Scam Emails Archive : Advance Fee Fraud/419


From: Thomas Cole <>

This email with the subject "URGENT ASSISTANT NEEDED!!!" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sat, 01 Mar 2008 07:05:48 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.

The sender was Thomas Cole <>, although it may have been spoofed.

Attached Message


Private / Highly Confidential 

Subject Matter: Invitation to act as Next-of-Kin

Dear Sir,Madam,

I presume this letter will come to you as a surprise, but as things
 unfold,we will know each other better.

 I will start by introducing myself  to you.

My name is Thomas Cole a solicitor at law.

I am writing in respect of a foreigner Richard Burson , who happens to
 be my client an oil merchant and contractor who perished in a plane
 crash of 31st October 1999[WITH EGYPTIAN AIRLINE 990] with other
 passengers aboard.

Since the demise of my client I personally have watched with keen
 interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has
 come to claim his funds of US$28.5m(Twenty Eight Million Five Hundred
 Thousand United States Dollar) and all the relevant documents in the bank
 has no record of any next of kin.

 On this note, I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as his next of kin so I have 
contacted you to assist in repatriating most especially, the money left behind by my client before 
they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where the huge deposits were lodged.

Particularly, the Equity Development Bank Plc where the deceased had an
 account valued at about Usd28.5 million dollars has issued me a notice
 to provide the Next of kin, or have the account confiscated.

I seek your consent to present you as the Next of kin of the deceased.

I know you can assist me as I need somebody who is trustworthy and
 willing to assist me get the funds transfered.Whcih the account which
 my late client operate is valued at Usd28.5 million dollars can be paid
 to you, as my clients Next of Kin, and then we can share the amount on a
 mutual agreed percentage.

All legal documents to back up your claim as the deceased Next of Kin
 will be provided. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable
 us see this deal through.

 I guarantee that this will be executed under  legitimate arrangement that will protect you from 
any breach of the law and you should endeavor to keep it confidential.
Please get in touch with me at,
 enable us discuss further about this transaction.

Best regards,

Thomas Cole.