Scam Emails Archive : Advance Fee Fraud/419

Subject: My Dear Friend

From: Barr James Cooker <>

This email with the subject "My Dear Friend" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sun, 02 Mar 2008 05:15:21 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.

The sender was Barr James Cooker <>, although it may have been spoofed.

My Dear Friend

I am Mr. James Cooker, I was the former personal secretary to the late Mr. Michael Gambone.I am writing this letter to solicit for support and assistance from you to carry out this business opportunity. Lying in an inactive account in a London bank is the sum of 19milion pounds sterling belonging to my former boss who was a gas consultant
here in UK, who happens to be deceased during a business trip.

He died with his wife (Deborah Gambone) on board the Swissair Flight 111, which crashed into the Atlantic off Nova Scotia in September 2nd 1998. The news of this crash was on the news which we have notified his relatives to no avail.

See links below for more detail information:

Ever since he died the bank has been expecting his next of kin to come and claim these funds. But no one has ever asked about the money since his death in 1998 to this effect, the bank cannot release the money unless someone applies for it as next of kin, as indicated in the banking guideline.

Unfortunately he has no family member in UK or Over-sea who are aware of the existence of the money (as he lived only with her wife Deborah in London). And all efforts I have made in finding his relations yielded no positive result, At this juncture I have decided to do business with you, to this effect I solicit your assistance in applying as the next
of kin to the bank then the money will be released to you, as I do not want this money to go into the bank treasury As an unclaimed bill, because the banking law and guideline stipulates that if such money(s) remains unclaimed for a long period of time the
money will be transferred into the banks treasury as an unclaimed bill.
My request for a foreigner as next of kin is occasioned by the fact that the owner of the money was a foreigner and a British cannot stand as next of kin. 50% of the money will be your share as a foreign partner and your assistance to actualize this business, 5% for any expenses incurred. Thereafter I will visit your country with your help once the money hits
your account for disbursement according to the percentage indicated.

To affect the immediate transfer of the fund to you as agreed, you must apply
first to the bank as the next of kin to the deceased, and then we will follow up all formalities for the transaction. And since I was his personal secretary for ten years I have all the relevant documents that will effect the easy realize of the money to you.

Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you, the text of the application you are to send to the bank, and further clarify you in other issues as to affect this business.

Waiting to hear from you urgently

Best Regards
Mr. James Cooker