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Tsunami Donations Nigerian Scam

Summary:
Nigerian scam email claims to be from a rich but terminally ill merchant who needs help to distribute his fortune to the victims of the Asian tsunami.



Status:
False

Example:(Received form scammers, January 2005)
SUBJECT: TSUNAMI DONATIONS

Dear Friend

As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday.

My name is Andrew Adams a merchant in PHILIPPINES, I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer .It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone (not even myself) but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now i regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it. Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few close friends. I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations in the U.A.E, Algeria and Malaysia, Indian and Pakistan. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore.

I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts in Switzerland and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them. Now I want you to assist me in getting some cash deposit claim and distribute to charity and people of the tsunami disaster.

The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge Cash deposit of $36,000.000.00 million united states dollars that I have with a finance/Security Company abroad. I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatched it to charity organizations. I have set aside twenty percent for you and for your time. My email address is: [removed]

regards,
Andrew Adam



Commentary:
Scammers are using the immense tragedy of the Asian tsunami to pray on the good nature of potential victims. The Nigerian scam email included above asks recipients to help distribute the wealth of a dying merchant to tsunami victims.

A cover story of a dying merchant requesting help to give his or her money to charity is a common Nigerian scam tactic. In fact, the version above is virtually identical to many others I have received except that it attempts to capitalize on the tsunami and uses a different name, supposed country of origin and contact details. For example, the version included below was received in July, 2004.

Nigerian, or "419", scams are one of the most common types of Internet fraud. The messages generally claim that your help is needed to access a large sum of money. In fact, this money does not exist. The messages are an opening gambit designed to draw potential victims deeper into the scam. Those who begin to correspond with the scammers by replying to the scam messages will eventually be asked for fees or charges supposedly required to allow the deal to proceed.

It should be noted that, in spite of the name, not all "Nigerian" scams originate out of Nigeria. The scammers operate out of many different nations around the world.

For more information about Nigerian scams, see:
Nigerian Scams - 419 Scam Information

An earlier example (July 2004):
Subject: Charity Assistance

Hello Friend. As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me because i believe everyone will die someday. My name is Sanni Saed, a merchant in Dubai U.A.E.

I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer . It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts.I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone(not even myself)but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business asthat was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the moneyin the world.

I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it. Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few close friends.

I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided to give alms to charity oganizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth.

Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them.

The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of twenty million united states dollars that I have with a finance/Security Company abroad. I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatched it to charity organizations. I have set aside 10 % for you and for your time. God be with you.

Regards,
Sanni Saed.


Write-up by Brett M.Christensen