This email with the subject "Next of Kin" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sun, 07 Mar 2010 04:25:44 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Next of Kin"<email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
Hello, Before I proceed, I must first apologize for this unsolicited letter to you. I am aware that this is certainly not a conventional way of approach to establish a relationship of trust, but I do have limited choice. My name is Barrister Charles Ela from United Kingdom .Actually, I got your contact information from your country's public records while searching for a last name similar to my Late client Mr. Mark, a business mogul who had casinos and restaurants, lived in Spain for many years, On the 21st Of April 2004, my client, his wife and their one child were involved in a car accident along Madrid express-road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Before his death, on my advice as his lawyer he deposited the sum of $10.5M (TEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) with a bank in Spain under a very strong insurance bond. The bank has mandated me to present any family heir/inheritor for claims before the account gets confiscated or reverts to the government treasury, as unclaimed funds. That is the reason I decided to search for any of my late client's relative which has been impossible for me to accomplish as he did not declare any other person, address, partner or relatives in the official paper works of his deposit. Mr MARK was my private client. I have to let you know that absolute confidentiality is required in this transaction and involvement of a third party is not acceptable. Besides I am doing this on my own personal capacity and do not wish to bring my office into it. Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to my late client, since you both share the same last name so that the money will be released to you. With my position as his lawyer, I will now appoint and recognise you as the heir. I will obtain every relevant document from the probate to make your claim legal. Note that this process is not risky in any manner and it is completely legal but might not be justified morally. Once the fund is released to you, I am proposing 40% of the total sum to you for your involvement.10% would be set aside for any expenses that could be incurred during the transaction. I would retain 50% for myself. Note that when the whole documents are ready, it would be your responsibility to approach the bank and make application for the release and transfer of the said funds. If this proposal does offend your moral values please pardon me otherwise reply via my private email address: charles firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call me Best Regards Charles Ela