This email with the subject "Fwd: Pls reply Asap. From: Mr. Mitchell." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sun, 18 May 2008 12:38:53 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was Richard Tatro <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
From: Mr. Mitchell Ponton, La Premiиre Banque Du Bйnin, C/54 Carrefour Porto-Novo- 011 BP 5943, Porto-Novo, Bйnin Republic. Hello, I sincerely write to solicit your co-operation and trust in an urgent business transaction. I work with La Premiиre Banque Du Bйnin Plc (translated as: First Bank of Bйnin Plc) in Porto-Novo, Bйnin republic. Presently, i am in charge of bills and exchange in the international remittance department. I was the account's officer of a certain Mr. and Mrs. Jobe W. Ryder, who worked with Chevron Oil company, but both died in the December 25, 2003 air crash here in Bйnin Republic. PLEASE, VISIT THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/africa/12/26/benin.crash/index.html Mr. Ryder had a total sum of $5.32 million (Five million, Three hundred and Twenty thousand US Dollars) in his domiciliary account. Since the management got the news of his tragic death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come up and claim his/her inheritance funds. Unfortunately, from the day of his death till the time of this letter, nobody has shown up. As his personal account's officer, i decided to search through his classified record files and i discovered that the only next of kin he specified was his wife, who died along with him in the Christmas Day crash. The banking and financial law of inheritance of La Premiиre Banque Du Bйnin, stipulates that if such funds remain unclaimed after a period of (60) months, it will be lost to the bank as "unclaimed deposit". On that note, I would like to do business with you so that the money can be released to you as a next of kin of the deceased for subsequent disbursement between us. I will soon proceed on retirement, and i personally do not want the funds to be lost to the bank. The need for a foreigner as a next of kin in this project is necessitated by the fact that the deceased was a foreigner and a Bйninese/bйninois will not perfectly fit in as his next of kin or heir. That is why i am contacting you. I found your email address through random internet searches. Please, note that it does not really matter whether you are truly related to the deceased or not, because there is never going to be any background check or investigation whatsoever. Consider that, a top secret from an insider. Also, note that you are not to appear in person and as such, there is absolutely no risk involved. Upon my receipt of your email indicating your interest and full assurance that you will peacefully let me have my own share of the money after it must have been wired to your bank account, i will email you with a copy of the next of kin application form and the deceased's bank account information. You would need to correctly fill out the application form and send it via email attachment to the international remittance director of the bank for onward processing, approval and transfer of the funds to your bank account. If you feel uneasy giving out your private bank account information, you may open a new bank account solely for the purpose of this transaction. As soon as the funds are wired to your bank account, i will visit you in your country to collect my share. I am willing to let you have 35% of the total funds, as a foreign partner. Please, let me have your cell phone number for direct communication. I hope to hear from you soon. Thank you. Yours Faithfully, Mitchell Ponton.