This email with the subject "THINK ABOUT THIS" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Wed, 20 Dec 2006 07:22:30 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "JOHN KELLY" <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Friend, I am Barrister John Kelly (Esq.), the Personal Attorney to Mr. Cesar H. Alonso, a foreigner, who worked with Jangle Cement Company here in Nigeria, on the 2nd of Dec. 2002, my client and his wife, got involved in a car accident,all occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there lives. Since then I have made several inquiries to locate any of my 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 contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the fund left behind by my late client because the bank have asked me as his lawyer to produce his next of kin. Particularly, Bank have given me a notice to provide the next of kin to claim the contract valued at about US$28.5 Million Dollars or have the amount confiscated. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for years, now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since your a foreigner and have the same surname so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$28.5 Million can be paid to you. However, I personally donât belong to such school of thought that proposes that such fortune be given to the government because this is cheating and is possible that the top government officials for their own selfish interest could divert the fortune. Because of this I am contacting you to seek your acting as the beneficiary of the will. I am my client attorney and I alone knew about his will. Upon indication of your interests, all I will do is to amend the will by fitting in your name as the supposed next-of-kin and back it up with a sworn affidavit, which automatically becomes valid. This amendment should be between us and must not leak out to anyone. It is absolutely confidential. As I am not very sure of getting your consent yet on the issue, I prefer not to divulge my full identity so as not to risk being disbarred. Until I am sure of your consent and full cooperation then I will not be afraid to give you my full identity. Meanwhile, I would prefer that we maintain correspondence by email. At this point I want to assure you that your true consent, full cooperation and confidentiality are all that are required to enable us to take full advantage of this golden opportunity. NOTE: Some of the lawyers in my office have been plaining to divert this particular amount of money US$28.5M but they failed because I never authorized anybody to do that, as the principal attorney of this estate I hereby urge your assistance to get this fund transferred into your account legitimately which I am assuring. Some of my lawyers may contact you in different ways concerning this claim, but just respond to me by forwarding me the message they send you so that appropriate action can be taken. If you are interested to work with me, please provide me with the below informationâs need: 1. Your Full names 2. Your complete Postal Address. 3. Your Telephone number 4. Your/fax number 5. Your Occupation. 6. Sex. 7. Marital Status. I will appreciate your urgent response in this regard through my alternative Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Thanks for your anticipated cooperation. Yours faithfully, J Kelly.BLESS YOU!!!