This email with the subject "Dear One" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Thu, 18 Mar 2010 06:13:48 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Barr. Francis Lim Advocates & Solicitors" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear One, I am Barr.Francis Lim, a lawyer by profession. I am soliciting your involvement in a deal that will be of great mutual benefits between us. I have a late client (dead) who had the same surname (family name) as yours. My late client used to work with Shell Oil Exploration Company here in Malaysia, he was an influential wealthy businessman, Civil engineer and Gold Magnet. On the 21st of April 2004, my client, his wife and their only child were involved in a car accident and later died of internal bleeding. All passengers of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives, (may their gentle souls rest in peace) Amen. Since then, I have made several enquiries to locate any of my client’s extended family relatives but have proved unsuccessful. I came to know about you through an enquiry I was making in the Internet, and I found out that you shared the same surname with my late (dead) client. Therefore, I am contacting you in order to assist in transferring the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank. Your assistance is important and urgent because of the commercial banks where my late client had a domiciliary account valued for Nine Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only (US$9,500,000.00) has already issued me a notice to provide his Next of Kin or have the account confiscated within the next 30 days. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 4 years now, I hereby seek your consent to present you as the Next of Kin to my late client since you have the same family (last name), so that the US$9,500,000.00 can be paid to you for onward investment into any areas of business you deem viable for a minimum period of 5 years to enable me continue my search for his Next of Kin. Note that I shall prepare legal documentations that will enable you have 40% of the total sum, which amount to US$3,800,000.00. Be also assured that this deal is 100% risk free. I guarantee that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. All I require is your honest co-operation and utmost CONFIDENTIALITY to enable us see this business through.Please, get in touch with me by telephone or fax to enable us discuss further about the details of this transaction.Send your reponse to my most private email address: email@example.com Yours truly, Barr. Francis Lim Advocates & Solicitors