This email with the subject "Can You Assist?" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Fri, 13 Mar 2009 04:05:05 -0400 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was Dave Smith <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
From The Desks Of Mr.Dave Smith Intercontinental Bank plc. Lagos, Nigeria. Good day, I am Mr.Dave Smith, Bank Manager of Intercontinental Bank plc,Lagos Branch. Having consulted and based on the information gathered from the Nigerian Chambers Of Commerce And Industry, I have the privilege to request your assistance in the transfer of USD$25,000,000.00(twenty five million united states dollars) into your account.On December 6 2000, an American oil consultant/contractor with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) Mr. Henry Gardner made a numbered time(fixed) deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at USD$25,000,000.00(twenty five million dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarded address but got no reply. After a month we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers NNPC, that Mr. Henry died in an automobile accident.On further investigation, I found out that he did not leave a WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Henry did not declare any next of kin in all his official documents, including his bank deposit paperwork. This sum USD$25,000,000.00 is still floating in the bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will come forward to claim it. According to Nigerian Laws, at the expiration of 10(ten)years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Nigerian government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as a next of kin to Late Mr. Henry Gardner.This is simple1) I will like you to provide me immediately with your full names, address and your phone number so that an attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits, which will put you as next of kin.2) We shall employ the services of an attorney for drafting & notarization of the WILL and obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor for the transfer.The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you, which we will both sign and agree to, by a Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U) before we proceed with the transfer of the money to you.There is no risk at all in this transaction, as the attorney will do the paperwork for this transaction and with my position as the branch manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand. PLEASE OBSERVE UTMOST CONFIDENTIALITY, and be rest assured that this would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.Awaiting your urgent reply via this email below , please save me the anxiety of endless waiting. Please reply to:firstname.lastname@example.org God bless you as you do. Mr.Dave Smith Intercontinental Bank plc. Lagos,Nigeria