This email with the subject "Hello!" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sun, 27 Jun 2010 06:55:23 -0700 and has been classified as a Generic Scam.
The sender was "Tom Middleton"<firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Greetings, This is a personal email directed to you and I request that it be treated as such. I am Barrister Tom Middleton, a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney/sole executor to my late client Mr. Randolf (Surname Withheld), hereinafter referred to as 'my client' who worked as an independent oil magnate in my country and who died in a car crash with his immediate family on the 4th of oct,1998. Since the death of my client, I have written several letters to the embassy with intent to locate any of his extended relatives whom shall be claimants/beneficiaries of his abandoned personal estate and all efforts have been to no avail. I have received official letters in the last few weeks suggesting a likely proceeding for confiscation of his abandoned personal assets in line with existing laws by the bank in which my client deposited the sum of 13.9 million USD. On this note I decided to search for a credible person and finding that you bear a similar last name, I was urged to contact you, that I may, with your consent, present you to the "trustee" bank as my late client's surviving family member so as to enable you put up a claim to the bank as a next of kin of my client. I find this possible since you bear a similar last name with my client making it a lot easier for you to put up a claim. I propose that 45% of the net sum will be retained by you at the conclusion of this deal as long as I do not incur further expenses. Contact me via email signifying your interest and I shall immediately appraise you with full details and I guide you on how to put up an application to the bank for the claims. I require only a solemn confidentiality on this from you and do not entertain any fears as all required arrangements have been made for the safe transference of the funds to you. Send me your Full names, contact address ,Fax and phone number. Please Email me on my Private Email : email@example.com Best regards, Tom Middleton.