Imagine, for a moment, that you all of your family – parents, sisters – apart from yourself and younger sister had perished in an appalling accident. Imagine your parents left you millions of dollars. What would you do? Would you:
a) find a top lawyer to help you sort out your financial affairs, or
b) send an email headed “how are you today” to thousands of random people across the world?
When you’ve worked out the correct answer, you will realise this is a scam. “Samuel” isn’t rich, he isn’t an orphan andhe doesn’t have a sister called Elizabeth. He’s a scammer who is hoping to take your money by charging you fees.
HOW ARE YOU TODAY
FROM SAMUEL AND ELIZABETH
REPUBLIC OF COTE D IVOIRE
+225 09 54 2007
THIS LETTER MIGHT COME TO YOU AS A SURPRISED SINCE WE HAVE NOT HAD ANY PREVIOUS CORESPONDENCE.THIS IS AS A RESULT OF THE HELPLESS SITUATION I FOUND MYSELF INTO. MY NAME IS SAMUEL, I AM 19 YEARS OLD BOY ,I GOT YOUR CONTACT DURING MY SEARCH FOR A RELIABLE, CAPABLE AND TRUSTWORTHY PERSON THAT CAN ASSIST ME IN THIS DARKEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE. I LOST MY FATHER, MOTHER AND TWO SISTERS, IN A CAR CRASH WHEN OUR DRIVER WAS ABOUT TO DRIVE ACROSS THE RAILWAY WITHOUT KNOWING THAT THE TRAIN WAS ALREADY AT THAT POINT WITH SPEED.
I AM ALIVE WRITING YOU BECAUSE I WAS FORTUNATE TO BE AT HOME WITH MY YOUNGER SISTER (ELIZABETH) AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. BEFORE MY FATHER’S SUDDEN DEATH, HE KEPT THE SUM OF US$9,000,000.00 ( NINE MILLION US DOLLARS) IN CASH WITH A PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANY.NOW THAT HE IS LATE I AND MY SISTER LEFT BEHIND. I AM WRITING YOU TO ASSIST ME RECEIVE THIS MONEY IN YOUR COUNTRY, INVEST IT IN A PROFITABLE BUSINESS AND RELOCATE I AND MY SISTER TO JOIN YOU IMMEDIATELY. AS A RESULT OF INSECURITY OF LIFE AND PROPERTY HERE, I DO NOT WANT TO STAY HERE ANY LONGER.
I GIVE ALMIGHTY GOD THE GLORY AND THANKS THAT MY FATHER DID NOT DIE IMMEDIATELY BUT HE DIED AFTER THREE DAYS OF THE INCEDENTS.HE GAVE ME ALL THIS INFORMATION WHILE HE WAS AT THE HOSPITAL.I WILL BE VERY GLAD IF YOU CAN ASSIST ME CONTACT THIS PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANY WHERE MY FATHER DEPOSITED THIS FUNDS ,I AM READY TO PASS TO YOU ALL THE INFORMATIONS THAT MY FATHER GAVE TO ME ON HOW TO GET THIS FUNDS OUT FROM THE SECURITY COMPANY IMMEDAITELY ONLY IF YOU WILL PROMISE ME THAT I WILL NOT BE BETRAYED AT THE END, I AM PREPARED TO GIVE YOU
15% OF THE TOTAL SUM FOR YOUR KIND ASSISTANCE.
I AM WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU .
SAMUEL AND ELIZABETH