This email with the subject "Urgent Business Transaction with me" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sat, 25 Nov 2006 15:00:17 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Beard Bartic" <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
From the Desk of Mr.Berad Bartic 25/ 11/2006 Attn: I am Mr.Berad Bartic, Bank Manager of a reputable bank in Johannesburg,Gauteng Province,Republic of South Africa. I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On March 6, 2002, a British Minning consultant/contractor with the South African Mining Corporation , (Name deliberately with held) made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$12,500,000.00 (Twelve Million five Hundred Thousand Dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. Last Novermber, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the South African Mining Corporation , that the depositor died of Harth Failure. On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was not find. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that the depositor did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, US$12,500,000.00 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 Laws of Republic of south Africa, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the South African Government if nobody applies to claim the fund. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as THE NEXT OF KIN to the depositor. This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address so that My attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits 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 probate/administration 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 65% for me and 35% for you. There is no risk at all as all the paper work for this transaction will be done by the attorney and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please reply immediately via the private email address above. Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction. Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy communication. Please observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country. Awaiting your urgent reply via my email address. Thanks and Regards. Mr.Berad Bartic