This is another advance fee scam email I received recently.
To be honest, after reading it I had to use Google to see if the Ivory Coast actually has a royal family (they do).
As unbelievable as it sounds, there are actually people who do get suckered in by these scams – I remember seeing on the news recently a story about an emminent doctor who spent $1.3m of his families savings on a scheme very similar to this one –
Dearest, It is a good a thing to write you.
I have a proposal for you-this however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will. Actually, I am Benjamin Kamara 20 years old and my junior sister Bethel Kamara, the children of late parents Mr.and Mrs. Christopher Kamara from a Royal family in Ivory Coast.
My father was a highly reputable business magnet-(a cocoa merchant)who operated in the capital of Ivory coast during his days. It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips abroad year 12th.Febuary 2005.Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time.But God knows the truth! Our mother died when I was 13 years old,and since then our father took us so special.
Before my fathers death on Febuary 12 2005 he told me he has the sum of Eight million,five hundred thousand United State Dollars (USD$8.500,000)left in one of the local bank here in abidjan Ivory coast. He further told me that he deposited the fund in my name as all the documents bear my name as the depositor,and for the bank not to start asking questions about the money,he made the beneficary as foreign partner.
I am just 20 years old and a university undergraduate,my only junior sister is 18 years old and really we cannot handle the transferring of this fund alone without the help of a foreign partner.This is because we have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast.The death of our father actually brought alot sadnees to our life. I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.
Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Now permit me to ask these few questions:- 1. Can you honestly help us as your family ? 2. Can we completely trust you? 3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you ?
Please,Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible. Through my private email box bellow for security reasons: Email firstname.lastname@example.org My sincere regards, Benjamin Kamara.
Considering his father had business dealings in France and “Benjamin” has a French Yahoo account it would be safe to assume he is part French.
Considering that his English is infinitely better than what you normally see in these advance fee scams!