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Bogus Business Cards Representing Bogus People
These business cards come from the "Do-You-Think-We're-That-Stupid?", "Give-Us-A-Break" departments. Each one of these five supposed business cards, sent by Joy (William) Sankoh, is actually a tiny 1 1/2" x 2 1/4". The cards are enlarged on this page so you can see how unevenly they were cut with a pair of scissors. Something a child would have done. This would be funny if it wasn't so pitiful. Notice that they were all designed and printed by the same person. The same font is used with each card and all are black printing on the same white card stock.

By the way, these business cards were sent at the request of an acquaintance, to see if the scam artist he/she was dealing with were genuine -- kind of like a "Doo-Doo" Detector! Our acquaintance had also requested a bank brochure, but they must have decided that creating a brochure was far too ambitious. The documents were all returned to the scam artist. Read the letter below...

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These "business cards" are actually 1 1/2" x 2 1/4"

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Hello Joy:

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:
Eric Dansua
45 Rue De Mercercide
Zone 4
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 to you.

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 actually 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 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...




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 -- so that more people can see the truth about these 419 scams.


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For hard numbers, the Australian Institute of Criminology article and the US Dept. of State pub. 10465 will prepare you better than this site will. Really good backgrounders. From these you will get an idea of the scope of this scam. There are already inter-governmental relationships established over this issue.


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