This email scam appears to be closely related to the Nigerian letter scam.
Sophos recommends recipients do not reply to the email in any way.
The text of the scam reads as follows:
Subject: PLEASE HELP
ASSYLUM CAMP ABIDJAN
From: FATIMA FOFANA
Tel: 0022 507 322 938.
I am fatima fofana the only daughter of late former Director of finance,Chief
Vincent fofana Sierra-Leone diamond and mining corporation.
I must confess my agitation is real, and my words is my bond, in this proposal.
My late father diverted this money meant for purchase of ammunition, for my
country, during the peak of disastrous civil war in my country, now he has
deposited the money with one of the BANK here in Abidjan, where I am residing
under political asylum with my mother Mrs Mary fofana and younger
Now the war in my country is over with the help of ECOMOG soldiers, the present
government of Sierra Leone has revoked the passport of all officers who served
under the former regime and now ask countries to expel such person at the same
time freeze their account and confiscate their asset, it is on this note that I
am contacting you, all I needed from you is to furnish me with your bank
1) Account name
2) Account number
3) Bank address, telephone and fax number.
For you to assist me transfer this money in your private bank account, the said
amount is (Twenty Million Dollars) $20 Million. I am compensating you with 15 %
of the total money amount, now all my hope is banked on you and I really wants
to invest this money in your country, were their is stability of
Government,political and economic welfare.
Honestly I want you to believe that this transaction is real and never a joke.
My late father Chief fofana gave me the photocopies of the certificate of
deposit issued to me by the BANK on the date of deposit, for you to be clarify
because, I do not expose my self to anybody I see, I believe that you are able
to keep this transaction secret for me because this money is the hope of my
life, it is important.
Please call me immediately after you must have gone through my message fill
free and make it urgent. That is the reason why I offered you 15 % of the total
money amount, and in case of any other necessaryexpenses you might incur during
N.B Try and negotiate for me some profitable blue chip investment opportunities
which is risky free which I can invest with this money when it is transferred
to your account, personally I am interested in estate management and hotel
business, please advise me. Call me or reply through this mail address back
immediately you receive this message for more explanation.And promisse me my
younger sister and our mother to be a father considering our situation and not
to betray us.
Thanks and God bless
FATIMA FOFANA TEL: 0022 507 322 938.
NB: my late father used me the only son as the beneficiary / next of kin on the
day of deposit and also told me I need a foreign assistance of a foreigner with
a legitimate bank Account abroad who will stand as co-beneficiary and partner