Compensation scams

Dearly Beloved,

Scam Email received 3/17/2020

Email From:

Sender Name:

Mrs Miriam Esso

Other emails used:,

Email Subject:

Dearly Beloved,

Dearly Beloved, –

Dearly Beloved, Happy New Day To You and Your Family,I am Mrs Miriam William Esso, the wife of Late Mr.Kone William.Esso, who was recently murdered in the land dispute in Ivory Coast,Before the death of my husband,He made a family deposit in the sum of US$2.5 Million (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars),and 29KG OF GOLD BARS in one of the accredited security company in West Africa, as if he foresaw the looming danger in Ivory Coast. This money and 29KG OF GOLD BARS was deposited in a box as family valuables and precious items to avoid much demurrage from the Security Company, this amount was meant for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for the farms and establishment of a new cocoa farm in Ivory Coast. This land problem came when Ivorian President Mr. Laurent Gbagbo introduced a new Land Act reform which wholly affected the local farmers. This resulted to the killing and mob action by Ivorian war veterans and some lunatics in the society. In fact, a lot of people were killed because of this land reformed Act for which my husband was one of the victims, It is against this background that, I and my only surviving son decided to transfer my husband money to a foreign country since the law of REPUBLIC OF GHANA. prohibits refugees from opening any bank account or to be involved in any financial transaction throughout the territorial zones of REPUBLIC OF GHANA. All I seek for is an honest person, whom I can entrust my future and that of my son, I must also let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free, me and my son have agreed to offer you 30% of the total sum for your assistance, and the rest will be for me and my son to continue his education and Invest in your country.Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction. Thanks for your mutual co-operation while I expect your soonest response. Best Regards, Mrs Miriam William Esso Mrs Miriam Esso –

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