This email with the subject "ATTN DEAR" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Thu, 07 Aug 2008 22:14:23 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "OFFICE MAIL" <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
CONTINENTAL BANK BENIN
Carrefour des 3 banques
Avenue Jean Paul II,
01 BP 2020 Cotonou
YOUR KINDEST ATTENTION
It is understandable that you might be a little bit apprehensive because you do not know me but I have a lucrative business proposal of mutual interest to share with you. I got your reference in my search for someone who suits my proposed business relationship.
Please I seek your permission and would want to get myself introduce to you. I am Mr. Benoît ZANNOU General Manager of CONTINENTAL BANK BENIN.I have concealed business suggestion for you.
Before the U.S and Iraqi war our client Mr. Aadam A'isha-Yunus who was an Iraqi Business Man and also a contractor With The BENIN CEMENT COMPANY made a numbered fixed deposit for 18 calendar months, with a value of Nineteen million five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only ($19.5m) in my branch. Upon maturity several notices were sent to him, even during the war, again after the war several notifications were sent and still no response came from him. We later found out that the Mr. Aadam A'isha-Yunus and his family had been killed during the war in a bomb blast that hit their home in Iraq.
After further investigation it was also discovered that Mr. Aadam A'isha-Yunus did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit. And he also confided in me the last time he was at my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. So, Nineteen million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars is still lying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it. What bothers me most is that according to the laws of my country at the expiration three years the funds will revert to the ownership of the BENIN Government if nobody applies to claim the funds.
Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Mr. Aadam A'isha-Yunus so that you will be able to receive his funds.
I want you to know that I have had everything planned out so that we shall come out successful.
There is no risk involved at all in the matter as we are going adopt a legalized method. Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue. Once the funds have been transferred to your nominated bank account we shall share in the ratio of 65% for me, 30% for you and 5% for any expenses incurred during the course of this operation.
Should you be interested please send me your private phone and fax numbers , you can write me via my private box and i will provide you with more details of this operation.
Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.
Kindly send your reply to:My Private Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Benoît ZANNOU.