This email with the subject "A CRY FOR HELP, URGENT ASSISTANCE" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sat, 13 Jan 2007 17:42:57 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Steven Wearh" <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
DEAR SIR FIRST AND FOREMOST,I MUST SOLICIT YOUR STRICTEST CONFIDENCE INTHIS TRANSACTION AND I PRAY THAT MY DECISION TO CONTACT YOU WILL BE GIVEN GENUINE APPROVAL CONSIDERING THE FACTS WE HAVE NOT KNOWN EACH OTHER BEFORE, I WISH TO USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE MYSELF TO YOU. I AM STEVEN WEARH FROM LIBERIA, WEST AFRICA. I WRITE TO INFORM YOU MY DESIRE TO INVEST, AND TO BUY A LIVING HOUSE IN YOUR COUNTRY. I AM THE FIRST SON OF MR. DAVID WEARH , MY FATHER WAS A DIAMOND/GOLD MERCHANT IN MY COUNTRY.MY FATHER HAD A BULLET SHOT BY THE REBELS ON HIS WAY TRAVELLING OUT OF MY COUNTRY WITH TWO OF MY YOUNGER SISTER'S DUE TO PRESENT CRISIS THAT IS OCCURING IN OUR COUNTRY (LIBERIA). MY SISTER'S DIED ON THE SPOT WHILE U.N PEACE MAKER, KEEPING FORCE RESCUED MY FATHER,HE WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOR MEDICAL. TREATMENT WHICH HE LATER DIED. BEFORE HE DIED HE REAVEALED TO ME AND MY MOTHER ABOUT THE BOXES CONTAINING: 200 KILO OF RAW GOLD AND ($21,MILLION US DOLLARS). WHICH HE DEPOSITED WITH A BANK VAULT IN GHANA FOR SAFE KEEPING and offshore transfer. PRESENTLY MY MOTHER AND MYSELF ARE HERE IN GHANA TO NOTIFY THE Bank FOR THE CLAIMS, AND WE ARE STAYING IN THE REFUGEE CAMP. THEREFORE I WANT YOU TO LECTURE ME ON HOW BEST WE CAN INVEST THIS MONEY, BECAUSE MY FATHER TOLD ME THAT IT IS DANGEROUS TO INVEST THIS MONEY IN AFRICA TO AVIOD SUSPICIONS, AND DUE TO MARKET INSTABILITY COUPLED WITH ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL INSTABILITY FACING AFRICAN COUNTRIES, THAT IS WHY WE WANT TO INVEST IN ABROAD. FOR YOUR MUTUAL ASSISTANCE, MY MOTHER AND MYSELF HAVE AGREED TO OFFER YOU 25% OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE MONEY. WE HAVE ALL THE VITAL DOCUMENTS COVERING THE DEPOSIT AND THE OWNERSHIP WHICH I CAN SEND TO YOU THROUGH FAX ON REQUEST. NOTE: I HAVE NEVER DISCLOSED THIS TO ANY PERSON APART FROM YOU,SO YOU HAVE TO KEEP THIS TRANSACTION AS A TOP SECRET TO YOURSELF ALONE.WHICH I WILL WANT YOU TO FORWARD ACROSS TO ME YOUR DIRECTTEL/FAX NUMBER FOR MORE INFORMATIONS ABOUT THIS TRANSACTION. I AM WAITING FOR YOUR URGENT AND POSITIVE FEEDBACK. BEST REGARDS, STEVEN WEARH