This email with the subject "Your Consent is Needed Urgently" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Thu, 07 Aug 2008 13:27:25 -0400 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Brett Sheridan Esq" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Good day, Greetings to you from London. Firstly, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction, this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried as we have not meet nor had any previous correspondences but was borne out of my sincere desire to establish a business/mutual relationship with you. Let me start by first introducing myself properly to you.I am Mr. Brett Sheridan, Esq. a British national and personal Attorney to a national of your country,who was a business man/contractor in my country with the Crude Oil sector of the government. Here-in-after shall be referred to as my client. On the 2nd of January 2005, my client died in the Tsunami Disaster with his wife and only daughter while on vacation at Phuket Island in Thailand. My purpose of contacting you is for you to help secure the funds left behind by my late client, to avoid it being confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Bank Where this fund valued (US$15,000,000.00) Fifteen Million United States Dollars deposited by my client before his death. The bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of Kin or have the account confiscated within a short period of time, Since then I have made several inquiries to locate any of my client's extended relatives and until date have not succeeded. Hence, I have contacted you. I am actually seeking for your consent to present you to the Bank as the Next of Kin/ beneficiary of my late client's fund, since you have the same last name, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you as the beneficiary. You have the opportunity to discuss your percentage for your assistance. All the legal documentations to back up your claim as my client's Next of Kin shall be provided. I have the original copy of Certificate of Deposit of the funds, which will be used to substantiate our inheritance claims. All I require is your consent and honest co-operation to enable us see the deal through. Furthermore, I guarantee that the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.However, if this business proposition offends your moral ethics, do accept my sincere apology. Please contact me if you are interested immediately and your response should be directed to (email@example.com) for urgent attention to enable us commence on the transaction. Kindest Regards Brett Sheridan,Esq