Has someone offered you a huge sum of money or a valuable consignment? It's a 419 or advance fee fraud - find out how they work, and what to do to be safe.
#334 by Emma Jones Fri Jul 20, 2007 3:58 pm
This was sent in by a visitor to the site, thanks. It's a good example of the mix of looking for sympathy and offering vast sums that is typical of many 419 scams, aka advance fee frauds.

From: monicaokosy004 <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 20:08:01 +0900 (JST)
Subject: FROM MONICA (please urgently assist me)
From: Monica Okosy
Country: Ivory Coast
Location: West Africa.


I got your contact information through site and decided to contact you, hoping that by God's grace, you will successfully assist me out from my situation after seven days of prayers and fasting, seeking for an overseas guardance. I am Monica Okosy( 22 years old ). The only daughter of late Chief Jeseph Okosy, who was a famous and wealthy cocoa and gold dealer base in Abidjan, the econimic capital of Ivory Coast

My father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outing on a business trip. My mother died when i was a baby and since then, my father took me so special. Before he died, he secrectly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of ($10,500,000.00 USD ).Ten million, five hundred thousand united state dollars. Deposited in fixed / suspense account in one of the prime banks here in Abidjan, that he used my name as his only daughter for the next of kin.

I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business.I am seeking for your urgent attention to help me transfer the sum into your account for an investment purposes, Such as real estates and stock markets business. And i want you to help me invest this money in your country and help me to locate a nice school to continue my education in your country.I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as compensation for your urgent assistance to me, immediately after the transfer of the fund into your account in your Country. I will be waiting for your urgent and favourable response.

Yours sincerely
Monica Okosy.

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#357 by Emma Jones Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:02 am
Another example:

From: Miss Ruth Ake <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 19:27:30 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: From Miss Angel Dickson
From Miss Angel Dickson
Dearest one,
I am Miss. Angel Dickson , I am 19years old and a Sierra Leonean, and
the only daughter of Late DR. K.Dickson of blessed memory. My late
father was the chairman of Sierra Leonean National Diamond & Gold
Corporation. My father was killed along with my two kid brothers in our
Freetown residence while I was away. They were assassinated by rebels
led by Major Johnny Paul Koromah because my family never supported the
way Major Johnny Paul Koromah and his splinter group overthrew our
legitimate President, Alhaji Ahmed Tejan Kabbah and forced him to
exile. After the assassination of my father and brothers, when the
African Peace Keeping Forces(ECOMOG) soldiers were in control of my
village "Mende", I left my hideout in my village. When I was searching
for some information in our family villa, I found the key of my
father's underground strong room and discovered some documents also
notes that he made a deposited of one metallic box containing
(US$4,500,000.00)US Dollars in a private security company and he
deposited it as family valuables not as money for security reasons best
known to him.
Meanwhile, I made an arrangement with a fisherman that operates a
fishing trawller boat who smuggled me out through West African coast
water to Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire, and I have search for the security
company and they told me that my late father family valuables is still
with them. I now decieded to look for a trustworthy and reliable
foreign partner who will assist me to move this money to his country or
any place of his choice for investment. I suggest offering you (20%)
of the total money if you will assist me to have this transaction
(1) You will help me provide a lucrative business where this money
will be wisely invested.
(2) To help me to secure a permanent residence permit as I would love
to spend the rest of my life doing business overseas.
Meanwhile, I want to leave Côte d'Ivoire entirely with this money for
investment in your country because of the unstable political situation
and mostly for the future of my life. I want you to please assist me to
claim the box from their affiliate in Europe. Because of the political
problem here I instructed the Security Company to transfer the
consignment to their branch office in Europe for safe keeping. So the
consignment is now in Europe. Every other information needed will be
given to you on request.
Note: that your urgent assistance is needed to facilitate this
transaction. For confidential purpose, you should handle this
transaction with utmost secrecy which it demands. Looking forward to
hearing from you soon.Thanking you in anticipation of your urgent
response.God bless you.
Miss Angel Dickson.

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