This email with the subject "CONFIDENTIAL & URGENT" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Mon, 12 Nov 2007 13:44:39 -0800 and has been classified as a Generic Scam.
The sender was MR. VICTOR GRANDE <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear friend, How are you doing today? I am Mr. Victor Grande, staff of Barclays of Spain. I am contacting you concerning a deceased customer and an investment he placed under our banks management three years ago. I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this mail. I am making this contact with you based on my need for an individual/company who is willing to assist me to stand as the next of kin to my deceased client. Being the deceased's financial consultant before his untimely and sudden death and since I am the only one who has the knowledge of where these funds ($30million) was moved to when the deceased demanded it be moved from our office Barclays Bank Ltd to a security company, I can move this deal forward to it's successful end once we agree to work together. What I expect from you is trust and commitment. There is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth undertaking. According to practice, the Security firm will by the end of this financial year broadcast a request for statements of claim to Barclays Bank Ltd, failing to receive viable claims they will most probably revert the deposit to KLEINWORT BENSON Private Bank. What I propose now is that if you are the relative to my client please let me know. I alone have the deposit details and they will release the deposit to no one unless I instruct them to do so. I alone know of the existence of this deposit for as far as Barclays Bank is concerned, the transaction with our late customer concluded when I sent the funds to the security firm, all outstanding interactions in relation to the file are just customer services and due process. The Security firm has no single idea of the history or nature of the deposit. They are simply awaiting instructions to release the deposit to any party that comes forward. This is the situation. This bank has spent great amounts of money trying to track this man's family; they have investigated for months and have found no family. Now the investigation has come to an end. My proposal; I am prepared to place you in a position to instruct the Security holding firm to release the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you in half. That is: I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you. We share the proceeds 60/40.I would have gone ahead to ask that the funds be released to me, but that would have drawn a straight line to me and my involvement in claiming the deposit. I assure you that I could have the deposit released to you within a few days. I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is for you to betray my confidence.You can reach me on my private email address:firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to hear from you soon. Best Wishes, Victor Grande