Grand Forks RCMP are constantly warning residents of email scams that are hitting people’s inboxes.
The following is an example of one such scam, courtesy the local RCMP detachment.
My name is Mr. Alfred Khula. I am a South African currently working with a development finance institution. We offer short term loans which are tailored to meet important financing needs in the agricultural production circle in South Africa.
I am contacting you to partner with me to secure the funds ($54M) kept in the custody of a bank in South Africa by one of former associate of the late president of Libya who is now deceased. The fund was deposited in an investment Fund in 2010 with an open beneficiary. The funds has been with the bank without anybody coming up for the claims.
I honestly seek your assistance to move this fund into your custody for safekeeping as the depositor has no known next of kin.
I have all the documents necessary to claim the funds as I am directly involved in the deposit.
All I need to do sit o make you the beneficiary of the funds by filling in your name in the appropriate document and immediately move the funds out of its present place in your name to your account for safe keeping. The funds will be used for investment purposes in your country. This process will not cost you any money upfront. We decided to do this as we know the circumstances surrounding the deposit and knowing very well that the depositor of the fund will not come back to claim the funds. I will send you all the documents relating to this deposit and direct you on how to apply for the fund. I will give you further details when I receive your response. I will ensure all procedures to see the successful completion of this project.
I assure you that this transaction is risk free . (sic) Be rest assured that we will not encounter any difficulty as the person directly involved in approving the release of the funds is also participating in this transaction.
This is legal and we propose 70-30% sharing pattern once the fund is transferred to your account. My fax number is +27866684689. My telephone number is +27719666714.(sic)My private email is email@example.com.
Please keep this very confidential. Let me know if you will be of assistance.
Mr Alfred Khula
This is an obvious scam and people receiving this correspondence should not respond.
Grand Forks RCMP Staff Sgt. Jim Harrison did respond to the sender, informing him that he had sent the email to Canada’s national police force.
– Letter provided by Grand Forks RCMP