This email with the subject "Business proposal..! 11/30/2006 7:10:02 PM" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Thu, 30 Nov 2006 09:10:00 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Vusi Masele" <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
From: Mr. Vusi Masele Tel: +27-842-131-816 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sir, RE: REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE TO MOVE MONEY TO YOUR ACCOUNT With all due respect, I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On June 6th 2004 an American Oil Contractor with the Petroleum Oil And Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA), Mr. Daniel Jones made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, totaling $12,500,000 (Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, I sent a reminder only to discover from his contract employers, PetroSA that Mr. Daniel Jones had died from an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that he died without leaving a WILL and all attempts to trace his next-of-kin were fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Daniel Jones did not declare any kindred or relation in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of $12,500,000 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it. According to the South African banking law; at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the money will be declared domicile and subsequently dropped into the bank coffers as returns on un-operated account. Nobody will ever come forward for the money in this account. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a partner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr. Daniel Jones so that the fruit of this old mans labor will not get into the hands of the so-called bank directors. This is simple, I will like you to provide me with your full names and address so that an attorney/lawyer will prepare the necessary legal documents and a ‘Court Affidavit’ that will put you in place as the next-of-kin. We shall employ the services of an attorney for drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of administration from the Probate Department in your favor for the transfer. A bank account in any part of the world that you will provide will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next-of-kin. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 30% for you, while 10% would be put aside for all expenses that might be incurred in the course of this transaction. There is no risk attached to this transaction as all the paperwork will be arranged by an attorney and with my position as the Branch Manager, guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please do contact me as soon as you receive this letter via my telephone or fax above (you can also send me email). Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand this transaction. Please observe utmost confidentiality and be rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall also require your assistance to invest my share in your country. Yours truly, Mr. Vusi Masele