This email with the subject "PLEASE I NEED YOUR HELP" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Thu, 18 Dec 2008 18:04:46 -0500 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was firstname.lastname@example.org (ALEX SMITH), although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Dad/Mum, I hope this message reaches you in good health (Amen). Truthfully, I am very sorry to have browsed your email address from the internet to send you this mail without your consent or approval. Please do understand. To start with, permit me to introduce myself to you. I am Alex Smith I am 18yrs of age, from the Mecca District of Bomi Country in the Republic of Liberia. My father Hon. Williams Smith, the director of Smith Timber Company and the one time special adviser to the Minister of Natural Resources was murdered by an opposition Leader during the previous Crisis in my country (Republic of Liberia). Before the death of my father (Hon. Williams Smith) during the early stage of the war of my country, he revealed a secret to my mother that he deposited $7.Million USD as a family treasure box in a Security Company in the Republic of Ghana. He ask my mother and I to leave Liberia and come to the near by Country Ghana, where we can find refugee and have peace for our dear lives. Having a meeting with my late father's Ghanaian lawyer (Barrister Mark Okolo), he told my mother and I that all vital documents as regards to the deposit and claim of this consignment in the Security Company was handed over to him by my late father. We went to the Security Company for the claim of this consignment but we could not make the claim due to my father's laid down will for me to consult his foreign business partner before the release of the consignment which my father did not disclose to me before his untimely death. Now as the next of kin and the only Surviving child who is presently with my mother(Mrs. Mary Smith) in the United Nations refugee camp(Bujumbura) Ghana, I seek for your humanitarian assistance to enable us claim this consignment in your name as the foreign beneficiary and help us receive this family treasure box(consignment) in your country while you invite me over to you for the sharing and investment in a lucrative production or business in your country as it is the laid down instruction by my late father for me to consult his foreign partner who will guide me in the investment in his country due to Africa political crisis and instability in the African economy. Mistrust is like an axe on the tree of partnership but since only God could ordain trust, I will be very grateful to Him to build up such a relationship with you in accordance to his will. I promise you with all sincerity and a heart full of thankfulness to God that I shall give you all true love and respect and I would be grateful to God the almighty if you will be kind, understanding and trustworthy enough to help get a better life. I promise to give you 20% of the total fund and 15% per-annual in the investment as your benefit of assisting me a young refugee and a fatherless child attains a better life. God bless as I expect your reply and thanks in advance. Sincerely, Alex Smith.