Fake Business Proposal Scams: Sample 4: I am the Barrister Frank Onye, representing the late..."

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I am the Barrister Frank Onye, representing the late..."

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Below is a real example of another scam, from a "Frank Onye". probably from Nigeria.  Comments in red have been added to point out the obvious signs of a scam.

----- Original Message -----
From: ONYE FRANK - Note: The email address is frankonye6@yahoo.co.nz (put your mouse over the link).  No legitimate businessman, especially a lawyer, uses a Yahoo or Hotmail email account to conduct business!
To: <your email address>
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 8:24 AM
Subject: NEXT OF KIN

Plot 2B Broad Street.
Lagos - Nigeria.  Note: Nigeria?  Do you even KNOW anyone in Nigeria?  Why would he be writing to you?  Are you famous?
Private Email: <your email address>
Dear Friend,
I am Barrister Frank Onye, a solicitor at law. I am
the personal attorney to the late Mr. Jim Lason who was a
contractor with Chevron/Texaco oil Corporation here in
Nigeria. Here in after shall be referred to me as my
On April 2003, my client, his wife And their three
children were involved in a car accident. All occupants of the
vehicle unfortunately lost there lives. Since then I  Note: The "died in a car accident" scam is one of the oldest stories they use.
have made several enquiries to his embassy to locate
any of my clients extended relatives but this proved
After several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to
search over the
Internet, to locate any foreigner who will be willing  Note: ANY foreigner?  Is he THAT desperate?
to participate in this DEAL and stand as the deceased
next of kin to enable me perfect some documentation in
his/her name hence I contacted you. I have contacted
you to assist in repartrating the money and property
left behind by my client before they get confisicated   Note: note the misspellings.
or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge
deposits were lodged.
Particularly, the the bank where the deceased had an
account valued at
about US$7.5 million has issued me a notice to
provide his next of kin
or have the account confiscated within the next 2
months .  Note:  Nigerians, despite frequently starving, breed like rabbits.  Corrupt, thieving rabbits, but rabbits nonetheless.  Have you EVER heard of a Nigerian that didn't have an extended family of 50 or more? And this guy left no kin?  We think not.
Since I have been unsuccesful in locating the  Note: more misspellings
relatives for over 2 years now, I seek your consent to
present you as the next of kin of the deceased so that
the proceeds of this account valued at US$7.5 million
can be paid to you, and then you and I can share the
money on the percentage we shall agree on. I have some
necessary legal documents that can be used to back up
this claim.  Note: By the way, this is called "money laundering" and it is a Federal Crime in the U.S.
All I require is your honest and co-operation to
enable us pull this
deal through. I guarantee that this is 100% risk free
and will be
executed under legitimate arrangement.  Note: GREAT!  You have the "guarantee" of a complete stranger... from Nigeria!
Please get in touch with me through my private
email: frank_frank_onye@myway.com so that we can proceed  Note: Another free email service used by scammers
fast, as time is no longer on our side. Remember to
include your private telephone number so that I can
call you for further discussion.  Note: And so he can pressure and con you.
You shall be given 35% of the money after the money must have being transfered into your account and 60% will be for myself,then 5% will be for the expenses that may arise during the transfer of this huge sum.
Hope you understand the confidential nature of this
transaction and am
also waiting for your fast response.  Note: He wants a fast response so he can start telling you he'll need some money to pay "fees" oh, and your bank account details
Best regards,
Barr.Frank Onye (Esq).

Don't be an idiot.  Do not reply to scam emails like the one above!

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