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This is a standard type of next-of-kin scam involving the usual (fictitious) abandoned bank account. The scammer, “Francis Barry,” claims to work at a bank where a deceased foreigner had a large account. If you’ll just pretend to be the next-of-kin to this deceased foreigner, you can have a cut of the fortune.
Alas, there really is no deceased foreigner and no abandoned bank account, and “Francis Barry” is just a scammer trying to trick you out of your money.
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2015
From: Francis Barry email@example.com
Reply-To: Francis Barry firstname.lastname@example.org
I am Francis Barry the Head of Operations at Tunnels Finance & Loans. I have great offer for you, a wealthy customer of ours who is from England died leaving behind £75,000,000.00 GBP (Seventy Five Million GBP) which is approximately $115,000 USD (One Hundred and Fifteen Million USD).
He had no next of kin and I am contacting you today because you can inherit this fortune through some legal trickery means because you share the same last name and with the help of the deceased personal lawyer he will prepare all necessary legal binding documents that will enable this finance firm release the mentioned amount to you if you accept this offer.
If you agree to this proposal half of the amount $58,000,000.00 USD (Fifty Eight Million USD) will be transferred to you via wire transfer while the other half will be for I and the lawyer. If you are interested kindly get back to me urgently so that I can furnish you with relevant details for you to contact the lawyer to proceed with the legal binding documents for you to sign.
This is a great opportunity of a life time and it is my pleasure to work with you.
I look forward to your quick anticipation.
Tunnels Finance & Loans
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