I just want you to know that the envelope with the two documents
went out Monday evening by airmail. The folks at the Post Office
said that the letter should be at your address within 5-7 days. I
sent it to:
45 Rue De Mercercide
Abijan, Cote D' Ivoire
Even though I firmly believe that this proposal is 110% fake, I
still felt that I must honor my word in getting the documents back
I mean no disrespect to you, but you are not dealing with an
amateur. It was obvious that the same card stock paper used for the
phony business cards was the same card stock used for one of the
phony documents. Something you printed on your own computer. That
was just one of the several clues that led me to believe this. It is
also obvious to me that you are a small time player in the 419
scams. You can still walk away and do something more productive with
your life. Consider this a time for you to reflect upon the
direction of your life.
There have been some situations where a man presents himself as a
vulnerable woman via email, hoping to work the scam in that manner
-- not that this is the definite case here. But a friend of mine
dealt with a situation like that.
I hope that you will turn away from all illegal activity. It is not
worth it spending your life in this type of work.
If the physical problem of your child is true, I do
hope that he is being helped -- but, to be honest, I am even
suspicious of that situation. I have dealt with similar situations
where scam artists will develop a gripping element of their stories
designed to get the target to be more open to giving some money --
any amount of money. In a region of the world where the average wage
is $25-$30 a month, $890 is a tremendous amount of money.
Take a look at http://www.freemaninstitute.com/419.htm
and you will see how much creative competition there is out there
for the 419 line of work.
Hoping you will make the right choices,
We haven't heard from Joy Sankoh since...
------- WHAT CAN BE DONE
ABOUT THESE SCAM ARTISTS? -------
Not much. We don't want to sound fatalistic, but the
reality is that the scam artists hide behind untraceable email
addresses, sending their scam letters from pay-by-the-hour Internet
Cafes. The governments of Africa are generally in a survival mode,
with little interest in dealing with some Internet scam artist in a
local village. There are always bigger fish to fry.
Plus we have actually talked with West African
government and business officials about their perception of these
419 scams. They have expressed amazement that anyone could be fooled
by the empty promises contained in emails from a stranger in
Africa. In their eyes, the culpability goes both ways. "Who
could be such a fool to give money to someone they have never
met?" This is a valid question for all of us to ponder...
What we have done at The Freeman Institute is to
provide a free service to warn individuals who may be flirting with the
idea of great wealth coming their way. Our motto is: Run, don't
walk, away from these scams and then do what you can to warn people
about this pervasive problem. Feel free to provide a link to www.freemaninstitute.com/419.htm
-- so that more people can see the truth about these 419 scams.