If it is too good to be true, it probably is. Here's an example of a fraud:
JAMES RYAN T
Subject : Invitation to assist as Next of Kin
I write this august letter in confidence, believing that it will reach you in high spirit and I believe you will maintain the level of confidence and trust matters of this nature requires. Though, I know that this proposal may make you apprehensive and worried, but I assure you that all will be well at the end,as it stands to benefit both of us. A random search based on your locality from the Internet produced your name and email address.
Before proceeding, I wish to introduce myself to you .I am James Ryan T. a Financial Consultant to a deceased Immigrant Mr Andreas Schranner,property magnate who was
based in the U.K., who happens to be my client.On the 25th of July 2000, my client, his wife Maria,their daughter Andrea Eich,her husband Christian, and their children Katharina and Maximilian all died in the Air France concord plane crash bound for New York in their plan for a world cruise.
Since then I have been managing his properties here in the U.K. and some others which he put out for sale. The properties which have long been put out on sale have now been paid for and now the money paid has long been
deposited into his local bank account here.
I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and estate left behind by my client before they get seized or declared unserviceable by his bank.Particularly, the bank has issued me with a notice to provide any of his next of kin or have the account confisticated within a short period of time. my late client has an account valued at Twelve Million Three Hundred United States Dollars (12.3 Million USD).
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating any of my clients relatives for some time now and with no one coming forward since my client passed on and with the bank now giving me a deadline, I now seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to my deceased client, so that the proceeds of his account valued at Twelve Million
Three Hundred United States Dollars (12.3 Million USD). Only can be paid to you. This I intend we share amongst ourselves.
I have all the necessary information that can be used to back up any Claim that we may make and I can assure you that you shall be paid the amount as the next of kin to my late client.
All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Trust me as his personal consultant that this is a risk-free transaction. Pls get back to me immediately with the following
1)Your full names and contact address
2)Telephone and fax numbers .
Upon receipt of this information,we shall discuss further about this transaction.
Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation.
James Ryan T.