This email with the subject "URGENT ASSISTANCE." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Mon, 13 Feb 2006 07:30:28 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Margareth Tinkana" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
From: Mrs. Margareth Tinkana. 11 Elwil Centre, 14 Caledon Street, 7130, Somerset West, Western Cape. South Africa. Dear Sir, With warm heart I offer my friendship, and greetings, and I hope this mail meets you in good health. However strange or surprising this contact might seem to you as we have not met personally or had any dealings in the past, I humbly ask that you take due consideration of its importance and the immense benefit it will be to you and I. After careful consideration with my children, we resolved to contact you for your most needed assistance in this manner. I duly apologize for infringing on your privacy if this contact is not acceptable to you, as I make this proposal to you as a person of integrity. I got your contacts through my personal research and out of desperation decided to reach you through this medium. First and foremost I wish to introduce myself properly to you. My name is Mrs. Margareth Tinkana, mother of three. My husband, Mr. Jeff Tinkana,died whilst on an official trip to Europe last year. After his death, I was contacted as next of kin by a private security firm in Europe to come forth with the Certificate of Deposit and claim a safety deposit my husband has in their Vault in his name. I went through his library collection and to my astonishment I discovered a Certificate of Deposit for the safety deposit with this private security firm, and other documents relating to the safety deposit. The safety deposit which is in a trunk contains the sum of $18,000,000 which was generated from cash payments from his business associates in the diamond trade from Antwerp, Belgium. Though I knew my late husband was in the diamond business, I did not have the knowledge that he moved funds in cash. This has came as a shock to me and my children, and we have decided to have this fund invested immediately in commercial and residential properties abroad as well as profitable ventures, as no member of my family can hold such a huge amount in our name, hence we sincerely propose to you to render us your most needed assistance in this regard. If you agree to render us your assistance, your role in this project will be to act on my behalf as a trustee to receive the safety deposit containing the funds from the Security firm. Though I believe this transaction should be based on mutual benefit and interest. For your reliable assistance, we are offering you 20% of the funds. I thank you in advance as we anticipate your assistance in enabling us achieve this goal. I will be working with you for a mutual conclusion of the process and I look forward to a long lasting business relationship with you. Whether or not you are interested in assisting us please let us know. This will enable us make alternative plans, in the event of non-interest on your part. Please do respond via this confidential email address email@example.com With warm regards, Mrs. Margareth Tinkana.