Thursday, June 26, 2008

I Can't Believe People Still Fall For This, Part 2

Don't bother reading these unless you're here as the result of a key word search you got from an email. Seriously. Don't read any further. You're wasting your time.

I post these because they're good for a couple of hundred key word search hits per week.

These are the scam letters I've received since the last time I posted the scam letters I had received.

I see you're still reading. Go away, unless you're here from a key word search. Leave. You're going to be disappointed.

They're variations on a con artist stunt called "The Spanish Prisoner". (Playwright David Mamet once worked it into the plot of a good Steve Martin movie.) Wikipedia has the most concise explanation of how the scam works.
In most of these, they want access to your checking account, so they can transfer the money into the U.S.
First, a dribble of cash will enter your account. Then all of your money will disappear.

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Here's the first one. Note that she's at risk, and doesn't want to go against the Bible by "having a child outside her matrimonial home". Everything is done for the widows and orphans....

From Mrs Jenifer BruceN[38 Rue Des Martyrs Cocody Abidjan,Cote d'Ivoire
ATTN:DEAREST ONE OF GOD

I am the above named person from Kuwait. I am married to Mr.Abram Bruce, who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year 2004. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.
Before his death we were both born again Christian. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $2. 5 Million (Two Million Five Hundred U.S. Dollars) in the bank here in Abidjan in suspense account.
Presently, the fund is still with the bank. Recently, my Doctor told me that i have serious sickness which is cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a church that will use this fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained.
The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I don’t have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don’t want my husband’s efforts to be used by unbelievers. I don’t want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death hence i know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the Lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace.
I don’t need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of my husband’s relatives is around me always I don't want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank here in Abidjan. I want you and the church to always pray for me because the Lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life.
Contact me on the above e-mail address for more information’s, any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another church or individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein.
Hoping to receive your reply.
Remain blessed in the Lord. Yours in Christ,
Mrs Jenifer Bruce

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Here's the same thing, but different name, different place, different Bible verses, and different grammar....

From Mrs Susan Morgan

N�[38 Rue Des Martyrs Cocody Abidjan,Cote d'Ivoire

ATTNDEAREST ONE OF GOD I am the above named person from Kuwait. I am married to Mr.Abram Morgan, who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year 2004. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born again Christian. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $2. 5 Million (Two Million Five Hundred U.S. Dollars) in the bank here in Abidjan in suspense account. Presently, the fund is still with the bank. Recently, my Doctor told me that i have serious sickness which is cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a church that will use this fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I don’t have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don’t want my husband’s efforts to be used by unbelievers. I don’t want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death hence i know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the Lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I don’t need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of my husband’s relatives is around me always I don't want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank here in Abidjan. I want you and the church to always pray for me because the Lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life. Contact me on the above e-mail address for more information’s, any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another church or individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein.

Hoping to receive yourreply.

Remain blessed in the Lord.

Yours in Christ,

Mrs susan morgan

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This one wants you to get worked up over the gross sexism and unfairness of life in the 3rd world.

With Due respect Dear,
I humbly write to solicit for your partnership and assistance in the transfer and investment of my inheritance fund USD$17.5M from my late father who died mysteriously last Dec. It was very evident that he was poisoned to death. In my culture, when a man dies, if he does not have a male child, the brothers shares his property leaving both the wife and the daughters empty handed including the house they live in. This is the exact case with me as I am the only daughter of my father. I lost my mother when I was barely a year old and my father refused to re-marry another wife because he felt solely responsible for my mother's death. This is so because he concentrated much on his businesses that he rarely pays attention to domestic affairs. He was always travelling taking care of his businesses that he did not notice when my mother took ill. He thought it was a minor illness and was ignorant of this. My mother on her own resorted to self-medication. It was not until the illness degenerated that my father took my mother to hospital where she was diagnosed to find out that hypatitis had eaten deep into her blood stream. She didn't last long before she died. This happened when I was barely a year old. Based on this, my father could not forgive himself easily because of it and said he was responsible for her death as he could have saved her if only he had paid attention to the things at home rather than concentrating much on his businesses. Despite all entreaties by friends and relatives, he refused to remarry but ensured that I had everything that I wanted. It was as a result of this that he made me the next of kin to his fund deposit with the bank and stated that in the event of any eventuality, I should have a direct access to the fund only when I am 24 years of age otherwise, I should have a guardian/partner intercede on my behalf for the release of the funds to me. Unfortunately, he died late last year and I am 21 years of age currently. This is why I have contacted you to serve as a guardian to me and as my foreign partner for the transfer and investment of the fund overseas My uncles does not know about the fund because they had already taken my father's houses and other properties because I am a girl and they said I do not have rights for any property. They have requested to have my father's bank papers but I simply told them that I do not know where he kept them. The younger brother took the house in the village while the houses in the town were sold out they shared the proceed they got from the sale. Right now, I am with a friend of mine and do sincerely want to travel out of my country. This can only happen when I have secured the release and transfer of the funds in the bank. This why it is important that we have a plan on the type of lucrative business that we can invest the funds on. I had at various times had discussions with the director of international remittance unit of the bank where my father deposited the funds and I was assured that once, I have someone who would be willing to receive the funds on my behalf, they shall commence all proceedings to effect the release and transfer of the funds into the person's designated account. Now, that you have signified your interest to partner with me, it would only be very necessary if you contact the bank and request for the release and transfer of my inheritance fund into your nominated account for the purpose of investment and to further have me come over to your country to continue with my studies. I shall be giving you the bank's contact details as soon as I hear back from you so that you will go ahead and contact the bank.
Your urgent response will be appreciated,
Pls contact me with my yahoo email address for security reason(m.abdullah88@yahoo.fr)
Talk to you the more.
Sincerely,
Mariam abdullah

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And I received this one after this email was published.....

COMMONWEALTH OFFICE
DEBT REDEMPTION VETTING DEPARTMENT
SW1A 2AH LONDON , UNITED KINGDOM .
PHONE: 44-792-402-3825
FAX: 44-700-609-6491
EMAIL: cwealthlon@hotmail.com
FROM: MR. FREDDIE JOHN
RE: SUCCESSFUL RELEASE OF YOUR APPROVED FUNDS
The Commonwealth Office is particularly surprised by constant petitions from
many beneficiaries in various countries complaining long-delays on their
payments. And, that they wasted much money in the pursuit of their
entitlement/Fund. Also, there are cases whereby two or three people are applying
for the same Funds.
Therefore, we have resolved and instructed that all Funds shall be released
through maximum supervision of the Commonwealth Audits and Financial Management
Authority (CAFMA). We will forward the required information to you a soon as
your reply is received by this office.
Congratulations in Advance.
Yours faithfully,
MR.FREDDIE JOHN

I caught this one in my spambox on 7-14-08.

THIS IS FOR YOUR ATTENTION.
We wish to notify you again that you were listed as a beneficiary to the total
sum of(Ten Million Six Hundred Thousand British Pounds) in the codicil and last
testament of the deceased.(Name now withheld since this is our second letter to
you). We contacted you because you bear the surname identity and therefore can
present you as the beneficiary to the inheritance.
We therefore reckoned that you could receive these funds as you are qualified by
your name identity. All the legal papers will be processed in your acceptance.
In your acceptance of this deal, we request that you kindly forward to us your
letter of acceptance; your current telephone and fax numbers and a forwarding
address to enable us file necessary documents at our high court probate division
for the release of this sum of money.
Please contact me via my private email: so that we can get this done
immediately.
Please send the details and call me to discuss more.
Yours Faithfully,
John Maxwell.
Telephone +447 0319 52662.
Cowley Road,
Cambridge, CB4 0WS
United Kingdom.

Ok, here's one from July 18th, 2008:


Dearest One, With Due Respect And Humanity, I was compelled to write to you under a humanitarian ground. My name is Mrs Lizy Joseph. I was born in Hawall?Kuwait. I am married to Mr Jerry Joseph who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year 2003.We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days Before his death we were both born again Christian. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $3.6 Million in a Bank here in Abidjan. And Recently, My Doctor told me that I would not last for the next six months due to my cancer problem (cancer of the lever and stroke). Presently this money is still in the Bank. Having known my condition I am in need of a HONEST Hearted Individual Christian or Church that i will utilize this fund the way I am going to instruct herein. I want somebody that will use this fund according to the desire of my late.husband to help Lessprivilaged people, orphanages,widows and propagating the word of God. I took this decision because I don抰 have any child that will inherit this fund, And I don抰 want in away where this money will be used in an unGodly way. This is why I am taking this decision to hand you over this Fund. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going.I want you to always remember me in your daily prayers because of my up coming Cancer Surgery. Write back to me as soon as possible because any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another person for this same purpose, Hoping to read from you soon. With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank in Abidjan. I will also issue you an authorisation letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of this fund.

God bless you as you listing to the voice of reasoning, May God Bless You,Mrs Lizy Joseph.

From July 26, 2008
Good Day. With the hope that you are okay and doing fine, this message could be strange but is real if you pay some attention to it. My name is Mr.John kwame Ivory coast national. I inherited the sum of $9,000,000.00 USD (Nine Million us dollar) from my late parents.But l am faced with a problem.on the banks documents for the next of kin, my late father appended a clause stating that:I the next of kin, must attain the age of 35 years, before taking full control of the bank account; But, in the event of war and natural disasters in Ivory Coast, the bank should honour a transfer request from me which must be for the safety of the funds; And in this case, I must have an investment manager outside Africa, and the money should not be transferred to any African country. I am not yet 35 years, but Ivory Coast is not a safe country at this time because of the war.We have since relocated to Ghana a neighbouring country.I want the bank to transfer my money out of Ivory Coast, but the bank is insisting that l fulfill the conditions put down by my late father. Since I have established ownership of the fund, the bank has transfered the fund to Ghana upon my request and insistence, but still refused to released the money to me.This is actually the main reason why l am looking for an investment manager. I would like you to be my investment manager. When you become my investment manager, l would instruct the bank to transfer my money to the country of my investment manager, so that you would be able to help me invest the money wisely. If you would be my investment manager or you receive the deposit on my behalf and help me to providing a reliable genuine trade or company in your country where I can invest this fund immediately to save for the future of my family. please write me as soon as possible. percentage is negotiable upon your reply.Please be mindful that the fund is of no criminal origin. The transfer and investment is necessitated due to war and natural disasters in Ivory Coast, Please let me know by returned phone number/fax if we could be of some help in financing this project. My regards, Mr.John kwame

Here's one from August 4th,

Mrs Esther PrakashP.O.Box: 20581, Safat 13066 Safat Kuwait
Dearest in Christ, Greetings in the Name above all names, Jesus Christ our Lord and saviour, I am Mrs Esther Prakash. I am married to Mr.Prakash Anderson who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for many years before he died in the year 2005.We were married without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born again Christian. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of (($2.600.000.00) Two million six hundred thousand dollar in a Bank in Ivory Coast . Presently, this money is still in bank. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Eight months due to cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a charity organization or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want an organization/person that will use this fund for orphanages, school and church, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained, Isaiah 56:7 For my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don't want my husband's efforts to be used by unbelievers. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that "the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace". I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence and the presence of my husband's relatives are around me always. I don't want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank. I await your soonest response with your full information, example.Your full name.......................Address.....................................Age...........................................A copy of your int'l passport or ID card............. I will use the above information to obtain an authority letter that will prove you the new beneficiary of this fund from the Royal Court of Kuwait.I want you to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Any delay in your reply will give me room searching another church or individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your reply with the above information. Remain blessed in the Lord Take care,
Yours Sister in Christ
Mrs Esther Prakash

And a slightly more sophisticated one from August 13, 2008

James Thomson & Associates.
14 Queens Drive South West London
England
United Kigdom.
Dear Sir/Madam
We have our presence in all major cities in London.
However, we are writing you on the strength of a directive from one of
our clients, a 56-year-old widow,who desires to invest twenty eight
million united states dollars (US$28,000,000.00) overseas preferably
in asia or america.
She has dircted us to look fo a viable investment portfolio
(opportunity), partnership or an individual who can be trusted to
invest or oversee the investment of her twenty eight million united
states dollars(US$28,000,000.00) in america or asia. it is important
you note the source of this fund legitimate as our client has provided
sufficient evidnce to support this claim.
Since our operations are limited to europe and our experience in the
investment portfolios(opportunity) in america and asia is shallow, as
we are not conversant with the law in america and asia concerning such
a huge investment.
in our quest to find a valid and viable investment portfolio in
america and asia inlinewith our client's directive, we decided to
contact you, we got your companies contact information from the
internet, however you will be expected to provide us with a background
information concerning your self and your companies to enable us make
an evaluation and advice our client on which line of action to take.
Our client has proposed a commission/percentage of the
investment(US$28,000,000,00) for your services, however the said
percentage is negotiable.
We look forward to your immediate response,
Yours Faithfully
For:- James Thomson & Associate
James Thomson

5 comments:

A.Decker said...

I got exact same as the first one, except from Naomi Soloman, this past Friday.

A.Decker said...

--Solomon, that is.

Navin David said...

I have Got a same series of letters

among them one of that is (it is with Picture):
"Dearest One in God,

Greetings to you in the name of our almighty God, I hope all is well with you and your family,i will want you to send me your full address as i requested from you because i will be going for medical checkup very soon and i will want this fund to be transfer to you before i will be going to the hospital.i do not know why i trusted you but the spirit of the almighty God directed me to contact you and i will adiverse you to do and send me your full address so that i will submit it to the ministry of justice for the affidavit on oath so my dearest one do not fear God is with you
May God bless you.
Sister Naomi Solomon" "

Thanks for your Blog.

Regards

Conrad said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Ruth

http://fendisite.com

almost fell for the scam said...

look at what a got. Guess What, the person also replies .

DEAREST ONE



I am the above named person from Kuwait I am married to Mr.Hussien Cale Solomon, who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year 2006. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.

Before his death we were both Christian. since his death I decided not to remary or get a child outside my matrimonial home . When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $2. 5 Million (Two Million Five Hundred thousand U.S. Dollars) in the bank here in Abidjan in suspense Account

Presently, the fund is still with the bank. Recently, my Doctor told me that i have serious sickness which is cancer problem.



The one that disturbs me most is my stroke and cancer sickness. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to the less previladge in the soceity through individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want that this fund will be use for orphanages, widows, and for people that need help in every way . God made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives want me dead at all cost, and I don't want my husbands efforts to be fruitless . I don't want a situation where this money will be used without regard .

This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death hence i know where I am going..

I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord.

I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health and the presence of my husband relatives is around me always I don't want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank here in Abidjan . I want you to always pray for me because the Lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life. Contact me through my e-mail address for more informations, any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another God fearing person or charity organization for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your reply. Remain blessed in the Lord.



Yours in the Lord

Mrs Susan Cale


Subesequent replies :
Hello,

Thanks for your response, like you have asked, i told you in my last mail that it is not easy for me to choose you but due to the direction of God i contact you after having some prayer and fasting as my spirit direct me, i got your contact as i was searching for a reliable and God fearing person who will take care of this fund. i ask for your pic just to know whom am dealing with.

I chose you among others and i do believe that you will not let down the trust which i bestowed on you, as a christain i work by faith and as my spirit leads me, it is not a suprise to me that you are wondering how it comes to be you, well it is the will of God that everything hapens in His own time and this is the time for this purpose.

I do hope that my mail has given you more understanding and please like i have explain to you before, we have to be fast as to make sure that the bank transfer this fund as my condition of health is not given any chance.

I expect the informations where the bank will transfer the fund.
Please keep on praying for my situation.

Waiting to hear from you.