‘Presidential widow’ isn’t asking for your help
Ted Hubert

Someone claiming to be Hajia Turai Yar’Adua says she desperately needs help because her husband is dead.

The deceased, Mr. Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua was president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria when he died May 5, 2010, of a heart attack.

The email starts with the simple “Assalamu Alaikom.” It means “hello” in English but it’s spelled wrong. Was the word misspelled or is it a typographical error? Either can happen, but you would think the president’s wife would spell the word correctly.

The ex-first lady must have lost more than a husband a couple years ago. The new government officials has been everything but kind to her and the ex-president’s family.

“Hajai” says she has no one else to turn to, so she contacts someone away from home in a foreign land.

She cannot make a plea to President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who replaced her husband.

She claims the present administration froze the family bank accounts, made up untrue stories causing humiliation and embarrassment to the Yar’ Adua family. Her only hope left is to recover the $57 million dollars stashed somewhere abroad.

Possibly the receiver of this email should believe the money is held safely in a United States bank close by.

“Hajia” is trapped for now. She is not allowed to travel freely, in fact, she said she was now allowed to go away from Villa Aso Rock Abuja.

The presidential residence located in Abuja, Nigeria is called the “Rock,” the Villa, or Villa ASO. This is the place to serve your house arrest.

“Hajia’s” activities are closely monitored, but not so restrictive that the present Nigerian administration prohibits her use of a computer.

It seems that receiving e-mails from the residence of the Nigerian president, shows she has access to the world at her fingertips. The amount to be paid to the email recipient is $17,100,000, which is a very nice payday. She is generous with her money offering a 30-70 split. The 30% goes to you while the 70% of the $57 million is for her entire family.

Without mentioning the e-mail recipient’s name, “Hajia” explains that she needed a person of high caliber. She has checked you out and knows you can be trusted and your advice is sought in investing the family fortune.

You met another important requirement in that you are unknown to her and her family.

Evidently “Hajia” knows all about you with one exception. She did not learn your name.

You are asked to click on a website to learn about the death of late Mr. Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua. It is seldom advisable to use websites, telephone numbers, or e-mail addresses provided in an e-mail. There is no idea where these will take you.

Always initiate the calls yourself. This may take a little time looking the information over, but at least you know who you contacted.

The recipient is also instructed “do not tell others about this.” This transaction is a secret.. You need to send lots of personal information to her attorney, Michael Cole.

The email closes with the Muslim ending “La ilaha illa Allah”.

It seems strange that a Muslim woman would find such trust in people living in a nation that was founded on Christian principles.

The family fortune is more secure in the United States than in Nigeria or any other country in Africa.

The greatest surprise comes when you ask yourself, why would a con artist use this closing in the e-mail? This crook may have forgotten where the e-mails were being sent.

Watch for this e-mail. The scam is making its rounds in Milam County.

The Milam County Crime Prevention Month is October

This year the Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon will ask the question “How safe is your home?”

This is a must see power point program for every home owner or renter. ted@myalpha1net

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