A Scam Email with the Subject "Dear Friend," was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sat, 13 Oct 2007 05:26:27 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was "TOMAS NICOLAU" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Friend, The purpose of my writing to you is because I am searching for a foreign business partner who is in a position to assist me with my urgent business proposal, as time is not on my side. A partner, who understands what confidentiality, means and who has the necessary facilities I require in embarking on this important venture. I decided to contact you through email as it has remained the only possible means I consider safe to contact you. I apologize if this is not suitable to you. We want to transfer to abroad $US16.5m (Sixteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) from A Security Company, Mega Trust Financial & Securities SA., Spain Branch, situated in the above location in Spain. I am contacting you in a non-official capacity. To provide either an existing bank Account Or to set up a new bank account immediately to receive this money, even an empty account can serve to receive this money as long as you will remain honest to the transaction. We will Start the first Transfer with Six Million U.S.Dollars [$6,000.000.00] upon successful Transfer without any disappointment from your side, we shall re-apply for the Transfer of the remaining Ten Million United States Dollars [$10, 500.000.00] I am , an Accountant, with Mega Trust Financial & Security Company SA, Spain. During the Course of Our Auditing, I discovered a floating fund in an account opened with the Security Company in 1990 and since 1993 nobody has operated on this account again. After going through some old files in the records, I discovered that the owner of the account died without an [Heir], Hence the money has been floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing to the Spanish Government.
I am contacting you as a foreigner because this money can only be approved to a foreigner with a valid International Passport, Drivers License and foreign account because the money is in US Dollars and the former owner of the account Mr. Robert Hendrickson is a foreigner. I am revealing all this to you with the belief that you will never let me down in this business. For your active participation, I have two options of compensating you. Firstly you can choose to have 25% of the total money for your assistance or you can go into partnership with me for the proper and profitable investment of the entire money in your country in any lucrative business you will advise me of. Of course, the investment must be under your direct management and supervision. As soon as the money has been transferred into your account, I shall come to your country and meet you face to face to work out the modalities of the investments. Please notify me of your choice in your reply. I have also set aside 5% of the total sum $16.5M for all kinds of expenses that may come our way in the process of this transaction. Please note that this 5% for expenses is not with me at the moment but shall be deducted from the money as soon as you have received it in your account. Be informed that this transaction is risk free as all modalities have been put in place for a hitch free transaction. To commence this transaction, I require you to immediately indicate your interest by a return e-mail to the below email address and enclose the following: your full name and address, your private telephone and fax number your Age and occupation I will discuss with you in details when I receive your response. Please reply to my private email:email@example.com Thanks. Tomas Nicolau