*This came through, amongst many other things, on the fax machine at work. I found it amusing enough to save and share here. I'll be including my thoughts at the end. This is re-copied exactly as received including all caps and poor grammar. I have removed the supplied contact information from the sender so that no one can be daft enough to answer this message.*
I USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE MYSELF TO YOU MY NAME IS CHARLES
TAYLOR (JNR) I AM THE SON OF FORMER PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA. A COUNTRY IN
WEST AFRICA, MY FATHER WHO IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AGAINST HIS WILL BY
THE UNTIED NATIONS FOR ALLEGED OFFENCES OF WAR CRIMES. HE IS CURRENTLY
FACING COURT TRIAL IN THE HAGUE IN NETHERLANDS.MY FATHERIS A GOOD MAN
WHO TRIED TO DO SO MUCH FOR OUR PEOPLE LIBERIANS. I AM CONTACTING YOU
WITH THE BELIEVE THAT WE WILL DEVELOP A CORDIAL BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
WHICH WILL BE BENEFICIAL TO BOTH OF US.MY FATHER GAVE ME YOUR CONTACT
WHEN I VISITED HIM ON THE 19TH OF NOVEMBER 2009.HE SAID THAT HE HAVE A
LOT OF CONFIDENCE AND TRUST IN YOUR PERSONALITY. MY FATHER KEEP THE SUM
OF (ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY SEVE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLAS)
$177.MILLION USD. IN A BANKS SECURITY VAULT UNDER THE NAME OF HIS FRIEND
A FOREIGNER FROM YOUR COUNTRY: AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO THE DEPOSIT TO
AVOID ANY TRACE .THIS FRIEND OF MY FATHER DIED ON 25TH JULY 2009 IN A
MY FATHER DIRECTED ME TO USE THIS MONEY FOR INVESTMENT PURPOSES SPECIFICALLY IN YOUR COUNTRY.
I PROMISE TO GIVE YOU 30% OF THE TOTAL FUNDS FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE AND 10% OF THE PROFIT AFTER TAX FOR FIVE YEARS.
AM CURRENTLY IN A REFUGEE CAMP HERE IN TANZANIA AND I HAVE MADE CONTACT
WITH THE BANK MANAGER OF THE BANK WHERE MY FATHER DEPOSITED THE FUNDS.I
HAVE ALSO INSPECTED THE FUNDS AND CONFIRM THAT IT IS STILL WITH THEM.I
WILL GIVE YOU ALL THE DETAILS ON HOW WE WILL CLAIM THESE FUNDS UPON
RECEIPT OF YOU RESPONSE.
I HAVE THE WHOLE DOCUMENTS FOR THE DEPOSIT .I THEREFORE SEEK YOUR ASSISTANCE IN TRANSFERING THIS FUNDS OUT OF TANZANIA.
CHARLES TAYLOR (JNR)
PLEASE SEND ALL YOU'RE CONTACT INFORMATION THROUGH MY ABOVE FAX
NUMBERS, AS SOON AS I RECEIVE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATIONS I WILL SEND ALL
THE DETAILS ON HOW WE ARE GOING TO CONCLUDE THE TRANSACTION.
--Are people really still falling for this type of thing?
must have a pretty crap memory because I don't remember ever meeting
the President of Liberia, yet he says his father approves of my
--I find the above somewhat
troubling, as I don't think it is a good thing to have someone on trial
at The Hague for War Crimes thinking I have a good personality...perhaps
handy in that he might be slightly less likely to kill me, but
otherwise not good.
--Was the fact that you want me to help a war criminal a selling point?
don't have any relatives that died in a motor accident, or on that
specific date. Think you've got the wrong long-lost relative.
--Refugee camps sure must be different in Tanzania! You have access to a fax machine and a telephone, apparently at all times!
you are in a refugee camp in Tanzania, how did you contact the bank
manager and inspect the funds? Is the bank in the refugee camp?
you won't be getting any of my "contact informations". I already gave
them to the solicitor from Nigeria -- he had better grammar and promised
me more $$ via email.