Posted by Vaidas Sirtautas
Several days ago I received the message below from John Kashani (jkashani1) as a Skype message. It makes quite an interesting read… It’s clearly a scam! Be careful.
[21/06/2012 04:06:22] John Kashani:
I have been in search of someone with this last name “Sirtautas”, so when I saw your name I was pushed to contact you and see how best we can assist each other. I am Mr. John Kashani, regional manager in one of the leading bank here in Acrra Ghana. I believe it is the wish of God for me to come across you on search now. I am having an important business discussion I wish to share with you which I believe will interest you because, it is in connection with your last name and you are going to benefit from it.
One Late Mr. George Sirtautas, a citizen of your country had a fixed deposit with my bank in 2004 for 36 calendar months, valued at US$6,000,000.00 (Six Million United State Dollars) the due date for this deposit contract was this 16 of January 2007. Sadly GEORGE was among the death victims in Tuesday, May 02, 2006 fatal accident in the Ashanti Region road, Ghana that killed 14 people. He was on a business trip and that was how he met his end.
My bank management is yet to know about his death, I knew about it because he was my friend and I am his account officer. Mr. GEORGE did not mention any Next of Kin/ Heir when the account was opened, and GEORGE was not married and no children. Last week my Bank Management requested that i should give instructions on what to do about his funds, if to renew the contract.
I know this will happen and that is why I have been looking for a means to handle the situation, because if my Bank Directors happens to know that GEORGE is dead and do not have any Heir, they will take the funds for their personal use, so I don’t want such to happen. That was why when I saw your last name I was happy and I am now seeking your co-operation to present you as Next of Kin/ Heir to the account, since you have the same last name with him and my bank head quarters will release the account to you. There is no risk involved; the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law.
It is better that we claim the money, than allowing the Bank Directors to take it, they are rich already. I am not a greedy person, at the conclusion of this business, you will be given 40% of the total amount, 50% will be for me and 10% will be for orphanage homes, my share will assist me to start my own company which has been my dream. Let me know your mind on this and please do treat this information as TOP SECRET.
Please reply as soon as possible to my private email account below so that i will give you full details on how the business will be executed: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hear from you as soon as possible.
Mr. John Kashani.