This is a classic example of an African 419 scam message, in this case coming from a supposed rich orphan from the Ivory Coast. (See more examples of “rich orphan scams” and more examples that claim to come from the Ivory Coast.) “Sandra Assi” lost her father — how sad — but he left her a fortune. And now she needs your help to manage it:
From: “Sandra Assi” firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: From Sandra Assi
Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2015
From Sandra Assi
Good day, may the blessings of God be upon you and grant you the wisdom and sympathy to understand my situation and how much I need your help. After going through your profile I was convinced that you are reputable and a trust worthy person who can help me.
I am contacting you with the hope that you will be of great assistance to me. My name is Sandra Assi, 21 years old Girl from Cote D’ Ivoire, My father and i escaped from our country at the heat of the civil war after loosing my mother and two of my senior brothers in the war. As a result of the political instability in my country even after the war, my father established his cocoa and coffee export business in my country Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was in Burke, A northern city to negotiate for the purchase of a cocoa plantation when he was shot by the rebel troupes fighting to take over the Government of the country. The death of my father has now made me an orphan and there by exposing me to danger. Before his unfortunate death, my late father called me beside his sick bed and told me as his only surviving Daughter, that he had deposited in one of the prominent bank here in our country the sum of $9million Dollars. With my name as the next of kin.
As a result of the present insecurity of lives and property in this country, I wish request that you assist me use your account in your country to transfer my inherited fund for onward business investment Again to assist me with a letter of invitation that will make me get a visa to your country for residence in order for me to continue my education under your care and to invest the fund in a viable business venture. I am willing to give you 15% while 5% has been earmarked for expenses. I will appreciate it if you respond to me as soon as you received my e-mail so that we can discuss further on this matter.
Please i will like you to contact me on this my private email box (email@example.com )
Thanks and God bless you.
Unfortunately, “Sandra” is just another email scammer and this is a standard advance fee fraud. (Read about how advance fee frauds work.) Study the examples we have documented here at ScamHunter.org so you can avoid the fraudsters’ traps.