This email with the subject "Urgent Atten" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Tue, 27 Jun 2006 09:31:38 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Hon. Zion Peters" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Sir, This message might meet you in utmost surprise however; it's just my urgent need for a foreign partner that made me contact you for this transaction. I am a banker by profession from Nigeria in West Africa and currently holding the post of the Regional computing auditor of UNION BANK of Nigeri In my department, we discovered an abandoned sum of US$12,524,000.00 (Twelve Million, Five Hundred and Twenty Four Thousand United States Dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our customers who died along with his entire family in 1988 Lockerbie Pan American Airline plane crash. Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of Kin to come over and claim his money,because we can not release it unless somebody applied for its next of Kin or Relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking procedure, but unfortunately to no avail, and nobody has come forward to claim the money (because the mentioned next of kin which is the Son died as well). Therefore, upon this discovery I and other two officials in my department now decide to establish a cordial business relationship with you, hence my contacting you. We want you to purportedly present your good self as the next of Kin or relation of the deceased so that we can prepare documentations and release the funds (US$12.524 Million) into youraccount for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and again we do not want the funds to go into the Governments account as Unclaimed Bill. The banking law and procedures herein stipulates that any account abandoned or dormant for a period of some years is subjected to be closed and all money contained therein will be forfeited to the Government Treasury Account. Now it is being speculated that the above sum will be transferred into Government Treasury Account as unclaimed funds on or before December 2006. The reason for you to present your good self as the next of kin in occasioned by the fact that the deceased customer was a foreigner. Mode of sharing after the successful completion of the transfer is as follows, for the role you will be expected to play in the whole exercise, we have agreed to give you twenty five (25%) of the total sum, and 5% has been set aside for expenses we are going to encounter by both parties in the process of this transaction and the remaining 70% shall be for my colleagues and I. In support of the aforementioned, you are urged to reply this letter indicating your readiness and interest to participate in the business. After you reply, you will be advised on the next step forward.I quite believe that you will protect our interest by keeping this business Top Secret and Confidential, as your interest will be equally protected in order to achieve and maintain maximum confidentiality. Trust to hear from you soon as I count on your earliest response. Thanks, Yours truly, Hon Zion Peters.