Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Foreign Remittances to Africa
It was a slow day in the newsroom so I opened some of my junk mail. I have, as I am sure that you do to, a great concern for Africa so I was pleased to get a note from a genuine African.
You, too, have probably been receiving such notes. It is touching to see how the internet is enabling genuine people-to-people contact. I hope that you will enjoy my correspondence with Mr.Madugo, although I did find his form of addressing me a bit over familiar.
Feel free to copy and use my reply should he contact you. Unfortunately, his return address did not work and the note bounced, as would the check.
Oh, and should you know of any of Mr. Grillo's family, be sure to have them contact the bank.
FROM THE DESK OF MR MADUGO.
BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER
FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPT.
THE AFRICAN BANK (BOA)
OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA FASO .
MY DEAREST ONE ,
I am the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign remittance department
of The African Bank. I saw your contacts in INTERNET SEARCH,After much
consideration i decided to write you since I cannot be able to see you face
to face at first. I will like you to take your time to read this mail
carefully. I did not mean to embarrasse you with my business proposal but I
seriously need your assistance. Please this is a confidential matter and it
In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of U.S$12.5m dollars (Twelve
million five hundred thousand USD) in an account that belongs to one of our
foreign customer who died along with his entire family into the World Trade
Center on September 11,sept 2001 (AMERICA ATTACK).
Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of
kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless
some body applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking guidlines and laws, but unfortunately we learnt
that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at
11,sept 2001 (AMERICA ATTACK). leaving nobody behind for the claim. The
owner of this account is Mr JOSEPH. F. GRILLO, foreigner and he is the
Manager Of petrol chemical service, a chemical engineer by Profession. He
died in world trade center as a victim of the September 11,2001 Incident
that befall the United State of America , the bank has made series of
efforts to contact any of the relatives to claim this money but without
success, you can confirm through this
I now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to
you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent
disbursement since nobody is coming for it and I don't want this money to go
into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.The banking law and guidine here
stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after Seven years, the
money will be tranfered into the bank treasurey as unclaimed bill I
therefore agree that 40%of this money will be for you as foreigner partner,
in respect to the provision of a foreign account, 10% will be set aside for
expenses incured during the business and 50% would be for me.
There after I will visit your country for disbursement according to the
percentages indicated. Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of this
fund to you as arranged, you must apply first to the bank as relation or
next of kin to the deceased indicating your bank name, your bank account
number, your private telephone and fax number for easy and effective
communication and location where in the money will be remitted.
I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch-free
and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required
arrangements have been made for the transfer. You should contact me
immediately as soon as you recieve this letter. Trusting to hear from you
My Dear Mr. Madugo,
Thank you so much for choosing me for your generous offer, which I would have assumed is against the law in your nation. Certainly it is against the law in mine. However, I note that the name of your nation, Burkina Faso, translates into "land of people of integrity" so I must assume that your offer is genuine.
I have looked at the statistics for your nation of 13 million people and find that your average annual income is only $1300 a year - certainly not enough to ensure proper education or health care.
Therefore I have decided to decline your offer, generous though it may be as it is clear that the Central Bank of your nation needs this money more than I do. I know that it is the opinion of the world that all that Americans are interested in is money, but I assure you that many of us, myself for one, Bill Gates for another, have a sufficient amount of money and a deep concern for Africa.
I am sure that Mr. Grillo would also not object to this fortune being used for the benefit of the people, whose oil he evidently exploited to obtain it.
You, as a bank manager, were obviously never intending to profit from this transaction, as that would be unethical. You are, after all, one of the "upright" people of Burkina Faso.
Therefore I do hope that you will cease and desist from trying to give this money back to any people in the United States, whom the whole world knows, have too much money (although much debt) and use it for the benefit of your own people.
I am certain that this is what all of Mr. Grillo's family would want.
Que Dieu vous benis-