This email with the subject "Greetings, From the Group Finance Director (Utmost Importance)" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Tue, 29 Jul 2008 19:59:50 -0700 and has been classified as a Generic Scam.
The sender was "Chris Lucas"<email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Sir I am Chris Lucas, Group Finance Director of Barclays Bank. Recently, a staff of Robinson and Reed Consulting for Barclays Bank contacted you concerning Mr. Joseph who shared the same last name with you and an investment placed under our Banks management 5 years ago. I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this mail. I contact you independently of our investigation and no one is informed of this communication. I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you. In 2003, Joseph came to our Bank to engage in business discussions with our private banking division, which is Barclay's Private Bank Ltd. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of Twelve million four hundred and fifty thousand United States dollars only ($12,450,000.00USD), which he wished to have us turn over (invest) on his behalf. In mid 2004, he asked that the money be liquidated because he needed to make an urgent investment requiring cash payments in Antwerp and other places in Europe. I undertook all the processes and made sure I followed his precise instructions to the letter and had the funds deposited with a finance company that accepts deposits from high net worth individuals and blue chip corporations. This highly finance company is familiar especially to the highly placed and well-connected organizations. In line with instructions, the money was deposited. Joseph told me he wanted the money there in anticipation of his arrival from Norway later that week. This was the last communication we had, this transpired around 25th February, 2005. In January this year, we got a call from the finance company informing us of the inactivity of that particular portfolio. This was an astounding position as far as I was concerned, given the fact that I managed the private Banking sector I was the only one who knew about the deposit with the company at that time, I could not understand why Joseph had not come forward to claim his deposit. I made futile efforts to locate him, I immediately passed the task of locating him to the internal investigations department of Barclays. Four days later, information started to trickle in, apparently Joseph was dead. A person who suited his description was declared dead of a heart attack in Cannes, South of France. We were soon enough able to identify the body and cause of death was confirmed. In another year, if a next of kin or relative is not located to inherit the fund, the Estate will revert back to the Bank's accounting system as "unclaimed" I decided to launch my own investigation and retained the consultancy firm which contacted you, It is this investigation that resulted in my being furnished with your details as a possible relative of the deceased. My official capacity dictates that I am the only party to supervise the investigation and the only party to receive the results of the investigation, our dear late fellow died with no known or identifiable family member. This leaves me as the only person with the full picture of what the prevailing situation is in relation to the deposit.. On this note i decided to search for a credible person who bears the same last name with my late client and finding that you bear the same last name, which makes you eligible as a beneficiary to my late client, I decided to contact you, that I may,with your consent, present you to the "trustee" bank as my late client's beneficiary so the bank can abort their consfiscation plans and release the funds to you as the beneficiary. One fact that i am not too sure of, is how you are related to my late client because i couldn't make a connection between you and my late client. With the fact that you bear the same last name with my late client, leaves a possiblity that you are either a distant or consanguinal relative. My proposal; I am prepared to instruct the finance company to transfer the rights of the funds to you, thereby making you the new beneficiary of the funds, but on the condition that the funds will be shared amongst the two of us 50/50. I assure you that if you agree I can have the deposit released to you within a few days. If you are able to work with me, contact me through this same email account. If you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards a successful conclusion. I assume you will not betray my confidence? I look forward to your prompt response, thank you. Chris http://www.aboutbarclays.com/Content/Detail.asp?ReleaseID=31&NewsAreaID=137