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This is an example of the familiar “dormant bank account” scam involving a deceased foreigner, but it’s an unusually high quality one that may trap many victims. Unlike most scam messages, this one is largely free of spelling and formatting errors, and it looks much more like a professional email. And it uses the “meta-scam” strategy, acknowledging that there are a lot of scams out there, and reassuring you that this isn’t one of them. But of course it is: a scammer who proofreads his messages is still a scammer.
From: “Deneys James” JIRA@edgeip.com
Subject: My regards to the family
Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2016 04:41:11 +0100
I know this may come to you as a surprise due to the amount of scam emails we all receive on daily bases, but it is with a sincere and humble heart that I am making this contact for our mutual benefit.
My name is Mr. Deneys James of Deneys James Attorneys, specializes in corporate and legal claims, a financial legal representative to business moguls and politicians here in Nigeria. I am contacting you in regards to a deceased client Engr. Nicholas Feschuk of California USA who was a contractor with Shell Petroleum Development Company(SPDC) in Nigeria. On March 2012; my client and some other business men were involved in a auto accident in Benin-Ore Expressway,
Before his death, my client had (US$32 Million) with a financial institution here in Nigeria; In view of the Nigerian Law of Succession, claims of this nature can only be made by a surviving relative/family member. Unfortunately he had no will at the time of death. All efforts made through some Private Investigators in Nigeria have revealed no link to any of his family member.
With the applicable law of succession there is a duration within which such claims must be applied for, and as a result I am under pressure to present the next of kin or a relative who will claim the funds, and failure to do this would legally allow the financial institution toreport the funds to the Nigerian Treasury as unclaimed funds (Lack ofsupersede). It is therefore my intention to introduce you as the next of kin/beneficiary, Please note that I’m legally equipped with all necessary information/documentations concerning the funds.
Upon your decision of acceptance, the release of these funds in your favor as beneficiary will be processed within weeks. You would be entitled to 40% of this fund. If you are willing to work with me onthis, PLEASE REPLY ME THROUGH THIS EMAIL FOR SECURITY MEANSURE: (email@example.com).
In conclusion, it’s my concern to demand your ultimate honesty, co-operation and confidentiality to enable us conclude this transaction. I assure you that this process would be executed under a legitimate arrangement that would legally protect you and I from any breach of any law locally and internationally.
Please note; what drives my interest here is NOT GREED rather it would make no sense to allow this huge amount of money to go to waste when we can take advantage of the situation, and honestly if we dont do this; it will still end up in private pockets of corrupt people in government.
Mr. Deneys James
#42 Kings George Road, Victoria Island,
Email address: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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