Another Nigerian scam

I seem to be a magnet for these at the moment. I found this waiting for me in my UCE email inbox this morning:

Dear Carter,

I will like to solicit your help in a business proposition, which is by nature very confidential and a Top Secret. I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one worried and apprehensive but I am assuring you not to worry, as all will be well at the end of this endeavor.

I am Mr.Jones Green,Client Service Manager of Capital Trust Bank Lagos Nigeria, My partners and I have decided to seek your help in transfer of some amount of money requiring maximum confidence from my bank. A foreigner, Late Dr. Edward Carter, who was an oil merchant and contractor with the Federal Government of Nigeria until his death onboard the ill fated Kenyan Airways bus {A310300} was our customer here at Capital Trust Bank and had a balance of US$32 million which the bank now expects his next of kin to claim as the beneficiary from the London branch of my bank which is where he has channeled all the funds to.

So far, valuable efforts has been made to get to his people but to no avail, as he had no known relatives more because he left his next of kin column in his account opening forms blank and he has no known relatives . Due to this development our management and the board of directors are making arrangements for the funds to be declared unclaimed ,returned to Nigeria being the point of origin and subsequently paid into the federal government purse. Usually, funds of this nature end up in the greedy pockets of some politicians due to our corrupt society.

To avert this negative development my colleagues and I have decided to look for a reputable person to act as the next of kin to late Dr. Carter, so that the funds could be processed and released into his account,which is where you come in. We shall make arrangement with a qualified and reliable attorney that will represent you in liaising with my bank for inconveniency of you coming to my country.

All legal documents to aid your claim for this fund and to prove your relationship with the deceased will be provided by us. Your help will be appreciated with 20% of the total sum (US$6,400,000). Please accept my apologies, keep my confidence and disregard this letter if you do not appreciate this proposition I have offered you. Thank you very much for your time.

I wait anxiously for your response.

Pls get back to me through this email:

Yours faithfully,
Jones Green

From the desk of Jones Green
Client Service Manager Capital Trust Bank Lagos


Such a polite salutation! It would be nice to think that I would receive just over three million pounds for saying I was related to someone with the same surname but something tells me that it just will not happen. I wonder who falls for these kind of scams? It certainly poses some interesting questions of the misuse of the Internet for fraudulent activites. For further examples of online fraud this website offers further examples.
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