This email with the subject "Utmost Importance(Reply Back)" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Fri, 29 Aug 2008 22:47:41 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Howard Richard" <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This mail transmission is been sent by a lawyer. It containsinformation that is confidential, privileged, proprietary, or otherwise legally exempt from disclosure. There is no intent on the part of the sender to waive any privilege,including the attorney-client privilege, that may attach to this communication. Greetings Am Mr.Howard Richard, a financial adivsor.I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you. This is in respect of Mr. Joseph who shared the same last name with you . 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 have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money left behind by my client before it is confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Finance House where this deposit valued at $12,450.000 million dollars is lodged. The Finance House has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin,or the account will be confiscated because there is a government gazette/mandate/authorizing all Finance Houses to freeze or confiscate any account that has not been serviceable in a long period of time,this is geared towards capital flight for the economy. In another year, if a next of kin or relative is not located to inherit the fund, the Estate ($12,450.000 million) 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 p icture of what the prevailing. 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 Best regards, Howard Richard