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419 Scam – The "murdered businessman" scam

In this variant of the classic "419" Advance Fee fraud, the scammer claims to be someone whose father (or husband) was a rich farmer or businessman in an African country (e.g. Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cote d'Ivoire, Zimbabwe) who was murdered or died from an illness. This person claims to have access to millions of dollars stored with a security company in Europe, West Africa or South Africa.

Two special storylines are the Senegal sweetheart scam involving a refugee girl in Dakar, Senegal and the Zimbabwe refugee scam, involving a refugee from Zimbabwe living in South Africa.

You are asked to help retrieve the funds and for your cooperation are promised a large percentage of the funds. Invariably you will be asked to contact a "lawyer" or the "security company" (who happen to use only free webmail accounts or cellphone numbers for communication). They will ask for money to be wired by Western Union before the funds can be released to you. If you are reckless enough to do that, you will lose all money sent and will never see the promised but non-existent fortune.

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We have received numerous variants of the following scam:

"Linda Aji":

From: "linda aji" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 12:43 PM
Subject: From Miss Linda.

From Miss Linda Aji
Ivory Coast West Africa


I am miss linda Aji from Ivory Coast and I am contacting you because I need 
your help in the management of a sum of money that my dead father left for 
me before he died.This money is USD  7.5 million American Dollars and the 
money is in a bank here in Abidjan the capital city.

My father was a very rich cocoa farmer and he was poisoned by his business 
colleagues and now I want you to stand as my guidian and appointed 
beneficiary and receive the money in your country since I am only 21 years 
and without mother or father.

Please I will like you to reply to this email so that I will tell you all 
the  information so that this money will be transferred to you so that you 
will get me papers to travel to your country to continue my education there.

I am waiting for your urgent email.


Miss Linda Aji

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From: "susan malley" <>
To: <emailaddress>
Sent: Saturday, 04 June, 2005 21:27
Subject: proposal

Dearest 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. Your profile pushed me to send you this form of proposal. I am Miss 
susan malley, 19 years old and the only daughter of my late parents Mr. 
And Mrs. susan malley. My father was a highly reputable business magnet 
(Cocoa Merchant) who operated in the capital of Ivory Coast Western 
region of Africa.

 It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one 
of his business trips abroad, on 12th February 2002. Though his sudden 
death was rather suspected to have been master minded by an uncle of 
his, who traveled with him to France, the Almighty God Knows Better. My 
mother at the other hand, died when I was just 4 years old and ever since 
then, my father has been the only person to have participated in my life. 
He was a good father and our bound became very strong and special. 
However, before his death, he called his secretary who accompanied him 
to the hospital and told him that he has a sum of Eighteen Million United 
State Dollars (US$ left in one of the leading security 
company abroad (Europe). He went ahead and issued a written instruction 
to his lawyer whom he said is in possession of all of the necessary documents 
related to this fund that was sealed and deposited with a trunk box.
 I am just 19 years old years old and a university undergraduate and really 
do not know what to do. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs 
as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory Coast. The death of my 
father actually brought sorrow in my life, I have been constantly being 
harassed by both his uncles and brothers who are in bid for his fortunes. 
I am sending this proposal through my father's secretary who is presently 
in Europe to seek for a reputable individual to help and invest this fund. 
Again, I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in these regards.
 Your suggestions and ideas will be highly appreciated as I surely will like 
to invest abroad and into a profitable business venture. Furthermore, permit 
me to ask these questions. 1. Can I completely trust that you will take me 
as your daughter? 2. What percentage of the total amount will be good for 
you if you do not wish to participate in my life but do wish to invest the 
fund in a good business. 3. What kind of a business venture do you intend 
to invest it in? and how profitable is it annually?.

 Please consider and get back to me through my email below for further 
details. Best regards,

MISS  susan malley.

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