Here is a short exchange with an unsatisfying end. It begins with the usual spam.

From: Mrs. Julian Wilson
Sent: October 23, 2019

Subject: Suffering From Ovarian Cancer,

Greetings,

My Name Is Mrs Julian Wilson, from France, I have been suffering from ovarian cancer disease and the doctor says that I have just a short time to live. And for the past Twelve years, I have being dealing on gold exportation, before this disease crippled me down. My late husband, Dr. Benoit Wilson, a retired diplomat and one time minister of mines and Power in the republic of Burkina Faso. Made a lot of money from the sales of Gold and cotton while he was a minister, but we had no child of our own.

later my husband realized through a powerful man of God that it was evil course instituted by his brother in other to inherit his wealth, but before then it was too late, I and my husband agreed that he should remarry another wife but our religion did not permit it, while planning this my husband’s brother heard it and they planned and killed my husband at the tender age of 56, he died in the month of September 2007.Now that I am very sick and according to the doctor, will not survive the sickness. The worst of it all is that I do not have any family members or children to inherit my wealth. I am writing this letter now through the help of the computer beside my sick is bed.

I have Thirty Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars-$30,500,000.00 US. Dollars deposited in BANK OF AFRICA here in Burkina Faso and I am willing to instruct my bank to transfer the said fund to you as my foreign Trustee. You will apply to the bank that there should release the fund to you, but you will assure me that you will take 50% of the fund and give 50% to the orphanages home in your country for my soul to rest after I have gone. In my next email, I will send you the copy of the Certificate of Deposit which will enable you apply to the bank and receive the money with ease. Respond to me immediately for further details and instructions since I am in the end times of my life due to the ovarian cancer disease. Please contact me on my e-mail address {removed} if you are a God fearing and trust wordy person.

Hoping to receive your response as soon as possible.
My Regards,
Mrs Julian Wilson.


From: David Harder
Sent: October 24, 2019

Who is this? Why would you send me money?
-David


From: Mrs. Julian Wilson
Sent: October 25, 2019

Subject: Thanks And Regards From Mrs. Julian Wilson.

Hello, Dearest

Thank you for your response to my email of help and request. May God be with you as you will sincere stand with your whole hearten and I hope you are a very sincere person, based on your message; you don’t have to be afraid or worry about anything, I Will now give you the contacts of my late husband’s Bank Manager in Burkina Faso as i told him about you of which i informed him you were a business associate of my late husband previously so that the Manager will have trust and confidence in you as a family member to me.

It is the Bank Manager that will lead you on the right and legal path to follow on this process as he will give you the direct contacts of the paying bank where this thirty million five hundred thousand dollars is deposited. So you have to follow all the instructions of the Bank Manager as he is the one that is well versed and know the legal path of the Burkina Faso government where this fund is lodged with the BOA BANK.

Name: Mathew Zongo
Tel/Fax: {a Burkina Faso phone number}
Email: {removed}

I have already talked to him about you as i told him you will stand in as the beneficiary and next of kin to the funds so that i can successfully and legally have the funds transferred out of Burkina Faso and Africa and I Can also have a peace of mind, so i really count on you as a sincere and honest person not to disappoint me once the funds is transferred into your account.

Contact the above Bank Manager and inform him that you are contacting him with instructions and advice of myself Mrs. Julian Wilson concerning the deposited heritance funds of Thirty Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars-$30,500,000.00 US Dollars deposited in BOA BANK here in Burkina Faso as you will now stand as the next of kin to the funds since the death of my late husband since September 2007.

The Bank Manager has all necessary documents and information and will guide you properly on how to get this solved. I thank you for your help in advance and i assure u that you will be very happy for accepting to help me on this issue as you will never ever have any regret but be glad and happy for helping me.

Thank you and May God bless you.
My Regards,
Mrs. Julian Wilson.

I contact Matthew at the bank. As all good banks do, this bank uses an outloook.com address.

From: David Harder
Sent: October 25, 2019

Subject: Instructions for beneficiary of Mrs. Julian Wilson

Hello Mr, Zongo,

Mrs. Julian Wilson asked that I contact you for instructions regarding the transfer of a substantial sum of money.

What is this all about? There was some mention of an orphanage?

-David


From: Mathew Zongo
Sent: October 25, 2019

Subject: From Dr. Mathew Zongo

BANK OF AFRICA (B.O.A)
Address; Sector 50, BP 10001
Ouagadougou Burkina Faso.
E-MAIL: {removed}
Tel: {removed}
Fax: {removed}
Date: 25/10/2019

Attention Beneficiary,

With due respect, my name is Dr. Mathew Zongo, I am the director of Foreign Remittance Bank of Africa Ouagadougou. I am contacting you in respect of Mrs. Julian Wilson, how’s late husband was our well respected customer in our Bank and holding the A/C number 04398723510, type of account: current account, with the total value cashed deposited in US Dollar, Thirty Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars-$30,500,000.00 US. Dollars deposited in BANK OF AFRICA here in Burkina Faso West Africa.

Sir, this is all about you, should stand as her foreign Trustee for Bank to transfer the said fund in to your Bank account as a foreign Trustee to her, because i myself cannot stand because of Laws guiding this country, Mrs. Julian Wilson, is suffering from ovarian cancer disease and according to the doctor she will not survive the sickness, having just a short time to live and she has no child with her husband.

base on this when the Bank release the fund into your nominated account, you will take 50% of the fund and use the remaining 50% to visit the orphanages home, motherless baby homes, and also the less privilege’s in your country, incase if she finally give up, by you caring all her instruction’s her soul will be at rest.

more clarifications of the matter will be given to you when you apply to the Bank as a foreign Trustee to Mrs. Julian Wilson, because i have not fully given you the trust until you declare you your fully interest on this issue, and try your best to call me on phone to have some conversations with you and immediately I hear from you I will send to you an application of fund relies you have to fill and send to the Bank.

Foreign Remittance Bank of Africa Ouagadougou.
Dr. Mathew Zongo
Tell: {removed}


From: David Harder
Sent: October 25, 2019

Hello Matthew,

I think I understand now. Please send me the information to become a foreign trustee for Mrs. Wilson.
What is this a about orphanages though? You are sending them half?

-David


From: Mathew Zongo
Sent: October 26, 2019

Subject: Thank you and have good week end

Good morning, Mr. David, with doe respect sir I received your messages you send to me thank you for your understanding, I will get in bark to you.
Dr. Mathew.


From: Mathew Zongo
Sent: October 26, 2019

Subject: Have a good week end

Greetings, Mr. David
How are you? consign this orphanages home, mention by Mrs. Julian Wilson, will comes when the Bank must have transfer the fund into your Bank Account, after you have taken your 50%, then withdrew the rest remain 50% and look for orphanages home, motherless baby homes, and also the less privilege’s around in your country, and bless them with it, because the Thirty Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars-$30,500,000.00 US. Dollars will be transfer all to you ok.

Dr. Mathew Zongo
Tell: +226-{removed}.


From: Mathew Zongo
Sent: October 26, 2019

Subject: fill in your infos and send to the Bank with this email address:{removed} to approved the transaction.

The Foreign Remittance Department Manager,
Bank of Africa (BOA), Ouagadougou Burkina Faso.
770, Av. du Président Aboubakar Sangoulé Lamizana
01 BP 1319 - Ouagadougou 01 - Burkina Faso
BANK EMAIL: {removed}
TELEFAX :( +226) {removed}
Phone :( +226) {removed}

Attention, Bank of Africa (BOA)
I’m here to stand as the beneficiary and the next of kin/foreign Trustee to Mrs. Juliana Wilson. I was a business associate of her late husband. I am contact the Bank of Africa (BOA) about the procedure and formalities which it required about the process of the transfer of inheritance funds total sum of $30, 5 million US Dollars. Into my nominated Bank account. Below is my information’s.
So, what should I do now?
Thank you.
The Foreign Remittance Department Manager
Mr. David Harder.

1, YOUR FULL NAME…

2, YOUR BANK ACCOUNT N°…

3, THE BANK SWIFT CODE…

4, YOUR ADDRESS…

5, YOUR TELEPHONE…

6, EMAIL ADDRESS…

7, YOUR AGE…

8, SEX…

9, YOUR OCCUPATION…

10, A COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT/ID CARD…

Thank you.
Foreign Remittance Department Manager
Mr. David Harder.

Neat. I am now the Foreign Remittance Department Manager. But it’s more fun to play dumb.

From: David Harder
Sent: October 26, 2019

Good afternoon Mathew,

I saw your earlier email about the orphanages. There is one problem: Canada does not really have orphanages, and it would be hard to find people deserving of the money. What do you suggest?

I have filled out the form the best I can, but I do not have a phone (my daughter made me give it up, long story) What should I do?. Can you work with this information?

-David

On Sat, Oct 26, 2019 at 1:59 PM Mathew Zongo wrote:

The Foreign Remittance Department Manager,
Bank of Africa (BOA), Ouagadougou Burkina Faso.
770, Av. du Président Aboubakar Sangoulé Lamizana
01 BP 1319 - Ouagadougou 01 - Burkina Faso
BANK EMAIL: {removed}
TELEFAX :( +226) {removed}
Phone :( +226) {removed}\

Attention, Bank of Africa (BOA)
I’m here to stand as the beneficiary and the next of kin/foreign Trustee to Mrs. Juliana Wilson. I was a business associate of her late husband. I am contact the Bank of Africa (BOA) about the procedure and formalities which it required about the process of the transfer of inheritance funds total sum of $30, 5 million US Dollars. Into my nominated Bank account. Below is my information’s. So, what should I do now?
Thank you.
The Foreign Remittance Department Manager
Mr. David Harder.
\

1, YOUR FULL NAME… David Joseph Harder

2, YOUR BANK ACCOUNT N°… {total random garbage}

3, THE BANK SWIFT CODE… CIBC

4, YOUR ADDRESS… PO Box {removed}, Cremona, Alberta

5, YOUR TELEPHONE… None, sorry

6, EMAIL ADDRESS… {removed}

7, YOUR AGE… 64

8, SEX… Male

9, YOUR OCCUPATION… Farrier

10, A COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT/ID CARD… I attached it to the email with the paperclip button.

Thank you.
Foreign Remittance Department Manager
Mr. David Harder.

The attachment was a 11 MB garbage file called ID.tiff.

From: Mathew Zongo
Sent: October 26, 2019

Subject: Thank you

Greetings, I received your information’s you send, but the attachment i can’t open it try your best attach it alone very well and i want to bring to your notice that this matter is not a joke and i will not want you to joke with it.

Dr. Zongo.


From: David Harder
Sent: October 27, 2019

Hello Matthew,

I did not grow up with computers. Sometimes it takes time to do these things right and there might be a mistake. This time I did the click and drag attachment. Maybe it works now?

-David

The attachment was the same 11 MB garbage file called ID.tiff

From: Mathew Zongo
Sent: October 28, 2019

Subject: Update

Good morning Mr. David, still yet the attachment did not open a gene what you will do now is send the attachment to Mrs. Julian Wilson, email so she can try it. And I want to know if you have contact the Bank with your information’s?

Thanks.


From: Mathew Zongo
Sent: October 28, 2019

Subject: For your notice

Good morning Mr. David, still yet the attachment did not open a gene what you will do now is send the attachment to Mrs. Julian Wilson, email so she can try it. And I want to know if you have contact the Bank with your information’s? And make sour is your ID CARD or your PASSPORT YOU attach when sending to the Bank.

Thanks.


From: David Harder
Sent: October 28, 2019

Good Morning to you too Matthew,

The attachment will be sent to Mrs. Wilson shortly. I will use the paperclip button to attach it to the email, because that usually works for me. I thought YOU were from the Bank of Africa. You’re saying I must send my information again to the bank? You should send it to them, you already have the form I filled out.

-David


From: David Harder
Sent: October 28, 2019

Subject: Email attachment trouble

Hello Mrs. Wilson,

Mr. Zombo asked to send you the scan of my ID because he is having trouble opening it. Maybe you have a better computer? Please let me know if this works for you.

-David

Same garbage file.

From: Mathew Zongo
Sent: October 29, 2019

Subject: URGENT

Good day Mr. David, still the attachment you to Mrs. Julian Wilson did not open a gene, be won if the bank fine it difficult to open any of your attachment you will be suspected, when contacting the Bank with your information’s, make sour is your ID CARD or your PASSPORT YOU attach when sending to the Bank., this is the email address of the where you will send it: {removed} inform me immediately you send your info’s to the Bank.

Thanks.

I dutifully send the filled out form from a few emails ago to the bank, and include the garbage attachment.

From: David Harder
Sent: October 29, 2019

Good Afternoon,

Mr. Matthew Zongo asked me to send my information to you regarding Mrs Julian Wilson. It should be underneath this message now. I have attached the scan of my ID, but Matthew says he cannot open it. I scanned it at home, so there should be no viruses. Please try it with your computer.

-David

{forwarded message removed}


From: David Harder
Sent: October 29, 2019

Good Morning Mathew,

I sent the information to that address. Pray that they can open the attachment.

-David

It’s been almost a month now with no word from Mathew.