A Scam Email with the Subject "CONFIDENTAL AND URGENT" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Fri, 02 Mar 2007 12:54:46 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was john william <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On December 7h, 2002, a Cocoa merchant/consultant, Mr. Clifford Thomas made a numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve calendar months valued at $35,500,000.00(thirty Million Five hundred thousand US dollars) at my branch. Upon maturity, we sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder. Eventually, we discovered from his contract employer that Mr. Thomas had died. Further investigations conducted by me indicated that he neither left a WILL nor a contactable next of kin or a relation in his entire official document, including his bank deposit information with us.
This amount is still available in my branch, and rolls over with interest every year. Nobody has and will ever come forward to claim this money. According to our Country?s Law, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, this money will be reverted to the Ownership of the Government, which in turn will end up in the hands of some very corrupt and unscrupulous Government Officials. Consequently, as manager of bills and exchange at the foreign remittance Department Standard Bank, my proposal is that, I will like you to stand in as his next of kin, so that this old man?s fruit of labor does not get into the hands of uncaring Government Officials. There are legions of less privileged people all over the world for whom a meal is like paradise. I feel that other than allowing this money to disappear, it will be more useful and beneficial to give it out to charitable Organizations.
I need your assistance to stand in as his next of kin and claim this money. The process is simple. According to my enquiries from attorneys, all that is required to claim this money is a letter of ADMINISTRATION from the probate registry of the Federal High Court. An attorney will apply with your name as the next of kin. A letter of administration will be issued within Five (5) working days. This letter will enable the attorney apply to claim this money on your behalf, which would then be transferred to you into a foreign account which you will provide. I wish to point out that I want 40% of this money to be shared among the charity Organizations, while the remaining 60% is shared equally between us.
This proposition is entirely risk free. A good attorney would provide expert services while I will use my position in the bank to guarantee the successful execution of this transaction.
If you are interested, please get back to me via email address firstname.lastname@example.org you can also call me on my private line (ANY TIME) on +,34 .679-031-301 I will also need your private telephone and fax numbers ? for confidentiality and easy communication, so please do not fail to include them in your return message.
Please observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured that this transaction would be profitable for both of us. I will also require your assistance towards investing my share in your Country.
I look forward to your anticipated cooperation.
Mr. John William