This email with the subject "hello from benard" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sat, 08 Jul 2006 20:56:14 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was Benard Harrison <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear friend, I sincerely write to seek your co-operation and trust to enable my colleagues and I carry out an urgent business opportunity in my department. I work with the Union Bank of Nigeria PLC. currently I am the senior manager of bills and exchange at the foreign remittance department of my bank. I was the account officer to one Mr. Ali B. Ashraf who died along with his family on the 8th of November 1996 in an ADC Boeing 727 plane crash at Egirin River. All 141 passengers on board were feared dead. He left in his domiciliary account the total sum of $15.5million Fifteen million five hundred thousand USA Dollars. Since the management got the information of his death we have been expecting any of his relation or his next of kin to come up and claim his money. Unfortunately from the day of his death till the time of this letter none of his relation or friends has come up for the claim. The banking and financial law of Union bank of Nigeria Plc stipulates that if such fund remained unclaimed after a period of four (10)years it will be transferred into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill. On this discovery, I and two other senior staffs now decided do business with you and release the money to you as the next of kin to Ali B. Ashraf for safety and subsequent disbursement. I will soon proceed for my retirement leave this year, and I personally do not want this fund to be transferred into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill. That is why I wanted the fund to be move out of the bank before I proceed on my retirement. The need for a foreigner as next of kin in this project is occasioned by the fact that the customer Mr. Ali Ashraf was a foreigner and a Nigerian cannot stand as his next of kin or heir. We have agreed that 20% of the Fund would be for you as foreign partner. Upon receipt of your acknowledgement indicating your interest,I will send to you the text of the application that you will send to the Union Bank authority for an approval to submit your claims. Send your reply through my direct and private email address.(email@example.com. uk) indicates your direct Fax and telephone numbers. Do not reply through the union bank email address because it belonged to the senior staffs for public use. Please note that you are not to appear in person, as every thing regarding this project will be strictly on documentations and every banking documents needed for this transaction will be taken care of by my self. Looking forward to urgently hearing from you. Yours Faithfully, Mr.Benard Harrison