This email with the subject "SAVE A SOUL." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Wed, 01 Aug 2007 12:59:03 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Prince Ego." <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
SAVE A SOUL. I write this letter with a heavy heart knowing very well that I am being victimized and oppressed by my step-mother yet there is no one to help. My father died leaving me behind to ascend the throne as the "Amayanebo" the king of the Ogoni people. On knowing this, my step-mother used her political powers to prevail on some corrupt community leaders to deny me of the kingship. As a result of that the youths embarked on angry protest destroying things. This made the government to institute a commission of inquiry to investigate the cause of the violent protest. Consequently, I have been placed on a house arrest pending when the commission of enquiry will finish their investigations. All these are happening to me because my biological mother did not live with my father until his death. Also my country derives the highest percentage of Crude Oil from my community. For this the oil companies are paying royalties to the king. So my step mother would not want me to inherit the thrown. She would rather prefer her own son which is contrary to our tradition to be the king. So she has used her position and power to buy the elderly people in the community who are supposed to install me as the king. They have installed her son, my junior as the "AMAYANOBO", king of the community. My problem now is that before the death of my father he willed some amount of money to me. This money was deposited with a security company outside my country for safe - keeping. I am still under house arrest and my travel documents have been seized. I don't just know what to do. The only option I have right now is to give someone the LETTER OF AUTHORITY to enable him or her transfer the fund on my behalf into his / her account. I am doing this because I don't have any foriegn account. Also the rate at which my step-mother is going after me she will do more harm to me if she notices that my late father left so much for me. I am not financially ready for all the troubles this woman is giving to me. However, with this money in my possesion I can seek redress in a law court. I am very sure that I will be vindicated at last. Your commission for helping me is negotiable in addition to that you stand to gain more when they will crown me the king of my community. Your commission is beyond the immediate gain so please, do not charge much as commission. As soon as we conclude negotiation on your commission we will sign a memoradum of understanding and then proceed without delays. Please, help me to safeguard this money by transfering it into your account pending when I will be free again. If I leave it still in the security company I will not have the fund to seek redress for the injustice that has been done to me. Please, help me out and save a soul. The fund amounts to US$16,000,000.00(Sixteen Million United States Dollars). If you are interested in saving a soul please, reply me and send me your phone number for further communication. I will also give you more information. Stay blessed. Prince Ego Williams