This email with the subject "Dear My. Trust worthy Fellow," was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Wed, 16 Apr 2008 15:19:43 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was RICHARD DUKE <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
Barrister Richard Duke (Esq.) R. Duke Chambers & Advocates Attorney & Solicitors. firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 16 / 04 / 08 Dear My. Trust worthy Fellow, I am Barrister Richard Duke personal attorney to Dr. David Adams, a foreign Merchant who used work with Adams Group. On the 2nd of February 2005, my client and his wife were involved in an auto crash along the Carter Bridge on their way back from the airport. It was so unfortunate that they lost their life in the auto accident. Most sadly, their only Son, Roland who was in the same car with them also died in the crash. Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my client's extended relatives but this proved unsuccessful. First, as his Personal Attorney, I could formally notify the bank authorities where my late client made a deposit that my client is dead and has no one to benefit his deposited funds, and in this case the funds will be forfeited to the Government treasury after some times as an unclaimed funds. As a matter of fact, this is the proper thing I am supposed to do as a professional lawyer. However, another thing I can do is to seek for someone else, a foreigner (just as you) to act as the Next-of-kin of my late client's so that the Bank will transfer this funds into your nominated Bank account. This is the option that I can do to help anybody and myself since the funds will be marked unclaimed bills to the Government treasury account. After all the several unsuccessful attempts, since it is not compulsory that the next-of-kin must be a blood relation to the deceased, hence I contacted you because you share the same National identity with my late client, be informed that a next-of-kin can be anybody, friends or organization. Presently, the bank where the deceased (my client) made the deposit valued at US$:10, 000,000.00 United States Dollars issued my firm a notice to provide the next-of-kin or any of my client’s relatives who will receive its benefit or have the account confiscated, so I have contacted you to assist me in repatriating this benefit left behind by my late client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank. To this effect, I now seek your consent to present you to the bank as the next of kin of the deceased (my Client) so that the proceeds of this deposit valued at US$:10,000,000.00 United States Dollars will be paid to you and then you and I can share the money; 50% to me and 40% to you, while 10% should be given to any Orphanage Home. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me via E-mail: email@example.com with the below details immediately you acknowledge the good receipt of this message. Full Name: Full Address: Telephone Number: Fax Number: Mobile Number: Private Email: Age: Occupation: Country of Origin: Sex: Marital Status: Your prompt response is highly imperative. Yours sincerely, Barrister Richard Duke (Esq.)