Scammer in brief:
Miss. Sofia Gerba, 24 years old woman from Rwanda, parents killed by rebels during a civil war. Manage to escape to the UN refugee camp in Dakar, Senegal. Late father ( Dr. Rufus Gerba) left a inheritance $9.7 million US dollars, deposited in English bank and Miss. Sofia is the next of kin. Due a number of reasons (refugee status, international financial community, etc.) don't have access of funds, needs of foreign assistant to prepare a claim for the Bank and act as the beneficiary on her behalf. The funds would be transferred to an assistant's account . The assistant would obtain the travel documents for her so that she can re-locate to live over to an assistant.
She obtained a lawyer (Barrister (Dr.) James Berry) to handle the matter. This lawyer provide itemized price specification (to provide power of attorney and the affidavit of oath) which ended in the total $1.110 USD, which should have been pay via Western Union.
Name: Barr James Berry
Address: Sicap Liberté 5 Rue 6 Dakar Senegal
- 24 y/o woman
- from Rome, Lazio, Italy
- English, English, English
- seeking a man from 19 to 29 y/o
Last logged in: 2012-06-09 12:52:00
Date: Date: 2012-06-09 20:37:19
Hello Dear, How are you doing? I guess you are fine, My name is Miss Sofia Gerba not yet marred, I saw your profile it's cool and interesting, i decided to write to you i bet you will appreciate it .I am seeking for true friend that will bring happiness back in life, I will be expecting your quick response direct to My e-mail address (email@example.com) so that i will send my picture to you for you to know who i am and tell you all about me, remember age color or distance matters not,what matters is true love, friendship, understanding, honesty and sincerity until then, I am waiting; keep cool... take care of yourself and have a nice day Yours Sofia
ISP: SONATEL, Senegal
Received: from [126.96.36.199]
Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2012 15:37:47 +0100 (BST)
From: Sofia Gerba <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: MY DEAR THIS IS MY FULL LIFE STORY, WITH LOVE AND TRUST
Dearest One, How are you today, firstly I thank you for your reaction to my email; en line with the message, a which I have sent to you.How is every thing over there in your country,i believe that you are in good health, and that the atmosphere over there in your country is very nice today? Mine is a little bit warm over here in Dakar Senegal.
My name is (SOFIA GERBA ) i am (24 years old) but your age doesn't matter in a real relationship, I am from (Rwanda in East Africa,) 5.2ft tall, fair in complexion single,(never married ) and presently i am residing here in Dakar as a result of the civil war that was fought in my country some years ago. My late father Late Dr. RUFUS GERBA; was a politician and the managing director of a (Gold & Mine Industry.) in Kigali (the capital of Rwanda, before the rebels attacked our house one early morning and killed my father and mother in cold blood. Right now, as i am talking to you, i am the only person alive in my family, and I managed to make my way to a near by country (Senegal) where i am leaving now as a refugee under the care of a Reverend Pastor and i am using his computer to send these message to you now.
Please do not be offended for this message that comes from me please, its just that i don't know what else to do, because my situation here as the refugee is giving me a great concern, therefore, i will like you to consider my situation as an orphan, and be kind with me, as i am putting the whole of my trust on you with out fear, though i don't know who you are before, but i believe that you can not betray it at the end. I have communicated you because of my difficult situation here in this refugees camp, Its just like one staying in the prison and i hope by Gods grace i will come out here soon.
I don't have any relatives now whom i can go to, all my relatives ran away in the middle of the war the only person i have now is the pastor (Reverend Peter Emose), who is the pastor of the (CHRIST DE SAVIOR MISSION) here in the camp, he has been very nice to every body in the camp, but we are not living with him, rather we are leaving in the hostel, which is divided into two sections, one for the male, and the other for the female. The Pastors Tel number is (+221-779292657).. if you call tell him that you want to speak with me (SOFIA) he will send for me in the hostel. As a refugee here, i don't have any right or privileged to any thing, be it phone or money what ever, because it is against the law of this country. My love I want to go back to my studies because i only attended my first year before the tragic incident that lead to my being in this situation now took place.
Please listen to this (please it's a secret, even no one knows about it except the Reverend father that knows about it), I have my late father's statement of account and death certificate here with me, which i will send to you latter, because when he was alive he deposited some amount of money in a leading Foreign bank which he used my name as the next of kin, the total amount, is $9.7 (Nine million Seven Hundred Thousand US Dollars). So i will like you to help me transfer this money to your account and from it, you can send some money for me to get my traveling documents and air ticket to come over to meet with you. I kept this secret to people in the camp here, the only person that knows about it, is the Reverend because he is like a father to me. So, i will like you to keep it to yourself and don't tell it to anyone because i am afraid of loosing my life and the money if people gets to know about it. Remember i am giving you all this information due to the trust i deposed on you. I like honest and understanding people,truthful and a man of vision, hardworking and GOD fearing people.
My favorite language is English and i speak English very fluently. Meanwhile i will like you to call me like i said i have a lot to tell you, this is my pictures. I will send you more in my next mail. Have a nice day and think about me. waiting to hear from you soonest. i attach my pictures for you.
Yours in love,
Received: from [188.8.131.52]
Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2012 11:28:53 +0100 (BST)
From: Sofia Gerba <email@example.com>
Subject: PLEASE HONEY CONTACT THIS BANK IMMEDIATLY FOR THE TRANSFER
My Dear !Red roseRed heart, How are you today?.I believe that you are doing well. Dear I'm not fine here due to my present condition but I thank God that you are there for me,hoping to meet with you immediately after the transfer of my money to your position. daring, I felt happy to read your mail again today,however I want to let you know that I spoke with the reverend father Samuel today again about you and he encouraged me to make sure that i give you all the details of the bank and about my late father 's deposit since my father used my name as his next of kin,I have also informed the the bank that you will contact them on my behalf so they accepted and said until they hear from you.Therefore use this information which i think you might need to contact them either by phone or e-mail to find out their procedures you shall met to enable you receive this fund officially and legally into your account without problems,the name of the bank contacts and my late father's deposit information are stated as bellow: The contact information's of the bank are as follows,
STANDARD CHARTERED BANK LONDON
1Basinghall Avenue,London,EC2V 5DD, United Kingdom
Mr.Peter sands.Director Foreign Operation
Telephone number : +447045746529,+447035961898
Fax number: +447005931063,+448447743176
(1) Bank code: 30004
(2) Branch code ( 00759)
(3) IBAN ( No.of international Banking):LN76 3000 4007 5900 0001 9508658
(4) BIC ( Bank identification code ) : BNPALNPPPGB
Information about the deposit code are as follows.
Name of depositor:Dr Rufus Gerba
Account number :745008901546
Next of kin : Miss.Sofia Gerba
Amount deposited:$ 9.7 Million
Honey, I have already informed the bank about you and my plans to claim this Fund and the only thing they told me is to look for a foreign partner who will stand on my behalf due to my refugee status and the laws of this country. Therefore, I will like you to contact the bank immediately with they information, tell them that you are my foreign partner and that you want to know the possibilities of assisting me transfer the $9.7million dollars deposited by my late father of which I am the next of kin to your account in your country. Honestly I am happy that God has brought you to see me out from this ugly situation which am passing through and I promise to be kind to you, and I will equally need you in every area of my life Including investing this money since I am still too young to manage it. finally i would like you to call me with the reverend father's call number here. Dear pleas don't forget to call me and ask me any question you wish to ask. (+221-779292657)
Yours forever in love Sofia
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2012 06:10:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Attention: Mr ”xxxxxxxxx” .Response from STANDARD CHARTERED BANK LONDON
STANDARD CHARTERED BANK LONDON:
Standard Chartered Bank, 1 Basinghall Avenue, London, EC2V 5DD.
TEL:,+ +44 (0)20 7885 8888
Fax Number: +44 (0)20 7885 9999
Director foreign operations dept :Mr Peter Sands
Attention: Mr. ”xxxxxxxxxxxx”
I have been directed by the director of foreign operation/wire transfer to write you in respect to young lady that she wishes you to be her trustee /representative. Fund deposit file no.ps101454/SCB/80 refers. Reference to your request for release of (Late Dr Rufus Gerba) deposited fund, ($9.7million united state dollar) willed to his daughter (Miss. sofia Gerba) presently in Dakar-Senegal. We have acknowledged the receipt of her email inquiry in respect to the inherited fund deposited in our escrow account and to legally effect transfer in your favour as an appointed trustee by (Miss. sofia Gerba) of the sum of $9.700, 000.00 USD deposited by her late father (Dr Rufus Gerba).which he indicated his daughter (Miss.sofia Gerba) as next of kin, however we shall require the following documents before we approve the request:
1. You should present an authority letter (power of attorney) dully signed by a Senegalese based Lawyer as your witness, mandating you to make this claims and transfer on (Miss. sofia Gerba) behalf.
2. You should present a copy of (late Dr Rufus Gerba), death certificate, issued by a public/general hospital confirming his death.
3. Present the last written will of (late Dr Rufus Gerba)
4. Present a sworn affidavit of oath/support from the high court of Senegal.
5.Scan copy of your national identification or international passport/driving license..
Be informed that on receipt of the above mentioned documents as requested the entire fund could be transferred to your designated account on her behalf on receipt of the above documents issued by a Senegalese federal high court of justice in Dakar. We hope that you should understand that our request for the above documents and information is part of our security protocols to avoid fraudulent claims or an unwarranted taking advantage of her absence by some individuals or some other distance relations who might have had access to her privacy.
On receipts of the above documents/information, we shall verify them and as soon as we are satisfied, we shall process your claim and affect the transfer to your designated account. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, and we promise to give our customers the best of our services. For more information you can reach the director foreign operations. (Mr. peter sands),you are advised either to fly down there in Senegal or to arrange an attorney or you simple ask your partner to get an attorney for you to procure all these documents for you urgently to enable us effect transfer as she had earlier requested us to assist her as soon as you contacted us
We anticipate your swift responds.
(Senior Manager - FTA International)
Received: from [184.108.40.206]
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2012 10:36:22 +0100 (BST)
From: Sofia Gerba <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: PLEASE HONEY CONTACT THIS LAWYER FOR THE DOCUMENTS REQUESTED FROM THE BANK
Hello Darling!! How are you today? I believe you are alright. I 'm very happy bank has answered us. I believe our meeting each other for a better living is so near, I imagine the first day i'm going to meet you in the airport, to hug you, kiss you and feel so happy being with you. My dear i have seen the requirements from the bank ,the most problem now is the "power of attorney" and "affidavits of oaths" which the bank has stated must be endorsed by central bank recognized lawyer, who must be a reputable and senior lawyer in this country. I have with me here the last will certificate issued to my later father by the bank and his death certificate. I have been helped by the Reverend who has been helping me here in the refugee camp to get this lawyer. His name is Barrister JAMES BERRY, he is a reputable lawyer according to Reverend. His contact information is as follows:
Tel: +221 772836534 +221 76 345 35 00
Fax: +221 33-826 1783
Contact Person :Barrister James Berry.
When you contact him tell him you are my representative, you want him to help us prepare power of attorney and affidavits of oaths, which our bank has asked us to bring to enable them transfer our money. I wait your reply. yours precious love
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From: James Berry <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2012 12:53:51 -0700
Subject: Atten Mr. ”xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”
M/Ref:AUG,07TH, 08, 2012
Subject: Power Of Attorney/
Affidavit Aoth from High Court of Dakar Senegal
Change of Ownership
Senegal Government Tax
My mobilization charges
Atten Mr. ”xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”
With due/earnest reference to your mail regarding the said subject matter/fund in STANDARD CHARTERED BANK OF LONDON, we wish to inform you officially receipted of your information as it addressed above this day dated, 7th–O8- 2012. After a long discussion/s along with the top learned men in our chamber, we carried out a legal investigation/verification in order to be in a proper position to advise you in accordance with our laws. That our team of learned men has received/seen the vital evidence/s concerning the said particular money/fund in the STANDARD CHARTERED BANK OF LONDON custody, which we have legally investigated/verified, respectively and hereby, confirmed the gentility/ authenticity of the said subject matter/s.
Therefore, to execute, performing legally accomplish the said subject matter/s effectively and sparingly on your behalf. That the said letter of appointment/authority from you should/ must be notarized in High Court of Justice here in Dakar-Senegal, which is purely in line with our domestic financial, laws of this country Senegal and also Internationally.
Our legal professionalism ideologies, all the original vital documentation/ certificate of the said Deposit must/should be changed/bear your full name enhance successful/smooth claiming of the said proceeds/liquidities without any form/kind of hesitation/s from the Bank/Authorities concerned. In addition, the above salient point is quite in line with our financial laws on such highly classified deposit of this nature stemming from the fact that the said legal next of kin (Miss Sofia Gerba) have a Political Refugee status here in Dakar-Senegal and as such, International financial laws extremely prohibit/s/disallow Refugee status to do such transaction on their own. That is one of our measures of battling /combating evince acts of drugs, laundering and terrorist activities in this country as jointly agreed with International communities
That all paper works concerning the said deposit must be duly and lawfully obtained from all relevant government Authorities concerned on your name, address, ID number, and phone number as the original owner beneficiary of the said deposit. That our team of learned men should back you up as your only appointed/authorized attorney to secure/obtain all important documentation/certificate required/needed for the prompt release of this particular deposit to your custody as you may advise/instruct in the nearest future. Therefore, to secure/obtain legal vital documentation/certificate from the relevant government Authorities concerned, you have to meet-up with the required listed below. The Items and Official Charges listed below:
Power of Attorney Legal fee: …………….. $510 Dollar…….
Change of Ownership Legal Fee: ………… $50Dollar……
Legalize fee: ………………………………. ....$50 Dollar……
Affidavit of Oath fee: ………………………$350Dollar….
Government Tax: …………………………..$50 Dollar….
Mobilization: ………………………………. $100 Dollar…
Total: --------------------------------------------- $1,110. Dollar.
In a proper view of the above, therefore, you're advised to send the foretasted fees to me immediatly with my information below, Via WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER Due to the urgency of the said subject.
Name: Barr James Berry
Address: Sicap Liberté 5 Rue 6 Dakar Senegal.
Scan the transfer slip or type the ten digital numbers question and answer and send to me. Once i receive the payment information, as tabulated above, our team of learned men should legally accept/proceed on with the duties and obligations to secure/obtain all the legal vital document from relevant government Authorities and also officially submit it legally to the government Authorities for prompt release/transfer of the said deposit to you without any atom of obstructing obstacle/s from the Authorities whatsoever. The copies of the said document should/must as well be sending to you for your perusal/records purposes. We look forward for your expedited actions accordingly and promised to carry out /discharge all my legal professional duties and obligation/s with merits and distinction. We highly appreciate the respects you intended to accord/ bestow and repose on ou in this subject matter/s to serve you. I await for your favorable response.
Barrister James Berry
tel number +221763453500 or +22177 283 65 34
Address: Sicap Liberté 5 Rue 6 Dakar Senegal, 22182 Senega