In response to requests, here is the letter from ‘Mr. Steve’ as promised. This has been posted exactly as it was emailed to me spelling, layout and punctuation mistakes included. (My email address under Bcc is the only item I have removed.)
I can only imagine how many this was sent to. But then again, if only one person replies, and is unfortunate enough to have giving them their bank details, then I suppose they consider it worth-while.
My response to this email is in the blog post underneath this.
"STEVE WILLIAMS" <firstname.lastname@example.org
I am Mr. Steve Williams, a banker by profession, currently working
with Biao Bank in Abidjan Cote Divoire. I am the account manager of
late Mr. Richard
Shelton, the formal manager of Cocoa processing industry here in
Abidjan Cote Divoire.
On the 22nd of Dec.2009 ,our customer, his wife and only child
were involved in a ghastly motor accident, where all the occupants of
the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.
Since then I have made several inquiries to locate any of his
extended relatives or Business partners and this has proved abortive.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you for
your assistance to transfer the sum of( US$2.6 M ) (TWO Million Six
hundred thousand United States Dollars)
that was left behind by our customer in our bank .
The banking Law and guideline of BIAO BANK stipulates that if such
money remained unclaimed for over four years, the money will be
converted into bank treasury as unclaimed fund.
Therefore i am contacting you, for your assistance to transfer the
money to your account.
I have decided to offer you 40 % of the total money for your assistance,
I also want to assure you that this transaction is legal. Therefore
you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements
have been made for the transfer .
Awaiting your immediate response
Please warn anyone you know about this scam.