As I was looking to see there might be any legitimate email in my spam folder, I cam across this gem. For some reason, I find it quite entertaining that the character in this email is a British banker rather than a Nigerian prince.
I'm almost tempted to reply using dummy information just to see where it leads. It would be trivial for me to create a phone number just for this occasion and I'd be very curious to hear what accent the caller would have.
I am Mr. Algoth Cyprian, an Accountant with Bank, I am the personal Account Manager to Late Mr. Enevald Helmut.
On the 21st of April 2008, Mr. Enevald Helmut (Herein after shall be referred to as my client), his wife and their two children were involved in a car accident in London. Unfortunately they all lost their lives in the event of the accident, since then I have made several inquiries to locate any of my client's extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several Unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet, to locate any member of His family but of no avail, hence I contacted you to stand as his next of kin.
I contacted you to assist in repatriating the money in addition, property left behind by my client before they get Confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged. Particularly, Lloyds Bank, where the deceased had an account valued at about Six hundred thousand Great British Pounds. Consequently, the bank issued me a notice to provide the Next of Kin or have the account confiscated within the next twenty official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased based on the fact that you are a foreigner so that the proceeds of this account valued at about six hundred thousand Great British Pounds can be paid to you and then you and I can share the money. 50% to me and 40% to you, while 10% should be for expenses or tax as your government may require. An attorney will be contracted to help re-validate and notarize all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us sees this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
To enable us discuss further, I would like you to send me the following information so I can open up a next of kin file on your behalf here in the bank.
1. Name in full:
6. Direct Phone number:
Mr. Algoth Cyprian