Below is the text of an e-mail that made it through the spam filter of not one but two of my e-mail accounts. Anyone who thinks that someone they don’t know will be contacting them to give them someone else they don’t know’s inheritance needs to have their head examined. Yes, this is a scam, and hopefully now you know. But what scares me is that we live in a world where people cannot tell just by reading the e-mail and thinking critically about it.
Pls Reply Asap
I am Mr.Patrick chan Executive Director of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd, Hong Kong.
An Iraqi named Farouk Bassem,a business man made a numbered fixed deposit valued at Twelve million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only in my branch. Upon maturity several notice was sent to him, We later found out that Farouk Bassem and his family had been killed during the war in bomb blast that hit their home at Mukaradeeb where his personal oil well was.
We later discovered that Farouk Bassem did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit, my proposal is to put you as next of kin, should you be interested in executing this with me; indicate your interest, mail me at my personal email.
Make sure you direct your response to my personal email firstname.lastname@example.org