This email with the subject "Anticipation of an early reply." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Thu, 22 Feb 2007 04:12:54 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "MR.AHMED BELLO" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear friend gooday, Please I am contacting you as I saw your address in Internet while seaching for a reputable and honest person or firm in Australia,Asia,Europe & America that i can invest and partnership with,but pardon and forgive me for this breach of protocol as I do not know how to personally communicate with you.I know this letter will come to you as a surprise; but this letter is borne out of my desire to establish this mutual business relationship with you,please keep it confidential! I have the honor, with utmost good faith do appeal to you sincerely to render me an assistance by way of supporting me to bring over to your country the sum of United States Dollars Sixteen million United States Dollars only.Please read this letter with an open heart,I am Mr AHMED BELLO the son of Dr.MUSA BELLO,the former deputy finance minister under the ousted civilian government in Sierra Leone. My father was killed and mutilated by the military junta led by Major Paul Koroma after over throwing the elected government of President Tejan Kabba. Though, I do not know to what extent you are familiar with events disturbances in Sierra leone, but the pressure of war drove me and my mother out of Sierra Leone into exile in South Africa where we have been living under political asylum for 4 1/2 years.Sadly, my mother died of cancer and was buried here in South Africa. Prior to her death, she handed over to me a certificate meant for a secret deposit which my father made in a security/finance company in South Africa. This deposit is worth [USD $ 16.000.000.00] sixteen million united states dollars only, and this money is in cash.My father made this deposit in the heat of the conflict then in my country, with the hope to convert it[money] to his personal use at the end of the war, unfortunately he was killed when the conflict intensified as result of his opposition to the rebel forces. After my mother's funeral,I contacted the security company to confirm this deposit and establish ownership as well made an arrangement for this deposit to be moved through diplomatic channel to Ivory Coast Presently, this sum of USD$16,000,000.00 sixteen million dollars is currently being deposited in a security vault in Ivory coast. I am seeking for your honest and sincere participation in the retrievement and reinvestment of this money.Upon the claim of the funds, I would like that your esteemed firm to invest the funds in projects that cannot be traced to my family name. Immediately upon your response, indicating your willingness to assist me on the above, I will file an application through my lawyer transferring the deeds of ownership to you as the beneficiary.I cannot do it alone due to my complete ignorance of the business world, i wish i can partnership with your company and become an investor with your unconditional care and protection. More over I am only 32 years old I will give you a negotiable percentage of the principal sum in deposit if you assist me to retrieve and reinvest this money in any profitable area of business in your country.Kindly send to me your full details as stated below to enable me forward same to the holding firm in IVORY COAST where the funds will be re-profiled to your name as the new beneficiary of the funds. 1. Your name in full. 2. Contact address. 3. Marital Status. 4. Area of specialization. 5. Position held in office. 6. Nationality. 7. Tel/fax numbers. 8. A valid of identity i.e. international passport or drivers license. The above requirements is to initiate and faclitate the Claim of the money from the security vault.Please,your assistance is highly solicited. It is of high hope that you will consider this request and respond positively.Please an acknowledgement of the receipt of this letter will be appreciated!.I need your assistance urgently, because the more this consignment is still with the company, the more the demurrage accumulates. While awaiting your early response, thank you in anticipation of your most valued assistance if you think it is worth giving some thought do let me know fast. Indicating interest please write me via email: email@example.com ,please keep it very confidential!. In anticipation of an early reply. God Bless You. Thanks yours, MR.AHMED BELLO