Poor Joseph. His mother's dead. His father was poisoned. His uncle is wicked and his aunt tried to poison him. Oh yes - and he's rich and just needs my (or your) help to move his millions.
Did I mention that he's a liar and a scammer? He is. He isn't rich and his family aren't wicked poisoners. He's hoping to be rich - at your expense. He wants you to fall for his scam and send him money as fees. Ignore him and delete the email.
From Joseph Sheriff
ATTN: dearest one,
Permit me to inform you my heart desire for a business relationship with you. I got your contact when I was searching for a foreign partner here in Abidjan republic of Cote D'Ivoire on my search for honest and reliable person. I prayed over it and decided to confide in you because your integrity and educational background. I am Mr joseph Sheriff,( 22 years old ),the only son of late Dr and Mrs.salieu Sheriff My father was a very wealthy Gold/Diamond dealer in Free town, the economic capital of Sierra Leone.
My father was poisoned to death by his close business
associates on one of their outings on a business trip.
My mother died when I was 15 years old
and since then my father took me so special.Before the death of my father last year on match 6th 2008, in a private hospital in Freetown, he secretly called me by his bed side and told me
of a deposit of 26 million united state dollars (Twenty Six MILLION DOLLARS)he concealed in a Bank on the 2nd of JANUARY 2007 that he used my name been the only son as the next of kin when he deposited the money.
He warned me that because of enemy that he was poisoned by his close associates.He also advised me to seek for an honest foreigner in a country of my choice those associates will not hurt me as they have succeeded in poisoning him.For your information , it has been difficult to know who is an honest person to assist me in this transaction , and for me to continue silent over looking for assistance while my money is in the bank i decided to make a try from you,
I arrived here (ABIDJAN) in a nearby country on the 20th of last mounth, since my uncle wants to kill me because of this certificate of depositsas he have suceeded in collecting all my father's property left with this money;They continuously mal-treated me, and have made life very unbearable for
The wife serve me a delicious poisoned rice meal last time,but for the Devine mercy the daughter secretly whispered to me not to eat the meal; i wasted the meal to the bin only to find two dead rat on the bin the following morning and that made me to run away immediately. And
i don't want to stay long here since i know nobody or much money to pay for hotel bill.
Dear, I honourably seek your assistance in the following ways:
1.To stand as my late father's foreign partner since my late father deposited it to be clem by his foreign partner and no name was mentioned,
2.To help me come over to your country to further my education.Please my
intention is not to disturb your Peace,but because l am sincerely in need,And desperately need a solution before my life is wasted because there is war in this country.Among all, the most important thing is for you to be aiding me as parent who will directing all my affair es and doings in your country. Lastly ,you will promise me that you will not betray or deny me if this my money gets into your bank account in your country,
Dear I am ready to offer you 7% of the total money for your help and 3% for any expensese you mede .But if may be you are not in better position to help. Please let me know. So that I can look for another helper. I am with the certificate of deposit upon demand. I will show you.Looking forward to your kind reply soonest and may God bless you.