Dear Beneficiary Dead or Alive

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We all receive spam emails, some are by legitimate spammers, you know the ones that add you to a list, where we can track down the email server they used and in some cases even unsubscribe, although that could be risky too.

And then there are the famous African inheritance emails, the ones that are usually untraceable and the only thing we can do is add them to junk and delete them. After all this time on email I am still astounded that tech companies have not been able to deal with these spam emails. We can send people into space, but we can’t stop spam emails.

Anyway this is probably the best one have received in quite a while. First of all they are offering me a fairly modest inheritance amount and secondly the subject line addresses me as either ‘Dead or Alive’. Seeing as my company name is Staying Alive UK, I couldn’t resist sharing it.

Not only is it addressed to ‘Dead or Alive’, it also asks me to confirm ‘if your are still alive’, which made me chuckle a lot.

I’ve deleted some of the email and telephone number, just in case someone thinks it’s real, you just never know.

I’d love to hear your best spam stories, feel free to add them in the comments.

Swift Code: BPH KPL PK,
A/C#: 329606=101244=169=678
PHONE : Phone : Call +234–810…1141
Our Ref: CBN/IRD/CBX/021/11
E-Mail: (eme…………

Dear Beneficiary, Dead or Alive

After I received a fax message from your Next of Kin Mr. Williams Thomas who informed me that you are dead in an auto accident, he claimed he is your next of kin and he further provided to me the below account for immediate transfer.

Mr. Williams Thomas
Account No: 567–878–656
Swift code: BOA56578
Routing No: 657–787
Bank of America

Your next of Kin Mr. Williams Thomas requested for immediate transfer of the USD 5Million into the above account which I have prepared all documents of claim on his name because I have not heard from you for a long time. I did believe him but I insisted on your behalf to contact you to enable me to confirm if you are still alive or dead. Please confirm your health condition through the following e-mail: (eme………… and kindly reconfirm your personal information below:

Your full name
Your home address
Your telephone number
Your fax number

You are advised to reconfirm the above listed information if you are still alive and Who is Mr. Williams Thomas, his Mr. Williams Thomas your next of kin? Please get back to me so that I can know the next step to follow regarding the outstanding $5Million.

NOTE: Your Advised to respond to this email within the next 7 working days. (eme…………

Best Regards,

Dr.Godwin Emefiele.
CEO/Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN)
PHONE : Phone : Call +234–810…1141
E-Mail: (eme…………

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Originally published at on September 6, 2021.

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