This is another example of the familiar deceased-foreigner scam. Engr. Harold Bowen died in an accident and has left behind a huge abandoned bank account that no one has come forward to claim. In this case “Dr. Brian D. Vannoy” from a bank in Nigeria hopes you will be willing to post as Bowen’s next of kin, so the two of you can split the proceeds. If only it were true!
from: Brian Vannoy (email@example.com)
date: Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 10:34 AM
subject: Re: Citi bank info
It is indeed my pleasure to write you this letter, which I believe will be a surprise to you as we have never met before, and I am deeply sorry if I have in any manner disturbed your privacy. Please forgive this unusual manner of contacting you, but this particular letter is of exceptional and very private nature. There is absolutely going to be a great doubt and distrust in your heart in respect of this email, coupled with the fact that, so many individuals have taken possession of the Internet to facilitate their nefarious deeds, thereby making it extremely difficult for genuine and legitimate business class persons to get attention and recognition.
My name is Dr. Brian D. Vannoy, I am Account Manager of Citi Bank of Africa (Nigerian Branch). I contacted you on a business Transfer that requires confidentiality, Trust and transparency,where both of us have a lot to Benefit. During our auditing Accounts section, I discovered a huge sum of money US$20.5M, (Twenty Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars, deposited by our late customer, a foreigner who died On the 21st of April 2000, Engr. Harold Bowen, his wife and their two Children were involved in a car accident in a remote village called Kuru near Jos in Plateau State. All occupants of the car Unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to his embassy here in Lagos-Nigeria to locate any of Harold Bowen Extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful to locate any member of his family.
Now the management of the bank has issued a notice to provide the next of kin to claim the funds or they have the account frozen. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 9 years now, I contacted you to seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you are a foreigner so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$20.5M, can be transfer to your account that you would provided, then we can share the money 50%/ for me and 50% for you because I am not a greedy person and is a deal between me and you! I know very well that you might be weary of the fact that you are not in any way related to the deceased man but according to the laws of inheritance in Nigeria, one must not be a relative to the deceased in order to be able to apply for inheritance, having taken note of this laws I have decided to present you to my bank as a business associate to Engr. Harold Bowen, which you know that somebody’s business associate can come from any part of the world so it doesn’t matter your nationality.
Finally, I have made an arrangement with an attorney who will work on your behalf and secure all the necessary legal documentation that would indicate you as the Beneficiary of the fund to back up this claim, and this I must do to make sure that this fund is not wasted or end up in the wrong hands. All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us sees this deal through and secures all the legal documents. I guarantee you that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and I from any breach of the law.
If you are interested in this deal, kindly get back to me with your complete information, as follow. Your Private telephone and Fax numbers, and Cell phone; Your full Name and Address.
Dr. Brian D. Vannoy.