This email with the subject "Greetings" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Tue, 14 Dec 2010 02:48:15 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was John Mensah <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
-- This letter must come to you as a surprise, but I believe itis only a day that people meet that they can become great friends and business partners.I am Solomon Mensah, currently Branch Manager with a reputable bank here in Ghana. I write you this proposal in good faith, believing that I can trust you with the information I am about to reveal to you. I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.On March 1ST,2006, a property consultant and importer of used cars, Mr. Zaachery Ruben made a (Fixed) Deposit for twenty four calendar months, valued at ?3.5m(GBP) (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand British pounds sterling) in my branch and I happen to be his account officer before I was moved to my present position recently. It was to my utter surprise that Mr.Zaachary was among the death victims in May 26 2006 Earthquake disaster inJawa, Indonesia that killed over 5,000 people. He was in Indonesia on a business trip and that was how he met his end. Upon the maturity in 2008, as his account officer, it is my duty to notify him on the maturity date so I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but the letter was returned undelivered. After sometime, I tried sending back the letter, but it was again returned and finally I discovered from his contract employers, that Mr. Zaachery was as a victim of above mentioned May 26 2006 Earthquake disaster in Jawa,Indonesia and was the reason why he did not declare any next of kin or relation in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank and did not leave any WILL. This sum of ?3,500,000.00(GBP) have been floating and placed under dormant/unserviceable account by my bank management since n0 one have heard from the owner since 2008. I wish to let you know that all the investigation I have made so far, my bank management is not aware of it; I am the only one that have the information.With the recent change of government in my country and with their efforts to support the United Nations in checkmating terrorism aid in the Africa,before the end of this year, the government will pass a new financial control law which will give the government authority to interrogate account owners of above ?2,000,000.00 (GPB) to explain the source of the funds,making sure it is not for terrorism support. If I do not move this money out of the country immediately, before the stipulated period the government will definitely confiscate the money, because my bank cannot provide the account owner to explain the source of the money. I cannot directly transfer out this money without the help of a foreigner That has a similar name with Mr. Zaachery and that is why I am contacting you for assistance. As the Account Officer to late Mr.Zaachery coupled with my present position and status in the bank as a Branch Manager now, I have the power to influence the release of the funds to any foreigner that comes up as the next of kin to the account, with the correct information concerning the account, which I shall give you. All documents to enable you claim this fund will be carefully worked out and there is practically no risk involved, the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law, beside Ghana is porous.I want you to state how you wish us to share the funds in percentage, so that both of us will be satisfied. contact me as soon as you receive this message with below information I shall send you a copy of the depository Agreement certificate issued to Mr. Zaachery when the deposit was made for your perusal. Regards, John Mensah