This email with the subject "business" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sat, 21 Mar 2009 06:23:43 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was Matt Ridley <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
I am Mr. Matt Ridley, Former Chairman Northern Rock I have a confidential
business Proposition forÂ you.
On June 6, 2003, Colin Morley, 52,a marketing consultant. Made a (Fixed)
Deposit, valued at US$20,000,000.00, (twenty Million, Dollars) in myÂ Bank.
Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but
got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered
from his employers, that Colin Morley died from 7 July 2005 London bombings. On
further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL and all
attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless.
I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Colin Morley
did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including
his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$20,000,000.00 has
carefully been moved out of my bank to a security company for safekeeping.
No one will ever come forward to claim it. According to British Law, at
the expiration of (three) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the
British Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you to stand in as the owner
of the money I deposited it in a security company in two trunk boxes though the
security company does not know the contents of the boxes as I tagged them to be
photographic materials for export.
I am writing you because I have a big problem with the Bank making me to resign
my appointment from the Bank, (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7052828.stm)
I cannot operate a foreign account or have an account that is more than $
hundred thousand dollars. Because of the problem and I am still under
I want to present you as the owner of the boxes in the security company so
you can be able to claim them with the help of my attorney. This is simple. I
will like you to provide immediately your full names and address so that the
Attorney will prepare the necessary documents which will put you in place as
the as the owner of the boxes.
The money will be moved out for us to share in the ratio of 70% for me and
30% for you . There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction
will be done by the Attorney and this will guarantees the successful execution
of this transaction.
If you are interested, please reply immediately via my email address upon your
response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents
that will help you understand the transaction.
Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction
would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance
to invest my share in (Buying of properties like houses, hotels and doing
charity works etc)
Please do send me Your company name and address, your private/mobile telephone
fax number so that we can have a smooth communication.
Awaiting your urgent reply ONLY via my email ( email@example.com )
Thanks and regards.