This example of the "Nigerian Email Scam", currently circulating at Brown, preys on both compassion and greed to try to get your bank information.
From: Safia Farkash <mike @webair.com>
Date: Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 2:22 AM
Subject: Best wishes
To: multiple Brown addresses
Please let this letter not to bring confusion to you. I know that we have not met either before but hear me from the dept of your mind. It is circumstances that made to send this to you.
I will introduce myself first to you, My name is Ms. Safia Farkash, I lost my Father, my hero and my lord Mr. Nicolas Farkash years ago. He was poisioned to death by his associate in business. He formed a company by one Mr. James Anoh who poisioned him only to take benefit of the multi million venture. He was arrested immedaitely my Father died and he entered an agreement with my father's brothers that I and the immediate younger brother of my father will represent my father's interest in the company. After six months I was kicked out of the company because I said that we have to change the company's lawyer who I termed was part of the elimination of my father.
I did not know that they have changed all the company's document without my name appea ring any where. I will have to let you know more detail on that but let me move to the point why I am contacting you. I have been nick named bastard by my father's relations, They have named me all source of names even calling me outcast because my father is late, while my father was the bread winner of the family. They have pushed me out of my father's mansion and still want to eliminate my life.
I got through the records of my father account books three weeks ago while crying and meditating, which I beleive was inspired by the spirit of God, I discovered that there is a huge sum of money he deposited in a bank, which is Ђ5808,396.00 . The note attached to the deposit agreement he made with the bank indicated that, the money was to be used to purchase machinery for the establishment of a new company of his own.
Please all I need from you is to do all you can to help me to get this money out of the bank. I have been to the bank where this money is deposit ed immediately, and confirmed the account most deligently. The bank told me that my father informed them that the money was to be remitted to his company's costumer account abroad, which his costumer will provide to them but since then they have never heard from him nor the costumer. Now my father is late. I don't want the bank to know that my father is late. I told them that he is ill and appointed me to represent him in his affairs.
(1).I want you to provide an account where the money will be remitted into as my father's costumer. (2).Make arrangement for me to leave here as soon as possible.
My father did not marry to any woman, He had me as the only child while he was having an affair with the person that surpposed to be my mother when he was 28 years and the woman abandoned him and disappeared which forced him to remain single. Ihave no home now and my life is in danger, I don't have any one to run into. All the members of my father family have turned their back on me because I demand for me right. They told me that I don't belong to the family. That I should go and look for my mother, Whom I don't know. I have made trace to know my mother without sucess. I want you to hear me from the inner most of your heart and accord me this help.
God will bless you for saving my life and future.
Miss. Safia Farkash
Another variation also spotted this weekend.
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From: 'Mrs.Serah Jones' via Abuse < abuse @brown.edu >
Date: Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 11:32 PM
Subject: A CALL FOR HELP
Greetings in the name of Our Lord dear beloved friend
With all sincerity and humility, it is with deep pains I write you this message of wishful assistance to my predicament, I am Mrs.Serah Jones undergoing medical treatment in Brasil, I am 58 years old, I am deaf and suffering from a long time cancer of the breast which also affected my brain, from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that, according to my doctors they have advised me that I may not live for the next two months, this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage.
I was brought up from a motherless babies home was married to my late husband for twenty years without a child, and my husband died in a fatal motor accident and before his death we were true Christians.
Since his death I decided not to re-marry, I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all the sum of $7.5million dollars with a reputable bank in U.A.E.Presently, this money is still in the bank and the management just wrote me as the true owner to come forward to receive the money for keeping it so long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I can not come over because of my illness or they get it confisicated.
Presently, I'm with my laptop in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for cancer of the lungs. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live.
It is my last wish to see that this money is invested to any organization of your choice and distributed each year among the charity organization, the poor and the motherless babies home where I come from. I want you God fearing, to also use this money to fund churches, orphanages and widows, I took this decision, before I rest in peace because my time will soon be up.
Lastly, my happiness is that I lived a life worthy of emulation. Whosoever that wants to serve the almighty must serve him with all his heart and in spirit and soul and also in truth. Please always be prayerful all through you’re life. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for an individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act according to my specification herein.
As soon as I receive your reply with your full names and address, i shall give you the contact of my late husband's lawyer who will issue you an authorization letter on my behalf that will enable you to receive the money from the bank. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. Hoping to hearing from you soon.
I wait for your reply
Yours in Christ