Since I've gotten two of these questionable emails in the last couple of months, I thought I'd solicit opinions from those who have received similar such 'enticements'. I'm positive it is a scam, I'm just not sure of the exact nature. I've eliminated specific information of the solicitor's name, email address and phone number and just posted his response to my skeptical initial reply. Perhaps a few of you can guess exactly what he's really after.
"Thanks for your kind response. Please find as per attached vital pages of my international passport for your perusal and for a proper acquantance.
My late client was born on the 2nd of February 1951 and he died at the age of 48. The total amount left in this said account amounts to US$7,006,420.22 and this account is dormant as we talk now.
I have conducted a complete search since his death to locate any of his relatives, but all was to no avail. The bank is in the process of trying to liquidate the fund if in few days from now no body is presented.
This is why I need your assistance and participation in this issue. There is also a constitutional provision which empowers the deceased attorney to
nominate next of Kin to the deceased where records shows that there is non available, but the nominee must have the same last name as the deceased. It is on this ground, that I soliciting your interest to present you as the inheritor, and therefore make claim for the fund and prevent it from being frozen or misappropriated by the bank.
My client who worked as seismic director, ------- Oil Exploration Company in Central African oil rich country, Libreville-Gabon before being transferred to
Nigeria as a director of project department of ------- Petroleum.
His Bequest has a shearing percentage in which he gave 1/3 of his huge amount held at the bank to the wife, another 1/3 to his three children while the remaining 1/3 was designated to be given to charity organization
in his native country. It is unfortunate the two beneficiary’s died with him in the crash.
After their sudden death, I checked with all available records, embassies and public records to find any of his relatives, but all was to no avail. This has taken 4 years and the bank's intention is to freeze the account as unclaimed and unserviceable if no relatives comes up in few days from now. This is the reason that we need to sort this issue out urgently.
I will arrange the documentation in your favor and thereby present you as the only available nearest relative and by so doing authorize the bank to pay the
fund into your account. I need you therefore to provide me with your full names, occupation, age, your phone number(s) and contact address. I may in due time require any of your form of identification." <<< THIS WORRIES ME!
"In order to commence, I will secure an injunction and thereby present you as the inheritor of the financial fortune and by so doing, make official application to the bank for approval to process the fund in your favor.
I will at the same time arrange to send you the death certificate and the statement of account as soon as I hear from you. Please call me on my phone number ----- for a detail talk on this issue. I need you also to provide your contact phone number when responding to this email. I will write you more
detail information in regards to the process of repatriating the fund as soon as get your response."
I must add that the first email from a different person 6 weeks ago was nearly the same, word-for-word, as this person's initial email, except for the dollar amount. This last person didn't answer my question as to whether he was associated with the first person. Naturally, alarm bells went off in my head, as in any case when something appears too good to be true. What do you think?