This is a classic example of the wealthy orphan scam. A sad young woman (it’s almost always a woman) has been left alone in the world, or left alone with her younger siblings, because her parents have been murdered or poisoned by some evil power. But before her parents died, her father told her about the secret fortune he had deposited for her in a bank somewhere, and now the poor (rich) orphan needs your help to retrieve the money. She can tell you’re an honest person (playing to your vanity.) Won’t you help an orphan (you sucker)?
from: jenny marisa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
date: Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 6:52 AM
subject: SEEKING FOR YOUR HELP
SEEKING FOR YOUR HELP
My name is Miss Jenny Marisa looking for a trustworthy, sincere and honest someone like you who can help me in this time of needs.
My father Mr Johnson Osy Marisa, during the civil and political crisis in our country, my parents together with my three sisters was poisoned by heartless elements that called themselves his brother and wicked relatives. Fortunately for me, I was in the school when this tragedy took place to my family. I was in coma for almost two weeks. But I thank the almighty God because I never knew that I could support the shock of losing almost my whole family. That is by the way. Right now I am still here in country but very unsafe for me. I’m living in great fear and bondage. I intend leaving this country as soon as possible but only one thing kept me back. My late father has deposited with one of the prime bank the sum of money, $5.2Million USD, for onward transfer to any bank abroad
But unfortunately he did not complete the transaction before he sudden died. I have all the documents concerns this money in the bank and receipt of deposit with which my late father made the deposit, I have mapped out 15% out of the total money for your help and assistances because it looks stupid for me trying to confide in a total stranger I never met before . By instinct I am convinced you are an honest person and you have the capacity to handle this transaction with me. As soon as it is done, I will come over with to meet you and spend the rest of my live in your country. I wish to invest the money into estate business and other good business you may propose. I promise to greatly compensate you for any assistance you may offer me. I do not know how you may feel about this but I want you to take this very serious and confidential. Down here, I am living in fear because enemies, uncles and wicked relatives of my parents are hunting for me. Please let me know your mind concerning my proposal to you, please contact me with this email private email for more details and information. (email@example.com)
May God bless you,