A Scam Email with the Subject "DEAR BE OUR ASSISTANCE" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sat, 10 Dec 2005 03:56:19 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was benka joh <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dearest one , My name is Benka Joh and Suzan we are the children of Late Chief Micheal Joh Catim the former Director of military inteligence and special acting General Manager of the Liberian Diamond mining coperation(LDMC ). We are contacting you to seek your good assistance to transfer and invest USD 14,300,000.00 thousand belonging to our late father which he deposited in a bank in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire. This money is revenues from solid minirals and diamonds sale which were under our fathers possession before the civil war broke out in our country Liberia. Following the brake out of the war, almost all government offices, coperations and parastatals were attacked and vandalized. The LDMC was loothed and burnt down to ashes, and diamonds worth millions of dollars was stolen by the rebel military forces who attacked our father's office.Many top government officials and senior army officers were assasinated and my father was a key target because of his very sensitive military possition and appointment in the LDMC. Regreatably, our father was captured and murdered along with half our brother in cool blood during a mid-night rebel shoot-out when our official residence in morovia was armbushed by rebel leader. My mother sustainded very sever bullet injuries which resulted to her untimely and painful death in a private hospital here in Ivory Coast. Now we are alone in a totally strange country without parents, relatives or any body to care for us at our tender ages. Before our mother died, she told us that our late father deposited some money which was made from diamond sales and contracts in a bank here in Ivory Coast and that we should pray and find a trustworthy foreign business partner who would help us to transfer and invest this money in profitable business venture overseas. She told us to do this quickly so that we can leave Ivory Coast, then settle down abroad.She gave us all the bank documents to prove the deposit and then told us that our late father used my name (Valentine Papaya Catim )as the only son to deposit the money in the bank here.She told us that this is the reason why we came to Ivory Coast. My mother died afterwards. May her spirit rest in perfect peace. I have gone to the bank to make inquires about this money and I spoke with the director of International remittance who assured me that everything is ok in their computers. I am 26 years and as such the director promised to help me. 1. Your full names and address, tel/ fax/ mobile Please note that I and my younger sister Suzan have maped out 20% for your noble assistance and 5% for your telephone calls bills to us or any other expences that may occure during the transaction in accordiance with our mothers advise. we are interested in any profitable commercial venture which you consider very good in your country and you would also get a school for me and my sister where we can finish our colledge education. We are hoping to hear your urgent response so that We can stop look for another foreign partner. Thank you and may God bless you and your family.As we look forward for your urgent response. Best Regards, Benka Joh.