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: I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE; SUHA ARAFAT
This mail may not be surprising to you if you have been following current
events in the international media with reference to the Middle East and
Palestine in particular.
I am Mrs. SUHA ARAFAT, the wife of YASSER ARAFAT, the Palestinian leader
who died recently in Paris. Since his death and even prior to the
announcement, I have been thrown into a state of antagonism, confusion,
humiliation, frustration and hopelessness by the present leadership of the
Palestinian Liberation Organization and the new Prime Minister. I have
even been subjected to physical and psychological torture. As a widow that
is so traumatized, I have lost confidence with everybody in the country at
You must have heard over the media reports and the Internet on the
discovery of some fund in my husband secret bank account and companies and
the allegations of some huge sums of money deposited by my husband in my
name of which I have refuses to disclose or give up to the corrupt
Palestine Government. In fact the total sum allegedly discovered by the
Government so far is in the tune of about $6.5 Billion Dollars. And they
are not relenting on their effort to make me poor for life. As you know,
the Moslem community has no regards for woman, hence my desire for a
I have deposited the sum of 20 million dollars with a security firm abroad
whose name is withheld for now until we open communication. I shall be
grateful if you could receive this fund into your bank account for safe
keeping and any Investment opportunity. This arrangement is known to you
and my personal Attorney. He might be dealing with you directly for
security reasons as the case may be.
In view of the above, if you are willing to assist for our mutual
benefits, we will have to negotiate on your Percentage share of the
$20,000,000 that will be kept in your position for a while and invested in
your name for my trust pending when my Daughter, Zahwa, will come off age
and take full responsibility of her Family Estate/inheritance.
Please note that this is a golden opportunity that comes once in life time
and more so, if you are hornet, I am going to entrust more funds in your
care as this is one of the legacy we keep for our children.
In case you don't accept please do not let me out to the security and
international media as I am giving you this information in total trust and
confidence I will greatly appreciate if you accept my proposal in good
faith. Please expedite action.