This email with the subject "A benefiting proposal" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sat, 19 Jul 2008 22:26:52 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "william wilson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
A benefiting proposal
Mr. William Wilson,
Plot 3, house 14 Ave. basewoman Ouaga
Country: Burkina Faso.
Telephone: +226 7084 8834
I am Mr. William Wilson, a banker at the Islamic development bank (idb) in Burkina Faso.
I have decided to contact you on a business wealth of us$20,000.000 (twenty million United States dollars). The depositor of the said fund died with his entire family during the Iraq war in 2006.
The customer used his wife as the next of kin but unfortunately, the wife died along side with him leaving nobody for the claim. According to our banking law, if the fund remains unclaimed for two (2) years then, the fund will be transferred into the reserve bank of Burkina as unclaimed bill.
I don't want the fund to go into the bank treasury and as such, let us claim the fund. I want to present you as his cousin or business partner so that the bank will transfer the fund into your bank account for us to share it.
Your percentage will be 40% while 60% will be for me. as an insider in this bank, I assure you that, this transaction is 100% risk free. if you are willing for this deal, contact me for more details but if you are not capable, please notify me.
The transaction will take us only 14 banking days. Nobody knows about the fund and as such, you must keep the secret within you ok. You must keep this deal as secret for the security of the fund. Do not disclose this deal to anybody because I want the secret to be between us only.
I will give you the text of the application to fill and send to the bank for the release of the fund into your bank account on the receipt of your message. I will be monitoring the whole situation here in the bank until you confirm the money in your bank account and ask me to come down to your country for subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentage indicated above.
You can see the news in bbc and cnn regarding their death:
I will be glad to hear from you as soon as you receive this message as to enable me give you the application to fill and send to the bank. Please call me after reading this mail with my private mobile line number + 226 7084 8834
Please reply me through this email address: William.email@example.com
Mr. William Wilson