Internet Scams Exposed

SCAM WATCH: Internet & SMS Scams - Phishing - Email Fraud

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Another Internet Scam: From Miss Mema Goodness Matak

Dearest One, 

I am Miss. Mema Goodness Matak, 24years old Girl Originated from Southern Sudan, I really want to have a good relationship with you, I know this mail might come to you as a surprise because you don’t know me, but due to unsolicited nature of my situation here I decided to contact you for help, please bear with me. My late father was the formal deputy general manager with CNPC Oil Company at Khartoum Refinery in Southern Sudan, who was killed alongside with my beloved mother during the last crisis in my country when Janjaweed militant came to our house, and that was what sent me away from my country as I made my escape only by God's special grace,

After the death of my beloved father my wicked step mother along with my uncles teamed
together and sold everything that my late father had and shared the money amongst themselves, one faithful morning I was cleaning my late father’s room, then I opened my father's briefcase and found some documents which he used to deposit the sum of Five Million Nine Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($5,900,000.00) in Bank of Africa Burkina Faso West Africa with my name as the next of kin. To this very reason, I travelled to Burkina Faso to withdraw the money so that I can start a better life and take care of my younger brother. On my arrival at the Bank, the Branch manager whom I met in person told me that my status here in Burkina Faso can not allow me claim the money as a refugee, but through an appointed representative as the Burkina Faso refugee law governing refugee and my father's instructions to the bank was that, the money will be release to me only when I am married or present a trustee who will help me stand on my behalf and invest the money overseas.

To this end therefore I began the search of an honest and reliable person who will help me withdraw the money and invest it wisely. I have chosen to contact you after my prayers and I believe you will not try to cheat me but rather take me as your own family, though you may wonder why I am so soon giving in to you without seeing you, well I will say that my instincts still tells me that you are an honest someone and that I can trust you. Briefly, I will like to disclose much to you if you will help me to relocate to your country this fund which I inherited from my parent and which I will like to invest in your country into any lucrative business venture which you are to advise and preside over given the fact that I have no business experience for as at the moment.

However, I shall forward to you with the necessary deposit information and the Bank account number on confirmation of your acceptance to assist me for the transfer and investment of the said fund, as you manage the money in any investment, and I will like to complete my studies which is the most important thing to me as at the moment, as I was only in my first year in the university, when the crisis started. It is my intention to compensate you with 30% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my capital investment, this is the reason why I decided to contact you, please all communications should be through this email address only for confidential purposes and as you can understand I am still in the refugee camp here.

As soon as I receive your positive response, indicating your interest to assist me claim this fund, I will put things into action, in the light of the above. I shall appreciate an urgent response indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction. Awaiting your urgent and positive response. Please do keep this only to your self, I sincerely plead with you not to disclose this till I come over because of enemies, as the saying goes the walls do have hears.  I will send you my picture in my next mail, with due respect, I am pleading with you to sincerely help me. I will be forwarding to you, all the detailed information with every transparency in my next mail to you as I do believe strongly that you will have a clear picture of the nature of help I need from you. I hope to hear from you as quickly as possible. May truth and love be the guiding tools for us.

Regard Love
Miss. Mema,

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