This email with the subject "Dear Friend," was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Wed, 15 Nov 2006 17:36:42 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "MR. MARK EGOBIA" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Friend, I am very sorry to interrupt your peace since you are not expecting to receive any mail from me. However, I was obliged to do so due to the need and urgency of the message. I sincerely write to seek your co-operation and trust to enable me carries out an urgent business opportunity in my department. I am Mr. Mark Egobia, an accountant and account manager to Mr. A. Thomas, who here-in after shall be referred to as my client, on the January 27th, 2002 my client and his family were among those involved in an Ikeja bomb blast unfortunately they lost their lives in the process of the bomb blast. For confirmation, please refer to the links below: http://news.bbc.co. uk/1/hi/world/africa/2718295.stm Since then I have made several inquiries to his Country embassy to locate any of my client's extended Relatives, this has proved unsuccessful. My client was an oil contractor with the Federal Government of my Country; He left in his domiciliary account a 40% of private individual deposit with our Bank, which I have with me the Investment Deposit Certificate an important document worth Twenty Six Million United States Doller US$26,000,000.00).Until date I still manage this Deposit. I will like to know you personally and then state in Court through a reputable attorney here declaring you as the next of kin to my late client.I am contacting you to assist in repatriating the money left behind by my late client. While, you and I will benefit in the fund. The Bank will pay this money to you as an inheritance. After the sudden death of my client, and for the reason that there as has not been a next of kin to my late client, the bank has decided to forfeit the money and declare it as an abandoned property as there is no next of kin who should inherit his funds. The board of directors of this bank adopted a resolution and I was mandated to provide his next of kin for the payment of this money within 5 months working days starting from the 10th May 2006, or forfeit the money to the bank as an abandoned property. The bankers had planned to invoke the abandoned property decree of 1996 to confiscate the funds after the expiration of the period given to me. I have reasoned very professionally and I feel it will be legally proper to present you as the next of kin of my deceased client, so that you can be paid the funds left in his bank account. I therefore seek your consent to present you as the Next of Kin to the Deceased client since your have the same last name and also from same national, so that the proceeds of this Bank account valued at Twenty Six Million United Stats Dollars (US$26,000,000.00) can be paid to you. The need for a foreigner as next of kin in this project is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Nigerian will not perfectly fit in as his next of kin or heir. I have agreed that a reasonable percentage of the Fund would be given to you as foreign partner, thereafter I will meet you in your country for disbursement. Please understand that my approach to you is based only on my positive reasoning and on the belief that you will not disappoint or betray me at last. The amount is fairly huge and we have agreed that on completion of the deal, you will be highly compensated for your assistance. An attorney will be contracted to help us revalidated and notarize all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up this claim you may make as soon as I hear from you with your full consent to present you to the Bank as the next of kin to my late client, after we reach an agreement. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please consider my official positions, reputation and integrity,especially, the opportunities in the business itself, it is very necessary that all due care be taken so that we do not miss the opportunity due to carelessness. You are therefore expected and advised to display high degree of maturity, responsibility and understanding in handling this information. I will give you all the details in my next mail when you have indicated your interest and commitment to work with me. Always remember that this is the highest confidence and trust any person can repose on the other, especially when it is considered that we did not know ourselves before. I hope you will honor me too. I will come over to join you in your Country for disbursement when the funds hit your account. More so for an effective and easy communication I will advice that you furnish me with the following: 1.Telephone/fax number: 2.Your complete home address: 3. Your full names: I await your good response. Best Regards, Mr. Mark Egobia.