The Latest Scam Example: Don't Be Fooled!

The following email was received by several members of the Ruby Lane staff on November 27, 2007. This is just one of many we receive on a regular, ongoing basis as do many of our shop owners. This particular one is especially typical of scams that are being conducted all over the Internet. We are posting this to illustrate to readers what these scams look like in order to help you identify one when (not if) you receive one. And, we are shocked to view on the news how many obviously intelligent people actually fall for these scams. When the bank determines that the deposited check is fraudulent (which can take up to 6 months after the check is deposited into your account), the bank then turns to you, the innocent account holder (many of whom have already spent the “%”. You are then responsible for returning the funds to the bank, in full.

The email reads as follows (we have purposely left in all typos):

“Dearest onePermit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I got your contact from the International web site directory. 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 trust worthy person I can do business with and by their recommenddations I must not hesitate to confide in your for this simple and sincere business.

I am Monica Koffi, the only Daughter of late Mr and Mrs Dickson Koffi. My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan,the economic capital of Ivory Coast before he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outing to discus on a business deal. When my mother died on the 21st October 1984, my father took me and my younger brother Vitalis special because we are motherless. Before the death of my father on 30th June 2002 in a private hospital here in Abidjan.

He secretly called me on his bedside and told me that he has a sum of $8.000.000 (Eight Million, Dollars) left in a suspense account in a local Bank here in Abidjan, that he used my name as his first Daughter for the next of kin in deposit of the fund.

He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth and some huge amount of money his business associates supposed to balance his from the deal they had that he was poisoned by his business associates, that Ishould seek for a God fearing 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/ Madam, we are honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways.

1) To provide a Bank account where this money would be transferred to.
2) To serve as the guardian of this since I am a girl of 26 years.

Moreover Sir/ Madam, we are willing to offer you 10% of the sum as compensation for effort input after the successful transfer of this fund to your designate account overseas. Anticipating to hear from you soon.

Thanks and God Bless.Best regards.Monica Koffi.”

Don’t let this happen to you! These scams have been going on for years and show no signs of abating whatsoever. Treat all unsolicited emails of this nature as a scam, as 100% of the time, they are. Hit the Delete key - and move on.

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