This email with the subject "Be a partner" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Mon, 21 Sep 2009 11:18:23 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Mr. Urs Morgenthaler." <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Intending Partner, I sincerely hope that this letter will not come to you as a surprise or an embarrassment since we neither know each other before nor have had any previous correspondence. Let me start by introducing myself, I am Mr. Urs Morgenthaler, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of the operations of Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd. I have a secured business proposal for you; Before the U.S and Iraqi war, our client, General Hassan Umara, who was with the Iraqi forces and also a business man, made a numbered fixed deposit for 18 calendar months, with a value of Eighty Five Million United States Dollars Only (US$85,000,000.00) in my branch. Upon maturity, several notices was sent to him. Again after the war another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later found out that General Hassan Umara and his family had been killed during the war in a bomb blast that hit their home. After further investigation it was also discovered that General Hassan Umara did not declare any next of kin in his official documentations 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, US $85,000,000.00 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 8 years, the funds will revert to the ownership of the Switzerland Government if nobody comes forward 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 Gen. Hassan Umara so that you will be able to receive his funds. 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 contacted an attorney that will prepare the necessary documents that will back you up as the next of kin to Gen. Hassan Umara, 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 file in for claims on your behalf and secure the necessary approval and letter of probate in your favor for the move of the funds to an account that will be provided by you. There is no risk involved at all in the matter as we are going to adopt a legalized method and the attorney will prepare all necessary legal 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 60% for me, 40% for you. Should you be interested, please send me the following informations below: 1. Full Names 2. Current Residential Address 3. Country of Origin I will prefer you reach me on my private email address below and finally after that, I shall provide you with more details of this transaction. Your earliest response to this letter will be highly appreciated. Email: email@example.com Kind Regards, Mr. Urs Morgenthaler.