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Have you received an email from "Anthony. W. Blair", claiming that he is an attorney for a dead wealthy man (Mr. Bernard, in this case) who named YOU in his will? It's a mystery who the dead guy is or why he named you, but you better reply pretty quickly or risk losing millions from the "WILL". And for some reason, the word, Will, appears in capital letters throughout the email. Along with a description of what a great guy the dead man was... which is pretty strange in a business letter from a law firm, isn't it? Also notice that the "lawyer" is writing to you from a free email account (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.) Of course, even if this were true; you would be committing several felonies, including fraud.
If you are still salivating and eager to fill out the form, we can assume you get scammed frequently, as this is simply another fraud to separate you from your money (that is, whatever money you have left after being scammed before).
From: Anthony W. B [mailto: email@example.com ]
Sent: Monday, February 12, 2007 8:55 AM
Subject: To your attention pls.
About Mr. Bernard's Estate,
My name is Anthony W. Blair. I am contacting you regarding the estate (Mr. Bernard's estate). I used to be late Bernard's personal attorney. He was a consultant/contractor with Gardiner & Theo bald, a leading firm for oil project and cost management consultants in Iraq, Kuwait & in UK. He is late now (May his soul rest in peace).
Late Engr. Bernard died in a bomb blast last year in Turkey. His unfortunate death left a lot of confusion around his financial status which till date has not yet been resolved. Been a native of Hungary residing here in the UK, I was not fully away of his family before his death as they did not reside here with him. I have made efforts to track down his family members without any luck. I am afraid now that his estate will be confiscated by the UK government in future since he died without leaving a will or a beneficiary to his estate except otherwise. But this of course will take at least four years from now and if no one comes to make claims, then the government can claim it.
I am most concerned with a certificate that late Bernard gave me. My former client told me of a diamond business which he had done and left me in care of the CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT which he used to lodge some funds in a vault firm, this is to the tune of $12.4m (Twelve million four Hundred thousand Dollars) as written on the certificate. The certificate in question does not have a next of kin name filled in it. I have made my investigations and I can confidently say that since his death, no one has come to lay claims of it.
My proposition to you is that I now seek your permission to have you stand as the beneficiary/next of kin to the deposit. We can achieve this sole aim legitimately and that is the whole essence of life. I believe this move is justified as I am not sure what will become of this deposit should this information get into the wrong hands or left alone. My guess is that the company where it is lodged will confiscate it.
Please furnish me at once, a Guarantee or letter of acceptance and direct Telephone and fax numbers. We would engage in a two way split of the deposit. If this is acceptable by you, please endeavor to Contact me immediately.
Anthony. W. Blair.