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Advance Fee Fraud: NEDBANK South Africa

It's been done before. The story is that there's millions of bucks in a bank account which has never been claimed due to the owner's death, along with his next of kin. How about you present yourself as the next of kin, and we'll split the booty?

If the story were true, falsely presenting yourself would be a highly dishonest thing to do, and could get you into a lot of trouble. Given that the story is a complete and utter fabrication, however, the risks are actually much higher, and there is no possible reward.

Anyhow, this one was sent from an exploited webmail system at which calls itself "". The system does not reveal the sender's IP address, so I can't tell whether it came from Nigeria or not. Received on Mon, 02 May 2005 09:37:31 +0000. Do read the opening sentence -- it's worth a laugh.

Mr. Joseph Kruger
45 springfeild van tonder street
Johannesburg, Guateng 2196
South Africa

Courtesy of Business opportunity, I take liberty anchored on strong desire to solicit for your assistance on this mutual beneficial and risk free transaction with you, which I hope you give urgent attention. To be precise, I am Mr.Joseph Kruger the Manager of Bills/Exchange at the Foreign Exchange/Remittance Department of NEDBANK South Africa. In my department, we discovered an abandoned sum of US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our customers who died along with his entire family in 1988 Lockerbie Pan American Airline plane crash.

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of Kin to come over and claim his money, because we can not release it unless somebody applied for its next of Kin or Relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking procedure, but unfortunately to no avail, and nobody has come forward to claim the money (because the mentioned next of kin which is Son died as well).

Therefore, upon this discovery I and other two officials in my department now decide to establish a cordial business relationship with you, hence my contacting you. We want you to purportedly present your good self as the next of Kin or relation of the deceased so that we can prepare documentations and release the funds (US$10 Million) into your account for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and again we do not want the funds to go into the Governments account as "Unclaimed Bill".

The banking law and procedures herein stipulates that any account abandoned or dormant for a period of some years is subjected to be closed and all money contained therein will be forfeited to the Government Treasury Account. Now it is being speculated that the above sum will be transferred into Government Treasury Account as unclaimed funds on .The reason for you to present your good self as the next of kin in occasioned by the fact that the deceased customer was a foreigner.

Mode of sharing after the successful completion of the transfer is as follows, for the role you will be expected to play in the whole exercise, we have agreed to give you twenty five (25%) of the total sum, and 5% has been set aside for expenses we are going to encounter by both parties in the process of this transaction and the remaining 70% shall be for my colleagues and I. In support of the aforementioned, you are urged to reply this letter indicating your readiness and interest to participate in the business. After you reply, you will be advised on the next step forward.

I quite believe that you will protect our interest by keeping this business Top Secret and Confidential, as your interest will be equally protected in order to achieve and maintain maximum confidentiality. Trust to hear from you on the above email as I count on your earliest response.

Yours truly,

Mr. Joseph Kruger

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