This email with the subject "THANKS FOR YOUR KINDESS." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sun, 18 Jun 2006 07:48:14 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was Mr Graham Baldock <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
BANK OF AMERICA (ASIA)LTD. 17/F DEVCON HOUSE 979 KING'S ROAD HONG KONG. firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Friend, I am Mr.Graham R. Baldock, credit officer of Bank of America (Asia) Ltd, Hong Kong. I am an Australian by nationality working with the Bank of America Asian Branch. I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On october 6, 2001, an American Engineer/Consultant with the Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation, Mr. Mathew Paxton made a (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$40,500,000.00 (Forty Million Five Hundred thousand United State Dollars only) in my branch. Upon maturity,I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the Hong Kong Solid Minerals Corporation that Mr. Mathew Paxton died from a recurrent heart disease. On further investigation,I found out that he died without making a will, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Mathew Paxton did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$40,500,000.00 is still lingering in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it. According to the Hong Kong Law,under china's foreign and defense affairs,at the expiration of 5 (five) years,such funds will revert to the ownership of the chinese Government for financing military operations,such as purchasing of arms and ammunitions for the military. In order to avert this negative development,i will like to seek for your permission as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Mr. Mathew Paxton so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not be use for financing weapons which will further enhance the courses of war in the world in general. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 30% for you and 10% for Expenses Incurred in the course of the transaction.There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this project will be done by my attorney and with my position as the credit officer guarantees the successful execution of this project. If you are interested,please reply immediately. Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and that will help you understand the transaction. You should observe utmost confidentiality,and rest assured that this project would be most profitable for both parties because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country. Awaiting your urgent reply. Thanks and regards. Mr.Graham R. Baldock