419 Scam – The "murdered businessman" scam
In this variant of the classic "419" Advance Fee fraud, the scammer claims to be someone whose father (or husband) was a rich farmer or businessman in an African country (e.g. Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cote d'Ivoire, Zimbabwe) who was murdered or died from an illness. This person claims to have access to millions of dollars stored with a security company in Europe, West Africa or South Africa.
You are asked to help retrieve the funds and for your cooperation are promised a large percentage of the funds. Invariably you will be asked to contact a "lawyer" or the "security company" (who happen to use only free webmail accounts or cellphone numbers for communication). They will ask for money to be wired by Western Union before the funds can be released to you. If you are reckless enough to do that, you will lose all money sent and will never see the promised but non-existent fortune.
We have received numerous variants of the following scam:
From: "linda aji" <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 12:43 PM Subject: From Miss Linda. From Miss Linda Aji Ivory Coast West Africa Sir/Madam, I am miss linda Aji from Ivory Coast and I am contacting you because I need your help in the management of a sum of money that my dead father left for me before he died.This money is USD 7.5 million American Dollars and the money is in a bank here in Abidjan the capital city. My father was a very rich cocoa farmer and he was poisoned by his business colleagues and now I want you to stand as my guidian and appointed beneficiary and receive the money in your country since I am only 21 years and without mother or father. Please I will like you to reply to this email so that I will tell you all the information so that this money will be transferred to you so that you will get me papers to travel to your country to continue my education there. I am waiting for your urgent email. Thanks. Miss Linda Aji íSÚ listo! Contrata el antivirus http://www.pandasoftware.es/tienda/?idpers=109&track=13920
From: "susan malley" <email@example.com> To: <emailaddress> Sent: Saturday, 04 June, 2005 21:27 Subject: proposal Dearest Good a thing to write you. I have a proposal for you, this however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will. Your profile pushed me to send you this form of proposal. I am Miss susan malley, 19 years old and the only daughter of my late parents Mr. And Mrs. susan malley. My father was a highly reputable business magnet (Cocoa Merchant) who operated in the capital of Ivory Coast Western region of Africa. It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips abroad, on 12th February 2002. Though his sudden death was rather suspected to have been master minded by an uncle of his, who traveled with him to France, the Almighty God Knows Better. My mother at the other hand, died when I was just 4 years old and ever since then, my father has been the only person to have participated in my life. He was a good father and our bound became very strong and special. However, before his death, he called his secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told him that he has a sum of Eighteen Million United State Dollars (US$18.000.000.00) left in one of the leading security company abroad (Europe). He went ahead and issued a written instruction to his lawyer whom he said is in possession of all of the necessary documents related to this fund that was sealed and deposited with a trunk box. I am just 19 years old years old and a university undergraduate and really do not know what to do. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory Coast. The death of my father actually brought sorrow in my life, I have been constantly being harassed by both his uncles and brothers who are in bid for his fortunes. I am sending this proposal through my father's secretary who is presently in Europe to seek for a reputable individual to help and invest this fund. Again, I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in these regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly appreciated as I surely will like to invest abroad and into a profitable business venture. Furthermore, permit me to ask these questions. 1. Can I completely trust that you will take me as your daughter? 2. What percentage of the total amount will be good for you if you do not wish to participate in my life but do wish to invest the fund in a good business. 3. What kind of a business venture do you intend to invest it in? and how profitable is it annually?. Please consider and get back to me through my email below for further details. Best regards, MISS susan malley. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org ___________________________________________________ Check-out GO.com GO get your free GO E-Mail account with expanded storage of 6 MB! http://mail.go.com