This email with the subject "DEAR FRIEND." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Thu, 24 Dec 2009 18:31:33 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "MAAT JOHNSON CABINET SARL"<firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
DEAR FRIEND. I am Mr. Johnson Mathew a lawyer with my company name MAAT Johnson Cabinet Sarl. An Iraqi named El-Moutkarbat Abdullah, a business man made a numbered fixed deposit of USD53, 000.000.00 (Fifty Three Million United States Dollars) for 18 calendar months in one of the banks in my country Rep of Benin and I am his lawyer. Upon maturity several notices was sent to him, even during the war. Again after the war another notification was sent and still no response came from him. I later found out that El-Moutkarbat Abdullah and his family had been killed during the war in Gunfire that hit their home at Mukaradeeb where his personal oil well was. After further investigation I also discovered that El-Moutkarbat Abdullah did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit. So, Fifty Three Million United States Dollars is still lying in bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it. What bothers me is that according to the laws of my country at the expiration of five years six months the funds will revert to the ownership of the Bank if nobody applies to claim the funds. My proposal, I am prepared to place you as the next of kin in a position to instruct IBB Bank to release the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you in half. That is: I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you. We share the percentage 50/50. I would have gone ahead to ask the funds be released to me, but that would have drawn a straight line in my involvement in claiming the deposit. I assure you that I could have the deposit released to you within a few days. I will simply inform the bank of the final closing of the file relating to El-Moutkarbat Abdullah I will then officially communicate with Bank and instruct them to release the deposit to you. With these: all is done. I am aware of the consequences of this proposal. I ask that if you find no interest in this project that you should discard this mail. I ask that you do not be vindictive and destructive. If my offer is of no appeal to you, delete this message and forget I ever contacted you. Do not destroy my career because you do not approve of my proposal. You may not know this but people like myself who have made tidy sums out of comparable situations run the whole financial deposits of my late clients for years. I am not a criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience, this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only come ones way once in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by for once like this I find myself in total control of my destiny. These chances won’t pass me by. I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if you will not work with me let me know and let me move on with my life but do not destroy me. I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide them NB/ If you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards a conclusion. I wish to inform you that should you contact me via official channels; I will deny knowing you and about this project. I repeat, I do not want you contacting me through my official phone lines nor do I want you contacting me through my official email account. Contact me only through the numbers I will provide for you and also through the email account that I will provide therein in this email. Further more be informed that the fact that you are a foreigner give you the privilege to stand in as my deceased client beneficiary as my deceased client had no relation all his family died with him during the war and I can not use my relation because its not acceptable. Also I am very confident that we will be able to establish the trust that is needed to complete this deal and all that I need from the time been is your willingness and commitment so that we can end fast. What you need to understand about this transaction is that I will make sure that it passes through all international banking laws regards to this I will take care of it as a lawyer to give the transaction the proper documentation that is required to perfect the finishing. Your only obligation in this transaction will be to set up two accounts that can accommodate these funds and I will give you more light later once you agree to partner with me. Like I said before there is no risk involve as it will pass through international banking laws and all documents related to this transaction will be submitted. Please observe this instruction religiously. Your trust and sincerity is much better needed for me than your qualifications. Please, again, note I am a family man, I have wife and children. I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This is the one truth I have learned in life. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, we should plan a meeting, soon. Should you be interested I will prefer you to reach me on the email address below. E-mail: email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org ; and please forward your banking details with your business profiles for me to commence the documentation processes of transferring the fund to you immediately. Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated. I await your response. Mr.Johnson Mathew Esq. KINDLY REPLY ME THROUGH-E-mail: email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org