This email with the subject "Thanks" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Mon, 21 Jun 2010 19:02:51 -0700 and has been classified as a Generic Scam.
The sender was "Theresa Margai"<firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
My name is Mrs. Theresa Margai, from Diamond rich country district of Bombali in Northern Province of Sierra Leone. I am the widow of the Late Mr. Gulama Margai, the managing director of Sierra Leone diamond mining co-operation. I am currently living in a refugee center in Madrid, Spain. My family and I have been unfortunate to find ourselves caught up in a very difficult situation in Madrid. I know you will be surprise to receive this message, but it is of utmost importance to me and my family.
Anyway, I am about to entrust my destiny and the destiny of my whole dependants on your shoulder if you can help us, it will also be of immense benefit to you too. This transaction demands utmost trust, honesty, integrity and most important, secrecy. It is only through the above that my family and I will be assured of our security. This regrettable situation led to the killing of my husband and only daughter and the displacement of my family.
During the brutal civil war in my country Sierra Leone, my late husband of blessed memory was brutally murdered by the rebels led by Mr. Foday Sankoh, he was murdered with my only daughter (Laura). But my two sons (Victor & Nelson) and I managed to escape to Spain, through the help of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). But before my late husband's death, he drew my attention to a box containing about twenty two million US dollars ($22 Million) which he smuggled out at the start of the war to a security company in Europe. (The security company does not know the real contents of the box. He registered it in the name of my son Victor Margai as family art and monuments) He also gave me the certificate of deposit and receipt issued to him by the security company, which I still have in my possession.
The problem I have is that as a refugee, the immigration law does not allow us to open, hold or operate bank account in Spain and I do not want to seek the assistance of just anybody for fear of being duped or defraud of our only livelihood, I have sold almost all my jewelries to keep body and soul together, hence the Spanish Government is not really taking care of us.
What is required of you is to accept to help us by giving us your full name, telephone and fax numbers and contact address so that we can use it to secure a Power of Attorney in your favor through an international lawyer here in Spain. That would enable you contact the security company as the beneficiary of the box. You can then transfer the funds to your bank account after the box must have been released to you. In order to make it worth your while, we will give you part of the money. We have also map out 5% of the principal sum for any expenses that you may incurred during the transaction process which includes your traveling expenses, we intend to invest the remaining part of the money on your advice in any lucrative business ventures in your country, you may even act as our financial adviser if you are so disposed.
If you want to help, you can contact my son Victor Margai who recently got a job in one of the shops here in the camp on his email address (email@example.com) I am looking forward to your immediate response, as I believe that destiny has brought us together.
Mrs. Theresa Margai
Please visit the following web pages for further information on the Sierra Leone war.