This email with the subject "ARE YOU RELATED TO HIM, PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YES OR NO?" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sat, 13 Feb 2010 13:36:48 -0800 and has been classified as a Generic Scam.
The sender was "Mr. Mensah Delata"<email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
From: Mr.Mensah Delata Eco Bank Nigeria Plc #2, Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos-Nigeria. Ref No: EBN/101/134/2000 Telegrams: EB BANK Direct Line: 234-1-776-4093 Date: 13th February 2010 Dear Sir/Madam, You are contacted by this office in regards to this urgent issue at hand; that on the 20th January 2010, one Mr. Willis Crane from the united states of America lodged in certain amount worth to the tune of USD 15,000,000.00 (Fiften Million United States Dollars Only) with our bank for immediate transfer to his offshore account but on his way to the Northern region during Jos Crisis to conclude a business transaction with his Nigeria business associates, he was attacked which led to his untimely death as the news reached the bank. The bank had tried as much as they could to locate any of the decease family members so that the money in questions will be released to his family but to no avail. So while I was conducting my search with the last name of the decease, I was able to get a least 150 names and contact emails displayed on the search and for the past few days, i have made several attempts to communicate with some persons who told me that they are not related to the decease i assumed they thought it is one of those fraudulent activities going on the internet, all the persons I contacted felt I am not for real. The truth is that, I do not know if you are related to the decease (MR. WILLIS C.) who owns the funds in question; Should incase you are not in any way related to the deceased, you and I can work as partners to have the funds transferred to your account since you shares the same last name with the deceased. My major reason for contacting you is that the funds might be return to the federal government treasury account following directives from the Ministry of Finance to "writ off" all unclaimed funds with the various banks here. It will take me just 72 hours to transfer the funds to your care if you are ready to collaborate with me. This will be against every other arrangement already made; you don't need an attorney I will ensure the funds are credited to your nominated account. You only have to accept my conditions and abide by it. You know this is a very big risk which I am prepared to take. My conditions are: You will guarantee to give me 50% of the total sum of the money payable immediately when the money is credited to your account. You must promise to re-transfer the fund into another account within 5 working days of being credited to your original account and secondly,You will pay for my air ticket out of Nigeria to your country. Finally, you must maintain absolute secrecy and confidentiality by not communicating with any other person or disclosing this arrangement to another person and do contact my private email contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. This is a last resort and your only chance of getting your late relative funds as his next of kin. I expect your reply immediately. Best regards, Mr.Mensah Delata.