This email with the subject "A next of kin needed to claim wealth" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Thu, 22 Jan 2009 03:07:47 -0500 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Mr. Alan Johnson"<email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
I am Mr. Alan Johnson, a banker who works with a local bank here in london. I am the account officer to a foreigner who is a Citizen of your Country, he worked for the Petrochemical Support Services Company of london United Kingdom.
My client was involved motor accident on the 16th of January, 2002 and later that same day he died. Since then I have made several inquiries to your country's Embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives, but this has proved unsuccessful.
I have also visited your Country in search of his relatives early this year but still could not locate his relations. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you today privately as a total stranger, with hope that you are a reliable and trustworthy person, to help, or find a trustworthy individual that will assist and secretly secure the money left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by his Bank since the mandatory five year waiting period, allowed by United Kingdom law, has expired. It is important that my contact be somebody who can in no way be identified with me in order to avoid suspicion of insider dealing.
Particularly, the Bank were the deceased had an Account valued at about $USD 18.5 Million Dollars has issued me an urgent notice yesterday to provide the next of kin or have the Account confiscated within 10 working days, hence this is why I am contacting you. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased as you are also a foreigner(you just have to answer the same name with my client) so that the proceed of this Account valued at $USD 18.5 Million Dollars (Eighteen million five hundred Thousand Us Dollar ),minus interest, can be paid to you and then you and me can share the money, 60% for me and 40% for you. You don?t need any experience to do this, I have all necessary legal documents that will be used to back up all claims we will make with your name.
All I require from you is your honest co-operation and full guarantee and assurance that you shall hand me over my 60% in good faith and also assist me in investing some of my share in a lucrative business in your country because I shall come over to your country immediately it is done.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law, making it 100% risk free on your side. Expecting to hear from you soonest, by return e-mail to (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can commence action immediately.
Best regards to you and your family.
I await your urgent response.
Mr. Alan Johnson