This email with the subject "Private Investment Letter to you" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Fri, 17 Apr 2009 17:31:59 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Maryam Abacha" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Sir, This message may be a Surprise to you because we have not communicated before through email or phone. However, It's Just our urgent need for a foreign partner that made us to contact you for a future joint investment with you in your country. We got your contact when we were searching for an European based business man who can partner with us to invest our funds . My aims of writing this letter is for you to assist my family in saving our funds and investing our funds. I am Mrs. Maryam , the family of the late Gen.Sanni Abacha former Nigerian Military Head of State. My late husband died died as a result of Cardiac Arrest 10 years ago. Ever Since the death of my husband my family has been under restriction of movement. The civilian government of Mr. Obasanjo made things difficult for my family.The discovery of my husband's Bank Account by the Nigerian Government with Swiss Bank in which more our family funds was lodged did not help matters. The then government of Mr.Obasanjo insisted that my late husband's funds in the swiss bank should be returned back to him. I refused to do it so we went to court. Although the funds were all deposited right before my late husband became the head of state, but the court ruled that part of the funds should be returned back to the government. The court also ruled that $70 Million only should be left for me and my family. It was a terrible moment for my family because the then government did not permit me to do business or do investment both in Nigeria and outside Nigeria. Now, another government has come in and my family has been allowed to start our family business again. We then decided to contact you in confidence so that the funds will be transferred to your country and invested in your country because of the strong economy of your country. We desperately want to invest these last funds that remains for our family in the economy of your country. All investment will be done with by you and on your name and the funds will be transferred to your name. But we shall have 60% share in all the investments while you will have 40% share in the investment. Also, all your expenses made towards the realization of this business will be reimbursed immediately the funds have been remitted to your country. We hereby guarantee you that this is our family funds, it is not illegal funds and it is not from any illegal source. Though you have to maintain high degree of confidentiality on this matter because we want to be successful in this business. I will give you all proof of deposit and existence of money once assured and fully satisfied with your capability and honesty. I hope this will be the beginning of a prosperous relationship between my family. If you agree to our business proposal further details of our investment plan will be forwarded to you as soon as we receive your response. We need this information from you if you are interested. 1) Your full name 2) Home phone number and mobile phone number 3) Company name, position and address 4) Profession Nevertheless if you are for any reason not interest, kindly inform us immediately so that we will look for another person in your country. Your Sincerely Mrs Maryam Abacha & Family