This email with the subject "REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Wed, 19 Jul 2006 12:18:33 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "MR.MAX WILLIAMS" <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
FROM: MR.MAX WILLIAMS. TELL: +27-83-472-9685. EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org ATTN: REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE Please I am MR: MAX WILLIAMS. The only son of late chief George Williams from Sierra Leone. I am writing you in absolute confidence primarily to seek your assistance to transfer our cash of Twenty Five million Five Hundred Thousand dollars (US$25.500, 000.00) now in the custody of a private security company here in South Africa to your private account pending our arrival to your country. My late father, chief GEORGE WILLIAMS, a native of mend district in the Northern Province of Sierra .Leone, was the general Manager of Sierra Leone mining co-operation (S.L.M.C.) Freetown. According to my father. This money was the income accrued from mining co-operation over draft and minor sales. Before the peak of the civil war between the rebels forces of Major Paul Koroma and the combined forces of ECOMOG peace keeping operation that almost destroyed my country, following the forceful removal from power of the Civilian Elected President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah by the rebels. My father had already made arrangement for his family, my mother, my little sister and myself to be evacuated to South Africa with our personal effects. My father deposited the fund at a private security company in South Africa for the safe custody until after the war when he will join us. During the war in my country, and following the indiscriminate looting of public and Government properties by the rebel in forces, the Sierra Leone mining coop. was one of the targets looted and destroyed. My father including other top Government functionaries were attacked and killed by the rebels in November 2003 because of his relationship with the civilian Government of Ahmed Tejan Kabbah. As a result of my father death, and with the news of my uncles involvement in air crash in January, dashed our hope of survival. From the above, you will understand that the lives and the future of my Family depend on this money, as such we will be very grateful if you can assist us. We are now leaving in South Africa as political asylum Seekers and financial law of republic of South Africa do not allow Asylum seekers certain financial right to such huge amount of money. In view of this, I cannot invest this money in South Africa, hence my asking you to assist me to transfer this money out of South Africa to your own personal or Company account overseas for investment purposes To transfer this money in your name to your country, to make a good arrangement for a joint business investment on our behalf in your country and you, the caretaker. To secure a college for my little sister and my self in your country to further our education. And to make arrangement for our travel with you to your country after you have transferred this fund. Most importantly. The whole documents issued after deposit in my custody. For your assistance, I beg to concede 10% of this total amount. Best regards MR: MAX WILLIAMS.