This email with the subject "urgent attn" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Thu, 17 Aug 2006 01:13:56 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was Mr Donald Duke <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
FROM: MR DONALD DUKE STANDARD BANK PLC NO 27 HILTON AVENUE, NEW ENGLAND. SOUTH AFRICA TEL/FAX: +8821621528454 Dear Friend, I am Mr. Donald Duke , an Auditor with Standard Bank Plc, South Africa. I am writing following an opportunity in my office that will be of immense benefit to both of us. In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of USD$9.8 Million (Nine Million, Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in an account that belongs to one of the Bank's foreign customers Late Mr. Morris Thompson an Australian Gold Merchant in South Africa who unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31 2000, including his wife and only daughter, You can read more about the crash on visiting this site. http://archives.cnn.com/2000/US/02/01/alaska.airlines.list/ Since we got information about his death, during our routine audit investigation, we have been silently expecting his next of kin or relatives to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as Next of Kin or Relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines, Unfortunately I learnt that his supposed next of kin being his only daughter died along with him in the plane crash leaving nobody with the knowledge of this fund behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I as the Head of Audit Department, in collaboration with the Bank Branch Manager now decided to make business with you and release the money to you as the Next of Kin or beneficiary of the funds for safety keeping and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don't want this money to go back into Government treasury as unclaimed bill. The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that such money remained after five years the money will be transferred into banking treasury as unclaimed funds. I agreed with the manager that 20% of this money would be for you as foreign partner and for your assistance, while the balance will be for our investment in your country. I will visit your country for the disbursement according to the percentages indicated above once this money gets into your account. Please be honest to me and trust is our watchword in this transaction, note this transaction is confidential and risk free. As soon as you receive this mail you should contact me back or call me on my direct number: TEL: +8821621528454 Please note that all necessary arrangement for the smooth release of these funds to you has been finalized. We will discuss much in details when I do receive your response, please in your response include your telephone and fax numbers for easy communication. Best Regards Mr. Donald Duke