Crimes of Persuasion:

Schemes, scams, frauds.



Widows of Deposed Leaders Such as Sankoh, Abacha and Sese-Seko Used in Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud


Don't Let Her Down

Sandy M. from the Diva Art Group in Las Vegas received ( 09/11/00 ) the following e-mail requesting her assistance in exchange for untold wealth.

For more detailed info on how these schemes work and how potentially dangerous they are. Click Here.

URGENT AND CONFIDENTIAL

THE PRESIDENT/MANAGING DIRECTOR
DIVA ART GROUP

DEAR SIR,

PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL

IT IS WITH RESPECT THAT I HAVE DECIDED TO CONTACT YOU IN THIS PECULIAR MATTER BELIEVING THAT YOU WILL NOT LET DOWN THE TRUST AND CONFIDENCE I AM WILLING TO REPOSE IN YOU.

PLEASE READ WITH UTMOST CAREFULNESS AND REPLY ACCORDINGLY WITHOUT DELAY.

MY NAME IS MRS. MARIAM FODAY SANKOH, THE WIFE OF MR. SANKOH WHO HAS BEEN AN OPPOSITION LEADER IN SIERRA LEONE AS A RESULT OF SOME SERIOUS MISUNDERSTANDING BETWEEN HIM AND PRESIDENT TIJAN KABAH. UNLUCKILY TO THE FAMILY, MY HUSBAND WAS ARRESTED ON THE 17TH OF MAY, 2000 AND WAS CHARGED FOR WAR CRIME.

HOWBEIT, TWO WEEKS BEFORE HIS ARREST, HE HAD RECEIVED THE SUM OF $24,000,000.00 USD. (TWENTY-FOUR MILLION USD.) AND SOME AMMUNITION/WEAPONS FROM SAUDI ARABIA.

THE GOVERNMENT OF SAUDI ARABIA HAD AN UNDERSTANDING TO SUPPORT MY HUSBAND, AND IN RETURN IF HE HAD SUCCEEDED, WOULD HAVE TURNED OUR COUNTRY TO ISLAMIC COUNTRY AND HE HAD ALREADY SIGNED THE O.I.C. AGREEMENT WITH THEM.

NEVERTHELESS, FOLLOWING THE CIVIL WAR IN THE COUNTRY, THE FAMILY WERE SHELTERED IN A SECRET STRONG BUNKER MADE BY MY HUSBAND BY THE SIDE OF THE LARGEST RIVER AT THE OUT-SKIRT OF THE LOWER PART OF THE COUNTRY WHERE PART OF THE MONEY TO THE TONE OF $22,000,000.00 (TWENTY TWO MILLION USD.) AND MOST OF THE WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION WERE SECRETLY KEPT.

AFTER HIS ARREST, I QUICKLY REMOVED THE MONEY LEAVING BEHIND THE WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION THAT WERE JUST SENT FROM SAUDI ARABIA. FINALLY WITH THE HELP OF A FISHER MAN I WAS ABLE TO BRING THE MONEY WITH A FISHING BOAT TO A NEARBY COUNTRY CALLED COTE D'IVOIRE, AND DEPOSITED THE MONEY IN BOXES IN A REPUTABLE SECURITY COMPANY HERE AS FAMILY VALUABLES.

HOWEVER, CONSIDERING THE POLITICAL INSTABILITY HERE, AND THE DEMURRAGE CHARGES THE BOXES ARE INCURRING EACH DAY, I HAVE DECIDED TO MOVE THE MONEY TO YOUR COUNTRY FOR SAFE KEEPING.

AS A RESULT OF THE ABOVE CIRCUMSTANCES, I HAVE DECIDED TO ASK FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE. I WANT YOU TO ASSIST ME RECEIVE THIS MONEY IN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT OR ANY BANK ACCOUNT OUTSIDE AFRICA BY BANK TRANSFER AND THE SUM OF $2,000,000.00 (TWO MILLION USD.) WILL BE OFFERED TO YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE.

YOU COULD OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT WITH THE SUM OF $100 USD. (ONE HUNDRED USD.) ONLY AND FAX ALL THE DETAILS WHICH INCLUDES: THE NAME & ADDRESS, TEL/FAX NUMBERS, A/C NAME & A/C NUMBER ETC. OF THE BANK.

PLEASE IF YOU HAVE ACCEPTED TO ASSIST ME HAVE THIS MONEY MOVED OUT FROM HERE, ALL YOU SHOULD DO IS TO CONTACT MY ATTORNEY BARRISTER COULIBALY IMMEDIATELY ON THE FOLLOWING TELEPHONE OR FAX NUMBERS FOR FURTHER ARRANGEMENT. PHONE: 0022507888637 FAX: 0022507830817

NOTE: I WOULD LIKE YOU TO APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THIS IS MY HUSBAND'S MONEY AND NOT AN ILL-GOTTEN WEALTH. I HAVE NO CHOICE WHATSOEVER THAN TO SECURE THE MONEY PENDING WHAT WILL BE THE FAITH OF MY HUSBAND IN THE DEADLY COLD HANDS OF HIS ENEMIES.

PLEASE KINDLY ASSIST ME FOR THE INTEREST OF GOD AND HUMANITY TO TAKE THIS MONEY TO OVERSEAS FROM THIS UNPREDICTED SITUATION IN AFRICA. THANKS VERY MUCH FOR ANTICIPATED COOPERATION.

BEST REGARDS, MRS. MARIAM SANKOH


"A concerned netizen" sends us this one 01/10/01

How Many Wives Did He Have?

I am the wife of Rebel Leader Foday Sankoh of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) of Sierra-Leone. He is presently in government custody for charges of treason, illegal diamond dealing and the killings of 21 people during a public demonstration outside his home in May 2000.

With a pending war crimes trial hanging on his neck and the adoption of the ratification of the ICC Treaty which is seen as a welcome development to many Sierra Leoneans both at home and in the Diaspora.

There is likelihood that my husband would be facing war tribunal about to be set up in Freetown by this hideous government.

You are also aware that the government following his incarceration has confiscated all of our assets and accounts traceable to him and his family both abroad and locally.

In view of this development, I have been instructed to dispose the large stock of unpolished diamonds that are in my custody and US$10 million of United States dollars that is in cash and launder this money abroad without any trace to our family's name.

My situation is very desperate, as I do not have the know-how on how to maneuver this situation and I am not allowed traveling outside my country.

If you can assist me to legitimize these funds by paying into your designated account and using it for the purpose of investment for agreed period of time, I am ready to concede some percentage for your logistic and material involvement.

Contact me for more details.

Yours faithfully.

Mrs. A. F. Sankoh

sankoh\\xmail.com


The Trusty Fee

From: laila sankoh
Sent: July 09, 2001
Subject: fund management.

Dear Ebrahim,

This letter will definitely come to you as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take time and go through it carefully, as the decision you make will go a long way to determine the future and the continued existence of the entire members of my family.

I got information about you from my inquiries and I have the believe that we can build a mutual relationship.

My name is Dr. Mrs. Laila F. Sankoh, wife to Foday Sankoh, former Sierra Leone Head of State and the leader of the opposition political party in our country, Revolutionary United Front, who is now in prison.

In 1998, my husband took over the seat of government of our country, through Coup, from the President Tijan Kabbar.

But unfortunately, most of African Head of States didn't welcome my husband's government, and he was asked to vacate the seat of power and return it back to President Kabbar.

My husband refused, and this led to the involvement of the West African Peacekeeping Force, [ECOMOG] which succeeded to removing the unaccepted government of my husband.

My reason of contacting you, is as follows; I and my children has been asked not to leave the country till further notice and our traveling documents were seized, right from the day, Tijan Kabbar, was re-installed back as President of our country.

He has also confiscated all my husband's assets, properties and freezes his bank accounts.

I am having some funds which I need your assistance to safe guard and if possible, invest it, for my family, until we are free to leave the country.

This fund in the total sum of USD $ 35.5 Million, which my husband kept secretly at the heat of the War between his government and the ECOMOG Forces, is all that I and my children hope on to continue in life again.

It is only I and my husband that is aware of the existence of these funds and where it is being kept.

The authorities are not aware of it, and from the way things are now, I am afraid they will soon find out about this fund and confiscate it.

In order to avoid such circumstances, and to safe guard this funds, I will need a trustworthy TRUSTEE, who shall receive the funds on my behalf overseas for safe keeping.

Please, will you become my trustee to receive and keep this fund in your overseas account, for investment on behalf of my family and get paid for your services?

Here in Sierra Leone, Trustee Fees ranges from 10-20%. If you accept to assist me, I want you to state the percentage of the total fund, I will pay you a trustee fee.

I will be waiting to know your decision soon. Communicate me only through my above email. It is safe to communicate by email.

Please treat this information with utmost confidentiality. Once I receive a positive response from you, I shall send you more details on the arrangement I had made.

Thanks for your anticipated cooperation.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mrs. Laila Sankoh


A Diamond a Dozen

From: Sankoh F.N <fnsankoh\\qrio.com
Sent: 02 November 2001

This message is brief for your comfort. Please follow links for details.

I am the wife of detained former Vice President, Fodau Sankoh of Sierra-Leone and leader of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) who is presently in government custody for charges of treason, illegal diamond dealing and alleged killing of 21 people during a public non-peaceful demonstration outside his home in May 2000.

President Kabbah's own army, plus the kamajors and the West Side Boys are also there; including the RUF.

There was an attempt to unilaterally and forcefully disarm the RUF whilst keeping the other armed factions operational, indeed this problem of implementing the Lome Accord lies at the root of the present crisis in Sierra Leone.

Regrettably, the price is just DIAMONDS, nothing else, but DIAMONDS, and, just as these forces are spilling blood and committing untold atrocities heaping all the vices on scapegoat RUF, the DIAMONDS continue to be melted away, in broad daylight.

With a pending war crimes trial hanging on his neck and the adoption of the ratification of the ICC Treaty which is seen as a welcome development by many Sierra Leoneans both at home and in the Diaspora.

There is likelihood that my husband would be facing war tribunal about to be set up in Freetown by this hideous government.

You are also aware that the government following his incarceration has confiscated all of our assets and accounts traceable to him and his family both abroad and locally.

In view of this development, I have been instructed to dispose the large stock of unpolished diamond that is in my custody and US$20 Million of United States Dollars that is in cash and launder this money abroad without any trace to our family's name.

My situation is very desperate, as I do not have the know-how on how to maneuver this situation and I am not allowed traveling outside my country.

If you can assist me to legitimize these funds by assisting in moving this money and diamonds outside Sierra Leone and using it for the purpose of investment for an agreed period of time, I am ready and willing to concede some percentage for all your logistics and material involvement.

Therefore, contact me immediately, only, if you are able and interested in assisting me. Kindly contact me preferably using my e-mail address at fnsankoh\\qrio.com, as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. Fatou N. Sankoh.


Jane Reeve sent this along 02/16/02

Madam Agnes Sankoh
Cotonou - Republic of Benin.
Tel: 00229 081481
agnessankoh68\\yahoo.com

...With due respect and humility and from my sick bed... optimistic that you owe a moral obligation to look into our plight and come to our rescue...

I am MRS. AGNES SANKOH, the Wife of the late DR. FREDRICK SANKOH of the blessed memory.... the Director General, National Gold and Diamond Mining Corporation in Sierra Leone...managed to escape to Cotonou, Capital of Republic of Benin...

...CONTRACT AGREEMENT / CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT issued to him by a Security Company... trunk box... Certificate of Deposit...Security Company has branches both in Europe and North America...would assist you in the movement of the consignment (box)...


I AM MRS MEMOUNA SANKO, THE WIFE OF THE LATE DR. MUSTAPHA SANKO, OF THE BLESSED MEMORY...DIRECTOR GENERAL OF SIERRA LEONE GOLD AND DIAMOND MINING CORPORATION.

...MANAGED TO ESCAPE TO ABIDJAN, REPUBLIC OF COTE D’IVOIRE...PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANY WITH MY FIRST SON’S NAME (MUSA IBRAHIM)... ASSIST US CLAIM THESE BOX FROM THE SECURITY COMPANY...

sent in 02/15/02



The World Needs More Joy

RE: INVESTMENT ASSISTANCE

FROM: MRS. JOY ANAN

It is with strict confidence and trust that I wish to contact you seeking for your assistance to help as regard investment.

I know this letter might come to you by surprise but please do give it the much needed attention as I am presently in a difficult situation and need your assistance and advise urgently.

My husband colonel James Anan until his death recently was the paymaster of the ECOMOG forces, the West African peace-keeping force of Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Unfortunately he died just when Freetown was just been liberated, he was killed by the Major Koromah junta before they were dislodged, but thank God he left a huge fund portfolio which he wanted me to invest abroad should anything happen to him.

If you are conversant with any profitable investment in your country and do not wish to take advantage of a naive rich widow, please furnish me urgently with your private telephone and fax number via my other e-mail address joyanan1\\hotmail.com to enable me assess your person and give you details of how fund could be sent across to your country.

Yours faithfully,

JOY ANAN (MRS)


No End of Joy

Dear Dr. Kallol Guha,

(Please use this email ( janan1000\\hotmail.com ) address henceforth)

First and foremost, I want to thank you for your response to my mail to you. Actually, I do not know how to explain my investment intentions in business language, but what I can tell you clearly is that I need somebody whom I can truly and totally trust to assist me.

I do not know much about investment. Though I do not know you in person before now, but I believe in providence which has always lead me right in life.

I would not know if I am making a grave mistake putting all my trust, confidence and secret in a total stranger and an investment like that, but I would give you the chance to prove otherwise which is not my expectation.

Considering your advise that I contact an established investor, please read this email very carefully and understand that I would rather like to work with an individual I can trust at this time first, after which when I am safe out of this country, I we can then work with an investor.

But for now, we have to get the fund first. please understand and treat confidentially.

As you might have known from my first message to you, my husband before his death left some money for me which is presently in the custody of a security company leaving an instruction that upon my physical presentation of an experienced foreign investor/manager to help me invest the fund, the money should be released to the experienced foreign investor for onward investment purposes.

The fund with the security company is US$15.5M (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S. Dollars). I am interested in investing the total sum of $10M in any profitable investment (especially in medical establishments) that would benefit myself and my children, while the rest will be kept by me for other expenses such as in relocating to your country or any closer country to you that would take me and my children away from this frustrating country, securing my children’s education and insurance policies, buying a house where we are going to live and other miscellaneous expenses.

As you may wish to know, I would like to give you a short biography about myself. I am a 43 year old hypertensive widow with three children, first son is Kite Jr. and he is 25 years old, my second son is Claude and he is 23 years old while my only daughter Nora is 18 years old.

We all reside at the Camp Guezo Millitary Barracks, here In Cotonuo, The Republic of Benin.

I am a South African By Birth but married to my dear late Husband a Benenoi, Colonel Timothy Anan. All through my married life I have been a housewife.

I have not done any business in my life before as such I have little or no experience on how business is done hence I need a capable assistant and this is the major reason why my late husband attached that instruction with the fund in the vault of the security company.

I would have wanted to talk with you on phone but my line has no international connection and even every incoming calls that comes to me are being bugged.

The reason being that the military authority in the barracks has the believe that I can be used against them since I accused some of them of having connived to have my husband killed and made it look as if he was shot by the rebels in the war front.

Before my husband died, he hinted me of the plot by some of his Lieutenants who planned to kill him so that they would have the chance to take over his position as ECOMOG paymaster.

In fact this was what necessitated my husband bringing this fund home and subsequently depositing it in a safe and confidential security company so that should in case the expected happened, I would be able to take good care of my self and my children in life.

While he manned the ECOMOG forces in Sierra Leone, he had the opportunity to do business with some foreigners who were at the coast at the time for diamond and gold exploration.

He made that much money from the diamond and gold business at the coast.

Dear, tell me, was it wrong for me to have accused the military officers I suspected to have connived to have my husband killed?

Why should this people gang up against me? Ever since Timothy died, I have had countless accusations from the soldiers and politicians who have been sycophants and praise singers to the corrupt regime now ruling, the Federal Republique of Benin.

I do not trust any single person in this country any more. Nobody is ever truthful to you.

Because of this development, it will be very unsafe for me and the kids to give you our house telephone number knowing it would be bugged as we are still living in the military barracks.

We can maintain communication through the e-mail, but at times my first son Kite or myself would be calling you through a business pay phone center. I need your most trusted telephone, fax number and exclusive email address.

The fund, as I have mentioned above is quite safe and waiting for my appointed investor / manager for onward investment. Initially after the death of my husband, I suffered so much gathering the right information about the exact position of the fund.

The security company did not want to give me details, or even accept having knowledge about the vault the money is kept.

This was because, I, initially, could not provide the information they needed to prove that the fund belonged to me. My late husband had all the INFORMATION kept by our family lawyer, Barrister Ocyri. I did not know that at the time.

So, after a comprehensive research over my late husband's files, I was able to get in touch with the Lawyer who finally gave me all the information: (VAULT CODE NUMBER, THE NAME OF THE LOCAL SECURITY COMPANY, THE NAME OF THE AGENT I MUST ONLY REFER TO CONCERNING THE CONSIGNMENT ETC).

I took all these information and acted accordingly, before the security company could attend to me. Now they know that I would be coming for my fund, hence I still have to make sure to stick to the condition attached to the fund in the vault by my late husband.

Dear, in all fairness to my late husband, I want to believe that I am doing the right thing contacting you. I might be naive in this investment issue, but I'm a very careful woman.

I can not allow anybody take advantage of me or my money. If we can work together, let me inform you that we MUST have a legal binding in the form of an agreement before I can release details of the fund in the security company to you.

You can not have access to that money unless I give you details. This is for my security. I hope you understand?

Now, if you can truly assist me and not try to take advantage of my naivety in business, please furnish me with details about yourself and company, how you best think you can help me invest the $10Million.

Kindly note that you would be physically present in the security company to sign the vault release document as my manager/foreign investor before we can have access to the funds in the vault of the security company.

I am ready to pay you 5% from the total money in the vault for your assistance being my foreign manager/investor. I can also put you on a salary basis depending on your contribution to my investment.

Also, please inform me of the tax situation in your country and how it affects a foreign investor like myself?

I hope with my investment in your economy, your government will be kind enough to give me a permanent residence in your country so that I can always have access to my investments?

Please advise? I expect to hear from you soon.

Remain blessed in the Lord,

Joy Anan (Mrs)

NB: Please give me further details about yourself, age, marital status, your business experience, family background, company profile etc.

Also send me a copy of your picture by scan to email. I will send our family picture to you as well for familiarity sake.


Fofano Fortunes

From: "fofana shara" mrsfofana\\messagez.com

I am Mrs. Sarah Fofana, an Ivorien widow with an only son Ibrahim Fofana. My husband was the chief security officer to the ousted President Henry DEBIE of Cote d'voire.

During the overthrow of 24th December 1999, my husband was among the people that were killed by the military.

Sir, may I introduce this business proposal to you with reference to an introduction and good recommendation made of you and your esteemed firm by a renowned business consultant, ELDER MARK KOFFI here in Togo.

Though due to the confidential nature of the business, I did not intimate him fully why I needed a foreigner to transact some business with.

I do hereby wish to ask for your assistance in an urgent business transaction that requires absolute honesty and secrecy.

Although I did not in any way disclose to my friend the details of this my proposal due to confidential nature of this transaction.

By virtue of my husband's position, the former President (BEDIE) gave him US 45.000.000.00 Dollars (forty-five million US dollars) cash in US $100 dollar bills stacked in a box when he got information that the military were planning to overthrow him.

Immediately my husband was confirmed dead, I made away with this box with my only son so that we cannot be reached by Mr. BEDIE. I have really been waiting for a more suitable time and opportunity to contact you concerning this transaction.

Right now, the money is in a safe place, I deposited it with a security company for safe keeping. I am using this opportunity to seek for your assistance to move this money to your country, to be invested on behalf of my only son.

For this business to be concluded immediately, all you need to do is to arrange to meet with me and my son where this box is been lodged, open an account in your name, pay in the whole money after clearing and transferring it to your chosen account.

We can't do that on our own because we don't have account elsewhere. Moreover, we don't have any business to cover-up, that is why we needed your assistance.

I am ready to offer you 30% of the total sum and give you the full power to manage the remaining 70% on behalf of my son.

Contact my son IBRAHIM FOFANA where we are currently staying in a sister's house in LOME-TOGO. This money was deposited in a security company in LOME-TOGO.

Upon conclusion of arrangement, we shall forward to you the certificate of deposit, and the phone and fax numbers of the security company for confirmation.

However, call my son at this number (00228)09-07-26 immediately you receive this e-mail message or through his e-mail address.

Please, I want us to finish this business as quickly as possible.

Yours faithfully

MRS. Sarah Fofana.

For the family.


Too Many Chiefs

From: "ebere agba" Sent: August 16, 2001

I AM MRS. AISHATU RASAK, AN IVORIAN WIDOW WITH AN ONLY SON DAN USMAN RASAK. MY HUSBAND WAS THE CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER TO THE OUSTED PRESIDENT HENRY DEBIE OF COTE D'VOIRE...

HOWEVER, CALL MY SON DAN USMAN RASAK ON THIS NUMBER;00228-02-05-80 IMMEDIATELY YOU RECEIVE THIS MESSAGE OR THROUGH HIS E-MAIL ADDRESS; dezmonde31\\yahoo.co.uk .

YOURS FAITHFULLY, MRS. AISHATU RASAK.


A Rich and Randy Security Officer

Two identical letters, ( in most respects ), were sent in by different viewers bearing two different names.

ATTN.Michael,/ (Susan)

I am MRS. ADIJA UMAR During the overthrow of 24th December 1999, my husband was among the people that were killed by the military.

Since after his death, I ran away with my only son, Sir may I introduce this business proposal to you with reference to an introduction and good recommandation made of you and your esteemed firm by my close friend.

Although I did not in any way disclose to my friend the details of this my proposal due to confidential nature of this transaction.

( I do hereby wish to ask for your assistance in urgent business transaction that requires absolute honesty and secrecy.

Thanks to a piece of information I gathered about you through the Togolaise Chambers of Commerce and Industry, although I did not leave any clue as to the reason for my inquiry bearing in mind the confidentially required in this absolute risk-free transaction. )

By virtue of my husband's position the former President (BEDIE) gave him US 20.000.000.00 Dollars (Twenty million US dollars) cash in US 100.00 dollars bill stacked in a box when he got information that the militaries were planning to over throw him.

Immediately my husband was confirmed dead, I made away with this box with my only son so that we can not be reached by Mr. BEDIE.

I have really been waiting for a more suitable time and opportunity to contact you concerning this transaction.

Right now, the money is in a safe place, I deposited it with a security company for safe keeping. I am using this opportunity to seek for your assistance to move this money to your country, to be invested on behalf of my only son.

For this business to be concluded immediately, all you need to do is to arrange to meet with me and my son where this box is been lodged, open an account in your name, pay in the whole money after clearing and transfering it to your chosen account.

We can't do that on our own because we don't have account elsewhere, moreover, we don't have any business to cover-up that is why we needed your assistance.

I am ready to offer you 30% of the total sum and give you the full power to manage the reamaining 70% on be half of my son. Contact my son RANDY UMAR where we are currently staying in a sister's house in LOME-TOGO. This money we deposited it in the best security company in LOME-TOGO.

Upon conclusion of arrangement, we shall forward to you the certificate of deposit, and the phone and fax number of the security company for confirmation immediately you receive this e-mail message or through This e-mail address.

( However, you can call us you will get me or my son Saleh Umaru at this number:(00228)088643 immediately you receive this e-mail message or his alternative e-mail address (salehumaru\\yahoo.com). ) Please I want us to finish this business as quickly as possible.

Yours faithfuly
Mrs ADIJA UMAR

( Yours faithfully
Mrs. Mariam Umaru )

Where there is a Will

Nora Dereli who is an employee of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis got this offer sent to her personal e-mail December 12, 2000

Mrs Ruth Obed
C/O Dr Anthony Egobia .
Anthony Egobia & Co.
Legal Practitioners
2 falohun steet, Aguda
S/L Lagos, Nigeria.
Fax: 234-1-7594260
fax :234-1-7591603

Attn: President/CEO.

REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP

I am Mrs. Ruth Obed, widow of the late Lt. Col. M. Obed, the former Military Administrator of Kaduna State of Nigeria.

My late husband was one of the victims of the 7th November 1996 Nigerian A.D.C. Aircraft Boeing 727 that crashed in Lagos.

I have just been informed by my family attorney, Barrister Anthony Egobia that my late husband operated a secret account with a Nigerian Bank into which a total sum of Ten Million, United States Dollars (US$10,000,000.00) was transferred and credited in his favour.

The Attorney now advised me to seek in confidence a foreign account into which the fund could be transferred for disbursement as directed by my late husband in his WILL.

It has been resolved that 20% will be your share for nominating an account for this purpose and any other assistance you will give in this regard, 10% has been slated for the reimbursement of all local and international expenses which may be incurred in the transfer process and 10% has been conceded to the local Bank Manager here assisting in facilitating the transfer.

Finally, 60% will come to myself and my children and a good part of this shall be directed towards executing his WILL, which is to buy shares and stocks in foreign Country to secure his children's future.

To facilitate the conclusion of this transaction, if accepted, do send to me promptly by fax through our family Attorney, the following:

1. The Bank Account Number to be used for remittance
2. Name and Address of your Bank
3. E-mail address, Fax and Telephone Numbers through which you will be contacted promptly whenever your attention/assistance may be required.

Please note that I have been assured that the transaction will be concluded within two (2) weeks upon my receiving from you the above listed information. I shall commence the process of retrieving the WILL immediately I hear from you.

May I at this point, emphasise the high level of confidentiality, which this business demands and hope you will not betray the trust and confidence which I repose in you.

However, you may need to give me sufficient assurance that you will not sit on this fund when it is finally remitted into your bank account.

Please redirect your reply by e-mail to our family Attorney, Barrister Anthony Egobia as indicated above and discuss with him towards effective completion of this transaction.

Best wishes.

Mrs Ruth Obed


Meet the Gentle Son First

Opal Hoffman sends this Deposed Leader's Widow example along Aug 4, 2001.

From: mariamsese1\\yahoo.com
Subject: Assistance

DEAR FRIEND,

I AM MRS. SESE-SEKO WIDOW OF LATE PRESIDENT MOBUTU SESE-SEKO OF ZAIRE NOW KNOWN AS DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC). I AM MOVED TO WRITE YOU THIS LETTER, THIS WAS IN CONFIDENCE CONSIDERING MY PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCE AND SITUATION.

I ESCAPED ALONG WITH MY HUSBAND AND TWO OF OUR SONS TIMOTHY AND BASHER OUT OF DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC) TO ABIDJAN, COTE D'IVOIRE WHERE MY FAMILY AND I SETTLED, WHILE WE LATER MOVED TO SETTLED IN MOROCCO WHERE MY HUSBAND LATER DIED OF CANCER DISEASE.

HOWEVER DUE TO THIS SITUATION WE DECIDED TO CHANGED MOST OF MY HUSBAND'S BILLIONS OF DOLLARS DEPOSITED IN SWISS BANK AND OTHER COUNTRIES INTO OTHER FORMS OF MONEY CODED FOR SAFE PURPOSE BECAUSE THE NEW HEAD OF STATE OF (DR) MR LAURENT KABILA HAS MADE ARRANGEMENT WITH THE SWISS GOVERNMENT AND OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES TO FREEZE ALL MY LATE HUSBAND'S TREASURES DEPOSITED IN SOME EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.

HENCE MY CHILDREN AND I DECIDED LAYING LOW IN AFRICA TO STUDY THE SITUATION TILL WHEN THINGS GETS BETTER, LIKE NOW THAT PRESIDENT KABILA IS DEAD AND THE SON TAKING OVER (JOSEPH KABILA).

ONE OF MY LATE HUSBAND'S CHATEAUX IN SOUTHERN FRANCE WAS CONFISCATED BY THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT, AND AS SUCH I HAD TO CHANGE MY IDENTITY SO THAT MY INVESTMENT WILL NOT BE TRACED AND CONFISCATED.

I HAVE DEPOSITED THE SUM OF EIGHTEEN MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS (US$18,000,000,00.) WITH A SECURITY COMPANY , FOR SAFEKEEPING. THE FUNDS ARE SECURITY CODED TO PREVENT THEM FROM KNOWING THE CONTENT.

WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO IS TO INDICATE YOUR INTEREST THAT YOU WILL ASSIST US BY RECEIVING THE MONEY ON OUR BEHALF.

ACKNOWLEDGE THIS MESSAGE, SO THAT I CAN INTRODUCE YOU TO MY SON (TIMOTHY) WHO HAS WORKED OUT THE MODALITIES FOR THE CLAIM OF THE SAID FUNDS.

I WANT YOU TO ASSIST IN INVESTING THIS MONEY, BUT I WILL NOT WANT MY IDENTITY REVEALED.

I WILL ALSO WANT TO BUY PROPERTIES AND STOCK IN MULTI-NATIONAL COMPANIES AND TO ENGAGE IN OTHER SAFE AND NON-SPECULATIVE INVESTMENTS. MAY I AT THIS POINT EMPHASIZE THE HIGH LEVEL OF CONFIDENTIALITY, WHICH THIS BUSINESS DEMANDS, AND HOPE YOU WILL NOT BETRAY THE TRUST AND CONFIDENCE, WHICH I REPOSE IN YOU.

IN CONCLUSION, IF YOU WANT TO ASSIST US , MY SON SHALL PUT YOU IN THE PICTURE OF THE BUSINESS, TELL YOU WHERE THE FUNDS ARE CURRENTLY BEING MAINTAINED AND ALSO DISCUSS OTHER MODALITIES INCLUDING REMUNERATION FOR YOUR SERVICES.

FOR THIS REASON KINDLY FURNISH US YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION, THAT IS YOUR PERSONAL TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER FOR CONFIDENTIAL PURPOSE AND ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF THIS MAIL USING THE ABOVE EMAIL ADDRESS.

BEST REGARDS,

MRS M. SESE SEKO


While virtually identical to the one above take note that the son's names have changed and the story has been filled out a bit.

Simon Sese You Lose

ATTN: THE PRESIDENT/MANAGING DIRECTOR

SIR,

I AM MRS. A SESE-SEKO, WIDOW OF LATE PRESIDENT MOBUTU SESE-SEKO OF ZAIRE, NOW KNOWN AS DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC DU CONGO (DRC).

I AM MOVED TO WRITE YOU THIS LETTER THIS WAY IN CONFIDENCE CONSIDERING MY PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCE AND SITUATION ( AND BASED ON THE STRENGTH OF RELIABILITY AND TRUST I HAVE ON THE CREDIBLE SOURCE FROM WHERE I GOT YOUR CONTACT.)

I ESCAPED ALONG WITH MY HUSBAND AND OUR TWO SONS - JOHNSON AND BAHIR, OUT OF DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC DU CONGO (DRC) TO ABIDJAN, COTE 'D' IVOIRE WHERE I AND MY FAMILY SETTLED WHILE HE LATER MOVED TO SETTLE IN MOROCCO WHERE HE LATER DIED OF ( PROSTRATE ) CANCER.

HOWEVER, DUE TO THIS SITUATION, WE DECIDED TO CHANNEL MOST OF MY HUSBAND'S BILLIONS OF DOLLARS DEPOSITED IN SWISS BANKS AND OTHER COUNTRIES INTO OTHER FORMS OF MONEY CODED FOR SAFE PURPOSE BECAUSE THE NEW HEAD OF STATE OF (DRC) - MAJ. GEN. JOSEPH KABILA HAS MADE ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE SWISS GOVERNMENT AND OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES TO FREEZE ALL MY LATE HUSBAND'S BILLIONS DEPOSITED IN SWISS BANK'S AND OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES,

( HENCE IT WAS PERCEIVED THAT IT WAS MY HUSBAND'S LOYALIST THAT ASSASSINATED MR. LAURANT KABILA THE FATHER OF THE PRESENT HEAD OF STATE ON THE 16TH OF JAN, 2001.)

ONE OF MY LATE HUSBANDSCHATEAUX IN SOUTHERN FRANCE WAS DETAINED BY THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT, AS SUCH I HAD TO CHANGE MY IDENTITY TO A DIFFERENT ONE SO THAT MY INVESTMENT WILL NOT BE TRACED AND CONFISCATED.

I HAVE DEPOSITED THE SUM OF TWELVE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY (US$12M) MAINTAINED BY A SECURITY OUTFIT FOR SAFE KEEPING IN ONE OF THESE OVERSEA COUNTRIES.

THESE FUNDS ARE DEFACED AND CODED TO PREVENT THEM FROM FALLING INTO WRONG HANDS.

WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO IS TO INDICATE YOUR INTEREST BY ACKNOWLEDGING THIS MESSAGE SO THAT I CAN INTRODUCE YOU TO MY SON (JOHNSON MOBUTU SESE-SEKO) WHO IS PRESENTLY BASED IN THE COUNTRY WHERE THESE FUNDS ARE BEING KEPT BY A SECURITY COMPANY WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE ACTUAL CONTENT OF THE CONSIGNMENTS.

I WANT YOU TO ASSIST US IN INVESTING THIS MONEY, BUT I WILL NOT WANT MY IDENTITY REVEALED, I WILL ALSO WANT TO BUY PROPERTIES AND STOCK IN MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES AND TO ENGAGE IN OTHER SAFE AND NON-SPECULATIVE INVESTMENTS.

MAY I AT THIS POINT, EMPHASIZE THE HIGH LEVEL OF CONFIDENTIALITY WHICH THIS BUSINESS DEMANDS AND HOPE THAT YOU WILL NOT BETRAY THE TRUST AND CONFIDENCE WHICH REPOSE IN YOU.

IN CONCLUSION, IF YOU ARE READY TO ASSIST, MY SON SHALL PUT YOU IN THE PICTURE OF THE BUSINESS, TELL YOU WHERE THE FUNDS ARE CURRENTLY BEING MAINTAINED BY A SECURITY COMPANY AND ALSO DISCUSS OTHER MODALITIES INCLUDING REMUNERATION FOR YOUR SERVICES.

FOR THIS REASON, KINDLY FURNISH US YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION, THAT IS, YOUR PERSONAL TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER FOR CONFIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

ALTERNATE EMAIL ADDRESS: sese_a2000\\yahoo.com

BEST REGARDS,
MRS. A. SESE-SEKO

sent in by V. Preston July 3, 2001


Brian Hykes sent this one along 12/14/01

MRS M. SESE SEKO <mariamsese9\\yahoo.com>

I AM MRS. SESE-SEKO WIDOW OF LATE PRESIDENT MOBUTU SESE-SEKO... TWO OF OUR SONS IVVONE AND BASHER... BILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO OTHER FORMS OF MONEY CODED FOR SAFE PURPOSE... SECURITY COMPANY, FOR SAFEKEEPING. THE FUNDS ARE SECURITY CODED TO PREVENT THEM FROM KNOWING THE CONTENT...


Allen McDonald sent this one 02/09/02

I AM MRS.SESE-SEKO.. ...TWO OF OUR SONS JOHNSON AND BASHER.. ABIDJAN, COTE D'IVOIRE.. FUNDS ARE SECURITY CODED...


I AM MRS.SESE-SEKO... TWO OF OUR SONS BENSON AND BASHER OUT OF DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC) TO ABIDJAN, COTE D'IVOIRE...

maseko2\\hotvoice.com

Sent in by Juno 04/14/02


God's Blessings

VERONIC KOROMAH
ABIDJAN COTE D'IVOIRE
WEST AFRICA.

With due respect and humility I write you this letter which I believe would be of great assistance to me and my children.

I am Mrs VERONIC KOROMAH the wife of the late Dr DAVID KOROMAH of the blessed memory.

Prior to my husband assassination by the rebel forces loyal to CORPORAL FODAY SANKOH of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), he was Director General National Gold and Diamond Mining Corporation of Sierra-Leone.

Few days before my husband was assassinated, he instructed me... go in his underground strong room... money he has deposited in a security company in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire in one trunk Box deposited as family valuables and treasures with the name of my son IDRIS KOROMAH as the beneficiary.

...managed to escape to Abidjan...

...I told the Security Company to transfer the consignment to their branch office in Europe for safe keeping... I want you to please assist us to claim the box...

Finally, please ensure that no one else knows about this money as it is only I, my son, yourself and the Rev. Pastor of the church where we worship knows about this money. ...May God bless you as you assist me...

VERONIC KOROMAH


His Royal Hypeness

Patrick Wilcox sent this along 12/10/01

I am MADAM MARINA WALLAS the first wife of H.R.H. CHIEF PATRICK OKON WALLAS of (blessed memory) the ex- king of mende tribe in Sierra-Leone.

... murdered by some rebel group ... almost half of the palace was burnt... two of the wives, with my 3 children where murdered in cold blood while my second son escape the incident with bullet wounds on his right leg...

... husband told me that he deposited 18.5 million USD in a trunk box with private security company in Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire as a family treasure... assist me to lift this my consignment out of this country...

MADAM MARINA WALLAS
Marina Wallas m_m_wallas\\yahoo.com


James Moran sent this along 02/10/02

I am Mrs Aminatou Hamidu, an Ivorien widow with an only son Umaru Hamidu. My husband was the chief security officer to the ousted President Henry DEBIE of Cote d'voire...

... cash in US 100.00 dollar bills stacked in a box... arrange to meet with me and my son where this box is been lodged... certificate of deposit and the phone and fax number of the security company for confirmation... umaruhamidu\\yahoo.com.au


My name is Martin Hassan. I am a solicitor/notary public, and very active in the legal practice in democratic republic of Congo (Zaire). I am also the in-law to the late president Mobutu Sese-Seko...

... I am making this contact on behalf of my sister Mrs. Zamia Sese-Seko... cash packed in trunk boxes in a security vault... m_hassanesq\\yahoo.com

Sent in by Jan Waegele 02/14/02


Jesus Insists

... I am MRS JOY SANKOH, the wife of the late DR FREDERICK SANKOH, of the blessed memory.

Prior to my husband's assassination by the forces loyal to major JOHN PAUL KOROMAH, he was the Director General, National Gold and Diamond Mining Corporation of Sierra Leone.

Two days before my husband was assassinated he instructed my children (PRINCE KINGSLEY SANKOH and MAXWELL SANKOH ) and I to move out of Sierra Leone immediately to COTE D'IVOIRE...

... will fax to you the certificate and agreement of deposit with the security company...

On your heartily acceptance to assist a widow, in order to fulfill the law of CHRIST, contact me...

joyce sankoh jseses2001\\yahoo.com
TEL : 00(225) 05-77-37-60
02/19/02


04/02/02 ... My name is Martin Hassan Esq. I am a solicitor/notary public... democratic republic of Congo (Zaire)... the in-law to the late president Mobutu Sese-Seko...

... president Mobutu is dead and the family is in exile to morocco... on behalf of my sister Mrs. Zamia Sese-Seko... crave your indulgence to assist us in securing some funds... cash packed in trunk boxes... guise that the trunk contains precious stones... new government of Joseph Kabila...


Dear Friend,

With due respect and humility, I write to you irrespective of the fact that you don't know me. I got your contact through your country's trade journal here in Nigeria when I was making inquiry for foreign assistance.

It is with heartfelt hope that I write to seek your co-operation and assistance in the context
stated below:

I am Mrs. Jewel Taylor, wife of Mr. Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia and Leader of National Patriotic Liberation Front of Liberia from 1989-2003.

President Charles Taylor presently in exile here in Calabar, Nigeria following the insurgence of Rebels and out break of civil war in the country.

I was privy to a lot of huge transaction in mining of Diamond and Gold during his reign, which resulted to his enormous wealth.

Because of latest civil war and imminent collapse of his regime, coupled with United Nation sanction on Liberia and United States quit order, my husband (Charles Taylor) had no option but to flee the country.

While tidying up himself for exile he was able to arrange for the movement of US$27.4M (Twenty Seven Million, Four Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) out of the country to a security company here in Nigeria, which was willed secretly in my name.

This was accomplished with the aid of some diplomatic loyalist who never knew the content of the diplomatic luggage.

The Diplomat before his final departure promptly returned all relevant documents being issued by the Security Company to me from Liberia on 11th August 2003.

In his usual articulated manner, he did not consider it wise for all his aides and associates to flee to same country with him hence some of his other associates were assigned to proceed to London for their own exile.

But before our departure to Nigeria on the 11th August 2003, my husband (Mr. Taylor) called me into one of his private rooms and handed over all the deposit substantiating documents of the said fund to me.

It is pertinent to state, that I never knew about this transaction before then as Mr. Taylor would always maintain a particular transaction with one person at any given time and would never disclose the transaction to any other person, since he has so much trust in me.

I am now with him here in Nigeria living on a very low key in Calabar, South-East Nigeria and he also mandated me to source for a reliable and competent fellow who will provide access for the release of this said fund.

The fellow must have a charisma and ability to handle huge amount of money such as ours without the fear of mis-management or diversion, and must keep all dealings classified.

However, the Security Company is here in Nigeria and I cannot openly approach the Security Company for the release of this money to me since I am a fugitive and for other obvious reasons.

Hence, I am now seeking your assistance to help in receiving this fund on behalf of my family and me and for mutual benefit of us.

Consequently, you will be compensated with 25% of the total sum should you accept to assist and the rest 75% will go to me.

Meanwhile, Mr. Taylor has assured me that he does not intend to stay too long in his present location and he has no further interest in returning to Liberia very soon.

His desire is to move to any small country (Island) where he can re-organize himself with the proceed of this transaction and then live a very quite live free from controversy and strife.

But due to the pressure mounted by the United Nations on the Nigerian government to hand him over for trial, if this should happen I don't thing my children and I will be able to survive the tribulation.

So this is why I chose to move this fund now to a trustworthy individual who will assist me in investing this money to secure my children's future.

Please do consider this a plight, for my children and I and give us all the assistance you can for us to move this fund safely to your country.

Please reach me by mail to confirm your acceptance of this offer so that we can forge ahead without any delays.

Thanking you in advance for your anticipated co-operation

Yours truly,

Mrs. Jewel Taylor.


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