The following communication thread was initiated with an email address search that located persons with the same name as the so-called deceased whose abandoned bank account is open for the taking. Fortunately, the target became suspicious and did her own research. She has been kind enough to provide the contents of the correspondence as far as it went:
FROM THE DESK
OF BARRISTER RACHID MACHIFA.
AVOCAT A LA COUR 04 BP 1242 COTONOU REP. DE
BENIN. TEL.: 00229-97
I am Barrister Rachid Machifa, A private attorney to Late Mr. Peter
G , a national of your country, who used to work as the Director
of Société Nationale de Commercialisation des Produits Pétroliers
(SONACOP)Oil Company in Benin Republic West Africa, Here in after shall
be Referred to as my client.
On the 21st of April 2001, my client, His wife and their three Children
were involved in a car accident at Cotonou-Abome express-road. All
occupants of the vehicle Unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I
have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients
extended relatives but all efforts was just in vain. After these
several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track His last name over
the Internet to locate any member of his Family hence I contacted you.
I have contacted you to assist in Repatriating the money left behind by
my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the
Bank Of Africa Benin Republic West Africa. These huge deposits were
lodged particularly, with the "BANQUE INTERNATIONALE du BENIN (BIB)"
where the Deceased had an account valued at about $18.5 Million Dollars
(Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). The
Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the
account confiscated. Since I have been unsuccessful in Locating the
relatives for over six years now.
Now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the
deceased since you have The same last name so that the proceeds of this
account valued at $18.5 Million Dollars can be paid to you and then you
and me can Share the money 50% to me and 50% to you. I will procure all
Necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may
make. All I require is your honest co-operation 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 the law, also call me to
notify some information with this telephone line: 00229-97046980. And
the way we are going to achieve this. I will need the following
information from you,
Your Full Name and Address,
Occupation and Position,
Your Telephone Mobile and Fax Number for Communication Purpose.
I await your Call and reply ASAP.
Barrister Rachid Machifa
FUND RELEASE APPLICATION
Attention: CHIEF COFFI MONGOLIAN
Director of Foreign Operations
BANQUE INTERNATIONALE du BENIN-B.I.BE
Avenue Clozel, 03 BP 595 Cotonou,
République du Bénin
Télex: 5069/ 5186
Application for the release and transfer of $18.5 M (Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only) from BIBE dormant vault A/C N0:14-255-2107/BIBE/BJ. Please be informed that I wish to come for the claim, release and transfer of the sum of ($18,500.000) from account number 14-255-2107/BIBE/BJ with your bank.
Having been informed of this incident by my late client personal attorney Barrister Rachid Machifa, that the above amount / money was deposited in your bank by my deceased Mr. XX,
I wish as the heir apparent with all documents of proof to claim and instruct that the above-mentioned amount be released to me via draft or cheque through any of your correspondence financial institution either in Europe or Americas.
I also humbly request for the services of an accredited resident bank attorney who is empowered by the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) to represent me for the authentication/updating of my documents that will be required to ensure speedy transfer of this fund to my bank account as I can not be physically present there due to my official engagements here.
Please accept this late application, I hope you will understand and expedite action. Thanks for your anticipated co-operation.
My Telephone no:..............
My Fax no:....................
Private Email Address:………………
My Full Name:.................
Subject:RE : Re: : Re: ATTN: XX
From:Rachid Machifa <email@example.com>
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