Can anyone help Fatima Mohammad?

Update: I have now had so many questions why I support Fatima that I have to make it clear from the start that this is a scam email! Read to the end and all shall become clear! :-)

I just received a desperate plea for help. Would you be able to help? Please send your account number and social security number for fastest help possible.

Hello Dear,

With Respect,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you.I know this mail may come to you as a surprise, since we have not known or written before.

After you receive this mail kindly contact me on my private Email contact below. introducing myself, I am fatimamohammad the Only Daughter of the late mohammad Dominic, my father was a gold and cocoa merchant based in accra , Ghana and Abidjan ( Ivory Coast ), he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their business trips recently.

Before his death, He called me on his bedside and told me that he has a sum of 6.500,000USD deposited in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan Cote d’ Ivoire, that he used my name for the next of kin in depositing of the fund.

I will need your assistance as follows:

1) To assist me in retrieving this money from the bank.

2) To serve as the guardian of this fund.

3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a residential permit in your country.

Moreover, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of this fund to your nominated account overseas.

Reply to my private e-mail box below: (

Anticipating to hear from you soon.

Awaiting your urgent reply.


Fatima muhammad.

Note: please reply to my private e-mail box below: (

What I found interesting with this note was 1) it came in via Vimeo where I happen to have one video uploaded on behalf of the local chapter of the American Marketing Association, 2) that scams like these still pop up, 3) the appalling spelling and 4) the lack of originality and inventiveness.

If I compare this to the email I received a few years ago that claimed that the old explorer and adventurer Mr. Soderbom had succumbed to illness in Africa and left a large inheritance to me, I have to say I am really disappointed.

That said, don’t hesitate to connect with Fatima if you are so inclined. And there are many more damsels in distress in need of your help:



  1. Hakan Soderbom says:

    Oh dear, my mother asked me “Who is Fatima Mohammad? Why do you write about her?”.

    I guess my dry humor got the better of me since she didn’t read to the end to realize that I was just playing fun with a scam email. A good learning from this is to make sure to set the appropriate tone and expectation early in the post, at least if one’s mother is going to read it… :-)

  2. Håkan Söderbom says:

    Here is the latest scam email that just came in:

    My name is Ahmed Koussa son of the Libya former foreign minister (Moussa Koussa) who recently defected from the regime of troubled Libya leader Muammar Gadhafi.

    My father gave me an instruction to leave Libya at the wake of the unrest in Libya and he gave me a note and some documents to meet with his lawyer in Accra, Ghana over his deposit of a trunk box which contained the sum of US$18,000,000.00 deposited with a security company in Ghana as family valuable.

    My father who is now in the United Kingdom, told me that any thing can happen to him because he has no trust on the British Government to give assylum. He said I should use the proceed of the box through a trusted foreign trustee that can take good care of me and my future by investing the fund into a very profitable business where those that are concerned will benefit while I continue my education.

    I met with the lawyer on my arrival in Ghana who assisted me to work out the modalities toward the claiming of the deposit from the security company.

    I am now with the box of money in a very hidden and safe hotel in Accra, Ghana. I have decided to buy an SUV Infinity from the money since I cannot be moving around Acrra always with taxis that can be monitoring my movements.

    This is why I wrote you this email to be my foreign trustee who will assist to manage this fund in terms that we have to agree upon.

    I prefer to send you some money through western union in other to facilitate your journey to meet me in Accra where we can plan ways to move the funds and I to your country. Alternatively, I will have to send you the money to enable you work out my traveling from your end.

    Wait to hear from you as soon as possible.

    Ahmed Koussa

  3. Håkan Söderbom says:

    What a day! Just got a second one. This one supposedly from Asia.

    Compliment of the Day

    It is understandable that you might be a little bit apprehensive because you do not know me but I have a lucrative business proposal of mutual interest to share with you. I got your reference in my search for someone who suits my proposed business relationship. I am Mr. Peter. Lee a South Korean, happily married with children, and i am a Director of Hang Seng Bank Ltd, in charge of the International Remittance department. I have a confidential business suggestion for you,I will need you to assist me in executing a business project from Hong Kong to your country. It involves the transfer of a large sum of money.

    Should you be interested, please forward the following to me urgently:
    1. Full names
    2. Occupation
    3. Private phone number
    4. Current contact address

    Please if you are not interested delete this email and do not hunt me because I am putting my career and the life of my family at stake with this venture. Although nothing ventured is nothing gained. Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

    Kind Regards,
    Mr.Pt. Lee
    Hang Seng Bank Limited
    Hong Kong. {Asia}