This email with the subject "Dear Friend, Please Read carefully and get Back To Me" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Fri, 07 Sep 2007 17:39:47 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "MR. Marshall Rapiya" <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Friend, I know that this email may come to you as a surprise but due to the urgency of this transaction. First I must solicit your confidence in this transaction, this is by virtue of it's nature as being utterly confidential and top secret. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day. There is no doubt that trust conceptually is a conundrum which leads itself to deferring interpretation, we have decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction. I am the CREDIT OFFICER foreign remittance department of OLD MUTUAL BANK SOUTH AFRICA. I came to know you in my private search for a reliable and reputable person to handle this Confidential Transaction, which involves the transfer of a huge sum of money to a foreign account requiring maximum confidence. I am writing to you, following the impressive information received about you from the chambers of commerce. I believed that you are capable and reliable to champion this business opportunity. Before the U.S and Iraqi war our client Mr Rasheed Ibrahim who was an Iraqi BusinessMan and also Deals On crude oil With The South African Petroleum Corporation made a numbered fixed deposit for 18 calendar months, with a value of $14,500,000.00(Fourteen million Five Hundred thousand united state Dollars) only in my branch. Upon maturity several notices were sent to him,even during the war, again after the war several notifications were sent and still no response came from him. We later found out that Mr Rasheed Ibrahim and his family had been killed during the war in a bomb blast that hit their home in iraq.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6045112.stm Since we got information about his death with further investigation it was also discovered that Mr Ibrahim did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit. And he also confided in me the last time he was at my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. So, Fourteen million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars is still lying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it. What bothers me most is that according to the laws of my country at the expiration of four years the funds will revert to the treasury of the South African Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Mr Rasheed Ibrahim so that you will be able to receive his funds. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a south african cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner. WHAT IS TO BE DONE: I want you to know that I have had everything planned out so that we shall come out successful. I have discussed with the bank attorney that will prepare the necessary document that will back you up as the next of kin to Mr Rasheed Ibrahim, all that is required from you at this stage is for you to provide me with your full Names and Address so that the attorney can commence his job. After you have been made the next of kin, the attorney will also fill in for claims on your behalf and secure the necessary approval and letter of probate/Administration in your favour for the movement of the funds to an account that will be provided by you. There is no risk involved at all in this as we are going to adopt a legalized method and the attorney will prepare all the necessary documents. Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue.Once the funds have been transferred to your nominated bank account we shall share in the ratio of 65% for me, 30% for you and 5% for any expenses incurred during the course of this transaction. If you are interested please send me your contact details, private phone and fax numbers for easy communication, and i will provide you with more details of this operation. Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated. Kind Regards. MR. Marshall Rapiya CREDIT OFFICER /FORIEGN REMITTANCE DEPT. OLD MUTUAL BANK SOUTH AFRICA.