Cultural differences are never as obvious as in this type of scam mails. Now if I was to choose an alias that would fill my potential scam victims with trust, I wouldn’t choose an alias such as Godswell Dikko. Neigther would I write that i got a list of names that I prayed over, and then send my mail to myself, bcc:ing the true recipiants.
I can’t help but hope that someone studying anthropology reads these 419 mails and some day writes a thesis on them.
from Godswill Dikko <email@example.com>
date Dec 15, 2007 1:10 PM
subject i need your help
From: godswill dikko
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Dear Sympathetic one,
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I got your name and contact from the Ivorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. I prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to it’s esteeming nature and the recommendations given to me as a reputable and trustworthy person I can do business with and by their recommendations, I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business.
I am godswill dikko, the only son of late Mr and Mrs christopher dikko.I am 19years old. My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant based in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast before he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outing to discuss on a business deal. When my mother died on the 21st October 1996, my father took me so special because I am motherless.
Before the death of my father on the 20th of May 2007 in a private hospital here in Abidjan. He secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has a sum of US$7.500,000(seven Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) left in a suspense account in a local bank here in Abidjan,he told me that he used my name as his only son for the next of kin in deposit of the fund. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth he was poisoned by his business associates. That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose, (such as real estate management).
Sir, I am honourably seeking your assistant in the following,
1) To provide a bank account where this money will be transferred.
2) To serve as the guardian of this fund
3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and also to secure a residential permit for me in your country.
Moreover sir, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort input after the successful transfer of this money to your nominated account.
Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within Seven (7) days you signify interest to assist me.
Please dear sympathetic one this is my private telephone number 00922566450555.Please dear one i will like to have your private telephone number so that i will call you.
please this is my private email box(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Anticipating hearing from you soon.
Thanks and God bless.