I was recently in receipt of an interesting email proposing a very lucrative business proposal. Reading the email, the sales pitch seemed very convincing, the facts were seemingly spot on, the plot perfect but something smelled suspicion of a 419 Nigerian scam [you could also enjoy another old post of mine on another Pakistani 419 Scam]. But what was the giveaway was the occasional spelling mistake or the biggest question one does tend to ask, Why Me?
In summary the proposal offered me mouthwatering commission of 15% for a transferring 22,000,000 million euros (Rs 2,460,000,000) [shweet] from Dubai to Pakistan which were designated for Benazir Bhutto’s election fund and will now be allocated in part to the People’s Foundation. For my services I would get a whopping 15% equivalent to approximately Rs. 396,000,000 all for simply lubricating the money through.
I quote the entire email verbatim, inclusive of the occasional spelling mistake
With regards on the matter above, I am Malik Watdah, the personal aid to the late former Pakistan Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto. Two consignments containing (22,000,000 Million Euros) for election campaign purposes were supposedly moved from Dubai to Pakistan through a Security Company. Due to the sudden and untimely death of Consignments as it would incur an unpleasant situation with the current ‘figure of power’ in Pakistan.I will provide all necessary documentation for you as representative.
A Power of Attorney will be drafted in your name legally. Upon agreement, we hav come to a conclusion that 15% will be a handsome compensation for your confidentiality, kindness and willingness in assisting us. One part of the money will be used to start up the Bhutto’s People Foundation as a tribute to the amazing and charismatic Ms Benazir Bhutto. I hope you would be able to consider and accept our proposition. Further information or queries would be answered through email for the time being for security purposes and as soon as I’m able to acquire a secure phoneline. I am looking forward towards your urgent reply. Thank you. You may reach me on my Phone Number..(+447031860180 )
( Malik Watdah )
Maybe one of our readers might want to call Mr. Malik in the UK and see if its actually true and maybe we all can all enjoy the benefits [for entertainment purposes please record the call and share it with us here] but if it turns out to be a serious gold mine then do remember to drop me a gracious tip as I did help you along the way to becoming a billionaire, while I sit and curse my sordid luck
This is not something new. Such emails/offers have been in ‘the market’ for last many years. The words written therein speak themselves that they are not true. If you contact “Malik Watdah” (the unique name also clearly shows that this is not a bonafide person, rather someone is trying to use this fake name in order to hide the actual one. I am sure if he is contacted by anyone, he will be demanding some money giving reasons like the cost of processing the deal etc.
I made a call on that number but the lady who picked the phone was unable to speak or understand English(surprisingly somebody living in UK, having a mob no.and can’t communicate in English) . And i don’t know what language she was speaking might be Nigerian but one thing is sure that her accent was from African countries (just a guess of mine). When i totally failed to communicate with the lady then i tried to ask about Malik Wadtah, her respose to the querry was look like that she doesn,t know any malik wadtah,so, i can comment that she was totally unaware and does not even know who Mr Malik is and the number is totally a fake one.
I had an interesting experience with ‘Mr Malik’. I received the same email as above and was so stricken by it’s blatant falseness that i decided to reply, ‘I’m really interested!’.
I received a reply 15 minutes later asking for my contact details and phone number. Obviously I wasn’t going to give him my mobile number so I gave him the address and phone number of the City of London Telephone Fraud desk.
I haven’t heard anything since 🙂