This is a perfect example of a classic 419 scam.
You get a proposition from a distinguised banker. It’s a proposition you shouldn’t rightfully get and it involves a lot of money. You don’t have any relatives who have died in any car accidents in Birmingham, but the seed of a thought awakens in your mind. You might actually be in the lucky position to receive the better part of fifteen million pounds… The more you think of it the more you dream of being able to get that money.
But you know. It’s just a scammer, trying to play you for a couple of thousand pounds in fees, taxes and maybe bribes too.
from David Brinsford <email@example.com>
date Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 7:22 PM
subject Good Day
I will first introduce myself as Mr. Brinsford, a staff in the Accounts Management Section of a well-known bank, here in Scotland , UK .
One of our accounts, with holding balance of £15,000,000 (Fifteen Million Pounds Sterling) has been dormant and last operated four years ago. From my investigations and confirmation, the owner of the said account, a foreigner who died on the 7th of January 2004 in a car accident that occurred in Birmingham here in UK.
Since then, nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of this money, as he has no family member that has any knowledge as to the existence of either the account or the funds; and also Information from the National Immigration also states that my late customer client has the same last name with you and he was single on entry into the UK.
I have confidently discussed this issue with the Attorney to my late customer client and we have agreed to work with you due to the fact that you have the same surname with him it’s 100% SURE that your claims will be approved by the finance firm where the said funds were lodged. We therefore propose to do business with you, standing in as the next of kin of these funds from the deceased and funds released to you after due processes have been followed
This transaction is totally free of risk and troubles as the fund is legitimate and does not originate from drug, money laundry, terrorism or any other illegal act.
On your interest, let me hear from you.
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See what I mean? It’s nothing but attempted fraud. And I just love that disclaimer at the end of the mail. Confidential. Sure. My mail didn’t have an addressee. It was addressed to a undisclosed recipient list.