Abidjan (Ivory Coast) Money Transfer

Classification Status

Urban Legend   False
Chain Mail




Related to  
"Dim bulb" Rating (Click here for details)

This is a scam. There a large number of variants of this scam now. The common features are "loads of money", <insert place in Africa here>, and a fax/phone number. They all want some money-up-front and that is the way the scam artists make their money, this is also known as a "4-1-9" or the "Advance Fee Fraud" scheme.

This one appears to be a compilation of the Sierra-Leone Diamonds variant along with the more frequently seen Nigerian Money Transfer scam.

Seems that the Nigerian scams are migrating to Sierra-Leone and The Ivory Coast and even South Africa too.

Subject: urgent assistance and confidential / call me for more details

Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 04:12:39 -0700 (PDT)
FROM : Miss Rosemary Osai

Dear Sir,
With due respect and humility I write you this proposal which I believe would be of great interest to you.

I am Miss Rosemary Osai, a Sierra-Leone National and the daughter of the Late DR GODWIN OSAI, of the blessed memory. Prior to my father’s assassination by the rebel forces loyal to Major Johnny Paul Koromah, he was the Director General National Gold and Diamond Mining Corporation of Sierra-Leone.

Two days after my father was assassinated, my brother JERRY and me, ran out of Sierra Leone for our dear life. The powerfull Economic Community of West African States ( ECOMOG) forces intervened which enventually resulted into a brutal civil war. My brother and I managed to escape to Abidjan, the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.

We came into Abidjan some valuable including a proof of a deposit ( Deposit Certificate) of the sum of US$ 25.5 million ( Twenty five million five hundred thousand united states dollars only), contained in two trunk boxes which my father deposited with a private Security Company here in Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire in my
brother’s name ( JERRY OSAI) For your information, he did not disclose the real content of the boxes to the security company.
Rather, he deposited the boxes as containing family valuables. We do not wish them to know this under any circumstances.

Meanwhile, we want to leave Côte d’Ivoire entirely with this money for investment in your country because of the stable political situation and mostly for our future and the war still going on in our country.

We want you to please assist us to free these boxes from the security company, deposit the funds in a local account here in your name and order the Bank to transfer the funds to your account in your country.

You should also source for good investment opportunity so that we can invest wisely. Also arrage for me and my brother to relocate to your country.

We have it in mind to reward you handsomely for your assistance. We are prepared to give you 1.5 million US dollars, and 5% share in the total investment to be made.

Do not hesitate to call us on this telephone number 0022503-067-067-535 immediately you receive this E-mail to enable us proceed in ernest towards concluding this transaction.

Please treat this with the utmost confidentiality.
May God bless you as you assist us.

Best regard,
Miss Rosemary Osai

Here's another version I received about four hours after the original (above).

Mr. James Coleman
Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire
Tel 00 225 07 71 71 29

Dear ,

I am Mr. James Coleman, the only son of late chief Mohamed Coleman From Sierra Leone.

I am writing you in absolute confidence primarily to seek your assistance to transfer our cash of Thirty Five million US Dollars($35,000,000) now in the custody of Security trust Company here in Abidjan top your private account pending our arrival to you country Source of the money

My late father, Chief Mohamed Coleman, a native of mend District in the Northern province of Sierra Leone Mining co-operation (S.L.M.C) Freetown. According to my father, this money was the income accrued from Mining Co-operation’s over draft and minor sales.

Before the peak of the civil war between the rebels forces of Major Paul Koroma and the conbined forces of ECOMOG peace keeping operation that almost destroyed my country, following the forceful removal from power of the civilian elected President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah by the rebels.

My father had already made arrangement for his family-my mother, my little sister and myself to be evacuated to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire with our personal effects and box containing the money through the aid of UN evacuation team.

My father instructed us to deposit the box in a private security company for the sate custody until after the war when he will join

During the war in my country, and following the indiscriminate looting of Public and Government properties by the rebel forces, the Sierra Leone mining coop. Was one of the target looted and

My father including other top Government functionaries were attached and killed by the rebels in November 2000 because of his relationship with the civilian Government of Ahmed Tejan Kabbah.

As a result of my father’s death, and with the news of my uncle’s involvement in the air crash in January, dashed our hope of survival. The untimely deaths caused my mother’s heart failure and other related complications of which she late died in the hospital after we must have spent a lot of money on her. Now my 16 years old sister and myself are alone in this strange country suffering without any care or help.

Without any relation, we are now like refugees endorphins. Our only hope now is in you and the box we deposited in the Security Company.

To this effect, I humbly solicit your assistance in the following ways. to assist me claim this box from the security company as co-beneficiary to transfer this money in your name to your Country to make a good arrangement for a joint business investment on our behalf in your country and you, the care taket.

Most importantly, the security company official do not know the exact content of the box because it was Declared family valuables.

The whole Documents issued after deposit is in my custody. For your assistance, I beg to concede 20% of this money to you for your efforts and assistance.

Lastly I urge you to keep this transaction strictly confidential.


May God bless you as you assist us

Best regards
James Coleman

Please ignore any messages regarding this scam and do not pass on any messages regarding it. Passing on messages about this scam serves only to further propagate it.

You can send copies of these scams to: 419.fcd@usss.treas.gov and they will follow them up.

The contents of all pages [and other material] on our site are copyright © Martin Overton 1997-2007, or other stated author. All rights are reserved.
Reproduction, transfer, distribution or storage of part, or all of the contents in any form without the prior written permission of Martin Overton or the Copyright owner is prohibited.