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"You Never Even Called Me By My Name", or "But, Seriously..."
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Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010, the saga begins...
Greetings from Cone's family,
I am introducing my self as David Cone. The only son of late Mr Edward Cone. I wish to request for your assistance in a financial transaction and I also wish to invest in Manufacturing and real estate management in your country.
I have Eight Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars.USD($8,200,000.00) to invest in your country, and I will require your assistance in receiving the funds in your personal/company account for investment.
Awaiting your immediate response
Here we go again...
Dear David Cone,
I can't understand why you are writing to me? I just bought this computer last month, and this is the first letter I've got that wasn't from one of my kids or grandkids.
Will you explain what this is about? Why do you want help from somebody you don't know?
Please let me know. Thanks.Sincerely, Rudolph Mentary
He wastes no time replying....
Received: from [18.104.22.168] <--AVISONET, citelecom.ci
I received your message and I thank you for your immediate response. I understood all you stated word for word and I want you to know that I contacted you because I want you to assist me in receiving my inheritance funds over there in your country for investment project.
This said funds lies presently in a bank and I would appreciate we proceed on the transfer of the total amount to you so that I will immediately relocate to join you for a shared percentage aswell as the investment of the total amount, as I intended going into joint venture with you once the funds gets to your country. You be compensated with 20% of the total amount after receiving the funds from a bank where it was deposited by my late Father.
I really need you because I cannot do the transfer alone without the help of a foreign partner . I also want you to advise me regarding which industries to invest in if the Manufacturing and Real Estate Markets are not moving in a favorable direction there in your country. We need to proceed immediately on the transer of the total amount to you as it is the first step in the progress.
Your identity card and full address together with your phone number will be required so that I can officialy introduce you to a bank lawyer who will secure the transfer documents on our behalf, this will enable the bank recognize you as my appointed foreign partner at which point you can claim the funds on my behalf. I will also release full contact of the bank lawyer to you so that you will contact him and he will also believe you are my partner, as well as begin correspondence with you on how the funds will be transferred into your account.
Upon receiving your full contact informations, I will be confident enough to release vital informations to you and the transfer will be concluded successfuly immediately.
I may have mis-understood your meaning when you write:
"...Your identity card and full address..."
I hesitate to give out my personal information to a total stranger, even to one who promised me 20% of over $8 million dollars! That amounts to more than a million and a half dollars!
Identity theft is so frequent these days, I even know somebody experienced this horrible thing earlier this year, and his problems are just more than monumental! His son committed several robberies in an attempt to pay the debts for his father, and now sits in jail, and will go to prison! He is only 23, his life is wasted. What a shame.
I know that you are in a hurry to get my ID and address, but it makes me more than a little suspicious of your reasons. I don't know anything about you, or your history, where you work and live, nothing.
Please write back and give me some background information about yourself, then I may be more inclined to give out my personal address and ID. By the way, am I supposed to send you copies of these, or my originals? You didn't make it clear to me.
I hope to hear from you soon.
I am NOT a crook, honest...
Received: from [22.214.171.124] <--AVISONET, citelecom.ci
I am in receipt of your message and I thank you for your response. What I mean by demanding your identity is to make sure I summit all your particulars to the bank , as my appointed foreign partner, Not for identity theft . Please remove such thoughts from your mind because I contacted you for a lasting relationship towards investing with me. Your particulars will be needed, to use and register you at the bank as my Investor and beneficiary. You can even open a new account for this transaction, on your name or mine. A new account where the total amount will be transferred into.
I have not harmed any person before in my life and will never do you any harm to you. You should know that the transaction is risk free because the bank lawyer assured that every bit of the transfer process will be done without any hitch or delay of any kind hence we follow the bank instructions.
I want you to know that I do not mean to remain a stranger to you because I am now trusting my only inheritance to you as a partner. I am not in a hurry of getting your identity card, I only concern my self in getting the total amount transferred to you so that I can be able to relocate to join you for an investment project as planned.
Regarding myself, I am a citizen of Sierra Leone, from Makeni town but presently in Abidjan capital city of Ivory Coast, for the claim of the funds as it is where my late father lodged the total amount. He deposited the funds with a bank in Ivory Coast because he was running a shipping company then in Ivory Coast and moreover Sierra Leone was not save at that time to bank such a huge amount because of the bloody civil war then. My father was forced to flee from Sierra Leone to here with me and my beloved mother. After 3 years of our stay in Ivory Coast, My father died of posion , but before his dead he disclose the funds deposit to me and let me know that it is what he leave for me to live with on earth.
So, your basic "help an orphan claim his inheritance" letter.
I am 22 years old of age and needed an experience man with good heart, thus contacting you for this transaction, knowing fully well that you will take good care of the transfer as well as the investment of the funds over there in your country.
I have finished my secondly education and now looking forward to further my education abroad. I am in this country Cote d`Ivoire to seek for the release of the money my late father deposited here on my behalf as his next of kin, but I was disappointed when the bank told me that I cannot have access to the account unless I provide my Trustee/Investor that can invest the funds abroad, as they were acting on my late father`s instruction which stipulated that I must reach the age of 28 before the money could be released to me or otherwise I should provide a trustee that will stand to manage the money on our behalf.
As a matter of fact, this is where I desperately need your kind help to be my foreign partner, because I am very ignorant of this process and I do not have any experience for the investment or management of this big amount of money. There is no need of doubt because our electronic email proved that I am the person that introduce you in this transaction and I would suggest you contact the bank lawyer immediately with his information below:
( http://www.lawguru.com/answers/atty_profile/view_attorney_profile/arthur57#more_info )
Note, the scammer is simply referencing a real attorney's web page!
Do kindly go through the web site and contact the bank lawyer on my behalf so that he will recognize you as my appointed foreign partner and aswell commence on process of securing the required document that will athorize the fund transfer into a foreign account. Do assist me in sorting this transaction out with the lawyer so that I will focus on my preparation of meeting with you in your country for the investment project.
Wait toward reading from you soon.
Nudging me, he is anxious...
Received: from [126.96.36.199] <--AVISONET, citelecom.ci
Good Morning, I have waited to read from you so as to know if you got the message I sent to you. I also need to know if you have contacted the bank lawyer through the link I sent to you. If yes, what is his response to you ? I wait for update from you.
You can reach me on this phone number +22508937957.Yours David Cone.
I tried to send the following email to the address you provided:
I have been contacted by one David Cone, and he suggested that I write to you in order to expedite this inheritance situation of his.
What is going on? Can this Cone fellow be trusted? Is he on the up-and-up?
I am new to this email business, and I don't know how he got me address, and why is he contacting me? He doesn't know me from Adam, but he says he is going to give me over a million dollars to help him. Is this true? I don't really need the money, but if he wants to toss it in, I'm sure not going to toss it out!
Please write back to me as soon as you can.
Sincerely, Rudolph Mentary..."
But the address you gave me could not be accessed. I think you should look at your "lawyer" and see if he is on the up-and-up!
I just learned how to keep this mail I wanted to send to him, so I will send it as soon as you give me the right one.
Also, if you think I am going to call you, when you are in Sierra Leone, you must re-think that notion. I have no intention of running up my phone bill with international phone calls.
Get back to me.Rudolph Mentary
Mid-November, I send this...
I am concerned that I have not heard from you in several weeks.
Remember I wrote to you that I could not send a mail to the lawyer, was the address you gave me wrong?
Please advise.Rudolph Mentary
Received: from [188.8.131.52] AVISONET, citelecom.ci
I am of the belief you are out of town. If not i see no reason as why you failed to respond back to me. I am interested in dealing with you, specifically because you have plan on where to invest the fund and am ready to work with you in partnership as I earlier stated. Wait to hear from you once you are back from where you have been.
Thank you for your inquiry. I have been wondering why I haven't heard from you, I sent you this mail in mid-November:
I am concerned that I have not heard from you in several weeks.
because I had received mail from you, the last mail you sent was in late October!
Do you think I am so forgetful that I don't know what is happening? I am probably older than you are, but that makes no difference. I assure you that I have not been away, I have just been waiting to get a reply from you.
Do you remember I said I couldn't send to the lawyer? I still can't reach him, and I need you to send me an address that is correct.Rudolph
And, on Sunday...
Received: from [184.108.40.206] AFNET, Côte D'Ivoire
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010 15:53:13 Dear Mr Rudolph, I thank you for your message. I had written the lawyer and I explained to him that you complained of reaching him via email. I believe he will be contacting you tomorrow via email. Expect to hear from the lawyer tomorrow. Yours David
X. X. Gado (Esq.)
The Lawyer writes, and sends his credentials. He sends images of just the front side of his ID, but there's also an official-looking "certificat"...
Received: from [220.127.116.11]
Gado's Chambers & Partners.
Attention to Mr.Rudolph Mentary.
You are advice to open the attachments and follow the instruction giving therein. Welcome to Gado's Chambers & Partners.
We are here to serve you better.
Yours in service.
Naturally, there are no instructions given, so he must be chastised a bit...
X. X. Gado,
I have received your mail with attachments included, and because it has been many years since I have read anything in French. I am surprised that I can decipher, and know, so many words. Naturally, it would be more understandable if it were in English.
However, I am wondering why do you send 2 identical images of the same side of what I assume is your identification card. I presume that a man will send an image of each side, this would require turning the card over, and scanning the opposite side.
Are you sure that you know what you do? When you make this kind of mistake, I begin to question your competence. Perhaps you think I will not notice this mistake, that I am stupid. I assure you, Sir, that is not the case. I see everything, and I know a great deal. I am a high school graduate.Thank you, Rudolph Mentary
Friday, David writes...
Received: from [18.104.22.168] AVISONET, citelecom.ci
I doudt if you really want to assist me as you claimed earier. The bank lawyer said that he contacted you on my behalf for the transaction but since then you refused to inform me of the development.
Infact i am disappointed by the way you are handling this transaction and i want you to tell me if you are still willing to assist me or not. Time is passing without any positive result.David Cone
I did write back to Gado more than a week ago! I was a bit non-plussed to see his documentation written in FRENCH, but I understood a little of it, the main points. I questioned his reason for sending me images of JUST ONE SIDE of his ID, instead of BOTH sides. I don't know, but perhaps he took offense. Too bad, an attorney with such a "delicate nature" would be torn to pieces in a courtroom!
As you can see, here is part of my mail to him:
"...I have received your mail with attachments included, and because it has been many years since I have read anything in French. I am surprised that I can decipher, and know, so many words. Naturally, it would be more understandable if it were in English.
He has not returned the courtesy, to reply to me. Speak to him, as he is your attorney, he is your employee.
I realize you are anxious to get your money, but do me the courtesy to spell my name properly! It is RUDOLPH, not Rudolp. My wife, Alice, is also wondering when we will get OUR money!Thank you, Rudolph Mentary
Ooh, I ruffled his feathers...
Received: from [22.214.171.124]
You are not a serious man. See what you are talking about a high reputation lawyer. From all indication, i understand that you are a joker ! You never want to assist me as you claim. I will now start looking for another reliable patner to assist me.
I hate your character.David
You think I am not serious? Are you kidding me? I assure you that several millions of dollars ARE a serious matter, and so is the amount of money you will pay me at the end of this deal.
I am not joking, it is the lawyer who is playing the fool. He sends me the same side of his ID twice!
What would you call THAT?
If you insist on finding another person to work with, that is your doing. I was more than willing to work with you, but your lawyer is the one holding things up.Thank you, Rudolph Mendary
(I purposely mis-spelled my name, so as to get another reason to rant at him.)
Received: from [126.96.36.199] AVISONET, citelecom.ci
I am still saying that you are not serious ! I got a lot of respect to you but you make me lose respect for you because of your lies.
If you are serious, you would'nt say all these because the lawyer forward to me what he sent to you. You are just lying against an innocent lawyer who is just trying to help us towards the success of the transaction. He forward all his correspondence with you to me so stop behaving like a child. I even wonder if you are a joker because i would not want you to betray me when the funds enters to your account. If really you are serious, then comply with the lawyer so that the transfer will be successfuly concluded immediately.David Cone.
Wait a few days, then Tuesday, a semi-plausible excuse...
Sorry for the delay, wife Alice got this wild idea, that we should go visit her mother, who I think is the most unpleasant woman in the world! She smokes cigarettes, she drinks whiskey from noon (she says, "well, it's 5o'clock SOMEwhere!") so she's pretty well lit by 3, then she has to take a nap until it's time for supper. Then more drinking.
Not only does she drink and smoke, she swears, she belches, and she passes the awfullest farts you ever smelled! She does this all day long. It's horrible. My wife says she isn't so bad, she is rich after all, and besides, some day she might fall asleep with a lit cigarette in her hand and burn herself up! Then all the insurance money would be ours, all $50,000! And insurance for the house, too, plus the inheritance.
This is all fine and well, but she hasn't done it yet, so we came home after only 4 days, I just couldn't stand her. We just got home this morning, and I was able to write this back to you just now.
Back to this business with you, I did respond to the lawyer, he is lying to you. I noticed that I'd mis-spelled my last name, this is because your letter said that the lawyer was defaming me in your eyes, and telling you things that are not truthful, which made me so upset, I spelled my own name wrong!
I hope you will see what a viper this Gabo is.Rudolph Mentary
Received: from [188.8.131.52] AVISONET, citelecom.ci
You are not serious ! I wonder if you can be able to handle my funds for the investment project
Anyway, We are required to pay 500.00 dollars for the processing of the transfer of the funds to you. Do kindly send the money to the lawyer or you send it to me so that I will hand it over to the management that are responsible of securing normal legal documents for the transfer. Hope you undersand. So please kindly send the money so that the transfer will be concluded successfuly immediately.
My warm hearted greetings to your wife.David.
Why do you keep telling me that I am not serious? Is my continued correspondence with you, not proof enough for you? Is my continued reassurance to you not enough for you?
How do you want this $500? Is a check OK? Would you prefer a Cashier's check, or is there some other way to pay this money? What about a bank-to-bank transfer?
You haven't yet responded to my mention of the lawyer sending me images of only the one side of his ID. I don't think this gaffe speaks well of his business acumen, and I have to assure you that this point is not raised by me, but by my lovely wife Ally, which is the shortened version of her name Alice, who is with me every step of the way in this matter with you.
By the way, calling me 'Rudolph' seems a little formal and stilted. Call me Rudy, as it is the short version of my given name. Everybody here in town calls me Rudy, so you might as well call me Rudy, as well.
I will sign with both shorter names of myself and my lovely wife.
Thank you, Rudy and Ally MentaryMerry Christmas...
Received: from [184.108.40.206] IZINET, Côte D'Ivoire
Happy Exmas . I have waited to read from you and I beleived that you are having a great holiday. I am too happy because today's a blessed and joyous day. Hope to hear from you soon.
Your's SonDavid Cone
Do not write EXMAS!!!! It is NOT EX-anything! The Holiday we are celebrating is CHRISTMAS, even though some people write Xmas, which may be acceptable, since X is said to represent Christ. But is is NOT EXmas. Shame.
I hope you will not be too offended at this reproval, but it is a matter that causes me no little anguish, that some people have allowed Christmas to become not much more than a time to sell merchandise. Pity, that.
So, remembering the "Reason for the season", I tell you again, it is CHRISTMAS! Thank you for asking, I am enjoying this Holiday, my family is near, and they are so dear to me.
Remember I said for you not to address me so formally, you do not need to address me as "Mr. Rudolph", you may call me by my nickname, Rudy. My wife prefers to be called Ally, as well.
Thank you.Regards, Rudy Mentary
We'll see if that brings a response...
Received: from [220.127.116.11] AVISONET
I cannot address you by your nick name because you are very much older than me. Shame ............that old man still goes by nickname.
I respect you like a Father. Nevertheless, I really need to know your opinion towards paying the fee for the approval documents for the transfer of the funds to you. Please if you are not willing to assist me, you better let me to know so that I will search for another reliable and reasonable partner to assist me in regards this matter.
You have been told what are required to do for the transfer to be done, yet you kept wasting time as if we are joking. Please am not here for jokes because you sound like a joker. A joker cannot handle my funds for investment.David Cone.
Scolding the scammer...
Still, with the "EX-mas!" What is the matter with you?
You say you "respect me like a Father", but you talk to me like I am your employee, or your child, and a stupid child, at that! What is the matter with you?
How dare you tell me what name I cannot use? Then you again insult me, by telling me, "SHAME" because I asked you to call me Rudy. People have been calling me Rudy all my life, and for you to continue to call me, "Mr. Rudolph", seems too formal. David, if we are to do business together that involves so much money, shouldn't we treat each other as friends? If my cut was not so much money, I'd tell you to go jump in the lake!
You write "...I really need to know your opinion towards paying the fee for the approval documents for the transfer of the funds to you..."
If you will please remember, I wrote to you:
"...How do you want this $500? Is a check OK? Would you prefer a Cashier's check, or is there some other way to pay this money? What about a bank-to-bank transfer?..."
What is the matter with you? Are you becoming forgetful? Are you drinking? Do you not read your mail? Answer my questions now, and be honest with me.Thank you, Rudy Mentary
Received: from [18.104.22.168] AVISONET
I went to the bank this morning and they were asking if you are still the person to assist me in receiving the fund. They stated that you should forward your bank account information to me with your national identity card which they will use to identify you as the righful person to receive the total amount on my behalf.
So i advise you to please send your bank account informations where the fund will be remitted to so that i will send it to the bank with the required fee which will be used to obtain the approval documents that will authorize the transfer of the fund to your account. Hope also that you got the previous message i sent to you yesterday ? Do kindly send the necessary reqsuirments so as to conclude with the transfer of the funds by january.
Thanks as I hope to read from you soon.Yours David Cone.
Dear David Cone,
I told you to call me by the name that everybody calls me, I told you to call me Rudy.
I received your mail you sent yesterday, and I sent my reply.
Here it is again, in larger letters, so you can read it well:
"...Still, with the "EX-mas!" ...yadda, yadda, same letter... be honest with me..."
If you will remember, I signed it Rudy. Please use that name to address me!
I think you should have your short-term memory tested.Thank you, Rudy Mentary
Received: from [22.214.171.124] AVISONET
YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR MIND !
YOU ARE JUST A STUPID JOKER !
this prob'ly signals the end ... but, who knows??
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