Scam Emails Archive : Advance Fee Fraud/419



This email with the subject "MR.FEHMI TRAVOL" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Tue, 06 Feb 2007 06:38:04 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.

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Dear Sir,
Thank you for giving me your time. Please be patient and read my letter to you. I am a staff of 
African Development Bank (Adbsa) Group attached in Private Banking Services. I am contacting you 
concerning a customer and, an investment placed under our banks management few years ago, I 
contacted you independently of our investigation and no one is informed of this communication and I 
would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you. 
In 2000, the subject matter; ref: bb/tsb/bank/73 came to our bank to engage in business discussions 
with our Private Banking Services Department. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of 
14.35 million United States Dollars, which he wished to have us turn over 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 Services Department, especially given the volume of 
funds he wished to put into our bank. We met on numerous occasions prior to any investments being 
placed. I encouraged him to consider various growth funds with prime ratings. The favored route in 
my advice to customers is to start by assessing data on 600 traditional stocks and bond managers 
and alternative investments. Based on my advice, 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 16 million United States Dollars, this margin was not the full potential of the 
fund but he desired low risk guaranteed returns on investments. 
In early 2002, he asked that the money be liquidated because he needed to make an urgent investment 
requiring cash payments in Europe. He directed that I liquidate the funds and had it deposited with 
a firm in Europe. I informed him that our bank would have to make special arrangements to have this 
done and in order not to circumvent due process, the bank would have to make a 9.5 % deduction from 
the funds to cater for banking and statutory charges. He complained about the charges but later 
came around when I explained to him the complexities of the task he was asking of us. Cash movement 
across borders has become especially strict since the incidents of 9/11. I contacted my affiliate 
in Europe and had the funds available in main land Europe. I undertook all the processes and made 
sure I followed his precise instructions to the letter and had the funds deposited in a security 
consultancy firm, the firm is a specialist private firm that accepts deposits from high net worth 
individuals and blue chip corporations that handle valuable products or undertake transactions that 
need immediate access to cash. This small and highly private organization is familiar especially to 
the highly placed and well-connected organizations. In line with instructions, the money was 
deposited. He told me he wanted the money there in anticipation of his arrival from Norway later 
that week. This was the last communication we had, this transpired around 25th November 2002. In 
June last year, we got a call from the security firm informing us of the inactivity of that 
particular portfolio. 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 I 
could not understand why he had not come forward to claim his deposit. I made futile efforts to 
locate him I immediately passed the task of locating him to the internal investigations department 
of our bank. Four days later, information started to trickle in, that he was apparently dead.  A 
person who suited his description was declared dead of a heart attack in Cannes, South of France. 
We were soon enough able to identify the body and cause of death was confirmed.  The bank 
immediately launched an investigation into possible surviving next of kin to alert about the 
situation and also to come forward to claim his estate. 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. This bank also gives the choice to depositors of having their mail sent to them or held 
at the bank itself, ensuring that there are no traces of the account and as I said, rarely do they 
nominate next of kin. Private banking clients apart from not nominating next of kin also usually in 
most cases leave wills in our care, in this case; he died in testate.
What I wish to relate to you will smack of unethical practice but 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 occupy certain offices and oversee certain portfolios. You should have begun by now 
to put together the general direction of what I propose. There is US$ 20,370,000.00 deposited, I 
alone have the deposit details and they 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 the finance firm, the 
transaction with our deceased customer concluded when I sent the funds to the firm, all outstanding 
interactions in relation to the file are just customer services and due process. The finance firm 
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 comes forward. This is the situation. 
My proposal; I am prepared to place you in a position to instruct the finance firm to release the 
deposit to you as the closest surviving relation. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to 
share the money with you in 50 for me/50 for you. That is: I will simply nominate you as the next 
of kin and have them release the deposit to you. I would have gone ahead to ask the funds be 
released to me, but that would have drawn a straight line to me and my involvement in claiming the 
deposit. But on the other hand, you as a foreigner would easily pass as the beneficiary with the 
rights to claim. I assure you that I could have the deposit released to you in a few days. I will 
officially communicate with the finance company and instruct them to release the deposit to you.  
With these things: all is done. I am aware of the consequences of this proposal. I ask that if you 
find no interest in this project that you should discard this mail. I ask that you do not be 
vindictive or destructive. If my offer is of no appeal to you, delete this message and forget I 
ever contacted you. Do not destroy my career because you do not approve of my proposal. You may not 
know this but people like me who have made tidy sums out of comparable situations run the whole 
private banking sector. I am not a criminal and what I do; I do not find against good conscience, 
this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this 
move. Such opportunities only come ones' way once in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me 
by I hope you understand because for once I found myself in total control and face to face with my 
destiny. These chances won't pass me by. I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if you will not 
work with me let me know and let me move on with my life but do not destroy me. 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. I am the only one who knows of 
this situation, good fortune has blessed you with a name that has planted you into the center of 
relevance in my life. Let's share the blessing if you find yourself able to work with me.
Contact me through this email account: if you give me positive signals, I will 
initiate this process towards a conclusion. Please observe this instruction religiously. Note I am 
a family man; I happily married with two kids. I send you this letter not without a measure of fear 
as to what the consequences might be, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained 
and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This is the one truth I have 
learned from my private banking clients. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, 
we should plan a meeting, soon.
I await your response.
Mr. Fehmi Travol 

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