My name is Maryam Abacha, the wife of the former President of Nigeria. I am writing you this letter to propose a business that will be of mutual benefit to you and me.
After the death of my husband in 1998 most of his funds in in Banks in Europe were confiscated by the Nigerian government. However, before his death he had deposited the sum of $16,000,000.00USD (Sixteen Million US dollars) with a Security and finance company in Europe.
This fund was transfered via Diplomatic means to the office of the Security firm in Europe to be secured in a Bonded safe vault. I need your assistance to claim this fund from the security firm and invest part of it into a profitable business in your country under your supervision and control. As soon as the fund gets into your country you will then assist me and my family to come over to your country where we hope to start a new life.
For your assistance i will give you 10% ($1.6 Million US Dollars) of the total fund, while a fraction of the fund will also be used to assist charity organisations. Respond back to me immediately so i can give you more details and necessary documentations regarding this transaction.
Note also that you must keep my contact with you secret and confidential because the lives of my family is not safe here in Africa.
Alhaja Maryam Abacha
Another email arrived a couple of days later. Despite the 'thank you for your response' start, it was also unsolicited.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE, I FOUND YOUR ADDRESS FROM AN EMAIL DIRECTORY AND DECIDED TO CONTACT YOU BELIEVING YOU CAN BE OF ASSISTANCE TO ME AND MY FAMILY.
I ALSO WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THIS BUSINESS IS 100% LEGAL AND RISK FREE, AND YOU MUST KEEP IT SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL DUE TO MY STATUS IN MY COUNTRY AS THE WIFE OF THE LATE PRESIDENT OF THE COUNTRY.
YOU CAN READ ABOUT MY FAMILY FROM THIS LINK BELOW,
ALL I WANT FROM YOU RIGHT NOW IS TO SEND ME A COPY OF YOUR I.D, (DRIVERS LICENCE OR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT) AND CONTACT INFORMATION (PRIVATE TEL/FAX NUMBER AND ADDRESS) SO I CAN FORWARD THEM TO THE SECURITY FIRM IN EUROPE MAKING YOU MY BENEFIFICARY.
AS SOON AS I APPOINT YOU AS MY BENEFICIARY YOU WILL THEN MAKE ARRANGEMENTS WITH THEM ON HOW TO RECEIVE THE FUNDS, DEDUCT YOUR SHARE AND SECURE MY SHARE UNTIL I AND MY FAMILY COME OVER TO MEET WITH YOU IN YOUR COUNTRY. I WILL GIVE YOU ALL THE LEGAL DOCUMENTS YOU WILL BE NEEDING.
ALSO LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE CAPABLE OF HANDLING THIS TRANSACTION, AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU DO AS YOU WILL ASSIST ME INVEST PART OF MY SHARE OF THIS FUND INTO A PROFITABLE BUSINESS (PREFERABLY REAL ESTATES) IN YOUR COUNTRY UNDER YOUR SUPERVISION. NOTE ALSO THAT YOU WILL HELP ME DISTRIBUTE SOME PART OF THIS FUND TO CHARITY ORGANISATIONS.
HOPING TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON AND PLEASE TREAT AS URGENT.
ALHAJA M. ABACHA