This email with the subject "Dear friend" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Mon, 30 Apr 2007 12:34:39 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "john bestman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Hello Dear,This letter was borne out of my desire to establish a business/mutual relationship with you. My name is Mr.John Bestman, the son of Chief Mark Bestman (the former minister of finance under the ousted civilian government) who was killed in an EgyptAir Flight 990, a giant twin-engine Boeing 767 on the way from New York to Cairo, with 217 people aboard. It had taken off from Kennedy Airport in the middle of the night, climbed to 33,000 feet, and flown normally for half an hour before mysteriously plummeting into the Atlantic Ocean sixty miles south of Nantucket.Though I do not know to what extent you are familiar with events and disturbances in Liberia, but the pressure of war drove my mother and i out of Republic of Liberia into exile in where we have been living under political asylum.
Sadly, my mother died of cancer three months ago and was burried. Prior to her death, she handed me over a certificate meant for a secret deposit which my late father made in a Finance Holding Company, the deposit that worth US$14M (Fourteen Million United States dollars only), was money paid to his corporation by its overseas Company in the heat of the conflict. He made this saving on his name with the hope of investing it after his tenure; but met his death on the air disaster .
I have contacted the Holding Company to confirm and the established ownership. Due to the return of peace in Liberia and the subsequent death of my mother, I have decided to solicit for the participation of a honest and trustworthy person or Company that will assist in the transfer and business re-investment of the fund.
I cannot do it alone due to my present social status and total ignorance of the business world. You will be given a 25% of the total fund for your effort in securing and transfering of this fund to your account or nogotiable percentage as you may wish from the transaction. If you are interested in the above proposal, contact me immediately for more details.
You must maintain absolute confidentiality to ensure success. Please indicate your personal tel/fax numbers when replying. Best regards, Mr John Bestman. _________________________________________________________________Personnalisez votre Messenger avec Live.com http://www.windowslive.fr/livecom/