Subject: GREETINGS TO YOU
PONDER & ASSOCIATES
I was privileged to capture your names from the Internet. My name is Barr. Jerry Ponder, a legal practitioner and the personal Attorney to my late client who died along with his wife and his two sons and one daughter on a ghastly motor accident over 3 years now August 13, 2003. All the occupants in the vehicle lost their lives. I am convinced that it was the grace of God that made me to locate you. My client was a successful and accomplished family man, who made enough fortune before his untimely death.
Since then I had made several inquiries through your Embassy to locate any of my clients extended relative but this exercise has proved unsuccessful. After several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives through the Internet to locate any member of his family but much progress was not recorded. My late client was an influential wealthy businessman, an oil magnate here in London , UK and he left behind a deposit of Ten Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only US$10,200,000.00 in his domiciliary bank account in CUMBERLAND BUILDING SOCIETY UK here in London-United Kingdom . After the death of my client his bankers contacted me as his Attorney to provide his next of kin who should inherit his fortune.
The board of directors of his bank adopted a resolution and I was mandated to provide his next of kin for the payment of this money within 28 working days or forfeit the money to the bank as an abandoned property.
The bankers had planned to invoke the abandoned property decree of 1996 to confiscate the funds after the expiration of the period given to me. Despairing at the point of exhaustiveness, fortunately I came across your name to my utmost amazement I discovered that you bear the same surname with my late client and coincidentally you are nationals of the same country.
I am Convinced that you may be linked with my late client or that you might provide clue to my search, I therefore, decided to contact with these facts before me because of the similarities. By virtue of my closeness to the deceased and his immediate family, I am very much aware of my client financial standing and the bank account he operates.
I have reasoned very professionally and I feel it will be legally proper to present you as the next of kin of my deceased client so that you can be paid the funds left in his bank account hence I contacted you.
I seek your consent to present you as the Next of Kin to the Deceased since you are at an advantage, so that the proceeds of this Bank Account valued at US$10.2m Million Dollars can be paid to you.
We shall both share the funds 50% to me and 50% to you. I shall assemble all the necessary Legal Documents that will be used to back up our claim.
All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. Please get in touch with me by email: [ DELETED ] to enable us discuss further.
Barr. Jerry Ponder.
I received an email like this… and they’ve got my full name! I don’t know where did they get it from… any ideas?
They could have received it from anywhere, including any website where you may have posted it during registration.
Wouldn’t worry too much about someone having your full name — c an’t do too much without also having your SSN or other personal financial info.