I started corresponding with another scam merchant recently, this one claiming to be in Tunisia!
Here’s how it started –
From Mrs. Christabel Brown,
Dear God's elect,
I am writing this mail to you with heavy tears In my eyes and great sorrow in my heart, My Name is Mrs Christabel Brown,, and I am contacting you from my country Tunisia. I want to tell you this because I don't have any other option than to tell you as I was touched to open up to you, I married to Mr. Brown Smith who worked with Tunisia embassy in Burkina Faso for nine years before he died in the year 2005.
We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only five days. Since his death I decided not to remarry, When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of US$ 8.5m (Eight Million Five hundred Thousand Dollars) in a bank in Ouagadougou the capital city of Burkina Faso in west Africa Presently this money is still in bank. He made this money available for exportation of Gold from Burkina Faso mining.
Recently, My Doctor told me that I would not last for the period of seven months due to cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided to hand you over this money to take care of the less-privileged people, you will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want you to take 30 Percent of the total money for your personal use While 70% of the money will go to charity" people in the street and helping the orphanage. I grew up as an Orphan and I don't have anybody as my family member, just to endeavour that the house of God is maintained. Am doing this so that God will forgive my sins and accept my soul because these sicknesses have suffered me so much.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank in Burkina Faso and I will also instruct my lawyer to issue you an authority letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of the money in the bank that is if you assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein.
Hoping to receive your reply: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From Mrs. Christabel Brown,
And I replied -
My dear beloved Mrs Brown.
What a mighty blow you have been dealt by life.
I truly hope that God is with you in your hour of need.
You have only seven months to live? That is terrible. Surely there is something that can be done, some treatment that can help you. I pray to our Lord Jesus that is so!
And in your hour of need you think only of the orphans. Truly you are a saint in the making. Of course I will help you. Whatever you need, I am here for you!
The next day she wrote back to me -
Dear God's elect ,
I am glad reading your note my beloved thanks for your prayers my lawyer shall do every documents on behalf of you, I decided to hand you over this money, and you should know that my contact to you is By the special grace of God, please understand that you are not helping me rather you are working for God the creator of heaven and earth. so that the work of God is maintained, I hope you will utilize this money the way I instructed you herein.
The lawyer is aware of everything I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health, and because Of the presence of my husband's relatives around me always I don't want them to know about this as they are not aware of the deposit money.
Fill this form below and send back to me immediately to enable me forward it to my lawyer in Burkina Faso :
Don't forget to always pray for me because all my hope to survive is in God the creator who holds death and life...
Hoping to receive your reply.
I wrote back to her -
My Dear Beloved Mrs Brown.
Of course I will help. I will do whatever I can to make your last days easier and to help the little orphan children. Certainly there is nothing the Lord Jesus appreciates more than a soul who helps his children, the only true innocents in this world. And you are a saint in the making for wanting to share the wealth with his children.
I want to pray for you, my angel. I have an altar in my room and on that altar I have pictures of the ones that I pray for. Please send me your picture so that I can add it to my altar so that I can pray to the Lord Jesus that he helps you in your hour of need. Who knows, maybe he will save you from the cancer? That would be my dearest wish. So please send your picture without delay.
My beloved, would it help if I send my details to your lawyer? Perhaps that would speed things up because the dear orphan children surely need help now.
I hope to hear from you soon, may God be with you,
Then I thought I should perhaps add a little more, so I sent her a PS. -
My Dearest Christabel (I hope you do not mind me addressing you by your Christian name, but I know that you are a good Christian).
There is something I forget to tell you in my last email. I am an orphan, too. Yes, my parents died when I was very young so I know all about what it means to be an orphan and that is why I want to help you help the orphans in your country. By dearest beloved angel, please send me your picture so that I might pray for you.
And bless her, the next day she got back to me, with a picture of her and her late husband! This is what she wrote, complete with spelling mistakes!
Thanks for your paryers,
i attched here with my picture and i want you to send me yours picture too.
yes go head and contact my lawyer to enable him carry out the tarnsfer.
i wait urgent for your reply that you have contacted the lawyer.
here below is the information of the lawyer Barrister Maven Koko
Email address: email@example.com
i wait to read from you soon
mrs christabel brown
Excellent! I Googled Maven Koko and he is no stranger to the world of scamming. Check out http://forum.419eater.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=157802&highlight=maven+koko if you get the time. A guy spent two months winding up a group of scammers and Koko was involved! I can recommend www.419eater.com for anyone interested in these scammers!
Here is one of Koko’s emails to Cowboy Buck, who did a great job of leading them on!!
From: "Koko Law Firm Koko Law Firm" (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To: (Cowboy Buck)
Date: Thu Dec 18 2008 03:12
Subj: FROM BARR.MAVEN KOKO ESQ.
FROM:BARRISTER MAVEN KOKO.
DEAR PROSPECTIVE CLIENT: WILLIAMS Jones.
I AM BARRISTER MAVEN KOKO.THE RESIDENT LAWYER OF BANK OF AFRICA OUAGADOUGOU
BURKINA FASO.YOUR INFORMATIONS WAS HANDED OVER TO ME BY THE FOREIGN REMITTANCE
DIRECTOR, MR.KABORE GEORGE,AND HE MENTIONED THAT YOU WILL MAKE SOME MONEY
AVAILABLE FOR THE REACTIVATION OF YOUR LATE ASSOCIATE ACCOUNT FOR FURTHER
TRANSFER HIS BALANCE INADDITION WITH THE REACTIVATION AMOUNT INTO YOUR
DESIGNATED BANK ACCOUNT AFTER REACTIVATION IS OVER.
THEREFORE, YOU ARE ADVISED TO SEND THE REACTIVATION AMOUNT AS SOON AS
POSSIBLE:THROUGH WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER AGENT OR MONEY GRAM:-TO MY
CHAMBERS ACCOUNTANT/SECRETARY,HIS NAME IS: MR.OPARA CHIMA ISAIAH.
AFTER THE PAYMENT YOU ARE ADVICED TO FILL THE RECIPIENT INFORMATIONS BELOW AND
SEND IT BACK TO ME VIA THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.
MTCN NUMBER :
SECRET QUESTION :
RECIPIENT NAME: OPARA CHIMA ISAIAH.
CITY/COUNTRY OF THE RECIPIENT: OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA FASO.
AS A LEGAL PRACTITIONER I WILL FOLLOW THE RULES AND GIVE YOU SATISFACTARY
REPRESENTATION. SO I EXPECT THE PAYMENT OF THE REACTIVATION AMOUNT SOONEST.
HON.BARRISTER MAVEN KOKO Esq.(SAB)LL.B(Hons BL.LLM.
Not sure what to do next because I really do have to finish Dark Justice!