This email with the subject "I NEED BUSINESS PARTNER" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Wed, 19 Oct 2005 17:33:11 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was PETERSON EHIDO <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear friend, It is my humble pleasure to write you this important letter, irrespective of the fact that we have not met for the first time or known each other before. However, I was able to get your contact through an international profile in my earnest search for a reliable and trustworthy person, firm, or group of persons that can handle this confidential transaction with me. .My name is Peterson Ehido, the son of Dr Steven Ehido (the former financial Director of Sierra Leone national mining corporation) who was killed and mutilated by the military junta led by Major Foday Sankoh after overthrowing the elected government of President Tejan Kabah, hough I do not know to what extent you are familiar with this events and disturbances in Sierra Leone but it has consistent features in news and bulletins. The pressure of war drove the rest of our family out of Sierra Leone into exile where we have been living under political asylum till now. I am now here with my little sister and myself, But before the death of my Father he handed over to me a certificate meant for a secret deposited trunk box which he made in a security company, and he disclosed to me that the trunk box contains US$25,000.000.00 (Twenty Five Million United States Dollars) withholding the truth of the real content for security reasons, even the Security Firm is not aware that the boxes contains Money till now. The Money was paid to the mining corporation under him by it's overseas customers in the heat of the war but he made the deposit in his name with the hope of converting it to his personal use at the end of the war but was killed when the conflict intensified as a result of his opposition to the rebel forces. I have contacted the Security Company to confirm the deposit and established ownership. I have decided to solicit for the assistance of an honest and trustworthy person that will assist me in the withdrawal of the trunk boxes for investment purposes. I cannot do it alone due to my present status and total ignorance in business and investment world. You will be given a negotiable percentage of the money at the end of the transaction. If you are trustworthy and interested in the proposal, contact me immediately for more details. Endeavor to include your personal/private telephone and fax number when replying to maintain absolute confidentiality to ensure success. Please kindly reply to my private email box: firstname.lastname@example.org Best regards, Peterson Ehido