This email with the subject "RE:your next of kin" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Mon, 14 Aug 2006 09:44:55 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Barrister Joseph Appiah" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear sir, A National of United State of America (Engr. David Rosman) who used to work with shell/oil Development Company as the chief Engineer died through a car accident along Vianna Express way in Vianna- Austria, All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives, including Engr. David wife and three children. Since then I have made several enquiries to the US embassy to locate any of my late clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet, to locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence I'm contacting you to assist in repatriating the money that belong to my late client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged. Particularly, the Bank where the late Engr. David had an account valued at about USD$10.5 million dollars has issued me a notice today base on the fact that Late Engr David was my client, to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 4 years, I am now seeking, your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased, so that the proceeds of his account valued at $10.5 million dollars can be paid to your account and then you and me can share the money. After due transfer of the fund into your nominated bank account, we shall share it according to the ratio of 40% for me, 60% for you, Endeavor to forward me the below information so as to enable us proceed with the application procedure to the bank. 1. Your full names 2. Contact address 3. Telephone and fax number 4. Age 5. Profession All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Kindly get in touch with me so as to enable me obtain the text of application for legacy claim in your name, for you to apply directly to the bank where the fund was deposited. Best regards Barr. Joseph Appiah (Esq)