The genuine and tragic wars that are taking place at many locations around the world provide scammers with plausible backstories upon which they can construct their frauds. This scam message follows a familiar template: secret money has been deposited with a “security company” and it needs to be spirited out of a war-torn country, with your help of course. Alas, there’s really no secret money and no security company. There’s only a scammer trying to pick your pocket.
from: Quattara email@example.com
date: Sep 14, 2009 at 3:55 PM
subject: Thank you for your help
I am Ken Quattara and my sister Serena Quattara residing in Abidjan-Cote d·Ivoire with my sister, my father was one of the top officer with the rebel in the Northern part of the country, and he was killed during the war.
Since after the political problem is over, we are maintaining a low profile until we are issued with a Government attestation and passport, for now we are not permitted to travel out of our zone or operate an account or engage in any form of gainful employment until we received our attestation.
It is with much pleasure that we are contacting you because of the confidentiality involved in this transaction, our father deposited a sealed box in a Security Company containing US$9,000,000 US dollars but declared as antiquity and personal effect to the management of Security & finance company, now we are asking for your assistance to help us in claiming the sealed box from the company by fronting you as the co-beneficiary of this sealed box.
We are ready to give 30% of the total fund to you for your assistance.
We will be most pleased if you will get back to us soonest with this email firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we will provide in Confidence and all transparency with all details.
God bless you and have a nice day.
Ken & Serena Quattara.