A wealthy widow, a family of struggling refugees — these are the things of which good scams are made. Honest Mrs. Williams has protected her family’s money from corrupt officials, and all she needs is a little more help from you to escape her war-torn country. “Note that this E-mail is not one of those internet jokes and should be treated with seriousness, utmost important and confidentiality,” she says. Alas, that part is a lie too.
From: “WILLIAMS FAMILY” firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2005 09:39:11 +0200
Subject: CONTACT DOUGLAS IMMEDIATELY
FROM: Mrs. Elizabeth Williams
101 Trungaat steet.
With due respect, trust and humanity, I and my family send to you this letter seeking for your help and assistance although we have not meet each other before but we hope that this letter will meet you and your family in good condition of health. Firstly, I must introduce myself, I am Mrs. Elizabeth Williams from Angola. I am the wife of late Brigadier Arnold Williams. My husband was a Brigadier in charge of arms ammunitions procurement in the Angolan army. In his “Will”, he specifically drew my attention to US$11.5 Million which he deposited in a Security and finance Company in South Africa, in an investment account, fully documented in our first son’s name (Douglas Williams) as the beneficiary to the account in case of death.
IN FACT MY HUSBAND SAID AND I QUOTE: “My beloved son, I wish to draw your attention to US$11.5M (Eleven Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). I deposited this funds in a Security Finance Company in, South Africa. During the war, I was very dedicated and committed to winning the war against the rebels until when I found out that senior army officers and top government functionaries were busy helping themselves with government funds and properties and sending them to foreign countries”. Due to this when I was assigned by the President (President Eduardo Santos) to purchase arms from South Africa, I saw this as a golden opportunity and diverted the fund for personal use. In case of my absence on each as a result of death only, you should solicit for the transfer of the fund out of this shore for investment purposes.
From the above, you will understand that the lives and future of my family depends on this fund, as such I will be grateful if you can assist my son who is in South Africa for now as a refugee (asylum seekers) , and the South African Foreign exchange policy does not allow such investment from a refugee (asylum seekers) even to participate in any financial transaction, having any bank account or to own an enterprise or company of his/her own in South Africa.
It is on this note that I’m therefore seeking for your kind assistance, to assist us in transferring this funds into your account. You as a businessman, whom we have to entrust our future since both my future and of my family are in your hands, I must let you know that this transaction is risk free. Your assistance in receiving this sum of US$11. 5M and relocating my family will be highly appreciated. Also my son will let you know the benefiting conditions of your assistance in his correspondence to you. More, so where the funds is deposited will be communicated to you as soon as you state your willingness to assist us.
Do contact my son immediately through this his Email address: email@example.com to first open communication with you before elaborating further on what need to be done. More so, to commence this transaction, we require you to immediately indicate by a return Email and enclose your private contact telephone and fax numbers and name, to enable him communicate further with you. Let him also know your country of origin and your proposed country of the said investment.
Note that this E-mail is not one of those internet jokes and should be treated with seriousness, utmost important and confidentiality. Your quick response will be highly appreciated. If however, you are not disposed to assist, kindly destroy this letter/mail in view of the confidentiality of the proposed transaction and for the interest of my family.
Kindly reply to my son through this his email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, we employ your confident to this matter as well as your love, kindness and understanding.
Please treat this matter as very urgent.
Thanks and regards,
Mrs. Elizabeth Williams