This email scam appears to be closely related to the Nigerian letter, Zimbabwe farm letter and Nepalese Royal Family scams.
Sophos recommends recipients do not reply to the email in any way.
The text of the scam reads as follows:
FROM: COL.JOHN OHAI (RTD)
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.
SEEKING FOR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE.
It is my pleasure to request your assistance on this business proposal
which if pursued to its conclusion, will be of immense benefit to both of us.
This request may seem strange but I will crave your indulgence and pray that
you view it seriously. My name is COL. JOHN OHAI of the Democratic Republic of
Congo and one of the close aides to the former President of the Democratic
Republic of Congo LAURENT KABILA of blessed memory, may his soul rest in peace.
Due to the military campaign of LAURENT KABILA to force out the rebels in
my country, I was instructed by Late President Kabila to go abroad to purchase
arms and ammunition worth of Twenty Four Million, Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars only (US$24,500,000.00) to fight the rebel group. But when
President Kabila was killed in a bloody shootout by one of his aide a day
before I was schedule to travel out of Congo, I immediately decided to divert
the fund into a private security company here in Congo for safe keeping.The
security of the said amount is presently being threatened here following the
unwanranted arrest and seizure of properties of Col. Rasheidi Karesava (The
aide that shot Laurent Kabila) tribesmen ,where I am from,by the new President
of the Democratic Republic of Congo the son of late President Laurent Kabila,
Joseph Kabila. In view of this,I need a reliable and trustworthy foreign
partner who can assist me to move this money out of my country as the
beneficiary. I have sufficient ''contacts'' to move the fund under Diplomatic
cover to a security company in the Netherlands in your name, this is to ensure
that the diplomatic baggage is marked ''confidential''anditwill not pass
through normal custom/airportscreeningand clearance.
My inability to move this money out of Congo all this while lies on my lack
of trust on our supposed good friends (western countries) who have suddenly
became hostile to those of us who worked with the late President Laurent
Kabila, since hisson took office. Though we have neither seen nor met each
other, I know we will be able to establish all the trust that we need to ensure
that the money will be safe with you. Thus, if you are willing to assist me to
move this fund out of Congo, you can contact me through my email address with
your telephone and fax numbers to enable us discuss the modalities and what
will be your share (percentage)for assisting me.
I will highly appreciate it if my request is given utmost priority and
COL. JOHN OHAI(RTD)