This email with the subject "URGENT ATTENTION NEEDED" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sat, 10 Mar 2007 03:14:32 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "adjim pual" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
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Ií am Adjim Pual. the auditor general groupe Bank of Africa Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. This mail might come to you as a surprise since we do not know each other, but meanwhile I have a proposal to put before you.
Before I proceed, I would like to explain some relevant facts to you. Firstly, before this mail got to you, I have sent out several proposals of this nature to foreigners,(non Africans) but I received negative responses. Therefore, I took it upon myself to carry out investigations why this was so, upon my investigations, I found out that certain junior officials of this bank had sent out proposal like this which was unsuccessfully done.
I took another step to ensure that this act is stopped and only genuine officials capable of executing a transaction of this magnitude based on the total absent of the next of kin to the deceased.
Moreso, based on this fact I have personally made a successful conclusion thus transferred the funds into a finance house affiliated to this bank. Now the proposal is thus: our bank is mostly patronised by foreigners and expatriates because of our ability to be discrete and secretive. From October 2001 to date, we have lost eight clients (deceased) and from these eight only four next of kins have turned up to lay claims on their entitled funds.
This banking policy is to send several messages to the embassies and high commissions from where our clients are nationalised to notify all next of kins about their deceased relativeís funds in our possession. Among the remaining four deceased clients, one in particular did not leave any information about his next of kin. He is a foreign customer of this bank and he left in our banks possession a sum of $18,000,000 (eighteen million us dollars).
This honourable bank has sent several messages to the deceased customerís embassy authorities to source for his next of kin or any of his relatives and all efforts have proved abortive. Recently, we got wind of information that the federal government of <*xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />
Meanwhile, as you receive and read this mail, the fund is in a finance house here in
Your share of this money will be 30% you are to keep this transaction solemnly to yourself alone.