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‘Why The Silence?” Advance Fee Scam Email

by Brett M. Christensen

Here is another typical advance fee scam designed to trick you into giving your money and personal information to Internet criminals.

The senders are not who they pretend to be and the claim that they have millions of dollars that they wish to transfer to your account is a lie.  If you reply, the scammers will ask you to send money to cover various invented fees and expenses that supposedly must be paid in advance before the deal can proceed. 

They will also ask you to provide a large amount of your personal and financial information, which they may later use to steal your identity.

And, alas, no matter how much money or information you send, you will never get the promised million dollar fund, which never existed in the first place.

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An example of the scam email:

Subject: why the silence?

I have sent you this message earlier, but your failure to respond has prompted me to re-sending it once again.Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and if it might offend you without your prior consent and writing through this channel.

I am Mr Stephen,The Chairman, Contract Awarding committee of the ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES ( ECOWAS)with Headquarters in Lome, Togo.

I got your contact through Network on line in my search for a reliable and reputable person to handle a very confidential transaction that involves a transfer of fund to a foreign account and I decided to write you

After discussing my view and your profile with my colleagues,they were very much satisfied and decided to contact you immediately for this mutual business relationship.We wish to transfer the sum of 16.5 MILLION USD into your personal bank account.

This fund was a residue of the over invoiced contract bills awarded by us for the supply of hard/software,pharmaceuticals/medical items, light and heavy duty vehicles, apperals and other administrative logistics etc for the ECOMOG in Sierra-Leone and Liberia during the Peace Keeping Projects.

This DEAL was deliberately hatched out and carefully protected with all the attendant lope holes sealed off.As the Chairman of CAC,I have the cooperation and mandate of the Financial Director and the Secretary of the Organization.We arranged and over invoiced the contract funds supplied by different companies from different countries during the crisis.

It was our consensus to seek the assistance of a willing foreigner to provide us with the facilities to transfer this money out of West Africa.

This is borne out of our belief in the non-stable and sporous political nature of this sub-region.

The original contractors have been duely paid by the Banque Centrale Des Etats De L`Afrique De L`Ouest (Central Bank of the West African States)through our bankers-INTERNATIONAL BANK OF AFRICA(IBA)UNION TOGOLAISE DE BANQUE(UTB),ECO BANK,BTCI BANK LOME TOGO.

This balance is suspended in the escrow accounts awaiting claims by any foreign company of our choice.We intend to pay out this fund now as the organization is winding up its activities since the aim of returning PEACE to the countries and the coast has been achieved.

Based on the laws and ethics of employment,we as civil servants working under this organization, are not allowed to operate a foreign account.

This is the more reason why we needed your assistance to provide an account that can sustain this fund for safe keeping and our future investment with your comprehensive advise,assistance and partnership in your country.

It is however agreed,as the account owner in this deal to allow you 40% of the entire sum as compensation, 55% will be held on trust for us while 5% will be used to defray any incidental charges and cost during the course of the transaction This transaction will be successfully concluded within 14 days if you accord us your unalloyed and due cooperation. You should provide the followings;


Upon the receipt of this information,i will forward them to the organization for ratification and subsequent payment.

As with the case of all organized (sensitive)and conspired DEALS,we solicit for your unreserved confidentiality and utmost secret in this business.

We hope to retire peacefully and leave a honorable business life afterwards.

There are no risks involved.

Thanks while i look forward to your positive reply.Please Kindly reply me back through my private E-MAIL if you are interested. for more details.

Thank you and remain blessed
My kind regards
Mr Stephen.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,