This email with the subject "ASSISTANCE AND PARTNERSHIP" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sat, 19 Jul 2008 08:06:15 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "john kofi" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Compliments of the season!!! ….My name is John Kofi, the warehouse manager of a Bonded Security and Warehousing Company in Accra, Ghana.
I got your contact from the international business directory out of desperate search for a reliable and a business minded person in your country for a mutual and urgent business transaction requiring maximum confidentiality and secrecy, hence I'm contacting you.
On June 6th 2004, a foreign mining engineer /Contractor with one of the leading Ghana's Mining companies in the name of Fredrik Wolfgang came and lodged 300kgs of Alluvial Gold Dust and other precious items valued at US$ 9,700,000.00 only for safe keeping in two separate trunk boxes in our company and promised to recover it after one year.
Upon maturity we sent a routine notification letter to his forwarding address but got no reply. After two months, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the mining company that the said Mr. Fredrik Wolfgang died as a result of ghastly auto crash in December the same year he made the deposit.
Upon further investigations, I found out he did not leave any WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that the late Mr. Fredrik Wolfgang did not declare any next of kin in the certificate of deposit as documented.
The trunk box containing the treasure is still sitting in our allocated government vault facilities (items dormant deposits section) of the company and in the circumstance where no one comes forward to claim it according to the lay down policy of our company, after one year from the date it was transferred from the main warehouse custody, it will automatically be declared as un-cleared effect and be handed over to the state.
Consequently, my proposal is that I need representation of a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin of the late Mr. Wolfgang so that the fruit of this old man's labor will not end up in the hands of some corrupt government officials. What I simply want you to do now as a matter of urgency if this deal interests you is to formally send a letter of claim using a company's letter head paper, notifying the company of your intent to recover the consignment on behalf of the late Fredrik's family as his principal partner, You will send it by fax or as scanned attachment to the company and it will be received by the general secretary who will then direct it to the general manager (operations) who happens to be an insider with me then we shall invite you over to come and sign for the consignment to be released for you so that we get it out of the company then we will collectively facilitate the shipment/transfer out of Accra to any country of your choice in your name as the beneficiary/next of kin of Mr. Wolfgang.
Sharing ratio 60% for us and 40% for you.
This is a hitch free transaction and I can assure you that the operation shall be smooth and successful to the end
Please, if you are interested and ready to champion this noble course with me, reply immediately and upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the deal better. Looking forward in anticipation, thanks and God bless
Please contact me on this email address, email@example.com
Mr John Kofi