In six months time, I’ve received emails from sons, Toure Kone Tagro, David Tagro, Fahe Tagro, and Stephen Tagro, and daughters Juliana Ipene Tagro, Diane Tagro, Mariam Sylvie Tagro, Délphine Sylvie Tagro, Livina Kone Tagro, Jessica Tagro and Juliet Tagro (Oh, goodness, the list goes on and on.) In June 2011, I received an email from Samba Tagro, the only surviving child of the late Desire Assgnini Tagro.
My knees began to buckle under the weight of preparing a genealogical history for the Tagro family. I’m certain I missed the more that 2,000 references in Google.
I was a little surprised when I got an email from Toure Kone Tagro on Tuesday (Dec. 4) pleading for my help, claiming I’d ignored his two earlier emails. I respond to all email – criminal and customer alike, part of being the storyteller.
In June 2010, Désiré Assgnini Tagro, the then-Minister of the Interior for Ivory Coast, was accused of embezzling money from the government and . He died in 2011 from a gunshot wound to the face during the arrest, though the circumstances remain unclear, according to wikipedia.com.
In this, the latest email from Toure Kone Tagro, he states that his life is in eminent danger as family members are threatening him because he stands to inherit a large farm and 4.8 million Euro. He just needs someone to help him get the money out of country.
He pines the loss of his father, who was murdered in November 2011. (Tagro was shot by Republican forces and was taken to a hospital where he died on April 12, 2011, at the age of 52, according to news reports.)
And, lastly, he pleads for help with: “God bliss you.please dont ignore my e-mail, I’m willing to offer you 20% of the total fund for your help…”
A problem with any of this: The U.S. Treasury Department banned American companies and people from doing commercial or financial business with Désiré Tagro in 2011.
Historically, this is just another replay of the Nigerian Scam, also called the 419 scam. The contact may come by letter, fax and email from various people, including those claiming to be government officials, or a relative of a respected professional such as a doctor, rebel leader, high executive, or an attorney.
Generally, the text states that due to political unrest or government restrictions, the sender must transfer millions of dollars out of a “Nigerian” account into the recipient’s personal account, for which the recipient will receive a percentage of the funds. Before processing the transaction, however, the sender requests fees to cover the costs of the transaction, payable by check from the recipient’s account. From the information provided on the check, the impostor may steal the victim’s identity and empty the personal account. Another variation on the scam targets business accounts with larger stakes.