Another deceased millionaire with no next of kin, alas. In this version of the classic advance-fee scam, “Paul Anthony” claims to be the accountant for a wealthy fellow, Mr. Mark Allen, who was killed with his whole family in a car accident. No one has come forward to claim his millions, so if you’d like to pose as his next of kin, we can split the cash. Unfortunately there really isn’t any cash — or rather the only cash is what’s in your pocket already: the money the scammer is trying to move into his pocket.
from: MR PAUL ANTHONY (firstname.lastname@example.org)
date: Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 3:09 AM
subject: BUSINESS OPPORUNITY
I am Mr.Paul Anthony, the personal accountant officer to Mr Mark Allen, herein after referred to as my client, a national of America, who used to work with Benin National Oil Plc.My client and his entire family were involved in a fatal motor accident,which unfortunately claimed their lives, along the Port Novo express road sparing none of the occupants of the vehicle.
I have since made several enquiries to your Embassy, in a bid to locate any relation of my client, and these efforts of mine have not been productive. I then decided to trace his last name over the internet, and came across your name which is why I have contacted you to assist me in securing the money and property left behind by my client before they are declared as unclaimed and unserviceable by this bank where they have been lodged for safekeeping.
I am particularly interested in securing the funds lodged with the Bank,The sum of USD18.5M Dollars.This is because the said Bank has issued a notice to me, unequivocally instructing me to produce the Next of Kin /Beneficiary to the said account within the next ten official working days, or have the account confiscated.
Considering my findings for over two years now,I solicit your consent to enable me produce you as the Next of Kin to my deceased client, and The funds will be then transferred to you as the beneficiary and shared according to a proposed sharing pattern /ratio of 60:40 i.e. 60% for me and 40% for you.Meanwhile you are required to get back to me with the following information if you are intrested.
I.YOUR FULL NAME
2.YOUR DIRECT PHONE NUMBERS
4.YOUR VALID IDENTIFICATION
5.YOUR COUNTRY AND CONTACT ADDRESS
I will provide the necessary, legally obtained documents to back up any claim we make regarding this process, and will just require your understanding/ co-operation to enable us achieve success within a legitimate arrangement, eliminating any liability resulting from any breach of the prevalent laws. Your urgent response will be highly appreciated through my private email address (email@example.com)