Posts Tagged: ‘ghana email scam’

Scam of the day – March 4, 2013 – New Ghana email scam

March 3, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

It is important to remember that not all email scam letters come from Nigeria.  They come from everywhere and recently it seems many of them are appearing to originate in Ghana.  The essence of all of this type of letter is the same.  In fact, the basis for the scam goes back to a scam that started in the 1500s when it was called the “Spanish Prisoner” scam.  Although there are variations of the scam email, they all involve a promise of substantial funds for little or no effort on your part.  In this particular email, which is reproduced below my assistance is requested as a “reliable partner” when the email sender has no knowledge of who I am and the email is not even addressed to me in the salutation.   These scam emails may seem ridiculous, but they are still around for a good reason, namely they work.  There are some people who are either too trusting or too blinded by the promises of riches to consider this rationally.  Don’t be one of those people.

“Name:Hon. Ebenezer Sekyi-Hughes
Email:honesekyihu@yahoo.co.jp

This is Hon. Ebenezer Sekyi-Hughes, former speaker of the house of parliament Ghana.
I am in need of a reliable Trustee to help me receive my 1 box of consignments containing 11 MILLION GBP in London and Under the custody of the British embassy in Tokyo Japan.

This present Ghana government is an opposition party, they trying to accuse me of looting government treasury during my time in office and this is the reason why I need a dependable and reliable partner to receive the funds as my trustee to avoid any trace.
I am prepared to give you 30% of the total fund if you can help me receive it without any trace.

All we have to do is to ask my attorney to issue you a Power of Attorney and Change of Ownership certificate in your name while he will also handle other processes which he will explain to you.

Send me your passport copy and pictures so that I can know you better.

Hon. Ebenezer Sekyi-Hughes
Email:honesekyihu@yahoo.co.jp”

TIPS

Never respond in anyway to any of these types of emails.  They are total scams and if you do respond, you will soon find that you need to pay money for various fees, bribes, or administrative costs in order to keep the process moving so that you can get your money.  Of course since this is a scam, you never will get any money.  The best thing you can do is to totally ignore the email although they can give you a bit of a laugh.

Scam of the day – February 18, 2013 – Ghana email scam

February 18, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

Not all “Nigerian Letter Scams” come from Nigeria.  Some of them may appear to come from Ghana, as the email copied below purports to be.  This particular email turned up recently in my email box and it is worth reminding people not to fall prey to this, what should now be obvious scam.  As with other scams like this, it starts out with some emergency that requires your assistance to move money.  At first it appears that you do not have to do anything except provide some easy assistance to the email writer, but gradually as the scam develops you are required to contribute money to the effort.  Of course, the entire matter is a scam and you should never respond to emails such as this.  By the way, I have deleted the email address to which I was asked to respond because when I checked on the derivation of the email, I learned that someone’s email had been hacked in order to send this email to me.

Here is a copy of what I received:

“Beloved,

I am sorry to bother you, please i need your help. I am a memberof the last regime in Ivory Coast butiam presently in hiding,the new regime almost killed us all so i had to run toa safe place in another country Ghana.

I feel i might die any timesoon. I need you to help me secure my funds for my children before i die. I shall give you the details when i hear back from you and have them transferredto you for a safe keep & investment.I dont know how long i can hang on.Please Email me now: (email address deleted)

Thanks,”

TIPS

Always ask yourself if you receive such an email, why you were selected?  And even if you are told, as sometimes is the case that it involves an estate in a country where you have no relatives, you should ignore the email.   Do not establish any communication with the scammer.  Any offer that sounds too good to be true, generally is.  These emails are easy to identify and the prey on both greed and a willingness to help.    You also might take notice of the poor typing, grammar and spelling that often is found in these scam emails where English is generally not the primary language of the scammer.  Don’t fall for these scams.