To foil a con’s scheme, delete the e-mails
Ted Hubert

Elizabeth Thompson lives in Cotonu, Benin in west Africa between the borders of Nigeria and Togo on the Atlantic Ocean. Elizabeth sent an e-mail that explained her situation.

She is in the hospital awaiting surgery for breast cancer. This is complicated with the treatment needed for her cerebrovascular disease (stroke). The cerebrovascular disease is a brain dysfunction which may be a problem for anyone falling for this pitch.

It seems that Elizabeth says she is a multi-millionaire and her wealth needs to be given away so she is advertising her needs to at least one Milam County resident (and no telling how many others).

The letter’s greeting is “Dear in-Christ.” Right away the reader may feel that he/she is working with an honest Christian. The snare is being set. Someone’s greed may lead them into this well-calculated trap.

Mrs. Thompson’s plan is to send $5.5 million to the United States for a business investment. She is not concerned about the particulars in this business transaction. She is willing to have total trust with those living in the United States.

It does not matter if you own or are interested in starting a business and using the funds for personal use. Just contact her for details in claiming your fortune.

Does this sound too good to be true? This offer is even more attractive in our country’s economic slump with so many people out of work and money being tight. However, wanting these conditions to be true and trying to twist things around to get unearned money will not happen.

Never try to con a con artist. The more involved you become with this criminal element the more likely you will suffer financial damage. The potential victim must fight back the urge to get even or to tell these crooks off. You are disappointing the con artist if you give no feedback and doing yourself possible harm when you allow them more time to glean information about you.

Con artists want more information to build their schemes on and you may provide them personal data without realizing it.

No response is the best response.

The e-mail uses the usual assurance that there are absolutely no risks involved. Then, you are requested to contact Elizabeth with all the “relevant” information she needs to release and transfer the $5.5 million to you. The money cannot be sent without your bank account number and the routing number plus other requested data. Never give this information to anyone sending emails.

More information on Elizabeth Thompson can be found online. Google in “Elizabeth Thompson/ Cotonu, Benin.” The website “419.” displayed the exact same letter that Ronald Westbrook of Milano got.

Mrs. Young posted it on the internet so others would beware of the “pay in advance fee” that slowly depletes bank accounts. It works because as soon as you pay one a second notice will arrive asking for more money. The second request may be a tax, or commission or whatever. If the victim took the bait, they feel that an investment has been made on their part and they send more money to insure the first mistake.

This continues until the victim decides wiring money to someone in a foreign land is not good business and accepts the loss but sends no more.

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