419 Scam – Nigerians pose as "Suha Arafat"
Spam emails claiming to be from Mrs. Suha Arafat, widow of the late Palestinian preseident, and seeking people's collaboration in transafering clandestine funds are a new but not unexpected twist on an old scam. Anyone careless enough to get involved with these scammers will then be asked to send cash to the scammers for various expenses, without ever seeing the promised fortune.
Most of the criminals who are involved in such frauds are operating from Nigeria and other countries in West Africa. In the original "Nigerian Scam", people claiming to family members of former heads of states or other public figures from Nigeria and other countries in Africa and Asia, look for someone helping them to move money to another country for a share of the loot, usually in the region of 10-35% of the (fictitious) fortune.
Here some examples claiming to be from Mrs. Arafat.
Here are some of the email addresses being used in this scam:
Example scam mail:
From: "suha63sous" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, 23 January, 2005 3:11
Subject: Hello there...
This mail may not be surprising to you if you have been following current events in the international media with reference to the Middle East and Palestine in particular.
I am Mrs. Suha Arafat, the wife of Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader who died recently in Paris. Since his death and even prior to the announcement, I have been thrown into a state of antagonism, confusion, humiliation, frustration and hopelessness by the present leadership of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the new Prime Minister. I have even been subjected to physical and psychological torture. As a widow that is so traumatized, I have lost confidence with everybody in the country at the moment.
You must have heard over the media reports and the Internet on the discovery of some fund in my husband secret bank account and companies and the allegations of some huge sums of money deposited by my husband in my name of which I have refuses to disclose or give up to the corrupt Palestine Government. In fact the total sum allegedly discovered by the Government so far is in the tune of about $6.5 Billion Dollars. And they are not relenting on their effort to make me poor for life. As you know, the Moslem community has no regards for women, more importantly when the woman is from a Christian background, hence my desire for a foreign assistance.
I have the sum of $20 million dollars with a financial firm in Europe whose name I can not disclose for now for security reasons until we open up communication. I shall be grateful if you could receive this fund into your bank account for safe keeping and any Investment opportunity. This arrangement will be known to you and I alone and all our correspondence should be strictly on email alone because our government has tapped all my lines and are monitoring all my moves.
In view of the above, if you are willing to assist for our mutual benefits, we will have to negotiate on your Percentage share of the $20,000,000 that will be kept in your position for a while and invested in your name for my trust pending when my Daughter, Zahwa, will come off age and take full responsibility of her Family Estate/inheritance. Please note that this is a golden opportunity that comes once in life time and more so, if you are honest, I am going to entrust more funds in your care as this is one of the legacy we keep for our children.
Upon your response, Should you accept,I shall then introduce you to my Attorney who is going to liaise with you for further explanation if the need should arise.
In case you don't accept please do not let me out to the security and international media as I am giving you this information in total trust and confidence I will greatly appreciate if you accept my proposal in good faith. Please expedite action.
NB: PLEASE REPLY ONLY THROUGH THESE ADDRESSES:
Suha Arafat(Nee Tawil)
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