MANAGER THIS MORNING TO SUBMIT THE CHECK AS HE TOLD ME YESTERDAY AND I WAS TOLD THAT I SHOULD SEND YOU AN APPLICATION LETTER OF OPENING A NEW BANK ACCOUNT IN ORDER FOR YOU TO FILL AND SEND TO THEM SO I WILL DO THE SENDING TODAY TO YOU. GET BACK TO ME


Six hours later:

Quote:

FROM: Kelechi Michael
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: FINISH THE APPLICATION AND SEND IT TO THE BANK EMAIL ADDRESS
DATE: 11-22-07

ATTN :REV.TRAORE BASHROW
(FOREIGN REMITTANCE DIRECTOR)
ADDRESS.770,AVENUE DE LA RESISTANCE DU 17
MAI 01 BP 13 19 OUGADOUGOU
Burkina-Faso
Bank website: www.bkofafrica.net
Bank Telefax no:(00226 78785338)
Bank E-mail:( [email protected] )

SIR,
APPLICATION FOR THE OPENING OF NEW BANK ACCOUNT WITH BANK OF AFRICA .

I AM THE MR CONAN W MCONAN FROM THE STATE WANT TO HAVE AN BANK ACCOUNT WITH THIS BANK (B O A) IN ORDER TO PAY IN MY CHECK IN BURINA FASO INTO THE NEW BANK ACCOUNT THAT WILL BE ACTIVATED AND FROM THERE MY FUND CAN BE WIRE INTO MY BANK ACCOUNT. SO I WANT THE BANK TO GIVE THE PROCEDURE OF OPENING A NEW ACCOUNT WITH THEM AND TRANSFER THIS MONEY INTO MY RECEIVING BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS BELOW:


RECEIVING BANK INFORMATION

BANK NAME:
BANK ADDRESS:
HOLDER'S NAME;
HOLDER'S ADDRESS
ACCOUNT NUMBER:
SWIFT CODE:
TEL/FAX:
COUNTRY:

I ANTICIPATE AN URGENT COMPLIANCE TO MY APPLICATION,AND WELL OBLIGE YOUR NECESSARY CO-OPERATION TO THIS EFFECT.

THANKS
YOURS SINCERELY


I felt weird about making up bank information, so I emailed my mentor, but still couldn't wait to send a reply. Searched around in the forum, and found a toolkit with a binary converter, and sent:

Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: "Bank of Africa" ([email protected]) (side note: uymail.com is for anime fans, so maybe Mr. Michael drinks manga tea after all?
SUBJECT: ATTN: REV. TRAORE BASHROE
DATE: 11-22-07


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10110101010001000110100111110100101000101100100110001111001
110 1010010100010110011011001001101010010101
001000001100111010000111000101 100010010010011010010100010110000111010100100111110100
101010011101101010000011000100100010010100101000101101001110
100111011101101111101111100001011001000001101
01101000101100111010101011000101 10001001000101 100110010000
01 1010010100010110100111001001101001110101001
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011111010101110110101000010111010111100101101011110100111011
101100001101101100011011000011110011110111
1110110101000010110000111011101101011 1110111110010111000101110011110100111101001100101111010 11101111110111111011110111011000101101011110111111001101
100001110011011100101101001110
00111100001101110110111011001011110100110110101000010110000
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I get a response from a new, more curt character:

Quote:

FROM: Bank of Africa
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: Re: ATTN :REV.TRAORE BASHROW.APPLICATION FOR THE OPENING OF NEW BANK ACCOUNT WITH BANK OF AFRICA
DATE: 11-23-07

GO THROUGH WHAT YOU SEND TO THIS BANK

THANKS

MANAGEMENT


I also sent a message to Mr. Michael:

Quote:


FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Kelechi Michael
SUBJECT: Re: FILL THE APPLICATION FORM AND SEND IT TO THE BANK EMAIL ADDRESS
Date: 11-22-07

Michael,

The application was sent today. I waited Rev. Traore's replie.


Conan W. McOnan



And Mr. Michael wrote:

Quote:

FROM: Kelechi Michael
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: RE : Re: FILL THE APPLICATION FORM AND SEND IT TO THE BANK EMAIL ADDRESS
DATE: 11-23-07

OKAY LET WAIT AND I WANT TO KNOW FROM YOU WHY HAVE YOU NOT SEND THE PASSPORT AGAIN WITH THE MONEY TO MAKE IT EASIER


Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Kelechi Michael
SUBJECT: Re: re: FILL THE APPLICATION FORM AND SEND IT TO THE BANK EMAIL ADDRESS
DATE: 11-23-07

I am resenting the passport photos now. Please let me know when they are good enough. I cannot sent money before confirm BOA that the new bank account is opened and I did not here back from Rev. Traore yet to know progress of that.

You seem very to have anxious lately. When I fell this way I often try a hot bauble bath to relaxed. Have you tried this maybe to feel better about yourself?

Conan


Sent the exact same two tiny headshots along with the letter


I sent all the binary again under the SUBJECT: YES. ALL INFORMATION IS CORRECT, and got:

Quote:

FROM Bank of Africa
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: Re: YES. ALL INFORMATION IS CORRECT
DATE: 11-23-07

THE BANK CANT SEE ANY THING THAN 000001111 SO IF YOU ARE NOT SERIOUS TO LET US KNOW WHAT YOU WANT DONT EMAIL THIS BANK AGAIN


Well, why the bank couldn't read my infomation was a puzzle to me, so I emailed my attorney/financial advisor:

Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Shi Zhi Wei
bcc: Bank of Africa
SUBJECT: Difficulties with bank application
DATE: 11-23-07

Dr. Wei,

My contact has indidacted that his bank is having trouble with the secure email you adviced I send. Forwared evidense of our most recent convrasations are as follows underneath.

Do you have further recommend to me as to the types of email to conevy this information? It is very important to satisfied him in this regrade to make the best ultimate good result. I think he might not owne the most proper .kdfdm file reader for opening secure email and may not have properly access to it via downlow. Should I send disencryption email to him over this channel?

As you know I trust your jugement. Please advice to me when you are most convernment.

In truth,

C. McOnan

PS. I have provided tyou with my contact's email per your request. I trust to you will not write to him or expressed knowledge you understand his idenitiey as it stands to convention he may resign the contract if he heres of your intrusion. Thank you for your understandsing. +++CWM


#####FORWARED INFORMATION FOLLOWS#####
the email from the bank, along with my bank informatin in binary


In the meantime, Mr. Michael check back in with me:

Quote:

FROM: Kelechi Michal
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: GET BACK TO ME TODAY
DATE: 11-23-07

MY DEAR CONAN, No more rose emoticons

THE BANK MANAGER CALLED ME TODAY AND TOLD ME THAT YOU SEND AN INVALID APPLICATION FORM FOR THEM AND THEY CAN NOT SEE ANY THING ON IT THAN 00001110000 SO I DONT KNOW WHAT WENT WRONG EITHER FROM YOUR SIDE OR THERE SIDE . SO I WANT YOU TO FILL THE FORM AND SEND IT TO ME SO THAT I CAN PRINT IT OUT AND SEND IT TO THE BANK.

THE TWO PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPH THAT YOU SEND IS OKAY (they were the same crummy pics I'd already sent; guess he was just happy I seemed to be playing ball with him) AND I WANT THE BANK MANAGER TO COMMENCE WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW BANK ACCOUNT IMMEDIATELY AS I WILL SEND THE PASSPORT TO THE BANK MANAGER TOMORROW THEN IF YOU CAN SEND THE APPLICATION FORM TO ME TODAY THEN BY TOMORROW I WILL PRINT IT OUT AND SEND THEM TO THE BANK MANAGER FOR THE WORK TO COMMENCE TOMORROW.

THANKS REMAIN BLESS
MICHAEL


The time stamp on this next one says I sent it three hours after I rec'd the one above, so I guess I was just spinning my wheels to waste time. If so, I wish I'd waited longer before sending it.

Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Kelechi Michael
SUBJECT: Re: GET BACK TO ME TODAY
DATE: 11-23-07

Mr. Michael,

I received words from you're friends' bank and it said there was only 0000111 chairacter in the message which I tried to send secure. I think there might be a porblem for you to try to get my information that I sholuldn't send until more safe secure ways are made place. I think maybe you shluld try to send at my bank www.ths.savings.com/verify link goes absolutely nowhere an small explanatin of our transaction so they allow my decription to ber gone through.

I am getting impatient with this transsfer. I wuld hate to write to Mr. Meggone to impress my unsatisfaction. Mr Meggone something-or-other was the name on the original scam mail, which said to contact Mr. Michael. I wanted Mr. Michael to think that I thought contacting him would make any difference whatsoever, and that I was still buying into the whole story


C. W. McOnan


At this point I have an email to klausjacobi_1002(at)myway<dot>com, sent 11-23-07. I have no idea who Klaus was or who told me to email him, but I sent an attached .doc file with the bank application copy and pasted into it like ten times (but not filled out). According to bigstring, it was read once, by someone in Great Britain ( Exclamation Mr. Michael and the Bank of Africa operate out of Cote D'Ivoire and Burkina Faso). Never heard from him, never wrote to him again.

My attorney character got back to me on 11-24. This was his advice to myself;

Quote:

FROM: Shi Zhi Wei
TO: Conan McOnan
bcc: Bank of Africa (wouldn't you know Dr. Shi accidentally hit "reply to all"
SUBJECT: RE: Difficulties with bank application
DATE: 11-24-07

Mr. McOnan,

I apologize that I was not able to answer your email yesterday as I was reprimanding a client in court all afternoon. I am checking my email from home this morning to see what that I missed and want to reply to you.

As your attorney. I advice that all bank information should always be sent with the secure form that I provided to you as your request. This is the only sure-fried 100% method of assurance of your personal identity will be safe. from fraud ie, scam, perjury, phishing, etc. However it is true that many computers are not as modern as we have here in Wales,and this may cause problems of opening secure forms. I see that you are attempted to send this form to Bank of Africa (BOA). I think it is true that many places of Africa are very run-down, poor, deficient, weakness of technology, etc. Possibly there is not suffiecent computing power at this bank. I think you should considered wiser investements than such bakwardness of not able to opening standard protocol forms! I wish I'd said something different here; I was trying to get a rise out of the guy at BOA (which didn't end up happening), but insulting an entire continent crossed a line. Not a moment I'm proud of But this is your decision,that I only advice to you in the matter.

I have many emails to answer from yesterday that I missed while out of my office, so I must close this quickly. Best of luck in your investement,and please to not hesitant of ask me further advise if necessary.

Yours,

Dr. Shi Zhi Wei
Attorney at Law


Meanwhile Mr. Michael writes to reassure me. He even turned caps lock off (no rose emoticons, though). I kind of like this email -- I can almost see him massaging his temples as he writes:

Quote:

FROM: Kelechi Michael
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: RE: Re: GET BACK TO ME TODAY
DATE: 11-24-07

I dont need any answer now from your bank it the new account is opened and your fund ready to be wire into your bank account over to your country then the manager will call/email your bank for the transfer to take place. so i want you to fill those information and send them back to me today for me to print it out and send it to the bank . Please just do that and all this problem will be over okay

thanks
Michael


But I'm having none of it:

Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Kelechi Michael
SUBJECT: Re: RE: GET BACK TO ME TODAY
DATE: 11-24-07

Mr. Michael,

I atempted two times to send the information to your contract at the Bank of Africa, but it did not seem to go thorough properly. Only 000001110001 was transisted via the secure channel email that I sent both times. I wonder what the system technology that Bank of Africa is using, that is cannot open my email? Also, your contract at the bank was very rude to me in repose. I do not like to be speaking to this way when I am trying to make the smoothest for both of us. Please talk to your friend at the bank about this or I will not want to write anymore. This hole matter is very frustrated to me. I have not had a good night's sleep in three nights because of worry of it. I threw in the thing about not sleeping partly for the sake of complaining, but also because it occurred to me that I was writing at 9:00-10:00 PM from the Eastern US, and claiming to be in Wales. I don't think he ever picked up on the time discrepancy, but I've tried to play it more carefully as time's gone on


Conan W. McOnan


Mr. Michael starts fading out of the picture at this point, and I correspond more and more with the Bank of Africa. With this letter he starts to pull away a little:

Quote:

FROM: Kelechi Michael
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: GET BACK TO ME TODAY
DATE: 11-25-07

I want you to know that i have print the passport photograph and your name have been sent to the bank for the bank account. so the bank will now have to open the new account for you then if they open it they will sent you a certificate that shows they have done it. I will be away from office for three days so what ever the bank will send to you , just forward it to me when i comes back i will advise you on what to do okay.

thanks
michael


There's a few days' quiet, and then:

Quote:

FROM: Kelechi Michael
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: RE: Re: RE GET BACK TO ME TODAY
DATE: 11-29-07

My dear good friend,
I am back now i was told your new bank account have been created and so i want you to know that if now onward the bank will contact you ok so if they contact you should update me ok


Hot on that message's heels comes:

Quote:

FROM: Bank of Africa
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: WAITING FOR YOUR PAYMENT SLIP
DATE: 11-29-07

ATTN: CONAN,

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

WE HAVE TODAY APPROVE YOUR BANK ACCOUNT WITH THE BANK OF AFRICA ONLY ON ONE BASIC MEANS, YOU ARE ADIVSE TO PAY THE SUM OF THREE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY US DOLLARS ($3320USD) IN ORDER TO MAKE THE ACCOUNT ACTIVE FOR DEPOSITING AND TRANSFERING OF FUND FROM YOUR NEWLY BANK ACCOUNT. SO YOU ADRE PROMPT TO PAY THE PAYMENT THROUGH WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER TO MR SINAH OMAR EXCHANGE CONTROL DIRECTOR OF ( BOA)

THANKS

MANAGEMENT


Attached is a jpeg image of a bank contract which I assume to be fake so I hardly look at it. Probably I should have looked at it, since it has what others in the forum to believe could be real bank account information. That'll come up again later. In the meantime, I reply:

Quote:

FROM: Conan Mconan
TO: Bank of Africa
SUBJECT: Re: WAITING FOR YOUR PAYMENT SLIP
Date: 11-29-07

Thank you for your contact. I see you are attached a "BOA.jpg" attachment file that but I cannot open it on my computer. Do I need this attachment in order to make the payment? Is yes, than please resent under greater form to me as possible.


Conan W. McOnan

Just petty timewasting re: the jpeg. It opened fine.

Also this to Mr. Michael:

Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Kelechi Michael
SUBJECT: Re: RE: Re: RE: GET BACK TO ME TODAY

Mr. Michael,

Welcome back. Was your time away for business or for pleasure? I hope it was that you had chance to tilt the light's phantastic during the three days.

I have indeed been have contact from the Bank. However, I think there was a problem that an attachment they sent to me would not open. I asked them to resent this to me as possible. So I hope to hear from them. I believe it was the form for Western Union to transduce funds at the new account. now that I've got him working on a bank-to-bank transfer for me, why not start talking about WU again?

I'm expectant that my neice from United States will be coming for a visit this weekend as she often does this time of the year. She is often enjoyment twinkling the ovaries of Wales during her visits, which calls us away from the home for certin periods. Therefor, it is best for you contact me via email rather than by phone, as I donot wish for her to accidentall heard a message from you on myu machine, rather than it would be better that our trans-action is kept private. He made one call to my K7 number early on and never called again. I didn't really care whether he called; I was more trying to give an excuse why I might not write him for a few days (and I'm beginning to enjoy telling him what to do, even if it's not heavy-hitting stuff).
Best wishing, and with hopes to hear of you soon to advice.


Conan W. McOnan


Bank of Africa did send the image again, this time as a .bmp file. To be on the safe side, they also gave me the bank info in the email body:

Quote:

FROM: Bank of Africa
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: Re: WAITING FOR YOUR PAYMENT SLIP
DATE: 11-30-07

ATTN :MR CONAN,

THE ABOVE ATTACHMENT THAT WAS ATTACHED TO THE MAIL SENT TO YOU YESTERDAY WAS FOR YOUR NOTIFICATION OF THE NEW BANK ACCOUNT THAT WAS OPENNED FOR YOU WITH THE BANK OF AFRICA . AND THIS IS WHAT WAS WRITTEN IN THE ATTACH DOCUMENT FOR YOU TO KNOW YOUR NEW ACCOUNT INFORMATION.



BANK NAME: BANK OF AFRICA

BANK ADDRESS: MAI-01 PB 13 19 OUAGADOUGOU 01 BURKINA-FASO

BANK ACCOUNT: 0100202125565129675

BANK ACCOUNT NAME : CONAN .W. MCONAN

SWIFT CODE : BNC14532BFA.

THIS IS WHAT WAS IN THE DOCUMENT FOR YOU TO VERIFY THE NEW BANK ACCOUNT OPENNED FOR YOU IN ORDER TO PAY IN YOUR CHEQUE THAT WORTH $1,200,000.00US DOLLARS. YOU MUST ACTIVATE THE NEWLY OPEN BANK ACCOUNT WITH THE SUM OF (THREE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED TWENTY US DOLLARS ) $3320USD FOR THE ACCOUNT TO BE ACTIVE FOR DEPOSIT AND TRANSFER OUT FUND . YOUR CHEQUE WILL BE PAID INTO YOUR NEWLY OPENNED BANK ACCOUNT AND READY FOR TRANSFER INTO ANY OF YOUR DESTINATED BANK ACCOUNT OF YOUR WISH YOU MIGHT PROVIDE IMMEDIATELY WE RECEIVE THE ACTIVATION FEE OF $3320USD FOR THE NEW BANK ACCOUNT TO BE ACTIVE AS IT IS DORMAT FOR NOW.

NOW YOU ARE ADIVSE TO SEND THE ACTIVATION FEE OF $3320USD TO MR SINAH OMAR EXCHANGE CONTROL DIRECTOR OF BANK OF AFRICA. WITH THIS INFORMATION BELOW THROUGH WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER .

SENDER'S NAME:

SENDER'S ADDRESS:

RECEIVER'S NAME : MR SINAH OMAR

RECEIVER'S ADDRESS: OUAGA, BURKINA-FASO

TEXT QUESTION: MY FRIEND

ANSWER: MR OMAR

CONTROL NUMBER (MTCN)

YOU ARE ADVISE TO SEND THE PAYMENT INFORMATION VIA EMAIL TO THE BANK EMAIL ADDRESS AS SOON AS THE PAYMENT HAVE BE MADE.

THANKS

MANAGEMENT BOA


Like I said, I assumed the bank info was fake and did nothing about it. A few days ago, though, I was advised that I should mail the info to Alan, and I since have.

I managed to go three whole days without writing, and got this gentle nudge:

Quote:

FROM: Bank of Africa
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: GET BACK TO US
DATE: 12-03-07

ATTN: CONAN,

WE THE ABOVE MANAGEMENT HAVE NOT HEARD FROM YOU WE ARE STILL EXPECTING TO HEAR FROM YOU



THANKS

MANAGEMENT

BOA


I couldn't hold off writing any longer, but that didn't mean I had to be helpful:

Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Bank of Africa
SUBJECT: Re: GET BACK TO US

Yes. Message was received so now please advice.


Conan W. McOnan


Which went over like a lead balloon. Within two hours I received:

Quote:

FROM: Bank of Africa
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: RE: Re: GET BACK TO US
DATE: 12-03-07

ATTN: CONAN,

WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU TO MAKE THE PAYMENT FOR THE NEW BANK ACCOUNT TO BE ACTIVE TO DEPOSIT AND MAKE TRANSFER . SO WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM SO THAT WE CAN KNOW HOW TO HELP YOU



MANAGEMENT

BOA


The "What is your problem" made me really want to slap him, but instead I took a breath and waited a day before writing back, and took it in stride. I'd rather have the guy thinking it's an appropriate thing for a bank manager to say to a customer than abuse the guy and lose him:

Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Bank of Africa
SUBJECT: Re: RE: Re: GET BACK TO US
DATE: 12-04-07

OK. So here is what is my problem that I need to know, and I will be able then to send the deposit.

1. What is the address that I send the desposit by Western Union to? The Bank address on the Certificate? Or the address of Nearest Western Union to the bank in Burina Faso? What is that address?

2. Which is the name to that I send the desposit to? Kelechi Michael? Or Rev Traore? Or is it that I only indicate "Management - Bank" or similar this on the desposit when I go to the Western Union?

3. When I send the tranceaction you requested that it be $3320 USD. But I am in Wales so if I send that it is Welsh LBS will the bank receive it properly? Otherwise I will have to find where I can have my currecy turned into USD that I think will lose some value?

I probably could have sent these three questions separately, but at the time I felt like he was on the verge of dropping me. Reading over all this again, I'm starting to get the sense that I've been waaayyyy too nice to the guy

Your appreciation for this help. I look forward to heard from you with your advise.


Conan W. McOnan


The response from the bank:

Quote:

FROM: Bank of Africa
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: RE: GET BACK TO US
DATE: 12-05-07

ATTN MR CONAN,

QUESTION 1 YOU SHOULD USE THE ADDRESS IN THE CERTIFICATE

QUESTION 2 YOU SHOULD USE THE NAME OD THE DIRECTOR OF BANK OF AFRICA MR SINAH OMAR

QUESTION 3 YOU SHOULD USE YOUR CURRECY BUT YOU SHOULD ASK THE PERSON IN WESTERN UNION OFFICE HOW MUCH WILL $3320USD WILL BE IN YOUR CURRECY WILL RECEIVE ANY CURRECY BUT IT MUST BE EQUAL TO THE AMOUNT YOU ARE TO PAY IN DOLLARS . YOU CAN SEE THERE IS NO MUCH TIME AS XMAS IS APPROCHING.



THANKS

MANAGEMENT


I never though to ask why Christmas approaching made any difference one way or the other. At this point I think I was trying to be as impossible as I humanly could while still looking like I was being helpful. I had this sense that if Mr. McOnan grew too much of a spine, Mr. Michael and the bank would split. So in the spirit of helpfulness I sent this:

Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Bank of Africa
SUBJECT: Re: RE: GET BACK TO US
DATE: 12-07-07

Dear sirs,

I visited the Western Union office yesterday following my work and they adviced to me that with accounts of fraud rising from your area of the world it would be recommendable to send you instead a certified bank cheque in the amount that you require, as to ensure we both our two parties in the event of problems. Whilst I explained that I had not suspected fraud in this case, they still explained that it would be better to conference with you upon the matter and make certain whether a certified bank cheque with clear letter of intent would be most adviceable. Please contact me at your earliest to discuss this matter. Hey, man, I totally trust you -- I stood up for you and everything. Blame Western Union for mucking this up, not me


Conan W. McOnan


Both Mr. Michael and BOA went quiet on me, and I figured they'd had it. I waited a while, and picked up some new surplus letters that didn't go anywhere. After a week or so, I figured I'd give a go at getting them back -- nothing to lose by it, really. Since Mr. Michael was not really an active part of the deal anymore, I decided emailing him would be the way to go:

Quote:


FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Kelechi Michael
SUBJECT: No Communication
DATE: 12-14-07

Dear Mr. Michael,

I wished to speak with you before I large a complaint with the management of Bank of Africa, as I feel you will here me out of it, and perhaps I will calm down before I say something too angry to them which will quire the deal completely, though I think it is almost possible that it is too late for that as farces I can tell. I am all together frustrated by the poor communication and appearances of very little constern on their part as pertaining to the role they play in this deal. Perhaps it would be adviseable that another bank with higher sensei of constern and reponsibility should be selected. Kinda went for the gusto as far as re-education goes, didn't I?

In an earlier email to you I hinted that the management of Bank of Africa spoke to me in a rude manner, which I thought was a jivver in the kidney to have to endure as a potential partner in this deal. I am accustomed to a grander level of treatment by financial institutions then what has been shown to me thus far. Perhaps in Burina Faso is may be the case that Social Norns are unexpected to me, but here in Wales we enter into a business partnership in a more cordial mannner than to speak curtly and not respond to questions regrading finger points of the transaction.

My special case in part is this: I wrote to BOA to inform them that the Western Union officer adviced to me that transacting the money required to secure my new account via wire was not within their recommendation, due to reports of Fraud in Burina Faso and elsewhere. Although I shook great pains to secure the officer that I was dealing with a financial institution of highly inpropitious repute, even going so far as to present to him the application documents provided, I was told that I had better to send a secure cheque by international post, that would allow all parties to be insured against and misgivings that might occur. I relayed this information to the management of BOA, and they have not responded at me since DECEMBER THE FIFTH. In today's modern times such laggardliness is not acceptable if an institution of finance is to succeed or compete. I strongly advice you speak with them to rectalize this matter and have them contact me SOONEST to move our deal forward, or I will be forced to leave me no choice but to cancel my account there and surfeit all further negotiations with them. I am sure you understand my position in this case.

My apologise for shafting my lungs at you so strongly about this, but as I have said, I am very frustrated, and since you helped initiate this deal in the first place, and have shown you to be far more dependable than BOA I wished to speak with you before I severe my association with BOA ultimatumally. Please write to me you earliest to reprise me on matters moving forward, if in deed there be such at this time.

sincerely,
Conan W. McOnan


So an indirect slap. Lets everyone on the other side of the wire save face, and maybe they'll think that I'm dumb enough to really go in for what they're pulling, and I'm really trying; it's just that I'm an uptight, oafish boob.

And it worked. The next day Mr. Michael wrote back:

Quote:

FROM: Kelechi Michael
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: get back to me so contrite he's not using any capitals at all!
DATE: 12-15-07

My dear Canon,
I think i have tried by assist you up to this moment, as you knows that i other matter to attain to yet i wish i could deal with you transaction once but it took a long time for you to get to know the procedure of the opening a new bank account here as you can see the we are African not english men. so i want you to email the bank of africa ask them to give a bank account that you can pay this money that is in question and get your acount activated and then the check that is with the bank can be paid into your new open bank account and get ready to be transfer to you in any bank account of your choice.


Thanks
Michael waiting to hear from you


Well, almost no capital letters. And he spelled my name wrong, but well. Maybe we can move to a "hey...things were said, pride was wounded; let's just get past it and focus on business" model of communication.

Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Kelechi Michael
SUBJECT: Re: get back to me
DATE: 12-16-07

Dear Mr. Michael,

I appreciated your response to me as I have stil not heard from the Bank of Africa. However, I will email them pert. your advise that I receive bank account information from them. You are correct insuch that I know you have many dealings with which you are operating and are a busy man which I can comprehensively undertake to my further understanding of the matter. However, I am a man with a great deal of business of my own, and I wished that it was made aware of my time is important to be taken away by checking for response from BOA that never came all the time. In your position you must appreciate my frustration, I am sure. This cheque which is waiting to be deposit in my name will be useful for a very important cause to me.

But I do not wish to rehash the old compliance that I have made snice you were so good as to respond with further instructions. I will email the bank now to advice them of the next steps we will be taken. Thank you again for your support in this matter.


Conan W. McOnan

PS> Responsible to your statement -- quote: 'we are African not english men,' I feel it must be said that I am a Welsh man, not English. It is my sincerest, fondest, truest hope and desire that within my lifetime my Welsh brothers and I shall throw off the shackles of opression laid upon us by the tyranny of the English Crown, and taste the sweet ring of an independent state of Wales. I have vowed to struggle for this cause to my dying breath and will do anything to see it obtained. Long Live Wales!


I don't really know where I was going with the Welsh Revolutionary gambit. I think I was trying to share some hurt pride and also give a reason why I wanted the money so badly. Anyway, I dropped it after this email, and haven't missed it.

I wrote to the bank the next day:

Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Bank of Africa
SUBJECT: INSTRUCTIONS PER MICHAEL KELCHI if all caps are supposed to command my attention, maybe it'll catch theirs. Misspelling of Mr. Michael's name sic.
DATE: 12-17-07

ATTN Mr. Sinah Omar, Director, Bank of Africa at Burina Faso.

As I have not heard from you since 11 days, I have contacted Mr. Michael Kelchi to solicit his advise on the matter. Pert. his instructions, I hereby request of you the account number information at Bank of Africa to which I may forward certified cheque as deposit to activate my account and release current funds to me at the bank of my choice. We are both busy people, and I expect this information conveyed to me soonest that I may be succuessful in the matter to our satisfaction. Please reply.

Conan W. McOnan


And they're back. Not wasting any words on me, but who can blame them?

Quote:

FROM: Bank of Africa
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: GET BACK TO US
DATE: 12-20-07

ATTN,

WE THE ABOVE MANAGEMENT ARE SORRY FOR NOT REPLYING YOUR MAIL IN TIME, ACCOUNT NUMBER WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU SOON TO PAY IN THE REACTIVATION FEE OF $3320USD.



THANKS

MANAGEMENT


Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Bank of Africa
SUBJECT: Re: GET BACK TO US
DATE: 12-21-07

Thanks you for your informative update respecting the status of our transaction. I await further notice from you with anticipation.

Best wishes to you and your families in this millemulant holiday season. Please express my warmth to your staff.




Conan W. McOnan


It wasn't an informative update at all, but now's not the time to be snitty, I don't think.

There was another long silence, and I figured this time I really had lost them. Imagine my surprise when:

Quote:

FROM: Bank of Africa
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: WE WILL SEND THE ACCOUNT TO YOU TOMORROW
DATE: 1-02-08

ATTN: CONAN,

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU, WE ARE VERY SORRY FOR NOT HAVE REPLIED YOU ON TIME IT IS BECAUSE OF THE AUDITING CARRIED OUT BY THE BANK . BUT WE ARE NOW ALMOST TRUE WITH IT SO IN NOT MUCH TIME WE WILL GIVEN YOU AN ACCOUNT WHERE YOU WILL PAY IN THE MONEY FOR US TO MAKE THE ACCOUNT ACTIVE AND PAY IN THE SAID CHECK AND WIRE YOUR FUND INTO THE BANK ACCOUNT YOU WILL PROVIDE WITH THE RECIEPT OF YOUR PAYMENT. MAKE SURE THAT YOUR BANKING INFORMATION THAT YOU WILL PROVIDE IS CORRECT AND RIGHT.

THANKS

MANAGEMENT


I got back right quick with:

Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Bank of Africa
SUBJECT: Re: WE WILL PROVIDE THE BANK INFORMATION TOMORROW
DATE: 1-03-08

Dear Sirs,

I thank you for your New Year Wishes and will return them to you in chyme. May all our ventures and abstentions not be remiss in the days ahead. I await word from you as quickly as you and your staff are true with creation of my bank account information which you will forward.



Conan W. McOnan


There was no New Year's Resolution on the bank management's part to be more patient:

Quote:

FROM: Bank of Africa
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: WAITING FOR YOUR PAYMENT RECEIPT TO BE SCAN
DATE: 01-04-08

ATTN: MR CONAN,

YOU ARE ADVICE TO USE THIS BANK INFORMATION TO PAY FOR YOUR REACTIVATION FEE CHARGE OF YOUR BANK ACCOUNT HERE IN BURKINA FASO TO ABLE US COMMENCE ON YOUR FUND.



BANK NAME:ITE : OGU COMFORT / COMMY WAY
BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER:12144600501-29
BANK ADDRESS: SOCIETE GENERALE DE BANKQUES AU BURKINA .
SWIFT CODE :SGBB BFBF



THANKS MANAGEMENT


Once again, I assumed it was a fake bank account and didn't email Alan about it. My bad on that.

What I did do was respond to BOA's previous email as though I'd never gotten the bank information.

Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Bank of Africa
SUBJECT: Re: GET BACK TO US IMMEDIATELY
DATE: 01-07-08

Dear Sirs,

I received your email for the couple days, which intimidates that an account has been created for me to move forwerd smoothly of this transaction. However, I see now account information that I am to know what the details of the account are such as number, placement in bank, etc. Now, how in the whirled am I supposed to make payment deatils to activate the account without this information?




Conan W. McOnan


The bank replied almost immediately:

Quote:

FROM: Bank of Africa
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: GET BACK TO US IMMEDIATELY
DATE: 01-07-08

ATTN CONAN,

WE THE ABOVE MANAGEMENT HAVE EMAILED YOU FOR A COUPLE DAYS NOW GIVEN YOU A BANK ACCOUNT WHERE YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY IN THE ACTIVATION FEE FOR YOUR NEW BANK ACCOUNT TO BE ACTIVE BUT WE HAERD NOTHING FROM YOUR SIDE SINCE THEN. PLEASE GET BACK TO US TO ENABLE US FINALIZE THIS TRANSACTION.

THANKS

MANAGEMENT.


I sort of go back and forth with this guy; sometimes it's a lot of fun, and I want to keep the bait going as long as I can, and other days I really don't care whether he drops me or not. This was one of the latter:

Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Bank of Africa
SUBJECT: Re: GET BACK TO US IMMEDIATELY
DATE: 01-08-08

Sirs,

If my account can not receive money into it until it is activated, how can I pay money into my account in order to activate it? Further, what it is the information of the account that the bank where it is held, account number, and other information? Why will you not provide me with this information? I am beginning to believe there is no bank account at all. This is very frustrated.


Conan W. McOnan



He doesn't seem to be having any more fun than I am:

Quote:

FROM: Bank of Africa
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: RE: GET BACK TO US IMMEDIATELY
DATE: 01-08-08

ATTN: CONAN,

PAY IN YOUR MONEY INTO THAT ACCOUNT FOR THE ACTIVATION OF YOUR BANK ACCOUNT AS YOUR ACCOUNT CAN NOT RECEIVE MONEY TILL IT HAS BEEN ACTIVATED.

THANKS

MANAGEMENT


I didn't bother responding, and a couple days later got:

Quote:

FROM: Bank of Africa
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: RE: GET BACK TO US IMMEDIATELY
DATE: 01-10-08

ATTN: CONAN,

THIS YOUR BANKING INFORMATION BUT IT CAN NOT RECIEVE MONEY TILL YOU SEND THE MONEY TO ACTIVE IT THEN IT WILL RECIEVE AND SEND OUT . FOR YOUR INFORMATION YOU ARE TO USE THE THIS ACCOUNT INFORMATION GIVEN BELOW TO PAY IN THE MONEY FOR ACTIVATION

BANK NAME: BANK OF AFRICA

BANK ADDRESS: MAI-01 PB 13 19 OUAGADOUGOU 01 BURKINA-FASO

BANK ACCOUNT: 0100202125565129675

BANK ACCOUNT NAME : CONAN .W. MCONAN

SWIFT CODE : BNC14532BFA.

USE THIS ACCOUNT TO PAY IN THE MONEY FOR ACTIVATION FEE OR STOP DISTURBING THE MANAGEMENT OF THIS BANK

BANK NAME: ITE : OGU COMFORT / COMMY WAY

BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER: 12144600501-29

BANK ADDRESS: SOCIETE GENERALE DE BANKQUES AU BURKINA .

SWIFT CODE :SGBB BFBF



THANKS
MANAGEMENT


Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Bank of Africa
SUBJECT: RE: GET BACK TO US IMMEDIATELY
DATE: 01-11-08

Thank you. That wasnt so difficult, now was it? All I ever asked from you was this information. Why you have been so recrundant to provide it is beyond my scope. I could lecture you at long last about your customer service skills, but I suppose it wouldn't be worth my time, and anyway what's the use at this conjunture, now that I have the requested information finally?

If I recant correctly, the agreed to sum for activation of my account was $3320 USD, which at today's rate of international exchange is equalled to 1700 Welsh Pounds (1697 in exactitude, but I shall round up for the easiest of accounting on all our parts). A transaction of this magnanitude will require of me a matter of one or two days to raise in it's whole, as additionally there is the conversion factor to consider. By my reckoning I have approximately 800 Pounds in free cash, and shall requested of my lawyer to intimate the release of the remaining 900 Pounds from existing investment holdings as the conclusion of this letter. You will be notified when the transfer of funds to Burina Faso is to commense.

Thank you and please contact of any question,

Conan


Time to get my hands on some money to wire.

Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Shi Zhi Wei
bcc: Bank of Africa
SUBJECT Release of Funds
DATE: 01-11-08

My Dear Mr. Wei,

Good afternoon to you. I hope all is well with you and your family.

I am requesting the release of 900 Welsh Pounds from one of my investment holdings, to be provided to me on a matter of personal business. I would prefer you proceed the funds from one of my higher-yield holdings, as to lessen the withdrawl impact on future earning, but I leave the last judgement in your hands on this matter, as your expertise.

Please provide these funds to me in the form of cash or certified bank checque and send them high priority via local courier, as time is of an essanse. I would have the funds delivered to my home if possible, or to my office if it can not be done. Please advice in this regard so I know what to expect.

I requested a reply from you soonest on this, to allow my planning to go forward. I will be reachable by email throughout the weekend, or at my office phone until the end of the day.

Thank you and have a wonderful week-end,


Conan W. McOnan


This email was read 12 times (plus 2 more times by my character) by two individuals: one in Burkina Faso, and one in Cote D'Ivoire. Not sure what that means exactly, but seems like a good thing to me to be generating that kind of interest.

I was sick all weekend, and didn't work on the bait. On Monday morning I had this waiting for me:

Quote:

FROM: Bank of Africa
TO: Conan McOnan
SUBJECT: RE: GET BACK TO US IMMEDIATELY
DATE: 1/14/08

ATTN: CONAN,

We the above bank have been on your service for a long time and we want to give you the best of our services if only you will follow all our proccedure then at the end of this transaction when you fund might have hit your bank account then you will no how good we are in serving our customers.

We will been waiting to hear from you when you will make the payment of your activation fees in order to enable us to procced on to transfering of your fund to you.So You should notified us when the transfer of the said fund to SOCIETE GENERALE DE BANKQUES AU BURKINA will commence.

Finally before your fund will be transfer to you after you might have proveide your banking information,send down the activation fees to us .and where you want your fund to be transfered , then we will ask you to have prove of your newly bank account with the BANK OF AFRICA if it do exsit or not by paying a little money that is $100Uusd into it with your name , your account number and the swift code of your account given to you by the Bnak Of Africa. waiting for your payment information.



Thanks

managemnet.


This threw me. I'd given every indication that $3320 was on its way. Why rish that for $100. I mean, why would the Bank of Africa ask me to prove whether or not my Bank of Africa account exists or not? Trying to get their hands on my supposed bank account in Wales? Testing me? I posted to the forum about it, and was advised to email Alan with the bank info I'd been sent, so I did. I was also advised to continue with the bait as normal, so I had my lawyer email me with the status of the money:

Quote:

FROM: Shi Zhi Wei
TO: Conan McOnan
bcc: Bank of Africa
SUBJECT: Re: Release of Funds
DATE: 1/14/08

Dear Mr. McOnan,

My apologize for not reply to you last week. I have released the funds as you request, and my secretery will cut a bank checque today, that I will have delivery through courier to your office. I assume you are in to-day, despite the heavy rains? Please reply soonest to confirm.

Best,

SZ Wei


And an update to the bank:

Quote:

FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Bank of Africa
SUBJECT: Re: GET BACK TO US IMMEDIATELY
DATE: 01-14-08

I understood all the hard work you have done to bring this together, and be shorn that I appreciate it very much. Here is an update of our situation.

My attorney has forwarded to me 900 Pounds from one of my accounts, which was delivered by special courier about a half-hour ago. My ability to make the transfer was incringement upon this delivery, as it completes the total sum required when I combine it with current free cash holdings that I had.

I am working late in my office tonight, and I expect to be here for another hour. On my way home I will stop at the Western Union office to make the transfer as you have adviced. I will email you with the information you need after that.

I think it should clearify what you say "prove of your newly bank account if it do exist or not." Does this mean the account that you created for me, that you sent information numbers already? I can think that you would have proof of this account existence already of your records, or should I forward them to you as cross-reference? Or do you mean if I create another account later that I want to move my money into, that I put a small amount there first?

I cannot write long as I must append to my accounts before I can leave work for the night. I will write again soonest.

Conan


Then another update the next day.

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FROM: Conan McOnan
TO: Bank of Africa
SUBJECT: Re: GET BACK TO US IMMEDIATELY
DATE: 01-15-08

Sirs,

I have just return from my bank, where I will make the bank-to-bank transfer. I was adviced as it was somewhat a substantial amount of money to move, that it would best to deposit the 900 Pounds into my current account here in Wales, for it to clear, then transfer to my new account in Burina Faso all in one lumpy sum. This the woman said it took two to three business days to modulate. However, that it was too late in the day (4:00PM) to consider today one business days, the transaction will commensurate tomorrow. So what she said is that Thursday or Friday she will check to see the amount is cleared, then call me to sign over the transfer, but she is holding the information of the new bank account, so all I will have to do is give my signature and it will go through, because the preparations are in place.

I know you have the account information of my bank here in Wales from a previous email to you. Would you check your records on this, or should I email it to you again?

Conan


So that's it so far. Not very exciting, and there's a lot I could have done better, but it's been going on for a good couple of months now, so that's something. If you've stayed awake to read all the way through, thanks, and feel free to offer any criticism. I'll update as the situation progresses

-LHM


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:50 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

And you didn't email that bank again?

I hope you did!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:50 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Lunch Hour Man:
I love the re-education modality. Very Happy It does work. . . . at least in their emails back to you, whether or not they retain their new knowledge remains to be seen.

Otterfan is right. "Don't write back again" actually means "DEFINITELY keep writing until I write death threads, and then some." Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:27 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

@Otterfan and @Ima Baeder,

Thanks for the responses. I definitely did write back -- the bait's still going at this point, and I have tons more to post; I just got tired and called it quits for the day. I'll be adding more as time goes on. Definitely chime in with any critiques along the way.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:04 am Reply with quoteBack to top

OK. The whole thing up to today is posted. So now it's LONG and boring.

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