Next of Kin Stand In - Nigerian Scam Example
Nigerian Scam Example:
(Received from scammers, July 2004)
Subject: CAN YOU BE TRUSTED?
Secured Email: email@example.com
PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL
My name is Owen Clarke, I am the credit manager in a bank here in
the West Africa. I am contacting you of a business transfer, of a
huge sum of money from a deceased account. Though I know that a
transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and
worried, but I am assuring you that everything has been well
taken care off, and all will be well at the end of the day. I
decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction.To
ease your apprehension, I got your contact from the British
chambers of commerce and industry, foreign trade division.
PROPOSITION; I am the account officer of a foreigner named Gerald
Welsh who died in an air crash along with his wife on the 31st
October 1999 in an Egyptian airline 990 with other passengers on
board. You can confirm this from the website below which was
published by CNN.WEBSITE.
his death, none of his next-of-kin are alive to make claims for
this money as his heir, because they all died in the same
accident(May his soul rest in peace). We cannot release the fund
from his account unless someone applies for claim as the
next-of-kin to the deceased as indicated in our banking
guidelines. Upon this discovery, I now seek your permission to
have you stand as a next of kin to the deceased, as all
documentations will be carefully worked out by a lawyer for the
funds Twenty- Eight million, Five Hundred Thousand United States
dollars (US$28,500,000.00) in a domiciliary account to be
released in your favour as the beneficiary's next of kin. Because
after four years the money will be called back to the bank
treasury as unclaimed bills and the money shared amongst the
directors of the bank. so it is on this note i decided to seek
for whom his name shall be used as the next of kin/beneficiary to
this funds rather than allow the bank directors to shar! e thi! s
money amongst themselves at the end of the year. It may interest
you to know that we have secured from the probate an order of
mandamus to locate any of the deceased beneficiaries.
acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual
business endeavor by furnishing me with the following information
if you are interested.
1.A Beneficiary name.In order for me to
prepare the PAPER WORK for transfer of the funds in your name.
2.Details particulars of your contact address.
Telephone and fax numbers;.For our personal contact.
I shall be
compensating you with 25% of the total sum on final conclusion of
this project for your assistance, as I have also thought of
doling out 5% to charity organisation from your locality based on
your recommendation another 5% for the services of the lawyer
while the balance 65% shall be for me for investment purposes in
your country as i cannot bring back this cash to my country. If
this proposal is acceptable by you, please endeavor to contact me
Do not take undue advantage of the trust I have
bestowed in you by informing you of this transaction from my bank
as I will advise you to kindly desist from responding at all if
you do NOT intend to render any assistance. Endeavour to respond
via my secured email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
and best regards, OWEN CLARKE