This email with the subject "Very Important" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Wed, 23 Jul 2008 04:20:58 -0400 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Bruce Foster" <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
Letter from Foster Bruce, In Cotonou, Benin Republic Dear, Sir/ Madam Transfer of my inheritance funds ($10.5M. USD) to your country. I do not know you in person; I got your contact via personal research from a reliable and honest source that I can trust with all my life, I hope you will forgive me for that. My name is Foster Bruce. I am a sixteen years old who feels as if the problem of the world has been heaped on my shoulders. I am the son of Late Eng. Anigabor Bruce; owner of a small plastic company. My father was killed in a ghastly accident when a drunken truck driver ran over his car. His attorney read his will three weeks after his burial in the presence of all family members. In that will, my dad left me ($10.5M.USD) as his only child and next of kin. He stated that my uncles are to manage his company on my behalf till I was old enough to take over and I was to finish school with the proceeds from the company. Three days after the will was read, my dad’s attorney invited me over and gave me a letter from my dad that I was only to receive in the event of his death. In the letter, my dad let on to me that my mum was murdered by my uncles because she was a Muslim and because they felt that she was hindering my dad from assisting them financially. The whole point of the letter was to alight me as to the personalities of my uncles and to make sure that I tread carefully with them, especially my dad’s elder brother who is the greediest of the lot. While I was still trying to adjust to this information, I realized immediately the reason my uncles have been trying to get me to go with them to the bank and that was to collect the money left to me by my dad. On realizing this, I fled from them and went to our attorney’s house without their knowledge because I knew he would protect me which he did. Not long after, some strange men came to his house and assassinated him in my presence. I had to flee the house and as I write to you now, I am into hiding with a school mate of mine with the knowledge that my uncles are looking for me. For this reason, I personally decided to contact you with the support of another attorney through my school friend so that this fund will be transferred into your account abroad where you can help me to invest it to enable me continue my education. Please Sir/Madam if you can help me, let me know so that I will tell my friend to assist with another attorney to arrange the necessary legal documents for the fund to be transferred to you then I will come over to meet with you in your country to continue my education. May the good lord bless you as you accept me in your family? Foster Bruce