A Scam Email with the Subject "From Mr.James Michael" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Fri, 15 Sep 2006 10:23:54 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was "Mr.James Michael" <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Sir/Madam, I am a staff of one of the leading banks in Ghana. I will give you the name of my bank and other important information if I receive a positive reply from you. For security reasons I cannot disclose my full identity to you now until I am sure of your cooperation. I work in the operations dept where I serve as account officer to numerous customers. One of the customers whom I worked as his account officer was a wealthy diamond merchant from America. Because this man was good to me when he was alive, I took it upon myself to travel to his country last month, to see if I could locate any of his close relations. On reaching there I discovered that his only surviving uncle died a few months back. I sponsored this trip on my own and nobody in the bank knew I was undertaking the journey so I did not present any official report of my findings in the bank. Now there are two things I could do with regards to the money. First, as his accounts officer, I could formally notify the bank authorities that the man is dead and has no next of kin. In this case the money would be forfeited to the government after some time. As a matter of fact this is the proper thing I am supposed to do. Another thing I can do is to arrange for someone else, a foreigner, to act as the next of kin of the late man so that he will claim the money. This is the option that I can do to help anybody and myself since the money actually is public fund due to the fact that my friend was a close ally to the late brutal military president that looted government treasury. And that is why I have chosen to do it. I want you to be my partner. All you would have to do is act as the next of kin of the dead man and the whole money in the account will be transferred to your account. As the accounts officer to the late man, I have all the necessary documents that will require claiming the money in the account. The total money in the account is USD17 million. Your share will be 30%, which is USD5, 100,000. My colleague and i will share 70%. Reach me immediately by mail so that I can give you further details. Also provide me you with direct telephone to reach you. James Michael