This email with the subject "†No Subject†" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Fri, 02 Dec 2005 10:26:36 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Mrs MELISSA EDWARDS" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Hello, I am Mrs. Melissa Edwards, widow to Mr. Andre Edwards, My Late Husband and I arrived in Ghana from New Zealand following the establishment of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation in 1983. My Late Husband was a petroleum Engineer, thus reached an agreement with Ghana National Corporation (GNC) along with a number of foreign firms like the US-based Amoco, Petro Canada International etc; to prospect in ten offshore blocks between Ada and the western border with Togo in the Tano River Basin, and Diamond Shamrock in the Keta Basin We also invested in the then lucrative Cocoa sector through the Ghana Divesture Agency. My Late Husband dedicated his life to helping the underprivileged here in Ghana, he built a Medical Clinic that cared for Orphanages and for treatment of the sick where Government Hospitals were deficient. Two years ago he was diagnosed of having cancer, when his cancer situation deteriorated we visited The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre in Texas USA, his health situation worsened when we arrived home in Ghana and died a month later April 26th and we had no child, his death created sadness and loneliness in my life like I have never known, I lived all my life with him and I have never been the same since he died, all these problem culminated into serious illness and my health situation has been very badly affected. As a result of my illness I could not handle our businesses and there was an attempt by some individuals and staff of our Company who worked for my Late Husband to collaborating and divert our hard earned money thus I decided to ship most of our valuables to Europe including the sum of US$3.2 Million, I have been diabetic, my Doctor (Dr Fred Hilfard) has expressed his concern that my liver was affected, I am afraid I may not live too long. Considering how some of these Ghanaians has treated me and having sent all my Late Husband's money to Europe and my fear that I may die on a date I don't know, I decided to make a choice that the money be directed to an honest Humanitarian or a believer in helping me make efficient use of the money even if I die, from my experience in life I found that material acquisitions does not give happiness in it's entirety, but joy and contentment in what we have and the desire to give a helping hand to the NEEDY gives more joy. I am still sick and now temporarily live here at the General Hospital in Accra Ghana I need your open heartedness to stand in as next of kin or beneficiary, to whom I can entrust this money such that it is used to better the lives of these people in desperate need of help, please indicate your deep minded willingness to help Children without parents, destitute, Orphanages and the sick and I shall nominate you as the trusty and shall inform my Late Husband's Lawyer of all proceedings; this is necessary in case I die. You can call me through my Doctor's telephone Dr Fred Hilfard: 00 233 243 908 298, the money can be reinvested in your choice business and the profit continually used for Charity, the choice is open, please call and we can discuss it. Sincerely, Mrs. Melissa A.K Edwards.