This email with the subject "Dear Trusting Friend," was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sun, 25 Feb 2007 08:25:27 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was Godson Williams <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Trusting Friend, I pray that this email reaches you in the best of health. In this good Year, I present my best wishes to you and your family with blessings, goodness and mercies from God/Allah. I appologise for my sudden mail which may come to you as a surprise due to the fact that we have not yet met. In a brief introduction, I am Mr Godson Williams, the Director of Operation with a bank. I have a very interesting transaction to discuss with you. The business under discussion has to do with Eng. Lambarek Bendib a national of your country, who is a Consultant/ contractor with Societe Nationale Des Products D Agricole (SONAPRA) a company here in Ivory Coast (Cote d Ivoire in West Africa. I managed to get your contact details through the Internet search myself because time is of importance to this matter and I am desperately looking for a person from his country to assist me to pull this money out from the bank before our corrupt government officials will confiscate the money as the ownner is no more alive. Further more, On the December 25, 2003, Eng. Lambarek Bendib, with his wife and their only daughter were involved in Air-Crash near the Atlantic sea coast in Cotonou suburb on the way of travelling. For more clarifications, you can visit the CNN web news for this tragedy. http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/africa/12/26/benin.crash Or http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3350455.stm Since then I have made several inquiries to your Embassy here, in a bid to locate any relation of Eng. Lambarek Bendib and all my attempts to reach any of his relatives or even his next of kin has been futile as He had no family here in Ivory Coast. Therefore, I decided to contact you so that we can go into partnership in order to claim this abandoned fund. Actually the nature of your business is completely irrelevant to this transaction as all I need from you is an assurance that my interest will be fully protected once this transaction is concluded. Eng. Lambarek Bendib made a numbered time(fixed) deposited for twelve calendar and his account with our Bank accrues to about (Eight Million, Five hundred Thousand US Dollars) $USD8.5M. According to the Cote d ivoire Law, at the expiration of (Two) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Cote d ivoire government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner and from the same country with Eng. Lambarek Bendib to stand in as the next of kin to Eng. Lambarek Bendib so that the fruits of this old man s labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials who will latter use the money to sponsor war in Africa and kill innocent citizens in the search for political power and seat. Please you should be rest assured that there will be no problem at all, my position as the Director of Operation guarantees the successful execution of this transaction within 7 Banking days and the money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 40% for you and 60% for me. This is very simple, I will like you to reply immediately so that I can send you details on how you will apply as the next of kin to Eng. Lambarek Bendib and I will use my good position in the bank as the Director of Operation to make sure that the application is approved, during board meeting for immediate payment. If you are interested, do reply immediately so that we can proceed at once. Please send to me also your private phone, or mobile numbers for easier correspondence. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Yours Truely, Mr Godson Williams