Not helped by the fact that the subject line of the email said "pls cuntact me".
From;Dr Francis.F. Koffi B.Sc(Hons)
Bank of Africa plc
Please do not be embarrased by this unusual email with the request I am about to make. Before going further let me introduce myself, I am Dr Francis.F. Koffi the credit and accountant of a prime leading bank in Abidjan the capital of Cote d'ivoire and accounts officer to Journalist Anderson Ernest Elwood who was covering the war in Cote d'ivoire,Sierra leone and liberia during these years of civil conflict in these above mentioned countries in west Africa. The subject of my request to you is.
Before the U.S and Iraqi war our client Journalist Anderson Ernest Elwood who was posted to cover the U.S/Iraqi war and also a business man made a fixed deposit for 270 days, with a value of ($9.5 M)Nine million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only in my bank branch. Upon maturity several notices were sent to him, even during the war early two a years ago.
Again after the war another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later found out that the Journalist had been killed during the war in bomb blast that hit his quater central Iraqi city.
After further investigation it was also discovered that Journalist Elwood did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit. And he also confided in me the last time he was at my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. So, $9.5 Million is still lying in his bank account and no one will never come forward to claim it as his relations or next of kin.
What is most disturbing is that according to the laws of my country at the expiration of 3 years the funds will revert to the ownership of the Cote d'ivore Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as
a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Journalist Elwood since you are a foreigner because Mr Elwood was also a foreigner too so that you will be able to receive this funds in your account.
I want you to know that I have had everything planned out so that we shall come out successful. I have contacted an attorney that will prepare the necessary document that will back you up as the next of kin to Journalist.Elwood, all that is required from you at this stage is for you to provide me with your Full Names and Address so that the attorney can commence his job immediately. After you have been made the next of kin, the attorney will also file in for claims on your behalf and secure the necessary approval and letter of probate in your favor for the funds to be transferred to the account that will be provided by you.Once the funds have been transferred to your nominated bank account we shall share in the ratio of 70% for me, 30% for you .
Should you be interested please send me your private phone and fax
numbers for rapid communication and I will provide you with more details
of this operation.
Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated .
Dr Francis.F. Koffi B.Sc(Hons)