This email with the subject "DEAREST! CAN I TRUST YOU?" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Fri, 08 Jul 2011 17:08:30 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was BARR PETERS SMITH <Barr.Peters_smith@hotmail.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
My names are Barrister Peters Smith (a Legal Practitional--commercial and a Chartered Accountant) I trained and work as an External Auditor for the "GUARANTY STANDARD FINANCE BANK" (GSFB), UNITED KINGDOM. I am sure this email shall meet you in utmost surprise. I had taken pains to find your email contact through a random web search using the deceased surname.
On a routine audit check last month, I discovered a lump sum in an investment account that had been dormant for at least twelve years.The entire sum belonged to a single/one account holder with monies totaling 11.3 Million GBP Sterlings (about $19 Million United States Dollars). Now banking regulation/legislation in the UK demands that such funds be tagged as "UNCLAIMED
FUNDS" and reverted into the BANK'S TREASURY. The above facts give my reasons of writing and proposing to you. Myinvestigations of the said account reveals that the investor,from Swizerland, had died in 1998-the exact time the account was last operated. I can confirm with certainty and prove that the said investor died intestate and with no next-of-kin to this estate sum has been found or has come forward all these years.
I am of the settled conviction that using my first-hand insider knowledge, I, working with you can secure the funds in the account for us instead of allowing it pass as "UNCLAIMED FUNDS" into the BANK'S TREASURY.This is especially possible as you bear the same last name to the said investor.So, I crave your participation and co-operation. I have legally secured all relevant documents in my possession (legal and Banking) that will facilitate putting you forward as the legal claimant/beneficiary of the funds. I have exclusive access to his file and he has no next-of-kin, whosoever. You are particularly qualified since you are from a foreign country.
I shall, however, leave out the final details of this transaction till I receive an affirmation and return email of your desire to participate. Rest assured that I am on top of the situation all the time and there will be no risk whatsoever if you are willing to co-operate on this transaction.It is of vital importance that you keep this transaction proposal a secret and confidential if we are to successfully reap the immense benefits of this transaction.
Nobody is getting hurt; this is a lifetime opportunity for us. I hold the KEYS to these funds, and as a banker we see so much cash and fundsbeing reverted to the BANK'S TREASURY. For all my troubles of securing all relevant documents currently in my possession, I desire a 40% of the funds after you have them soon. For this, I shall provide you with an account
to remit my 40%.Find below written telephone and email contacts that you may reach me with. The numbers have been carefully chosen to ensure that I can be reached at anytime you choose to call. Do not hesitate to keep in touch with me by email regularly for confidentiality
I do await and trust your prompt response. Beloveth, Barr. Peters Smith +44-70-4573-9682 Private Email: Barr.email@example.com