Monday, May 12, 2008

If it's too good to be true, chances are...it really is.

We've heard about scams before, right? I received few scam e-mails in my Inbox for quite sometime but ignored it for the fact that I know it's a scam (malas bah mau baca atau layan). But, last week I decided to give it a try, a try in a sense that replying to the e-mail and see what happen (don't worry la, I'm smarter that those idiot scammers). So, I read and replied to this e-mail:

Shantal Koneal



From Miss Shantal Koneal.
Abidjan. Cote D'Ivoire,
Hello dear,

With profound respect and humble submission,I got your contact on http://www.sdc.n
et.my and I beg to state the following few lines for your kind consideration, I hope you will spare some of your valuable minutes to read the following appeal with sympathetic mind. I must confess that it is with great hopes, joy and enthusiasm that I write you this mail which I know and believe by faith that it must surely find you in good condition of health. My name is Miss Shantal Kone al , I am the only Daughter of my late parents Mr.and Mrs Joseph Koneal. My father was a highly reputable business magnet who operated in the capital of Ivory coast during his days.
It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips abroad on the 20th May 2007. Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of mine who travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth! My mother died when I was just 6yrs old, and since then my father took me so special.
Before the death of my father on May 2007, he called me and informed me that he has the sum of Ten Million, Five Hundred thousand United State Dollars.(USD$10,500,000.00) he deposited in a private Bank here in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire.. He told me that he deposited the money in my name, and also gave me all the necessary legal documents regarding to this deposit with the Bank

I am just 22 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do. Now I want an honest partner overseas who I can transfer this money with his assistance and after the transaction I will come and reside permanently in your country till such a time that it will be convinient for me to return back home if I so desire. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. I also want to invest the fund under your care because I
am ignorant of business world.
I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Now permit me to ask these few questions:
1. Can you honestly help me from your heart?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the fund has being transfeered to your account and i come over to meet you ?
Please, conside r this and get back to me as soon as possible. Immediately I confirm your willingness, I will send to you my Picture and also inform you more details involved in this matter.
Kind Regards,
Miss Shantal Koneal.

So, I replied:

Nancy Anthony

Send me something that can prove that you are genuine and not a scam.

Surprisingly, I received a reply from this Miss Shantal and with a picture:
From Shantal Koneal
Abidjan,Cote D'ivoire
Hello Dear Nanc y Anthony,
How are you doing, hope you are doing Well?
I thank for your mail,and your willingness to assist and help me relocate to your place,And please I want you to know that I contacted you to assist me in transfering of this money and Investing it overseas,
I am from Abi djan, Cote d'ivoire in west Africa. I am 22yrs old and single.The money is my inheritance from my late father and has no criminal background. The bank here knows that it is inherited from my late father and can give reference(s) anywhere if there is need to do so. I just want to leave this country because I have su ffered lots of humiliation from my immediate uncles, because they want to inherit everything my late father acquired,
I am hiding in a guest house now, because my late father's brothers are searching for me to kill in order to inherit the money as I am the only child of my parent, greed to over t hem when they discovered that my late father have alot of properties, they siezed the properties and they want the documents of the deposit, but because I was instructed by my late father to be very carefull in any thing that I am doing with his brothers, so I am very careful with them.They want to bring a foolish tradition on me, saying that as my late father does not have a male child, all his belonging will be theirs, but I can not stand and allow them to take every thing my late father labored for, so I went into hiding with the Documents of the deposit,
I even heard from the Bank Director the last time I went there to tell the bank director about my intentions to transfer the money overseas for Investment that they came to the bank to ask for the statement of the account, but they bank show them off and ask them to seek the consent of the Next of Kin first if they want the money, because my late father left a will with the Bank, where he made the Bank to know that I am his ne xt of Kin and the inheritor of his wealth after his death, that was why they want to kill me and take all the document and claim the money, please I am begging you to haste up this transfer so that I will leave here very soon and join you to avo id killing me.
Now I want you to please assist me transfer this money and help me to relocate to stay with you and have a good and meaningful Life there with you.
If You agre ed to help me, please I will like you to send me your full name, address and telephone numbers so that I can go with it to the bank and Introduce you to the bank as my partner who want to help me in transfering and Investing of the money overseas, ple ase try to give me this informations today so that I can take it to the bank today and introduce you then get the bank full contact address to give to you for you to contact them on my behalf for the transfer, instruct them on how to transfer this money to your account. I am waiting to hear from you soonest, if there's another thing you wish to know about me, please fell free to ask I will tell you more.
I will send yo u the deposit certificate of this money in the bank to you in my next mail and do not forge t to send your fax number with house address on your next message.
You will contact bank direct in order for you to link up direct with the bank to confirm the authenticity legitimacy of this project. I am waiting for your Urgent response so th at I will go to the bank to discuss and finalise the best way in which the money will be uplifted to your base for the establishment programme.
I am assuring you th at this transaction is 100% lagitimate and guaranteed. You will take 15% of the total amount as your own share of the money when it will comes to your account as i told you on my previous mail..
I went to the best school in this country because my father provided me with the best of everything. sincerity and faithfulness, we will be able to conclude this transaction urgently.
Thanks for your efforts an
d readiness to assist me out of this present situation,I will like to see your picture and you can find mine on the attachment..

Then, I replied again la but of course without full information and picture like she requested (I think, they're going to use the detailed information and picture in their next scam, don't you think?...too bad I accid entally used my own Gmail account, if not, I'd say my name is Lorelai Gilmore or Gabrielle Solis or Meredith Grey or Rory Gilmore or maybe Samantha Newly or Betty Suarez..Hah!!!!)

This is my reply:

Dear
Shantal,

Do you have a lawyer assisting you in this matter? I suggest you get a lawyer's assistance if you don't have at the mo ment.And could you please send me more details on this inheritance you are talking about, i.e. the deposit certificate. I hope you understand why I am being so curious and careful about helping you becaus e as you now, there are a lot of scammers out there especially from your country and I have to make sure that you are not one of those horrible people. And if I agree to help you, what do you want me to do? I will send you my full details after you reply to this e-mail.

Thank You.

And this never going to give up scammer (I give her credits for that..bersungguh-sungguh betul) did respond to my e-mail

From Shantal Koneal
Abidjan,Cote D'ivoire

Hello Dear Nanc
y Anthony,
After going through your invoice, the content is quite understand, the reason why I contacted you is to assist me provide a bank account to my late fathers Bank here in Cote d'Ivoire to enable them transfer my late father's fund to your country and as soon as the fund is transfered into the account in your country, you will make arrangement for me to come over to meet you there for the investment of the fund. beside my intention to invest with you in your country, I have made up my mind to offer you the percentage from the fund towards your assistant to me in advance over the transfer of the fund and my travelling arrangement to meet you in your country.
Before I link you to the Bank, I will like you to know that the fund was deposited by my late father in the Bank and he used my name as his only child to will the next of kin, I have attach the relevant document with me which my late father used in making the deposit.
Before I wrote to you I have contacted the bank where my late father kept the fund and the Bank told me that the fund is lodging in a suspense account and I do not have access to it until they re lodge it into a foreign account, this is why I contacted you to assist me because I do not have such account.
Please if you agree i will like you to send me your full information in order to start the process of transferring the fund to your country, so I need your urgent assistant to help me see that the bank transfer the fund urgent as possible and as soon as you receive the fund into your Bank Account, you will make arrangement for me to come over to meet you in your country for the investment with you in your country.
In my next mail I will forward the bank contact details to you for you to reach them and start the necessary arrangement with them.
Please I want you to acknowledge this mail as soon as you receive it before I go ahead to send you the Bank Contact details.
Thanks for your assistant.

So...my last e-mail as of now is this one...let's see what she reply now...

Dear Shantal,

Something weird happen. Today, I received a similar e-mail like yours
claiming that she is also the only daughter of Joseph Koneal. The only
difference is, her name is Natacha Koneal and yours is Shantal Koneal.
The e-mail content is pretty much the same. Since you told me you are
the only daughter of Joseph Koneal. How come there's another one out
there claiming that she is also a daughter of Joseph Koneal?

I think you need to explain on this and send me some more proof and
details of yourself and you so called inheritance because the way I
see it now, it's more like a scam, for what reason..I will never know.


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