This email with the subject "PLEASE REPLY" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Wed, 06 Jul 2011 13:35:17 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "BERNARD STEYN" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Permit me to intrude unsolicited, into your privacy. My name is Mr. Bernard steyn, former Chief Operating officer for Lloyds Tsb Bank Plc UK. I came across your contact info. During my internet search research for a credible personality that I could discuss some very important business details with, regarding area of expected “co-operation” in a project that should be of mutual benefit. The project I write about is financial in manner and request direct correspondence between us. I am basically getting in touch with you regarding the estate of Mr Alfre= d and other investments placed under our bank's management 11 years ago as well as documents in our custody for safe keep of money (NOW DORMANT) in Absa Bank of South Africa. The net worth of the said project is about Thirteen Milloin five hundred thousand British Pounds (=A313,500,000.00gbps), however, foreign assistance and co-operation is required for us to facilitate the logistics required to bring the proposa= l to a successful conclusion. I would respectfully request that you keep th= e contents of this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this Email. I contact you independently and no one is informed of this communication. In 1999, the subject matter; Alfred came to our bank to engage in busines= s discussions with our private banking division. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of Thirteen Milloin five hundred thousand British Pounds (=A313,500,000.00gbps), which he wished to have us invest on his behalf. Based on my advice, we spun the money around various opportunitie= s and made attractive margins for our first months of operation, the accrue= d profit and interest stood at this point at over 10 million British pounds= . In mid 2000, he resolved that the principal sum (=A313,500,000gbps) with Absa Bank be liquidated because he needed to make an urgent investment requiring cash payments in Hong Kong and China. We got in touch with the specialist bank in South Africa on his behalf, Absa Bank of South Africa that agreed to release this money for a fee and make cash available to Alfred. However Absa Bank of South Africa got in touch with us three year= s ago that this money has not been claimed. On further enquiries we found out that Alfred was involved in an accident in Mainland South Africa, which means he died intestate. He has no next of kin and the reason I am writing you is because you are namesakes. Absa Bank has since been in custody of stated funds and since close of last fiscal quarter was deadline for funds to be claimed by any relative or it will revert to government ownership anytime soon. What I propose is that since I have exclusive access to his file in our custody here at Lloyds Bank UK, you will be made the beneficiary of these funds. Absa ban= k will contact you informing you that money has been willed to you upon verification, which will be due to the details I make available to them. The claims department of Absa bank will be instructed to make payments to you afterward. You do not have to have known him. I know this might be a bit heavy for you but please trust me on this. For all your troubles I propose that we split the money in half. In the banking circle this happens every time. The other option is that the money will revert back t= o the state as i mentioned earlier. Nobody is getting hurt; this is a lifetime opportunity for us. I hold the KEY to these funds, and as a UK National, we see so much cash and funds being re-assigned daily. I would want us to keep communication for now strictly by email and confidential. Please, again, note I am a family man= ; I have a wife and children. I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to the consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured i= s nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platte= r of gold. This is the one truth I have learned from my private banking clients. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, we should act swiftly on this. If you wish to discuss further with me, please drop your telephone number or send an email with your anticipated response to my personal letter via email address below. I await your response. Sincerely, Mr. BERNARD STEYN. Email: email@example.com