This one’s new: it’s targeted by last name, claiming that someone sharing your last name died in Nigeria, leaving $6 million in a bank account. The fraudster presents himself as an accountant at the bank holding the money, and offers to split the take with you if you’ll pretend to be the next of kin. The cool thing is that he sent it to an address that has never received a non-spam message, clearly establishing that he bought a low-quality mailing list instead of scraping web sites.
Best line: “I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you. From any breach of the law”
Actual clever wrinkle: the email address you’re supposed to contact is at the official-sounding “justice.com”. This is apparently a service of the legitimate site findlaw.com, a web portal for legal professionals. This may backfire on my new friend…
From firstname.lastname@example.org Sun Jan 25 22:26:32 2004 Return-Path:
Delivered-To: email@example.com Received: (qmail 89090 invoked by uid 26688); 25 Jan 2004 22:16:13 -0000 Received: from unknown (HELO smtp.latinmail.com) ([126.96.36.199]) (envelope-sender ) by 188.8.131.52 (qmail-ldap-1.03) with SMTP for <firstname.lastname@example.org>; 25 Jan 2004 22:16:13 -0000 Received: from unknown (unknown [184.108.40.206]) by smtp.latinmail.com (Postfix) with SMTP id A3CF93BA2A3; Sun, 25 Jan 2004 17:16:12 -0500 (EST) From: mr peter obah To: email@example.com Subject: Attn: Greely MIME-Version: 1.0 Message-Id: <20040125221612.A3CF93BA2A3@smtp.latinmail.com> Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2004 17:16:12 -0500 (EST)
Dear Greely, I am an Accountant with STANDARD TRUST BANK (STB), My name is Mr. Peter Obah, an accountant. I am the personal Account Manager to Engr A Greely. A contract was awarded to our client, Late Mr Greely who is a citizen of your country who used to work with Oil Development Company in Nigeria. Here in after shall be referred to as my client On April 21, 1999, my client, his wife, and their three children were involved in a car accident along Sagamu expressway. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended Relatives, this is also proved unsuccessful. =20 After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where these huge deposits were lodged, particularly the STANDARD TRUST BANK PLC. Where the deceased had an account Valued at about ($6 million u s dollars) has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin. Or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at ($6 million u s dollars) can be paid to you and then you and me Can share the money.60% to me and 40% to you An attorney will be contracted to help revalidated and notarize all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. 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 by my Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Best regards Mr peter obah
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