The main lesson of this tale is: stay healthy!

BEN FRANK - from Scammers R Us
DR. HAROLD SHIPMAN - you wouldn't like him doing a work-up on anyone you cared about (moot point now).


From: ben frank <>
Subject: Ben
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 17:37:00 +0100 (BST)

Dear Sir,

How are you and the daily activities including your family? Hope everybody is fine.

Though we've not met before, I Ben, I got your contract trought the ACCRA chimber of comence, here in ACCRA- GHANA I am a citizen of Sierra Leone, elder son to the Minister of Mines and Energy who was killed during the Sierra Leonean war by the rebels. My father died and left behind physical cash of $12 Million USD which he safely kept in a Security Finance Company during his regime in the office.

I want to invest this money in any profitable business of your choice in your country. I am hereby soliciting your assistance to be my foreign partner because I've not been to Europe/U.S. before in my life. So I don't want to make any costly mistake that will make me lose my money.

You will be entitled to 10% of the total sum for your assistance. All I want is for you to receive the money and send invitation letter for me to join you.

Your urgent reply will enable me to arrange with the Security Finance Company to move this money through their special Diplomatic Courier Services to your country. For you to claim it till I will meet you up in your country for my investment.

All the necessary documents of deposit from the Security Company are with me.

In your reply, please include your private telephone and fax numbers. And remember to call me as soon as you send your reply so that I will pick it up.

Thanks for your co-operation.

My best regards

Ben Fran


Date: 24 Aug 2004, 09:54:11 AM

Dear Ben

I am greatly intrigued by your message. How did you get my address? I do not remember having much dealings with the ACCRA chamber of commerce, although admittedly I was once seconded by the UN Medical Corps to help out in your area a few year back when there was an outbreak of Lethargis Wankeritus. Perhaps you suffered from this yourself? It is very common.

I do not know what to say, as this is such a bolt from the blue. As you sure it was meant for me? I am a doctor with a busy practice here in the UK, very busy indeed, so much so in fact that many of my patients have to be dispatched early back home.

Any way, as I say I am interested to hear your thoughts.


Dr Harold Shipman FRCS
69 Miracsky Road

Tel (0)90 5 000 4333 Fax (0) 90 5 000 4334

Subject: urgent reply Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 18:20:55 +0100 (BST)

Dear Harold Shipman ,

How are you and your family.I hope all is well.Thanks for your help and your assistance that you gave me on this investment.I am the next of kin.My age is 26 years old.Please kindly listen to me,I am living in Refugee camp here in Accra Ghana.I am a citizen of Sierra Leone.My Late father died during the war in my country and he was killed by the rebels.Before he died he deposited this money in Barclays Security House here in Accra Ghana as a family treasure for security reason ,It is only you who knows about this money as I have told you.Please kindly keep it confidentially till this money moves to your position.All the neccesary documents covering this money in Barclays Security House are with me here in Refugee Camp,Which I need your private fax number to enable me to fax all the documents to you.It is not allowed for us here to make a phone call because of security reason.I am trying to arrange a handset phone by tommorow which i will be giving to you.Please I will like to know your age.My condition here in refugee camp is bad.The only hope i have is on this money which my late father left before he died.This is why I need your help so that you can claim the money out from the Barclays Security House as my late father foreign partner which will enable me to invest it in your country.Your urgent reply is hardly needed as soon as you read this message.

Best Regard.

Yours Sincerely



Date: 26 Aug 2004, 05:03:21 AM

Dear Mr Frank

I am shocked and alarmed by your message. It is terrible that you are suffering so. Are you eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables? If you need some vitamin supplements sent to you let me know as we have some here which can be helpful. Some may be past their date but I am sure you are used to that sort of thing.

Please use the fax number below:

44 (0) 20 7211 8877


Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2004 14:32:39 +0100 (BST)

Dear Harold Shipman .

how ar u and ur family?i hope evry one is ok.i am sendind u this mail to remind u the last mail i send to you.please kindly get back to me.and also contact me with this number 00233244655079.sir i need ur help so that you can move this money out from ghana to london for my investment.i am waiting for your orgent reply so that i will send you all the dorcuments through the fax number you give to me.

best regard



Date: 31 Aug 2004, 03:47:26 AM

My Dear Frank

This is dreadful, and of course I will be happy to receive the paper work. My apologies for the delay in returning your message, especially as your needs are so desperate, but I have been away at the Bournemouth Incontinence Conference over the weekend. Venues were badly planned and so I have been rushing from one seat to another, without hardly a rest.

Please fax your details to: 44 (0) 20 7601 2345 with a copy of your passport or something to reassure me that you are serious. I shant write much now as I have patients to attend to and need to finish them off quickly before heading off home.


Subject: urgent reply
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2004 21:23:23 +0100 (BST)

Dear Dr Harold Shipman,

how are you and your family?I hope all is well with you.This morning i called you number unfortunately when i asked of you a ladfy told me there is no one by that name so please Sir,kindly give me your mobile or any number to be reaching you always.Please call mewith my number in refugee camp.This is my number 00233244655079 so that i can discuss with you.I lost my international passport picture during the war in my country but i have a refugee ID card and also will fax all the documents covering the money in Barklays Security House here in Accra Ghana which will enable you to contact them as my late father foreign partner from England so that you will discuss how you can claim this fund enable me for my investment in your country.Please i will like to know your age.Your urgent call will reply me to forward you all the documents.

Best regards,



Date: 01 Sep 2004, 02:12:01 AM
Subject: F - Doc: is yr number working?/Doc - F - Try the British Medical Association

Dear Frank

I am surprised that you have difficulty reaching me on my number, although I was wondering how you managed to try at all, when yesterday you said you had no access to a phone? I have checked the number that I gave you and, my apologies it seems incorrect. I have tried your number and, alas no one there had heard of you - are you working under a different name? I know that sometimes refugees and escapees need new identities, if so please let me know.

Please call me soon on 44 (0) 20 7387 4499 and ask for myself or my associate Dr Crippen. He is very discreet and will be able to put you out of your misery just as quickly as I, rest assured of that.

Best regards


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