This email with the subject "From Mr. Richard!!" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Thu, 12 Feb 2009 10:00:10 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Mr. Richard Hill." <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Friend, First I must solicit your confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and secret. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make anyone apprehensive and even worried. But I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day. I have decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction. Let me start by introducing myself properly to you. l am Mr. Richard Hill, chief credit/ Account Officer of ZENITH BANK PLC, Lagos Nigeria. I contacts with believe that you are reliably, discreetness and ability to handle this confidential transaction. Which involves transferring of unclaimed fund to a foreign account requiring maximum confidence? THE PROPOSITION A French citizen, late engr. John Edward, an oil merchant and construction engineer with the Nigeria National petroleum corporation NNPC), until his death last five years ago in china air bust (A310-300) flight Kg 30, Deposited with us at ZENITH BANK PLC in Lagos, US$ 67.5M, (Sixty seven Million, Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars Only), The Bank now expects a next of kin as beneficiary. Serious efforts are being made by ZENITH BANK PLC to get in touch with any of Edward's family or relatives but to no avail. There is a perceived possibility of not being able to locate any of late Engr. John Edward next of kin (he had no wife or children known to us.) The management under the influence of our chairman and members of the Board of Directors has made arrangement for the fund to be declared "Unclaimed" and subsequently transfer into their personal account. In order to avert this negative development, I, now seek your permission to have you stand as next of kin to Late John Edward, so that the fund US$67.5Million will be released and paid to your account as beneficiary or next of kin. All documents and proofs to enable you get this fund will be carefully worked out. We have secured from the probate an order of mandamus to locate any of the deceased beneficiaries. I have agreed to share the fund this way 20% for you, 70% for me. I am are assuring you that this business is 100% risk free, and need only maturity from all the parties involved. As soon as I receive acknowledgement of your acceptance of this our mutual business proposal, I would furnish you with the necessary disbursement ration to suite both parties without any conflict. Moreover everything about this transaction will be done in a most civilized and non-criminal way, which must be according to internationally acceptable standards of practice and morals. In addition there is no risk of failure, or legal, or security problems, or prosecutions etc, for any body in this transaction both now and in the future. Therefore, need I say again that you will indeed not regret your choice of doing this transaction with me at all? If this proposal is acceptable by you, do take advantage of the trust we have bestowed on you, get in-touch with me immediately. Yours Sincerely, Mr. Richard Hill.