Friday, November 28, 2008

Benin Needs My Help

This is an image of 500 and 1000 Franc notes from Benin. My collection of international currency will apparently be growing again. Image credit: NAM News Network.

My e-mail account received another message of hope and avarice today:

I have a new email address!

You can now email me at:

- My Dearest In Christ Jesus, Good day to you.Please use this money for the churches and less privileged.Greetings to you and your family in the name of God.In my search for a reliable and God fearing person and having gotten your contact through prayers and painstaking efforts I have decided to seek your help in carrying out my last wishes.My name is Mrs.Grace Solo . I'm 48 years old woman and from Benin Republic. I was a Merchant and owned two businesses in Dubai and Idia. I was also married with two children. My husband and two children died in a car accident a year and half now.Before this happened, my business and concern for making money was all I live for. I never really cared about other values in life. But since the loss of my family, I have found a new desire to assist helpless families,I have been helping orphans in orphanage/motherless homes.I have also donated some money for humanitarian needs in Sudan, South Africa,China, Brazil, Spain, Austria, Germany and some Asian countries like Indonesia. Only recently I saw on television the colossal loss of properties and livelihood people in China,Canberra, Australia ,Indonesia and USA through fire and earthquake.I was moving with great pity and compassion that I decided to make this contribution on assisting people over there, I kept US$45 Million United States Dollars in a long-term deposit account in a Finance company here In Benin Republic.Presently, I'm in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for oesophagi cancer at Bright Life Memorial Hospital Benin Republic and my doctors have told me that I have only few months to live but am still praying to our God Almighty in heaven for his intervention towards my health conditions now.It is my last wish to see this money distributed to victims of the fire outbreak in Australia and other charity organization all over the world as soon as you got the above fund into your care as Relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my illness since i stay in the hospital. I cannot live with the agony entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them.Please,I beg you in the name of God to help me collect the deposit and distributes it accordingly. Use your judgment to distribute the money and keep 15% of it to yourself. Feel free to reimburse yourself when you have the money for any cost you incur during the process of collecting and distributing the money.Please If you are willing to help me out,reply me as soon as possible with this E-Mail: or . May the good lord bless you and your Family.Regards, Madam Grace Solo.

You're on my To Do list, Madam Grace, but right now I'm really busy helping out the Japanese banking system. One crisis at a time is about all I can handle.

[Yes, yet another e-mail to an obviously fictional Internet persona requesting assistance with a cash transfer. You have to admire their persistence.]

UPDATE: I have removed the sender's e-mail address. While I'm pretty sure it's the real address of this scam artist, I'm not completely sure.

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