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My room-mate received an e-mail two days ago, and I told her NOT to reply to it, because of the way things were said, and also because it had too many mistakes in spelling..... This is a three part e-mail, in which only happened due to her replying to the e-mail for more information.

Here is what the FIRST e-mail had said:

"Attn :My Dearest One, With due regards,I am Barrister MUSA.E.TAA (SAT), a solicitor at law,personal attorney to Mr.Francis.N.Romaro, who used to work with ShellDevelopment Company in Lome Togo. Here in after shall be referred to as my client. On the 21st of April 2001, my client, his wife and their only daughter were involved in a gastly car accident along Nouvissi express Road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy here to locate any of my clients extended relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful. After theseseveral unsuccessful attempts,I decided to track his last name over the MSNMemeber guestbook, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repartrating the fund valued at USD$10.5million left behind by my client before it get confisicated or declaredunserviceable by the (ECOBANK PLC) here in Lome-Togo,where this huge amount weredeposited.! And now the bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have hisaccount confisicated within the next twenty one official working days. Since Ihave been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over 2years now, I seek theconsent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have thesame last names,so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you. Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfer. I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up forclaim. All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see thistransaction through.I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimatearrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me through the above email or through my direct phone number for more details. urgent responce to this letter will be proudly appreciated. Best Regards. Barr.MUSA.E.TAA (SAT) MUSA-TAA ESQ 15 RUE DU FRANCE LOME-TOGO,WEST AFRICA. TEL: + 228 9117985 Kindly Reply via office email : musataa_chambers@yahoo.com "Please, do NOT send ANY e-mail to this e-mail address, or any other in this forum.

This was copied, and pasted, with ALL of the mistakes in typing..... followed by two more e-mails, in response to her reply to this person. Which she only asked for more info upon what he was talking about.

Dear Lydia

Thank you for your email .

With Follow up to this project, My intentions is to front you as the next of kin to MR FRANCIS. N. Romaro ,so that we can use your recieveing bank account to pull out the funds of late MR FRANCIS which has being lying in adormant account with theECOBANK PLC since his untimely death.Useing all the secret informations I have as his principal attorney and legal adviser

Secondly I wish to make transfer of funds directly through the ECOBANK PLC into your designated bank account in the states,this is due to my future investment plans in the U.S.A following your guidiance.

Mr Francis was an american and a white man,and I know fully well that based on the fact that we AFRICANS have lots of respect for white men, being in a third world country. The releas/transfer of this funds into your account, will be made easier as soon as you contact the bank with the secret informations that I will give to you.

Considering our both commitments in this project, I have decided to share this money with you 50% TO 50% both ways.More also, I will arrange to meet you up in the statses immediately we confirm this funds in your account for final disbursement .

In view of the security of this project, note that this deal is of 100% risk free from any individual or government trace.all that is requiered in sincerity and confidentiality to avoid any raise of eyebrow from both ways you understand !!

I will be forwarding to you in my next email a draft application which you will fill in properly and fax to the bank today to enhance the swift processing of our claim. I will also need your full assurance for the security of my interest in this deal, forward to me your full contact details.

Note that I Barr Musa Taa (SAT) ,will stand on your behalf fully to make sure that we dont leave any stone unturned.because any further delay could result to the revocation of this funds into the ECOBANK Security vault..

I would realy appreciate your urgent telephone call immediately you digest this letter,so that I can educate you more on this matter of grate importance and mutaul benefit. note we have all that it will take to make this claim a huge sucess as long as you work with me sincerely.

Once again I wish to thank you for your understanding , assistance and full coperations in this matter of grate importance.


Barr Musa Taa (SAT)

15 rue du France

Lome-Togo,West Africa

Tel: 00 228 9117985

Now HOW can someone say you have an inheritance of 10.5 mil and want ot split it with you in half!???? HOW can someone take half the money, and say it is an inheritance?? ALSO, she did NOT reply, or respond to this second e-mail, so why send out a third one if the second one was not replied to??

And the final one which was written not even 45 minutes later!!!

Dear Lydia,

Thank you for your kindness.

With the reciept of your late responce to my letter

for assistance,I thank you once agin. It is not easy as

you can see that thier are alot of people with the same

name,In view of this,I wish you to be forwarded as the

next of kin to my late client Mr Francis.N.Romaro so

that we can use your account to secure this funds since

every of my efforts seams to be abortive.

I will like you to understand that a high level of

maturity,confidentiality and utmost secrecy is

expected from the both of us.while you will make the

contact with the bank as the beneficiary and next of

kin to Mr.Francis Romaro with the informations I will

give to you demanding that the Money left in your

cousins account be transfered to you.I hope you


Note that the ECOBANK PLC will be ready to furnish you

with his account status vividly after reciept of

application.all oder vital proofs will be presented to

you as the need arises.

Meanwhile send to me your full contact details tel/fax

so that I will be sure of whom I am dealing with,

You can call me on my direct telephone line : + 228

9117985. as soon as you recieve this letter for further


respone only via this office email thank you.






TEL: 00 228 9117985

OK, now with that copied and pasted, let's look at some of the mistakes real fast........

First, the person that received this e-mail, (The name is changed for privacy reasons) has their last name spelled a different way.

Secondly, When they first sent this e-mail they made the mistake of saying "I decided to track his last name over the MSNMemeber guestbook". That was the biggest mistake they could have made. My room-mate did not put her real name in for MSN messenger, and has not used it in over two years!!! AND did not give her e-mail address on the form for the chat program!!! I mean she did, but it is NOT visible to others, unless they are on her list of friends, and this person could have sent her a message on MSN to talk to her about this situation!! IF they got this e-mail address from MSN directories! That was their second biggest mistake.

Also, when someone says things like, "My intentions is to front you as the next of kin to MR FRANCIS. ......" How can you "FRONT" someone unless they are putting up a front to begin with??

Along the same lines of things that they say that made me KNOW it was a scam, is, "...... so

that we can use your account to secure this funds since

every of my efforts seams to be abortive." This is the fastest, and easiest scam that has found the internet, NOONE should be given any type of account information, especially when they ask you to, " understand that a high level of

maturity,confidentiality and utmost secrecy is

expected from the both of us." Why keep it in SECRECY!?!? If it is an actual innheritance, then why must she keep it a secret!?!?

Also, another mistake found in thi e-mail is: "while you will make the

contact with the bank as the beneficiary and next of

kin to Mr.Francis Romaro with the informations I will

give to you demanding that the Money left in your

cousins account be transfered to you.I hope you

understand." I mean come on now, who is this person to DEMAND anything of someone they do not know!?!? And Why use us to call the bank, and not send the bank info upon knowing that there might be a person that can inherit this so-called money!?!?

So, above everything else, in the next part of the second e-mail, and third contact, not even an hour later........ Why would someone want to try this type of thing with just anyone?? How did they get their e-mail address when it was NOT posted where they say they got it from? And how did they get this persons name?? I mean seriously here, what can be done, and how do we go about taking action??

Think about this, they claim they are a lawyer.... with all those mistakes!?!? Wouldn't the secretary type it out and send it out to people without all those typos!?!?

PLEASE, if you know anything about how to do something about this situation, please, let me know, I mean shoot, he is trying to supposedly give this person 10.5 MILLION bucks for nothing, why not make him work to keep the money, and stop scamming people like this!?!?

Well, I think you all got the gist of it, I am outta here, but if you want to contact me upon this type of situation, let me know.

Peace to those that run this forum, and I am so thankful you are out here trying to help ppl NOT get scammed!!!

PS: This is my first time coming to sites like this, didn't know it would happen to a friend, not to mention to myself!!!!!

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Curlytop... Thank you for letting me know where it SHOULD have gone, I am new to forums, never trusted any of them out here, especially with all those darn pop-ups every 2 seconds LOL. But this forum is a little bit different, I even had a tough time finding my own posting!!! LOL I build computers, and fix them for a living, but no good at surfing the internet ROFL. Well, It is good to see that there are people out here that really care about this stuff. Thank you to those that have viewed this and those that have responded to it, Michigangirl, and timbercreektech (This includes you curlytop LOL).

Panther :D

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Welcome to the boards ravenpanther! :D Interesting combination of animals for a name...I like them both :!::lol:

Good looking out for your friend with the African scam artist. I guess they got smart and stopped using the usps since it is a federal offense and decided to spread their trash via e-mail :evil:

I wonder how they get the lists :x

Stay in touch and again Welcome :wink:

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The best site to verify anything is snopes.com. If it's not on snopes, then it's either very new or true.

I get 6 of these type of emails a day, since I am co-director of a non-profit. They always want to donate to the organization!


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