The email message below, which claims that the sender is looking to invest her inheritance in the recipients, is a Nigerian "419" scam. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank accounts. But, the victims never receive this non-existent fortune and are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people. The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses. Any real people or companies mentioned below have no connection to the scammers!
The Inheritance Scam
Dear Respected Friend,
With Due Respect and Humanity, I was compelled to write to you under a humanitarian ground, however, this is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honor against your will.
Please I am contacting you to let you know my desire to establish a charity foundation in your country with this sum of US$5Million (five Million United States dollars) which I inherited from my late husband (Dr.John Damouni) It is my desire to see that this money is invested to any organization of your choice in your country and distributed each year among the charity organizations, motherless baby's home, mosques, churches, Schools, supporting destitute aged men and women or whatever you may have in mind that will be to the benefit of the less fortunate. I took this decision because I was raised from a motherless baby's home and Presently, I'm hospitalized here in (Ivory Coast) where I am undergoing treatment for my upcoming breast cancer surgery operation.
Please reply as soon as possible, confirming your acceptance to this proposition so that I will give you all the relevant information that will authorize the release and transfer of the fund to you as my duly assigned representative. Thank you in advance for your Consideration and I look forward hearing from you shortly.
Reply back to me immediately for more Details of the fund
Mrs. Rose Damouni.