This email with the subject "Soliciting for a Business Venture and Partnnership" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Wed, 6 Jul 2005 08:33:10 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Phillip Zakari" <PhilipZakari@surefish.co.uk>, although it may have been spoofed.
From The Desk of Mr.Phillip Zakari.
Union Bank of Nigeria Plc.
Compliment of the day and how is life general with you? Of course it is my humble wish to solicit and crave your indulgence to make this project request for a joint business transaction which I hope will not come to you as a surprise, hence I plead for your pardon.
I am Mr.Phillip Zakari the manager of Union bank of Nig. Plc. Lagos. I have an urgent and confidential business proposal for you. On June 6, 1999, an Australian oil consultant/contractor with the National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) Mr. Sidney O. Greer made a numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve calendar month valued at US$18.5m (Eighteen million, five hundred thousand US Dollars) in my branch.
On maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarded address but got no reply after months we send a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employee (Nigeria national petroleum Corporation) that Mr. Sidney O. Greer died from an automobile accident. On further investigation, it was clear that he died without making a will. All attempts by the Australian Counselor to trace his next of kin were fruitless.
I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Sidney O. Greer did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his official documents including his deposit document in my bank. The total sum US$18.5m still in my bank as dormant acct. No one will ever come forward to claim it. According to Nigerian banking law, after ten years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Nigerian Government. If the account owner is certified death and nobody comes forward to claim it.
This is the situation, and my proposal is that I am looking for a foreigner who will stand in as the beneficiary/next of kin. This is simple. All you have to do is to immediately confirm your interest to assist in receiving this fund for me to begin arranging the proper money transfer document. The money will then be transferred into an account which you will provide for us to share in the ration of 60% for me 30% for you while the remaining 10% will be set aside for expenses incurred with here and there.
There is no risk involved. I am using my position and connection in the bank here to do all the documents work for the transaction. We shall employ the services of an attorney to draft the will and obtain all necessary documents and letter of administration in your favor for the transfer. This transaction is risk free guaranteed. Please do not expose this business proposal if you are not interested because if you do, it will take me out of seat.
If you are interested, please forward your telephone number and fax number to my private email address (firstname.lastname@example.org ) so that I can provide you with more clearification about it all.
I am awaiting your urgent reply