Here are some of the sample emails, we have tried to gather and publish in order to share with our readers and be able to warn others falling prey.
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From: Renee Gukama <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 12:06 PM
Subject: THIS IS MY FULL LIFE STORY WITH TRUST AND HONESTY
To: Mohinder Pal Singh <email@example.com>
How are you today?
I believe you are doing fine,
The Pastors Tel number is (+ 221-76-387-67-83) if you call and tell him that you want to speak with me he will send for me in the hostel. As a refugee here i don't have any right or privilledge to any thing be it money or whatever because it is against the law of this country.I want to go back to my studies because i only attended my first year before the incident that lead to my being in this situation now took place.
Please listen to this,i have my late father's statement of account and death certificate here with me which i will send to you latter,because when he was alive he deposited some amount of money in a leading bank in Europe which he used my name as the next of kin,the amount in question is $9.7M(Nine Million seven Hundred Thousand Dollars). So i will like you to help me transfer this money to your account and from it you can send some money for me to get my travelling documents and air ticket to come over to meet with you.I kept this secret to people in the camp here the only person that knows about it is the Reverend because he is like a father to me.
So in the light of above i will like you to keep it to yourself and don't tell it to anyone for i am afraid of loosing my life and the money if people gets to know about it. Remember i am giving you all this information due to the trust i deposed on you.I like honest and understanding people,truthful and a man of vision,truth and hard working.
My favourite language is English but our language is French but i speak English very fluently.Meanwhile i will like you to call me like i said i have allot to tell you.
Have a nice day and think about me.
Please i am waiting to hear from you soonest
My remarks: Most of the emails are copy pasted and, the photos are to attract the attention of the reader. I was in touch with this person for about 4 - 5 emails. It all started with an email, as if she was looking for a friend and, then, gradually, came in this email above, asking to work. I had replied saying I will surely help and, then, I received an email asking for a copy of my passport, bank details etc. which of course, I didn't send. And thereafter, there was no reply.
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From: medline manyika <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 10:49 AM
Subject: MY DETAILS WITH PICS
Thank you so much for your mail and for the hand of friendship,i appreciate that you brought out the time to write even if you have not seen me,i believe that this friendship will be built on trust and love.I will really like to have a good relationship with you,and i have a special reason why i decided to contact you. I decided to contact you because of the urgency of my situation here.
I am Miss Medline Elliot Tapfumaneyi Manyika, 26 years old Medical student,my father of a blessed memory by name Mr Elliot Tapfumaneyi Manyika was killed by president Mugabe, was travelling from Mutare to Gwanda in Matabeleland South where he intended to preside over the election of Zanu-PF leaders in that province, was woking as a secretary in the Office President Mugabe.
My late father also worked for then as ministries of Local Government and National Housing and Women's Affairs, Died after he was involved in a road accident on the 145 kilometer peg along the Zvishavane Mbalabala Road in the country's second largest city of Bulawayo. and this sent me away to other country as i made my escape only by God's special grace and with the help of catholic missionaries because i was in the boarding house when this incident took place.
You can read more about my country in the BBC news,
Briefly,I will like to disclose much to you if you will help me to relocate to your country with the substance that i inherited from my parent.I have a substantial amount of $5.700 Million which i will like to invest in your country into any lucrative business venture which you are to advise and execute seeing that i have no business experience for now.
However, I shall forward you with the necessary documents on confirmation of your acceptance to assist me for the transfer and investment of the fund.As you will help me in an investment, and i will like to complete my studies, as i was in my 1st year in the university, when the crisis started.
It is my intention to compensate you with 30% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my investment capital. This is the reason why I decided to contact you. Please all communications should be through this email address only for confidential purposes.
As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest I will put things into action immediately. In the light of the above, I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely. Awaiting your urgent and positive response. Please do keep this only to your self please i beg you not to disclose it till i come over , once the fund has been transfered.
With due respect, I am pleading that you help me, i are giving all this detailed information with every transparency beleiving that you will have a clear picture of the base of help i need from you.
I hope to hear from you soon,May truth and love be the guiding word in my refuge in you dear helper.
My remarks: once again, it clearly shows its a copy-paste kind of email. The emailer does not even bother to write my name to address me! And, the same story ... I did reply, but, refused to send my personal details ... thereafter which, there was no followup!
From: Mr Dan Dan Chang <email@example.com>
Subject: Details Clearification/Call Me On +86 15249065164
Thank you so much for getting back to me,I know that you do not know me or have ever seen me before but something in me told me you could be someone to be trusted but I have not choosen you yet untill I am very sure that I can trust you and be rest assured that you can handle this transaction with me.
I contacted you in this transaction, for our mutual benefit and forever lasting business relationship. Having made unsuccessful attempts upon my several enquiries to locate any of our customer's extended relatives. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you based on the fact you are a foreigner and there is no way I can lay claims over this funds since this project needs a foreigner to apply for the claim, I am still in active service and wish to retire only after completion of this transaction and which the amount involved and need to be transfered into your account is valid sum of (9.5m USD)
God in heaven knows I did not mastermind his death. I was only his account officer but I got to know almost everything about his family. I did all I could to locate his real relatives and was unsuccessful. It was after the unsuccessful attempts to locate his relatives that, I then came to remember his informing me of his early life and experiences.
Firstly, be rest assured that this transaction is 100% risk free, as all the original documents that will be needed in this transaction, ascertaining you as the bonafide beneficiary/next of kin to the deceased, will be duly and legally obtained in your name and favour. Please understand that I am an adult with family, only thinking of how to establish a legacy for our both families and that is exactly why I am contacting you in this business.
The deceased was a big customer of this bank, He operated a coded account with our bank before his death. You must understand that in the financial institution opportunities like this are common but not heard. People put their monies in financial institutions and some of these accounts are either coded or confidentially operated, therefore, when such people die what do you think that happens to these monies when nobody comes for their claims? Well, this is one of the numerous avenues monies are made within and amongst the financial institution, management and board of directors of the financial institute
To explain myself properly, I work with this bank and have worked here for several years. I have also witnessed so many claims and inheritances of this nature before, therefore, if I have this opportunity and throw it to the wolves, then I must be the most "foolish-man" that has ever lived. I have fully put everything in place and since this is an opportunity open to anybody, I do not see anything wrong in what I am doing, as long as I am not hurting who should not be hurt, period.
For being involved in this transaction, I have therefore resolved to offer you 40% of the total sum as gratification for your participation in this business. 60% will be for myself, Please, understand that I put so many things into consideration, before offering you this 40% and I do hope that it will be appreciated.
Upon the receipt of your response indicating your full interest in this transaction, I will be forwarding to you a draft of claim application form which you will carefully study, copy, complete and send to our bank. Please, for further clarification, feel free to get back to me or call me on +86 15249065164
Looking forward to hearing from you. My regards to you and your family and God bless.
Mr. Dan Dan Chang
My remarks: Once again, I did reply and made a followup, which ended with a hot discussion :), because our Mr. Dan wanted me to send some US$1000 for some processing fee. I said, why not take it off from my percentage of the money I will receive! And eventually, the amount came down to US$100 :). And then finally, I asked him to stop this game, since I wasn't sending any money.
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From: James Dapoya <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 6:56 PM
I work with a bank In West Africa,Burkina faso .I have a business transaction for you.
In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $10.5 Million US Dollars .In an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entire family in car bomb in Iraq.
Since his supposed next of kin died along side with him at the Bomb blast,there is nobody to claim the left over balance in the account.It is therefore upon this discovery that I and other officials in my department decided to seek your assistance and present you to the bank as his Next of kin.
If you accept i would give you the guide lines of how we can achieve this transfer of the balance (10.5Million Dollars) to your account.and we will shear the money 50-50%.
I expect that you will give me your telephone and fax numbers for easy communication with you and for more details.
My remarks: I made a follow up, till it came to a situation, where I was asked to send US$250 as professing fee ... of course, when I refused, the game was over.
Summary: 99% of the times, such emails are sent by men, probably somewhere from the African region. The photos of the girls are to lure the reader and, often the first email is, as if the girl is looking for true love etc. etc. but if you carefully read the replies, it does not match as per with your email, rather, it sounds as if the person was least bothered to read your email, just copy paste the usual contents, send some photos and, then, send that email, which is the real objective - money in bank, must be withdrawn someone else, and you are one in the million who is selected, you will receive a percentage, send your personal details and eventually, please send some dollars as part of the processing fee.
Ideally, just by giving your personal details, for e.g. you name, address (I often give out my post box number), phone number etc. is never a serious problem. Even giving out your bank account number with swift code, may not be a problem, because, it does not enable anyone to withdraw money, rather, just make a transfer. However, giving out credit card number, copy of your id or passport, could lead into serious problems. Often people have asked me about the PalPal account number too. Although I don't have one, I still wonder, how one can miss-use a PalPal account, which claims to be a safer mode of online payments.
Whatever the situation be, please be careful when dealing with such emails. Remember, the experience I went through, was different and, since, I was doing it, as a research, in order to publish here on Social Journalist, I tried to be careful. If you chose to play around with such emailers, you are at your own risk, and, my experience or, my suggestions and remarks here, are not to taken into consideration. If you loose out while being in touch with such emailers, I should not be held responsible and neither Social Journalist.
With this article, I am trying to reach out people, in order to warn them.
Contribute by: Mohinder Pal Singh
Date: May 21, 2010