A Scam Email with the Subject "Finance Minister of Brunei(REPLY IN GODS NAME)" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Mon, 16 Apr 2007 15:32:09 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was "Prince Fayad Bolkiah" <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Friend, I am Prince Fayad Bolkiah, the eldest son of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, former Finance Minister of Brunei, the tiny oil-rich sultanate on the Gulf Island of Borneo. I will save your time by not amplifying my extended royal family history, which has already been disseminated by the international media during the controversial dispute that erupted between my father and his stepbrother, the sultan of Brunei Sheik Muda Hassanal Bolkiah. As you may know from the international media, the sultan had accused my father of financial mismanagement and impropriety of US$14.8 billion dollars. This was as a result of the Asian financial crisis that made my fathers company Amedeo Development Company and government owned Brunei Investment Company to be declared bankrupt during his tenure in office. However my father was kept under house arrest, his bank accounts and private properties including a crude oil export refinery were later confiscated by the sultanate. Furthermore during this unfortunate period, I was advised to evacuate my immediate family outside the sultanate to avoid further prosecution from the sultan and his security operatives, but before I could do that I was placed under house arrest after being beaten by the Sultans security men and I had no access to phone, but I have a laptop from which I am sending you this mail. Some of the guards here are still loyal to me. Before my Incaseration, I went ahead to dispatch the sum of Four hundred and twenty Million United States Dollars (US$420,000,000.00) in cash with the assistance of a foreign diplomat who now resides in Europe. The money has now been deposited as valuables into different private security and trust company for safe keeping abroad. The money was split and kept in the following countries in this proportion: US$50 Million is in London, US$160 Million is in china, US$40 Million is in Thailand, and US $170 Million in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Please if you know you can assist in claiming and investing it in real estate/property to guarantee the future survival of my family, contact me fast so that I'll give you contact information of the security company in Europe and other parts of the world where the funds are deposited. For your assistance i will compensate you with 25% of the total sum and another 5% shall be set aside to defray any expenses that may arise. Please I count on your absolute confidentiality, transparency and trust while looking forward to your prompt response towards a swift conclusion of this business transaction through my email address as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks & May Allah's blessing remain with you. I remain yours sincerely, Prince Fayad Bolkiah